Organics of Naples takes the guesswork out of selecting the freshest fruit and vegetables at the supermarket by assembling boxes of organic produce that they deliver to clients once a week. Each assortment contains fruits and veggies that are in peak season and sourced exclusively from 100 percent USDA-certified organic farms to avert any pesticide cross-contamination. While the exact contents change weekly, the box is customizable based on a “like,” “do not like,” and “I only eat 3-inch diameter fruits” lists. Patrons can also opt to add other groceries, such as milk or eggs, to extend their organic pantry.
From a distance, the restaurant patio looks as though it’s been taken over by blue octopi. But a closer look reveals that what might have appeared to be creatures from the deep are actually artistic balloon sculptures several feet tall, their long lines and curly inflated base evoking the waves of the calm ocean just beyond the patio’s view. Eye-grabbing yet never out of place, Bayside Balloons’ inflatable installments accentuate—even help to define—their surroundings, putting party guests in festive moods and drumming up conversation about their unique shapes and designs. The company’s creative balloon displays have even popped up on sidewalks, museum openings, and restaurants across Naples. Though the floating sculptures, arches, and centerpieces look fanciful, Bayside Balloon’s curators also tend to their practical aspects, designing them to withstand elements such as sun, wind, or a porcupine’s birthday party.
Express Languages opens up new worlds and opportunities for its students with intensive private and small-group foreign language classes. A staff of engaging, eminently certified teachers guide pupils from all over the world through interactive courses in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Italian, and Portuguese. Personalized sessions with a teacher and other students give participants plenty of real-life practice in their chosen language, while translation and interpretation services help clients decipher documents and conversations.
The instruction places a special focus on English and Spanish, with classes specially designed for speaking across the languages in the workplace, and a complete ESL courseload that unlocks the mysteries of complicated English grammar and spelling and the slick regional newscaster appeal of the American accent.
Relying on more than 25 years of experience in the framing and art-design fields, Affordable Frame Design's seasoned staff performs a diverse bevy of services and products for homes and businesses. The artistically conscious professionals assemble elegant frames for artwork, documents, and family memorabilia in-house, using professional conservation materials to seal contents inside sleek encasings. More than 4,000 frame samples line the shop's two showrooms, where the multitalented designers also repair busted frames, cleanse and stretch canvases, proffer art appraisals, and construct borders for shadowboxes and flat-screen TVs. To ensure their custom creations don't clash with curtains or throw pillows' new shoes, Affordable Frame Design's team travels to clients' homes for personal consultations and installation services.
After accumulating more than 14 years of Pilates experience at other fitness venues, Helen Wagner opened The Pilates Scoop to provide affordable Pilates equipment classes. The Pilates method works to tone the body’s core without adding bulk, ensuring that students don't emerge looking like a football player who just ate a medicine ball. The pulleys, cables, and springs of Reformer and Cadillac machines extend and contract as students tone their stomachs, backs, hips, buttocks, and knees.
Helen caps equipment classes at no more than six students, and also leads private, duet, and triples lessons to provide more tailored instruction. She also teaches classes in traditional Pilates methods incorporating mats, chairs, and the high ladder barrel.
At Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour, sister owners Amy Turner and Tammy Turner Kipp exude fashion sense. Together, they keep their store's artful displays stocked with items ranging from classic to contemporary, with new and seasonal collections consistently joining the mix. In order to keep pace in the ever-changing world of fashion, Amy and Tammy also go on frequent buying trips, where they meet with longstanding partners to gather pieces that have yet to hit the shelves at big department stores. And, as daughters of educators, the Turner sisters have worked with local teachers and principals for more than a decade through their "Jewels for Schools" program.