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LEA & SCOTT COVER STORY living well giving more

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What's New? What's Coming Next?

12 BEST FEST EVER SouthShore Chamber's come-back extravaganza Nov 5-6 at Masonic Park

17 Index of Advertisers 18 Stylish Updates

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20 Self Help Villas

Learning Self-Reliance and a Healthy Lifestyle

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Meet Lea & Scott Manningham. Living Well, Giving More. They love it here!

29 Where to Shop 32 Patio Pinache: Patio furniture and accessories

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22 LEA AND SCOTT LOVE THEIR WATERSET HOME

Cover Photo & Photo Above by Jessica Skaare Perez

44 Delicious Food

Now That's Italian! Meet Debra Nicola. She just launched her baking / catering business, Cibo Delizioso. Debra shares her story and some of her favorite cooking tips.

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46 Kitchen Ideas Editor's Picks

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52 TRY THESE VENDORS

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BUYING A METAL ROOF? Caveat Emptor by Bridget Wilkins, Cardinal Roofing

60 SOUTHSHORE BAY LAGOON. Stay for a Day. Or Stay for a Lifetime.

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WONDERFUL WATERSET.

67 LAWN & GARDEN 68 FEATURE: MEET MAC THE GARDENER

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FEATURE: Council Sod Agricultural Family

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Meet the Baileys. Visit their home.

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SOUTHSHORE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE home furnishing vendor directory

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ADVERTISERS Photo courtesy of Annabelle's Fine Furniture new St. Petersburg Store

64 Huge Interest in Tiny Homes Debbie Caneen is Director of Admissions, Sun Towers Retirement Community and President, South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. She publishes "Sun City Center Free Ads and Events" and is a MOWW Patrick Henry Award recipient.She takes us inside her Tiny Home community.

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WHAT' S NEW? WHAT ' S N E XT ? SUN TE X MA R INA A C QUIRES M AR INA AT LIT TL E HAR B O R Suntex Marina Investors, LLC (Suntex), the premier owner and operator of best-in-class marina properties, announced in October 2021, the acquisition of the Marinas at Little Harbor. Located in Ruskin, Florida and formerly known as Antigua Cove and Village Marina. The Marinas at Little Harbor offer exceptional amenities to boaters in the Tampa Bay area. Offering guests a well-protected harbor with state-of-the-art slips for vessels up to 65-feet in length, the Little Harbor Marinas' docks are equipped with pedestals that support 30- and 50-amp electric, freshwater hookup and waste tank pump out. The East Marina and dry stack building can

accommodate 205 boats up to 46-feet in length in a fully enclosed building and outdoor racks for 33 vessels are also available. The West Marina includes Sunset Grill Restaurant, which is fully equipped with Tiki Bar, outdoor patio and deck. It has great views and access to a private beach. "We are pleased to announce the addition of the Little Harbor Marinas to our rapidly growing portfolio," said Bryan C. Redmond, CEO of Suntex Marinas. "Adding a Tampa Bay location continues our efforts of making sure Suntex has the Florida coastline well represented." "Our plan for this property includes a number of upgrades and new customer amenities, such as expanding the dry storage and updating the fueling system," said Sam Chavers, Senior Vice President - Florida, Suntex Marinas. "In addition, every customer will benefit from the Suntex commitment to offering best-in-class service and the finest marina experience possible."

J U N E IS NATION A L H O M E O WNER SHI P M O N T H June is National Home Ownership Month, a time of year when Florida Realtors®, Realtors® across the U.S. and others celebrate the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of American families, local communities and the nation's economic health. Opening the door to home ownership helps families find security and stability. While buying a home is usually the biggest financial investment someone may make in their lifetime, it also offers a sense of place and community. The impact of home ownership isn't just measured in dollars and equity, but in

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the priceless memories of the lives that people share and the future they build together in their homes." For generations of families, home ownership has been essential to achieving the American dream. Beyond the emotional benefits, homeownership builds household wealth. This spotight on homeownership began as a weeklong recognition in 1995 and was first proclaimed to last the entire month of June in 2002, under former President George W. Bush. Realtors® across Forida are celebrating June as Home Ownership Month with home buyers and sellers.

M AR I N A V I E W AT L IT T L E H AR BO R AP AR T M E N T S Marina View at Little Harbor offers marina view apartments nestled inside Little Harbor. Featured are studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and community features including a heated pool/spa, outside grill/fireplace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Call (813) 725-5210 or visit www.marinaviewlittleharbor.com

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Aren't they passé? Not so, according to a report in Travel & Leisure Magazine. None other than IKEA sells very stylish tiny homes that start at $50,000. And contrary to widespread speculation last year, Elon Musk does not live in a pre-fabricated tiny home by Boxabl (manufacturers of boxed houses that can be shipped anywhere in the world, unfolded and set up.) "Not so," Musk clarified, in a tweet, that he lives in a regular house. He did add that he still thought Boxable, had a "cool product" and reportedly also said, "Feels more homey to live in a small house." Read about tiny homes on page 64.


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S O UT HSHORE WHAT' S NEW? WHAT' S NEXT ?

Masonic Park in Wimauma will be rockin' & rollin' with activity for the whole family November 5-6 when the SouthShore Chamber rolls out BEST FEST. Together with Presenting Sponsor Gabro Events, they will create a REALLY REALLY BIG SHOW, one that you will NOT want to miss! WHO? The SouthShore Cham-

ber of Commerce merged two historic Chambers in July 2011, combining the former, Apollo Beach Chamber and Ruskin Chamber. The combined Chamber’s hosted the Ruskin Seafood Festival for 32 years, and the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts for 27 years. The two festivals were combined in 2017, and canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Pandemic. We are known for our amazing events and the Chamber is excited to jump back into the festival game as the host of BRAND NEW, ShoreShore’s BEST FEST.

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festival featuring FIVE FABULOUS FESTS IN ONE! The more than 10,000 folks expected to come will stroll through Dia de Los Muertos, Soul Fest, Oktoberfest, St. Patrick’s and Mardi Gras. They will experience art, performances, displays, music, food and

drinks typical of each theme. A large SouthShore Life area at the center will feature local businesses, non-profits, the Main Stage, our Cultural Food Adventure and the Buccaneer Pirate B’aaarrrrrrr!

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Saturday, Nov 5th 11am-9pm Sunday, Nov 6th 11pm-6pm

WHERE? On the beautiful

grounds of the Masonic Park & Campground in Wimauma. This location is sure to attract visitors from all six of the SouthShore communities: South Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma.

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The popular Ruskin Seafood Festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Best Fest is scheduled to take place November 5-6.

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will truly be something for everyone. Events like this raise funds for our chamber which enable us to work hard for our business community all year round. We also take on special projects related to our 24 local schools, local veterans, active-duty families, the migrant population and the homeless. We connect the needs of the community to the resources available. Together, with supporters like you, we help make SouthShore the ultimate place to play, work and live!

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F L ORIDA HOME S AL E S S TATS AS OF MARCH 2 0 22 COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX COMING TO WATERSET Waterset by Newland, the sprawling master-planned community in Apollo Beach, provides its residents with multiple facilities to promote health and fitness. Soon, it will also include the new Hillsborough County Waterset Sports Complex. The Parks & Recreation Department celebrated the groundbreaking of the new complex on March 28, 2022. The ceremony featured Parks & Recreation leaders, Hillsborough County commissioners, and members of the Waterset community.

The Sports Complex will feature four multi-sport athletic fields that all feature synthetic turf. The Waterset Sports Complex will feature four multisport athletic fields, all featuring synthetic turf. The fields will be able to accommodate a variety of different sports, including soccer, football, and lacrosse. The park will be home to one of the largest contiguous synthetic turf fields in the country. The first phase of construction will feature a playground, pavilions, LED lighting, a concession building with restrooms, offices, and meeting space, and parking for more than 500 vehicles. The county property is about 85 acres, with the $11 million first phase covering roughly half of the site. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by spring 2023.

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Florida’s housing market in March and 1Q 2022 showed the impact of rising mortgage rates, increased home prices and a shortfall of for-sale supply, with fewer closed sales compared to a year ago, according to Florida Realtors®’ housing data. “Buyers and sellers in Florida in March continued to see rising mortgage rates, a very limited supply of for-sale homes and rising prices,” said Christina Pappas, 2022 Florida Realtors President. “Housing affordability remains a challenge, and higher mortgage rates may mean some buyers who had previously qualified under a lower rate are forced to rethink their plans. The continued limited supply means that homes are selling at a fast pace. The median time to contract state-wide for single-family existing homes in March was nine days compared to 15 days during the same month a year ago. And the median time to contract for existing condo-town house units was 11 days compared to 32 in March 2021." Last month, closed sales of single-family homes state-wide totalled 30,793, down 6.2% year-over-year, while existing condo-town house sales totalled 14,631, down 11.4% over March 2021. Closed sales may occur from 30to 90-plus days after sales contracts are written. Higher mortgage rates and less pandemic-driven buyer demand helped drive the drop in closed sales, according to Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor. He pointed out several factors that make it difficult to make exact comparisons between last year’s spring home buying season and this year’s, now underway with the March data. “First, last year could really be considered our first spring buying season in two years, with the 2020 season having been snuffed out by the onset of the pandemic,” said O'Connor. “So there was an excess of pent-up demand there. Second, the pandemic was still quite severe a year ago and was spurring relocations and second home purchases in Florida from out-of-state

buyers. That’s still happening now, but not to the same extent. Third, while our single-family inventory was severely depleted by the beginning of 2021, there was still some slack in our condo and townhouse inventory at the time. That inventory cushion allowed for last year’s massive statewide boom in condo and townhouse sales. And last, but certainly not least, mortgage rates were still near record lows last spring. It simply can’t be understated how much these low rates helped fuel housing demand during the pandemic.” The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in March was $396,558, up 21.3% from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Research Department in partnership with local Realtor boards/ associations. Last month’s statewide median price for condo-townhouse units was $308,000, up 27.3% over the year-ago figure. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less. “With the rising prices we’re seeing, despite fewer sales so far this year, the dollar volume of closed sales remains high." said O'Connor. "Singlefamily dollar volume in the first quarter of 2022 came in at $42.1 billion, an 11.5% increase over the same quarter last year, while condo-townhouse dollar volume was up 16.3%, to $16.1 billion. The big question over the next few months will be how much the recent elevation in mortgage rates will slow price growth.” On the supply side of the market, inventory (active listings) remained tightly constrained in March as well as for all of Q1 2022: Single-family existing homes were at a restricted 1-months’ supply while condo-townhouse inventory was at a 1.2-months’ supply. According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.17% in March 2021, significantly higher than the 3.08% averaged during the same month a year earlier.


