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Vol. 1, Issue 8, November 2013

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles


Your neighborhood. Your magazine.

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The Community & Local Business Magazine Directly Mailed To 14,000 Homes In Carrollwood, Lake Magdalene & Avila

Sound Exchange – A Collector’s Store That Cares About Local Collectors By Pam Sica The first of three Sound Exchange stores opened their doors in North Tampa in 1987 (Brandon in 1992, Pinellas Park in 2001) and for the past 26 years they have offered an unparalleled selection of new and used CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage stereo equipment, and many other unique items. According to General Manager Ron Wayne, Sound Exchange is the only real full service

By Alexis Selby Located in the Palms of Carrollwood next to Fresh Market, on the corner of Dale Mabry and Fletcher, Great Clips Carrollwood is your local neighborhood Great Clips. Honored with the Gold Award for Best of North Tampa, based upon popular vote of Bay Area residents, Great Clips

record store left in this region, with regular shoppers hailing from a broad nine county area. These long-time devotees know what a veritable treasure it is; one that we are so fortunate to have right here in our back yard. Sound Exchange has new releases as part of their vast inventory of new products, but, in addition, they have also found a unique service that allows people to sell their whole collection or single unwanted items for cash or

Sound Exchange has an unparalleled selection of new and used CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage stereo equipment, and many other unique items.

See “Sound Exchange” on page 26.

Carrollwood has been proudly serving the community for over a decade with the highest level of quality customer service and expertise. Offering convenient scheduling and affordable prices, when looking for a quick, stylish cut, shampoo or up-do Great Clips has you covered! Locally owned by Tampa resident See “Great Clips” on page 24.



FREE Tickets to The Tampa Pitcher Show...........3 Community Calendar.......................................4-5 Community News Briefs..................................6-7 Sickles Christmas Tree Lot................................8-9 Zen In Your Den Mobile Massage.................10-11 Dee Woolridge Hypnotherapy & Integrative Health.........................................12-13 European Wax Center Carrollwood...............16-17 Elegant Touch Stonework.............................18-19 Whole Foods Market.....................................20-21 BBQ Contest Winners...................................22-23 Dancing With Our Stars................................28-29

Owner Lea Orchard (middle), and a few of the many talented stylists at Great Clips Carrollwood.

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Florida Hospital Carrollwood Head 2 Toe Toe o W ellness Event Wellness Where can you get more than 20 FREE MEDICAL SCREENINGS from head to toe, walk inside a brain and learn how it works or get questions answered by ifffferent expert physicians who represent over 12 dif different specialties?* Florida Hospital Carrollwood is hosting its first ellness Event on Saturday community Head 2 T o oe W Toe Wellness Saturday,, November 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. There will be healthy food and entertainment for the kids outside.


November 9, 2013 | 9 am - 1 pm


Florida Hospital Carrollwood Auditorium (south parking lot of main hospital) a am ampa, FL 33614 7171 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Hwy,, T Tampa,


813.558.9288 or

*Screening times and availability vary vary.. All discussions with nurses, physicians and/or their representatives are meant to be for educational purposes only and are not intended to be medical consultations.

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Free Tickets to The Tampa Pitcher Show As you may have noticed, we love doing contests in our magazine to get the community involved. Unfortunately, during these contests we only have a limited amount of winners, so, we decided to do something for all of our readers. We teamed up with Tampa Pitcher Show and thought it would be great to give every household a free movie ticket! We always have a great time when we visit Tampa Pitcher Show and we figured you would too! If you haven't been, this is a great opportunity to have an entertaining night out at the movies in a way you have never experienced before!

The Tampa Pitcher Show Open for Business since 1982, this Single-Screen Independent Theater currently plays first-run movies as well as independent films, live shadowcast stage shows (like Rocky Horror Picture Show), Clue, and Live Music Events, as well as improv comedy, live modern burlesque and as of just recently, Florida Underground Wrestling events. Also offered are family-friendly classic movies on Saturday afternoons for only $5.00. "We have a full dinner menu and

full service Bar,” says Wayne. “Some of our recent events have been Life Amplified “ Salutes – a fundraiser for purchasing aid dogs for disabled American Vet’s, and Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue. Some of our other community efforts have partnered us with the Joshua House and many other Bay area churches and charity fundraisers. We have always felt the community has supported us and feel it is necessary for local business to be part of the community." He adds, "We are currently working on our own fundraiser. As being an Independent Cinema we are being forced by Hollywood and Major Film Distributors to change from a 35mm film format to Digital Format by the end of the year or we will no longer be able to show movies. We hope to use Kickstarter or Indigogo as a fundraising tool to keep us running. Being a part of the community, we have created jobs for hundreds of local teens and adults alike in our 30 years in business in this area and hope to continue to do so." The Tampa Pitcher Show is located 14416 N Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa. For more information on your free household ticket please call (813) 963-0578 or visit their website at

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles Directly mailed once a month to 14,000 households in zip codes 33618, 33624 & 33613 220 Safford Ave. S. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (813) 928-6124; Fax: (727) 942-2432 Advertising E-mail: Editorial E-mail: © 2013 Carrollwood Neighborhood News is published by M Selby Publications, LLC. Publisher Matt Selby Advertising Sales Jim O’Reilly Linda Viega Mike Bird Accounting Manager Alexis Selby Marketing & Development Ashley Knoblach Art Director Tony Sica Graphic Artists Dat X. Do

Editor Alexis Selby Correspondents Erin Aldrich Julie Kanehl Lenay Ruhl Marcy Sanford Pamela Sica Katie Thomas Kim Thomas Dara Tucker

Nothing that appears in Carrollwood Neighborhood News may be reproduced, whether wholly or in part, without permission. Opinions expressed by Carrollwood Neighborhood News writers are their own and do not reflect the publisher’s opinion. The management of Carrollwood Neighborhood News is always happy to accept outside editorial submissions to the paper. Please call for outside editorial submission and advertisement deadlines. Carrollwood Neighborhood News will consider previously non-published outside editorial submissions if they are double spaced, typed and less than 500 words. Carrollwood Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit and/or reject all outside editorial submissions and makes no guarantees regarding publication dates. Carrollwood Neighborhood News will not return unsolicited editorial materials. Carrollwood Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit and/or reject any advertising. Carrollwood Neighborhood News is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the actual cost of the advertising space itself, not for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. Carrollwood Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is published by M Selby Publications, LLC.

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Community Calendar Giant Craft/Garage Sale at Openwater Church Mark Your Calendars! On Saturday, Nov 16, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open Water Church will be having a Craft \ Garage Sale Event, with all proceeds to benefit their children’s ministry. Crafter's, if you have items you wish to donate please contact the church, as they will be having a church table of crafts and baked goods. The church is also accepting all of your unwanted treasures to be sold at the garage sale. If you know of any crafter's or parties interested in selling their wares they will be renting space. Come do your Christmas shopping at their $3.00, $5.00 and $10.00 tables and get unique one-of-a-kind treasures that your loved ones will adore. Much assistance is needed for his event, so if you are interested in volunteering your time, gifts, or talents please sign up today. This event is a great way to reach out to the community and give people something they need and want. The Garage Sale will take place at 15612 Race Track Road in Odessa.


