Business

Wed
26
Jul

Orlando Family Physicians opens in DeBary

Officially open — Jorge L. Garcia, the CEO of Orlando Family Physicians, is assisted by Spanish entertainer Olga Tanon and surrounded by staff and guests while cutting a ribbon on OFP’s newest medical center, which is now open in DeBary.

Officially open — Jorge L. Garcia, the CEO of Orlando Family Physicians, is assisted by Spanish entertainer Olga Tanon and surrounded by staff and guests while cutting a ribbon on OFP’s newest medical center, which is now open in DeBary.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Five-star-rated provider of quality care for Medicare patients

Orlando Family Physicians, which claims to be the largest Hispanic medical group in Central Florida, has expanded into Volusia County.

OFP held grand-opening-related events July 15 at its newest medical center, 21 S. Charles Richard Beall Blvd. in DeBary, with the group’s administrators and staff, city officials and health insurance representatives in attendance.

Entertainment was provided by noted Spanish singer Olga Tanon and a trio called Borinquen.

A ribbon-cutting was conducted by Chief Executive Officer Jorge L. Garcia, with the assistance of Tanon, as staff and guests looked on.

“At Orlando Family Physicians, we have a commitment with our patients and our community,” the CEO said in a news release. “That is why we search for the best locations to open our state-of-the-art medical centers.”

Wed
19
Jul

Family Dollar reopens; extensive renovations complete

Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

Quench your thirst — Among the renovations made at this Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. are the installation of new coolers and freezers for a wider array of drinks and food products. In addition, merchandise was reorganized, and the checkout area was reconfigured. The store is open seven days a week.

BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

After extensive renovations, the Family Dollar store at 915 S. Spring Garden Ave. in DeLand has reopened, with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 22.

The store was opening to the public July 20, with reusable shopping bags given away to the first 50 customers. Friday, the first 50 customers will receive free cookies.

Saturday’s grand opening will include giveaways and prizes, including a Coby Bluetooth Speaker and a drone. In addition, the first 50 customers will receive a $5 Family Dollar gift card.

“Family Dollar continues to grow and we are thrilled to be able to better serve our customers in this improved store format,” Family Dollar spokeswoman Heather Briganti said in a news release. “We are proud to be part of DeLand and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the community.”

Wed
19
Jul

New Stetson University building recognized for conservation features

Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus

The Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on the Stetson University campus was named the 2017 Outstanding Sustainability Project in the state by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) last month. To earn the award, the building competed against five others in the Sustainability category and was ultimately selected for its many features that conserve energy and water, make efficient use of land, and help recharge groundwater supplies.

When Stetson University decided to build a welcome center on campus more than five years ago, university officials promised to build “an iconic, sustainable building” that would last for years to come. This award recognizes the successful completion of that goal.

Wed
12
Jul

TSOLife takes first place in startup competition at tech conference

Accepting the award — From left are Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas; TSOLife founder and Chief Executive Officer David Sawyer; TSOLife Chief Operations Officer Stella Parris; TSOLife Director of Marketing Diana Dupre; and Rhys Williams, associate vice president, Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University and eMerge Americas’ Content Advisory Board member.

Accepting the award — From left are Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas; TSOLife founder and Chief Executive Officer David Sawyer; TSOLife Chief Operations Officer Stella Parris; TSOLife Director of Marketing Diana Dupre; and Rhys Williams, associate vice president, Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University and eMerge Americas’ Content Advisory Board member.

PHOTO COURTESY eMERGE AMERICAS 

The Story of Life (TSOLife), an online platform for documenting life stories and preserving legacies for future generations, recently was awarded first place in the eMerge Americas 2017 University StartUp Competition in Miami.

TSOLife, which was founded by Stetson University student David Sawyer and developed with the help of several peers at the school, previously placed first in Volusia County’s Cairns Foundation Innovation Challenge. A membership in the Volusia County-UCF Business Incubation Program helped advance the company further to commercialization.

More than 13,000 attendees from around the globe converged at eMerge Americas 2017 in June. The business-technology conference was hosted at the Miami Convention Center, where entrepreneurs, investors and technology enthusiasts gathered to network and discover the latest technology trends on the EXPO floor.