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SELF-HELP VILL AS IN WIMAUMA L E A R N I N G SE L F - R E L I A N C E & A H E A LT H Y L I F E S T Y L E

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lorida Home Partnership (FHP), Hillsborough County’s leading non-profit certified affordable homebuilder, announced that they received a $240,000 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) Loan from the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). FHPwill use the SHOP funds to assist with the development of more than 30 Self-Help Villas earmarked for affordable housing in Wimauma. These homes will be available to families earning 80 percent or below the median income, using “sweat equity” to help build their own home through the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. “We are thrilled to receive this SHOP award from HAC, which will go a long way toward helping us build our new Self-Help Villas in Wimauma,” said Vanessa Josey, Chief Operating Officer for Florida Home Partnership. “Our goal is to help members of the community meet their dreams of home ownership while building self-reliance and living a healthy lifestyle. With these SHOP funds,we will be able to do just that.” Self-Help Home ownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that provides loans to organizations for affordable housing projects. The self-help process enables low-income participants to build their own homes, usually working together in groups on their neighbors’ houses at the same time. Through this loan, the homeowners of the Self-Help Villas in Wimauma will be an integral part of the construction of the properties. “Providing this grant to FHP is a natural extension of our work to support affordable housing efforts,” said Eileen Neely, Director of Lending at HAC. “Housing affordability is a huge issue throughout Tampa Bay that extends to the surrounding rural areas and the entire country. When we support and partner with an organization like FHP, we are helping to solve the problem and offer community members not just affordable housing, but a sustainable lifestyle that they will benefit from far into the future.” The Self-Help Villas in Wimauma will break ground in late 2022 and FHP is currently taking applications for ownership at https://www.flhome.org About Florida Home Partnership Founded in 1993, Florida Home Partnership strives to empower residents to achieve the American Dream of home ownership by providing quality, affordable and sustainable housing to lower-income families for which the opportunity of home ownership would otherwise be unattainable. FHP has developed communities throughout Tampa Bay, including the following neighborhoods in Hillsborough County:

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Las Villas in Ruskin, Summerview Oaks in Riverview, Hidden Creek in Wimauma, Alexander Woods Townhomes in Plant City and in Pasco County: Sunset Hills in Dade City. FHP is currently building in Bayou Pass Village in Ruskin. For more information visit https://www.flhome.org. About Housing Assistance Council The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is a national non-profit lending organization that supports affordable housing efforts throughout rural America. Since 1971, HAC has provided below-market financing for affordable housing and community development, technical assistance and training,research and information, and policy formulation to enable solutions for rural communities. For more information, visit www.ruralhome.org.

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he center atrium in Roman architecture was a way to allow light and ventilation to enter and for rain water to collect in a pool below. At first, the hearth was situated in the atrium until, in more spacious Roman homes, the atrium began to function as a formal reception room and as the official center of family life. When I asked Lea and Scott Manningham what their favorite room was, they agreed it was their open courtyard, located between the main house on one side, and the 2-car garage on the other. "It is where we gather to talk or relax, where we watch sports, movies, and more," Lea affirmed. These Waterset residents are both Ohio natives. Lea Manningham left Cleveland for Wesley Chappel, Florida, in 2004. She returned to Cleveland after 9.5 years 22

and took a teacher's aid job that coincidentally had become available because teacher's aid Scott Manningham had to leave for three months for medical reasons. When he returned, life and some match-making co-workers brought them together. Serendipity brought them to SouthShore. After having spent two years in Cleveland, Lea was missing Florida. By that time they were married. Once in Florida and Scott had found a good job, they bought the last Waterset townhouse model that was available in 2015. "And I wish we had bought a larger home," said Scott. "And not because we don't love our home. It's because Waterset home values have gone up dramatically!" Their 2,500square-foot town home has four bedrooms and three baths, in addition to the open-air courtyard. Their second preferred gathering place is the open plan dining room and living room. A large table from Ashley Home


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Furnishings in Brandon hosts family gatherings. The kitchen island provides another casual place for snacks, quick meals or morning coffee. When they married, Scott and Lea created a blended family. They have two children in Florida, and two grown children in Dallas, and five grandchildren. They absolutely love life in Waterset. "There's a very welcoming ambiance here. With the walking trails, the many community events, the schools, the pools and more, people get together. You meet people. There is always something to do." Waterset has been good for this couple's personal and professional lives. Lea runs "Girls of the World, Inc.," a non-profit life skills and mentoring program for young ladies. Scott is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with the Department of Juvenile Justice and providing unconventional therapy for young people and

families. . He also has a private practice, "Talk2Me Unconventional Therapy" providing "unconventional therapy" for young people. They each have an office in nearby Frandorson Circle. While the Manninghams love to stay home, they also venture out often to Tampa, Brandon, or farther North, to visit favorite spots for shopping or dining, including CW's Gin Joint in Tampa, 7th & Grove, and New York New York in Ybor City. Favorite visits South to Sarasota include Coopers Hawk Winery and shopping at the UTC mall and surrounding shops and restaurants.

They absolutely love life in Waterset. "There's a very welcoming ambiance here. You meet people. There is always something to do."

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ea Manningham was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977. While in middle school, Lea played baseball, basketball, and ran track (her favorite sport). During the transition from middle school to high school, life changed for her; as Lea became a teen mom at 16 years old. She was in a domestic violence relationship and endured homelessness. However, Lea did not allow these challenges to hinder her from becoming a phenomenal mother and leader. She continued her education and received a degree in theology from Warner University. Lea always wanted to give back to the young girls in her community. Her passion is to guide, educate and empower them to live productive lives. Lea has mentored hundreds of young ladies throughout Florida and Ohio and hopes to reach more 24

girls in other states. See Video "Our mission," says Lea, "is to assist our young ladies by educating, listening to, training and mentally equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to live productive and rewarding lives. "Our vision is to decrease the crime, teen pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency rate amongst our young ladies within our local and national communities. "Girls of the World, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides life-skills and mentoring services to young ladies. Our different programs help these young ladies realize their potential & abilities to express their talents, develop a positive sense of identity, self-worth and become better versions of themselves. Girls of the World, Inc. welcomes youth starting at the age of 8 years old and continues through adulthood. We offer weekly educational sessions that cover a wide range of life skills including volunteering and networking


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"God has truly blessed us. Scott and I thank the SouthShore community for their vote of confidence and helping us achieve our dreams." opportunities for our young ladies. Lea had an opportunity for a larger office headquarters at 300 Frandorson Circle. She started a fund-raiser and the community responded immediately with donations. Lea's determination, dedication and personal commitment has resulted in many achievements and moved her closer to her goals. She was recently the recipient of a donation from the Valencia Lakes Group "100 Who Care." She was nominated by Robyn Payant, Payant Wealth Management Group, and introduced by Melanie Davis of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce. "God has truly blessed us. Scott and I thank the SouthShore community for their vote of confidence and helping us achieve our dreams."

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Kona Grill at UTC Mall. Photo courtesy Trip Advisor

SH O P UT C T O W N C ENT E R MALL IN S ARAS OTA Located at I-75 and University Parkway, The Mall at UTC is a world-class fashion and dining destination that features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Dillard's and more than 150 stores and restaurants in addition to many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local area, offering a diverse mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children's play area. The Mall offers a Passport to Shopping program, whereby visitors from over 50 miles away can each receive a digital "Passport to Shopping," full of discounts and special offers from dozens of retailers. From upscale dining to casual eateries and food specialty shops, there is something for everyone at the over 20 dining options at The Mall at UTC.

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HomeGoods is an off-price retailer that believes value i s is a combination of brand, fashion, price, and quality. Unlike traditional retailers, this store generally doesn't do promotions, sales, coupons, or other gimmicks. They believe that by providing exciting merchandise at amazing prices, every single day! And their formula is working very well indeed. "We’re smart shoppers, just like you. Our buyers are on the hunt throughout the year for the hottest brand names and unique home fashion assortments for every room in the home—including kitchen and gourmet cookware, accent furniture, lighting, rugs, decorative accessories and pillows, wall art, bedding and bath, kids’ decor and toys, storage, pet, and seasonal decor. "We buy from all kinds of vendors, including top brands and designers, as well as artisans from around the world. We also have some merchandise manufactured for us to bring you exceptional fashion and quality at an amazing price. Our buyers choose many different colors, styles, fabrics, and materials, so a unique selection will be waiting for you. "Our buyers are opportunistic and entrepreneurial. So, when a designer overproduces or other stores overbuy, we swoop in, negotiate the lowest possible price, and pass the savings on! "Our selection changes frequently. Unlike other types of retailers that buy seasonally, we have new brand name home fashions arriving several times a week, with each delivery containing thousands of items. Our rapidly changing assortments create that "treasure hunt" shopping experience that our customers love. If you love it, grab it! We don’t hold replenishment stock in our back rooms and the store managers often don’t even know what’s coming until they throw open the delivery truck doors! "We sell a unique selection of home fashions from around the world,

"We’re smart shoppers, just like you. Our buyers are on the hunt throughout the year for the hottest brand names & unique home fashion assortments for every room in the home"

product. Most of our home fashion merchandise is current season. A small percentage is past season which we also offer at amazing savings to you. "Some of our merchandise is manufactured for us and some we design, particularly when what we see in the marketplace isn’t the right value for our customers, meaning the right combination of brand, fashion, price, and quality." Enjoy treasure hunting at stores in Tampa, Brandon. Sarasota and a new location coming soon between Marshalls and Bealls in the Summerfield Crossing Shopping Mall on US 301.

including top brands, specialty merchandise, and artisan creations, generally offered at prices 20%-60% below full-price retailers’ (including department, specialty, and major online retailers) regular prices on comparable Tips from a Home Goods shopper.

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THE HOME DECOR SUPER STORE Come discover the Home Décor Superstore with endless aisles of musthave styles at prices so low you won't believe it. And the best part? Our products are all backed by our Best Price Promise. A warehouse-worth of space in our stores makes it easy to browse comfortably with more room to yourself and improved safety for our customers and team members. And with 1000’s of new arrivals every month, you will find aisle after aisle of endless possibilities! So long sticker shock. Our prices are so low – you’ll do a double take. That’s because we take all of the unnecessary frills out of our home décor superstore

and pass all those savings on to you. And the best part? You don’t need to wait for a sale. Our everyday low prices are backed by a Best Price Promise and a Hassle Free Returns Policy.

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Rooms to Go Solana White Outdoor Chaises, Set of 2 $1088

Ashley Furniture, Brandon RSunnydaze Outdoor Water Foundain with LED $655 www.ashleyfurniture.com

Leaders of Brandon Windward Design Group Sand Key Outdoor Sling Chaise $539.99

Scan Design, Tampa Muse Outdoor Bar School www.scandesign.com $548

Ballard Designs, Tampa Auto Tip Umbrellas $499-$599

PATIO PINACHE Kane Furniture Presidio 5-piece Outdoor Sectional, $2399.99

Modani Ibiza Outdoor Deckchair Set of 2, Gray $890

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Home Depot RST Brands Deco Motion Wicker Patio Fire Pit Set Sunbrella Spa Blue Cushions $2980 Contact Vendors for Current Availability / Pricing


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Bamboo Chairs, Imported by Client, Not Available Locally. Photo Courtesy Mac The Gardener

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WHE R E T O S H OP WHAT'S Y O UR S T Y L E ?

