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Focus Stories

Altamonte Wekiva Springs Life Top Stories

Our best clients share their behind-the-scenes stories and give you a glimpse into their companies. It’s always a good idea to do business with people you know, and here is your opportunity to learn about local companies – from the inside.

Mako™ Total Knee Replacement a New Option for Joint Surgery

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Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 12 percent of the U.S. population and about half of all seniors over the age of 65. As cartilage is worn away by this condition, the most commonly affected area is the knees. To address knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, you may find some relief with treatments such as physical therapy, knee braces, anti-inflammatory/pain medications and injections. As time goes on, however, these treatments may no longer be enough.

Winter Springs Roofing & Repair 2018

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As Central Florida nears the peak of hurricane season, Bill Sumner and the team at Winter Springs Roofing & Repair are working overtime to restore faulty roofs to the level of perfection homeowners deserve.

Ladybird Academy 2018

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Staying connected during a busy work and school day can be a challenge for local parents and their children, but Ladybird Academy is utilizing advanced technology to provide families real-time updates about their kids’ academic achievements and activities.

Camp J 2018

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Summer... it’s the time of year that parents dread and kids can’t wait for, and it’s almost upon us. Are you unsure what to do with your kids all summer? Do you have a few special weeks planned with the family but need a way to fill in the gaps? Are your kids too old for what they call baby camps but too young to leave home alone while you go to work? Are your kids – or you – not quite ready for sleepaway camp, but the kids really want some independence? If the answer to any (or all) of these questions is yes, fear not, because Camp J at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland has you covered.

New at Florida HospitaL Altamonte

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If you’re a prospective parent in Seminole County, it should be encouraging to know that a new medical resource at Florida Hospital Altamonte represents a giant step forward for specialized neonatal care in our part of Central Florida. Opened on January 30, 2018, the hospital’s Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the first of its kind for Seminole County.

Ben Simanton REMAX Optima

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Ben Simanton, MBA ABR GRI, owner agent of RE/MAX Optima, has seen his share of ups and downs in the real-estate market during his tenure as a Seminole County Realtor. At present, a booming seller’s market has taken hold, and Ben advises would-be home buyers to understand the challenges the present marketplace creates.

Rich Hippie 2018

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You’ll recognize Kim Sketo, owner of Rich Hippie boutique in Longwood, as soon as you enter her store. She’s the one smiling and laughing, asking customers about their recent vacation or family event, and helping them choose an ensemble for their next occasion.

Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology

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Often described as a baby bed and breakfast, Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology is now nationally accredited to provide Central Florida families pregnancy, birth, and post-natal services and support.

Wekiva Childrens Academy

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One year after opening Wekiva Children’s Academy, owner and director Shera Poutree says the community’s embrace of her school is more than she could have imagined. 


Savannah Court & Cove of Maitland

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Whether on the Broadway stage performing in La Cage aux Folles or in the living room of Savannah Court & Cove of Maitland, Angel Garcia knows how to please an audience. As the resident program director of one of the area’s premier assisted-living and rehabilitation facilities, the former musical theater performer has blended his passion for entertaining and engaging people with extraordinary compassion and respect for seniors, especially the residents at Savannah Court & Cove.

JCC Preschool

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JCC preschool director Carol McNally has seen this scenario so many times, she’s lost count: A family moves to a different side of town, pulls their child out of The Roth Family Jewish Community Center’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, and registers them at a top-rated preschool closer to their new home. A year later, they call Carol asking if there’s room for their child to come back. They liked the new school, but something was missing... they just couldn’t put their finger on it.

Paramount Urgent Care- Casselberry

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When an accident or illness strikes, Seminole County residents turn to Paramount Urgent Care in Casselberry for compassionate care.

Dr. Christopher K. Quinsey

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Dr. Christopher K. Quinsey of Lake Mary, a gynecologist and obstetrician who has been practicing medicine in the area for two decades, opened his own practice on Lake Mary Boulevard in 2011. Having his own medical office allows Dr. Quinsey to deliver the kind of care to women that he would want for his own family – personal service in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere where women feel at ease.

