By Sandy Meyer

Mathnasium Celebrates Two Years Serving the Community

Mathnasium of Brandon, located at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave., recently celebrated two years of serving the Greater Brandon Area with a party for its students, families and the community. Mathnasium holds firm on the beliefs and core values that its business is centered around building character and confidence in young people. Mathnasium of Brandon owner Becky McDaniels believes being involved in her community is of upmost importance and is active in local networking groups, serves as vice president of the Bloomingdale Academic Foundation, as well as some local Student Advisory Committee’s at surrounding schools. Visit or call 655-6284.

BC_GoodOlBoysLogoLithia Welcomes Barbershop and Tattoo Shop

Two new businesses have come to the Lithia area. D’s Tattoos is locally owned and operated by artist Darrell Reinke who has a passion for tattooing. He specializes in black and white, color, sleeves and cover-ups. Consultations are also provided to discuss ideas. Call 447-6258 or visit Good Ol’ Boys Barbershop is a full service barbershop with a hometown feel. Owner Albert Rocamora wants the barber shop to be a community gathering place like the old fashioned barber shops of the past. The official grand opening will be Saturday, December 5. Call 441-4126 or visit www.facebook. com/Ol-Boys-Barbershop-1450218871 918913/. Both businesses are located at 10429 S. County Rd. 39 in Lithia.

Save on Woodworking Projects

Woodworks of Tampa Bay, LLC is a custom woodworking shop offering custom built furniture, custom built ins, furniture repair, refinishing and up cycling, chalk painting and custom finishes. It is currently offering a 10 percent off coupon for any build as well as an additional 5 percent off for veterans for a total of 15 percent off for veterans through Saturday, January 2. Visit for coupon information or call 330-5836. Woodworks of Tampa Bay is located at 105 S. Falkenburg Rd. Ste. A5 in Tampa.

Fix My Darn Computer Promises Results

When all others can’t fix it, call Ken Webb, owner of Fix My Darn Computer. Webb is an A+ certified computer hardware engineer with 30 years of experience. Fix My Darn Computer offers on-site and remote computer services including new installs, custom systems, data recovery, repairs, upgrade, virus removal and home and office networking. If he can’t fix it, you don’t pay. Call 421-1064 or email for a free evaluation and estimate for repairs. Mention the code “TBO” to receive 10 percent off of your first service.

GradePower Celebrates Second Birthday

October marked the second birthday for GradePower Learning in Valrico. GradePower thanks its entire team and the community for its support over the past 24 months. GradePower helps students from Pre-Kindergarden through twelfth grade to help children build a lifetime foundation for learning. It is located at 3212 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Visit

Fantastic Sams NeBC_FantasticSamslogow Ownership

Fantastic Sams announces the new ownership of the FishHawk location, next to Winn Dixie, at the corner of FishHawk Blvd. and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Fantastic Sams is a full service hair salon offering color, highlights, treatments, special occasion styles, perms, waxing, haircuts and blowouts. Call 681-5100 for call-ahead reservations. Fantastic Sams is located at 16761 FishHawk Blvd.

Social Skills Success Group for Second to Fifth Graders

Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. addresses the social skill needs of children planting the seeds for a confident future. It now offers free social skills groups designed for children in home education or virtual school. The groups for second to fifth graders meet on the first and third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m.-12 Noon. The remaining dates this year are Thursday, December 3 and Thursday, December 17. Call 654-0503 or visit to reserve a spot. Space is limited. Hammond Psychology & Associates is located at 710 Oakfield Dr., Ste. 153 in Brandon.

Hawthorne Residents Enjoy DBC_Hawthornlogoisco Doggie Fundraiser

Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living, located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, held its first “Disco Doggie” fundraiser last month. Residents and the public enjoyed Disco music, refreshments and puppies. All funds raised went to the Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services, Inc. and Paws Hearts Animal Rescue. Call 661-8998 or visit

Virtual Law Office Offers Convenient Hours

The Law Office of Matthew D. Wolf offers a virtual law office in which the convenience of its client’s is a top priority. Unlike other attorneys, it is their goal to create an easy and convenient experience for their clients. To achieve this goal, they offer free consultations and work with clients in finding a time and place that is convenient to meet. Their attorneys are willing to meet clients at their homes, work or mutually agreeable locations, such as a local library, coffee shop or courthouse, at all times of the day. The Law Office of Matthew D. Wolf understands that its clients have obligations and works with them to ensure meetings are convenient for all involved. Through a no-cost initial consultation, they sit down with their clients to thoroughly review their issues and answer any questions they may have. Following the no-cost consultation, they provide clients with the guidance needed to effectively resolve their issues. Call (727) 525-3469 or visit www.Matthew