INTERIOR DESIGN

ONE-STOP DESIGN SHOP

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

ARTFU L C ONCEPT IO NS

DOVE INTERIORS

BAL L AR D DE S I G N

We have been in the interior design industry since 2003 and have a strong background in architecture, construction and furniture. We love home furnishings. As interior designers we have worked on all kinds of projects and love to think outside of the box. With an artists heart and the knowledge of construction we know how to create the perfect design, so you can love the space you're in! www.artfulconceptions.com

Dove Interiors, 2305 E College Ave, Ruskin, has served the community for more than 30 years. kitchen & bath, cabinets & countertops, window treatments, carpet & flooring. As a cooperative with 1,000 stores worldwide, Dove has enormous buying power and partners in all major brands. www.doveinteriorscarpetone.com

We're much more than just a source for beautiful home furnishings and decor. Here, you'll find inspiration, excitement and all the ingredients you need to transform your decorating ideas into reality. 2223 NW Shore Blvd Ste 2001, Tampa. www.ballarddesigns.com

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LOVE YOUR HOME

WE HAVE MODERN

HAVE A DRINK AT OUR BAR

ANNABE LLE'S Annabelle’s Fine Furniture, a purveyor of high-end home furnishings and interior design in Tampa Bay since 1979, has opened its second location just north of downtown St. Petersburg, at 2421 4th St North.“We want to provide a different, better, experience than clients are used to with other furniture stores and interior design studios. It should be enjoyable and easy,” says Annabelle’s General Manager, Stephen Bryant. The perfect mix of interior design and home décor retail, Annabelle’s clients value this approach. And they return because of its quality service and a wide selection of home furnishings and curated accessories. “We can find something for virtually any space or style.” www.annabellesfurniture.com/

M O D AN I Modani Furniture’s collection of designer-inspired décor features sleek lines, architectural structures, exciting shades, and everything else to turn your home into a space you adore. With everything we sell – from the art deco-imagined to mid-century modern-derived -- we focus on simple geometric shapes rather than the heavy ornamentation typically found in traditional or contemporary furnishings. 201 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. www.modani.com

DW E L L H O M E M ARKE T Where furniture shopping is a cool experience. On-trend furniture and decor at a range of price points. We deliver to your area. 26,000 square feet of curated home goods, local art, affordable design services. And, we have a bar! Have a drink while you contemplate your selections. 4912 S Lois Avenue, Tampa www.mydwellhome.com

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El Dorado, St. Petersburg Joy Blue Side Chair $450

Furniture Warehouse Wicker Antique Brown Side Chair $149.99 www.furniturewarehouse.com/ ellenton-showroom Tampa Furniture Outlet, Kimote by Ashley Furniture $139

PULL UP A CHAIR Haverty's Brandon Melanie Parsons Chair www. havertys.com $329.99

Scan Design Tampa Liza Chair $399

Dwell Home Market, Tampa Bucs Dining Chair $299

Doma, Tampa, Johnston Casuals Klingman Sundance Cafe Set

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Leaders, Brandon Kannoa-Maui Outdoor Leisure Chair $1512

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Hudsons Furniture, Brandon. Lexington East Bluff Upholstered Side Chair $899+ depending on fabric choice


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Annabelle’s Fine Furniture, St. Petersburg, Logan Side Chair. $1762, as shown.

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WHE R E T O S H OP WHAT'S Y O UR S T Y L E ?

LOOKING FOR BARGAINS?

ROOMS TO STAY

HOME C E NTRIC

R O O M S T O GO

Set of four placements for $9.99 is an example of merchandise available at this store. Shop a huge selection of Bedding, Bath, Kitchen, Decor, Organization, & More! Shop At Home Centric, 1590 W Brandon Blvd Brandon, FL 33511 www.homecentric.com

Shown is The Rhyder II white, two-piece room divider from Rooms to Go-Brandon, 1821 W Brandon Blvd Ste K, Brandon, FL 33511. Here you will enjoy a selection of room groupings in gallery after gallery filled with a stylish, affordable selections of furniture, area rugs, bedding, mattresses, children's and more. Also check out the Rooms to Go Outlet at 11540 US-92, Seffner, FL 33584 www.roomstogo.com

HUNTING FOR TREASURE?

H O M E GO O DS If you can't find it at Home Goods, 1945 Lumsden Road in Brandon, you won't find it anywhere. Discover this treasure trove of discouted brand name home furnishings, rugs, tableware, decorative accessories, and more. A constantly changing inventory makes every visit an adventure. www.homegoods.com

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SEEKING UNIQUE?

R AR EHUES If you're looking for unique pieces of furniture, either antique, vintage or repurposed ... incredible décor items, lighting, home accessory pieces, original artwork and more , visit this North Tampa treasure. You will see fabulous vignettes that showcase many of the items. And the potpourri of products change frequently so if you like something buy it because it likely won't be there for long. 10005 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

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We offer our famous custom-made Authentic Italian Ricotta Cheesecakes as well as a variety of Italian style dishes for catered events including dinner parties, tea parties, bridal showers, seasonal get-togethers, galas, weddings and more. Contact us with your custom requests for your next gathering—large or small!


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Life Skills and Mentoring Program for Girls Eight to Young Adulthood.

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We provide a wide variety of services for both residential and commerical. Need a Plumber? We’re there for you 24 / 7

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APPLIANCE SALE

DISCOUNT APPLIANCE CENTER New/Used Scratch & Dent Appliances

Don’t overpay at big box stores! Check out our Huge Selection of New & Used Appliances! DISCOUNTS UP TO 50%

FULL REPLACEMENT WARRANTIES AVAILABLE

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A PASSION F OR C OOK IN G "When I was just three years old, and other little girls were asking for dolls, I wanted my own kitchen. My grandfather, Angelo, actually built a kitchen for me in the back of the house. This was my play area. When I moved to Mira Bay, I designed my kitchen with a lot of the same personality: the wood, the warm Mediterranean look, the hood, the welcoming pineapple. "It's a tradition in my family that goes back over 100 years. Everything revolves around food. And I love to entertain, especially during the holidays. We'll have 25 to 30 guests. Everyone comes at least two hours ahead and we all cook together in the kitchen, enjoying a glass of Italian wine that my uncle still makes."

A FEW TIPS FROM DEBRA

- Kitchen Accessories. I swear by KitchenAid. They have lovely products and I use many of them. - Cookware. I used Ballarini Parma, a brand of Italian style forged aluminum, non-stick pans. They are widely available and very affordable. - I also have some Sardel Italian-made cookware that was passed down to me. These are great because the pans heat evenly. It's so important to have a good set of pots and pans, and you can find them at different price points. - Knives. I have a few knives that I have had for a really long time. I have Zwilling and also a full block set of Henckles knives. I use paring knives a lot as well as my boning knife. I cook a lot of lamb which I de-bone myself. To cut costs and not raise my prices, I now buy a larger piece of meat and use my boning knife. I've done this since I was little. - I do love entertaining. The cardinal rule is to understand who is coming, to know what they like and what they dislike, and make sure you have something for everyone.

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"Baking is my passion," says MiraBay resident Debra Nicola. "Starting at 7 years old, I began working and helping in my grandparent's bakery in the Bronx, NY. My family opened their first bakery in Benevento, Italy and migrated to New York in 1935, opening their second bakery across from Yankee Stadium. We sold the family business in 1990 and began other careers and raising our families. "Fast forward to now. I have decided that after much encouragement from family and friends to begin offering our family dishes that have been favorites in multiple countries for over 100 years. And I'm very excited to focus on offering my Italian Ricotta Cheesecake made from a family recipe that cannot be duplicated. I grow my own citrus zest and put much love into every dish I make! "I love to cook for others and share my heritage and that’s why I’m excited to also offer catering services featuring my family’s Italian specialities. I look forward to baking for your next event, dinner party, tea party or if you just want a really amazing authentic cheesecake. Each of my cakes are made fresh for each individual customer.

"I grow my own citrus zest and put much love into every dish I make! I love to cook for others and share my heritage. I look forward to baking for your next event." "I’m seeking to keep that passion for baking and serving local customers alive by introducing Cibo Delizioso to the Greater Tampa, Florida area. I hope that you’ll join me in keeping the legacy of our family bakery alive. "Cibo Delizioso works with catering clients on all types of events from dinner parties, open houses and office gatherings, to wine pairings, tea parties, bridal showers and other celebratory events. If you have a special event in mind, contact us and we’ll be happy to explore custom menu options for creating a unique dining experience for your guests." All dishes are homemade in my kitchen with recipes that have been in our family for over 100 years. Originally hand crafted in Benevento, Italy, we are proud to offer our dishes to the Greater Tampa Bay Area. www.cibodelizioso.com


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BRING I N G A U T H E N T I C ITALIAN CU I S I N E T O Y O U R TA B L E

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Bed Bath & Beyond, Brandon Margaritaville Blender $395 www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Farrah 25.6" Bar Stool (Set of 2) $346 Comes in seven colors www.allmodern.com

KITCHEN IDEAS Sur La Table, Tampa $395 Zwilling J.A. Henckels 14-Piece Gourmet Knife Block www.surlatable.com

Cabinets to Go, Brandon 11" Quad Stemware Holder Cabinets to Go, Brandon www.cabinetstog.com $33.99

Williams-Sanoma International Plaza Tampa Casabella Guaclock Guacamole Storage Container $24.95 www.williams-sonoma.com At Home, Ellenton Reactive Blue Platter $14.99 Sugar Bowl $4.99 Bowl $14.99 Souper Mug $6.99 www.athome.com

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Home Goods $12.99 Tracy Lou 4-pc Multi-Colored Fast Drying Kitchen Towels www.homegoods.com

The Container Store, Tampa Chef'n Strawberry Huller $9.99 www.containerstore.com


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HOME WORK

FIX IT UP

Painting? Plumbing? New Roof? Garage Door Broken? There's always something that needs doing when you own your own home!.

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GOT HOME W O R K T O D O ? CONSIDE R T H E S E F I NE V END O R S

LANDSCAPE SUPPLY

LET'S RAISE THE ROOF

S OU THSHORE L ANDSC APE SU PPLY

CA R DI N AL R O O F I N G

F L O R I DA F L O O RS

Cardinal Roofing, 1312 Orangewalk in Brandon, is a third-generation roofing contractor. The perfect choice for re-roofing, repairs and inspections. See tips they have that will help you when it comes time to re-roof. www.cardinalroofing.com

Florida Floors, 304 Miller Mac Road, Apollo Beach, has everythig you will need for flooring. A locally owned company that sells carpet, vinyl, wood, tile, mosaic, and more. Seventeen years of experience installing floors throughout the SouthShore area. www.florida-floors.com.

Family owned and operated, Southshore Landscape Supply has proudly served and supplied Contractors & Homeowners alike with the simple idea of providing “Retail Quality products at Wholesale Prices.” We’ve grown from a neighborhood stand, to one of the leading suppliers of bulk landscape materials in our surrounding area. www.southshorelandscapesupplyinc.com

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SWIMMING POOL CARE

WINDOWS & GLASS

CARPORTS? ENCLOSURES?

