By Michelle Colesanti

New Mediterranean Grill Opens

Taza Mediterranean Grill is a new restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Food. It also offers catering and delivery.

Taza is committed to providing you the best experience with experience dishes such as Hummus, Falafel, Spinach Pie, Mixed Grill, Shawerma, and Tabouli. Vegeterian and vegan options are offered.

Come and check out Taza Mediterranean Grill at 1076 E. Brandon Bl. Ste 107 Brandon (next to Walmart and behind Good Will). Call 324-7500 or visit

It is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit

Hercules Tire and Greg Wilson Racing Offer Summer Fun For Great Value

Sprint car driver Greg Wilson recently visited Love’s Tire and Service Center. Love’s Tire and Service Center is a local dealership carrying Hercules Tires. Hercules Tire has served as a proud sponsor of the Greg Wilson Racing Team since 2012, and continues to do so now that he is part of the World of Outlaws. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is the premier winged sprint car series in the world. It features world class drivers, thrilling races and is the self-proclaimed “Greatest Show on Dirt.”

Love’s Tire and Service Center is located at 1701 Hwy. 60 East in Valrico.

Yellowfin Realty’s Kimberly Smith

Realtor Kimberly Smith is at Yellowfin Realty Group. She lists properties for sale, and helps buyers find homes whether resale or new construction. She also does property management for anyone who has investment properties that they need managed or for anyone who isn’t ready to sell but has to move away for a job, change in family lives or any other reason, handling all aspects of the management from finding a tenant, collecting the rents, depositing rent funds into the owner’s account, handling repairs, move outs, evictions and any other occurrences. “I pride myself on personal service to all my customers and put all of my effort into helping them in selling, buying or property management,” said Smith.

Yellowfin Realty Group is located at 801 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. To contact Smith, call 368-4568.

Property Manager And Realtor Barbara McGinnis At Yellowfin Realty

If you are looking for a property manager or realtor to take care of your real estate needs,Barbara McGinnis at Yellowfin Realty can help.

“Every client is unique, and that is exactly how I will treat you. The most important factor in choosing a realtor is choosing someone you are comfortable with and can trust.

McGinnis is an experienced negotiator, knowledgeable in all aspects of buying and selling process will coordinate and have a constant line of communications with you.

“To me communication is the key for a successful transaction and long term relationships. I can proudly say a large percent of my current business comes from past customers referring their family friends and coworkers to me,” she added.

Call 220-4339 or email

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

Encore By David Weekley Homes Delivers Engaging Lifestyle

One year after its launch, Encore at FishHawk Ranch is delivering an exciting, active lifestyle for residents. As FishHawk Ranch’s only 55+ lifestyle community, Encore by David Weekley Homes features three series of homes that offer an ideal balance of livability and outstanding design so you can enjoy the lifestyle you want, in a home that is as beautiful as it is accommodating. Daily activities are planned by a full-time Lifestyle Director.
Enjoy the 5,000-sq. ft. amenity center, The Oasis, where you can host a party in the entertainment room, meet friends on the great lawn for yoga, swim in the adult-only pool or enjoy a game of bocce or pickle ball.

If you are ready to jump into the energetic lifestyle of Encore at FishHawk Ranch, the community offers a variety of Showcase Homes ready for immediate move-in. Or, choose from our award-winning floor plans to build from the ground up and enjoy the amenities Encore has to offer while your new home is being built.

For more information about Encore by David Weekley Homes at FishHawk Ranch, contact 813-422-6175.

Robongi Sushi Wok & Grill Now Open In Valrico

From classic Wok selections to fresh hand-rolled sushi, Robongi is Valrico’s top destination for great Asian Fusion Cuisine. Looking for a quick and filling lunch? Check out the delicious Bento Box Special–served with your choice of soup or salad, three pieces of shumai, garlic shrimp, rice, and a sushi roll of your choice.

Robongi is located at 2519 E. SR 60 in Valrico, near the corner of FL-60 and S. Miller Rd., just a few doors down from Winn-Dixie (where China Chen used to be). Order Robongi online at or call 662-2997.

Bleu Salon Named To The Salon Today 200

Bleu Salon in Valrico, owned by Michael Jonson recently was named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today, the leading business media for salon and spa owners.

The magazine’s 20th annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2017 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.

The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Employee Education, Inventory Management, Philanthropy, Planned Profitability, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Salon Culture, Technology and Growth. Bleu Salon was honored in the following: Growth.

“Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices,” said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today. “The salons named to the Salon Today 200 for 2017 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational business-building ideas.”

Bleu Salon is located at 3451 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Call 651-4020 or visit

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Hawthorne Health And Rehab Of Brandon

Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Brandon has been recognized as a Top Nursing Home for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report, a leading expert in evaluation and rating of health care providers across the country.
Ratings are based on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. The methodology was updated for 2016-2017 to reflect those communities that have maintained a high level of excellence over time.
This resulted in only 13% of facilities receiving the Best Nursing Home designation, which represents a 41% decrease from prior year. “This is a wonderful honor to be recognized as a top nursing home, especially in light of the more stringent criteria. We are very proud of being a leader in Nursing Home quality care and rehabilitation in our newly expanded Bounce Back rehabilitation neighborhood and gym. Our dedicated, caring staff work hard every day to enrich the lives of our residents, and this award validates their efforts,” said Hawthorne Executive Director, Joseph Cassiba.

A Local Artists Exhibit To Benefit Alzheimer Foundation At 22 Moons

On Saturday, April 1 from 6-9 p.m., The Gallery at 22 Moons will present a Local Artists Exhibit, which will benefit the Alzheimer Foundation Benefit and will include a Wine & Cheese Degustation.

22 Moons is located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd.Ste.103 in Valrico. Call 530-4549 for more information.

Bloomingdale Square Shopping Center Update

With the closing of the Walmart store and other smaller businesses at the Bloomingdale Square Shopping Center, located at Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rd., there have been many rumors about what will be coming into the plaza.

According to Leasing Agent for Regency Centers, Marc Elias, “We have a full Redevelopment planned for Bloomingdale Square Shopping Center. However, due to confidentiality agreements, I am unable to release further information at this time.”

As soon as any information is released, we will let our readers know.

Lotus Nails & Spa Opens In Valrico

Get a special Mani-Pedi package or a relaxing spa treatment at Lotus Nails & Spa. It is delighted to offer a comprehensive range of services, using only premium quality an natural products.

Visit Lotus Nails & Spa to experience its unique services. It is located at 3513 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico (behind Sun Trust Bank).

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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.