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WESTCHASE AREA

Vol. 1, Issue 4, June 2012

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles

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The Business & Dining Magazine Directly Mailed To Over 13,000 Homes In Westchase & Surrounding Areas This Independent Community News, Business & Dining Guide Is Directly Mailed Once Each Month To: Arlington Park • Aston Villas • Bay Arbor • Berkeley Square • Calf Path Estates • Enclave At Citrus Park • Fawn Ridge Forest Lakes • Hampton Lakes • Highland Park • Lake Chase • Mandolin • Tree Tops • Twin Branch Acres • Waterchase West Hampton • Westchase • Westchester • Westwood Lakes • Windsor Place

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Premier Choice Properties: John & Donna Bonneau

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Experience John and Donna have more than 14 years of real estate experience and over $110 million dollars in closed residential sales – that’s a lot of homes that have been sold and bought. Every home is unique and being part of so many different sales and closings have helped them develop a real estate sixth sense - they can help you spot and anticipate problems and prevent them before they become an issue. “We have bought and sold a home before, so we truly appreciated the experience and competence that Donna and John provided us,” states Jason and Traci. “Besides selling our home for ‘top-dollar,’ only seven days after listing it, they made the transaction quick, simple and utterly painless. We couldn’t believe the interest and traffic that they generated

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Editorial................................3 News Briefs...........................4 Community Calendar.............6 Donna and John Bonneau for our home sale in such a short amount of time. We were especially impressed with their Internet marketing saturation. We found it to be the best available.”

Mellow Mushroom.............8-9

Knowledge

Pacific Curbing...............16-17

John and Donna have gained a wealth of knowledge from their years of experience. However, they are constantly expanding their knowledge See “Premier Choice” on page 18.

Cleaning Angel...............12-13 Simply Elegant...............14-15

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Moving is stressful, but less than a year after moving to the Westchase community in 2001, John and Donna Bonneau became two of the top agents in the area – due to their hard work and commitment to their clients. In 2004 they used their knowledge and expertise to open Premier Choice Properties – an independent real estate agency that offers flexibility and customized solutions for the alwayschanging real estate market. Since the opening of Premier Choice Properties, they have developed a loyal and satisfied list of clients. Because they are the owners and the brokers, they are able to adapt each contract to meet the client’s situation, helping them make the best choices when buying or selling a home. Both buyers and sellers benefit from the Bonneaus’ expertise and

knowledge of the area.

See “Ha Ha Dental” on page 20.

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root canals, extractions and oral surgery. He is able to do most procedures in his office – offering his patients a place where they can get all their dental needs covered. Dr. Ha is continuously increasing his knowledge of the newest advancements in dentistry and keeps up-todate with the latest technology. He has received well over three times the minimum requirements to be considered a sedation dentist; this equates to hundreds of hours in sedation and advanced emergency training. Dr. Ha is also very active in continuing education. The entire staff at HaHa Sedation and Family Dentistry is committed to

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Everyone wants to be happy and healthy and while we are each responsible for our own happiness, at times, we all need a little help staying healthy. One crucial area to maintain, that people sometimes overlook, is their smile. The way your teeth look and feel not only affect how others see you and how you feel about yourself, but tooth decay and gum disease can lead to serious health problems later in life, like heart issues, diabetes and respiratory

his skills, together with his lovely wife Dr. Linh Pham-Ha, he opened his office – HaHa Sedation and Family Dentistry – in February of 2011. There, he has been helping grown-ups and children take care of and perfect their beautiful smiles through a full-range of services, from preventative care and whitening to oral surgeries. Dr. Ha emphasizes that preventative dental care, including routine check-ups and cleanings twice a year, is very important and the best way to take care of your teeth. However, if you do find yourself with a problem that is not routine, Dr. Ha has years of experience as a dental surgeon and performs procedures such as IV sedation, modern implant placement and restoration, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics,

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disease. Fortunately, here in the Westchase area, we have a dentist whose goal is to help others look good and stay healthy by providing excellent dental care in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. HaHa Sedation and Family Dentistry, located in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Sheldon Road, is the realization of Dr. Dang Ha’s dream. Dr. Ha, DMD, who grew up in Tampa and attended Leto High School and the University of South Florida, always knew that he wanted to do something to give back to the community he loves. After he graduated from Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine in Boston he moved back to Tampa to be close to his family and to make his dream a reality. After years of perfecting


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From The Editor Alexis Selby

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Contest To honor all of the hard-working, self-sacrificing mothers and fathers in the area, the Neighborhood News & Lifestyles is dedicating a contest just for them, in which the winners will receive some great gift certificates and prizes worth over $100! So pick up a pencil and get to work and tell us just how wonderful your mother and/or father really are!

