Business Digest

Published May 28, 2007


Mugen Research is a new Hernando County company specializing in exotic decor, including custom furniture. The business offers interior design and unique architectural accents, and specializes in developing themes and designs for small commercial spaces and restaurants.

Mugen Research president and owner Tom Hayes of Brooksville uses "green" techniques and methods in his creations and designs whenever possible to meet the growing demand for building projects that use environmentally friendly and energy-efficient materials.

Most of the products crafted by Hayes are made from materials that are either post industrial or consumer use, such as scrap metals, glass and some plastics. Most of the woods used in the creations are cut from existing "deadfall" trees or trees slated for removal.

The lumber, cut on the company's own sawmill, is dried on site for future use. More than 90 percent of all species of wood used are indigenous to Florida and south Georgia.

Hayes, a member of Florida Craftsmen Inc., can be reached at 397-8315.

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Sisters Jill Lemieux and Jennifer Kreiling have opened Thoughts from the Heart Video Services in Spring Hill.

The family business specializes in "in-home" videos. The sisters bring their professional recording equipment and lighting to homes, hospitals or nursing homes to record a "family legacy" video and preserve it on a personalized DVD.

Thoughts from the Heart also offers insurance videos to record homes and possessions, both inside and out.

For information or to schedule an interview, call 684-2307.

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Goin' Postal, a local packing and shipping store, has opened at 14231 Powell Road, in the Silverthorn Square Shopping Center, south of Brooksville.

Owners Arnold and Grace Kraemer are authorized shippers for FedEx and DHL, and also offer UPS and U.S. Postal Service services, such as stamps.

Arnold Kraemer of New York came to Florida in 1977 and moved to Spring Hill in 1998. He operated his own cabinet business for more than 15 years.

Grace Kraemer, a third-generation Floridian, moved to Spring Hill in 1981. She received a bachelor's degree in accounting at St. Leo University.

Goin' Postal is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment on Sunday.

Who's news

Grady Miars has been promoted to west coast regional manager for LandMar Group. He will oversee the daily operations and management of four master-planned communities, including Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Miars joined LandMar three years ago. He received a double bachelor's degree in economics and environmental sciences from Rollins College in Winter Park. He holds a master's of business administration degree in finance from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

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Sarah DeRoche has joined Mercedes Homes' west-central Florida office as a Realtor liaison.

DeRoche will cultivate relationships with real estate agents throughout Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties and provide Realtors with information regarding the home builder's products lines, communities and sales centers.

The office is in Crystal River. DeRoche can be reached at 352 563-0653.

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Cathy Pennet has joined Magnolia Realty as broker associate, where she will be involved with the sales of new homes for builders that Magnolia Realty represents, as well as listing and sales of residential and commercial properties.

Pennet will be based out of Magnolia Realty's office at 13206 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. She can be reached at 200-4992.

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Two local real estate agents, Susan L. Thompson and Bonnie Barbieri, have earned the designation of accredited staging professionals and have opened Staged Homes in the Sun.

Home staging is a way to get top dollar for a home as the owner prepares it for sale. Staging sets the scene throughout the house to create buyer interest.

Thompson and Barbieri can be reached at 263-3599 or 398-6971.

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Two local board-certified internists, Drs. Syed Wajahat Ali and Seema Nishat, attended a medical conference in Fort Lauderdale, for which they received 30 hours of continuing medical education credit.

The conference highlighted the emerging trends in the practice of internal medicine.

Ali and Nishat practice at Brooksville Primary Care, 656 S Broad St., Brooksville. They can be reached at 797-9677.


Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. The cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, contact Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its 15th annual Awards Night at 6 p.m. June 8 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

The cost is $45 per person, payable upon reservation. This year's theme is "Searching for the Stars, Walking on the Red Carpet."

Winners in the following categories will be announced: Business of the Year, Government Service Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Chamber Service Award and the Alfred A. McKethan Citizen of the Year Award.

Reserve by Tuesday to Patty at 796-0697, ext. 18.

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Contours Express and Take Shape for Life, both at 857 S Broad St., Brooksville, will have a free seminar at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to introduce their medically supervised "Weight & Disease Management" program.

The seminar is in recognition of National Osteoporosis Month. Those unable to attend can set up a time to speak with health advisers regarding the program.

For information or to register, call 835-9605.

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Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Rowan Hill, licensed massage therapist, will give free chair massages; Rhonda Barrera will perform free body fat testing, body mass index assessments and fitness evaluations.

Several doctors will speak, including Susan Phillips, Eduard Perrault, Mildred Perrault, and Jimmy Edmond.

Free postural assessments, evaluations, blood pressure testing, glucose testings, and vision screenings will be given.

The event is open to the public. For information, call 200-4680.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will present a seminar, "How to Really Start Your Own Business, " from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bank of America building, 6014 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

Jim Waters, a SCORE Chapter 439 counselor, will present the seminar.

Participants will learn how to test and protect an idea, file an occupational license, register a company name and file for a federal identification number.

The course fee is $20. Preregistration is not required. For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or Stu May at 688-6903.

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