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Know Your Neighborhood: Tampa 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: Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is one of Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods. Centrally located and steeped in history, Tampa Heights has been enjoying a recent resurgence of interest.

Some of Tampa’s hottest food and drink spots are situated in Tampa Heights. The neighborhood is also an easy distance from the downtown core, Ybor and Seminole Heights allowing for plenty of things to do.

Here some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning a move to Tampa Heights.

Food and Drinks

Tampa Heights has a flourishing foodie scene. Tons of great restaurants and bars call this neighborhood home. Here are some of our favorites:

tampa heightsUlele

Opened 2014, Ulele has become one of the hottest spots in Tampa – for its fabulous food and in-house brews and its prime location. Ulele sits not only on the Hillsborough Riverfront, but it also shares its property with a natural spring (from which the restaurant gets its namesake), providing an unparalleled dining backdrop.

Ulele is another concept by Richard Gonzmart’s Columbia Restaurant Group (Goody Goody’s, Columbia), so you know the food is great. They  focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients – with a preference towards local, when possible – to bring their flavors.

With in-house microbrews, signature cocktails and homemade ice cream, Ulele is a perfect spot for dining, happy hour or desert.

tampa heights breweriesHidden Springs Ale Works

Just down the street from Ulele is Hidden Springs Ale Works. A cornerstone of the N. Franklin St. refurbishment project, Hidden Springs is serving up awesome craft brews that reflect the funky charm and culture of Tampa Heights.

They also have a rotating list of guest taps as well as bottled beverages and wines.

tampa heights pizzaLee’s Grocery

One of Tampa Heights’ hidden gems. Nestled on a quiet, shaded corner on Central Ave., Lee’s Grocery offers handcrafted pizza and craft brews in a hip, casual setting.

Despite its low-key appearance, Lee’s has been a vital part of the Tampa Heights community. It’s history as a neighborhood grocery store for migrant works dates back to the 1880’s! Though it’s since been converted into an eatery, it keeps the original name.

A great place to stop in for a beer and, if you’re hungry, this is seriously some of the best pizza you’ll have in Tampa. You can even by beers-to-go; their cooler has an extensive collection of local, regional and national craft beers, ciders and meades.

History

Tampa Heights is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. This is still reflected today in the homes and businesses that make up this neighborhood.

You’re sure to find Old Florida charm among the oak trees and bungalows. Tampa Heights also has a high concentration of historic landmarks and structures:

Woodlawn Cemetery

Tampa’s 2nd oldest and its largest, Woodlawn sits in the middle of Tampa Heights. It is open to the public and features headstones dating back to Tampa’s founding.

tampa heights churchesArchitecture

Pre-century, red-brick structures can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. Some of the most beautiful examples of this architecture are found in the historic churches found around Tampa Heights.

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 Tampa Heights Civic Association website for more info on community events or to learn how you can get more involved.

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Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

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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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10 Life-Hacks to Make Moving Easier

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Moving… It’s something no one likes to think about, let alone do.

Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or a life-long renter, moving is never fun… and it never seems to get any easier. First, there’s going through the house and taking inventory of what we need and don’t need – if you’re like me, then the need pile always seems to get bigger. Then there’s the packing and loading, and inevitable house cleaning that follows – and let’s not forget having to schedule a move or organize truck pick-up…

As professional movers, we’ve seen the stress that moving can cause on people. In an effort to save people some of the aggravation associated with moving, we’ve put together this list of 10 life-hacks to make your next move easier.

Moving Life-Hacks

  • Create a Schedule or Timeline
    • Make it as strict or loose as you like, but having a written plan in place really really helps to cut down on the amount of stuff to keep track of.
  • Get Your Supplies Together
    • A week or two before your move, start getting together the packing supplies you will need. Make sure you have enough boxes, tape, plastic wrap, moving blankets, etc. before your moving day.
  • Take Pictures of Your Electronics
    • This will save you the headache of trying to remember how your stereo, cable box and television were all plugged-in.
  • Use Your Drawers as Moving Boxes
    • Instead of emptying all the clothes out of your drawer or bureau and putting them in a box, you can save time and space by keeping everything in them and wrapping them completely in plastic wrap.
  • Keep Your Packing Organized
    • Don’t start throwing things from your bedroom into boxes for the living room. You’ll go insane unpacking after the move trying to find where you put everything. It may help to label, or list the contents of your box
  • Put Screws and Bolts in Bags
    • If you need to dismantle anything, make sure to keep screws and bolts organized in clearly labeled bags so you don’t lose them.
  • Use Soft Padding Around the House for Packing
    • Instead of buying bubble wrap or saving up newspaper, you can use soft items around the house for packing, like towels, jackets, blankets and pillows.
  • Use Paper Towel Rolls to Prevent Tangling
    • You can string electronics cords and wires through paper towel rolls to keep them from tangling during moving. Toilet paper rolls can also be used for necklaces and jewelry to prevent tangling.
  • Update Utilities and Addresses
    • Switch over your internet and turn on utilities for your residence before moving. Make sure any mail subscriptions or online accounts are updated with your new address.
  • Pack a 1st Day Box
    • Pack a dedicated box of items you will need immediately after moving: clothes for the week, toiletries, quick meals.

An easier move.

While moving is never totally stress-free, these tips will definitely make your next move a lot easier. Don’t forget, professional movers are here to help. We take the utmost care in moving our clients, whether it’s a residential or commercial move. Let us handle the stress, contact us before your next move.

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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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How our Tampa Professionals Move a Piano

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Piano Movers Tampa – How to Successfully Move a Piano

Pianos are essentially the Holy Grail for moving companies when it comes to some of the most difficult pieces they can be faced with. They can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds, and potentially be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, 2 College Brothers has a designated Tampa piano moving team, that has moved countless pianos over the years. We also have one million dollars in insurance, enough to cover just about any piano!

