November Valrico Business Column

BC_Allegrialogo  By Sandy Meyer

Allegria Italiana Brings Local Vocalist to Perform

Vocalist Courtney Welch will be performing on alternating Sundays at Allegria Italiana Ristorante. The Seffner area resident will perform from 5-8 p.m. at the restaurant and is also slated to perform at the 2016 Hillsborough County Fair. Visit www.Courtney Welch.net. Allegria Italiana is located at 518 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Visit www.allegriaitaliana.com or call 651-1166.

David Weekley Hosts HolidayBC_DavidWeekley Food Drive

The David Weekley Homes CARE program is hosting a Giving Thanks, Giving Back Thanksgiving Drive so those less fortunate may enjoy a hearty meal. Donations will go to Feeding America Tampa Bay, an organization that provides food to a network of food banks and engages the community in the fight to end hunger. David Weekley is collecting non-perishable items which include canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables, canned cranberry sauce, gravy mix, boxed meals, boxed stuffing and bread mix through Wednesday, November 18 at any David Weekley model home. For the closest location, visit www.david weekleyhomes.com. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon–6 p.m.

Nia -Body-Mind Movement Practice Comes to Brandon

On Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m., licensed Black Belt Nia Teacher and Brandon resident Kathryn Mansfield presents the highly acclaimed fusion-fitness practice, Nia. Charged with power, grace and body-mind conditioning, this class is open to anyone interested in holistic movement, fitness, health and wellbeing. The Nia Technique combines techniques and concepts from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, blending music, movements and self-expression into dynamic, hour-long routines. Nia trains students to choose pleasure as the path toward physical, mental and emotional health. Benefits of Nia include stress reduction, cardiovascular conditioning, improved self-esteem, improved muscle tone, greater flexibility and mobility, a more balanced nervous system, improved postural alignment and circulation, weight management and improved concentration.

MBJ Health and Fitness, located at 1530 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, is offering a free one-week trial class pass. Visit mbjhealthand fitness.com/fitness/fitness-schedule/ to register or see class schedule. Visit www.move withkat.com.

Hillsboro Bank Introduces New Branch Manager

Tiffany Achille of Hillsboro Bank Valrico was recently promoted to branch manager of Hillsboro Bank. Hillsboro Bank is a hometown community bank that truly values its local ownership, management and community corporate citizenship. The bank’s directors, stockholders and employees all have deep roots in the communities it serves. It provides community banking inclusive of both personal and business account offerings along with online banking and bill pay. Visit the Valrico location at 1016 Bloomingdale Ave. Call 657-8989 or visit www.hillsboro bank.com.

Local Dance Studio Raises Money for FSH Society

Fred Astaire Dance Studio hosted a dance-a-thon to raise research funds for the FSH Society. The FSH Society supports families and patients diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, works to advocate for those patients and raise research funds for treatment and therapy. Fred Astaire Dance Studio partnered with student Bobby Budhram for a night of dancing to raise money and show that anybody can dance. Over $8,000 was raised for this cause. Fred Astaire Dance Studio is located at 1076 E. Brandon Blvd. Ste. 114 in Brandon. Call 438-5963 or visit www.fredastaire.com/Brandon.

Henriquez Earns Certified Florida Appraiser Designation

In less than three years Hillsborough County Property Appraiser (HCPA) Bob Henriquez has earned his Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) designation. Henriquez, who took the reins of the HCPA in January 2013, received the title after meeting all standards established by the International Association of Assessing Officers. Going forward, Henriquez said he plans to continue to improve his technical knowledge in mass appraisal while fine-tuning the HCPA’s office operations and efficiencies.

Junior Achievement ReceivJA_Logo_Black_Left_Justifiedes Grant
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay has received a $6,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers. The grant will enable 200 Hillsborough County middle school students to participate in JA Economics for Success, to be taught by JA trained Travelers employees and associates. JA Economics for Success is a program that demonstrates the importance of staying in school, completing one’s education, and the impact on future earnings potential. Visit www.jatampabay.org and visit www.travelers.com

BC_MyHouselogoMy House Fitness Opening In Brandon

Brandon residents have a new option for living a healthy lifestyle. My House Fitness will open at 207 W. Bloomingdale Ave. on Monday, November 30. My House Fitness is outfitted with the latest equipment and highly trained specialists who are committed to clients’ fitness and lifestyle goals. Fitness specialists combine core techniques, and advances in nutrition and cardiovascular training to create the most effective personal training program. My House Fitness caters to a wide range of clients by offering personalized one-on-one fitness programs, small and large group training, nutritional counseling, weight loss programs, golf fitness programs and virtual training. Unique class offerings include Gun Show, Ab & Assets, Total Body Throttle and more. Visit www.My House Fitness.com.

Area Developer Agreement Signed for 24 Toppers

An agreement has been signed with Tim B. Humes for the development of 24 Non-Traditional Topper’s Creamery units in Pinellas County. The 24-unit deal signed with Humes follows the “18 in 18” announcement in July in which a company-wide goal of adding 18 new Topper’s Creamery units over the next 18 months was set. Visit www.topperscreamery.com.

GradePower Celebrates Second Birthday

October marks the second birthday for GradePower Learning in Valrico. GradePower thanks its entire team and the community for its support over the past 24 months. GradePower helps students from Pre-K to twelfth grade to help children build a lifetime foundation for learning. It is located at 3212 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Visit www.gradepowervalrico.com.

ScanCorporation Now Offering IT Services to Local Clients

ScanCorporation.com is available for IT needs. It has been in the same location for over 25 years as a manufacturer and supplier of OCR and barcode scanning equipment, along with providing Microsoft IT support for federal and state agencies nationwide. It has recently begun to offer services to retail and local clients. Visit www.scancorporation.com or call 800-881-SCAN. It is located at 110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Ste. E/F.