Region 4 West Central SBEs

School-based enterprises operating in West Central Region 4 are listed on this page. For additional information on other promising practices in all areas of the state, including this region, visit our Promising Practices Transition Sites page as well as our 18-22 Year-Old Programs (Extended Transition) page.


Dolphin Café
CREST School
2600 South Panther Pride Drive, Lecanto, FL. 34461
Maryellen Brown, Teacher |
Skye Sanger, Teacher
Ingrid Swanson, Teacher
(352) 527-0303
The vocational group at CREST has 31 students participating in different vocational environments with several successful school-based businesses. The Dolphin Café is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Students make and distribute menus, shop, cook, set up and clean up the café. Fellow students earn "dolphin dollars" for good behavior during the week and spend them at the café. CREST Crafters is a group of students who make all kinds of crafts which are sold at a local bank. Students make holiday bows, necklaces, stationary, and photographic tiles. Students also have both an herb garden and a vegetable garden. Veggies are sold to staff and used at the café. New this year is The Independent Coffee Shop where students make muffins and coffee for staff, and CREST-Mart school store where students can purchase school supplies with dolphin dollars.

Jolly Rogers Laundry Service
Crystal River High School
1205 NE 8th Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428
Toby Rowlanson |
(352) 795-4641
Students with intellectual disabilities operate a Laundromat from within the Community-Based Instruction classroom where they complete laundry tasks for school groups including NJROTC, Scallyways (the school store), and maintaining tablecloths and linens used for different events. Students are responsible for the inventory of laundry materials, and items to be washed, dried, folded and pressed/ironed. Students work together to calculate bill and deliver items with a bill to the customer. Students work in shifts and small groups to ensure laundry is completed as required.


Dragon Java Cafe
Willis Peters Exceptional Student Center
3035 Nelson Drive, Dover, FL 33527
Daryl Oliver, ESE Teacher |
Students with intellectual disabilities prepare, market, and sell coffee to teachers, school personnel, and students in a coffee shop.

Looney Balloons
Durant High School
4748 Cougar Path, Plant City, FL 33567
Jackie Sizemore |
Students with intellectual disabilities fill orders for helium balloons for birthdays, anniversaries, pep rallies, school dances, and other occasions.

Wake Up Terriers
Hillsborough High School
500 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603
Sandra Marra |
Johana Ramponneau |
Students with autism spectrum disorders prepare, market, and sell coffee from a coffee cart to teachers, school personnel, and students around campus.


ABC Store
Land O’ Lakes High School
20325 Gator Lane, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638
David Sullivan, JP/TS |
Items such as clothing, paper, pencils, folders, and pens are donated to the store for students in need. Students are trained in store to organize and maintain inventory of donated items as well as market the store and create an awareness of the store to solicit donations.

Cobra Balloon Company/Recycling
Hudson High School
14410 Cobra Way, Hudson, FL 34669
Jason Vetter, Teacher of InD, JP/TS |
CBC sells balloons and stuffed animals. Students take orders throughout the day, and the Career Preparation class blows up the balloons and delivers them during 6th period. Students know every part of the business such as ordering, making deposits, and completing paperwork. They also recycle paper and plastic bottles.

Henn and Friends Coffee Shop
Marchman Technical Education Center
7825 Campus Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34653
Liz Henn |
Henn and Friends is an on-campus coffee shop that serves bagels on Fridays. A school store will aso open as soon as enough money is earned.

Mickens' Specialty Cards
Moore Mickens Education Center
38301 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City, FL 33525
Mary Lou Jordan, JP/TS |
Mickens' Specialty Cards produces handmade greeting cards for all occasions, although the majority of business is derived from the Christmas holiday. For the last two years, it has entered into an agreement with the River Ridge High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America to market and distribute its cards and share in profits from those sales. FBLA has also assisted in producing a catalog of specialty card products.

Mickens Pickins
Moore-Mickens Education Center
38301 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dade City, FL 33525
Mary Lou Jordan, Transition Specialist
(352) 524-9000
Students 18-22 years of age plant, grow and sell plants while learning about conservation, wetlands, marketing, and managing a business with the goal of developing marketable job skills. For additional information, read this article highlighting the program.

Mustang Market (School Store)
Goldmine Boutique (Thrift Shop)
J. W. Mitchell High School
2323 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34655
Nancy Luikart |
The Mustang Market sells balloons and flower arrangements, cards, school supplies, stuffed animals, and candy arrangements.
The Goldmine Boutique is a thrift shop full of “like new” used clothing, shoes, jewelry, signs made for teachers out of wood, benches, and lanyards for name badges. Students and staff access the shops to buy items during lunch.

Read a Latte
Wiregrass Ranch High School
2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Sheryl Arnold, JP/TS |
Teachers choose a reading day for students in their classes and order lattes or hot chocolate. OJT students decorate a cart, put on their chef coats, deliver the orders to the classrooms, collect the money, and count it. Order forms are given to teachers in advance to get a count of orders and what period they are to be delivered. Students also have a school store, a newspaper delivery service, and a recycling program.

Star Shark Coffee Shop
Anclote High School
1540 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday, FL 34691
Sharon Gavin |
The coffee shop offers staff hot coffee and tea, iced coffee, and homemade biscotti during 1st and 2nd periods. Delivery is provided. Recycling is also offered one day per week. A copy service will offer teachers the opportunity to allow students to do their copying for them.

Sweet Delights
Saint Leo University - STEPS classroom
33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574
Mary Jo McEwen, JP/TS |
Students make and sell chocolate covered pretzels, potato chips, and cookies.

The School Store
Wesley Chapel High School
30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
John Sousa, JP/TS |
The School Store sells balloons, candy, gum, greeting cards, and t-shirts during lunch times. Coming soon will be a greenhouse project where students will grow and sell plants. Students also recycle cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard as part of a recycling program.


Snore-No-More Coffee Shop
Osceola Fundamental High School
9751 98th Street North, Seminole, FL 33777
Vicki Michea |
(727) 547-7717 ext. 2075
Since 2007 the Snore-No-More Coffee Shop has prepared, marketed and served a variety of hot and cold flavored coffees to the students and staff at OFHS. The benefits of this enterprise include the development of real-world marketable job skills, customer service and social skill development, teamwork and getting along with others, task initiation, and positive public relations for the students with autism. Donations were made to several areas of the school by putting ads in the school paper, buying adaptive PE equipment for our students, and assisting the ESE department. It’s a win-win-win!

Working Hands Coffee Café
Pinellas Park High School
6305 118th Avenue, Largo, FL 33773
Elizabeth Hartman, DHH Teacher |
(727) 538-7410 ext. 2180
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare and deliver coffee, tea and hot chocolate to students and teachers in their classrooms as well as other school personnel. Students are responsible for inventory and advertisements for the coffee shop.


The Landings Store
Sarasota County School Board
1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231
Sarah Hickey, Transition Contact |
Students operate a retail store that displays and sells student art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other crafts to school board personnel, students, teachers, and the general public.

“Picture This” Photography
Oak Park School, Academy For Individual Mentoring
7285 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL 34202
Martha Galvin, Exceptional Student Education Teacher |
(941) 361-6428
Students with intellectual disabilities photograph objects, assist in the preparation process and sell matted photos to school staff and the general public.

Venice Indian's Trading Post
Venice High School
1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL 34293
Shannon Rowland |
(941) 448-6726
Venice Indian's Trading Post is a school-based store where transition students sell items they have purchased as well as crafts and scarfs that they have made. Students learn to work with inventory, money and customers to prepare for the world of work. They are also learning how to market their product.