By Sandy Meyer
What’s in Store? Has Moved to Valrico
What’s in Store? the consignment store has relocated and expanded its store. The new location is in the Royal Oaks Plaza at 3220 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. They will be growing and expanding to supply and support the entire family. A grand opening is scheduled for February. Like their Facebook page for more updates. Call 643-7393 for more information.
The Bridges Awarded Business of the Year
The Bridges Retirement Community was recently presented with the 2015 Business of the Year Award for organizations with more than 50 employees at the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner. The award recognizes locally operated businesses and is based on community involvement and leadership, chamber involvement and overall success. The Bridges opened for operation in 2009 with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of residents who we care for and serve. The Bridges is located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. Call 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement.com.
Valentine’s Day Sale at Martin’s Jewelers
Martin’s Jewelers Color Your Love Valentine’s Day sale is going on now through Sunday, February 14. Find the perfect gift for the one you love and enter to win a bracelet valued at $299. Entries for the drawing are available Saturday, February 6 through Saturday, February 13. Drawing will be held on Saturday, February 13. Martin’s Jewelers is a 55 year old family business that has achieved significant success as a fine jewelry store. Visit 664 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 689-8124 or visit martins-jewelers.com.
Join 360 Dermatology for a Valentine’s Skincare Event
Join Dr. Apara Ambay and her team on Wednesday, February 3 from 5-7 p.m. for an exclusive Valentine’s Extravaganza. The event will include a presentation on skincare products and procedures as well as exclusive specials and door prizes. At 360 Dermatology, every patient receives personalized care designed to meet specific skincare needs. Dr. Aparna Ambay’s practice is based on her commitment to deliver exceptional care in a comfortable, caring environment. Call 406-4835 to RSVP for the event. 360 Dermatology is located at 431 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Visit www.360DermatologyTampa.com.
A Country Cat House Earns 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award
A Country Cat House has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. Only about five percent of the pet services companies in the Riverview/Tampa area have performed so consistently well enough to earn the Super Service Award. According to Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks, Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
A Country Cat House is located at 15501 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Call 654-2287 or visit www.acountrycathousetampa.com.
Nia Experiential Workshop Registration is Open
Join Nia Black Belt Instructor Kat Mansfield for a Nia Experiential Workshop on Saturday, February 20 from 2-4 p.m. at MBJ Health and Fitness located at 1534 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The workshop will feature the choreography of one of Nia’s newest routines, Pulse. Nia is an invigorating body-mind movement technique that incorporates dance arts, martial arts and healing arts into one powerful experience to soul-stirring music. Open to all levels; no experience needed. The focus of Pulse is The Movement Arts: the Martial Arts, the Dance Arts and the Healing Arts. The intent is to pulse the chemistry and personality of the three arts in order to sense energy variety. The first hour is for explanation and practice, the second hour is for dancing Pulse. Learn the choreography of Pulse, develop body awareness and movement skill, and explore the technique and craft of Nia to get more out of every class. Cost is $25 at the door or $20 early-bird registration by Wednesday, February 10. Space is limited. Register online at www.movewithkat.com/events.
Campo YMCA Announces Extended Kid Zone Hours
The staff at the Campo Family YMCA in Valrico is excited to announce extended Kid Zone Learning & Play Center hours which began in mid-January. The center is now open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. This means parents/caregivers can depend on the Y to drop off their kids (ages 7 weeks to 7 years) anytime they come to work out between these hours on weekdays confident to know their kids are being supervised in a safe, secure environment while fully engaged in fun, developmentally-appropriate, educational activities. For more information on the offerings at the Campo Y and how to join, visit tampaymca.org/3cmby/ and search for Campo location.
