By Sandra Meyer

Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital Celebrates a Season of Giving

Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital is hosting a holiday community event to benefit homeless Veterans at the local animal shelter. Meet the Staff of Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital and participate in crafts and a coloring contest, tour the facility and enjoy some refreshments. Noah’s Ark is collecting non-perishable food for homeless veterans as well as food and treats for animals during the event. The event takes place at 4338 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 662-7275 or visit


BC_rockyourlocksJoin Rock Your Locks for Grand Opening Celebration

Rock Your Locks Hair Salon owners Laura Collins and Patty Letteiri are planning a grand opening celebration in the parking lot of the salon, located at 904 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Other small businesses interested in helping to celebrate are welcome. Along with vendors will be raffles, specially priced products, gift certificates (buy $100 and get $20 free), along with braiding demonstrations, glitter tattoos, free hair bling and more. Vendors are still sought. The staff has customers covered from head to toe with customized color specialists, Keratin treatments, Brazilian Blowouts, extensions, cuts, manicures, waxing and more. Call 689-249 or visit www.Hairsalonbran or Rockyourlockshairsalon.

Mug Shots Offers Beverages To Go        BC_Mugs

Mug Shots offers a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages unlike anything else. Its menu features traditional drinks such as lattes, cappuccino’s, Americano’s, iced coffee and house favorites such as Granita, White Zombie, The Felony, Caramel Macchiato’s and also a selection of non-coffee drinks such as fruit smoothies, root beer floats, bubble gum and cotton candy smoothies, frozen hot chocolate and just about every drink in between. It is a local, small drive thru business, serving delicious drinks. Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday is 1–3 p.m. with $2 16oz mocha’s, lattes and Granita. Mug Shots is located at 1022 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Visit  or call 833-3271.

BC_MobileScrubMobile Scrub Wear Brings Mobile Uniform Store to Customers

Mobile Scrub Wear is a mobile uniform store that comes to the customer’s facility. Owner Robin Jones came up with the idea with her husband to provide convenience to medical professionals needing uniforms. They worked all summer on remodeling a 24 ft. international box truck to a full show room, complete with dressing room and A/C and heat. It carries a variety of styles and sizes ranging from XS to 3X. Mobile Scrub Wear travels to hospitals, doctor offices, assisted living facilities and nursing schools. To make an appointment , call 966-5046. Visit

Gracie FishHawk Offers World Class Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBC_GracieFishHawk

Gracie FishHawk is a martial arts facility which specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the art of ground submissions, for children and adults. Children can develop a sense of confidence second to none and essentially become bully-proof. Gracie FishHawk also offers after-school pickup for children ages 4 through 17. It is located at 16637 FishHawk Blvd., Ste. 105 in Lithia. Call 381-3954 or visit

Allegria Italiana Adds Live Music

Allegria Italiana has begun live music at its restaurant. Jazz singer Ella Chadwell, along with her piano accompanist and arranger Jimmy Silva, has been playing there every other Wednesday night since September. With a show rooted in the jazz genre but with a Latin flair, they perform from 6-9 p.m. There is no cover charge, although dining reservations are encouraged at 651-1166. The Wednesday dates for December appearances are Wednesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 17. Visit Allegria Italiana is located at 518 Oakfield Dr.

Nutrition & Strategies for Happiness Class at Publix Winthrop

Join Publix Dietitian Nutritionist Jamie Stolarz, MS, RDN, LDN, and local Licensed Mental Health Counselor Rachel Moskowitz, MS, LMHC, to help feel happier at a class at Publix in Winthrop Town Centre on Wednesday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12 Noon. To attend, RSVP at 684-3039. There will be free samples and free coupons during the event. The Winthrop Publix is located at 11109 Winthrop Market St.

Experienced Family Law Attorney Joins Shaugnessey Law

The law firm of Shaughnessy Law is proud to announce the addition of family law attorney Monica Frost to the firm. Frost is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in the practice of law and almost 10 years of family and marital law experience. She is extremely experienced at handling all aspects of contested and uncontested family matters including divorce, time-sharing, child support, military divorce matters, domestic violence, paternity, modifications and contempt. Frost has had special training in mediation, which qualifies her as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. She has also had training and experience as a Guardian ad Litem.                                                                                                                                                        Shaugnessay Law is located at 618 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Call 657-6700 or visit www.marashaugh

Mind Your Manners Offers Confidence and Social Grace Series

Mind Your Manners Etiquette School, LLC is excited to announce its Etiquette Series for ages 5 to 21 with the first series beginning Thursday, December 6. Mind Your Manners Etiquette School doesn’t just provide its young girls and boys with impeccable social skills, it is also designed for them to gain immense confidence and decorum. The training they will receive will not only increase their confidence, but it will also leverage them for all future social encounters, both professionally and personally. Communication skills, confidence, poise, relationship building, and social graces; these are all opportunities that attending etiquette training with Mind Your Manners Etiquette School can provide. Visit www.mind, call 888-471-0004 or e-mail mindyourmannerseti


Local Resident Teams Up With Reeves Import Motorcars

Local resident Jamie Jacobs has teamed up with Reeves Import Motorcars in Tampa. Jacobs is the Walmart Spokesperson on television, comparing prices with real local moms and the host of the classic car TV Show, Tail Fins and Chrome on NBC WFLA. He is currently specializing in pre-owned BMW’s and a helpful Client Advisor for Maserati, Audi, Land Rover, Subaru, Volkswagen and Porsche. Call Jacobs at 220-2525 or e-mail JamieLamar if you or someone you know is in the market for a certified pre-owned auto.

