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Friday Facts for May 27, 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 24

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Member Business of the Week

Coastal Expressions & Wine is your last stop for coastal decor, gifts and wine in Southwest Florida

Coastal Expressions Wine Bar is a place to relax. We all need a place to relax, so why not do it with a glass of wine or beer in your hand while you shop or unwind in our lounge or outside seating in Punta Gorda Isles.

Every first Thursday of the month they host a new Flight of Wines. Their local music scene is amazing and they showcase various artists. Every Friday night is Wine-O Bingo Night.

Coastal Expressions also offers Staging Services for Southwest Florida. They specialize on luxury home and vacation staging and redesigns. Their expert team stages homes across Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties. They partner with real estate agents, sellers, developers. builders, investors and are trusted partners in helping to meet their goals.

And you can join their wine club! The Gasparillo Sound Wine Club is passionate about under-the-radar wines and bringing them to Southwest Florida. Each month, the club will feature a new wine from various regions for their members to explore and taste at monthly wine events. GSWC invites you to join their unique wine club offering of on-going selections of limited wines as well as an insider’s look at the world of wine through education and special events. This is a wine club for anyone who loves wines and wants to explore; whether new to wine or an experienced wine connoisseur you are welcome.

ADDRESS: 1133 Bal Harbor Blvd, Suite 1135, Punta Gorda 33950

WEBSITE: coastal-expressions.com

PHONE: 941.214.8599

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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 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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Chamber Calendar of Events Members ONLY

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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 Come join your Chamber for our Networking Breakfast at the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Please be sure to RSVP to reception@puntagorda-chamber.com or call 941.639.3720.

June 21: Business After Hours 5:30 pm Come and join your Chamber for our Business After Hours at the 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. 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 will be 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)As always, the Dockside Grill serves their all-you-can-eat fish and chips on Fridays and Prime Rib special on Saturdays. The Tiki Bar … always sizzling! May Tiki’s Bar Calendar

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, check out my listings, please share them with anyone that may be interested.

Let us remember all our heroes who have left us while fighting for our country. 

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

ShorePoint Health (Gold) ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda have a broad impact in the region. Over the course of a year, the impact adds up as the skilled and compassionate hands of physicians, nurses and other team members deliver quality care around the clock. Beyond clinical care, ShorePoint Health is a major employer and regularly invests resources to expand and enhance services. 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 m entering 7th-12th grade. T-shirt included in the price. 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 or come on in for “date night” with your special someone at Coastal Expressions & Wine (Plus) Wine Bar 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. Or call us at 941.214.8599. Please join us:

  • Every day for wine tastings. Tuesdays from 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday 10-9 (except during WINE-O Bingo on Fridays from 5-8 pm)
  • Every day for lunch. Please visit our website for our Food/Wine/Craft Beer/Dessert/Menu. coastal-expressions.com
  • Every Friday night for WINE-O BINGO. 6-8 pm. One card per/person. $6 a card for three games. Win wine bottles as prizes.  
  • Every Saturday night with Soft Live Music. 1 piece plus vocals (Guitar/Saxophone/Keyboard) This Saturday night, May 28 with Paul Roush from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. 
  • Every Wednesday for Wine Wednesday plus 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.

Animal Welfare League (Support) – Bissell Pet Foundation has extended their discounted pet adoption fee for us! We will be offering a $25 adoption fee for all Adult & Senior Cats and dogs until May 31. To see our adoptable pets, please visit AWLshelter.org/adopt

C.A.R.E. (Support) – 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.

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

Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens (Support) – Open seven days a week in May.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (Support) – Save the Date: 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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Punta Gorda Airport PGD was ranked one of the top five most affordable airports for domestic flights. If you’re looking to save money on air travel, you will find that 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.

Quick Mobile Repair – Grand opening June 4 and 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

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/Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine – Both of our shop’s will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. Punta Gorda Coffee and Tea will re-open on May 31 at 7 am. Punta Gorda Chocolate and Wine will re-open on May 31 at 10 am.

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. Please let us know by May 31 if you would like to be one of the 25 places where Waldo will be hanging out. Call 941.205.2560. Click here for details.

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.