Mother’s Day Contest Although Mother’s Day has already passed, it is never too late to show appreciation for your mother, so for the Mother’s day contest we want you to tell us why your mother is the best in the world and what you did special for her on Mother’s Day to show her how much she means to you.

Father’s Day Contest For the Father’s day Contest we are keeping it simple – so you have no excuse not to try! All you have to do is write an acrostic poem to whatever you call your father, whether it is dad, father, papa, daddy, or padre. To write an acrostic poem, take the first letter of your word and write a line describing your dad to form your poem, and then do the same thing for the remaining letters. Although I am an adult, I still call my father daddy, because no matter how old I get I will always be my daddy’s little girl! Here is an example of the poem I wrote for my daddy:

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Dad, you are the lifeline of our family Always there when we need you most Doing all you can and giving all that you are Don't ever forget how much you mean to me You are the best daddy in the world! Everyone – regardless of talent – will have an equal chance of winning, as we will compile all of the entries (we’ll print out emailed entries), draw and contact the random winner after all entries are gathered. The deadline for the contest is June 14th. *DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION AND WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD YOU LIVE IN. If you have any questions, please call (813) 928-6124. The two winners, along with their winning submissions, will be featured in the July issue of the Westchase Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

Email entries to Westchasenn@yahoo.com or fax to (727) 943-0556 or mail to Westchase Area Neighborhood News 118 E Tarpon Ave, Suite #8, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.

Neighborhood News & Lifestyles Directly mailed once a month to over 13,000 households in zip codes 33626 & 34677 118 Tarpon Ave. East, Suite #8 Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (813) 928-6124; Fax: (727) 943-0556 Advertising E-mail: westchasenn@yahoo.com Editorial E-mail: westchasenn@yahoo.com © 2012 Westchase NeighborhoodNews is published by ADS 2 Publications, Inc. Publisher Tim Selby General Manager Matt Selby Editor Alexis Selby Advertising Sales Jim O’Reilly Ken Burke Gregg Vorbeck Accounting Manager Doreen Selby

Correspondents Kim Thomas Julie Kanehl Amy Paterson Katie Thomas Jeff Berlinicke

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Community News Briefs Senior programs offered The Oldsmar Senior Center now offers diverse and interesting year round programs. Some programs are free and others cost a minimal fee and can be discounted with a Recreation Center card. Participants ages 50 and older can participate in OSCARS (Oldsmar Senior Center Art Recreation Social), FAB (Fiber Arts Bunch), wood working, billiards and Tai Chi. Senior socials gather people to play games over coffee and refreshments. Day trips take people to places like the Hard Rock Casino, Strawberry Festival and museums. Gray Matters, the Oldsmar Senior Center newsletter, details activities and event information. Gray Matters can be found in Oldsmar at the Senior Center, City Hall, public library, Cypress Forest Recreation Center, Gull Aire Village and online at www.myoldsmar.com. The Oldsmar Senior Center is located at 127 State St. W. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, contact Brittany Riefler at 813749-1155 or email briefler@myoldsmar.com.

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College Student Stephanie Divincenzo Awarded 2012 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award Westfield Citrus Park Chick-fil-A team member, Stephanie Divincenzo, has been selected by Chick-fil-A Founder and CEO Truett Cathy as one of only 25 winners from across the country to be awarded the 2012 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award. Divincenzo was chosen for her excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. She has worked for Chick-fil-A for more than two years at the Westfield Citrus Park location. She is studying elementary education at University of West Florida, Pensacola. A 2011 graduate of Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Divincenzo was active in the orchestra and founded the school’s Social Studies Honor Society. She also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Please send us any local events, information, or other pertinent news items that you would like to see in future issues of the Westchase Area Neighborhood News. All submissions should be sent to Westchasenn@yahoo.com

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Community Calendar Tampa Upper Bay Rotary Club Weekly Meeting Join the Rotary of Upper Tampa Bay every Friday morning for a light breakfast and their weekly meetings. They are always looking for new members so feel free to bring a friend. Meetings are free to all and start promptly at 7:30 a.m. and last an hour. The meetings are held at Westchase Golf Club, located at 11602 Westchase Golf Drive in Tampa. For more information please call (813) 749-2940.

Zumba sessions available For a fast-paced, exciting workout join the city of Oldsmar for their highenergy Zumba fitness sessions Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, located at 650 Pine Avenue North in Oldsmar. The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card. All fitness levels are welcome. No reservation is required, so all you have to do is sign in at the front desk upon arrival. Join the fun with instructor Laura Roberts and enjoy the hour making new friends while getting an

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amazingly effective, stress-relieving workout to the beats of exciting international music. For more information, please call (813) 748-1155 or (813) 749-1152.

