Pinch A Penny

Pinch A Penny Celebrates Two Years
Pinch A Penny Boyette/FishHawk, located at the intersection of Boyette Rd., Bell Shoals Rd. and FishHawk Blvd., is celebrating two years in business this month, taking care of residents’ swimming pool needs.
“We are proud to be a Florida state contract licensed Pinch A Penny, offering not only supplies and expertise at our retail store, but on-site repair and cleaning at your swimming pool, with skilled technicians,” says owners Kim Zerr.
Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, call 657-1054.

Hospital Uses Games
South Bay Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department is now using the innovative Nintendo Wii system to help patients recover from surgery, stroke and Parkinson’s.
“Our therapists are excited to offer rehabilitation patients something fun and new in the clinic,” says Rehab Director Paul Melancon. “Wii gives patients of all ages the ability to engage in physical exercise. The non-traditional approach is fun and stimulating which can speed up recovery time dramatically.”
“The addition of the Wii is a fine complement to our existing program,” says Melancon. “The ability to bring a smile to the faces of our patients and provide them an enjoyable rehabilitation experience is very rewarding.”
For more information, contact Melancon at 634-0221.

New Skin Care at Spa
Victoria Mrksich has moved her skin care business to A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa and Salon located at 1312-A Apollo Beach Blvd.
Mrksich, who has been in the skin care industry for more than 12 years, feels that her knowledge of services and products separates her from others in the field.
“I possess a strong knowledge of my services and products, a gentle touch and a desire to help you meet all of your skin care goals. Your skin care concerns are my skin care concerns, I am here to help,” she says.
Services include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, a range of facials and waxing services. In addition, she is also offering the newest technology in the industry, the non-surgical facelift. Visit or call 645-3303 for more information.

Carpet One Floor & Home Teams up with Box Tops for Education
Dove Interiors Carpet One Floor & Home and Dove Interiors Too recently announced its participation in the Box Tops for Education program.
According to Dove Interiors owner Joan Miller, in just over 11 years, Box Tops for Education has earned over $200 million to help America’s schools.
“Now, Dove Interiors Carpet One Floor & Home and Dove Interiors Too is joining the effort to help keep America’s schools stocked with supplies,” says Miller. “Stop by Dove Interiors Carpet One Floor & Home and Dove Interiors Too with your official Box Tops for Education coupons, and I will distribute them to Ruskin Elementary, Wimauma Elementary, Apollo Beach Elementary, and Summerfield Elementary.”
An active community member, Miller has owned and operated her Dove Interiors Carpet One Floor & Home since 1990.
“This is a new program for Dove Interior Carpet One Floor & Home,” says Miller, “and I’m very excited to have a direct role in the education of the area’s children.”
Box Tops for Education allows community members to earn cash rewards for their schools by engaging in everyday activities like buying groceries, shopping online, and making credit card purchases. Clip box tops from participating brands and earn money for your school. Make sure your school is registered and ready to receive rewards.
Contact Dove at 645-8660 or 672-9100 for more information about dropping off box tops, and visit Box Tops for Education at

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Supports Toys for Tots with Tips for Toys
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a national award winning fast food franchise, held its first annual Toys for Tots night in December at the Riverview location in the Shoppes of South Bay, off Big Bend Rd. Ten percent of the proceeds at the restaurant from the evening business will be donated to the local Toys for Tots campaign. The restaurant staff opened up their hearts by donating all of their tips from one week in November to buy toys for this worthwhile cause.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Brandon is located in the Westfield mall and can be reached at 657-0700. To reach the Riverview location, call 677-0400.

Martial Arts School Opens
There is something new in Riverview, KLS Tae Kwon Do. KLS Tae Kwon Do, located at 13320 Lincoln Rd, is a family-operated school that offers many programs from after-school pick-up to classes for the whole family.
According to owner Lori Van Kleeck, the primary focus at KLS Tae Kwon Do is for each student to grow into the best person they can become, using martial arts as a means of achieving their goals.
“The staff has been training and instructing in the local area for over 11 years and has developed a special curriculum for all students ages 4 and up to build self confidence, self respect and self esteem,” says Van Kleeck. “The primary aim of KLS Tae Kwon Do is not only to develop self defense skills but to also achieve academic excellence and to develop character. Students are required to furnish copies of their report cards to be eligible for each promotion.”
For more information, call 374-8838 or visit

Learning Center Announces New Program
Huntington Learning Center of Apollo Beach recently announced a new program to give students a “Fast Track to Success.”
“This program follows the same guidelines approved by the Hillsborough County School District for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, but it’s available to everyone,” says Executive Director Arthur J. Pierce II. “This program will help our kids perform better in school and will increase their skills to a degree that parents and teachers will see the difference.”
The program, a 12-week course offered two days a week for one-and-a-half-hours, is for students Kindergarten-12 who needs help in either math or reading or preparing for the FCAT.
The center is located at 6144 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., and can be reached at 645-4162.

