IKEA Tampa (Summer 2009)

Ikea To Open May 6
Drivers-by on the Leroy-Selmon Crosstown Expressway have surely noticed the new huge blue building near Ybor City. IKEA’s new Tampa store, located at 1103 N. 22nd St. in Ybor City, is having its Grand Opening on Wednesday, May 6.
For more information, please visit www.IKEA-USA.com.

Canine Cabana Hosts Open House
To celebrate Canine Cabana’s first anniversary, co-owners Kendall Duncan and Angie Frazier invite the public to a fun-filled open house on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Local nutrition experts, veterinarians, behaviorists and rescue groups will participate in the occasion. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful, dog day care and boarding facility, located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview (just off Boyette Rd.), with its outdoor area totaling 5,000 sq. ft., having a tree-shaded and fenced play area and a 2,000-sq.-ft. air conditioned indoor play area. Visitors will be able to enjoy delicious food and great giveaways. Duncan and Frazier are also hosting an event for current customers the same day, from 2 – 4 p.m., which will include an awards banquet for dogs.
For more information, visit www.caninecabana.biz or call 672-WOOF (9663).

Jaymer de Mayo
Jaymer-Que BBQ will have its third annual Jaymer de Mayo celebration on Wednesday, May 6, the day after Cinco de Mayo, beginning at 4 p.m. This year’s special food will be mesquite-smoked skirt steak fajitas, Jaymer’s special “twice-smoked” chicken fajitas and taco salads. Toppings will include smoked bell peppers, onions, guacamole, cheese, salsa and more.
Dinner plates, plus a-la-carte tacos will be available. Taco salads in a tortilla shell can be topped with steak or chicken as well. Limited BBQ will be available as the restaurant is transformed into a huge taco bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag chair to sit outside and enjoy the entertainment. Finish off the evening with hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream.
For more information, please visit www.JaymerDeMayo.com.

New Management Team at Kids R Kids
Kids R Kids Valrico, located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trl. in Valrico, recently put together a new management team of Stacy Richey and Nadine Burnside. Richey has been with the school for three years as part of the management team. For the past year, she has been the director of Education and Staff Development at Kids R Kids.
Burnside was recently hired on as director of Operations. She had previously worked at a large preschool in the Temple Terrace area. She has been married to her husband, Henry for 30 years and the two have three sons together, Jason, Thomas and William.
For more information, please contact the school at 657-6200.

New Dentist Office in FishHawk Offers Gentile Touch
A new dental office is coming to FishHawk, called Doral Dental. It is owned by Kerry D. Smith, DMD, who also owns a Doral Dental in Miami. The new office is located at 16319 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia next to Walgreens. “I only work nine hours per month in the Miami office because I now live in FishHawk, close to my new office,” Smith said. “My family moved to FishHawk from Miami three-and-a-half years ago.”
Smith said he moved to FishHawk, “at the urging of my many relatives from the Tampa area who want me to care for them without them having to drive to Miami and to continue to serve the many military dependents that live in the FishHawk area.”
He now lives in Sora Trace in FishHawk, just a few blocks from his office and said, “My patients are also my neighbors, and I treat them all like family.”
The 1,300 sq. ft. building has six rooms in which to treat patients. Cost for services, Smith said, is the 70th percentile for dentists in the area. Pricing for a cleaning, exam and X-rays is $19.
Smith graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1988, with 19 years of experience in general dentistry. He handles all routine dental care in the office, which has Direct TV in every room for the patents and also has a computerized anestetic machine. Smith said, “when I do have to give the patient a shot, they swear it was the most gentle one they ever had.”
The office is currently open Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 681-6200.

New Vet Tech
Dr. Ellen Matheson of Alafia River Animal Hospital is proud to announce the addition of Wendy Fernandez to her staff. Fernandez has over 20 years of experience as a veterinary technician.
“I previously worked at another clinic with Wendy. When I had the opportunity to bring her on board, I jumped at the chance,” said Matheson. “Our clients and their pets will benefit from Wendy’s experience, plus she has an excellent demeanor with the animals.”
Fernandez has a particular interest in surgical assisting. She has three Australian sheepdogs, including one that is diabetic.
Alafia River Animal Hospital is located at 7017 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia, two miles south of FishHawk Blvd. To schedule an appointment, please call 643-1002.

Bank Has New Manager
BankAtlantic, located at 947 S. Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, recently hired on new Market Manager/ Vice President, Ruben Luna. Luna is currently a Wimauma resident but has lived in Seffner and Riverview and has been in the area for seven years.
The bank branch lobby is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. It’s drive-up banking is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The bank is closed on Sundays.
For more information, call the branch at 643-9877 or visit www.bankatlantic.com.

Curves of Valrico Walking Announces Challenge Winner
During the month of March, the Curves in Valrico had a “Walking Challenge.”
Each participant wore a pedometer and was challenged to walk 10,000 steps each day, Monday-Friday, for four weeks. Tracking sheets were used to tally their daily steps.
One participant, Daphne Fields, has participated in the “Walking Challenge” for the past two years and has won the top prize each year. In 2008, she walked approximately 420,000 steps. In 2009, she walked an amazing 666,239 steps.
Since joining Curves in October of 2006, Fields said she has noticed some amazing changes in her overall health.
Her doctor has also noticed these changes because, before going to Curves, Fields had some problems with her hypertension, trying different medications from time to time to get it under control.
“My doctor was so pleased with the results of my last medical exam, that she asked me what I was doing differently,” Fields said. “My blood pressure readings are now usually in normal range, and because of this, she told me to cut down on the medication when my blood pressure goes below a certain point.”
“Thanks to all at Curves Valrico for making a big difference in my life,” Fields said.
For more information, contact Curves Valrico, located at 2605 S.R. 60 E., by calling 571-7800 or visit www.curves.com.

Feel Lighter with Detox at Serenity Stream in Riverview
Serenity Stream Yoga and Wellness Spa will be hosting Dr. Kristen Tipaldo, doctor of Oriental Medicine, and her workshop, The Skinny On Detoxing – Part 1, on Saturday, May 16, from 2-4 p.m. Tipaldo is the Voices of Health founder and an acupuncture physician.
Ever wondered what are toxins? How do they affect me? How do I safely detox? How do I maintain my weight and figure through detoxing? Your skin and lymph system are important detox mechanisms not to be ignored but are understood by few. They are complex systems that can be simply cleansed. You will receive a free body brush ($20 value) with the seminar and a step-by-step guide on how you can incorporate these methods easily into your daily routine. Wear shorts and a T-shirt or tank top as you will be receiving instructions for the body brush.
Serenity Stream is located at 11954 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.
For more information on the detox workshop or any classes offered at Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness Spa, please call 368-6546 or visit www.serenitystream.com.

Blooming Nail & Hair Salon Has Been Renamed
Blooming Nail & Hair Salon, located in the Bloomingdale Professional center in Valrico, will soon change its name to Rejuv Salon & Spa.
Owners Julia Patricia Rodriguez and Blanca Elsa Prieto focus on providing exceptional service and value to patrons.
Master stylist Rodriguez has over a decade experience working in the beauty industry.
The former owner of Estilo Beauty Salon, Rodriguez has worked in the Tampa Bay area her entire professional career.
Blooming Nail & Hair Salon is a full service salon which features hair, skin, and nail services as well as a variety of specialized beauty services.
Blooming Nail & Hair Salon is located at 1532 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, just west of Bloomingdale High School. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 643-9972.

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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.