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Why We’re Thankful to be Your Gainesville and Tampa, Florida Moving Service

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time to visit with friends and family… and overload on food.

It’s also a time to think about the things that are important in our lives and give thanks.

That’s why we’re putting this list together of why we’re so thankful to live and work in Florida. As a Florida moving service serving Gainesville and Tampa Bay, we get to be a part of two of the greatest communities int the world! There’s a lot to love about these communties. From the people to the sights, here’s why we’re thankful to be YOUR Florida moving service for Gainesville and Tampa Bay!

The People

We’re a homegrown group. Starting small as student movers-for-hire, we helped friends, neighbors and others in our community. It’s because of them that we’re where we are today. Bringing that same mindset towards community involvement to Gainesville, we were able to grow along with the community. Now we’ve brought that same commitment to Tampa. We’re so happy to be a part of these two great areas.

We’ve made so many great connections with the people of these communities and we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all who’ve helped us grow.

Things to Do

Living in Gainesville or Tampa, you’ve got access to tons of awesome things to see and do. From outdoor recreation, to sports, entertainment and nightlife Tampa and Gainesville both have a lot to offer. We are so thankful to live and work in a place that offers the best of what Florida has to offer plus the history and culture to add vibrancy.

In fact, there’s so much to do in both Gainesville and Tampa that we’ve got an entire recurring segment devoted to it in our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segment features the best of Tampa and Gainesville culture and entertainment, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Thank You!

We’re so happy to be a part of these vibrant, growing communities. Our focus as a Florida moving service is to provide professional, personalized support for your move. We believe in being a part of the communties we serve because they are our communities too. We want to thank our clients for welcoming us in and allowing us to grow along side you.

Happy Thanksgiving from 2 College Brothers!

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Tampa Named One of America’s Best Up-and-Coming Cities

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America’s Up-and-Coming Cities

Since 2004, the popular online review platform Yelp has been collecting and recording a massive array of data; tracking consumer trends, business openings, user reviews and other business information; which they’ve scrupulously analyzed and compiled as a part of their recently launched Local Economic Outlook program.

Using this data, Yelp recently released their list of the top 50 up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The list ranks cities based on economic opportunity and growth.

Coming in at number seven is none other than the Cigar City itself.

That’s right, it’s Tampa’s time in the spotlight. It may have been a long time coming – with a lot of hard work – but Tampa is finally earning national recognition for being a great place to live and work.

More and more – including major industries – are finding Tampa and the bay area a desirable place to be. Tampa is beginning to attract a diverse and vibrant economy. And what’s not to love? Tampa has something for everyone. Plus, joint economic and community-building efforts have revitalized business opportunity and growth in the area.

In Tampa, you’ll find great weather, awesome food, and tons of fun! From sports, to culinary and cultural festivals, Tampa offers year-round entertainment.

Moving to Tampa?

There’s a reason why Tampa is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming cities: it’s got a lot to offer! If you’re moving to Tampa, there’s a lot we think you should know about your new city! Check out our blog, where you can find our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ series, which offers a snapshot of the best of Tampa’s food and entertainment scene, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Whether you’re moving your home or business, we can help! Let us handle the moving and logistics while you get to know your new city! Get a moving quote, or contact us to discuss your needs.




Tampa Ranks as One of the ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America!

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What are America’s Best Foodie Cities?

WalletHub recently released its 2017 list of best cities in America for finding good food. The list rated cities based on the accessibility, diversity and affordability and quality of their food options.

Just missing the top 10 cut, Tampa comes in at #11 on the list of best foodie cities in America! And the #11 is nothing to snuff at – Tampa beat out well-established foodie cities like Chicago and Philadelphia for a top spot. It even beat out its sister city across the bay, St. Petersburg (#91)!

Tampa restaurantsFor Tampa residents, the rank really comes as no surprise. Tampa’s diverse history and culture have allowed for a vibrant and thriving ethnic food scene combining Spanish, Latin and Caribbean cuisines to create a thriving foodie culture. What’s more, the influx of innovative, ‘new food’ concepts that have been coming to Tampa recently are pushing the city into the national spotlight.

Tampa’s food scene is ever-evolving, with more great things coming in everyday, positioning it as one of the leading destinations for food-lovers from all over the world.

In honor of making the list as on of America’s top ‘foodie’ cities, here are some of our favorite foodie spots around Tampa. If you’re moving to Tampa, make sure to put these stops on your list!


Let’s start with the cuisine that put Tampa on the map – Cuban food. And we’re not just talking Cuban Sandwiches. While Tampa is known for the iconic sandwich, there is so much more to Cuban cuisine. Mixing Latin and Spanish cooking with Caribbean flavors, Cuban food creates unique flavors that will

For some real home-style Cuban cooking, check out La Teresita or Arco Iris.

