Open-Air Shopping: Farmers markets offer unique finds, bring foot traffic to local malls

Farmers markets are so much more than cute places to go for fresh produce, homemade specialty foods and handcrafted gifts. In Lee County, they’re a multi-million-dollar industry. Here in Estero, they’re a million-dollar-plus business when you combine farmers markets at Miromar Outlets and Coconut Point, and a new market is opening this month at  University…

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THE LIFT PROJECT: Giving Happiness a Boost

Would you like to be at least 30 percent happier? That’s the promise of The Lift Project, a 10-week program designed to “lift your mood and your life.” Lee Health is the first in the nation to offer this unique program, which combines findings from positive psychology, lifestyle medicine and neuroscience. Designed by Dr. Darren…

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Novel Hobbies Sprout from Novel Coronavirus Shutdowns

Is there a silver lining to quarantine season? The novel coronavirus has given many people a chance to slow down, reflect on priorities, shift focus and try something new. According to a recent survey by STORAGECafé, one in four Americans took up a new hobby during lockdown. The Top 10 “new lockdown hobbies” reported were…

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Pediatric mental health ‘epidemic’ collides with COVID pandemic

How Kids’ Minds Matter is helping local children cope Even before the current pandemic, the Southwest Florida region was dealing with an epidemic in children’s mental health. An estimated 46,000 Southwest Florida children are impacted by mental and behavioral health disorders, and COVID-19 has only intensified the problem. Recent studies have shown a significant increase…

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Casual Eats

As restaurants everywhere adjust to the “new normal,” we set out to find the best casual eateries in the area. Burntwood Tavern, Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and Skillets are three restaurants with distinct offerings; however, they all represent the relaxed culture of Southwest Florida by serving up scrumptious food in an environment of leisure. With…

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Open-Air Shopping: Farmers markets offer unique finds, bring foot traffic to local malls

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THE LIFT PROJECT: Giving Happiness a Boost

Would you like to be at least 30 percent happier? That’s the promise of The Lift Project, a ...
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Novel Hobbies Sprout from Novel Coronavirus Shutdowns

Karine Belisle started making goat cheese during COVID
Is there a silver lining to quarantine season? The novel coronavirus has given many people a chance to slow down, reflect on priorities, shift focus and try something new. According to a recent survey by STORAGECafé, one in four Americans ...
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Pediatric mental health ‘epidemic’ collides with COVID pandemic

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How Kids’ Minds Matter is helping local children cope Even before the current pandemic, the Southwest Florida region was dealing with an epidemic in children’s mental health. An estimated 46,000 Southwest Florida children are impacted by mental and behavioral health ...
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Better Together invites community to support A Community Thrives Campaign Sept. 21 through Oct. 16

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Better Together launches #BeBetterChallenge, Funds raised will help keep an estimated 600 children out of foster care Better Together has been selected as a participant in the A Community Thrives campaign, a grant-making and crowdfunding program funded by the Gannett ...
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Q&A with PAUL SIMEONE

Paul Simeone participates in a panel discussion at Normal is Overrated in September 2019
Vice President and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Lee Health As a strong believer in the idea “the child is the father of the man,” Dr. Paul Simeone embarked on a journey to increase access to children’s mental health ...
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Casual Eats

As restaurants everywhere adjust to the “new normal,” we set out to find the best casual eateries in the area. Burntwood Tavern, Tommy Bahama Marlin ...

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Set Sail for the world’s finest food & wine offerings

“Like Velcro, I put people together,” says General Manager and Co-founder of Sails Restaurant Velko Pavicevic. It’s not just an easy way to remember his name; it’s a philosophy for ...
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Wine Appreciation 101

So, you’re starting to drink wine (or have been drinking more wine during COVID quarantine!) and would like to know more about it. Learning about wine can be intimidating and ...
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HARVEST & WISDOM: Hyperlocal, organic-garden goodness challenges the way we think about food

By Autumn Gates Harvest & Wisdom makes “eat local” an understatement. What’s on your plate may have been harvested from the onsite, organic garden as ...
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Olde Florida Chop House: A Boutique Steakhouse of Distinct Quality

By Laura J. Cummings Just like the boutique hotel it’s housed in, the Olde Florida Chop House offers something unique and elegant, elevating the typical ...
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Village debuts new seal, branding standards

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Have you noticed? The Village of Estero now has an official seal! After a lengthy process of gathering public input, ...
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Estero’s Fascinating Past

While the Village of Estero was officially incorporated on Dec. 31, 2014, Estero’s original founding ...
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Hurricane Season in SWFL: Be Prepared!

Hurricane season is now upon us and runs through November 30. It is important for ...
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Estero Community Comes Together during COVID-19

During this pandemic, each one of our citizens has had to adjust their lives and ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

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 ...

A ‘Double’ Anniversary Celebration!

With this September 2020 issue, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!! In September 2010, at the bottom of an economic recession, Lifestyle Media Group launched Estero Lifestyle Magazine and gave me the opportunity to serve as publisher and director of sales/marketing. Although the business community was hesitant at first, the overwhelming, positive response from Estero residents was the impetus needed ...

Missing the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ (Did I just say that??)

Most of us will remember how we dreaded the “dog days of summer” — when it was hot and muggy, vacations were over, the kids were bored, and we were at wit’s end trying to decide how to cope until school resumed (usually after Labor Day). Fast-forward to 2020, where we have had incessant, record heat, no opportunity to even ...

God Bless America!!

Or should it be even more personal, as in, “God, Bless America”? So far this year, so many of our traditions and holidays have been skewered by the coronavirus that I am hoping everyone will stop long enough to think about what it means to be an American. What is it that you are most thankful for? I also encourage ...