Armed with an arsenal of hair products from Goldwell, L'Or?al, Redken, Aquage, and It's a 10, Sarah Cope sets to work beautifying manes. Inside Danny Suero's Hair Design, a 30-year-old full-service salon, the 10-year veteran stylist cuts and texturizes locks to suit her clients, from simple bang trims to perms and keratin treatments. Her specialty, however, is color treatments. Sarah can add subtle sun-kissed highlights to brunette strands, accent blonds with pastel streaks, or alter the color of all-over hues with single-process color.
Like sentient swiss army knives with arms and legs, Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care’s technicians have the tools and know-how for any task. Before they can don a crisp Tru-Clean uniform, the carpet cleaners must undergo extensive training and earn an official certification from the internationally trusted IICRC. Only then can they wield Tru-Clean’s powerful Evolution carpet-cleaning wand. Armed with this and other advanced cleaning products, they take to sullied floors, fighting stains from the carpets, upholstery, and tile of households and businesses throughout Lee County.
In lieu of rare and costly whale tears, they use nontoxic, environmentally kind cleaning solutions from Planet Guard, storing all their products in recyclable containers. This means that carpets are immediately safe for tots to crawl over and pets to play upon. For more expansive messes, the cleansing gurus also scrub grout, clean mattresses and leather, and chase off bedbugs.
Before earning his dental degree, Dr. Mauricio Martinez completed a master's degree in nutritional science. His studies, which emphasized the interconnectedness of bodily systems, help him to illuminate the link between oral health and ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Martinez and the team at Gulf Coast Smiles perform a range of cutting-edge services, such as designing, fabricating, and installing crowns in one day using the E4D tooth-scanning system. He has completed hundreds of hours of postgraduate training on implants, root-canal therapy, and orthodontics. He's currently enrolled in the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies to study neuromuscular dentistry, which addresses conditions such as chronic headaches and TMJ caused by excessive ventriloquism practice.
When she’s not standing in front of an early morning boot-camp session, certified trainer and nutritionist Sue Meredith can be found hiking, camping, or crawling over rocks in her jeep. Her passion for the outdoors transfers into her fitness classes, where she inspires women to have fun and make friends while working toward better health. Designed for a diverse range of women—including those of any ability level—Sue’s four-week programs combine fitness instruction with nutritional guidance, as well as the motivation to help students breathe the outdoor air. Two trained experts back up Sue's services with their own work. Dr. John Spencer Ellis holds 15 fitness certifications, which makes him the most qualified instructor since Einstein potty-trained his sons. Kelli Calabrese also pitches in her talents, which include three science degrees and 23 fitness and wellness certifications.
Owners Ines Josupeit and chef James King join culinary forces at Table 209, a bistro tucked into the historical buildings and sunny harbor walk of Punta Gorda. James brings his 20 years of experience working in kitchens throughout San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland to the restaurant, cobbling fresh seafood, prime meats, and seasonal ingredients into innovative gourmet dishes. Every Monday night, Ines grabs the culinary baton, pulling from her own German heritage to simmer up an authentic menu of traditional German sausages and potato pancakes. Out in the dining room, local artwork festoons the walls, as guests sit around white tablecloths, illuminated by flickering candles that stop passing cavemen dead in their tracks. Outside in the patio, glimmering strands of hanging lights cascade above rows of tabletops and lush plants.
At Perico’s, the faux parrots that perch over the dining room may not greet you when you arrive, but the din of live music will. Musicians take the stage five days a week, playing in front of a silver curtain that glitters under the twinkling lights that stretch across the restaurant’s lofty ceilings. As rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, and '80s covers fill the air, guests have been known to stand up and dance off the hearty Tex-Mex dinners that emerge from Perico’s kitchen. Classic platters feature such Mexican favorites as burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and flautas with a pile of rice and beans. More innovative eats such as the quesadilla burger, a hamburger patty wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in cheese and pico de gallo, unite Mexican and American flavors more tastily than a bacon-wrapped peso.