Eliminating the time wasted in line waiting for a car wash, ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa resuscitates sullied vehicles while they're parked in designated lots, freeing the drivers up to get other things done. ProntoWash's consideration for the customer's time is mirrored by its commitment to the environment–cleaners wash vehicles with less than a pint of water on average, using a Washing Kart which creates a low-pressure spray made from water and no-foam detergent.
John Pappas didn’t know much English when he first arrived on American soil, but he did know the secrets of cooking excellent Greek cuisine. The native Greek passed on his recipes and expert techniques to his son Nicholas, who would go on to open his own Mediterranean restaurant—Greek City Cafe.
Deep in his restaurant’s kitchen, Nicholas and his chefs fold juicy meats and fresh vegetables into a variety of Greek-inspired paninis, wraps, and salads. They layer pitas with juicy slices of shaved lamb and beef before adding dollops of flavorful tzatziki and creamy greek dressing. To craft specialty pizzas, the chefs shower soft pita shells in mixed cheeses, diced tomatoes, and grilled chicken. When discussing these dishes with a reporter from Westchase Patch, Nicholas explained, “We take a mainstream item and put a Greek twist to it. I make them feel comfortable, but when they taste it they realize they've never experienced that flavor.”
In the casual dining room, where sunlight streams onto soft blue and green walls, guests can linger over their last bites of these inventive eats before ordering desserts such as baklava. Countertop seating surrounds a lush olive tree in the center of the room, which was imported from Greece and lives off of sunlight and Greek wine.
Oldsmar and Upper Tampa Bay’s version of this 200-year-old German tradition is both the largest and the longest-running Oktoberfest in West Central Florida, attracting more than 25,000 people each year to the Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack. Set for the weekend of October 28-30. Free Parking
PerfectShoot PhotoBooth puts a spin on conventional event photography by arming party guests with all the tools to snap their own creative shots. Each 3'x7' booth can fit within an 8'x8' space and houses subjects who can pose with fun party props as the professional-grade DSLR camera flashes. Within 15 seconds, the booth spits out color or black-and-white prints of grinning guests and surprised specters, making for memorable party favors. PerfectShoot PhotoBooth also compiles pictures into memory books for easy viewing.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.