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Who Are These Road Dawg Guys? E-mail
Written by R. Scott   
Well it’s like this gang…  Jef Schwartz and Brian Leslie are L.A. natives and have been pals for 26 years.  Venice Beach, Beverly Hills and Hollywood, CA have been the backdrop of their lives for more years than they’d like to admit but don’t let that fool you.    Jef has lived in beautiful Tampa Florida for the past 8 years and Brian relocated to Tampa in June of 2010 from Indiana, where he’s thrown his hat for the last 5 years.
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All About Beauty - A Full Service Salon & Spa E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
All About Beauty is a full service salon and spa and is owned and operated by Octavia Stoppa. She has been in this business for 13 years and in this location for 5 years. They have a variety of clients, all hair types and ethnicities. They believe they are a modern day Steel Magnolias and a melting pot of people where everyone can go and be treated like family.
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Southbay Auto Service E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Southbay Auto Service is owned and operated by Michael and Jennifer Griest. They opened their shop  in June 2008. It is Christian Family owned and operated. The two ASE Certified Master Technicians have over 42 years experience in the car repair business. Michael has been an ASE Master Technician since 1990 and also has his L1 certification as an Advanced Level Specialist for engine performance. Daniel has been an ASE Master Technician since 2003.
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Bond Jewelers E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Bond Jewelers is the largest, family-owned, jeweler on the West Coast of Florida. What began in 1948 as a tiny 600 square foot store in downtown St. Petersburg, has today become the leader in diamond bridal and fashion jewelry in the Tampa Bay area. Over the last 57 years, Bond Jewelers has developed its reputation for fine quality diamonds as well as superior customer service. 

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Flint Creek Outfitters E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Flint Creek Outfitters is a family owned full service outdoor destination store that opened in the FishHawk/Riverview/Valrico area in November 2009. Whether you’re camping, fishing or kayaking, Flint Creek is equipped to outfit any outdoor expedition. They have a full line of men’s and women’s clothing, a fully stocked hiking department and the largest Fly fishing department in the area. They have all the necessary equipment for hunting, fishing and back packing.
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Handymen Direct E-mail
Written by Frank M. Patsche (CEO)   

The South Shore and Tampa Bay Area is all a buzz about Handymen Directs’ grand opening in March 2011. The Grand Opening will be at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce on March 4, 2011 from 11;00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.at Noon.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at Noon.

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Mind for Business, Heart for Charity E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   

If you look behind the scenes at a local charitable event, you are likely to see Lindy Blythe, owner of Accessible Home Care, or one of her employees working diligently.  “I opened this business because I want to make a difference in the lives of others.  Our elderly, ill and disabled deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity and respect.  I feel our community often treats them as cast-offs.  Perhaps it is because people don’t know how to approach someone that appears different and it’s easier just to ignore them.”

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Discovery Travel Of Brandon, Inc E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   
Discover the difference of worry free travel.