For traditional Cuban Sandwiches and Medianoches, check out West Tampa Sandwich Shop or head over to Brocato’s Sandwich Shop.

‘New Food’

For lack of a better term, ‘new food’ describes the innovative food movement that has emerged in Tampa recently. New concepts, focusing on fresh, farm-to-table options and seasonal ingredients have reinvigorated whole neighborhoods. The Seminole Heights neighborhood , in particular, has emerged as a local leader in these new culinary concepts.

In Seminole Heights, make sure you check out Ichicoro Ramen or Rooster and the Till. Ichicoro is serving up some of the finest traditional ramen bowls you’ll ever taste and Rooster and the Till is a pioneer in the area for modern, farm-fresh dishes.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Tampa has so much more for all you food-lovers out there – too much to fit in one blog! For even more great restaurant ideas in Tampa, check out our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segments highlight some of the best food options neighborhood-by-neighborhood!




Top Things to Do in Tampa This October

Looking for fun and frights this October? Tampa is the place to be!

things to do in TampaWe love it when October rolls around in Tampa. There are a ton of events and things to do all month long, from Halloween fun to Oktoberfest celebrations.

If you live in Tampa Bay, here are some of some of the top things to do in Tampa during the month of October!


Things to Do in Tampa This October

River of Frights – Pirate Water Taxi (Sept. 29-Oct. 31)

Now through Halloween, the popular water taxi service is giving riders a haunted fright! River of Frights turns the Hillsborough River into the haunted stomping grounds of the restless spirits of betrayed pirates.

This interactive experience of spooky sights is fun for any age. For more information about hours and reservations visit the Pirate Water Taxi website.

Creatures of the Night – Lowry Park Zoo (Oct. 7-29)

For the month of October, Lowry Park Zoo transforms into a haunted spooktacular. Creatures of the Night events offer park visitors immersive Halloween sights and frights that are fun for the whole family.

For hours and ticket information, visit the zoo’s website.

Howl-O-Scream – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Sept. 22-Oct. 29)

If you’re looking for some real haunted thrills, be sure to check out Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! With extended park hours, you get more chances to catch your favorite rides and roller coasters. Plus, the park goes all-out with frights and scares around every corner.

For information about hours and tickets, visit the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay website.

Oktoberfest Tampa – Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Oct. 13, 14-15)

Everybody loves Oktoberfest festivities. There’s delicious food games, dancing and, of course… beer! Every year, Tampa embraces the spirit of Oktoberfest. The annual Oktoberfest celebration at Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa is a favorite of many residents.

For more event information, visit the Oktoberfest Tampa 2017 website.






Tampa Ranks as One of America’s Most Fun Cities in 2017

The Cigar City has been making a name for itself lately. It has frequently been appearing on various “best of” lists for its quality of living and strong economic growth. It’s become a rising star, not just among other southern cities, but nationwide as well.

Recently, Tampa has been listed on WalletHub’s ‘2017 Most Fun Cities in America’ list. Rankings are based on several factors including recreation, entertainment, events/nightlife, and cost.

Earning the #15 spot, Tampa has proved once again that it is a great place to live, offering a wealth of entertainment and living options. There are a ton of things to see and do and a lot of great neighborhoods to live in, each with their own unique charm. You’ll find history, culture, cuisine and most importantly… FUN!

In honor of earning a top spot on the most fun cities list, here is our list of some of the most fun things that make Tampa awesome.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay/Adventure Islands

Busch Gardens TampaA perennial Tampa attraction, Busch Gardens has been bringing family fun to the bay area for over 30 years. One of the largest amusement parks in the southeast,Tampa attractions Busch Gardens combines roller coasters, classic midway games and wildlife exhibits for non-stop excitement!


If you’re a thrill-seeker, Busch Gardens is the place for you. The park’s coasters are well-respected as some of the best in the U.S. On the hotter days, cool off at Adventure Islands waterpark. Or you can by a two park pass and hit Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands both!

Craft Brewing

craft beer TampaTampa Bay may just hold the title as Florida’s craft beer capitol. In fact, the area is recognized as having one of the most thriving craft brewing cultures in the U.S. Almost anywhere you are in Tampa Bay, there’s bound to be a brewery not too far away.

From exclusive, in-house microbrews to full-scale distribution, Tampa is a craft beer powerhouse. You’ll find eclectic flavors that reflect the the Cigar City‘s diverse heritage and vibrant culture.


things to do in TampaTampa is blessed with an abundance of natural attractions. Whether its the land or water that you love, the bay area has something for everyone. From hiking to biking, to water sports and lounging on the beach, Tampa’s warm, sunny weather is great for any outdoor activity year-round.



Moving to Tampa?

