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 09:49 AM

Business BEAT: Healthy food at affordable prices is True Food’s goal

The exterior catches your attention first. True Food Kitchen’s bank of windows for the indoor/ outdoor bar curve around the building. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 08:26 AM

Business Beat: DeRomo’s in Bonita Springs 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 06:44 AM

Business Beat: Just before Irma, bakery owner had an Epiphany

Hurricane Irma’s wind and water disasters along the South­west Florida coastline also brought people together in a time of hard­ship, according to Ruth Wardein, owner/baker at Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery in Creekside Corners on Immokalee Road. More...

Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

Business Beat: Zoe’s Kitchen begins expansion in Southwest Florida

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 8/29/2017 04:27 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 old-time favorites. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

Business Beat: Tartine and Tartelette offers the flavors of France

Tartine and Tartelette made its Naples debut two years ago at the Vanderbilt Shoppes’ farmers market with French breads, pies, quiches, soups and prepared French meals. More...

Posted 7/26/2017 11:45 AM

John Paeno, CGT Kayaks

Business Profile

Business owners in Southwest Florida are known for their civic engagement. The idea that the intersection of business and community is the key to success permeates entrepreneurs’ minds. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:54 PM

Smiles are the goal at Menchie’s

Business Beat

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is about smiles. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 02:59 PM

Landscaping and lighting are family matters for Sonny Rae

Business Beat

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 01:04 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 4/11/2017 07:48 PM

The Find: Mermaids and all things coastal

Ashleigh Poirier’s business, KNA Coastal Design, is like a refreshing sea breeze. Customers gravitate to her colorful section of The Find Consignment, in Naples, where she leases space to sell her original designs. More...

Posted 3/29/2017 01:42 PM

Every table has a water view at Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar

Business Beat

When customers call Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar at The Village on Venetian Bay, they often request window seating to take full advantage of the expansive water view. But the view is exceptional from every table. More...

Posted 3/14/2017 06:15 PM

Jim and Robert Ivany sell fun at Hobby Town

Business Beat

Whether for the seasoned hobbyist rekindling a passion or the novice starting a new one, Hobby Town in Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, North Naples, has everything needed. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 01:00 PM

National pancake restaurant has a local flavor

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Sunday breakfast at The Original Pancake House in North Naples is a sensory experience starring freshly squeezed orange juice, baked apple, homemade syrups and the restaurant’s namesake – pancakes. More...

Posted 3/1/2017 01:00 PM

Dream it and KGT will design and build it

Business Beat

KGT Remodeling built a business on the concept of dream, design and build that’s found in the company logo. Many KGT customers return to completed renovation projects after trusting their homes and keys to the company. More...

Posted 2/15/2017 05:42 AM

Alexander’s rates high with local diners and Open Table

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For the past two years, Alexander’s Restaurant in Naples has been named one of the top 100 al fresco dining spots in the country by the online restaurant reservation service Open Table.   More...

Posted 1/25/2017 10:47 PM

Sisters run a destination-quality spa right in the neighborhood

Business Beat

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 08:20 AM

Pretty Snappy aprons for every occasion

Business Beat

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 11:26 AM

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

Business Beat

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 10:58 AM

Errand Family is on hand for those little tasks

Business Beat

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 9/27/2016 06:56 PM

American House offers more options for senior living

Business Beat

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 06:58 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 6/28/2016 08:15 PM

MEDICAL DIRECTORY

Dental Bonita Estero Dental GroupOwen F. Feeney, DMDClaudie I. Delgado-Feeney, DMD24940 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 202,Bonita Springsbonitaesterodental.com239-948-4886 More...

Posted 6/1/2016 10:51 AM

Love and beauty are central themes at Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery

Business Beat

The word “love” is one that is closely linked with the Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery in Naples.  More...

Posted 4/12/2016 05:16 PM

Business BEAT: Inventor takes steps to improve lives of walker users

Eryk Hardwick has been a carpenter all his life, and never thought he’d create a device that would change people’s lives. In 2009, he was living in Naples and doing cabinet work for a client who asked if he’d ever invented anything. More...

Posted 11/15/2017 09:49 AM

Business BEAT: Total Wine & More toasts new Estero superstore

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 08:26 AM

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Posted 10/4/2017 06:44 AM

Program sheds light on millennials at work

“Young people today.” Mary LaRocque has heard all the unflattering ways their elders sometimes describe them. It’s enough to think they’re all lazy, impatient, entitled job- hoppers. More...

Posted 8/29/2017 04:27 PM

Business Beat: Bicycles are both business and pleasure for Gustavo Pizarro

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 8/29/2017 04:27 PM

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 11:45 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 11:45 AM

Kelly Chase Couture may have the perfect gown

Business Beat

Sparkling, full-length gowns fill display windows at Kelly Chase Couture in the Promenade at Bonita Bay, Suite 160. Entry to the flagship store that opened in 2013 is by appointment. More...

Posted 6/28/2017 05:54 PM

Tiffany Esposito, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Profile

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 5/30/2017 02:59 PM

EncoreGarage has solution to the lost basement

Business Beat

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 5/30/2017 02:59 PM

Bistro 821 is a tradition on Fifth Avenue South

Business Beat

Named by Open Table as one of the top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America for 2017, Bistro 821’s honor came from Open Table’s analysis of more than 10,000,000 reviews of more than 24,000 restaurants. More...

Posted 4/26/2017 01:04 PM

Landscaper brings a healthy lifestyle to local lawns

Business Beat

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 4/11/2017 07:48 PM

Meals are a mix of many cultures at Roy’s

Business Beat

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 01:42 PM

Weekends are for new looks at Hair Boutique N More

Business Beat

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 3/14/2017 06:15 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 01:00 PM

Enjoy some New York minutes at Stage Deli Fine Foods

Business Beat

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 05:42 AM

Brazilian gauchos carve the steak at Rodizio Grill

Business Beat

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 1/25/2017 10:46 PM

Coastal Peruvian Seafood and Grill has international flavor

Business Beat

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 08:47 AM

Spotlight Medical Directory

Dental  Bonita Estero Dental Group  Owen F. Feeney, DMD Claudie I. Delgado-Feeney, DMD 24940 S. Tamiami Tr., #202, Bonita Springs bonitaesterodental.com 239-948-4886  Elite Dental Spa   More...

Posted 12/28/2016 08:20 AM

Philly childhood is a charm for Pretzel Factory

Business Beat

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

Posted 11/29/2016 07:01 PM

Aerial fitness takes Flyte here

Business Beat

One swing in the silk hammock and Candice Kochenour was hooked. In March 2015, a rainy day canceled Kochenour’s plans to take her goddaughter paddleboarding. The pair tried an indoor aerial workout instead. More...

Posted 10/26/2016 10:58 AM

Fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean inspire 21 Spices chef

Business Beat

Filling a niche for modern Indian cuisine in Naples, 21 Spices by Chef Asif opened last December in Sugden Park Plaza, off U.S. 41 East. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 06:56 PM

Good vibes at The Bowl

Business Beat

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Bowl in North Naples on Pine Ridge Road offers an organic, non-dairy meal made with combinations of nearly a dozen fruits to suit any palate. More...

Posted 7/27/2016 06:58 AM

Joyfully, owners grow a business from juice

Business Beat

California’s loss is Florida’s gain. Just a few years ago, Hannah Peterson and Nicolas Fina were moving from Boca Raton to California. On their way, they stopped in Naples to visit family. More...

Posted 6/1/2016 10:51 AM

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

Business Beat

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 06:35 AM