THE BUZZZ // Third Quarter 2015

THE BUZZZ // Third Quarter 2015

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amore on the move lake business magazine akers media groupAmore on the Move

MOUNT DORA – PizzAmore has moved to a brand new location with the same cozy atmosphere its customers have grown to love. The restaurant is still within the city of Mount Dora, but has opened in uptown at 722 E. 5th Ave., on the corner of Clayton Street.

Drama Goes Digital

CLERMONT- Clermont’s Performing Arts Center recently launched a new website, The site is filled with information and images about the center’s black box theater programs, as well as the 13 shows, which take place in the main performance hall. Additionally, the website features two on-site festivals, which will be live-streamed internationally.

Open For Business

CLERMONT- Linda and Steve Smith, founders of New Beginnings, recently opened the New Beginnings Thrift Store at 415 Citrus Tower Blvd. in Clermont. Homeless and hurting people within the community will benefit from the proceeds. For more information call 352-241-8500, or visit their store website at

alluring new arrival lake business magazine akers media groupAlluring New Arrival

LADY LAKE- Ulta Beauty will be coming to the Lady Lake Crossing shopping plaza on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake. The store is one of three tenants going into the new development, one of which is Stein Mart, expected to open this November.

Smart Money

EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. Equipped with computer chips, these cards are designed to help protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud. The EMV liability shift goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2015, meaning the financial responsibility for counterfeit card fraud no longer rests solely with the card issuer.
Unlike a traditional card, which uses a magnetic stripe transaction, EMV cardholders insert the card into an EMV-enabled terminal. The card remains in the terminal throughout the transaction. Each time the card is used for payment, the chip creates a unique code that cannot be used again.

Chief Michael Swanson lake business magazine akers media groupHoly Smoke!

EUSTIS — Michael Swanson was named as new fire chief for the City of Eustis. He will oversee a staff of 24 firefighters. He brings more than 25 years of fire service and has also served as a fire ranger with the Division of Forestry.
“I am honored to have been selected as the fire chief for a department that has so much tradition and heritage,” Swanson said. “But most importantly, I am looking forward to working alongside such an incredibly devoted group of professionals. I have been so impressed with the citizens of Eustis and their welcoming spirit and look forward to what the future holds for the City of Eustis and the fire department.”
Swanson earned a fire science degree from Edison State College and is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy.

Promised Land

CLERMONT- South Lake Hospital just purchased a 6.5-acre lot along State Road 50 for $1.5 million. Plans are still in the works for the land’s development, but resources say that the possibilities are endless.

Collision of Counties

APOPKA- The first 25-mile phase of the Wekiva Parkway toll road has begun in Apopka, where State Road 429 meets U.S. Hwy. 441. The road’s purpose is to ultimately connect Lake, Orange and Seminole counties. Phase one is expected to be completed in 2017, while the entire Wekiva Parkway project will not be finished until 2021. The Central Florida Expressway Authority is determined to have as little effects on traffic as possible during the construction process.

Talking Shop

WILDWOOD- O’Shea’s Sports Pub on State Road 44 will soon be demolished to make room for a new retail development across from Brownwood’s Paddock Square. The 17,350-square-foot development will consist of four one-story buildings, but their tenants are yet to be determined.

Good News Travels Fast

Mount Dora- The 23rd annual Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Fundraiser took place May 8 at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Dora. This year’s message was “Transforming Lives Here and Around the World.” About 280 people were in attendance, and $19,000 was raised toward Good News Ministry Programs. TB Financial Group INC was a major sponsor of the event, covering costs such as dinner and entertainment.

Room for a Walk

GROVELAND- A plan is in the works to reroute traffic around downtown Groveland on a new section of State Road 50. The changes will be made as part of an attempt to decrease semi-trailer interference and increase foot traffic in the downtown area. Along with the project, Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks says the city can move forward with a number of economic redevelopment projects, including a new City Hall.

Keeping It Classy

The following courses are being offered by Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers throughout the months of July and August at Lake-Sumter State College. They are free or low cost as a courtesy of the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF.

Lake-Sumter State College’s North Lake campus in Leesburg:
July 9: “How to Start Your Business”
July 16: “Making Sense of the Numbers: Bookkeeping and Taxes”
July 23: “Insurance for Business”
August 13: “Business Plan Writing Made Easy”
August 20: “Financing Your Business in Today’s Economy”

Lake-Sumter State College’s South Lake campus in Clermont:
July 16: “How to Start Your Business”
July 23: “Making Sense of the Numbers: Bookkeeping and Taxes.”
July 30: “Insurance for Business”
August 20: “Business Plan Writing Made Easy”
August 27: “Financing Your Business in Today’s Economy”

For more information, call Theresa Davis at 352-315-1846 or Cesar Gomez at 352-429-2581.