Make us your home page
Everybody's Business

Cottage full of finds, 'progressive' bistro open in Brandon

BRANDON — Cassandra Patterson had been hoping to find the perfect location for her new business where she'd sell new and vintage home and garden accessories, plus a variety of women's accessories.

By chance she drove down Mason Street. She hardly ever had occasion to be on Mason Street, even though years ago she owned a tearoom there called Mad Hatter's Express.

Lo and behold, the building at 109 Mason St. where the tearoom had been was vacant and for rent. She knew it was absolutely ideal for the new business.

Inside the building, a converted home, was ample space for vintage purses, handmade jewelry, silk floral arrangements and artwork. The spacious back yard allows Patterson and partner Meg Reign to showcase outdoor accessories, including many created by local artisans.

Patterson and Reign opened Et...Cetera on April 19. Their grand opening celebration last Friday and Saturday drew healthy crowds and glowing customer reviews, Reign said. Customers raved about the inventory and the ambience, she said.

There's a touch of French style in a lot of the accessories at Et...Cetera, but the real emphasis is on quality. Vintage items, including a large selection of handbags, don't show any significant wear, and new items, from the handmade jewelry to wrought-iron garden chairs, are designed artistically.

Et...Cetera is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call (813) 654-4927.

'Progressive' bistro opens in Brandon

BRANDON — Whether diners want comfort food or something to satisfy their inner gourmet, Neighborhood Bistro can sate the palate.

Culinarian and co-owner Michael Walker bills his new restaurant, which opened March 25 on E Brandon Boulevard, a "progressive American bistro."

Order French toast, for example, and instead of the traditional day-old white bread, diners get fresh brioche.

Neighborhood Bistro offers familiar sandwiches. But instead of processed deli-style meats, the sandwiches are made of fresh cuts of meat roasted in-house.

"We take pride in taking things that people already know and taking them just outside the box," Walker said. "We take them just far enough outside that they're exciting, but not far enough that people aren't comfortable with them."

Walker said he always tries to get the freshest and best ingredients for whatever dishes he creates.

Because he has lived in Brandon his entire life and has been passionate about cooking almost as long, he said, he has the knowledge and the connections to get the best locally grown food. He opts for organic foods whenever he can.

It's still all very moderately priced, Walker said, and it would be unusual for anyone's meal to cost more than $9.

Neighborhood Bistro is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. The breakfast menu is available until 11 a.m., and the lunch menu after that. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. The brunch menu includes items from the regular weekday breakfast menu plus special items that Walker creates every week.

The restaurant is at 905 E Brandon Blvd.

Call (813) 315-9852 or go to

If you know something that should be Everybody's Business, please contact Marty Clear at [email protected]

Cottage full of finds, 'progressive' bistro open in Brandon 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Shares in Tampa's Health Insurance Innovations rebound from stronger earnings report


    TAMPA — After a sharp drop in its stock price in August and September, Health Insurance Innovations on Monday announced strong revenue and net income gains in preliminary numbers for its third quarter of the year. The company also announced a $50 million stock buyback over the next two years meant to bolster its …

    After losing more than half its market value between August and September, shares in Tampa's Health Insurance Innovations are rebounding."The new share repurchase program underscores our confidence in our business strategy, financial performance, and the long-term prospects of our company while also allowing us the financial flexibility to continue to invest in our business," company CEO Gavin Southwell announced Monday. [Courtesy of LinkedIn]
  2. Trigaux: Campaign aims to leverage tourism ads to recruit millennials, businesses

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay's unleashing one of its best weapons — a cadre of successful entrepreneurs and young business leaders — in a marketing campaign already under way but officially …

    Erin Meagher, founder of Tampa coconut oil products company Beneficial Blends, is part of a group of business savvy millennial entrepreneurs and managers who are helping to pitch the work-live-play merits of the Tampa Bay market in a new marketing campaign called Make It Tampa Bay. The campaign is backed by Visit Tampa Bay and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. and aimed at recruiting more millennial talent to relocate and stay in the Tampa Bay area. [Courtesy Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Visit Tampa Bay]
  3. Florida gas prices drop 25 cents on average over past month


    Gas prices are on a downward tear post-hurricane. Tampa Bay fell to $2.34 per gallon on Sunday, down 10 cents over the week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Across the state, gas fell 7 cents over the same period to average $2.47 per gallon.

    Gas prices across the state fell 25 cents over 31 days. | [Times file photo]
  4. Entrepreneur expands interests with Twisted Crafts


    SOUTH TAMPA — Playgrounds of Tampa owner Mike Addabbo is expanding into the do-it-yourself industry with his new endeavor: Twisted Crafts.

     Jennifer and Michael Addabbo pose in their latest entrepreneurial enterprise: Twisted Crafts. Photo courtesy of Twisted Craft.
  5. Amazing Lash franchise expands to South Tampa


    SOUTH TAMPA — Jeff Tolrud opened the doors to his third Amazing Lash Studio franchise earlier this month, this time in South Tampa.

    When customers walk in, the studios have the same look and feel throughout the country, operator Jeff Tolrud said of Amazing Lash Studio. Tolrud opened his third in Hillsborough County earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Amazing Lash.