Countryside meets the seashore at Tangerine Coastal Market

Libby Conrath, owner of Tangerine Coastal Market, is decisive. In March 2017 she decided to open her store across the street from where she lives on Bonita Beach Road and by July, she was in business. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 04:06 PM

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Pavich Sr. installed as Bonita Springs- Estero Realtors president

Joe Pavich Sr. was installed as the 2018 president of the Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors last month at Hunter’s Ridge Country Club in Bonita Springs by Estero Mayor Jim Boesch.   More...

Posted 12/27/2017 03:04 AM

Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

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Posted 12/13/2017 08:32 PM

Annual golf tournament nets scholarship green

The Estero Chamber of Commerce hosted its seventh annual golf tournament at the Spring Run Golf & Country Club on Oct. 5 to benefit the Meg Judge Scholarship Fund.  More...

Posted 10/25/2017 01:19 AM

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Posted 10/4/2017 03:22 PM

Bicycles are both business and pleasure for Gustavo Pizarro

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Bicycle racing and bicycle repair provide Gustavo Pizarro a lifestyle he loves. No stranger to challenges, Pizarro saw the opportunity to start his own business when hours were reduced at his regular job. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 12:33 AM

Business Profile: Kaci Carter, Senior Vice President, Valley National Bank

Modern entrepreneurs can bank at their fingertips, with computers, ATMs, and even smart phones and tablets. The brick and mortar store doesn’t seem necessary any longer. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 04:31 PM

Business Beat: The magic of music is seen and heard at Fletcher Music Center

Saturday afternoon organ concerts at Fletcher Music Center in Bonita Springs ring out with music from show tunes to oldtime favorites. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 04:31 PM

EncoreGarage has solution to the lost basement

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A move to Southwest Florida from the north often means saying goodbye to the basement and often to the attic. Downsizing previously stored treasures is required. More...

Posted 5/31/2017 02:00 AM

Landscaping and lighting are family matters for Sonny Rae

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For the past 30 years, Scott and Stacy Barnhart have been coming to Southwest Florida for vacations and extended stays, escaping the sometimes frigid Missouri winters and visiting their parents, who live in the area. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 07:17 PM

Stroll into The Alley for handcrafted treasures

Stepping into The Alley, with its shiny, ruby red confetti porcelain floor and lively music in the air, customers instantly know they’re in for a special experience. More...

Posted 4/12/2017 03:51 AM

Meals are a mix of many cultures at Roy’s

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The unique cuisines of Hawaii and Asia can be experienced in Bonita Springs. Aloha hour from 4 to 7 p.m. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 09:15 PM

Italian cuisine is a showstopper at Teatro

Business Beat   Ceilings high enough for trapeze artists, flowing drapes and a stage provide an invitation to excitement at Teatro — a restaurant located in the lobby of the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center, Bonita Springs.  More...

Posted 3/1/2017 05:40 PM

Brazilian gauchos carve the steak at Rodizio Grill

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Brazilian-born Takeo (T.K.) Yamashita, general manager of Rodizio Grill at Coconut Point mall, worked in Japan and then Utah before he and his wife, Renata Zocante, service manager, opened the new Brazilian steakhouse.   More...

Posted 1/26/2017 03:02 AM

Sisters run a destination-quality spa right in the neighborhood

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Two Naples sisters, LeAnn Bridges Toth and Diane Bridges Smith, have created a thriving niche together at their Woodhouse Day Spa, which opened in 2013. More...

Posted 12/28/2016 07:13 PM

Philly childhood is a charm for Pretzel Factory

Business Beat   Each morning begins with handtwisting fresh dough at Philly Pretzel Factory for about a thousand pretzels a day that finish in the 500-degree stone ovens.  More...

Posted 11/30/2016 04:48 PM

Errand Family is on hand for those little tasks

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For all those little home tasks that are just a little too difficult, or for which there is just not enough time, help is just a phone call away. More...

Posted 9/28/2016 03:11 AM

Class assignment evolves into a business

Business Beat   When Justin Chait developed a business concept for a class assignment at Hodges University, he didn’t realize he was looking at his future.  More...

