RIVERVIEW — At Dollar Kingdom, everything costs, well, $1.
The store, which opened late last month, is a family-run operation headed by Rodney and Tawanda Norton. The couple's four daughters also help run the business.
"The girls are starting to learn about the value of working, but that's after their homework is done," said Rodney Norton, who worked for the Tampa Bay Work Force Alliance and served in the Air Force before flexing his entrepreneurial muscle.
Norton, who is a minister, sees operating Dollar Kingdom as a higher calling.
"The love of people and serving them in a kind manner is a high priority for this store," Norton said.
A St. Petersburg native, Norton has lived in many of the communities in the Riverview area. He said he saw a need for a convenient dollar store for the surrounding subdivisions.
"There aren't many Dollar Stores close to here, and party supply stores are even further," Norton said. "This store covers both needs for the people in the community."
Some of Dollar Kingdom's products offer spiritual guidance. The store carries Brim's Snack Foods. Its makers printed a Bible verse on each snack package.
"I thought it was a novel idea to have this on each package," said Norton, who discovered the snacks after his wife bought them for a church retreat. Each bag has a different verse."
Dollar Kingdom is at 11647 Boyette Road, Riverview. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (813) 672-1329.
Tanning salon and day spa opens
Riverview has fast food restaurants, pizza joints and big- box retailers. But a local entrepreneur noticed something was missing: a day spa.
Michael Loomis opened Tantations in November, but plans to hold a grand opening today.
"We're really excited about bringing these services to Riverview," Loomis said.
Touting Tantations as a one-stop shop for tanning, facials and cosmetic procedures, officials at the business said the spa will also offer cosmeceutical services including Botox and spider vein treatments performed by licensed physician assistants.
The prices for services vary by procedure. Tanning begins at $19.99 per month. Facials start at $65.
Tantations Salon is at 10455 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview. It is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (813) 352-9080.
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