CARROLLWOOD — The Magnificent 7 Internet Cafe opened this month with what its manager calls a new concept in the industry.
"We have combined the technology and the capability of the Internet and blended it with the fun and excitement of a sweepstakes," said cafe manager Pat Levija. "Here at Magnificent 7, customers can not only check their e-mail and surf the Net, but can play sweepstakes games and win prizes and gifts."
Customers can choose from as many as 20 games to win prizes, including new televisions and restaurant gift cards.
"We have put a new twist on the Internet cafe industry by bringing in the fun of let's say, a bingo hall, where people can have a good time and there's a chance of winning prizes," Levija said.
The store, at 14837 N Dale Mabry Highway, opens daily at 11 a.m. and stays open until the last person leaves, seven days a week, Levija said. The cafe's name was taken from the classic western featuring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, Levija said.
The cafe has 60 computers available for customers, though they can bring in their own laptops if they prefer.
Customers can buy Internet cards for any amount, Levija said. A $10 card, for example, would yield about two hours of Internet usage. During that time, customers can have free coffee, pastries, chips or other refreshments.
Eventually, Levija said, he intends to offer specials, such as free pizza on Fridays.
For more information, call (813) 960-1592.
Tampa Family Health Centers to add site
A full-service health facility built with federal stimulus dollars is set to open by May.
Work began in January on the new Tampa Family Health Centers Inc. at 7814 N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood, said Stephanie Theaker, the organization's chief operating officer. It has six other facilities in Hillsborough County.
"It's going to be about 20,000 square feet and include a full-service pharmacy, medical and dental services," Theaker said. "Once it's at full capacity, there will be eight health care providers, 18 exam medical rooms and 10 dental exam rooms."
The $6.8 million not-for-profit health center will provide care to the uninsured or underinsured of Hillsborough County. About $2.9 million in federal stimulus money was used to start construction.
"We see patients on a sliding scale based on their income," Theaker said.
For more information about the health centers, visit tampachc.com.
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