By Sandra Meyer

BC_FreshmarketlogoThe Fresh Market Offers Gluten-Free Alternatives for Shoppers

Gluten-free foods have become a must for many shoppers at The Fresh Market. Many gluten-free products are offered throughout The Fresh Market’s stores, and can be easily found thanks to easy-to-spot shelf tags denoting “GLUTEN-FREE.” 

In addition, the specialty grocer has added a number of new gluten-free items to its ever expanding selection of private brand products. All of the specialty grocer’s gluten-free private label products are rigorously tested to ensure they meet FDA criteria.

The Fresh Market is located at 3468 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Call 689-2565 or visit

Urban E Recycling Offers Free Electronic Removal and Pickup

Urban E Recycling, Inc. offers free pickup and removal, free data destruction and a free certificate of data destruction of  computers, cellphones, fax machines, copiers and just about every type of electronics with no charge for its services.

Urban E Recycling, Inc. is located at 5144 Le Tourneau Cir. in Tampa. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

Call 501-9346 or visit

Julie’s Walk-In Closet Celebrates Five Years of Retail with Open HouseBC_Julie'sWalkin

Julie’s Walk-In Closet is an award-winning boutique and upscale ladies’ consignment shop. Its 3,000 sq.-ft. showroom offers pre-owned casual and formal clothing, jewelry and accessories at up to 80 percent off retail prices.

It was recognized as a finalist for the 2013 Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. Fulfilling customer needs through personalized attention is a mission its associates are committed to.

 To celebrate its five years in the community, Julie’s is hosting an Open House on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 720 West Robertson St. in Brandon. Customers can enjoy additional store-wide savings, refreshments and the camaraderie Julie’s shoppers have grown to love.

Call 381-3846, e-mail julieswalkin or visit

BC_FitLifeFitLife Offers Healthy Prepared Meals

FitLife Foods is all about getting the daily allowance of awesomeness with fresh, made from scratch prepared meals. Customers come into the store and can get one meal or up to six days of meals to help save time.

At FitLife, it’s all about the flavor. Its expert chefs are crafting the freshest ingredients to make meals like BBQ beef with mac and cheese, chicken tacos, supercharged chicken, Greek meatballs, miso salmon and more.

FitLife is located at 2946 Providence Lakes Blvd. in Brandon. Visit www.eatfitlifef or call 685-5301.

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 e-mail/domain support, server installation, management and more. It supports all of Florida and the Southeast U.S. Call  for a free lunch to discuss how Running Fox can help. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with 24-7 support for customers with contracts.

It is located at11714 Hoyt Ave. in Tampa. Call 844-690-8755 or visit

Sara James Salon Offers Hair Care for Entire FamilyBC_SaraJames

Sara James Salon offers a range of hair care services that include stylish, manageable haircuts, European-quality color, formaldehyde-free keratin and bio-engineered hair rejuvenation therapy. Sara James Salon believes hair should be healthy and at its best and won’t distract customers with high-pressure sales for a myriad of other salon services. Customers receive a personal consultation prior to any service to ensure receiving beautiful results from its experienced staff. In addition to providing hair care services to the entire family, the stylist will teach clients how to care for their hair.

Hours are Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. by appointment only. Sara James Salon is located at 106 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.  Call 654-6594 or visit

BC_TapSnapTapSnap: Phototainment for Events

Owner Deb Fry would like to introduce TapSnap to the Greater Tampa Bay area. TapSnap is a high-tech, portable photo booth without a ceiling or walls. It has a professional grade camera that is perched on the side of the huge, vibrant touchscreen that captures candid moments or carefully composed portraits in high quality.

TapSnap comes at the perfect time to leverage the latest advances in touchscreen technology and the incredible popularity of social media and digital photo sharing. Guests can take high-quality photos and make them their own. TapSnap is available for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, graduations or any special event. Visit or call 695-4259.

Christmas in July at Grace Methodist

Grace Methodist Church is hosting its Second Annual Christmas in July Bazaar on Saturday, July 26 from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. There will be about 50 vendors selling embroidery, crafts, jewelry, pet supplies, stained glass, candles and more. Local authors will also have tables selling books and signing autographs. Admission is free and the youth group will be on hand selling food and drinks.          

The vendor fees raised from the bazaar benefits the social-justice group, Grace United Methodist Women, Lithia chapter. Its mission is to foster spiritual growth, advocate for justice and develop leaders. Its main focus is groups that support women and children both locally and abroad. Meetings are held at 12 Noon on the fourth Sunday monthly at the church. For information about the group or about becoming a vendor at the bazaar, call Billie Wallis at 375-1617 or e-mail bswallis6 or visit

Grace United Methodist Church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia.                                                

HealthSource Offers Free Health Screenings

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 health screenings (a $189 value) in exchange for $15 donations to the schools in Brandon, Riverview, Valrico and FishHawk. The screenings will 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 654-7121 and set up an appointment.

 For more information on HealthSource, visit www.HealthSource

AAA  Exotic Destinations PresentationBC_aaalogo

Join David Miller of AAA South for a free travel presentation entitled “Exotic Destinations” offered by Alexander + Roberts (formerly known as General Tours) on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at AAA at 415 W. Robertson St. in Brandon.

 July’s presentation will focus on some of the more exotic destinations that Alexander + Roberts offers tours to, including African safaris, Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, Far East, Middle East and more. All attendees will be entered for a drawing for a Busch Gardens vacation package and one person will win a $50 Macy’s gift card.

RSVP online at or call 681-5761.                              

BC_irsTaxIris Tax Services Grand Opening

Iris Tax Services held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new location at River Hills Plaza last month. Iris Tax Services is committed and dedicated to improve, shape, secure, sustain clients financial future and security by providing 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, tax treatment, consideration of  retirement plans, small business retirement planning and more.

Visit, e-mail or call 985-4747. It is located at 4331 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.                           

SoundCloud Announces New  Show

SoundCloud, the world’s leading social sound platform, has accepted the Now Hear This Entertainment (NHTE) show into its podcasting program.

Already on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, the podcast features interviews with guests who have achieved success in the music business, with content presented in an entertaining and educating way. E-mail or call 854-8000.                                    

Adventures 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 instructor/equipment rental, landyard and JOAD achievement pin, medal, string building materials, arrow fletching materials and camo face paint.

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

Brandon All-Stars Offers Cheerleading from Tot to Teen

The mission at Brandon All-Stars is to teach respect for one another and promote physical fitness and the art of cheerleading.

Brandon All-Stars offers classes for every age and skill level 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.

The All-Star Prep program is an introduction to the sport of All-Star cheerleading and is at a lower price range. It offers two All-Star Prep seasons, September- December and January-April. Students will attend two events with the program and get to experience what full year All-Star athletes get to experience.

Visit, call 664-0200 or e-mail info@brandonall It is located at 9940 Currie Davis Dr., Ste.147 in Tampa.              

Jacob Fowler Memorial Scholarship Announces 2014 Recipients

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 has been awarded in the last three years.

This year’s winners are Kaitlynn Leonard and Jonathan Shirey. Visit or call 681-9900. The Tutoring Club of Valrico is located at 4385 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.

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