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Friday Facts for December 4, 2020

Dear Chamber Member and Chamber Friends,

Here are your Friday Facts.

PG Chamber radio show: Exclusively for PG Chamber members: NOW BOOKING FOR JANUARY 2021 – ONLY 2 SLOTS LEFT. We are very pleased to announce that our monthly radio show on Seaview 104.9FM will be returning to its usual monthly spot on the Bob Alexander Radio Show 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 progaming 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 ten 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.

For Our Members Only

Harbor Nissan would like you to join them on December 10.

For Our Community.

From Office of Roger D Eaton, Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller. Safely Make Contactless Payments!

Charlotte County Imagination Library. Will screen Dolly Parton’s Documentary about Child Literacy, December 7.

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. Partners in Tourism.

The Fresh Jersey Tomatoes are holding their 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit the kids in care at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. Toy Ideas/Suggestions. Your Chamber is supporting this wonderful cause and has a collection box at our office. The Toy Drives runs from Today through December 6th.

From CHNEP. Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership December Events.

From CCSO. Happy Holidays from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office! We would like to remind residents to be safe while out and about shopping this holiday season. Park in well-lit areas, secure your purchases in a trunk or out of sight, get out of your phone & pay attention to your surroundings and never leave your purse or wallet unattended. If you see something suspicious, say something! Non-Emergency 941-639-0013

Punta Gorda Chamber in conjunction with Isles Luxury Storage and Isles Fitness Presents – Drive-in Movies Nights December 17 Polar Express, at Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza. Free Event BUT YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE CHAMBER (car make, model & tag & # of occupants required) CALL (941) 639 3720.

Citywide Garage Sales are back! First Event is TOMORROW Saturday December 5, 2020. 1st Saturday of the month starting December 2020 to May 2021, (8am-noon) returning to our 2018 location on the Bal Harbor Shopping Plaza at the corner of Bal Harbor and Aqui Esta. Reservations can now be made by calling 941 639 3720 (9am-2pm M-F) Cost is still only $15 for two parking spaces (one for your goods, one for your vehicle). Larger spaces can be reserved depending on availability. Spaces will be allocated at check-in (7am onwards) There are no bad spaces! Bathroom facilities will be made available. In this new world, we ask for masks to be worn, sanitizer to be available and social distancing of customers to the best of your ability. Hope to see you there

Advance Notice – Mural Tours will return in 2021. Click Here for details.

Save the Date!! The Laird’s Golf Tournament is back!! Join us at the Paradise Golf Course on January 29, 2021 – yes, you have plenty of time to practice and get ready for this awesome day! Click Here for details.

The Pirates are back! Pirates in Paradise Fun for all the Family on April10 1pm to 6.30pm on the Great Lawn at Four Points by Sheraton.

If you have anything that you would like to put into the Friday Facts please send it to hklossner@puntagorda-chamber.com by noon each Thursday.

Your Chamber Staff,
John, Hazel, Janet and Stephanie

Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

Networking Events for December.

RSVP’s are very important, as are cancellations. We are not able to take bookings through the website for these events at the moment, so please call (941) 639 3720 (during office hours 9am to 2pm) or email reception@puntagorda-chamber.com

December 9: Business Over Breakfast 7:15 am – 8:30 am. Wake up and smell the coffee with your Chamber at The Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. This breakfast is sponsored by Marianne Lilly, Re/Max Harbor Realty. Musical Entertainment will be provided by Gator Wilderness Camp School Boys.

December 15: Business After Hours 5:30 pm – 7 pm. CANCELLED

December 16: Networking Luncheon 12 Noon-1:30pm.  Come and join your Chamber for our special Christmas Networking Lunch at Tiki at Four Points by Sheraton, 33 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Reservations Required. Menu: Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Caesar Salad, Turkey Avocado club wrap with fries and fruit garnish, Pulled pork sandwich with fresh fruit garnish, Vegetable Wrap with fries. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941-639-3720. Cost is $20.00 per person pre-paid. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & Amex.

All the Following Information is for Our Community.

The Holidays are Coming!

Please Shop Local!

New Member

Mission Statement: To promote business in Punta Gorda and all our surroundings areas, for the benefit of our entire community.

GMAN Home Watch of Punta Gorda

George & Barbara Martinez

1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1139, #255

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 621-5254



Home Watch Services & Concierge

Sponsored by John Wright

Remember to utilize the certificates in the New Member packet. These are very valuable to your business.

Partners in Action News

Four Points by Sheraton (Platinum) –  Please join us at T.T.’s Tiki Bar for our annual Kixmiss Concert featuring Neon Summer on Saturday, December 5th! As always, admission is free but we do ask you to bring one unwrapped toy to support our wonderful charity Heroes Unmasked. Please click for more details. Also, please check out our Christmas Day Dinner menu and New Year’s Eve package. Please call us today for reservations at 941-637-6770! The Tiki Bar…The Place To Be!

Expedia Cruises (Platinum) download your special gift voucher towards future travel here.

Sun Newspapers (Platinum Media) – The Coolest Place to Work promotion. It’s been a tough year for a lot of businesses so we wanted to end 2020 on a fun note!

