Brandon Honda Helps “Drive” Rescue Pet Adoptions Year-Round

A lifelong proponent of shelter animal adoptions, John Marazzi, Managing Partner of Brandon Honda is now making it easier for shoppers to picture adorable pets available at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) in their lives and in their Hondas.

Eighteen cardboard cut-outs of shelter cats and dogs are now romping throughout the Brandon Honda showroom at 9209 E. Adamo Dr. to steal the hearts of visitors and raise awareness of all the deserving, healthy dogs and cats available for adoption through breed specific rescue groups, SPCAs and humane societies, or at county-run shelters and animal services. 

Local pet photographer Adam Goldberg took photos recently at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center located at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. Goldberg originally found his passion for photographing animals at the Humane Society of Broward County.

“Rescue animals can be especially hard to photograph when they are anxious and confused in the transition from a home or the streets to shelters,” said Goldberg. “I’ve had to learn how to win their confidence so that they can relax and turn on their true personality for the camera.”

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. For more information call 744-5660 or visit

For Brandon Honda, call 664-1234. Visit

Fuzzy’s Will Offer Classic Southern Comfort Chicken-Fried Taco

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop presents the Chicken-Fried Taco, a rich and tasty take on the classic Southern comfort food dish now through March 12. The new taco is every bit as crave-inducing as the restaurant’s signature tacos, and is available for only$2.99. 

The Chicken Fried Taco is prepared with the guest’s choice of hand-battered and fried fajita-style beef or chicken, Latin-fried potatoes, a creamy Verde sauce, and shredded cheese, all served on a flour tortilla. Visit

Brew Your Own Beer At Bootleggers BrewworX In Brandon

Bootleggers BrewworX, Brandon’s only Brewery where you can enjoy craft beer and learn to brew it yourself, invites you to celebrate and participate in this year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week during the first full week of March. Local brewers, distributors, and vendors celebrate beer.

This year, why not brew your own? Before local musicians begin to play and the food truck rallies the food on Sunday, March 5 from 12 Noon-9 p.m., right outside Bootleggers BrewworX, you can get a jump on the hops by creating your own mix under the tutelage of the staff.

Be sure to call ahead and reserve your brewing slot. “Many places serve beer,” said Shaun Goeckner, co-owner of Bootleggers BrewworX.

“And a few places brew beer. But we are the only pub in town that teaches people how to make beer.” Bootleggers BrewworX just released new flavors: Lushable Crush IPA, Trappezoid Belgian Tripel, Black Watch Lager & Vienna Vixen. The brew pub also will host the International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day on Wednesday, March 8.

After home brewing beer together for more than 12 years, Valrico neighbors and friends, Mike Pitts and Shaun Goeckner, bought Bootleggers Brewworx in 2015. Last summer the duo added a pub to Brandon’s only brewery, featuring 30 taps and creating what might be a first for the Tampa Bay Area – a public place to make beer and drink beer under the same roof. Pitts is an airline pilot and Goeckner, who owns a tech firm, is a self-described beer geek, who can steep, mash and sparge some mean hops. Bootleggers Brewworx is located at 650 Oakfield Dr. Call 643-9463 or visit

Best Of In-Home Care Award To Options For Senior America – Brandon

Options for Senior America – Brandon is proud to announce it has been selected as one of the 2017 Best of In-Home Care Award winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on

Visit or call 800-267-8466.

Majesty Title Services, LLC Opens A Branch In Brandon

Majesty Title Services (Majesty) announces its expansion into Brandon at 915 Oakfield Dr. Ste. B and will be managed by Cathy Thompson, a seasoned title and escrow officer; Thompson is transferring from the company’s main office in South Tampa. Relationship Manager, Allen Denham will be responsible for business development in the area, while Dori Sullivan has been brought on to assist with processing and closing transactions.

Majesty continues to execute on its strategic expansion opening its fourth Tampa Bay office in the Brandon market.  Vince Cassidy, Majesty’s CEO explained. “Brandon is a logical extension of our plan; it’s a great opportunity because of its high density, it’s a mature market and it enjoys continued appreciation of the median sale price.  Majesty has several clients in that market and we always wanted to open an office to make it more convenient for them.” 

To learn more about Majesty, please visit

Bill Shields Roofing To Install Free Roof For Brandon Military Veteran

A local Brandon military veteran will receive a new roof from Bill Shields Roofing, an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, as a part of Owens Corning’s national Roof Deployment Project. 

