Sandbar holds "topping off" ceremony

November 22, 2012 

ANNA MARIA -- The Sandbar Restaurant renovation and construction project has reached its halfway point and a topping off ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate.

According to Scandinavian custom, a tree was placed on the top of the building to appease tree-dwelling spirits. The tree symbolizes growth and brings luck.

The dining room is being renovated. The renovations also include a new inside dining room and a new bar and retail area. The bathrooms, which underwent the first phase of renovations last year, also will be finished.

Certified Collectibles buys comic book company

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Certified Collectibles Group has purchased Classics Incorporated, a comic book restoration removal and pressing company in Dallas, Texas.

The company will be moving to Sarasota to become an independent member of the

Certified Collectibles Group. Beginning Feb. 1, Classics Incorporated services will be offered in conjunction with those offered by Certified Guaranty Co., an independent and impartial third-party comic grading service.

Customers who wish to send books to Classics Incorporated will be able to have them transfer directly to Certified Guaranty Co. for grading.

Medallion Home opens 2 new furnished models

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Medallion Home has opened two new furnished models in the River Plantation community. The two beautifully decorated models showcase the Harbour floor plan, starting at $159,400, and the St. Croix floor plan, starting at $164,400.

Medallion Home is currently building single family homes in Parrish, Bradenton and Sarasota.

Dermatologist donates for turkey giveaway

SARASOTA -- SkinSmart Dermatology in supporting Bread of Life Outreach donated more than $1,500 to help buy Thanksgiving turkeys for Sarasota's homeless, elderly and needy families.

More than 300 turkeys were distributed by the outreach program to families along with food baskets and Publix gift certificates.

In July, the business donated $1,300 for a Fourth of July picnic for Sarasota's homeless in a local park.

John Neal Homes donates to hunger campaign

MANATEE -- John Neal Homes has donated $1,500 to the Mayors Feed the Hungry campaign and are collecting gift cards for residents in the northeast hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

The company also has set up a Young Philanthropy program at Manatee High School

to encourage students to get involved in philanthropy at a young age. The first $500 award will be given out on Dec. 18 to the winning student's charity.

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