Annual Holiday Sweepstakes Highlights Best Of Shop Local

By Marie Gilmore

This holiday season, the Osprey Observer is once again partnering with local businesses to highlight the best of Shop Local gift giving.

The campaign is called, A Few of Our Favorite Things and we have gone to the best of our local businesses and asked them to give us ideas of a few of the top items available this holiday season.
From now until mid-December, we will be collecting Our Favorite Things all throughout the community and putting them together in one giant gift basket that will be given out in a Sweepstakes for our readers.

“We have so many great items coming in and someone is going to be very excited to receive all of these great items from the businesses in our community,” said Kerrie Hoening, Advertising Sales Manager.

“Last year was the first time we have ever done a program like this in the paper and we are excited to share some of the treasures from our local small businesses with our readers.”

Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner of Cardinal Roofing and a member of the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber is also focused on encouraging local shopping this holiday season and in fact has a Shop Local Holiday Expo coming up on Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m.-12 Noon at Park Square in FishHawk Ranch.

“Anything we can do to keep our local businesses in the spotlight is great for our community,” she said. “And, this is a great opportunity for Osprey Observer readers to have a chance to win an amazing holiday gift.”

Already gathered this season, gifts include a Ladies Seiko Watch from McAuley’s Fine Jewelry valued at $350 and a custom outdoor fire pit from Outdoor Impressions valued at $850. A pure Silver Christmas Coin from Corbin’s Coins valued at $30, DayDreams Day Spa Journey To Tranquility valued at $135, custom framing certificates from FastFrame, a Swarovski Crystal necklace from TMarie’s Boutique and a ukulele from Music Showcase, just to name a few of the great treasures already gathered together.

Last year, more than 450 residents entered the Sweepstakes and the Grand Prize, valued at more than $3,500, was awarded just before Christmas to FishHawk resident Tim Davis.

To enter this year, email Sweepstakes to contest@ospreyobserver.com or fill out the entry form and send in by mail, fax or email.

Good luck and thank you for shopping local!

No purchase or contribution is necessary to enter and contest is subject to all rules & regulations as required by the State of Florida.


By Michelle Colesanti

Corbins Stamp & Coin Gift Basket Item: 1 oz. Pure Silver Christmas Coin Value: $30

Corbin’s Stamp & Coin Is Your Source For Treasured Family Heirlooms

If you are looking for the perfect gift – maybe for a family with a new baby or to celebrate a momentous occasion, a special coin may be the perfect keepsake? Start a new family tradition by commemorating the Christmas season each year. Holiday coin collections are the perfect way. One ounce pure silver coins are available for $29.95 in a gift box or also as an ornament that can be displayed.

Corbin’s Coins is located at 209 N. Kings Ave. in Brandon and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

DayDreams Day Spa Gift Basket Item: Tranquility Journey in Spa – 95 minute massage, hand therapy and hot stone foot massage. Value: $135

 

Journey To Tranquility At DayDreams Day Spa

With all the stress the holidays bring, what better gift for someone (or yourself) is to escape for a few hours to DayDreams Day Spa & Bath Shop. You can make that possible with a gift card to Daydreams.

With many different types of spa packages to choose from including massage therapy, body, therapy, skin car therapy, nail and pedicure treatments, waxings & brows, airbrush tanning, maternity services, services for men and for teens and more, there is something for everyone. The shop in Daydreams also offers spa products which would also make great gifts. Pevonia Skin Care products are offered.

Gift certificates are available at the Spa, located at 658 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon or online at www.daydreamsdayspa.com.

A second DayDreams location is in Lakeland at 1463 Town Center Dr. For more information on this location, call 863-686-5859.

Enhance Your Photos At Fast Frame For The Perfect Holiday Gift

Did you take a special picture this year while you spent time with your family, maybe on vacation or at a special event? Surprise your family this year with a wonderful family picture specially framed to order commemorating this special shared time.

Once you have that beautiful photo, a frame becomes part of the bigger picture, so it’s important to make sure that it brings out the photo in just the right way. When customers bring in their personal items and they are not sure about how to decorate their art, Fast Frame owner Alex Roche helps to educate them on how to enhance their item through framing. He offers competitive pricing and has been assisting customers with frames for over 28 years.