Celebrate The Season Of Art At FishHawk Creek Elementary

The fourth and fifth grade students of FishHawk Creek Elementary School have created special artistic versions of their own life story, which will be presented at “Celebrate the Season 8th Annual Art Exhibit” on Friday, December 12 from 5-8 p.m. The purpose of this event is to draw the community together.

This event is organized by Gallery Director, Artist and Art Teacher Patricia Bunk. The Newsome Jazz Band will provide music as well as Classical Guitar by Jesse Guajardo. The school is located at 16815 Dorman Rd. in Lithia. Contact patricia

Mid-Florida RV Rental: A Tampa RV Rental Company

Mid-Florida Rental strives to provide customers with late model, well-maintained and dependable motorhomes backed by excellent customer service. Its staff has over 50 years of combined experience in the motorhome rental and service business. The motorhomes offered are maintained by certified technicians to maximize vehicle reliability. All customers have access to its staff through a weekend/after-hours mobile number to assist if any questions arise while on their journey. Its goal is to offer customers a pleasant motorhome rental experience from beginning to end. Deliveries and set-ups are available at campsites. It is locally owned and includes free unlimited miles and generator use. Visit or call 924-1136. Mid-Florida RV Rental is located at 6128 Lewis Ave. in Gibsonton.


BC_PALMHARBORPalm Harbor Dermatology Welcomes New Staff Member

Anna Shaw, A.R.N.P. joined Palm Harbor Dermatology in November with five years of experience in medical, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. She is a member of the National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Shaw is a nurse practitioner and will be seeing patients for general skin exams as well as cosmetic procedures such as Botox and filler. E-mail karin@palmharborder or call 855-743-4968 or visit www.palmharbordermatol It is located at 621 Medical Care Dr.


The Gospel Voice TV Show Performs at Local  Event

Derrick Williams, host of The Gospel Voice TV show, will perform live with his band at the Park Square Christmas tree lighting on Sunday, December 13 from 5-9 p.m. Williams is known nationwide for his thrilling stage performances as the Rabbi in the musical The Rock and the Rabbi. He has toured nationally; receiving rave reviews while singing to sold out venues nationwide. The show will play locally at Countryside Christian Church in Clearwater on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6. Visit

Join Santa for Breakfast at Wayback BurgersBC_Wayback

Wayback Burgers in FishHawk will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tickets are being sold in advance with limited seating available. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 3 -11 and free for 2 years and under. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a free picture with Santa. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice, milk and coffee. The Newsome High School Band will be providing a 50/50 raffle, guessing jars, face painting and a multiple vendors, with all proceeds benefiting the NHS Band. Wayback Burgers is located at 5672 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia. Call 681-2874.

Sunshine State Family Care Offers New Services

Sunshine State Family Care, PA in the Park Square at FishHawk Ranch is introducing Botox, Xeomin and Obaji skin products. It also offers wellness visits, sports physicals, treatment of common chronic conditions and more.

“Personally I’m always looking to improve my patient care and provide services that will not only make the patient feel better on the inside, but also feel good about themselves on the outside,” said Dr. Monica Rivera-Amill.

It is open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-12 Noon. The office is located at16144 Churchview Dr. Call 651-9396 or visit

Brickhouse Cardio Club announces Grand OpeningBC_Brickhousepppl

Brickhouse Cardio Club, a new group fitness studio, is pleased to announce it is open at 1263 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon.

A grand opening celebration took place with free Zumba and Les Mills group fitness classes and gym tours as well as door prizes, refreshments, and member sign-ups.

Brickhouse will offer various group fitness classes including Zumba, BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYSTEP, INSANITY , SilverSneakers and more in the future.

Call 654-2845 or visit

Fast Frame Framing Shoppe Moves to Winthrop Town Center

Alex Roche of Fast Frame Framing Shoppe announces his new location at the Winthrop Shopping Center. Roche has been framing in the area for the past 15 years and he provides an individual experience as well as the same discount pricing offered by Michael’s. Services available include restoration, shadow boxes, oil paint stretches, repairs and needlepoint framing. A 20 percent discount is available to military and AARP families. Fast Frame is located at 6128 Winthrop Town Center Ave. in Riverview. Call 655-6400 or visit

Littlejohn Opens Planning & Engineering Office in Tampa

BC_LittlejohnLittlejohn, a national planning, engineering and environmental firm, announces the opening of its Tampa office and the expansion of its comprehensive engineering services to a second Florida locale. Already serving Orlando, Littlejohn has grown in just 25 years from a sole Nashville-based proprietorship to a nationwide firm with nine offices in Tennessee, Arizona and Alabama as well as Florida. Senior Project Manager Marty Morlan, P.E., will lead Littlejohn’s Tampa office with more than 25 years of experience in the engineering field.


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