Hillsboro Bank Introduces New Branch Manager

Tiffany Achille of Hillsboro Bank Valrico was recently promoted to branch manager. Hillsboro Bank is a hometown community bank that truly values its local ownership, management and community corporate citizenship. The bank’s directors, stockholders and employees all have deep roots in the communities it serves. It provides community banking inclusive of both personal and business account offerings along with online banking and bill pay. Visit the Valrico location at 1016 Bloomingdale Ave., call 657-8989, or visit

Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen Expands

Long-time restaurant partners and founders of the successful Tijuana Flat’s brand, Camp Fitch and Brian Wheeler, signed a new lease for a stand-alone restaurant, Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen, in Brandon. This will be the third Tibby’s restaurant in Florida and is expected to create 100 new jobs in the local economy.

The new full serve restaurant will be located at 1721 Brandon Blvd. and will have 220 seats including a full liquor bar and a private banquet/meeting room. The free standing location is 6,526 sq. ft. Construction is set to begin in January with a planned opening in May. Menu items include both traditional New Orlean’s dishes like Jambalaya, Crawfish pies, Po Boys and shrimp and grits, and also house specialties including Rita’s Lemon Chicken, Chicken Pontcartrain and several pasta dishes. Call (407) 478-1440.

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Receives GrantJA_Logo_Black_Left_Justified

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay has received a $6,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of Travelers. The grant will enable 200 Hillsborough County middle school students to participate in JA Economics for Success to be taught by JA trained Travelers employees and associates. JA Economics for Success is a program that demonstrates the importance of staying in school, completing one’s education, and the impact on future earnings potential. Visit or visit

New Web Resource for Consumer Education and Awareness in Florida

Pennington Kitchens announced the launch of www.pennington as an informational portal that features educational resources on subjects such as property value benefits from remodeling design, kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, and many other helpful tips that can save you thousands of dollars in the Tampa Area. Development of other community minded features for are already underway and new user awareness guides from experts are already being added on how to get your dream bathroom, knowing when to hire a professional remodeler, and kitchen design tips. Visit or call 365-0383. It is located at 3042 E. Knights Griffin Rd. in Plant City.

New Chapter of Young Travel Professionals Launches in Tampa

Young Travel Professionals (YTP), the first networking group specifically for the next generation of travel industry leaders, expands its U.S. following with its newest addition, the Tampa Bay Chapter (YTP-TAMPA). For travel professionals, the opportunities are endless, with millions of tourists (and locals) visiting the beautiful parks, white-sand beaches, museums, theme parks and cultural attractions each year. With the opening of the Tampa Bay Chapter, YTP aims to connect young and up-and-coming leaders of hotels, travel agencies, tourism boards and other sectors in the hospitality and travel industry, providing a space to foster future growth and talent within our industry. Visit

FishHawk Ranch & ICI Homes chosen for 2016 Showcase Home

Newland Communities and ICI Homes are honored to be selected to build the 2016 Tampa Bay Builders Association’s Parade of Homes Showcase Home. Representatives broke ground recently on an exclusively-designed model home in FishHawk Ranch, which will be the focal point of the annual event to be held March 5-13, 2016. Boasting five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, the nearly 6,000 sq. ft., two-story Shenandoah showcase home celebrates traditional and modern architectural styles with a decidedly “rustic-lodge” flair. The house features tall glass windows, multi-tiered decks and a second story back porch overlooking a babbling brook. Each home in the Lake Houses development will be situated on unique wooded sites near FishHawk Ranch’s award-winning Lake House, and provide picturesque views of oak tree groves and the community lake. Homes will range from 2,400 sq. ft. to more than 4,000 sq. ft. and showcase outstanding indoor/outdoor living amenities. Call 685-7500 or visit

DeCort Electrical Solutions: The NBC_DeCortlogoeighborhood Alternative

DeCort Electrical Solutions is a licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor offering residential and commercial installation, maintenance and repair services. Owner Jon DeCort’s goal is to get it done right at the best value no matter how small or large the job. The company provides a wide range of electrical services. Visit, email or call 690-2730.

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