Bubbeque’s Honors  Veterans With Free Lunch To Honor Service

Even though Veteran’s Day is on November 11, Bubbeque’s located at 957 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, is celebrating veterans on November 12. On that day, each veteran will receive a Big ‘Ol Bubba and fries. Their slogan, “You served your country with honor, and now it would be an honor to serve you.” Visit Bubbeque’s with your favorite veteran, and visit them at www.bubbequesbbq.com or call 685-1800.


 Brandon Honda Is Giving Away A Free 2013 Accord

Brandon Honda has launched a new app for iPhones and Android smartphones. To celebrate the new app, they will give away a free 2013 Honda Accord on December 31 at the dealership. To enter the contest, applicants need to download one of the smartphone apps and create an account at http://www.brandonhonda.com /downloadandwin.cfm. Brandon Honda is located at 9209 E. Adamo Drive in Tampa, one mile west of I-75 on Route 60. For more information, call 664-1234 or visit http://www.BrandonHonda.com/


 Exciting Guest Chef At The Rolling Pin

Chef Curtis Stone was at Rolling Pin for a demo, question and answer session and cookbook signing in September.  Over 150 people packed Rolling Pin to meet him. Visit Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium at 2080 Badlands St. in Brandon, call them at 653-2418 or visit www.rollingpinonline.com for a full listing of upcoming classes, special guests and appearances.


 Copper Bell Café Brandon Under New Ownership

The Copper Bell Cafe in  Brandon is under new ownership.  Bruce and Caroline Poli are the new owners of the Copper Bell Cafe team. The café is located at 401 S. Parsons in Brandon.  Visit them at www.copperbellcafe.com or call 681-3354.


Upcoming Karaoke Costume Party At Sumatra Bistro

On Sunday, October 28 at 7 p.m., there will be a Karaoke Costume Party with a cash prize for the best performance.   Reservations are a must.  Sumatra Bistro is located at 1602 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.  Call 655-6200 or e-mail chefmichaelwahl@aol.com for more information or to make reservations.


 Free Car Care Clinic Teaches Car Basics

Hi Tech Automotive at 119 S. Montclair Ave. in Brandon is holding a free car care clinic with basic maintenance tips at its location on Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m.  Reservations are requested and food and beverages will be served.  Teenage drivers and first-time car owners are welcome. Call today at 684-1556.


 Fresh Farm Market And Deli Gets  A Vote Of Confidence

The Fresh Farm Market located at 5914 Providence Rd. in Riverview, was voted favorite small business in February 2012.  Their extensive menu, including imported Italian meats, cheeses and pastas, in addition to Troyer’s Amish Brand deli meats, Dakin dairy products, fresh cage-free eggs, Cuban bread and fresh roasted coffee, makes it a delight to walk in the door. Call 661-DELI or 661-FARM or visit www.thefreshfarm.com

Sugar Boutique’s Grand Re-opening

Sugar Boutique’s Grand Re-opening occurred recently in Regency at 1076 E. Brandon Blvd. when they expanded to 1500 sq. ft.  The boutique is now offering open forum/walk- in classes like soap making, scrubs, mud masks, candle making and specialty classes. You can reach her at 766-7146 or visit www.thesoapandcandlebakery.com.


 Ribbon Cutting for The Original Leena’s Chocolates

The Original Leena’s Chocolates hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their one-year anniversary at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave in Brandon. The Calguire’s are constantly giving back to their community and for details of their latest give-back, please visit http://www.facebook.com/10000Apples.  For more information, feel free to contact them at 643-8500 or visit www.originalleenaschocolates.com


 October 31 Canine Cabana Will Be Celebrating Dogtoberfest

All of their German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Schnauzers and Weimaraners can agree that this is the most anticipated month of the year. After costumed pets travel through the ‘four paws only’ pumpkin patch, kegs of Bowzer beer and a hot gourmet treat of bratwurst and mash will be served. Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility offering overnight accommodations, fun doggie daycare, and positive, proven training.  They are located at 9708 Carr Road, Riverview, FL, 33569.   For additional information, please contact Angie Frazier at 672-9663 or e-mail her at angie@caninecabana.biz.


Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour At Winthrop Town Center

Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital, located at 6151 Delancey Station St. in Riverview, is holding another Yappy Hour at the Winthrop Town Center on October 26.  This month they will be giving treats for costumed pets.  They plan to host a yappy hour every other month on Fridays from 6-7 p.m. for pets and people to meet and great and have a good time.  These are free to attend, but they are accepting donations for different animal charities at each event. This month’s proceeds will be going to Southeastern Guide Dogs. For November, a Whiskers at Winthrop Auction will be held to benefit Big Cat Rescue.Call 689-2207 or visit www.brandonlakesanimalhospital.com.


 Casino Royale- A Fundraiser For Apollo Beach Waterways Improvement Group

On Saturday, November 10 from 6:30-11 p.m., the MiraBay Club is sponsoring a Casino Royale. Visit www.ABWIG.org for more information .The cost of this event is $50 per person and is for adults 21 and over. Call 649-1500 (x21) for information.


 Hawthorne Village Retirement Community’s Annual Fall Festival

Hawthorne Village Retirement Community will hold its annual Fall Festival on October 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon.  Candy, face painting, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving contest and hot dogs are just a few of the fun things to do this year. For more information, contact Hawthorne Village at 661-8998.


 Grow  Financial’s Downtown Tampa Branch is Now Open

Their new branch located at 404 N. Tampa St. features an innovative and refreshing alternative to traditional bank lobby designs, a contemporary color scheme and unique interactive technology showcasing a new virtual money machine. During their grand opening event, attendees played the virtual money machine, and had the chance to donate the monies won to one of Grow Financial’s three corporate charities including:  The American Heart Association of Tampa Bay, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or The Children’s Home of Tampa.  They ultimately raised $2,950 for the three charities combined.  Learn more at www.growfinancial.com

Selah Farms, Horsemanship to Lithia

Selah Farms, LLC, located at 421 Corbett Rd. in Lithia, is a full service boarding and training center for all breeds and disciplines of riding. The farm is open from dawn to dusk Tuesday-Sunday and you can call them at 352-209-0068 or visit www.selah-llc.com.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter under selahfarms.


 Gifts &  Crafts Fair To Be Held At The Bridges Retirement Community

The Gifts and Crafts Fair, held at The Bridges Retirement Community at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview is scheduled for November 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  This shopping spree is open to the public and it’s free to attend. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors. Shoppers will have an extensive selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to select from including holiday decorations, handmade crafts, stylish jewelry, pet accessories, sweet treats and much more. For more information, contact Janet Noah at 413-8900 or visit www.bridgesretirement.com.


 Cannon Homes Joins Stonelake’s Preferred Builders

John Cannon Homes Inc. has been added to the exclusive roster of preferred home builders at Stonelake Ranch, the gated community of 160 executive and estate homes on 900-acre Lake Thonotosassa in eastern Hillsborough County. Selected Sarasota’s Best Builder for 2011 by readers of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, John Cannon Homes, based in Sarasota, was founded in 1987. The Stonelake Ranch welcome center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information , call 986-0062 or visit www.stonelakeranch.com.


 The Waiting Game to be Featured on Profiles with Terry Bradshaw

The Waiting Game soon will be featured on the Profiles with Terry Bradshaw’s television series as a low-cost, turn-key franchise opportunity for people with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to own a business with minimal financial investment. The Profiles series, hosted by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, highlights successful small businesses that demonstrate a significant impact in their particular industry. To learn more, visit  www.thewaitinggamefranchise.com.


Fifth Third Bank & Derrick Brooks Charities Launch

Fifth Third Bank Tampa Bay and Derrick Brooks Charities recently launched the Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp, a two-year financial literacy program for 10th grade students at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, a public charter high school with a goal of preparing students for postsecondary success in a small, safe learning environment. Students will learn about savings, investment options, debt, budgeting, mortgages, insurance and other financial empowerment topics. For more information, go to www.53.com.


 The Pink Pizza Box is Back

 Now in its fourth year, Hungry Howie’s Love, Hope & Pizza campaign is once again raising money for the fight against breast cancer. For every pizza purchased during October, Hungry Howie’s will make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The brand will make a donation to the foundation for every new Facebook fan, every breast cancer story fans share on the Hungry Howie’s Facebook page, and every tweet using the hashtag #lovehopepizza. The company will also be giving out free pizzas via social media on three days in October. Visit  www.hungryhowies.com for more information.


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Suzy is one of the Advertising Representatives for the Riverview area. She started with the Osprey as an advertising assistant in 2008 and has various positions since then. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Bloomingdale with her husband, Tom for the last 22 years.