Pamela and Ray of Big Bam Bikes

Newest Spirit Award Winners

By Randy Moore, Publisher – I’m very pleased to announce our newest award recipients. Congratulations to Pamela Fiume, Kandi and Tim Norrell and Marie Laforge. Pamela is receiving our Venice Spirit Award on behalf of her business Big Bam eBikes, Kandi and Tim Norrell are receiving our North Port Spirit Award on behalf of their…

Dr. Barbara and Dr. Lori

Medical Gardens Hearing Center

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Barbara Gaunt-Jaehne, an Audiologist and owner of Medical Gardens Hearing Center located at 105 San Marco Drive on Venice Island. She also sees patients at her office at 370 W. Dearborn Street in Englewood. Dr. Barbara completed her graduate studies at the University of Memphis and received her Doctor…

The B-12 Store Team in Nokomis

The B-12 Store

Susan Gammon owns The B-12 Store located at 241 S. Tamiami Trail in Nokomis. Please call 941-375-8342. Photo shows Susan, Kyan, Wilma, and Dave. Learn more at TheB12StoreNokomis.com. Susan, what is The B-12 Store?The B-12 Store is a wellness center with a spa-like atmosphere, where you’re greeted by a registered nurse who helps you evaluate…

All American Purification

All American Purification with Sean Kidwell

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Sean Kidwell, the owner of All American Purification along with his wife April. Their store is at 1237 U.S Highway 41 Bypass South in Venice. The company has been helping locals since 1991 with water treatment and filtration services. Visit GetBetterWater.org and call 941-483-4426. Sean, please give a summary of…

Nicole Killian

Nicole Killian SUP Englewood

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Nicole Killian to learn more about her passion for paddle sports and her local company SUP Englewood. The main location is the Bill Coy Preserve located at 5350 Placida Road in Englewood. Call 941-26KAYAK (265-2925). Learn more or book your next trip at SUPEnglewood.com. Nicole, please introduce SUP Englewood?SUP Englewood…

Andrea Brooker with ISR Venice

ISR Venice with Andrea Brooker

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Andrea Brooker, the owner of ISR Venice and a Certified ISR Instructor. ISR is an acronym for Infant Swimming Resource. She teaches one-on-one survival swimming lessons for infants older than six months and children up to age 10. Call Andrea at 941-445-1851.   What’s the brief history of Infant Swimming…

Christina Parker, MSN, NP

Christina Parker Restorative Medical Center

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Christina Parker, MSN, NP, the owner of Restorative Medical Center located on Venice Island at 706 The Rialto (look for the blue roof). Please call 941-625-0304. Learn more at RestorativeMedicalCenter.com.  Christina, please introduce Restorative Medical Center and what are your primary services?I launched Restorative Medical Center in 2012 to help…

Marie Laforge

Photographer Marie Laforge

     Many locals know Marie Laforge in connection with Mango Bistro, the popular restaurant she owns in Englewood with her partner, Ricardo. Marie is also passionate about photography. Some of her favorite subjects include seashells, water, birds, trees, leaves, seascapes, landscapes, and casual scenes from her trips to Europe and other places.     “I enjoy photographing…

Emily Rivera Jackson

Realtor Emily Rivera Jackson

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Emily Rivera Jackson with Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty in North Port. She’s been buying and selling homes in Florida and Ohio the past 23 years. Call or text Emily at 941-525-4319; visit her website at EmilyHoldstheKeys.com or EmilyRiveraJackson.com. Emily, what’s your brief history as a professional realtor?I’ve been selling real…

Dr. Danielson

Podiatrist Dr. David Danielson

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. David Danielson, DPM at North Port & Englewood Podiatry about foot and ankle health issues. Visit NorthPortPodiatry.com or call 941-474-5577 in Englewood and 941-429-1702 in North Port. What is podiatry and what’s the scope of your practice?Podiatry focuses on preventative, conservative and surgical care of the lower extremity. We…