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...]

Extend Your A/C’s Life

Special to The Laker/Lutz News Your air conditioner is the most expensive appliance in your house, and when it breaks, you want to call a company that will do everything possible to prolong its life. Bay Harbor Services is that kind of company. Bay Harbor has recently expanded into residential services, after many successful years in commercial air conditioning sales and service. “On the … [Read more...]

Hot Dogs, Ice Cream and Fun at Moody Judy’s

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News Moody Judy’s specializes in hot dogs, Cubans and unique sandwiches, and of course ice cream—and fun. Judy Lambert owns the café, and would not have it any other way. “I love food, meeting people and making sweet memories,” Lambert said. “My goal is to create a meeting place where family and friends can enjoy good food and laugh … [Read more...]

Artisan-Style Pizza Served Fast At Mod Pizza

If you’re looking for artisan-style pizza served lighting fast with unlimited toppings, then you’ll want to check out MOD Pizza in Lutz, located near the Tampa Premium Outlets on State Road 56. Scott and Ally Svenson founded MOD Pizza 10 years ago, because they love Italian street pizza and wanted to improve upon the usual pizzeria experience.  MOD stands for Made On Demand, because their … [Read more...]

A Modern Approach to Traditional Karate

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When Shihan Wayne R. Shockness II was 7 years old, his friends dared him to sneak into a karate dojo. “I was shocked,” Shockness said.  “I saw this guy throw a roundhouse kick directly over his head, and he literally did a split in the air, balanced on the one leg and put the other leg directly over him. I stood there and said to myself, … [Read more...]

A Craft Beer Delight at BJ’s

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News If you like a delicious meal with a high-quality craft beer, then BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Wesley Chapel is the place for you. Six BJ’s breweries supply the restaurant chain with its own line of craft beers that complement any meal perfectly. From its signature Chicago-style, deep dish pizza to its extensive menu of appetizers, … [Read more...]

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...]