Let us help! We want your first impression of your new home to be great. That means, making sure your move goes off without a hitch.

So go hit the beach! Let us handle your move, from the packing and loading to logistics, we’ll make sure your move is done right.

You can request a moving quote from our website or give us a call any time to find out more about our services.








Know Your Neighborhood: South Tampa

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: South Tampa

The area comprising South Tampa is actually a collection of different neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity. Many of the neighborhoods feature living artifacts from Tampa’s history, from brick-paved streets to historic homes. South Tampa is known for its majestic homes, shopping and eating. The area has a little something for everyone one, making it one of Tampa’s hottest neighborhoods.

Things to do in South Tampa

If you’re living in South Tampa, there’s tons to do. From shopping to recreation, South Tampa has a little bit of everything.

Bayshore Boulevard

living in South TampaThis scenic drive traces the edge of Old Hillsborough Bay, which acts as South Tampa’s natural border. The road runs for seven miles, featuring scenic views of the water as well as the gorgeous historic homes that line Bayshore.

After undergoing a beautification project and pedestrian renovation, Bayshore has since become one of the most popular biking/walking trails in Tampa.

Gasparilla Pirate Festival

things to do in South TampaUndoubtedly, Tampa’s most iconic and notable cultural event, Gasparilla Pirate Festival is something not to miss.

A week-long festival celebrating Tampa’s historic status as a pirate haven, Gasparilla features many events and many of them occur in South Tampa. One of the most popular events, the Gasparilla Parade, is held on Bayshore Blvd.


Eating in South Tampa

If you’re a foodie, than South Tampa is a great place to live. There’s tons of great culinary options from a variety of cuisines. Here are some of our favorites.

datz restaurant south tampaDatz

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with Datz. Featuring an extensive menu of American fusion, the menu at Datz is innovative and flavorful. From exciting takes on deli-style sandwiches and burgers to tex-mex and everything in between, you’ll be floored by these food options; and you’ll never get tired of it! It’s also a popular brunch spot.

But ‘Datz’ not all (sorry).

Datz also features a selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails if you want to get your drink on.

Italian food TampaBella’s Italian Cafe

For over 30 years, Bella’s Italian Cafe has been bringing authentic Italian flavor and hospitality to South Tampa foodies and families. Featuring classic, rustic Italian dishes and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere Bella’s has become a staple of the South Tampa culinary scene. When you visit you’ll find out why.

From fresh pasta made in-house daily, to hand-tossed pizzas and calzones, you’ll sound find out why the locals love it.

 Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in South Tampa is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.





Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa is undergoing a renaissance. Revitalization efforts have led to a renewed interest among businesses and professionals. It is quickly emerging as one of the best areas for urban living and recreation. If you’re looking for a mix of live-work-play, then you’re going to love downtown Tampa.

Living in Downtown Tampa

There’s tons of great places to live in and around downtown Tampa. From the downtown core, over to Channelside and Harbour Island, the area is well connected and very walkable. While their are some single family options, most downtown residences are condos and apartments, making it a popular neighborhood for young professionals.

Working in Downtown Tampa

Downtown serves as one of Tampa’s main commercial business districts, next to Westshore, and is Tampa’s financial center. You can see Tampa’s skyline populated by banking and financial institutions. Another emerging part of downtown Tampa’s live-work-play lifestyle is its shift toward non-traditional workplaces.

You’ve probably heard the term “coworking” before. The concept has grown in popularity over recent years and the downtown core has been embracing it. One such space, Suites@Madison, offers a collaborative work space and hourly meeting rooms as well as other a la carte office services, like virtual office and mail-receiving.

With coworking, you have access to flexible, professional office solutions hat allow you more freedom and accessibility than a traditional office space.

Playing in Downtown Tampa

There’s tons to see and do downtown. It’s got a vibrant nightlife and is Tampa’s cultural events center. You’ll find year round events, from theater, to film and music. Here’s where you can find them:

things to do in downtown TampaStraz Center

The Straz hosts live live events year-round. From mainstage plays, to opera and musicals, and even live speakers, you’ll find tons of great entertaiment.

Check out their events calendar for more info on what’s coming up!


living in downtown TampaTampa Theatre

The Tampa Theater is one of the most recognizable figures downtown. Built in the 1920s, its historic architecture and grand marquis reflect Tampa’s history and will bring you back to the golden age of film. You can get a dose of both classic and modern films at this historic theater, with weekly showtimes.

You can even rent it out for private events!

downtown Tampa eventsCurtis Hixon Waterfront Park

This popular park really jump-started the whole revitalization of downtown Tampa. What was once an eyesore with a lot of potential has since become Tampa’s outdoor events hub. Nestled against the popular River Walk, Curtis Hixon offers breathtaking views of the Hillsborough River and University of Tampa’s iconic minarets.

