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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2019 PUBLISHER

Pat Eberle | pat.eberle@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Sarah Keech | sarah.keech@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Sarah Keech

Curating the Cape's Creativity

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Greg Wagner

FEBRUARY—IT’S THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR, BUT THERE’S DEFINITELY NO SHORTAGE OF EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING HERE IN CAPE CORAL. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s the local arts scene or handmade goods from local artisans or exciting culinary creations, we were inspired by this city’s creative culture. Some of our favorite arts-related things to experience around the area include classes at Karma and Coconuts. We love enjoying the delicious dishes and sweet treats at My Sweet Art. And if you’re on the hunt for Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, we recommend checking out Noe’s Jewelry for something unique they’ll always remember. With our own bustling creative scene—from jewelry makers and writers to musicians and artists—we hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appre-

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all things creative and hit the town to unleash your own creativity!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2019

FEATURES 10 Not Your Typical Backyard Party Two Seasoned Restaurateurs Have Invaded the Cape with Their Delightful Spin on Fine Dining Pub-Style

14 Artists in Residence These Three Talented Women Are Passionate about Their Art

18 Welcome Home to Paradise This Upgraded Luxury Condo Offers Some of the Most Marvelous Views in the Cape

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20 Give Something that Glitters! Noe’s Jewelry Has Beautiful Pieces to Fit Any Budget

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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City Scene

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Culinary Creations

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Open House

20 Local’s Choice 23 Realty Report 24 Lifestyle Calendar 26 Parting Thoughts


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Arts Guide WHERE TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF THE ARTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA—AND HAVE LOADS OF FUN!

WHILE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MIGHT BE BEST KNOWN FOR SUNSHINE AND BEACH DAYS, IT’S ALSO HOME TO A THRIVING ARTS COMMUNITY. There are plenty of wonderful and creative activities for the entire family to enjoy. Here are some terrific places you’ll want to visit.

DAT E N I G H T

MUSEUM

EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES

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Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

MUSEUM OF NAPLES

in Fort Myers will enjoy tours of the historic

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is

winter homes, the Edison Botanical Research

a fun space dedicated to serving children and

Lab and the Edison Ford Museum on more

families with the mission: “[Providing] an excit-

than 20 acres of botanic gardens. The estates

ing, inspiring environment where children and

also offer river cruises and many special

their families play, learn and dream together.”

events throughout the year.

15080 Livingston Road, Naples, 239.514.0084,

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.334.7419,

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FA M I LY DAY


DAT E N I G H T

THEATER

ART CL ASS

FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT

FA M I LY DAY

BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES AT

This long-running—and extremely popu-

THE FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE

lar—theater offers a full lunch and dinner

Florida Repertory’s Education Department

menu paired with a Broadway-style show.

is dedicated to enriching the lives of

Broadway Palm is a great date destination

young people and families throughout

for anyone looking to enjoy quality enter-

Southwest Florida with exceptional and

tainment at a reasonable price.

inspiring theatre experiences.

Royal Palm Square, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort

2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239.332.4665,

Myers, 239.278.4422, BroadwayPalm.com

FloridaRepEducation.org/tya

CAPE CORAL ARTS STUDIO

STUDENT SUNDAYS AT

Operated by Cape Coral’s Parks and

CAPE CORAL ART LEAGUE

Recreation Department, the Cape Coral

Cape Coral Art League invites all students

Arts Studio provides a wide variety of fine

ages 8 to 18 to spend a Sunday afternoon

arts and fine crafts classes and workshops

working on fun projects with great instruc-

to residents and visitors of all ages. Cape

tors. $15 per session with all supplies pro-

Coral Arts Studio also has a fine arts

vided. A nonprofit, the organization also

exhibit gallery that is open to the public

offers art classes for adults, and they host

and features different exhibits monthly.

several major art exhibits each year.

