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North Pinellas business digest for Dec. 8

A Stevens Tree Service workers uses a stump grinder to level the ground at Pinellas Hope, a “tent city” for the homeless.
Published Dec. 6, 2013

Stevens Tree Service of Pinellas County owner Bob Dixon and his crew worked all day Nov. 27 grinding stumps and removing hazardous branches at Pinellas Hope, a "tent city" for the homeless located near Largo.

The company provided the service free of charge after Pinellas Hope won a hazardous tree removal contest sponsored by the company.

This is the fourth year Stevens Tree Service has provided free tree removal during Thanksgiving, and the first year a contest was held for the company's pro-bono holiday work.

According to Dixon, the shelter was selected as the winner of the contest because it had the greatest need.

"They had many dead, overhanging branches that were looming over tents that could fall and hurt someone," he explained. "They also had a lot of tree stumps along the walkways that were tripping hazards, especially at night because it is not lit."

Stevens Tree Service, 1334 Spalding Road in Dunedin, has been in Pinellas County more than 40 years and currently serves 2,500 customers in the Tampa Bay area, specializing in all aspects of tree care.


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Ignite Restaurant Group has opened its newest Brick House Tavern + Tap in Clearwater, the group's third Brick House location in Florida and one of 20 nationwide.

Built on the former site of Romano's Macaroni Grill at 28795 U.S. 19 N, the new 7,928-square-foot restaurant seats about 320 guests.

In an elevated sports tavern atmosphere that includes flat-screen TVs and leather recliners, Brick House Tavern + Tap serves pub fare, a variety of specialty cocktails and more than 80 beers and beer cocktails. Live music, daily specials, a seasonal menu and outdoor dining are also offered.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

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