Wesley Chapel couple launches tourism-themed podcast

Wesley Chapel’s Andy and Shannon Herbon love exploring Florida — then sharing those experiences with anybody who’ll listen. As often as they can, the Herbons and their two young children venture across the state to visit theme parks and state parks, beaches, springs and waterfalls, hidden gems and other attractions. From the Florida Panhandle, to St. Augustine, to Miami — they’ll go just … [Read more...]

New luxury apartment complex coming to Land O’ Lakes

Wood Partners is stepping in where another developer left off, resurrecting a 311-unit apartment complex that could add even more residents along State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The Atlanta-based company announced the new project — called Alta Terra Bella — just off 20 Mile Level Road Monday, following a report on The Laker/Lutz News’ website, LakerLutzNews.com. “As the Tampa Bay area … [Read more...]

Hooters coming to Land O’ Lakes? Not so fast

Could it be a little wishful thinking? Drivers heading north on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard saw a surprise announcement on the sign that once shared dinner specials at the old Mosquito Grill & Bar: the long-rumored Hooters chain was coming to that location next year. The problem, however, is it’s not true. At least for now. “I’ve called it one of Land O’ Lakes’ biggest urban legends,” … [Read more...]

Sorry, no Hooters planned for Land O’ Lakes

It was a surprise to many drivers going north on U.S. 41 over the weekend. A bright yellow sign, painted using stencil, was posted on the old marquee board of the former Mosquito Grill & Bar restaurant at 4422 Land O' Lakes Blvd. It seemed to confirm a longstanding rumor that the Hooters restaurant chain was opening there in 2015. But it's simply not true. "Hooters does not … [Read more...]

Tuffy, Arby’s properties sell locally

The end of the year is approaching, meaning it's time for some commercial landowners to rethink their holdings. So recent sales of property currently occupied by companies like Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center of Land O' Lakes and Arby's in Lutz probably won't be the last Pasco County sees before Christmas. 3A LLC, the owner of the Tuffy property at 3530 Land O' Lakes Blvd., sold the … [Read more...]

7-Eleven selling Lutz location, 74 others

The 7-Eleven store at 23434 State Road 54 in Lutz, is one of 75 stations across the country 7-Eleven Inc. is putting up for sale. Robbie Radant, a vice president with the company, said 7-Eleven is cutting loose stores like the Lutz one not because it’s underperforming, but because it no longer fits with its overall goals. “There are many nice sites in this package that simple do not fit … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel’s Arlington at Northwood sold, renamed

A Chicago-based real estate company has bought its second community in the Tampa Bay area, taking over the former Arlington at Northwood, a 312-unit complex in Wesley Chapel. BES Northwood Fund IX LLC, a company associated with Sherman Residential, finalized its sale of the high-end apartments May 15 for $36.1 million. That is nearly $10 million more than what the community's previous owner, … [Read more...]

Humana offering up to $350,000 for nonprofits

The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the insurance company Humana Inc., has relaunched its signature Humana Communities Benefit program, which awards multi-year grants totaling $350,000 to eligible nonprofit companies. The program is now underway in the Tampa Bay area, as well as Chicago and San Antonio, Texas, for organizations focused on promoting healthy behaviors and … [Read more...]

Local man offers spiritual help at Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi may have been half a world away, but a chaplain from Lutz was there, offering spiritual support to athletes. Asif Shaikh, who pronounces his name “Ah-sif Shake,” traveled more than 30 hours, with stops in Chicago, Dusselfdorf, Germany, and Moscow before flying over the opening ceremonies to land in Sochi. But it wasn’t his first Olympic experience. He and his … [Read more...]

Permanent makeup comes to Wesley Chapel

Valerie Rudmin, owner of Everlasting Beauty, has been a permanent makeup specialist for 26 years. She first heard about permanent makeup when Michael Jackson had permanent eyeliner applied. She thought, what a great idea! That inspired her to become a permanent makeup artist to help those in need, especially women without eyebrows. She immediately enrolled in one of the only schools in the … [Read more...]