New wine venues are coming to Naples. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels
NEW OWNERS REBRAND RENOVATED ZOOMERS, REOPEN AS FASTTRAX
The former Zoomers amusement park in Fort Myers Beach reopened Friday as FastTrax under new ownership at 17455 Summerlin Road. The entertainment venue is now owned by Pat Ciniello, who also owns Bowling Management Associates, operator of the HeadPinz and Bowland entertainment centers in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. The change in ownership brings a go-kart focus and total renovation to the local attraction. In addition to resurfacing its two go-kart tracks and importing state-of-the-art electric karts from Italy, BMA installed new arcade games, built a full-service Brickyard Bistro, added seven lanes of duck-pin bowling and refurbished all of the midway rides. “After more than a year of renovations and $3.5 million spent, we’re thrilled to open the most unique amusement park in Southwest Florida,” Ciniello says.
REBECCA’S WINE BAR, THE MADDOX WINE CLUB TARGETED TO OPEN IN 2022
Local entrepreneur Rebecca Maddox revealed the names for her new wine venues and ventures Friday in a ceremony at the site across Bayshore Drive from her Celebration Park food truck venue in East Naples. Construction has begun on Rebecca’s, a wine shop and gourmet market, as well as an adjacent private-member wine club to be named The Maddox, Naples. Amenities will include a courtyard, private tasting rooms, a cigar bar and indoor and outdoor seating. Although the first of their kind, several more locations are planned in far-flung places perhaps, so expect the future
STOCK CUSTOM HOMES REACHES NEARLY $100M IN YEAR-TO-DATE SALES
Stock Custom Homes, a division of Stock Development, is set to break company records as it approaches nearly $100 million in sales so far in 2021. “The sales momentum we’ve experienced has been exceptional,” says Matt Sellick, president of Stock Custom Homes. Stock’s footprint has widened to WildBlue in Estero, The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, and on the east coast, as well, with multiple luxury residences in the Wellington area. “Stock Custom Homes has truly developed the standard for what luxury living should be, and we’ve proven ourselves as one of the elite custom home builders in all of Florida,” Sellick says.
EMPOWERED GLOBAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR EXPANDS TO NEW OFFICE
Empowered Global Inc., an electrical contracting company, has moved from a Bonita Springs home office to a new, larger office space on Collier Center Way in North Naples, signaling a year of immense growth. Empowered Global Inc. was founded in 2013 and services clients in Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples. In 2017, the company began offering generator installation and maintenance services through Kohler Generators, and in early 2021 became the first Titanium Kohler dealer in Bonita Springs. Only the top 3% of Kohler generator dealers reach this milestone. Coupled with growth and demand, owners Daniel and Susi Husty decided to move the company to a bigger commercial space.
FL STAR CONSTRUCTION PURCHASES 132 ACRES OF LAND IN NAPLES AREA
Fort Myers-based FL Star Construction LLC has purchased 132 acres of vacant land at 10540 Greenway Road, off U.S. 41 East, in the Naples area for $6.55 million from Robert Bean. The transaction was handled by Gary Tasman, CEO and principal broker, and Shawn Stoneburner, senior director and broker, of Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida LLC.
ESTERO-BASED LASER LOUNGE SPA FRANCHISES LOCATION IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Laser Lounge Spa, founded in Estero in 2009, has started franchising as more people seek alternatives to plastic surgery and facelifts. The business continues to grow beyond Southwest Florida with the opening of its ninth location. The new location in Plymouth, Mass., offers complete med spa services from lip fillers to B12 injections. The destination has services for anti-aging innovations, advanced aesthetic skin enhancements and luxurious skincare services. The new spa is owned and operated by a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in long-term-care hospitals and health-management companies.
FREY & SON HOMES NAMES NEW SALES COORDINATOR
Frey & Son Homes announces that Brenda Baldwin recently joined its Southwest Florida home team, building in Lee and Collier counties for nearly 50 years. Joining the team as sales coordinator for Lee County, Baldwin is responsible for organizing all home sales, as well as working with various departments to ensure that sales and marketing efforts are presented effectively. She is also responsible for maintaining contact with current and prospective clients, in addition to helping to meet sales goals and projections.
