Realtor April Barra Is Committed and Knowledgeable

By William Jacko Special to The Laker/Lutz News When a former client referred his brother, a first-time homebuyer, to April Barra, she  knew she would do whatever it took to help him find his future home “He was looking to purchase a starter home an hour’s drive away. There were several trips to show homes, written offers, inspections, and even a couple of contracts that fell through, due … [Read more...]

Snowbird — Who’s Watching Your Home While You’re Away?

By Kelli Carmac  If you’re a snowbird, odds are you’re getting ready to head back north. As you say goodbye to Florida, do you find yourself wondering if your home will be okay while you’re hundreds of miles away? While you hope your home will be fine until you return, that’s not always the case. Unforeseen damages can happen— broken A/C unit, hot water … [Read more...]

Customers Become Friends at Prime Time Home Team

It’s not just about finding that dream home, or quickly selling a client’s property, for the Prime Time Home Team.  According to partners Ernest Van Glahn and Debi Bolusi, their business is also about building long lasting relationships that often evolve into friendships. With over 22 years of combined industry experience, the two Realtors train under the Craig Proctor Coaching Program, where … [Read more...]

Take Care Of Your Trees Before Storm Season

By Kelli Carmack When Hurricane Irma hit two years ago, Alfred Carrillo and his family were staying with Bobby Van Allen and his family. The catastrophe that ensued from Irma’s wrath led to a conversation between the two friends that became an idea for a new business venture. “One thing led to another, I broke out a napkin and it all came together,” said Van Allen. That idea was Central … [Read more...]

This Home Lender Puts You First

By William Jacko When Bruce and Tasha Henry chose the name OhmStar Home Lending for their new business, they wanted something with a soothing sound that would generate positive energy. “The meaning of ohm is the ultimate,” said Tasha Henry, who holds a doctorate in occupational therapy. “It’s been proven that saying the word ‘ohm’ brings a calming effect and healing vibration to the soul — … [Read more...]

Food, Family and Flavor

By Kelli Carmack, Special to The Laker / Lutz News Cesar Heyaime and Aliana Metsey are the perfect hosts. Their charismatic personalities, hearts of gold and undeniable passion for cooking makes anyone who walks into their Lutz restaurant feel completely welcome. The couple opened their new restaurant, Heritage: An American Bistro, three months ago in the Tropical Village shopping center on … [Read more...]

Nerds to Go Comes To You

By Deborah Bostock-Kelley After 20 years in the Air Force managing data centers, followed up by 18 years working in corporate IT, Michael Varnadore was looking to be self-employed in a career in which he had a passion. He found the perfect fit with Nerds to Go, a national franchise that specializes in bringing computer and cellphone repair services to a customer’s home or business. Varnadore … [Read more...]

Plaza Mexico Opens New Restaurant In Zephyrhills

To see Hector Alvarez working at Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill is not unusual. Alvarez is one of the owners at Plaza Mexico, the kind of family owned restaurant where the owners lead from the front and work alongside their employees, to ensure professionalism and quality control “Not only do the employees work here, but the owners also work here,” Alvarez said. “At most places, the … [Read more...]

More Inventory and Better Vehicles At Dade City Auto Sales

Special to The Laker/Lutz News New owners at Dade City Auto Sales have revitalized this long established car lot on U.S. 301, by bringing in better quality vehicles and increasing its inventory to over 100 vehicles by the first of the year. “We had a vision of what this place could be,” said Lou Taliercio, who now owns the business with brother Mike. “Our vision was to bring in late model, … [Read more...]

Bella Tire Opens On State Road 52

By Deborah Bostock-Kelley News Special to The Laker/Lutz Rich Nicoloff was already late for church when he spotted a couple on the side of the road with a blown tire. He knew if he stopped, he’d miss the service. But, Nicoloff also knew he wasn’t the kind of person who could just drive past. So, he pulled over, explained that he owned Bella Tires in Land O’ Lakes, and offered to open his … [Read more...]