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Q: I see they are working on the old Kona Grill spot in the Coastland mall. Do you have any idea what will be going in the space?
— Mike, Naples
A: Don't expect another restaurant there. That's the Coastland Center space where Swedish retailer H&M plans to open a clothing store this fall in Naples.
The exterior space of the former Kona Grill is being used as a staging area for the adjacent construction site, said Glen Harrell, the mall's senior general manager.
"It actually isn't affecting Kona yet, but it did split the old Ruth's Chris down the middle," said Harrell, referring to Ruth's Chris Steak House, which formerly occupied space in the mall's western end between Sears and Macy's.
The 20,000-square-foot store will be the area's first for Hennes & Mauritz, known as a retailer of fashionable clothing and accessories for men, women, teens and children at affordable prices. The publicly traded company is based in Stockholm.
H&M has more than 2,500 stores in 44 markets worldwide, including 233 in the U.S. The chain's five other Florida stores are in Tampa, Palm Beach Gardens, Orlando, Altamonte Springs and Sanford.
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Cutlery World goes mobile
Q: I was wondering if you happened to know if the folks that ran that great knife store at the Coastland mall left any forwarding address? I recall that was the best place in Southwest Florida to have the wife's kitchen knives sharpened, and then they closed up. I vaguely recall a notice that they were going to operate on a smaller scale somewhere. Would you happen to know how they could be reached?
— Vince Cappelletti, Bonita Springs
A: So much for a smaller scale. Since Cutlery World closed in Coastland Center at the end of January, owner Larry Pendleton has been busier than ever with his mobile sharpening service for Collier and Lee counties.
"We are actually doing more sharpening now then we did in the shop," said Pendleton, referring to the business he operated with his wife, Rosalie, for more than 25 years.
"I've been pleasantly surprised with the reaction," he said. "We really have been very fortunate considering the last five or six years have been slower for about everybody."
Pendleton works every day to fulfill orders to sharpen scissors and knives and other tools for area chefs, barbers, tailors, pet groomers, manicurists, surgeons, gardeners, sportsmen and home cooks.
"We still get phone calls and inquiries. I'm busy," he said.
That's probably because he is one of the last of a dying breed. But even though he recently closed his store, the need still exists for his old-time, professional service.
Pendleton has 44 commercial accounts, most of which he does on the spot in the particular business. His list includes 17 local barbershops, as well as upholsterers, restaurants and other businesses.
"We had a huge following, and still do, with the chefs in town. We don't ground knives; we finish them off on a ceramic device," Pendleton said. "Our satisfaction levels are very, very high. People just love what we do."
That includes homemakers and hobbyists. Pendleton picks up residents' scissors, knives and tools at drop-off points, and sharpens them at home. He delivers the sharpened implements to their doors, usually the next day.
The old store's phone number — 239-262-8074 — rings at his home now, and Moorings Barber Shop provides a year-round drop-off point in Naples at 3082 U.S. 41 N. Pendleton plans to set up another drop-off location next month in a Bonita Springs barbershop, and, in season, he has booths on Saturday mornings at farmers markets at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in East Naples and the Promenade at Bonita Bay.
This Thursday, Pendleton even has a sharpening event just off U.S. 41 in Naples at Jay's Fabrics & Upholstery, 937 Fourth Ave. N. Drop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with tools and instruments that need sharpened.
Ordinary tools aren't the only items he handles. Pendleton tells of the World War II bayonet he sharpened for a veteran's wife, and he sharpened a German bayonet for someone else.
"You never know what you are going to run into," he said. "You get to meet a lot of nice people."
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