A layoff claimed the job of The Ledger’s entertainment reporter, Paul Catala, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reports. Catala confirmed it on Facebook. The article doesn’t address the fate of Time Out, the newspaper’s Thursday entertainment magazine that Catala wrote for. Readers will find out soon whether Time Out survived.
As Draken International acquires Mirage F1M jets under its latest federal contract for military adversary flight training, supersonic flights will start taking off from Lakeland Linder Airport this spring. The flights won’t break the sound barrier until they’re well over the Gulf of Mexico, Bay News 9 reports. For background, check this article from The Drive that we linked to last summer.
Hidden Gem Consignment Boutique, 3139 N. Galloway Road, is showing off its expansion Saturday. The store, opened by a domestic violence survivor and her mom, makes clothing and other goods available for free to other survivors, as ABC Action News reports | View a previous WFTS story about store founder Jessica Criswell.
The dollars from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund will go toward constructing hangars as Lakeland Linder Airport seeks to expand cargo operations and maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity. The repair hangars could lead to 400 new jobs, airport officials say.
When we reported Saturday that a Starbucks is being built in the Southgate Shopping Center parking lot, a lot of people asked whether the entrance and exit locations at Southgate would change. The short answer: Not anytime soon.
The shopping center entrances will remain on Oak Drive and Pablo Street, and Starbucks will not have a traffic entry or exit on Florida Avenue, according to city transportation planner Chuck Barmby. More
Fencing placed in front of Lakeland’s favorite arch at Southgate Shopping Center marks the construction site of a new Starbucks coffee shop. The company plans to close the nearby store at Florida Avenue and Beacon Road. The construction zone next to Five Guys displaces roughly 100 parking spots. The building will occupy 2,515 square feet, according to a city permit. More
Compass Blending LLC, a food manufacturer that launched last year and hired 34 employees, plans to add 10 workers and move from a 3,100-square-foot building near Lakeland Linder Airport to a 10,000-square-foot facility, Tampa Business Journal reports. The article doesn’t mention the location of the new facility.
LINKS: Compass Blending | Founder Angelia Fontes | News Release
City Commissioner Stephanie Madden is partial to The Bean, a coconut-and-coffee-flavored blonde ale brewed by Swan Brewing Company and served at its beer garden on Lake Wire. She is even more a fan of what the craft brewery and taproom has done for an out-of-the-way corner of downtown Lakeland.
“I have been a big fan of Swan Brewing, and they really were trailblazers. I think they have done a lot for that area. I’m so excited when I see folks parked all along the lake, enjoying that beautiful scene,” she said.