By Sandra Meyer

BC_BrandonAllStarsBrandon All-Stars Offers Cheerleading from Tot to Teen

The mission at Brandon All-Stars is to teach respect and promote physical fitness and the art of cheerleading. It creates long-lasting friendships and teaches kids valuable lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Brandon All-Stars 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.

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.

Back to School Extravaganza at The Learning Experience

The Learning Experience (TLE) is conducting its Second Annual Back to School Extravaganza on Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. It will feature family fun activities including a bounce house, arts and crafts, free food and drinks and prizes. Additionally, there will be a tour teaching about TLE’s curriculum and what children will be learning at TLE this year. Special promotional discounts are now being offered. For more information, call 681-5544, visit fishhawk. or Centers. The Learning Experience is located at 16232 Bayberry Glen Dr. in Lithia.

Rich’s Backyard Birds Contest WinnerBC_RICHS

Rich’s Backyard Birds and the Osprey Observer recently held a contest to match up the names of all of the FishHawk neighborhoods with pictures of the birds they were named after.

The winner, Sara Peacock from Bridgewater, said they made theirs a family activity and everyone had input. The prize was a $50 gift certificate to Rich’s Backyard Birds, donated by owner Rich Crete and zoo tickets, donated by the Osprey Observer.

Rich’s Backyard Birds is located at 5670 FishHawk Crossing Blvd.. For more information, call 657-BIRD (2473) or visit Facebook/Rich’s Backyard Birds.

BC_ArcherylogoAdventures Archery Summer Camps

Adventures Archery is holding summer camps for kids 8-16 years old. Camps run Monday – Thursday for two weeks from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30–3:30 p.m. Cost is $300 per child and includes the following: Instructor/equipment rental, lanyard and JOAD achievement pin, medal, string building materials, arrow fletching materials and camo face paint.

Available dates are Monday-Monday, July 7 – July 14; Monday-Thursday, July 21 – July 31 and Monday- Thursday, August 4 – August 14. For more information or to sign up for camp, visit www.adventures or call 664-8700. Adventures Archery is located at 2210 U.S. 301, Ste. 200 in Tampa.

Pinot’s Pallette Project PetBC_Pinotpet

Pinot’s Pallete is offering a painting class on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. where customers can paint their very own pet portrait with the image taken right from a personal photo. A professional artist will be on hand to guide painters step by step through brush stroke and color choices to paint a canvas portrait of their favorite furry friend. Cost is $55 and pre-registration is required to attend this class as well as an e-mailed photo of the pet for the sketch. Deadline for registration is Thursday, July 10.

Pinot’s Pallete is located at 2086 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. For more information or to register,  visit, call 618-3064 or e-mail Brandon@pinotspa

BC_sTRONGLIFESTRONGLIFE Chiropractic Offers Weekly Workshops

STRONGLIFE Chiropractic & Natural Health is the community resource center for natural health and healing. It specializes in researched-based spinal and postural rehabilitation and is dedicated to helping alleviate pain from its source through the advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics technique.

Workshops are every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for one of the upcoming workshops by calling 655-LIFE (5433), or by emailing It is located at 5618 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia.

Crossroads Ace Hardware Receives J.D. Power RecognitionBC_Acelogo

Crossroads Ace Hardware of Lithia and Riverview are celebrating Ace Hardware Corporation’s recent recognition in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Home Improvement Retailer Store Satisfaction StudySM. The results ranked Ace Hardware “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row.” The J.D. Power study is based on responses from more than 2,900 consumers who purchased home improvement products or services in the previous 12 months.

Crossroads Ace Lithia is located at 10415 Country Rd. 39 and the phone number is 737-9223. Crossroads Ace Riverview is located at 13364 Lincoln Rd. and can be reached at 236-1885.                                             

Titanium Gymnastics and Cheerleading Offering Free Trial

Titanium Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Lithia at 7017 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. is a brand new facility. With over 20 years in the business, owner Michi Pribil enjoys working with children, creating positive self-esteem and confidence in young children and adults to pursue their dreams in gymnastics and cheerleading.

It is currently offering free trial classes and an array of new classes for tots, beginners, intermediate and advanced level athletes. Also new to the mix is Titanium All-Star cheerleading, starting in August. For more information, call 689-2200 or e-mail titanium.gym.cheer                                      

Brandon Chamber Accepting 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards Nominations

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will honor Greater Brandon Area small businesses that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity, integrity in operating a business, and commitment to community services during the 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards to be held Tuesday, October 23. Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, July 7.

Fifteen area businesses, representing five business categories, will be recognized during an awards banquet. Award categories include Home-Based Business, Certified Minority or Women Owned Business, 1-5 Employees, 6-15 Employees and 16-Plus Employees.