For more information and answers to your questions please visit, call Penny McDonald at (813) 4952056 or Brandi Cowart at (813) 624-3439.

Fawn Ridge Community Garage Sale Looking for some unique treasures or one-of-a-kind finds? If the answer is yes, than you should definitely check out the Fawn Ridge Community Garage Sale, you never know what you might stumble across. Held on Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Fawn Ridge community, located near the intersection of Sheldon Road and Citrus Park Drive, bargain hunters throughout the community will come together to seek out the best deals and one-of-a-kind steals. So, come early, because once something is gone, it’s gone for good! Along with the Fawn Ridge Community Garage Sale will be a Fawn Ridge Community Donation Drive, where sellers are encouraged to

bring their donations and left over yard sale items to the Goodwill Donation Center, located at 9520 Exposition Drive, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Nov. 9. Goodwill gratefully accepts donations in good condition, including houswares, collectibles, home décor, clothing, books and shoes.

Prayer and Healing – Love Without Limit, Life Without Fear Join Fujiko Signs, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, on November 23 2:00 p.m. for a

free lecture titled, “Love without limit, Life without fear”. The lecture will be held at the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1310 West Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa. “During this lecture we will explore the relationship between prayer and healing and the universal truth that unifies,” says Signs. “We will talk about how to understand God and how spirituality and childlikeness relate.” The ideas shared in Signs’ lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, including the spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer. Signs is an international speaker and is also a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. For more information please call Brett Engisch at (727) 331-0643, email or visit

"Surviving the Holidays" at Lake Magdalene UMC No matter how long it's been since your loved one died, grief can make the Holidays a painful time. But, Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church is here to help. Join them for

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an encouraging video-seminar that will help you cope with the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. “Surviving the Holidays” will take place on Sunday, November 10 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Bearss Room in Heritage Hall, located at 2902 Fletcher Avenue W. in Tampa. You can register online at, or by calling Anne King at (813) 892-2191 and leaving a message stating that you will attend so they will have a book for you.

Florida Hospital Carrollwood’s Head2Toe Wellness Event Walk through a giant brain, participate in screenings and health education and nibble on health food at Florida Hospital Carrollwood’s Head2Toe Wellness Event on Satur-

day, November 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in the hospital’s auditorium, located at 7171 N Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa, and is free and open to the public. For more info please call (813) 932-2222.

Center to Host Activities for Veterans on Nov. 9 The Carrollwood Cultural Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host an art opening for its Star Spangled Art exhibit followed by a band concert for veterans on Saturday, November 9. The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center will exhibit Star Spangled Art from November through December with the official opening and reception scheduled for November 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Star Spangled

Art is a show for active duty or former members of the armed forces. Awards will be given for first, second and third place. The show is sponsored by Operational Helping Hand and the Military Officer’s Association of America, Tampa Chapter (MOAA). At 8 p.m., the “Pippin” Center’s resident Photos courtesy of James Cass and Kerri Kerrick band, The Carrollwood Winds Commutheir newest performance "She Loves nity Band, will present A Concert Me", opening November 8th, at The Honoring Veterans, a free concert Crosspointe Church of the Nazareth, honoring veterans of the U.S. Military. located at 919 Debuel Road in Lutz. The music performed will have a patri- Performances will run November 8 otic theme. Admission passes for the through Sunday, November 17. “She concert are available at the Center’s Loves Me” is a romantic comedy mubox office. Seating is limited. sical set in pre-communist Hungary, in For more information, visit a small perfumery. You've Got Mail,, or call starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (813) 269-1310. was based on this story. So, Join the New Tampa Players for some wonderNew Tampa Players – ful music and laughs! Providing Local Community For more information or to Theatre Opportunities purchase tickets please call New New Tampa Players is proud to Tampa Players at (813) 386-6687 provide local community theatre opor email portunities and will be showcasing

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Community News Briefs Carrollwood Service League Donates Blankets to Alpha House Carrollwood Service League, a social and service organization founded in 1972, made 20 fleece blankets to donate to Alpha House. This was their service project for October. Their next service project is

collecting non-perishable food for the Community Food Pantry located at Village Presbyterian Church in Carrollwood. Carrollwood Service League meets the second Thursday of the month. For more information, email CarrollwoodServiceLeague@gmail. com

Florida Hospital Carrollwood is Making Sure Everyone Woman Has a Screening Mammogram

Back Row L to R : Ann Rees, Maryanne Ladutko, Pam Knight, Eileen Levine, Diane Ballotta, Margaret Noell, Ann Hathaway Middle Row L to R: Jan Santos, Vicki Anderson, Jennie Murphy Front Row L to R : Mary Zarate, Robin Moleno, Lynn Manning


Florida Hospital Carrollwood is offering a free mammogram to any woman who has never had this life saving screening. To qualify, you must register online at and is subject to hospital verification. Free mammograms are available between now and November 30, 2013. For women who routinely get a yearly screening, Florida Hospital Carrollwood is offering mammograms for $76.00, cash only. To qualify for this discounted price, you must sign up for the Pink Army at www.jointhep- and schedule your mammogram anytime from now until November 30. You must have the mammogram done by December 31, 2014. Florida Hospital Carrollwood offers comprehensive breast imaging services, including mammography, ultrasound and breast biopsy. The Hospital’s board-certified radiologists are trained in breast imaging and provide the fastest, most accurate diagnoses possible so appropriate treatment can begin if and when needed.

PreK3 Class at Corbett Prep Learns to Make Sense of their Senses Smelling garlic and basil on pizza. Hearing popcorn pop and tasting buttery kernels. Seeing a toy in the daylight and feeling its shape in the dark PreK3 turned everyday items into lessons in discovery during their “Sensational Senses” unit this month at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. Experiments they conducted helped them understand how sight, sound, smell, taste and touch work together and separately. These observations not only increase the students’ understanding of themselves but also give them tools to interpret the world.

