Casey’s confidence grows as ‘Idol’ journey continues

By Laura J. Gates It’s America’s turn! The first opportunity to vote for Estero’s own Casey Bishop on “American Idol” happens Monday, April 5. The 16-year-old singer recently got some tips from guest mentor Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus, and sang a duet with him on Monday’s show. If she makes it through this…

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Meet Estero’s New Council Members

Ribble, Fiesel and Ward share visions for community building & growth management By Craig Handel    When Jim Ward worked on collaborative projects in The Brooks — one of Estero’s largest master planned communities — he and fellow residents constantly brainstormed ways to bring their four gated communities (Shadow Wood, Copperleaf, Lighthouse Bay and Spring…

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Estero teen Casey Bishop an instant star on ‘American Idol’

Bishop becomes the latest talent show contestant from Estero By Laura J. Cummings When Casey Bishop was in kindergarten, her favorite day was Friday. That’s when her parents had date night and she went with her babysitter to karaoke night. “She had no problem getting up on stage at that age and singing in front…

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Building a Med Spa Business

Former ER clinicians now specialize in boosting beauty By D. K. Christi Neither a major recession nor a global pandemic could alter the upward trajectory of The Laser Lounge Spa. Since opening the Estero anti-aging business in 2009 — amid the Great Recession — owners Jonathan and April Sigg have seen nothing but growth. They…

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Train Your Brain

Former Everblades Coach Greg Poss writes book on mental optimization By Craig Handel In the same season the Florida Everblades won the ECHL championship, Coach Greg Poss came perilously close to getting fired for an early losing streak. Ironically, learning to “do less” helped him lead the Blades to Kelly Cup victory. As I was…

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Casey’s confidence grows as ‘Idol’ journey continues

Casey Bishop performs during Showstoppers on AMERICAN IDOL (ABC/Eric McCandless) By Laura J. Gates It’s America’s turn! The first opportunity ...
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Estero teen Casey Bishop an instant star on ‘American Idol’

Bishop becomes the latest talent show contestant from Estero AMERICAN IDOL contestant Casey Bishop hopes to be the next superstar as the original music competition series airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) By Laura J. Cummings When Casey ...
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Building a Med Spa Business

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Casey’s confidence grows as ‘Idol’ journey continues

Casey Bishop Showstoppers
Casey Bishop performs during Showstoppers on AMERICAN IDOL (ABC/Eric McCandless) By Laura J. Gates It’s America’s turn! The first opportunity to vote for Estero’s own Casey Bishop on “American Idol” happens Monday, April 5. The 16-year-old singer recently got some ...
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Estero teen Casey Bishop an instant star on ‘American Idol’

Casey Bishop live audition
Bishop becomes the latest talent show contestant from Estero AMERICAN IDOL contestant Casey Bishop hopes to be the next superstar as the original music competition series airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) By Laura J. Cummings When Casey ...
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Amfora Fuses History, Hospitality into Innovative Mediterranean Cuisine

By Autumn Gates Hospitality comes naturally for Gzim Molabeciri. “I was born in a hotel,” says the Montenegro native who has helped open numerous hotels, ...

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The Saloon Wins Two SWFL Palm Awards

The Saloon steak and seafood restaurant in the Coconut Shopping Center has won two SWFL Palm Awards. Beverage manager John Tucker, an eight-year Culinary Concepts veteran and member of the ...

Hooked on Snug Harbor: Waterfront restaurant takes ‘fresh catch’ to next level

By Autumn Gates With a relaxing vibe, spectacular views and seafood so fresh it was swimming this morning, Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant is every angler’s (and eater’s) dream. Harbor view ...

Pasta & Grappa: Grappino introduces Southwest Florida to Italian Pomace Brandy

By Autumn Gates “Sometimes I just pinch myself and say, ‘What has happened?’” exclaims Grappino co-owner Ingrid Aielli of the immense success she and her ...

Best of 2020 Food and Feels… from European to Coastal Cuisine

Southwest Florida has no shortage of excellent cuisine! This year we were privileged to sample the menus of restaurants from a variety of unique cultures ...
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Meet Estero’s New Council Members

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Village of Estero seeking volunteers for new land use board

Estero is forming a Planning, Zoning & Design Board as a result of adopting its ...

Estero’s Greenspaces: Years of Planning Paying Off for Village Residents

By Craig Handel During a recent virtual meeting, members of the Estero Council of Community ...
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Meet Joanne Ribble, candidate for Village Council District 1

Joanne Ribble has announced her candidacy for the Village of Estero Council, District 1.  She ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

March Reflections: Connecting our Community

Since 2010, Estero Life Magazine has had the great pleasure of highlighting many wonderful people, businesses, nonprofits and restaurants in our community. This March 2021 issue continues that tradition while offering an opportunity to reflect on our beginnings. One of our continual story lines has been athletic successes at Florida Gulf Coast University. Estero Life has been a corporate sponsor, ...

Estero Life Magazine: Pride, Value, Impact

A word from the Publisher: The very first email that I ever received from a reader, way back in September 2010 after publishing our first issue, came from a resident in Bella Terra who wrote, “Congratulations on your new magazine and ‘thank you’ for realizing that Estero was capable of standing on its own two feet! Thanks for taking pride ...

Historically Speaking…

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For many of Estero’s 35,000-plus residents who have migrated into our paradise, Estero seems the product of amazing growth and development from just the last 20 years. Most people are unaware that Estero has a truly profound history with great depth and significance, dating back more than 500 years! This issue is dedicated to celebrating the area’s uniquely rich history, ...

Welcome Fall! Time for a change in season…and a change in perspective!

Now that we finally made it to the fall season, by the calendar anyway, I say that we all look forward to slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity and begin to relax and enjoy the Estero lifestyle! Let’s start to venture out, masks and sanitizers in hand, and begin to support the many local businesses that are trying to hang ...