Hancock Tire & AutoHancock Tire and Auto Service
Hancock Tire and Auto Service recently opened a new location on the corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Providence Rd. Its other location, called Riverview Tire and Auto Service, is on U.S. Hwy. 301.
Both locations offer services including oil lube and filter, tire rotation, wheel balance, shocks and struts, alignment, tune-up performance, brake services, air conditioning, batteries, belts and hoses, engine maintenance, cooling system maintenance and transmission maintenance.
Riverview Tire and Auto Service is a family-owned-and-operated business committed to service, experience and quality. RTAS specializes in all makes and models of automobile service and repair and carries almost all major and economy brands of tires.
It is also a recommended installer for customers buying tires online at Tirerack.com. If you can’t find what you are looking for, Tire Rack will have it. Tire Rack will ship your tires to RTAS, which will install them for you.
For more information, call the Bloomingdale store at 684-1137 or the Riverview store at 677-4318 or visit its Website at www.riverviewtire.com. The new store is located at 10922 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview with store hours of Monday – Friday, 6:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hancock Tire and Auto is closed on Sunday.
The Riverview Tire and Auto Service is located at 7839 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Its hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Self Storage Centers of America Storage
Self Storage Centers of America, located at 9234 Causeway Blvd., recently held a ribbon cutting with the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce in December and is now open for business and is available to rent.
The facility has 546 inside, climate-controlled units, 60 parking spots for RVs and boats as well as 80 outside, non-climate controlled units that range from 10 by 20 to 10 by 40.
“Our facility has drive up storage units, RV/boat parking, free truck and driver with move-in, boxes and packing supplies and state-of-the-art security,” says General Manager Sheila Burnett. “We are considered a ‘Class A’ facility.”
Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday – Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. Gate operation is 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
For more information or to rent a storage unit, call 621-7867.

Annual Business Expo Scheduled
Summerfield is holding its third Annual Business Expo on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. Door prizes and merchant give-a-ways will be offered.
The business expo registration for vendors has a fee of $25, with an extra $10 for electricity. Vendors can register at the front desk of the Community Center.
Vendors can also become a featured band, receiving 10 minutes, uninterrupted, on stage with the microphone to speak about your one-of-a-kind business for an additional $10.
Contact Chelsea Greene for more information at 671-4568. The Summerfield Community Center is located at 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview.

Third Boys & Girls Charity Car Wash
The third Boys & Girls Charity Car Wash will be held on Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Day from 12 Noon – 4 p.m. Stor-N-More will be donating the day’s proceeds to benefit the local Boys & Girls club here in Brandon.
The Brandon Boy & Girls Club is located at 213 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-2006 or visit www.bgca.com. Crosstown Stor-N-More is located at 1505 U.S. Hwy. 301 in Tampa. For more information, call 301-1111 or visit www.stornmore.com.

Benefits of Yoga During Pregnancy
Yoga is beneficial for anybody at any stage, especially for women during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body is rapidly changing as it supports a developing baby. Yoga can help relieve discomfort, decrease stress and prepare the mother for birth.
Prenatal yoga classes focus on relieving low back pain as well as neck and shoulder tension that can sometimes be caused by the extra weight being carried on the front of the body. Also, strengthening the leg muscles helps to support the extra weight as well as prepare for pushing during labor.
Learning relaxation techniques, including working with the breath, helps mothers to decrease stress during pregnancy which helps decrease stress on the baby in the womb. These techniques can also be used during labor to release tension. Less tension leads to less pain during contractions. Also, learning to use the breath in a productive manner is key during all parts of labor and delivery.
Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness Spa announced it will be offering a four-week Prenatal Yoga class beginning Sunday, February 8, at 4 p.m. Each class will also feature a speaker on topics such as Hypnobirthing and Reflexology.
Lea Cornell will be the teacher for this four-week workshop. She is a mother of three and has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager. Prenatal yoga is one of her favorite classes to teach. She feels that is encourages endurance and a sense of calm for the new mother.
For more information on the Prenatal Workshop or any classes offered at Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness Spa, please call 368-6546 or visit the Website www.serenitystream.com.

New Arrival at Big Bend Animal Hospital
The staff at Big Bend Animal Hospital wishes to announce the arrival of the newest addition to their family. Elora Yolanda Abadia McNamara arrived on December 31, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches. Congratulations to Dr. Abadia and Katie.

Canine Cabana To Offer Puppy Classes Soon
Canine Cabana, a doggie day care center located on one acre in Riverview, will soon be offering puppy classes along with its daycare and boarding. Its facility is over 5,000 sq. ft. with 2,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned play area indoors for the dogs. The outdoor play area is covered by oak trees to provide shade.
Its first set of puppy classes will begin Tuesday, February 17. There will be six, one-hour classes that meet once a week on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Canine Cabana’s inside play area that will be utilized for the classes.
Co-owner Angie Frazier said that she and Kendall Duncan have been planning to offer puppy classes since Canine Cabana first opened in May of last year. The puppy classes will be off leash and will also concentrate on the basics of sit, stay, come, stand and how to properly walk on a leash.
“We will also teach some basic dog language skills throughout the class. Since socialization is so important between the ages of 4 and 6 months, we will allow the puppies to have play time with the other puppies and be handled and trained by other people in the class,” Frazier said. “This will enhance their social skills not only with dogs, but also with people.”
Canine Cabana looks forward to offering a class that is fun, interactive and unique. The last class will be a test of skills through puppy Olympics. Duncan and Frazier will be teaching the classes, and the two have 20 years of combined experience in behavior and training.
For more information or to register for the classes, call 672-WOOF (9663) or visit www.caninecabana.biz. Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview.

