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Thursday, December 2, 2021



Belleview ordinance lessens restrictions on home-based businesses

Belleview city commissioners approved an ordinance stating that home-based businesses are to be regulated and licensed the same as other businesses, though some exceptions are stipulated to ensure that a home's primary use remains as a residence.

The Works Dog Grooming granted approval for residential area shop

The Works Dog Grooming was granted a special use permit to continue operating their business inside a residential area on Almond Road in Ocala. The shop has been grooming dogs at this location for over 11 years.

Berry Trucking granted rezoning request for new heavy equipment repair facility

Berry Trucking gained rezoning approval from county commissioners for the creation of a new heavy equipment repair facility located on West Highway 326 in Ocala. This facility will also include a paint and body shop.

Workout Anytime opening new gym in Dunnellon

Workout Anytime is opening a new gym at a popular shopping center in Dunnellon. The new gym will feature exercise equipment, certified personal trainers, tanning equipment, and a custom-built app that enables members to track workout progress and watch instructional videos.

Ocala Mall flea market hoping to reopen shuttered location

The Ocala Mall, a new indoor flea market, is hoping to bring new life to a shuttered location in east Ocala that saw a similar concept fail last year. 

Local business Brilliant Bins wants to clean city’s trash cans

Brilliant Bins, a new local business, looks to be a part of the city's sanitation solution by offering a curbside trash can cleaning service.

Ocala Tractor suffers fire, soldiers on

"We suffered a fire today but that will not stop us from serving our community," Ocala Tractor said in a social media post after sustaining structural damage from a large two-alarm fire.

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler visiting Ocala toy store for grand opening

Vintage Toy Universe celebrates the grand opening of their Ocala location this weekend with a special guest: WWE Hall of Famer Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

City reestablishes ordinance allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas at Ocala restaurants, cafes

Ocala has reestablished an ordinance that allows customers to bring their dogs into designated outdoor dining areas at local restaurants and cafes.

Ocala Subway restaurant temporarily closed after failed health inspection

An Ocala Subway was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and nine rodent droppings.

New restaurant looking to take over former Dee Dee’s Diner

Two Ocala Historic District residents are looking to open a new restaurant, The Lion and Bull, at the former location of Dee Dee’s Diner in downtown Ocala.

Mojo Grill vandalized, owner looking for public’s help to identify individual responsible

Local business owner Rondo Fernandez, who operates multiple Mojo Grills across the area, is asking the public for help in identifying an individual who vandalized his Leesburg location with paint.

New food truck Ziggy’s bringing Taste of Detroit to Ocala

Locally based food truck Ziggy’s A Taste of Detroit will be among the 90 vendors and food trucks at tomorrow’s Grinch Fest. They will be serving authentic Detroit food during the event at Tuscawilla Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Construction underway for 125-room hotel coming to On Top of the World

Construction is underway for the new 125-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott coming to southwest Ocala, joining multiple other commercial and residential developments in the area.

Hickory Farms opening new store inside Paddock Mall next week

Hickory Farms will open a new location inside the Paddock Mall next week. The store will offer an assortment of gourmet foods and gift baskets including meats and cheeses, chocolates, wine, and fruit.

National chains offering free Veterans’ Day meals in Ocala, Marion County

Texas Roadhouse, McDonald's, Hooters, and Chili's, are among dozens of restaurants in Ocala and Marion County that will offer free meals to active-duty military personnel and veterans this Veterans' Day. Check the partial list and share your specials with us.

City council designates $600,000 for local non-profit businesses impacted by COVID-19

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the City of Ocala is setting aside $600,000 in non-profit grants to benefit non-profit businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center was temporarily closed for a day last week after a health inspector found 13 code violations, including the presence of rodent activity.

The Charcuterie Mama serving assortment of meats, cheeses to Ocala area

The Charcuterie Mama officially opened its online shop for Ocala, Belleview, and the Villages residents last month. They offer an assortment of charcuterie meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, olives, nuts, artisan crackers, and honey.

Paychecks for Patriots virtual job fair this week

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is holding their 9th Annual Paychecks for Patriots, a virtual job fair, on Wednesday, November 10. The participating businesses are looking to assist military veterans and their families with finding suitable careers.

S & M Pizza serving 16″ pizzas for $5.99 at new west Ocala location

S & M Pizza has opened a new location in west Ocala, selling 16" cheese and pepperoni pizzas for only $5.99. Have you tried the new pizza restaurant?

Homemade gelato, baked goods at La Dolce Vita Gelato & Pastry

La Dolce Vita Gelato & Pastry has been serving up gelato, pastries, bagels, and European-style coffees at its southwest Ocala location for over a year. Have you tried them yet?

Charlie Horse hosting Toys for Tots Drive

Charlie Horse will host its annual Toys for Tots Drive on Sunday. The event will include drinks, music, and prizes, as well as raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and a cornhole tournament that begins at 1 p.m.

Belleview mayor discusses new housing developments, black bear sighting in letter to residents

Belleview Mayor Christine Dobkowski recently addressed city residents in a letter that highlights the city's growth, including several new housing developments, and warns of a black bear that was spotted near the Diamond Ridge subdivision on Halloween.