By Sandra Meyer

Massage Therapy  at The Salt Grotto

The Salt Grotto is now offering massages at its new location in Plaza Bella. Customers can choose from three different therapists. Chris Caito from Therapeutic Massage is available on Mondays from 3–6 p.m. Chandra B. uses Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, maintenance sport massage, neuromuscular and Ayurvedic Thai Massage. She is available alternate Fridays from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Corey K. provides gentle Swedish massage and is available Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and also alternate Fridays. The Salt Grotto is located at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 324-8946. More information is available at

BC_HessHess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics Opens Apollo Beach Office in June

Dr. Michael Hess and Dr. Toby VanLandschoot are pleased to announce a new location to open in June in the Apollo Beach area. Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics third location will provide all the same outstanding quality orthodontic care, fantastic customer service and innovative technology as it does in the Riverview and Lithia locations, utilizing such advancements as The Damon Clear bracket system,  Invisalign, SureSmile and i-CAT. Hess and VanLandschoot Orthodontics new third location will be located at 421 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary orthodontic exam, call 645-4377or visit

Father’s Day at Pinot’s PaletteBC_PintosPallete

Pinot’s Palette is inviting the community to paint a ‘manly’ painting as a special gift for any dad or to make a date to spend fun, quality time together painting this Father’s Day. The weekend of Thursday, June 12 and ending Saturday, June 14 is packed with four different paintings. Thursday’s theme will be Hook, Line & Sinker; Friday is Seaside Sunrise; Saturday morning is a family paint and Saturday evening is Sunset Ride, a motorcycle painting. Prices range from $25-$45.

Pinot’s Pallet is located at 2086 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call Beverly at 478-6635 or e-mail with any questions or visit www.Pinot’s

BC_ChristianBrosLadies Day Car Skills Class at Christian Brothers Automotive

On Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m., Christian Brothers Automotive is hosting a Ladies’ Day Car Skills Familiarization Class to educate women of all ages how to check fluids and perform basic car maintenance. The class will be approximately 40 minutes long, during which ladies will be shown how to conduct basic maintenance on a car including fluid checks, tire pressure checks and spare tire location. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free standard oil change. The class will take place on site at the auto repair shop located at 10010 McMullen Rd. in Riverview. RSVP by calling 685-0683, or e-mailing

SmartShape Offers Comprehensive Approach to Diet & Exercise

SmartShape is revolutionizing the diet and body sculpting industry with the belief that a person’s outward appearance should reflect who they truly are. In the new Brandon facility, medical procedures such as Liposculpting, Brazilian Butt Lifts, Natural Breast Lifts, MediWraps and the SmartShape Slimming System are performed by Dr. Robert Miles, who has more than 20 years of experience operating weight loss programs as a primary care physician and surgeon.                                                                              In addition, clients can undergo a “whole body and mind” transformation, which will include the SmartShape Diet, a medically-assisted weight loss program that offers unlimited support and the ability to lose as much as 20 to 25 pounds in the first month. To schedule a free consultation, call 448-7600, or visit It is located at 1107 Professional Park Dr. in Brandon.

Free Reading Assessments Offered for Kindergarteners and First GradersBC_GradePower

Grade Power Learning wants the community to know that schools have cut back on summer reading camp for kindergarteners and first graders who used to be given an extra month of reading classes over the summer. Many of these kids were relying on this service to keep them from falling behind and helping them pass tests needed to advance to the next grade. To help, Grade Power Learning is offering free assessments for affected students. Demand is high and availability is limited. Visit for more information or call 689-6527.

BC_FishhawkCleanerDry Cleaner Offers Free Home Delivery Service

Atis Kalnins owns and operates FishHawk Laundry & Cleaners with pick-up and delivery service in the Lithia area. There is no need to waste time or gas on running to drop off or pick up dry cleaning. FishHawk Laundry & Cleaners is so sure customers will be thrilled with this service, it is offering $10 of free dry cleaning just to try it out. For more information on provided services or to schedule a free laundry pick up, visit or call 200-4320. 

