Local Maid Brigade Is Franchise of the Year

Maid Brigade has bestowed one of its highest honors on Carrie and Rick Knight of Wesley Chapel —naming them its 2017 Franchise of the Year for all of North America. The Knights, who have owned its Maid Brigade of Tampa Bay franchise since 2007, were recognized for their commitment to customers, employees and business, which has seen sales double over the past five years. “We are so honored … [Read more...]

Charting a Course for Excellence

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, things begin to change. Menus seem to be printed smaller. Someone has clearly messed with the font size on your smartphone. And, the print on your prescriptions has become a blur. “Unfortunately, the world isn’t changing as much as your eyes probably are,” says Dr. David Scamard, O.D., of Excellence In Eye Care, at Cypress Creek Town Center. “Like … [Read more...]

Alternative Positioning Statement

Special to The Laker / Lutz News Nowadays it seems the word “yoga” almost instantly conjures one of two images. The first is that of someone contorting themselves to resemble a pretzel. The other is the seemingly ubiquitous trend in women’s pants. Sun Yoga Tampa in Lutz understands that yoga really isn’t about the outfits. Neither is it a contest of who can twist themselves into the most … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of ‘Navel’ Academy

Much of what we think of as belly dancing has been shaped by its portrayal in scores of classic movies about the Middle East, like “Sinbad” and “Aladdin,” or perhaps by the opening credits of television’s “I Dream of Jeanie.” Some of those are accurate depictions of the folk dance, but many are just a bunch of tinseltown hokum. At the American BellyDance Studio in Lutz you can learn numerous … [Read more...]

Worth a Visit

Susan Blackwell, manager of the BonWorth located in Merchant Square Mall on Highway 301 in Zephyrhills, believes her store is the best-kept fashion secret in town. “Zephyrhills is the perfect location for a clothing and accessories store that caters to older women,” said Blackwell. “This area has so many retirees and seasonal residents who come seeking the relaxed, comfortable Florida … [Read more...]

A Family On The Cutting Edge

Every hair salon is a bit different, be it in the services they offer, the product lines they carry, or even the personalities within the shop. Opened since May, Salon Zed is a family-owned, full-service salon that offers their guests the latest trends in hair styling and body care. They feature Redken and Pureology hair care lines and have also partnered with Eminence Organic Skin Care to … [Read more...]

Helping People Take Back Their Yards

In the Tampa Bay Area, bugs are as unavoidable as death and taxes. Unfortunately, because of the heat and humidity, this happens to be an ideal habitat for mosquitoes and other pesky insects. But, mosquitoes are much more than just an annoyance. They can pose a health hazard to families and pets, causing allergic reactions and exposing our loved ones to dangerous viruses, such as Zika and West … [Read more...]

Cruise Over to The Hair Port and Refresh Your Style

Life is sunny for the talented team of stylists at The Hair Port. Tucked behind Wendy’s off State Road 54, the quaint salon is an oasis of calm that feels miles away from the busy, day-to-day routine in Land O’ Lakes. Come in and leave your sea of worries behind as you enjoy a bit of relaxation along with expert hair services. Judi, Nina, Cindy, Tammie, Wanda, Linda and Brooke each brings many … [Read more...]

Time Well Spent

Jaime’s Adult Day Centers offers an affordable solution to help loved ones stay active, make new friends, and experience life based on their own unique abilities. This brainchild of sisters Jaime and Julie Goddard opened in January in North Tampa. “As the name implies, members spend the day on-site, but return to their own homes in the evening,” said co-owner, Jaime Goddard, a registered nurse … [Read more...]

Discover Twisted Sprocket Café

The new community of Bexley in Land O’ Lakes is getting lots of recognition for its parks and trail system, beautiful homes from prestigious builders, and new elementary school that opens this fall. Yet to be discovered by many, however, is Bexley’s best-kept secret —The Twisted Sprocket Café. This gem of a café is located inside The Bexley Club, which is part of the amenity center for … [Read more...]