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 serve sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, coffee, etc. The sandwich and deli meats will be smoked at Jaymer-Que which Holcombe believes will give them a unique product from the start. “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,” says Holcombe. “No one around here has anything like it.” Although Holcombe says the menu is not quite finalized, she explains the café will offer 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 says. In addition, the space will be used for Jaymer-Que Pit-Side Pick-Up. “Customers will now be able to call in their order and utilize the drive-thru between the two buildings to pick-up their food,” says Holcombe. “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.” The phone number for Pit-Side Pick-Up is 689-PITS. visit Jaymer-Que right now at or stop by Tue-Sat 11-8pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. Call 657-4227.

Realtor Joins Prudential Tropical
Connecting people to their dreams is what Renee Gregory enjoys most about her career as a real estate professional. She believes that the most important thing she can do is to provide the kind of knowledge and personal attention customers need when making a decision about such a big investment. “My business is more than helping people buy and sell property,” says Gregory, who credits her personal attention and years of experience with her success. “My business helps turn dreams into reality.” A real estate professional since 1987, Gregory regularly attends seminars and continues her education on pertinent topics affecting the real estate industry. She has a thorough understanding of local trends, pricing strategies and negotiating techniques and an in-depth knowledge of the area’s communities, acquired as a native of the Brandon/Riverview area.For more information, contact Gregory at 643-9977 or e-mail

Benjamin Moore Moves To New Home
Fine Designs design center and Benjamin Moore paint distributor recently moved to a new location in the Badcock Furniture-anchored Clayton Plaza on S.R. 60 in Brandon between Parsons and Kings avenues. The store, previously located on Lithia Pinecrest Blvd. in the Publix-anchored plaza, is a signature store for Benjamin Moore paints and offers customers complete design services including color selection, decorative consultations, window treatments, fabrics, wallpaper, accessories and furniture. “Our new location is a one-stop shopping experience,” says owner Brant Wensloff who explains that the plaza also includes Bay Area Kitchens and Baths, Home Accessory Center and K&K Flooring in addition to Badcock Furniture. For more information, call the store at 657-9822 or visit

Local Bounce Business Recognized
Space Walk of Brandon owners Bill and Tanya Doran were recently recognized by Space Walk President Frank Scurlock at the annual Space Walk partner meeting in Daytona Beach. The local franchise owners, members of the FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG), were named the 2007 Marketers of the Year, were runners up for the 2007 Rookie of the Year award and won the bronze medal for total yearly rentals. “In addition, we were the branch with the highest percentage of customer’s e-mail addresses,” says Tanya. Space Walk, one of the first inflatable amusement rental companies in the United States, has 202 branches around the country. For more information, visit To contact Space Walk of Brandon, call 681-8722.

New Business Offers Stress Relief and More
Looking for a way to relieve some stress? Serenity Stream, a new yoga and pilates studio on Boyette Rd. holding its grand opening this month, may be just what you are looking for. Business owner Sherry Smith opened her doors on June 2, welcoming all who are interested in reducing stress level, losing weight and /or reducing pain. “Clients have found relief from the stress of job and personal challenges, heavy traffic, and high gas prices through yoga and pilates classes, private yoga and pilates sessions and Thai yoga massage,” says Smith, who found yoga herself as an escape from the corporate world. At its grand opening celebration on August 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Serenity Stream is offering free yoga, pilates and belly dance classes as well as a heath fair including free health screenings, nutrition advice and local vendors. For more information, call 368-6546 or visit

Custom Crete Expands Services
More than just decorative concrete coatings, Custom Crete and More is expanding its services this month to offer pressure cleaning, house and roof tile painting, roof mildew treatments and general home repair and maintenance services. Celebrating 29 years in business this year, Custom Crete also specializes in decorative concrete coatings for pool decks, patios, driveways, walkways and garage floors, concrete crack repair and restoration. “We are happy to continue serving this area, we have seen it grow through out the years and are proud serve our growing community,” says Colleen Callahan who owns the business with other family members living throughout the Brandon, Valrico and Ruskin area. “Currently we are an ‘on the go’ business, but plan to soon open a shop in the Riverview area. We have thousand of driveways and patios that we have installed in the Sun City Center community and tout it ‘our showroom.’ We often offer clients to go see our work, hands on to really see how our work holds up.” For more information, visit or call 633-0410.

Credit Union Now Open
The Railroad and Industrial Federal Credit Union, Valrico location, recently opened a small branch in the River Hills Country Club which is located at 3943 River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico. On July 11 at 4 p.m. a ribbon cutting, grand opening celebration was held for the location. Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union is 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 p.m. The Credit Union of River Hills in the River Hills Plaza is open on Saturdays 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,” says Teresa Perez, Branch Manager. 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 8 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.

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.

Law Firm Nominated for Small
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 Awards. 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

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 shape 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.” Diana 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.” To congratulate Niles, call her at 661-8683. To learn more about the Greater Brandon Community Foundation, visit the Foundation’s Website at

Resident Installs Theaters For Any Budget
Hoppen Home Systems owner Jason Hoppen loves to get theater quality sound and viewing into people’s homes. In fact, his entire business is dedicated to providing sales, service and installation of: home theaters, surround sound, gaming systems, lighting control, High Definition TV, universal remote, security systems, structured wiring, intercom systems and central vacuum. “We specialize in Home Theaters, Surround Sound, Gaming room, security, universal remotes intercom systems and HD TV’s,” Hoppen said. “We build every system to meet the client’s lifestyle and budget.” Hoppen can design a system for any budget from $1,000 to $250,000. Being open since September of 2003, Hoppen relocated his business to Valrico from Connecticut three years ago to bring his work closer to his family. He said they moved to Valrico about three and a half years ago and kept the business going here in the Hillsborough / Lakeland area. “We have a great reputation out in the industry as great customer service. We provide all our clients free in-home consultation, he said. “We work on new construction, existing houses and commercial buildings. “ Hoppen said the biggest thing that sets his company apart from all the rest is that you will always get the same technician working on your house (Hoppen himself), he focuses on the last 10 percent of the job which most companies fall short (cleaning, training customer and neatness) He has one of the best customer service departments going. If something does happen to your system, Hoppen will take care of it right away. “We work on very large $200,000 systems to $2,000 systems and provide the customer with the same support and care no matter the size of the project,” he said. “We are very honest and try to provide the customer with the most information so they can make a sound decision based on their lifestyle and budget.” Hoppen offers all of his customers with free in-home consultations to discuss project needs. He performs these consultations Monday through Saturday at the customer’s convenience. For more information, visit or call Hoppen directly at 313-4531.

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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.