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The kids in the PreK3 class at Corbett Prep learned how sight, sound, smell, taste and touch work together (and separately) in intrepreting the world around them. Teachers encouraged students to learn by asking questions and pointed out what their different senses could tell them about objects they encountered. Looking at shadows let students zero in on details that required sight only. “Can you hear a shadow? Can

you smell a shadow? Can you touch a shadow?” teacher Aimee Popalis asked. “A shadow is something we sense with our eyes and our eyes only.” These creative teachers set up a large white curtain between the two “Flower Patch” classrooms. A light stood on one side of the curtain, and

students gathered on the other side. The curtain looked blank when the light was off. Once teachers flipped it on, shapes emerged as shadows. The students took turns walking in groups behind the curtain and letting classmates guess who was who. Teacher Lori Seise then held up a stapler, a lunchbox, a watering can and other items to see if the children could identify them. Without their sense of smell, hearing, taste or touch, they had to use sight to spot clues to reveal who or what was casting the shadow. The experience also inspired questions and discussions among the class about transparency, opacity, reflections and more ways light, sight and materials interact. Students also learned there are times they needed more than their sense of sight. A toy car, for example, may look colorful in the light and disappears into blackness in the dark. The way it feels suddenly becomes more important when it cannot be seen. In other parts of the “Sensational Senses” unit, multiple senses worked together to reveal information. Students discovered that the sounds they hear are created by vibrations that, in some cases, they can see and feel. Kindergarten teaching assistant

John McColley visited the classroom with his harp and showed students how the longer strings make lower notes and the shorter strings produce a higher pitch. Students watched as the strings vibrated with the tones and placed their hands on the ground to feel the low notes rumble through the floor. Grains of rice on top of a drum gave a visual example of sound vibrations as well. A light tap on the drum caused the rice to tremble slightly. A harder hit and louder sound sent rice leaping off the surface. Lessons on the senses wouldn’t be complete without taste, and popcorn and pizza filled the need nicely. Students listened to popcorn pop, smelled its scent, felt kernels on their tongues and tasted various flavors of butter and kettle corn. Bagel pizzas offered the chance to sniff basil, garlic, pizza sauce and bread baking before tasting the final product. Experiencing the senses unit with all their senses sparked students’ curiosity and gave them opportunities to analyze information and draw their own conclusions during their experiments. The next time they see a shadow or taste a treat, they will have a broader understanding of what they are encountering and why.

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Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Sickles High School Your Beautiful Tree Will Support Students in Extracurricular Activities! By Kim Thomas To me, nothing says it’s Christmas like the heady smell of a fresh cut tree! You can find the perfect tree and get into the Christmas spirit of giving at the Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Sickles High School (SHS). The Christmas tree lot is located in front of SHS at the intersection of Ehrlich Road, Gunn Highway and Sheldon Road. Not only will you find choice trees at competitive prices; your purchase will help fund the Sickles High School Boosters Club. This is no ordinary Christmas tree lot! SHS Principal Jake Russell describes it, “What I like about it is that it’s not a rushed experience. There is no pressure and the trees are displayed so that you can see them. There are at least 150 trees freestanding so you can really see what they look like. You pick your tree, then go have some hot chocolate while they get it ready and you’re on your way.”


Get Photos With Santa! Even better than complimentary hot chocolate, is the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. From Nov. 29th until Dec. 19th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onsite every Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Bring your camera for a free photo session! Just in time for Christmas card photos, the free photo sessions are offered between 3 and 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. Coordinator Jeffrey McCullers strives to make this an event that people will remember and look forward to every year. “It is very family-oriented,” says Jeffrey. “We want this to be fun and special. So every year, we have a fire and complimentary hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and candy canes. People end up taking their time to enjoy the experience.”

Fresh from the Tree Farm! There are literally hundreds of choices displayed, with fresh trees coming in daily, so you can browse the lot and choose the pick of the Christmas trees crop! With sizes ranging from 2 feet to 20 feet tall, you’ll find your favorite tree here and maybe one

for every room! The selection includes Fraser Firs, Noble Firs, Grand Firs and Nordmann Firs. There are also freshly made wreaths, roping and garlands for purchase, as well as tree stands. Delivery is available. Select Fraser Firs are offered at an exceptional value: 5–6 foot trees in

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mann Firs are the preferred Christmas tree of Europe, and feature long, full, lush, dark green foliage that has superb needle retention. Sickles High School Boosters needs your support! Stop by and

enjoy the experience of picking your Christmas tree this year. Purchases are cash only and delivery is available. Aside from the concession stand sales at Sickles High, this is the biggest fundraiser for the SHS Boosters.

If you choose any of the premium trees, you can receive $5 OFF with the coupon in the Christmas Tree Sale ad on page 30 in this issue of Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

this grouping are $29 – $34; 6–7 foot are $35 – $45; 7–8 foot trees are $46 – $58; and 8–9 foot are $59 – $79. These are good, fresh trees and they are beautiful with silvery-green 1-inch needles that are soft to the touch; though if you want something to knock Santa’s socks off – they have that too. Trees over 16 feet are special orders. Jeffrey says they usually stock up on a few but these go fast, so if you

are looking for a showstopper tree call ahead and place your order. Noble Firs are deep green and the branches are both lovely and sturdy. Boughs from the Noble are often used to make fresh wreaths. Like the Fraser Fir, the Noble's branches have good spacing between branches so it's easy to hang ornaments on them. The Grand Fir has a glossy dark green color and is very soft with needles that are 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. Nord-

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Zen in Your Den – Mobile Massage Therapy & Spray Tanning By Alexis Selby Lay back and relax and let your worries slip away, as experienced massage therapist Natasha Palmer eases your tension, and gets rid of your stress one muscle at a time. Driving to you in the comfort of your home, Zen In Your Den owner and licensed massage therapist Natasha Palmer brings with her everything needed for the ultimate massage experience, from the massage table and fresh sheets to the relaxing music and soothing lotion; all you have to do is bring yourself. For those looking for a quick massage on a lunch break at work, she also offers mobile chair massages and will come to you at your convenience. In addition to massage, Natasha offers mobile airbrush tanning and is also implementing body scrubs into her list of services. Specially trained in the art of airbrush tanning, Natasha offers tans in a variety of natural looking shades, from a light sun-kissed look to a luscious bronze. Married for 4 years to her husband Jesse, an active member in the United States Army, Natasha discovered her love for massage therapy after



working at a physical therapist’s office. Natasha saw how massages were used in conjunction with physical therapy and noticed how happy the massages made people feel. She says, “People enjoy massage therapy, that is why I like it. Not only does it help people, it makes people feel better.” It was then that Natasha transitioned into massage therapy, attending and graduating from the Suncoast School of Massage Therapy, and since then has been helping improve the lives of people in the community, one massage at a time! Now, for the past 12 years, Natasha has been providing exceptional massages throughout the Tampa Bay area. She has a lot of experience working on clients of all ages, from babies only weeks old to her oldest client who is 97. “I have a great history of performing geriatric massages,” says Natasha. Natasha is also certified in infant massage and is a certified educator in infant massage, allowing her to not only perform massages, but also teach parents how to properly massage their newborns and young children. Infant massages are frequently performed on premature babies and have been

proven to help them gain, on average, 47% more weight. They are also a great way to help colicky babies and can reduce gas issues, as well as stimulate better brain development and better digestion. Client Arnold writes, “After five, ten plus hour days at work, I look forward to my early Friday evening each week. At the end of that day, I come home, have a drink, a hot shower, and await the magic hands of Natasha to massage, knead, and sooth my tense muscles and joints. Natasha is an integral part of my health care and a little bit of heaven.” The benefits of massage are endless and the emotional balance that massage provides can be just as important as the physical benefits. In fact, many people report an improved sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. Massage therapy helps to reduce stress, decrease anxiety, soothe sore muscles, enhance sleep quality, improve circulation and flexibility, and can even relieve tension-related headaches. It has even been reported to improve one’s posture, lower blood pressure, assist in pain management, and strengthen the im-

