CITRUS PARK — Whenever he sees something broken, Luis Salcedo tries to fix it.
Such was the case a few years back when Salcedo, 58, of Citrus Park was whacking weeds around a mail post and noticed the deep indentation in the wood caused by the constant pounding of the machine's monofilament.
"I put the Weed Eater down, and looked at everyone else's mailboxes and saw the same thing," said Salcedo, owner of 24 Karat Lawn Care. "I said to myself, there's something here."
So Salcedo and his fiancee, Michelle Glidden, tried to find a product to address the problem. When they came up empty-handed, Salcedo decided to fix the problem himself.
Two years later, after testing many types of plastics and adhering methods, Salcedo invented the Post Guard.
Made of a thick, UV rated plastic material and secured with liquid nails, caulk, and four plastic ties, the guard is designed to protect the wood and the integrity of the post.
And the mail post looks better, too.
Now Salcedo and Glidden are selling his invention (patent pending) for $24.95. Public reaction has been outstanding, with several lawn care companies and homeowners associations purchasing multiple units.
For more information about the Post Guard, visit mailpostguard.com.
Beef 'O' Brady's coming to USF
University of South Florida students' culinary choices are about to expand with the opening of a Beef 'O' Brady's.
The franchise will be owned by the food service corporation Aramark, with plans to open in late August in the student union building.
Menu items will feature several of Beef 'O' Brady's specialties, including Beef's Wings (in 12 flavors), burgers and wraps. The new location will also feature a grab-and-go counter with prepackaged salads, sandwiches and wraps.
Odd Room closes its Carrollwood outlet
Maybe it was its address, or maybe it was just too peculiar for Carrollwood, but Odd Room has closed on N Dale Mabry Highway.
Located for the past five years in the same spot where another longtime neighborhood fixture (Whaley's Market) had previously closed, Odd Room has packed up its inventory of high-end pre-used furniture and combined its stores into one retail outlet in Palm Harbor.
For more information, call the store at (727) 210-6735.