The Catapult business incubator will more than double its capacity when it moves this fall from a bank basement to a new building under construction (wall tiltup started this week) on Lake Mirror.
Publix Super Markets Inc. took top honors in the local advertising federation’s annual Addy Awards, winning best of show for a video promoting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The American Advertising Federation Polk County chapter held its ceremony Friday at the RP Funding Center. More
Internal tension and differences over management blew up at The Poor Porker last week, and its co-founder was dismissed — prompting an online hailstorm over the weekend.
Owners Wesley and Ashley Barnett say they want to ride out the storm and keep the business going. But they will move forward without Robyn Wilson, co-founder and primary creative talent behind the popular hangout. More
Pelican’s Snoballs, a New Orleans-style shaved ice chain, is setting up shop in the South Florida Avenue building across from Southgate that used to house Crumb & Get It. Site work includes fresh paint in the corporate colors outside and new drywall inside.
Crumb & Get It, a specialty bakery, closed Dec. 31 after three years at 2510 S. Florida Ave. The owners posted on Facebook in January that they were looking for somebody to buy the name, recipe, equipment and relocate the business.
A 2,515-square-foot Starbucks is rising rapidly in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. The developer has said the unfinished shell should be ready to hand over to the coffee company in April. These photos were taken at eye level from the sidewalk along South Florida Avenue a couple of evenings ago.
LkldNow posts showing these photos on Facebook and Instagram drew dozens of comments from people who either were saddened that the building blocks the view of the arch or gladdened that a larger Starbucks is replacing the crowded, parking-challenged one at Florida and Beacon.
The city of Lakeland is taking a close look at how much it spends to incentivize business growth and where the dollars come from, after an economic development group suggested changes.
Following a recent presentation by Steve Scruggs, president of the private, non-profit Lakeland Economic Development Council, city commissioners expressed willingness to consider a tactic different than the current incentive of paying cash rebates after the creation of high-paying, highly skilled jobs. More
After the Brookings Institution ranked Lakeland third among cities where automation is likely to reduce jobs (US News article | chart), The Wall Street Journal came here for a closer look. (A subscription is required to read the full article.) The reporter zeroed in on Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, where automation enabled the company to consolidate five warehouses into the largest liquor-distribution facility in the world. Initially the plant brought more jobs to Lakeland, but automation threatens their longevity.
A young entrepreneur who majored in business at Florida Southern College founded a sportswear company, and is pledging to donate 10 percent of profits — and 100 percent of profits on a line of T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies costing $35 to $70 — to a non-profit he founded (link) to benefit children around the world.
After being sold to Blue Roc Premier for $50 million, the 352-unit Victoria Landing Apartments on Lakeland Hills Boulevard have been rebranded as The Park at Palazzo. The 12-year-old complex’ location near I-4 and access to Tampa and Orlando generated strong interest, the listing agent told Multi-Housing News.