Friday, April 20, 2018
Business

Team UP Sports begins youth clinics; feed store moves; Halloween store opens

RIVERVIEW — Pam and Michael Castellano learned a lot about their new business just by being parents.

The Castellanos have just launched Team UP Sports, and they're gearing up to offer sports clinics and leagues for kids from age 3 to 18.

They got their inspiration from their own kids' experience playing sports.

"There are things we've seen that we liked, and things we've seen that we didn't like," Pam Casetellano said. "We've learned from both."

One thing they learned is that the focus needs to be on the youngsters. Team UP doesn't allow parents to disrupt games or step onto playing fields. It's all about letting the kids have fun and helping them improve.

They bring more than their parental experience to Team UP, though. Michael Castellano coaches flag football and soccer at Rampello Downtown Partnership School in Tampa, so he has the qualifications to run clinics and the connections to bring other experienced coaches into Team UP as enrollment demands.

Team UP is now accepting applications for its first girls flag football clinic, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 on the field at Mount Zion Church at Bloomingdale Avenue and U.S. 301. The fee is $60. It's open to girls ages 11 through 17.

League play, with teams made up from clinic registrants, will start in March.

Other clinics in the works include those for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and cheerleading.

Parents can register through teamupsports.net or call (813) 504-0701 for information.

Halloween store pops up in Brandon

BRANDON — It's your one-stop shop for fake blood, animatronic spiders and cute little costumes for your baby.

In late summer every year, Spirit Halloween appears in storefronts around the country. In early November it disappears until the following year.

The Brandon location is at 10061 E Adamo Drive, in the Brandon Crossing shopping center, near Home Depot. In previous years it has been at a different location within Brandon Crossing, but that space wasn't available this year.

Spirit offers costumes for infants, adults and everyone in between, plus just about any kind of Halloween decoration or accessory anyone might want. And the selection is so extensive that a lot of shoppers discover items they couldn't even imagine wanting until they see them.

Spirit Halloween is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. It will stay open until about a week after Halloween. In that last week, a lot of the merchandise will be half-price.

Once the store is closed for the season, the same merchandise is available through the company's website, spirithalloween.com. The store's phone number is (813) 326-2705.

Feed store moves to U.S. 301 in Riverview

RIVERVIEW — Remington Specialty Feed has moved to 8808 U.S. 301 S.

Remington carries feed and supplies for all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to cattle and swine.

It's open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (813) 672-1244.

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