CABA Hall of Fame
The Carrollwood Area Business Association honored 10 inductees as the charter class for the organization’s CABA Hall of Fame, at a luncheon on Feb. 1 at Brunchie’s of Tampa, according to a news release from the business group.
An “After 5” mixer and ribbon cutting celebrated Brunchie’s as the home of CABA’s Hall of Fame and also the restaurant’s 10th year at 14366 N. Dale Mabry Highway. The charter Hall of Fame members are from the organization’s first decade, 1986 to 1996.
Brunchie’s owner Bill Kranich renamed his restaurant’s meeting room as the “CABA Room.”
All Hall of Fame inductees have been active CABA members for 10 years or more and have made significant leadership contributions for five years or more, according to Jeff Ryder, the group’s president.
Kranich attributes Brunchie’s survival and ongoing success to the support from CABA members during the past decade. A new Brunchie’s has opened at 24400 State Road 54 in Lutz.
The inductees were John Baumann, founding member of CABA; Robert Ahern, Ahern Insurance Services; Jim Keeper and Debi Ryan, Executive Massage Therapy; Percy J. Legendre II, Bashor & Legendre; Dr. Barry D. Shapiro, Carrollwood Chiropractic Center and Family Medical and Rehabilitation Center Inc.; Jim Kalameris, Kalameris Construction; Nancy Gordon, First Citrus Bank; Sandra Chewning, KohlerHaus; Don Coryell, Greenacre Properties; and, Noreen Klein, Premier Bookkeeping Services.
For information, visit UseCABA.com.
Anne Kibbe joins The Laker/Lutz News
Anne M. Kibbe, a long-time resident of San Antonio, has joined The Laker/Lutz News as the account manager for East Pasco County.
She has lived and worked in Pasco and Hernando counties for 25 years. Her husband, Curt, is a small business owner.
Kibbe has a bachelor’s degree in public communication and graphic design from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She also has a master’s degree in human resource development from Florida State University.
Her previous experience includes serving as the public communications manager for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce; helping to develop a corporate brand identity and marketing plan for an architectural stone import company; and, writing copy, designing publications and handling media relations for St. Louis Community College and Wheelock College.
More recently, she was director of corporate training at Pasco-Hernando State College, and director of the Institute for Professional Development for Saint Leo University. Kibbe is an artist, too.
She joined The Laker/Lutz News to help small and large businesses with their marketing and advertising needs.
New Wiregrass restaurant
St. Petersburg-based restaurant, Noble Crust, plans to open at The Shops at Wiregrass in late spring or early summer, according to Greg Lenners, general manager at Wiregrass.
The restaurant will be near Dillard’s and next to Pinchers Crab Shack on Paseo Drive.
“We’re continuing to look at restaurants to see what’s new out there,” Lenners said. “We thought this would be a good fit.”
Noble Crust will be about 3,200 square feet, with room for 170 seats.
The restaurant’s website says that Noble Crust partners Jeff Strouse, T.J. Thielbar and Tim Curci strive for a farm-to-table menu that blends Southern cooking with Italian flavors.
Lenners said the partners will rely on a prep-kitchen facility in Tampa to deliver fresh foods daily to their restaurants.
The St. Petersburg location earned a Golden Spoon award in 2015 from the magazine, Florida Trends.
Ribbon cutting for printing company
Architectural Signage & Printing will have a ribbon cutting on Feb. 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 6812 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.
The event is free.
For information, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722, email , or visit SignByAsap.com.
North Tampa chamber meeting
The North Tampa Chamber of Commerce will have a general meeting on Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Iavarone’s Steakhouse & Italian Grill, 3627 Humphrey St., in Tampa.
The cost is $25 (whether you eat or not), payable at the door by cash, check or credit card.
For information, call the chamber office at (813) 563-0180, or visit NorthTampaChamber.com.
The East Pasco Networking Group will meet on Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m., at the Village Inn, at 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills.
Guest speaker will be Al Berry, Strawberry Festival director emeritus.
There will be door prizes.