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Focus Stories

Lake Mary Life Focus 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.

Greene, Dycus & Co., PA 2018

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As Sanford’s longstanding accounting experts (for income tax preparation and planning, bookkeeping, audits, and payroll services), the team at Greene, Dycus & Co., PA also offers assistance with QuickBooks, financial statement preparation and review, estate tax preparation and planning, and nonprofit tax returns.

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.


Healthy Smiles of Orlando

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Dr. Akmal Ahmed is an artist... which, he admits, isn’t a word most people associate with dentistry. Offering an array of services from implant reconstruction and cosmetic work (whitening, bonding, etc.) to preventive care for entire families, Dr. Ahmed truly does create masterpieces in the form of healthy smiles.


MassageLuXe

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MassageLuXe in Lake Mary is the perfect place to start. Here, therapists offer all manners of massage.

Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow 2018

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The team at the Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow shares its expertise, leadership, and ideas so other schools may also succeed. And people are  taking notice.

Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Mary

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The Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Mary is the most successful of the company’s locations across the state of Florida, and the reason is simple: community. The center, located in the heart of downtown Lake Mary, is directly connected to local families. It is also up-to-date on the curriculum of the schools within the community, allowing the center’s instructors to apply the strategies that are familiar to students while imparting techniques that target each learner’s individual needs.

Gail Williams, State Farm Insurance 2018

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Serving Sanford and Lake Mary for 38 years, The Gail Williams State Farm Insurance agency is home to an engaging, well-trained, knowledgeable staff that is eager and qualified to answer questions about auto, home, life, disability, commercial insurance and State Farm banking products.

Accurate Hearing Technology 2018

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Audiologist Lisa Ballinger of Accurate Hearing Technology and her staff ensure that hearing aids are properly tuned to each individual’s needs.

 

Citizens Bank of Florida

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With a new location in downtown Sanford, Citizens Bank of Florida sits on the corner of First Street and Laurel Avenue ready to serve its customers and become an integral part of the Sanford/Lake Mary community.

Pierce Jewelers 2018

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Revered for its fine jewelry and impeccable customer service, Lake Mary’s Pierce Jewelers has changed the game again, this time through state-of-the-art technology. With several pieces of modern equipment in the full-service store, customers are the fortunate recipients of even greater service.

Orchid Thai Cuisine

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Orchid Thai Cuisine is the perfect place to awaken your taste buds and try something new.

Academy of Excellence

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Do you have a preschooler or kindergartner in the Heathrow/Lake Mary area? At Academy of Excellence, a private preschool on South Orange Boulevard in Sanford, your child (potty-trained to age 6) can receive a sound foundation for learning and critical thinking in a positive and stimulating environment. In operation for  39 years, Academy of Excellence is built to spark the interest, imagination, and enthusiasm of each and every child.

BeFIT Health Studio 2017

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Heather Loomis, Lake Mary Life’s art director, shares her firsthand experience rebuilding her body at BeFIT

Park Jewelers 2017

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The most important thing Tony Tsirigotis wants his customers to know about Park Jewelers and its new location is that nothing has really changed, except the added space – and that was done with the customer in mind.

Seminole Leagues

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Sports too often have a way of taking over the life of a family with school-aged children. Not at Seminole Leagues. Going into its fourth year, Seminole Leagues is a family-friendly sports program focused primarily on building character in its athletes, but the program also encourages the mastering of sport fundamentals for basketball, soccer, flag-football, and cheerleading.

Chianti’s Pizza & Pasta

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Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Ian Schneider recalls fondly the bottle of Chianti that graced his family’s dinner table.

E-Z Healthmart Pharmacy

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Emily Onyekwelu has a passion for helping people. A pharmacist for more than 30 years, she loves educating individuals about not only prescription medication, but also alternative healthcare remedies. At the new E-Z Healthmart Pharmacy in Sanford, Emily won’t be just providing top-notch pharmaceutical services, she will also be getting to know her customers and offering additional services to help improve their overall quality of life.

