The staff at Partners in Allergy And Asthma Care participates in the Rough Riders’ Teddy Bear Round-Up.

AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors Holiday Engraving Event

AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors offers a great gift idea for the coming holiday. Come to its event on Saturday, December 8 from 5-8 p.m.
You can purchase and custom engrave Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Herradura & Woodford Reserve Bottles.
Orders can also be placed in-store prior to event.

AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors is located at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (in the Shoppes at Lithia – Publix Plaza). For more information, call 654-6488.

Teddy Bear Round-Up 2018

For the third year, Partners In Allergy And Asthma Care will participate in the Rough Riders’ Teddy Bear Round-Up.  Last year, over 300 bears were collected for this worthwhile cause.
Rough Riders distribute these bears to children, veterans, and seniors in hospitals or extended care facilities.  

Donate your new, unwrapped bear at either the main office in Erindale Plaza at 3658 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico, or at 13105 Elk Mountain Dr. in Riverview. Bears will be collected from November 26 – December 14.

Poochie’s Pet Hotel Celebrates One Year

Poochie’s Pet Hotel wishes to express sincere appreciation to loyal customers for their support as it celebrates one year in business. When the company was founded last year with Owner Melissa Bostick running the business, the staff never imagined the support and amount of people and dogs that would soon become loyal and love coming back.

Bostick said, “We could not have come this far without you. We would love to add more fuzzy friends to Poochie’s Pet Hotel to join the fun. Give us a call to schedule a meet and greet. We look forward to meeting you and your pets.”

Look for the ad with $10 off for first time customers. Contact 526-2857 or Visit or like on Facebook at Poochie’s Pet Hotel.

Tower Radiology Center Relocating Services From Vonderburg

Tower Radiology will no longer provide services at 500 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. 111 in Brandon. All services will relocate to two Tower Radiology locations in Brandon: 427 S Parsons Ave. Ste. 100 and 414 W. Robertson St. Please call 874-3177 to schedule an appointment at one of our other convenient locations.

Medical records will be maintained by Tower Radiology for your continued care. If you have further questions please call 875-7424.

Tax Preparation Volunteers Sought

Local AARP Foundation coordinators are looking for volunteers to work in the annual Tax-Aide program. The program offers free tax preparation assistance to a wide range of taxpayers with a focus on clients over 50.

AARP volunteers receive free training and are IRS-certified each year. All volunteers are required to attend class and must pass a national tax test for certification. 

Tax training is done at the Bloomingdale Library during January. Tax help is offered completely free at the Seffner-Mango and Bloomingdale Libraries from  February until April 15. 
To become a much needed volunteer in your community, log on to and fill out the application.

For more information, email local coordinator Lee Neal at

Electronic Recycling Day

Bring your old equipment to be recycled on Friday, November 30 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at I.T. Computer Solutions, 1463 Oakfield Dr., Ste. 101 in Brandon. Hard Drive COD (Certificate of Destruction) available upon request.

For more information, visit

Sudsy Paws Mobile Dog Grooming

Sudsy Paws offers mobile dog grooming services. Owner Toni Scott travels directly to your home, apartment; condo or place of business to provide you the freedom to do whatever you have scheduled. This convenience puts you at ease knowing that your dog is being well attended to with love and care right outside your window.

Services include bath, brush, ears cleaned, sanitary areas cleaned and trimmed; nails and pads cut and trimmed; teeth brushed; as well as de-matting and de-shedding.

The van salon offers hot and cold water via a hydro-massage system and both heat and air conditioning services to assure the comfort of your dog.

Scott treats your pets as if they were her own. She is available Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 610-420-9115.


Valrico Sunday Market

The Valrico Sunday Market takes place every Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at T Marie’s Fashion & Gifts Boutique, 3407 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. (just south of Bloomingdale).

Enjoy seasonal pet-friendly market under grandfather oaks with 50 artisans, food court and live music. Free face painting and balloons for kids.

