Friday Facts for June 3, 2022

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Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends, here are your Friday Facts from the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber President John Wright’s newspaper column from May 31

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Member Business of the Week

Leroy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar

Updated Southern, Soul Food and Brunch Fare Served in a Relaxed Space with Full Bar, TV Sports

At Leroy’s everything from their customer service to Southern cookin’ revolves around their belief that “Happiness is Homemade.” They take pride in providing a family-friendly menu and experience that is unlike any other restaurant in the Southwest Florida area. From the strum of blues in the background to the savory, homemade flavors and scents, you’ll love Leroy’s. While their Southern cuisine is rooted in family tradition, they’ve never stopped innovating. They love to create new, playful and, of course, delicious takes on your favorites classic. From small plate selections to specials, their dishes are imaginative and true to the essence of Southern cookin.’ The more you eat, the more you’ll stop by.

ADDRESS: 203 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda 33950

WEBSITE: leroyspg.com

PHONE: 941.505.2489

 

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PG Chamber Radio Show:
Exclusively For PG Chamber Members

NOW BOOKING FOR JUNE. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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Reserve Your Tickets Today!
Your Chamber’s Got Talent

Thursday, August 4, 7 PM
Gulf theater at the Military Heritage Museum
900 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda

Tickets are $25 (plus administration fee)

Join us for an evening of entertainment from more than 10 local acts sharing their talents with the community: singing, stand-up comedy, etc. and YOU can be part of the voting to select this year’s winner!

Tickets available on Gulf Theater’s website: gulftheater.org
For more information, call 941-639-3720

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Where’s John Now?

Take a Tour of a Local Business and Chamber Member with John. CLICK HERE to find out where he visited this week.

This video will be shared here in Friday Facts, on our Chamber website, and on our Chamber Social Media pages. If you would like to have a visit from John please contact Tara Zajas at tzajas@puntagorda-chamber.com or call the office (941) 639-3720 to schedule a date.

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PG Chamber Radio Show

Exclusively For PG Chamber Members

NOW BOOKING FOR JULY. Our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM during the Bob Alexander Radio Show is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month. The process is very simple – no need to visit the studio. Bob will call you, set up a recording time and it’ll be done over the phone and inserted directly into the programming of this very popular show. You get the option to record two x 2.5 minute slots or else simply record one and have it aired twice during the show. Bob will be able to let you know exactly during which hour it will air. The cost is an incredible $110 (payable to the PG Chamber, not iHeart). To register for the show, simply email John Wright. The rest we’ll take care of for you. Only 10 businesses per month, so don’t delay. Offering you a great way to promote your business, advertise an event or simply to show your community support.

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Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Quarter Awards Luncheon

Save the Date – Friday, August 5th 11:30am til 1:00 pm

Proceeds benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

For more details or sponsorship information, email jwireman@ccsofl.net. Formal invitation to follow announcing awardees.

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June Networking Events

**Please remember to RSVP directly to events by emailing reception@puntagorda-chamber.com, by calling us at 941-639-3720 or by paying for lunch online. We LOVE to see you but we appreciate knowing you’re coming to provide our host with an accurate count to better accommodate us. Thank you for your assistance!

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June 8: Business Over Breakfast 7:15-8:30 am Join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. Guest speakers will be Greg Murray, City Manager and Denise Quinn, FGCU Career Development.

June 21: Business After Hours 5:30 pm Join your Chamber at Room By Room Furnishings, 258 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Don’t forget to bring a gift to promote and showcase your business! Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

June 29: Networking Luncheon Noon-1:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Networking Lunch at Village Brewhouse at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Menu choices: Quinoa Bowl (Vegan), Sloppy Joe with Fries, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Fries (a little spicy) and Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Seasoned Rice. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720. NOTE: Cancellations not accepted after 3 pm on Friday before event. Cost is $20 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and AMEX. Our guest speaker: Laura Kohn from Beyond Transformation.

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Online Reservations for Chamber Luncheons are available by clicking HERE
(Please include your lunch choice in the comments box)

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2022 Annual Awards Banquet Dinner

Join us on September 17 at the Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda at 6:30 pm to celebrate the Chamber’s year, thank our outgoing Chair Alexia Martin and welcome Cherie George and her Board to their new positions. We celebrate our Partners in Action as we always do. $80 per person – cash bar. Seating is limited, RSVP now. Call 941.639.3720 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

You can also purchase tickets online HERE.

