Octavia Stoppa is the owner of All About Me, a full salon and spa with the added bonus of a fitness center. Pole Fitness and Zumba classes are currently being offered.

We all know that our workouts are important for maintaining good health, but in order to continue with them, finding something fun is the key to a long term commitment.

That’s where All About Me, a full service salon offering hair, nails and skin care comes into the picture. One way to describe the ambiance would be that it’s Steel Magnolia with a twist. This multi-cultural salon exudes warmth from the moment you step into it. The owner, Octavia Stoppa, expanded the salon so that it now includes a separate area for fitness classes. One of the more interesting and different classes offered is Pole Fitness. These classes are gaining in popularity as a great way to become fit while having a good time.

Jean Steiner, of Valrico, has been taking the class for a few months. After a recent car accident, the classes helped her with injuries that her doctor could not heal. Also, Steiner said, “Not only has the class strengthened my core, it has given me confidence.” Steiner spends a lot of time at the salon because as she said, “The atmosphere is electrical; very welcoming and sunny. It’s like being with friends, but there is a professional flair. You leave with a lifted spirit.”

There is even a pole stretch class for seniors. This class, which takes place on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Monday at 4:30 p.m., is $5 per class for a 30-minute stretch using the poles.

Pole Fitness classes are available at 1 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Other than Stoppa, there are six other certified instructors available. They also offer private parties such as Girls Night Out or Bachelorette Parties.

Along with the Pole Fitness classes, All About Me also offers Zumba classes on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. for $5 per class.

Stoppa enjoys giving back to the community and is involved in a lot of charitable functions and fundraisers. She has also been a member of the Sirens of the Golden Sabre Krewe for nine years.

The Brandon Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting at the location to introduce everyone to all of the exciting things happening at the salon.

All About Me currently has room for additional stylists, nail techs and massage therapists. 

Salon hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Special appointments are available. Call 661-7144 or e-mail spicytreasures1@yahoo.com to make an appointment or to get information on booth rentals.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.