By Sandra Meyer

BC_MosaicMosaic Donates $100,000 to American Red Cross

 The American Red Cross received a $100,000 grant from The Mosaic Company to support its “Prepare Florida” campaign to train and empower local communities to better prepare for disasters that Floridians may face.

The grant from Mosaic will also help the Red Cross assist victims of hurricane and fire disasters with health and safety services in Central Florida counties, including Hillsborough.

Mosaic is located at 13830 Circa Crossing Dr. in Lithia and can be reached at 500-6300, Additional information can be found at                  

Jetstream Pressure Washing Handles Cleaning NeedsBC_Jetstream

  Frank Hall, Owner/Operator of Jetstream Pressure Washing of West Central Florida is excited to offer pressure washing, roof cleaning and paver sealing services to the Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, FishHawk and Plant City areas as of Thursday, August 28.  

Jetstream Pressure Washing boasts attention to detail, fair pricing, thorough knowledge of its business, and customer service.

For more information, call 438-9211 or visit

Relax with Daniella’s Mobile Massage

Daniella Vetencourt of Lithia has recently opened her own mobile massage business. Vetencourt is a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience with medical massage.

Daniella’s Mobile Massage come to clients and offers a relaxing massage in the comfort of their own home. She specializes in deep tissue, prenatal, neuromuscular, Swedish and sports massage. Hours are Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. by appointment.

Call 323-4901 for more information or to schedule a massage.                                                                                                                                  

Local Organization Helps Veterans and Families in Need

The NavySVA Island X-16 is looking for new members. The group comprised of Navy Seabees meets the first Thursday of the month in Sun City, finding ways to help local Veterans.

Services include helping Veterans and their families to obtain the right people to contact for any information they might need for benefits.

They also will inform the Veteran and family about their rights and the benefits for which they are eligible. Their main goal is to lead these heroes in the right direction. The NavySVA also attends fundraising benefits for Veterans in need.

Meetings are held from 11 a.m. –2 p.m. at Sun City Chamber of Commerce located at 1651 Sun City Plaza.

For more information on this organization, find it on Facebook; Island X-16 Sun City Center, Florida or e-mail

BC_County FairCounty Fair Harvest Award Nominations Now Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the Greater Hillsborough County Fair’s annual Harvest Awards to be presented Thursday, October 23 at the County Fairgrounds. Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 5.

The annual Harvest Awards Luncheon allows the community to recognize individuals, organizations, corporations and other entities that have made significant contributions to the fabric of Hillsborough County.

Nomination categories are: Farm Family of the Year; Urban Agriculturalist; Outstanding Public & Community Service, Agribusiness of the Year; and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Online nominations may be submitted via nation.html. Printed forms may be found on the Website and may be returned as a scanned e-mail to hillsboroughcounty, by fax to 737-4889 or traditional mail to Hillsborough County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL 33587.

For more information, call 737-4247 or visit www.hillsboroughcounty

Lux Shopping Service Offers Personal ShoppingBC_luxShoppingServce

Stephanie Vasciannie is offering an easy way to get shopping done without ever leaving the comfort of home. The owner of Lux Shopping Service will come to her client’s homes to have a consultation which will allow her to learn their likes and dislikes as well as determining a shopping budget.

Lux Shopping Services specializes in wardrobe and gift shopping as well as grocery shopping. Vascaiannie created the business for anyone needing help shopping for any reason, including time constraints, age or disabilities.

Visit or call 352-8460 for more information or to schedule a shopping consultation.

BC_PalmscapesPalmscapes Can Help with Landscaping Needs Large and Small

Palmscapes owners Mike Browne, Stan Ferkul and Rich Kelleher opened the Riverview location in early 2014. The business is unique because it grows the plants in its own 47 greenhouses located in Plant City and only the best quality plants are picked to be sold at the store location.

In addition to offering a wide variety of plants and trees, Palmscapes also offers pavers and sod as well as landscaping, irrigation and lighting services. There is even a barbecue stand and produce stand on the premises.

Palmscapes wants to earn landscapers business and in order to do so, it will offer special pricing. Contact Rich or Stan at 677-1911 for more information.

 Palmscapes is located at 12218 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 677-1911, e-mail or visit flori

Electronics Recycling Day at Life’s Treasures Thrift Store

Life’s Treasures Thrift Store will be holding an Electronics Recycling day on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. –2 p.m. Donated computers and electronic equipment will be collected by Lifecycles, LLC at Life’s Treasures Thrift Store which is located at 1335 W Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

During the event, Lifecycles will accept computers, networking equipment, cell phones, LED and plasma televisions and other electronics and either restore them to working order or process them for their heavy metals and eliminate the hazardous waste before disposal. Tubular televisions will not be accepted. Lifecycles provides secure data destruction for data retrieval systems such as those on hard drives.

