Hollywood shows new equipment & New business comes to Hollywood

City of Hollywood unveils lifesaving extraction equipment

From David Volz

The City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety unveiled its newest lifesaving extrication equipment, made possible thanks to a $36,175 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Proceeds from purchases made at U.S. Firehouse Subs restaurants provided the funding for this grant award.

The tools will assist first responders by dramatically reducing the time it takes them to safely extricate victims involved in motor vehicle accidents above ground and underwater. The equipment will also give the department the capability to respond to complex incidents involving heavy trucks, as well as cut and spread ultra-hardened steels found in newer vehicles.

To celebrate the receipt of the awarded equipment, City of Hollywood Fire Rescue Division Chief James Russo joined local Firehouse Subs Franchisee Ulises Lacentre in acknowledging the grant award and demonstrating the new equipment during an in-person event.

New business comes to downtown Hollywood

From David Volz

IVtamin Spa, a new wellness center that recently opened at 118 South 20th Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Hollywood. Co-founder and owners Mario Callejas and Marilin Marrero, create the IVtamin Spa path to inner wellness, which leads, they say, to “beauty from the inside out.”

“Everything here has to do with health,” explained Callejas, indicating an oxygen bar with individual nasal infusers, ten IV drip therapy stations, and a menu that offers nutrient-filled meals, organic smoothies, and juices that support a healthy lifestyle.

“We can help you detox and feel better by delivering essential vitamins, minerals and more directly into your bloodstream.”

Callejas and Marrero are long-time business partners in the insurance industry who wanted to expand their business into something completely different “and less boring,” laughed Marrero. Both Callejas and Marrero live and socialize in Hollywood, and wanted to keep their new business here, supporting the City while providing a benefit to neighbors and visitors alike.

“I’ve used these types of health services myself,” said Callejas, “and when I realized that there wasn’t anything like it in Hollywood… well, we had an idea and we acted on it.”

IVtamin Spa offers a variety of treatments designed to boost and maintain health and beauty, Marrero explained, from the inside out. New clients are evaluated by a nurse or doctor and, depending on each person’s situation, are given a recommended course of treatment. These can include vitamin IV drip therapy or injections, a visit to the 90% pure oxygen bar plus a variety of healthy food and drink from their in-house menu.

All but the oxygencan also be delivered and administered at home or in office.

Testosterone replacement therapy and Botox injections are among the additional services offered at IVtamin Spa at this time, with more to come as the business develops.

“The vitamin shots, or concentrated drips, are administered monthly, injected right into the bloodstream, often with immediate results,” said Marrero. “It’s especially good for people who don’t like taking many pills every day.”


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