4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral,

516 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral,

239.574.0802, CapeCoral.net

239.772.5657, CapeCoralArtLeague.org 

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enjoy a live murder mystery show while the

some of the best seafood, cocktails (for the

chef prepares a five-course dinner during

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CULINARY CREATIONS Gabe Ferraro and Chris Ilardi

not your typical backyard party TWO SEASONED RESTAURATEURS HAVE INVADED THE CAPE WITH THEIR DELIGHTFUL SPIN ON FINE DINING PUB-STYLE

ARTICLE SARAH KEECH | PHOTOGRAPHY GREG WAGNER AFTER 12 YEARS OF WORKING IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS

Chris and Gabe plan to change things out when they come up with

TOGETHER UP NORTH, CHRIS ILARDI—ORIGINALLY FROM

something new they love. But, according to Gabe, his specialty—the

NEW YORK—AND GABE FERRARO—FROM PHILADELPHIA—

cheesesteak—will always be on the menu.

HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES RUNNING THE NEWEST HOT SPOT ON CAPE CORAL PARKWAY. “I always vacationed down here, and I knew I wanted to settle down here,” Chris says. But Southwest Florida wasn’t necessarily in Gabe’s plans. “I had my sights set on moving elsewhere, but Chris convinced me to check out Cape Coral,” Gabe says. “I wasn’t totally convinced about Florida at first, but he showed me this spot and I loved the location. I packed up and made the move.” The result of their move? The Backyard Beer Garden, a gastropub-style restaurant that’s quickly gaining local buzz.

“Our culinary experiences come from both what we like to eat and what we grew up eating,” Chris says. “For example, the clam dish we offer might not be considered ‘bar food,’ but we like it and it’s good, so it’s on the menu.” They have 32 craft beer offerings—16 draught and 16 bottles— and they change out the selection about every two weeks. They also offer specialty cocktails and wine. The space itself is built to be interactive—for humans. Made out of wooden pallets, the seating and tables allow the opportunity to meet and converse with your fellow diners. “The seating was made to allow guests to mingle, just like if they

“Our restaurant concept was basically a mixture of how Gabe and

were at a backyard party,” Gabe says. “We have games they can play

I like to go out to dinner,” Chris says. “Casual, fun atmosphere, but

at their tables. We have live music on Thursdays. It’s really such a

with really good, quality food and excellent service.”

fun place to hang out, have a few drinks and have some great food.”

“There’s a bit of an industrial feel with the wood pallet furniture,

There is definitely a reason why people are raving about this new

the stainless and the copper bar,” Gabe says. “It has a different feel

addition to South Cape’s dining and entertainment scene. It’s also

from most typical restaurants—we didn’t want typical here.”

quite obvious Chris and Gabe are passionate about their gastropub

The menu is also atypical.

and being in Cape Coral.

“We definitely consider this a gastropub-style menu,” Gabe says.

“We are really excited to be part of the growth and evolution of

“Lots of finger food, lots of flavors. We’ve taken bar food and added

Cape Coral. This community has already been so wonderful to us,”

major flair to it. It’s a lot of fun.”

Chris says. “We are very, very happy to be here.”

While gastropubs have been popular in many places for decades, fine dining pub-style has been a bit slow to catch on in Southwest Florida. The Backyard Beer Garden offers around 20 to 22 menu items, and 10

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Nikki Graf

ARTICLE SARAH KEECH PHOTOGRAPHY GREG WAGNER

Artists in Residence THEY MIGHT COME FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, BUT THESE THREE WOMEN ARE EQUALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR ART

/nikki graf, the jewelry maker It’s pretty unusual for a weekend family outing to become a part-time family jewelry business, but it can happen. Nikki Graf and her husband, David, loved to visit the peaceful Peace River for canoe trips on weekends to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the work week in Cape Coral, but then they saw people sifting, digging and looking for something in the river— and they became intrigued. What were those people looking for in the Peace River? Ancient shark teeth and other fossils. 14

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“IT’S SO MUCH FUN TO SEARCH FOR THEM. THESE SHARK TEETH ARE MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD, AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO PULL UP FROM THE RIVER.”


