Business

Odiorne Insurance Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

  By Libby Hopkins Business longevity in today’s economy is a difficult task, but not for Odiorne Insurance of Brandon. It has been a vital part of the Brandon community for 40 years. George H. Odiorne, Jr. started his insurance business in 1974. From the company’s early days in a small building next to the […]

July Brandon 2014 Business Column

July Brandon 2014 Business Column

  By Sandra Meyer Adventures Archery Summer Camps Adventures Archery is holding summer camps for kids 8 – 16 years old. Camps run Monday – Thursday for two weeks from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30–3:30 p.m. Cost is $300 per child and includes instructor/equipment rental, landyard and JOAD achievement pin, medal, string building materials, arrow […]

Brandon Regional Hospital Announces First Humanitarian Award Volunteer Recipient

Brandon Regional Hospital Announces First Humanitarian Award Volunteer Recipient

  By Kathy L. Collins Janice Doyle of Brandon is the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award Volunteer recipient. The award was presented by Brandon Regional Hospital. Doyle has been a volunteer in the hospital’s auxiliary since August 2011 and participates in the Ambassador Program. This program seeks to provide volunteers to patients, who may not otherwise […]

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

By Heather Wilkins Sumatra Bistro, recently reopened after being closed for renovations, is a local café that offers fresh and healthy food choices for customers, with dine-in options and a pet-friendly patio. Located at 1602 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, the cafe has continued to be a hot spot for healthy, active people who live in […]

The Take Out Butler’s Take-Keith’s Oaks Bar & Grill

The Take Out Butler’s Take-Keith’s Oaks Bar & Grill

By Erik Butler When I heard that the iconic and personal favorite “The Oaks” was going to be sold, I had a temporary panic attack. What would happen to the “all things to all eaters” menu where you can easily pin a copy to the wall, chuck a dart at it, and be happy? Where […]

July Valrico 2014 Business Column

July Valrico 2014 Business Column

  By Sandra Meyer The Fresh Market Offers Gluten-Free Alternatives for Shoppers Gluten-free foods have become a must for many shoppers at The Fresh Market. Many gluten-free products are offered throughout The Fresh Market’s stores, and can be easily found thanks to easy-to-spot shelf tags denoting “GLUTEN-FREE.”  In addition, the specialty grocer has added a […]

Car Haggler Makes Vehicle Purchasing Stress-Free

Car Haggler Makes Vehicle Purchasing Stress-Free

  By Robyn St. James Buying a car is an almost necessary part of life in today’s technology-fueled society, but for some, a car dealership is a battleground to be avoided at all costs. Thanks to one local resident, shoppers no longer have to car haggle alone, or at all. Shawn Spiegel, also known as […]

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa representatives joined by local officials and members of the community gathered this month for the grand opening of its new long-awaited Valrico store. Wawa’s fanfare-filled opening celebration included a much-anticipated charitable hoagie building competition between representatives from the United Service Organization (USO) Tampa Bay, a check presentation to the USO, and free coffee for […]

July Riverview/Apollo Beach 2014 Business Column

July Riverview/Apollo Beach 2014 Business Column

  Christ Community Church VBS Christ Community Church will be offering Vacation Bible School beginning Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. The fun begins on Friday night from 6:30–9:30 p.m. with dinner included. On Saturday, studies will resume from 3–5:30 p.m. with dinner and a movie to follow. The weekend concludes on Sunday morning […]

Around The World Animals Offers Exotic Pet Services

Around The World Animals Offers Exotic Pet Services

  By Marisa Webber Lemurs, skunks and prairie dogs may sound like wild animals, but to Robert Costa they are pets. At his store, Around the World Animals, these creatures and many more can be found. Even though it was recently opened, it already has great potential. What makes Around the World Animals so unique […]