You’ll find that Curtis Hixon is a year-round favorite among locals. Any given day, you can see people lounging in the grass, walking dogs, or taking their children to the playground. Plus the park hosts a series of popular, annual events:

  • Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Margarita Festival
  • The Mayor’s River o’ Green Festival (St. Patrick’s Day)
  • Oktoberfest

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in downtown Tampa is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.





Know Your Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights is one of Tampa’s hottest neighborhoods on the rise. The neighborhood has undergone extensive revitalization and a community has formed of residents and business owners to make Seminole Heights at once hip, charming, and inviting. It’s a great place to live and attracts a diverse crowd of young professionals and families.

There’s a few things you should know about the neighborhood if you’re planning a move to Seminole Heights. It’s Tampa’s unofficial culinary epicenter, there’s tons of great things to see and do, and historic homes and tree-lined streets give Seminole Heights a unique charm.

Here’s just a few reasons why this neighborhood makes Tampa an awesome place to live!

The Neighborhood

Seminole Heights neighborhoodThe first thing to know about Seminole Heights is one that it is actually comprised of three distinct neighborhoods: Old Seminole Heights, South Seminole Heights and Southeast Seminole Heights. It is one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods and features an abundance of 20th century bungalows and historic architecture.

Neighborhoods feature tree-lined streets, and the Hillsborough River serves as a border to the west.


Seminole Heights is known for its culinary scene. Not only is it one the hottest foodie spots in Tampa, but many of the restaurants in the area have achieved national recognition for their innovation and flavor. There’s tons of great restaurants in Seminole Heights, featuring an ecclectic array of fresh flavors. Here are just a couple of our favorites:

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

restaurants in seminole heightsCall it beatnik nouveau, call it ramshackle chic, call it what you will, but Ella’s is one of Seminole Heights finest for food and drinks of any variety. Set against a colorful backdrop of authentic American folk art, Ella’s runs the gamut from comfort food staples to fresh and modern and everything in between.

Their killer menu is matched by a formidable selection of brews and libations, making it a perfect stop for both food and drinks. Plus, they’ve got brunch!

Ella’s is a Tampa favorite and it’s bound to become one of your regular spots if you’re moving to Seminole Heights

Chop Chop Shop

seminole heights neighborhoodOne of Seminole Heights’ hidden gems, Chop Chop Shop takes Asian Fusion to another level. Serving modern takes on traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors in an intimate setting, Chop Chop Shop is foodie favorite.

Focusing on a “quick craft food” concept, Chop Chop Shop offers up a customizable menu of rice or noodle bowls choc full with chicken, pork, or pork belly with greens and other add-ons. They also offer “hand-foods” like burgers and sandwiches.

This is one of Seminole Heights’ hottest restaurants on the rise and it’s one not to miss if you’re moving to the neighborhood.


Seminole Heights also enjoys a happening bar and nightlife scene. With everything from casual bars, to biergartens, to video-game barcades, there’s a little something for everyone.

Independent Bar & Cafe

bars in TampaA neighborhood mainstay, the Independent is popular night or day. Part bar-part cafe,-part music venue, locals love the atmosphere, drink selection and great food of the Independent.

Their draft selection features a revolving list of local, seasonal, and independent beers and ciders. Plus, they’ve got a huge selection of cans and bottles.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat as well, you can’t go wrong with the menu. From traditional German fare, to daily soups and snacks, Independent’s kitchen pushes out some great food.

If you’re looking for craft brews of the packaged variety, make sure you stop at the Independent’s sister store, Jug & Bottle for a fine selection of import and craft beers.


Seminole Heights is also known for its bevvy of breweries. If you’re into great craft brews, be sure to check out:

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood. Seminole Heights is a great community with lots to offer. We think you’re going to love living here!





Know Your Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood is a great place to live. Hyde Park is classic Tampa all the way; downtown adjacent, where the river empties into old Hillsborough Bay. There’s tons of great things to see and do in Hyde Park. It’s known for it’s casual atmosphere, historic homes, shopping and food scene.

If you’re moving to Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood, here’s just a few of the things that makes the neighborhood a great place to live.


Hyde Park is in an enviable area of Tampa. Not only is it conveniently situated near major attractions, but the neighborhood is steeped in history and charm. From brick-lined streets to Victorian-style homes and water views, Hyde Park.

Homes along Bayshore Blvd. have an unobstructed view of Hillsborough Bay, while homes behind are only a short walk form scenic views along the bay or Hillsborough River.


things to do in Hyde Park TampaAnother attraction to Hyde Park is its designation as a shopping district, known for it’s couture and boutique shops.

Hyde Park Village, offering an upscale retail experience with food and drink options a-plenty.

