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Hold the bubbly, Carrollwood wine store closes

CARROLLWOOD — After a little less than three years, Cork&Olive's store is set to close its doors for good today, a victim of a sluggish economy.

Local store owner Hendrik Visloo said the wine store, at 10019 N Dale Mabry Highway, opened to a good start in May 2007, but things started falling off in the last 18 months.

"Carrollwood is a tough nut to crack," Visloo said. "We were doing pretty well when we started, and we started breaking even in the second year. But the economy hit us hard in October 2008, and we've been going down since then."

In March 2009, the chain filed bankruptcy, Visloo said. There will be three remaining stores after the Carrollwood store closes: the Valrico store at 3468 Lithia Pinecrest Road, as well as locations in Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs.

Cork&Olive offers a variety of rare and hard-to-find imported and domestic wines, many from smaller, family-owned vineyards. It also sells olive oil, glassware and gift boxes and holds daily wine tastings.

For more information, visit corkandolive.com.

Fitness with a kick

CARROLLWOOD — Whether clients want to develop physical fitness or acquire martial arts skills, Luis Villanueva believes it helps to learn from former champions of the sport.

The opportunity to train with world champions is what Villanueva says sets Elite Martial Arts and Fitness, at 10925 N Dale Mabry Highway, apart from the others. Villanueva opened the training and fitness center in January.

"We offer adult fitness, crossfit training, cardio kickboxing and women's self-defense," Villanueva said, listing some of the classes offered at Elite. "And I have two Junior Olympic champions in tae kwon do who work as my instructors, Hector Morejon and Yukie Ozawa."

Morejon and Ozawa won gold medals competing in tae kwon do in the Junior Olympics in different weight classes in 1996 and 1997, said Villanueva, a former state gold medal winner.

In addition, longtime local martial arts instructor Fred Montesino will be teaching aikido at Elite. Aikido is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes holds, locks and throws.

"He's been around for years, and we're lucky to have him," Villanueva said.

For more information about Elite Martial Arts and Fitness, go to its Web site at tampaemafitness.com or call (813) 362-0494.

If you know something that should be Everybody's Business, e-mail Sean Ledig at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Hold the bubbly, Carrollwood wine store closes 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 3:30am]
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