By CHARMAINE GEORGE & GARY NAGER
There have been no fewer than half-dozen different ribbon-cutting and grand-opening events in Wesley Chapel since the middle of March and almost all of them included the super-sharp scissors provided by the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce (NTBC).
The events in questions include:
• PetSmart Veterinary Services at the PetSmart store at The Grove on Mar. 18 (the only one not provided by NTBC);
• Flip Slop Shops at The Shoppes at New Tampa plaza on Apr. 1;
• Dietrich Kelso Orthodontics (in the former location of Abdoney Orthodontics) on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., across from AdventHealth Wesley Chapel on Apr. 13;
• Totally Blu Pools off S.R. 54 near Morris Bridge Rd. on Apr. 20;
• Ann’s Spa & Nails Lounge off S.R. 56 (next to Chicken Salad Chick), also on Apr. 20;
• The five-year Anniversary Celebration for The Beach House at Wiregrass assisted living & memory care on S.R. 56 on Apr. 21.
Veterinary partners Dr. Alejandra Navarro and Dr. Leslie Block are the private owners of PetSmart at The Grove’s Veterinary Services. It is a full-service pet hospital offering anything from vaccines to dental work and even surgeries. It also offers walk-ins and drop-offs for those who have busy schedules, as well as a cat room where there are pheromone diffuser plug-ins and scratching posts to help make visits for your cats as easy and cat-friendly as possible.
You can meet Dr. Navarro, Dr. Block and their friendly staff at For more information about PetSmart at The Grove’s vet services (at 6001 Wesley Grove Blvd.), call (813) 761-1241 or visit PetSmart.com. Or, search PetSmart Vet Services Wesley Chapel.
The Wesley Chapel location of the Flip Flop Shops, which has been open since Feb. 4, is owned by Traci and Kevin Taylor, who decided to relocate to Florida from Colorado after visiting their son for his Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) graduation from the U.S. Navy EOD School in Destin in 2018.
After they made the move to Florida and Kevin retired, the Taylors searched for a franchise that would allow them to add their own personalities to their location.
The Flip Flop Shop offers a wide variety of flip flops and casual wear, as well as accessories that support conservation and other causes. The Taylors were happy to walk guests around and show them some of their most popular brands, including Oofoos, Crocs, and Hey Dude. They even have a variety of Jibbitz charms for those who love to customize their Crocs.
For more info about Flip Flop Shops Wesley Chapel (1752 BBD Blvd.), call (813) 994-8204 or visit FlipFlopShops.com.
With its main office in Lakeland and six total doctors in what is now a five-office practice (and four orthodontists working out of its Wesley Chapel office, which hosted an NTBC ribbon-cutting), the new Dietrich Kelso Orthodontics is one of the largest orthodontic practices in our area. Led by Dr. Andrew Dietrich (in light blue short in the photo at left) and Dr. Andrew Kelso (with scissors), the office promises outstanding doctors and a friendly staff in a state-of-the-art office that offers a variety of treatments — including Invisalign, clear braces, metal braces and laser gum contouring.
For more info about Dietrich Kelso Orthodontics (2653 BBD Blvd.), call (813) 921-9211 or visit DKOSmiles.com.
Totally Blu Full Service Pools owners Sunil Mohammed and Rashmi Maharaj have owned their highly respected mobile pool service and repair company for years, but their storefront in the Publix plaza off S.R. 54 at Eiland Blvd./Morris Bridge Rd. is their first-ever brick-and-mortar location.
The store has everything you need to enjoy your pool — from chemicals and equipment to toys — and they also are happy to send their mobile unit to your home to service, repair or even remodel your pool, and even offer commercial pool services, too.
The same location also doubles as the storefront for the couple’s Totally Green Lawn Services.
For more info about Totally Blu Pools (32781 Eiland Blvd.), call (813) 788-7665 or visit TotallyBluH2o.com.
Although people in our area often complain about the number of nail spas there are here, people who attended the salon’s ribbon-cutting event (left photo) who already were customers of the new Ann’s Spa & Nails Lounge definitely seem to appreciate the luxury, value and outstanding manicure and pedicure services.
Owner Annie Lam (in light blue) invited attendees to enjoy not only great deals on her spa’s outstanding services, but also some homemade Vietnamese egg rolls, fried rice and more.
Ann’s Spa & Nails Lounge is located at 25032 Wesley Chapel Blvd, Lutz. For more info, call (813) 949-6663 or visit annspanailswesleychapel.com.
And finally, although the event also included an NTBC ribbon-cutting ceremony, it was just part of an outstanding five-year anniversary celebration for the Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care residence.
The first such facility located in Wesley Chapel, executive director Bonnie Berkman (with scissors) invited the Beach House’s residents and guests to enjoy delicious free food and beverages and DJ music and got to check out the immaculate assisted living residence together.
To arrange a tour of your own or for more info about the Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch (30070 S.R. 56), call (813) 508-6677 or visit BeachHouseWiregrass.com.