As a way to show gratitude to the soldiers who tirelessly serve our country and the families who support them, Owens Corning™ Roofing and their network of independent Platinum Preferred Contractors, along with support from the Owens Corning Foundation, are donating roofing materials and labor to build brand new roofs for military families around the country. A new roof was recently installed for Melody Wright, a 10 year National Guard veteran who is serving her second overseas tour.

Through the Roof Deployment Project, Owens Corning Roofing and its network of independent Platinum Preferred Contractors aim to lessen the stressors that can weigh hard on military families’ daily lives. With help from Support Our Troops®, a 501(c)(3) public purpose charity,
For more information on the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn more about how you can get involved, visit

Dog Daycare Games – Fun Competition That Highlights Skills Used To Keep Dogs Safe

This winter, professional pet care businesses, like Canine Cabana, will show that certain skills used by excellent daycare facilities, including teaching dogs to sit, come, and wait at the gate, all within a controlled environment, can be accomplished without fear or intimidation and keep dogs safe while they play together. The Daycare Games, designed by Robin Bennett, and Susan Briggs, the co-founders of The Dog Gurus, is focused on proving who is best at providing these skills to the dogs in their care. “The dogs love to play these games and we wanted to recognize the handlers and facilities taking the best care of their pets by having a friendly competition,” explained Briggs.

“We’re hoping to take home the Gold, just like in the Olympics.” stated Angie Pickren, owner of locally owned, Canine Cabana.

Daycare has become a growing industry and Canine Cabana is dedicated to raising the bar of safety in off-leash play, teaching owners how to know when their dog is happy, and helping to reduce the number of dog fatalities that occur every year in dog daycares and dog parks.

Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility providing award-winning, superior care and a state of the art facility including more than a half-acre of beautiful outdoor play yards.

Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. For more information, contact Angie Pickren at 672-9663 or

Holistic Medical Care Clinic Moves To New State Of The Art Location In Brandon

Holistic Medical Care Clinic LLC now has a new central location in Brandon.

Located at 205 W. Morgan St. in Brandon, Holistic Medical Care Clinic will still offer best of class, excellent medical care utilizing integrative medicine, a blend of conventional/Western medicine and complementary therapies. It is a healing-oriented medicine that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle and emphasizes natural healing methods vs. pharmaco/chemical-based, invasive treatment modality.

Alternative natural procedures include hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for wound care after plastic surgery or C-section scar recovery or brain neurogenesis; Prolozone/PRP therapy for quick back/shoulder or sports injury repair without the need for surgery; and Ultra-violet, intravenous (UV-IV) light therapy for hard to treat viral/bacterial infections; and Vit C IV ozone treatment as a complementary cancer treatment, among others.

Office Manager Sunny Sia said, “We’ve been successfully healing patients for the past three years at our Apollo Beach location and needed a bigger space to house our new state of the art ETC Bara-med XD hyperbaric oxygen chamber which will be on commission by the end of February.” New patients are currently being accepted. Please call 398-0470 or visit

Career Job Fair & Resource Expo

A Career Job Fair & Resource Expo will take place on Monday March 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Board Room.

Red Carpet USA Entertainment & Events is proud to partner with Hillsborough County NAACP, The Flyer, and Aarrow Sign Spinners.
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is located at 1002 Palm Ave. in Tampa. For more information, call 943-8583 or email

New Location For Tampa Bay Acu Health And Spine

Tampa Bay Acu Health and Spine is the acupuncture clinic of Stephen Dell-Jones, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.  Dr. Steve has been serving the Valrico and Brandon area for three years, and has just moved to a new location: Derm Aroma Spa on 1201 Oakfield Dr., Ste. 101 in Brandon. This acupuncture practice is devoted to helping rid you of pain naturally and quickly. The clinic treats sinusitis, neck and back injuries, arthritis, migraines, digestive disorders, GERD, fatigue, hypothyroid, neuropathy and other internal disorders.  Acupuncture, herbal medicine, point injection therapy (biopuncture) are used, and nutrition lab testing to provide customized alternative medicine to help you reach your health goals. You can reach the clinic at (727) 482-4942.  Visit 

Pet Sitters International Announces Finalists For 2016 Pet Sitter Of The Year™ Award

Julie Gajewski, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, LLC, in Brandon has been selected as one of Pet Sitters International (PSI) top-five finalists for the 2016 Pet Sitter of the Year™ Award. First awarded by PSI in 1995, the Pet Sitter of the Year designation is the industry’s highest honor and recognizes excellence in the professional pet-sitting field. The winner will be announced during PSI’s 23rd annual Professional Pet Sitters Week™, March 5-11. For information about PSI or to locate a PSI pet sitter in your area, 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.