Copacabana Cuban Café

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With impeccable service and delectable food, Copacabana Cuban Café owners Alberto Paneca and his daughter Juliet treat everyone like family at their newest location in Altamonte Springs.

Caroline Moffitt, Realtor 2017

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Realtor Caroline Moffitt has had a soft spot for pugs since she was 12 years old.

The Chidolue Law Firm

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The product of a long line of women entrepreneurs, Ayesha Chidolue, Esq., founder of The Chidolue Law Firm, is dedicated to helping business owners protect their passion and brand.

David Weekley Homes 2017

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David Weekley Homes puts careful research into every single home and community it builds, and the attention to detail never fails to show. Homes by David Weekley are strategically planned to highlight the strengths of the surrounding community, appeal to the variety of families who want to live there, and offer the kind of homes a community may not otherwise have.

Smile Design Studio

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Dr. Mark A. Falco’s Smile Design Studio in Lake Mary feels like a tropical oasis tucked into the Lake Mary Professional Campus near I-4 and Lake Mary Boulevard. Inside the brightly decorated office with its island-inspired theme, Dr. Falco and his staff practice general dentistry, dental implants, emergency dentistry services, preventative care, sedation dentistry, and even orthodontics including Invisalign clear braces.

J. Wayne Miller Company 2017

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Finding your ideal business location can be very time-consuming. Once you find it, navigating negotiations for the best deal can be daunting. No one understands that better than Lauren Miller, vice president and commercial real estate agent for J. Wayne Miller Company. Family-owned and operated, the company has been the go-to source for leasing and sales of commercial real estate for over 25 years, serving a variety of businesses, large and small, including retail, industrial, and office properties.

Americo Law

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While a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, Leigh was challenged to set goals and then stretch to exceed them. Whether on the basketball court, in class, or performing drills with her company, Leigh was being trained to be a leader, a representative of her country, expected to serve with honor, integrity, and commitment. The experience she gained at the Academy and in the Navy set the foundation for her career and would eventually serve as the cornerstone for her legal firm, Americo Law.

Creative Care Association

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Linda Taylor is a strong advocate for seniors. As a professional financial planner and advisor, she often deals with caregivers, usually sons and daughters, who are facing huge emotional challenges associated with parents in a declining state of physical and mental health. The elders, meanwhile, often feel isolated, frightened, and alone. Having cared for her own parents in their later years, Linda understands these challenges firsthand. Her professional and personal experiences inspired Linda to found the Creative Care Association (CCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of third-age adults (baby boomers and retirees).

Vascular Vein Centers

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Unsightly veins and spider veins can be an indicator of an underlying unhealthy situation. Vein disease is one of the most underappreciated and insidious chronic medical conditions. Women are usually affected at an earlier age as a result of pregnancies, obesity, and inheritance. The incidence among men increases with age and is the result of inheritance, obesity, and job (long periods of standing or sitting).

Marden Ridge Apartments

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You’ll feel like you’re on vacation at Marden Ridge Apartments in Apopka as you relax in resort-style apartment homes while a friendly, accommodating staff takes care of the details of living well.

South Seminole Hospital

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To become a national healthcare leader, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital has implemented processes that enhance and streamline patient care 24 hours a day.



Kids and cancer don’t mix. That’s why the compassionate pediatric specialists and nurses at Florida Hospital for Children fight every day to eliminate cancer in their young patients and support the courageous families stricken by this devastating disease.

Santiago’s Bodega

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Tapas are the name of the game at Santiago’s Bodega, a Spanish-style restaurant now open in Altamonte Springs.

Ortiz CPA & Company Complete Business Solutions

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Ortiz CPA & Company Complete Business Solutions, owned by Robert and Brandy Ortiz, is not your typical CPA firm. Many are surprised how transparent Brandy and Robert are and that they enjoy fun and laughter, as well.

