Monday, December 3, 2012
Its mission is to provide advocacy, support and education for locally owned businesses in the Bay area, founder says.
Pasco County businesses looking for networking opportunities and more exposure are in luck. LocalShops1 launched its Pasco branch this week, giving business owners a chance to cross-promote, support each other and reach more customers in the process. The organization, which launched in 2008 in Pinellas County, has about 300 business members in the Bay area. “We're very excited to be in Pasco,” LocalShops1 founder and president Ester Venouziou said. “Our Pasco branch officially launched (Monday), and the director there is Janet Blydenburgh, owner of A Place 4 U Salon & Massage (in New Port Richey). “ The branch launched with 10 charter members, Venouziou said. “Our mission is to provide advocacy, support and education for locally owned …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Michelle Filippou says it's the people who keep her in New Port Richey.
Drive down Main Street in New Port Richey and you will see a restaurant adorned with the image of a half moon. There you can dine on pizza and Italian food in a quaint and friendly atmosphere. The business is called Mezzaluna Pizzeria and Ristorante, 5749 Main St New Port Richey. The woman behind it all is Michelle Filippou. She’s the establishment's owner, and this is her story. Filipou comes from an “Italian” family and was born and raised in Rhode Island, she said in an email interview with Patch. Her aunt and a grandmother were the cooks in the family, and she learned a lot from them. Filipou began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 17. She worked in a family restaurant most of her life. Then she had two boys: Michael, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
There are plenty of opportunities to keep your spending local.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
New Port Richey resident Sherry Stamback has some suggestions on where you can spend.
Doing some shopping? New Port Richey resident Sherry Stamback has some recommendations for small businesses that folks can check out. She’s making suggestions on her Facebook page. Stamback is an artist and business owner in New Port Richey. She’s also known as “Spellbinding Sherry,” and she runs “Spellbinding Intuitive Services.” “I do believe that spending money in small businesses is a great investment in community,” she said on Facebook. “To the best of my ability I SHOP SMALL (businesses) whenever possible.” It’s the holiday season. Black Friday is on the horizon. Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express, is this Saturday, Nov. 25. Stamback shared her wisdom on Small Business Saturday: Of the ‘Small Business Saturday…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
New Port Richey officials voted Tuesday to move forward with an agreement that would provide support from the Pasco Economic Development Council.
Who can help New Port Richey gain momentum on redevelopment of property in the city? The New Port Richey City Council is willing to bank on the answer being the Pasco Economic Development Council, whose goal is “attracting, retaining and promoting the expansion of business and industry” in the county. Four city council members were present Tuesday to vote on whether to agree to have the Pasco Economic Development Council provide services to the city. They all voted to move forward with the idea. Councilwoman Judy DeBella Thomas was absent, but expressed concerns via email. A proposal presented to New Port Richey’s elected leaders Tuesday suggests the city pay the nonprofit Pasco Economic Development for a package of “economic …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The most favorably reviewed businesses in our directory are a pet spa, two restaurants and a doctor's office. Which business do you think has the best customer service in New Port Richey?
Next month, New Port Richey Patch will be holding a contest to find out which business has the best customer service in the area, and we want to hear from you. Businesses will be chosen to participate based on the number of ratings and reviews they have in the New Port Richey Patch directory by March 11. Want to help your favorite businesses qualify for the contest? Just search for them in our directory, and leave a short review on why you enjoy doing business with them. These businesses have been the most popular with New Port Richey Patch readers so far, with two or more 5-star reviews in our business directory: These businesses are also near and dear to readers' hearts: Are you a business owner or manager? Claim your directory …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Claim your business listing on Patch —it's easy, it's free and it can bring you lots of great benefits. It's just like having your own personal webpage, and that's a benefit for small business owners.
When New Port Richey Patch launched in West Pasco a year ago, the editor and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. This is a great tool for businesses that don't have their own website. In fact, it's like their own webpage. The best yet: It's free! From the dashboard, you can make changes and updates to your listing. On the left side of the dashboard you have several …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Expose Mobile helps small businesses develop mobile-friendly websites, text messaging campaigns and more.
When Eddy Puig was a kid growing up in the 1980s in the Dominican Republic, he played the Atari and dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Now, he runs a mobile marketing company based in New Port Richey. “I didn’t have the height, and I struck out too many times to play baseball,” Puig, 37, said. So he went to business school and did accounting for a Philip Morris International affiliate in the Dominican Republic. Puig moved to New Port Richey nearly eight years ago after a short residence in Bradenton. He did sales for Pinch-A-Penny but quit his job three years ago to care for his now 4-year-old son. In August 2011, Puig started Expose Mobile, a mobile marketing company that helps local small businesses create mobile …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Painting With A Twist opens a location in Trinity offering step-by-step painting classes, fun and laughter for even the most inexperienced artist.
A painting of a white egret sits in the front seating area of Painting with a Twist in Trinity where customers come to learn how to paint, share some wine and relax after a long day at work. This painting is what inspired Clearwater resident Michelle Beres to open the new franchise. “Mom?” she called out. The egret stayed until a squirrel scurried down a tree and scared it off. Beres took it as a sign of her mother acknowledging her safe passage to the other side and felt comforted. Later, an ad appeared on the side of her Facebook page for an upcoming class at a business in St. Petersburg called "Painting With a Twist." The painting scheduled for that particular day was a white egret. Beres immediately booked the class. “I knew I was …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Patty Reeves snapped some shots of The Market Off Main Street.
Patty Reeves, a Hudson resident, recently took a trip outside the state and came back "jonesing for some Java." So she paid a visit to The Market Off Main Street in New Port Richey at the suggestion of a friend. Check out some of her shots from her trip and return. We flew out to Seattle, where the air was cold, but the coffee was hot! It's the first thing that greets your nose when you get off the plane. So after a wonderful vacation and a day wandering Pike's Market in downtown Seattle, we flew home. Just got in last night and awoke this morning missing the vast market and selections and seriously Jonesing for some Java! My friend Lia Gallegos, of New Port Richey, is from Portland, surely she would feel my pain!!.. and she messaged me …