April 20, 2014
April Brandon Business Column
By Sandra Meyer
Hello. My name is Sandra Meyer and I am the new Business Editor for the Osprey Observer. I am originally from Cleveland, OH and moved to the FishHawk area in 2004. I have a B.A. in English from the New York Institute of Technology and have been a Freelance Writer for the Osprey Observer since late 2009. I am also a mother of two who keep me very busy with their activities. I am very excited to join the Osprey Observer team in this new role and be a bigger part of the community in which I live. Please feel free to contact me about any new business openings, new features and offerings so I can include the business in an upcoming edition. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reproductive Medicine Group is hosting its sixth annual “New Beginnings” Fertility Conference on Saturday, May 10 from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will highlight fertility assessments and lifestyle considerations for women age 35 and above seeking pregnancy. To register or find out more about this conference, visit tampafertilityconference.com. Reproductive Medical Group is located at 612 Medical Care Dr. in Brandon and can be reached at 661-9114.
Michelle Mosher of Southshore Insurance Professionals invites the public to celebrate the opening of her new business at Millennium Parkway. It provides coverage only through ‘A-Rated,’ financially strong insurance carriers, and protection for homeowners, automobiles and more. There will be a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at 1219 Millennium Pkwy. Ste.106 in Brandon. Mosher can be reached at 448-7580.
Tampa Bay Soo Bahk began offering eight week martial arts introductory classes on Saturday, April 5. There are two classes per week for ages 7 and up for only $85, which includes the cost of the uniform. Owners William and Frances Garcia have operated Tampa Bay Soo Bahk for three years and they are a certified studio of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. The studio is located at 116 Kings Ave. in Brandon and is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. For more information, call 465-2377 or visit tampabaysbd.com.
Brandon Honda Named 2014 Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer
Brandon Honda has been named winner of the second annual 2014 Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award given to only the top one percent of all car dealers nationwide for best overall customer service based on actual customer reviews. Brandon Honda is located at 9209 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa, one mile west of I-75 on Route 60. For more information, call 664-1234 or visit www.BrandonHonda.com.
Auto Works of Brandon recently announced Patrick Connors has accepted the role as “shop foreman” and has joined the team at Auto Works of Brandon. Connors has multiple certifications from ASE and currently holds a Master Automobile Technician (MAT) certification and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1). He also has factory training on Volkswagen, Audi, Mini and BMW. It is located at 119 Central Dr. in Brandon. For more information, visit www.brandonautorepair.com or call 657-4399.
Brandon resident Stacey Jones recently received the Multicultural Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council. Jones is the Treasury Management Officer and Vice President of Fifth Third Bank. The award recognizes individuals of all cultural backgrounds who have made an impact through their achievements and who exemplify excellence in their fields. At Fifth Third, Jones chairs the Women Empowered in Banking Business Resource Group with the goal of connecting women employees of the bank to women in the community through personal and professional development. Jones can be reached at Stacey.Jones@53.com or 306-2567.
Winn-Dixie Seeking to Fill Positions
Winn-Dixie is seeking candidates looking for fresh opportunities to fill a variety of full and part-time positions in all Tampa-St. Petersburg area Winn-Dixie store locations. Job seekers can apply at any Winn-Dixie location or at www.winn-dixie.com/careers.
Ophthalmologists from BluePearl Veterinary Partners will be conducting free eye exams for service dogs during this year’s Seventh Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event in May. The eye exams will be provided free of charge to eligible service animals including guide dogs, therapy dogs and more. Registration for the free eye exams must be completed at ACVOeyeexam.org by Wednesday, April 30. Appointments will take place during the month of May. More information can be found at www.bluepearlvet.com. The Brandon location is at 607 Lumsden Professional Ct.
Ty Apaydin at Keller Williams Realty is the lucky winner of a KW BOLD Experience sponsorship from Waypoint Property Inspection. Darrell Green of Keller Williams was also awarded a half scholarship of $400 towards the BOLD training. More information can be found at www.atampahomeinspector.com or by calling 486-8551.
On Saturday, March 22, Ciccio–Cali invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of its grand opening. Ciccio-Cali offers an innovative, health-infused approach to dining out. The new restaurant is located at Winthrop Town Center right on Bloomingdale Ave. adjacent to the Egg & I. Its address is 11230 Sullivan St. in Riverview. For more information, visit www.cicciocali.com.
Sketch and Sip is holding a “Celebrate Your Mom” event on Saturday, May 11 from 1–3 p.m. For $20 customers can paint a vase while sipping tea and enjoying hors d’oeuvres. Gift cards can also be purchased. The business is located at 11242 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. For more information, call 644-5954 or visit www.sketchandsip.com.
Ribbon Cutting for PNC Bank
PNC Bank on Bloomingdale is celebrating its re-grand opening with a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, April 29 from 9-10 a.m. PNC Bank is located at 821 E Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and can be reached at 655-4389.
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA will put the spotlight on teens at an inaugural Teen Banquet on Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at The Regent in Riverview, located at 6437 Watson Rd. The goal of the banquet is to showcase the impact the Tampa Y’s teen development programs are having on the Tampa Bay community. Tickets cost $15 per person. For more information, contact Senior Program Director Megan Looby at megan.looby @tampa ymca.or or 839-0210 ext. 2225.
Fifth Third and Dave Ramsey Partner
Fifth Third Bank recently announced its three year renewed alliance with the Lampo Group, Inc. to underwrite Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance course in high schools throughout its 12 state footprint. Additional information on the scholarship can be found at www.53.com.
Brandon Businesses Giving Back To Community
The Museum of Science and Industry is giving away 10,000 free piggy banks provided by PNC Bank as part of its Give Change to Make Change campaign to encourage youth philanthropy and raise money to send 400 kids to MOSI Summer Science Camp this year. The fundraiser will culminate in a Children’s Gala on Saturday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m. Piggy banks are now available to be picked up in the MOSI lobby. When each child brings back the contents of their pig, they will receive a ticket for two (one adult and one child) to the Children’s Gala. Those interested in participating can pick up a piggy bank at MOSI inside the main lobby now through Friday, April 25. MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
Local Restaurants Donate 1.2 Million Pounds of Food
In the past 10 years, LongHorn Steakhouse’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, has donated more than 75 million pounds of food to community food banks across the country. In the Tampa area alone, more than 1.2 million pounds of food have been donated through this program. Locally, the Tampa area LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants regularly “harvest” wholesome, unused food and donate it to food banks in Brandon. LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 11102 Causeway Blvd. in Brandon.
ACE Hardware Hosting Art Contest
In an effort to broaden its community involvement and support the arts in Hillsborough County local schools, Seffner ACE hardware is sponsoring a unique art contest. Artists are challenged to transform the letters “A”, “C” and “E” into something creative, but still legible as ACE. Entrants must be ages 5-11 and Hillsborough County residents. The first place winner will receive $50 in ACE BUCKS and a “Science Hardware” science project valued up to $50. Other prizes are available and entry forms can be obtained at the Seffner ACE Hardware store located at 747 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. All art work must be submitted by 12 Noon on Monday, May 19 and winners will be announced at the Seffner ACE store at 12 Noon on Saturday, May 31. Call ACE at 571-1700 for additional information.
Winn Dixie Launches Program
The first “Feed the Love” Community Donation Program will benefit area pet food banks and non-profit partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in the community. Now through Tuesday, April 29, Winn Dixie customers can purchase pre-packaged bags of pet food for $5 with a Winn Dixie Reward Card, or give a monetary donation of choice at any store register. More information can be found at www.winndixie.com.