Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Pinellas business notes: Largo doctor appointed to state board

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largo physician joins state board

Gov. Rick Scott recently announced appointing Dr. Bridget Bellingar of Largo to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

Bellingar has been a self-employed physician since 1987. A research affiliate with DMI Research, she was formerly president of the Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society.

Bellingar received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and a medical degree from the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She will be succeeding Dr. Allen Escher Jr. and is appointed for a term that began April 19 and ends Oct. 31, 2013.

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Checkers reopens on Missouri Avenue

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants reopened its location in Clearwater at 1595 S Missouri Ave. May 22. Checkers' continued growth throughout the country is part of a strategic expansion strategy to build the brand's presence in existing markets as well as in new regions across the country.

"We continue to look into new ways to further develop markets where we have a presence and where our guests are familiar with our brand," said Taylor Warner, vice president of real estate, construction and company development for Checkers/Rally's. "With increased traffic and a much more vibrant nearby business community, we re-opened the Clearwater location to recreate new jobs and reignite the passion for Checkers in the community."

In addition to the development in Clearwater, Checkers continues to grow nationally with opportunities for ownership available to build restaurants in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; New York; Detroit; and Miami, among other cities.

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The Eye Shop receives $35,000 DDB grant

On May 17, the Eye Shop, a new full-service destination for designer prescription eyewear located in downtown Clearwater at 432 Cleveland St., became the first business to receive the Downtown Development Board Retail and Restaurant Recruitment Grant. The DDB voted unanimously to award the grant's maximum retail match funding of $35,000 to the boutique. The board and business owner's combined $70,000 helped produce the shop's sleek, modern interior.

"The grant's review committee conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Eye Shop's application and were impressed with their business plan, interior design plans, plans for merchandising and proof that the business is operated by successful business owners," Downtown Manager Courtney Orr said.

The Retail and Restaurant Recruitment Grant Program is offered to reputable retailers and restaurateurs that move into a specific area of downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District and improve the interior appearance and utility of a street-level storefront.

"As the Cleveland Street District continues to thrive and more business owners see the opportunities of opening a business on Cleveland Street, we anticipate that more exceptional businesses like Eye Shop will apply for the DDB grant," Orr said.

More information on the grant can be found at clevelandstreet district.com.

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