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Bus. 10-30-08 Shoe Lab, Buc-A-Day Storage, SouthShore Community Bank
By Betty Morrow
Oct 30, 2008 - 10:35:44 AM

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Bring Your Old Shoes Back to Life

By Julie Ball
The Shoe Lab, Inc. in Ruskin brings your old shoes back to life. If there are any problems with your feet or shoes Pedorthist ­Jeffrey Corniello can custom make or repair them to fit your specific needs.
Luis Arcila, left, and Jeffrey Corniello right repair and make shoes from scratch in the lab. Julie Ball Photos

Jeffrey was born in New York and moved to Riverview when he was 16 and has stayed ever since because of his love for the area. Initially he and his father set up a shoe repair in the Riverview/ Brandon area where Jeffrey learned his craft. He comes from 4 generations of Italian cobblers from whom he learned traditional shoe making and repair. He can even make shoes from scratch.
Jeffrey pays special attention to diabetic patients whose problems begin at the feet. His wife, Carol, helps him run the business. “Since neuropathy and foot ulcers are common problems in diabetic patients, we sell non-traditional socks including diabetic socks that keep feet warm as well as ­specialty socks that keep feet cool,” said Carol.
Here an exact mold of a foot is created to make a custom insert.

The Shoe Lab, Inc. can identify your problem and build a custom insert or modify your shoes to counteract your problem. They modify shoes to alleviate certain conditions by using wedges, lifts, flat footed inserts and toe crests.
Another important part of The Shoe Lab, Inc. is repairs. “As the economy suffers more people are coming in to fix expensive shoes because they come out looking brand new,” says Carol Corniello. “Many people do not know that we do repairs for major stores like Nordstrom, Coach and Johnston and Murphy.”
Cobbler and Pedorthist, ­Jeffrey Corniello, is also continually training and learning new technology and information about his field, most recently preparing for continuing education in Tennessee. The Shoe Lab, Inc. holds free seminars a few times a year to educate people about foot health and new technology.
Jeffrey enjoys working on old cars and acting in movies. He has appeared in the movie Passenger 57 and on the Nickelodeon series ‘The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.’ He can be seen in various commercials and also does stunt work and martial arts. In addition to all this Jeffrey speaks 4 languages -- English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Carol says that their customers respect her husband because of his knowledge and customer service. “He never rushes a patient and ­always listens to their problems and needs.”
The Shoe Lab, Inc., located at 1201 1st St. SW in Ruskin, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and Saturday by appointment only. For more information, call (813) 645-5800.

Buc-A-Day Storage Offers Affordable Storage

For residents in Apollo Beach, Brandon, Gibsonton, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview and Sun City Center who love their boats, trailers, RVs and campers, but need a cost-effective place to park them, there is a new low cost solution -- Buc-A-Day Storage, ­located at 1415 3rd St. NE in Ruskin. Buc-A-Day Storage, situated on 18.5 acres, specializes in the outdoor storage of these vehicles including semi-tractor trailers.
Owners Kent Rankin and Richard Crannell, saw low-cost, clean, safe, 24/7 access and high technology-driven outdoor storage was a growing need for South Hillsborough County. With most new housing developments having deed restrictions and proximity to the best boating waters in Tampa Bay, it seemed a natural place to start the business. “An added bene­fit was having I-75 only 10 minutes away,” said Crannell.   
The storage facility has recently installed additional security fencing, computer operated key pads for recording use by tenants, and 24 hour recorded video surveillance and additional lighting through out the facility. “We are putting a lot of emphasis on making the facility as secure as possible. Every customer will log in and out through the gate with a recorded video of the event,” said Crannell.
 Buc-A-Day has also made room for commercial vehicles and semi- tractors and trailers. “We have set aside several acres of room for these customers. They have a real problem finding an affordable place to park them due to county ordinances and zoning restrictions.  This gives them a convenient and safe place to park them when not in use,  and are close to I-75,” said Crannell.
The best news is the lease rates, which start at 99¢ cents per day for under 30’ in length. Added benefits for tenants are a referral program affording a tenant that refers someone who pays for 6 months or longer, a free month’s rent. Buc-A-day Storage also will give a new tenant one month’s free rent if they lease and pay for a full year upfront. There is no length of lease or upfront fees and no ­deposits ­required.
Payments are made easier also with automatic billing to credit cards. Tenants can use MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card and checks are also welcomed.
 For more information, call (813) 480-1916 or email  richard.crannell­

Elvina Alexander Joins SouthShore Community Bank

SouthShore Community Bank is pleased to announce the recent addition of Elvina Alexander to their staff at the Sun City Center Office.

Elvina has been   a branch banker in the Sun City Center area for more than 30 years.  As a resident of Sun City Center she understands the needs of her clients.  Please stop in and have a cookie and coffee and see how she can serve you.
Charlotte K. Clark, Vice President and Branch Manager of the Sun City Center office, said she was excited to be working with Elvina again. “Elvina is an asset, she has a lot of contacts in the Sun City Center area that she has worked with for many years.  She truly enjoys solving financial concerns with clients and developing relationships”
SouthShore Community Bank is locally owned and managed.  Headquartered in Apollo Beach, the bank has a second office in Sun City Center.

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