Business

A Family Affair

By Kym Voorhees Raque
Special to Hernando Sun

The Black Family at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville

For the Black family, working at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville, Florida is a family affair. Mom, Linda Black, joined the store when it first opened in January, 2009, while her son, Taylor came on board 3 weeks later, and daughter Lyndsey hired on in 2012.

“When Texas Roadhouse first came to Brooksville, we didn’t know what it was. We had never heard of it, but my son who was 16 at the time, wanted to apply for a job,” said Linda Black.

Opening a connection to our past

Donna Burkes and Kylee Hill ring up customers at the  Richloam General Store grand opening on Feb. 25th, 2017.

On the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, a few miles east of 75, about a half mile south of 50, down a limerock road stands a small general store and post office whose history is connected to several early industries of Florida: timber, turpentine, the railroad and agricultural development. Proprietors Eric and Donna Burkes, who also operate a sign production business, rebuilt the structure in 2016 as a way to attract customers. The Burkes began the sign business in their home next door three years ago, following Eric’s retirement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Acupuncture: The crown jewel of alternative healing

A form of natural therapy, acupuncture is a respected, powerful alternative method of healthcare

Attitudes about acupuncture have changed dramatically. It wasn’t that long ago when the very thought of treating a condition with acupuncture, or perhaps hypnosis, would raise an eyebrow or two within the medical mainstream. But not any more.

Never too young to start your own business

by Madison Harrison, 10 year old entrepreneur

Madison Harrison, photo by Andrea Harrison

Hello, my name is Madison! I am so excited to write for the Hernando Sun. This is a big opportunity and I am very grateful for it. I hope you will find value in what I share.

I started taking photos when I was 3 years old. I started my photography business when I was 7 years old. I love taking pictures of little girls and their dolls, but I also enjoy photographing nature, weddings, events and even celebrities such as John Legend, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Some people thought I was too young to start a business, but it didn’t stop me. I figured, “why wait?”

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