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Style Encore brings high-end brands to Brandon consignment scene

Claire, 11 (Bevis Elementary) and Chase, 14 (Randall Middle) took the day off from school April 13 to help their parents Jennifer and Bryan Havener open Hillsborough County’s first Style Encore store at 1983 Lumsden Road, Brandon. 
Published Apr. 19, 2017

BRANDON — It was all about the shoes for Ruskin's Julie Hanson. Specifically, a size 9 ½ pair of vintage Dolce & Gabbana pumps.

That's why she was first in line April 13 at the grand opening of Brandon's newest consignment store, Style Encore, a retailer that features hip clothing and accessories for women from size zero through 4X. Hanson arrived at 6:44 a.m. to purchase those shoes, that retail for more than $1,000, for her daughter Julie to wear during her valedictorian commencement speech at Lennard High School.

Hanson bought them for just $70.

The new Style Encore location is the first in Hillsborough County, and complements the family of Winmark Corporation brands now available in Brandon. The Minnesota-based company that focuses on recycling goods also does business as Music Go Round, Play It Again Sports (where co-owner Bryan Havener is a district manager with 21 years of experience), Plato's Closet, just a few doors down from the storefront at 1983 Lumsden Road, and the kid-focused Once Upon a Child.

"We've been in this (Winmark) family since Once Upon a Child," Julie said about buying baby and toddler items for Erin, now 18 and headed to the University of Tampa. "Kids and styles change so frequently I'm pretty sure I'll end up re-buying something I purchased new for her."

Julie knew about the opening and the inventory because she helped Bryan, and his wife Jennifer, stock the store back in February. The Haveners visited the nearby Style Encore in Orlando before opening in Brandon.

"I hit the door and said, 'This is us,'" said Jennifer, who spent 20 years in the banking industry. "We always wanted to own our own business."

Bryan said it took 10 weeks (of the 10-month opening process) just to buy and stock the goods in the 2,700 square foot store.

"We have 105 18-gallon totes ready to restock," he said.

Style Encore targets women 25 and older with designs from makers such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors and don't forget the heels from Dolce & Gabbana. Most gent- ly used items are approximately 70 percent off retail.

Unlike consignment, the store pays cash on the spot for items it considers current styles (within the past 12-to-18 months). No appointment is necessary to sell clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories

Style Encore is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (813) 409-3482.

Take 5 takes up more area locations

Take 5 Oil Change has expanded with a third Tampa Bay area location, opening in Riverview. The company began in 1984 as Rapid Oil Change and today touts themselves as "Home of the 5 Minute Oil Change."

They are in the former Havoline Xpress Lube location at 13376 Lincoln Road across from The Alley at South Shore off Big Bend Road.

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