A quick glance through the sliders confirms that the kids are in the pool again. And who can blame them? There’s no better way to beat the heat, and Melvin Matos was on the money when he said he would get your pool looking “right.”
Before Simply Better Pools showed up last month, you thought you knew what it meant to have a clear, blue pool. Then you called Jessika Matos, she dispatched Melvin and you can honestly say, on this hot August Saturday, your pool has never looked better.
Ninety degrees outside and the only thing bluer than the gorgeous Florida sky is your beautiful pool. Of course those kids are in the water. Why aren’t you in there with them?
A Love Of Clean & A Life On The Water
Melvin Matos nods and laughs when his wife, Jessika, calls him a neat freak. “It’s true, I like things to be clean, and I love water. The pool business was a natural fit for me.”
Melvin was living in Orlando when a friend introduced him to Tucson native, Jessika. The more they talked, the more Melvin realized she was The One.
“He was persistent, very persistent,” Jessika beams.
They kept in touch, and, in September 2000, Melvin and Jessika were married. Shortly thereafter, a business opportunity took them back to Tucson. Melvin worked as a commercial painter, then the real estate bubble burst. Work quickly dried up, and Melvin took a job with a pool maintenance company. “After a year I knew what needed to be done and how it needed to be done. I also knew that, for me to do it the right way, I had to own my own business.”
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You see the mail truck pull away and walk quickly to your mailbox, nervous with excitement. The new direct mail piece for your business arrives today and you can’t wait to see it. You rapidly sort through mail, tossing aside envelopes and sales flyers, looking for your company’s postcard. You didn’t have the budget to go all out, but you’re still hoping it’ll look good.
Wait … can this be it? Is this beautiful, full-color postcard on great stock really yours? This isn’t just good; it’s amazing. Joe Anziano at Advantage Print & Design promised you it would be, and, true to his word, he delivered.
Imagine that … right here in Lakewood Ranch. You just got big box store top-quality printing at an affordable, small town price.
A New Start
Today, Joe Anziano is one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever meet when it comes to talking printing and design. But before moving to Florida in 2005, he admits he knew absolutely nothing about the business. Joe has his Master’s in Clinical Chemistry and spent over 25 years in the engineering field. But when he and his wife, Carol, decided to move from Massachusetts to be near her mother, Joe needed to have a job—and none in his field could be found.
Joe’s son, Jae, had worked as a designer at a print shop, so Joe decided to try something different and buy a printing franchise. And the rest, as they say, is history. He and his son trained together, opened a franchise in Bradenton and then dissolved it in 2008 to start Advantage Print & Design in Lakewood Ranch—where they are a proud annual sponsor of LWRBA.
“I love everything about this business and I love my customers,” said Joe. “As an engineer, I enjoy problem solving and helping my customers get the right design, best paper, process and price.”
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For Lakewood Ranch residents, whether you are getting ready to purchase a home or you have lived in your home for years, one of the most important things you need to ensure is that your house is structurally sound. Until recently, your options to assess the safety of your home were limited and costly, but not anymore. Carotti Engineering offers you an expert opinion at an affordable price to give you peace of mind, and that is priceless.
Renato “Ren” Carotti built his business on serving as a structural engineer for professionals. “Originally, we were just catering to designers, contractors and home builders.” Ren wanted to expand when he saw the need for home owners, particularly home buyers, to determine the risk involved with any damage to the structure. Most inspectors are not qualified to assess the true nature of structural damage and evaluate the real costs involved in making repairs, which is where Ren comes in.
Engineer at Heart
Ren grew up just outside of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and often found himself fascinated by gadgets and toys and how things worked. He loved to “tear things apart” like the TV, alarm clock or VCR, which often landed him in hot water.
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Pets have a way of sneaking into your heart and stealing it with the bat of a paw or the simple wag of a tail. It is only natural you’d want to provide the best for your furry family members, such as premium foods, grade-A supplements, and top notch treats and toys. Unleashed for Pets, one of the newest vendors in the shops on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, offers all of this and personalized service, too.
Michelle Wise, owner of Unleashed for Pets, knew she wanted to open up a store for pets in the Lakewood Ranch area, even though she lives 45 minutes away in Apollo Beach. “I’ve always loved the Lakewood Ranch area. The community is so supportive of new businesses, and it’s very dog and cat centric.”
Michelle grew up on a farm in Salem, Missouri surrounded by the cattle and Quarter Horses her father raised. From a young age, her dad taught her to take care of the animals on the farm, which always included lots of dogs and cats.
When she grew older, she moved to St. Louis to pursue a career in marketing, where she started a very successful firm with an impressive roster of clients, like Anheuser-Busch, CitiMortgage, and Ralston Purina.
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The music starts. Smiling and confident, you walk out onto the dance floor. The first few steps of the foxtrot used to trip you up, but now you flow into it easily. You are laughing as the song ends, breathless and delighted. You hear fast Latin rhythms. Will it be salsa, samba or mambo? Your feet find the beat, and when the music starts you are already dancing.
You walked into Dancin On The Suncoast.com for the first time, two left feet that had spent too many years watching other folks have all the fun. After a few months of private lessons, group sessions and dance parties under the watchful eye of Patrick and Cyntia Johnson’s team of world-class instructors, you feel completely comfortable on the floor, carried away by the joy of the dance.
Born to Dance
Growing up in Britain, Patrick Johnson attended his first dance lesson at the age of four. He achieved his gold ranking at the age of six. “Out on the floor, in competition, you are a gladiator, and I enjoyed the fight. I love to dance, and I love to compete.”
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