There are many different sizes and styles of pianos, ranging from concert grand pianos, to smaller upright spinet pianos. Each type has a specific method, and requires different equipment, skill level, and varying amounts of man power.

When selecting a moving company to move your piano, it is important to make sure they have experience, and the management is aware of the different methods to make sure your piano gets the proper attention.

This article focuses mainly on moving a grand or baby grand piano, as these are generally the trickiest (not to mention most expensive) types of pianos, and should always be left to a professional.   Fortunately, 2 College Brothers, Inc, utilizes training from the American Moving and Storage Association on how to move these types of pianos, and only our experienced piano moving team will be handling it.

Materials needed to move a grand piano

  • Piano Board
  • Arm straps
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Plastic baggies
  • Moving pads or blankets
  • Tape
  • Stretch wrap
  • Floor dolly
  • 3 experienced movers
  • Truck with a lift gate or wench (Optional but preferred)
  • Buckle straps
  • Nylon tie downs

Step 1: Inspect the environment

Look over the piano for any pre-existing damages. Note any and point them out to the customer. Survey the area around the piano. Make sure it is clear of any obstacles. You will need plenty of room for three people to move around, as well as for the piano to move freely to the front door. Because the piano will be length wise on its side, make sure there is plenty of clearance around corners.

Step 2: Protect the ancillary pieces

Use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to undo the hinges on the piano topper. You will want to prepare a spread out blanket off to the side. Remove the topper from the piano, and set it on the blanket. Wrap this up in the blanket using tape and stretch wrap. Set this out of the way. Do the same with the music rack and keyboard cover. If the keyboard cover does not come off, wedge wound up stretch wrap, or cardboard on the ends to hold it in place and keep it from flapping open. Place any screws, washers, or bolts into a labeled plastic baggie.

Step 3: Protecting the tuning pedals

This next step will focus on the bottom of the piano. We want to pay special attention to the tuning pedals, as these can be easily damaged if not properly removed and protected. Have one mover crawl under the piano, and use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to dismount the rack that supports the tuning pedals. Once these are removed, insulate each pedal with plastic wrap and moving pads. Wrap these as you did the piano topper and music rack. Make sure nothing can interfere with these as they can easily become bent, rendering them ineffective. A common mistake amongst inexperienced piano movers is to not properly protect the tuning pedals. Make sure your movers take extra care of these like 2 College Brothers does!

Step 4: Un-attaching the legs and the “piano flip”

This is where some skill and experience comes into play for a piano mover. If you were to be facing the keys, you will want to focus the front left leg. You will also be using the piano board for this segment. Place the piano board about three feet to the left of the piano. One mover should hold the front left corner of the piano, and another the back left. The third mover must un screw the front left leg, while the other two movers hold their end up. Once the leg is off, the third mover should set it on a moving pad, as he hustles around to the front right side. In a controlled movement, the front left mover lowers his end onto the piano board, while the other two moves lift their ends up, keeping as much tension off the remaining legs as possible. Once the front left end is resting safely on the board, the first mover can help to finish turning the piano onto its side, so that it rests safely on the piano board. From here, the remaining legs are to be taken off, and protected.
Grand piano

Step 5: Relocating the piano to the truck

Once the Piano is safely resting on its side on the piano board, be sure to wrap it completely in moving pads, tape, and stretch wrap. Then, buckle the protected piano to the piano board with the buckle straps. With two movers lifting, and one stabilizing, use arm straps to lift the piano onto a flat dolly. The piano may not be rolled to the entryway, with one mover in front, one mover in back, and one mover stabilizing. To get the piano over any thresholds or bumps, utilize this same lifting technique. Please note that any stairs or large steps will require at least 1 more additional mover, preferably 2. DO NOT attempt to move even a baby grand piano up stairs without the adequate manpower.

Step 6: Transporting the piano in the moving truck

Once you safely get the piano to the moving truck, use the lift gate or winch to lift the piano up into the truck. Additional manpower may be required to roll it up a ramp. Secure the piano to on of the walls of the truck using buckle straps, or heavy duty nylon rope. There is no need to remove the piano from the flat dolly as long as it is secured properly in the truck, however do put the wheel locks on the flat dolly. Once the truck reaches its destination, un fasten the piano and slowly lower the piano off the truck using the lift gate wench, or with additional manpower, the ramp.

Step 6 Setting the piano back up

Wheel the piano to its desired location at the new destination. Unwrap it, putting all materials to the side. Using arm straps, lower the piano board off of the flat dolly and directly next to it. Essentially, you will be doing an exact reverse of steps 1-4. Screw the Back left and front right legs back onto the piano. Have one mover ready to receive the top (front right) end of the piano as it is tilted toward him. The other two movers should deadlift the front and back left ends of the piano, keeping as much tension off the legs as possible. Once upright, the mover on the receiving end of the front right must hustle around and re-attach the front left leg. Congratulations, the piano should now be resting safely upright at the new location! Simply re-attach the tuning pedals, music rack, and topper. Remove any insulation from the keyboard cover. If necessary per the client’s request, move the piano to the desired location of the room by having each mover lift each end, slowing carrying the piano to the assigned spot. Do not slide roll (if it has wheels) the piano as this can damage the floor or legs.

And there you have it! Moving a piano, simplified into 6 easy steps the 2 College Brothers “Master’s Degree in Moving” way! Don’t forget, we also move upright pianos, billiard tables, appliances, and gun safes! Stay tuned to hear more about how these “beasts” get moved from point A to B!

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