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ACS Luau Party

Hawaiian shirts to the ready.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The American Cancer Society held its second annual Luau Party benefitting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. It was a chance for everyone to pull out any Hawaiian0style shirts, skirts and dresses from the darkest corners of their closets. There was laughter and applause while everyone rated their favorite Hawaiian shirt or tested their ability to see how low they could go doing the Limbo. A scrumptious dinner buffet was served, including whole pineapple ham, blackened mahi-mahi, pan-roasted chicken, stir fry veggies, sweet plantains, saffron rice and black beans, along with three dessert selections. After dinner ... Read More »

3D Mammography Coming to PRCB

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and Breast Health Navigator Jennifer Keller of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Though the celebrations of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month are now underway, ask any health-conscious woman and she’ll quickly tell you: Breast health is a year-round focus. To that end, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard will soon be the first hospital in Southwest Florida to offer 3D digital tomosynthesis for early breast cancer detection — mammography that allows for a more detailed understanding of breast tissue. Now FDA approved, 3D mammography has already resulted in an earlier detection of invasive and noninvasive breast cancers in multiple studies and is expected to be available to patients in November. This new screening ... Read More »

2015 Relay for Life Kick-off

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Submitted Mention the word “cancer,” and almost every person can relate an experience, be it with a family member, a friend or that individual him or herself. In spite of research and progress in the fight against this dreaded disease, an individual can easily feel ineffective and hopeless in the quest for a cure. However, the ideas and actions of one man did indeed make a difference and created a worldwide phenomenon. In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon walked and ran for hours around a track in Tacoma, WA, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was ... Read More »

Think Pink

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The staff at Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island is at it again. For the second year in a row, they are participating in “Pink Hair for Hope” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland will host the entire salon team on Sunday, Oct. 26, where they will provide a pink hair extension to anyone wishing to donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Pink Hair for Hope movement was started nine years ago through hair-extension company, SO.CAP.USA, and has been growing exponentially ever since. So far this ... Read More »

New Laws: Part 5

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Condo Law By Bob Murrell Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. Today, we will review two bills that were signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 13, with both effective on July 1. The first of these bills, House Bill 7037, has limited impact on Community associations, but because of the potential impact on community association managers (CAMs), it may have an impact on the operations of community associations. H.B. 7037 attempts to clarify the duties and responsibilities of CAMs by expanding the definition of community association management and the professional practice standards in Sections 468.431 and 468.334, Florida Statutes. ... Read More »

Chili Chefs Spice It Up

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation held its Second Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11. There were 18 willing chili chefs, many of them firemen representing various fire stations around the county, as well as a few restaurants, fire department supporters and just great chili makers. They each wanted a chance to win the “copper ladle” trophy. An island favorite among the booths was manned by Chief Mike Murphy of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, who teamed with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino to serve up chili. There was white ... Read More »

I Do Windows!

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Sherri Medeiros has a knack for seeing things more clearly, especially when it comes to her business, See-Thru Window Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Scratch and Waterstain Removal Inc. For 15 years, See-Thru has offered professional cleaning and glass restoration services to homeowners and businesses on Marco Island and surrounding communities. “I especially enjoy providing superior service to a diverse and interesting clientele,” Sherri says. “I love when a client looks through the clean glass and is amazed at the difference we made. I employ a professional team of window cleaners and pressure washers, many of whom have worked for my company ... Read More »

Singing to the Beat of her Own Drum

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Performing is Sabrina Williams’ way of life. Her melange of Reggae, R&B, Jazz, dance and theatre has prompted music critics to call her “one of the most versatile live performers of the day.” Jamaican by birth, Williams has been in the music business for 35 years. She moved to the United States in 2009, and now resides on Marco Island, performing at the Marco Island Marriott, Naples Waldorf, Ritz Carlton and other familiar venues. “I look forward to relocating my company Reggae Woman International to the US, so we can continue to produce shows, develop and record artists, and continue ... Read More »

Relationships Heart of Blue Mangrove

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Christie Marcoplos is an entrepreneur at heart. It all started when she began working at the age of 15, and she owned her own florist and gift shop in New Hampshire for a time. When she moved to Southwest Florida, she tried to shake the business bug and worked a few years for Clyde Butcher at his Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades. Alas, Marcoplos could not resist, answered the siren’s call of entrepreneurship once again. On Dec. 5, 2006, she opened Blue Mangrove Gallery, now located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd. in the Marco Town Center. “I felt compelled ... Read More »

A Passion for Shells

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Emily Savage and her shop Shells By Emily are testaments to how a simple idea or hobby can turn into a long-standing business. Savage started her business in 1985 in a 400-square-foot space at 651 S. Collier Boulevard and a cigar box as a cash register. It had $25 in it. “We started with two card tables that we bought for $1 a piece at a garage sale and folding chairs too,” remembers Emily. “I took a large 4×8 real estate sign, painted it and used it as a partition wall in the store between the public and private area.” ... Read More »

Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique

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Beautiful skin has always been a way of life for Pam Campbell — from her days as a professional model to today as the owner of Marco Island Skin and Body Boutique. She has been a medical esthetician and makeup artist for more than 30 years. “As a professional model, I always loved working with the makeup artists, and they always told me a beautiful face always starts with beautiful skin,” Campbell explains. “So, I went to school to learn just that!” Initially, she worked for large cosmetic companies, such as Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy and Lancome. At one point, ... Read More »

Jumping for Joy

Katie Schweighoefer, co-owner of Jump Hair & Nails, is no stranger to making her dreams come true. When she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a hair stylist. Ten years ago, she started her own tanning salon on Marco Island, and kept her dream alive with plans for one day adding hair and nails to the menu of services. Her dream came true when she teamed with her business partner, Peter Galluzzo. The two opened Jump Hair & Nails in April. A board-certified cosmetologist for 16 years, she attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in advertising. ... Read More »

Three generations of Women in Business

Sandy Franchino with mother Carmela Lanni
and daughter Samantha Scheeler.

Dreams do come true, especially on Marco Island. When Sandy Franchino and her first husband drove south from New Jersey to check out a restaurant for sale, little did she know that 31 years later she would be the successful proprietor of Café de Marco. “When we came over the bridge (Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge), that was it! We fell in love with the island! We made a deal to buy what was then known as Delaney’s restaurant, and the rest is history,” Franchino says. “Marrying a chef was my main inspiration to work in the food industry. A desire ... Read More »

Family Motivates Classic Transportation

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Jennifer and Ron Doino were looking for a warmer climate and a good place to raise their two children, Noah and Amanda. The husband-and-wife team found that and a thriving business when they took over Classic Transportation in 2004. “Classic Transportation has been around for 20-plus years,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to take the business and give it a fresh start.” Immediately, they revamped Classic Transportation’s six original vehicles and enforced new guidelines for their drivers. To be sure, the Doino’s were no strangers to being self-employed business owners, and they understood what it would take to push the business ... Read More »

Donna Kittle’s Journey to Becoming a Top-Producing Realtor

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When you hear Donna Kittle’s story, you know immediately that she was born to be a business owner and to sell. In fact, the Marco Island Coldwell Bank real estate agent recently received a personal letter from Bruce Zipf, the president and CEO of NRT LLC, informing her that she earned the special distinction as an NRT Top 1,000 Sales Associate of 42,000-plus sales associates nationwide. She has been in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 Realtors in the state of Florida for the past two years, and has been awarded several International Achievement Awards from Coldwell Banker including: the International Sterling ... Read More »

Gabby Abbeys – It’s all in the Name

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Gabby Abbey’s opened three years ago at the Shops of Olde Marco. Owner Denise Goldman had always been told she had an eye for putting things together as a child, particularly for a favorite aunt. Her aunt loved to take Denise shopping with her to her favorite boutiques. Now, years later, Denise has her own women’s clothing store, Gabby Abbey’s, named after a daughter and granddaughter. When you speak with Denise, you quickly learn she travels regularly to fashion shows and buys from a variety of fashion designers in an effort to offer her customers the latest in clothing, shoes ... Read More »

Marco Island Style

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Looking for the latest trends in home décor, hostess gifts, framed art and fun jewelry? Visit Your Island Home, owned by Vee Young and her husband Jim located in the Marco Town Center on North Collier Boulevard. The shop, purchased by the Youngs in 2008, operated for 20 years as Linens Plus. “After a career change for Jim, we were looking for a business for me to dive into as a Plan B. It turned out to be a business we could both pour our hearts and talents into without having to relocate,” Vee says, explaining that they have lived ... Read More »

The Jewel of Marco

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On Nov. 8, Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco will celebrate its grand opening on Marco Island. Owners, Annelie and Amir Kathein, have been working in their store in the Shops of Marco since June 3. Marco Island is the location of their second store. The husband-and-wife team founded Golden Gate Jewelers 34 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, but have had a house on Marco for the last eight years. Mother and daughter, Annelie and Avital, are now year-round Marco Island residents and will operate this location full time. Father and son, Amir and Ari, commute during the week to run ... Read More »

Dedication Builds Mango’s

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The story of Mango’s Dockside Bistro is one of family and mother-daughter relationships. It is a story that began in 2004, when Chef Annie and daughter Lauren combined their talents to open a small carryout restaurant here on Marco Island. Lauren had gone off to college the previous year, but after a few short months, decided that was not the direction for her. Upon returning home to Marco, her mother Annie suggested they open this business. With Chef Annie’s creativity in the kitchen and Lauren and Annie’s experience in the restaurant business — Lauren working as a hostess at the ... Read More »

Retail Dreams and Leaps of Faith

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Lee Ann Adams knows retail. She managed stores for Chico’s, and spent 15 years with Fresh Produce Sportswear working in a variety of roles from store manager to overseeing the Caribbean accounts and district manager. Then, she turned 50, and took a leap of faith. She opened her own store, Beach Daisy, in June 2011. The women’s island style boutique features many “made in the USA” labels, and her tag line is “effortless lifestyle clothing.” Some of her lines include Spirit football jerseys, Michael Stars, Sympli the Best, Tribal, Jude Connally, Slimsations, Johnny Was, XCVI, Jams World, Magdelana, Eileen Fisher, ... Read More »