Grand Reopening of Tampa Bay Golf Course

By Deborah Bostock-Kelley Special to The Laker/Lutz News Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club unveils a completely updated golf course with a ribbon-cutting event on Aug.19, hosted by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The Grand Reopening Celebration is from noon to 2 p.m., at the clubhouse inside this master-planned community off State Road 52 and I-75, in San Antonio. Raffles and … [Read more...]

Local Ownership Keeps Customers Coming Back

Special to The Laker/Lutz News It’s the local ownership and management of Hudson Square Coastal Furniture that keeps customers coming back, again and again. “Our sales are up every year with very little advertising, because our customers are so pleased with the quality of our furniture and the service we provide. They come back on a regular basis to see what’s new, and tell their friends … [Read more...]

Fresh Italian Food To Go

Special to The Laker/Lutz News By William Jacko Shortly after Charles and Nancy Frankulin began dating in 2003, they started working at Bosco’s Italian To Go! in Wesley Chapel. They never imagined that one day they would marry and buy the business. “We started dating in 2003 when we were seniors in high school, and have been together ever since,” Charles said. “I started at Bosco’s as a … [Read more...]

Start Your Day With A Fresh Breakfast At Keke’s

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Breakfast can be the most important meal of the day, so why not start it with something tasty and healthy at Keke’s Breakfast Café, in the Willow Bend Towne Center in Lutz.  Owners Stephen Poletta and Scott Crawford pride themselves on the freshness of Keke’s food. “We cut our potatoes, hand-crack our eggs, and never use liquid egg mix,” … [Read more...]

Italian Food Inspired by Love

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Long before Andrea Mannino founded Amici Pizza, it was the prospect of love, not business, that inspired him to leave his hometown of Carini, Italy, for America. His son, Vincent, smiles as he tells the story of the family restaurant his parents founded 18 years ago in Wesley Chapel. “My parents are from the same town in Sicily,” relays … [Read more...]

Medical clinical trials help many

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Meridien Research in Spring Hill recently had a patient whose dementia-related agitation dramatically subsided while participating in an Alzheimer’s clinical study it was conducting. “When we first met this patient, he was pacing, walking up and down the halls, and kept repeating that he wanted to leave,” said Sarah Hollingshead, site … [Read more...]

A Salon That Makes You Feel Like Family

By William J Jacko Special to The Laker / Lutz News Tracy Mannino, owner Salon Tre’ Anne in Wesley Chapel, has been styling hair for 23 years.  She began her career in Boston, moved to Florida 20 years ago, and started styling hair at Beyond Hair, the previous name of her salon. After a year, Mannio’s father bought the salon and she managed it for the next 10 years. In 2013, she took over … [Read more...]

Scrubs Are Fun, Comfortable and Fashionable

By William J Jacko Special to The Laker / Lutz News When you visit your doctor or hospital, have you noticed that nurses and other medical staff are making fashion statements with their uniforms or scrubs? “The scrub industry has come a long way, I can recall years ago when most scrubs were a light blue color, were big and baggy with drawstring pants, and had one-pocket shirts that … [Read more...]

Ukulele Brand’s —Lakeside Setting With A Local Flavor

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 Boemmel. “All these things make us a local favorite,” Boemmel … [Read more...]

Tarpon Springs Is More Than Greek

Special to The Laker/Lutz News Less than 45 minutes from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, Tarpon Springs is someplace new to go for  date night, or a weekend outing with the family. “What really breathes life into our downtown is our variety of restaurants,” said Kelley Riedy, operations manager for Tarpon Arts. “There’s a pizza and pasta place, a little bistro that makes its own flavored olive oils, … [Read more...]