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Zen in Your Den owner Natasha Palmer mune system. The best way to truly maximize these benefits is to get massages on a frequent basis. Natasha truly enjoys helping people feel better and she encourages a healthy lifestyle that incorporates the many benefits of therapeutic massage. Every body is different. For many, getting a massage is considered a rare

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Coming to you in the comfort of your home, Licensed Massage Therapist Natasha Palmer offers clients Mobile Spray Tanning (L) as well as Mobile Massage Therapy (R). indulgence that they treat themselves to only on special occasions. Others get massages on a weekly basis to help minimize chronic pain and inflammation and help with the healing process after an injury. “I think one of the main things, especially with being mobile, is that my clients have the luxury of getting a massage in their own home,” says Natasha. This allows me to take my time with each client and really get to know them.” To Natasha, her clients are more than just another massage; they are her friends. She gets to know them on

a personal level and becomes a vital part of their day-to-day lives. By doing so, she is able to provide them with a more personalized experience, taking into account their individual preferences and any areas that need special attention. “I really love what I do and I really love my clients,” says Natasha. “My clients are my friends. I really become attached to them.” “Eleven years ago, I was experiencing severe back and hip pain,” writes client Trish. “My doctor recommended that, in addition to his treatment, I should get weekly massages to help

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relax my muscles and ease my pain. That is when I met Natasha Palmer and discovered the true benefits of regular messages. Tasha's hands work magic on tight, tired, and sore muscles while providing therapeutic relaxation. Her easygoing, friendly manner, coupled with her knowledge of her trade and her genuine concern for her clients, make massage-time not only a treat, but an essential part of my healthcare.” Whatever your reason for wanting a massage, whether you have some sort of physical condition that needs massaging or just want a relaxation

massage, Zen in Your Den makes it easy, affordable and best of all, Natasha comes to you. In addition to providing her clients with an enjoyable, relaxing experience, Natasha is also helping many of them to improve their quality of life. By getting frequent massages, Natasha’s clients are able to find relief from dehabilitating injuries and conditions. She is definitely fulfilling her dream of helping those in need! Natasha says, “I like to see the health benefits and how it changes people. I like to hear that I have made a difference in how someone feels in their day to day life.” “Natasha was referred to me by a friend and has been my massage therapist for several years,” says client Maria. “I had been suffering from lower back pain due to my scoliosis. She has been able to release the tight muscles and improve my mobility. She has shown that she has the skill and knowledge to contend with my unique situation. Natasha is Amazing and a Blessing! I would highly recommend her. You won't regret it!” For more information on Zen in Your Den or a list of specialty packages and group discounts please contact Natasha Palmer at (813) 629-8108 or visit

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Dee Woolridge Hypnotherapy and Integrative Health – Because Being Well is Everything! By Alexis Selby Embrace your true being, and look deep within to find absolute peace and happiness with the guidance of Dee Woolridge, an integrative health therapist who focuses on complete wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Dee says, “My focus is balancing the mind, body and spirit. I enjoy helping people and watching them transform. From when they first come in and are feeling unbalanced, knowing that they need something yet unsure of what it is, to helping them understand what it is they need and showing them exactly how to get it. It is also about teaching them how to accept letting go of the things they don’t need, and letting them know it is ok.” From the stay at home mom to the executive, Dee’s integrative health therapies are ideal for anybody who has any kind of stress in their life. Dee says, “You’ve 'tried other things, now try this. Come in with an open mind – it’s a spiritual experience if you let it.” Through the use of spiritual coun-



Dee Woolridge Integrative Health Therapist seling, aromatherapy and essential oils, as well as gemstones and crystals, meditation, hypnotic suggestion, and universal light energy, Dee aids her clients in finding harmony within and helps them on their quest for a happier, healthier life. She adds, “When I see clients over a period of time, I see them grow into completely new people. They start feeling so good and they

want more of it, which is why so many of my clients keep coming back.” Created from a deep calling that could not be ignored, Dee opened her practice after she felt spiritually awakened and asked, “How can I be of service”? After seeking answers, Dee truly felt the that her calling was to “offer her gifts to those in need of healing.” A 25-year Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer, Dee spent much time in public service to her Country and to her community. She has assisted countless service members, communities, families, and civic organizations on outreach projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, and youth programs like The Boys and Girls Club of America. Dee is a perpetual student of the metaphysics and is a clinical certified hypnotherapist graduating from the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy. She also is a proud graduate from the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy and is very knowledgeable in mixing compounds and oils to help with natural healing remedies. Dee has been practicing the art of meditation for over 15

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years and is also the host of A Higher Realm talk radio show, is a Usui Reiki Master, a crystal healing practitioner, an ordained minister, a Certified Spirit Guide Coach, Akashic Records Specialist, lecturer, teacher, and lover of all light work modalities. Utilizing these many different avenues, Dee strives to guide her patients and mend them on so many different levels – spiritually, mentally and physically.

Hypnotherapy Formerly called Quintessence, Dee renamed her practice to Dee Woolridge Hypnotherapy and Integrative Health to reflect the new direction that she aims to take, encompassing more hypnotherapy after seeing the positive effects it has had on her clients. She says, “With hypnotherapy it allows me to get to the root of the problem and help my clients’ results become more permanent.” Client Brittany writes, “I had the most positive session with Dee. It wasn't awkward in the least; it felt like talking to a good friend about the most casual of things. She is very talented

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and most importantly you can tell she enjoys what she does. I am so grateful to have crossed paths with her.” As a hypnotherapist, Dee teaches clients how to grow, bringing things into their lives that make them better. She says, “Hypnotherapy deserves more respect than it is given. Open up and give it a try. It is becoming more and more mainstream and trying things outside of the norm can be such a great help to you – like trying a new flavor of ice cream. You might like it and you don't know unless you try it. When you do hypnotherapy you meet a whole new side of yourself – or actually, you meet yourself.” Dee also offers clients natural healing remedies, along with hands-on energy healing which she uses in conjunction with hypnotherapy for pain management. “Hypnotherapy is amazing,” says Dee. “I am able to teach people how to manage both chronic and immediate pain by bringing their pain levels down. My whole premise is to do what I can to help you heal naturally.” Dee believes that “being well is everything” and takes a holistic approach, focusing her practice on healing from the inside out; because before you can feel your best on the outside,

you must be at peace within yourself. “I teach self love and self reassurance,” says Dee, “that is what I do. Because, most importantly, you have to love yourself first.” With Dee’s guidance, in just one session, clients have reported a plethora of amazing results, including a

reduction in their stress levels, relief of pain, a boosting of their immune system, better sleep patterns, a rejuvenation of energy, a restored focus, and so much more. Sunday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Dee offers group meditation and intuitive development. At these sessions Dee always does some kind of lesson, followed by a meditation and share. In addition she offers classes in chakra, pendulums and crystals, as well as teaching workshops for caregivers. Dee also has her own therapeutic line and metaphysical line of oils, mists and air diffusers, in addition to offering a huge selection of essential oils and other unique items. For more information please visit

