By Sandra Meyer

Hawthorne Health & Rehab Receives National Recognition

Hawthorne Health & Rehab has been named a five-star facility by CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal government agency. To date, Hawthorne is the only five-star facility in the Brandon area.

CMS scores long-term care facilities across the nation on a number of factors. The scoring is updated as annual survey results are provided by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration.

Hawthorne Health & Rehab provides long-term care and bounce back rehabilitation. The Brandon campus also features an Assisted Living Facility, which includes a wing for Garden Court, and Independent Living apartments.

For tour or admissions information, contact Admissions at 661-8998, or visit Hawthorne Health & Rehab is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon.

TOBTakeOut Butler Celebrates Five Years

The end of May marked the landmark five year anniversary for the award winning TakeOut Butler Restaurant Delivery Service. TakeOut Butler delivers prepared meals for partnering chain and independent restaurants, providing a culinary convenience to busy homes and productive offices in Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, East Tampa, SouthShore and more.                                                                                 The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business of the Year (Home Based) attributes its success to a simple business model that meets a true need, a passion for great service and community involvement and the ongoing support of its amazing restaurant partners and loyal customers. For more information, visit or call 643-FOOD.

Academic Adventures in Yoga Introduces Children’s YogaBC_academicYoga

Professional Institute 1 of Yoga Ed. will be teaching the Foundations of Teaching Children’s Yoga with a focus on ages 3 to 12, grades Pre-K to fifth grade. Classes will take place Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. This will be a four day comprehensive training, equipping participants with the basic principles and yoga tools needed to effectively teach children in an academic environment.

Participants will learn yoga techniques to promote children’s physical, mental and emotional health. Participants will embody the Yoga Ed. teaching philosophy, be able to share the teaching practices and tools to educate the community and bring the benefits of yoga to children, teachers, families and schools.

The location of the event is at The Mango Tree Yoga at 6004 Hammock Hill Ave. in Lithia. For more information, visit or call 598-0795.

BC_MindMannersWhere Are Your Manners?

Mind Your Manners Etiquette School, LLC is excited to announce its arrival to Brandon and surrounding areas. It offers a new, innovative and “non-stuffy” approach to introducing the art of etiquette and manners to youth and young adults. “Mini Manners,” “Tactful Teens,” and “Decorum University” are just a few of the classes offered by age group that engages them in a fun filled atmosphere all conducted on site at Mind Your Manners Etiquette School at 1219 Millennium Pkwy. in Brandon or on location for a youth organization. This concept was designed and created to serve the most “seemingly” ill-mannered child to the most “socially acceptable” teen and young adult.

For more information, visit, contact (888) 471-0004 or e-mail mindy         

Brandon All-Stars Offers Cheerleading From Tot to TeenBC_cheer

The mission at Brandon All-Stars is to teach respect for one another and promote physical fitness and the art of cheerleading. It offers classes for every age including preschool, parent-tot and toddler. Ages 6–18 are grouped by age and skill level with up to six different tumble classes a day. It offers two all-star prep seasons, September- December and January-April. Students will attend two events with the all-star program and get to experience what full year all-star athletes get to experience.

For more information on classes at Brandon All-Stars, visit www.brandonall, call 664-0200 or e-mail It is located at 9940 Currie Davis Dr. Ste.147 in Tampa.          

BC_EconoEcono Auto Rentals Celebrates Second Anniversary

Econo Auto Rentals is celebrating its second year open. On Saturday, June 28 from 1–4 p.m. the facility located at 9017 E. Adamo Dr. will be hosting an event including a car show and audio competition (run by Tampa’s own Premiere Car Audio). Bring the kids to play in the bounce house. Entry into the competition is free of charge and encouraged. To set up a vendor booth contact Econo to secure a spot.

 For more information or to be a part of this event, visit www.EconoCa or call 999-4920. For more information on Premiere Car Audio, visit  or call 664-0022.


Stone Kraft Tiles & CabinetryBC_StoneKraft

Stone Kraft Tiles & Cabinetry is a one stop shop for remodeling needs in kitchens and bathrooms. 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 conveniently located at 9005 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa near U.S. 301. Hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. More information can be found by calling 405-5076.

Rodan and Fields Skincare Party

Learn more about the new skincare products from the creative minds behind Proacitv. The dermatologists Rodan and Fields have created several new skincare regimens targeted for adult skincare to slow the aging process, targeting pores, acne and eczema. Learn more at this event and see how these products can help. Light refreshments and drink provided. The event will take place on Saturday, June 28 from 7–9 p.m. at 2823 Manor Hill Dr. in Brandon. RSVP to Laura Alise McDaniel at 727-403-8789. For more information, visit

Dr. Hernandez Returns to Brandon

Dr. Maria Hernandez is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association Inc. She returned to the Brandon area this past year and is offering her chiropractic services at Health & Balance Chiropractic. For a fee of only $20, the first visit includes a consultation with the doctor, neurological exam, orthopedic exam and report of findings. In addition, Health & Balance Chiropractic will donate the entire fee to the food pantry fund at Nativity Catholic Church serving the Brandon area communities.