New Stylist at SportClips
Michelle Thomas is now cutting at SportClips Haircuts, located in the Riverview Town Centre on the corner of Gibsonton Rd. and U.S. Hwy. 301 next to Lowe’s at 10469 Gibsonton Dr. in Riverview.
SportClips is a sports-themed barber shop that plays sports on TV while you get your haircut.
SportClips is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 684-1385.

Salon and Spa Celebrates Three Years
Platinum Skin Spa is looking to add on a service or have a seminar approximately once a month for teens and aging women. It would be two different nights, one for the teens and one for the aging women. Most teenagers do not like to take care of their skin, especially if it means taking a lot of steps to accomplish this. Owner of Platinum Skin Spa Kelly Greene said she has a very simple process that allows teenagers to do it in simply one-three steps. “It takes less than five minutes,” she said. Skin Medica offers a three-step process for teenagers that are struggling with acne and do not want to go to the dermatologist and peel constantly or use possibly dangerous medications, although sometimes medication is necessary for acne.
“If we have a teen that has pretty good skin, then we just recommend cleansing properly and moisturizer,” Greene said. “We also teach them how to cleanse their face and neck.”
So many teenage girls are paying a lot of money every month to have their nails done but, seem to let their faces go. It is very important to incorporate a facial a few times a year and use proper skin care techniques with products. Greene said she would like to educate them on this topic. Greene has an 11-year-old who recently started with little breakouts. She has done a few facials on her daughter and also uses the products and says her skin has really come along way within a couple of months.
“I’m having a birthday party for her at the spa because she loves facials so much,” Greene said. “She would like all her girlfriends to experience the same thing.”
Platinum Skin Spa is located at 11232 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call Platinum Skin Spa at 671-9800 or visit its Website at www.platinumskinspa.com.

Title Company Receives Award
All American Title is proud to announce that it has been notified by its underwriter Stewart Title Guaranty Co. that it was one of its top 10 agents in the entire state of Florida for 2008.
All American Title Company has two offices, one in Brandon at 679 W. Lumsden Rd. and one in the SouthShore area at 609 18th St. SE in Ruskin.
For more information, call 684-3330 or 649-9740. More information is also available on its Website at www.allamtitle.com.

Qdoba Mexican Grill Comes to Riverview
Qdoba Mexican Grill, which specializes in fresh burritos, tacos, nachos and salad made to order, recently opened in Riverview at 1316 U.S. Hwy. 301 S.
Qboba also offers catering; for more than 20 people, you can have a hot taco bar, a hot nacho bar or a naked burrito bar. For parties of less than 20 people, you can order boxed lunches, which includes your choice of a chicken, steak or vegetarian burrito, all of which include black beans, cilantro lime rice, cheese and two salsas (pico de gallo and salsa verde), plus fresh tortilla chips and salsa and a cookie.
For more information, call 741-9396 or visit www.qdoba.com.

Liquor & Cigar opens in River Springs Plaza
A new business has opened in the River Springs Plaza: Liquor & Cigar. It opened in early December and sells top shelf liquor, import beer from Belgium, Germany and the Philippines, microbrew beer and cigars.
Its prices range from $2 cigars to a $2,500 bottle of scotch, Last Drop Scotch. The Last Drop Scotch is not available all the time; in fact, owner Jay Patel said he only gets one bottle per year of the scotch.
Liquor & Cigar is located at 13440 Boyette Rd. in Riverview in the same plaza as Buffalo Wild Wings and Tokyo Japanese, the River Springs Plaza.
The 1,500-sq.-ft. store is open seven days a week, Monday –Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, 12 Noon – 7 p.m.
For more information, call the store at 681-1812.

Hilton Garden Inn Opens Just in Time For Super Bowl
Hilton Garden Inn recently opened a Tampa Southeast location, at 4328 Garden Vista Dr. in Riverview. The amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, with televisions built in to every piece of equipment and a business center where guests can print, fax and copy. Both the fitness center and business center are open 24 hours.
The hotel is also equipped with 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 3,400 sq. ft. ballroom, which can be broken up into four areas. The ballroom backs up to a patio area, which is good for breaks and some brides are looking into it for cocktail hours, said Sales Coordinator Gina Herbert.
The Hilton Garden Inn also includes a full-service restaurant, which is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is available in the evenings for dinner service and its bar is open every day at 5 p.m. The hotel recently held a happy hour at the bar, beginning at 5 p.m., serving complimentary appetizers and having drink specials.
The hotel also provides a complimentary local area shuttle within five miles of the hotel, Herbert said, and a market pavilion pantry, where guests can buy drinks, snacks and amenities they may have forgotten like toothbrushes or toothpaste.
All of the rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. “So, if they [guests] want some popcorn, they can go down to the pavilion and buy some and pop it in their microwave and relax on the couch,” Herbert said. The rooms also have a hair dryer and ironing board. “It’s a home away from home,” added Herbert.
Standard rooms start at $149, and the hotel also has 20 suites and one presidential suite available.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 626-6610 or visit tampasoutheast.hgi.com.

Cuban Caribbean Cuisine in Riverview
MariCarmen’s Cuban Caribbean Cuisine, located at 9433 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview, recently opened.
It seats approximately 10 people inside its 800 sq. ft. storefront. It’s most popular items include Cuban sandwiches and empanadas.
MariCarmen’s is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 239-9600.

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.