 Funds raised from this event will be donated to Life’s Treasures Thrift Store which operates in support of LifePath Hospice.

For additional information about this event, call 653-4616. The store is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.          


Sara James Salon Partners with ECHO and Lost AngelsBC_SaraJames

Sara James Salon is proud to announce its community partnership with Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) and Lost Angels. Sara James Salon is directly supporting ECHO’s ‘Back to Work’ program by providing hair services for 10 candidates who are ready to reenter the job market.

Lost Angels is a no-kill animal rescue organization that relies on community support to help furry friends. Sara James Salon will ‘Sponsor a Dog’ that resides in a ‘forever’ foster home. These special dogs are older and/or have medical issues which make them harder to find permanent homes.

Sara James Salon is located at 106 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and can be contacted at 654-6594.                                    

BC_AnthonysGarageRepairAnthony’s Garage Door Repair Now Open

 Owner Anthony Defrancesco of Plant City has recently come out of semi-retirement to open his newest garage door repair company.

Defrancesco has been in business for 46 years and recently sold his last business. He has decided to come back to the business and has opened his newest company which will serve Hillsborough and Polk counties.

Anthony’s Garage Door Repair prides itself on its extensive experience as well as customer satisfaction. It is open 24/7 for emergency service and scheduled appointments.

Call 404-7819 or e-mail TonyD1946@tamp for a free estimate or consultation on any garage door related need.

Brandon Chamber Announces 2014 Small Business of the Year Award Semi-Finalists

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce congratulates the area businesses that have been named 2014 Small Business of the Year Award semi-finalists.

Annually, this awards gala recognizes and honors small businesses within the Greater Brandon Area that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity, and integrity in operating a business, as well as a commitment to community services.

 Award categories include: 1-5 Employees, 6-15 Employees, 16 Plus Employees, and Home-Based Business.

The 2014 gala will feature an innovative theme and program including a video tribute to the 12 finalists and past winners, and the recognition of winners of the Small Business of the Year in four distinct categories. The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award Gala Title Sponsor is The Bank of Tampa-Brandon Division. Additional sponsors include Tampa Bay Times, Sencommunications, Inc., Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, Fancy That Specialty Linens, Simmons Engraving and Carr Pediatric Dentistry.

The event will be held Thursday, October 23 at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel.

For more information, contact the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce at 689-1221.

The Salt Grotto Grand ReopeningBC_SaltGrotto

The Salt Grotto, located at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico in the Plaza Bella Shopping Center, recently celebrated a Grand Reopening and ribbon cutting with the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce.  For more information on The Salt Grotto, visit or call 324-8946.        

New FishHawk Youth Flag Football League & Cheerleading

Coming this fall there is a new FishHawk League from N Zone Sports, the fastest growing youth sports league in the nation. It will be offering flag football for ages 2-12 and cheerleading for ages 5-10.

Games will be played on Saturday mornings at FishHawk Creek Elementary. Anyone interested is invited to sign up by phone at 677-6826 or attend an in-person registration at Cherry’s at FishHawk Town Square located at 16144 Churchview Dr. on Saturday, September 6 from 12 Noon-2 p.m.

BC_CokeFresh Market Debuts New Coca-Cola Life

Coca-Cola has selected to debut it’s new Coca-Cola Life exclusively at The Fresh Market.

With a third less sugar and a third fewer calories than leading colas, Coca-Cola Life’s sweetness comes from a blend of sugar and stevia leaf extract.  Stevia leaf extract is naturally sourced from the stevia plant, which is native to Paraguay. Sweeteners made from stevia are calorie-free and up to 200 times sweeter than table sugar.  A 330-ml can of Coca-Cola Life contains 89 calories.

 First introduced in 2013 in Argentina and Chile, Coca-Cola Life is currently at Fresh Market stores now through mid October. The new low-calorie option will be available at 65 select stores across the Southeast in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

During the weekend of Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, shoppers will have the chance to sample Coca-Cola Life at the select 65 stores where the cola is sold. Guests will receive a coupon for $1 off any eight ounce six-pack of Coca-Cola glass bottle products.

For more information on The Fresh Market locations carrying Coca-Cola Life,  visit cials/coke-life.

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