Business Spotlight

Winemaking the modern way

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN
 
Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process. 

Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill. 

An uplifting experience

News stories today often contain disappointing news about the closure or moving elsewhere of small business startups. But, here in Hernando County, we have a success story to tell about a young entrepreneurial couple who’ve got what it takes to survive those early startup years and ride their elevator business to success.

For the love of dance

A mainstay of dance instruction in Hernando County, Serena’s Dance Palace is celebrating 20 years of helping students develop confidence and creativity through dance.

Owner and teacher of Serena’s Dance Palace, Serena Young opened her dance school in 1997. She began dancing at age 11 and most every day can still be found dancing with her students in her Spring Hill dance school.

“It was my mom who encouraged me to start dance classes,” said Serena. “And I’m so thankful she did.”

Aquamation: A gentle, ecofriendly pet cremation

Located in Brooksville, Natures Pet Loss is offering pet owners a unique method of cremation known as aquamation.

Owner Joyce Moreau feels saying goodbye to a beloved family pet is never easy.

“It’s not just about the pet, it’s also about the “pet parents” and the grief they’re going through,” she explained. “I like to be here for the parents day or night.

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.