By Sandra Meyer

BC_HealthSourceHealthSource Chiropractic Holds Grand Re-Opening

HealthSource Chiropractic, located at 166 E Bloomingdale Ave. Ste. B in Brandon, held a grand re-opening celebration last month and dedicated that day to honor Hillsborough County Fire Rescue members. HealthSource also presented a check for $2,135 to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation at the August Riverview Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch.       Visit or call 654-7375.


The Basket Case Gifting AlternativeBC_Basketsllogo

The Basket Case, located at 226 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, offers gift baskets, imprinted ribbon, party favors and more. Owner LeAnn Medard says the business prides itself on creating gifts that exceed expectations. They are able to create within any budget and personalize gifts to reflect their client’s wishes. Visit or call 661-4438.



Brandon ’86 Rotary Celebrates New Water Feature at Playground

Last month The Brandon ’86 Rotary, in partnership with the Parks Department of Hillsborough County, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the water feature at All Persons Playground in Brandon. The $100,000 water feature was added as part of the park renovation after it was vandalized five years ago. The community and various state and county agencies stepped in and raised the funds for the newest feature. All Persons Playground is located at Clayton Park at 800 S. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.

Visit The club meets on Friday mornings from 7–8 a.m. at Fred’s Market located at 6501 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview.

E-waste Community Recycling

Budget Self Storage has partnered with Lifecycles Tech LLC E-Waste Recycling to offer convenient Eco-Site Recycling Centers for collection of electronic materials. Electronic waste is the fastest growing solid waste stream globally, representing three percent of global waste and 70 percent of toxic waste.

There is no charge to drop off e-waste at the Eco-Site recycling centers including Lifecycles Tech at 1808 Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City, Budget Self Storage at 2504 Hwy. 60 in Valrico and Budget Self Storage at 607 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Call 757-717-8725 or visit lifecy

BC_dance centerThe Dance Center Offers New Classes

Mommy & Me classes are a fun way to pave the way for children ages 2–3 to dance. Mommy & Me classes familiarize young dancers to rhythm and coordination, teach motor skills vital to dance, and teach younger dancers to follow directions. Each dancer is accompanied by either a parent or family member in the class. Classes are 30 minutes long and run from August until May on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Cost is $30 per month for one class per week.

The Dance Center also announces its Pre-Professional Program for dancers who have the potential, drive and passion to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer. Dancers will be trained in ballet technique, pointe and variations. Classes run Monday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. from August through May and are taught by The Educational Director, Alice Holden Bock. Dancers must be at least 9-years-old with a minimum of four years of classical ballet training. Acceptance to this program is by audition only. Cost is $60 per month.

Call 684-4282 to register for classes. The Dance Center is located at 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Cost is $30 per month for one class per week.

Tigerlily Massage Improves Health

Ingrid Dejesus, LMT of Tigerlily Massage is a certified Medical Massage Therapist with a degree in Advanced Massage Therapy and owner of Tigerlily Massage Bodywork Nutrition LLC. Dejesus works closely with personal trainers and coaches looking to optimize athletic performance and pain relief, as well as healthcare professionals to help provide synergistic lasting results. Services available include Medical and Sports massage, Deep Tissue and Spa Modalities. Mobile service and clinical skincare treatments are also available.                                                                                                                         Tigerlily Massage is located at 911 S. Parsons Ave., Ste. C in Brandon. Call 260-0457 to make an appointment.

Sara James Salon Introduces New Team MemberBC_SaraJames

Sara James Salon is proud to introduce its newest team member, DeLaina Somma. DeLaina is an experienced hair professional, specializing in the newest hair cutting techniques, color and style trends. Sara James Salon is especially proud to announce that it has chosen to sponsor a Lost Angels Animal Rescue special needs dog. Amber is a sweet and smart 6-year-old female Shih Tzu. Visit to donate to Amber’s needs or provide assistance to other special needs animals. Sara James Salon is located at 106 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and can be contacted at 654-6594.

BC_MoblieMusicMobile Music Instructors LLC Bring the Music to You

Daniel Swartwood, owner of Mobile Music Instructors LLC, offers classes in piano, keyboards, music theory and songwriting. What makes this business different is that Mobile Music Instructors comes to clients. Students are able to learn in the comfort of their own home and parents save on the time it takes to transport back and forth from lesson. Swartwood has been teaching music for over 25 years and students tend to be long term and most stay on for several years.

Mobile Music employs only professional degreed teachers which receive federal level background checking and are insured. Lessons are typically scheduled between 12 Noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 841-4752 or visit

LW’s Hair Studio & Spa Third Annual Save the Ta Ta’s Bra Contest

LW Hair Studio & Spa will be hosting its third annual Save the Ta Ta’s Bra Contest for those affected by breast cancer in the community. It’s not just the individual affected, but the family and the community as well. Bras will be displayed at LW Hair Studio during the month of October. Everyone is encouraged to stop in and pledge a donation for a favorite. All pledges will go into a 50/50 for a chance to win. On Saturday, October 25 LW Hair Studio will host a Bra Party at 6 p.m. with food and beverages as well as lots of goodies to win. It is hoping to exceed its goal of $4,000 from last year. Another way to get involved is by donating new or gently loved bras. All donations will go to help A Kids Place of Tampa Bay, Inc .

