Friday, February 16, 2018
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Lady Jane's cuts out manly niche in Brandon

BRANDON — If guys just happened to walk into Lady Jane's without having heard any of the incessant radio ads for the area's hip new haircutting shop, they might think it was a sports bar.

With memorabilia from many Florida sports teams adorning the walls and flat screens everywhere, all tuned to sports, it would be easy to relax in one of the lounge chairs and ask the staff about drink specials.

Alas, bar stools have given way to barber chairs and the only thing on tap is the water in the hair-washing sinks where patrons can enjoy a follicle cleansing along with a scalp and neck massage — with a hot-towel treatment.

Michigan-based Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men has chosen Brandon to house its first Hillsborough County location.

The stylists, who operate out of real, manly tool boxes, generally dress sporty or hip, but on Fridays and Saturdays they go all out in their evening wear. The place is in tune with what men want, says Nichole McAuley, the regional sales director for Lady Jane's.

She bills it as a no-frills place that doesn't smell like a salon and isn't full of gossipy patrons.

"Guys love our gray blending (also called camo)," McAuley said. "It looks very natural — not like a Just for Men commercial."

Lady Jane's offers a wide variety of products and services, including beard treatments for men with light or full facial hair.

Patrons can get a taste of the Lady Jane's experience for $12 or be treated like royalty with the $36 king's treatment that includes a shampoo, scalp massage, neck and shoulder rub and hot towels for your face and neck.

The company came to Florida a few years ago with its first location in Clearwater and another storefront is soon to open in Carrollwood.

Call (813) 753-0491 or stop in at 2120 W Brandon Blvd. near Outback Steakhouse.

Pita Kebob thriving at new Ruskin location

Pita Kebob, a Greek and Middle Eastern restaurant that is the concept of owner Khalid Abouelhouda, a native of Morocco, has opened in a new SouthShore location. After starting 2016 as the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year, Pita Kebob has taken its hummus and falafel to 3028 E College Ave. in Ruskin.

The restaurant, situated near Big Lots, has garnered a following for its spice-rubbed lamb shanks and fully loaded pita nachos, among other dishes.

Kids eat for free Tuesdays at Pita Kebob, which offers delivery. Call (813) 419-4926.

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