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Business Brief – JD Fiberglass: A Family Affair


By Natalie Strom  Have you just damaged the fiberglass on your boat or jet ski? JD Fiberglass and Gelcoat Repair is a one stop shop for all your fiberglass needs. After all, the JD in the name of the family-owned business stands for just that – just damaged. Owner Shannon Vosburgh has been in the fiberglass business on Marco Island for over 15 years, but his family has been a part of Marco Island for generations. “His grandfather, Robert Vosburgh, is buried in the Marco Island Cemetery,” adds wife Rene. “Down where Kay’s on the Beach is in Olde ... Read More »

Business Brief: Kriger Orthodontics: Creating Smiles


By Natalie Strom Getting braces today is like a rite of passage- by the time that you are 13 years old you are either in braces, have had some sort of appliance in your mouth or are just about to get braces. Now, with clear braces and Invisalign as an option – adults are upgrading their smiles! So when choosing an orthodontist, Kriger Orthodontics delivers an awesome experience from a clean, modern and state of the art office, video games for kids, and the  smiling friendly team and of course Dr. Kriger’s credentials deliver an experience that is way ... Read More »

Business Brief: Marco Island Skin & Body Boutique


By Natalie Strom “When you go to bed at night your skin should be as clean as a baby’s bottom when you put it to bed.” This somewhat odd sounding sentence couldn’t sound any sweeter when spoken by Pamela Campbell of Marco Island Skin & Body Boutique. Open for just over a year, Campbell’s company offers a wide array of skin treatments, “after all, your skin is the largest organ you have, but it’s so easily neglected,” points out Campbell. Marco Island Skin & Body Boutique offers massages, waxing, make-up, facials, micropeels, dermal rejuvenation, collagen CO-Q10 facials and more. ... Read More »

Business Brief: Marker 8.5: A Fresh Start


By Natalie Strom Fresh is exactly the word for the new and improved Marker 8.5, owned by the Head Chef Michael Duncan and his wife Laura. Located in Goodland and once known as Marker 8, the Duncan’s have already made some noticeable improvements that give the restaurant that same old Florida feel but with some unexpectedly fresh and unique changes. Chef Duncan’s culinary history is as unique as is Marker 8.5. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, he is a true Floridian. He has traveled all over to work at some of the finest restaurants and resorts. Starting at ... Read More »

Business Brief: Locals Serving locals


By Natalie Strom Long-time residents of Marco Island, Kira Krümm and Juan Munera, joined forces twelve years ago to establish The Studio Artistic Finishes Inc., a company specializing in paint and artistic finishes for Southwest Florida residences. Both Munera and Krümm represent strong backgrounds in fine art and home design. Krümm’s world-renowned interior design firm, Kira Krümm International Design, based in Estero, is regarded as one of Southwest Florida’s leading luxury interior design firms. Munera, whose former art business, The Studio Gallery & Framing, held numerous successful art openings during its thirty year establishment on Marco, now concentrates on ... Read More »

Business Brief: WJ Bradley Mortgage comes to Marco


By Coastal Breeze News Staff An independent mortgage lending firm, WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital, has expanded into this market with the opening of a new Marco Island branch headed by Kimberli Escarra. The firm was founded in 2003 in Denver, Colorado and has grown rapidly, now in 16 states. By 2012, in just nine short years, WJ Bradley (WJB) was 8th in the country in volume. WJB leverages the ‘flat organizational structure’ of its competitor’s, with fewer levels between staff and managers. As such, WJB empowers employees to be directly involved in the decision-making process, a winning concept with their ... Read More »

Beach View Brings it Home


By Julia Barnett Buying a home is arguably one of the most important purchases a person can make. It can also be one of the most stressful, especially if not all is as it appears. The house may look good on the surface, but only a certified home inspector can tell you exactly what you’re buying. And Beach View Home Inspections does precisely that, and more. Owned and operated by Paul Harrison, Beach View Home Inspections has been providing home buyers with thorough inspections and detailed reports for over a year, and he’s only just begun. After 30 years in ... Read More »

CaterMasters and The Catch


By Natalie Strom – The culinary creativity of Jon Phillips seems endless. With a resume that reaches multiple continents, Phillips has continued to refine his talents, reaching all of Southwest Florida with his catering company, CaterMasters and new restaurant, The Catch. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Phillips moved to England when he was four; he picked up the brilliant (as they say across the pond) English accent but left the often considered bland food of the country behind. That’s because Phillips was lucky enough, as he says, to be able to eat at some of the finer restaurants as he grew ... Read More »

Wind Tide


If you’re a visitor to Marco Island and want to bring home a t-shirt or sweatshirt home from your stay in paradise, for yourself or a friend, stop by Wind Tide in Marco Town Center. The store, named after the owners’ two golden retrievers, Windy and Tide, is a quality resort apparel shop owned by Shannon and Bill Diller. The Diller’s are not new to the business as they own two other Wind Tide shops.   The Wind Tide in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, the Diller’s have owned for nine years. Another store in Beaufort, North Carolina, for eight years. “Our ... Read More »

Makeup Scents Makes Sense


By Julia Barnett Lillian Mead, owner of Makeup Scents & Gifts in the Esplanade Plaza, understands her customers. With a shop full of quirky, unusual, and interesting things, as well as some hard-to-find products, she keeps customers coming back again and again. Formerly in what was, at the time, the Prime Outlets strip mall, Makeup Scents moved to the Esplanade a year and a half ago. Lillian made the move for various reasons, and thinks it was a good decision, not only because she lives on Marco, but because most of her customers do too. And a good decision it ... Read More »

BUSINESS BRIEF: Simply Siblings


By Marilyn Honahan There are many local business partnerships made up of husbands and wives, fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. However, one of the latest businesses to open its doors on Marco Island is actually sibling-owned. Brother and sister, Nick and Kristina Lambros recently opened Simply Cupcakes located at 912 North Collier Blvd, next to Island Pizza. This new venture grew from a desire to relocate to Marco Island where Kristina and Nick’s grandparents moved a number of years ago. The siblings, both of whom studied business in their respective schools, desired to open a business that would ... Read More »