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.
The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.
Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.
Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.
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.