A Mixed Martial Arts School Steeped in Traditional Gracie Brazilian Jiujitsu

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News You are walking to your car in a dark parking lot, and someone jumps out from behind and places a chokehold on you. What do you do? If you were a student at Wesley Chapel MMA, you would know exactly what to do, because you would have been trained by Ryan Deichert, the school’s head instructor. Deichert has a third-degree Gracie … [Read more...]

NY Style Pizza at Brick City Eatery

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Steve Parisi grew up on Long Island in an Italian family that loved to cook and entertain. When he relocated to Florida, he honed his culinary skills by cooking for friends at his backyard brick oven, before opening a restaurant two years ago Located in NorthPointe Village in Lutz, christened Brick City Eatery mainly for his love for brick … [Read more...]

Fresh Tex Mex With A Fiesta Flair

Can’t wait for Cinco de Mayo?  Then you must try Chuy’s in Wesley Chap This fun restaurant specializes in Tex Mex cuisine, made fresh daily, that is served in a fun and colorful setting. Elvis Presley is its patron saint, and Happy Hour comes with a complimentary nacho bar served out of the trunk of a classic car, complete with tailfins. “Nothing in our restaurant is frozen except for French … [Read more...]

Hop Into Sweet Frog

If you crave a tasty and healthy treat, and want to support a business based on Christian principles, then it’s time to check out Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt in Lutz, at the corner of Collier Parkway and State Road 54. Upon entering Sweet Frog, customers known as ‘froggers’ are embraced with vibrant greens and purples that brighten the store, lift the spirit, and transport customers to a … [Read more...]

No Long Lines and Free Delivery At Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy is a neighborhood pharmacy in the Wilderness Lakes plaza on U.S. 41 that offers local delivery, no long lines and a quiet environment for private consultations. Its pharmacists are your advocate, and gladly call your doctor and health insurance company to gather information about your care. “We have a lot of people … [Read more...]

Lakeside Setting With A Local Flavor

Special to The Laker / Lutz News This could be you at Ukulele Brand’s restaurant and bar in Land O’ Lakes. You’re seated on a covered outdoor deck sipping a rum runner cocktail, watching the sun set over East Lake Ellis and enjoying live local music, while waiting for your gator tail and grilled grouper to emerge fresh from the kitchen of Executive Chef Chris Boemme “All these things … [Read more...]

Blanket Tampa Bay Hopes To Build Urban Rest Stop

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Beth Ross dreams of building the first Urban Rest Stop in Tampa — a place where the homeless and working poor can use restrooms, take showers and launder clothes, and eventually get haircuts, conduct job searches, and access financial and mental health counseling. Until that dream becomes a reality, Beth and her husband, Ray, will continue … [Read more...]

New Art Gallery Opens in Dade City

Out of Our Hands Gallery is a new shop in downtown Dade City that showcases a variety of original, handmade work from more than a dozen accomplished artists around Florida. It features artwork that works with any budget, and includes landscapes, abstract paintings, mixed media, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, photography, jewelry, leather and décor gifts. “We specialize in works from fine … [Read more...]

A Slice of New Jersey In Wesley Chapel

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When he was 18, Rosario Lubrano left his hometown of Naples, Italy, and moved to Piscataway, New Jersey, to seek the kind of opportunity available only in the United States. “The future brought me here to look for work and start a new life,” Lubrano said.  “I had a friend whose family had a pizza place in New Jersey, went to work for them as … [Read more...]

Homemade Ice Cream Combined With Family Time

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When Joe Schembri was growing up, his family did not take vacations.  Instead, they went to the ice cream shop twice a week — faithfully. Ice cream became a passion for Schembri, and he dreamed of owning an ice cream shop himself one day. That dream became a reality this past May when he opened Ice Dreammm Shop in Lutz, which specializes in … [Read more...]