Complimentary Wine Tasting at Napa Flair If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday evening than gather up your friends and stop in at Napa Flair between 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. to take part in their one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience. Along with exotic wine selections, Napa Flair will also be serving delicious appetizers and tasty finger food. Each Friday Napa Flair will be featuring new wines from around the world. These wine tastings are a great way to discover new wines that you might never have tried before and allow you to experience tastes and selections from all around the world. If you are like me and love wine, but get overwhelmed by all the choices and have no idea what wine is right for you, coming to these wine tastings is a must. Napa Flair’s wine tastings give you the opportunity to sample new wines every week and help you find the wines that

are truly right for you. Napa Flair Wine and Boutique brings you wines from all over the world, allowing you to experience different cultures, climates, tastes and culinary customs without ever leaving your own neighborhood. Napa Flair is a wonderful culmination of owner LuAnn Shapiro’s experience in retail and wine, boasting hundreds of quality wines from as little as $7.99, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques, art, gourmet olive oils, dips, gourmet pastas and balsamic vinegars. Napa Flair is located at 11967 Sheldon Rd in Tampa. For more information please call (813) 449 1831, visit their website at www.napaflair.com, or email luann1040@gmail.com.

Live Music Friday Nights at Courtside Grille If you are looking to start the weekend off right, come down to Courtside Grille Friday night at 5:00 p.m., for their live music entertainment, where they will be featuring local bands including Herding Cats and Don & Fred. Every Friday Night Courtside Grille will be hosting these bands and more, which rotate on a weekly basis. This Courtside Grille is one of two in the Tampa Bay area; the other

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is in St. Petersburg. Courtside Grille is an upscale sports bar; tables and booths are set around a large, Ushaped bar and there are dozens of big screen TVs so you can catch every game. The food is a little more sophisticated than your average sports venue. Appetizers include the standard wings and nachos, but also a fish spread and jumbo mushrooms stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese and spices, baked or fried. Salads include two chopped options and an Iceberg Wedge. For entrees there is an array of sandwiches and burgers, plus steaks and fish. The owners include former NBA star and Tampa Bay native Matt Geiger. The Westchase location has an outdoor basketball court and a game room for kids. Courtside Grille is located at 13901 Nine Eagles Drive in Tampa. For more information please call (813) 818-7433 or visit their website at www.courtsidegrille.com. Please send us any local events, information, or other pertinent news items that you would like to see in future issues of the Westchase Area Neighborhood News. All submissions should be sent to Westchasenn@yahoo.com

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By Alexis Selby Themed after the Grateful Dead when they lived on Ashbury Street in San Francisco – with their brightly colored décor and beautifully painted wall murals – Mellow Mushroom in Westchase instantly transports customers back to the late 60’s to a time where the world was a much simpler, care-free place. This laid-back atmosphere, along with their friendly staff, expansive menu and amazing food combines to provide you with a truly unique dining experience. In addition to serving delicious food, Westchase Mellow Mushroom also offers an extensive list of beers, a majority of which are locally brewed – which perfectly complement just about anything and everything on the menu! “Mellow Mushroom has amazing pizza and salads and a great selection of

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craft beer,” states happy customer Bill. “They get beers there in draft that others can't even get in the bottle. The atmosphere is laid back and casual and the staff is awesome. Definitely stop in if you are in the area.” The first Mellow Mushroom, which opened in Georgia in 1974, was started by three college students who wanted to open a different style of restaurant to reflect their own eclectic philosophies. Since then, Mellow Mushroom has spread throughout the United States, and although the philosophy remains the same, each location is completely different and reflects the unique personality and style of each individual franchise owner. One thing is guaranteed – no matter which Mellow Mushroom you visit – you are sure to have an exciting time. Owner of Westchase Mellow Mushroom, Greg Warren, who grew up in Clearwater, has lived in the Westchase Area for the past ten years and has many years of experience working in the restaurant industry. After years of working for corporate restaurants, Greg stumbled upon Mellow Mushroom and was really impressed with the way the restaurant was run – including their vast selection of beer –

Mellow Mushroom features a full liquor bar and an extensive list of beers. and in 2005 decided to open up a restaurant of his own. And, after seven years, Westchase Mellow Mushroom remains a favorite hang-out spot and eatery for both locals and visitors, who come from all over to experience the tasty fare and fun atmosphere. Mellow Mushroom features a full liquor bar and an extensive list of beers, including more than 115 microbrews and 30 beers on tap. “We try to have something different for everyone every time they come in,” says Greg. In fact, Westchase Mellow Mushroom is rated number 46 in the world for the best beer selection in a restaurant! So if you are in the mood for a thirst-quenching beer, look no further than Mellow

