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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.

Sports

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

Nightlife

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.

Recreation

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.
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Preparing for your family moving day in Tampa

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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