My Experience Dee is a beautiful person, inside and out, and her comforting, trusting

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demeanor instantly puts you at ease. After speaking with her for a while, it was quite apparent that she had found her true calling in life; she has a passion for what she does, and a beautiful, positive energy that just radiates off her. I had such a positive experience on my past visit with Dee that I am compelled to share. I have a tendency to stress a lot, and with so much going on in my life, I constantly find myself feeling overwhelmed. Dee believed that she could help me, so, very intrigued by her approach, I decided to give it a try. Starting with a hypnotherapy session, Dee helped me to get in tune with myself to help find the root cause of my stress. Following hypnotherapy was a soothing session on the Amethyst BioMat™, a high-tech Negative Ion and Infrared Ray mat that emits negative Ions and Far Infrared Rays; completing my visit, Dee did a session of Reiki. During my session I slowly began to let go, and gradually over the course of the next hour something happened – I experienced an overwhelming feeling of calmness and relaxation. It’s hard to explain, but I felt different; better. But it didn’t end there – this feeling stayed with me through the weeks to come and whenever I felt myself getting stressed I took a breather and remembered the techniques that I learned from Dee. After just one visit, I have already began to experience first-hand the remarkable mending powers of Dee’s practice. I can see why so many of her clients keep coming back – I will definitely be one of them! Dee’s office is located at 12000 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., suite 222 in Tampa. For answers to your questions or to schedule an appointment please call (813) 264-6052, visit, or email Find her on Facebook at Quintessence ACH for more information.

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Treat Yourself to a Little Pampering at European Wax Center Carrollwood By Alexis Selby Strut, glow, and feel wonderful at European Wax Center Carrollwood. Elegantly designed like an upscale spa, at European Wax Center they believe luxurious waxing isn’t just for the privileged, it’s for everyone who wants gorgeous skin, whenever they desire; which is why they offer the highest quality waxing services for an extremely affordable price. With waxes starting as low as $16, having silky smooth skin is something that can easily be budgeted into any lifestyle! Even better, in addition to their already low prices, they also offer customers unique discounted packages; perfect for those who wax on a frequent basis. “I used to shave my legs before but my hair would grow back in just a few days and I didn’t like that look for my legs,” writes customer Karen. “So, I chose to try the services offered by the European Wax Center and I realized that I have been torturing myself with shaving. They offer great package



deals for both men and women at a very affordable price. Their promos are the best! It is an amazing way to keep yourself free from nasty hair all over your body. I’m so happy with the outcome!” Locally owned by Tampa resident Bobbi Royak, European Wax Center Carrollwood is part of one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation. The original location was founded in Miami and since then has expanded throughout the country, and now, this avant-garde franchise has over 500 locations nationwide. Their success can greatly be attributed to their exceptional business model and commitment to customer service, providing guests with a consistently great experience every time! Bobbi is accompanied by her experienced team of trained professionals. Together, they strive to provide the best service possible to all of their customers. “The wax we use is our exclusive Comfort Wax,” says Bobbi. It was

Bobbi Royak (middle) and her friendly staff at European Wax Center Carrollwood hand crafted in Paris and made just for the European Wax Center.” The Comfort Wax, made from 100% all natural beeswax is their secret to a virtually painless treatment and is far gentler on the skin than traditional

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wax. I can definitely attest to this! A frequent waxer myself, on my previous visit to European Wax Center, I decided to try their wax firsthand – I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know that waxing could be that easy, and

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Editor Alexis Selby (left) getting her wax on!

not to mention that painless! Milli, one of their talented wax specialists, performed the service and I was very pleased. She made me feel very comfortable and explained the process very thoroughly from start to finish. I was also very impressed with her attention to cleanliness – as a European Wax Center policy, she never double dipped the stick used to apply the wax and used a different stick on every ap-

plication. I was so thrilled with my experience and results that before leaving I signed up for one of their specials – I pre-bought 9 waxes and got 3 free. At European Wax Center Carrollwood, they are so sure that you are going to love their wax, that, as a nationwide promotion, they offer all first-time Florida resident customers a complimentary wax, with no purchase

necessary. For women, this includes a free brow, underarm or bikini line wax, and for the men, a free ear, nose or brow wax. “We offer free waxing for first time customers to allow people the chance to try our wax because we are confident that once they try our wax they will stay with us forever,” says Bobbi. “They will see and feel the difference in our wax.” Customer Michelle writes, “I like to wear tube tops and straps when on the beach but I was just too worried about my underarms (even after I just shaved). They didn’t appear smooth, even after shaving. I was too scared to have my underarms waxed since I was brainwashed by the thought that waxing was painful. But, at the European Wax Center, I didn’t feel as anxious since they explained every detail of the process and the expected results before we even started. It was a warm and luxurious experience for me since the facilities are so comfortable and the staff is so friendly. I have never been this confident in my entire life.” Specializing in full body waxing for both men and women (excluding select areas for men), European Wax Center of Carrollwood focuses their business solely on waxing and nothing else, which allows them to be the best of the best when it comes to their services. Bobbi says, “We are specialists in waxing. All we do is waxing.”

4 Steps To Gorgeous™ Consistency is key at European Wax Center Carrollwood, and using 4 Steps To Gorgeous™, their exclusive pre and post-wax process, they ensure that at every treatment you’ll experience the most painless and efficient wax possible, no matter who performs your service.

1.Cleanse Beginning with a calming pre-wax cleanser the wax specialist removes any makeup, oil or lotion on the areas to

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be treated.

2. Protect Next, they use their pre-wax oil to ensure the wax only takes hold of your pesky hairs and not to your skin.

3. Time to Get Your Wax On Next comes the application of their virtually painless Comfort Wax™.

4. Rejuvenate The last step is all about pampering your skin. Body treatments receive a lovely dose of their exclusive Ingrown Hair Serum to help prevent bumps or breakouts. And facial treatments finish with a gentle application of Calming Cream so you can walk out the door with confidence. Looking for a great lotion, or beauty product to perfectly complement your new wax? Chances are, European Wax Center has just what you are looking for. “We also have a full line of products that were created just for us that work in conjunction with our waxing,” says Bobbi.” In addition to the obvious benefit of having silky smooth skin, waxing also has added health benefits. “Waxing is great for your skin,” says Bobbi. “It gets off dead skin cells and reveals healthy skin.” So, when you are ready to toss your razors aside and opt for the convenience and affordability of waxing, you should definitely give the specialists at European Wax Center Carrollwood a call! “Relax,” says Bobbi. “We are the world's wax-perts!” European Wax Center Carrollwood is located on the corner of Dale Mabry and Fletcher in front of Lowes at 12915 N Dale Mabry Hwy. in Carrollwood. They are open 7 days a week, Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information please call (813) 9614800 or visit

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Elegant Touch Stonework, Inc. “Made by Nature, Finished by Us” By Katie Thomas Elegant Touch Stonework, located north of S.R. 54 just off of Little Road in New Port Richey, specializes in bringing fine European, quality, custom crafted stonework to the entire Tampa Bay area. From custom designed countertops, furniture, fireplace wraps, outdoor kitchens, cabinets and specialty pieces, Elegant Touch Stonework has the talent, experience and professionalism you need when updating your home to designer status. Family owned and operated, Elegant Touch Stonework opened in 2005. Owners Gordana and Danny Vujinovic moved to the area from Europe over 15 years ago. When Gordana’s father passed away, the couple took over the family trade. Keeping the family business’ standing reputation and quality work intact has been very important in the growth of Elegant Touch Stonework.


