Things are getting HOT at the New Fireside Grille and Bar
Located in the heart of FishHawk Ranch’s Park Square Town Centre. Owners Scott and Heidi Shimberg have brought in Executive Chef, Rick Franco, formerly of the Long Boat Key Club, and exciting changes have arrived at the popular neighborhood establishment. Discover nightly specials and exciting menu items that are receiving rave reviews.
Enjoy the Fall weather while watching the dancing fountains of Park Square under the new outside covered terrace.
Belly up to the expanded bar for nightly drink specials, and complete beer, wines liquor selection.
Fireside Grill is located within Park Square at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. For more information or to make reservations, call 813-661-7755 or visit

FishHawk Flooring Celebrates Anniversary
FishHawk resident and owner of FishHawk Flooring Jim Branciforte wants to thank his customers for a great first year in business. The flooring company, located in the FishHawk Office Park at 16637 FishHawk Blvd., Ste. 102, has been selling and installing fine woods, Shaw carpets, laminates and tiles to homeowners throughout the area for the last year.
“We realize this is a tough economy and want to thank everyone for spending their hard earned dollars with us,” says Branciforte. “We are proud to be the local flooring store.”
FishHawk Flooring is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 pm. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 600-1788. A Website is also currently under construction at www.fishhawk

Landscape Nursery Opens in Lithia
Long-time Brandon resident Darryl Flint recently opened DCF Landscape at 5329 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., just south of the intersection with FishHawk Blvd., on the property also occupied by Lancaster Farms.
Products available at DCF Landscape Nursery include plants, palms trees, mulch and sod and services include mulch, plant and sod delivery.
“I grew up in the sod business and saw the opportunity for a nursery in the area,” says Flint. “We are looking forward to growing our services even further in the future.”
For more information, call Flint at 684-9328. The nursery is open Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Creamery Comes to Valrico
Soft serve ice cream fans keep your eyes open in the Lifestyle Family Fitness-anchored plaza at the intersection of Bloomingdale Ave. and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. According to representatives at Toppers Creamery, the soft serve ice cream franchise will be opening a location in the plaza in the next 90 days.
Toppers offers high quality chocolate and vanilla soft serve with a variety of toppings to mix in.
For more information, visit and check future issues of the Osprey Observer.

Fifth Third Bank Launches $250,000 Sweepstakes
Fifth Third Bank is pleased to announce the launch of its Unlock Your Dreams sweepstakes, which will award nearly $900,000 in sweepstakes and scratch off prizes. To participate, customers and non-customers alike may visit any of Fifth Third Bank’s nearly 1,300 branch locations before October 31 to obtain a game piece. The game piece will reveal one of many instant offers including a $10 MasterCard Gift Card (no purchase necessary), 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points with a new Visa Signature Credit Card, $50 deposit into a new Goal Setter Savings account, $50 off Direct Loan closing costs (excludes Fifth Third Equity Flexline),5,300 Bonus Rewards Points with a new Fifth Third Equity Flexline and $50 off Mortgage Loan Application Fee.
Additionally, each game piece will have a “code” that the participant can use to register online at for a chance to win the grand prize of $250,000 or one of 22 local $10,000 regional prizes distributed throughout the Bank’s 12-state footprint.
For more information, visit the FishHawk Fifth Third branch at 16509 FishHawk Blvd. or call 684-5060.

Strategist Speaks at the Palmetto Club
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m. when Cassandra Ingraham will sponsor a workshop with Jairek Robbins, a peak performance strategist and national speaker from the Anthony Robbins Company.
According to Ingraham, the workshop, titled Strategies from “Unleash The Power Within,” will provide residents with the same strategies, positive energy and physiology used by the world’s top achievers to attain outstanding success and life fulfillment.
“Those who desire to learn cutting edge tools that will help them overcome challenges and rapidly achieve their personal and professional goals should attend,” says Ingraham, who lists the benefits as improved performance, the power of focus, positive mindset, lower stress, better relationships and higher job and life satisfaction.
The event will take place in Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch, which is located at 17004 Dorman Rd. Space is limited so RSVP with name, address and telephone number to Cassandra 4jrobbins@ Cassandra

Business Invites Residents to Paint
Are you looking for a way to express your artistic side? Then you might want to check out the new Sketch and Sip classes from Patty Sisco, owner of Gallery Clocks.
The classes, designed for people without a lot of artistic experience, are a fun and unique way to get creative.
“Sketch and Sip is taking art lessons to a whole new level. You paint a picture through a step by step process while enjoying your favorite beverage. That evening, your painting will be ready for you to take home,” says Sisco, who has worked as an artist for eight years and teaches the classes.
For more info about the class, visit or call 263-4576.
South Bay Installs Mammography Unit
South Bay Hospital is pleased to announce the installation of a new Digital Mammography unit at the South Bay Hospital Outpatient Diagnostic and Rehab Center. Digital Mammography produces a higher quality image than traditional mammography, during a shorter exam time for the patient.
The image produced by the Digital Mammography unit is a high resolution image that can be enhanced and manipulated. This means that the physician can zoom in on questionable areas and make adjustments to the image. This technology expands our ability to detect abnormalities and breast cancer in more women.
Digital Mammography also allows for less time in the exam room and less time waiting on results. Since the image is instantly transferred to a computer, there is no longer the need to wait on film development. This means our patients are able to get their results sooner.
“Waiting for mammography results can be very stressful,” says hospital CNO and breast cancer survivor Terrie Jefferson, RN. “Reducing that wait time for our patients while producing a higher quality image for diagnosis can help ease some of that anxiety.”
For more information about Digital Mammography, contact Melissa Morgan at 634-0496, or to schedule a Digital Mammography, call 642-8468.

