Dr. Allan Spiegel was known in his community for donating specialized services to wounded veterans. When he knew that treatments could help veterans regain the ability to function, he would conduct the procedure, regardless of their abilities to compensate him on their own or through Veterans Affairs. He founded Healing Heroes Network (HHN) to organize doctors who felt a similar calling to help heal "those who protect and serve [the] nation." HHN sends wounded service members to a network of carefully selected local medical professionals when their insurance will not cover the costs of necessary treatments, and it also ensures that all necessary services are covered. In addition to providing medical services, the organization raises awareness about the need for greater funding for veterans' medical care.
The palm tree-lined campus at Sunstate Academy betrays its function by appearing on the surface to be an upscale salon. Yet, instead of performing the services themselves, the professionals inside are teaching and observing students as they put into practice their knowledge of cosmetology at the school's Salon Solaris. At pristine styling and wash stations, they cut, relax, color, perm, and condition hair. With the diversity of student interest comes diversity of services, and patrons might be pleasantly surprised to find dreadlocks, candy curls, finger waves, and elephant ears on the menu. The apprentices also dabble in nail and spa services, performing mani-pedis, and facials.
With its plush couch and bookcase stocked with esoteric objects, the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club might make audiences feel as though they’re watching the evening’s comedian in their own living room, right down to the emcee who keeps announcing what’s about to happen. The homey stage’s brick walls and off-kilter neon sign have played host to numerous local comedians, as well as talents such as Tom Arnold and Gilbert Gottfried.
The Fanboy Expo, like stepping through the screen of a blockbuster superhero movie, brings comic and movie fans face-to-face with their favorite characters, actors, and artists. For two days, costumed attendees hob-nob with the Highlander, talk shop with Jerry "The King" Lawler , or chat with Lorenzo Lamas about his much publicized transition from starring in Renegade to opening his petting zoo, Lorenzo Lamas' Llamas. In addition to meeting celebrities from silver and small screen sci-fi and fantasy hits, comic book fans can also pick their favorite artist and creator's brain, snagging an autograph in the process. Should they find themselves in need of a new action figure or collectable t-shirt, fans can make their way to a number of merchandise and memorabilia dealer booths throughout the event space.
Mixers sates all senses with its menu of classic bar cuisine, lively libations, and 18 HD television screens. Plates of macho nachos stick their esophageal landings via chili, cheese, and jalapeños ($6.75), and smoking wings let garlic and barbecue sauce do all the squawking ($5.75 for 10). Sample variations of burgers ($6.75+) or traditional philly sandwiches loaded with steak, onions, peppers, provolone ($7), and desires to punch slabs of raw meat. Pair pub-centric specialties of shepherd's pie ($7.75) and irish fish 'n' chips ($9.25) with frosty pints of Stella ($4.75 each) or a glass of house wine ($4.25).
Named one of Tampa Tribune's Top Five Sports Bars of 2010, Eddie's Bar & Grill boasts an eclectic menu buoyed by the casual family eatery's 55 TVs and 52 draft beers. The big buffalo chicken salad ($9.99) flames fresh greens with mild, medium, or hot sauce, and, like a game of Mouse Trap, becomes more nuanced with a dusting of blue cheese crumbles. Parties of two to four can build a crispy specialty pizza ($12.99) with up to three fresh toppings, while gatherings of six scarf a plate of 50 chicken wings ($35.99), sating cravings with a choice of eight sweet or savory sauces. Diners can also sun themselves on the patio, scrutinize Pay-Per-View events under a large TV, or simply stay up late debating the merits of celery as a post-wing palate cleanser, as the entire menu is available until 1 a.m.
Mac's Industrial Sports Bar's kitchen wizards conjure up hearty pub grub for dinner and lunch while tap masters top off chalices with bottled brews and 27 draft beers hailing from suds factories all over the country, including the local delights of Lift Bridge and Schell's. Bolster mastication muscles without chewing on a ThighMaster by ordering one of the amply stuffed sandwiches, such as the brisket-style reuben on grilled marble rye ($9.50) or the BLAT ($9.50), which adds avocado slices to the infamous BLT lineup. Diners can add custom flare to grilled handheld eats, including burgers, with a choice of more than 20 extra toppings, such as onion rings ($1), a fried egg ($1.50), and an array of cheeses ($0.75–$1). The build-your-own pizza ($9) allows patrons to create a personalized amalgamation of meats ($1/topping) and vegetables ($0.50/topping) for a culinary construction more inviting to the tongue than a statue of Millard Fillmore sculpted from a block of Fun Dip. For earlier eats, servers unveil a variety of appetizing mouth merriments, such as a buffalo-chicken salad ($6.50) and the corn-dog snacker ($7), which consists of six mini corn dogs, french fries, and mustard sauce.