Read Around America

Tiffany Achille of Hillsboro Bank participated in Read Across America by reading to a group of children at The Peacock’s Plume Childcare Center in Valrico. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The children chose Green Eggs and Ham for Achille to read, followed by making their own green eggs and ham, a hands-on activity that brought the book to life. For the past five years Hillsboro Bank has participated in Read Across America and generously donated books to bring awareness to the children in the community. Hillsboro Bank is located at 1015 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Visit or call 657-8989.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Opens in Brandon

The franchisees bringing the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop concept to Brandon and Tampa Bay are brothers and Tampa natives Ian and Adam Lieberman and Adam’s wife, J-Ray Lieberman. They plan to open four more Fuzzy’s Taco Shops in the area over the next couple of years, with plans for their next location to be near USF. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop operates as a “fast-casual” restaurant where patrons order at the counter and retrieve their food shortly after ordering. Almost all food is prepared in house. Tacos start at $1.99, jumbo burritos are $5-6, and dinner plates range from $6-9. Unlike most other fast-casual concepts, Fuzzy’s offers a full liquor bar, with a large selection of draft and craft beers and signature frozen cocktails. Its breakfast menu is available all day long. The new Brandon location is 3,400 sq.-ft., with an indoor/outdoor full-liquor bar, and a large dog-friendly patio. Fuzzy’s is located at 2874 Providence Lakes Blvd. Call 324-7177.

Sky Zone Celebrates National Reading Month 

Sky Zone Tampa believes that encouraging our youth today to read will only help them fly in their future. Sky Zone Tampa offers a new bookmark program to incentivize kids to read. Once a child reads five books and has their Sky Zone bookmark signed by their parent and teacher they will receive free jump time at Sky Zone as a reward. Sky Zone Tampa is located at 10137 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa. For information on the bookmark program and to sign up, email or call 833-1740.

TNT Termite and Pest Control Celebrates Five Years

TNT Termite and Pest Control is celebrating its five year anniversary. With 20 years in the industry, it would be hard to match the experience, knowledge and service of TNT Termite and Pest Control. Owners Ed and Bonnie Tekampe chose Valrico when they relocated from Wisconsin almost 20 years ago and have never regretted the decision. Call 716-9196 or visit

Free Healthcare Orientation Session

A free orientation for existing patients and the general public will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Upper Cervical Center of Brandon. Clinic Director Nicholas Schar, DC, will lead the session at the practice’s 9280 Bay Plaza Blvd., Ste. 725 location. A unique healthcare solution, Upper Cervical Center of Brandon provides cutting edge treatment to help people recover lost health in spite of their given diagnosis. Its focus is on improving brain to body communication by applying precise, gentle corrections to the upper neck. Medical texts and research show that with proper nerve communication all functions of the body are improved. Interested attendees of the orientation can call 644-7190 to RSVP or with questions, or email Visit

Foran Team Returns to Signature Realty

The Foran Team have been realtors for 16 years and currently consists of Jim, his wife, Alis, and their assistant of 10 years, Laura Camp. They will be returning to Signature Realty after an eight year absence. The team has missed the hometown feeling and personal attention that Signature Realty offers. The Foran Team hopes to grow their team this year by adding two buyer’s agents. Call 220-7282 or visit

Intentional Growth Strategies Seminars

Intentional Growth Strategies is committed to fostering relationships that inspire, encourage and change the world. This community will grow into an affordable co-working space where work-from-home individuals can find a place to do work outside of their home office, and feel more productive and inspired. Register for Discover Your God-Given Identity, Destiny & Purpose Seminar on March 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information and to register for events, visit or call Shannon Carlton at 924-4679. Classes will be held at 137 S. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.

Valrico Dance Group Performs at Hawthorne Retirement Community

Most children spent their day off of school at the state fair. The performers from Academy of Dance Dynamics spent their day sharing the love of the arts with the Hawthorne Retirement Community in Brandon. The group ages range from 7 to 16 years old with multiple levels of dance training. They performed Lyrical, Broadway, Jazz, and Hip Hop. The residents graciously applauded their high energy and passion for dance. At the closing of the show the performers shared homemade gifts and cookies with the residents. Academy of Dance Dynamics is located at 4383 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 655-8277.

Alvarez Plumbing Adds Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Division

Alvarez Plumbing celebrated its 40th anniversary in February. In an effort to expand on its ability to serve the community, it is proud to announce the addition of its new Air Conditioning and Refrigeration division. It is officially up and operational and can fulfill all of your HVAC needs including service, repairs, complete system replacements/upgrades as well as new construction. As part of the anniversary celebration, the company is excited to offer annual A/C preventative maintenance service agreements for $59.50 (regular price is $119, a 50 percent savings). The service agreement not only includes a complete preventative maintenance service (annual tune-up) but is also provides 15 percent off of any required repairs over the next 12 months, as well as no overtime charges for after-hours service calls for not only your air conditioning system but also any plumbing related repairs. This introductory offer is only good for a limited time. Visit or call 655-7520.

Your Special Day: Bridal Prom Tuxedo Now Open

Your Special Day: Bridal Prom Tuxedo in Riverview offers prom gowns, bridal gowns and tuxedos. Shop for the entire family 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

Valrico Learning Center Earns Prestigious Award

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Valrico recently announced it has earned the esteemed APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) accreditation for the eighth year in a row. APPLE is a national early learning program accreditation given out by the Florida Association for Child Care Management. In Florida, APPLE is accepted as one of Florida’s Gold Seal Quality programs. For the last 30 years, Kids ‘R’ Kids has upheld its long-standing principle, “Hug First, Then Teach,” which works to strengthen and encourage childhood development on an emotional, intellectual, social and physical level through a unique partnership between its child care providers and families. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy is the first preschool accredited by AdvancED in America, the world’s largest education community. This accreditation ensures its schools are meeting and exceeding the highest accreditation standards and providing excellence in education beyond most daycare and childcare providers. The Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Tr. Visit or call 657-6200. A second location is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia.

Puppy Palace Opening in April

The newest Puppy Palace location is set to open in April at 802. E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Owner George Conda will offer doggie daycare, boarding and grooming. Dogs will have the opportunity to play outside, swim and be with other dog friends. Puppy Palace will also groom the dogs to look their best. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit orl

Sweet 16 & Quinceanera Showcase

The LOFT Event Lounge has been home to hundreds of Sweet 16 and Quinceaneras since October 2012. Meet event partners on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. In addition, their photo booth, which is the only one of its kind in the Tampa Bay area, will be up and running to try. The Winthrop Village Publix will be on hand with lots of goodies to sample and to consult with about tiered cakes, cupcake towers and dessert tables as well as tastings from entrée and sides to heavy appetizers from partner caterers. There will be over 100 gowns in all sizes that will be for sale at $25 each. The LOFT – Hair and Nail Lounge will be on hand for individual special occasion hair, nail artistry and professional make-up consultations. The event is free and so is parking. This event is not open to outside vendors or other business entities. Email or call 685-8777. The LOFT Event Lounge is located at 711 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon.

Canine Cabana Celebrates the Grammy Awards

Last month, Canine Cabana hosted its second annual Grammy Awards to celebrate their best dressed pooches.
Many of their frequent guests were nominated for a variety of categories, ranging from “Cutest Ears” to “Best Belly Rub Initiator.” Each pup participating in the Canine Cabana Grammy Awards also got their “pawprint of fame” stamped for their parents to take home.

Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility offering overnight accommodations, doggie daycare, and training. It is endorsed by Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Canine Cabana provides award-winning, superior care and a state of the art facility including more than a half-acre of outdoor play yards.
Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Call 672-9663 or visit

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