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...]

God’s Will Leads to Episcopal Ministry

Long before the Rev. Adrienne Hymes entered the priesthood, she was following her dream of becoming an actress and stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. But, when she was laid off from her six-figure public relations job, she used that layoff as an opportunity to serve the Lord in a more meaningful way. “I was gifted with the layoff,” Hymes said.  “I was miserable, and felt that God had a more … [Read more...]

Holiday Open House at Dance Gear Etc.

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Dance Gear Etc., a Lutz boutique store specializing in shoes, attire and accessories for just about every technique of dance, is hosting a Holiday Open House on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10a.m. - 5p.m. Owner Carolyn Jackson invites you to visit her store, located at 1705 Dale Mabry Highway in Paradise Square Plaza, just before … [Read more...]

Quality Foods Gourmet Market

Quality Foods Gourmet Market in Lutz is a deli, pizzeria, bakery and specialty foods grocer that also offers an extensive vegan and gluten-free menu. Owner Christopher Houp takes great pride on the number of foods made in-house, such as his mojo-shredded pork for his Cuban sandwich, which he serves with house-made potato chips and his own signature pickles. But, his showstopper is his NYC … [Read more...]

Paddle Away At Wet Finz on Bell Lake

There is probably no more peaceful way to spend the afternoon than paddling the sparkling ripples of Bell Lake.  And your passport to a lake-frolicking adventure can be found at Wet Finz Paddleboard Rentals and More in Land O’ Lakes. For Jackie Jennings, owner of Wet Finz, Bell Lake is more than just a pastime.  It’s a passion that has always been there for the Jennings family, who has lived on … [Read more...]

Goldie Wants You to Discover Sugarshak Designs

When you step into Sugarshak Designs in Dade City, Goldie — the store’s greeter and former farm dog — welcomes you with a wag of her tail and invites you to browse for that perfect gift or home decoration. Sugarshak Designs specializes in home décor, upcycled and repurposed items, gifts, consignments, wedding and party decorations, flower arrangements, quirky signs and hats, one-of-a-kind … [Read more...]

Train Like a Pro at the Wily Mo Baseball Academy

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News If you have ever picked up a bat and glove and dreamed of being a professional baseball player, you’ll want to know about Wily Mo Baseball Academy in Wesley Chapel. Former Major League Baseball player, Wily Mo Pena, founded the Academy for children and young adults who want to train like the pros, and raise their game to the next … [Read more...]