September 5, 2008
Eye on Business Riverview September
Cleaning For Every lifestyle
SouthShore home owners have a new option for deep cleaning those important areas of the house. Apollo Beach resident Edmond D. Dubreuil recently opened lifestyle Cleaning, a residential cleaning business that works with the motto “Clean is Elegant.”
“I offer cleaning services designed to help maintain our Florida Lifestyle,” says Dubreuil. “In Florida we have living areas that we use for relaxation, recreation and socializing. The surfaces within these areas over time and usage become dirty and contaminated with dirt, molds and germs. I believe these contaminated surfaces reduce the quality of these living environments.”
To increase the quality of living for his clients, Dubreuil uses sanitizing steam vapor to clean lanai, lanai furniture, the pool and patio area, tile and grout, ceramic, granite, marbles, carpets and upholstery.
“The steam, thermal cleaning loosens or dissolves greases and dirt and kills molds, germs and viruses,” says Dubreuil, who has more than 20 years experience in sales, sales management, operations and customer service in the health care, business consulting and employment service industries. “Thermal cleaning reduces or eliminates the need for cleaning chemicals and is recommended for people who have allergies, are sensitive to chemicals and for those promoting a green environment.”
For more information, contact lifestyle Cleaning at 777-9777. Appointments are available from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Java Cow Holds Ribbon Cutting
Java Cow Ice Cream and Coffee Café recently held a ribbon cutting at its new location in Riverview on U.S. Hwy. 301 S., next to the Citgo gas station.
Java Cow, which also has a location in Sun City Center, offers a wide variety of ice cream flavors in home-made waffle cones or sundaes and a selection of sandwiches, salads and pastries among other choices.
For more information, call 642-8752 or visit www.javacowcafe.com.
SunTrust Hosts Open House
On September 12 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., residents are invited to attend an open house meet and greet celebration to introduce SunTrust Bank to the area. According to Branch Manager Gabriella Sada, the event will include refreshment, food, free giveaways and information on the wide variety of services available at the branch located at 11721 Boyette Rd.
For more information, contact Sada at 677-5566 or visit www.suntrust.com.
Businesses Join To Fight Cancer
In early August, Whitney Brundage of Playmania joined with East Coast Pizza to host a fundraising dinner to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The event raised $200 for local resident Vanessa Cain who is participating in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser as captain of the Pink Stars team.
PlayMania, a family owned indoor children’s play and learning center, offers a series of parent-child programs devoted to the physical, emotional and social development of children including open play and classes for children from birth to age six. On September 20 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon, PlayMania is hosting an open house to showcase new classes and packages.
Visit www.playmaniatampa.com or call 649-8919 for more information.
Band Draws 400 for Opening
Dixie’s Dockside River Front Pub and Boat Rentals drew a crowd of 400 at its official grand opening celebration last month.
Located on the Alafia River in Gibsonton, Dixie’s welcomed the Johnny G. Lyons Band, the Budweiser Girls and the Brandon Harley HOG Club in addition to residents from all over the area for the celebration.
“They came by motorcycle, they came by car, they came by truck, they came by boat and they all had fun,” say owners Brian and Dixie MacKay. “The band had everyone up and dancing to their classic rock and their original songs.”
Dixie’s, which is located on the river at 9808 Vaughn St., offers drink specials, lights snacks, boat rentals and regularly scheduled live music. In addition, food from Cuban sandwiches to Shrimp Cevechie, is served next door to Dixie’s at Nandy’s.
For more information, call 671-4999 or visit www.dixiesdockside.com.
New Management at Dolphin Realty
David Barron, president of Coldwell Banker Dolphin Realty in Apollo Beach, is proud to announce the appointment of Diane Allers as managing broker and vice president of the firm.
“With Diane’s knowledge of the market place, her commitment to team leadership, Coldwell Banker’s worldwide referral network and Diane’s customer service management style, Coldwell Banker Dolphin Realty will continue to be a leader in area home sales,” says Barron.
After serving in the United States Air Force and working in Military Intelligence, Allers directed her career towards the real estate profession.
“I’m thrilled to be appointed manager and team captain of Coldwell Banker, Dolphin Realty,” says Allers. “Having spent almost a decade working in real estate, specifically within the SouthShore region, I have a unique understanding of the market and the ever-changing needs of today’s home buyer and seller.”
Coldwell Banker, Dolphin Realty has been serving the SouthShore area for over 15 years and is located at 208 Apollo Beach Blvd. For more information, call 645-8495.
Wilhelm Staff Complete Training
Matt von Wolfersdorf, Scott Dugan, Frank Gabrial, Andy Najarro and Scott Pierce, members of the technical staff of Wilhelm Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. recently completed their regularly scheduled classroom training on safety and technical issues.
According to Wilhelm Owner Mary Ann Wilhelm, the training ensures staff members maintain their ability to provide the highest level of service in various issues related to heating and air conditioning systems. Willhelm, a Carrier Factory authorized dealer, requires that a majority of the technical staff undergo rigorous training and testing for NATE (North American Technician Excellence, Inc.) the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry, certification.
For more information, visit www.wilhelmac.com or call 641-1811.
Fifth Third Celebrates New Riverview Banking Center
Fifth Third Bank recently celebrated the grand opening of its Riverview Banking Center at 10417 Gibsonton Dr. with a donation to the YMCA.