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Mushroom; with so many beers to choose from they have something for every palate and taste. “We are super vegan and vegetarian friendly,” states Greg. Mellow Mushroom offers many different alternatives for every diet and lifestyle, including the use of Daiya vegan cheese and their gluten-free pizza which has gluten-free dough and other gluten-free ingredients, in addition to their many other vegetarian and vegan menu options. They use only the freshest ingredients and local produce is delivered daily. There is no such thing as artificial ingredients when it comes to their food and they cook with only the best quality ingredients, including the use of Grande Cheese, which is the only cheese used at Westchase Mellow Mushroom. In addition, all pizza is stone-baked, ensuring a superior quality and taste. Shelly, a regular at Westchase Mellow Mushroom states, “We started coming here a couple of years ago. We usually built our own pizza but on a whim one night we tried the ‘Mighty Meaty’. Oh, Holy Heaven on a plate. If you've never had it, you're seriously missing out. A pie that dare I say it, would turn a vegetarian into a carnivore with one bite. Even my 6 year old who has been strictly cheese and pep-

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Mellow Mushroom offers a wide variety of delicious foods, including their Bruschetta (L) and Kosmic Karma Pizza (R). peroni for his entire pizza eating life has been converted. The decor is fun and the food is amazing. They have a great beer selection too!” Westchase Mellow Mushroom offers a wide variety of foods, including pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, pitas, oven-roasted wings and much more, all of which are prepared with great care, giving you selections that not only taste amazing, but look amazing as well. “We try to be different when it comes to our food and we offer a wide range of toppings on our pizzas, from our basic cheese pizza to our super-meat pizza which is loaded with toppings,” states Greg. “The food speaks for itself!” And, that is does, as from the first time my husband and I ate at Westchase Mellow Mushroom, we have been back many times since and have

always been thrilled with our selections. If you are like me and like to have a little snack before the main entrée, than I recommend you try one of their delicious appetizers, which include everything from stuffed Portobello mushrooms to spinach artichoke dip. One of my personal favorites is the Bruschetta, which consists of diced tomatoes and Feta Cheese tossed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil served on fresh toast points and finished off with a balsamic drizzle. Crunchy and sweet and loaded with fresh tomatoes, the Bruschetta is every bit as appetizing as it looks. Another great selection is the Mushroom Club Hoagie, which is served heated on your choice of French, Wheat or Pita Bread and filled to the top with ham, turkey, applewood smoked bacon, provolone

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cheese, caramelized onions and garnished with crisp bean sprouts. Each bite just melts in your mouth and despite the generous portion size, this hoagie was devoured within no time – it’s just that good. The Kosmic Karma Pizza, which is a specialty at Westchase Mellow Mushroom, is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach, and the presentation alone is enough to make your mouth water. This is a must-have menu item! This red-sauce-based pizza, topped with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and Roma Tomatoes is tied in with a fancy pesto swirl and boasts a taste that is out of this world. The combination of ingredients was so delicious that I was almost at a loss for words. In fact, my husband was – “I don’t even have words for how good this pizza is. I can’t explain it, it’s just that good!” If you are feeling a little creative, you also have the option of creating your own pizza or salad, for a customized entrée that is as unique as you are. Westchase Mellow Mushroom offers daily specials including Happy Hour, which is every day from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., and includes $2.00 off on all mixed drinks, wines and beer. Ladies, on Monday enjoy half off on all drinks all day. Tuesday night is Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and it

tends to bring a large crowd, so come on in and test your skills and have some fun! Wednesday is hospitality day, where everyone in hospitality receives 25% off on drinks all day, in addition to the daily happy hour specials. If you are looking for a relaxing way to finish off the weekend, join Westchase Mellow Mushroom every Sunday, where they will be featuring live music from local bands starting at 6:30 p.m. Mellow Mushroom also offers carry-out and gift cards are available. Mellow Mushroom is the perfect place for a night out with friends or a relaxing lunch in between work. Whether you are enjoying a hot slice of pizza in their laid-back outdoor seating area or sitting indoors in the spacious dining area, one thing is for sure – at Westchase Mellow Mushroom you are sure to have a good time. The fun, laid-back atmosphere is a great place to bring the family and with their vast menu filled with delicious food, there is something for every preference and taste! Westchase Mellow Mushroom is located at 11955 Sheldon Road in Tampa. Hours are Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. For more information please call (813) 926-3600 or visit their website at www.MellowMushroom.com/Tampa.