Gordana & Danny Vujinovic Gordana and Danny strive to bring new projects into Elegant Touch Stonework, while keeping the basics that built the business the same. Customer service at Elegant Touch Stonework is based on quality, competitive prices and dependable workmanship. Craftsmanship in Stonework & Cabinetry Elegant Touch Stonework has a goal to provide their innovative talents

to clients in order to capture a design that is unique and one of a kind. Clients work one-on-one with Elegant Touch Stonework to break the boundaries of conventional design in order to create a lasting elegant touch within the home. Specializing in granite, natural stone and marble, Elegant Touch Stonework uses a variety of suppliers for materials. You will undoubtedly be able to find what you’re looking for with the help of Elegant Touch Stonework. The warehouse at Elegant Touch allows for craftsmen to handcut, hand-polish and hand-grind all

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natural stone pieces in order to get the perfect finish. “If it can be made out of stone, we can do it because our warehouse allows us to build quality, custom pieces,” explains Gordana. Elegant Touch Stonework has a large variety of stone slabs in stock at the warehouse for clients to view; you can get the exact look you want. There are many colors to choose from when it comes to natural stone materials and they are always willing to search for the exact look that you want from one of their many suppliers. With recent business expansion,

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Elegant Touch Stonework is now offering custom wood cabinetry. The crew at Elegant Touch Stonework is working towards including tile, travertine and other home renovation materials at their warehouse. Gordana explains, “We are working towards expanding on becoming a one-stop-shop for all home renovation installations and a supplier for materials.” Customers Appreciate Excellence Elegant Touch Stonework’s focus is on serving every customer in the right way. Home and business renovations can be chaotic when not dealt with in a timely, organized fashion. Elegant Touch Stonework has a 5- to

10-day turnaround time for all jobs – complete installation from start to finish! The company takes pride in keeping their workspace clean and their customers feeling at ease. With a staff dedicated to helping you every step of the way and assisting you in design, you will get the results you want and with the friendly communication of the craftsmen, you’ll learn throughout the process of it all. Customer Betty K. writes, “I just want to tell all of you how pleased I am with my new granite countertops. The gentlemen that did the work were so polite and efficient, and explained everything to me.” Betty said she really appreciated how helpful the craftsmen were in showing her how to care for her new granite countertops and even helped her to choose the granite and the edging that would best compliment her kitchen. She continues, “They were so friendly and helpful and cleaned up so well – so I never had any mess in my house. I would recom-

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mend them to anyone, anytime. The price was right for me also. The counters have made my kitchen look so much more elegant and up-to-date. The kitchen looks richer.” The Richardsons, homeowners happy with Elegant Touch Stonework, write, “Omar and staff, it was a pleasure to have your interest in our desire to purchase new countertops and sink. We were excited to see the project completed and very happy with the results. Your work went swiftly and well and we appreciate the advice on care of the granite countertops. Thank you again for a quick solution. Everything is beautiful.” Area businesses also appreciate the quality craftsmanship and the service provided by Elegant Touch Stonework. Broedell Plumbing Supply on SR 54 is very happy with the mutually respectful relationship they have with this company, writing, “We at Broedell Plumbing would like to thank Elegant Touch Stonework for all the hard work they have done for us. From the first moment we met with them, we experienced nothing but a pleasant and professional company to work with. Not only was the showroom at Elegant Touch impressive;

each individual that we encountered was courteous and sincere in every aspect. The consideration they showed in getting our project completed and done to our satisfaction was truly appreciated. We are a wholesale/retail plumbing supply company in business for over 20 years and deal with service men, builders, designers and homeowners. Knowing the importance of treating everyone with respect – we would highly recommend Elegant Touch to anyone.” Elegant Touch Stonework, Inc has unique, custom products and a wonderful, experienced staff. No two slabs of stone are the same and the craftsmen excel in bringing the natural beauty out of granite slabs and putting it into your home for the perfect elegant touch. Elegant Touch Stonework, Inc is located at 7040 Osteen Rd in New Port Richey. Hours are Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and 8 a.m.–12 p.m. on Sat. By appointment only on Sun. View the portfolio of Elegant Touch Stonework’s all natural stone slabs, custom crafted wood cabinets and finished countertops at Call (727) 848- 5336 for more info.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Whole Foods Market Carrollwood! Hello again, people of Tampa, and happy almost Thanksgiving- it’s Nicole here, your friendly neighborhood Whole Foods Market Carrollwood Healthy Eating Specialist! I want to talk about keep healthy this holiday season, because while Thanksgiving brings to mind so many fun (and delicious) memories, it is also associated with the dreaded five to ten pound weight gain. As a teenager, I can remember thinking to myself, “It’s okay if I eat a lot during holidays. I can just make a resolution and lose it all again, right?” I stuck to that plan for years, but I think we all know this is not the healthiest way to approach mindful eating. This year, I have worked tirelessly to find ways to make the holidays healthier for you and less physically taxing with some quick easy tips. Read closely and take notes, because I guarantee you’ll be glad that you did!

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips: 1. Do not “mistreat” your veggies. I recently polled some friends


about their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and got answers such as, “Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows!” or “Green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and extra fried onions.” Veggies can be tasty without all the additives and extra sodium. Try a baked sweet potato with a drop of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon, instead of a butter-filled casserole, or blanched green beans with fresh dill and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 2. Make it at home. Cranberry sauce. Stuffing. Gravy. Boost flavor and cut calories and salt intake by making these dishes in the comfort of

your home. Keeping the power in your hands allows you to control which ingredients goes into your holiday meals, rather than defaulting to processed food manufacturers. It may take a few extra minutes, but the tasty results are so worth it when you consider your family’s health. 3. Hold the butter…and the oil while you’re at it. For every tablespoon of oil you use to fry, sauté or coat your dish, you’re adding 120 calories of liquid, processed fat. Similarly with butter, it lacks nutrients, but provides a lot of fat and calories. Keep the butter out of this feast by using a dry pan to sauté your veggies and oilfree dressings for salads. Try our line of Health Starts Here salad dressings with no added oils or sugar. 4. Consider non-dairy/egg alternatives. An easy way to lower saturated fat and cholesterol is to cut back on the use of dairy and egg products. Use a powdered egg replacer or flaxseed “egg” in your baking, substitute unsweetened almond milk to whip your mashed potatoes, and instead of heavy cream in your casseroles, consider thick light coconut

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milk to lighten it up. Thanksgiving is a great time to share stories and catch up with family, but make sure it’s only your mind that’s expanding and keep that waistline in check. Until next time, stay healthy and enjoy the holidays, friends! Nicole Sampson is the Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood. She is a great resource for free, easy tips on how to eat healthy on a budget. Keep an eye out for her free classes and store tours at or email her at to set up a healthy eating education event for your school or workplace!