Discovery Travel is a family owned business.  The owners, Brenda and Leonard Marmino started Discovery Travel in 1993.  Previously Brenda had worked for another travel agency, so, the decision to open her own agency was a natural progression.
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Michael Harman, Financial Services And Insurance E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   
Michael Harman works in the financial needs field. He is from Portage, Indiana and was in the real estate field for eight years. He also worked as a sales manager for a major lawn and pest control service company. Because of some family events and crises, he decided to join the financial services and insurance industry 4 months ago.
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Harper Screen Enclosures LLC. E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Harper Screen Enclosures LLC. is family owned and operated by Daniel and Susan Harper. Daniel had worked in the field for the past 15 years building cages for another company, and about 5 years ago decided to strike out on his own. They bill themselves as screen repair, but they believe in assessing and addressing the entire situation, especially the entire cage. They check the integrity of the cage and fix and repair the screen and the aluminum. They do not just do the screen and leave. They want to make sure the job will last, especially how it will last through a hurricane.
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Tutoring Club, A Class Above E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Tutoring Club was begun by Susan Prestridge in March, 2006. They are in the business of helping students in all subjects. They work with students in reading, writing, and math. More specifically, they do ACT prep, SAT prep, FCAT prep, advanced math and can help in college planning (families really need to plan these days). They have tutored over 700 students over the 5 years and currently are working with 100 students. Their place was named one of the top 20 franchises for TutorIng Club in the country.
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South Shore Day Spa & Salon E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
South Shore Day Spa & Salon is owned and operated by Carol Torres and Susan Merrick and opened in October , 2006. They are a full service spa that does haircuts, hair styling, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and massages. Other services include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and body treatments. They enjoy working with wedding parties and providing the bridal party with manicures, pedicures, massages and finally doing their hair. I think the guys need to try out this treatment.
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Callahan ProWash E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Callahan ProWash is a spinoff from Custom Crete and More. Colleen and Matthew began this company about three years ago to specialize in the all general pressure washing of exterior surfaces, gutter cleaning and soft washes.  They clean residential roofs, pool cages, driveways and houses and commercial surfaces such as concrete and stucco, along with any graffiti that you need to cleanup.

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Custom Crete and More E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Custom Crete and More is family owned and operated by Colleen Callahan and Matthew Perry and has been in business since 1979. They do exterior surface work such as restoring, cleaning, sealing and painting pool decks, pool cages, wood fences, patios, driveways, walkways and garages. They do driveway resurfacing. They are decorative professionals.
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A Barbershop At Summerfield E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
A Barbershop At Summerfield was opened by James Spinks and Terrence Taylor on 9/1/10. They had worked together in the past and decided to open their own place. Their motto is “More than just a haircut. It’s an experience.”
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Formaggio’s Pizzeria Express E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Formaggio’s Pizzeria Express- opened on December 6, 2010 by the owners of Formaggio’s Italian Restaurant in Lithia. Manny and Donna  thought it would be a good idea to bring their pizzas, calzones and strombolis to the Bloomingdale area. Their new place is basically a take-out service, but can serve slices of their famous Formaggio’s pizza, including a lunch special that includes a personalized pizza and a 32 ounce soda for $6.95. They can also book catering services from the new location.
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Melissa Snively State Farm Insurance E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Melissa Snively has been a State Farm representative since 2001. Her insurance products include Life insurance, Health insurance, Car insurance, and Home Owners insurance. She also handles retirement planning and general virtual banking that includes savings accounts loans and deposits. Melissa has the products and expertise to help people with many if not all their financial needs. Everyone is familiar with the basic products of State Farm, but in recent years this has expanded greatly.
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Reed’s Residential Garage Doors Inc E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   
Reed’s Residential Garage Doors Inc is owned and operated by Steve Reed and his wife. They began the business in 2004. Steve was born in Brandon, went to Brandon High School, joined the Navy, and continues to support the troops. That is why his colors are red, white and blue and he continues to fly a flag. It is simply a family owned business where they handle all the work. If you call them, you get them. They pride themselves in being a hometown business and work a great deal with referrals.
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Valrico’s New York Diner & Bagel Under New Ownership E-mail
Written by Laurie A Conover   

Local couple brings authentic New York menu and classic diner setting to family friendly restaurant.

Valrico, FL – October 28, 2010New York Diner & Bagel, located at the corner of Rt. 60 and Valrico Road, is now under new ownership. Local couple Jeff and Laurie Conover purchased the restaurant in mid-October, and in just a few short weeks, they have brought a renewed commitment to serving an authentic New York menu in a classic diner setting to this family friendly restaurant.

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K Breeze Indoor Putt Putt E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   

Do you think it’s too hot to play putt putt during the Tampa, FL summers?  Me too, except at K Breeze Indoor Putt Putt.  There you can enjoy the cool temperatures of the mid to low 70’s while you play 18 holes of miniature golf without breaking a sweat.

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