Summer Charity Bridal GalaBC_soheila

Studio 210 Salon Owner Soheila Imani has organized the First Annual Summer Charity Bridal Gala, which will showcase Studio 210 Salon’s Bridal Services as well other local business services. All proceeds from the charity event will go to Life Care.  The Bridal Gala will be held on Tuesday, June 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. The cost to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 684-0600. For more information on the salon, visit www.studio210    

13th Annual Open House & Retired Products Sale

The new 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is available to shop hundreds of retired products priced 30-50 percent off. Enjoy a free make and take project, live demonstrations of new catalog products, door prizes and an inspiration station to spark creativity. This free event will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Brandon Jr. Women’s Club at 129 N. Moon St. in Brandon. RSVP is required for the make and take project. E-mail to RSVP by Saturday, June 14. For more information, visit                

BC_StoneKraftStone Kraft Tiles & Cabinetry Fits Any Remodeling Budget

Stone Kraft Tiles & Cabinetry is a one stop shop for remodeling needs in kitchens and bathrooms. Owners Kiran and Sam Choudhary have several years of experience with natural stone and construction projects and offer access to a large selection of materials for countertops and cabinets, ensuring something for every budget. Its distributors stock hundreds of colors in natural stone flooring and countertops to help build any dream kitchen, patio, or bathroom to any taste. The showroom is located at 9005 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa near U.S. 301. It is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Visit or call 405-5076.

YMCA Seeks Volunteers for National Gymnastics Championships 

The Y is seeking the help of more than 1,000 volunteers for a variety of responsibilities at the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships hosted by the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Tuesday, July 1 through Saturday, July 5. Nearly 1,800 gymnasts and their families are traveling from across the country to Tampa for the five-day event. Interested volunteers can contact Other need-to-know details are available online at  Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact Mercy Powell at 924-7512 or e-mail                                                                                                        .

Discounted Buccaneer Tickets

Discounted individual Tampa Bay Buccaneers game tickets are available for AAA Members at AAA offices.. AAA members can save $5 – $9 off the gate price per single-game Bucs ticket at local AAA offices and there’s no Ticketmaster fee. For more information, visit or call David Miller in Brandon at 681-5761 or at Sun City Center at 633-4880.

Shop Smart at Sassy and Classy

Sassy and Classy Consignment Boutique is now open at 1925 W. Brandon Blvd. in the Chili’s shopping center. All items are currently being accepted with sales ending in a 50-50 split. Stop by the store or check out Sassy and Classy on Facebook where some items will be previewed for sale. Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Visit or call 813-330-7905 for more details.

Castle Creole French Caribbean Cuisine Celebrates Grand Opening

 Esther JeanBart, owner of Castle Creole French Caribbean Cuisine, celebrated a successful ribbon cutting and grand opening on Friday, May 2 in Brandon.

Castle Creole patrons will receive the highest quality of service, a delectable menu with the finest French Caribbean Cuisine the Bay Area has to offer, along with signature house wines and an ambiance to make each dining experience memorable. Castle Creole will serve as the ideal venue for catering, special events, live entertainment, community affairs and more. The restaurant will host a weekly networking event every Wednesday from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Castle Creole is located at 435 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. More information can be found on Facebook at ole.

Romano’s  Restaurant Expands

Romano’s Greek & Italian Restaurant in Brandon has been a tradition since 1977 and it has recently expanded its facilities to cater to large parties. Owner George Manasakis provides catering for any occasion.

The restaurant offers a variety of Greek and Italian dishes to accommodate any taste. All food is made to order with fresh ingredients purchased every day. The Greek salads, gyros and all menu items are served with generous portions and friendly service and atmosphere.  It is located at 901 W. Brandon Blvd. The menu and hours can be found at Call 654-9477 for more information.

Catch Twenty Three Now Open

The new location of Catch Twenty Three, a Tampa-based seafood restaurant, opened in Park Square Friday, May 16.  The restaurant took over the location that was previously the Park Square Cellar and features indoor and outdoor dining. Diners can enjoy Latin and Caribbean influences in a casual, upscale setting. For more information, visit or call 689-4560. Catch Twenty Three is located at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia.

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