So, about six years ago, Nikki and David joined in the shark tooth search. They initially used what they found for personal jewelry or to give as gifts, but

T HE ULT IM AT E A LT ERN AT I V E

it wasn’t long before they were too flush with fossils. “You’ll find a lot of teeth on any given day. If you get in a good honey hole, you can find hundreds,” Nikki says. “We just had too many! We had so many we decided to start making the jewelry to sell.” Nikki’s wire-wrapped shark tooth necklaces typically start around $10 and go up from there, but most of her love of her art is the experience collecting the teeth. “It’s so much fun to search for them. These shark teeth are millions of years old, and you never know what you are going to pull up from the river,” she says. “Everyone wants to find the meg, which is the big tooth. It’s really like a treasure hunt.” And by “meg,” Nikki means a tooth from a massive megalodon, the extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago. The Grafs usually go to the Peace River every weekend during the winter months to find new shark teeth and fossils and, yes, they have indeed found some of the coveted megalodon teeth there. Nikki’s shark tooth line of jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings—and she also works with beads, stones, crystals and even uses her husband’s used guitar strings.

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She’s also the lead jewelry instructor at Karma & Coconuts. “I teach the wire-wrapping classes, which are so much fun,” Nikki says. “You can bring in your own stones. It’s great when people bring in something special to them, learn to wrap it and it becomes a unique piece of jewelry. It’s always one-of-a-kind, sort of like a shark tooth.”

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

(CON TI N U ED)

/jaclyn howell, the author Jaclyn Howell

“I’VE ALWAYS LOVED TO WRITE, EVEN AS A KID. I’D NEVER PUBLISHED A BOOK BEFORE AND HAD NO IDEA HOW TO DO IT. I JUST KEPT WRITING, AND IT EVENTUALLY WORKED OUT. YOU JUST HAVE TO KEEP TRYING.”

With 15 years of teaching experience at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, Jaclyn Howell knows a thing or two about what happens in the lunchroom and on the playground—a lot of bullying. Jaclyn herself admits she remembers being bullied as a child as well. That led to this dedicated elementary school teacher taking pen to paper—literally—to do something about it. “I hand-wrote the story in a composition notebook, and that took about three months,” Jaclyn says. “But it took me a good year to write it and edit it, and I had my family members help me edit it.”

The Purple Dragonfly Awards honor accomplished authors

Her debut children’s book, Riches to Rags, is a story

in the field of children’s literature and highlights up-and-com-

about an entitled young girl who begins bullying and hurting

ing and newly published authors. Jaclyn won the award in

classmates after she’s lost everything—including her own

three categories—School Issues, Charity/Making a Difference

mother to cancer.

and Spiritual/Religious Books.

The book also touches on the serious issues of online bullying and isolation bullying.

“It’s my first book, so I did not anticipate winning at all, and it was just a wonderful feeling,” she says. “I feel really inspired.”

“I felt in my heart that God wanted me to write a story about

Jaclyn is certainly not done writing. She plans to try her hand

schools and what kids really go through, and bullying is a big

at nonfiction writing next, a children’s book about animals and

topic. Some kids have even taken their own lives because they

tongue twisters.

were the victims of bullying. It’s something that needs to be addressed, even at a young age.” The book is targeted toward kids ages 8 to 12 and offers constructive ideas and suggestions that can be used as a teaching tool for both kids and their parents. 16

Despite being her first book, Jaclyn’s groundbreaking work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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“I’ve always loved to write, even as a kid. I’d never published a book before and had no idea how to do it,” Jaclyn says. “I just kept writing, and it eventually worked out. You just have to keep trying.” You can purchase Riches to Rags on Amazon.com, BN.com and other online booksellers.


“I ALWAYS WANTED TO MOVE TO AMERICA. IT WAS MY DREAM SINCE I WAS A VERY YOUNG GIRL. I LOVE FRANCE, BUT WHERE I’M FROM IS VERY GLOOMY...I WANTED SUNSHINE.”