Caroline Moffitt, Realtor 2017

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

Sanford Infiniti 2017

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Luxury automaker Infiniti keeps a very prestigious club, one that recognizes those who work tirelessly to create a magnificent car-buying experience for the customer, from sales to accounting and everywhere in between. Members of this elite group are given the automaker’s Award of Excellence, and Sanford Infiniti has earned the highly exclusive accolade two years running. Out of the brand’s 213 dealerships nationwide, Sanford Infiniti is one of only 28 to receive the award in 2017.

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.

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.

Seminole Towne Center 2017

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At a time when several area malls have experienced a decline, Seminole Towne Center is on the rise, and the progress appears to have no end in sight. The 23-year-old Sanford mall is running like a well-oiled machine, clicking on all cylinders.

Lake Forest Dentistry 2017

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At Lake Forest Dentistry, Dr. Dennis Horanic is well-known for offering patients cutting-edge dental services and treatments, but he is also dedicated to protecting their overall well-being.

One School of the Arts

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Parents who want Longwood’s One School of the Arts to be part of their children’s educational future take notice: open enrollment begins Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The private Christian school has gained a loyal following in five short years, employing advanced educational theories backed by solid research in its progressive curriculum centered on the arts.

Ashton Woods Homes

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Ashton Woods is offering brand-new homes in the Sweetwater community, turning heads with its innovative design options.

Walk on Water

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While owner Roxane Mann is excited about the new products she’s chosen for the fall and winter lines at her Walk on Water boutique, she’s more focused on what she’s able to give back to women and children in our community.

Oakmonte Village at Lake Mary 2017

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A first impression of senior living at Oakmonte Village: refined luxury.

DCS Commercial Cleaning 2017

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If you’re looking for powerhouse commercial cleaners, look no further. Recently named a Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for 2017, DCS Commercial Cleaning does it all, for businesses large and small.

Fred’s Market Restaurant

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Fred’s Market has a strong Florida heritage. It all started in 1954 when Elton and Evelyn Johnson established a Plant City tradition of family dining and Southern hospitality. The venue was a gas station where Evelyn, now known to most regulars as Grandma Johnson, would cook family meals for her husband and children. It wasn’t long before friends and passers-by would show up to enjoy her Southern cookin’ and generous hospitality. 

The Principal Law Firm 2017

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When I was a little girl, I loved to play house. I used to imagine how I’d one day be married with children, with a grown-up job, and my very own car. I never really considered that I’d have to pay bills or buy insurance, too. When adulthood came, so did all those adult things, but there was one very important piece of grown-up business that I continued to put off for far too long: my estate planning, will, and plans for my spouse and children in case of a tragedy. While these items weren’t legally required, they were possibly the most important decisions I could make.

Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly

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In early 2017, the Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly was established for one simple reason: to help people take care of themselves and those they love.

Nuviva and ReBuilding Life Esthetics

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Michelle Koch is a true success story of the Nuviva Medical Weight Loss program. She dropped 40 pounds in just four months and managed to rid herself of several health issues by diligently taking advantage of the program’s weekly nutrition coaching sessions and using supplements that were tailored to her specific needs. But on one particular Sunday during her session at Nuviva’s Lake Mary center, she wasn’t feeling very glamorous, despite her impressive progress.

Jernigan Properties 2017

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As the Central Florida real estate market continues to boom, buyers and sellers are relying on the experienced agents at Jernigan Properties to ensure their residential and commercial listings receive the marketing exposure they deserve.

Lake Mary Preparatory School 2017

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Lake Mary Preparatory school is certainly not new to the area – it’s been around since 1999 – but several new and exciting developments have taken place there over the last year. The school officially changed management at the beginning of 2017 and has been thriving ever since.

Mathnasium of Lake Mary

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Mathnasium of Lake Mary recently received an impressive award for its instructional achievements. Out of 865 Mathnasium centers in the country, the Lake Mary location secured the Right Instruction award, which was based on eight specific success factors in the Mathnasium operating standards.

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.

 

Home1st Lending 2017

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In 2005, Pablo Lopez and Theresa Lentini took a leap of faith and celebrated the opening of a home loan company in their Lake Mary living room with a business model based on honesty and integrity. Twelve years later, Home1st Lending is once again celebrating, this time with a new corporate headquarters that opened in July overlooking Lake Eola.

