Thursday, May 24, 2018
Business

All Florida Medical Supplies has a variety of options

SPRING HILL — Several local businesses sell specialty items for home health care, but few have the range of wares offered at All Florida Medical Supplies.

From hammertoe cushions to recliner chairs, the store in Hernando West Plaza has sold physician-recommended and patient-choice items and supplements for 20 years.

As the store marks its 20th anniversary this month, it has launched a series of free weekly sessions presented by local medical practitioners, each highlighting a different field of alternative therapies, said manager Tammy McKenzie.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, a speaker on dream interpretation will be featured. Subsequent lectures also will be scheduled on Thursday afternoons.

The programs aim to explain various therapies in a neutral atmosphere, McKenzie said, making it unnecessary for people to visit a doctor's office.

McKenzie holds a master's degree in holistic nutrition. Under her managership, the store sells nutritional supplements, organic herbs and spices, floral remedies, vitamins, aromatherapy oils and dispensers, and a broad range of books on subjects for healthy living.

With her passion for holistic medicine, McKenzie said "If the mind and the spirit are not happy, then the body will not be healthy."

There's much more in the store's product line.

"By far, the most popular item is Biofreeze, a topical pain relief gel, chiropractor-recommended," McKenzie said. "Yes, definitely, I hear good results," she added.

About 30 percent of customer purchases are doctor-prescribed, McKenzie said.

"The rest of them are, 'Have you got something for this or that,' " she said. "Usually, they come in with a pain complaint, usually arthritis."

Noting that customers average about 60 years in age, the manager added: "We do quite a bit of walkers, and canes especially. People like to have several."

Cushion supports and bathroom safety devices are big sellers, too.

Floor space and shelves are devoted to air and water cleaning systems and supplies, cervical collars, arthritis gloves, body-specific binders and wraps, comfort stockings, healing creams, adhesive bandages, reaching implements, weighted eating utensils, medical alert bracelets and pet supplements.

On the lighter side, the store offers specialized greeting cards and "trinkets," McKenzie said, which customers buy as inexpensive gifts for their caregivers or grandchildren.

The business opened in Hernando County in 1988. It has been owned by MK Management of Cordova, Tenn., since 1993.

Beth Gray can be reached at [email protected]

 
Comments
At Pinellas Parkís iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

At Pinellas Parkís iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

PINELLAS PARK ó The iconic model train store that has sat at U.S. 19 and Haines Road for close to 30 years announced on its website it will be moving to another location."Itís difficult trying to stock a store thatís bigger than the reality is these ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

SAFETY HARBOR ó Denis Phillips cracks a pop-top and pulls a can that looks a lot like him to his lips."Itís got that citrusy feel to it," he says. "Which is a Florida thing. Thatís not bad." Indeed, thereís a grapefruit finish to Rule #7 Hurricane Sa...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA ó Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didnít start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

RIVERVIEW ó Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a new location in Riverview, the chain announced Thursday. The new store will be located at Summerfield Crossing Shopping Center, though Sprouts did not have a specific opening date.The announcement comes...
Published: 05/24/18
Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

APOLLO BEACH ó Tampa Electric Co. is taking a big step away from coal. The Tampa-based utility is spending $853 million to convert its coal-fired Unit 1 at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retire coal-fired Unit 2 in 2021.Five workers di...
Published: 05/24/18
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Itís where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.Itís where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the programís biggest road games.Itís where folks showed up in...
Published: 05/24/18
An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

A family in Portland, Oregon, received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago."Unplug your Alexa devices right now," a voice on the other line said. "Youíre being hacked."Apparently, one of Amazon.comís Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had s...
Published: 05/24/18
As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

Home sale prices continued to rise both nationally and statewide in April as a prolonged dearth of available homes on the market is making it tough on buyers. A total of 24,804 single-family homes changed hands across Florida last month, up 4.1 perce...
Published: 05/24/18
Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

No matter your politics, the proposed 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a lousy idea.Itís regressive, burdening the poor and working class more than the rich.Federal interference with state transportation projects can raise costs, layer on regul...
Published: 05/24/18
Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Rashay Hudson operates a tutoring business in Wesley Chapel, and NaDorian Hudson has played basketball his entire life, including in college and the ABA. Now, the husband and wife duo are combining their areas of expertise with a new program for kids...
Published: 05/24/18