Business and Community

Local Rotary Clubs Hold Seafood Festival

On Saturday October 26, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central held its second annual Nature Coast Seafood

Festival at Linda Pedersen Park on Hernando Beach. As the club's annual fundraiser this has become a large event for the county. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Brooksville and Spring Hill were on hand to help out with activities scheduled throughout the day.

Independent pharmacy thrives with focus on customers

By JULIE B. MAGLIO
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Pine Brook Pharmacy is a notable business in the county that has recently opened its fourth location at 14111 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL. Gautam Thakkar, RPh started the business just 10 years ago and thanks to his business prowess and great customer service, Pine Brook Pharmacy’s four locations are thriving even with tough competition from supermarket and chain pharmacies.  

Pasta Fest at Papa Joe's

On Tuesday, October 1, Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant in Brooksville held its 38th annual 99¢ All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Fest to benefit local non-profit organizations. Besides the pasta, there was garlic bread and even dessert. Owner Joe Giarratana, who hails from Sicily, and his wife Donna (Mama Donna) have been doing this event since 1981, the year they opened the restaurant. Some of the groups they have helped in the past include the victims of Hurricane Andrew, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.     

WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center Grand Opening Celebration

Sometimes you need to step away from your everyday stresses and do something new to awaken your senses, to clear your mind and rejuvenate your body. There is a place to do just that. It’s off of Commercial Way in Spring Hill at 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, and called WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center.

On October 5, the center held its official grand opening celebration offering tours of the campus as well as the many workshops, and programs the center offers weekly.

Hernando Growers Association to use Little Rock Cannery to expand customer base

In June 2016, the former Brooksville City Manager and Parks Department planned a Farmers Market in Downtown Brooksville.  Unfortunately, it was July, very hot and did not attract many customers at the time. Michael DeFelice was asked if he would help.  Excellent timing, since DeFelice was struggling with where to sell produce, and also still learning how to farm.  

Chancellor For Innovation, Community Leaders To Engage Employers And Educators At Phsc Workforce Summit

Chancellor for Innovation Eric Hall, Ed.D., Florida Department of Education, will present a keynote address at the inaugural Workforce Stakeholders’ Engagement Summit at Pasco-Hernando State College. Organized for Hernando County educators, business owners and other stakeholders, the event will be held at the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center at PHSC’s Spring Hill Campus on September 26 from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

The Tilted Teacup Tea Room – A Bit of Britain in Brooksville

Whether or not you are British, a visit to the Tilted Teacup Tea Room in Brooksville offers a pleasurable and leisurely dining experience. At this unique eatery, you can enjoy a cup of tea, along with fresh-baked scones, cakes and a wide assortment of sandwiches, quiche and other fare. 

For owner Aimee Gans, who had previously run several businesses while raising four children, operating a restaurant was a new venture. 

UF/IFAS Extension launches monthly educational series at the Brooksville Farmers Market

In collaboration with the Hernando County Growers Association and the Brooksville Farmers Market, University of Florida IFAS/Extension Agents will be giving monthly talks on topics including farming, gardening, family nutrition, home economics, and youth development. The series kicks off on Sunday, September 22nd with an overview of the role of farmers markets in sustainable agriculture and a sustainable food system.