By Suzy Wiesenhart

BC_Distressed Nest - anchorDistressed Nest in Valrico to Offer Classes

Distressed Nest, located at 4357 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico, is offering three new classes starting in January.  Owner, Cari Majors said that in addition to its single-letter monogram door-hanging class, it will be offering a heart anchor door-hanging class, as well as two monogram frame classes. In this class, it will teach a two-color distressed technique and a crackle technique.

For more information, call 602-1362 or visit


T-Mobile Hiring as Many as 100+ Customer Service Representatives

T-Mobile U.S. is hiring in Tampa; its call center plans to hire more than 100 BC_tmobilelogofull-time Financial Care Representatives by the end of March 2014. To fill these important positions, T-Mobile is holding a hiring event on Thursday, January 9 at 10 a.m. at its call center at 18205 Crane Nest Dr. in Tampa. T-Mobile is looking for candidates who are customer-service oriented and technically savvy.

For more information about this hiring event or job qualifications, please visit T-Mobile’s career site at


BC_bulknationBulk Nation at Regency Square is Part Grocery, Part Fun

It has become a favorite stop for moviegoers before they catch a movie, the lunch crowd likes to find a nibble and bakers and ethnic food lovers enjoy the variety found at Bulk Nation, located at 2426 W. Brandon Blvd.

With more than 400 bulk items to choose from, candy and nuts have proven the most popular, but the store also offers cereal, beans, gluten-free pasta, soup mix, dried fruits, spices and more by the scoop. Bulk Nation also offers piñatas you can fill with candy, along with chips and drinks for your parties. Bulk Nation is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. On Tuesdays, seniors and students receive 10 percent off their purchase. For more information, call 381-3868 or visit


RPM Insurance is an Extension of RPM Management

RPM Insurance is a family-owned business established in 2011 by Clay and Lisa Purton as an extension of their warranty business which has been in operation since 1987.  The Purton’s have raised their children in the Valrico-Brandon area for more than 24 years.

The RPM Insurance office is located at 110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Ste. J, in Brandon.  Hours are Monday- Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can call 681-4776, email at or visit and like it on Facebook.


Green Iguana Bar & Grill is Moving to Brandon

Green Iguana founder, Rick Calderoni purchased the building in Brandon, most recently called Zapps Sports Bar andBC_GREENiguanalogo plans to move his restaurant to its location at 2016 Town Center Blvd., next to the old Borders, by the end of January.

The Winthrop location will remain open through the NCAA football bowl season. Green Iguana also plans to launch a new menu, offering a selection of healthier items like entree bowls and salads. One thing Calderoni said he won’t change is showcasing live music. A grand opening celebration is planned in conjunction with its 25th anniversary in February. Visit online at greenigua


TakeOut Butler Now Delivers Moe’s Southwest Grills

BC_takeoutbutler“Welcome to Moe’s” is what Erik Butler is now saying to his customers.  Butler, who owns the TakeOut Butler Restaurant Delivery, brings over 50 restaurants right to your table in Brandon, Riverview, Sun City, Seffner, Valrico, Southshore and Lithia.  He is now delivering from Moe’s Southwest Grills at 2338 W. Brandon Blvd. in Grand Regency and 6020 Winthrop Town Center Ave. in Riverview. Call TakeOut Butler, the 2013 Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year winner, for free delivery on catering orders, drop-off catering, gifted orders, gift certificates and more. Call 643-FOOD today, or visit


How About Sketch & Sip for Valentine’s Day?

Sketch & Sip, located at 11242 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview is having a “Paint a Wineglass” Valentine’s Day BC_sketchnsipglassescelebration on Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m.  Each couple will get to paint 2 wine glasses for only $50 per couple.

There will be a champagne toast and appetizers from Acropolis will be served.  There will also be live music, free raffles and ladies will receive a rose and a piece of jewelry.

Sketch & Sip offers classes Monday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and you can check online for the schedule at or call 644-5954 for reservations.


Riverview Plumbing LLC is a Plumber You Can Trust

Riverview Plumbing LLC, an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner for the second year in a row, is a fully-licensed and bonded plumbing company serving Riverview, Brandon, Valrico and all of Hillsborough County. It operates under one guiding principle; treating the customer with honesty and respect, while providing the absolute best service possible. Owner, Randy Ramos is a member of the Greater Riverview Chamber and is excited that Riverview Plumbing LLC has been placed on Angie’s List.  Its pro-rate pricing means you only pay for the time the service took, and not by the hour. Call them at 671-0557, visit or “like” it on Facebook.


BC_strawberryfestivallogoFlorida Strawberry Festival Partners with Publix Super Markets for Advance Ticket Sales

The Florida Strawberry Festival announced today its partnership with Publix Super Markets to offer customers a discounted rate on advance admission tickets.

Tickets will be available for purchase at participating Publix stores January 30-March 9 and can be purchased at customer service desks. Advance discounted tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12-years-old. Children 5-years-old and under are admitted free.

To see the list of participating Publix Super Markets, and for more information, visit  The 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival will be held February 27-March 9, 2014 in Plant City.


Spark Fitness Has an Array of Fitness Opportunities

Spark Fitness has a Pilates studio offering mat classes, barre classes, personal training circuit classes and one-on-one instruction in Pilates and personal training.  Located at 5490 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia, the studio is equipped with two Pilates reformers, a stability chair and various props.

The Spark studio has expanded its group class schedule and is now offering personal training Circuit classes. Circuit classes are taught by Paul Killian or Caroline Rhoden on Mondays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Owners Paul and Jennifer Killian said the studio will be offering its first workshop in February, Pilates on the Roller; a four-week class on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 684-4600 or visit


Edward Jones Ranks Number One in National Survey for 19th Time

For the 19th time, the financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked Number One in the Magazine annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to the following Edward Jones financial advisors in the Brandon area.

Carl A Brosky, Edwards Jones in Valrico, located at 1953 SR 60E, who can be reached at 654-7885; Cheryl D. Lyle, Edwards Jones in Brandon, located at 1347 Oakfield Dr. who can be reached at 684-2519; Jeff Dove, Edwards Jones in Valrico, located at 1953 SR 60E, who can be reached at 654-7885; and Melissa L. Haskins, Edwards Jones in Valrico, located at 3616 Erindale Dr., who can be reached at 681-1462.

For more information, please contact a Brandon area advisor or visit


Compete in the Special Ops Spartan Sprint Race If You Dare

The Special Ops Spartan Sprint Race, sponsored by Reebok, is coming to Tampa on Saturday, February 15 at the BC_spartanraceRaymond James Stadium. The purpose of the Spartan Race is to get participants active and healthy while challenging today’s perception of normal.

Currently tickets are $95 dollars for participants and will go up to $100 before registration closes on Tuesday, February 11. Military and first responders receive a $30 discount and students with a valid I.D. receive a $10 discount. Visit for more information or to register for the event.


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Suzy Wiesenhart
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.