SO U T H E AS T WIND O W S & GL AS S S OU THSHORE PO O L S SouthShore Pools is the leading Pool Service, Repair and Renovation company for the South Shore area. South Shore Pools is a family owned and operated business based out of Ruskin, and serving all of the South Shore communities. We service pools in Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Riverview, Ellenton and Sun City Center. www.southshorepoolsfl.com/

Southeast Windows & Glass of Ruskin is a family owned and operated company offering 30 plus years of integrity & accumulated experience. We provide consumers with a stress-free experience, from concept to completion, by providing more of what our residential and commercial customers are looking for. That begins with selection, service and price – but it doesn’t end there. It has to include trust, and we have worked hard over the years to earn yours. Our commitment to service begins the moment a prospective client walks through our door. www.sewindows.com

K N O X AL UM I N UM For more than 30 years we have been serving our customers with honesty, quality, and dependable workmanship. We are a family business that knows the importance of satisfied customers. All work is performed by Knox Aluminum tradesmen with a minimum of 10 years experience in areas of aluminum construction. Pool Enclosures, Garage Screens, Vinyl Windows, Room Additions, Screen Rooms, Screen Entrances, Glass Rooms, Awnings, Concrete, Carports, Repairs. 720 4th Street SW, Ruskin. www.knoxaluminum.com

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MORE HOME W O R K ?

CONSIDE R T H E S E F I NE V END O R S

SAVE THAT SPACE!

IS IT REALLY NEED A DOCK? TIME TO PAINT? NEED A LIFT?

MORE SPACE PL A CE

PA IN T I N G C O R P S

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Here's the place that will help you solve small space issues. At 1847 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard in Bradenton, this store has Murphy style beds and all sorts of other ways to help you make maximum use of all the space you do have. www.morespaceplace.com

We’re the premier Veteran-owned and operated painting contractor in Tampa, Florida. We apply U.S. Military values like Service, Integrity and Pride toevery paint project that we complete. Work with our professional paintingcrew to experience the PAINT CORPS™ difference. www.paintcorps.com/tampa-fl/

With over 25 years experience in the industry, March Marine Construction can make your waterside dreams a reality. Dedicated to providing a quality product and a work environment ruled by ethics, you can be confident that every experience you have with us will be pleasant. 10820 Cedar Street, Riverview 33569 www.marchmarineconstruction.com

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NEED A FISH? NEED A POND?

WINDOWS & DOORS

BUILDING? REMODELING?

WE AT H E R T I T E TAM P A KOI KOMPANIO N At Koi Kompanion, caring for fish and creating beautiful, quality ponds is both our specialty and our passion. Whether you’re looking to build a custom pond for your property, expand or restore an existing pond, or establish an in-home aquarium – we are the professional source you’ve been looking for.. www.koikompanion.com

Weather Tite Windows is a family-owned and operated window and door replacement company. We offer everything from window and door sales to sliding glass door sales and installation for homes and high-rise condominiums. As certified general contractors and an authorized PGT Diamond status Dealer we help homeowners and businesses throughout Tampa Bay become more eco-friendly and secure through our energy-conserving and storm protection products. 2119 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 www.weathertitewindows.com

E L I T E H O M E S E R V IC E S Elite Home Services does commercial and residential remodeling, roofing, concrete work, window/door Installation and much much more. 605 1st Avenue NW Ruskin 33570

(813) 494-8274

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C A RDIN A L ROOFING'S BRIDGET JENKINS W IL SON WA RNS

B UY I NG A METAL R O O F? CAVE AT EM P T O R Metal roofs chices can be as varied as car shopping. You can get a Land Rover, or a Camry. Each one a very good roof, but vastly different in pricing and life expectancy. I always tell our clients to look up more often. Check out those metal roofs when you hit the beach, see how Busch Gardens or how colleges roof their buildings. When looking at a metal roof, see if you can see exposed fasteners. Those are the screws that are holding down the metal panels to the roof deck. Metal roofs with exposed fasteners are typically the less expense type of metal roof. They are faster to install and take less skill. (Although they still involve a high level of tradesperson skill). The thing is, the metal screws have a neoprene washer that buffers the metal-onmetal contact. These neoprene washers may crack and degrade over time if care is not used, and proper torque

applied as to not crack the neoprene; which leads to a situation where there isn't a buffer between the metals. This will cause corrosion and its very visible on older roofs where you can see rust start to form and steak down the panel, originating from the screws/fasteners. You can maintain the roof and replace these screws, if needed, after a few years, but the time and labor is typically not cost effective. This roof would be on the Camry side of investments. The other choice is what is called a true standing seam roof. This is more of a Land Rover. If you don’t wreck it, you do regular maintenance, it will live for a very long time. These roofs are the classic looking metal roof where no fasteners can be seen. The metal panels are fastened to the roof deck, but then the next panel is placed on top of the other’s edge and a seaming tool is used to seam the joints together.

Third generation roofers and the only woman-owned company where owner actually goes on the roof! Cardinal Roofing is a third generation roofing contractor company built on customer referrals and an honest work ethic. Our quality craftsmanship and small town service are at the core of our business. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unlicensed, unbonded or uninsured companies in the roofing industry that have been known to utilize unethical business practices. They just shut their doors when they are reported, and then reopen under a different name. The simple fact that we have been around for three generations and are built on referrals says everything you need to know about Cardinal Roofing. We are here to stay and provide our customers with honest, affordable roofing services.

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No exposed fasteners, no neoprene washers to degrade, no areas of rust to develop to weaken the panel. The other penetrations on the roof should be maintained, to ensure that a rogue squirrel hasn’t caused damage, or a branch didn’t cause an issue with any flashings. The roof is built to last and many historical buildings had this same installation on their very old, very successful roofs. Another thing to consider when you shop for metal roofing is the gauge of metal. The confusing thing is that the numbers seem to be backwards. 22 gauge is thicker than 29 gauge. A 26-gauge metal panel is the most common. If you get multiple quotes, be sure they are apples to apples. The thickness of metals makes the pricing change dramatically. It can also change the wind uplift rating for the roof as well. Building codes must be followed and you must hire a licensed roofing contractor in the state of Florida to have a metal roof installed. Also, do not install the metal roof over your existing shingle roof. There is no way to truly inspect the roof deck unless the current roofing material is stripped off and actual eyes can inspect, repair and renail the roof deck to current codes. This ensures the safety of your home and the people and things inside of it. The one place NOT TO CUT CORNERS, is your roof.


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WHERE TO LIVE

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S O UTH SH OR E HO M E S . . . W HER E TO B U Y ? WH E RE T O L IV E?

LA PALOMA SUN CITY CTR

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

BUILD NEW AT MIRA BAY BUI L D N E W N OW

THE P RE SE RVE The Preserve at La Paloma is a gated 55+ community of new construction homes in Sun City Center, Florida. Part of the master-planned Villages at Cypress Creek community, many homes in this active adult enclave will include views of the Cypress Creek Golf Club and serene water elements. Lots of indoor and outdoor amenities are available, and home models include single-family homes and attached villas. www.mattamyhomes.com/florida/ tampa/sun-city-center/the-preserve-at-la-paloma

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SU N T O W E R S Our Retirement Community is unique. We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Extended Congregate Care along with Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing all under one very large roof. The variety of living options allows our residents to truly “Age in Place”. By having choices, you can enjoy your retirement with the comfort of knowing you are living in a place that will always be able to provide you with the level of care you need when you need it. www.suntowersretirement.com

Located on 750 lushly landscaped acres in Apollo Beach, this community offers a high standard of living with resort-style amenities. With its proximity to the sea, MiraBay has boating access to the Gulf. Residents can literally go fishing, sailing or swimming from their backyards. Jerry Knizek, New Home Counselor for Park Square Homes, provides the latest update: "Marisol Pointe introduces a fresh opportunity to own a new home in Mira Bay and we are now scheduling appointments! "Many feel that MiraBay is South Shore’s premier, master-planned community. This community is conveniently located near the shopping, dining and culture of Tampa and St. Petersburg to the North, and Sarasota to the South, and just a quick commute to SouthShore business districts. Some of Florida's most beautiful beaches are just a car ride away. We are now offering 12 unique single-family floor plans including homes with canal views and boat docks. Marisol Pointe is the last opportunity to buy new homes in MiraBay." Visit the Park Square homes website for information. www.parksquarehomes.com


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Going to the beach has taken on an entirely new meaning in SouthShore. And this is not just any beach. This is a pristine white powder sandy beach surrounding a crystal clear five-acre "lagoon." SouthShore Bay Lagoon is located half a mile East of US HWY 301 on State Road 674 in Wimauma, within Metro Development Group's master-planned SouthShore Bay community. And it is now open to the public. Enjoy your day at the lagoon from 10am to 8pm daily. This amazing oasis presents an exciting elixir for those long, hot, summer days ahead. Come with the family or with groups of friends. Event-planners will certainly have a field day with this fresh opportunity for groups up to 100. Everything needed to plan a day or evening visit or an event is easy to access on the website. You will need a Day or Evening Pass (click to check for current rates). Add to your day of fun by renting a kayak or stand-up paddle board. Or,

test your skills at the water obstacle course. Premium seating beach lounge chairs and "clamshell" loungers are also available in Cabana Cove. Yes, you can rent your own private cabana, or a private floating "Aquabana". The Lagoon at SouthShore Bay also offers day and early evening activities including volleyball, movies, live music, adult karaoke and more. Check out the Gasparilla Island escape, no boat required. You can wade out from the sandy beach to a splash pad island surrounded by clear blue shallow water.

Rent a Private Floating Aquabana

Going to the beach has taken on an entirely new meaning in SouthShore. You definitely do not want to miss the swim-up bar that serves drinks from the water and from the shore. The lagoon at SouthShore Bay is Hillsborough County's only lagoon. It officially opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press event on May 12, co-hosted with the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.

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... O R S T A Y F O R A LIF ET IME SouthShore Lagoon is the heart of SouthShore Bay, a master-planned community by Tampa-based Metro Development Group, with 2,800 home sites. The gateway to SouthShore Bay is the Main Entry Gate, where you will gather useful information and be directed to decorated models featuring homes by D.R. Horton and Medley by Lennar. D.R. Horton opened the first models here in May 2018. Today, D.R. Horton homes are available with several floor plans offered in four “neighborhoods” in this Lagoon Community. Medley at SouthShore Bay is an active adult community for residents 55 plus. Medley offers a variety of water-inspired activities and amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style swimming pool and more. Residents can also enjoy the 5-acre MetroLagoons® amenity as well as trails and parks.

SouthShore Bay is one of eight lagoon communities that Metro Places plans for Florida, making Florida the state with the largest number of lagoons in the country. "This lagoon community features our exclusive ULTRAFi technology with the fastest internet and WiFi speeds in the nation. With up to 1 Gigabit of speed

throughout the community, around the Lagoon and available inside every home,” says Marketing Director John Afflebach. "You can now live in the nation’s hottest hot spot." Interested? For information about living here visit www.Metroplaces.com or the onsite models. Watch Video ~ SouthShore Life

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WI T H MA N Y RESIDENTIAL O PTIO NS, T O N S O F RE C RE AT I O N A L FA CI LI T I ES, SCHO O LS AND OTHER AM E N I T I E S , W AT E RS E T T O D AY I S A V I BR A N T, WELL-ESTABLISHED, H O ME - T O W N C O MM U N I T Y . Above: The Landing Cafe and Welcome Center. Left: the new Dorothy York Magnet School, planned to open in August 2022. Below, and Below left: Residents can utilize the resort-like swimming pool and sports courts at the Waterset Club. Facing Page: Waterset homes facing some of the 12+ miles of trails that weave throughout the community.

