Which 8 coastal businesses pounded by Hurricane Ian are opening in Bell Tower? What we know

Phil Fernandez
Naples Daily News

A closer look at the eight Sanibel-Captiva and Fort Myers Beach businesses hammered by Hurricane Ian that have reopened or about to in the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, according to the mall. Read an in-depth In the Know on this Southwest Florida trend and other topics in Monday's Naples Daily News and Fort Myers News-Press.

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Adventures in Paradise Outfitters

Adventures in Paradise Outfitters, Sanibel-Captiva

  • AIP Outfitters offers clothing that can outfit people for travel, poolside lounging and many types of adventures. Its target: "A well-dressed anybody who thinks and lives outside the box."
  • Square Footage: 1,372 square feet
  • Opening: Open Now
  • Website:

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Bubbly Latitude

Bubbly Latitude, Sanibel-Captiva

  • Bubbly Latitude is a Lee County home goods store offering furnishings, décor and gifts that it says "help shoppers create warm, inviting environments that reflect their own very personal styles."
  • Square Footage: 2,432 square feet
  • Opening: Open Now
  • Website:

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Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach, Sanibel-Captiva

  • Butterfly Beach offers an array of hand-picked, on-trend clothing and accessories that it says "brings West Coast style to the beaches of Florida. Each product is chosen specifically to ensure that Butterfly Beach shoppers are comfortable and confident in everything they wear."
  • Square Footage: 2,410 square feet
  • Opening: Q1 2023
  • Website: 

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Congress Jewelers

Congress Jewelers, Sanibel-Captiva

  • Congress Jewelers is a third-generation family-owned business that says it's "dedicated to quality, value, and craftsmanship coupled with personalized service. In addition to the store’s exclusive designer jewelry, Congress Jewelers also offers its trademark SeaLife By Congress Collection, with each piece hand-crafted by local island artisans."
  • Square Footage: 4,578 square feet
  • Opening: Open Now
  • Website:

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La Ola Surfside Restaurant

La Ola Surfside Restaurant, Fort Myers Beach

  • La Ola Surfside Restaurant, a Fort Myers Beach mainstay in Times Square, is adding a small stage and dance floor, while bringing "a taste of the beach inland" with live music in the afternoons and evenings. The eatery plans to keep the same menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner that it had on Estero Island.
  • Square Footage: 4,136 square feet, with 1,843 square feet of outdoor space 
  • Opening: By mid-April
  • Website:

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MacIntosh Books + Paper

MacIntosh Books + Paper, Sanibel-Captiva

  • MacIntosh Books + Paper, serving avid readers on Sanibel and Captiva islands for over six decades, offers a variety of books as well as all the latest best-sellers and a number of island-centric gifts.
  • Square Footage: 826 square feet
  • Opening: Open Now
  • Website:

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Sanibel Candle Company

Sanibel Candle Company, Sanibel-Captiva

  • Sanibel Candle Company offers an array of smell-good favorites, including signature candles, room mists, wax melts and diffusers. The retailer also boasts a unique candle bar that it says is the first of its kind in Southwest Florida, where shoppers can choose from more than 60 scents to blend a candle fragrance that is uniquely their own.
  • Square Footage: 1,285 square feet
  • Opening: Q1 2023
  • Website:

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Synergy, Sanibel-Captiva

  • Synergy considers itself the headquarters for “Life is Good” apparel and accessories on the west coast of Florida. The retailer offers a collection of men’s, women’s and children’s Life is Good apparel and accessories products, including touting an exclusive collection of Sanibel-themed Life is Good T-shirts.
  • Square Footage: 2,701 square feet
  • Opening: Open Now
  • Website:

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