Business Spotlight

Vintage Treasures

January 06, 2017 - 19:15

The Worn Door offers vintage home decor and re-inspired pieces of the past

Leslie Exterkamp, right, with Jessica Denmark, left, with in the main showroom of The Worn Door Vintage Market located in Winchester Plaza, off US19.

Leslie Exterkamp adores old furniture.

“The craftsmanship is superb,” she said “It is amazing to see the quality of work back then to what we see nowadays,” she explained.

Exterkamp “rehabilitates” furniture and — beginning Jan. 7 — is holding classes at her newly opened vintage market to teach the public the techniques she and her assistant Jessica Denmark use to revitalize those old, beautiful pieces of furniture.

Pesky Critters

December 29, 2016 - 19:23

Meet Johnny Loose, an experienced professional in the removal, exclusion of nuisance wildlife

The noises started about 6 weeks after I moved in to my new house,” said Susan Malcolmson of Spring Hill. There was scrabbling in the walls and lots of thumping high up in the vaulted ceiling. Trouble was, she had no idea what kind of critter was up there.

“I was dreading it could be rats nesting,” she said.

So she called in Advanced Wildlife Services of Brooksville to investigate. The owner of Advanced Wildlife Services is Johnny Loose, 57, a pest control technician as they are called these days.

The Perfect Fit

December 15, 2016 - 14:25
Tailor, Emilio Moncada, pins the sleeves on Robert Sullivan’s dinner jacket to the correct length.

What man or woman hasn’t rummaged in the closet for something to wear only to find an alarming number of rarely — or never worn clothes, and some still with the price tags on?

What do we do with them? Stuff them in a bin bag and take them to the thrift store or perhaps sell them on eBay? Not an option when those ill-fitting fashion faux pas have cost us a pretty penny.

Funny Business

December 08, 2016 - 17:40

Welcome to the wild and wacky world of corny the clown.

Corny the Clown, aka Sandra Sells, 68, of Brooksville along with fellow clown Bongo, smile for the camera at a recent charity event in Pasco County.

Corny the Clown has deep rosy circles of makeup on each cheek; her nose is a pert, red circle dusted with gold and silver glitter and her hair is a halo of golden spirals. Bright red lips accentuate a huge smile and her hat is perched precariously atop her head.

She is instantly funny and friendly, attractive and alluring all at once.

Meet Sandra Sells aka Corny the Clown. She loves making people laugh and sharing her laughter with others.

Let the fun begin

November 29, 2016 - 16:48


Bulldogs staying at Panacea Pet Resort

Family and friends in York, England thought the Owen family was losing its mind when they announced they were leaving the UK to buy a business in the U.S. It had always been husband and wife Roger and Barbara Owen’s plan to buy a boarding kennel in the UK but when their daughter Claire found land and kennels for sale in the U.S., they immediately jumped on the possibility.

Kitchen 'Stuff' with Attitude

November 23, 2016 - 11:50

From vitamins, oils, spices and herbs to whisks, trivets and pots and pans, THE GO-TO PLACE IS NEWLY OPENED Good4U

Owner of Good4U healthy marketplace Vickie Galanti points out an item called ‘Cover Blubber’ - a new super stretchy food protector.

Without much ado or fanfare, a new store has quietly emerged on our scene. It’s located on County Line Road in Spring Hill and a wholesaler and leading distributor, importer of equipment that promotes the production and preparation of nutritional foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Gifts for all seasons

November 17, 2016 - 21:13

Family-owned Coastal Gifts offers an alluring collection of gifts and home decor inspired by the sea

Life-size pirate statue, complete with an eye patch over one eye, a cutlass in his hand and shoddy clothes.

Once in a while, one comes across a real gem. A special place just made for late mornings of leisure, a place to get lost in while admiring unique pieces of coral, beautiful batik sundresses or just checking out quirky pieces of furniture and household knick-knacks.

Look Good, Feel Better

November 04, 2016 - 09:19

photography by Sue Quigley


Volunteer cosmetologists, left to right, Amy Baldwin, Annette Lalla and Becky Anderson during the workshop.

Many thousands of men and women are diagnosed each year with some form of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

For them, treatment options will probably include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery and, consequently, side effects like nausea, pain and fatigue.

Those side effects can not only include hair loss, but also dry skin, brittle nails and weight gain.

And for women in particular, these side effects can take over one’s daily life.