Punta Gorda Boat Club – Sunset Social. Do you have your own boat? Interested in swapping stories with other boaters? Want to learn more about boating in Charlotte Harbor? Well then, come join us for our Sunset Social which is held every fourth Friday from 5 to 7 pm at our Clubhouse 802 W Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our Club as well. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. Call Jan at 941.743.2472 for more information, or check us out at puntagordaboatclub.org. Hope to see you there!

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.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Open Memorial Day, 9 am to 5:30 pm. The Garden Shoppe in Fort Myers is stocked with new plants.

Loveland Center – In just one month 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 before it’s too late.

The Grill At 1951 – Celebrate Memorial Day with dinner and a show. For reservations, call 941.255.0994.
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 located at 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. For information, call 941.639.0001.

Sea Grape Gallery – Sea Grape Gallery’s Artists of Months for May and June. Now to July 7, Sea Grape Gallery will be featuring two of their artists, James Beech, watercolorist and acrylic artist, and Nancy VanTassell, jeweler. Celebrating their 34-year anniversary this year, the gallery is located at 113 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda and can be reached at 941.575.1718.

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care – Now offering a Dungeons and Dragons therapy group intended for teens aged 14-17 who struggle with depression, anxiety, isolation and other interpersonal difficulties. Click here 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.

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group is a powerful evidence-based process for creating the life and wellness you want. The group meets every Tuesday from 8:30-11 a.m. on CBHC’s Punta Gorda campus, located at 1700 Education Avenue. Click here

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 now 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.

GluteFlex – GluteCorps Trailblazers Walking Club, Tuesdays at 8 am. Meet at Fitness Zone along Harbor Walk next to the Fishermen’s Village parking lot. Free five-mile walk. Click here for details.

Punta Gorda Rotary Club – Healing Field of Honor, 9 am to 6 pm, today-Monday, May 30. Thousands of flags will be on display over Memorial Weekend at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. Honor your Hero – A veteran, deceased or living, doctor, nurse, First Responder, family member, friend. Become part of this event by either dedication of a flag or becoming a sponsor. For more information: WWW.healingfield.org/event/puntagordafl22/

Twin Isles Country Club Summer tennis memberships available through September 30. Single or family tennis. $299 plus tax. Call 941.637.1232.

F45 Training Port Charlotte West – Outside track events are held two times a week: on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays at 8:30 am, until we open by the end of May/June. We will have a live DJ and everyone has the ability to try one class at no cost.

Unwined Wine and Beer Bar Happy Hour! Tuesday – Saturday 3-6 pm House Wine $5 Craft Beer $3.50.
525 E. Olympia Ave. Suite 3, Punta Gorda.

Connect Print & Promotions, LLC. – Your May marketing will bloom when you choose hashtag #connect, Punta Gorda!

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Fishermen’s Village – Vendor Call! Fishermen’s Village is offering vendor space on the Village Promenade for their annual Independence Celebration to be held July 3 and 4! Promote your products/services to thousands of locals and visitors during this highly popular annual event. For pricing and space availability, contact Kathy Burnam, kburnam@fishermensvillage.com
May Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach May Events.
June Calendar of Events. Sunset Beach June Events.

Fishermen’s Village’s new retail hours are now 10 am -8 pm, Monday-Saturday, and Noon-6 pm Sunday ALL YEAR ROUND. Come by and enjoy that sunset and be sure to stay awhile. (Restaurants stay open later; visit www.fishermensvillage.com for more info.)

Peace River Shopper Latest Edition.

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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

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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 Books April Newsletter

Florida Weekly May Newsletter

Loveland Center – May Newsletter

Military Heritage Museum – May Newsletter

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

Punta Gorda Mural SocietyNewsletter

SandStarNewsletter

Senior Friendship Center – Newsletter

The Yoga Sanctuary – Newsletter

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Animal Welfare League

Calenda Real Estate Group

Centennial Bank

Chapman Insurance Group

Charlotte Players

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ReMax Anchor Realty

Farr Law Firm 

Florida Premier Contractors

Granny Nannies

Gulfshore Opera

Hoff’s Air Authority

PicklePlex of Punta Gorda

State Farm Insurance Agency – Mike Martin

Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Wotitzky, Wotitzky, Ross & Young, PA

 

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