Despite experts’ skepticism of investing in business parks, Tallahassee builders continue to fund these types of projects.

Street Chefs Owner Rebecca Kelly Manders launches job training program for ex-convicts.
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A local restaurateur is launching a new culinary training program for ex-convicts. Street Chefs owner and ReFire Training founder Rebecca Kelly-Manders wants to help felons who have served their time step into the culinary sector—filling what she says is a talent gap in the Tallahassee restaurant industry.

Barrel Room at the St. Augustine Distillery
Nick Evans

This week could mark the beginning of the end for a long-running restriction on liquor sales.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to take action on a measure allowing stores to sell groceries and liquor under the same roof.

Morgan Danford

Florida ranks among the top four states for high-tech employment, cutting edge technology and innovation, according to the Tallahassee Technology Alliance, and its TechExpo is one way they are making sure that ranking continues.

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After years of debate, the legislature is on the brink of deregulating a slate of professions. Cosmetologists to geologists to boxing announcers could have a better shot at starting a business. But some of those same workers have doubts about the reforms.

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An effort to allow liquor sales in grocery stores cleared its first committee Thursday. Lawmakers are one step closer to tearing down the wall that separates liquor stores from other retailers. For many Florida shops, that’s a literal wall, because of a Prohibition-era law that prevents grocers from selling liquor alongside beer and wine.

Kate Payne

Local business and technology leaders are trying to improve workplace environments for the next generation of women.

Aryanna Duhl

Business incubators and co-working spaces are popping up all over the country, and in Tallahassee, Domi Station just celebrated its two year anniversary. But how are these efforts to grow local businesses impacting Tallahassee’s economy? 

Owners of the Northwood Center are suing the state of Florida over broken leases. Four state agencies currently rent space in the building but the Florida legislature de-funded those leases in the budget that begins this June.


Tallahassee’s Northwood Centre is facing a lawsuit over health hazards. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation reported ten pounds of bat guano in its office ceiling earlier this month.

There is high demand for young professionals in Tallahassee. The city is looking for new ways to retain its university graduates and grow local business.

There are a couple of local events this week aimed at reaching out to female entrepreneurs—specifically women veterans and low-income women.

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With different areas of the state experiencing widespread flooding, state and local officials are warning residents to be careful of scams and ensuring they get proper relief.


With Hurricane season underway, Florida officials are warning residents about scams that tend to blow through the state along with the storms.

Gramblings celebrates 100 years in business
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There are only a handful of local Tallahassee businesses that have crossed the centennial mark, and Saturday, one more made the list. Gramling's, a local seed and farm store, was founded in 1915.

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A Senate panel on Monday blessed a Republican plan to take the traditional sales tax holiday to a whole new level. Two Republican lawmakers want to create a “Small Business Saturday” holiday targeting 80 percent of all business in Florida that pay sales taxes.

Representative Jay Fant of Jacksonville and Senator Rene Garcia of Hialeah want to put “Small Business Saturday” into Florida law. It would fall two days after Thanksgiving. Fant sees a Black Friday shopping rush but for millions of shop owners and cost-conscious customers .

woman shopping in Thomasville
City of Thomasville

The city of Thomasville, Georgia, is inviting holiday shoppers to visit on the day after Black Friday. Locally owned stores are already prepping for the Small Business Saturday event.

Two days after Turkey leftovers are bagged up, Small Business Saturday in Thomasville will give shoppers the chance to cross items off their gift lists—or, as Fuzzy Goat yarn store owner Cadence Kidwell says, “They could still get started on something that they could make for somebody that they love." 

dining room
Hospitality Management Tallahassee

The owner of Downtown Tallahassee’s Avenue Eat & Drink restaurant is about to launch a new three-in-one business in Midtown. The restaurant, dessert bar and music venue are set to open where Mockingbird restaurant closed earlier this year.

Avenue owner Chris Clark is putting the finishing touches on renovations of the former Mockingbird restaurant and lounge on North Monroe Street.

Tallahassee Business Owners Drop Clothes To Raise Cash

Sep 29, 2014
woman with melons
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Tallahassee is buzzing about not one but two local fundraising calendars featuring nearly nude business owners. The reaction to the Ten Speed Greens and Gaines Street Fest calendars has been largely positive, but some critics are saying the images are indecent or they objectify women.  

Brad Harris
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Tallahassee’s Making Awesome shared workspace is on the hunt for a new, more affordable home. The volunteer-led makers’ space that’s helped launched startup companies can’t afford to keep renting its warehouse from Tallahassee Community College.

Brad Harris is a Making Awesome co-founder. He’s walking around the group’s 4,000-square-foot warehouse Thursday, past large woodworking machines, tiny computers and a 3D printer that’s about a foot wide and a foot tall. Harris says it, or rather, she, was the group’s first.

Midtown Filling Station bar
Stephanie Spellman via Facebook

Tonight will be the last time patrons can visit Tallahassee’s Midtown Filling Station bar and Alchemy speakeasy. The once-popular watering holes are closing their doors after a few years.

Tallahassee resident Molly Woodsum says since she moved back to her hometown as a young professional, Midtown Filling Station has been the place she and her friends have spent many a weekend.

hot dog
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A Florida law that went into effect today bases the frequency of restaurant inspections on how much of a risk each establishment poses. The new system replaces the previous schedule of two unannounced yearly inspections for all food-service providers.

Your favorite lunch spot now has a food safety risk grade. Division of Business and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Beth Frady says the number—from one to four—determines how many times inspectors will drop by unannounced over the next year.

Capital Report: 04-02-2014

Apr 2, 2014

Opponents to Florida’s school choice are lining up against a proposal giving students with disabilities additional funding. Lynn Hatter reports they say while the intent of the bill is noble, they fear it will lead to an even greater segregation of Florida’s education system as a whole.

Local Business Closings

Dec 24, 2013

One of the area’s most vocal “shop local” advocates comments on the recent spate of small business closings in Tallahassee.

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The Florida Retail Federation originally predicted 2013's holiday shopping season would net 3.5 to 4.5-percent more sales than 2012 and officials say they’re on the way to meeting that goal – handily. Labor groups chided big retailers who pushed the sales weekend earlier to include Thanksgiving night in an attempt to maximize profits. Although overall numbers are up, Florida Retail Federation Spokesman John Fleming pointed out that whatever retailers might’ve gained by being open Thursday, they might’ve lost Friday.