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Pet Supplies Plus opens store in Tampa

TAMPA — Every member of the family, including the furry, four-legged ones, has a new place to shop. Pet Supplies Plus opened in April, and pet owners are welcome to bring along their pets while shopping in the store.

"Pets are such a great part of a family's life," said Chris Kacir, co-owner. "When owners come in to buy food or a toy for their pet, they're in a great mood and it's hard to not be happy."

The family-owned and -operated neighborhood pet store carries a broad range of food, toys, and supplies. Food offerings include organic, natural and holistic, as well as grocery brands. Customers can find everything they need for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small animals, reptiles, and amphibians. In addition to supplies, the store has grooming and a self-service dog wash.

Pet Supplies Plus hosts pet adoptions several times a month, and offers events such as Toenail Tuesdays, to support local animal charities. Once a month, dogs and cats can get their nails trimmed in-store for $5, and the proceeds are donated. On June 4, the store will host their Pet Palooza, with multiple pet adoption organizations onsite.

Pet Supplies Plus has over 330 locations in 26 states, but the Tampa location has family ties to the original store in Redford, Mich. Chris Kacir and Donna Sharp, siblings and co-owners, are the nephew and niece of Harry Shallop, who co-founded the company in 1988.

Pet Supplies Plus is located in Westgate Plaza at 12064 Anderson Road. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (813) 374-7558 or visit petsupplies

Big Storm Brewing taps into Odessa

ODESSA — The winner of the Best Beer in Florida trophy at the 2016 Best Florida Beer Championship has its home right here in Tampa Bay.

Big Storm Brewing Company took the top prize for its Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, and also brought home a gold, silver, and bronze for other beers.

"We're pretty excited about it," said founder Mike Bishop.

Now, the trophy and medals are proudly displayed at Big Storm's new taproom which opened April 16.

Located off of State Road 54, the large building houses both the taproom and the brewing facility, with only a half wall separating the two areas.

"You're sitting at the bar, and literally, the beer is being made right there," Bishop said.

Bishop started Big Storm in 2012, and now there are locations in both Clearwater and Odessa.

The new facility allows for Joel Moore, Head Brewer-Pasco, to do more test batches. For the taproom's grand opening, Moore released a new sour beer.

"It's been a huge hit," Bishop said.

At the taproom, customers can try flights of beer, order pints, and get a growler filled. There are 20 beers on tap, including Wavemaker Amber Ale, Arcus IPA, and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout.

The taproom has several flat screens for watching sports, and entertainment includes trivia nights and live music. Though food isn't served in the taproom, food trucks are available on Friday and Saturday.

"The taproom is growing in popularity," Bishop said. "People know that we're here now, so we're starting to get busier and busier."

Big Storm is located at 2330 Success Drive, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more information, visit, or call (727) 376-2890.

Contact Danielle Hauser at

Dashing Ginger helps event professionals

After working with Andi Diamond Photography in South Tampa over the past five years, Kristin Berry noticed a void in the industry.

"I realized a resource was missing for wedding and event professionals," Berry said.

To fill the niche, she opened the Dashing Ginger last month.

"My goal is to be a high end staffing agency and in the first month, I've booked eight events," Berry said. "I haven't seen anything like this business before."

Either the redhead herself, or one of her staff members will assist vendors in anything they need, from prep work and running errands, to the wedding day itself.

"Vendors need quality help," Berry said. "The staff I hire have to be trained in weddings and events, so it's not just someone looking to make extra money."

The new business, started by the University of South Florida graduate is there to lend a helping hand, whether it's assisting photographers, videographers, florists or caterers.

"We are a resource for wedding and event professionals only, not the bride and groom themselves," Berry said.

The business also offers services in social media and web presence.

"Our social media and web services can help build a strong platform for companies and establish new contacts and clients."

For more information, visit

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Pet Supplies Plus opens store in Tampa 05/11/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:21pm]
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