RIVERVIEW — If your to-do list includes getting your hair done and shopping for antiques, Lena Maxey may be the place for you.
Lena Maxey, which opened Sept. 1 at 13210 Boyette Road (near Bell Shoals Road), is actually two businesses in one. Lena Maxey Charm and Tradition offers antiques, jewelry, clothing and gift items. And then, there's the Salon at Lena Maxey.
"The salon is beautiful," said Staci Bentley, who co-owns Lena Maxey with her husband, Ramsey. "It has antiques and chandeliers and the most comfortable shampoo chairs on the planet."
Lena Maxey Charm and Tradition has items old and new, but even a lot of the newer merchandise has a vintage feel to it, Staci Bentley said. Some of the furniture is actually antique, some has been transformed (right now, there's a buffet table that has been turned into a diaper changing station) and a lot of it has a "shabby-chic" quality. Gift items start at about $5.
The hair salon is spacious, with only six stations in 1,200 square feet. Its owners are hiring stylists.
Lena Maxey Charm and Tradition is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Bentleys will open the shop evenings and weekends by appointment.
Each salon stylist is an independent contractor and makes his or her own hours.
The owners plan to launch lenamaxey.com next week. Meanwhile, it has a Facebook page. For more information, call (813) 571-2354.
Marketing consultant opens business
VALRICO — There's a quotation, source unknown, that Shannon Smith likes to use when he's talking about his business.
"It's not whether you're using social marketing," the quotation goes, "it's whether you're using it well."
Smith opened Hippocampus Marketing a couple of months ago, but he had been working on the Internet long before most people had any idea what the term meant.
Even before he went into marketing, he liked to keep ahead of the rapid changes in Internet technology.
"I like to think of myself as the guy who's so far ahead of the curve that people say, 'That'll never work,' and then six months later everybody's doing it," he said.
Although Smith specializes in using social media for marketing, Hippocampus offers a wide range of marketing services, from traditional to Web-based strategies.
For clients who prefer to do their own marketing, Hippocampus will train them to use Facebook, Google and other Web tools to enhance their business.
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (813) 494-8249 or visit hippocampus-marketing.com.
Honda dealership changes hands
BRANDON— Brandon Honda is under new ownership. Morgan Auto Group, which also owns Toyota of Tampa Bay, Scion of Tampa Bay and other car dealerships in Florida, recently purchased Brandon Honda, at 9209 E Adamo Drive, a mile west of Interstate 75. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-644-5146 or visit BrandonHonda.com.
Chipotle opens in Brandon
BRANDON — Chipotle Mexican Grill has come to Brandon. It is the 11th Chipotle in the Tampa Bay area, but the first in Brandon. The restaurant opened Monday at 829 E Bloomingdale Ave., just west of Bell Shoals Road. It's open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call (813) 423-6384 or visit chipotle.com.
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