Gulfshore Business Daily: March 4

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Lead Photo: Stimulus checks being printed. Credit: WINK News

 

CALCULATE VALUE OF THIRD ROUND OF STIMULUS PAYMENTS

The third round of stimulus check payments is due out soon now that the COVID-19 relief bill is on its way to the Senate. Lawmakers are hoping to pass it by March 14 before federal unemployment benefits expire. You can look forward to a check if your adjusted gross income is less than $75,000, if you file as a married couple and make less than $150,000 a year, and if you claim any dependents, no matter their age. If you make more than the amounts listed, you may still qualify for a payment. To check if you do, and how much, there’s a helpful tool from investment company Grow that calculates your income, filing status and dependents, WINK News reports.

 

CHICO’S LOSSES INCREASE IN FOURTH QUARTER, FISCAL YEAR 2020

For fiscal 2020, Chico’s FAS Inc. reported a net loss of $360.1 million, or $3.11 loss per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $12.8 million, or $0.11 loss per diluted share, for the 52 weeks ended Feb. 1, 2020. The Fort Myers-based women’s clothing retailer permanently closed 40 underperforming stores last year. “While sales reflect the challenging environment, we took important actions over the past year to strengthen our financial and operating foundation and position our brands for market share gains. We enter 2021 as a digital-first, customer-led company with the capabilities to support continued improvement, enhanced value creation and a return to growth in the years ahead,” CEO and President Molly Langenstein said Tuesday. For the fourth quarter, Chico’s reported a net loss of $79.1 million, or $0.68 loss per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.04 loss per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended Feb. 1, 2020. 

 

SEAGATE TO BUILD FIRST OFFICE IN BUSINESS PARK AT ALICO ROAD AND I-75

Seagate Development Group is set to break ground in April on a 35,000-square-foot facility for Rice Insulation & Glass. The Lee County-based materials supplier will be the first tenant in a 40-acre, Seagate-owned business park at Alico Road and Interstate 75 in Fort Myers. The freestanding building will include 3,000 square feet of office space for sales and management teams, a reception area, a conference room, four oversized offices with 10 workstations, three standard offices, and training and break rooms. Additional space is reserved for a warehouse for insulation, glass, shower door and shelving materials. The project is targeted for completion by October. 

 

Aqua Restaurtant

AQUA RESTAURANT ADDS LOUNGE WITH BAR ON FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH

Aqua, a fine-dining restaurant on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples, has added a new offering to its plate — an ultra-chic lounge with a 30-foot bar that can comfortably seat up to 80 people. Aqua offers Mediterranean-style seafood and steaks with open-air seating and a teak bar. Owner Gordon Stojkoski, a 31-year veteran of the restaurant and nightclub business, said he created the Aqua Lounge because of the demand. The new Aqua Lounge, which offers craft cocktails and boasts an extensive wine and champagne list, is open seven days a week featuring live music nightly and a happy hour with small plates from 4 to 7 p.m. Aqua’s expansion took over what previously was the adjacent Petunias of Naples women’s clothing store. Aqua, 862 Fifth Ave. S., also expanded its outdoor dining area, tripling the number of tables outside. 

 

STOGIE PAIRING CIGAR BAR COMING SOON TO BELL TOWER SHOPS 

Stogie Pairing, a cigar lounge that encourages the pairing of cigars with guests’ favorite wine, craft beer, coffee or espresso, is opening soon at Bell Tower Shops in south Fort Myers. The new business is preparing to open this month at 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 245, in a 2,683-square-foot unit between Burntwood Tavern and Ulta Beauty. Stogie Pairing’s guests will select cigars from individual humidors to ensure freshness, and each visitor can choose a pairing from an interactive menu online or on site. When visitors find a combination they love, their personalized pairing can be added to the menu where others can experience and comment on that pairing before creating one of their own. Burntwood Tavern and other Bell Tower eateries will offer menu options for those who would like to add a snack or meal. “The concept for Stogie Pairing came about as my wife and I were trying different combinations of wines and cigars at home. We wondered why there wasn’t already a bar where people could try these kinds of combinations on a wider scale, and the idea for Stogie Pairing was born,” says owner Vidal Rivera.

 

FIFTH THIRD BANK GROWING OFFICE LOCATIONS IN NAPLES AREA

Fifth Third Bank has at least three new full-service banking centers planned along U.S. 41 in the Naples area. The Cincinnati-based banking company already broke ground on a more than 1,800-square-foot office with a drive-thru on a Gulf Gate Plaza outparcel at 2898 Tamiami Trail E., a former gas station lot on the corner of Bayshore Drive in East Naples. Fifth Third also has plans pending to demolish two separate commercial spaces in the city of Naples to build two branches with drive-thru lanes. These offices are planned at the former Frantz EyeCare outparcel in The Gateway of Naples shopping center on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Golden Gate Parkway; and at the recently vacated six-unit retail strip downtown on the northeast corner of Ninth Street South and Third Avenue South. Fifth Third also is seeking conditional-use approval from City Council for a drive-thru to be added to the branch it operates on the northeast corner of Park Shore Plaza on U.S. 41, plans show. 