Anonymous and self-nominations are also accepted. For more information, contact Suzanne Dowdy at  689-1221 ext. 8836. Nomination forms are also available at events/small-business-of-the-year.html. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations to participate should contact Suzanne Dowdy no later than 48 hours prior to the nomination deadline.

Running Fox Technologies Helps With IT Needs

Running Fox Technologies offers IT Consulting and Telecommunications Consulting services. With years of experience in IT and Telecommunications, Running Fox helps with support like help desk, work station setup, email/domain support and more. It supports all of Florida and the Southeast U.S. Call 844-690-8755 for a free lunch to discuss what services Running Fox can provide. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with 24-7support for customers with contracts.

Running Fox Technologies is located at 11714 Hoyt Ave. in Tampa. For more information, visit www.runningfoxtechnolo

BC_SaltGrottoSalt Grotto Offers Acupuncture

The Salt Grotto introduces Stephen Dell-Jones and his acupuncture services. His personal philosophy is his consistent approach that his patients deserve to be healthy and strong. Appointments with Dell-Jones will be available on Wednesdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Salt Grotto is located at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 324-8946. For more information, visit

Jacob Fowler Memorial Scholarship Announces 2014 RecipientsBC_JF2

The Jacob Fowler Memorial Scholarship was founded in memory of Jacob Fowler, a former instructor at Bell Shoals Baptist Church that passed away. Susan and John Prestridge of the Tutoring Club of Valrico were friends of Fowler’s for more than 20 years and started this as a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from Bell Shoals Baptist Church. The Fowler family has graciously donated additional scholarships the past two years, and over $3,000 in scholarships have been awarded in the last three years. This year’s winners are Kaitlynn Leonard and Jonathan Shirey.                                                                                         

For more information about its services, visit or call 681-9900. The Tutoring Club of Valrico is located at 4385 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.  

David Weekley Homes Continues to Be a Top Builder

David Weekley Homes ranked 16 on Professional Builder magazines’ 2014 Housing Giants List. The report ranks the nation’s 293 largest home builders by housing revenue and closings in 2013.

The company also reached more than 1,000 total industry awards. Some of its latest accolades include three first place wins for its model homes in the Orlando Parade of Homes, and two McSam Awards given by the Dallas Builders Association for Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home and Best Custom Home. Weekley also received the Best in Region award from the 2013 National Association of Home Builders Best in America Living Awards in Hilton Head, S.C.

For more information on David Weekley Homes, visit www.davidweekley or call 422-6130.

SoundCloud Announces New Weekly Entertainment Show

SoundCloud, the world’s leading social sound platform, has accepted the Now Hear This Entertainment show into its podcasting program. This represents the third major source for listeners.

Already on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, the podcast features interviews with guests who have achieved success in the music business, with the content presented in a way that entertains fans in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters – entertainers who want to learn from those who are being interviewed each week by the Now Hear This, Inc. president, who also gives a tip each week in a segment called Bruce’s Bonus.

In addition to its Website, SoundCloud can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps. For more information, e-mail or call 854-8000.

TakeOut Butler Celebrates Five Years

The end of May marked the 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’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 restaurant partners and loyal customers. For more information, visit or call 643-FOOD.

Alternative Therapies for COPD and Asthma Presentation

Nataliya Sia, ARNP of Holistic Medical Care Clinic will be hosting a presentation about the 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 a blend of conventional/Western medicine and complementary therapies. Currently accepting new patients with or without health insurance. Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment can call 398-0470. 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.

Where are Your Manners?BC_MindManners

Mind Your Manners Etiquette School, LLC is excited to announce its arrival to Brandon. Mind Your Manners Etiquette School, LLC can help combat behavioral challenges. 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 youth organization.

For more information, visit, contact Ms. Taneesha Thomas at (888) 471-0004 or e-mail mindyourmannerseti

Allegria Italiana Opens in Brandon

The Dragonetti brothers of Allegria Italiana have an extreme passion for their Italian recipes that were passed down from their mother, Mama Rosa in Italy. Whether craving a traditional Spaghetti Bolognese, Penne ala Vodka or Linguine with Calamari Fradiavolo, Allegria Italiana will deliver a gourmet experience to truly remember at affordable family prices. Every detail is impeccable from preparation to presentation. It delivers a dining experience with incredible flair and flavor with its black and white photographs of old Italy that line the burgundy walls.                                                                                                                           Allegria Itlaiana is located at 518 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.

For more information, visit or call 651-1166. Reservations on Friday and Saturday are recommended.       

Iris Tax Services Grand Opening

Iris Tax Services held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new location at River Hills Plaza in June. Iris Tax Services is committed and dedicated to improve, shape, secure, sustain customers financial futures and security by providing clients with trust, protection, competent advice and five-star customer service. Since 1999, Iris Tax Services has maintained business rectitude. Iris Tax Services offers: tax preparation, free tax analysis as well as free informational seminars and workshops.

For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 985-4747. It is located at 4331 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.

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