RIVERVIEW — It almost seemed like the universe was telling Al Macasinag to go ahead and open his tennis shop.
He had been tossing the idea around with his wife, more or less theoretically, when they discovered Winthrop Town Centre. They thought it would be a great place for a tennis shop. One corner space next to Five Guys Burgers struck them as the absolutely perfect spot.
Within a few days, they got word that the LED lighting shop in that very space was closing.
"It was amazing," Macasinag said. "It was like it was meant to be."
Al's Tennis Shop opened five weeks ago at 6026 Winthrop Town Centre Blvd. Business has been growing steadily as the word spreads around the local tennis community.
"I'm getting repeat customers already," Macasinag said. "It's really great."
Al's carries anything a tennis player might need, including equipment for a kid taking his first lesson to professionals at the highest level.
He's also a certified stringer, and prides himself on his meticulous work.
Sporting goods stores offer tennis equipment, but they target beginning and intermediate players, simply because there are more of them, Macasinag said.
Al's can cater to those kind of players, but it also carries equipment and accessories for very serious, expert players who want the best and don't mind spending the money to get it.
Besides the full line of tennis equipment — everything from balls and racquets to shoes and clothes — Al's also carries racquetball equipment.
Al's Tennis Shop is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It's closed Sunday. Call (813) 571-1010 or visit alstennis shop.com.
Oyishi Buffet offers affordable sushi, more
BRANDON — Buffet-style dining doesn't usually mean fine dining. But Andrew Kiang said Oyishi Buffet will change people's perceptions.
Oyishi, which opened last week at 11245 Causeway Blvd., next to Publix, serves the highest quality sushi, sashimi and hibachi food, and patrons can have as much as they want for a reasonable price. There's also a full American menu for people whose tastes don't run toward Asian cuisine.
In the hibachi room, diners are treated to tableside shows by the chefs
The spacious restaurant, about 8,000 square feet, with seating for 250 people, opened last week. Kiang said a beer and wine license is in the works, and he hopes to start serving alcohol next month.
Meanwhile, it's great food at small prices that is bringing people into Oyishi (which, Kiang said, means "Yummy" in Japanese.)
It's open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Lunch is $8.39 Monday through Friday and $9.39 Saturday. Dinner is $13.99 Monday through Thursday and $14.99 Friday and Saturday. Sunday is service is $12.99 all day. Children under 5 eat free.
Call (813) 653-9888. The restaurant's website is not up yet.
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