By Ryan Butler

Jessica and Jeremy Cianfroccas are giving area car enthusiasts another reason to get up early on Saturday mornings.

On the last Saturday of every month, the couple hosts “Rise and Grind!” at the Copper Bell restaurant in Riverview. The free event provides a leisurely way for show car owners and fans to hang out and check out other vehicles.  Copper Bell also offers free coffee and an $8.99 breakfast buffet between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. for every event.

“It’s a very causal, leisurely event we brought to the community,” Jessica Cianfroccas said.

In addition to the show aspect, the event provides a way for drivers to access services and products from the Cianfroccas’ car company, Tampa Wax Slingers.  Starting out as a detailing company, it now offers products sales, which includes four different types of car waxes.

Rise and Grind usually draws out anywhere from 20 to 75 cars, ranging from imports to classics. The show started nearly three years ago at Copper Bell and has become a regular event in the parking lot outside the restaurant.

Tampa Wax Slingers as well as Rise and Grind are both part-time endeavors put on by the Cianfroccas, in addition to their own full-time jobs.  Along with the product offerings and car shows, the couple stays busy supporting charity events across the area. Focusing mainly on organizations to benefit military personnel such as the Healing Heroes Network, the Cianfroccas have helped raise over $2,000 at a recent car show in Clearwater.

“We’re really big with helping our local community,” Jessica Cianfroccas said.

As part of a special Saturday, March 2 event at Copper Bell, Rise and Grind will feature a Ford Mustang constructed by Brandon’s Tim Urban of Alternative Koncepts to benefit Healing Heroes. Car show participants are invited to help escort it up to Ocala as it makes its way to participate in the historic Autorama car show in Detroit.

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