TIME Realty Services, Inc (Gold) – Are you watching the real estate market? Let me share the 7 day rolling residential statistics for Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port. 85 New Listings – 171 SOLD (closed listings), 167 Pending (new contracts). This market is not waiting for anyone. My newest listing this past Monday sold in 6 hours at over the asking price. Curious? Have questions? Let’s talk. You can reach me directly on my cell 239-699-4493 Della Booth, Broker, TIME Realty Services, Inc.

Downtown Farmers Market (Gold) The Saturday Punta Gorda farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Small ensemble of the Charlotte County Concert Band will be playing Dec 5 & 12.

Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management (Gold) – Annual Holiday Toy Drive Announcement.

Springhill Suites (Gold) – From now through January 3rd, we are offering rates starting at $89! See attached flyer for information. Below is the direct booking link. Book your corporate rate for Holiday Spare Room

Charlotte State Bank and Trust (Silver) – Vice President Christine Hause and Portfolio Manager Gregory Thomas are continuing their complimentary estate-planning seminars/webinars with “Estate Planning Reviews and Updates” on Tuesday, Dec. 8; “How to Benchmark Your Investments” on Wednesday, Dec. 9; and “Giving of Tangible Personal Property” on Thursday, Dec. 10. Attendees may participate in person at the bank’s Murdock office (limited seating) or online through a webinar. The seminars are held from 10-11:30 a.m. You can register at any branch office, online at https://www.charlottestatebank.com/trust-services/seminars, via email at rsvp@csbtfl.com, or by calling Brielle at 941-624-1943.

Creative Window Treatments (Silver) –  is honored to be your local Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer. From now until December 7th, take advantage of our current Hunter Douglas Promotion Seasons of Style Savings Event.At CWT, we also design all types of custom window treatments such as Draperies, Valances, Cornices, Bedding, Pillows, Upholstery and more. We offer free in-home consultations. Visit one of our two showrooms at 254 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Punta Gorda (941) 637-0015 or 4680 Placida Road, Suite D, Englewood (941) 828-0000. Masks are required.

Friendly Floors (Silver) – Owner Marjorie Benson will match funds up to $10,000 for all donations made to the Fred Lang Foundation by end of the year.

The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad (Silver) – Check out our newly updated website www.thepurplehousesalon.com. Shawn Gilstad, 941.830.4746 – Cell, 941.205.8603 – Salon

Hessler Floor Covering (Support) Name-Brand Inventory Clearance Sale

Illusions Salon & Spa (Support) – At Illusions Salon & Spa, wellness is infused with red-carpet style. From arrivals marked by a glass of champagne to spaces dedicated to your relaxation, we address your mind, body, and skin. We are now offering membership packages. The holidays are coming so treat yourself or someone special to a monthly spa package. (941) 505-5777 or www.illusionsofpg.com

Perfectly Polished Nail Boutique (Support) – Book by calling 941-889-8388 or online at PuntaGordaNails.com.

Visual Arts Center (Support) – Peace River National Art Festival is Dec 5 & 6 from 9am-4pm in Laishley Park, entry $5/person. “Off the Wall” on display Nov 25 – Dec 19, Art is $200 or less- take it home for the Holidays! Shop the Ornament & Holiday Gift Wall in the Gift Shop for your Xmas list. Every $10 donation receives a free VAC logo ornament! Located @ 210 Maud St, across from Fishermen’s Village. Gallery & Gift Store Hours: Mon & Fri: 9a-4p, Tue-Thu: 9a-7p, Sat: 10a-2p. Events, Classes, Memberships, Call to Artists at visualartcenter.org.

Special Member’s Only Promotion

From our AAA Member. Punta Gorda Chamber Members please Click Here to get the flyer and information for a fundraising promotion through AAA. December is Punta Gorda Chamber month. Any employee at the office can assist you (941) 627-1544, do not go online.

Member Information

PG Social House – Events in Dec STARTING TONIGHT

Sea Grape – STARTING TODAY & WEEKEND Holiday Festival of Art -Friday & Saturday, December 4th & 5th from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday, December 6th from 11:00-3:00. Sea Grape Gallery will be holding a “Holiday Festival of Art”, exhibiting an amazing variety of artist created gifts, ornaments, cards and original artwork in our courtyard and throughout the Gallery. There will be artists demonstrating their artistic specialties each day. Please come and enjoy our “winter wonderland” gallery at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Florida; phone 941-575-1718; seagrapegallery.com

Military Heritage Museum – THIS SATURDAY Tribute to World War II Merchant Marine Hero, Dec 5.

ARCHway Institute – THIS SATURDAY Golf Ball Drop on Dec 5, partnering with Drug Free Punta Gorda.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – THIS WEEKEND Bromeliad Sale Dec 5 & 6. Holiday Nights.

Loveland Center – Upcoming Events. Don’t forget the Annual Barbecue Fundraiser on Dec 9.

Senior Friendship Centers – Cocktails for a cause, Dec 9

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens – 2nd Annual Gardens Aglow starting December 11.

Drug Free Punta Gorda – 2020 Coalition Meeting, December 15.

