Check out our list below and let us know which was your favorite business to open—and what you'd like to see in 2013.
As 2012 draws to a close, it gives us a chance to reflect on the many changes that took place in the Carrollwood and Northdale areas in the last 365 days. Many times, we all drove through town wondering, "What's going to be opening there?" We welcomed many businesses to the area in the last year. Which ones were you most excited to see open their doors? What shop can you no longer live without? Let us know in the comments below. To help, here is a list of stories that appeared on Patch in 2012: What was your favorite small business to open in the Carrollwood or Northdale area in 2012? Tell us in the comments.
Proceeds from the chili cook-off, which includes entertainment and a bounce house, will help a needy family
If you're a fan of chili and charity, a local business is offering an event you may want to mark on your calendar. Ierna's Heating & Cooling is hosting a "Bring the Heat" chili cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at their office, 18843 U.S. Highway 41 in Lutz. Proceeds will benefit a local family in need, who will receive a new heating and cooling system. The event includes live music and a bounce house for kids, said Loran Tripp, director of public relations and marketing for Ierna's. The winner receives a $500 prize from the judges, who include: Paula O'Neil, clerk and comptroller in Pasco County; Anthony Becht, an NFL player; Dave Andrechuck of the Tampa Bay Lightning; Jack Mariano, Pasco County commissioner; Dr. …