Shaughnessy Law Reveals Web Site
Shaughnessy Law, located in FishHawk Ranch, Tampa and Brandon, will hold an open house celebration at its FishHawk location on October 10 from 5–7 p.m. to celebrate its new Website,
Since opening in 2006, Shaughnessy Law has helped more than 400 families in the FishHawk area with their legal needs, including real estate law, title and escrow, estate planning, probate, contracts and family law.
“We are excited to offer our community a legal resource,” says Mara Shaughnessy, principal at Shaughnessy Law. “Our clients are now able to receive electronic updates on their case in real time. They will also be able manage their legal documents in their online case file and print them as needed. We are always trying to add more value to our client relationships. We want to be your attorney for life.”
As part of the celebration of its new site, Shaughnessy Law will donate 50 percent of October paid legal fees to the FishHawk Wolfpack when mentioned during your free consultation. To take advantage of this offer, or to RSVP for the open house, contact Shaughnessy Law at 16132 Churchview Dr. at FishHawk’s Park Square, by phone at 657-6700.

Cruise Planners Offers Deals
October is National Cruise Vacation month and Sherry Leybovich ECCS, CTA, owner of Cruise Planners, is celebrating with The World’s Largest Cruise Event, offering clients values and incentives on cruise travel to the world’s top destinations.
“The World’s Largest Cruise Event is a celebration where lucky agents like me get to give the gift of great savings on cruises, and our clients are the guests of honor,” says Leybovich. “Best of all, Cruise Planners is extending what is traditionally one special night into an entire week of offers and incentives, so the gifts will keep coming from October 4 to the 10.”
According to Leybovich, a prize-a-day giveaway has been incorporated into this year’s cruise event week where clients can enter a daily contest for fabulous prizes and ultimately be entered into the week end grand prize of a free cruise.
Cruise Planners will host a cruise night on October 6 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Club located at 17004 Dorman Rd. in FishHawk Ranch where clients can learn more about Cruise Planners and the new Oasis of the Seas, which will be the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuts in December 2009. Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service will be on hand to take applications for passports and to answer questions on the new regulations concerning passports. Lights refreshments will be provided by Bellafia Chocolate Boutique and Lah-Tea-Dah.
Founded in 1994, Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Services Representative national cruise agency headquartered in Coral Springs, that operates a franchised network of more than 700 experienced travel professionals who independently book cruises and other associated travel. Leybovich has also earned many personal awards and is one of the top franchisees within Cruise Planners. She is currently one of the finalists for home based business of the year through the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call at Leybovich 657-0844, or visit

Serenity Stream Empowers Women
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness month, Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness is beginning a Women’s Empowerment series that will continue on through 2009. Judy Shepherd, licensed clinical social worker, and Ellen MacKay, registered yoga teacher, will join together to promote health and well-being through an hour of education and group discussion and an hour of yoga.
“Empowering women has always been a passion of mine and I am so thankful that I get to share my experiences through yoga to help these women grow and prosper,” says MacKay.
The start-up workshop in October will focus on simplifying life. Appropriately named, “I Have Everything I’ve Ever Dreamed of but Why Am I Still Not Happy?” In this workshop, participants explore why people become dissatisfied with their lives, despite the fact that they are achieving their goals and appear to be successful. This workshop helps participants develop strategies to really simplify and enjoy life. The yoga section of the workshop will involve becoming aware of and enjoying the subtleties of basic yoga postures, breath and meditation.
Monthly workshops will begin in January featuring such topics as, “Are You a Mess from Stress?”, “Relationship Check-Up” and “Creating Joy in Your Life.” Each workshop will include an hour of related yoga postures including focus on balance, stress relief, partner yoga and strength building.
Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness is located at 11954 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. The class will take place on October 25 from 3–5 p.m. and tuition is $35.
For more information about this workshop and other classes offered, visit or call 368-6546.