An easy stroll along Swann Ave. will bring you past a number of boutiques and…


Some of Tampa’s hottest restaurants are found in Hyde Park. From casual to upscale, it’s all here and it’s all good. Here’s some of our favorites.

restaurants in Hyde Park TampaGoody Goody Burgers

A Tampa institution, redefined. If you lived in Tampa back in the day (1925-2005 to be exact), you probably remember Goody Goody. The classic burger joint was a hot spot for locals day or night.

After closing in 2005, many thought the fresh, unique taste of a Goody Goody Burger would be gone forever. However, Good Sir Knight Gonzmart (that’s Richard Gonzmart, of Colombia Restaurant & Ulele) felt it was time to bring it back. Goody Goody was officially reopened in 2016, to much fanfare.

Now, you can get your taste of Tampa history anytime you want!

Hyde Park Tampa restaurantsOn Swann

Looking for a more upscale dining experience? On Swann offers diners a refined, casual atmosphere while serving up refreshing takes on American cooking.

Serving fresh, local ingredients and signature cocktails, there’s little you can go wrong with here.

The open kitchen allows diners to see how food is prepared and served and the menu encourages sharing. But don’t worry, you can also get your own meals if you don’t want to share!

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Hyde Park is awesome. There’s tons to do, its family-friendly and the location is tough to beat. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.


Know Your Neighborhood: Brandon

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Brandon

Long known as Tampa’s bedroom community, Brandon has been cultivating an identity of its own. It’s increasingly becoming a desirable location in its own right for families and young professionals.

With an emerging food and drink culture and a dose of country charm, Brandon is a great place to move. Living in Brandon has the convenience of being near all the amenities of Tampa, while keeping a small-town feel.

Here are some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning on moving to Brandon.

Food and Drinks

Brandon has a burgeoning food-and-drink scene. Here are some of our favorites:

moving to Brandon, FLStein & Vine

This is one gastropub you won’t want to miss. They’ve got an extensive drink list of taps and bottles and a killer menu that changes daily (that’s right… daily). It’s not just your typical pub fare either. The kitchen whips up fresh takes on comfort food classics (buffalo-tossed duck gizzards, anyone?). It’s endlessly innovative, sometimes absurd and always delicious.

Stein & Vein is a favorite local spot, for good reason. You’ll feel right at home with the friendly staff, good beer and great food.

living in BrandonWindmill Taphouse/Chuck’s Natural Fields Market

Chuck’s Natural Market has been a name in organic and health-wise groceries in the Tampa area since 1992, but the Brandon location is unique. Complementing the regular market is a special kind of taphouse.

In it you’ll find what you’d expect: a good selection of local, craft brews but you’ll also find something else. Taking notes from a growing west-coast trend, the Windmill Taphouse also features select kombucha brews on-tap, for the health-conscious. If you’ve never tried kombucha, the Windmill Taphouse is probably a good place to start.

Recipe Box Family Diner

Nothing beats a good diner: homey atmosphere, good food and friendly service. And you better believe Recipe Box has all three. Whether its breakfast or lunch you’re in the mood for, Recipe Box has it all. You can get your fill of all the comfort food classics.

It’s a perfect go-to place for families and a popular spot for locals. You’ll find it bustling most any time of the week with patrons who keep coming back for the great food and great service.


Living in Brandon offers a lot in terms of outdoor activities. From golfing to canoeing and hiking, Brandon provides a scenic backdrop for outside recreation.

things to do in Brandon, FLLithia Springs Park

Did you know that living in Brandon, you’re only a short distance from one of the area’s only public, natural springs? Lithia Springs is a 2nd magnitude spring, with crystal clear water flowing year-round at 72 degrees.

Lithia Springs Park is only a 10-20 min. drive from most anywhere in Brandon and offers all-day entertainment. From the spring, to hiking trails, to picnic areas, families love spending the day at this beautiful slice of old-Florida.

recreational activities Brandon, FLAlafia River

Want more of old-Florida? Then get out on the Alafia River, which winds its way through Brandon.

The river meanders along through old-growth cypress and oak hammocks, offering plenty of scenic beauty and opportunity for wildlife sightings.

There are public boat ramps available, or you can launch from the Alafia River State Park, not to for away.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Brandon Chamber of Commerce website for more info on community events or to learn how you can get more involved.


Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

hottest attractions in Tampa Bay

Moving to Tampa Bay?

Tampa is a great city to be in. Every year Tampa sees continued growth as industries, families and young professionals move to the bay area. In addition to great weather year-round, Tampa and the bay area feature some of the biggest area attractions in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Here’s a list of some of the top area attractions that make Tampa Bay bay one of the coolest places to live in Florida.


Tampa has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR professional sports teams!