Posted 6/29/2016 04:37 AM

Smash Fitness celebrates grand opening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Smash Fitness to celebrate its grand opening. The private 2,000 square foot concierge gym is located at 24830 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 3100, in Bonita Springs. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Edible Arrangements recognized by Blue Zones Project

Edible Arrangements recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate becoming Blue Zones Project recognized. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

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Alligators and stripes all in a day’s work for Blue Wave Painting

House painting occasionally includes a few unique tasks, such as the one involving the alligator statue that Patrick Webb, owner of Blue Wave Painting LLC, painted pink.  More...

Posted 4/27/2016 02:29 AM

Barefoot Beach Café and Farm Market offers fresh-picked meals and produce

Business Beat The newest dining experience on the way to the Gulf is found at the Barefoot Beach Café and Farm Market. More...

Posted 4/13/2016 02:46 AM

Bay Water Boat Club celebrates expansion and 10th anniversary

Business Beat   The public is invited to the family owned and operated Bay Water Boat Club’s 10th anniversary celebration set for April 1 through April 3. More...

Posted 3/16/2016 01:22 AM

Flights begin at Naples airport despite longstanding opposition by some citizens

Despite a history of suspicion and harsh words, a call for the resignation of the Naples Municipal Airport executive director and a strained relationship between the Naples Airport Authority and some members of City Council, commercial service is bac More...

Posted 2/24/2016 05:23 PM

Like an old friend, Old 41 is back

Business Beat Old 41 Restaurant is open, after more than six weeks of reconstruction following an accident that sent a car careening into the restaurant full of lunch hour diners. More...

Posted 1/27/2016 04:34 PM

Teacher turns entrepreneur

As Bob Scallan was leaving his dermatologist’s office, he got a warning: “You know you really have to keep your nose covered. More...

Posted 1/13/2016 04:00 AM

Business BEAT: Historic, friendly feeling gives Restoratives Café a boost

Restoratives Café is tucked into a strip mall just north of Broadway on Tamiami Trail in Estero. Hosts to neighborhood and seasonal regulars for the four years it has been open, brothers Tim and Jay Gillmore call it a real do-it-yourself project. More...

Posted 12/27/2017 03:03 AM

Women’s Council of Realtors installs new officers

The Women’s Council of Realtors Bonita Springs/ Estero Network installed its 2018 officers at Miromar Lakes last month. More...

Posted 12/27/2017 03:04 AM

Business BEAT: Mel’s Diner bridges generations

Mel’s Diner in Bonita Springs is a family affair in many ways – from owners who value family relationships to staff members and loyal multi-generational customers who return with their children. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 03:30 AM

Total Wine & More toasts new Estero superstore

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Even Hurricane Irma did not prevent Total Wine & More from opening its 167th superstore in Estero on September 21. Even while the storm brewed, there were no diminished spirits among employees as they busily prepared for the opening. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 01:19 AM

Business Beat: DeRomo’s celebrates three years of serving Italian cuisine

Francis Cuomo, owner and CEO of DeRomo’s Gourmet Market and Restaurant, said the market never lost power during Irma thanks to a generator. The restaurant reopened on Friday, Sept. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 03:22 PM

Zoe’s Kitchen begins expansion in Southwest Florida

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Zoe’s Kitchen opened recently across from Coconut Point mall, offering Mediterranean cuisine in flavors and aromas from 21 nations. Sauce from Morocco is in the harissa salmon pita. More...

Posted 8/30/2017 12:33 AM

Business Beat: There’s a “suite” new place in “towne”

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fort Myers–Estero opened its doors on June 8, warmly welcoming extended stay travelers. The four-story Marriott franchise has 114 suites with seven floor plans. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 04:31 PM

Estero Chamber’s new YPN growing strong

The proverb “mighty oaks from little acorns grow” aptly describes the newly formed Estero Young Professionals Network, cochaired by Shady Wheeler, marketing and social media manager for TLC Marketing & Creative Services and Kyle Carpe More...

