FishHawk Resident Named Top Lawyer


FishHawk resident, Marcus S. Lawrence, Jr., has been named by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top young lawyers in Florida for 2009. Less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.

Lawrence is a founding member of Thorn Lawrence, P.L. in Tampa, Florida. His practice is focused in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation and military law. Lawrence is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law where he was a Reynolda Law Faculty scholarship recipient. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy as a JAG Corps attorney. Lawrence has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Tampa area business owners in jury trials and alternative dispute resolution proceedings to include mediation and arbitration. He is licensed in Alabama and Florida and is active in the Hillsborough County Bar Association where he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Bar’s Leadership Institute and as Chairman of the Military Liaison Committee.

The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. Each year Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous, multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers and an independent review of candidates by their attorney-led research staff.

For more information on Lawrence, please visit

Flower Shop Offers A Tropical Paradise

Local Valrico resident for 21 years Karen Conrad began her business, Karen’s Flower Cart, seven years ago after 30 years of working for other floral departments.

Karen’s Flower Cart was formerly located within the Brandon Crossing Shopping Center on Falkenburg Rd. and Adamo Dr. in Tampa. She recently relocated to the Albertson’s Plaza on Lithia Pinecrest Rd.

Karen’s Flower Cart is a full-range florist offering arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, gift baskets, corporate businesses and more.  Prices range from $5 up to “as much as you want to spend,” says Conrad.

She says roses are still the most popular flower “but that’s just because guys don’t know any better,” she chuckles. Gerber daisies and sunflowers are a close second and third, according to her. “My favorite flower is Iris,” she said.

Conrad said her specialties include tropical flower arrangements and plants that will grow and flourish in the Florida weather.

Karen’s Flower Cart is a 1,800-sq.-ft. floral design shop located at 3335 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., next to Jaymer-Que BBQ. Its hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information or to place an order, please call 685-7655.

Beauty Supply Shop Soon to Open in Bloomingdale Square


If you have been looking for a place to get a hair straightener, extensions, makeup or any other beauty supply, then you are in luck. Sally Beauty Supply, the world’s largest retailer of beauty supplies, is opening soon in the Bloomingdale Square shopping plaza, located on the corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rd.

At Sally Beauty Supply, you do not have to be a professional hairstylist or manicurist to shop there. Sally Beauty Supply will be located at 929 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.

For more information, please visit

New Party Store Open in Lithia Crossings


If you’re planning a baby shower, wedding, birthday party or any other party, head over to Lithia Crossings plaza, where a new party store, amply named Party Your Way recently opened in late June.

The party place, located at 3474 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., offers cards, party supplies such as plates, cups, napkins, banners, gift bags and wrapping paper as well as piñatas, balloons, favors and picture frames.

Party Your Way’s slogan is “for all your party needs and last minute gifts.” Its store hours are Monday- Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon- 5 p.m.

For more information, please call the store at 689-7869.

Beauty Meets Charm at New Day Spa


A new day spa recently opened in Bloomingdale East, called Charm Ville Day Spa, with the motto “Where Beauty Meets Charm,” and is owned by local Riverview resident Amna Hussein.

Charm Ville Day Spa offers a wide variety of signature facials, manicure, pedicure, massage, spa body wrap, threading, acyclic nails, wax and packages for special occasions such as bridal and party makeup’s.

Beginning in August, it will offer Wednesday as senior day and Thursday as student day and will host a back-to-school special.

Charm Ville Day Spa is located at 4312 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico in the Dr. Sonia Ruiz building, next to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Marathon gas station.

It is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Charm Ville Day Spa is closed on Sundays, but can be opened for a party of five or more.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 643-2400 or visit

Realtor Recognized For Record Sales

The Chadderton Group was honored by Keller Williams Realty with First Place Achievement Awards in Written Volume and Sales Volume for the month of June. Laura Harris, broker of Keller Williams Realty, announced the Chadderton Group’s Written Volume (contracts written) was $2,697,800 and its Sold Volume (closed transactions) was $2,309,400, all taking place in a 30-day period.

The Chadderton Group is led by Ray Chadderton and can be reached at 601-0597.

Doctors At South Bay Hospital Pioneer New System

South Bay Hospital’s endoscopy suite now has an exciting new tool, SpyGlass.  It’s state-of-the-art imaging system allows Gastroenterologists, physicians  who diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive system and diseases of the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and pancreas, to directly view and treat the biliary system —the system made up of the gallbladder and bile ducts.

The biliary system is the place where painful gallstones can accumulate and where life-threatening cancerous lesions can form.  Traditionally, x-rays (black and white images) have been used to diagnosis and treat. Often these images do not provide enough information to obtain a complete diagnosis.  However, with SpyGlass, physicians are now able to view the ducts in color.

“SpyGlass allows our physicians direct visualization of the biliary system,” says Janiece MacDonald, RN, BSN, Director of Surgical Services at South Bay Hospital, “which improves our ability to assist physicians in the care for their patients.”

If the physician finds a problem, the Spyglass tool is used to take clear, color images, allowing the physician to make a quick, accurate diagnosis. Treatment can begin for the patient right away.

“With this new technology, I can biopsy tissue, break up and remove painful gallstones, and eliminate blockages in the bile duct,” says Ashok Dhaduvai, MD, Gastroenterologist on staff at South Bay Hospital. “In some cases, this prevents my patients from needing major surgery.”

For more information about SpyGlass or Surgical Services at South Bay Hospital, contact Melissa Morgan at 634-0496.

Outdoors Store to Open in River Springs Plaza


An outdoorsman’s dream store will soon be opening in the River Springs Plaza on the corner of FishHawk Blvd. and Bell Shoals Rd. called Flint Creek Outfitters. This will be the store’s second location, with its other being in Ocala.

It will offer merchandise including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, camping equipment, fly-fishing rods and equipments, pet merchandise and more. Brand names include Patagonia, Orvis, Guy Harvey, Sperry Top Sider, Mountain Hard Wear and more, your next adventure lies with Flint Creek Outfitters.

For more information, please visit or call the Ocala store at 352-237-5325.

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Jennifer Silverstein
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.