Gulfshore Business Daily: July 21

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Nail House launches local spa.
Lead Photo: Price Foundation President Ken Walker displays some of the goods available for needy children at the Community Impact Center, part of a new program to help children in need will launch this fall. Details below.



Lee Health contact centers are experiencing an influx of callers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, call volume has increased by nearly 50%. To better serve the community and improve the patient experience, Lee Health is encouraging patients to use the MyChart application to directly access their medical records and get the answers they need related to their care such as lab results (including COVID-19 test results), prescription renewals and scheduling appointments. MyChart can be used to make an appointment with your providers and send a message to your doctor and pay your bill. MyChart can be downloaded through the Apple or Android app store. COVID-19 collection site appointments are not available through MyChart and require an order from your provider. Patients can also visit to book an appointment or find answers to questions related to the coronavirus.
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Construction is an industry that is seeing a boom during a time when many are struggling. The Florida construction industry added 1,500 jobs in June, WINK News reports. Building permits in Collier County have steadily increased over the last few months, creating a high demand for workers and contractors. The demand for tradespeople to do remodeling work while people are hunkering down also is high, and it can be difficult to find someone to contract for a job. 
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A mixture of falling home prices, interest rates below 3% and sunshine are all contributing to the rise in home sales in Collier County. This is good news for consumers and Realtors alike, WINK News reports. “Homes that have been on the market for years without any attention or direction are suddenly selling like sliced bread,” said Dirk Fischer, a Naples real estate broker. Realtors originally thought travel restrictions during the pandemic would hurt them, but that hasn’t been the case lately. “We’ve had already more pending sales so far in the first two weeks in July then we had the whole entire month of June so the market is on fire,” said Dennis Grimes, another Realtor in Collier County. 
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Humane Society of Naples says more people are visiting to adopt or foster pets, so they have some companionship during this uncertain time. Steady pet adoptions are cheering people up during the coronavirus pandemic, WINK News reports. “Pets have so many health and mental wellness benefits,” says Jonathan Foerster of the Humane Society, which encourages people who are feeling isolated or uncertain during these times to adopt a pet.


The second location of Two Meatballs in the Kitchen opened Friday in Cape Coral. The family-style restaurant and bar launched in the completely renovated space of the former Pearl Lounge and Rain restaurant, sushi bar and nightclub. The original location of Two Meatballs in the Kitchen in south Fort Myers has operated since 2008, when it was founded by longtime local restaurateur Sal Basile. Franco Russo purchased the local business from Basile in October 2018. “We thought expanding into Cape Coral would be great for us for many reasons but mainly because Cape Coral is a very fast-growing area,” Russo says. The original location is traditional Italian, he said, while the new Cape Coral restaurant features a blend of the traditional with exposed brick, wood and greenery as well as contemporary accents with a big bar and LED lights and signs. Expect the same lunch and dinner menus of pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches and Italian-American specialties. Two Meatballs in the Kitchen – Cape Coral, 1403 Cape Coral Pkwy. E., is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information call 239-347-3013.

Nail House Massage and Spa opened on June 21.


Nail House Massage and Spa celebrated its grand opening on June 21 on U.S. 41 near Rocco’s Tailor Shop in Naples. The new business is owned and operated by Thailand native Wipawaree “KibKea” Sookchaloensup, a licensed nail technician and massage therapist who has practiced and lived in Naples for three years. Her new shop welcomes walk-ins and appointments. Nail House, 4444 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 8, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. For more information call 239-331-7241 or go to


The Naples Design District has launched a hashtag video social media campaign, #SupportNDDSmallBiz, to encourage viewers to visit, shop and dine in the neighborhood. Many of the small businesses have been impacted negatively as a result of the recent pandemic, and the campaign was launched in an effort to help boost visitors. It kicked off on June 26 with the owner of Georgie’s and vice president of member outreach of the Naples Design District executive board, highlighting her store and describing the campaign on a video, which was posted on the Naples Design District’s Instagram and Facebook pages (@naplesdesigndistrict). As part of the campaign, each Friday a small business in the Naples Design District will be spotlighted with interior and exterior video footage and a brief overview of the business. Currently, there are more than 50 member businesses as part of the Naples Design District. 

Diane Patterson


Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has promoted Diane Patterson to assistant office manager at its McGregor Branch. She will continue to assist with daily operations and customer relationships, including business and consumer banking. Patterson, who joined the bank in 2016 as a teller and customer service representative, is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in Southwest Florida for 17 years. Founded in 2003, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank has two locations on Sanibel Island and six more locations throughout Lee County. To learn more, visit

Andrew Arreola


Andrew Arreola LLC and Taylor Canada P.A., realtors at Gulf Coast International Properties, have joined forces. Together, they share a combined two decades of experience providing luxury real estate advisory services to their clients. The team specializes in representing buyers and sellers of million-dollar properties in Naples. According to recently released Multiple Listing Service figures, Arreola and Canada’s efforts ranked them both within the top 25 agents in Old Naples and Port Royal with a combined total of nearly $45 million in sales volume to date for 2020. For more information, visit


Free headshots offered to the unemployed on Wednesday

Local photographers in Naples are joining more than 200 photographers across the country to produce 10,000 headshots for unemployed Americans in one day. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday at Coastland Center. Headshot Booker has teamed up with Brookfield Properties to create pop-up photo studios at their retail locations around the U.S. Anyone who is currently unemployed is eligible for a complimentary professional headshot. Each photographer will be following strict social distancing guidelines and wearing masks. The participants have their own time slot during the day to avoid lines and unnecessary gatherings. Photo delivery will be contactless via SpotMyPhotos software. To sign up for a headshot, visit

United Way volunteer displays clothing.

John E. & Aliese Price Foundation announces $100,000 grant for school children

A new program to help children in need will launch this fall due to a $100,000 commitment from The John E. and Aliese Price Foundation to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. The United Way Gifts in Kind program will provide clothing, shoes, hygiene items and school supplies to children who may be struggling with homelessness or other challenges as identified by the School District of Lee County social workers and school resource officers. Only social workers will have access to the Community Impact Center at the District office, and they will be able to check items out on a weekly basis. The United Way sources clothing, school supplies and hygiene items directly from manufacturers across the country.  Items are also donated from the local community, according to Hannah Pelle, United Way’s vice president of community impact and the originator of the program.

TwinCutZ to offer free back-to-school haircuts

In preparation for back to school, TwinCutZ is hosting its annual free haircut day for students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Aug. 9 at all five Southwest Florida locations. In addition to complimentary haircuts, TwinCutZ is also gifting every student a free backpack, donating backpacks to Community Cooperative, and inviting the community to donate school supplies to help fill those backpacks and support local families. Due to social distancing and CDC precautionary guidelines, advance reservations are required. For locations and contact information, visit


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