Business insight; Bloomingdale’s/FishHawk, November 2022

Edited by Jenny Bennett

Grease Monkey celebrates the opening with a ribbon cutting

Grease Monkey Ruskin, formerly At Home Auto Care, hosted a multi-room ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new location at 2003 SUS Hwy. 41 at Ruskin. Owners Joe and Melissa Canfield offer a full-service auto repair shop, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can schedule your next appointment by calling 813-645-0339.

Latitudes Tours celebrates four years of cruising in Tampa Bay

Come live a unique experience here in Tampa Bay with Latitudes Tours. Latitudes Tours has been offering daily eco-tours, lunch and dinner cruises, small-group bus tours and private fishing charters in and around Tampa Bay for four years and recently added guided kayak tours to its selection. Kayak tours depart from several departure points. As you kayak, watch for pods of dolphins, manatees, stingrays, sharks and more.

Latitudes Tours is located at 580 Bahia Beach Blvd. at Ruskin. For more information, visit his website at or call 813-641-1311.

Mirage Nail & Spa Design celebrates with a mix and mingle

Mirage Nail & Spa Design celebrates its first anniversary with a mix and mingle.

Owner Neelomie Cooper said: “We have truly been blessed with a great year and would like to thank everyone for their support.

Come meet your nail tech and enjoy some drinks and refreshments after 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6. There will be food, raffles, music and more.

Mirage Nail & Spa Design is located at 13012 Bloomingdale Ave., Ste. 114 in Riverview. Customers will receive 10% off their services all weekend. Call 813-628-4307 for more information.

The Florida Strawberry Festival announces its theme for 2023

The Florida Strawberry Festival recently announced the theme for its 88th annual event, “We’ve Got a Winner.”

“Yeah, that underscores our recent victory in naming strawberry shortcake Florida’s official dessert because we’re a bit of a fan of the berry,” President Paul Davis said. “We are excited about this year’s event and can’t wait to share in the celebration of the shortbread dessert that made us so successful!”

A new theme is created for each year’s festival to give customers a taste of their experience at the event. The 2023 Florida Strawberry Festival will take place March 2-12 at the Plant City Fairgrounds. Additional information is available on its website at

Cafe Cuba under new ownership

Cafe Cuba by Andris is a welcoming family restaurant with a variety of varied, authentic and tasty dishes and incredible friendly service. After taking over the business, new owner Andris Lopez kept everyone’s favorite dishes, made minor changes to improve others, and added some of his own recipes. While the restaurant remains Cuban cuisine, the menu is slowly expanding and introducing Dominican and Puerto Rican specialties. Cafe Cuba also offers a catering service for your events.

Visit him at 3240 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information, visit Follow him on Facebook at and Instagram @cafecubabyandris.

Fox Fired Pizza arrives at Ace Golf

You can now get some of the best made-from-scratch pizza in town at Ace Golf, located at 12910 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Fox Fired Pizza is owned and operated by the Fox family, who do everything the old-fashioned way, by hand, with the goal of making the highest quality product at the best possible price.

Stop by Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit his website at for more details and to see the menu.

Vitality Booth Wellness celebrates its opening with a ribbon cutting

Vitality Booth Wellness celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Valrico Fishhawk Chamber of Commerce. Located at 3113 Lithia Pinecrest Road. at Valrico, the facility offers a variety of advanced cardio equipment, manual and automated massage therapies, vibration plates, and the patent-pending Vitality Booth science-based wellness system. Dry salt therapy, red light therapy and oxygen concentration booth therapy are also available.

For more information, visit his website at or call 813-315-9633.

The riddle that comes to Lakeland

The Guess Who, a group that is connected with the masses throughout an exultant chart spanning 14 Top 40 hits, including “These Eyes”, “Clap for the Wolfman” and “Share the Land”, are among music’s most indelible treasures.

“You’re going to see great version of the songs and hear exactly how they should sound or play,” confirmed founding member Garry Peterson.

They will perform at the RP Funding Center, located at 701 W Lime St. in Lakeland, on March 22, 2023. Tickets are on sale now at the RP Funding Center box office, call 863-834-8111 or purchase online at

A letter of thanks from AJ Jambhekar

Dear patrons,

It is bittersweet to inform you that after 19 years of serving the wine and spirits needs of this community, I have decided to sell the business and retire. Although I’m excited to retire, it would be a disservice not to reflect on how far we’ve come. With that, I wanted to take the time to thank each of you for your support over the years. My family and I have enjoyed your company very much and got to know many of you on a personal level. Whether it’s searching for your favorite hard-to-find craft beer, searching for a rare bourbon, or finding that Cabernet you tried and loved in a restaurant, seeing a truly satisfied customer has been my greatest pleasure.

The new store opened as LiquorSplit. Knowing them through the acquisition process has given me enormous confidence that they will continue to provide this community with excellent service for all your alcohol needs.

I wish you all the best for the future and I hope to see you in the community.

Sincerely, Ajay AJ Jambhekar.

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