Fat Free Mushroom Gravy Ingredients • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided • 1 cup chopped white onion • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 8 ounces wild mushrooms, trimmed and chopped • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh

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thyme • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Method: In a large skillet over mediumhigh heat, bring 1 cup broth to a simmer. Add onion and garlic and cook approximately 4 minutes or until onion

is translucent. Stir in mushrooms, rosemary and thyme and continue to cook about 2 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid and start to become tender. Stir in remaining 3 cups broth and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together tamari, yeast and flour to form a thick paste. Add mixture to skillet about 1 teaspoon at a time, whisking constantly to make sure paste dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add pepper.

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And The Carrollwood BBQ Contest Winners Are... Kelly Green & Alex’s Southern Style BBQ With over 3,000 contest entries we are pleased to announce our Battle of the Carrollwood area BBQ contest has come to an end. And, the winning restaurant is……… Alex’s Southern Style BBQ. With a whopping 967 votes, and an extremely close finish, Alex’s Southern Style BBQ has proudly been voted by our readers as Carrollwood’s favorite BBQ restaurant. It makes sense, Alex’s BBQ has been a staple in this community for so long. Even though we had an amazing participation by the community, only about 150 entries followed the rules of the contest and were eligible for the $500 prize. The funny thing is, the ranking of the restaurants didn’t change between the over 3,000 entries and the 150 entries who followed all the rules; when we tallied up all the votes 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place was in the same order. We want to make it clear that this contest was something we thought would be a fun way to get the Carrollwood community involved and eat


Big Mamma’s Smokehouse BBQ Ribs

Alex’s signature platter some great BBQ in the process. None of us are professional taste testers and this wasn’t a food critique. I wish all 4 restaurants tied because we loved something different about each one.

With that being said, here are some of our favorites. My favorite Ribs were at Big Mamma’s Smokehouse BBQ. Chef Kenny is amazing and those giant ribs fall right off the bone! Their

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brisket is also killer! My favorite chicken was from Johnny and Pamelas place, Jazzy’s BBQ. It was very tender and juicy which is easier said than done when it comes to BBQ. Mine always seems to comes out dry at home so I have tons of respect for how well their chicken is prepared. They are great people who truly put their heart and soul into their family owned and operated business. Wholly Smokes had Turkey that was to die for and if you’ve never had corn nuggets, go see

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Wholly Smokes’ Platter

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Robert ASAP! Robert was a former regular patron before he bought Wholly Smokes and I personally think those corn nuggets had something to do with him pulling the trigger on the deal. An endless supply of those

things? Yes please! I loved each and every one of these BBQ joints own special sauces but there was something about the Pulled Pork smothered in Alex’s sweet BBQ sauce that kept me coming back for more.

First Prize - Kelly Green $500 and $25 Gift Card

Second Place - Toni Ely $25 Gift Card

Third Place - Shannon Lassiter $25 Gift Card

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“Great Clips” Continued from page 1 Lea Orchard, Great Clips Carrollwood is part of the well-known nationwide franchise, and, with more than 3,300 salons throughout the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest salon brand. In addition to this location in Carrollwood, Lea also owns a Great Clips in Lutz, located in the Lutz Lake Crossing Plaza at Lutz Lake Fern and Dale Mabry, as well as another location in the Shoppes of Citrus Park, on the corner of Gunn and Sheldon across from Sickles High school. A testament to her success, Lea is looking to expand to another location within the next year, hoping to open a Great Clips at the corner of State Road 54 and Livingston in Lutz. Lea is also and active member of CABA, and just finished her year as President in 2012. Lea says, “I love meeting people in the community. Everyone is so familyoriented and there is this sense of camaraderie. We are like a big family. Even though my business is part of a national brand, it is still a small business. I am still a small business owner. I live in this community. My kids go to local schools here. Nearly every


time I walk into my shop I run into someone I know.” Great Clips provides advanced training to all of their stylists, ensuring that they are kept up-todate on the latest and greatest skills and trends. So, when you visit Great Clips Carrollwood you are privy to the best of both worlds – the benefits of a huge company, such as affordability and stylist training, while still maintaining the community, family-friendly atmosphere of a locallyowned business. “We are very Reasonably priced and have really outstanding stylists,” says Lea. Specializing in cutting edge haircuts, shampoos and up-dos for men, women and children, Great Clips Carrollwood is your family salon, and is perfect for those who want affordability without having to sacrifice quality.

Online Check-in In a hurry and don’t have time to wait? This is not a problem at Great Clips. Putting convenience di-

rectly into their customer’s hands, with the recent addition of their online check-in option, guests can checkin on their smart phone or computer and add their name to the wait list, without having to physically be present in the store. When you check-in online your name automatically gets added to their list, ensuring little to no wait time when you arrive. Client Chuck writes, “I have been going to Great Clips at the Palms of Carrollwood location since May of 2007 and I could not be happier. Every time I visit I am greeted with a smile and a very courteous welcome from the staff. I never have to wait very long and thanks to their incredi-

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ble note / computer system they already know how I would like my hair cut without me having to explain it each time. I especially like their new Smartphone app that lets me make check in online and also tells me exactly what my wait time is going to be. Thanks again Great Clips for the wonderful experience.” Lea is really involved in the dayto-day operations of her business and truly enjoys what she does. She says, “My favorite part of owning a busi-

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Great Clips Carrollwood is conveniently located in the Palms of Carrollwood next to Fresh Market. ness is watching it grow and seeing how successful we can be and how many people we can get in and how many new customers we can retain. What really separates my location is my personal involvement in my stores and the quality of my stylists. I do all

my own hiring and I make sure my salon looks the best. I go above and beyond to keep it updated to the latest style trends.” Great Clips also has a huge selection of products for purchase, including Redken, Paul Mitchell and Matrix, as well as Solutions by Great Clips®, their own signature line of professional-quality daily hair care and styling products for men, women and kids. Lea understands that with today’s fast-paced lifestyle, you need a salon that fits your schedule. That’s why her salon is open evenings and weekends, with no appointment necessary. At Great Clips Carrollwood, you can relax, because you know you will get an affordable, quality haircut in a comfortable, friendly salon. “Everybody needs a haircut,” says Lea. It’s a Necessity.” Great Clips Carrollwood is located in the Palms of Carrollwood next to Fresh Market, on the corner of Dale Mabry and Fletcher, at 13129 B N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa. Hours are Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information please call (813) 9692960 or visit

