Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Shopping local can yield some nice surprises for gift giving.
Why travel great distances to purchase gifts this holiday season? The Bloomingdale-Riverview area has a wealth of small businesses that carry a unique array of gifts for every member of the family. Here are some of my favorites: There are so many cool things at this store, it's hard to select only one. Owner Debbie Ploor has assembled a variety of items for gift giving including Michael Aram's collectible handmade holiday ornaments made from oxidized metals ($59). To make all your wishes come true, you can purchase Flying Wish Paper. It includes 15 wishes for $11. Simply write down your wish, light it and watch it fly. Here's a great gift for teens. For $15, the Bondi Hang It On cell phone holders come in an assortment of colors and …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The event will take place Friday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The British will invade Plaza Bella Friday night when the merchants of the shopping center on Bloomingdale Avenue host their first British-American Block Party. Joining forces with the Brandon British Club founded by Bloomingdale resident Jen Johanson, the event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and include fish and chips from Cheddar Biscuit, British rock n' roll from Big Beats Entertainment, a James Bond and Austin Powers costume contest, a display of Mini-Coopers along with a James Bond treasure hunt and trivia contest. One inspiration for the evening was The Green Boutique's newest offering, My Flat in London, an exclusive line of handbags, jewelry and accessories designed by Jan Haedrich. Residents can register to win a trip for two to London…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The fifth annual event was held Oct. 20 at Plaza Bella.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tears flowed as the daughters of Antionette Cuellar recalled their mother's giving spirit, her zest for life and her steadfast determination to beat the cancer that, nevertheless, took her life in May at the age of 48. The daughters' comments were followed by a rendition of Cuellar's favorite song, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus, and the release of white doves in her honor. It was an appropriate remembrance for the woman who participated in and was the spokeswomen for the annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink walk. Although Cuellar was not physically present at this year's fifth annual walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, Plaza Bella Goes Pink founder, Roz Creager, owner of The Green Boutique, said she could fill her spirit with them. Friends and family members …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The event will take place July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The hot, humid weather may say otherwise. But to the merchants at Plaza Bella on Bloomingdale Avenue in Valrico, it's the season for giving. Merchants at Plaza Bella will celebrate Christmas in July Friday, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. (Green Boutique will be open until 8 p.m.) Customers are invited to get a jump on the holiday season with Orange Home Accessories, The Original Leena's Chocolate and The Green Boutique. Customers will enjoy a wine tasting by Cork & Olive, appetizers and live jazz music from saxophone player Jerry Kenny and singer Velvet Leonard. There will be faffles and holiday item previews at each venue. In addition, the merchants are asking everyone to bring a donation for A Kid's Place, a local organization that supports …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thanks to our readers, we collected more than double our target.
Back in April, we asked Patch readers throughout the Tampa Bay area to assist us in collecting food to help feed families in need this summer. Our goal was humble. We wanted to collect 2,000 pounds of nonperishable goods from the 19 communities we serve in the Bay area. We should have known better than set such a conservative goal. After all, our readers and business partners are awesome! So awesome, in fact, that we crushed that goal of 2,000 pounds. When all was said and done and the last cans were picked up the first week of June, our final weigh-in brought us to just under 5,000 pounds collected. We more than doubled what we’d hoped for! Even more importantly, we were able to connect with you to do something good for our communities …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Looking for somewhere to celebrate this Mexican holiday? Here's some suggestions.
Spanish for the "5th of May," Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It's a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and a great time to break out the Mexican-inspired cocktails and fare that make this day so much fun. Lucky for us, several spots in town are ready to bring you the fiesta. Here are the Top 5 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Bloomingdale-Riverview: 1. Get a jump start on the holiday. Plaza Bella at Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road will celebrate the eve of Cinco de Mayo on May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with dancing to the festive sound of disc jockey Chris of Big Beats Entertainment, customized fajita meals prepared by Chef Mike of Sumatra Bistro, …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Cast your vote in the last matchup in the competition: Orange Home Accessories vs. The Coffee House.
After weeks of nail-biting competition, we’re down to the final two businesses in Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch’s 2012 Readers’ Choice customer service tournament. Who will be declared the champion? Is it Orange Home Accessories? Or, perhaps The Coffee House is your favorite? Only you can decide and here’s how: In this final championship round, each poll vote is worth 1 point, each favorable comment on this story is worth 20 points, and each favorable directory review written during the polling period is worth 50 points. In addition, we'll award 200 bonus points for the business with the most total favorable reviews on their directory listing overall. Each reader may vote once per day in the poll, and may leave one comment and one directory…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch catches up with the semifinalists in our Best Customer Service contest for local businesses.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
As Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch readers voted on their favorite businesses in our Best Customer Service contest, a few quickly rose to the top. One of those that has really shined is Orange Home Accessories. Patch caught up with Orange's owner ahead of the semifinals in our customer service contest, which will resume at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Name of business: Orange Home Accessories. Name of owner: Debbie Ploor. In business since: December 2006. How long have you lived in town? I have lived in Brandon for 25 years with my husband of 34 years, Rick and two girls (oldest now lives in New York City and youngest lives in Orlando). What do you love about living and working in our town? I love working in my own community and getting to see…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The two shops in Plaza Bella will usher in the arrival of spring with an event March 23
The Original Leena's Chocolates and Orange Home Accessories are getting into the swing of spring Friday, March 23 with "In Full Bloom," a celebration of spring, from 6-9 p.m. at Plaza Bella. "It's chance for customers to come in and see what we have to offer this spring while enjoying appetizers, dance music and door prizes," said Orange owner Debbie Ploor. Personal Chef Tatiana will be on hand, giving a cooking demonstration and allowing customers to sample appetizers including tortellini and artichokes and a cucumber cup. In addition, Leena Caligiure of the Original Leena's Chocoates will have a chocolate fountain for customers to sample. Big Beat Entertainment disc jockey Chris Heath will be on hand with dance music. And there will be …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Write a review of this Bloomingdale gift and accessories shop.
Located in the Plaza Bella shopping center, Orange Home Accessories is home to unique gifts at affordable prices. To learn more about this local business, visit the Orange Home Accessories directory listing on Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, and while you're there, write a review or give it a rating, and let the owner and your neighbors know what you think. Interested in having your business featured on Patch? Be sure and claim your directory listing. Visit our business directory (see the “Places” tab above), search for your business, and then click the "Claim It!" link underneath the photos. Owners who claim their business listing can upload additional photos, update information, get an automatic notification when people post reviews of …