Camp J

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Goliath amounts of fun at the JCC this summer!

Quality by Design Landscaping 2017

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There are many landscape companies who will mow your lawn, clean up with a leaf blower, and leave. Quality by Design Landscaping calls this process a “mow, blow, and go,” and it’s exactly what the Quality by Design Landscaping team definitely doesn’t do. The commitment to quality is appreciated by the firm’s many clients, including Altamonte-Wekiva Springs Life owner Sheila Kramer.

O2B Kids Altamonte Springs

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Since its grand opening in mid-February, O2B Kids Altamonte Springs has enjoyed a warm welcome to the neighborhood and seen a steady growth in both its preschool and afterschool programs.

Wekiva Springs Pediatrics

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Choosing a pediatrician to manage the health and wellness of a child is an important responsibility. That’s why, when parents hear words like amazing, awesome, and excellent to describe the physicians at Wekiva Springs Pediatrics, they listen.

The JCC Preschool

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Choose a preschool wisely – your child’s future success depends on it.

A Brilliant Beauty Boutique

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If beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it’s also in the hands of Tracie Cervero Gifford, owner and artist at A Brilliant Beauty Boutique off Wekiva Springs Road. Combining expert technique and personalized service, Tracie ensures her clients radiate their inner beauty.

Savannah Court 2017

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If home is where the heart is, Verena Long’s heart has found a new home at Savannah Court in Maitland. The 74-year-old German émigré lived many places since coming to the United States in 1960, but she says her life now at Savannah Court is as full and active as ever.

Aerosim Flight Academy

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Aerosim Flight Academy, an accredited and internationally recognized flight school, is dedicated to the encouragement and development of future generations of professional pilots. In an effort to further this mission, Aerosim Flight Academy offers several new scholarship programs to qualified individuals passionate about a career in aviation.


Mercedes-Benz of Orlando in Maitland

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The 8-acre, 90-employee Mercedes-Benz of Orlando dealership in Maitland, a mainstay in the area for more than 30 years, is about to get even bigger. And cooler.

David Weekley Homes

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For the award-winning David Weekley Homes, 2017 holds lots of excitement with developments planned in Oviedo, Lake Mary, Sanford, and beyond.


Brain Balance Center

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How can you help a child with learning, behavioral, and social problems? The answer is closer than you might think.


Eagle’s Nest International Church Daycare and Preschool

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Founded by Pastor Missy Beik, Eagle’s Nest International Church Daycare and Preschool is a caring, Christian early-childhood learning center in Longwood.

Firefly & Lilies

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It’s time to rethink the boutique, and shoppers at the new Firefly & Lilies are already raving about this store’s unique selection, impeccable concierge service, and Park Avenue style – without the big-city attitude.

Orlando Federal Credit Union

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There are changes afoot at Orlando Federal Credit Union (OFCU), and it’s all for the good of the customer. Because OFCU is a community institution with deep roots in the areas it serves – including a branch in Casselberry – top executives and board members tend to remain with OFCU until retirement. In fact, longtime Wekiva Springs resident Grace Chewning has been a board member for more than 50 years.


ComForCare Home Care - Greater Orlando

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Creating a healthy and safe living environment for ailing or aging loved ones can be challenging, but families don’t have to navigate the process alone. ComForCare Home Care – Greater Orlando provides families the support they need to live their best life possible, while remaining in the comfort of their own home.

Clothes Mentor

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Designing a stylish wardrobe that’s on-trend and within budget may seem like a daunting task, but with the help of the professionals at Clothes Mentor, it’s possible to look like a million bucks without paying full-price.

One Senior Place

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Many have likely driven down Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs and seen the neon-inspired sign for One Senior Place. Some may have assumed it’s a retirement community, or perhaps a ‘50s-era throwback gathering spot. Fortunately, the remedy for the misconceptions is quick and easy. One step inside One Senior Place reveals its true – and innovative – purpose.