Fast Frame Gift Basket Item: Two $40 Gift Cards for Framing Value: $80

Fast Frame also offers oil paint stretches, shadow boxes, needle points, restoration and repairs and corporate art.

Fast Frame has been a part of the community for 15 years. For more information, visit www.fastframe.com or call Roche at 655-6400. Fast Frame is located at 6128 Winthrop Town Center Ave. in Riverview. Hours of operation are Sunday and Monday by appointment only with 24-hour notice and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Great Gift Ideas and Classes Help Make Rolling Pin A Great Stop For Holiday Gift Needs

If you are stuck coming up with creative gift ide

Rolling Pin Gift Basket Item: Gift Bundle of Items & Cooking Class Certificates Value: $200 ($100 Retail; $100 Cooking Classes)

as, make a visit to Rolling Pin and to find something for every chef in your life. Rolling Pin offers a gourmet retail store and cooking classes.

Stop by and browse the extensive collection of classic and unique kitchenware. You will find everything from barware, bakeware, aprons, towels & mitts, coffees & teas, cookware, electrics, gadgets, gifts for entertaining, knives & cutting boards, outdoor cooking and more. Enjoy shopping in the specialty food and wine departments.

There are many great reasons to attend Rolling Pin’s cooking classes – whether you enjoy cooking – or just eating – from great date nights to learning about new foods, this is a great gift idea anyone would be excited to receive.

It is also Brandon’s Big Green ‘Eggheadquarters’, the ultimate cooking experience.
Rolling Pin Emporium is open for private events too. Gift cards are also available.
Rolling Pin is located at 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or visit http://rollingpinonline.com/ for more information.

Find Your Perfect Holiday Ensemble At TMaries Fashion & Gifts Boutique

TMaries Fashion & Gifts Boutique is your one stop shop for all of your favorite fashion outfits and accessories for the upcoming holiday season. It offers a wide variety of casual fashions, resort wear, plus size fashions, swim suits and cover ups, accessories, shoes, gifts, formal dresses, and prom/homecoming dresses, to help you define your own unique style.

T Marie’s Fashion & Gifts Boutique Gift Basket Item: Holiday Gift is 30″ 14K Gold Plated Chain Statement Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Encrusted Rose Medallion and Large White Seashell Pearl. Value: $117

While you are in there shopping for those party clothes, you will also find many accessories including jewelry that would also make great gifts for friends and family members. Some brands available at TMaries include Tribal, Elan, Catherine Barclay, Julian Chang, French Dressing Jeans and Cabana Life. Gift Certificates are also available.

T. Marie’s Fashion & Gift Boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 Noon-5 p.m. It is located at 3407 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico.

For more information, call 530-0922. Visit www.TMariesfashions.com.

A Few Of Your Favorite Things Can Be Found At Music Showcase

Music Showcase Gift Basket Item: Ukelele and Gift Card Value: $70 (Ukelele $50 and Gift Card $20)

Music is the international language that is understood and enjoyed by all. Share your love of music by offering voice or instrument lessons to your favorite student. Instrument rentals start at $10 (if you don’t want to make a purchase). If you sign up online, the instrument will be delivered to your school.

All of your music needs can be found at Music Showcase, which offers competitive pricing on sheet music and books. There is an in-house repair shop, and private and group lessons are offered.
Is your child interested in musical theatre, acting, or maybe photography? Sign them up at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase.

Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-5998 or visit MusicShowcaseOnline.com and FAOPA.org.


Enjoy Home-Style Latin Inspired Holiday Catering From LC’s Cafe

LC’s Cafe & Supper Club Gift Basket Item: Catering Gift Certificate Value: $50 (with $250 order)

Enjoy simple, sweet and savory home style cooked, Latin inspired foods. LC’s Café will be glad to cater your upcoming holiday party either at your work office or home. The staff is flexible in helping you to enjoy perfect meals to help celebrate the season.

Enjoy holiday events in the privacy of your own home where LC’s Café will host with a waiter and attendant in your kitchen.

Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday Brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

LC’s Café is located near Divine Designs Spa at 1602 Oakfield Dr. #103 in Brandon. Call 526-9395 or email lcsupperclub@gmail.com.


McAuley Fine Jewelry Is A Gem In The Community

McAuley Fine Jewelry Gift Basket Item: Seiko Ladies Watch Value: $350

This season design something uniquely ‘you’ to surprise your special someone.
McAuley Fine Jewelry (located in the former Martin’s Jewelers) will help you plan your custom made piece of Jewelry. Jewelry repairs are also done on premises.
McCauley Fine Jewelry is located on Oakfield Drive, in the Atlantic Village Plaza, Kings Ave. & Oakfield Dr.
It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Call 689-8124 or visit www.mcauleyfinejewelry.com.

Feely Athletics Will Take Your budding Athlete To The Next Level

Feely Athletics Gift Basket Item: Coaching Video Value: $65

Jesuit and national kicking coach Tom Feely has coached hundreds, perhaps thousands, of youths in various sports, but he is known especially for his work in football.

Whether a one-one-one instruction on a Saturday or a week-long camp or combine featuring hundreds of youths, Feely is nationally known for teaching the fundamentals and techniques of kicking and punting.

To date, roughly 15 of Feely’s students have played professional football. His most notable pupil is son Jay Feely, a Jesuit High grad who went on to play 16 years in the professional ranks, including 14 in the NFL.

“I know there’s nobody who’s done more in the state of Florida to help kids get better in the last 15 years from a kicking and punting standpoint,” Jay Feely said of his father.

If your child is interested in sports, help them achieve their dream. Call 205-5008 or email Tom@FeelyAthletics.com. Visit www.feelykicking.com for more information.

Outdoor Impressions Will Help You Create The Perfect Outdoor Space To Enjoy Year-Round

Outdoor Impressions Gift Basket Item: Outdoor Fire Pit Value: $800

With the beautiful weather that we enjoy year-round, it makes sense to have an outdoor kitchen area specially created for you. The designers at Outdoor Impressions specialize in customizing the details of your outdoor kitchen to your specific needs and taste; everything from the location of appliances in the outdoor kitchen build, to the materials and color schemes that best compliment your home and outdoor living space.

It also specializes in paver driveways, patios, walkways, entryways, pergolas, arbors, water features, fire pits, fire places, and design services.

A great different kind of gift idea for friends or family could be Outdoor Impression’s 30″ Munich Fire Pit. Whether roasting marshmallows or sipping wine, memories are sure to be created year after year with this great feature added to any outdoor living space.

Outdoor Impressions is located at 10020 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Call 684-6817 for more information. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Family Fun Awaits At The Alley In Southshore

The Alley at Southshore Gift Basket Item: Birthday Party Value: $149 + value

With over 42,000 sq. ft. of fun, the Alley should be your first choice in family entertainment during the holidays. There are 32 bowling lanes along with a Hurricane Alley 8 Lane Executive Suite. But Bowling is only the beginning of all the fun. While there, you can also enjoy Alley Kat’s Pub & Grill or Alley Scoops Ice Cream if you just want a snack. If you want to host a private holiday party, there is a private space for that purpose. Professional catering is on-site.

Have fun at Route 66 Mini Bowling, Tin Pan Alley Arcade, and Billiards too. Stuff your kid’s stockings with passes to go bowling.

The Alley is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 Midnight and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m. It is located at 10221 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Call 672-8353 or visit http://thealleyatsouthshore.com.

Nature Lovers Will Delight In Gifts From Backyard Birdseed

Backyard Birdseed
Gift Basket Item: Squirrel Buster
Value: $50

Backyard Birdseed is your go-to place for your friends and family who enjoy watching nature close up. It carries a wide array of products to increase backyard (and front yard) enjoyment for children, families, and birders of all ages.
Premium birdseed, bird baths, bird and bat houses, hummingbird feeders and patio and garden décor are all available. In case you do not know what the perfect gift would be for your nature lover, gift certificates are also available.
Backyard Birdseed is located at 3642 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. (next to Car Wash on the Greens) in Valrico. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 816-2473 or visit www.backyardbirdseed.com.