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When I first moved to Apollo Beach in 2017, I got the impression that most everyone lived in Waterset. Since I didn't live there, I didn't think much about it. But, when I drove through the stately entrance from Big Bend Road recently, and walked into the impressive Waterset Welcome Center, the reason for this impression became very clear. Community Representative Roxane Spatafora provided a visual tour of the current housing options. Then, she pointed to a large map of the overall community plan imprinted on a large table in the atrium. That's when I grasped the enormity of this 2,374-acre residential master-planned development, which will ultimately stretch from the entryway off of Big Bend, all the way south to 19th Avenue, and from US Hwy 41 to I-75. Waterset opened in 2013 and has since grown into a vibrant community with a variety of new homes from top homebuilders, as well as desirable amenities including miles of trails, resort-like pools, fitness centers, an onsite café, and more. The community also features three schools: SouthShore Montessori, Kids 'R' Kids Preschool, and Waterset Charter. The Dorothy York Hillsborough County Magnet School will also open in August for the 2022-2023 school year. With many residential options, recreational facilities, schools, and shopping and dining options nearby, Waterset today is a lively community with a home-town feel. To get an up close and personal idea of what it's like to call Waterset home, turn to page 22 for my interview with Lea and Scott Manningham, who have lived in a home in the community since 2015. (See page 22) ~ SouthShore Life

W AT E RS E T W I LL U LT I M AT E LY S T R ETCH F RO M T H E E N T RY W AY O F F O F BIG B END , A LL T H E W AY S O U T H T O 1 9 T H AV E NU E, A N D F RO M U S H W Y 4 1 T O I -7 5 .

WONDERFUL WATERSET WAT ER SET IS NOT O NLY F AM I LY - O R I E N T E D, BUT C O M M U NIT Y-M IND ED AS W E L L , O P E N I N G I T S DO O R S TO M A NY FU ND R A ISER S T H AT BE N E F I T S O UT H S H O R E AN D B EYO ND .

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HUGE INTEREST IN TINY HOMES SUSTAINABLE LIVING CELEBR ATED HERE

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"People spend so much money maintaining the grass in their yards," lamented Debbie Caneen recently. "At the same time, they appear to feel helpless against food shortages or paying extra at the grocery for naturally grown fruits and vegetables." To encourage gardening here, Caneen gifts a raised garden bed to newcomers.

Owner of Circle Pond Tiny Home Community in Southport, Caneen fervently believes in the health and economic benefits of backyard gardens and planting plenty of fruit trees. She also adheres to the healing benefits of peace and quiet as an elixir against the stress of living in today's hectic world.

Having just left the heavy traffic of US Hwy 301, I needed some of that elixir. It was literally a breath of fresh air for me to enjoy a brief sojourn in the calm ambiance she has created, and to learn more about Tiny Home Living. She invited me into one of the tiny homes she keeps for her own personal use and to house occasional visitors. Handing me a jar of honey made right here at Circle Pond Community by Bee Keeper Sam Goodwin, from 16 on-site hives, she said, "It's a gift forspecial visitors." The homes are made of wood and natural materials. This creates a pleasant interior ambiance. These homes are easy to clean. And they are meant to travel. In 2017, she hosted a local

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tiny home show, and more than a thousand people came. Widespread interest in the lifestyle is satisfied through at least two magazines, many books and online sources. Circle Pond in SouthShore, situated on nearly five acres, has 12 lot spaces surrounding a circular pond. It is listed as one of the Top 10 Tiny House Communities in the United States by the Tiny House Authority. Current residents, from 30 some-

thing to 70, pay a monthly rate of $475. That includes water, sewer, garbage and electricity. There are a number of professions among residents ... from marketing, teaching, online businesses, truck driving, and even welding. Two containers on site are used to grow microgreens and mushrooms which are sold at the Life & Food Superstore in Parrish. Caneen recommended watching Zack Giffen's

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"People spend so much money maintaining their grass."

Above: Circle Pond. Below, Right: Debbie making honey.

"Tiny House Nation" to learn more about this movement. From his on-line bio: Zack is a professional skier and contractor who is co-host of Tiny House Nation. He has so much love for tiny homes that he built a mobile tiny ski house for himself, and has lived in it full-time for years. Each winter Zack moves his tiny home to powdery slopes across the country. He has traveled more than 20 thousand miles with his tiny home and has introduced thousands of people along the way to the wonders of this lifestyle. He is a wealth of information about living tiny and brings his insight and expertise in carpentry to each build. Zack manages each project and build crew and his

innovative tricks of the tiny trade always wow. For each home, Zack designs a special build project tailored to the homeowner’s needs. His creations are not only super space-saving inventions, they’re also works of art. Circle Pond Community offers options for long-term tiny living and a beautiful natural setting, while also providing accessibility to common needs of day-to-day living. Spaces are currently full and there is a waiting list. Circle Pond is focused on providing long-term locations for permanent tiny home living. With educational, cultural and employment opportunities available within walking or biking distance, this unique community has a lot to offer. ~ SouthShore Life

... But tiny homes a r e getting bigger

Author Michael Janzen, author of "Tiny House Floor Plans," Second Edition, (available on Amazon) notes that tiny houses are getting bigger. Another change over time is that today most designs use stairs, whereas in 2009, when tiny houses were a new thing, stairs were rarely used. Most tiny house bathrooms are typically a shower on one side, a toilet on the other, and a tiny sink in between. In this new edition of Janzen's book, there are many new bathroom layouts. Kitchen layouts presented are small, massive, and everything in between, to suit the owner's unique preferences. The first edition had just over 200 floor plans. The new edition has 356. In the first version, the plans didn’t show where the roof was. Now you can see what kind of roof it is and where the roof lines lay. You can also spot where the trailer fenders would be and see how each plan is designed to fit the trailer. Each design has ample locations for built-in storage on both levels. With housing needs changing rapidly, today tiny homes are becoming family friendly. Many designs have bed space for 4 or more, either in dedicated bedrooms and lofts or flexible sleeping locations for guests on sofas. In general, tiny houses are getting bigger. In the book you'll find plans of homes ranging from truly tiny 12-foot long tiny houses to giant 36-foot long homes. Tiny House Floor Plans, Second Edition, by Michael Janzen

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Worth the Drive: Marie Scelby Botaical Gardens, Sarasota

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KEEP IT GREEN

LAWN & GARDEN

Third Insight Design, an edible landscape design consultancy and nursery. 6520 Richie's Way, behind Apollo's Bistro, Apollo Beach. They are only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 3pm.

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"Our team offers customized solutions and handles every aspect of the job above and beyond industry standards. We provide design, planning and installation services."

"G O D HAS BLESSED ME W I T H T H I S A BI LI T Y A N D I W A N T T O S H A RE HIS B L ESSINGS WITH OTHERS. I C A RE F O R E A C H D E S I G N AS I F I T W E RE M Y OW N HO M E. "

"Proper lighting enhances any landscape. Landscape and lighting installer Austin Gordon, Southern Creations, is an integral and very important part of my business."

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IF YOU HAVEN' T ALRE ADY

MEET MAC THE GARDENER

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ac was born in Winter Haven, Florida, and has worked in the Tampa Bay Area all of his professional life. He learned to love and appreciate plants in his grandmother's, and later, his parents' gardens. Blessed with artistic ability, he began to combine both the love and interest in plants and creative artistic design at the age of 16, working for his father’s business in Dunedin. "To this day, I am thankful for the opportunity of sitting alongside a Registered Landscape Architect and designing with him. And I also installed many of those landscapes myself.

"When my Dad sold the business, I ventured out on my own, installing both large and small projects and learning more with each installation." "Mac the Gardener Inc. was created in 1995. Since then, I have designed and installed many projects for myself and for many other companies in the Tampa Bay Area. My clients are amazed that I still design the blueprints by hand. I know it gives them a more personal touch than computer-generated sketches." Mac is versatile in any genre including Asian Gardens, Tropical, and Traditional. He enjoys the challenge of combining several genres. He always wants to make sure clients feel that

MAC'S L ANDSC APE DESIG N P H I LO S O P H Y Landscaping projects involve considerable planning and meticulous execution. These areas are exposed continuously to climatic conditions, and it's vital to use high-quality exterior grade products that will last many years. It is also essential to make sure that aspects such as ease of maintenance and cost-effectiveness are considered in the planning. Just as it is imperative to make sure that high-grade products are used in the work, it is also essential to install every feature expertly. This is where our services come into the picture. Mac The Gardener, Inc. is a niche landscaping company providing highgrade landscaping solutions to clients in and around Brandon, Tampa, Apollo Beach, Valrico, Lakeland, Riverview, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and Ruskin. My forte is offering customized solutions and handling every aspect of the job above and beyond industry standards. If you are looking for complete outdoor design, planning and installation services, Mac The Gardener is the landscaping company to call. I am

passionate about what I do, and this is reflected in every job. I take the time to focus on my client's preferences and ideas, and make sure the plans and layouts provided will reflect their personal style. And I always keeps their budget in mind when planing. Using my expertise and experience, I provide input and ideas that will complement each client's design preferences. I also make sure that all of the features designed and planned will fit in well with the overall aesthetic of their home and its exterior areas.

~ Mac Garner

"IF YOU A RE LO O K I N G FO R C O M PLE T E O U T D O O R DESIG N , P L A N N I N G A N D INSTALL AT I O N S E RVI C E S , WE ARE T H E L A N D S C A P I N G CO MPA N Y T O C A LL. "

they are part of the process. An important aspect of almost every design is lighting. Mac designs lighting to be plant selective and photometrically created to give a tasteful accent to the landscape when viewed at night.

"MY CLIENTS ARE AMAZED THAT I STILL DESIGN THE BLUEPRINTS BY HAND. I KNOW IT GIVES THEM A MORE PERSONAL TOUCH."

LANDSCAPE PROJECTS - Designing the waterfall for Warren Sapp, being a co-designer for the entryways and park at Mira Bay. - Designing the landscape and landscape lighting for the Gills Residence (Owner of St. Luke’s Eye Clinic) - Designing the landscaping for HGTV’s Yard Crashers show in Tampa. - Designed the entire property of town homes at 6414 Sunset Bay They are slated to start this year. - Co-designed landscape for Tampa's popular Salt Shack, pictured below.

