Sunnyside Lutz opens
Sunnyside Lutz is a cannabis dispensary at 21708 State Road 54 in Lutz, and is Cresco Labs’ 22nd location in Florida.
Sunnyside is best known in Florida’s cannabis industry for its bright, welcoming store environment, patient-focused service, knowledgeable wellness advisors and wide assortment of top-quality branded cannabis products, according to a news release.
Sunnyside Lutz offers products from Cresco Labs’ branded portfolio including Cresco, One Plant, Supply, Good News, Remedi and Sunnyside.
For more information, visit Sunnyside.shop online.
New board member
Sola Adewunmi, CCMA AMS, has been named to the board of directors at Gulfside Healthcare Services.
Adewunmi is now one of 10 community leaders who provide oversight and support to the nonprofit organization.
Adewunmi is the community manager at Greenacre Properties Inc., and has extensive professional background in television broadcast news.
Gulfside’s board members volunteer their leadership, expertise and talents to ensure the organization stays focused as it pursues its mission and vision.
Under new management
Smoothie King at Trinity Village Center, 10720 State Road 54, in Trinity, is under new management. The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting on Jan. 28 to celebrate.
PNC Bank pledges donation
PNC Bank has pledged $500,000 for a new education center at the Tampa Museum of Art.
The donation is part of the museum’s Centennial Campaign. It will be used for education and exhibition programming at the new PNC Family Classroom and Gallery, a new 1,680-square-foot space in the museum’s renovated and expanded Vinik Family Education Center.
The Tampa Museum of Art is at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, in downtown Tampa.
East Pasco Networking Group
The East Pasco Networking Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month (except for December), at 7:30 a.m. It gathers at the IHOP, at 13100 U.S. 301, in Dade City.
The group’s meetings feature speakers from a wide array of backgrounds.
Here is a list of the upcoming speakers, scheduled through May:
- Feb. 8: Bob Hatfield, from the office of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, and Madonna Wise, an author and retired educator
- March 14: Al Hernandez, newly elected member of the Pasco County School Board, and Bill Cronin, president and CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council
- April 11: Christopher Dester, founder of the Academy of Spectrum Diversity, and Col. Jeff Harrington, of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office
- May 9: Mike Moore, former board member on the Pasco County Commission, now with The Southern Group.
For more information, contact Nils Lenz, 813-782-9491 or
Credit union earns distinction
Suncoast Credit Union announced it has earned the Juntos Avanzamos designation for its commitment to serving and empowering the Hispanic community.
Translated as “Together We Advance,” Juntos Avanzamos credit unions help those who remain largely unbanked and vulnerable, according to the news release.
To qualify for the Juntos Avanzamos accreditation, credit unions must complete an extensive process to demonstrate how they serve Spanish-speaking people through inclusive underwriting policies, financial education, and affordable loans.
This initiative showcases that working together with underserved communities is vital to helping achieve financial security and independence.
To celebrate the Juntos Avanzamos designation, the credit union hosted a proclamation ceremony on Jan. 24, including food, a mariachi band performance, giveaways, entertainment, and community networking at the Galleria Service Center branch in Tampa.
Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 75 full-service branches and serves more than one million members in 40 counties across Florida.
Sae Cooper joins Weichert Realtors
Weichert, Realtors — Exclusive Properties has announced that Sae Cooper has joined its Tampa office, at 3903 Northdale Blvd., Suite 100E.
Florida ranks No. 1 for retirement
The personal-finance website has released its report on 2023’s Best States to Retire and Florida leads the list.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 47 key metrics. Our analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the findings, according to a news release.
- 13th in annual cost of in-home services
- Sixth in WalletHub ‘Taxpayer’ ranking
- Second in percentage of population aged 65 and older
- 19th in property crime rate
- Ninth in life expectancy
- 22nd in percentages of people age 12 or older who have been vaccinated against COVID-19
For the full report, visit WalletHub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-retire/18592.
SCORE seeks participants
Research participants are needed on a study called: “Social Capital: Impact on the Growth of Woman-Owned Healthcare Small Businesses in the United States.”
The study involves a 60-minute confidential Zoom interview.
It is seeking participants who answer yes to these questions:
- Are you a woman who owns a business in the health care industry?
- Is your business headquartered in the United States?
- Is the business five years old, or older?
- Do you have at least one and fewer than 50 employees?
If your answer was yes to all of these questions, Tracy Shaw would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. To reach Shaw, email .
Spirit Achievement awards
Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Rhea Law will receive honors during the Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s 2023 achievement awards dinner.
Kassewitz is president/owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation and president of the Glazer Vision Foundation. Law is the president of the University of South Florida.
Both women will be honored for their personal and professional accomplishments, for giving back to the community and for the work that they’ve done to make a positive impact in the Tampa Bay area, according to a news release.
Both women will receive the Spirit Achievement Award during an awards dinner scheduled for March 9 at Armature Works, Tampa Bay.
For tickets and sponsorship information, call 813-605-1764, visit JATampaBay.org, or email .
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