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, their 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. She also 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_PettielogoValrico Bakery Offers a Tasty Treats for the Holidays and all Year Long

Petite Madelyn’s Bakery is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. They will do everything they can to meet your expectations. Owner Megan Malin and her husband do the baking together.
They are open Tuesday thro ugh Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit, call 681-2253 or email Petite Madelyn’s Bakery is located at 1017 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Save Big on Custom 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 five 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.

BC_HawthornlogoHawthorne Residents Enjoy Disco 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

$10 Million Comprehensive Cancer Center Opens in Brandon

The new $10 million Brandon Cancer Center, located at 403 S. Kings Ave., celebrated its grand opening in November with a ribbon-cutting conducted by patients, staff and dignitaries. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute is introducing the community to the newly renovated office site. The office is located in a 38,400-sq.-ft. medical building featuring evidence-based design and state-of-the-art doctor offices, exam rooms, PET/CT, high-dynamic-range imaging equipment and a linear accelerator. Patients undergoing chemotherapy, infusion and radiation therapy will be treated in the new center.
Chadderton Real Estate Group Gets Results

The Chadderton Real Estate Group – Keller Williams Realty prides itself on its reputation of being ethical, professional and working hard. They have consistently ranked as one of the top teams in Hillsborough County. Owner Ray Chadderton is available 24/7. The office is located at 2119 W. Brandon Blvd. Ste. E in Brandon. Visit or call 601-0597.

BC_FantasticSamslogoFantastic Sams Announces New 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 at16761 FishHawk Blvd.
DeCort Electrical Solutions: The Neighborhood 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 www.facebook .com /DeCortElectric, email Jdecort.des@g or call 690-2730.

Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen Expands in New Market

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 but also house specialties including Rita’s Lemon Chicken, Chicken Pontcartrain and several pasta dishes. Call (407) 478-1440.

New Web Resource for Consumer Education and Awareness in Florida
Pennington Kitchens announced the launch of www.penning tonkitchens .com 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. Pennington Kitchens is a full service contracting company that provides complete remodeling and construction options for home owners in Tampa and West Central Florida. Visit www.penningt or call 365-0383. It is located at 3042 E. Knights Griffin Rd. in Plant City.

Ribbon Cutting for Fastlane Auto Design

Fastlane Auto Design recently joined the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, and in November, GRCC members were happy to visit Fastlane in order to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome them to the family. The team at Fastlane Auto Design is looking forward to building a long term relationship with the Riverview community while helping with their tires, wheels and accessories needs. Fastlane Auto Design is located at 7202 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Call 290-TIRE or visit

Valrico Welcomes Salon to Plaza Bella

As of October 1 Salon Essence in the Plaza Bella shopping center has been under new ownership. After owning salons in Virginia and managing salons on Capitol Hill, Owners Michael Shawn and Chris Bilitsky are excited to have a salon located in Valrico and look forward to an exciting new year. With revamped services and a private pedicure room, Salon Essence can attend to hair, nails, and make-up needs. Salon Essence is located at 1036 Bloomingdale Ave. (next to The Green Boutique) in the Plaza Bella shopping center. The salon is closed Sunday and Monday. It offers hair styling, cut and color, manicure and pedicures as well as waxing. Call 681-2060 or visit www.facebook. com/Salon EssenceSpa.

Ribbon Cutting for Your Special Day: Bridal Prom Tuxedo

Your Special Day: Bridal Prom Tuxedo has opened in Riverview. Vicki Johanson, along with her mother and daughter, were on hand to greet Riverview Chamber members and show them around the store. The ladies are proud of their new place after the many hours of hard work they put in turning the place around. At Your Special Day: Bridal Prom Tuxedo, you can shop for the entire family to have them covered for all of the special days in your lives. The shop is located at 10615 Riverview Dr. behind the Riverview Sandwich Shop. Call 671-3456 or email

Prelude to a Cure’s Third Annual Fundraiser Hailed as a Success

Prelude to a Cure’s Third annual fundraiser Sera in Italia held in November at The Bridges, has been praised as the best one yet. With over 100 people in attendance the fundraiser ran without a glitch. With over $40,000 raised at Sera in Italia, Prelude to a Cure is working on establishing the second Barbara Bauer Lung Cancer research grant to be available by spring of 2016. A special thank you to the planning committee members Debbie Ploor, Kathy Greene, Tonja Stuart and Rosie Petrilli and event sponsors Brown and Brown, Eckerd Construction, Raymond James, AGS Stone, Budget Blinds, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and The Rolling Pin. Visit

Ribbon Cutting for Neal Communities

Neal Communities is building in Waterset, among other places in the South Shore area of Hillsborough County. In October, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its model home in this community. This community is in a great location, only minutes from I-75 and minutes the other direction to the Manatee Viewing Center. The beautiful homes are being built in park like settings with waterfront views and incredible neighborhood amenities. There is a pool, a dog park and tranquil walking path. The Neal home is located all the way to the back of the property on Meeting House Lane. Call (941) 200-0255 or klozuke or

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