Keeping time includes sparkle at Bigham Jewelers Galleria

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Rolex watches may be a man’s. Diamonds, watches and more are well-represented at the spacious Bigham Jewelers Galleria, 2425 Tamiami Trail North, where Kathy Bigham’s childhood dream came true. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 04:32 AM

Business BEAT: Mediterranean fare on the menu at Lamoraga

Tom Nutten has a talent for football, and a Super Bowl ring to prove it. But after an eight-year career with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, Nutten found a new passion in Southwest Florida. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

Business BEAT: Ocean Prime is a restaurant with a theatrical touch

Dining is an experience at Ocean Prime, the 5th Avenue destination restaurant where presentation is not left to chance. “Our tuna tartare is a work of art,” said General Manager Rick Giannasi. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

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 04:22 PM

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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 05:22 PM

Kelly Chase Couture may have the perfect gown

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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 6/29/2017 12:18 AM

Smiles are the goal at Menchie’s

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is about smiles. The frequent-guest reward program is named “Smileage.” Smiles fill the faces of customers entering and leaving the store located across the street from Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 on Naples Boulevard. More...

Posted 5/30/2017 09:56 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 5/30/2017 09:56 PM

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 08:21 PM

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 02:42 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 08:31 PM

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

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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 3/15/2017 02:57 AM

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 04:45 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 03:21 AM

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 06:16 PM

Philly childhood is a charm for Pretzel Factory

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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 11/30/2016 05:00 AM

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 03:17 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 02:51 PM

Joyfully, owners grow a business from juice

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Posted 6/1/2016 03:06 PM

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 01:52 AM

Jewelers now shine in their own setting

Business Beat 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 Naple More...

Posted 3/30/2016 03:44 PM

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.  With Southwest Florida temperatures regularly in the 30s, populations of snook and other fish in More...

Posted 3/16/2016 12:27 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 04:35 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 03:03 AM

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 05:05 PM

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Florida Lions Eye Clinic celebrates rebranding

The only free eye clinic in the state of Florida celebrated its rebranding with a ribbon cutting earlier this month. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 09:21 PM

Healthy food at affordable prices is True Food’s goal

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The exterior catches your attention first. True Food Kitchen’s bank of windows for the indoor/ outdoor bar curve around the building. Inside, the and seasonal cocktails made using fresh-pressed fruit and vegetables paired with organic spirits. More...

Posted 10/25/2017 04:27 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 04:22 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 02:56 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 05:22 PM

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Posted 6/29/2017 12:18 AM

Michael Dalby, President & CEO, Greater Naples 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 5/30/2017 09:56 PM

Bistro 821 is a tradition on Fifth Avenue South

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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 08:21 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 02:42 AM

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 08:31 PM

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 02:56 AM

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 04:45 PM

Dream it and KGT will design and build it

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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 03:21 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 03:28 AM

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 04:02 PM

Aerial fitness takes Flyte here

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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 03:14 PM

Fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean inspire 21 Spices chef

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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 9/28/2016 03:17 PM

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 03:32 AM

Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center nearing completion

Brien Spina is eagerly counting down the days until his Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center makes its debut.  More...

Posted 4/27/2016 01:13 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 4/13/2016 01:52 AM

Lebanese flavors at Moura Bistro

Business Beat Moura Bistro, soon to open in Naples, culminates a lifetime dream for Nabil Bassil. A Lebanon native, he arrived in Naples, through New England and Florida’s east coast. More...

Posted 4/13/2016 01:52 AM

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 03:44 PM

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. More...

Posted 2/24/2016 04:35 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 03:07 AM