IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Thursday, April 2, 2009

East Naples cupcake store opens

After three years as a Naples online cupcakery, Simply Cupcakes of Naples opened its first store on March 6 at 2757 U.S. 41 E. in the ABC Liquor Plaza.

After moving to Naples four years ago from upstate New York with her husband Ken, Joanne Glasgow, a former pediatric nurse, decided to try her cupcake recipes at the Third Street Farmer’s Market.

Joanne had previously worked with a friend in New York who is a dessert caterer. The response was immediate and encouraging. Week after week, customers would return for their “cupcake fix”. After the market closed, Joanne decided to start an online cupcakery at where customers could order regular size cupcakes and mini cupcake trays.

The business and customer base grew. It was not unusual to find Simply Cupcakes at parties, gallery openings, weddings and office parties all around Naples.

The demand made it necessary to expand and after a year of looking for the right location, Simply Cupcakes took the 1,000-square-foot store next to ABC Liquors that had previously been a Papa John’s Pizza and had been deserted for quite awhile.

Cupcakes can be purchased individually at Simply Cupcakes or by the dozen. Mini cupcakes can be purchased by special order in a sampler box of 12 or trays of 24, 36 or 48. Coffee is complimentary in the store with any purchase. If you have questions, call Joanne at 530-1100 or visit


Naples car dealership offers to make payments if jobless

John Marazzi Nissan is now offering new and used car buyers a payment protection plan.

Should a buyer lose a job, John Marazzi Nissan — formerly Naples Nissan — will make car loan payments for up to six months.

Prospective buyers who are concerned about losing a job can trade in their old cars on a new or pre-owned vehicle with free Payment Protection Plan that eliminates up to a half year of payments during a job transition resulting in loss of income.

Buyers should visit John Marazzi Nissan at 3640 Pine Ridge Road, one block west of Interstate 75 at exit 107 in Naples, for full details.

For more information, call (239) 643-3800 or visit or

Contributed by John Marazzi Nissan


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