Make us your home page
Instagram

North Pinellas County business briefs

JCC Suncoast Announces New Initiatives: Four years into its five-year strategic plan, JCC Suncoast continues to offer a diverse range of programming at synagogues, schools, assisted and senior living residences and other facilities throughout Pinellas County.

According to Ellen Katzman, JCC's executive director, there's no central building to absorb resources and distort priorities. "I like to say we're a community center with many walls," says Katzman. "We exist throughout the community—wherever the need is greatest. Our emphasis is not about a physical structure. It's about being flexible and adapting to constantly changing community needs."

In 2008, leaders from the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County and the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center created a strategic plan that combined the efforts of both organizations into one entity, ending a competition for many of the same resources.

"This competitive situation reflected a broader geographic and social divide in the community that began in the 1950s and 1960s before urban sprawl connected the communities," said Todd Siegel, president of JCC Suncoast's board of directors. "Today's local Jewish community is evolving beyond this social division of the north and south segments of the county."

In 2011, JCC Suncoast was introduced to brand a single Jewish community center through one organizational strategy.

"Our vision is to provide exceptional programs that enrich lives throughout all of Pinellas County," Siegel said. "It was a monumental transition — an evolution that retained the best of our rich tradition while incorporating a modern-day business model. I'm happy to say it's taking root nicely."

Katzman notes that recent breakthroughs have given the organization a strong foundation for expansion. They include winning a bid to run the aftercare program at the new Ben Gamla Charter School, the acquisition of Temple B'nai Israel's Early Childhood Center, the establishment of adult and senior wellness programs at Clearwater's assisted living residence, Inn on the Pond, and the county's first FitWall fitness training studio on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

"Not being a free-standing JCC could be seen as a challenge," Katzman said. "But we don't see it that way. It's been a tremendous period of rebirth and rejuvenation. The bottom line is that, today, JCC Suncoast defines itself through collaboration and community partnerships—and not through a building. It's been a big push and it's taken some . . . hard work but the JCC has re-engineered itself to be a dynamic force and sustainable for our future."

A pet haven: Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming has opened its newest store at 2516-A McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

The business provides one-stop-shopping for all pet care needs including healthy, natural pet foods, treats and grooming services.

Safety Harbor resident Starlet Smith, owner of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming's Clearwater franchise, is passionate about becoming a local resource for all things pet-related. A pet parent to a Jack–Rat mix named Chloe and a beagle named Max, Smith is committed to supporting local pet shelters and animal adoption groups.

"I have always been involved with animals in fostering and volunteering," Smith said. "All animals, especially dogs, have had a special place in my heart. Opening this store is a lifelong dream of mine to work with animals in this way."

Special order requests are welcome and delivery service to local homes, resorts and businesses is available. A customer loyalty program, pet-friendly events, "yappy" hours and adoptions are offered. The store is happy to host pet parties and meet-up groups.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming has 26 locations operating throughout the United States.

Mail business items to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

North Pinellas County business briefs 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pinellas licensing board needs cash. Will the county give it any?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The grand jury that said Pinellas County should not take over the troubled construction licensing board also said the county should bail out the agency before it goes broke in 2018.

    Pinellas County Commission chair Janet Long isn't keen on the idea of the county loaning money to keep the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board afloat. The county has no say over the independent agency, which could run out of funding in 2018. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Is the Bundt cake back? How retro baked goods are becoming trendy again

    Cooking

    Once there were grunts and slumps, buckles and brown betties. Oh, and pandowdies and sonkers. In the olden days, people routinely made angel food cakes, tomato soup cakes and hummingbird cakes. These were not Duncan Hines mixes, but rather confections made from scratch following yellowed and stained recipes in your …

    Nothing Bundt Cakes in Tampa offers a variety of options, from tiny “bundtinis” and 10-inch cakes that serve 18 to 20 people. Core flavors include lemon, marble, red velvet and chocolate-chocolate chip, with featured flavors like confetti.
  3. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. New owners take over downtown St. Petersburg's Hofbräuhaus

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — The downtown German beer-hall Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg has been bought by a partnership led by former Checkers Drive-In Restaurants president Keith Sirois.

    The Hofbrauhaus, St. Petersburg, located in the former historic Tramor Cafeteria, St. Petersburg, is under new ownership.
[SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]

  5. Boho Hunter will target fashions in Hyde Park

    Business

    Boho Hunter, a boutique based in Miami's Wynwood District, will expand into Tampa with its very first franchise.

    Palma Canaria bags will be among the featured items at Boho Hunter when it opens in October. Photo courtesy of Boho Hunter.