VALRICO — Grisel Robles couldn't believe who the voice on the other end of the phone belonged to when she called the landlord of a building where she wanted to open a new business.
Robles, and her business partner, Carmen Carrasco, traversed the greater Brandon area for more than six months in search of an affordable location to open a pet salon.
"When I called, it was Alicia," said Robles, referring to her friend from Nativity Church, Alicia Perez-Sandoval. "It was God that put us here."
Now Robles and Carrasco have opened their pet salon next to Perez-Sandoval's Gifts of Faith at 110 Hunter Road.
After approximately nine years working together at Advanced Veterinary Services in Seffner, Robles and Carrasco celebrated the opening of A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa on June 1.
Since Advanced Veterinary didn't offer services such as bathing, nail clipping and haircutting, Robles and Carrasco wanted to make those options available to their regular clients. The duo also returns to Advanced Veterinary monthly when sedation is necessary, since that needs to take place under a vet's supervision.
A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa sends every male dog home with a tie and their female counterparts get bows that Carrasco handcrafts. It also offers a few supplies and accessories such as shampoos, fragrances and clothes.
The store has plans to offer overnight boarding in time for Labor Day. A backyard doggie pool also is possible in the area currently used for walking.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments between Thursday and Saturday are preferred. Call (813) 770-2189.
New lube business rises from family roots
Ryan Spence has combined the newfound name recognition of Amalie Motor Oil with the long-time mechanical experience of his family to open Velocity Lube & Repair in Brandon.
Located on the same spot where his father operated A+ Brakes and Suspension, Velocity features Amalie's name-brand oil and also handles car repair and maintenance in multiple bays with a focus on speed and efficiency.
Spence, who also runs a tool business, said he "wanted to try something different" when he and his wife, Marissa, decided to rent his father's building and give it an overhaul.
He considers his father a partner, not a competitor, after A+ Brakes and Suspension moved next door on Brandon Boulevard. The family also enjoyed a 20-year run operating Dipstick Oil Change.
The Amalie Oil XtermiGator monster truck will be on display for Velocity's grand opening June 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at 314 E Brandon Blvd.
The first 100 customers receive a free gift from Amalie. You can request an appointment online at velocitylubeandrepair.com.
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