Gary Israel

As we continue to celebrate Estero’s 10th anniversary, we must recognize that, compared to many communities around the country, our Village is still young. Our youthfulness is most evident in our business community. Yes, Hertz Arena, FGCU and Miromar Outlets have been part of the Estero landscape for 25+ years, but that longevity among smaller, private, family-owned businesses is rare. It takes a combination of personal dedication and determination, a good business plan, and the successful execution of that plan to make it. Estero Life Magazine has highlighted a few such businesses over our nearly 14-year history — Ristorante Farfalla and J. Pavich Realty come to mind.

This month’s cover story showcases another such business that is celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone: Estero dentist Dr. Aaron Leishman. He told us he “chose” Estero to start his business because he had a “vision of what Estero could become!” We invite you to take a peek into Dr. Leishman’s success and steadfast longevity. As Dr. Leishman explains, the key has been remaining “true to our values and principles as a family-owned and operated business.”

Speaking of steadfast commitment, please note that Breaking Par at Grandezza celebrates its 12th anniversary as a two-day golf outing and gala supporting scholarship opportunities for Estero High School students. Since its inception in 2013, Breaking Par has contributed more than $50,000 in support of educational opportunities for local students. We encourage our readers to consider attending and supporting the young people in our community!

This month’s Village Connection celebrates the successful completion of a historic partnership between the Village of Estero and the Lee County School District which provides the Village of Estero with about 55 acres of land to bring recreational opportunities to the village, making good on promises made to Estero residents. Please join us in applauding this success as you read the details.

I started this letter by talking about longtime pillars our business community, but we always want to welcome the newcomers! So, What’s the latest craze in Estero? Our community has become the hotbed for gourmet cookie shops! If you have a sweet tooth, this feature story is just for you. Three unique cookie concepts have recently opened in our community: Insomnia

Cookies, Chip Cookies and Crave Cookies. We know you will enjoy learning about their most popular varieties. Warning: once you walk in and smell the amazing aromas, proceed at your own risk!

This month, our dining review took us to north Naples near the Mercato to Two Fillets, located in the former Randy’s Fishmarket spot. The complete renovation invites diners to enjoy unique dishes in an upscale, yet coastal-casual atmosphere. The “fillets” references the dual concept of unsurpassed quality beef and freshly caught fish. We are sure you will find a favorite or two among our featured dishes.


Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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