Posted 5/31/2017 02:00 AM

Lyne Graczyk, President, Estero Chamber of Commerce

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Much like life, businesses and communities are built around the connections we make. One cannot survive without the other, which is why local entrepreneurs and businesspeople become invested in their communities. More...

Posted 5/31/2017 02:00 AM

Estero Village Council elects new mayor

The Estero Village Council elected new Mayor Jim Boesch and Vice-Mayor Bill Ribble at its April 5 meeting after the swearing-in of council members Bill Ribble, Howard Levitan and Nick Batos. More...

Posted 4/12/2017 03:51 AM

Landscaper brings a healthy lifestyle to local lawns

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When Ryan Scofield is asked about the name of his Bonita Springs business, he tells a joke shared by bicycle enthusiasts, “Why did the bicycle keep falling over? More...

Posted 4/12/2017 03:51 AM

Weekends are for new looks at Hair Boutique N More

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Karin Mehrholz, owner of Hair Boutique N More at The Flamingo Island Flea Market, spends weekends working with clients whose lives often change dramatically when they leave her shop with a wig or hairpiece. More...

Posted 3/15/2017 02:48 PM

Enjoy some New York minutes at Stage Deli Fine Foods

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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 13 hours a day, seven days a week, Stage Deli Fine Foods at the Mercato provides diners with seemingly unlimited food choices from traditional chopped liver to full course meals on the evening specials menu.  More...

Posted 2/15/2017 05:13 AM

Coastal Peruvian Seafood and Grill has international flavor

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A glowing charcoal oven grill and regional Peruvian chili peppers provide unique flavors and aromas for diners to experience at Coastal Peruvian Seafood and Grill at 5447 Airport Pulling Road in Naples. Chef and owner Christopher Santos Sr. More...

Posted 1/11/2017 05:07 PM

Pretty Snappy aprons for every occasion

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When Grace O’Brien used her design talent to create Christmas gifts for her children and grandchildren in Vermont, she created fancy aprons that became the focus for a new business, Pretty Snappy Designs. More...

Posted 12/14/2016 04:53 PM

Executive Chef Emanuela Calcara brings a taste of northern Italy to Palladio Trattoria

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When in northern Italy one can experience the works of 16th century architect Andrea Palladio, considered one of the most influential practitioners in Western architecture. More...

Posted 10/26/2016 04:25 PM

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American House offers more options for senior living

Twenty-five percent of the population in Lee and Collier counties combined is 65 and older according to data estimates prepared by the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research – a number expected to grow with seniors&rsquo More...

Posted 7/27/2016 03:44 PM

Joyfully, owners grow a business from juice

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Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Brain Balance Achievement Center Celebrates Grand Opening

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Brain Balance Achievement Center to celebrate its grand opening in Naples at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Gulfshore Concierge Medicine earns Blue Zones Approved Worksite status

Gulfshore Concierge Medicine has been named a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite, demonstrating its commitment to helping Southwest Florida residents achieve even healthier lifestyles. The concierge practice founded by Dr. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 03:59 PM

Estero Chamber accepting scholarship applications

The Estero Chamber of Commerce has begun its selection process for its 2016 Annual Scholarship recipients. More...

Posted 4/13/2016 02:46 AM

Best Home Services finds a new home

Business Beat   A minor plumbing clog can spoil a day’s plans. Electrical and air conditioning systems and furnaces also can be full of surprises. Best Home Services has the homeowner covered from its new home on Railhead Boulevard.  More...

Posted 2/24/2016 05:23 PM

Research is key when choosing a roofing contractor

Business Beat Southwest Florida’s recent brush with high winds is a reminder of the importance of a solid roof. A roof is the largest potential opening to all that’s treasured within a home or commercial building. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 04:57 PM

Imagine a gift for everyone

Business Beat   Imagine a deer that talks, a brightly painted cow, artisan jewelry, designer clothing and gifts that bring joy and laughter to the customers perusing the shelves. More...

Posted 1/27/2016 04:34 PM