IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Thursday, March 12, 2009

New design center opens at Park Shore

Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors has opened in the familiar landmark building near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Park Shore Blvd. in Naples. In the days of business closings and service cutbacks, Mark Hayton has opened the new 5,000-square-foot Design Center. Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors offers affordable solutions to today’s new construction and remodeling situations.

The carved marble statuary at the entrance welcomes customers to view 40 individual kitchen vignettes complete with granite, quartz and solid surface counter tops and designer backsplashes. The shopper will notice plumbing fixtures, countless faux painting ideas, glass shower enclosures and mirrors, and a complete floor covering section featuring tile, marble, carpet, wood, laminates, and their unique “Grab Green” offering including Coconut Palm flooring. They have staff who are technically trained in the materials and methods of tile and stone technology.

Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors is a member of National Association of Home Builders, Collier Building Industry Association, Collier Building Industry Association Remodelers Council, and their NAHB Certified Green Professional designation will be complete at the end of March.

Hayton has emphasized his commitment to customer service and has carefully assembled his sales staff to include those that they believe are the best of the best. He is very optimistic about the future. “If you offer a complete selection of the best products and combine that with good prices and outstanding customer service, people will notice. Our goal is to “exceed our customers expectations” Hayton said.

Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors has been designed to help the individual select their new kitchen, reface their existing kitchen, or change their flooring, as well as a center for Contractors and Designers to bring their clients. Material sales are welcome and professional installations are available. They also offer maintenance and repairs.

A bright spot in the business environment, the opening of Park Shore Kitchens & Interiors just may be a signal that Naples is on it’s way to economic recovery.

Does Your Mailbox Need An Extreme Makeover?

By Anne Murray, Postmaster Ft Myers/Cape Coral

Fort Myers, Cape Coral FL - Aaaah! Although the calendar says winter has just begun, spring isn’t far around the corner. And with spring, comes the inevitable spring house cleaning. There’s also something outside the home that might need attention—your mailbox! Does it reflect a positive image of your home or is it an eyesore to the community? Mailbox Improvement Month isn’t until May, but the Fort Myers/Cape Coral Post Offices are holding an “Extreme Makeover Mailbox” contest in preparation for the month.

Check out your mailbox and see if it needs a face lift? If so, make your plans now to spiff it up and enter the contest. The rules are simple:

· Take a photo of the existing mailbox that needs a makeover.

· Make the changes you desire and take a photo of the new, spiffy mailbox.

· Mail both photos, along with your name, address, and phone number to USPS Consumer Council, 79 Mid Cape Terr., Cape Coral, FL 33991.

· Entries will be accepted between March 1 and March 31.

The Fort Myers/Cape Coral Consumer Advisory Council will judge the entries for creativity and compliance with postal regulations. Two winners will be announced on April 16—one each from Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The winning photos will be on display in the Page Field and Cape Coral Central Post Offices during May. The winning mailboxes will be featured on postage stamps and the owners will receive two sheets of First-Class mail customized postage stamps.

The mailboxes must be approved traditional, contemporary, or locked full/limited service curbside mailboxes. A customer may use a custom-built curbside mailbox if the postmaster gives prior approval and the mailbox conforms generally to the same requirements as approved manufactured curbside mailboxes relative to the flag, size, strength, and quality of construction. The mailbox must display the house number on the side of single mailboxes or on the door of grouped mailboxes.

Generally, mailboxes should be installed at a height of 41-45 inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry. Mailboxes are set back 6-8 inches from the front face of the curb or road edge to the mailbox door. Customers must place mailboxes on motorized city, rural, and contract delivery service routes so a carrier can safely and conveniently serve them without leaving his or her vehicle. The Postal Service does not regulate mailbox supports in any way except for purposes of carrier safety and delivery efficiency.

Make your plans now to participate in the “Extreme Makeover Mailbox” contest. Both you and your neighbors will be pleased—whether you win the contest or not!

Free trolley tours available at Ave Maria

Now is the time to take advantage of a free trolley tour of Ave Maria offered by Pulte Homes, the community's primary residential developer. The final two days of tours are Tuesday March 17 and 24.

The tours are narrated and offered at no charge to the public. They run throughout the day with the first tour beginning at 10:45 a.m. and the last tour departing at 1:45 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and may be arranged by calling 239-304-7600.

As part of the tour, participants will hear a history of the Ave Maria project and explore the 5,000-acre, Mediterranean-styled community, including the elegant La Piazza town center and the growing Ave Maria University campus. They will also learn about the town’s many amenities and services, as well as its commercial and educational offerings.

Additionally, tour participants will have a chance to learn about the various and dynamic Pulte Homes neighborhoods under construction. As the primary residential developer of Ave Maria, Pulte Homes will build approximately 8,000 homes in the town through its family of brands -- Pulte Homes, DiVosta Homes, and Del Webb. Offerings include single-family homes, detached and attached villas, town homes and carriage homes priced from the high $100,000s to the high $400,000s. Each residential neighborhood has been designed to address the desires of individuals and families at every stage in their lives. A variety of generations, cultures, and traditions will come together to live, learn, work and play.

For more information about Ave Maria, visit www.avemaria.com For more information about Pulte Homes in Southwest Florida, visit www.pulte.com/swfl

Pollo Tropical and Girl Scout Councils partner for event

Pollo Tropical is partnering with several Girl Scouts councils in Florida to hold a Pollo Tropical Multi-county Girl Scouts Benefit Day from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at various Pollo Tropical locations.

The purpose of the event is to help the Girl Scouts councils raise money for their projects so they can continue promoting their character building goals for many girls in Florida. Pollo Tropical will donate 15 percent of participating store sales from the Benefit Day to the Girl Scouts councils.

The participating Southwest Florida Pollo Tropical locations include 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, and 1652 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral.

Other Girl Scouts councils throughout Florida will host similar events simultaneously in Central Florida, Tampa Bay, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

For more information on the Pollo Tropical Multi-county Girl Scouts Benefit Day or how to host a Benefit event for your organization at Pollo Tropical, visit www.pollotropical.com

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