Leaving Jewelry Frustration Behind Is A Cinch

The Cinch Clasp
Gift Basket Item: Cinch Clasp
Value: $150

Cinch Clasp offers you the most valuable piece of jewelry you will ever own.

We have all struggled with putting on or taking off necklaces, bracelets and or anklets.  Those little clasps can be so hard to put on and take off. If you have longer nails or arthritis, these little clasps can be next to impossible to maneuver.

Cinch Clasp lets you put on or take off any necklace, chain, bracelet in two seconds or less every time. Cinch Clasp is very secure and can handle multiple chains, so you can put on or take off all at the same time.

Cinch Clasp would make a great gift to accompany a piece of jewelry you are giving someone dear to you or just on its own for someone who already has a lot of jewelry. Cinch Clasp comes in three different sizes and offers many different finishes.

The Cinch Clasp was invented by local resident, Maria Gibbs. Visit celestialclasp.com or 352-9087.

Daniella’s Mobile Massage Gift Basket Item: One Hour Free Massage
Value: $65

Give A Gift of Mobile Relaxation

Daniella’s Mobile Massage offers Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Prenatal and Sports Massage. Her goal is to provide pain and stress relief thru therapeutic massage all in the convenience of your home. She is a professional, licensed Massage Therapist and has 15 years of experience as well as a background in Physical Therapy.

Daniella offers flexible schedule.

To schedule an appointment or to get gift certificates, which make great holiday gifts, call 323-4901or email dveten@gmail.com. Visit on Facebook at Daniellas Mobile Massage.

Be Happy Boutique Offers Unique Gifts In A Friendly Atmosphere

Be Happy Boutique offers unique selections of apparel, shoes,

Be Happy Boutique Gift Certificate Sleep Ensemble
Value: $100

accessories, gifts, home décor and more. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget. A great gift idea is a Sleep Ensemble, which includes a set of ‘Sleep with Dogs’ organic cotton pajamas with cell phone pocket and matching eye mask, a soft organic pillow case that says “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” and a Sphynx Portable Razor, a 3 in 1 portable shaving razor for the girl who is on the go. Never miss out because of a missed spot; go to Facebook at Be Happy Boutique to see a video of how this razor works.

Be Happy Boutique is located at 11369 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Call 677-2300 or visit www.BeHappyBoutique.com.

Tasteful Gifts From Edible Arrangements Make Great Holiday Treats

Edible Arrangements Gift Backet Item:
Gift Certificate for a
Chocolate Dipped Fruit Box: $25

What better way to say you care than with a healthy and tasteful gift of fresh fruit. With many assortments from Edible Arrangements, you will find something for everyone on your gift list.

Choose from many beautiful holiday gift baskets such as the Christmas Tree Bouquet or the traditional Delicious Celebration® bouquet recipe, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, and grapes scattered throughout a beautiful arrangement to create an eye-catching and wow-worthy effect.

Edible Arrangements can be found locally in the Shoppes at Lithia, located at 3455 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (571-7200), and also at 10273 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview (Bell Plaza)(672-6111) or order online at www.ediblearrangements.com.

Shop Pet Supplies Plus This Holiday Season For All Your Pet Needs

Holiday gift shopping is not just for your two legged family and friends.

Pet Supplies Plus Gift Basket Item: Glo Fish Aquarium
Value: $50

Your pets will enjoy receiving some new toys and snacks and Pets Supply Plus is the perfect place to find the perfect gift.

The store is smaller by choice and the shelves are stocked with just the right products specifically chosen to help get you in and out and get home happy. It has the largest selection of natural, holistic and human grade foods, along with a friendly knowledgeable team to help you with all your pet’s needs. There is a self-service dog wash – you wash your pet, they clean up the mess. You can also join the Dirty Dog Wash Club for half the price of a regular wash and don’t forget its Nail Trim Club too. You can also find everything you need for your small pets, bird, fish and reptiles.

Every other Sunday a pet shot clinic is held from 1-2:30 p.m. Pet Supplies Plus is located in the Valrico Commons Plaza at 1937 E. S.R. 60 in Brandon (at Valrico Rd.). It is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 540-0645.