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All the Following Information is for Our Community.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!

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Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum)Our Sizzling Summer concert series is back! T.T.’s Tiki Bar is kicking this summer off with Gas House Gorillas on Saturday, June 4th! VIP tickets are available and there will be great drink specials too. Please click to find out when all your favorite bands will be playing this month. Lastly, T.T.’s Tiki Bar is offering lunch specials Monday through Friday for only $9.95 on many of the most popular menu items. Take advantage of this deal all summer long. The Tiki Bar…..The Place To Be!!

Sun News Media (Platinum Media Partner)Are you ready for hurricane season, June 1-November 30? Be prepared with the annual resource guide.

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Happy Friday! Suddenly it’s June🌺! Things we are watching: The new Hometown Heros down payment assistance, you can find more info here: https://bit.ly/3wVSHio and education requirements here: https://adobe.ly/3x67dnI Call the Florida Housing office with any questions. We are also waiting on the May numbers to see if any new trends are developing.  

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Punta Gorda Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 8 am-Noon (Summer Hours). June Newsletter

ShorePoint Health (Gold) ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda have a broad impact in the region. Click here for the Community Benefit Report.

CAM Realty (Silver) – Virtual office available in Downtown Punta Gorda, $99/+tax per month. A virtual office plan provides your company the image of a professional office without the cost of dedicated office space. Use our company address for a business mailing address and conference room access while growing your business. You can upgrade at any time to an executive suite when you outgrow a Virtual. Contact CAM Realty today to find out how affordable using a Virtual Office plan can be: 941.833.0083.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) – Your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. We offer all types of custom window treatments for any business or commercial setting with two locations to serve you. Call for your FREE In-Home consultation! 941.637.0015 / 941.828.0000

WENG Radio (Silver In Kind) We want to help Chamber members by broadcasting information about their business to the public. Click here for a special Chamber members-only rate!

Charlotte Players (Bronze) – Kids onstage Summer Theatre Workshop. June 6-10, 13-17 $250. $25 discount for additional child per family. Three groups: Dolly’s Kids 9 am-Noon entering 1st & 2nd grade, Stars 9 am-Noon entering 3rd-6th grade and Thespians 1-4 pm entering 7th-12th grade. Located at Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita Street in Punta Gorda. For more information or to register call 941.255.1022. Check out Kids onstage Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KidsOnStageCP.  The 2022-2023 season is just around the corner. Check here

Coastal Expressions & Wine (Bronze) – It’s summertime. It’s time to get out and enjoy some great food, wine or craft beer with your friends at Coastal Expressions & Wine + Wine Bar. NEW in June come on in for our Wednesdays “Happy Hour” from 4-7 or stop in on Saturday for our NEW Morning Star Flatbread & Mimosa. Coastal Expression Wine Bar is located in the ISLES at 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd in the Plaza at Suite 1135. No need to make a reservation, just come on by. Visit our website at www.coastal-expressions.com for on-line shopping or menu. Or call us at 941-214-8599

Please join us:

  • Every day for Wine flights/Tastings. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (Except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays from 5-8 PM)
  • Everyday Sip & Shop while you browse our Unique Boutique for Gifts
  • Every day for Lunch and enjoy our Lunch Special from 11-4 $16.99
  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO 6-8. 1 card per/person. $6.00 a card for three games. Win wine bottles as prizes.
  • NEW Saturday for our NEW Morning Star Flatbread & Mimosa $10 
  • Every Saturday night with soft, relaxing live music. 1 piece (Guitar / Saxophone or Keyboard) plus vocals. This Saturday night, June 4th with Bill Fredericks from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. 
  • Every Wednesday for $6 Wine Wednesday by day. Plus join us for Happy Hour from 4-7.
  • Every Thursday night for Trivia. Get your team together (up to 6 people). Win wine & food gift certificates as prizes. Game starts at 6:30 PM.

Military Heritage Museum (Bronze In Kind) – Gulf Theater Season 4 has arrived. Click here for the 2022-2023 schedule.

