• Not one to procrastinate, John Magocs has established a chain of five boutiques — including one on Marco Island — within two years.
The Marco store, Trendy with a Twist, joins two in Naples, one in Fort Myers and another in Manhattan, Kan.
Magocs runs the chain with his wife, Tami.
Magocs, formerly a developer, thought of founding the chain when he became tired of picking up his wife from a part-time job in Naples.
"He got tired of waiting around and suggested that we open our own store(s)," Tami Magocs said.
The couple opened the first boutique in Naples, calling it Tami's Off 5th because of its proximity to Fifth Avenue, a popular place for shoppers and diners.
They soon opened a Trendy with a Twist on Fifth Avenue.
Then they moved Tami's Off 5th to Fifth Avenue as well.
The Fort Myers, Manhattan and Marco stores followed.
The Marco store is in The Esplanade off Collier Boulevard. It carries everything from budget to classic lines such as Three Dots and Joystick, Tami Magocs said.
The store also offers plenty of denim choices because denim is such a hot fabric, she said.
Manager Debbi Collignon and associate Terry West take care of customers at the store, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
John Magocs said he's been toying with the idea of franchising out his stores, but has not yet made a decision.
In the meantime, yet another store — at Coconut Point Town Center in Estero — is in the cards.
To coordinate the chain, Tami Magocs delegates responsibilities to various managers and busies herself at the company's corporate headquarters in Naples.
Her husband regularly commutes to the stores.
John Magocs said the company also plans to convert one of the Naples outlets to a men's clothing store.
The Marco Island store can be reached at 394-7002.
• Historian Bill Miller, who makes detailed historical scale models, has moved to the Shops of Olde Marco from an inconspicuous location at the center of the island.
Since he and his wife, Katherine, are frequently on the move as financial consultants for colleges and universities, Miller enlisted the help of business neighbor Tom Cutlip to handle queries and sales.
Cutlip makes custom golf clubs at the Olde Pro Shop, which provides access to Miller's business, the William James Collection.
"He's able to show off a terrific display here now," said Cutlip, who has a pending purchase of a custom-made suit of armor that retails at $8,000.
"It's a decorative piece for someone's lobby," Cutlip said.
Prices at the William James Collection range from $8,000 for the suit to $250 for smaller historical items, Cutlip said. A depiction of four separate wars is priced similarly to the suit.
Miller's re-creation of the Alamo was placed in a San Antonio museum a couple of years ago to coincide with the opening of the movie The Alamo.
Call 394-9252 for more information.
• After five years at the helm of Marco Island Fine Jewelry, Hank Halbuer is returning to his original vocation as a merchant mariner.
Halbuer bought the former Magic Dragon jewelry and curio store from Ward Bradeen, who had run the business for almost a decade.
A first officer with the U.S.
Merchant Marine, Halbuer said he sailed during the past couple of summers and was lured back by the call of the sea.
His most recent assignments included stints on a cable ship in the Caribbean and on a gasoline tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.
Because he's a union member, Halbuer said he can sail on almost any craft he wishes.
He and his family will stay based on Marco, however.
"It's still a beautiful place to live," Halbuer said, thanking Marco Islanders and visitors for their support.
He plans to liquidate Marco Island Fine Jewelry around the end of May.
The U.S. Merchant Marine has 486 ships, ranging from barge carriers to chemical tankers to refrigerated cargo carriers, according to government records.