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The Cleaning Angel Celebrates 20 Years of Cleaning Excellence By Dara Tucker Twenty years ago an angel started in the cleaning business. Donna Ferrante, who we now know as the owner of The Cleaning Angel, started cleaning for an elderly woman who was receiving Hospice care back in the 1990s. As a single mother, Donna was cleaning to earn extra money as a second job, but it quickly became clear to both her and her clients that caring for people’s houses was her purpose, a way to make others feel good about their surroundings. Donna was crowned the cleaning angel by the elderly woman she bonded with who she was cleaning for, after she left a crystal angel for her one day when she cleaned. The woman told her caretaker that Donna was her cleaning angel, and shortly after passed away. All these years later, Donna was still emotional as she told me the story, but feels blessed for the client who provided the foundation for her current thriving business, and knows she would be proud of where The Cleaning Angel is now. Donna was born and raised in a small town in the white mountains of New Hampshire called Gorham. Being half Italian and half French Canadian,

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she was raised in her small community to be a hard worker, honest and dependable. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Back home in New Hampshire her family has owned an Italian restaurant for over 65 years, now going into a fifth generation. Donna explains, “The dedication and success in my cleaning business is due to the closeness of my wonderful family. My mother and my grandmother taught me to reach out to people and give from my heart and the feeling that you get back is more than money can buy, and that is more important than anything. I am proud and honored to say that I am following in the footsteps of my parents and grandparents. We know how to cook, clean and we give 100 percent to the business.” In addition to her family’s influence, Donna attributes the success of her company to a determined attitude, a tremendous amount of ambition and meticulous attention to detail, which is accompanied by an unstoppable drive. An example of this drive was when after years of working on her own, she broke her ankle and hand in an accident. Donna knew she couldn’t continue cleaning on her own, and prayed for the

future of her business. She didn’t let this change in her life ruin her business, but instead turned into a blessing, by making the decision to hire her first “angel.” This decision, and her determination, helped to expand Donna’s business to what it is today. The Cleaning Angel’s staff is considered by Donna to be part of her family, and happy “angels” means happy clients. Ileah, who has worked for The Cleaning Angel for five years, supervises and trains the employees. Because of her continued hard work Donna gave her family a full paid trip to Disney as a bonus. When another one of the “anDetails such as cleaning the blinds don't gels” found they were losing their home get missed by The Cleaning Angel. due to no fault of their own, Donna clean your house, they know their hard found her and her children a new home, work is appreciated and rewarded, which and paid for the deposits on her new means you’ll consistently get a thorough home. Another “angel” Sandy delivered cleaning that won’t disappoint you. presents to the children at Christmas Comment cards are used for communitime on behalf of The Cleaning Angel’s cation from the customer to Donna to staff. When one of the “angels” needed make sure the job was done correctly to make extra money and worked six and also help ensure customers are not days a week for four months straight, all only happy with the first cleaning, but with a smile on her face, Donna showed every cleaning with The Cleaning her gratitude by giving her an extra Angel. bonus. I first met Donna when I was put Donna explains that when someone on bed rest, and needed help keeping from The Cleaning Angel comes to

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The Cleaning Angel uses the correct supplies for each area of your house, including stainless steel.

my house clean. I needed temporary help just for a couple of months. The Cleaning Angels were able to accommodate me in their schedule during that time, and I was happy to have a clean house without having to sign a cleaning contract. They were truly there for my family when we needed them. Robin and Christine formed The Cleaning Angels team that kept my house pristinely clean. They pay attention to details, such as dusting the blinds, and making the hardwood floors looks like they are brand new. Hard water stains are no match for these girls either. They have the correct cleansers to make the bathroom tiles sparkle. Each time they left

my house it not only looked clean, it smelled clean, and healthy. Donna isn’t just an angel to her customers and staff, but also to the community. For years she has chosen a child in need from the Christmas Angel Tree and provided them with gifts. This past Christmas, to celebrate 20 years in business, The Cleaning Angel donated part of the proceeds from all new customers towards the Christmas Angel Tree program. In addition to Christmas time, she also helps families in need throughout the year. “I am fortunate to be in a position in my life to help others who are having difficult times,” states Donna. For 20 years Donna Ferrante has been building her business and reputation in the area as being a hard worker who’s not afraid to use a little elbow grease. Let her angels put their hard work to work for you. Donna says, “After 20 years of being here in Florida, I am thankful for my blessings: a wonderful family, my business, my customers and my cleaning angels, my health, my home and my future. I want to thank everyone in my life who has helped me to get where I am today. God Bless to all.” If you’d like an angel to clean your house, call The Cleaning Angel to set up an appointment for a free estimate at 813-475-5958.