C.A.R.E. (Support) – The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies would like to inform everyone that we are on social media! For anyone that would like to see what we have been up to, our Instagram/TikTok page is “carecharlottecounty.” Everyone is more than welcome to share and show their support for survivors everywhere.

C.A.R.E would like to remind everyone to check out ReUse! If you are in need of affordable household items, clothes and furniture, this is the place to go. We accept donations, and proceeds go directly to our survivors. The address is 19765 Kenilworth Blvd. The number is 941.624.3488.

Drug Free Punta Gorda (Support) – Coalition Meeting, June 14, 11:30 am-1 pm. Click for details

Frank Desquin (Support) – Click here for Frank’s latest column. Did you know the area’s first train crossed Shell Creek in May 1886?  

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Country for a Cause featuring Champ Jaxon, Friday July 8, 6-10 pm Charlotte Harbor Event Center. Click here for ticket information.

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Quick Mobile Repair – Grand opening Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sunday 10am – 6pm 5 at Cross Trails Center, 615 Cross St. #1104 in Punta Gorda. Free Jersey Mike’s subs as well as iPad, PS5, Yeti giveaways and more. Click here

The Vaughn Realty Team – Keller Williams Realty Gold – Purse event to Stop Domestic Violence, June 13-17. Drop off gently used purses with toothpaste, creams, toothbrushes, etc. and write a note of Hope. Drop locations are Punta Gorda Chamber, North Port Chamber and Englewood Chamber.

Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante – Carmelo\s Ultimate Experence is back: Date Night Dinner for 2 for $80. Click for menu.

FGCU Academy – FGCU Academy is geared up for their Summer 2022 programs! We have lots going on. You can view our daily calendar for June and our registration page to see the classes that are available. Our summer online catalog is available as a pdf for you. We will not be mailing a summer program guide; it will be available online only.

Punta Gorda Airport PGD was ranked one of the top five most affordable airports for domestic flights. PGD is the low-fare leader when compared to neighboring airports. PGD, which served Allegiant and Sun Country Airlines in 2021-22, has an average domestic fare of $142.48.

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services – WINE Down Wednesday! SIP, STROLL and SAVOR, you will do flips over the artwork of Kelly Reark on June 22 from 5-7 pm at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. We will be hosting a complimentary Wine and Cheese reception to showcase Kelly’s passion for tarpon and local fisherman. Using vibrant expressions of light, texture and motion in combination with a scrimshaw-inspired painting technique, she create artworks that are both nostalgic and energetic. For more information please visit www.kays-ponger.com or like us on Facebook. AIPP Locations are sponsored by A/H Council and Coordinated By the Program Director.

Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea – Can you believe it’s already JUNE! We would like to introduce our Frappe of the Month … HHC Blueberry Cheesecake Frappe! This fan favorite was asked by so many of our loyal customers when it was coming back … now is the time to get it before it’s gone again!

Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Did you know that tomorrow is National Cheese Day? Come down to the Downtown Farmer’s Market (8 am-12 pm) and try a sampling of some of our fan favorite artisanal cheeses. Our Cheese Monger’s are ready to help you create the perfect Cheese Board or Charcuterie Board!  

Copperfish Books – Waldo, the iconic children’s book character is coming to Punta Gorda in July to spread the “Buy Local” message. Find Waldo Local is a fun way to highlight all that’s wonderful about local indie businesses and we hope you’ll want to join in. Our bookstore will host a month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in 25 participating local businesses.

Sunrise Kiwanis – The Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project begins June 19; then continues for 5 weeks. This project provides a new properly fitted pair of tennis shoes to any youth in the Charlotte County Public School System who may need them. We service the Charlotte County Public School System (CCPS) for the academic year. This includes all elementary, middle, high schools, and centers. Sizes range from a toddler five to a men’s 14 and women’s 12. Call 941.769.0864. The Punta Gorda Chamber office will be a shoe drop-off location.

Archway Institute – Laughter is the Best Medicine. ARCHway will host the first sober recovery comedy night in Fort Myers on August 12! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

Loveland Center – On June 25, we invite you to groove on through the decades as we gather to celebrate 60 years of service to our community in support of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here to view the invitation and reserve your tickets.

