BRANDON — People who have never stopped in the Bead Boutique, owner Eva Areias said, probably think it's for undiscriminating people who like cheap, tacky costume jewelry.
But since her shop moved to new digs last month, Areias said, more and more people are discovering that the Bead Boutique offers fashionable buyers a chance to get high-quality jewelry for fraction of the usual price.
"It's basically a woman's paradise," Areias said.
The Bead Boutique offers thousands of quality beads, from Japanese seed beads to glass, metal and crystal beads, and "findings," the other components that go into making fine jewelry.
It also offers classes in different techniques for designing and making jewelry.
The new location, at 704 W Lumsden Road next to La Septima in the La Viva Plaza, is much more spacious than the original location on Lithia-Pinecrest Road. It's also in a significantly busier plaza, so Areias said she's expanding her customer base because of walk-in traffic.
Once new customers come in, she said, they're often hooked by the quality jewelry they can make for affordable prices. It's not unusual, she said, for Bead Boutique customers to be able to create a piece of jewelry for $150 that they might pay $1,500 for in a jewelry shop. The Bead Boutique's staff can help customers create their pieces
"We try to have the hottest trends for the kids and teenagers," Areias said. But getting young people into the shop can be difficult, she said, because they think bead shops cater to older clientele.
For information, call (813) 662-9900, or visit thebeadboutique.com. Schedules for the next class jewelry-making classes will be posted after the first of the year.
Family medical care center has new home
BRANDON — After almost two decades in its original location, Brandon Family Medical Care has a new home.
Last month, the medical practice moved into a spacious three-story building at 1218 Millennium Parkway. That's just south of Oakfield Drive, along Pauls Drive.
The new location is a building that's probably about twice the size of the original location on Robertson Drive, assistant office manager Harmony Taylor said. And the practice's long-time patients probably won't feel inconvenienced because the new location is less than four miles from the old one.
Brandon Family Medical Care also has a satellite office at 13007 Summerfield Square Drive in Riverview.
The practice recently added a fourth physician, Dr. Jason Castro, who joins Drs. Michael Davis, John E. Fehling and Randell Sehres.
They all provide family medical services for adults and children age 5 and up. Because there are four doctors and two locations, patients can usually make an appointment without much advance notice.
"We can almost always see you the same day, if not in Brandon then in Riverview," Taylor said. "It may not always be with your usual provider, but we can get you in."
Brandon Family Medical Care is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday for urgent appointments. Call (813) 684-5255 or go to brandoncare.com for more information.