Caroline Moffitt, Realtor

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?They’ve vacationed together in the Bahamas. She cooks his meals. Chicken and brown rice, mainly. He greets visitors as she works on residential listings for Keller Williams Heritage Realty (as a top seller with 59 homes sold in 2015, by the way). She buys him fabulous outfits. He stands by her, offering quiet and steadfast support... Caroline Moffitt and her eight-year-old fawn pug Lester are a team to be reckoned with.

J. Wayne Miller Company

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The J. Wayne Miller Company wants to help you find a home for your business, and they have just the right person for the job. Meet Lauren Miller, Realtor and client adviser for the 34-year-old, family-owned-and-operated commercial real estate company. 

StarChild Academy Apopka-Wekiva

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If your children are to reach their full potential in life, StarChild Academy founders Peter and Cindy Zimmermann understand how vital it is that they develop a firm foundation and a love for learning in their early years. When you enter StarChild Academy on Wekiwa Springs Road in Apopka, perhaps that is why you immediately realize that you are somewhere very special.

Florida Insurance Planners

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Celebrating 25 years in business is a true milestone, one that is worthy of taking a step back and recognizing how it all came to pass. For Ken Szczepanek (pronounced seh-PAN-eck), he knows that Florida Insurance Planners in Longwood stuck to the fundamentals of hard work, perseverance, and treating customers with the respect they deserve as building blocks over the past quarter-century. Creating a down-to-earth, dog-friendly office atmosphere didn’t hurt, either.


Holistic Beauty Center

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Since 1999, Diane Guercio has been helping others relax and de-stress through natural and holistic practices. What started as a passion for therapeutic massage has since evolved into an expertise in natural skincare, and after earning her associate’s degree in natural health, Diane opened her own practice, the Holistic Beauty Center in Maitland, where Diane is a registered esthetician and licensed massage therapist.

Matthew Michael’s Experience – Aveda

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At Matthew Michael’s Experience – Aveda in Altamonte Springs, beauty is always more than skin deep.

Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning

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It’s like family. That’s the feeling you get when meeting the team at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, a five-year-old company that is enjoying explosive growth in Longwood. The fast path to success is no accident, however. After 19 years in the industry, owner Scott Moist knew he had discovered the “secret” to operating an air conditioning and heating company in Central Florida.

Nemours Children’s Health System

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The name Nemours is synonymous with quality pediatric care, and its presence in Seminole County has added to the quality of life for all who live here. With a world-class children’s hospital, multiple sub-specialist locations, and urgent care facilities located throughout the Central Florida region, Nemours has attracted a top-notch team of specialists, nurses, and therapists from around the globe to provide exceptional care for kids.

American Kitchens

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Now is the time to say goodbye to your outdated kitchen and bathrooms. The expert team at American Kitchens,Inc.,with locations in both Orlando and Kissimmee, has been beautifying homes since 1998, and its highly qualified staff of professionals can’t wait to help you create the home of your dreams.

Lynda Miller, The Staging Real Estate Agent

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It’s all about the staging. Lynda Miller is a seasoned Central Florida Realtor who provides the critical staging services to clients who need to sell their homes quickly and for top dollar.

Ladybird Academy of Rock Springs and Wekiva Springs

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Featuring high-tech, hands-on programs that encourage kids, age 6 weeks to 12 years, to create,explore, move, and play, Ladybird Academy’s newest locations in Rock Springs (Apopka) and Wekiva Springs provide children the highest quality learning experiences in a bright, spacious, and secure setting.

