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Brandon's newest assisted living facility prepares for grand opening

Tessera of Brandon holds its grand opening on April 26. Photo courtesy of Tessera of Brandon.
Published Apr. 20, 2018

BRANDON — A new $28 million assisted living and memory care community called Tessera of Brandon has opened and the public is invited to tour the property during a grand opening celebration from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday (April 26).

Designed with residents' independence, social engagement and well-being in mind, the 107,000 square-foot multi-story community features Wi-Fi and mobile medical technology inside and out.

Some of the modern features are natural light through community spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, a vaulted ceiling lobby, landscaped courtyards and walking paths, gazebo, fire pit and a dog park.

Residents are moving in now at 1320 Oakfield Drive, choosing among 89 one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments and 49 memory care suites that come in a variety of floorplans. The community also provides wellness philosophies based on a holistic approach that focuses on each resident's potential to achieve his or her personal goals through engagement and connection.

Memory care initiatives incorporate components that examine residents' social, intellectual, spiritual and physical well-being.

"Tessera is the Latin word for an individual tile and when joined with others create a beautiful mosaic of a community rich in color, warmth and energy," said Kristin Kutac Ward, president and CEO of Solvere Senior Living, a company that manages 14 communities in eight states including Tessera of Brandon.

"Our programs are designed for successful aging by touching every aspect of residents' lives and keeping them feeling engaged, honored and fulfilled."

Other amenities and services include an art studio, bistro/bar, beauty and barber salon, fitness center, library and all-day service in casual to fine dining restaurant venues. Residents also may take advantage of scheduled transportation services, assistance with daily living activities, weekly housekeeping, a secured neighborhood for memory care residents, 24-hour health monitoring and a variety of wellness programs and classes.

"A lot goes into aging successfully and providing an atmosphere that supports each resident's unique goals and a deep sense of purpose is a key component," Ward said.

The opening of the newly-constructed, licensed community is expected to generate approximately 80 new jobs.

The grand opening will feature live music, food from the culinary staff and tours of the community. Call (813) 906-1210 or visit

New ownership brings
new pizza specials

Brandon Pizzeria, located at 140 N. Parsons Ave., is under new ownership and is offering new monthly specials and menu items. Specials for the rest of April include Mac 'n cheese pizza ($13.99-$16.99) and chicken parmesan ($6.99 - $7.99) – plated or on a sandwich. The eatery also offers a 2 for $20 combo that includes a pair each of dinners, side salads and adult beverages. Look for Krueger's beer and ales to join the menu soon as well.

Visit on May 6 for a Pawsome Patio Pizza Party, a pet-friendly food and fun event to raise money that will go toward medical care for animals in need.

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