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.
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.
The waterless wash experts at Fashion Fresh absolve clothes from stain-related sins with advanced cleansing technologies. Friendly staff takes in soiled second skins at any location or drops by homes to whisk blouses ($7.43), blazers ($8.55), and business-casual spacesuits off to their cleaning facilities. Slink into a fresh-scrubbed skirt ($9.67–$7.78) or unsettle blind dates in a gleaming white lab coat ($8.25). Pseudo-suds experts also aid comforters ($27.92–$43.77) and pillowcases ($4.16) in reconnecting with their former fluffy selves.