Business briefs: Bose to open store inside Mall at University Town Center

July 9, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Radio retailer Bose is ready to pump some bass into the new Mall at University Town Center.

Bose applied for a permit Tuesday with Sarasota County to build a 1,400-square-foot store beside Saks Fifth Avenue and Kate Spade on the second level of the mall.

Bose, known for its compact radios will full acoustic sounds, also has a factory store inside the Ellenton Premium Outlets and a retail store inside International Plaza in Tampa.

Bose was founded by Dr. Amar G. Bose in 1964, who wanted to find a way to mimic live music through the radio.

The 880,000-square-foot mall on Cattlemen Road and University Parkway is expected to open Oct. 16, the first truly indoor mall to open in the country since the Mall at Turtle Creek opened in 2006 in Jonesboro, Ark.

Mote Marine launches new, improved website

SARASOTA -- Mote Marine Laboratory has launched a new website that promises better connections to the aquarium and research facility through an improved ticketing system and easier online access to Mote's research programs.

The new site, mote.org, includes more video and social networking features, which are expected to engage website visitors.

Built in collaboration with St. Petersburg branding agency Paradise Advertising and St. Petersburg web developer Big Sea Design Development, the site launched quietly last month. It is optimized to work with a variety of platforms, including laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Mote spokeswoman Hayley Rutger said Mote waited until recently to announce the new features on the site to make sure they worked properly. She said the ticketing feature has functioned particularly well.

"The site is a wonderful new interface for our world-class marine research, education and outreach," she said.

Founded in 1955, Mote Marine laboratory is an independent research organization dedicated to research relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of marine habitats and resources. Its 24 research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models and the effects of man-made and natural toxins on the environment.

World of Beer helps welcome heroes home

MANATEE COUNTY -- Heroes Welcome Home -- a local nonprofit organization assisting recently returned veterans -- is having its fourth "Heroes Night Out" fundraiser.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. July 19 at the World of Beer, 8217 Tourist Center Dr.

The event will offer barbecue, drink specials, live music and an opportunity to win raffle prizes from local vendors. Patrons can also sample some of World of Beer's selection.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

For information contact Heroes Welcome Home at 941-812-7983 or email tbarrett67@yahoo.com

-- Herald staff reports

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