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By Alexis Selby Simple yet Elegant, Simply Elegant – Unique Gift Boutique in Westchase combines sophistication, style and beautifully unique apparel and accessories, to bring you a fun, upscale boutique that showcases a little bit of everything. “We can dress you from head to toe,” states sales associate Terry. Whether you are looking for a stunning dress to wear out for dinner, a dazzling piece of jewelry to complement your wardrobe, or a pretty new purse to wear with your favorite outfit, you will find just what you are looking for and more at Simply Elegant. And, the best part is you don’t have to drive far to find this unique boutique, as Simply Elegant is conveniently located in Villages of Westchase next to Stone

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Chase Grill – right in your own back yard! The staff, consisting of owners Mike and Lori and their sales staff Terry, Maria and McKinley are very knowledgeable and can help you with any questions or inquiries you might have. “We are here to build relationships,” says Mike. At Simply Elegant, you enter as a customer and leave as a friend, as that is exactly how you will be treated from the moment you walk through their doors. “We like to get acquainted with our customers,” states Terry. “We want to give them the feeling they are shopping with a friend.” From their friendly attentive staff, who will happily assist you in finding exactly what you are looking for, to the delicious refreshments that are available upon arrival, throughout your entire

shopping experience, you are made to feel welcome and comfortable. Simply Elegant carries upscale brands and products such as Vera Bradley, Tyler Candles, Lindsay Phillips SwitchFlops, Caren Lotions, Trollbeads, John Medeiros Jewelry, Kameleon JewelPop Jewelry and Mud Pie Home Décor, in addition to other designer clothing and accessories. They offer different styles for every occasion and all with the boutique-quality guarantee. “We have something for everyone,” states Terry. Simply Elegant also offers a wide range of unique jewelry, much of which you would not be able to find anywhere else and especially not for the prices offered. After taking a

look around the store I couldn’t believe how beautiful and exquisite all the different selections were. If you are looking for the perfect accent to an outfit and want that extra flair that no one else will have, you definitely need to check out the jewelry at Simply Elegant – you will not be disappointed.

Wish List At Simply Elegant they take all the stress out of finding that perfect gift for your loved one or significant other, with their ingenious Wish List, which not only makes shopping a breeze, but also ensures that your loved ones will get exactly what they want! “The Wish List makes it really easy for husbands

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Simply Elegant carries a wide selection of Vera Bradley purses, in addition to other designer clothing and accessories. and family members to shop for their loved ones,” states Lori. Ladies – why not make it easy on your family and friends this year – all you have to do is come in to Simply Elegant and create a Wish List detailing what you want. You can rest easy knowing that a beautiful gift will await you on that special occasion or birthday – and it will be just what you wished for! Guys – thanks to their Wish List, all you have to do is come in, look up your loved ones’ name (this is assuming they created a Wish List), pick out the items you would like to buy for her, and sit back and relax, while enjoying

delicious refreshments, as they wrap your gift for you – it doesn’t get much easier than this! Simply Elegant is the perfect venue to host your private party or fundraising event, providing guests with an intimate, elegant atmosphere that is ideal for any occasion. In addition to creating and wrapping your gift, Simply Elegant can also deliver them to your event, as long as the event is located within the Westchase Area. Open for just over a month, Simply Elegant is brand new, and the staff is thrilled to be a part of the Westchase community and is so thankful of the warm welcoming and support they

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thing truly unique at Simply Elegant Boutique! Simply Elegant accepts all major credit cards and also has gift cards available, which make a perfect gift for family members and friends. Simply Elegant is located in the Villages of Westchase at 12219 West Linebaugh Ave. in Westchase. Hours are Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. They are closed on Sun. For more information please call (813) 854-2274 or visit www.SimplyElegantuniquegiftboutique.com.

have received from local businesses and residents in the area. “Since the day we opened, we have gotten nothing but great support from the businesses in our area,” states Mike. Join their ‘Girlfriend List’ to receive weekly emails, allowing you to stay informed on what is going on and any upcoming specials and events they may be having. Whether you are looking for a whole new outfit, or something to complement an outfit, look no further than Simply Elegant, where you will receive unprecedented customer service, in an intimate, upscale atmosphere. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a friend, you are sure to find some-