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In Macondo, the magical town in the fantasy-filled novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 100 Years of Solitude, there is seemingly magic in everything. Open the pink door of Harriet's Flowers, 226 College Avenue West, Ruskin, and you will enter a fantastic, flower-filled, and, yes, magical atmosphere firmly rooted in three generations. Violet and T.R. Hovey settled in Ruskin in the '40s. They first worked in agriculture and then opened T.R. Hovey Nursery to grow ornamental plants, citrus trees and eventually flowers. Violet and her daughter, Harriet, attended flower design school in Tampa, before opening Violet's Flowers which later became Harriet's Flowers in the '70s. "We are really eight generations in Florida," says Gail Roszel, Harriet's daughter and current matriarch of the family's businesses. "I learned the industry from my mother and grandmother." Gail and her brothers literally grew up working in the business. Harriet, now 85, lives in the home where the shop is located. The rest of the house is all part of the business. Harriet tends her personal garden

daily and looks after two orchid greenhouses, with the help of Kim Beck, who is also one of the delivery drivers. "This land has been in our family for five generations. I remember that my grandfather always told us, "Take care of the land. They're not making any more of it." Today, Harriet's Flowers is a thriving business that actually grew stronger during the pandemic. "People were isolated and needed to do something to reach out, send love, connect. "The perfect solution was to order a beautiful floral arrangement and send it as a gesture of love." As a result of the pandemic, however, flowers and supplies were hard to come by. "That motivated us to start growing flowers again." Gail's husband, Brantz, and their son, Thomas, with help and advice from the community, created the infrastructure to start a flower farm while Gail researched types and colors of flowers to grow. Bouquets ranging from $50 to $150 can include zinnias, snap dragons, statice, Queen Anne's lace and more. "We grow flowers that do well in our geographic region, including popular sunflowers when they are in season. "This used to be one of the largest flower growing areas in Florida,

particularly for gladiolas. I remember visiting large fields of gladiolas at Claprood's (once the largest flower producer in Florida) with my mom and grandmother when I was eight. Knowing this history, we are experimenting with gladiolas." Gail also recalls visiting tomato farms in Ruskin with her grandfather. “T.R. Hovey was quite a character, a self-trained entomologist. He was very good at it and farmers far and near would often consult with him. He became so well known that, with no high school diploma, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Florida, in 1982. Things get really hectic on holidays, especially Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Over the years, they have developed a squadron of holiday help who already know exactly what to do. Most of the time, however, Jo Ann Gauta and Renee Stroud who have each worked for Harriet's 20 plus years, can readily hold down the fort. The final touch is delivery. "Our driver, Tom Connolly, is all 'Gentlemen's Quarterly.' He loves delivering flowers with élan." This is part of the experience for the lucky recipients of the wonderful, magical gift of flowers from this beloved local shop.

Top Row, From Left: Kim Beck, Renee Stroud, Kim Stroud and Jeanne Desario on a typical Mothers' Day. A romantic moment for founders T.R. and Violet Hovey. Left: J.P. and Carter can't wait to help their grandfather Brantz Roszel, who established and maintains the farm operations. Thomas' wife, Ashlye, often helps out in the shop. It's truly a family affair!

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DELIVERED TO YOU DIRECT FROM THE FARM

C O U N C I L G R OW E R S S OD Elija, Travis, Amber and Rebecca Council. The Council Family has been farming in the Tampa Bay area for four generations, and working on five. They have been in the sod business since 1980. Council Growers continues that tradition under owner Travis Council, who says, "When you call our company, you speak with turf grass growers who are not simply brokering a sale. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about these grasses since we have grown them on the farm from start to finish. You are buying direct from the farm." Sod Should be Replanted Quickly After Harvesting Travis and Amber Council gave us a royal tour of their 500-acre Wimauma farm recently, where we picked up some helpful information about sod and the 12 varieties of grass and ground cover grown here. We learned that Council Growers has a distinct advantage over other farms due to their Wimauma and Parrish locations. This enables them to sell and service the entire Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties with generally lower freight charges and faster service for their wholesale, commercial and

After harvesting, "ribbons" remain in the field. It takes 11 months for the ribbons to grow into fields that are ready to harvest again.

Deep Roots in the Community. Council Growers' roots run deep in Hillsborough and Manatee counties. "Council Growers was incorporated in 1988 but the family started farming in the late 1800s. Travis' great grandfather, Columbus Lee Council, started farming on Terra Ceia in Manatee County in the late 1800s.

Below, left: A mechanical sprinkler pulls water directly from the ponds and then collects back into the pond, in a self-sustaining irrigation system.

Left: Dragging a spiked roller across the field to aerate the soil. Above: Firefly Harvester requires only one operator.

Council's irrigation system collects water in round or "linear" ponds like the one shown in left of photo.

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retail customers. Travis said that ideally, sod should be planted within 24 hours of cutting, and not sitting at a sod depot. "We are not new to the sod business, we are not a fly-bynight operation, and we don’t operate with a lot of fanfare. What we do is grow our own grasses in sand-based soils that match yours. We understand the time and effort, care and pride that goes into maintaining a beautiful lawn because we put the same time, care, effort, and pride into the products we bring to you. We can supply anything from a few pallets for your yard; sprigs for your golf course—you name it. We offer pick-up at the fields, delivery to your location, and can arrange installation if needed. Our grass is cut day of or the afternoon before we deliver it or install the sod in your yard or at the project site.

"Over four generations of the Council family have farmed in the Ruskin area. And at one time or another they have grown "everything in the fruit or vegetable bowl." The major crops they have farmed over the years have been cattle, tomatoes, citrus, and sod. The current farm was founded by Pat and Jean Council and to this day Pat and Jean serve as sounding boards and sources of wisdom and experience and the occasional tractor driver or bookkeeper when needed. Council Growers Sod Farm grows Empire Zoysia,


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Council Growers works with research teams at the University of Florida and private organizations to produce new and better varieties that need less fertilizer, less care, and less water. Seville St. Augustine, Bitter Blue St. Augustine, Floratam St. Augustine, Celebration Bermuda, 419 Bermuda, Native Seashore Paspalum, Bahia, Scotts ProVista St Augustine, Bimini Bermuda and Perennial Peanut. "Bermuda is popular for fairways and soccer fields, and public areas and grand entrances like Mira Bay and Sun City. Bimini is a new variety developed for golf courses and athletic fields. look no further."

RIGHT: Have you ever wondered where sod comes from? Now you know. Council Growers is the closest sod farm to Tampa and services Tampa Bay and Sarasota metro areas.

"While no sod is perfect, we will

Below: Automated harvester enables a driver and two stackers to create the pallets.

work with you to find a variety that will be the best for your yard Above: Empire Zoysia

Above: Palletized sod ready to be picked up directly from the field by client or delivered directly to them.

and conditions."

New Varieties for the Changing Times. With the changing times, people are getting tired of all the restrictions that make it more expensive and more difficult than ever to maintain a beautiful lawn. Travis informed us that the sod industry is diligently working on solutions. These days, there are already many more options and sod varieties to choose from. Council Growers works with research teams at the University of

Florida and private organizations to produce new and better varieties that need less fertilizer, less care, and

less water. "While no sod is perfect, we will work with you to find a variety that will be the best for your yard and conditions. We offer a number of alternatives from the traditional grasses used in a Florida landscape."

Perennial Peanut is an ideal ground cover for Florida. Show above, and at left, where 5th generation Council daughter Rebecca is helping at the SouthShore Seafood Festival.

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Many Rare and Hard-to-find Plants | Vast Types of Succulents and Bedding Plants Palm Trees | Ornamentals | Perennials | Tropical Perennials

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KEEP IT G RE E N : F O R PRO S AND DO - I T - Y U U RS E LF E RS

A LE X H L A N D S C A P I N G SUN CITY CENTER

Located off US Hwy 41 at 470 7th Ave. NE, Ruskin, Sunny Days is a family business. Sal and Angel both worked at this same location when it was Archie Hamlin Nursery. After Archie closed, they decided to pursue their love and dedication to plants and in August 2007 they opened Sunnydays Nursery. "This is a labor of love," the brothers agree. "It is our dedication and hard work and the help of our wives, children and even our grandchildren, that keeps the business thriving." "We strive to give great customer service. If you have a plant that just won't grow like you want, we will work with you to show you how to improve the plant's needs. A little advice mixed with some humor and helpful knowledge is always free!" We welcome you to come and visit and get to know all of us and see the beautiful Florida nursery we have. We also do trees! Business is good and we hope to see you very soon! www.sunnydaysnurserytampa.com

Keep it Green Nursery began 10 years ago after James Kushmer's affinity for and business dabbling with flowering plants eventually inspired him to open a full retail store. Located at 7075 US Hwy 41 South in Apollo Beach, it has blossomed to become a full service nursery with everything customers could need to maintain a beautiful yard, landscaping, or garden. While a great stop for do-it-yourselfers, Keep it Green also offers full service landscaping with a team of professionals. "Our landscape design process involves an at-home consultation, free landscape design by a professional architect, a review of the design at the store with live plants, and timely installation. "We employ a consultative approach to help customers with challenging goals tailor a unique plan to suit individual situations. Our designs often include new sod, sprinkler systems, drip irrigation systems, hardscaping, and even fencing. www.keepitgreennursery.com

Alex H. Landscaping is a family-owned and operated business. With more than 10 years of experience creating beautiful landscapes, they work hard to transform your outdoor living area into your unique paradise. "We are a husbandand-wife team and our adult children help our company thrive. We came to this country for a better life for our children and here we are, working together to reach the American dream. Our unique designs are created specifically for each landscape. We love a challenge and value our clients' needs and desires." Alex H. Landscaping has a team of workers who help get each job done effectively and efficiently. From custom landscaping designs to fire pits, retaining walls, irrigation installation, waterfalls, and more, their craftsmanship will add beauty, value, and durability to your home for years to come. Alex H. Landscaping offers free estimates and designs and serves the Tampa Bay and SouthShore areas. Check out their work on Facebook or call for a free estimate (813)516-9769. You dream it, we create it!

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OUR PRIVATE PARADISE

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here were a few awkward moments when I arrived. Why was Stephen heading toward me with a wheelbarrow full of lawn clippings? And when she opened the door, why was Cola still fastening her halter top? It became clear later, when I arrived back home, that I had missed Cola's email asking to re-schedule. Oops! But this 21st century thoroughly modern couple rolled with the punches, so to speak. While Stephen caught a quick shower, Cola gave me a tour of their delightful waterfront home. They met through Facebook! A marketing professional at the time, Cola had some 5,000 followers

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when Stephen saw her photo on a Facebook "selfie day." He discovered they had one mutual Facebook friend, a photographer. It wasn't much, but enough for an introduction. Stephen was living in Palm Harbor and Cola, originally from Jacksonville, was living in downtown Tampa. They met, fell in love, and lived for a year in Jacksonville, where they became engaged. Missing the Tampa Bay lifestyle, they started shopping for houses. Both of them are vagabonds of sorts. Between the two, they have lived in Los Angeles, London, The Bahamas, Tampa, Brandon, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and Palm Harbor in Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. They were soon married, creating a blended family of four grown children and two grandchildren.


