Business briefs: Lucky Brand to open in Mall at University Town Center spring 2015

Lucky Brand coming to Mall at UTC

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Designer jean company Lucky Brand will open inside the Mall at University Town Center in spring 2015.

A large sign over a vacant unit on the mall's second floor teases the store will be coming soon. Lucky Brand will be next to Vince Camuto and Talbots.

Lucky, which started in 1990 in Los Angeles, is known for making its jeans with rips, frays, weathered and patched looks. The company has a factory store in the Ellenton Premium Outlets and retail locations at International Plaza in Tampa and Westfield Brandon.

The store has yet to file a building permit, but plans show the store should be about 8,000 square feet.

Arhaus Furniture, which was scheduled to open with the mall, has a coming-soon sign that says it will open in March.

Agency seeks volunteers to help with tax forms.

BRADENTON -- Suncoast Community Capital is looking for some volunteers to join its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance team. Volunteers help area individuals and families prepare and file their taxes for free.

This tax return service helps households making less than $53,000 annually. VITA helps families avoid being victims of scams and helps them claim tax return money they have earned.

No accounting experience is necessary. IRS-training will be provided. Information sessions will be held:

Downtown Bradenton: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, at Jeanne's Bistro (417 12th Street West, #101, Bradenton, 34205)

East Bradenton: 9 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 15, 29 and Nov. 12 at Starbucks on S.R. 64 and I-75 (6521 East State Road 64, Bradenton, 34208)

For more information call Catherine Ferrer at 941-744-2666, ext. 3 or email her at

-- Herald staff reports