CRAVE COMPANIES WELCOMES NEW VP OF OPERATIONS
Chase Toussaint has joined Bonita Springs-based Crave Companies as vice president of operations. Crave Companies, owned by Chef Brian and Nicole Roland, continues to expand its umbrella of brands, which consist of Crave Culinaire, Virtual Venue SWFL, Crave2Go, Crave Event Staffing, Zest at Valencia Bonita and Crave Management Group. Toussaint joins the Crave team with more than 25 years of delivering world-class guest experiences, assisting organizations with their growth needs, as well as impacting corporate structure and team-building practices. He earned his master’s degree in hospitality management from Cornell University.
OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL POISED FOR GROWTH WITH MANAGEMENT PROMOTIONS, STAFF ADDITION
Offshore Sailing School President and CEO Doris Colgate announced the promotions of Director of Marketing Beth Oliver to vice president, director of sales and marketing; and Chief Operations Manager Bryce Jackson to vice president, director of operations. Oliver and Jackson will manage company personnel and services on behalf of founder/owners Steve and Doris Colgate, who remain integrally involved in company and community affairs. “For more than 57 years, Steve and I have grown the company, added courses and special events to our offerings, and added boats to our fleet. It’s time to begin the company’s transition to a new era,” says Doris Colgate. The company also announced the hiring of sales professional and sailor Paul Klutes, who joins the company’s sales team based at its headquarters in south Fort Myers.
VI AT BENTLEY VILLAGE ANNOUNCES SALES PROMOTION, NEW APPOINTMENTS
Vi at Bentley Village, a senior living community has enhanced its sales department with the promotion of one team member and the hiring of three new employees. Shannon McCutcheon, promoted to the position of sales counselor, has been with Bentley Village for six years, previously serving as sales specialist and move-in coordinator. Vanessa DiPaolo, who has been selected as sales specialist to assist the team with sales tours, contract executions and other administrative functions, has worked in the senior living industry in various sales, marketing and operational roles since 2014. Carolyn Link, the community’s new move-in coordinator, brings more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry. Reina Rankin, the department’s new sales assistant, is a graduate of Florida International University.
KATZ NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LARC
Angela Katz has been named executive director of Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) in Fort Myers. Established in 1954, LARC Inc. is a training center for success that provides support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Katz was named interim executive director in March. A highly-accomplished strategic fundraising and development professional, Katz joined LARC as director of development and communications in 2016. Her responsibilities included fund development, internal and external communications, marketing and advancing community and business partnerships. Prior to LARC, Katz established her own company, Angela Katz LLC, specializing in fundraising strategies for non-profits. She was the development director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida for four years. The mission of LARC is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to achieve their full potential.
PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE PLANS NEW EDUCATION CENTER IN PUNTA GORDA
After outgrowing the education center at Ponce de Leon Park, where it has been since the 1980s, Peace River Wildlife Center plans a new center on Henry Street next to the Hounds on Henry dog park, just west of downtown Punta Gorda. Among its attractions will be an amphitheater and a butterfly garden. The center’s first phase will start soon on the 3 acres the city agreed to lease to them for at least the next 50 years. The nonprofit has collected more than $1.5 million in donations to fund construction of the education center, which is targeted for completion by 2024. Peace River Wildlife is still looking for a permanent site for its rehab center, WINK News reports.
Immokalee Foundation names Bartley second judge for annual Shark Tank
The Immokalee Foundation has announced Dr. Alise Bartley as the second official judge of its third annual Shark Tank-style competition on Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast University. This popular event provides students the opportunity to compete in teams to win a cash prize for the most creative business plan. Bartley is the director of FGCU’s Community Counselor Center, as well as a clinical assistant professor. She is one of the leading forces for creating a doctorate program in counseling at FGCU. The students will pitch their innovative business start-up ideas to a panel of local business leaders. The judges will decide which student teams place first, second and third place. Students in first place will receive $500 each, second place is $250, and the third-place winners are awarded $100 each.
Bonita Springs YMCA plans annual memorial golf tournament Sept. 10
The Bonita Springs YMCA will hold its fourth annual Hank Hochstetler Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 10 at the Vasari Country Club, 11250 Via Del Vasari Drive, Bonita Springs. Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will directly support the YMCA’s Children and Families Scholarship Program. The golf tournament also memorializes Hank Hostetler, who was a leading community member on the YMCA Advisory Board, Bonita Springs Utilities, Chamber of Commerce, Imperial River Conservancy and Bonita Springs Incorporation, as well as an elder at First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Bonita Springs AM Rotary Club. Tournament sponsorships start at $200 and can be purchased online here or by contacting Angel Cerritos at email@example.com. Reservations to play golf or attend the reception are also accepted online.
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