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Hernando Business digest for April 15

Business digest

SUSHI RESTAURANT OPENS: Sakura Asian Cuisine & Sushi, 128 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, recently had its grand opening.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. For information, call (352) 340-5543.

CRA GRANT AWARDED: The city of Brooksville Community Redevelopment Agency executive review committee has awarded a commercial property improvement matching grant on March 30 to Robert Buckner, 210 W Jefferson St., Brooksville. The $2,200 award will be used to prep and paint the building and to complete parking and stucco repairs.

For information on the CRA grant program, call Bill Geiger, community development director, at (352) 540-3815.

SUMMER HOURS AT FLORIDA CRACKER: Florida Cracker Kitchen, 966 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, has announced new summer hours, along with some changes.

For the summer, the restaurant will suspend Friday and Saturday night dinners and expand the menu in the Tap Room.

Hours for the restaurant will be from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Hours for the Tap Room will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The Trading Company will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for merchandise sales.

Who's News

DOCTOR OFFERS MONALISA TOUCH: Dr. Philip Townsend, 12017 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, is now offering MonaLisa Touch, an in-office procedure to treat symptoms of menopause, in particular pain and discomfort with intercourse.

The procedure received federal clearance in 2014. Townsend, who offers gynecology, gynecological surgery and gynecological oncology, is one of the first physicians in the Tampa Bay area to offer the fractional CO2 laser therapy. For information, call (352) 799-6700.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Anytime Fitness, 1267 Wendy Court, Spring Hill, at noon Friday. Call Enzo Gonzales, (352) 606-2892.

CHAMBER AFTER HOURS MIXER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its April After Hours Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by the Towne Square Mall. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet local business professionals and learn more about the chamber.

The event is free. To RSVP, visit

STUDENT RECOGNITION BANQUET: Sponsors are being sought for the 42nd annual Student Recognition Banquet, hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville.

The event, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill, recognizes the top Hernando County graduating seniors in several categories: academics, entrepreneurial/business, community service, leadership and vocational/technical. A special recognition award is given by the Hernando County superintendent of schools.

To sponsor a student, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.

Save the date

3RD ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FIESTA: The public is invited to join the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates food and families during the third annual Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta from 5 to 9 p.m. May 13 at Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The event includes a night of food trucks and music by local high school bands and choral groups, free games and activities, and the Hernando's Got Talent show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chamber Education Training Association, which provides local school organization grants. Bring a lawn chair.

To register for the talent competition, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or visit

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 10 a.m. to noon, April 22, Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, Building A, Room 204, New Port Richey.

• Internet Marketing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 26, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 27, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

To register and for information, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hamilton, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking and mixers

• Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. today, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Keep It Local-Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Beef 'O' Brady's 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lorrie Hamilton, (727) 534-0714.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Tim Cornett, (352) 345-1377.

• Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef 'O' Brady's, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435.

• BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast; no cost for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk, (352) 340-4456.

Hernando Business digest for April 15 04/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 5:28pm]
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