Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Business

G.Fried Flooring America's Brandon store to host HGTV star

BRANDON — HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand says her presentations are family friendly, instructive and even make for a good date night.

And fans can get a taste of all that when she appears at G. Fried FlooringAmerica's new location on Friday (Sept. 8) and Saturday (Sept. 9).

Bertrand gives presentations at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the new G.Fried store at 221 Brandon Town Center Drive. A special VIP reception also will be staged from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, and Bertrand will offer free 30-minute consultations to select customers who book in advance.

"I make sure people leave excited to tackle their home design adventures," Bertrand said in an email. "And even better, I have clients of all varying budgets and styles so I make sure to inspire all. I am a teacher at heart so I try to make it easy, make you laugh, make you feel like you can achieve whatever goals you have for your home."

Praised as "engaging, expressive and funny" by the Hallmark Channel, Bertrand currently travels the country as a national speaker for a variety of industry events. She also makes regular appearances on Lifetime's Military Makeover.

And she's serious about her design talks appealing to women and men.

"No joke, my favorite thing is when a husband says, 'I was forced to come listen to you and I actually had a great time,' Bertrand wrote. "Sadly that is said to me more than you would think."

From the grand opening on Friday through Oct. 31, a portion of the store's proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. That's a meaningful designation for Bertrand who has a special needs son and has spent time at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City.

G.Fried FlooringAmerica shifted from its long-time location on Adamo Drive earlier this year to a temporary spot next to Kmart on Brandon Boulevard. It now has a permanent home between the Honey Baked Ham Store and Mattress Firm in the center between Target and Westfield Brandon.

For more information, call (813) 642-3675.

Comments
Tampa Bay businesses feel Red Tide’s sting: ‘Our sales are going to be our lowest ever’

Tampa Bay businesses feel Red Tide’s sting: ‘Our sales are going to be our lowest ever’

TREASURE ISLAND — For the first time during her 15 years bartending at Caddy’s on the Beach, Amanda Hudson had to help close shop early this past weekend because the smell of dead fish coming from the gulf was too putrid to bear."We had to shut down ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Ernest Hooper: HCC helps light the way for those on life's winding paths

Ernest Hooper: HCC helps light the way for those on life's winding paths

After he graduated from a Maryland high school, Rickey Murray had a number of opportunities awaiting him at a number of four-year institutions.He eyed the University of South Florida, applied to Florida International University and considered Virgini...
Published: 09/18/18
Port Tampa Bay building new radiation screening facilities for cargo

Port Tampa Bay building new radiation screening facilities for cargo

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay moved ahead Tuesday with a $4 million project to build three new radiation screening centers next to berths for containers and refrigerated cargo.The port already has a facility at its main exit where U.S. Customs and Border Pr...
Published: 09/18/18
Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

Maximo Marina, long established on a canal off Boca Ciega Bay, completes a multimillion-dollar renovation

ST. PETERSBURG — The $25 million Maximo Marina renovation off Boca Ciega Bay is almost complete, but for a few punch list items.Located in the Skyway Marina District on the city’s southern tip, the facility boasts 212 covered wet slips ...
Published: 09/18/18

Hernando Business Digest for Sept. 21

Briefly EMPLOYERS NEEDED FOR JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando County Office of Economic Development are seeking employers to participate in the Open for...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 21

Business digest BrieflyOPEN HOUSE, RIBBON-CUTTING: On Aug. 29, the West Pasco Women’s Wellness & Pregnancy Center, 8125 U.S. 19, Port Richey, celebrated its new facility with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center provides c...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco County Tax Collector warns businesses about Marlin Financial

Pasco County Tax Collector warns businesses about Marlin Financial

The Pasco County Tax Collector’s office is issuing a warning to local auto dealers: Beware of Marlin Financial. The office will begin circulating a letter Thursday to auto dealers it does business urging them to "think long and hard" before interacti...
Published: 09/18/18
New Papa John’s ads emphasize ‘this isn’t a single person’s brand’

New Papa John’s ads emphasize ‘this isn’t a single person’s brand’

Associated PressNEW YORK — Papa John’s, which wants to distance itself from founder John Schnatter, is releasing new ads Tuesday that replace him with a diverse group of franchisees. The commercials show several franchisees looking into the camera a...
Published: 09/18/18
Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-...
Published: 09/18/18
St. Pete condo of Weight Watchers’ Mindy Grossman hits market at nearly $4-million

St. Pete condo of Weight Watchers’ Mindy Grossman hits market at nearly $4-million

ST. PETERSBURG — Mindy Grossman, the former HSN chief who now heads Weight Watchers International, has put her Beach Drive condo on the market at the hefty price of $3.95 million.The three-bedroom, three-and 1/2 bath unit on the 24th floor of Ovation...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18