  • Baseball:
    • The Tampa Bay Rays play their home games just across the bay, in St. Petersburg
  • Soccer:
    • Tampa Bay’s own USL team, The Rowdies, have their stadium in downtown St. Petersburg


Tampa is home to a fantastic and evolving food, drink and entertainment culture. With tons of great breweries, bars and restaurants on either side of the bay, Tampa Bay enjoys a well-known reputation as a cultural hub.


There’s lots of great things to do in Tampa and the bay area:

  • Florida State Fairgrounds
    • Concerts and events happen here year-round, and, of course, the State Fair!
  • Busch Gardens/Adventure Islands
    • One of Florida’s biggest attractions, Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands offer up a hefty dose of roller coasters, water slides and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    • You can get your gambling fix or enjoy a world-class show at this popular resort and casino located in east Tampa.
  • Swimming/Boating
    • The bay area boasts some of the best swimming and boating spots in Florida. With miles of beautiful coastline in St. Pete Beach, stunning vistas on Tampa Bay or serene intimacy of the Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay is a great spot for water activities.

Preparing for your family moving day in Tampa

Tampa Movers

We all can agree that moving in Tampa can be stressful given a variety of factors. Moving with young children can prove to be even more challenging because there are so many additional steps that need to be taken before the moving process begins. Below we’ve put together a small list of activities to help your family move go smoothly.

Leading up to Moving Day

Involve your children in the moving process by preparing them for the big day. Change for kids isn’t always easy, and this will be a stressful time in their lives too. Explain to them why you are moving and why it’s necessary and/or beneficial for the entire family. You will find that your children will be more cooperative for when the moving day comes.

  1. Assigning your children small tasks to keep them interested and occupied.
  2. Checking under the beds
  3. Sorting through old clothes
  4. Marking boxes
  5. Placing items in boxes
  6. Doing room inventories
  7. It is a good idea to pack a cooler of food and snacks for the family the morning before the movers arrive.

On Moving Day

This is the day that you have been preparing your family for. The movers will be in and out for several hours, and you want your kids to be on their best behavior so the process can happen as smooth as possible. Try using a reward system:

  1. Arrange a mini trip to their favorite local place; whether that may be the weekend fair or a certain museum.
  2. Offer to take them out for treats if everything goes well.
  3. Consider arranging a play date or arranging your kids to spend time with other family members during the move.
  4. Consider bringing them by the old place to say a final goodbye.

After Moving Day!

Moving into a new place takes some getting used to for most of us. Depending on the circumstances, you may not be able to unpack everything on the first day. If possible, order in your family’s favorite meal and have an indoor or outdoor picnic. This gives you the opportunity to connect with one another while also getting familiar with the new place. Play a board game or watch a movie. The key to this is for everyone to not feel estranged. Make it a family objective to unpack a room of boxes each day and focus on organizing as you go.


Best Tampa Sports Bars for Super Bowl 50

Watching Super Bowl 50 in Tampa

The NFL’s 50th Super Bowl takes place today at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California where two No.1 draft picks go head-to-head in what is likely to be a one-and-done scenario for the sheriff as he attempts to out-duel Superman in this Bronco-Panther matchup, perhaps Manning’s last. And although driving to California may have to be planned out for a lucky few, watching the game with friends here in Tampa is a close second. The exhilarating excitement that comes with bone-crushing football on a national stage can be expressed with others locally that enjoy the same game. And to no surprise, the Super Bowl gets us excited for a number of reasons: the athleticism of every player, the nail-biting plays, the amazing halftime show that usually features a superstar entertainer, and of course, the best commercials of the year. According to Nielsen, a global performance management company that measures what consumers watch and buy, the 2015 Super Bowl generated 114.4 million total viewers. The game set a new record for the fourth time in five years becoming the most-watched show in U.S. history. The viewers also expressed their sentiments on social media totaling 65 million people posting on Facebook, and 28.4 million tweets posted between kickoff and 30 minutes after the game, according to Twitter. Here at 2 College Brothers we would like for everyone to have a good time watching the game, having a few drinks and enjoy being around others that love the game. For this reason we wanted to share a few sports bars that offer the best viewing and drinking experience in the Tampa Bay area. Here are a few that made the list this year chosen by your Tampa Movers.

Our Picks for Tampa Sports Bars

Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill

Ferg’s, founded 23 years ago, is the largest sports bar in the state of Florida, covering nearly 2 city blocks.  Watch the Super Bowl from one of 88 TV’s in 3 restaurant rooms, around 6 bars and in 5 covered outdoor areas. Ferg’s is famous for its wings and we expect to sell 30,000 of them on Sunday, including take out. Sports fans have also enjoyed our authentic Cubans and 1/2 lb. burgers made with choice brisket, short rib and sirloin.  Our 80 item menu is nothing like a typical sports bar menu!