Fresh New Eating Option Comes to Brandon/Riverview Area
Boca Brandon brings delicious local flavors in modern American comfort cuisine to the Riverview area. The restaurant boasts beautiful indoor and outdoor seating options as well as a view of the open kitchen where you can watch chefs. Sit back and enjoy the relaxed ambiance with rustic decor and a varied menu, including local favorites such as fried green tomatoes, grow-wall salads, freshly made flatbreads, yellowfin tuna and the daily fresh fish. The burgers and meatloaf are made from the finest prime beef and the chicken is farmed locally and naturally without artificial hormones. Boca believes high quality ingredients deliver top flavors. Come for Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. where every first drink is free for military members. Boca Brandon is located at 11206 Sullivan St. in Riverview in the Winthrop Center. Visit bocabrandon.com or call 330-7997.
Value Tax Prep
After the most wonderful time of the year comes the most dreaded time of the year – tax time. Let Value Tax help make tax time easier by bringing your taxes to them. Owner Evelyn Morell welcomes the community to her professional and family oriented business. Value Tax Prep can resolve any and every problem with your business or the IRS. It is a one-stop shop which covers tax preparation and business set-up. Call 298-0610 or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VALUE-TAX-PREP-575313155828662/. Value Tax Prep is located at 902 W. Lumsden Rd. Ste. 106.
Escape Countdown Opens in Tampa
Escape Countdown, Tampa’s newest live-action based entertainment experience, opened in Tampa in January. Escape Countdown currently features two adventures with Mad Hatter and Jail Break themes. Escape Countdown is a fully immersive entertainment game where teams of two or more work together to discover clues, solve puzzles and use critical thinking skills to escape “the room” within 60 minutes. The “experiences,” as the rooms are called, are themed and range from a prisoner breaking out of jail to an explorer trying to find his way back home after meeting the Mad Hatter. New themes will be added to the attraction in the next few months and themes will change regularly to keep the attraction new. Escape Countdown is located at 4536 W. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. Visit www.escapecountdown.com.
Puppy Palace Fills Christmas Wishes for Shelter Dogs and Cats
To bring Christmas to these pets that may need it most, Puppy Palace partnered with one of the local community animal shelters – the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Puppy Palace showed up in Christmas gear in December and donated over 50 pounds of treats and 150+ toys for the cats and dogs, all in the hopes they could make Christmas a special time for all animals in their community. To find out ways you can help HCPRC, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org /animalservices. The newest Puppy Palace location is currently under construction at 802. E. Lumsden Rd.in Brandon. Visit www.tampapuppy palace.com or email Stephen@tampapuppypalace.com.
Newland Communities Earns Tampa Bay Builders Association Honors
Two Newland Communities in Tampa Bay took home a total of five top honors earlier this month at the Tampa Bay Builders Association’s (TBBA) annual Awards of Excellence. The luxury waterfront community of MiraBay in Apollo Beach was recognized in the Developer/Community category with a total of three Awards of Excellence, including Best YouTube type video and Best Billboard. The development also shared the top award for Best Website with sister community, FishHawk Ranch, and all three Tampa Newland Communities were honored with the Best Realtor Program award. Each year, the TBBA Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding work by members in marketing and promotion, sales, design and individual achievement. Visit www.mirabay.com or www.fishhawkranch.com.
New Skin Care Specialist Joins Spa Team At Rejuvenation Spa
Skin Care Specialist Elizabeth Colson has joined the spa team at Rejuvenation Spa located at 4327 Lynx Paw Tr. in Valrico. Colson has over 13 years experience in skincare and over 16 years experience in the spa industry all in the Brandon and Lakeland area. Owner Rena Blais said, “We are excited to bring her on board with our new expansion. Our build-out for the new spa location is just about done where we will be a full day spa, offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing.” Spa hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 643-8266 or visit www.rejuvenationspafl.com.
Sunshine State Family Care Aesthetic Center Open House
Sunshine State Family Care is hosting an open house on Wednesday, February 10 from 4-7 p.m. There will be raffles, giveaways and discounts at this event. Every $100 purchased in gift certificates at this event will receive $20 free and a free gift with the purchase of any new package (gift value up to $150). The event will be located at 16144 Churchview Dr., Bldg A, Ste. 109 in Lithia (located in the Park Square in FishHawk Ranch, next to Cherry’s). For more information, call 540-5110.