Auto Business Celebrates Anniversary
FishHawk resident Kevin Hart has been working on cars for satisfied customers in the Lithia area for two years and is looking forward to many more.
Hart, owner of Fixin’ Your Ride, a MARS International franchise, offers a wide variety of vehicle restoration services including paint touch up, scratch removal, bumper repair, spot blending, odor and stain removal, pin striping, head light restoration, carpet cleaning and paint protection film.
“Most other franchises only offer a select few services, but MARS offers everything under the sun for vehicle restoration,” says Hart, who has been self employed for eight years and came from a sales background. “I only provide the services I am good at.”
According to Hart, MARS International, based in Dallas, recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary and was started by a father and son team.
For more information, call Hart, who is available seven days a week, at 966-7800 or e-mail

Equestrian Retail Store Opens in Lithia
From anvils and horse shoes to tacks and racks, Equine Corral, a newly opened equestrian retail store, has everything for the horse enthusiast.
Located at 10419 C.R. 39 S. in Lithia, Equine Corral is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and can be reached at 737-4400.
“Please stop by to say hello and take a look around,” says owner Terry Hunt. “Bring your business cards, flyers and questions. I’m anxious to find out what your needs are, what brands you like and what disciplines you ride or teach. We already have an exciting assortment of stock in the store with boxes arriving daily.”
The farrier supply shop will now be known as Farrier Corral and will remain at the same location, 10427 C.R. 39 S. in Lithia, but the phone number has changed to 737-5400 and the Website is now
For more information, visit
Tennis Store Opens at BSAC
The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) is now home to the Brandon area’s first tennis pro shop, The Tennis Shack of Florida, offering a wide variety of products for every tennis player’s needs, from apparel to custom stringing services.
According to owner Tim Plossl, the store will carry brands including apparel by Adidas and Fila and shoes by Adidas, Fila, Prince and Babolat.
For more information, call 315-9810 or visit

Triangle Resolutions, LLC Opens Doors
Triangle Resolutions, LLC and owner, Damon Dye LMHC, NCGC, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with the support of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce last month for the new business hoping to help residents seeking life balance.
Damon Dye, a licensed mental health counselor and nationally certified gambling counselor, started Triangle Resolutions, LLC in July, 2007, and recently began serving the Riverview community from his office at 10014 Park Place Ave. off Gibsonton Dr., between U.S. Hwy. 301 and I-75.
Dye has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He serves as a primary referral for the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, and is Board Certified in Clinical Hypnosis to treat clients dealing with trauma. Dye also has extensive experience counseling children from the ages of 3 to 17.
Triangle Resolutions, LLC is proud to open its doors to offer discreet services for a wide variety of life challenges. Hours include evenings and weekends to accommodate all schedules. Consulting services and workshops are also available.
For more information, call 714-6107 or visit

A Massage and Rehab Clinic Opens in Brandon
A new clinical, medical and rehab massage clinic, A Touch of Wellness, opened its doors recently at 915 Oakfield Drive Ste. A and celebrated with a Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 15.
“A Touch of Wellness, is a massage and rehab clinic with a softer feel which caters to the diversity that is part of what makes Brandon so great,” says Scott Robinson, L.M.T., owner. “We specialize in auto injuries, sports injuries, and any soft tissue injuries. We also offer nutrition consulting, nutritional supplements, and will be adding a Chiropractor to the practice within the next 45 days.”
The practice’s two massage therapists are trained in a variety of techniques from Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Reiki to Hot Stones and Relaxation massage.
In addition to taking patients at their Brandon office, A Touch of Wellness makes outcalls for any patients are not ambulatory and offers corporate accounts.
For more information, please call Robinson or Sharon Aldrich, L.M.T., M.M.P. at 689-7799.

TherxFitness & Physical Therapy Offers Services
TherxFitness, located at 16637 FishHawk Blvd., Ste. 105 (behind KFC/Taco Bell, across from Newsome High School), now offers registered dietician services to the community. These services include dietary consultation of both healthy and medically complex clients as well as meal plans for weight loss, weight gain, diabetics and cardiac clients. They offer a large menu of dietary services to meet your needs.
TherxFitness now also offers small group personal training. Reserve their private studio for you and up to four friends or you can be grouped with others. Gain the benefits of having your own trainer for a fraction of the cost of private one-on-one sessions. Price determined by group size. Limited to five per group. For more info, call 655-8822.

Resident Opens Design Service
“My passion is to design beautiful, functional interior spaces that promote wellbeing, both physical and psychological, for every inhabitant of that space,” says FishHawk resident and Principal Designer and Owner of Focus Design Services, Kim Albritton. “To do so in a manner that will enable homeowners to use their homes regardless of the curves that life may throw at them, is my ultimate goal.”
Albritton, who operates the business from her home, uses a holistic approach to help her clients, who are mostly older residents and those with physical disabilities, design interior environments that promote independence and exude dignity and style. Through her work with the physically challenged, she came to the realization that people of all types can benefit from her service.
“My observation has been that the one thing we all have in common, regardless of aesthetic taste or income level, is the desire to remain in our homes as long as we wish, surrounded by loved ones,” says Albritton, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and has earned a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) designation from the National Association of Home Builders. “Well-designed interiors can empower us to do just that.” For more information, visit or to schedule a consultation with Albritton, call 368-7420.

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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.