VALRICO — Gaetana Lymus and her daughter, Leah Flanagan, thought they had it all planned out. After four years in business, they were ready to move their hair salon to a location with more exposure.
So they chose a high-traffic area at 1717 State Road 60 in the Eastshore Plaza and opened in October 2012.
"We wanted to expand with the intention of being an adult salon," said Lymus, who manages the salon that Flanagan owns.
A few months went by, and Lymus got to chatting with her business neighbor two doors down. Judy Comiskey, who has owned and operated Judy's Dance Academy for 23 years in that plaza, suggested the mother-daughter team take advantage of all the traffic the dance studio brings to the strip center by catering to girls.
On March 30, the Beautiful Daze Salon expanded with a Princess Lounge — complete with a variety of glitter items for little girls, tweens and teens.
"There's nothing like it in Valrico," Lymus said. "We want girls to be excited about it."
Flanagan's three daughters, Dejámarie, 13, Delanimarie, 7, and Deyanamarie, 5, were among the first to approve of the "create your own" station featuring sugar scrubs, glitter gel, glitter makeup and glitter tattoos.
"I think it will be a hit," Flanagan said. "I always see girls peeking through the window."
One unique offering is the American Girl Party package. A group of eight can bring their American Girl dolls to the party and their doll's hair will be done in the same style as their own.
While two girls are getting the princess treatment, the others can enjoy karaoke in the party room while waiting for their turn. This two-hour package costs $419 and includes games, T-shirts, rings and tiaras. Parents are welcome to bring food and party supplies.
Lymus said party packages can be tailored if you want to invite fewer or more guests. For those princesses without a party, Beautiful Daze Salon and Princess Lounge offers a $54.95 Princess for a Day package that includes a mini manicure, mini pedicure, shampoo, cut, dry and a spa bar glitter item.
Call (813) 655-3293 for information.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu spot expands in Brandon
Roberta and Fabio Novaes will tell you that when it comes to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, being small is not necessarily a disadvantage when you are on the mat.
But they'll also tell you that being small is a disadvantage when it comes to square footage of your martial arts school.
After eight years of teaching in the United States, including school locations in Lakeland and Brandon, Fabio Novaes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has moved its second location to a larger, 4,400-square-foot facility at 501 W Robertson St.
The move from Fisher Avenue near the Falkenburg Road Jail was completed three months ago to keep up with student demand.
Students travel from Riverview, Lithia, Bloomingdale, Seffner and Plant City to be trained by Fabio, a third-degree black belt and the 2009 North American Grappling Association coach of the year.
"Our old school could not support the growth of the business anymore," Roberta said.
Roberta said their students range in age from 8 to 58 and take classes for many reasons.
They think Brazilian jiu-jitsu has benefits for everyone, but especially women and children, including self-defense, stress relief, weight loss and wellness.
Fabio, a bronze medalist in the past three Pan American Championships, has taken part in the training of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne, 3rd Battalion, 187th Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky., as well as special operations training at MacDill Air Force Base.
He has held seminars in Italy, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and other parts of the world.
Visit fabionovaesbjj.com to see Fabio Novaes in action and learn more about Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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