BRANDON — Eighteen years ago, when Just Men opened its doors, Brandon was a very different area. Besides being much smaller, it had an older demographic.
So it made sense for Just Men, which its owner said was the first consignment store in Florida that carried only menswear, to specialize in clothing for middle-aged men and seniors.
Now that Just Men has a new owner, and Brandon has a new demographic, the store's focus is expanding.
"We're going to cater more toward teenagers and young men," said Paula Gaudio, who bought Just Men last month. "We have a lot of loyal customers, and we're not getting rid of the clothes that (have) always come to us for. We're just adding clothes for younger men."
Kathy Brandt, who established Just Men in 1992, sold the store to Gaudio and her daughter Kasie Anthony in June. Shortly after the transaction, Brandt, who was terminally ill, died, Gaudio said.
Besides catering strictly to men, one thing that had always set the store apart from other consignment shops was that it also carried some new items. Its formal wear has always been primarily brand new. And while Just Men starts to adjust its inventory, Gaudio said, its selection of younger men's clothing will mostly consist of new tuxedoes and suits.
Loyal customers don't need to fret about the changes, Gaudio said. Besides the new ownership and expanded selection, no other significant changes are in the offing. Longtime sales manager Pat Finch will still be a daily presence in the shop.
"She's the one everybody knows," Gaudio said. "She's the face of this business."
Just Men is at 638 Oakfield Drive, near the corner of Kings Avenue. It's open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (813) 689-6679.
Dentist prepares to open Lithia Smiles
Dr. Julienne Sabet has a hectic week ahead. She recently graduated from dental school, and her office, called Lithia Smiles, is scheduled to open Monday. That's right about the same time she's expects to give birth to her second daughter.
If one of the two major life events has to be postponed, Sabet said, it's going have to be the opening of her practice.
It's not a case of bad planning, Sabet said. Lithia Smiles was supposed to open two months ago, but contraction delays and other complications pushed back the opening date.
Soon after the baby is born, Sabet plans to return to work. Her husband, Kiya, will work as the office manager for Lithia Smiles, and they've planned to have the baby there with them. They've built a room they'll use as a day care, and other family members will help care for the new baby.
Lithia Smiles plans to offer full-service dentistry, from routine cleanings to cancer screenings and full-mouth restorations, with a focus on cosmetic dentistry.
Sabet, who grew up in Brandon, said she wants to build a practice based on personal service and developing comprehensive plans for treating each of her patient's dental needs.
"Every person who comes in will get, besides a complete set of dental X-rays, a full set of in-mouth photographs so they can look and see what the issues are with their teeth and gums and we can discuss the approach we're going to take," Sabet said.
Lithia Smiles will be in the Lithia Crossings Plaza at the corner of Lithia-Pinecrest Road and Bloomingdale Avenue. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (813) 662-1111.
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