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.

Sanford Electric Company

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Established in 1925 by Ellsworth Harper, Sanford Electric Company has been a mainstay in the community for nearly a century, but its service-oriented approach is as refreshing as ever.

GRAYSON’S STORY: BEATING BACK CHILDHOOD CANCER

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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.

Vascular Vein Centers 2017

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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).

Hunt Eyecare 2017

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Like many families in Florida, the Hunts – optometrist Kenneth C. Hunt, O.D.; wife Jen; and children Kenzie (13), Will (13), and Charlie (11) – enjoy spending a lot of their free time outdoors. And, whether hanging out by the pool at their Lake Mary home, enjoying the beach, or taking part in athletic events, the Hunts never forget to put on their sunglasses.

Rothrock Marine & Boatworks

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With a year-round boating season, it’s no surprise that the Sunshine State consistently ranks number one in the United States for annual boat registrations. Finding a boat is the easy part; the trick is buying a boat from a dealer you can trust.

Kiddie Academy of Longwood & Lake Mary 2017

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Seventeen years ago, when educator Karina Rodriguez dropped her three-year-old daughter off at preschool, she had a profound revelation.

Swim Life 2017

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Placing a child into the hands of a swim instructor is a task most parents do not take lightly. And, according to Swim Life owner Kelly Whittemore, they shouldn’t.

Winter Springs Roofing & Repair 2017

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Central Floridians know that along with the summertime heat, the season also brings torrential rains, high winds, and destructive hail, all of which can do expensive damage to a roof, especially one already showing signs of old age or leaks.

StarChild Academy Lake Mary 2017

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With a nationally-recognized curriculum that embraces the importance of each individual child’s interests and talents, StarChild Academy in Lake Mary is performing way ahead of national standards.

Ladybird Academy 2017

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As one of Central Florida’s top-rated childcare providers, Ladybird Academy continues to deliver quality early education programs that encourage children to create, explore, move, and play.

Elements Massage

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Kerri and Matthew Boos moved to Sanford with their three children seven years ago and quickly got involved in many of the athletic activities the area has to offer. So, when the couple decided to go into business together, Elements Massage was the perfect fit.

Florida Hospital Care Network

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Receiving care for even a relatively mild illness can lead to a complicated path of visits and follow-up appointments.

Martys Auto Works 2017

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Committed to going above and beyond for its customers, Marty’s Auto Works in Longwood continues to live up to its reputation as one of the best, full-service car care shops in the business.

Pure Barre

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Ellen Dailey – owner, manager, and an instructor at the new Pure Barre fitness studio in Lake Mary – has successfully turned a former International Parkway dry cleaning shop into a beautiful mecca of fitness, acceptance, and community.

Glam Up Hair Spa

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At Glam Up Hair Spa, family is the focus. Created and operated by Eddie, Nayda, and Nexi Santiago, Glam Up not only offers salon services for men, women, and kids, it also houses an interactive spa that features custom parties for guests age four and up.

Swim Life 2017

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Placing a child into the hands of a swim instructor is a task most parents do not take lightly. And, according to Swim Life owner Kelly Whittemore, they shouldn’t.

D1 Orlando – Sports Training

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to train like a professional or Division 1 college athlete, look no further than D1 Orlando – Sports Training in Lake Mary. This is where athletes of all ages and all ability levels can train like a pro and challenge themselves to reach all of their fitness and athletic goals.

Lake Emma Animal Hospital 2017

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As any parent can attest, kids have an uncanny knack of getting sick after the doctor’s office closes. The same holds true for furry members of our families. Fortunately at Lake Emma Animal Hospital, pet owners no longer need to fear when the clock strikes 5:00.

TM Beauty Studios

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If blade and brow are two words you wouldn’t usually use in the same sentence, then you likely haven’t discovered the latest trend in eyebrow artistry: microblading. Fortunately, the make-up experts at Sanford’s TM Beauty Studios are ready to show you the way to bold, beautiful brows.

