BEST WISE-CRACKING FURNITURE DIVA

Linda Cox, Robb & Stucky

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At first, the sheer vastness of the 120,000-square-foot Robb & Stucky emporium at International Plaza is a little daunting: room after model room in styles ranging from Ralph Lauren to Tommy Bahama to George Jetson. The prices aren’t as staggering as you might expect, though, and if you’re lucky, you will be guided through the maze by a chic, slyly witty design consultant named Linda Cox, who’s kind of a cross between Auntie Mame (the Rosalind Russell version) and Suzanne Pleshette (the Newhart years). Settle down in a plush armchair for a chat, but watch out — she’ll probably wind up selling it to you. (Don’t worry, though, she’ll also tell you if you’re about to make a design gaffe.) 2223 West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-319-6700.

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