Business briefs: Holiday walk set for Friday

December 10, 2013 

ANNA MARIA -- The Anna Maria Holiday Walk will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday as shopkeepers all along Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue, and North Bay Boulevard stay open late.

The shops in the AMI Historic Green Village will be among those offering special treats and sales for holiday shoppers.

Bob Brown Art Gallery will welcome acclaimed artist and jewelry designer Kathryn Carlyle for "A Kathryn Carlyle Christmas" trunk show. Carlyle will feature her one-of-a kind handmade jewelry, which is often described as "wearable art," as well as her new line of Star Beings paintings. The trunk show will also go on at the gallery all day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Richard Terpstra of Richard's Candy Co. will also join the team Friday at Bob Brown Art with his handmade fudge confections. His fudge was voted Best in Florida in 2011, and since then he has expanded his offerings to include sugar-free, vegan, and raw fudge options, which allow a whole new audience to enjoy his treats.

Relish Café invites beach-goers to stop in for free treats. AMI Outfitters plans to stay open until 8 p.m. Friday. Hometown Desserts will be taking orders for special holiday desserts.

Publix and Strawberry Fest team up on tickets

The Florida Strawberry Festival is partnering with Publix Super Markets to offer customers a discounted rate on advance admission tickets.

Nearly 200 Publix stores throughout Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties will sell admission tickets as well as promoting the Festival.

Tickets will be available for purchase at participating Publix stores Jan. 30 through March 9 and can be purchased at customer service desks. Advance discounted tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

To see the list of participating Publix Super Markets, visit flstrawberryfestival.com.

Oil prices fall slightly

The price of oil fell slightly Monday, the first decline in seven trading sessions.

Benchmark U.S. crude for January delivery slipped 31 cents to $97.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil had gained $5.35 a barrel, or 5.8 percent, over the previous six trading days.

Meanwhile, natural gas rose above $4.20 for the first time since May 28, on the likelihood that homeowners turned up the heat to try to shake off the effects of two wintry storms that plowed across the country. Forecasts are for colder than normal temperatures in the Midwest this week.

U.S. drivers who braved the rough conditions in many areas paid an average of $3.26 a gallon for gasoline. That's down 9 cents from this time a year ago.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils,

dropped $2.22 at $109.39 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

• Wholesale gasoline lost 5 cents to $2.67 a gallon.

• Heating oil lost 4 cents to $3.01 a gallon.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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