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2017

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With a newly expanded high-school program, Holy Cross Lutheran Academy (HCLA) is continuing to inspire hope for the future of its students by equipping them with the practical and spiritual foundations they need to succeed in the next stage of their lives. HCLA now offers an exceptional academic program for Pre-K through 10th grade and is particularly excited to add the final high-school grades in the next two years.

VITAS Healthcare 2017

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Most Americans say they would rely on family or friends to carry out their end-of-life care wishes, but many have never discussed or definitively expressed those desires. The staff at VITAS Healthcare encourages families in the community to have these important conversations now to reduce the stress that will inevitably come when a family member is near the end of their life. While some would want to explore everything that advanced technology has to offer, others would prefer a gentle, pain-free death if their quality of life was seriously diminished.

The JCC Preschool

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

MultiCARE Physicians

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Even though siblings Faisal and Juveria Tawwab – and both of their spouses – all trained at the same medical university in Kentucky, they initially had no plans to work together as doctors once they finished their respective residency programs. It was Faisal and Juveria’s mother, longtime local gynecologist Shakeela Tawwab, MD, who first proposed the idea. It was her dream to have her children returning to and practicing in the same community she’d called home for so many years.

Avanti Wealth Management

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At a small, family-owned boatyard in 1970s Long Island, New York, a young Joe Bilello sat, listened, and learned. Joe, then a teenager, spent many afternoons at the yard helping his family run the business, and there he often found an elderly gentleman named Graham perched peacefully on the back of his docked boat, book or magazine in hand. Graham didn’t look the part, in his deck shoes and casual clothes, but he was a powerful Wall Street financier with his own seat on the New York Stock Exchange. When Graham learned that Joe was interested in stocks, bonds, and the like, the two became fast friends, and Graham reveled in the chance to share his lifetime of wisdom. Joe, for his part, reveled in the chance to absorb it.

A.P. Accounting & Tax Services, P.L.

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Amit and Shivon Patel are the very definition of a power couple. The Lake Mary-Sanford residents each founded and run their own business (an accounting firm and a legal practice, respectively), they are active in the community, and they are impossibly proud of their three-year-old son, Ashaan.

Lake Mary Dental 2017

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Walking into Lake Mary Dental feels like returning to your childhood home. It’s warm, cozy, and tucked into the corner of a well-trafficked Lake Mary plaza. The office is always immaculate, well-appointed, and often decorated to reflect the holiday or season at hand. It’s hard to be a stranger here. Returning patients are regularly greeted by more than one member of the Lake Mary Dental team.

SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors

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It’s no secret that Seminole County’s commercial real estate market is booming, and no one is better suited to help investors capitalize on that growth than Christopher Fojo, CCIM, senior advisor with SVN Commercial Real Estate Advisors.

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.

Koko FitClub

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What’s your excuse for not working out? It’s OK, we all have them... Maybe you think you don’t have enough time. Maybe you’re self-conscious about your body. Maybe you’ve tried other gyms, and they just didn’t keep you motivated or get you the results you wanted.

Sport Clips Haircuts, Lake Mary

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“They may not want to admit it, but men love to be pampered,” says Denise Turner, owner of Sport Clips Haircuts in Lake Mary. “And at Sport Clips, they can enjoy the special attention they deserve in an environment designed specifically for them.”

Dunwoody Dental 2017

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At Dunwoody Dental in Sanford, time flies when you’re having fun!

My Gym Lake Mary 2017

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At My Gym Lake Mary, kids and parents can laugh and play together as they enjoy non-stop birthday fun.

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.

Pierce Jewelers 2017

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The great thing about running a family business is that no one is left out. All family members, including the furry ones, are part of the team at Pierce Jewelers.

Gail Williams, State Farm Insurance

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The Gail Williams State Farm Insurance office in Sanford welcomes visitors with a well-trained, knowledgeable, and engaging staff that is eager and qualified to answer questions about auto, home, life, disability, and commercial insurance.

Rich Hippie Boutique

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Walking into the Rich Hippie boutique in Altamonte is like entering the largest walk-in-closet of every girl’s dream home. Sparkle. Glam. Color. Luxe. And a sweet Alabama girl there to give a hug and accessorize you from head to toe.

