Gulf Coast Kayak sits on the edge of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, a scenic sprawl of estuaries, back bays, and mangrove tunnels roofed by the interlaced branches of waterside trees. Their single and tandem kayaks give paddlers a way to drink up this scenery, instead of waiting on the shore, thumbs-outstretched, hoping to catch a ride from a passing mermaid. Alternatively, paddlers can opt for a guided tour, such as the Sunset Birding Tour, which can afford birdwatchers glimpses of osprey, herons, and spoonbills. For those who cannot make it to their storefront, Gulf Coast Kayak is able to deliver kayaks anywhere in Matlacha or Pine Island for a fee.
When you think of barbecue, you likely think of heat: a grill's flames, a sauce's smoky flavor. BBQ Donut Rentals, however, takes a cooler approach to the cuisine by setting its barbecue feasts at sea. Accommodating up to 10 passengers, each circular boat is essentially a floating picnic table. Said table includes a grill at its center, upon which guests can sear their choice of barbecue classics, such as burgers, ribs, and chicken legs. An umbrella shields diners from the sun's rays during daytime voyages, and the umbrella can be outfitted with lights for evening jaunts.
On Kayak Charters' guided eco tours, participants paddle through waters bustling with aquatic creatures, ranging from manatees to dolphins. The guides helm other scenic kayaking trips, too, along with fly-fishing charters. Kayak Charters complements its tours with classes on a wide array of outdoor skills, such as boating, navigation, and wilderness survival.
Upscale French eatery Chef J Bistro takes its name from executive chef Jethro Joseph, who understands that fine dining can be relaxing rather than fussy. His cooking has received accolades from publications such as the Gulf Coast Times, which called his four-star gourmet fare “mouthwatering.” Chef J curates two seasonal menus replete with seafood, smoky pastas, and steak, among other dishes. His staff understands the importance of presenting entrees elegantly, supplementing them with artfully scattered greens or sandwiches made in the shape of Picasso’s Guernica.
Groups sip cocktails and socialize as they discover hidden creative talents through painting sessions and classes at The Painted Conch. A team of experienced artists guide students step by step through the painting process as guests mingle with friends over glasses of wine, leaving sessions with beautiful portraits of their own creation.
Signature service: Painting events for fun and relaxation
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Acrylic paints, easels, variety of brushes, aprons, canvases
Pro Tip: Come to paint a personal masterpiece and receive some paint therapy. No skills required.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Painting, even with no skill, is like therapy. Our events create a moment in time where you can let life stresses fade away.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Everyone who attends a Paint Niche event receives personal attention and walks away with a personal masterpiece. Classes are taught in a step-by-step process, ensuring everyone is successful, even those who have never picked up a paintbrush.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been interested in art. I began creating my own mini masterpieces as a young child. I had art classes every year from childhood to adulthood. I graduated with my bachelor's in fine arts and my master's in education. ... Creating art is a way for every person to express themselves. Whether your art is hanging in your own home or on a gallery wall, the meaning behind it is always from within.