/yveline mauclerc, the chef

Yveline Mauclerc

Chef Yveline Mauclerc and her husband, Eric Perez, always planned to move from France to the United States— but they didn’t know exactly where they wanted to live. They set their minds on sunny Florida and spent a few years traveling back and forth from France and Florida looking at cities on the east and west coast of the state, but they really liked what Cape Coral had to offer. So, not only did they move here, but they also opened their delightful French cafe and bakery, My Sweet Art, in May 2017.

also added things to tempt more American palates— including a French-style burger. “We have a lot of wonderful customers who come

“I always wanted to move to America. It was my dream

back time after time, but we also love meeting the new

since I was a very young girl,” Yveline says. “I love France,

customers who come in,” Yveline says. “We are a bit of

but where I’m from is very gloomy...I wanted sunshine.”

a hidden secret, but we have a lot to offer. Just stop in

In France, Yveline worked in corporate event and

and you’ll see.”

party planning, but her real love was being in the kitchen.

Not only is Yveline an artist in the kitchen, but

She eventually decided to enroll at the prestigious Ecole

she’s also a talented painter whose work is displayed

Lenôtre Paris where she earned a diploma.

throughout the restaurant. She’s also planning to offer

“I loved it there. It was fast-paced, but I learned so much,” she says. “I really love doing pastry.” At My Sweet Art, Yveline’s husband, Eric, who ran a restaurant in France, helms the kitchen, and she does most of the

small cooking classes later this year. My Sweet Art is open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.

pastries and baking. Her favorite thing to make: macarons. The menu is decidedly French with classics like beef bourguignon and croque monsieur, but they have

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welcome home to amazing views

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THE BEAUTIFUL RIVERFRONT VIEWS FROM THIS STUNNING CONDO ARE SOME OF THE BEST IN CAPE CORAL. When you step into the large great room with soaring ceilings, you’ll immediately see the many upgrades. The open kitchen features granite countertops, a decorative tile backsplash, upscale lighting and a great breakfast bar/cocktail bar area. This condo is all about relaxing and enjoying those sparkling water views.There are three bedrooms with a split floor plan for privacy. The largest bedroom features a separate tub and shower as well as generous closet space. The additional two bedrooms are spacious and great for guests or your home office.The large hurricane-rated sliding glass doors leading to the lanai allow for lots of great natural light. The lanai also has stunning stone tile flooring to extend your living area. The unit also has custom window treatments, and a new A/C system was installed in 2015.This secure building has lots of great amenities including a heated pool, a fitness center, a community room, a pool table and covered parking. The community is pet-friendly with approval from the homeowners association. This condo is located next to Jaycee Riverfront Park where you can stroll the walkways, picnic in the park, swing the grandkids or just enjoy the beauty of this neighborhood.Each unit includes a deeded parking space and A/C storage. If you have a boat, there is also a dock available that is being sold separately. This condo is also close to great restaurants, shopping and local entertainment.To schedule your private showing, call 239.220.2389 or visit RasoRealty.com. 18

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LOCAL’S CHOICE ARTICLE SARAH KEECH | PHOTOGRAPHY GREG WAGNER

G I V E T H AT

S O M E T H I N G G L I T T E R S !

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FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, TIM NOE HAS BEEN PROVIDING FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL AND MEMORABLE PIECES THAT MAKE FOR LIFETIME TREASURES. Tim started working as a bench jeweler in 1978 at his family's business in Butler, Missouri. Their family business dates back to 1909, and he is a third-generation jeweler. Shelly Noe joined the family business 30 years ago, and together they have been very successful with each focusing on different areas of the business. Noe's Jewelry offers a full line of engagement sets, diamond rings, diamond pendants and diamond stud earrings. In addition to their fine jewelry, they also offer a large selection of Alamea sea life and Larimar pieces starting at just $35. "We find that we have something to fit everyone's budget," Shelly says. NOE’S JEWELRY 4808 Cape Coral St. Cape Coral 239.673.8532 Facebook.com/NoesJewelryFlorida

