Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Jeff Houck joins the crowd as a fan of Bloomingdale Avenue's popular pub.
The food writer for the Tampa Tribune is a local Valrico resident, and he appears to be a supporter of area businesses when they bring something good and new to our area. Houck posted a great review on The Stein & Vine. In it, he talks owner Ty Mathis. It's well worth your time to give it a read. For more on Stein & Vine, and other local eateries check out some of our coverage on Patch:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Where do you recommend to take Mom out to eat on her special day?
How do you show your mother just how special she is? One option is to treat her to a delicious Mother's Day brunch as a small token of your appreciation. After all, how many great meals has she cooked (or microwaved) for you over the years? Here are some of our favorite brunch spots around Bloomingdale and Riverview where you can bring Mom for her special day: Do you know of other places offering a great Mother's Day lunch? Let us know in the comments below.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The children's boutique recently moved into a new location, but the owner says medical issues are forcing her to close the doors.
Tammy Hicks, owner of Gumballs & Overalls children's boutique moved her shop about one block last year to a larger space with more visibility at 3239 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico. Recently, she announced another move for the shop, a move to close the doors. Hicks first mentioned the closing on the store's Facebook page on April 12. "Due to medical issues, I have decided to close my Gumballs and Overalls Valrico location at the end of May," she wrote. The store supports more than 140 local vendors who create everything from tutus and fairy wings to crocheted hats and monogrammed T-shirts. Hicks, who relocated to the area from Michigan, brought many of the items with her from the original Gumballs and Overalls store she opened there in 2009…
Friday, April 19, 2013
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Bloomingdale Patch readers share their experiences and opinions about local businesses. Recently several new ratings ranging from one to five stars were posted.
Did you know you can rate and review hundreds of Bloomingdale and Riverview area businesses and restaurants in our directory? Businesses are rated on a scale of one to five with five stars being excellent and one star indicating a poor rating. New reviews were posted to the following businesses recently. Click on the link to read the most recent review and all of the previous reviews: Want to share your opinion about a local business? Visit our directory, search for the business you want to review and look for the "Rate this business" link directly beneath the company name. Want to be notified every time we post a new business-related article? Click the "Keep me posted" button in the box below. You might also be interested in reading:
Friday, February 15, 2013
The roundtable will take place today, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn Theatre.
Newly elected state Rep. Ross Spano, R-Riverview, says he's ready and willing to listen to the concerns of small business owners as he hosts his first small business roundtable today, Feb. 15. The event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn Theatre, 11349 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. This is the first of what Spano hopes will be many meetings with the District 59's small business owners to discuss the impact of rules, regulations and lawmaking that impacts the way small businesses operate. On the agenda at this first meeting, Steve Holland, owner of Brandon Auto Services Inc., will talk about why small business owners should participate in state and local government. Brian Kleimschmidt, owner of Anytime Fitness, then …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Red Fork Cafe in Bradon specializes in authentic Caribbean fare, in a warmly decorated restaurant at the corner of Kings Avenue and Lumsden Road.
Esther Etienne has brought to Brandon what she said it sorely needed, a restaurant serving authentic Caribbean cuisine. At the Red Fork Café, at the corner of Lumsden Road and Kings Avenue, Etienne serves up fresh dishes focused on rich flavor, including signature dishes of jerk chicken, “succulent oxtails” and snapper. At her Brandon restaurant, “we’re all Caribbean, we’re Cuba, Montinique and Haiti,” she said. “We bring that flavor home.” While the café is newly opened, she added, the people who dine at the Red Fork Café are spreading the word. “We have people telling us all the time, ‘My neighbor sent me here,’ ” Etienne said. Read the complete story at our sister site, Brandon Patch. The restaurant is at 715 West Lumsden Road. Call: …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Check out our list below and let us know which was your favorite business to open—and what you'd like to see in 2013.
As 2012 draws to a close, it gives us a chance to reflect on the many changes that took place in the Bloomingdale and Riveview area in the last 365 days. Many times, we all drove through town wondering, "What's going to be opening there?" We welcomed many businesses to Bloomingdale, Riverview and FishHawk area is 2012. Which ones were you most excited to see open their doors? What shop can you no longer live without? Let us know in the comments below. To help, here is a list of stories that appeared on Patch in 2012:
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 …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Baseball, football, soccer, golf and exercise equipment is all on sale.
It's Super Saturday at Play it Again Sports, 744 W. Lumsden Rd. Brandon. This is a great opportunity to grab up some gifts for the athlete or exercise lover in your life. Everything in the store is on sale. Plus take an extra 20 percent off the lowest price. The store even has gift cards discounted 20 percent. You can pick up great deals on treadmills, ellipticals, baseball and softball bats, weight benches and all golf merchandise. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.