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“Sound Exchange” Continued from page 1 store credit. As a result, they have a great selection of vintage and out of print items that complements their new inventory, resulting in a unique and constantly changing blend of new and old stuff. Best of all, most used items sell for half the cost of the same item if it were new, even less in many cases. Hundreds of new items come to their stores every day, so regardless of your entertainment needs, there is a good chance that Sound Exchange has it or will have it in one of their three stores. If not, you can shop at their on-line warehouse of new items, which compares to Amazon in size and selection. And worst case, if it is not available anywhere, you can reserve the next copy that comes into their stores when you use their “Want List’ feature. Just sign up for an item and they email you when it arrives! So, how has Sound Exchange managed to stay around all these years? Ron maintains, “We know what to buy and are willing to pay the highest prices for those items so we get the best stuff.” In addition, he says, “Our sophisticated computer sys-


Hundreds of new items come to Sound Exchange’s stores every day, so you never know what treasures you will find. Sound Exchange truly is a local collector’s Mecca! tem is able to track comparable prices globally so that we can ensure that our pricing is competitive, typically 1020% below prices you might see on eBay, for instance.” Sound Exchange has developed a

brilliant website that is user-friendly, customer-oriented, and more importantly, shows you their in-stock inventory, even new arrivals and soon-to-be available items. It is super easy – once you view their inventory in all three of

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their locations, reserve the items you wish to purchase and select the store of your choice for pickup. This feature has excited passionate collectors who shop on their website every day waiting for particular titles to come into in-

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A masterfully restored Antique Edison record player from 1918 ventory. Sound Exchange protects their local loyal customers because they do not ship, which means that only local shoppers can take advantage of their selection. Sound Exchange is

truly a local collector’s Mecca! Whether you’re online or instore, you will find something else that sets Sound Exchange apart – their wonderful selection of vintage stereo equipment! Have you ever wondered what to do with your dust-collecting old record player, turntable, reel-toreel tape deck, speaker, receiver, or amplifier? Sound Exchange has an answer for you. You can sell it to them for cash and free up space in your home, or they can restore it for you, thereby creating your own family heirloom. Unlike most electronic re-

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pair shops that only fix the electronics, Sound Exchange can do the entire job by cosmetically restoring the unit, too. One quick look at the hundreds of restored items available for sale will give you a good idea of what yours could look like. I was quick to notice the antique 1918 Edison record player that they had masterfully restored inside and out. It rivaled any of the items that were on display at the Edison Estate that I visited down in Fort Meyers last month. Sound Exchange is passionate about bringing old equipment back to

life and back into everyday use. Ron says, “This was great stuff back in the day and can be great stuff once again.” For a modest $25 bench fee Sound Exchange can give you an estimate of what it will take to restore it to your liking, which is applied to the cost of the repair if they do the work for you. Visit for more details. So, whether you’re a passionate collector looking for CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, out-of-print items, music and movie related books and vintage stereo equipment, or are a novice like me just browsing for a good deal, Sound Exchange is your ultimate choice. Visit them on their website or come on into one of their stores and buy, sell, and trade to your heart’s delight. It’ll be sure to make your day! Our local Sound Exchange is located at 14246 N. Nebraska Avenue between Fletcher and Bearss next to the Salvation Army store and Malibu Grand Prix. Store hours are Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 pm. For more information, call (813) 9789316 or visit the Sound Exchange website at

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2nd Annual Central Pasco Chamber's "Dancing With Our Stars" By Alexis Selby From Salsa to hip hop to line dancing, dancers and local business owners lit up the stage at the 2nd Annual Dancing With Our Stars event. Hosted by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, people from all over the Tampa Bay Area gathered for this spectacular event as local businessmen and women volunteered to showcase their talents as well as business while raising funds to benefit the chamber and its programs. With the crowd filled to near capacity, the audience was surely entertained as dancers shook, rattled, rolled and swung, dressed in elaborate costumes ranging from pirates to cowboys to the Incredible Hulk. To help raise proceeds, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, with the help of star volunteers, auctioned off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for their organization. A percentage of proceeds also benefitted the local dance community, which partnered with the star volunteers to choreograph and train for the event.


Dancing With Our Stars Winners Perhaps most notable of the dancers was All Smiles Tampa Bay doctor, Joseph Grimaudo, who stole the spotlight and walked away with 4 separate awards, including Overall Star, Best Costume, Most Original and Most Entertaining. Taking part in the winning effort, Dr. Joe was accompanied by Nicole Eppers and Sonia Salazar, who also put on a great show! Robert and Edda Gilbert from

Mind Your Busine$$ Now won mostcommitted dancers, actually building their own dance floor in their home to practice for the show, while Tiffany Yip from Get a Group Total Fitness sold the most tickets for the fundraising event. David Gainer of DigitalBrainz and Ann Poonkasem of were tied for most congenial, while Dr. John and Melissa Metz of Metz Orthodontics were selected for the People’s Choice Award. The best dance award went to

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Elisabeth Shaner-Flach with Scott Parlett from BallywhoSocial, and Kelly Mothershead of A Focus on Fitness was named a Shining Star. Practice Manager and Community Liason for All Smiles Tampa Bay, Carla Collier, who is also a Director on the board for the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and Dancing With Our Stars Chairperson, put on this wonderful event. With the help of a team of volunteers, as well as stage manager Shelley Acevedo of Broadway Dancesations, and Meredyth Censullo,

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who served as the mistress of ceremonies, this event was a huge success. The dance professionals who helped choreograph and teach the dancers included Wendy LaRosa, Terri Dusek, Gina Marchica, Grace Badillo, Roberto Lira, Tamesis Cruz, Leo Florin, Stacey Enyart, Nicole John, Shelley Acevedo, Hector Quiles, Frank Sliwa, and Richard and Laurie Collett. Backstage artists were Jane Case, Mary Kay artists Ellen Castellani and Lisa Rogers, as well as HairStyle Salon and Star’s Organic Spa. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organiza-

tion whose dedicated business and community partners work toward improving the general welfare in the Central Pasco / Northern Hillsborough area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. For more information on the chamber contact the Central Pasco Chamber office at (813) 909-2722 or For more information on this event and how to become a dancer in next year’s show, call Carla Collier at (813) 345-8580, or email

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Maximum Benefits from Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery “It could not have worked out better.”

Cheri K., a real patient of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North

After years of pain due to endometriosis, Cheri knew she needed a hysterectomy. When she found out she could have it done robotically and close to home at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, she decided to have the surgery. She experienced minimal pain and was able to go home the next day. She is grateful for the superior care she received. There are many benefits when you undergo a robotic procedure compared to a traditional, “open” surgery, including: Q Shorter hospital stay

Q Smaller scars

Q Shorter recovery

Q Less pain

Watch Cheri’s story at to learn why she chose robotic surgery.

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Carrollwood Area Neighborhood News

Carrollwood - Vol. 1, Issue 8, November 2013  

The November edition of the Carrollwood area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.