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Their move came right before the pandemic, which slowed their plans down considerably. They lived very spartanly during the renovation, while doing as much of the work themselves as possible. quick access to Tampa Bay. They envisioned what the home could be with a little love, and some investment of time and money. The rest is history. Their move, unfortunately, came right before the pandemic, which slowed their plans down considerably. They lived very spartanly in one bedroom during the renovation, while doing as much of the work themselves as possible. "We cooked all meals on the grill, and washed our dishes outside in a bucket since we had no running water in the kitchen for many months." Gradually,

Photo Above and Right by Jessica Skaare Perez

It was Cola who found Apollo Beach. "I heard about it when my kids went to school at Bell Shoals Baptist in Brandon. Other Moms I met there made the 35-minute drive twice daily!" Fast forward to 2020. "When Stephen and I were looking for a home base, and I knew that I had to find out what the attraction was all about." The Baileys were disappointed, to say the least, when their first agent actually stood them up! Cola soon contacted another one who selected a few homes for them to see. They noticed that the agent hesitated showing one of the homes due to its poor condition. But the Baileys insisted. When they walked in, they didn't notice the flaws or the run-down condition. They only saw the beautiful pool area and waterfront location with

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however, this handyman special was transformed into the stunning modern home it is today. After many trips to Lowe's and many hours of work and supervising contractors, the floors, walls, windows, bathrooms, kitchen and more were complete. Most of the furniture came from their previous homes, augmented by pieces from local artists or here and there from Rooms to Go. This eclectic mix, put together with their very skilled "designing eyes," resulted in a welcoming modern ambiance. Cola particularly mentioned Home Goods in Brandon for their selection of affordable linens, pottery, china, art and accessories. Stephen did most of the landscaping (which explains why he was hauling that wheelbarrow I mentioned at the beginning of this article). Not expecting my visit, he had just purchased four new palm trees that begged to be planted. He praised Keep It Green landscaping in Apollo Beach for providing great plans and sound advice. The front door opens into a small foyer which leads into a large open space. The kitchen, which Stephen designed, is across one end. Off to street side is a formal dining room and at the far end of the main area is the living room. From every room, one enjoys the tropical waterfront view, beautiful throughout the day and especially at sunrise. A family of yellow-crowned herons has befriended the Baileys. They visit often, especially mornings when the couple enjoys morning coffee on the poolside patio, or at dusk when Stephen often savors the view, a cigar and a glass of wine. Cola and Stephen each have two home-based businesses. Stephen is a well-known illustrator and designer, having developed, among other famous characters, Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's, Toucan Sam for Froot Loops and is currently working on an update of Ernie for Keebler. A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, he asked a professor where he could make the most money. "Package design," was the unhesitating advice, and Stephen followed it. During eight years in Los Angeles designing T-shirts, Stephen started his own business. He began to connect with well-known brands, many of whom remain his clients to this day. Captain Stephen Bailey owned his first boat in 2003 and his current boat is his fifth. The Apollo Beach location enables him to keep it "in his backyard, back canal that is, and have direct access, in

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five minutes, out into Tampa Bay. A former Boy Scout leader and member of the Coast Guard Reserve, Stephen enjoys taking folks out on tours or fishing excursions through his company, Baileys Fishing & Island Charters. Cola began working as a model at 23. She signed on with a modeling agency based in London where assignments took her to "amazing places" in Europe. She has been in magazines, on tv, and also worked as a runway model. She spent many years as a model and spokesperson for Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg. She still takes a modeling job or two, but now primarily focuses on helping others realize their unique beauty with proper skin care and state-of-the-art facials. When you arrive at Cola's Tranquility Facial Room, Room, you are greeted with fresh rose petals, a slight scent of lavender, and relaxing candlelight. "I wanted to create a relaxed, tranquil setting where my clients


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Facing Page Top: Stephen at work designing Toucan Sam. Cola's Tranquility Facial Room. This Page: Cola's catch of the day. Stephen with his Baileys Fishing & Island Charters boat. Above: The Baileys, cutting up in the kitchen. Photo Above by Jessica Skaare Perez. Story by Janet Verdeguer

will be at peace during this transformational experience. I know that I offer an experience that no other spa can provide." Cola is also a top national leader and beauty influencer for Farmasi, a leading European skincare, makeup and wellness company She has won many trips to Turkey, Miami, sometimes traveling on the company private plane with the CEO's as a leader with top personal volume in sales. The Baileys have many things in common, foremost among them is their passion for healthy living. Cola confirmed that they "almost never sit down." After Sunday Church, for example, when most people head out out for Sunday brunch, they head to Title Boxing in Fishhawk for a few rounds. "We are both very competitive. We are adrenalin junkies." They also hold memberships at Crunch in Riverview and Channel Side, and WorkX in Apollo Beach. If they are not out on the Bay fishing, at the gym exercising

or boxing, or working on their respective businesses, you can find them out and about at events for the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce. Cola also manages the "Shop Local" event held the last Thursday of every month at the Salty Shamrock. This is an opportunity for women with local businesses to showcase their products and services. "We absolutely love our home, whether by ourselves, with our extended family, or entertaining the many friends we have made since moving to Apollo Beach. But one of most important things Stephen and I have noticed and that has helped us tremendously since the day we moved in, is the small-town ambiance. It's this deep-rooted attitude of neighbor helping neighbor, people helping people. "We really do love living here."

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H&G Vendors SouthShore Chamber of Commerce Members

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outhShore Life presents a directory of our SouthShore Chamber of Commerce members who work in the HOME & GARDEN sector.

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING (HVAC)

Accurate Air (813) 928-0649 712 Flamingo Dr, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.accurateair.us/

Easy A/C (813) 635-0440 9402 US-92 STE 102, Tampa, FL 33610 www.easyac.net/

APPLIANCES SALES & REPAIR

Discount Appliance Center Victor (813) 363-5284 1510 River Drive SW Ruskin 33570 www.discountappliancecenter.com

ART GALLERY

De Stijl Art Gallery Cindy and Wolf Sprint (813) 773-7771 100 E. Shell Point Rd Ruskin, FL 33570 https://www.destijlartgallery.com/

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Knox Aluminum (813) 645-3529 720 4th Street NW Ruskin, FL www.knoxaluminum.com/

DOCKS, LIFTS, PILLINGS, SEAWALLS

Land and Sea Masters Hope LePoidevin (813) 645-3625 905 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach FL 33572 www.645dock.com

March Marine Construction (813) 800-3625 8209 Stonewoods Dr Riverview FL 33569 www.marchmarineconstruction.com

ELECTRICAL

Bryan Hindman Electric Bryan Hindman (813) 672-4084 1517 S US Highway 41 Ruskin, FL 33570 www.bryanhindmanelectric.com

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FLOORING

Florida-Floors Supplies Doug Cardoso (813) 938-4677 304 Miller Mac Road Apollo Beach FL 33572 www.florida-floors.com

FLOWERS & GIFTS

Amazing Flowers by Anabela (813) 815-3404 Ruskin 33570

Cibo Delizioso (813) 645-1525 226 College Ave W Ruskin, FL 33570 Custom cakes and catering www.cibodelizioso.com

Custom Cakes by Carmen (813) 504-0866 Carman Galarza Custom cakes for every occasion www.customcakesbycarmen.com

Florida Home Partnership 201 14th Ave SE Ste H Ruskin 33570 (813) 494-8274

Knox Aluminum (813) 645-3529 720 4th Street NW Ruskin, FL

Land & Sea Masters 905 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach 33572 (813) 645-3625

Park Square Homes 205 Manns Harbor Dr Apolo Beach 33572 (407) 529-3000

March Marine Construction 8209 Stonewoods Dr Riverview 33569 (813) 800-3625

South Shore Pools PO Box 591 Ruskin 33575 (813) 995-3750 https://www.southshorepoolsfl.com/

HANDYMAN SERVICES

HOME INSPECTORS

BATN dba Renew 4 U (813) 922-2112 Serving Hillsborough County www.renew4ufl.com/

Harriet's Flowers (813) 645-1525 226 College Ave W Ruskin, FL 33570 www.harrietssflowers.com

Housemaster Home Inspector (813) 545-0185 6649 Dolphin Cove Dr, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.housemaster.com/

Waypoint Property Inspection Denise Sansoti (813) 547-3485 Ruskin 33570

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FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

De Stijl Art Gallery Cindy and Wolf Sprint (813) 773-7771 100 E. Shell Point Rd Ruskin, FL 33570 https://www.destijlartgallery.com/ In-Moon Handmade Products (813) 553-2949 Ruskin, FL 33570

My Favorite Apron (813) 894-8676 Wimauma 33598 Ohhh So Nifty Dee Dee ? (813) 645-3537 229 Apollo Beach Blvd. Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Sunny Rockss (813) 645-1525 610 Destiny Dr Ruskin 33570

GENERAL CONTRACTORS

Elite Home Services 605 1st Avenue NW, Ruskin 33570 (813) 494-8274

INSECT & PEST CONTROL

Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay (813) 534-5918 Serving Hillsborough County www.mosquitosquad.com/

INTERIOR DESIGN & STAGING

High Heel Stagers Dottie Devane (813) 641-2016 6126 US Hwy 41 N Apollo Beach FL 33572

KITCHENS & BATHS

My Favorite Apron Custom reversible aprons, matching chef hats and more! Wimauma, FL 33598 KITCHENS - OUTDOOR


Southshore Spice Company, The Shane Craig (813) 922-6325 228 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach FL 33572 www.thesouthshorespaceco.com

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LANDSCAPE, LAWN CARE, SOD

A+ Lawn Care Solutions, Inc 813-525-4870 Ruskin Alex H. Landscaping 813-516-9769 Ruskin Council Growers Sod (813) 633-8665 Wimauma www.freshsod.com/

Lush Lawncare & Landscaping (813) 295-0525 www.lushlawn1st.com/

MOVING & STORAGE

Big Jim's Self Storage (813) 641-1889 2107 E College Ave, Ruskin, FL 33570

StoreRight Self Storage (813) 645-2020 3648 S US Hwy 41, Ruskin, FL 33570 www.storeright.com/

PAINTERS

Painting by Bruno (813) 645-3471 Serving Hillsborough County

Sherwin Williams (813) 645-1525 712 N Hwy 41 Ruskin 33570 www.sherwinwiliams.com

PLACES TO LIVE

Bedrock Little Manatee (813)??? 1177 Primrose Peak Dr. Ruskin, FL 33570

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Caribbean Isles Residential Co-op 405 Elsberry Rd. Apollo Beach, FL 33572 Florida Home Partnership (813) 672-7860 201 14th Ave SE Suite H Ruskin 33570

Shadetree Apartments 3511 Great Cypress Circle Ruskin, FL 33570

SouthShore Bay Lagoon 16881 Lagoon Shore Blvd, Wimauma 33598 (813) 444-5221 www.Metroplaces.com Sun Towers Retirement (813) 634-3347 101 Trinity Lakes Dr Sun City Center

The Grove at SouthShore 10221 Summer Palm Dr Riverview, FL 33578

Waterset (NNP Southbend II) 7012 Sail View Lane Apollo Beach, FL 33572

PLUMBERS

POOL SERVICES

ROOFING

TENNIS COURTS

WINDOWS & GLASS

Bob Billa's SHJ Plumbing (813) 641-9174 www.shjplumbing.com/

SouthShore Pools (813) 995-3750 www.southshorepoolsfl.com/

Cardinal Roofing Bridget Wilson (813) 689-7663 1312 Orangewalk Dr, Brandon, FL 33511 www.cardinalroofingandsolar.com/

Welch Tennis Courts (Builders) (813) 641-7787 www.welchtennis.com/

Southeast Windows & Glass (813) 645-3370 603 South US Hwy 41 Ruskin FL 33570 sewglori@gmail.com www.sewindows.com

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

All American Title (813) 649-9740 609 18th St SE, Ruskin, FL 33570 www.allamtitle.com/

American Mortgage Services (727) 457-6498 1000 N Ashley Dr, Suite 1020 Tampa, FL 33602

ARCW Insurance (727) 797-5193 9067 Belcher Rd, Pinella Park FL 33782

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Bank OZK 6542 US Hwy 41 N Apollo Beach 33572 (813) 658-1200 605 1st Avenue NW, Ruskin 33570 State Farm Agency 264 Harbor Village Lane Apollo Beach, FL 33572 813) 645-1234

