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Stephanie Hayes, Times Features Editor

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes is the features editor for the Tampa Bay Times, directing features coverage and the Times' staff of critics. Previously, she was arts and entertainment editor, and before that, performing arts critic, covering plays, musicals, classical music, dance, comedy and more. She also blogs about fashion for the Times' style blog, Deal Divas. She started writing for the Times in 2003, covering everything from suburban politics to zoning to snack foods to Britney Spears. She wrote the Times' feature obituary column, Epilogue, and went on to work as a general assignment reporter, entertainment reporter and higher education reporter. She grew up near Cleveland and graduated from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8716


Twitter: @StephHayes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. Shake Shack, Momofuku and more: Please come to Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Fabio is coming!

    Not the Fabio on your romance novel, with the billowing hair and large quantities of artificial butter. This Fabio, in all likelihood, uses real butter. And olive oil.

    Fabio Viviani, the charming Top Chef alum known for appearances on Good Morning America and The Chew, announced last week he's planning to open a restaurant in downtown Tampa. Osteria is due in spring on the bottom floor of luxury high-rise Nine15. Viviani is partnering with the team behind Tampa's Franklin Manor....

  2. You know you're cold in Florida when ...


    It's not a figment of your imagination. It has felt very, very cold lately.

    Yes, we know it's negative quintillion in Minneapolis where your sister runs a pet food shop. But Floridians have their own special struggles getting through this recent cold snap. There are scientific reasons for why we feel colder here, even if the number on the thermostat reads higher than other places.

    Times reporter Sara DiNatale tackled the issue recently, writing: "Doctors and meteorologists agree it mainly comes down to how bodies acclimate to climates — but there are other factors at work, too. There can be circumstances when Florida's humidity does, in fact, make it feel colder than what the thermostat reads."...

  3. Black on the red carpet is not the answer, but it's a start


    Black. Blank. The absence of color. The sobering, cavernous apex of nothingness.

    It was the statement on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, a show of solidarity after months of women saying #metoo, after devastating revelations about Harvey Weinstein led to the tumbling of another, another, another, another. The majority of attendees in 2018 chose to eschew color. Some brought activists as their dates. Many wore a pin promoting the legal defense fund Time's Up, which advocates for equity, parity and safety across all industries. Many celebrities have donated to the fund, which has raised more than $15 million so far....

  4. New Year's resolutions for living your best life in Tampa Bay


    Happy January! It's a new year, and as such, we're vowing to make the most of the rich, interesting place where we live. People from all over the world come to Tampa Bay to vacation. Every year, it's good to take stock of why. Tourists have done things in our towns that folks who have lived here for 40 years have not.

    So, what do you want to do this year? We can help you get started. The Tampa Bay Times features staff gathered our own new year's resolutions for living in Tampa Bay: ...

  5. From Hamilton to Datz, Tampa Bay looks ahead to 2018


    You don't have to look far to find a grievance to log with 2017.

    From national tragedies to deaths of some favorite celebrities to an increasingly bitter political divide, it was a year fraught with change and pain. Pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin distills this all in Sunday's Latitudes and on, twisting the narrative into the light, finding things to be hopeful for, from promising young performers to more women and people of color producing art and effecting change....

  6. Order last-minute gifts from Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon and more


    Time, friends, is almost up.

    Not time on Earth (we hope). Time to shop. Christmas comes Monday, leaving you only a few short days. I remember working in retail and the wrath that the last Saturday before Christmas wrought.

    But you're good, right? According to recent surveys by market research firm the NPD Group, more and more shoppers are getting a jump on holiday transactions rather than waiting until the last second. You're all set?...

  7. Six places to see a movie and eat dinner at the same time


    Back in my day ...

    Go on. Say the words. Apply it to the cost of movies. Once a casual weekend outing, seeing a flick can be an enormously expensive experience in streaming-happy 2017. Tickets can climb upwards of $15 these days, depending on the theater and type of experience (3D, IMAX, rumbling seats, et al).

    Going to the movies is also comforting, fun and familiar. The popcorn is salty, fingers slick with orange oil. The Coke is fizzy. The screen is large enough to make us feel small. We need that sometimes, don't we?...

  8. We love Lady Gaga's talent, but let's not forget her outfits

    Music & Concerts

    The queen is here, and if you don't already have tickets, good luck finding them.

    The Lady Gaga concert at Amalie Arena on Friday has been sold out since it went on sale, a frenzy we can attribute to a couple of possibilities:

    A. People want to see the spectacle Gaga has become known for — the elaborate costumes, the interpretive storytelling, the special effects, the sheer theatricality....

