Brandon Business Column: February 2016

By Sandra Meyer

Salons by JC Holds Grand Opening

Salons by JC held its grand opening ribbon cutting event last month. Salons by JC hosted over 100 people who came out to show their support. Salons by JC will host the most driven and talented beauty and wellness specialists in the area and let them run their business their way. Clients can enjoy a variety of beauty and wellness services inside its beautiful and modern salon suites, customized to their specialist’s needs. Services offered include hair styling, hair coloring, hair extensions, eyebrow extensions, eyebrow threading, permanent make-up, massage, facials, make-up, weight loss and more. The salon totals over 6,500 sq. ft. with 36 fully fitted suites. It is located at 3448 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Visit www.salonsbyjc.com or call 569-0103.

Wagner Credit Repair Serving The Community Since 2009

Wagner Credit Repair has been providing credit education and repair in the community since 2009. Jeanette Acevedo, the president of Wagner Credit Repair has been the driving force behind the business making sure that she provides credit education at every opportunity. Since the beginning, she has educated consumers on what are the factors that determine their credit score. Wagner Credit Repair, a Hillsborough County Certified Small Business, has partnered with Hillsborough County Libraries to educate at the library level and even their business card showcases the slices of credit that determine your score.

Recently, Acevedo’s book on credit, Get The Credit You Deserve, has been pulled off of Amazon by a publisher to make this information available to the masses.

Acevedo said, “My business has grown from only providing credit repair to providing credit education, budgeting and our signature product, a snapshot.” This is in essence a credit physical, providing a clear view of everything that is important for a consumer to know with reference to their credit.

Individuals should also note that Wagner Credit Repair has not been acquired. Acevedo has had to dispel the inaccurate rumors of such as it is not the case. Wagner Credit Repair continues to be a local Brandon business and Acevedo continues to serve as president. Contact 653-1485 and visit www.Wagner CreditRepair.com.

Bryan Hindman Electric Celebrates Anniversary

Bryan Hindman Electric is celebrating its second anniversary. Bryan, a master electrician and state certified electrical contractor, and his team of journeyman electricians have spent the past 20 years together bringing exceptional craftsmanship to the industry. Call 672-4084 or visit www.bryanhindmanelectric.com.

Brandon’s Newest Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Set to Open Summer 2016

The Chick-fil-A Cows have found the perfect “spot” to begin construction on Brandon’s newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant which will generate approximately 80 new jobs and bring the chain’s award-winning signature Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich that turned 50 last year. The new stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant is located just off of Bloomingdale Avenue and is projected to open in summer of 2016. It will feature an upgraded interior and additional patio dining. Customers will be able to stay connected through the restaurant’s free Wi-Fi and parents will appreciate the indoor play area that also features an interactive section for toddlers. Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of the new Brandon South restaurant by giving away a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals) to the first 100 adults in line on opening day. The “First 100” celebration draws Chick-fil-A’s most loyal fans who arrive up to 24 hours in advance with tents, TVs, computers, gaming systems and other gear to pass the time while camping out overnight. Since the event began in October 2003, Chick-fil-A has given away almost $24 million in free food. Visit www.chick-fil-a.com/ Locations/First-100-Details.

Upper Cervical Center of Brandon Welcomes New Physician’s Assistant

Sherry Mershon is the newest member of the Upper Cervical Center of Brandon staff. Mershon is assisting Dr. Nicholas Schar with various aspects of the operations, including, but not limited to, greeting, checking in, and transitioning patients to the check-up rooms, plus paperwork and other tasks. Mershon brings with her eight years of experience serving in chiropractic office. She received training as a Certified Chiropractic Physician’s Assistant, which has supplied her with additional knowledge that proves helpful in patient care. A unique healthcare solution, Upper Cervical Center of Brandon provides cutting edge treatment to help people recover lost health in spite of their given diagnoses. Its focus is on improving brain to body communication by applying precise, gentle corrections. Located at 9280 Bay Plaza Blvd. Ste. 725, Upper Cervical Center of Brandon has been in business since 2011. Visit www.Upper CervicalBrandon.com.

Red Barn Petting Farm Offers Free Hayrides

Red Barn Petting Farm, Valrico’s only theme park adventure, offers free hayrides for every RSVP event. The farm is a real live all American experience with a puppet show, guided touring adventure, interaction with animals, hayrides and more. It’s open for shows Monday to Friday for school groups mother groups, home schools, daycare, private schools, public schools and more. There is a covered pavilion and other amenities for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and reunions. To book early, call 613-4117. Red Barn Petting Farm is located at 4208 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Visit Redbarnp ettingfarm.com.

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-Thursday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. This means parents/caregivers can depend on the Y to drop off their kids (ages seven weeks to seven 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. Visit tampaymca.org/3cmby/ and search for Campo location.

Topper’s Creamery Offering Franchisees 100 Percent Money Back Guarantee

In an unprecedented move, Topper’s Creamery has announced a guarantee for new franchisees of Topper’s Creamery Express. In making the announcement, Chairman and Co-Founder Wade Oney guaranteed a 100 percent return on investments in year one. Also the owner of more than 50 Papa John’s locations (as well as eight Qdoba locations), Oney added that Topper’s Creamery brings the franchisee perspective to this pledge, despite actually being the franchisor. The guarantee by Topper’s Creamery is that the operator will make at least $5,000 in profit in year one. There is a $5,000 franchise fee in their first year; thus, a 100 percent return on investment. The guarantee essentially indicates that there is no risk to add a Topper’s Creamery Express. With its own proprietary recipe for its brand of soft serve ice cream, Topper’s Creamery currently has free-standing locations as well as non-traditional locations in hotels and colleges spanning central Florida from coast to coast. Visit www.topperscreamery.com.

Live & Learn Pharmacy Partners with Cell Phones For Soldiers

Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, Tampa residents can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest. Residents can donate their phones and/or tablets at Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy located at 13224 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Business hours for drop-offs are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Live & Learn has shipped over 30 pounds of cell phones and tablets since becoming a collection site. Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. For more information on Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy, visit www.liveandlearnsupplements.com.

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 its residents. The Bridges is located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. Call 413-8900 or visit bridgesretirement.com.

Valrico Dance Group Performs at Hawthorne Retirement Community

Most children spent their day off of school at the state fair. The performers from Academy of Dance Dynamics spent their day sharing the love of the arts with the Hawthorne Retirement Community in Brandon. The group ages range from 7 to 16 years old with multiple levels of dance training. They performed Lyrical, Broadway, Jazz, and Hip Hop. The residents graciously applauded their high energy and passion for dance. At the closing of the show the performers shared homemade gifts and cookies with the residents. Academy of Dance Dynamics is located at 4383 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 655-8277.

Boca Brandon Now Open for Lunch

Boca Kitchen Bar and Market is now open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m. Boca is the perfect neighborhood farm-to-table eatery serving Californian-Mediterranean small plates. It is located at 11206 Sullivan St. in Riverview in the Winthrop Plaza. Visit bocabrandon.com or call 330-7997.