CARROLLWOOD — They're colorful and imaginative, and now they're kosher.
The Edible Arrangements on N Dale Mabry in Carrollwood was purchased last month by Tammy and Victor Bobo, who decided to obtain rabbinic approval.
Having a kosher store generally means following Jewish proscriptions, such as keeping milk and meat products separate.
The Bobos say that at their store, the so-called bouquets of fresh fruits are now made under very specific conditions.
Separate trays are used for fruits so those dipped in dairy products are not mixed with other fruits that contain no dairy products, and therefore can be served with meat.
All nonfruit items such as chocolates, sprinkles and nuts will be certified kosher.
The store itself is inspected by Rabbi Mordecai Levy of Northdale to ensure that all standards are being met.
"We wanted to provide a kosher establishment because we ourselves have a kosher home and we have to maintain a certain standard," Tammy Bobo said. "Because the store is now kosher, it's one extra step that we maintain there to offer a high quality of food to our customers."
The couple also took care to keep the pricing in line with the prices from the store's non-kosher days. That's because sometimes shoppers find higher prices when shopping for kosher products or in stores with the rabbinic designation.
Edible Arrangements is at 14308-B N Dale Mabry Highway.
Store hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information call (813) 908-1512.
Sweet cool treats will soothe in Carrollwood
Drivers on Dale Mabry can soon bring home contentment in a cup.
Opening in October, Rita's Water Ice of Carrollwood (the company's tag line is Rita's Ice Custard Happiness), owned by franchisee Randall Morris, will serve up fat-free, cholesterol-free Italian ices made daily with fresh fruit.
The menu will also offer a sugar-free variety of the Italian ices, along with frozen custard, gelati and the signature offerings Blendinis, Ritaccinos and Slenderitas. "I can't wait to hand out a little happiness every day," Morris said.
Morris' store joins two other franchise operations in the bay area.
A Rita's opened on Sheldon Road just outside Westchase in March, and another opened on Kennedy Boulevard in May.
The Carrollwood Rita's will be at 11640 N Dale Mabry Highway. For more information, go to www.ritasice.com.
Hank's Franks sizzles in Town 'N Country
The scents from Coney Island knishes, beef hot dogs, and sizzling sausages and peppers are filling the air at the Town 'N Country's Straw Market.
Doreen and Hank Mastermaker opened Hank's Franks, a "kitchen on wheels" specializing in Sabrett and Vienna Beef Chicago hot dogs, this summer in the complex on Waters Avenue between Benjamin and Anderson roads.
Daily specials include two dogs and a soda for $4, and combos (sandwich, fries and a soda) for $3.75, to $7.50 for the cheese steak pepper and onion combo.
Hank's also offers catering for corporate and individual parties.
The cart is at 5638 W Waters Ave. and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information call (813) 431-7759.
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