1. “The Sea Turtle” made with blue opal. Alamea of Hawaii, $188. 2. “The Wave” made with blue opal. Alamea of Hawaii, $148. 3. Pear-shaped ruby ring, $660. Pear-shaped ruby pendant, $417. 4. Diamond earrings, $1,740. 5. Diamond engagement ring by Diamond Emotions, $2,988. 6. 18-carat gold and diamond tennis bracelet, $6,500. 7. Men’s rings made with various materials, including koa, bocote, turquoise and titanium. Alamea of Hawaii, $80-$112. 8. Murano glass necklace created by Tim Noe, $228. 9. Murano glass earrings created by Tim Noe, $112. 20

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT

NEIGHBORHOOD

CAPE CORAL

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

SW Cape Coral

$264,900

$255,000

96.26%

29

3

2

SW Cape Coral

$312,000

$300,000

96.15%

10

3

2

SW Cape Coral

$319,900

$310,000

96.91%

7

3+Den

2

SW Cape Coral

$349,900

$345,000

98.60%

3

3

2

SW Cape Coral

$369,900

$380,000

102.73%

9

4

3

Yacht Club Area

$290,000

$280,000

96.55%

5

3

2

Yacht Club Area

$549,000

$510,000

92.90%

241

3

2

Yacht Club Area

$828,000

$735,000

88.77%

97

3

2

Yacht Club Area

$1,189,000

$1,100,000

92.51%

282

3+Den

3

Yacht Club Area

$1,795,000

$1,700,000

94.71%

136

4

4.5

Savonna Neighborhood

$475,000

$460,000

96.84%

156

3

2

Savonna Neighborhood

$625,000

$542,000

86.72%

87

3

3

Palaco Neighbrohood

$479,000

$436,000

91.02%

22

3

3

Palaco Neighbrohood

$719,900

$710,000

98.62%

180

3+Den

3

Sandoval

$240,000

$236,400

98.50%

67

3

2

Sandoval

$286,068

$275,000

96.13%

118

3+Den

2

Sandoval

$326,500

$219

0.07%

86

4

2.5

Royal Tee

$419,900

$405,000

96.45%

75

3

2

Royal Tee

$545,000

$530,000

97.25%

67

3+Den

3

Royal Tee

$559,900

$550,000

98.23%

8

3+Den

3

NW Neighborhood

$312,500

$305,000

97.60%

203

4

3

NW Neighborhood

$365,000

$347,000

95.07%

21

3

2

NW Neighborhood

$479,000

$465,000

97.08%

16

3+Den

2

MLS Data from October 2018 *DOM=Days on Market


LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

INTERACTIVE MOVIE: BLACK PANTHER

fun event. For more information, visit

FEBRUARY

2

Motorcycle

enthusiasts

will

get

together and listen to live bands, eat great food and just have fun at this CCBikeNight.com.

THE HISTORY OF CCCIA Cultural Park Theater

The

Cape Coral Library

There will be audience participation in this screening! Food will be provided. Marvel's Black Panther follows T'Challa as he fights for the throne of Wakanda. Rated PG-13. The movie will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Cape

9

Industry

SECOND ANNUAL MODERN MUSCLE CAR EXPO

evolved

Coral

Construction

Association

has

been

serving the Cape Coral Community since 1971. Learn how they have from

lifelong

resident

of Cape Coral Bill Johnson, Jr.,

Cape Coral Yacht Club

CCCIA

Enter your car or just come to browse

Program presented by the Cape

2, 9, 16, 23

the Yacht Club’s Second Annual

Coral

Modern Muscle Car Expo highlight-

admission.

CAPE CORAL FARMERS MARKET

ing SWFL muscle cars! There will

mation, call 239.772.7037 or visit

be music, food and raffles. Any year

CapeCoralHistoricalMuseum.org.

Club Square

muscle car can enter. Trophies will be

The Cape Coral Farmers Market is

awarded. For more information and

always overflowing with fresh, local

to register for this event, call the Tony

and healthy produce, fruits and foods,

Rotino Center at 239.574.0807.

along with melt-in-your-mouth baked goods,

made-on-site

guacamole,

salsas, homemade jams and jellies, pickles and olive mixes, cheeses, takehome foods and more. The market is

9 FAIRY TEA PARTY

executive Historical For

director/CEO. Museum.