    Singer Lady Gaga dressed as “Jo Calderone”, winner of Best Female Video Award and Best Video with a Message Award for “Born This Way” poses in the press room during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  9. Some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving that aren't Thanksgiving


    Happy Turkey Day!

    Or is it? Sometimes life just doesn't come together at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

    Circumstances mean it's not always possible to sit around the table on Thanksgiving, a family in a Publix ad smiling over a glistening bird. Maybe family is out of town. Maybe children of blended families are with the other parent. Maybe illness, flight delays and work schedules are throwing in a wrench. Or maybe you just don't have a lot of family, period....

    Shrimp and scallops in white sauce at Yummy House restaurant. Popular Tampa Chinese restaurant Yummy House has opened a second location in Tampa on E. Hillsborough Avenue. The restaurant is much more upscale than its original Waters Avenue location.
  10. Five reasons to check out the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading


    For 25 years, readers and authors have been mingling on a very special day in St. Petersburg.

    The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is back this weekend, organized painstakingly by our book editor, Colette Bancroft, and the Times marketing department. The festival is celebrating a big birthday this year, with some equally big literary names visiting the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Saturday. Headliners include crime fiction writer Michael Connelly, children's author Kate DiCamillo and broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson, who broke open the sexual harassment scandal inside Fox News. Find the info online at

    KIM SALT   |   Special to the Times
  11. Now that it's not sweltering in Florida, some things to do outside


    A few weeks ago, when the temperature dropped below 80 degrees for the first time, I broke out the opaque tights and boots.*

    "It's tights* season!" I said, gleeful, full of hope for a sweat-free tomorrow.

    "We're not quite there yet," my husband said.

    He was right. We weren't quite there yet. But we Floridians like to get fall-oriented the second the weather turns anything less than Dante's 8th circle. It's scarf and sweater time, and no one will tell us otherwise. A couple of recent cold fronts have made our dreams of crisp weather a reality. Monday morning, it was 49 degrees! I repeat, 49 degrees....

  12. Mrs. Roper to George Michael: Throwback pop culture costume ideas


    Put down the Donald Trump wig, and back away slowly.

    It's not hard to find a pop culture costume for 2017, given the whirlwind year of politics, entertainment and general options. Unicorn Frappuccino, pregnant Instagram Beyoncé, Wonder Woman, Rick and Morty, The Handmaid's Tale, anyone in the current administration. Those are all quality costume choices, but why not be surprising? Take people back to something they forgot about and be the hit of the party....

    Musicians Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne arrive at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  13. Things to drink at Oktoberfest that are not beer

    Bars & Spirits

    International Bitterness Units. Dry hopping. Fermentable sugars.

    Beer, once the pale, watery symbol of casual consumption, has become bigger than itself. Everyone is an expert. The craft beer craze has Taylor from accounting explaining her home brew project on the elevator. Taylor's beer tastes like socks.

    Breweries continue to pop up on every corner of Tampa Bay, and, well, the world. (I recently tried some local brews in Greece.) It's easy to become persona non grata in your social circle if you don't imbibe. It's also true that beers have gotten way more delicious and dynamic. Between sours and hefes and stouts, it's possible for a non-beer drinker to find something that suits....

  14. See the runway looks from Tampa Bay Fashion Week


    It's hard to believe Tampa Bay Fashion Week is 10.

    Yes, our local fashion event is now a decade old, and a birthday party it did have. I've been attending the festivities for probably eight of those years, and I've seen the evolution, from scaling up to scaling down, from no runway show to two runway shows, from a wild, celebrity-filled party vibe (who can forget Kato Kaelin?) to the classier, more subdued yet celebratory event we saw Friday at International Plaza in Tampa. As it did in 2016, Tampa Bay Fashion Week presented a mix of mall retailers and local designers. The tone this year felt decidedly more elegant, with less focus on swimwear and more focus on eye-catching designs, particularly gowns. Everyone on the runway seemed a bit regal, and I left feeling inspired and energized....

    Designs by Elizabeth Carson Racker.
  15. With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen coming to Tampa, could these celeb BFFs be next?


    Get out your emergency Cuteness Survival Kit and prepare to be charmed.

    This week's dual interview with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen — that's right, we talked to both of them — is going to make you want to pour a hot tea, curl up on your couch and wonder, is there a best friend out there for me?

    Cohen, Bravo king, and Cooper, CNN king, have been friends since a blind date 20 years ago (the spark wasn't there). They've turned their connection into a stage show, coming to Tampa on Saturday. Read Jay Cridlin's interview on Page 14 to find out why they love to egg each other on and take questions from the crowd....

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Actors Michelle Williams (L) and Busy Philipps attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)