RIVERVIEW — Teo Leonard possesses a different philosophy than most other people who design computer systems for businesses.
"I don't want to be on what we call the 'bleeding edge,' " Leonard said. "Computers are supposed to assist you in your business. If you have a medical practice, your business in medicine and the computers are there to help you.
"If you try to get too advanced, then the business starts to be about the computers."
Leonard owns Tampa PC Networks, which opened in October at 11946 Boyette Road in Riverview. A lot of its work revolves around setting up networks within a company so employees can share information and applications among computers in their offices or at home.
Although Tampa PC Networks is new, Leonard is not new to the business.
"I published my first book about the Internet four years before Al Gore invented the Internet, before it was even called the Internet," Leonard said.
He operated companies in California and Minnesota before discovering Hillsborough County about eight years ago.
Tampa PC Networks grew out of Apollo Beach Internet, which Leonard owned for several years.
His other companies had a lot of national clients. With Tampa PC Networks, Leonard focuses on local businesses.
"I really don't like flying all around the country," he said. "I like Apollo Beach and the laid-back atmosphere. I'd rather stay at home with my family."
Besides setting up computer networks for companies, Tampa PC Network offers website design, Web hosting and retrieval of data from damaged computers.
For information, go to tampapcnetworks.com or call (813) 699-9325.
The buck stops here, in Apollo Beach center
APOLLO BEACH — The second phase of the Summerfield Crossing shopping center continues to expand. A 9,500-square-foot Dollar Tree is set to open in April.
Dollar Tree will be the third business in the shopping center at the northeast corner of U.S. 301 and Big Bend Road. The Dollar Tree will be next to the new Beall's department store, and a McDonald's occupies a free-standing building on the property.
Dollar Tree is one the nation's largest dollar store chains. Unlike some other discount stores that have the word "dollar" in their names, Dollar Tree is a true dollar store, with everything in the store costing $1 or less. Offerings include everything from canned food to school and office supplies, and decor items.
For more information, go to dollartree.com.
Bloomingdale Avenue Firehouse Subs moves
BRANDON — There's no need to fret about the closing of the Firehouse Subs on Bloomingdale Avenue.
In fact, it never really closed. It just moved about a mile and a half east to 1013 E Bloomingdale Ave., at the corner of Bell Shoals Road.
Co-owner Sarju Patel said the move was well-planned, and there was little downtime between the closing of the old store and the opening of the new one on Dec. 7.
Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994 by two former firefighters in Jacksonville and has become one of the fastest-growing sandwich chains in the country, with more than 400 locations in 21 states.
Visit firehousesubs.com for information.
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