Local Tech Company Led to Creation of Marker 48

May 04, 2016 - 11:08
Marker 48

About six months ago a microbrewery opened in Hernando County called Marker 48 Brewing, since that time they have held a wide variety of events. They range from a local homebrewing club, ballot petition signing parties, Hernando County Photographers Club meetings, to Theology on Tap. Theology on Tap is where a group from St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church gets together to discuss religion and drink beer. It has become a popular place for people to gather. Along with a number of craft beers they also have a variety of food trucks on site.

Stained Glass Art Studio Makes Intricate Art-form Accessible to All

March 10, 2016 - 19:10

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Meghan Arns, daughter of Tim and Diane Thomas, standing next to her stained glass art piece entitled "Starry Night"

After spending many years in another business, Tim and Diane Thomas ventured out to follow a love that flourished from a hobby: stained glass art.

When you think of stained glass, images of intricate and skillfully crafted cathedral windows may come to mind. However, the Thomas' are making stained glass art accessible to everyone, by offering a variety of unique classes that start out with the basics.

Wawa Convenience Store Coming to Cortez Commons

December 15, 2015 - 17:06

A Wawa convenience store is opening here in Hernando County on December 17th. The upscale convenience store is located on the corner of 50 and Mariner in Cortez Commons (12984 Cortez Blvd). The opening of a new Wawa generates a lot of excitement. The initial store opening in Orlando in 2012 had many dignitaries in attendance including the Governor Rick Scott.

Christmas Revived Behind the Doors of Rogers' Christmas House

December 03, 2015 - 12:20
Preperations Underway for Rogers' Christmas House Opening

Rogers’ Christmas House began as a Christmas section within the Rogers’ Department Store in Downtown Brooksville. As the popularity of the Christmas venue grew, Margaret "Weenie" Ghiotto (Rogers) expanded the business into the iconic five cottage complex that many remember with fondness. Ghiotto passed away in 2006 and the Christmas House sadly closed its doors in 2010. However the new owners of the property, Greg and Dorothea Stephens, are ushering in a new era for the Christmas House.

"Bubble Gum" Gets a Makeover, with Help from Fudge Shop

October 10, 2015 - 14:11

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Pink Dinosaur on US19 at Fudge Factory USA

Al and Connie Madden recently moved their gift shop business from an eight hundred square foot retail space in a New Port Richey flea market to a 2800 square foot location here in Spring Hill. Doing so enabled them to expand and redevelop their business model to include candy, fudge and gift basket retail. However, the location of their new business makes the move even sweeter.

Tea Parties with a Twist at Magnolia Terrace Tea Room

October 01, 2015 - 20:53

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Elsa teaches Etiquette Class at Magnolia Terrace Tea Room

In 2008 the Dennehy family was involved in a head on collision by a drunk driver going over 100 mph. Several family members were injured but daughter Morgan fared the worst. With Morgan going through rehab as well as surgeries, having a sustainable income was a challenge. “I always wanted to have a coffee shop or tea room,” Morgan’s mother Karen Dennehy said. Karen talked it over with her mother, Maggie Hyde, and they decided together to make this happen. “It enabled me to have my daughter with me, as we were going through everything,” Karen explained.

Fast Casual Mexican Reaches Hernando

September 15, 2015 - 08:32
Moes Cortez Commons

The fast-casual mexican chains have been experiencing explosive growth throughout the United States. The large chains in this market include Qdoba Mexican Grill, Moe's Southwest Grill, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Panchero's Mexican Grill, Freebirds World Burrito, Baja Fresh. THey are some of the fastest growing franchises in the United States.

Wild Buck Whiskey: Small Batch, Big Flavor

June 01, 2015 - 20:39

Hernando County is home to a new product, Wild Buck Whiskey. Owners Natalie and Kevin Goff have received some nice exposure since their whiskey, handmade in small batches hit the shelves at locations around the county. Wild Buck Whiskey is already nationally recognized. They recently won a bronze medal in the rye whiskey category from the American Distilling Institute, competing against 457 other whiskeys.

Towne Square Mall Reinvigorated

May 11, 2015 - 09:01

The Towne Square Mall opened in 2002 in a strip mall that previously held a Walmart. It has a large open space that holds a number of diverse vendors.

The mall allows startups to develop their businesses in a collaborative environment or established businesses to focus on their business rather than dealing with all the responsibilities of managing a building. Their goal is to to promote locally owned and operated businesses here in Hernando County.

Remembering 22 Rucking Event

May 06, 2015 - 20:41

A worthy cause and challenging event took to the streets of Spring Hill on Saturday, May 2nd. Rucksack toting runners took off from their starting line on Mariner Boulevard on a 22 mile urban course for the first “Remembering 22 Rucking Event”. At each mile mark, 22 reps of 22 different exercises were completed by each of the athletes. The event captured the curiosity of onlookers and prompted questions, which was exactly the objective of the run.


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