Little Harbor Announces Townhomes
Little Harbor is pleased to announce an exceptional opportunity – the chance to purchase a two or three bedroom townhome in this amenity-rich, Caribbean-style seaside community on the SouthShore of Tampa Bay. A limited number of townhomes are being offered at significant discounts to qualified buyers.
Priced from the low $300,000s, these residences are marina and canal-front, and constructed of reinforced concrete block. Each unit has many design and construction features including expansive terraces, a washer and dryer, and am oversized one car garages and carports. The total AC sq. footage ranges from 1,000 to more than 1,800 sq. feet, with total area ranging from 1,800 to more than 3,200 sq. feet.
Ready to welcome you now are full resort amenities, including a secluded beach, deepwater marinas, wet and dry boat storage accommodating boats up to 60 feet in length, a private social room, waterfront dining, a Tiki Bar, heated pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, massage therapy, eco-tours, water sports rentals, professional services and more. Little Harbor features more than three miles of open shoreline and unimpeded access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which sets the seaside village apart from most coastal communities. This one-of-a-kind community is located just 30 minutes from three major metropolitan areas: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.
Little Harbor is an island-style residential resort on Tampa Bay. This unique seaside village presents an enchanting combination of beach, bay, river and harbor-front residential homes and resort-style residences, along with a colorful mix of amenities that evoke images of a bygone Caribbean lifestyle. The project is being developed by EarthMark Companies, a real estate development company known for creating resort-style, amenity-rich communities, as well as for its environmental stewardship through mitigation banking.
To learn more about this extraordinary and limited special offer, to visit the Sales & Information Center located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and Shell Point Rd., call 888-645-9010, e-mail or visit

Insurance Team adds Agent
All Bay Insurance Group recently added Jessica Weston to its team, as the agency continues to grow. A Riverview resident, Weston, who has more than six years of insurance experience, has earned a bachelor’s degree and completed her MBA.
All Bay Insurance Group opened in 2006 and specializes in personal auto, property, watercraft and motorcycles, along with financial services for the SouthShore community. The agency team consists of Joel Meek (agency owner), Troy Abell (account executive) and Esther Charpentier (contact manger).
“Our growth is attributed to our desire to help protect our customers rather than simply selling insurance,” says Meek.
All Bay Insurance Group can be contacted at 677-1121.

New Restaurant Comes to Plaza Bella
Food lovers throughout the area have a treat coming this month when the doors open to a new restaurant in Plaza Bella. Owned by Riverview resident Maribeth Hernandez and Sergio Arce, Rock N Pineapple will offer diners the opportunity to cook their own food, which includes Kobe beef, Caribu pork and much more with an Island theme, on hot volcanic rock plates right in front of them.
“When we decided to open a restaurant, we did a lot of research and asked a lot of people in the area what they were looking for in an eating establishment,” says Hernandez, who moved to the area from New Jersey a year ago. “We took all that and the pieces have been coming together for the last year.”
The restaurant, which is expected to open early this month, features a full bar, outdoor patio with seating for 30 and inside dining area.
“We are really excited to be here and are looking forward to becoming part of the community,” says Hernandez.
Rock N Pineapple is located at 1022 Bloomingdale Ave. in the Green Boutique-anchored Plaza Bella, at the intersection of Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rd., and can be reached at 321-4900. A Website will soon be up and running at

Resident Opens New Law Office
The Law Office of Ingrid M. Hooglander, P.A. is opening a new law office in Lithia this month.
At the new office, Hooglander and her team of attorneys plan to serve clients in the areas of family law, employment law, criminal law, social security/disability, personal injury, bankruptcy and real estate.
Hooglander began her legal career as an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office where she worked her way from a county prosecutor to an “A” level felony prosecutor, handling all aspects of the prosecution of the cases. During her tenure at the State Attorney’s Office, she tried over 25 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. She has also worked as a staff attorney for circuit criminal and circuit civil judges, preparing judicial orders on all litigation motions and as counsel for two privately owned companies handling various employment law, human resources and general business issues.
Hooglander is a member of the board of directors for Brandon Young Life and YP Brandon and is on the planning community for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce for the Leadership Brandon Class of 2009.
For information or to schedule a consultation at the office, located at 16637 FishHawk Blvd., Ste. 103, call 363-6045 or e-mail For more information, visit

CPA Opens New Office
Certified Public Accountant John C. Bailey recently expanded his team and moved to a new office at 12307 Boyette Rd., in the Clarkson Allstate building.
New team member Sue McCain will assist Bailey with his growing business, offering her wide variety of administrative and tax preparation experience.
“Documents and files of a confidential nature can be left with Sue with confidence as she will make sure they are properly delivered to me and stored in an appropriate manner,” says Bailey.
In addition to providing individual and business income tax preparation and planning services, Bailey provides tax preparation and consulting services for payroll, sales and use, and all state taxes.
For more information, contact Bailey at 672-9449 or

Raquet Club Opens Restaurant
Apollo’s Bistro, a casual upscale bistro, recently opened next to the Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness Club at 6520 Richies Way in Apollo Beach.
With menu items including shrimp or scallop scampi and clams with fresh tomatoes and herbs and rigatoni bolognese, the restaurant has something for everyone and recently started serving Sunday brunch.
In addition, Apollo’s Bistro can accommodate groups of up to 200 and catering is also available. For more information, call 641-2685. Restaurant hours are Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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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.