Synergy Wealth Alliance

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Think of your retirement as a four-legged stool. It’s not just about your IRA or Social Security, but a combination of those two working in tandem with other assets and decisions. Together, it all creates the stability that can relieve your fears of running out of money during your golden years.

Dr. Christopher K. Quinsey, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dissecting a frog was a turning point in the life of 15-year-old Christopher Quinsey. It was then, in a high-school biology class in Westport, Connecticut, that the young student knew he wanted to be a doctor. Christopher had briefly considered accounting, but science and medicine captivated his interest, motivating him to pursue a career he calls his passion.

Lake Mary Pediatric Dentistry

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They say a happy staff makes for happy clients, and never is that more apparent than inside the colorful walls of Lake Mary Pediatric Dentistry.

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.

Proforma A&G Marketing Group

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For any business, knowing how to communicate and brand your products or services is critical to reaching your target market. 

J. Douglas Williams YMCA, Lake Mary

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The J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary is more than a health club. It is a gathering place that strengthens our community, both inside and out. In addition to its many wellness programs, the Y has the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver lasting personal and social change by providing opportunities to give back while supporting neighbors in the form of financial assistance.

Brain Balance Center of Lake Mary

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Brain Balance Center of Lake Mary opened its doors earlier this year, offering unique programs to address those concerns through individualized interaction that focuses on sensory motor training and stimulation, academic activities, and dietary guidelines.

Accurate Hearing Technology

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For audiologist Lisa Ballinger, hearing aids are not just a luxury but an important preventative tool in the fight against dementia.

 

Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow 2017

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Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow, a private, accredited early-childhood education center owned by Sabrina and Christopher Boesch, not only provides one of the best early-education experiences around, it’s also home to expert knowledge in the field.

BeFIT Health Studio 2016

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Most people look forward to the holidays as a time of year to celebrate with family and friends. But if you have been putting off getting into shape – either by losing weight, exercising, or both – this time of year can be extremely challenging.

The Principal Law Firm 2016

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Attorney Shivon Patel of The Principal Law Firm has yet another tool in her arsenal to help handle real estate legal matters for her valued clients: a new board certification in real estate law.

 

Cyrus Diagnostic Imaging, Inc.

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Cyrus Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. has been a reliable, successful imaging center in the Lake Mary and Greater Orlando area for more than 20 years providing quality diagnostic testing for local physicians and their patients. Now the center is proud to unveil a new technology to uncover heart disease.

Fred’s Market Restaurant

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Looking for an authentic, Southern-style, home-cooked meal, but not in the mood to actually do the cooking? Head over to Fred’s Market Restaurant in Lake Mary, where you’ll have your choice of all your favorite Southern dishes, slow-cooked to perfection, and served in heaping quantities.

Audi Orlando North

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Test driving a 2017 Audi is like stepping into an episode of the Jetson’s: the “space age” cartoon TV series that astoundingly predicted the technology of the future. Gee whiz technologies are the norm in Audis, reflecting the highest caliber of German engineering on the market today.  Audi dashboards look like plane cockpits. Many of those advances won’t make it onto the general market for years to come, so these cars are especially popular with early adopters.

Caroline Moffitt, Realtor 2016

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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.

One Senior Place 2016

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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.

Park Jewelers

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Family owned and operated,Park Jewelers in Lake Mary is built on a tradition of customer service and quality work, and now that tradition is set to continue for another generation, at least

Walk on Water 2016

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Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Visit Walk on Water, the specialty boutique in Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary. Open since 2004, the shop offers fashionable clothing, trendy jewelry, and a wide variety of personal accessories from such popular brand names as Alex and Ani, Pandora, Brighton, Yellow Box shoes, Simply Southern, Jack Rogers, Lilly Pulitzer, and Yeti just to name a few top sellers. Home accessories and decorative items make perfect hostess gifts, as well.

DCS Commercial Cleaning

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Sweep away the stress of cleaning with DCS. AS a client of DCS, you are guaranteed dependable, honest, and efficient service from an experienced and well-trained team dedicated to creating healthy and tidy spaces for a better overall environment.

