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 adultswho want to train like the pros, and raise their game to the next level. “I … [Read more...]

Zain Nensey Returns Home To Open Accounting Firm

Zain Nensey recently returned to his hometown of Zephyrhills to open a new accounting firm at 5633 Sixth Street, called Nensey & Associates, C A 2011 graduate of University of South Florida, Nensey worked for Jackson Hewitt as a tax analyst in Sarasota before opening his business. While his position there was challenging, Nensey missed his family and hometown. “I decided the time was … [Read more...]

Health Care Safety Net for All

By William Jack Special to The Laker/Lutz News If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension and do not have health insurance, there are few affordable treatment options available. And without medical care, your medical condition will likely get worse. This all-too-common scenerio is why Premier Community Health Care has established 10 convenient locations in Pasco and … [Read more...]

Optimum Plumbing’s Personal Approach to Plumbing

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When people think of an American success story, they may very well be thinking of Vladimir Breton and Optimum Plumbing. After earning a civil engineering degree in his native Dominican Republic, Breton immigrated to the United States and took a job as a plumber’s assistant in New York.  He did not speak English, but he had a plan  — to one … [Read more...]