Whole Foods Market in Altamonte Springs

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Local residents are simply buzzing with excitement over the recently opened Whole Foods Market in Altamonte Springs.Located just east of I-4 next to the Altamonte Mall in the Renaissance Plaza, Whole Foods Market proudly features a freshly made juice and smoothie bar, a full service coffee bar, a hand-tossed pizza station, an interactive cheese station, and hundreds of wines and craft beers. The mouth-watering, chef-prepared cuisine and creative sushi selections are not to be missed, and the wide variety of local and organic produce is undoubtedly second to none.

Maison & Jardin

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Something new is happening in the heart of Altamonte Springs. New memories are being made, new flavors are being created, and a new standard is being set in Central Florida’s wedding, event, and catering industry. But it’s all happening at place that is not new at all. In fact, it’s a setting that will be comfortably familiar to anyone who calls Seminole Countyhome.It’s the all new (in more ways than one) Maison & Jardin events center on Wymore Road. Now exclusively operated byFGF Catering Orlando, Maison & Jardin has been reborn after a complete revitalization of the facility and its idyllic five-acre grounds.

Winter Springs Roofing

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Integrity, honesty, quality for more than 30 years the professionals at Winter Springs Roofing & Repair have enlisted these values to build a thriving business that delivers award-winning results. And, in a time when roofing fraud is on the rise,integrity,honesty, and quality matter more than ever.

JCC Summer Camps

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Have campers of different ages and interests? Consider JCC Summer Camps

At the JCC where families from all backgrounds are welcomed kids as young as eight weeks of age can be enrolled in the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, and teens as old as rising ninth graders can participate in the JCC’s teen travel camp.

Quality By Design Landscaping

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At Quality by Design Landscaping (QBD) in Longwood, the goal is to create something beautiful, then care for it forever. With more than 30 years of experience in Central Florida, the team at QBD specializes in awe-inspiring design and top-notch service for residential and business clients.


Carolyn Moriarty & Company

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Home is where the heart is. No one understands that better than Carolyn Moriarty, founder of Carolyn Moriarty & Company based in Altamonte Springs. The award-winning Realtor/broker is all about “the heart of the home” for her clients. Carolyn’s motto is reflected in all she does, even down to the company’s heart-shaped business cards and heart-shaped logo, which is blend of her initials she designed herself.

Central Florida Pain Relief Centers

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At Central Florida Pain Relief Centers, with several locations across the region, the board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians strive to return their patients to a life as free from pain as possible. They also understand that not all pain is the ame and that every patient responds differently to treatment. Their approach: Tackle pain management from an individualized perspective, carefully outlining a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each patient’s specific needs.


Taylor Morrison

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If you’re looking for a close-knit community in the heart of a growing city, Taylor Morrison has your answer.

The Southern Oaks community in Oviedo is just off State Road 434 and is breaking ground on phase 2 of the popular new development. It sits in a top Seminole County school zone and is giving buyers the glitz of new construction with the charm of quality homes in a highly sought-after location.

Savannah Court

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Walk through the front entrance of the Savannah Court of Maitland assisted living community, and it is easy to see why this is the next best thing to home for its 100-or-so senior residents.

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies

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The new hospital allowed Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to dedicate itself solely to the care and treatment of kids. Today,the two hospitals encompass the Arnold Palmer Medical Center, and a two-story connector joins the facilities and allows for specialized physicians and services to be shared among them.

Rich Hippie

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With a touch of Southern charm and her finger on the pulse of the hottest fashion trends, new Rich Hippie owner Kim Sketo and her creative crew are ready to knock your socks off...

Orlando Federal Credit Union

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Orlando Federal Credit Union (OFCU) is a full-service credit union that is available to assist members with everything from checking and money markets to home improvement loans. Within the last year, OFCU has continued to expand into SeminoleCounty to now include its newest Casselberry branch, located at 1229 East State Road 436 at the intersection of Lake HowellSquare.

Rental Home Management Services

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While the name Rental Home Management Services incorporates much of what the company represents, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Gail Moncla, CPM, MPM, and her staff seem to have perfected a business model that speaks to both the tenant and the homeowner in this competitive world of managing rental homes.