Seminole Towne Center

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The Seminole Towne Center has welcomed even more tenants to this spacious mall, offering shoppers several new stores to check out this holiday shopping season -- or anytime -- while keeping the mall’s community feel intact.

Oakmonte Village

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Oakmonte Village provides seniors with a worry-free life and the opportunity to age with dignity and a sense of purpose. The 25-acre luxury senior living community in Lake Mary consists of a beautiful Tuscany-inspired campus that offers independent, assisted, and memory care living options. The independent living residences feature both luxurious apartments and Tuscany-inspired villa homes. The assisted living units include a memory care section created specifically to treat residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

City of Sanford

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Those who frequent HISTORIC downtown Sanford are accustomed to a buzz of excitement with the constant arrival of new specialty restaurants, shops, galleries, and other businesses. And soon that scene will be enhanced by the sight of seaplanes arriving in and taking off from Lake Monroe.

Greenbuilt Home Solutions

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Floridians are envied for the warm weather and beautiful sunshine that graces us much of the year. Why not bring a little of that sunshine efficiently into your home by “Going GREEN with Eric Dean”? Eric Dean Huss, owner-contractor of Greenbuilt Home Solutions, Inc., based in Lake Mary, can provide added value, comfort, and beauty to your home with green, energy-saving remodeling solutions that are surprisingly cost-effective and affordable.

Lake Mary Preparatory School- 2016

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Calculus is hard, which makes the performance of Lake Mary Preparatory School (LMP) students on Advanced Placement exams – including AP calculus – even more impressive. LMP scholars consistently rank high above both the state of Florida and global averages for AP scores and the number of AP courses tackled by each student. But while the mathematical kind of calculus can twist the brain, there’s an even more mind-bending variety: the modern calculus of college acceptance.

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.

Mathnasium - 2016

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At Mathnasium in Lake Mary, the theory is simple: For kids to be successful in math, it must be taught in a way that makes sense to them.

Hunt Eyecare- 2016

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When it comes to exceptional vision care and the hottest new trends in eyewear, Hunt Eyecare in Lake Mary has clearly become a community favorite. Children and adults of all ages and stages are spreading the news that Dr. Kenneth Hunt and his skilled staff are second to none.

Legacy Academy Lake Mary

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AT Legacy Academy Lake Mary, owneRS Susan and Larry Collins believe in interactive, hands-on learning, small teacher-student ratios, and a learning environment that nurtures curiosity, independence, and a love of learning.

Mercedes-Benz of North Orlando- 2016

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We may not live in the futuristic realm of the Jetsons yet, but we are living at a time in which technology seems out of this world. Nowhere is that more clear than in the laboratories and think tanks of Mercedes-Benz. With cars that can think faster than the human brain, excitement is high for the 10th generation of the Mercedes E-Class series, which will no doubt prompt people to line up just to see how cool – and safe – a motor vehicle can be. And the best place to see it with your own eyes is Mercedes-Benz of North Orlando on Rinehart Road.

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.

Morgan Title Company

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Morgan Title Company at 1340 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, is in its 22nd year of operation by Attorney Grace Anne Glavin.

StarChild Academy 2016

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StarChild Academy Lake Mary started small, quickly building a reputation for excellence in quality care and education for infants up through pre-K. Eventually, as enrollment grew each year, so did the opportunity to add on new grades. Today, the academy has an enrollment of over

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.

Ladybird Academy 2016

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Do you have a thorough checklist of preschool desires for your little one?

If high-quality early learning education and excellent child care are on your list, look no further than Ladybird Academy, the fastest-growing early-learning provider in Central Florida.

Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary

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The pre-school students at Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary get to enjoy the school’s award-winning programs year-round, but as 6- to 12-year-old kids turn their attention to the school year ahead, Kiddie Academy is ready to welcome back the lucky students who come to stay and play before and after school.

Nemours Children’s Health System

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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.