Pinch-a-Penny Gift Basket Item:
Gift Basket Item:A collection of Big Green Egg Sauces & Spices
Value: $110

FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny Has Egg-cellent Christmas Ideas

For your cooking enthusiast, FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny has got you covered. The 4-1 Big Green Egg grills, roasts, bakes and smokes a variety of food from desserts to burgers. Pinch-A-Penny has all the accessories you need along with sauces and seasonings to boot. Now through Dec 31, the store is having a 15 percent sale on all Big Green Egg grills and accessories.

Pinch-a-Penny is located across from Newsome High School at 16715 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. Call 655-3700.

Visit The Salt Grotto And Breathe Easier This Holiday Season

The Salt Grotto Gift Basket Item:
Salt Grotto Gift Cards.
Can be used towards therapy sessions.
Value: $50

Breathe easier this holiday season. Relax in luxury at The Salt Grotto. Dig your into the sand like salt and fill your lungs with safe, naturally salty air. With each breath, inhale micro-particles that holistically address respiratory and skin ailments. Give the gift of good health to your loved ones.
There are both adult and children’s Salt Room Therapy. Acupuncture, therapeutic massage and foot reflexology are also offered. Another great gift idea is a Himalayan Salt Lamps, which are said to help blood flow, improve sleep and also improve asthma and allergy symptoms.

The Salt Grotto is located in Plaza Bella Shopping Center, 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. It is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-4 p.m. It is closed on Monday. Call 324-8946 or visit http://thesaltgrotto.com/.

AU Photography Gift Basket Item: Portrait
Value: $100

Boutique Style Studio Offers Glamour Makeover

The holidays are a perfect time to give yourself a gift of pampering, along with a full glamour makeover. As you glow from your special day, the photos taken will make a great gift to your family or special someone.

Amber Urioste, the owner and photographer behind AU Professional Photography, brought this boutique style studio to the area, and specializes in glamour, boudoir and high school senior portraits.

Your day of pampering will include a professional hair and makeup artist, and to experience what it is like to be a model for the day. Receive the right amount of love and attention, with guidance in posing so you end up with images that they will love and treasure for a lifetime.

The Studio specializes in showing the client how beautiful they really are, and of their transformation with a before and after photo.
This will also make a great gift for the special woman in your life. Call Urioste at 784-1845 to book a session.

Don’t Forget Your Pet’s In The Holiday Celebrations

Kim’s Natural Pet Foods Gift Basket Item: Pet Treat Basket
Value: $100

Your pets are part of the family and you don’t want them to miss out on the holiday celebrations.

Kim’s Natural Pet Foods has everything you need to give your pets a happy, healthy life and what better time to check out some new food and treats to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. Specializing in holistic foods made from real ingredients like meat, fish, and healthful vegetables; not byproducts, it offers a great selection of all natural foods as well as unique natural chews and treats, including a frozen section featuring all natural raw food diets. All foods are American made, corn, wheat, soy, and gluten free. You will find natural remedies for worms, fleas and ticks.

Kim’s also offers a wide variety of toys, dog and cat bedding, apparel and supplies.

Kim’s Natural Pet Foods is located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (next to Subway). For more information, call 684-3663 or visit kimsnaturalpetfoods.com.

Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Gift Basket:
Bliss Complimentary Flawless Brow or Deluxe Brow Treatment
Value: $35

Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Enhance Your Natural Beauty With No Need To Reapply

How would you like to look your best at all times? Bliss Permanent Cosmetics specializes in permanent makeup—a form of cosmetic tattooing used to enhance your facial features. Permanent makeup brings out your natural beauty, and you never need to worry about smudges or reapplying.

In addition to permanent makeup the office offers micro needling, eyelash extensions, lash lifts and brow artistry. Bliss Permanent Cosmetics recently launched its new eyebrow makeup products on November 1.

To view descriptions and photos of the services offered, visit BlissologieBeauty.com. Online appointment booking is also available. For more information, call 523-0435. The office is located at 101 Flamingo Dr. Suite E in Apollo Beach.