Lead Photo: Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. expands its Naples office. Details below.
MERCATO TO HOST NORTH NAPLES JOB FAIR ON JULY 14
Mercato, a shopping and dining destination in North Naples, plans to host a job fair next week with more than a dozen businesses offering positions in food and beverage, retail, hospitality and more. The event will take place noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in Mercato’s Suite 5155, adjacent to the Southern Tide store at 9115 Strada Place. HR Collier and HR by Karen will provide free resume reviews during the job fair. Mercato will provide a $10 gift card to the first 50 job seekers who show their resume, completed job application or business card obtained from a Mercato merchant during the job fair. Participating employers include AZN Azian Cuizine, Bar Tulia, Bravo, Burntwood Tavern, Cariloha, Cavo Lounge, Hampton Social, J.Crew, Nordstrom Rack, Rocco’s Tacos, Sur La Table, The Pub and Z Gallerie.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORK EVENT HELD TODAY
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will explore tips for successfully jump-starting a new or current business during its networking event held from 5:15-7 p.m. today at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. Program panelists will share tips and common misconceptions in their areas of expertise. The panelists include Suzanne Boy, Boy Agnew Potanovic PLLC; Teri Hansen, Priority Marketing; David Marcantonio, One Source Business; Lynn Rasnake, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A.; and John Schlager, Inceptus. Elizabeth Goldbach, from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, will moderate the program. The program is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Admission includes one complimentary beverage and light appetizers provided by Seed & Bean Market. Attendees can register in advance here or call 239-332-2930.
AAA: FLORIDA GAS PRICES AVERAGE ABOVE $3 PER GALLON
Florida gas prices set a new 2021 high on Tuesday, AAA reports. The state average is now $3.01 per gallon, the most expensive daily average price since October 2014. On average, Florida drivers are now paying 7 cents per gallon more than a week ago and 15 cents less than this time last month. The state average is now 90 cents more than this time last year when prices plummeted due to low demand because of the pandemic. “Florida drivers continue to feel the effects of rising crude oil prices, which have made it more expensive to produce gasoline,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Oil prices have surged nearly 60% this year, as global fuel demand outpaces the recovery in supplies. Unfortunately, these pump prices will likely hang around through the summer, unless fundamentals change. Tropical Storm Elsa is not expected to impact prices at the pump.” As of Tuesday, Florida’s least expensive metro markets included Fort Myers-Cape Coral at $2.97 per gallon and Punta Gorda at $2.98 per gallon.
FOUR NEW BUSINESSES SET FOR BELL TOWER IN SOUTH FORT MYERS
Bell Tower Shops off U.S. 41 in south Fort Myers has four new tenants that recently opened or are coming soon. The newcomers are Art the Wall, a home décor store that opened this week; Matinique Bakery Café, an upscale, gourmet bakery and unique eatery coming this summer to Center Court; Subtle and Chic Boutique, a distinctive women’s clothier coming in August; and Three Dog Bakery, a treat shop for dogs coming in early September. Bell Tower is continuing the expansion to its tenant lineup that started earlier this year with the additions of Burntwood Tavern, Stogie Pairing cigar lounge, Artsemble Underground and CycleBar.
NARRATIVE COFFEE ROASTERS OPENS SECOND LOCATION IN NAPLES
Narrative Coffee Roasters opened its second coffee shop Saturday. The new location in downtown Naples includes an in-house coffee roaster at Eleven Eleven Central, the mixed-use development on Central Avenue. Narrative’s first brick-and-mortar shop opened last July at Mercato in North Naples. The locally-owned specialty coffee roaster serves a variety of high-quality seasonal coffees, including espresso-based favorites and drip coffees, teas, hot cocoa, pastries, salads, wraps, sandwiches, craft beers and wine. Bags of its signature line of freshly ground coffees are available for sale. The new Narrative Coffee Roasters, 1103 Central Ave., is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
GOODWILL OPENS NEW DOWNTOWN BOUTIQUE
Goodwill opened its new boutique on July 2 at the Heitman Building, 2285 First Street, in downtown Fort Myers. Rebranded as, “blue: A Goodwill Boutique,” the new store offers gently used designer brands, new goods and some home décor. The new boutique has an added art gallery and book department. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on July 16, prior to the River District’s Music Walk. Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson will attend, along with local historian Gerry Reaves, who do a book signing and talk about the history of the Heitman Building.
WPL ANNOUNCES NAPLES OFFICE EXPANSION
Woodward, Pires & Lombardo P.A. has expanded its office space. The law firm added 2,500 square feet containing attorney and paralegal offices, a second kitchen, an office services area and a conference center on the ground floor of its existing building at 3200 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. The additional space will supplement the firm’s existing 6,000 square feet that encompasses the entire second floor of the building.
WILSON CREATIVE GROUP PROMOTES ACCOUNT MANAGER
Wilson Creative Group, a full-service advertising and marketing agency in Naples, has promoted Delaney Carroll to account manager. Carroll joined WCG in January 2019 and has held positions of increased responsibility within the agency, most recently serving as senior account coordinator. She has a digital marketing background with experience in Google Analytics and Google Ads, marketing automation platforms and email marketing. Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.
FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENTS CELEBRATE GRADUATION
Lee Health recently celebrated the graduation of The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program and Global Health Fellowship Class of 2021. Based at Lee Memorial Hospital, the residency program was created to address an expected national shortage of primary care physicians. This issue is compounded locally by a rapidly growing aging population, Lee Health states. This year’s graduates include Dr. Kathleen Dixon; Dr. Tatianna Pizzutto; Dr. John Schmidt, who will join Lee Physician Group College Pointe location in Fort Myers; Dr. Miri Shlomi; Dr. Diana Sitar, who plans to remain in Fort Myers to practice family medicine; Dr. Tyler Spradling, who will join Lee Physician Group Bonita Urgent Care in Estero; Dr. Renee Wong; Dr. Bradley Green; and Dr. Alice Shallcross. The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health provides 36 months of training divided into four-week blocks.
Midwest Food Bank of Florida receives Walmart grant
Midwest Food Bank of Florida, a volunteer-driven, faith-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and providing disaster relief, has received a grant from the Walmart store located on Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers. The funds will be used directly to support food relief efforts in the community. Midwest Food Bank has 12 locations, including 10 in the U.S., and one each in East Africa and Haiti.
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