GulfShore Opera – Renaissance Christmas Carols at Military Heritage Museum Theater December 17.

Wreaths Across America – National Remembrance Wreath Laying December 19 at 10am, Charlotte Memorial Cemetery.

Punta Gorda Symphony – Holiday Pops Outdoors, Dec 19

USA Dance – Dance Party, Dec 23 December Calendar

Holiday 4 Heroes – Designer Purse Raffle.

King Fisher Fleet – Christmas Light Canal Cruises Now Available to Book!

Fishermen’s Village – Annual Festival of Lights features more than one million holiday lights and decorations throughout the Village!  Daily viewing through December 31st! Free parking/free admission.  Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort & Marina, home to 40+ independently owned shops/boutiques/waterfront restaurants! www.fishville.com   941 639-8721. Located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda!

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program – with the Salvation Army are collecting new toys, clothing and other “wish list” items to help brighten the season for area children in need. All six branches of Charlotte State Bank & Trust are serving as drop-off locations for these two prominent local charitable organizations, so drop by any bank office and pick up a “wish list’ or two. Bank lobbies are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (except for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day).The Punta Gorda office, 2331 Tamiami Trail, is collecting for the Salvation Army.

Promotional Marketing Online – Toys for Tots.

Kays Ponger & Uselon Funeral Home – have teamed up with Toys for Tots to bring hope to disadvantaged children. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys to one of our locations by December 15th 2020. 2405 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte / 635 E. Marion Ave. Punta Gorda /. For more information please visit our website www.kays-ponger.com or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kaysponger 

Charlotte Community Foundation – Final Days to Help Share End of Year Cheer.

Brookdale – Count on Us, Even on Holidays!

HipNotique – Sip ‘n’ Shop on 3rd Thursday.

Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine – Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine is offering complementary delivery to the 33950-zip code through December 23rd. Call us to create your customized gift basket of $150 or greater and we’ll do the rest. 941-505-0479.

The Firm 360 Photography – can help showcase your business just like we did for Ashley Homestore – Port Charlotte! Creating a custom tour with informational links and integrated videos helps your sales staff and your customers at the store and at home! Learn how your business can benefit! https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7wtp5wXpsVz We can do this for your business too and include it in your online Google listing. Contact us today for details. 941-347-8198

Copperfish Books – Copperfish Books has moved! Our new location is 212 W Virginia Ave. in downtown Punta Gorda (between Taylor and Sullivan Streets). We’re open Mon-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. Masks are required and we sanitize often. Shop Local and Shop Early this holiday season! December Indie List

The Cocoa Exchange – Prep Your Pantry!

Rick’s Estate & Jewelry – Not only is Rick’s the top destination in SW Florida to buy and sell estate jewelry and coins, we are also actively buying and selling designer handbags, crystal, and sterling silver flatware sets. Whether you are looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift or looking to sell a luxury purse, stop by our store and see us today. 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, #1141.

Sam’s Club – Special Offer for Membership – please take copy of the flyer with you.

Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill – December 31, 2020 marks the end of many Bank and Credit Card foreclosure and collection moratoriums. Don’t wait until the last minute to think about what you are going to do to deal with your creditors once collections and foreclosure actions start up again. Call Mark Martella, Esq. of Icard Merrill to help you deal with your creditors and protect your assets and homestead. For a complimentary, confidential consultation, please call 941-206-3700 or e-mail Mark at mmartella@icardmerrill.com. Learn more at https://icardmerrill.com/money-matters/ .

Virginia B Andes Volunteer Clinic & Pharmacy – Making our Community Healthier. Right Here. Right Now.

Peace River Shopper – Latest Edition.

Gulfshore Opera – Gala Announcement Season 7 Announcement

Tidewell FoundationSignature Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2021, 11.30am at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.


Charlotte State Bank and Trust

The Trust and Investment Management Services division of Charlotte State Bank & Trust recently sponsored a free shredding event at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. Those who brought their outdated personal and confidential papers to be shredded also donated nonperishable food items and secondhand eyeglasses to help the less fortunate. Vice Presidents and Trust Officers Shirley Osuba and Rich Emch, left, represented the bank.


ARCHway InstituteNational Newsletter

Animal Welfare League – November Newsletter

Charlotte Arts – Newsletter

Charlotte Community FoundationEnd of Year Cheer

Copperfish Books – Newsletter

Drug Free Charlotte County – News to Know

FGCU – Continuing Education

Hope4Communities – November Newsletter

Punta Gorda Airport – Buzz

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society – November Newsletter

SCORE – November Newsletter

StandStar Remodeling & Interior Design – Insider for November

TEAM Punta Gorda – Newsletter

United Way of Charlotte County Newsletter, We’re Fine.

Yoga Sanctuary – November Newsletter


John Wright, President
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Charlotte Community Foundation

Charlotte Players

Denise Henry –ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr, Farr, Emerich,Hackett, Carr, and Holmes Law Firm

HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital

Granny Nannies Home Care

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

Pickleplex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Agency -Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholestry Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross, & Young, PA

Port Charlotte Florist (In Kind)

Support Partners