Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Construction at the Village Center has some customers wondering if the store is still open.
Carrollwood and Northdale residents who have been concerned that Book Swap has closed its doors in the wake of ongoing construction at the Village Center have no cause for alarm. The longtime, 13144 N Dale Mabry Highway, business is still around to serve. Owner Cynthia Floyd says she does field phone calls from customers wondering if her store is still open for business. After all, construction on the plaza’s southern end does make the store a little difficult to get to. Courtesy of ongoing renovations at the plaza, access to the extreme southern-end stores is only open via South Village Drive. That means customers who are used to pulling in from Dale Mabry Highway have to take a different path. To complicate matters, the ongoing work does…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
This week: How much do lawn services cost? How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below - we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that, too. Looking for a lawn service? Be sure to check out the Carrollwood-Northdale Patch Directory for companies that serve the area! This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Nearby home construction has changed the landscape near the produce business, but local shoppers will find the same great fresh fruits and vegetables available.
Barry Lawrance began working at Bearss Groves when he was 13 years old. As a teenager growing up in the Northdale area, it was a great gig for a kid who wanted to be outside and who loved working the land. Through the years, he did it all; from helping pick oranges right off the trees to selling fruit to customers who drove to the 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd. produce stand from all over the region, including Carrollwood, Lutz and North Tampa. Now, Lawrance and his wife, Courtney, own the business. Barry first bought the Bearss’ juice business back in the late 1990s with a partner. Not too long ago, he bought the retail end of the business, including the land on which the Bearss Groves produce stand sits at the corner of Bearss Avenue and …
Friday, May 3, 2013
This day devoted to comic books is meant to encourage appreciation for different series and heroes.
If you are a fan of comic books or want to encourage children to read the original form of The Avengers, Spiderman, Batman and more, you'll be happy to hear that Free Comic Book Day is May 4. Free Comic Book Day, created in 2002, always falls on the first Saturday in May. Participating comic book specialty stores across America give away at least one free comic book to anyone who visits their shop that day. Retailers, publishers, suppliers and distributors work together to make certain comics free in an effort to reward comic book veterans and draw in new fans on this day. For participating comic book stores, type your ZIP code into this locator. Here is a list of participating retailers in and near Carrollwood: What's your favorite comic…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
After receiving member complaints about cleanliness, fitness center management is saying members can expect to see ongoing improvements.
Carrollwood Shapes Total Fitness members spoke and it looks like management listened. After hearing concerns about the cleanliness of the 14608 N. Dale Mabry Highway gym, management went to work addressing the problems. “We at Carrollwood Shapes take all your comments and concerns very seriously,” wrote general manager Crystal Powers on the gym’s Facebook page. “In regards to the cleanliness it has been addressed.” A number of other improvements are also being completed. Powers said members will see new shower heads, repairs made to the shower stalls, sauna and other areas of the gym, among other upgrades. “These are a few things being changed to improve our club,” Powers wrote. “Please feel free to let me know at the club if you have any …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Blick Law Firm plans to open a new headquarters office this summer.
The Blick Law Firm is expanding. The company recently purchased a new office building at 4351 Gunn Highway to serve as its headquarters. "Our recent growth necessitates a larger space," said Michael Blickensderfer, principal attorney of Blick Law Firm in a press release. "But as we grow, we are taking care to keep our high level of personal service, because that is the key to our continued success." The law firm will make its move into the two-story, 3,000-square-foot building this summer. While the majority of its staff will relocate to the new space, the firm will also retain its current location at 3812 Gunn Highway in Tampa to support its newest practice area, immigration law. Blick Law Firm has been in existence for more than 20 …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The new restaurant will open before the end of the year.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Claim your business listing on Patch. It's easy, it's free and it can bring you lots of great benefits. It's just like having your own personal webpage, and that's a benefit for small business owners.
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Tuesday, February 19
When Patch launched in Carrollwood in 2010, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places, a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. This is a great tool for businesses that don't have their own website. In fact, it's like their own webpage. The best yet: It's free! From the dashboard, you can make changes and updates to your listing. On the left side of the dashboard you have several options: Your Stats: Here…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The closings will take place in February.
Several local Sweetbay Supermarkets are among 33 under-performing stores in Florida scheduled to close in February, the grocer's parent company announced Wednesday. The stores are at: According to TBO, around 2,000 people will lose their jobs in Florida as a result of the closings. "They are simply underperforming stores," said Sweetbay spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau. "Some of them, the leases were coming up, and just based on the sales of the stores they were selected." The Delhaize Group, which owns Sweetbay, made the announcement Wednesday as it released its 2012 annual report. Other stores in the region closing are: What do you think about the closings? Will you miss Sweetbay? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
We asked our Facebook readers what they thought was the best business to come to Carrollwood and Northdale this year.
In 2012, several new businesses began calling Carrollwood and Northdale home. Some big, others small. We set out to ask our Facebook readers which they thought was the best business to come to the area. Here's what they had to say: Josh Knauer wrote "Burger 21" Golfer's Grail Indoor wrote "Golf & Tap Golfer's Grail Indoor Golf & Tap!" Marinella Di Benedetto Kirk wrote "Whole Foods" P.J. Rosen wrote "Whole Foods Market Carrollwood" Katy Danskin Overton wrote "Whole Foods!!!!" What are your thoughts? Which business were you happy to see come to Carrollwood or Northdale in 2012?