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Naples Soap Co. continues expansion after Hurricane Ian

Naples Soap Co. plans to open four new locations this year, which will give it a total of 14 sites across Florida. However, the company’s success story consists of more than just rapid expansion. Founder and CEO Deanna Wallin said it’s about perseverance through unexpected times and respect for its employees.  Wallin has struggled most […]

Major redevelopment project proposed in downtown Naples

A major redevelopment project proposed in downtown Naples would visually extend Fifth Avenue South, the city’s historical main street, with three-story structures proposed just east of Four Corners.   The significant proposal from Aspen, Colorado-based M Development plans to cluster a new Whole Foods Market, Restoration Hardware, restaurants and other retailers with luxury condominiums in three-story […]

Naples-based Skillets restaurant prepares to launch in Port Charlotte

Skillets, a Naples-based breakfast and lunch restaurant, expects to open a new location in July at Peachland Promenade in Port Charlotte. The 4,200-square-foot restaurant is less than a week away from receiving its permits issued to begin construction at 24123 Peachland Blvd., Unit A10.  “We’re looking forward to being there because Port Charlotte is a […]

Restore Hyper Wellness opens cryotherapy chamber in Estero

Restore Hyper Wellness, which established its first Southwest Florida location in 2020 in Naples, opened its second area clinic in Estero.   The wellness franchise has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Nicholas Christiano of Naples and Winston Heibner of Sarasota, both Florida Gulf Coast University graduates, co-own the Southwest Florida locations and have at […]

Tim Aten Knows: Home Depot plans third store in Collier

Q: What’s the story on the application from Home Depot to build on 41 near Lowe’s across from Lely? — Dan Kreuzer, East Naples   A: A neighborhood information meeting is scheduled this month for companion requests by The Home Depot regarding its new store proposed on U.S. 41 East. The public meeting is scheduled for […]

Southwest Florida Event Center remains for sale, lands Melissa Etheridge concert

An on-again, off-again concert venue in Bonita Springs is on again but also for sale.   The 20,000-square-foot Southwest Florida Event Center, which holds about 500 fans, is on the market for just under $6 million, co-owner Jennifer Shanahan said. David Wallace of CRE Consultants is the listed broker.  “We are definitely torn about what is […]

Hertz unveils new Porsche race car, sponsorship at Estero headquarters

A little more than a year after taking the helm of Hertz, the rental car company headquartered in Estero, Stephen Scherr watched as two employees unveiled the model of a gold sports car.   The CEO of Hertz, looking on with about 200 of his company’s 600 employees who work at headquarters, then took to the […]

PJK Neighborhood Chinese launches in downtown Naples

The latest dining concept from Paul Fleming Restaurants debuted Tuesday with a soft opening in downtown Naples. The grand opening for PJK Neighborhood Chinese Restaurant is set for March 14 at 835 Fourth Ave. S., the former longtime spot of Ciao Ristorante.   Nationally acclaimed restaurateur Paul Fleming and his wife, Jody Goodenough-Fleming, launched this new […]

Bonita Springs to consider no-thru-truck zone on Old 41

Bonita Springs City Council is taking steps toward increasing the safety of the pedestrian-friendly Old 41 corridor. The city has made improvements along Old 41 Road for many years to encourage walkability and for bicyclists to feel safe on the streets.  Despite efforts to calm traffic through brick paver enhancements and pedestrian-defined crossing zones, large […]