Martys Auto Works

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With more than 800 glowing, five-star customer reviews just like this one, it’s clear that Marty’s Auto Works in Longwood has earned its reputation as one of the best, full-service car care shops in the business

Dawson Companies

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For more than 50 years, The McKibbin Agency has provided clients with the very best insurance protection for their personal and business assets. Today, as the Dawson Companies, owners Bruce McKibbin and Georgeanne Bledsoe continue to deliver the high-quality service their customers expect

Lake Forest Dentistry 2016

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Since last year, Dr. Dennis Horanic has been practicing “solar dentistry.” Lake Forest Family Dentistry is the first dental facility in the U.S. to be completely solar powered, and it’s one of the first dental practices in the nation to use real-time sterilization.

Music & Arts

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Music & Arts is the nation's largest private music lesson provider, and the retail store and lesson center in Sanford at the Marketplace at Seminole Towne Center has been a local gathering place for accomplished and budding musicians for more than a decade.

Social Bridges

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The Social Bridges® program, created in 2002 by Judy Levin, Ed.D., and Director Carol Miller, LCSW, is helping children learn and practice the tools to become more confident and socially successful with their peers.

Jernigan Properties

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Family owned and operated since 1997, Jernigan Properties is a well-known member of the downtown Sanford business community.

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 theRichard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, and teens as old as rising ninth graders can participate in the JCC’s teentravel camp.

 

Le Macaron

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After just one taste, it is easy to understand why Americans are falling in love with the French macaron. Delivering understated elegance in a delicate, yet sophisticated package, this small, round confection dates back to 16th-century Europe and is quickly becoming the it dessert in our country. Fortunately for Lake Mary residents, Le Macaron in Colonial TownPark serves 20 delectable flavors in a rainbow of colors.

Savastano & Dunn Orthodontics 2016

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Thanks to the experienced orthodontists Dr. Nick Savastano and Dr. Rick M. Dunn at Savastano & Dunn Orthodontics, the benefits of braces are more accessible than ever. In fact, their practice has been improving smiles of Central Florida residents since it first opened in 1977.

Strassman Insurance

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Strassman Insurance Group is always looking for ways to save you money while also making sure you have the insurance you need should things go wrong. The group’s voluntary annual review is an important part of this process, says Steve Strassman,head of the family-owned insurance office in Lake Mary. Every one of Strassman’s customers is contacted at least once every year just to review their current policy, check for any available discounts, and determine if any changes in their life would benefit from a change in their coverage.

Tres Jolie Medical Spa

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At some point, several years ago, Susan Leskanic began to notice something concerning in the faces of too many women. In an effort to look younger, these women either had too many injections, focused on one area of their faces at the expense of the others, or simply had too much plastic surgery altogether. Their faces simply did not look natural. So, when Susan decided to become an expert in total facial rejuvenation, she was determined to do it the right way. As owner of Trés Jolie Medical Spa in Lake Mary, that’s what Susan does every day.

Lake Mary Endodontics 2016

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Shockingly, about 65 percent of the work Dr. Travis Caissie does at Lake Mary Endodontics is re-treatment of root canals andvarious procedures performed by other practitioners. Patients who discover Dr. Caissie the second time around often becomehis most vocal advocates, and they have a message for anyone who may need the services of an endodontist in the future skip the headaches (or toothaches, in this case) and see Dr. Caissie from the start.

European Wax Center

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“European Wax Center operates under the belief that all of us deserve beautiful, gorgeous skin by not concealing who we are,but by having the courage and confidence to reveal our natural, beautiful skin. You will love the way it feels and the way it makes you feel,” says Christine Lillig, owner of European Wax Center in Lake Mary.

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.


Swim N Fun 2016

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Summer has arrived! With temperatures approaching 100 degrees, homeowners rely on Swim ‘N Fun in Winter Springs to protect their most valuable outdoor asset the pool!

Ice Age Air Conditioning

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Many A/C and heating companies have gone by the wayside since the housing crash of 2008, but Ice Age Air Conditioning in Sanford is still going strong, built on a commitment to exemplary service and deep experience.

 

UroGyn Specialists of Florida, Lake Mary

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Leading the charge to help women in Central Florida is Christopher Walker, M.D., founder of UroGyn Specialists of Florida,who has treated women with gynecological and urogynecological matters for more than 20 years. In fact, Dr. Walker is one of only a handful of physicians who specialize in both urogynecology and cosmetic gynecology, the practice of treating urinary incontinence, pelvic reconstruction, and cosmetic gynecological concerns.

