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 02:42 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 07:15 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 02:00 PM

National pancake restaurant has a local flavor

Business Beat

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 02:00 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 06:42 AM

Alexander’s rates high with local diners and Open Table

Business Beat

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 11:47 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 09:20 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 08:01 PM

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 11:58 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 07:56 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 07:58 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 09:15 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 11:51 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 06:16 PM

Clear views from All Glass Products

Business Beat

It was seven years ago that Henry Zaffalon and Rick Walkowski opened their window, door and glass-products dealership, All Glass Products. More...

Posted 3/30/2016 10:36 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 3/15/2016 08:30 PM

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 09:55 AM

Taking the inside outside

Business Beat

Southwest Florida’s subtropical climate provides those from the North with a new lifestyle option: year-round outdoor living. Activities enjoyed inside can be moved outside to take advantage of the great weather and tropical views. More...

Posted 2/24/2016 09:55 AM

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 2/9/2016 07:38 PM

A paella party with Fire and Rice

Business Beat

Paul Schmidgall is passionate about paella. Watching him cook up a batch in unusually large cooking vessels at the local farmers markets provides confirmation. Having him enthusiastically cater a party or get-together provides further proof. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 09:15 PM

Culinary Twisted delivers healthy, fresh meals

Business Beat

The delivery of prepared meals to health-conscious consumers is a $42 billion business and growing, according to Matthew Berman, executive chef and co-owner of Noodles Café, located off Pine Ridge Road. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 09:50 AM

More than sauce at The Sauce Lady

Business Beat

When Ela Vivonetto arrived at the Farmers Market with her homemade Italian sauces, other vendors and waiting customers called, “Here comes the sauce lady.” It happened so often, Vivonetto named her expanded business in North Naples, The S More...

Posted 12/15/2015 06:48 PM

The Planted Pot, a garden oasis

Business Beat

This boutique business name is an homage to its original specialty, plants that grow well in pots, a focus that was eventually diversified to embrace beautiful plants in general. More...

Posted 11/23/2015 11:03 PM

Food without borders at Fuse Global Cuisine

Executive chef Gregory Scarlatos’s childhood home was an international bazaar of disparate flavors. Born in England, his heritage is a mix of Lebanese, Greek, Spanish, Cuban and more. More...

Posted 11/23/2015 11:03 PM

Breakfast and more until three

Business Beat

Naples — EJ’s Bayfront Café in Naples won last year’s Taste of Collier Best Dessert with a banana stuffed French toast platter – delicious as dessert or a meal. This is just a sample from the breakfast and lunch menu of the owner, E. J. More...

Posted 11/11/2015 04:28 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 02:42 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 07:15 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 02:00 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 06:42 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 11:46 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 09:47 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 09:20 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 12:26 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 11:58 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 07:56 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 07:58 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 11:51 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 07:35 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. Once through the door of the eatery on the south side of Bonita Beach Road, diners will find more than the usual breakfast and lunch fare. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:16 PM

Jewelers now shine in their own setting

After more than 30 years in the jewelry business, Lloyd Allen Pikula and his wife, Kelly, in October opened their own retail storefront, Lloyd Allen Jewelry, where the southern end of Old 41 meets Tamiami Trail North in the North Naples strip mall on More...

Posted 3/30/2016 10:36 AM

Shelling tours offer interactive and educational experiences

Business Beat

The winter of 2009-2010’s months-long cold snap was a turning point for Goodlandbased charter boat captain Jesse Karen. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 08:30 PM

Imagine a gift for everyone

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 2/24/2016 09:37 AM

Like an old friend, Old 41 is back

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 lunchhour diners.  Owner Tony Backos knows the physical challenge of reopening in season. More...

Posted 2/24/2016 09:38 AM

From the track to the showroom

Business Beat

From the racing circuit to the Autobahn, Scott Presti dreams big. As a youth in Naples, he was a serious go-cart racer who graduated to formula car racing when he turned 16. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 09:15 PM

What’s under the pink and white canopy?

Business Beat

Under the pink and white canopy at Flamingo Island Flea Market shoppers will find the finest oranges and grapefruits, and perfect tomatoes on the vine. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 09:50 AM

Personal Service Coffee is where coffee people go to buy their coffee

Business Beat

The Chapelle family’s unique showroom at Personal Service Coffee in Estero makes everything coffee feel personal. According to owners Mike and Diane, it’s where coffee people go to buy coffee. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 09:51 AM

McKenney Home Care offers assistance for when clients go to the hospital

Business Beat

McKenney Home Care has created a program designed to ensure clients are not alone should a medical emergency require a visit to the hospital.  More...

Posted 11/23/2015 11:03 PM

An early crescendo in median sale prices

Real Estate Watch

For two months now Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors (BEAR) has reported significant increases in the median sale price of single family homes compared to last year. More...

Posted 11/23/2015 11:03 PM

“Body and Soul” cuisine

Business Beat

North Naples — If “healthy food” strikes a fearful note, those qualms might disappear with some pumpkin praline cheese cake, just one of many taste sensations available on Fridays when customers can try samples at the Body and Soul Café in North Napl More...

Posted 11/11/2015 04:28 PM

Fun is their business

Estero — An alphabet soup of Expo vendors, from Alamo Gun Range through Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery, shared their specialties with 75 activity directors from Punta Gorda to Marco Island on October 2. More...

Posted 10/28/2015 05:34 PM