Fans at Ferg’s on Sunday have a chance to win a free 7-night cruise, a Budweiser bicycle, coolers and other prizes! Carry-out wings pickup times are being booked on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 727-641-5614.

Irish 31 Pub & Eatery

Irish 31 is a premier upscale Irish Pub with a chef-driven menu and live music nightly. This Super Bowl they’ll have the game on the big screen and wall-to-wall TVs with the sound up, indoor & outdoor seating, and a pup-friendly patio. Irish 31 is offering $3.10 miller light drafts (with keep the Bucs pints for $6) and $3.10 Irish 31 red ales. With Locations in Hyde Park Village & Westchase, Irish 31 will soon be expanding to WestShore Mall, Wiregrass, Clearwater Beach, Sarasota and Seminole.  

Ferg’s Live

Ferg’s Live is Downtown a new favorite venue for live sports, live concerts, and great food and drink, with over 8,000 square feet of space to party! Ferg’s Biggest SuperBowl Party in the Bay includes a 150 square foot LED wall, 2 giant projection screens inside, wall-to-wall flat-screens, and the sound turned up for the big game. Pregame with the Jeremy Thomas Band from 2-6 pm, and enjoy 50 wings + two 32 oz personal pitchers for only $50, 16 oz Corona Bucket for $20, Smirnoff and Smirnoff flavors for $4, Captain Morgan Rums for $5, and Crown Royal and Crown Regal Apple for $7.

Peabody’s Billiard & Games

With over 70 TV’s and two 10 ft projection screens, Peabody’s is doing it big this year for the Super Bowl. We’ve created a special tailgate style menu available only on February 7th that features homemade wing sauces for each team: A  deliciously tangy Carolina-style bbq sauce for the Panthers and a sweet Raspberry-Habenero  sauce that packs some heat just like the Broncos. These sauces are the perfect mix for all fans!

And what’s Football without beer? We have all-you-can-drink draft beer for $16.99, $9.99 beer buckets, and $5 double pints of Miller Lt & Coors Lt. Plus, everyone who comes in to watch the game has a chance to win  a 48″ inch TV! No purchase is necessary and ticket holder must be present at time of giveaway to win. We’ll also be hosting a pick-a-square contest and doing some random prize giveaways throughout the game! For the ultimate Super Bowl viewing experience, come to Peabody’s.


Best Tampa Gyms to Kickstart your New Year’s Resolution – A College Movers Guide

Choosing a New Year’s Resolution to Stay Fit

It’s December 31st and you’re out celebrating the coming of the New Year while reflecting on how 2015 went. You had a great year yet there is still that lingering feeling of how you could have accomplished more. Like most of us, you’re trying to find the best New Year’s resolution to focus on in 2016. You want to choose something that you know is practical but not uninspiring so it doesn’t become just another neglected New Year’s resolution. According to a Journal done by the University of Scranton, of the 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% of people are successful in achieving them. So choosing a resolution should be simple enough for you to accomplish but enough of a challenge to be considered a success. To get started, this year the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions are listed below:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

As you can see, two of the top five have to do with some type of fitness or health initiative. As Tampa movers, we know the importance of staying fit and reap its benefits daily. Many people feel they fail in this department from being inconsistent and want to set a routine to start the year. So it’s only natural to expect the majority of New Year’s resolutions to revolve around getting in shape. For this reason we wanted to share some of Tampa’s best gyms and studios with personal tips on how to get the New Year started right.

CrossFit Jaguar

CrossFit Jaguar is a 10,000 square foot facility located in the Carrollwood area. Their offerings include coach led CrossFit classes for every skill level focusing on weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning with a variety of class times to fit your schedule.  In addition they offer one-on-one personal training and sport specific programs.

To start the New Year, CrossFit Jaguar is offering a 8 week New Year’s Fitness Challenge “Look Better Naked”, starting on January 16th.  It will Include: before/after photos, body fat testing, pre/post performance WOD and personalized nutrition only for only $50. Those interested can sign up here. CrossFit Jaguar is also offering 50% off your first month of group training with the purchase of their On Ramp program (for beginners) and new clients with CF experience can buy one month and get 50% off their second.  

Q: What workout goals do you recommend setting for a New Years resolution? 

A:“It depends on what you’re training for?  There is no one size fits all routine; different goals along with starting fitness level and a few other factors will dictate the training.  Contact us to set up your Free Trial and Consultation.  We’ll discuss your goals and answer any questions you may have to determine the best place for you to start; Whether it’s fat loss, building muscle, better on the field performance or contest preparation, the coaching staff at CF Jaguar will guide you to success.”