 

The Q Lasik & Med Spa ribbon-cutting

THE Q iLASIK & MED SPA GRAND OPENING TO BENEFIT IMAGINE CHILDREN’S HEALTH CENTER

The Q iLASIK & Med Spa will host a public grand opening from 1-5 p.m. on March 27  to benefit the Imagine Children’s Health Center and help in its mission to provide psychological counseling and treatment for school-aged children. The Q iLASIK & Med Spa will donate a portion of all sales to the charity during the grand opening at the new med spa, located at 675 Piper Boulevard in Naples. Attendees can enjoy free food and beverages as well as a variety of free services, including vision screenings, facial plastic surgery consultations with Dr. Stephen Prendiville, iLASIK screenings, chair massages, med spa consultations, and tours of the 2,000-square-foot med spa. Raffle tickets will be sold on site with all funds donated to the Imagine Children’s Health Center. Precautions will be in place to encourage social distancing. Masks will be required.

 

FOUR NEW LUXURY HOMES UNDERWAY BY LONDON BAY IN MEDITERRA

London Bay Homes offers four new inventory estates in the Mediterra luxury community on Livingston Road in North Naples. Along with a selection of homes underway starting from $1.5 million, homebuyers can elect to recreate one of London Bay Homes’ expansive floor plan selections on their choice of more than 30 homesites within the distinctive neighborhoods of Mediterra. The floor plans embody the builder’s signature coastal-influenced architecture, grand open concepts and a connection to outdoor living areas designed to complement Mediterra living. Call 239-949-8989 to schedule in-person private model tours available through the Mediterra sales center, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Albert Arguelles

VECTRA DIGITAL ANNOUNCES ARGUELLES AS CEO

Albert Arguelles has taken the lead as CEO of Vectra Digital, a digital marketing agency. Arguelles previously served as co-founder of website design and digital marketing agency iPartnerMedia Inc. in 2012. He was able to help build the award-winning agency from the ground up and seamlessly merged with Vectra Digital in 2020. Arguelles is a former Paratrooper and U.S. Army Combat Engineer and Gulfshore Business 40 Under 40 award recipient. As Vectra continues to grow and evolve, former CEO Matt Bernhardt will not be leaving the company but instead stepping back to allow Arguelles to bring Bernhardt’s vision for Vectra to life.

 

Robert Blakely and Al Hanser, founder and chairman of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co.

BLAKELY JOINS SANIBEL CAPTIVA TRUST ADVISORY BOARD

Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. has appointed Sanibel resident Robert Blakely to the company’s advisory board. Blakely has served as a senior-level executive in large to medium-sized companies across a variety of industries, primarily in financial and medical services. Most recently, Blakely served as chairman and CEO of Graham Magnetics, a Graham, Texas-based company focused on providing data storage products and services to Fortune 500 companies.  He was also Managing Director of Stonegate Securities, assisting companies through various financial growth opportunities via equity and debt financing. Earlier in his career, Blakely served as executive vice president at Epic Healthcare of Dallas, Texas, a 36-hospital system. Blakely holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA in finance and marketing. He also continues to hold his Series 7 and 63 registrations with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Securities and Exchange Commission (FINRA/SEC).

 

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY PROMOTED TO PARTNER 

Family Law Attorney Danielle Levy Seitz has been promoted to partner at Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC. Seitz built the Aloia Roland family law practice from the ground up and helped expand her team to better serve the firm’s clients. Awarded the “Rising Stars” distinction for five years consecutively by Super Lawyers Magazine, Seitz’s primary focus since becoming a member of the Florida Bar in 2012 is in the areas of divorce, marital, family and adoption law. She joined the firm in 2016. Seitz is the acting chair of the Family Law Q&A Panel within the Family Law Advisory Group of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida and serves as the Resource Center of Southwest Florida Board of Directors, among other community commitments. Seitz earned her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she also received a certificate in Child and Family Law, and holds a dual undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from the University of Florida.

 

CHARITABLE NOTES

Youth Haven Inc. awarded $10,000 grant

Youth Haven Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida, a fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County. The funds received will benefit the Youth Haven’s programs and services. Founded in 1972, Youth Haven supports children and teens ages 6 -19 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Youth Haven’s 25-acre therapeutic campus houses more than 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care.

 

Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank present four custom-made, adaptive tricycles to special needs children and their families.

Partners present custom-made, adaptive tricycles to special needs children

Robbie’s RidersGrampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank presented four adaptive tricycles – worth nearly $5,000 – to Southwest Florida children. The recent presentation is part of an ongoing partnership between the three organizations to support the needs of local disabled children who are unable to ride a standard bicycle. Since 2017, funds raised through Grampy’s Charities and major donations from Sanibel Captiva Community Bank have allowed Robbie’s Riders to deliver 86 bikes to special needs children in Southwest Florida. Robbie’s Riders provides special adaptive bicycles and tricycles to children with disabilities, according to their individual capacities and needs. The charity works to donate special needs cycles as quickly as they can raise funds to purchase them. Working with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, children are evaluated and fitted for their own special adaptive cycle. 

Raffle items, patrons needed to raise funds for Children’s Advocacy Center

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL (CAC) will be holding an online raffle April 5-23 to raise funds and raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse in the community. CAC is in need of raffle items such as salon/spa gift cards, restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf, hotel stays, tickets to area attractions, bottles of fine wine/liquor, jewelry, luxury gift baskets, chef experiences and more. All donors receive recognition on the raffle page throughout the month of April, on social media platforms and in the CAC newsletter. The agency is also offering $250 patron opportunities to area individuals and businesses who wish to raise funds. All patrons receive recognition on social media, CAC website and newsletter. For more information, visit lrizzio@cac-swfl.org

 

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