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TNT Smoothies opens in FishHawk Ranch; growing VPK students spur expansion at Kids R Kids Southshore

FISHHAWK RANCH — Tim Gravino thought he had his career all mapped out.

He was advancing through the ranks at FedEx, and figured he'd keep getting promoted and work there until he retired.

Mergers and downsizing put an end to that plan, so Gravino, who also held an interest in physical fitness, decided to buy a gym called Snap Fitness in FishHawk Ranch.

Then last year he met someone who owned a smoothie shop and was enthusiastic about the business. The gym was doing well, but everyone can use some extra income, so Gravino and his wife, Tara, decided to start their own smoothie shop right next door to Snap Fitness.

TNT Smoothies and Supplements opened last month.

"It's going well and growing every day," Tara Gravino said. "I think people who live in FishHawk are finding out that they don't have to drive all the way into Brandon or wherever and fight the traffic on Boyette or Lithia-Pinecrest or Bell Shoals. They can get a smoothie and supplements right here in the neighborhood."

TNT specializes in healthy smoothies, with no added sugar or artificial additives.

But they haven't sacrificed flavor, Tina Gravino said. Besides the pure fruit flavors, TNT's most popular smoothies include Java Jolt and peanut butter cup — a blend of Ghirardelli Chocolate and organic peanut butter.

TNT Smoothies and Supplements is at 15280 FishHawk Ave., in the Shoppes at Osprey. It's open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It's closed Sunday.

Kids R Kids expands

For the past five years, Kids R Kids Southshore has been the home-away-from-home and school-away-from-school for hundreds of local youngsters, and those numbers will soon swell.

Construction on a major expansion project is slated to begin next month. By August, Kids R Kids Southshore will be able to welcome about 80 additional students.

A franchise of a national operation, Kids R Kids Southshore offers day care and educational programs for children from 6 months to 12 years. About 300 youngsters attend now Kids R Kids Southshore now.

"We're doing the expansion to accommodate more (voluntary prekindergarten) students," said Carrie Elwell, who owns Kids R Kids Southshore with her husband, Kevin. "We're adding about 4,000 square feet, which will give us four new classrooms."

Elwell said the expansion also will increase the playground area and facilities.

Kids R Kids Southshore is at 13151 Kings Lake Drive, off Big Bend Road about a half-mile west of Interstate 75. (813) 672-0400 or krksouthshore.com.

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TNT Smoothies opens in FishHawk Ranch; growing VPK students spur expansion at Kids R Kids Southshore 04/26/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 10:01pm]
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