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Business 11-20-08
By Betty Morrow
Nov 20, 2008 - 8:55:59 AM

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Tasty Dinner Solutions Makes Life Easy

By Julie Ball
Forget the stress of making a ­dinner every night. Forget the stress of grocery shopping and ­setting up your ingredients, the preparation or even the cleanup. Tasty Dinner Solutions offers customers a break from the day to day meal. “We save you the work and stress. We do the planning and shopping. The ingredients are already cleaned and chopped. And of course -- no clean up,” said owner Jon Rosenau.
JeanAnn Pollard works on putting Chili Pot Pie together. “Coming here saves me a trip to the grocery store. I don’t have to think about buying all the little ingredients you need for a recipe, such as the spices,” said JeanAnn. Julie Ball Photos

Tasty Dinner Solutions allows you to choose between going into the store and cooking the meal yourself and bringing it home or picking up pre-made home cooked and healthy meals.
Jon and Keith Rosenau opened Tasty Dinner Solutions in 2006 because they wanted to provide an inexpensive and healthy alternative to junk food and fast food for people that cannot or do not cook. “My elderly mother was at the point of eating fast food ­every day because it was too much trouble for her to cook. I knew she was one of many out there,” said Jon.
Diane Simone finishes up Corn Stuffed Meatloaf while employee Cindy Mayer helps clean and set up her station.

Jon tried to build a business that would cater to retirees who ­wanted a balanced meal, but found it too expensive to cook for two and sometimes even one.
“A lot of our customers are ­seniors who lead an active lifestyle and want to eat healthy, but don’t want to take the time. One of my customers once told me ‘Everyone gets to retire but the cook,’ which is very true,” said Jon. The prices are below what the same entrée would cost if all items were purchased separately from the grocery store. They have 16 entrees to choose from and their menu of entrée options changes monthly.
“Our concept is not new and not directed to just seniors. Anyone who has too busy of a schedule to cook healthy meals can benefit,” said Jon, “Singles, empty ­nesters and young couples can benefit from our services as well.”
Some of their customers prefer to come in and make their entrees themselves. Each is a six-serving portion that can be broken down into two-serving portions. Other customers come in and just pick up the already assembled and ­frozen entrees.
“People don’t know that we can do delivery, for an additional cost, if you live within 12 miles. And we offer senior citizens living in Sun City Center free meal delivery,” said Jon. “Also if you are unsure and want to see how things work, we invite you to call and schedule a time to come in and watch a ­session in progress,” said Joan.
Tasty Dinner Solutions is ­located in the Shoppes at South Bend Plaza and can be reached at (813) 677-9547. They are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

World of Suzie Vong to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

On November 21 and 22 from 9am to 5pm the stylists and techs at The World of Suzie Vong will celebrate their 20 year anniversary with their annual 2 day fundraiser benefitting the local Teacher of the Year and the American Business Women’s Association Scholarship fund.
Starting at 11:30am the Good Timers String Band [Philadelphia Mummers Music & Costumes] will be entertaining guests at the salon.
There will be special appearances by the local ABWA chapter and 13 past winners of Ms. Senior SCC from 1992 to 2007 including former Ms. Sr. SCC Anne Decker; former Ms. Sr. SCC Enid Clouse; former Ms. Sr. SCC Rita Gray; former Ms. Sr. SCC Addie Smith; former Ms. Sr. SCC Betty Lance; former Ms. Sr. SCC and former Ms. Sr. Florida Marianne Bushbaum; former Ms. Sr. SCC and former Ms. Florida Betty Bishop; former Ms. Sr. SCC Maggie Byrd; former Ms. SCC Barbara Longo; former Ms. Sr. SCC Ann Brutchery; former Ms. Sr. SCC Elizabeth Godenberg; former Ms. Sr. SCC Elaine Kijek; former Ms. Sr. SCC Laurie Dimsdale. This will be patrons’ last chance to see the queens because they will be coming back for this year only.
There will be an opportunity to win the 50/50 raffle with half the proceeds going towards the fundraiser. Refreshments will be served and patrons are invited to book their appointment ahead of time or stop by the day of the event.Guests are also reminded that Karen will be available for massages. Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the salon with Suzie, Claudia, Heather, Sandy, Maria, Zaida, Ben and Amy. The World of Suzie Vong is located at 3820 S.R. 674 Cypress Shopping Center. For more information, call 813- 634-5552.

Harriet’s Flowers Has
Incredible Selections

Harriet’s Flowers has an incredible selection of live flower arrangements and gifts of all kinds to purchase for your home or a friend’s this upcoming season. This picture is from the fall selection. “Everyone ­forgets about autumn right after Halloween and goes right into ­Christmas. We still have a whole month to appreciate this season,” said Gale Roszel of Harriet’s Flowers. Harriet’s Flowers has countless gifts for fall, Christmas and New Year’s.

Only All Natural

Give A Dog A Bone in Apollo Beach features pet foods and treats made with all natural ingredients. Owner Hillary Stewart oven-bakes bones and treats in the store. She uses spices instead of sugar to flavor treats including honey, cinnamon and pumpkin. “There have been so many pet food recalls lately. When you feed your pet good food, you find they have less problems Ginside and out. You can see it in their coat, energy level and overall health,” said Stewart. Stop by Give A Dog A Bone this holiday season to treat your 4-legged friends.

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