Photo by Bryan Reith, RE/MAX South Shore Realty - Team Reith Ribbon cutting for Bliss Mortgage, LLC , celebrating its first anniversary.

Above Photo: Photo by Bryan Reith, RE/MAX South Shore Realty – Team Reith
Ribbon cutting for Bliss Mortgage, LLC , celebrating its first anniversary.

Home Franchise Concepts Recognizes Local Budget Blinds As Franchise Of Year

Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), parent company of the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home improvement space – Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft – recently recognized and awarded Budget Blinds’ franchise owners James and Elaine Trotter as Budget Blinds’ Franchisee of the Year for best overall sales volume in a single calendar year. They have also been recognized in the Top 20 for a single territory sales performance for 2017.

The Trotters, franchise owners of three territories – Brandon, North Tampa and Land O Lakes, have owned their Budget Blinds’ businesses since 2008. Active in their local community, they support many charity organizations, fundraisers and giving-back efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Our Troops, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, and Hillsborough County Homeless Initiative.

In recognition of their long-time giving back efforts, HFC presented the Trotters with a Heart & Home Award, which recognizes franchisees that best embody HFC’s core values of caring and giving back to their communities. Visit

Estate Planning And Elder Law Services & More At Judd Bean Law

Judd Bean Law is proud to dedicate its services to Hillsborough County residents and businesses who are in need of assistance in Estate Planning and Elder Law (i.e., wills, powers of attorney, healthcare surrogates, living wills, and guardianships), Mental Health Law (i.e., Marchman Act, Baker Act, and Incapacity cases), and Healthcare Law issues (Local, State, and Federal).

 Judd Bean Law is a home-based solo practice concentrating on helping families which have a friend or family member suffering from a substance use disorder, find short & long-term assistance for their loved ones via Florida’s Marchman Act (also assisting with the Baker Act). Additionally, another crux of the practice concerns Elder Law and End-of-Life Planning issues (i.e., Guardianships, Incapacity Proceedings, plus, creating Wills, Healthcare Surrogates, Powers of Attorney, & more).

Last spring, Judd Bean, II, Esq. graduated at the top of his class with a ‘Masters of Health Law’ (LL.M. degree) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is able to consult with all types of healthcare companies and providers regarding any legal issues facing them.

Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 503-4332 or visit and on Facebook at Judd Bean Law for more information.

Legacy Mortgage Lending Offers Mortgage Loans Purchase, Refinance & Cashout Loans

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Legacy Mortgage Lending Group is dedicated to helping you make this complicated process as simple as and seamless as possible. By combining its award-winning loan process with an unwavering commitment to excellent customer service, you will be confident in your decision to finance a home through Gold Star! Gold Star offers a complete line of loan products and programs to help you achieve all of your homeownership goals: Conventional financing, FHA financing, VA financing, USDA financing.

Legacy Mortgage is located at 6152 Delancey Station St., Ste. 105 in Winthrop in Riverview. Call 445-4808 (direct office) or toll free 888-293-3477 (toll free).

GRCC Celebrates Bliss Mortgage LLC’s First Anniversary

In February, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members were invited to celebrate with valued member, Bliss Mortgage LLC. Several Chamber members along with Bliss partners showed up to for the ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy the delicious catered lunch.

Bliss Mortgage wants to be your one-stop-shop for all your mortgage needs, whether it’s for a purchase, refinance, second home, investment home, or commercial property.

During the event, Honorary Mayor of Riverview Dr. Bryan Thatcher, Thatcher Properties, delivered a proclamation to Bliss Mortgage LLC. In addition to letting people know that Gerald and his team want to help others fund their bliss.

Please call 966-1888 or visit for more information.

GRCC Celebrates All American Title Insurance, Inc.’s 23rd Anniversary

In March, GRCC members were invited to celebrate with valued member, All American Title Insurance, Inc. Included in the celebration were members from Greater Brandon and Valrico-Fishhawk Chambers as well as All American Title staff and family. All who were present were invited to partake in the ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy the delicious food and beverages catered by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Remi’s Minis.