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Enhance Your Garden Design with Concrete Curbing By Katie Thomas There is nothing quite like pulling up to your home and being greeted by a visually appealing landscape. Anyone who takes pride in their yard knows that a lot of time, patience and rearranging are required. Local and family-owned business Pacific Curbing offers a wide variety of colors, color mixtures, stamped borders and custom brick/stone curbing options that will shape your yard into a Floridian paradise. As Central

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Florida's decorative concrete curbing specialists, Pacific Curbing has the expertise and the artistic ability to help you easily transform your yard into a stylish, functional splendor. Lois Russo from Land O’ Lakes says, “We have used many different types of landscape blocks and bricks, and finally decided to invest in a more permanent solution for half the price. And we could not be happier that we selected Pacific Curbing!” Pacific Curbing is in the forefront of landscape design and serves the

After Central Florida area from Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties over to the Orlando area. As a leading company in decorative concrete curbing, Pacific Curbing offers professionally installed, permanent, attractive concrete border edging that provides wonderful benefits to any landscape. Concrete curbing serves as a weed and grass barrier by outlining flower beds, sidewalks, around trees, and more. Pacific Curbing offers concrete curbing in many diverse shapes, colors, stamp patterns and textures in order to give you the choice to completely customize your home’s yard. Pacific Curbing owner Marianna Long explains that the company has a

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fully trained crew that focuses on doing the job perfect while keeping a clean work environment. Pacific Curbing offers free estimates and installations are completed in full. Marianna's crew has over nine years experience in the concrete industry and provide phenomenal work and landscaping advice, bringing beautiful customized curbing to your front door. “I work with customers one-onone to find the best solutions for their project. I find out what their mission is and I work with them to bring their idea into fruition,” says Marianna. “If their idea is possible, we make it happen!”

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Concrete Curbing: Options & Benefits Galore! The benefits of concrete curbing from Pacific Curbing are endless. Concrete curbing materials are a permanent solution; the material does not rust like steel, will not decompose like wood, break like plastic, or move around like bricks. Offering curb appeal, concrete curbing is completely non-mobile once laid-in around your landscaping and will give your garden a polished finish. Pacific Curbing's fully trained installation crew can add patterns and colors to form a perfect match to any landscape. Marianna sug-

gests matching your choice pattern to your roof for a complete, well-put-together look. Choose from beautiful curbing patterns and stamps or textured rollers that give a natural and artistic look to your concrete curbing. You can check out curbing patterns, styles and colors online at Pacific-Curbing.com. Curbing patterns and stamps make an impression in the concrete and offer a more 3D, symmetrical style. Rollers are great for a style that imitates natural rock or stone. Pacific Curbing’s installations are fully guaranteed with the most comprehensive warranty in the industry. Whatever pattern, style, or design you choose, Marianna and her crew at Pacific Curbing are dedicated to bringing you style and functionality that will enhance your home. For your free curbing estimate and design consultation, you can contact the company online at www.Pacific-Curbing.com (use the form link) or contact the company directly at info@pacific-curbing.com or (813) 770- 4424. Pacific Curbing is currently running a promotion that offers a "Cheaper than Bricks" offer: get up to 80 feet of concrete curbing installed for $395.

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“Premier Choice” Continued from page 1 through new accreditations and skills. They are leaders in real estate technology and use their skills to help their clients get the maximum exposure for their house. “Almost every buyers’ home search begins on-line these days,” says John. “We are constantly keeping up-to-date on the latest technologies and make sure every listing is posted on social media, all the major portals and translated into video so potential buyers can find the information on the houses we sell in many different places online.” Before they put your home on the market John and Donna walk through it with you to make a list of trouble spots and what needs to be fixed. Donna, an Accredited Home Stager (AHS) and Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS), provides each client with complimentary home staging tips and every listing has plenty of high-definition photos of the home and community and informative descriptions to entice potential buyers to come take a look. Both John and Donna are Licensed Real Estate Brokers and John is an Accredited Buyers Representative

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Westchase - The Vineyards 3 Bedrooms, Den, 2.5 Bath, 2 Car Garage 1619 SqFt $234,900 Front Conservation Lot (ABR) and a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) – a designation only 4% of realtors have earned. For their clients this means they are constantly learning about the changes in real estate and using that knowledge to help you.