The Grill At 1951 – Summer Two For Two has begun on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Two for $49.95. Click here for the menu.

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church – BSPC is pleased to invite our community to meet Corrie ten Boom on June 14 from 9:30-10:30 am. You will learn about Corrie (as portrayed by Karla Chandler), her efforts that saved over 800 Jews during World War II, her imprisonment in a concentration camp and her world-wide evangelistic campaign following the war. This story was originally told in 1971 through Corrie’s book The Hiding Place. There is no charge, but a love offering will be taken for Karla’s mission work. The church is at 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. For information, call 941.639.0001.

Sea Grape Gallery – Is pleased to announce Kaitlyn Carey as our 2022 scholarship winner, a 2022 graduate of Port Charlotte High School. The Gallery is proud to display several of Kaitlyn’s art starting June 2 through June. Sea Grape Gallery will be hosting a reception for this young artist on June 9 from 5:30-7:30. The gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941.575.1718. 

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care – 988 Coming Soon: New Number to Call for People Facing Mental Health Crises. Starting July 16, anyone facing a mental health crisis can call 988 and get connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Valerie’s House – Save the Date for our Celebrating Charlotte Fundraising Event! Join us on Saturday, July 30 (1-5 pm) at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. All proceeds will benefit Valerie’s House-Charlotte County. Contact Christine Carey for vendor and sponsorship opportunities 239.841.0382 or christine@valerieshouse.org 

Punta Gorda Symphony – Registration is open for Punta Gorda Symphony’s Summer Music Camp, held from June 6-17, Monday-Friday, at Punta Gorda Middle School, in coordination with Charlotte Players Kids Onstage camp. This camp is open to all instrumental levels for students in grades 2-12.

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Fishermen’s Village – Annual Independence Holiday Celebration July 3 and 4. Live music, specialty vendors, family-friendly activities, shopping and dining will be featured beginning at noon both days. Fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at 9 pm. www.fishermensvillage.com.
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Public Safety Appreciation Night  This event brings together more than 600 members of our community to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of public safety personnel in Charlotte County. This year, Public Safety Appreciation Night will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, beginning at 6 pm.

County Fertilizer Ban Began June 1 Charlotte County reminds the public fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorous may not be used on residential or commercial turf or landscape plants between June 1 and Sept. 30. For information about healthy fertilizer practices, visit https://tinyurl.com/fertilizertips

Free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar Join us for a free Hurricane Preparedness Webinar on Wednesday, June 15, Noon-1 pm from Charlotte County Economic Development and get your business ready. Click here

July 1 Deadline For SBA Storm Relief The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters in Florida of the July 1 deadline to apply for physical damage disaster loans. Anyone in the declared counties with damages from the severe storms and tornadoes on Jan. 16, 2022, should apply for the low-interest disaster loan program.

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Looking for a new position or changing careers? Starting/finishing a degree or obtaining certifications? The 2022 Southwest Florida Regional Career Fair is for YOU, Tuesday, April 5 from 9 am-3 pm at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at SouthWestern Florida State College in Fort Myers. In partnership with CareerSource of Southwest Florida, there will 100+ employers and educational/career specialists. Admission is free. Register at www.careersourcesouthwestflorida.com

Job Fair – Monday, April 11

The Charlotte County Human Resources Department in partnership with CareerSource Southwest Florida has scheduled a job fair from 3-7 pm, Monday, April 11 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda. This is a multi-agency event with employers from Charlotte County Public Works, Utilities, Building Construction Services, Recreation and Pools, Information Technology, Public Safety, Fire & EMS as well as the Tax Collector, schools and more. Potential on-site interviews and resume assistance will be available.

For information contact Charlotte County Human Resources www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/human-resources. For all jobs available at Charlotte County, visit www.charlottecountyfl.gov/jobs.
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ARCHway Institute – Newsletter

Animal Welfare League –Pawsitive News

C.A.R.E. – Newsletter

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity – Newsletter

Copperfish BooksJune Newsletter

Florida Weekly May Newsletter

Loveland Center – Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – May Newsletter

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – Gardens at a Glance News

Pedelec SQB Electric Bikes – Newsletter

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyNewsletter

SandStarNewsletter

Senior Friendship Center – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

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