Ms. Cyndi\'s Corner Cafe will be opening soon

Ms. Cyndi’s Corner Café Coming soon

Using the property next door to her husband’s BBQ place, Jaymer-Que, Cyndi Holcombe will offer two new services.

Ms. Cyndi’s Corner Café will be serving sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, coffee, etc. The sandwich and deli meats will be smoked at Jaymer-Que. Holcombe said this will give them a unique product to start off with.

“We will also be highlighting our soon-to-be-famous Smoked Chicken Salad. So far I am the only one that knows the recipe, and I have to say it is pretty good!” she exclaimed. “No one around here has anything like it!”

She said they are still working on the menu, but plan on having a great café type menu and dessert menu (cakes, cheesecakes, pies, etc.) with coffee and soft serve ice cream.

“We will be open later than Jaymer-Que with a limited menu mainly for the dessert and coffee crowd,” she said.

The other thing the space will be used for is “Jaymer-Que Pit-Side Pick-Up”. Holcombe said their customers will now be able to call in their order and utilize the drive-thru between the two buildings to pick-up their food.

“No more having to get out of the car with the kids to come in and get dinner to take home, we’ll bring it right to the car!” she said. The phone number for Pit-Side Pick-Up is 689-PITS.

The couple is hoping to have both of these open in August.


Credit Union now open in Valrico

The Railroad and Industrial Federal Credit Union, Valrico location, recently opened a small branch in the River Hills Country Club. In July, a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration was held for the location. This is a satellite office for the Valrico location located at 4373 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.

The satellite office is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment from 3 – 5 pm. The Credit Union of River Hills in the River Hills Plaza is open on Saturday to accommodate members’ weekend requests.

“We are excited to have an office within the country club. This will allow our existing members and new members the ability to access their accounts quickly and efficiently. It will be great to work closely with the residents of River Hills for all their financial needs,” said Teresa Perez, branch manager of Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union.

Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union has been an integral part of the central Florida financial arena since 1935. It serves over 19,000 members and is a not-for-profit, member-owned credit union offering a full range of financial products and solutions. Headquartered in Tampa with eight locations, membership is available to employees of all local railroads, many local companies and many local home owner associations. Call  (800) 769-1424  or visit for more information.


Law Firm nominated for Small Business of the Year Award

The law firm of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Valrico/Brandon, a Primerus member firm, has been nominated for the 2008 Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

Commenting on this nomination, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Council said, “We are fortunate to have businesses of your caliber in the Brandon area and it is with pride that the Chamber continues to present opportunities to spotlight your accomplishments. You are the reason the Brandon business community continues to grow and prosper.”

The law firm of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. is a real estate and business law firm serving clients throughout West Central Florida from offices located in the commercial heart of the fast-growing community of Brandon. The firm enjoys an outstanding reputation for professional integrity and client satisfaction. The lawyers of Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. also are dedicated to meaningful community involvement in various civic, charitable and business associations within their communities.

Primerus is a network of top-quality, independent law firms that are vetted and accredited for membership based on their commitment to rigorous standards based on the following six principles: integrity, excellence of work product, reasonable fee structure, professional education, civility and community service.

“We are proud to have Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. in our organization,” said John C. Buchanan, president of Primerus. “This firm has not only passed our rigorous screening process, but has distinguished itself as a firm delivering legal services of the highest standards. Clients can be assured that in Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. they will find a trustworthy, experienced lawyer who upholds the highest standards of our profession.”

For more information about Primerus, call  800-968-2211  or visit

Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. is located at 1060 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more information, call 643-4900 or e-mail


MTV Nails & Spa Now Open

MTV Nail salon, located at 2058 Badlands Dr. in Brandon, near Borders and Buffalo Wild Wings, is now open with services like UV gel, manicures, Pink & White, pedicures, acrylic nails and waxing. Gift certificates are available. All of their equipment is sanitized. For more information, call 571-9999.


Major retail plan proposed

A 10-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of Causeway Blvd. and Falkenburg Rd. is being considered for development. Developers are hoping to get approval for zoning changes from Urban Mixed Use. The developer’s request will be heard by the Hillsborough County zoning hearing master on August 4 and by the Hillsborough County Commission on September 23. The land is owned by Bissett-McGrath Independence Partnership. The developer, RBI Development Group, is hoping the changes will allow them to build an 80,000 sq. ft. building of retail space and one or two out-parcels.

The Pizza Pie reveals new menu items

The Pizza Pie, located within Albertson’s Shopping Plaza on Bloomingdale Ave. and Providence Rd., is revealing new menu items such as a sausage grinder, an individual 8-inch pizza and the usual specialties like specialty pizzas, Stromboli and calzones as well as chicken wings, chicken tenders and Philly cheese steak sandwiches.

“Come join us for lunch or dinner seven days a week,” said Mark D. Grotheer, owner of The Pizza Pie.

The Pizza Pie is located at 10839 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. It is open Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday, 12 Noon- 9 p.m. For more information or to order delivery, call 689-4664.


Foundation announces new executive director

The Greater Brandon Community Foundation announces Diana Niles as the new executive director.

“We spent a considerable amount of time trying to find the best fit for our organization. I am quite confident that Diana’s past experience in a not-for-profit setting, her skill set and her passion for our mission will allow her to be extremely successful in this role,” said Foundation Chair Mike Fencel.

“I truly believe in the mission of the Brandon Foundation, improving the quality of life and shaping the future of our community,” stated Niles. “Brandon is my neighborhood and community service is my passion. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work for an organization whose sole purpose is to make a difference in the Greater Brandon community.”

Niles formerly served at the YMCA for the past 15 years, spending the last several years with Campo YMCA where she focused on fundraising and coordinating with volunteers for the Annual Giving Campaign.

“Diana has handled various duties while she was employed at the YMCA that will be similar to her new role,” said Foundation President Anne Nymark. “We are thrilled to have Diana join our team. She will be very helpful in facilitating the development of policy and procedures, creating budgets and business plans, writing grants and recruiting of volunteers to support the Foundation mission.”

If you wish to congratulate Niles, you can call her at 661-8683. If you would like to learn more about the Greater Brandon Community Foundation, you can visit the Foundation’s Website at


Events at Winthrop

The Winthrop/Bloomingdale Business Council will host a quarterly Evening Fest on Wednesday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Marketplace at the corner of Providence Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. Bring the family and your dog! The Evening Fest coincides with Happy Paws and Tails’ Yappy Hour between Mojitios Latin Café and Starbucks. If you are a vendor on Bloomingdale Ave., you can have a table at the fest at no charge. Contact Billie Smith at 661-2438 for booth space. For more information, please contact Allison Braden at 689-1221, ext. 36.


Fast Dryer Vent Cleaning

Eleven-year Riverview resident Kenneth Taylor opened his new dryer cleaning business in April of this year.

He charges $75 for the cleaning of the dryer vent up through the vent outlet.

His mobile dryer cleaning business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“Clogged dryer vents extend drying time and cause an increase in your electric bills,” Taylor said. “Having your dryer vent cleaned annually will decrease your drying time and save you money.” For more information, call Taylor at 643-0045 or 295-3222.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.