4U Fitness

4U Fitness is a high-tech fitness studio that provides custom and scientifically based programs by incorporating a revolutionary fitness device that utilizes electrical muscle stimulation. Each program is designed specifically to the needs and goals of every individual. This specialized program only requires 2 – 20 minute sessions per week for guaranteed results!
Their New Year’s Special includes a 1 Free Week Trial that includes 1 free consultation, 1 free baseline strength and full-body assessment & 1 free session of choice. A $50 discount will be applied to any purchased package.
Q: What workout goals do you recommend setting for a New Years resolution? 

A: “For those setting New Year’s Resolutions, we highly recommend that you adopt a lifestyle change vs. seeking a “quick fix”. It is too often that we see clients waste their precious time and money on unhealthy and extreme weight loss and crash diets that can be extremely taxing on the body and could also result in damaging repercussions. We recommend a sustainable program that includes 2 to 3 full-body workouts per week. Our unique programs and technology are time efficient and produce lifelong results. Not to mention, we are the sole providers in the US because we own the technology. We will be launching in the US this coming year to accompany our 1800 locations worldwide.”

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology


7 Moving Tips for a Safe and Smooth Move

Moving Tips

Save Money. Be Protected. Enjoy a Smooth Move.

We know everybody’s moving situation is unique. We train our Gainesville movers and Tampa Movers to adapt to whatever special circumstances are needed, however, the more uniform the situation, the more likely the smoothest possible relocation will take place. Below are some tips to ensure that your experience with 2 College Brothers, or whichever mover you choose, is the best move you have ever had!

  1. Book your move as far in advance as you can, as early in the day as possible.

  2. Most movers can only guarantee the start time of the first job of the day. Your mover will shoot to always be on schedule, however, sometimes prior jobs take longer than expected, and inclement weather, particularly afternoon thunderstorms, can become a factor. 2 College Brothers moves close to 2,000 people per year, which means there will be multiple jobs each day, especially during peak season, so keep this in mind!

  3. Provide as many details about your move as you can.

  4. Oftentimes people think they will save money by under reporting the items needed to be moved. Because most local moving companies charge on an hourly basis, this generally results in the price going above the estimated total. By letting your mover know as many details about the move as you can, they can give you the most accurate estimate to budget for, and it ensures that we will be properly equipped with the right sized truck, amount of movers, protective materials, and special equipment or tools that will help expedite the process and protect your items. Details to look for include:

    • List of furniture and number of boxes being moved
    • Anything requiring assembly or disassembly
    • Anything particularly heavy, valuable, or fragile
      • Pianos, pool tables, armoires, artwork, electronics, etc.
    • List any special circumstances such as:
      • Gate codes
      • Long hallways
      • Difficult to find locations
      • Extra stops
      • Extra garage, attic, or storage space
  5. Notify management of any pets or potentially hazardous conditions.

    Some people are allergic to pets and nobody likes their furniture sneezed on! It’s ok if something isn’t clean, that’s part of why you are moving! Just let your mover know so they can bring gloves, masks or anything else to protect the health of their team members.

  6. Have everything packed and ready to go!

  7. Good movers are happy to provide packing services, however this may result in an additional charge. Unless you specifically request packing services, your movers may not know to bring the materials needed to do the job right. Small or awkward items are difficult to stack safely inside of a truck if they are not packed into boxes, and several small items means more trips back and forth to the truck, causing the job to take longer, costing more money!

    Pack the heaviest items like books, canned goods or files into small boxes. Boxes should never weigh more than 50 pounds, as this can jeopardize the integrity of the box. Make sure fragile items are individually wrapped in boxes, and packing paper or peanuts are used to fill in open gaps.

  8. Save money by being organized!

    • If you have all boxes in a central location, your movers can work as quickly as possible
    • If boxes are labeled, your mover will know exactly which rooms they go in
    • Break down beds, dressers, couches, desks, etc. It is no problem if you do not know how, or do not have time, a good mover has the tools to do so, but this will save them time, and save you money!
  9. Transport any small, awkward, fragile and sentimental items yourself.

  10. These items may take extra time and cost securing and protecting. If something small like a laptop, heirloom, or piece of art is extremely important to you, it just makes sense to transport it yourself. Make sure to be very clear with the movers of the item’s significance if you would still like them to transport it. Depending on the item and situation, they may have you sign a release of liability.

  11. If loading a rental truck make sure to provide blankets and tie downs.

  12. Because you will be moving out of the area, you must provide your own pads and tie downs as the local mover you hire will not be able to get their own back. They should still bring out stretch wrap, but you will want max padding for a long distance move. The mover may not be responsible for any damages that may result in transportation of a truck not driven by its team. Once you are satisfied with the load up and sign off, the mover is no longer liable, so make sure the crew has everything they need to pack the truck safely. You can rent moving pads and other equipment from the truck rental facility.