Results The Bonneaus are committed to helping their clients get results. They start this by building a great listing to give potential buyers plenty of information. Many independent studies show that better listings with more photos attract more visitors; the photos keeps buyers looking at your home longer

and generate more quality buyer leads. John and Donna understand this and take beautiful highquality photos of your home and include as many as they can in the listing. They know that potential buyers want information about a home before they go The Eagles - Augusta look at it and they provide detailed in4 Bedroom, Loft, 3 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths formation in each 3 Car Garage, 3,844 SqFt, Water/Golf Course Frontage listing about the Tile Roof, Artistic Entry Doors, Designer Upgrades! home and the com$499,900 munity. This attracts sites such as Realtor.com, YouTube, more attention from potential buyers Zillow, Trulia and Facebook. and ensures that inquiries are serious Throughout the time your home ones. Their listings also include mapis for sale, John and Donna keep you ping with satellite imagery, informed with weekly seller’s reports. virtual/video tours and other features You’ll get an email every week that is to showcase the property. loaded with valuable statistics, charts John and Donna develop a customized marketing plan for each home and graphs which will tell you the number of buyers that viewed your they sell, outlining when, where and home online and detail the history of how they are going to market your the virtual tour. In addition, all showhome. Homes they sell are featured in ing agents are asked to fill in a quick local publications like the Neighborsurvey on how the property showed – hood News and World of Westchase this report is also mailed to you weekly. and listed in the Mid Florida Regional MLS and on dozen of big-name online The feedback report answers questions

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success. We will not hesitate to refer you!” The proof that any business is doing a great job can be found in what clients have to say. And John and Donna Bonneau have many satisfied, happy clients – both home sellers and buyers who they have helped through a potentially stressful time. Fawn Lake - Citrus Park If you are in the mar3 Bedrooms, Den, 2 Baths, 2 Car Garage ket to buy a house or 1,946 SqFt, Lakefront $229,900 want to sell yours, Model Perfect inside and out! you want two dedilike: How did the home show? Is it cated full-time real estate professionals priced right? Is there any interest? like the Bonneau Team working for John and Donna helped Lisa and you to make sure you make the best her family sell and buy a home in choices – providing an outcome that is Westchase and she wrote to them, “I happy for everyone! wanted to give you an informal thank you, for now, and let you know how Premier Choice Properties is lomuch we appreciate everything you did cated in the Hampton Lakes Town to help us through the sale of our Center at 12551 Bassbrook Lane in home and the purchase of the new one. Tampa. For more information or to We are impressed with the way you schedule an appointment with John marketed our home and we feel very and Donna Bonneau call their office fortunate to have hired you and to at (813) 855-8000, their direct line have had the opportunity to get to at (813) 767-9937, email Bonknow you both! You each provide neauteam@realtor.com or visit unique skills that make your business a www.premierchoiceproperties.com.

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“Ha Ha Dental”

much saliva while we are sleeping so bacteria has a chance to grow and create problems including decay overnight. This is why we often wake up with stinky breath. Dr. Ha is a standing member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), American Orthodontist Society (AOS) and Hillsborough County Dental Association. When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Ha loves to spend time with his family and his lovely wife, a high school sweet heart. They enjoy playing

Continued from page 1 providing their patients with the personalized, gentle care they deserve. In addition to expert and gentle cleanings, they can help patients develop a dental routine to keep their teeth healthy and will give them the information they need to make the best dental choices. They are experts at treating patients with high dental anxiety. In fact, Dr. Ha provides sedation treatments for high-fear patients almost every day in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Dr. Ha also loves to treat children and has an open and positive manner that they can trust. He suggests that parents bring children in to the office as soon as their baby teeth have come in. “Parents should bring children with them to the dentist’s office,” explains Dr. Ha. “That way they are used to the experience.” He focuses on preventative and interceptive orthodontic treatment for children. “If you catch a potential problem early enough, you can prevent it and reduce the need for more orthodontic work later on,” states Dr. Ha. Tooth decay and gum issues are no laughing matter and throughout my talk with Dr. Ha, he emphasized how

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tennis, going to the movies and traveling abroad. HaHa Sedation and Family Dentistry accepts most major dental insurances including HMOs and PPOs. HaHa Sedation and Family Dentistry is located in the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center at 8416 Sheldon Road in Tampa. They are open Tues., Wed. and Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (813) 498-1300, email HaHaDentistry@gmail.com or visit www.HaHaDentistry.com.

Dr. Dang Ha and his beautiful wife, Dr. Linh Pham-Ha. important it is to take care of your teeth. He said he has two patients who are 90 and 97 years old who both have all their teeth and it is mainly due to the way they took care of them early on. If you develop good dental habits, including regular check-ups and cleanings, watching the things you eat and drink (limiting sugar intake) and brushing and flossing twice a day, your teeth should last you a lifetime. Dr. Ha also emphasizes the importance brushing and flossing right before going to bed, because our bodies do not produce

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Westchase - Vol. 1, Issue 4, June 2012  

The June edition of the Westchase area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

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