Call 530-0922 or visit

Local Art Studio Brings New Experience To The Area

Paschall Blanc is a new art studio in the Brandon area which was created by Katherine Mandry. It brings unique works of local art and a one of a kind experience. Mandry has always envisioned a place that would bring local artists to the forefront and allow others to enjoy the fun and satisfaction of creating art.

Local professional artists work out of the studio. Many of these artists and more have amazing works for sale which you can see in the studio and in the online gallery.

Space is available to rent for local artists and groups for art shows, scholarship fundraisers, and other art related events. It also hosts events such as birthday parties, baby showers and other celebrations that feature art activities.

Mandry said, “We want our customers to come back again and again. Each time, creating or finding something new and different. We believe that local art should be shared and experienced. We hope you discover the many wonders of art with us.”

Paschall Blanc is located at 1114 E Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more information, call 591-0830 or email Visit

Fred Astaire Brandon Headed To Macy’s Parade

Studio owners David and Kelle Chancellor have been invited to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fred Astaire Dance Studio professionals from all over the country will dazzle in a 60-person performance group. Couples will dance a choreographed routine in a tribute to Fred Astaire himself, and the 70 year legacy of the dance studios bearing his name. Fred Astaire Dance Studio is one of only three performance groups invited this year. 

Brandon owners David and Kelle will spend Thanksgiving week in New York City, rehearsing and preparing for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Fred Astaire Dance Studio is the premier ballroom dance location for all partnership dancing, providing the community with highly trained, certified dance instructors.

Fred Astaire Brandon Wins Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars
Kelle Chancellor, Fred Astaire Brandon’s studio owner, was crowned Grand Champion at this year’s Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars charity event, along with partner Austin Schonbrun.
Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars raised $300,000 dollars for Hands Across the Bay.

Fred Astaire Brandon is at 1076 E. Brandon Blvd. Ste. 114. Call 438-5963 or visit

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Offers Hiring Incentive For Culinary Positions

In an effort to recruit the best talent available for its expanding culinary team, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is now offering a $1,000 sign on bonus.

The bonus program includes Cook I, II, III and Sous Chef positions for any of the property’s dining venues. For those hired, $500 will be added to their first paycheck and another $500 will be added after six months (180 days) of employment. The sign on bonus is subject to all applicable taxes.

“We always strive to give our guests the best possible dining experience and to do that we need quality individuals as part of our team,” said Kevin Hettinger, Director of Human Resources.

“This incentive program is designed to attract the area’s finest culinary talent.”Interested candidates are encouraged to go to to apply for a culinary position at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. Once the application is reviewed, candidates may be invited to a hiring event or a one-on-one interview with one of the property’s culinary hiring managers.

Questions may be emailed to
Candidates must go through and successfully complete Seminole Hard Rock Tampa hiring requirements. He/she cannot be a current Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team member or a team member from another Seminole Gaming property.

Let’s Talk Business Formation

Business Lawyer, Salma Benkabbou, of The Benkabbou Law Firm, will lead a workshop discussing the basic of business formation on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Some of the topics covered will include: the importance of protecting personal assets, the difference between D/B/As, LLCs, and Corporations, maintaining liability protection while operating a business, best practices in forming partnerships, the difference between employer/employee relationships and the difference between independent contractor relationships and website privacy policies, plus more. The event is free and there is no registration.

Toffee Tradition & DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering Is Welcomed By GRCC

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce members recently welcomed Toffee Tradition & DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering to the area with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Toffee Tradition & DiMisa 721 Gourmet Catering is happy to share Jennifer Rhoades’ family traditions of making delicious toffee and homemade Italian dinners named after loved ones. Items like Nonna Josephine’s hand breaded chicken cutlet with mac n cheese or Joey D’s Meatball Sub can be ordered as an individual meal or in a pan to serve family style. Meals are available via take-out or through catering services. The delicious family tradition toffees are available by the bag or as an addition to your catering order.

The walk-up window is at 8205 S US Hwy. 301, just north of the Alafia River next door to Peck’s. While deciding what to take home for dinner, enjoy a tasty ice cream treat or delicious latte.

Find them on Facebook to discover their latest specials or call 758-8472. 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.