The facility is located at 716 S. Oakwood Ave. in Brandon. For more information, visit or call 999-2008.                                                  

BC_massageenvyMassage Envy Spa Acknowledged for Customer Experience

Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of affordable and convenient massage and spa services, announced that Massage Envy Spa in Brandon has received recognition for excellence in customer experience for the second year in a row. The recognition was presented at Massage Envy Spa’s Annual Franchise Conference held in Phoenix, Ariz. Massage Envy Spa is located at 2092 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 413-2211. Additional information, including a list of all clinics, can be found at                              

2014 Brandon Chamber Dining Dollars Discount Cards Now Available

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s popular Dining Dollars Discount Card is available and re-loaded with savings opportunities. The 2014 Spring/Summer Dining Dollars Discount Card sponsored by Focus Magazine features Brandon-area restaurants and savings that include up to 20 percent off total bills, buy one get one specials and other discounts. These dining deals can be found online at www.myfocus

The Dining Dollars cards are available at the chamber located at 330 Pauls Dr. Ste. 100 in Brandon. For more information, visit, call  689-1221 or e-mail

Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics Opens Office in Apollo BeachBC_Hess

Dr. Michael Hess and Dr. Toby VanLandschoot are pleased to announce a new third office location to open in June at 421 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics third location will provide all the same outstanding quality orthodontic care, customer service and innovative technology as it does in the Riverview and Lithia locations. For more information or to schedule a complimentary orthodontic exam, call 645-4377or visit

BC_OhallLaurie E. Ohall Law Offices Moves

The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall has moved to a new location at 1464 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.  Ohall is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who is also licensed to practice law in Ohio. She advocates on behalf of her clients in the areas of Medicaid Reform and resident’s rights. She also provides clients with comprehensive estate planning including wills, trusts and advanced healthcare directives, as well as probate and guardianship administration. For more information on Ohall’s services, visit or call 438-8503.

World Cup Games  at World of Beer

World of Beer (WOB), a rapidly-expanding network of beer-centric taverns known for its collection of over 500 craft brews from around the world, craft spirits and Tavern Fare, is BC_WOBlaunching its first ever WOB CUP, a month-long watch-event for beer and soccer enthusiasts. WOB boasts a collection of beers from almost every country competing in the World Cup (varies by location), which will give guests the full World Cup experience through tastings, beer flights, parties, swag and prizes. World of Beer’s Brandon location is 2878 Providence Lake Blvd. For more information, call 324-8908, e-mail or visit              


HealthSource of Brandon to Help Ease Funding for Students

 A new school support program founded by HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab and Wellness will provide funding for local schools, while helping to relieve pain-related issues for students and members of the community.

The program will provide free community health screenings in exchange for $15 donations to schools in Brandon, Riverview, Valrico and FishHawk. The free health screenings (a $189 value) will help track down even the smallest amounts of pain. The $15 donations will be accepted at the office located at 166 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Ste. B until Friday, August 1. Contributors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.

To learn more about the program, or to schedule an appointment, call 654-7121.

 For more information on HealthSource, visit

Alternative Therapies for COPD and Asthma Presentation

Nataliya Sia, ARNP of Holistic Medical Care Clinic, will hold a presentation about “Alternative Therapies for COPD and Asthma” for the Breathe Better Group of Sun Towers at the Main Dining Room at Sun Tower Residences at 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. in Sun City Center on Tuesday, July 8 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The use of antibiotics in the cure for asthma as featured in NPR’s People’s Pharmacy will be discussed.

Holistic Medical Care Clinic’s mission is to provide the best health care utilizing integrative medicine—a blend of conventional/Western medicine and complementary therapies. Call 398-0470 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

The clinic is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The office is located at 400 Franderson Cir. Ste. 103 in Apollo Beach.

BC_CastleCreoleCastle Creole French Caribbean Cuisine Celebrates Grand Opening

Esther JeanBart, owner of Castle Creole French Caribbean Cuisine located at 435 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, celebrated a successful ribbon cutting and grand opening in May.

Castle Creole patrons will receive the highest quality of service, a 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 6–8 p.m. More information can be found at creole.

Allegria Italiana Now Open

The Dragonetti brothers of Allegria Italiana have a passion for their Italian recipes that were passed down from their mother, Mama Rosa, in Italy. The menu features a huge selection of signature dishes such as Veal Scaloppini, Steak Au Poivre or Shrimp Scampi to name a few. It delivers a dining experience with flair and flavor with black and white photographs of old Italy lining the burgundy walls.  Allegria Italiana is located at 518 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, visit or call 651-1166.                  

Chick-fil-A’s New Grilled RecipeBC_ChickFilA

 Chick-fil-A is introducing new grilled chicken entrees that will give the chain one of the most nutritious and expansive grilled menus across the quick-service industry. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain recently rolled-out the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich and Grilled Nuggets in an ongoing effort to provide more flavorful  grilled options for nutrition-minded customers. Each grilled chicken breast is freshly marinated with a blend of sea salt, lemon, garlic and savory herbs, and cooked on a state-of-the-art, proprietary grill. Owner Tammy Holmberg currently has two Chick-fil-A Brandon locations, one at 11325 Causeway Blvd. and the other located inside Brandon Westfield Mall at 519 Brandon Town Center Mall. Visit for more information.

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