By Sandy Meyer

Ribbon Cutting for Brittany Bennett, CPA, PA

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce recently conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Brittany Bennett’s new office space located at 523 E. Lu msden Rd. in Brandon. Brittany is a Certified Public Accountant providing small businesses and individuals with full service accounting and tax support. Currently, she has one more space that is available for the right person to lease. Contact 671-7278 or

Charity Provides Homecoming Dresses to Families in Need

Belle of the Ball Project will provide homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need, low-income high school girls on select Saturdays this fall. The dates are: September 26, October 10, and October 24 at its new boutique located at 1210 Holt Ave. in Clearwater. The hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dresses are available to all greater Tampa Bay area in-need, high school girls only. We respect the honor system. No referral letter is necessary.

No appointment needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested but not necessary. Donations of dresses and accessories can also be made at the distributions, dates/times listed above. For more information about Belle of the Ball Project call 727-386-4502 or visit or Facebook at Belle of the Ball.

Shabby Chic Hair Boutique Seeks Hair Stylists

Shabby Chic Hair Boutique located at 111 Ridgewood Ave. in Brandon is looking for talented licensed hair stylists, ready to build their business. It has full-time and part-time booth rental available and will consider commission pay. Contact Amanda at 785-9012 for more information.

BC_PlayfulNature New Counseling Practice Exclusively for Kids

As a skilled child therapist and owner of Playful Nature Kids Counseling LLC, Holli Farrell, M.S. specializes in helping children ages 3-10 heal in unique, fun and creative ways. Farrell’s child-centered approach provides maximum benefit and powerful, effective change while easing the anxiety, guilt and resistance many parents anticipate when considering therapy services for their children. Parent support is also available through parent coaching and consultations, family therapy, stress-relief workshops and supportive groups. Contact Farrell for a free and confidential phone consultation. Visit Playful Nature Kids Counseling is located at 3457 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon.

New Eatery Opens in Valrico

Spanglish is the new place to try in Valrico. It is open six days a week, closed on Sundays for private parties. There is a hot lunch special for $8 with purchase of a drink. Date night Thursday nights $39.99 consists of one appetizer, two entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine. Everything is homemade and unique. Local chef Julio Pagan is always on site and he makes everything from mufangos, payaya and fried green tomato salad. Spanglish is located at 1903 Hwy. 60 E. in Valrico. Call 530-4707.

Holistic Healthcare Services Available

Stephanie Martin is the owner of Balanced Nutrition and Wellness Consulting, LLC. The future of healthcare is going to be rapidly changing and people will need to be educated on how to better care for themselves in order to avoid chronic and degenerative diseases, prescription medications and their side effects, and the repercussions of uncontrolled stress. Call 789-8302, visit or email

New Allstate Office Opens in ValricoBC_allstate

Allstate Insurance Company is proud to announce the opening of a new agency location owned and operated by Allstate Agent Suzie Brussard. Her agency is located at 2525 S. Brandon Blvd. in Valrico. Brussard’s office opened its doors in September and sells auto, property and life insurance, as well as protection for motorcycles, boats, motor homes and recreational vehicles. In addition, agency staff members can offer guidance and counseling about those products, helping customers choose the insurance coverage that best meets their needs. Call 436-9699.

Alpha-Omega Title Newest Employee

Michelle Hernandez has recently joined the team at Alpha-Omega Title as a marketing representative. Hernandez was formerly with Romero Insurance and Financial Services, and was also named Brandon’s Honorary Mayor at the 4th of July Parade. Alpha-Omega Title’s newest office is located at 1101 Marbella Plaza Dr. Call 514-2828 or visit

Local Dentist Celebrates Five Years

Dr. Asma S. Awad DDS is celebrating five years serving the Brandon Community. Dr. Awad treats patients of all ages. The office is located at 3413 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Call 601-6036.