All American Title is a locally owned and operated family agency with a mission to be the leading title and real estate settlement service provider by serving customers in a professional, efficient manner with a friendly and personal touch.

If you are in the need of title insurance or know someone who is, please call All American Title at 684-3330 or visit for more information.

In-House Home Care Celebrates Five Years

First Light Home Care is celebrating five years in Southern Hillsborough County. First Light Home Care is a trusted in-home care and caregiver resource used by many families in Brandon, Lithia, Riverview, and surrounding Southern Hillsborough communities each day. 

The staff considers themselves as an extended family member, someone you can call on to help you face even your most difficult challenges, ready to provide guidance, companionship, peace of mind and compassionate care when it is most needed.

Owners Rich and Michelle Kase, Janice Bayruns and Terri Hensley together bring extensive backgrounds in healthcare, along with very personal experiences in care giving. They embody the ‘Culture of Care’ philosophy with firsthand knowledge of what is to be a caregiver at both personal and professional levels. Working together as business colleagues and friends, they are committed to delivering exceptional health care services to our community. They have over 50 years of experience in the healthcare field which makes them much different than other Home Care providers.

FirstLight is licensed by the state and complying with all state and federal regulations. All staff are employees, not independent contractors. It carries Workers Comp and Liability. There are level 2 background checks, drug tests, reference check and MV checks. Staff has ongoing training and CEU’s. There are supervisory visits and oversight of all care and activities of staff. Back-up staff is ready if caregiver calls off 24/7/365.

For more information, call 677-2047 or visit

Free Fall Tampa 2018 – Women Restoring Women Two Day Event

Former Bella Garden Boutique owner, Maria Malec of Riverview, has taken her business skills to soar to new heights. After regretfully closing her doors in 2011, Maria expanded her passion for health and wellness which developed into a full-blown career as a Wellness Strategist, helping others create a blueprint for everyday wellness by living an organic, oil infused, chemical-free lifestyle. Currently, she has combined forces with event planner, Kebbie Rosenberg of Ruskin, and Socializing with a Purpose, who makes connections through unique experiences.

These two ladies have joined efforts to create this year’s epic women’s event, Free Fall Tampa 2018, Sunday and Monday May 6 & 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Straz Center. 

Life can often feel like a free fall without a security net or support from silence, repression and endeavor for approval, to elevated women experiencing restoration to one’s full authentic design. We will discover our unique design for community and relationships, as trailblazers with intuition, embodying the warrior spirit for our divine purpose.

Maria and Kebbie are excited to present eight dynamic speakers and global infuencers. Keynote speaker, Darieth Chisolm, is an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, coach, filmmaker and activist, and creator of 50 Shades of Silence, a social justice project supporting victims of cyber harassment and revenge cyber porn. In March she was a guest on Dr. Oz and most recently received the award for Pittsburgh Business Times Woman of Influence 2018. You can follow her at

At this elevating two day event you will hear stories of courage, how to raise self-image, overcome grief, learn forgiveness, survive violence and be healed by food & elements of nature.  This is about Women Restoring Women….come broken and leave restored.  Join them for an experience that will transform the way you show up in your life.  When you understand who you are that is when the magic happens. After two days you will have made new friends, visited uplifting vendors, experienced rejuvenating services, enjoyed sit down lunches and walk away with memorable knowledge, connections of a lifetime and fun swag with some surprises in store.

Are you ready to join a movement of women who want to heal the world one heart and one life at a time?  This event with a cause is, also, looking for sponsors and vendors. Get all information, speaker bios, vendor/sponsor applications and the Charitable Campaigns this event serves here: Contact Maria Malec at 957-0865.

Ten Year Anniversary Sale At Dog Gone Holistic

Dog Gone Holistic will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary Sale on Saturday May 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Everything in the store is on sale for this one day only. You will save 10% or more on all dog and cat foods and 15% on everything else (sale items and gift cards are excluded). Get a free goodie back with a $35 purchase.

Dog Gone Holistic has a Riverview location at 13131 US 301 S. (374-4743), as well as a location in Lithia at 5620 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. (651-0842). Visit

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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.