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Faedos bring tastes of Tampa back to a storefront


TAMPA — Whether working out of a food truck or a brick and mortar, Michelle Faedo and her husband Robert have always served Tampanian cuisine.

In June, space will no longer be a problem as the Faedos will celebrate the grand opening of their new 1,450 square-foot restaurant, Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine, located in ENCORE!, a downtown mix-used development, being installed in the bottom floor of The Ella, a senior living facility.

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First retail shops coming to ENCORE! in downtown Tampa


TAMPA — The first retail location in ENCORE Tampa!, a downtown Tampa mixed-use development, is under construction and expected to be operational within the next 90 days.

Encore, a $425 million redevelopment of the former Central Park Village public housing area, will give a home to local foodie Michelle Faedo’s Tampanian Cuisine as the first of three retail operations in the project’s immediate future.

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ENCORE! development is new site of Tampa’s holiday donation tent


TAMPA — ENCORE!®, the Tampa Housing Authority development honoring the city’s once-vibrant black entertainment district along Central Avenue, is providing space for the charity to collect and distribute holiday meals and gifts to low-income families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

The tent, which opened for donations Thursday (Nov. 3) and will remain up through December nearly spans the length of a football field. An estimated 10,000 volunteers will serve some 18,000 families. The most-needed items include frozen turkeys and hams, cereal, stuffing, gift cards and presents intended for teenagers and infants.

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Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day


TAMPA — This Earth Day, the Tampa Housing Authority is celebrating with the community — and with good reason.

While much attention has focused on Jeff Vinik´s Channelside project, Florida’s first ever “wellness” district, the Tampa Housing Authority (THA) has quietly developed an award-winning sustainable green space of its own, where the wellness of its residents is also a top priority and point of pride.

ENCORE! Tampa is a mixed-use redevelopment just northeast of downtown Tampa, a few blocks from where its more famous neighbor is moving into the Channel District along the waterfront. At the west end… Read more

At its grand reveal, renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park touted as ‘a living, breathing history lesson’


TAMPA — Not 30 minutes before he arrived at the grand debut of the renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park on Sunday afternoon, Tampa native Tony Crawford listened to his 67-year-old mother reminisce about the lively black community that once thrived there.

She told him about the way things were on Central Avenue, before the shooting and the riots and the Interstate 4 invasion 50 years ago. She spoke of the barber shops, hair salons and pool halls that lined the neighborhood, about the dancing and the music.

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