Wed
12
Jul

Fairwinds buys former SunTrust branch

Fairwinds’ new home — This former SunTrust building is the future home of Fairwinds Credit Union’s DeLand branch that will open sometime this fall. SunTrust closed its branch office at 302 E. New York Ave. in late January, and Fairwinds bought the property in late May.

Fairwinds’ new home — This former SunTrust building is the future home of Fairwinds Credit Union’s DeLand branch that will open sometime this fall. SunTrust closed its branch office at 302 E. New York Ave. in late January, and Fairwinds bought the property in late May.

BEACON PHOTO/JOE CREWS

Orlando-based Fairwinds Credit Union will be moving from South Woodland Boulevard to East New York Avenue sometime this fall.

“Less than half a mile away from the current site, the new location will be full-service, including drive-thru banking, as well as more convenient parking,” said Phillip Tischer, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fairwinds Credit Union. “Crew members of the current DeLand location will continue to serve and support members at the new branch.”

The precise moving day will be announced later, a spokeswoman said, and will depend on how long renovations take. Staffing levels, which are not disclosed publicly, will be adjusted if warranted, she added.

Wed
05
Jul

Crunch Fitness helps fill longtime plaza

Working out — Several members work out on treadmills at Crunch Fitness Deltona one recent afternoon.

Working out — Several members work out on treadmills at Crunch Fitness Deltona one recent afternoon.
BEACON PHOTOS/JOE CREWS

Combat training — A kickboxer works out on the Crunch Fitness combative-training equipment.

Combat training — A kickboxer works out on the Crunch Fitness combative-training equipment.

Crunch Fitness Deltona, a full-service fitness center that recently held a grand opening, is helping bring Deltona Plaza back to full capacity.

When it opened its doors in February, Crunch had taken over about half of a former Winn-Dixie store — 21,338 square feet — near the plaza’s north end, according to the website of Vision Development & Management, the Orlando company that owns the plaza at 1200 Deltona Blvd.

“The heavy extra traffic there, along with that brought by a new VA clinic, probably helps the plaza get closer to 100-percent occupancy,” said Jerry Mayes, Deltona’s economic-development manager.

The Veterans Affairs clinic opens later this year, filling another 21,500 square feet of space, according to the Vision website. The VA is converting five smaller storefronts immediately to the north of Crunch, Mayes said.

Wed
05
Jul

Detection system prevents water damage to homes

How it works — A sensor detects water, left, and a connected transmitter sends a signal to a control panel, right, that shuts off water supply to the dwelling and notifies the owner by phone or email.

How it works — A sensor detects water, left, and a connected transmitter sends a signal to a control panel, right, that shuts off water supply to the dwelling and notifies the owner by phone or email.

IMAGES COURTESY H2O PROTECTION

Where they go — This shows where sensors could be placed in a typical home.

Where they go — This shows where sensors could be placed in a typical home.

Eric Sampson

Eric Sampson

Having a water pipe burst, or having even a small leak go undetected for many hours, can have a devastating effect on your home. Not only will you sustain water damage to your floors, walls and furnishings, you could also have mold or other noxious growths develop if a cleanup isn’t as complete as it should be.

And then you have to file a claim with your insurance company.

“Insurance rates go up as water damage claims go up,” said Eric Sampson, with a company called H2O Protection. “The average claim is $17,000.”

Obviously, preventing water damage from a leak is much more preferable than having reclamation work afterward. According to Sampson, 80 percent of insurance claims in Florida are water damage, unrelated to natural disasters or storms. And that’s where companies like H2O Protection can help.

Wed
28
Jun

Orange City Centra Care facility set to open

Convenient location — A new Florida Hospital Centra Care facility is on Saxon Boulevard in Orange City, close to the interchange with Interstate 4. The new urgent-care facility is set to host an open house Tuesday, July 11, although patients will begin using the facility Wednesday, July 5.

Convenient location — A new Florida Hospital Centra Care facility is on Saxon Boulevard in Orange City, close to the interchange with Interstate 4. The new urgent-care facility is set to host an open house Tuesday, July 11, although patients will begin using the facility Wednesday, July 5.

