BRANDON — It took a life-threatening event for Missy Duncan to make some life-altering changes.
Her eureka moment came while visiting her mother, Mary Allgoevers, in the hospital three years ago.
"She was literally on her death bed and everybody who came to visit her said the same thing, 'Would you look at you.'" Duncan said.
Allgoevers' friends and relatives were impressed at her beauty due to the permanent makeup that was shining through in an otherwise dark time.
"That's when I knew I needed to get my brows done," said Duncan. "I've been sold ever since."
Not only did she get permanent makeup on her eyebrows, she took it one step further becoming certified in the art.
The experience also moved her to retire as a professional photographer after serving the area for the past 19 years, and convert her studio at 1104 N Parsons Ave Suite B in Brandon into Missy's Ink.
Duncan now provides art in the form of permanent brows, eyeliner, lips and more.
"I wasn't happy and I needed a change in my life," Duncan said.
Along the way, Duncan said she lost 83 pounds thanks in part to Life Change Weight Solutions, an adjacent business she recently sold. She credits God for giving her the strength, her husband of 26 years, Jeff, for support and the local chambers of commerce for providing a network to help launch her new business.
Most initial sessions cost $300 and after a follow-up visit approximately a month later, the makeup lasts up to two years said Duncan, a Brandon High School graduate who traces her local roots to her great, great grandfather John J. Falkenburg, a 19th century railroad pioneer who has a Brandon road named for him.
Duncan said her customers must be 18 to have this process, which the Florida Department of Health technically considers getting a tattoo, and that most of her clients are seniors.
Duncan said she uses topicals to reduce the pain level to what her clients report to be a "3 or 4 a on scale of 1-10." Other patrons include males with balding hairlines, cancer patients and women who have endured a mastectomy.
Visit missysink.com for more information. There you will find pricing, a little more about Duncan and the logo for her business, which is her daughter Hannah's eyes. She attends Welch College, a Baptist school in Tennessee, while Duncan's oldest daughter, Lindsey Vance, was the last wedding she shot before selling most of her photography equipment.
Missy's Ink is looking to expand into Riverview. If there are any existing salon owners interested in adding this service, check out Duncan's website (and check your own eyebrows as well).
"I can't look at brows now without judging," Duncan said.
Doughnut chain expands
to Brandon complex
Another Hole in One Donuts is set to open in the Brandon area.
The locally owned doughnut shop is coming to the Lithia Square shopping complex off Lithia Pinecrest Road.
Janeda Testa, who operates the Seffner Hole in One shop that opened a year ago, is part of Than and Larry Pheng's extended family who started the local chain in 2000.
Testa said the planned opening of the new Brandon location is the first franchise store and it won't be owned by anybody in the family.
Stay tuned to see if the popular homemade apple fritters, doughnuts and kolache, better known as pigs in a blanket, that Hole in One customers have come to enjoy will be on the menu.
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