Riverview Banking Center Manager Patricio Navarro awarded a $1,000 donation to the YMCA on behalf of Fifth Third Bank. This donation will help support the YMCA’s mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. In addition, the bank donated backpacks and school supplies which were distributed during a back-to-school party on August 9 at Camp Cristina in Riverview. Fifth Third’s donations will benefit the migrant families, children in foster care and other families in need.
“I am excited to be a part of a company that is committed to giving back to the community,” says Navarro. “We set aside this day to not only celebrate our new banking center, but to thank the community for welcoming Fifth Third. Riverview can now enjoy the benefits of our quality products and services closer to home.”
The Riverview Banking Center offers complete banking services including drive-thru lanes, ATM access, a night depository and private offices for their mortgage loan officer, investment executive and business banking officer. The new banking center lobby is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The drive thru is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, customers can call the Riverview Banking Center location at 234-6840 or visit 53.com.
Apollo Beach Chamber Plans Celebration
Mark your calendars! Apollo Beach is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with Apollo Beach Days taking place the weekend of November 14-16. The calendar of events will be published soon. For more information, contact Kevin Conlan of the Apollo Beach Chamber at 645-1366
Cats Seek Good Homes
Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort Inc. (C.A.R.E.), a no-kill animal shelter located in Ruskin, has a large number of kittens, young adults and adult felines in residence this summer looking for permanent homes. To aid them in their search for new homes, the shelter is offering special packages with each cat adopted from the shelter during the month of September.
While supplies last, adopters will also be provided with a free bag of food and a gift bag containing toys, supplies and a video on cat care with each adoption. Senior discounts are available when adopting an adult cat – and adult cats make better companions for adult singles or couples looking for a pet companion.
All cats have tested negative for feline disease, have microchips, current vaccinations and have or will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Cats may be visited in their open bay dormitories, which are separated by resident ages, any Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For questions or directions to C.A.R.E., call 645-2273 or visit www.careshelter.org.
Victoria’s Hosts Open House
School of Dance Holds Open House Victoria’s School of Dance, now located at 11958 Boyette Rd. in Riverview, will hold its Open House on September 20, Saturday, 1-4 p.m. within the Boyette Executive Center. Entertainment will be provided by the Spectrum Dance Team. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be for sale with 50 percent of food sales being donated to an organization still to be chosen. For more information, call 661-1172 or visit www.VSOD.net.
Resident Installs Solar Screens
A trip to visit his sister in New Mexico brought about a new way of life for FishHawk resident Kevin Sanders. After noticing the solar shields on his sister’s windows and how they helped save her money on air conditioning and heating bills, Sanders decided to bring the concept to the Brandon area and opened SUN BLOCK Screens of Florida, LLC.
According to Sanders, the screens block up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat before it hits the glass, reducing the interior room temperature up to 15 degrees and can also cut air conditioning bills by up to 50 percent.
“During the daytime your neighbors cannot see into your house but you can see out. The screens actually allow 75-80 percent of the natural light into the room so you do not have to close your blinds or curtains during the day; but at night your neighbors can see in so make sure you keep your blinds for nighttime privacy,” says Sanders, who runs the company with his son Shaun.
“We have installed tens of thousands of square feet of screens and received excellent reviews; not only for the way the screens perform, but our high-quality workmanship as well,” says Saunders. “We are licensed and insured and have been approved by every homeowners association our product has been presented to.”
For more information and a free estimate, call 690-4637 or visit www.sunblockscreens.com.
Storage Facility Opens
Crosstown Stor-N-More Self Storage, LLC, a family owned and operated company, opened the doors in July to a brand new seven-acre facility housing more than 750 units. In business for more than eight years in other areas, Stor-N-More is excited to open its newest location in Brandon.
Climate controlled and non-climate controlled units, a state of the art security system and RV and boat parking.
Stor-N-More is located at 1505 U.S. Hwy. 301 S., just one block north of the Crosstown Expressway. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
For more information, call 627-8559.
New Office Suites Available
Crosstown Executive Suites at Stor-N-More, located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 301 and the Crosstown Expressway, is new open with great locations to operate your business.
With furnished or unfurnished offices available, flexible lease terms and full administrative and receptionist services are available.
“Whether you need a permanent office space or just a place to meet with clients, we can suit your business needs and your budget,” says representative Erin Williams.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Williams at 626-0673.
TechPlayZone Hosts Imagine Tomorrow
TechPlayZone, a popular science and technology center for children located on Boyette Rd. at the intersection with Bell Shoals Rd., is joining forces with Imagine Tomorrow to offer an eight-week session of classes for children starting Monday, September 8.
Imagine Tomorrow is a nationally recognized curriculum established in 1991 offering classes to students ages 2-7 years aimed at expanding their understanding of sophisticated technology, in a fun manner.
“Every class brings new experiences designed to teach young students how to think creatively, express their ideas, and apply the skills they are learning to solve problems and accomplish their goals,” says Brandi Hopper, Imagine Tomorrow representative.
According to Hopper, every class combines interactive video and software in a proprietary format that allows children to work at their own pace in a group setting. For more information, contact Hooper at 404-1811 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information on TechPlayZone, visit www.techplayzone.com.
Center Has Entertainment for the Whole Family
Looking for a fun location for a family outing? K Breeze Indoor Putt Putt opened recently on Bloomingdale Ave. offering a Playstation 3 gaming center in addition to an 18-hole miniature golf course.
Owned by John Tierney, the center is available for birthday parties in a private room, with three different packages available, and offers drinks and light refreshments. Children under 3 years play for free. K Breeze Indoor Putt Putt is located at 815 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon-6 p.m. Call 315-9813 for more information.