PHOTOS COURTESY FLORIDA HOSPITAL FISH MEMORIAL

The community is invited to join Florida Hospital Fish Memorial officials on Tuesday, July 11, for a grand-opening celebration for the Florida Hospital Centra Care urgent-care facility located at 1360 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City.

During this free “Summer Beach Bash” event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., attendees will receive tours of the new 5,000-square-foot facility that’s directly adjacent to the I-4 overpass into Deltona.

In addition, guests will enjoy rides on an inflatable tropical water slide and mechanical shark, as well as face painting, a stilt walker, snow cones, games and more. Families can also learn steps to protect little ones this summer with CPR and water-safety instruction.

Florida Hospital Centra Care is the area’s only hospital-affiliated urgent-care provider with both adult and pediatric-trained physicians available for families seven days a week.

Wed
28
Jun

Boston Coffeehouse finds a way to give back

Ringing up an Eleanor — Boston Coffeehouse staff member Izzy Highsmith taps the “Warrior Princess Eleanor” button on the restaurant’s computer to ring up a special drink whose proceeds will be donated to Eleanor Stephens’ DeLand family to help them meet the expenses of the 7-month-old’s cancer battle. Customer Jose Martinez, holding daughter Sophia, waits to check out. The Martinezes, from Port St. Lucie, were visiting DeLand with friends June 24.

Ringing up an Eleanor — Boston Coffeehouse staff member Izzy Highsmith taps the “Warrior Princess Eleanor” button on the restaurant’s computer to ring up a special drink whose proceeds will be donated to Eleanor Stephens’ DeLand family to help them meet the expenses of the 7-month-old’s cancer battle. Customer Jose Martinez, holding daughter Sophia, waits to check out. The Martinezes, from Port St. Lucie, were visiting DeLand with friends June 24.

BEACON PHOTO/BARB SHEPHERD

For a few months, Boston Coffeehouse owner Joe Valente had been thinking about naming coffee drinks at his popular restaurant after people.

He tested the concept with Claire Berry, named for his 2-year-old daughter.

Valente also had been thinking of a way to give back to the community; in particular, he thought about the many young people who work at his four Boston Coffeehouse locations.

“I always give kids their first job,” Valente said. “I thought, why don’t I do something else for kids?”

In May, when Valente met DeLandites Sarah and Scott Stephens at the Runway to Hope event in Orlando, a new Boston Coffeehouse initiative was born.

Valente was attending the gala fundraiser for families dealing with pediatric cancer as a supporter. The Stephenses were attending because their 7-month-old, Eleanor, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the nerve cells that’s most common in small children.

Wed
21
Jun

Checkers coming to Orange City

Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

Prefab concept — A new Checkers restaurant in Orange City will look similar to this one, with prefabricated modules built off-site and assembled in place. The new eatery will have a single drive-thru lane, which the franchisee believes will be more efficient than the double lanes common at other locations.

PHOTO COURTESY CHECKERS & RALLY’S

Two partners — Nick and Laura Pell — shown here with their kids Jackson, age 3, and Hudson, 1, and their dog, Nola — are two of the three partners behind the new Orange City Checkers restaurant. Nick is the company president; Laura is the chief operating officer. The third partner, Ben Mercer, is vice president.

Two partners — Nick and Laura Pell — shown here with their kids Jackson, age 3, and Hudson, 1, and their dog, Nola — are two of the three partners behind the new Orange City Checkers restaurant. Nick is the company president; Laura is the chief operating officer. The third partner, Ben Mercer, is vice president.

PHOTO COURTESY NICK PELL

If all goes according to plan, a new Checkers drive-thru restaurant in Orange City will be serving up burgers and fries by the end of this year.

The franchised eatery will be taking the place of a shuttered Sunoco station at 1625 S. Volusia Ave., across from a medical office, said Nick Pell, one of the Clearwater-based partners who will be running the new restaurant.

Pell and his partners — Ben Mercer and Nick’s wife, Laura — also are opening another Checkers in the Orlando area under their corporate name, Northwest Taco Co., through which they’ve been operating Taco Time restaurants in Western states.

“Taco Time is … like an upscale Taco Bell,” Pell told The Beacon. “But we’re now transitioning into Checkers.”

Pell said he and his partners like the growth Checkers has shown in recent years, as well as the simplicity of its operation.

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