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Quilting shop wraps its heart around Plant City

PLANT CITY — Lynn Haberl lives in Lakeland, and her sister Lisa La Pointe lived in Palm Beach County.

But when they decided to open a quilting shop, historic downtown Plant City seemed to be the perfect location.

"We love it here," La Pointe said. "I moved here just because we wanted to have our business here."

They opened Inspire! Quilting & Sewing in August in a century-old building at 101 Collins St. It's in the center of town on McCall Park, across from Whistle Stop Gourmet Coffee.

Inspire features just about anything a serious or novice quilter could want, including bolts of high-quality cotton fabrics and Brother sewing machines. La Pointe, Haberl and their staff also offer classes for beginners and experts in quilting and garment-making. Classes are available day and evening, so they can fit most people's schedules.

La Pointe said Inspire is the first retail business she and her sister have owned, and calls it their "retirement business." Haberl had a career as a garment-maker, and La Pointe worked for many years at Barnes & Noble.

In her off-hours, though, La Pointe had been an avid quilter for 20 years.

"A lot of people who try quilting are surprised how much they like it," La Pointe said.

"You will become addicted," she said. "And it's therapeutic."

All the classes at Inspire are project-based, so students actually have a quilt or a garment they can take home. Some small projects that can be completed in one class session, others take multiple classes.

Inspire is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call (813) 704-4867 or visit inspirequilting

More health care closer to home

PLANT CITY — Bayada Home Health Care has provided a comprehensive range of health services to Floridians for more than 35 years.

With its new office in Plant City, the company is hoping to offer even better service to patients in eastern Hillsborough County.

Bayada has long been in Sun City Center and still has offices there. It opened a more central location in Plant City in September with an eye toward enhancing its presence in Brandon, Riverview, and surrounding areas.

Bayada, which was founded in 1975, offers everything from live-in health care assistance to visiting nurses for pediatric to hospice patients. The staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, medical social workers, certified home health aides, homemakers and companions.

The Plant City location is at 108 Southern Oaks Drive. Call (813) 754-4805 or visit

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