Business Spotlight

Prom dreams can come true

Over 1,300 prom gowns, along with accessories and a spa experience on the day of your prom to be offered free by Citrus Cinderellas.    Photos COURTESY OF CITRUS CINDERELLAS

With the rustle of taffeta and tulle, the lustre of silk and charmeuse, glittering sequins and jewels and rack upon rack of beautiful gowns, Cinderella’s Closet is taking the stress out of prom dress shopping by removing the cost.

Cinderella’s Closet, an outreach ministry of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, Citrus County, aims to provide prom dresses, accessories and spa services to graduating high school teens — not only in Citrus County but Pasco and Hernando counties too.

Boning up on meat

Roberet ‘Mitch’ Carlisle, co-owner of the Carlisle’s Meat Market in Brooksville readies to add a ribeye steak to the display cabinet. Submitted photos.

Like most Americans, we probably don’t give much thought to the meat we buy beyond it being fresh or how much it’s going to cost. But now that we have a new butcher’s shop in Brooksville, we should think twice before buying any more supermarket Styrofoam tray-plastic-wrapped lower quality meats like pork chops, NY strip steaks or chicken cuts.

Having sliced meats and poultry for Publix and Winn-Dixie for years, it was only a matter of time before Robert ‘Mitch’ Carlisle would open his own butcher shop.

She’s an enterprising stay-at-home mom

There’s an art to balancing the extreme demands of motherhood and self fulfillment, and it’s even harder for those women who decide to not only be stay-at-home moms, but also entrepreneurs. Kayla Cunningham, 24, is one of those moms. Mother to 3 children, aged 6 months to 4 years old, she found the drive and inspiration to not only work hard at raising her kids but also to tackle launching a startup business designing and producing children’s clothes.

Cole's Farm Market expands to 3 locations

Hernando Sun Staff

Kim and Jim Cole, owners of Cole's Farm Markets.

To those traveling east on County Line Road or south on US19, Jim Cole’s produce stands are a familiar sight with their bright red and green tents. Now, the Cole’s have opened a new stand located at the junction of Twin Dolphin Drive and Sunshine Grove Road just off Cortez Boulevard.

Cole’s Farm Markets have been in Hernando and Pasco counties selling fresh fruit and vegetables for more than 11 years and have become an important part of local communities.

Cole has been in the business of selling produce all his life.

Repair, Renew, Rejuvenate

Hernando Sun Staff

Mayssan Shuayb is the owner of Shuayb Serenity Spa

Demand globally for skincare specialists and spas is growing exponentially reflecting a desire by both women and men for a host of new treatments designed to reduce the effects of aging.

Mayssan Shuayb recognizes this and is the owner of the newly opened Shuayb Serenity Spa in Hernando County, Florida. A longtime healthcare administrator, Shuayb knows that skin specialists — or aestheticians — serve an important role in the beauty industry.

Helping Veterans Heal

Dr. Susan Phillips with an ear chart for auriculotherapy, in different styles, that illustrates the acupressure points on the ears and their link to various organs in the body.

For veterans suffering with the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional disorders, acupuncture doesn’t come readily to mind. But one Spring Hill holistic center is now offering a free clinic designed to help veterans overcome the symptoms of PTSD and to help the return of body and mind to a state of balance and peace.

Bargain Hunter’s Heaven

Way Classy Consignment store provides a way to sell clothes and accessories for you. Selling clothes this way can help you clear out your closet and make a profit.

Staci Way’s success story began when she was in her teens. Way, the owner of Way Classy Consignment on Spring Hill Drive, said she was just 15 years old, in High School, and determined, “I would not have to get a summer job.”

“Instead, my High School summers were spent making happy memories with me and my mom browsing yard sales and thrift store shelves for 25 and 50 cent clothing and collectibles.”

Dreams turn into reality

Barrett and Shawnda Rivera in their showroom.

For the majority of us, our dream kitchen is usually imagined as a glittering showplace, filled with granite islands stretching toward a faraway horizon and sparkling appliances that instantly make you a Michelin chef.

Truth is, unless you’re rich enough to be able to buy your home complete with these dream kitchens and bathrooms, remodeling is the affordable option.

This is where the experts come into play and the more expert help you can get to help you imagine your new dream spaces, the better your options will be on choices and cost control.

Estate Sales Made Simple

Maggie Herrera with her American Indian statue she uses at every estate sale to welcome her customers.

When an elderly parent dies, their children are often left to ponder the future of the remaining parent and the parents’ lifelong family home — a typical three bedroom, two bathroom property — common in subdivisions found throughout Florida.

One probably envisages a tidy, well-kept property but often there’s an overgrown garden and peeling paintwork. Inside, though, is a different story. There could be a treasure trove of belongings the couple has gathered throughout their longterm marriage.