Gitta Sells

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When Gitta and Ernst Urbainczyk aren’t running their fast-paced realty company in Lake Mary, you can find them quick-stepping across the dance floor. They met in their early 20s dancing in Germany and now still find time to ballroom dance anywhere that will have them.

 

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 County home.It’s the all new (in more ways than one) Maison & Jardin events center on Wymore Road. Now exclusively operated by FGF Catering Orlando, Maison & Jardin has been reborn after a complete revitalization of the facility and its idyllic five-acre grounds.

Real Health Clinics

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What if there was a way to detect and treat Alzheimer’s disease before its ravaging effects took hold? Dr. Linda King of RealHealth Clinics in Lake Mary says it can be done, and she’s making the dream a reality right here in our community.

Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & 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.

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 same 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.

Accurate Hearing Technology

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When audiologist Lisa Ballinger opened Accurate Hearing Technology (AHT) Hearing Aids 17 years ago in Sanford, she wanted to not only provide place where people could come to purchase hearing aids, but also provide local residents with beneficial knowledge about hearing loss and how it diminishes quality of life.

Dr. Phillips Center For Wellness

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This was stated by Hippocrates, the founder of Western medicine. Even 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greeks knew this was the key to health, and since that time, civilizations have prevented and treated illness with nutrition. Yet, for the past 30years, modern medicine has ignored this crucial fact. It is this philosophy that proper nutrition is the cure for almost all ailments which prompted Dr.Lane Phillips to open a concierge wellness center in Lake Mary.

The Dr. Phillips Center For Wellness will focus on health through nutrition rather than treatment through pharmaceuticals.

Taylor Morrison

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“Home is where life happens.” If you’re looking for a close-knit community in the heart of a growing city, Taylor Morrison has your answer.

A.P. Accounting & Tax Services

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Tax and accounting services are critical for both individuals and growing businesses, and working with the right professional team can guide you to the success of your personal and professional endeavors. At A.P. Accounting & Tax Services in Sanford, the team believes its clients are its greatest asset, and they are committed to providing the highest level of service in the most cost-effective manner.

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy

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With expansion all the way through 12th grade coming in the next few years, there’s more to love than ever at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy... Like small class sizes. Teachers deeply committed to their students. Field trips to Washington, D.C. and the Florida Keys. An aversion to testing mania. And,if your kids want to play hoops, they don’t need to worry about making the team they can play.

St. Barnabas Episcopal School

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Faith, virtue, excellence: these are the values upon which St. Barnabas Episcopal School has built its signature “brain-based” learning environment.

 

MyGym Lake Mary

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Creating memorable milestones is a specialty of My Gym in Lake Mary and Maitland, and the gym’s non-competitive dance classes serve as an important rite of passage for many local youngsters.

Dr.Linda Gilliland

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Known by many as an expert in facial renewal, Dr. Linda Gilliland restores confidence in men and women using non-surgical cosmetic procedures and state-of-the-art products. As one of Central Florida’s most experienced injectors of Botox and fillers, Dr. Gilliland focuses exclusively on facial rejuvenation utilizing the latest neurotoxins (Botox), fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane), and Kybella.

Sport Clips Haircuts

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“It’s good to be a guy” is the theme of Sport Clips Haircuts, which offers top-notch haircuts to sports-loving men and boys at locations in Sanford andLake Mary. It’s all sports all the time on the five big-screen televisions spread throughout each location. And there’s no rush or wasted time, whether you choose the $18 varsity cut or $23 MVP treatment, which includes haircut, massaging shampoo, hot towel, and a neck and shoulder massage.

Jesse's Girl

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If the idea of discovering fun and fabulous quality clothing, gifts, and high-fashion jewelry at exactly the right price makes you smile, then stroll into the recently opened Jesse’s Girl Boulevard Boutique at 4044 W. Lake Mary Blvd.

Jazzercise Orlando/Lake Mary

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