Claims, Appraisals & Mediation Services LLC Apollo Beach 33572 (813) 478-8720

Commerce Realty Services (813) 645-4641 218 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.commercetitle.net/

Dolan Mortgage Group Angie Richison (630) 336-0401 Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Fifth Third Bank (813 641-1421 1020 N US Hwy 41 Ruskin 33570

Florida Home Partnership (813) 672-7860 201 14th Ave SE Suite H Ruskin 33570

Goosehead Insurance Debbie Price (813) 448-1509 11268 Winthrop Main St., Ste 102A Riverview, FL 33578 www.goosehead.com/sarah-conlon

Grow Mortgage LLC (386) 487-4663 400 N. Tampa St. Tampa, FL 33602

Highlands Residential Mortgage Maggie Clark (863) 602-5970 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd Ste G & H Apollo Beafch 33572

Housemaster (813) 545-0185 6649 Dolphin Cove Dr Apollo Beach 33572

Innovative Mortgage, (813) 679-9117 17717 Hunting Bow Circle Ste 101 Lutz 33558

Iron Rock Insurance Lisa Hast (813) 213-9600 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd Ste 0 Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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Suncoast Credit Union (813) 621-7511 150 TECO Rd. Ruskin, FL 33570

TD Bank (813) 751-9000 3726 Sun City Center Sun City, FL 33570

Trax Credit Union (813) 800-8729 619 30th Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570

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Florida's 1st Choice Realty Team Shelley Homes (813) 857-7793 775 Cortaro Dr Sun City Center, FL 33573 www.teamshelleyhomes.com/ Kalani Hayman Realtor with Century 21 Enterprises (813) 785-8289 6542 N US Hwy 41 St 101 Apollo beach 33572

We Insure Group Kim Levesque (813) 489-4733 5101 Clover Mist Dr Apollo Beach, FL 33572

REAL ESTATE AGENTS & COMPANIES

Keller Willilams Realty Select Deidre Heath (813) 295-9858 1728 Fred Ives St Ruskin 33570

Align Right Realty Fanny Horn (813) 418-1139 11962 Balm Riverview Rd, Riverview, FL 33569

Align Right Realty Riverview (813) 310-2333 11962 Balm Riverview Rd, Riverview, FL 33569 Align Right Realty Southshore Trish Ellis (813) 296-1393 443 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.trishellis.alignrightrealtysouthshore.com/

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All Ready Property Management Realty (813) 741-3790 10524 Sanford St, Riverview, FL 33578 www.allready.sitemanager.rentmanager.com/

Century 21 Beggins Ray Monahan (813) 732-2053 6542 US Hwy 41 N, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.century21.com/

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Commerce Realty Services (813) 645-4651 218 Apollo Bech Blvd Apollo Beach 33572

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Schwarz & Baskin Business and Commercial Brokers (813) 654-7350 201 W Shell Point Rd, Ruskin, FL 33570 www.schwarzbaskin.net/

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Keller Williams Realty - Michele Herndon PA (813) 523-9222 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.tampahomesandbeyond.com/

Waypoint Property Inspection Ruskin 33570

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Keller Williams Realty SouthShore (813) 641-8300 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.kwsouthshore.com/

Keller Williams Realty Matt Urbanovsky (813) 967-7826 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.kwsouthshore.com/

Keller Williams Realty Sharon Van Loan (813) 641-8300 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.kwsouthshore.com/

Remax Bay Side - Aida Rivera (813) 516-0575 237 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach 33572

Ryan Companies US (813) 204-5000 201 N Franklin St Suite 3500, Tampa, FL 33602

Tanya T Estevez, Realtor Apollo Beach 33572 (813) 325-6224 This Sold House Realty (813) 654-7350 201 W Shell Point Rd, Ruskin, FL 33570 www.thissoldhouseinc.com/ Turner Cole Company Real Estate Services 228 Star Shell Dr Apollo Beach 33572 (847) 942-8165 www.turnercole.com

Waterset (NNP Southbend II) 7012 Sail View Lane Apollo Beach 33572 (813) 235-0154

Weichert Realtors Yates & Associates (813) 649-1002 6160 N US Hwy 41, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.apollobeach.weichertyates.com/


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Where to Eat!

While you're out & about, check out these SouthShore Chamber Member Restaurants, Food & Beverage Establishments

A Tate of the Caribbean Islands

208 W. Shell Point Rd Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 735-2283

Apollo Beach Society Wine Bar 238 Harbor Village Lane Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (352) 208-9435

Apollo Meats 226 Apollo Beach Blvd. Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 645-2379

Armetta's Gelato & Cafe 6146 N. US HWY 41 Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Bob Evans Restaurants 102 Commercial Center Dr. Ruskin, FL 33573 (813) 634-9940

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Diego's Cake Shop Inc. Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 940-6308

East Coast Pizza 13340 Lincoln Rd Riverview, FL 33579 (813) 234-1700

Custom Cakes by Carmen Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 504-0866

Faith Latiin Cuisine 200 Frondorson Circle Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Finn's Dockside Bar and Grill 1112 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 938-4787

Latitudes Apollo 131 Harbor Village Lane Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 645-9700 Liborio's Latin Cafe & Catering 8210 Causeway Blvd Tampa, FL 33519 (813) 623-1318 Little Habana Cafe 13350 Lincoln Rd Riverview, FL 33568 (813) 672-5111

ONEHOPE Wine Sun City Center, Fl 33573 (404) 273-9891

Papa John's Pizza 5034 N US Hwy 41 Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 643-727

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Buchos Mexican Bar and Grill 1110 US 41 S. Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 773-7361 Buttman BarBQ 9849 South US Highway 41 Gibsonton, FL 33534 (813) 355-7634 C& J Specialty PO Box 266 Riverview, FL 33568 (813) 917-3334 Caspers Company McDonald's 5001 S. Tamiami Tr Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 287-2231 Cibo Delizioso Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (646) 678-2673

Cigars on the Boulevard 1438 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 296-1016

Circles at Lands End 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Four Stacks Brewing 5469 N US HWY 41 Apollo Beach, FL 33572 813-641-2036 Fresh and Local Meals (FLM Foundation) Ruskin, FL 33570 (401) 595-6938 Frios Pops Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 686-4169 Fuzzy's Taco Shop 10240 big bend rd, Fuzzy's Taco Shop Riverview, Florida 33578 (813) 666-4005 Hooks Waterfront Bar and Grill 611 Destiny Dr Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 938-1152

Hungry Howie's 1326 E. Lumsden Road Brandon, FL 33511 (813) 684-0622

JOBA Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 748-7056

Pita Kabob 3028 E College Ave Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 419-4926 Rappi Colombian Food Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 970-7345 Roots Southern BBQ Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (803) 577-5726 Salty Shamrock 6186 N U S HWY. 41 Apollo Beach, FL 33572 (813) 938-5282

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Taste the Fusion Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 802-1636 Thai Tanic Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 867-5309 The Fish House 1902 W. Shell Point Road Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 641-9451

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Alex H. Landscaping 813-516-9769 Ruskin Align Right Realty Southshore Trish Ellis (813) 296-1393 443 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.trishellis.alignrightrealtysouthshore.com/

Bob Billa's SHJ Plumbing (813) 641-9174 www.shjplumbing.com/

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Girls of the World, Inc. wwwgirlsoftheworldinc.com Harriet's Flowers (813) 645-1525 226 College Ave W Ruskin, FL 33570 www.harrietssflowers.com

Highlands Residential Mortgage Maggie Clark (863) 602-5970 1312 Apollo Beach Blvd Ste G & H Apollo Beafch 33572

SJP Snapshots Jessica Skaare Perez (912) 318-9206 Apollo Beach 33572

Keller Williams Realty SouthShore (813) 641-8300 109 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.kwsouthshore.com/

Cardinal Roofing Bridget Wilson (813) 689-7663 1312 Orangewalk Dr, Brandon, FL 33511 www.cardinalroofingandsolar.com/ Cibo Delizioso (813) 645-1525 226 College Ave W Ruskin, FL 33570 Custom cakes and catering www.cibodelizioso.com

Commuity Foundation of Tampa Bay (813) 282-1975 4300 W Cypress St Ste 700 Tampa 33607

Council Growers Sod (813) 633-8665 Wimauma www.freshsod.com Discount Appliance Store FLip Flop Shops

Discount Appliance Center Victor (813) 363-5284 1510 River Drive SW Ruskin 33570 www.discountappliancecenter.com

Florida Home Partnership (813) 672-7860 201 14th Ave SE Suite H Ruskin 33570

Florida-Floors Supplies Doug Cardoso (813) 938-4677 304 Miller Mac Road Apollo Beach FL 33572 www.florida-floors.com

Koi Kompanion Paul Eugenio 813) 591-4077 309 15th Ave NW Ruskin 33570 www.koicompanion.com

Land and Sea Masters (813) 800-3625 905 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach 33572 www.645dock.com Mac the Gardener Mac Garner (813) 695-1703 www.macthegardener.com

Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay (813) 534-5918 Serving Hillsborough County www.mosquitosquad.com/

Southeast Windows & Glass (813) 645-3370 603 South US Hwy 41 Ruskin FL 33570 sewglori@gmail.com www.sewindows.com

Sun Towers Retirement (813) 634-3347 101 Trinity Lakes Dr Sun City Center Sunny Days Nursery & Landscape (813) 918-8756 420 7th Ave NE Ruskin 33570 www.sunnydaysnurserytampa.com

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H&G Editorial Sources All Modern (Website) www.allmodern.com/ deals-and-design-ideas/about-us Annabelle's FIne Furniture www.annabellesfurniture.com

Artful Conceptions, LLC Tampa www.artfulconceptions.net Ashley Home Furniture Brandon www.ashleyfurniture.com At Home Ellenton www.athome.com Ballard Designs Tampa www.ballarddesigns.com Bed Bath & Beyond www.bedbathandbeyond.com Cody Pools Tampa www.codypools.com Doma Home Furnishings Tampa www.domahomefurnishings.com Dove Interiors Ruskin doveinteriorscarpetone.com Dwell Home Market Tampa www.mydwellhome.com El Dorado Furniture Saint Petersburg www.eldoradofurniture.com

Chef Kelly Arnold, Sur La Table Pasta Class Kane's Furniture Brandon www.kanesfurniture.com

Rooms To Go, Seffner www.roomstogo.com

Keep It Green Nursery & Landscape .keepitgreennursery.com

Scan Design of Tampa www.tampa@scandesign.com

Leaders Furniture www.leadersfurniture.com

SouthShore Landscape Supply Ruskin www.southshorelanscapesupply.com

Lowe's of Riverview www.lowes.com Modani Furniture Tampa www.modani.com

Furniture Warehouse www.thefurniturewarehouse.com

More Space Place www.morespaceplace.com

Haverty's Furniture Brandon www.havertys.com/furniture/ allstores/florida/tampa/brandon

New Wave Aluminum Apollo Beach www.newwavealuminum.com

Home Centric - Brandon www.homecentric.com

Paint Corps of Tampa Wimauma www.paintcorps.com/tampa-fl/

Home Goods Brandon www.homegoods.com Hudson's Furniture Brandon www.hudsonsfurniture.com

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