By Michelle Colesanti

Brandon Auto Services, Inc. & Salvage Holds Ribbon Cutting

Owners Steve Holland and Ken Anderson of Brandon Auto Services, Inc. & Salvage recently celebrated 45 years by holding a ribbon cutting. Brandon Auto Service sells parts to consumers and will do auto repairs on any car or truck. It has recently expanded and opened a second location in Plant City. It welcomes Insurance claims and gives a life-time warranty on services. Brandon Auto Service is located at 3159 S.R. 60 E. in Valrico. Call 689-8131 or visit

Wedding Expo At Uncle Mike’s Blake Hall

A Wedding Expo will be held on Friday, September 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Uncle Mike’s Blake Hall, located at 120 S.R. 60 in Plant City. Tickets cost $5 (BOGO for Brides). Come and enjoy Leena’s Chocolate Fountain, Hors Doeuvres, cocktails and music. Blake Hall is perfect for weddings and parties with 8,800 sq. ft., it holds up to 290 guests. Vendors are still needed for this event and are welcome. Call 644-6888 or visit

522 Oakfield Will Be Home To CoWork Landing In September

The Intentional Growth Strategies journey began in January by growing a community of entrepreneurs and now, Owner Shannon Carlton is excited to share that CoWork Landing (shared workspace) will be ready to open for business in September.

What is offered: Affordable, professional workspace solution for work-from-home professionals and educational opportunities for entrepreneurial endeavors. Quiet, professional work and meeting spaces for one-on-one and small groups will be available.

Who it will help: small business owners, freelancers, remote workers and entrepreneurs who want a place to go and do work during their day. Professionals who feel more creative, more productive and less isolated. The co-working space offers a place where the independent worker can come sit for a couple of hours and get work done, attend a personal development or networking function, hold a meeting or conference or collaborate with other members. The majority only work from a co-working space 20 percent of their work week. (
Perks of membership: Internet, mail, conference room, quiet room for small meetings, break room with coffee, free personal development events, partner listing on website, and community membership among a new class of workers who are driven to organize their professional lives around continuous personal growth, meaningful relationships, and the service of something greater than themselves.

For more information, visit or call Carlton at 924-4679.

Primary Medical Clinic Relocates

Dr. Anita Patel of Primary Medical Clinic and staff will be relocating to 3427 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon this September. The new building will help offer more resources for patients in terms of health education and teaching with more accessible parking. In addition, Dr. Patel welcomes Kristen Cooley ARNP to her practice. Call 654-5331; fax 654-5336 or visit

Brandon SWAT Networking Woman Of The Month

Every month a local professional business woman from each of the six chapters of SWAT (Successful Women Aligning Together) is honored for their dedication and hard work, positive spirit and their willingness to enhance themselves and their career. Charlotte Clark, branch manager for American Momentum Bank in Sun City Center and vice president of the Brandon SWAT had the pleasure of presenting this month’s “Woman of the Month” award  to Beverly Walker, owner of Pinot’s Palette in Brandon. Walker is a champion entrepreneur, dedicated to her faith, family and giving back to the Brandon community. She has a heart for serving others and is an avid runner. Beverly, along with her husband, Dennis, have been very involved, through Pinot’s Palette, supporting other Brandon area businesses and foundations helping to raise funds to support the community. Beverly and Dennis have been business owners in the Brandon community for over 27 years. For more on Pinot’s Palette, visit For more about SWAT Networking, visit

First Citrus Bank Announces Promotion Of Lisa Pitts

First Citrus Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon resident Lisa Pitts to assistant vice president and branch manager. With outstanding skills in customer service and excellent managerial skills, Pitts is a wonderful choice to fill this role.

Living in Brandon for over 30 years, Pitts has deep roots and a strong connection within this market. She has been a member of the Brandon and South Tampa Chambers of Commerce, Leadership Westshore, and has volunteered for many charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, E.C.H.O., and the Boys and Girls Club.

First Citrus Bank has five branches across Hillsborough County, including offices in Brandon, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Kennedy Boulevard, and South Tampa. Visit

Pure Barre Brandon Opens

According to Owner Shannon O’Brien Kerney, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. In just 55 minutes, you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.

The concentration involved while taking Pure Barre allows you to block “life” out for the hour, creating the mental benefits similarly obtained by the practice of yoga or meditation; a transformed body and a clear head in just one hour.

Pure Barre Brandon will be open seven days a week with over 30 classes per week. It will have a women’s retail boutique featuring designer athleisure and active wear and a studio room to host Pure Barre classes, specialty classes and events.

Pure Barre Brandon is located at 857 E. Bloomingdale Ave. The hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. depending on class time. Email Visit or at, Instagram @purebarrebrandon.

Brandon Honda Hires Jeremiah Soltis As Finance Manager

Sam Raabe is pleased to announce that Jeremiah Soltis has been hired as a finance manager at Brandon Honda, a Morgan Auto Group dealership. The finance and insurance management position involves helping clients choose between auto financing and insurance options when buying or leasing a new or used car.  

Originally from Wyoming, Soltis started working in an automobile dealership in Rock Springs when he was 16 years old. He now has 15 years of experience in automobile dealerships in Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Florida primarily in sales and finance positions. 

Brandon Honda is a division of Morgan Auto Group and is located at 9209 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa, one mile west of I-75. It is an award-winning, Green-Star Certified automobile service facility and works proactively to protect the environment. Call 664-1234 or visit

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.