Free

additional

infor-

23 17TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BURROWING OWL FESTIVAL Rotary Park Environmental Center

This

family-friendly

event

cele-

brates the start of the burrowing

Rotary Park

owl nesting season and all of Cape

Children will enjoy tea sandwiches,

Coral's natural wildlife treasures.

treats and punch in the butterfly

Festival highlights include educa-

2

garden. Feel free to wear your fairy

tional exhibits and live animals, bus

or butterfly wings. Registration is

tours to local burrowing owl bur-

BONITA BREW FEST

required in advance as there are

rows, demonstrations on burrow-

open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CapeCoralFarmersMarket.com

limited spaces available. The event

ing owl burrow maintenance and

Riverside Park, Bonita Springs

begins at 11 a.m. Admission is $15

starter burrows. A $5 donation is

The Bonita Brew Fest offers the

per child. Please call 239.549.4606 to

requested. Proceeds will go toward

perfect environment to explore new

register. CapeCoral.net

local wildlife protection, preservation and education. CapeCoral.net

styles and find your next favorite brew. Bonita Brew Fest is a benefit for the Southwest Florida Brew Crafters, a nonprofit organization of homebrewers who are on a mission to help local charities, local families and local organizations in need. For more information, visit BonitaBrewFest.com.

9 ASIAFEST YEAR OF THE BOAR CELEBRATION

Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

The Asian Professionals Association of SWFL presents the 15th Annual

24

12

24 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH WALK

Florida SouthWestern State College

9

SWFL AsiaFest "Year of the Boar"

Get inspired by other patients, survi-

Celebration. The Festival will show-

vors and loved ones who are on the

CAPE BIKE NIGHT

case the diverse cultures of countries

same journey. The 3K walk will raise

and ethnic regions from all over Asia.

awareness, increase research fund-

Club Square

The event will feature Asian cuisine,

ing and honor those affected by the

The City of Cape Coral Parks and

music, performances and special guest

disease. The route is wheelchair- and

Recreation Department is excited

speakers. For more information, visit

stroller- accessible. For more infor-

to invite you to Cape Bike Night.

Facebook.com/AsiaFestNaples.

mation, visit LustGarten.org.

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PARTING THOUGHTS ARTICLE SARAH KEECH | PHOTOGRAPHY GREG WAGNER

the heart and soul of the

Cape Art Scene

KARMA & COCONUTS HAS BECOME “HOME” TO MANY LOCAL ARTISTS

Denise Ahlstrom

YOU COULD PROBABLY SPEND HOURS WANDERING AROUND

Denise opened Karma & Coconuts in January 2014 with just eight

KARMA & COCONUTS. The South Cape art boutique and studio is

artists represented, but since then her business has flourished—now

filled with delightful, colorful creations from local artists.

90 artists sell their whimsical wares there.

Of course, just a little more than five years ago, it was only a dream for owner Denise Ahlstrom.

Beyond the boutique, Denise and 14 artists—experts in various mediums—teach regular classes.

“I have always been into singing and dancing and other forms of art,

“The artists who teach here are tremendously talented,” Denise

but in college, I started getting really involved in textile arts—even some a

says. “They are all so amazing, and the classes are really wonderful.”

bit more obscure arts, like Ebru and shibori,” Denise says. “Then, for about

Classes start at $20 and include all of the supplies. Most classes

seven years I worked in the corporate world and art wasn’t as much of a priority. After we moved to Cape Coral, I went back to doing art. ” When she returned to art, Denise was doing very well with sales, but selling through art galleries was costing her commission. She

are all ages. “I feel like I’ve built my own tribe. This place is my passion,” Denise says. “This is my happy place, and I hope others feel that way when they are here.”

wanted to open her own space—a space where local artists could come together, work together and support each other. “My husband said, ‘just do it,’ and that’s when I decided to create this space. It’s very much for local artists and for the community,” Denise says. 26

Cape Coral Lifestyle | February 2019

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