By Sandra Meyer

BC_hrblockH & R Block Holds Toy Drive and Shred Day

Penny Smith of H & R Block SouthShore is hosting a Community Shred day on Wednesday, December 10 from 2–5 p.m. at the office located at 151 Harbor Village Ln. in Apollo Beach. Everyone is welcome with no limits on amount shredded by Legal Shred.

Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive. Call 435-2207 or visit


Victory Martial Arts Academy Welcomes Santa to the Dojo

The Victory Martial Arts Academy is pleased to announce that Santa Claus will be visiting from the North Pole on Friday, December 12. All local children and their parents are welcome to come out and take photos with Santa. Cookies will be provided for Santa and his guests. Visits with Santa will be from 6-7 p.m. This is a completely free event and is open to all children and their parents.

Victory Martial Arts Academy offers an after-school program as well as a training program for young children called, “Little Dragons.” Victory Martial Arts is located at 205 Apollo Beach Blvd., Ste. 115-118. Call 938-5802 or visit

Young Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Toy DriveBC_youngSmilesLogo

Young Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is hosting its first annual Toys for Kids drive on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The event will have a bounce house as well as local vendors, food, music and raffles.

All proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army. Dr. Kera Young of Young Smiles Pediatric Dentistry offers pediatric dental services including crowns, white fillings, tooth whitening and Interceptive Orthodontics. Oral and IV sedation is also available for children. It accepts most insurances including Tricare and offers a 10 percent military discount.

Pediatric Dentistry is located at 13131 Kings Lake Dr. #104 in Gibsonton. Call 829-9075 or visit


BC_MugShotsMug Shots Offers Beverages To Go

Mug Shots offers a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages unlike anything else. All of the espresso is brought in from a roaster in Washington State allowing Floridians a true taste of the Northwest.  Its menu features traditional drinks such as lattes, cappuccino’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.

Mug Shots offers 51 different flavors. It is a local, small drive thru business, serving delicious drinks. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 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.

New Ownership for RE/MAX South Shore RealtyBC_reMaxLogo

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce was honored to celebrate the new ownership of RE/MAX South Shore Realty with a ribbon cutting ceremony last month. Doug and Janelle Duncan invited the Greater Riverview and Brandon Chamber of Commerce members to share in their excitement. Guests were treated to tours of the offices and many door prizes were given away. A delicious lunch was catered by fellow chamber member, Chai Yo Thai Cuisine, LLC.

Doug and Janelle ask that when looking for a high quality real estate service, the community look to a RE/MAX Associate and be sure to ask them about their new home buyer incentive programs.

Stop in for a visit at the office, located at 11256 Boyette Rd. or call 672-9000. Visit www.southshorerealty.florida.

Ribbon Cutting for Orlando Portal, M.D.BC_Portal

Dr. Orlando Portal has opened his first office in Riverview. The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony last month. Dr. Portal is a board certified internist. After being in the local medical community for many years now, Dr. Portal has decided to open his own Internal Medicine office and he invites the community to consider his services when searching for a new medical professional. The office is located at 10420 U.S. Hwy. 301 in Riverview, just south of Boyette Rd. Call 374-8883 or e-mail orlandoportal

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. Mid-Florida RV’s 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.

Nutrition & Strategies for Happiness Class at Publix WinthropBC_publix

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 Wednesday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12 Noon. To attend, RSVP at 684-3039. There will be free samples and coupons during the event. The Winthrop Publix is located at 11109 Winthrop Market St. in Riverview.



Brandon Chiropractic Associates Celebrates 30 Years

Brandon Chiropractic Associates invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, along with their friends and family, to celebrate its 30th year in business last month. The large crowd was treated to tours of the facility while they enjoyed food from fellow chamber member, Ciccio Cali. Drs. Jeff Davis, Bob Conine and Jackie Fullerton were excited to show off their state of the art chiropractic facility and invited the guests to discover the true wellness lifestyle.

Brandon Chiropractic provides a whole host of solutions to help clients get over current condition and feel better than before. In addition, they educate about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, diet, and nutrition. Brandon Chiropractic Associates’ office is located 409 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Call 689-1883 or visit

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. For more information, contact or call 855-743-4968. Palm Harbor Dermatology is located at 621 Medical Care Dr. in Brandon. Visit




Chinese Delegation Visits Sun Towers Retirement Community

A delegation from Beijing China toured Sun Towers Retirement Community in Sun City Center in November. The members of the delegation expressed their desire to learn more about how communities serve our seniors here in America. They related that they are now experiencing the desire for senior retirement communities in their country due to the small space offered in urban living. The members were impressed with the ability of Sun Towers’ residents to be as independent as they are and yet receive assisted living services when they are in need while remaining in their own apartment.

Sun Towers Retirement Community is located at 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. in Sun City Center. Call 634-3347 or visiting www.SunTowers

South Bay Hospital Top Performer For Fourth Year In A Row

South Bay Hospital was recently recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures. This marks the fourth year that South Bay Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer, making South Bay Hospital the only hospital in Hillsborough County that has been recognized all four years.

This year, only 36.9 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals were named Top Performers and only 147 hospitals, or 4.4 percent, of Joint Commission accredited hospitals have received recognition all four years. This puts South Bay Hospital in the top 4.4 percent of all hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2013. Call 634-0496.

Ribbon Cutting for Shapes Fitness for Women – BrandonBC_Shapes

Shapes Fitness for Women – Brandon recently celebrated its first anniversary under the new franchise ownership of Mike and Ann Gilbert. The festivities included a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the facility, including the new TRX area and healthy snacks prepared by its trainers. Feel free to stop by Shapes Fitness for Women – Brandon and ask for a free Guest Pass.

It is located at 731 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon and can be reached at 661-0033. Visit  Also, watch for Ann to appear occasionally on Fox TV, WTVT.

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