Keeping tabs on Marco’s business pulse

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Apparel and bath shop has links to TV’s Shark Tank

With a link to TV’s Shark Tank, Priscilla Arguelles has opened a women’s apparel and body and bath shop at the Shops of Olde Marco.

One of her cosmetic lines is a skin scrub called Simple Sugars, and is a product touted in 2013 by Pittsburgh teenager Lani Lazzaris to the Shark Tank panel. She received a financial nod from Mark Cuban. Since then, Lazzaris has flourished, according to Arguelles, who spoke personally with Lazzaris while negotiating to carry the scrub.

Miami-born Arguelles, who opened the doors of Island Style in June this year, said she wants to encourage Marco women to adopt some of the Miami flair she know so well.

Some Marco tastes, she said, appear to be “washed out and bland,” – so she’s stocked her store with resort/nautical clothing in blues and whites, corals and bright rainbow variations.

She settled on assorted manufacturers’ lines, including one from Hawaii and one from Canada.

To the rear of one section of her store, Arguelles has a sampling station, where women can try her various scrubs and cosmetics.

Business so far, she said, has been encouraging – and she’s looking forward to accelerating as the season kicks in. Her hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the moment. They’ll expand to 9-9 in high season.

The Shops of Olde Marco are at the end of Bald Eagle Drive going north. Turn left at the three-way stop, and then right into the complex.

Marriott’s Ario restaurant now open

Marco’s newest restaurant – the Ario at the Marriott resort – is up and running with the promise of “intriguing flavors” for “global nomads,” and prices ranging from locally competitive to upwards of $100 for a specialty steak.

Appetizers such as sea scallops are $18, foie gras torchon is $16, and prawn makhani $30, while assorted salads are around $13. On the entrée side, prime filet mignon is $39, while a 34 oz. dry aged Jackman Ranch wagyu tomahawk ribeye steak is $110.

The restaurant also features an international wine list and handcrafted cocktails, with a private wine tasting room. Chef de Cuisine is Gerald Sombright. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 10. Visit arioprime.com.

Holiday home decorating by the numbers

Ideas for decorating homes for the festive season will abound Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 when the Marco Island Center for the Arts hosts “Your Holiday Home.”

The evening is sponsored by Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island, Marco Island Florist and Marco Island Center for the Arts.

Marco Island Florist will have three design kiosks with several designers at tables providing “how to” demonstrations of new holiday design themes. Attendees will enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers served in the small gallery. Tickets are $10. Buy at the Center, 1010 Winterberry Drive; or call 394-4221. Alternatively visit marcoislandart.org.

Agent excels

Local Realtor Michelle Thomas has earned a luxury home marketing specialist designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

The designation is recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, and “assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require,” according to a release.

Thomas completed specialized training and documented performance in the top 10 percent of the Marco Island-Naples real estate market.

Precautionary package

Attorney Patrick H. Neale has announced a service designed to minimize unnecessary cost and risk associated with renovations to homes and condos.

Delivered for a fee of $500, it includes checking for valid contractor licenses, a review of the renovation contract, and also evaluation of building permits.

As the attorney for the Collier County Contractor Licensing Board for 15 years, with extensive real estate law experience, Neale says Issues with any of these 3 items can lead to unnecessary delays on the project and skyrocketing costs. Call 642-1485.

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