Longtime business closes
After more than 20 years of serving South Shore, Mary Ann Wilhelm, owner of Wilhelm Heating & Air Conditioning, 802 Fourth St. S.W., Ruskin, has retired. A longtime community supporter and former honorary mayor, Wilhelm recently sold her business to Alert Air Conditioning of Tampa, a company founded in 1946. She plans to enjoy a brief period of time off, and then will sell A/C units for Alert's owner, Dan Wilkie. Calls to Wilhelm Heating & Air Conditioning will be automatically forwarded to Alert, where Wilkie has promised to give Wilhelm clients priority service. All current preventive maintenance agreements and service contracts will be honored. For further information, call (813) 626-4113 or visit www.alertac.com.Riverview restaurant to expand Aaron Fredricks, owner of East Coast Pizza, 13340 Lincoln Road, will double the size of his restaurant by adding 2,000 more square feet over the next four months. The new space will be used primarily for two party rooms to accommodate parties of 20 to 40 and to provide additional overflow seating, oven space and more storage. Fredricks said he wants to cut his eatery's Friday night take-out wait from 90 minutes to 45 or less. The $200,000 investment will enable him to make his operation more efficient and offer customers better service, he said. The renovation is being done in anticipation of continued growth in the area, including the opening of St. Joseph Hospital-South, and home sales in Waterset. Fredricks opened the Riverview site in July 2005. He owns and operates another East Coast Pizza restaurant at 10433 C.R. 39, Lithia. Check out the new salon The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Thursday at Virgin's Beauty Salon, which opened recently in the Twin Oaks Plaza, 11130 U.S. 41 S., Suite 104, Gibsonton. Owned by Virgen Bonilla, the salon offers a full array of hair, nail and skin services. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (813) 382-5304 or email vbonilla @gmail.com. Same services, new name Women's Health & Wellness, formerly known as Zweibach Women's Health, recently celebrated its renaming with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 13148 Vail Ridge Drive, Riverview. The event was hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. The OB-GYN practice includes doctors Stephen Zweibach, Natasha Champion and Mariel Rotundo-Patino. For details, call (813) 571-2777. Last market of 2012 The next SouthShore Sunday Market will be Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Shell Point Road and U.S. 41. The nonprofit, monthly outdoor market features the fresh local produce, food items, plants, organic herbs and handmade goods of more than 30 vendors. For information, call (813) 846-2000. New Year's closing The Apollo Beach and Ruskin offices of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the holiday and then reopen for business on Jan. 2.
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