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Business Briefs 1.7.2016

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Luhrsen Law Group relocates to Lakewood Ranch; Vanessa Fine Jewelry celebrates 10 years; California Pizza Kitchen leases spot at University Town Center.
by: Jessica Salmond Staff Writer

+ Luhrsen Law Group opens in Lakewood Ranch

A Florida law firm relocated from Tamiami Trail in Sarasota to a new location in Lakewood Ranch.

Luhrsen Law Group moved into its new spot at 7241 Delainey Court Dec. 1.

The law group specialized in injury and liquor liability law. It has expanded to cover business and contract law. Attorney Jeffrey Luhrsen said in a press release that the move has been planned for a while, because proximity to I-75 will allow easier access to clients throughout the region.

“The firm has always had one foot in Sarasota County and the other in Manatee County and that’s still true,” he said.

+ Vanessa Fine Jewelry celebrates 10 years

Vanessa Fine Jewelry, owned by Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh and her husband Don, is the longest-standing business on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

The business marked its decade anniversary in December.

The Baughs opened their first jewelry store in 1999 in the Sarasota Square Mall. They moved the store to Southgate Mall in Sarasota in 2001. In 2005, they opened their second location on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

With Lakewood Ranch Main Street celebrating its 10-year anniversary earlier in 2015, the jewelry store is the longest-standing shop in the street.

+California Pizza Kitchen signs onto University Town Center

The California-based pizza chain has signed a 10-year lease for a 5,500-square-foot space in University Town Center with Benderson Development. The storefront is located at the southwest corner of I-75 and University Parkway, along Cattleman Road.

The lease was signed Nov. 5. Kathleen Bush, spokeswoman for the restaurant, said via email that the location is set to open tentatively in late 2016.

The pizza franchise has locations in the U.S. and internationally, as well as a line of frozen foods sold in grocery stores. The nearest restaurants are in Tampa and Brandon.

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