Mathnasium TriMathlon Contest

Mathnasium’s TriMathlon contest is designed to encourage kids to engage in math and to support local schools. Children at all levels of math ability are invited to participate. In addition to winning medals, all students who participate this year will earn money for local schools with a donation for each student participating in the event. The competition, open to second through fifth grade students, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Brandon Mathnasium Learning Center at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Participation is free and registration is now open at Students do not need to be enrolled in a Mathnasium center to participate. Prep materials, including a practice test, are available at, where students can also register. The top scorers across all TriMathlon competitions will be invited to move on to the Grand Prize TriMathlon.

BC_LongIslandAuthentic New York Style Menu Comes to Area

Owner Louie Bevilacqua, founder and previous owner/operator of FishHawk Pizza, offers authentic New York style menu items. Quality thin crust pizzas are made with fresh dough and sauce that is made in-house daily. This is all found in a place where Long Islanders can reminisce and non-Long Islanders will enjoy. Delivery is available. Long Island Pizza Company is located at 7130 Big Bend Rd. Ste. 111 in Gibsonton. Call 741-3030 or visit LIPIZZACOMPANY.COM.

Local Barbershop Offers Family Friendly Services

C&W Barbershop owners Cris Aviso and Will Senquiz welcome the community to their shop. They offer haircuts, fades, hot towel shaves, relaxing shampoos as well as kid’s haircuts. This is a family friendly modern barbershop that offers old school services at great prices. C&W Barbershop is located at 3515 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico and is open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 655-2887 or visit

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Sky Zone

Last month Sky Zone invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility. Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Sky Zone offers open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, and Ultimate Dodgeball. Sky Zone is located at 10137 E. Adamo Dr. Visit or call 833-1740.

Karma Yoga IntBC_KarmaYogaLogoroduces Yoga Series

A new Yoga series begins in September at Karma Yoga and Fitness. Join Yoga and Meditation Instructor Tina Tidwell E-RYT and Counselor Holli Farrell, M.S., for this unique workshop series entitled Yoga ES (Yoga for Emotional Support). These two hour workshops will include psycho-education, a gentle yoga practice tailored to the topic, group meditation and optional discussion. Registration is limited in order to support small group discussion. Workshops take place on Sunday, September 27, Sunday, November 22 and Sunday, December 6 from 1-3 p.m. at Karma Yoga and Fitness located at 4361 Lynx Paw Tl. in Valrico. Call 701-3153.

Meet Our Vendors & Tasting NightBC_Loft

The LOFT Event Lounge is sponsoring a “Meet Our Vendors & Tasting Night” on Tuesday, September 29 from 6-8 p.m. Advance reservations are required by Sunday, September 27. Call 685-8777 to reserve a spot. A maximum of three guests per reservation is allowed with 20 spots available. Area vendors will be on hand with samples of their wares. Visit The LOFT is located at 709 W Lumsden Rd.

Coming Soon: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is coming to Brandon this winter. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is known for its casual, fun ambiance and generous helpings of uniquely flavorful Baja-style Mexican fare. Fuzzy’s menu features its original take on the Baja taco. The restaurants also serve a wide array of handmade enchiladas, jumbo salads, nachos, burritos and Fuzzy’s signature white queso and chips, as well as offer a kid’s menu, and various catering packages. The new eatery will be located at 2874 Providence Lakes Blvd. Stay tuned for more details.

Esplanade at Artisan Lakes EsplanadeArtisanLakes_LogoFCelebrates Opening of New Amenity Center

Residents of Esplanade at Artisan Lakes celebrated the grand opening of their Amenity Center recently with a Cuban-themed party. The “Hot Havana Night” party was hosted by national developer and homebuilder Taylor Morrison. The new Amenity Center is approximately 8,000 sq. ft. and includes conference and meeting rooms, a lounge, library, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with spa services and group and personal fitness training. A full-time lifestyle manager is on-site at the Amenity Center to provide concierge services and organize activities and events for residents. Esplanade at Artisan Lakes is part of Taylor Morrison’s signature brand of active lifestyle communities. Call 941-882-5077 or visit

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