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Bus. 12-04-08 Fix It Chix, Shoppes of Southbay, Beef O'Brady, WineStyles
By Betty Morrow
Dec 4, 2008 - 10:17:46 AM

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Happy Anniversary to The Fix It Chix
The Fix It Chix just celebrated their two year anniversary. As the name implies The Fix It Chix is a women owned & ­operated home repair business. To stay current with the changing housing market, the ­company has begun offering home staging and interior design to their long list of  “to do’s.” The company was started by Lorena Pankotai after she was laid-off by a large home builder. “It occurred to me that there are many single women, stay-at-home moms, military wives and senior citizens with homes that are cautious about having strangers come into their homes,“ Pankotai said. “I thought it would be a good idea to start a home repair business to meet their needs.”
“My motto is, ‘We’re not hairy or scary,’ ” she said. The Fix It Chix ­offers a variety of services and always provide military and senior ­citizens with a 10 percent discount. They offer a non-threatening ­approach to home repairs/home design needs. They offer customers a way to spend their money sensibly. “I like to tell customers that I spend their money like I spend my money...wisely.” Our philosophy is simple: fast, friendly and affordable.
The Fix It Chix is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and rated all As on Angie’s List. The Fix It Chix services Southeastern Hillsborough County.  For more information call (813) 477-5789 or visit

Fred Dumas Participated in Career Week
Fred Dumas, owner of the Summerfield Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, celebrated Career Week with Collins Elementary. Dumas talked to the class about starting and running a successful neighorhood business, answered questions from the students, and then awarded each of them with a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s binder and a certificate for a Free Kids Meal after they read five books.
The Shoppes of Southbay will be holding the first annual South Shore Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 13. All proceeds will toward helping to stock local food pantries.  The event will be held from 11 am until 4 pm at the shopping center on the southeast corner of Big Bend Road and U.S. 301 in Riverview.
  This is a free event open to the public.  Guests will begin their stroll at the eastern end of the center.  Every family will be given a card to be stamped or signed by each of the shops.  Each shop will have a sampling or goody for the families.  Santa will be at the end of the stroll and will be available for pictures. Once the card is filled out completely the family will be given a goody bag and their card will be entered into a raffle for one of five beautiful gift baskets. 
 Participating shops include: Smoothie King, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Little Ceasars, AJ’s Dollar Mart, Risque, Goin’ Postal, Sweetbay, Pink and White Nails, Great Clips, Sonlight, Playmania, Leslies, Dove Interiors, Planet Beach, New Identities, Panera Bread, LeBelle’s, Southbay Auto Service, Game Time, Buffalo Wild Wings, Goodyear and  5/3 Bank.
Special appearances will be made by Buccaneer Cheerleaders, Lightning Girls, East Bay High School Jazz Band and Krewe of the South Shore Marauders pirates.  Girls Scouts will also be available to do all your holiday gift wrapping.
Participants are asked to bring a canned good to assist in this effort.

Wine By the Glass Is Available
Wine by the glass is available anytime at WineStyles’ in-store bar in Riverview. They have over 100 different wines from all over the world, arranged by eight different styles to easily identify your personal favorites. WineStyles boasts a variety of events going on every day of the week and tons of upcoming holiday deals. Whether that special person on your list wants a custom gift basket or gift certificate WineStyles can provide a personal approach to your holiday shopping.

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