LW Hair Studio & Spa is located at 911 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Call at 409-3861 for more information.

Get Your Pink On Breast Cancer Walk

Carol Poole from A New You, Pink Boutique in Brandon has partnered up with Total Imaging for a Get Your Pink On Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, October 4. The walk honors survivors and the proceeds support those battling breast cancer. It also honors those who lost their battle and helps those that are in need of immediate support.

Vendors are needed for this event and tables are available for a $25 donation. To learn more about this event or sign up as a vendor, call 758-4211. A New You, Pink Boutique is located at 106 W Robertson St. and Total Imagining is located at 427 S. Parsons Ave. Both businesses are in Brandon.

Caché Unveils Trend-Driven Fall 2014 Collection

Caché’s fashion team, led by SVP and Design Director, Jennifer Ehrenfeld, makes it easy to navigate the trends and fads that will be seen during the season. These fashion experts from the iconic specialty fashion retailer have scoured the international markets, are well versed on “what’s hot and what’s not” and have translated the many trends for fall 2014 into wearable items for the modern woman’s closet.

For more on Caché’s fall collection, call 684-0200 for the 459 Brandon Town Center Mall location and for Caché at 28249 Paseo Dr. Ste. 110 in Wesley Chapel, call 618-7585. Visit

Keller Williams Hosts Fire Prevention Day Event

In honor of 2014 Fire Prevention Day, Keller Williams Realty is hosting a family fun event. From 3– 7 p.m. on Thursday October 9 there will be fun, food, prizes and a special visit from an actual fire engine with photo opportunities for the kids. The first 100 participants will receive a free 9V Battery as a reminder to change smoke detector batteries every year.

Stop by with canned food items and enjoy this opportunity to give back to local food bank, ECHO. This is also a great time to check out the most recent office addition for Keller Williams Suburban Tampa, located at 2211 Lithia Center Ln. in Valrico. Call 653-9500.

Anthony’s Garage Door Repair OpensBC_AnthonysGarageRepair

Owner Anthony Defrancesco of Plant City has recently come out of semi-retirement to open his newest garage door repair company. He has decided to open 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 hours a day seven days a week for emergency service and scheduled appointments. Call 404-7819 or e-mail for a free estimate or consultation on any garage door related need.

BC_luxShoppingServceLux Shopping Service Offers Personal Shopping

Stephanie Vasciannie is offering an easy way to get shopping done without 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 a shopping consultation.


Brandon Chamber Announces 2014 Small Business of the Year Finalists

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce congratulates the area businesses that have been named 2014 Small Business of the Year Award finalists. Annually, this award 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 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 gala Title Sponsor is The Bank of Tampa. Additional sponsors include Tampa Bay Times, Sencommunications, Inc., Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, Carr Pediatric Dentistry, Simmons Engraving and Fancy That Specialty Linens. The event will be held Thursday, October 23 at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel at 10221 Princess Palm Ave. in Tampa. For more information on this event or to find a list of the winners, call 689-1221 ext. 8831.

Law Offices of Michael J. Owen, PLLC Comes to BrandonBC_Michael OwenLLC

The Law Offices of Michael J. Owen opened its new location at 330 Pauls Dr. Ste. 104 in Brandon in August. The office provides full legal services to Hillsborough County residents as well as all citizens of the state of Florida. The law firm focuses its representation on debt relief, real estate, landlord tenant, family law, title services and consumer protection. Owner Michael J. Owen and his staff are available for free consultations for individuals recently served in a lawsuit. Visit or call 502-6768.

Embroidery Shop Opens in Brandon

Dwayne Lewis has worn many hats during his life. A former member of the Marine Corps and Military Education Liaison at DeVry University, Lewis opened a local EmbroidMe franchise with his wife Tammy last month servicing the greater Tampa Bay area. Since opening, the reaction and response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. Already members of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, the couple aims to become even more involved in the community over the next several months, and are already exploring ways to expand and grow their business.

Visit The store is located at 2120 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon and can be reached at 653-1590.

BC_Payant1Payant Financial Opens Medical Insurance Solutions in Sun City

Robyn and Tom Payant have opened a corporation called Medicare Insurance Solutions, LLC to help people turning 65 and people that currently have a supplement plan evaluate their Medicare supplement plan choices. Some insurance companies have dropped doctors and hospitals and clients are scrambling to find a replacement. Robyn and Tom have teamed with Marcie Maisonet, a licensed and Certified Health Insurance Agent who was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area. She has been assisting the Tampa Bay community with their health insurance needs for over 10 years. Medicare Insurance Solutions, LLC is located in the Payant Financial Plaza in the middle of Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza. To make an appointment to review an existing Medicare Supplement Plan, call 634-7001.

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