Clearwater Business Briefs


Antiques Dealer Celebrates 14 Years in Antique Alley




BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Shirley Brown, owner of Alley Antiques, Antique Alley's largest store dealing solely in antiques and collectibles, is celebrating fourteen years in business this week.  She and her husband, the former Al Brown, opened the store in 2000. To mark the anniversary Brown has added new pieces to her inventory and is holding a store wide sale.  Alley Antiques is located at 596 N. Indian Rocks Road.


UPARC team to serve as honorary crew at grand prix

ST. PETERSBURG — UPARC will participate in The Arc Racing Program for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 28-30.
Twenty persons from UPARC’s local chapter, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are heading to the street course to serve as honorary crew members for RS Werkes Racing’s two cars.
Race team owner Don Istook and his wife, Laurie, share The Arc’s commitment to ensure that people with such disabilities are fully included, especially when it comes to employment opportunities, according to a news release. Two of Laurie Istook’s brothers, Mark and Tyson Heitt, were diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped them from working as an integral part of Werkes Racing.
The Istooks are offering the crew opportunity in other locations, too, as the team moves from town to town to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
The guests from UPARC will get a hands-on experience in the paddock with the drivers and their teams. The Arc’s national office will post updates from the season’s races on its blog, Facebook and Twitter in the coming months. The races also are shown live online and later on NBC Sports.

Streaming media available on tablets, smartphones

LARGO — There’s good news for residents who want to watch commission and other city meetings on their schedules.
On-demand viewing at (click on the “Watch a Commission Meeting” link on the ride side of the page) now is available by smartphone or tablet, as well as on a PC.
Live meetings and Largo TV programs also are broadcast in Largo on Bright House Networks channel 615, WOW! channel 15 and Verizon FiOS channel 45. View the LTV schedule at

Pinecrest Place to hold CarFit event for seniors

LARGO — CarFit, a national education program created by AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, offers older drivers the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.
The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and increase their mobility in the community.
Trained volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pinecrest Place, 1150 8th Ave. SW in Largo.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 727-581-8142 or send an email to

Village Inn announces partnership with Local Boys & Girls Clubs

TAMPA — Village Inn Restaurant announced that patrons who donate $1 to the Boys & Girls Clubs while dining at the restaurant will receive a coupon for a free slice of pie in April with the purchase of an entree. For more information, visit
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