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Belle of the Ball is distributing homecoming dresses and UT is having an art auction

The Belle of the Ball will distribute homecoming dresses on Saturday.

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The Belle of the Ball will distribute homecoming dresses on Saturday.

Dress You Up: Homecoming Dress Distribution
You’ve heard of being all dressed up with nowhere to go, but it would be worse to have somewhere to go, like a homecoming dance, but not have a dress. The Belle of the Ball project has been doing its part to ensure that doesn’t happen to in-need high school girls. The organization collects formal dresses and accessories all year long, and distributes them during prom and homecoming season. Homecoming distribution season kicks off this Saturday, at the boutique location in Clearwater. Choose from a huge inventory of over 3,000 dresses. A $1-$5 donation is suggested but not necessary. No referral or appointment is needed. Additional distribution dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 12 and Oct. 21, and donations can also be made during distribution times. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave.
(727)386-4502. belleoftheballproject.com. …

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Discover the art of fashion, a change of seasons and shopping for good

Get a jump on Halloween decoration at the Fall Harvest and Tailgate Festival Friday-Saturday.

Courtesy of Julie Papalardo

Get a jump on Halloween decoration at the Fall Harvest and Tailgate Festival Friday-Saturday.

Shop for Harvey Victims: Goodwill’s Round Up
Goodwill has come up with easy ways to contribute to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Now through Tuesday, when you make purchases at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast stores, you’ll be asked if you’d like to round up the amount of your purchase to support relief efforts. The donations will go to the American Red Cross. If you don’t want to purchase anything, you can just donate cash at a Goodwill store. While it seems like the people affected could use new clothes and household items, right now those are too difficult to deliver, so monetary donations are more helpful. For store locations, visit goodwill-suncoast.org. …

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New Tampa salon offers more than haircuts, celebrates African culture

Faro Farak and his wife, Nandi Safiyah, pose for a photo at the grand opening of Faro’s Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique in Tampa in August. Farak is the barber. Safiyah’s expertise is braiding and natural hair.

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Faro Farak and his wife, Nandi Safiyah, pose for a photo at the grand opening of Faro’s Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique in Tampa in August. Farak is the barber. Safiyah’s expertise is braiding and natural hair.

Faro Farak dreamed of working for himself.

Though the Tampa native became a licensed barber in 2008, his travels around the country, to California and Atlanta, led him on different career paths, including as a personal trainer and in commercial plumbing.

Nandi Safiyah began doing hair in her native Tobago when she was just 9. Her sisters noticed her gift and would bring her down to the cruise ships to braid tourists' hair. She saved the money she earned to move to the United States and continued doing hair to put herself through school. She gave up braiding hair professionally but would occasionally style friends' hair.

When Farak and Safiyah met in Tampa in 2014, they bonded not only over their hair backgrounds, but also over their passion for African culture. The idea for Faro's Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique was born: a full-service salon and barbershop that specializes in natural hair, and a place where African culture could be celebrated.

"I wanted to bring culture into it, and be something new and fresh in the area," Farak said. "We didn't wantto be a cookie-cutter salon." …

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