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Boca Comes to Brandon Area

Boca Brandon brings local flavors in modern American comfort cuisine to the Riverview area. The restaurant boasts beautiful indoor and outdoor seating options as well as a view of the open kitchen where diners can watch chefs create dishes. Sit back and enjoy the relaxed ambiance with rustic decor and a varied menu, including local favorites such as fried green tomatoes, grow-wall salads, freshly made flatbreads, yellowfin tuna and the daily fresh fish. The burgers and meatloaf are made from the finest prime beef and the chicken is farmed locally and naturally without artificial hormones. Boca believes high quality ingredients deliver top flavors and with the farm-to-table method everyone’s a winner. Come for Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. where every first drink is free for military members. Boca Brandon is located at 11206 Sullivan St. in Riverview in the Winthrop Center. Visit or call 330-7997.

My House Fitness

My House Fitness, a small and new fitness club in Brandon, hosted a grand opening celebration in December, with a ribbon-cutting event in partnership with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. The studio is the sixth in the country and first location to open in South Florida. Brandon residents can enjoy personalized one-on-one fitness programs, small and large group training and weight loss programs. My House Fitness’ community-centric training takes more than your weight and reps into account. In addition to workouts for every fitness level, the studio offers nutritional and lifestyle support to ensure you live better. My House Fitness is located at 207 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Visit or call 530-5000.

Walmart Hiring for Relocated Bloomingdale Walmart  

Walmart is hiring for the relocated Walmart slated to be completed this spring in Bloomingdale. This hiring process usually results in about 200 additional jobs. A hiring kiosk has opened inside the current store located at 949 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Applications will be accepted Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Interested applicants may also apply online at Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months. Interested veterans may find out more at Walmart provides a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time associates. For example, it provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-car e coverage with no lifetime maximum. The majority of new associates will begin work this winter to help prepare the store for its grand opening.

America’s Epidemic Workshop Offered at Fatloss Centers of Brandon

Lifetime Fat Loss Centers of Brandon will hold an America’s Epidemic Workshop at HealthSource of Brandon located at 166 E. Bloomingdale Blvd. Ste. B in Brandon on Wednesday, January 20 at 6 p.m. Lifetime Fat Loss Centers is dedicated to educating and inspiring people to change their lives to create a true health shift in the community. Discover why American’s are overweight, depressed, out of energy, and creating more illness than ever before. Hear the staggering statistics on the amount of deaths that are caused from obesity related diseases, and learn why your genetics matter when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. The goal of the America’s Epidemic Workshop is to educate the community on the importance of taking care of its health. The workshop is free. To reserve a spot for the upcoming workshoBC_ValueTaxp, call 654-7121. Complimentary one-on-one consultations are also being offered to see if LFLC can help you on the journey to a healthier weight and happier you.

Value Tax Prep

After the most wonderful time of the year, comes the most dreaded time of the year – tax time. Let Value Tax help make tax time easier by bringing your taxes to them. Owner Evelyn Morell welcomes the community to her professional and family oriented business. Value Tax Prep can resolve any and every problem with your business or the IRS. It is a one-stop shop which covers tax preparation and business set-up. Call 298-0610 or visit Value Tax Prep is located at 902 W. Lumsden Rd. Ste. 106 in Brandon.

BC_winnDixieLogoWinn-Dixie Prices go even further Down with Deep Discounts

Winn-Dixie is cutting the cost of living for customers by dropping the prices on hundreds of groceries the customers buy most. The grocery chain’s newly launched “Down Down” pricing program is based on a commitment to lower prices by bringing prices down and keeping them down. Down Down follows the company’s recent launch of New Regular Pricing, which reduced the prices of favorite grocery items. The Down Down program will apply even deeper discounts on over 400 frequently purchased items. That will be on top of more than 3,000 New Regular Prices already lowered. Winn-Dixie customers can easily pinpoint the many deeply discounted items by looking for the Big Red (helping) Hand throughout the store and be reassured this price will not change for at least six months. Visit

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Adds New Members to Board of Directors

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay recently announced that the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors has elected four new members: Roger Boothroyd, Ph.D., Professor at the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Nancy Sternitzky, Vice President, Technology Solutions & Program Management at GTE Financial, Timothy J. Sweeney,  JD, CCJAP of Sweeney Interventions and Kaley Tash, MD, USF Health: Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors enables the organization to achieve its vision and mission by being advocates and champions of the mission, ensuring the establishment and implementation of appropriate policies and procedures, actively participating in resource development and exercising stewardship and appropriate oversight. The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in the community has to face crisis alone. The organization is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence based programs designed to meet community needs. Visit

Salons by JC Opens in ValricoBC_SalonsByJC

Salons by JC, a leader in the salon suites industry, has opened its fourth Florida location in Valrico. The Salon, located in the Lithia Crossing Shopping Center next to Stein Mart, will host a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Valrico Fishhawk Chamber on Monday, January 25 from 3-6 p.m. There will be music, food, drinks and a raffle drawing. Salons by JC offer a salon-suite business model. Owners of the Valrico location Denise Cooke and Scott Sobolewski have had a lot of interested beauty professionals and have already pre-leased many of the salon suites. Salons by JC – Valrico is over 6,500 total sq.-ft. with 36 suites including mirrors, shampoo bowls, chairs, cabinets for towels, hood dryers and roll carts for other tools and supplies. The average suite size is 10 ft. by 11 ft.. Beauty and wellness services include hair styling, hair coloring, hair weaving, massage, nail care, cosmetics and weight loss. For more information about the suites and available leases, email dcooke@salons

Puppy Palace Fills Christmas Wishes for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Puppy Palace aims to improve the lives of pets as much as possible, whether it’s inside or outside their walls. So when it comes to Christmas time, Puppy Palace knows that some pets don’t have the luxury of waking up to a warm house on Christmas morning with presents in their own stocking. To bring Christmas to these pets that may need it most, Puppy Palace partnered with one of the local community animal shelters – the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Puppy Palace showed up in Christmas gear in December and donated over 50 pounds of treats and over 150 toys for the cats and dogs, all in the hopes they could make Christmas a special time for all animals in their community. Visit The newest Puppy Palace location is currently under construction at 802 E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Visit or email

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