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March 3, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Mellow Mushroom slated for Fort Myers' Daniels Marketplace

Mellow Mushroom is opening its first location in Southwest Florida - a 5,503-square-foot restaurant that will be constructed as part of the planned Daniels Marketplace, a 139,990-square-foot dining and retail center coming to Fort Myers.

Atlanta-based Mellow Mushroom has more than 150 locations throughout the United States.

Daniels Marketplace is being developed by S.J. Collins Enterprises, a commercial real estate development firm headquartered in Fairburn, Georgia. Construction is set to begin in spring 2017 and the development is expected to open in summer 2018.

Anchoring the open-air shopping center will be a 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, which will be the first in Fort Myers. Other slated tenants include Banfield Pet Hospital, Keke's Breakfast Cafe, Panera Bread, Zoe's Kitchen and a mix of boutique retail and high-end shops.

The Daniels Marketplace site is located on Daniels Parkway at the intersection with Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

Pike Electric announces Northwest Lineman College Scholarships

Pike Electric Corporation is offering an instant $1,000 scholarship to the first 42 Electrical Lineworker Program enrollees for the April 2017 term at Northwest Lineman Center's Florida campus. Recipients are also guaranteed a job interview with Pike Electric upon completion of the 15-week program. With many students seeking employment immediately after graduation, this opportunity is invaluable!

On Nov. 28, 2016, the inaugural class at Northwest Lineman Center began in Edgewater, Florida. Students from all over the country are participating in the Electrical Lineworker Program, a 15-week intensive pre-apprentice training program for future power delivery professionals. Since 1993, Northwest Lineman College and Centers have trained over 20,000 pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey-level lineworkers who work for hundreds of power companies across the United States.

Pike is one of the largest providers of Energy Solutions in the United States. They provide engineering, construction and maintenance for distribution and transmission powerlines, substations, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects and renewable energy projects.

Please visit for additional information.

2017 Cooking Classes by Norman Love Confections begin March 29

Norman Love Confections has announced its 2017 classes: Cooking with Love. Beginning March 29 through Nov. 8, the Hall-of-Fame chef chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team will share some of their techniques and lead participants through the process of creating artisan confections and exquisite desserts.

Norman Love Confections is offering an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person, per class.

The Mother's Day Layer Cake class, a specialty class, is $120 per person. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make reservations, call Norman Love Confections at 239-561-7215.

The class topics include Easter Eggs, March 20 and April 12; Layered Cakes, March 29 and Sept. 27;

Cupcakes, April 12, June 14 and Aug. 16; Molded Candies, June 14, July 5, July 26, Sept. 6 and Oct. 18; Truffles, May 24 and Aug. 16; Chocolate and Wine Tasting, May 24 and Sept. 6; Cookies, May 3 and July 26; Home Desserts, July 5 and Oct. 18; Mother's Day Layer Cake, May 10; and Thanksgiving Pies, Nov. 8.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75.

For more information visit or call 239-561-7215.

10th Annual Spring Clean-out RV Show this weekend at Germain Arena

The 10th Annual Spring Clean-out RV Show takes place this weekend at the Germain Arena, March 3-5.

This year's annual event features seven dealers from along Florida's Gulf Coast displaying a large variety of new and used recreational vehicles, including gas and diesel motorhomes, park models, travel trailers, 5th wheels, folding campers and van campers.

Besides RV products, the show offers attendees the chance to browse several outdoor and camping vendors displaying services and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide information on camping.

The 10th Annual Spring Clean-out RV Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Both admission and parking are free.

Nathan's Famous Fort Myers to celebrate one-year anniversary with 1916 prices - 5-cent hot dogs

When Nathan Handwerker started selling hot dogs from a cart at Coney Island in 1916, he undercut the competition by charging just 5 cents each. Nathan's Famous Fort Myers will celebrate its one-year anniversary Wednesday, March 15, at 11150 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 100, by offering 5-cent hot dogs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nathan's Famous officially opened at Page Field Center on March 15, 2016, becoming the first full-service restaurant for the brand in Florida. It happened 100 years after Handwerker, a Jewish immigrant who arrived in New York City in 1912, first set up shop, charging half the price of his former employer. If his rock-bottom prices drew a crowd, the flavor of his wife's hot dog recipe and his standards for quality earned life-long devotees.

Real estate developer Ray Masciana is a modern-day enthusiast who grew up down the block from the second Nathan's Famous restaurant, opened in 1955 in Oceanside, N.Y.

He completed development of the new Page Field Center directly across from Page Field Air Park early last year, and opened with Nathan's Famous as its first storefront.

For additional information, please visit the store, call 277-5600 or visit

IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day Tuesday with free short stacks

In partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, IHOP Restaurants will be celebrating its 12th annual National Pancake Day to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs in the communities they serve.

On National Pancake Day, Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., guests who visit participating restaurants will receive a free short stack of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes, and in return will be asked to leave a voluntary donation to benefit the CMN Hospital in their community.

To find a local IHOP restaurant or to donate online, visit

There are IHOP restaurants at 13061 N. Cleveland Ave., in North Fort Myers (239-652-5800), and 12801 S. Cleveland Ave., in Fort Myers (239-274-0922).

The Hope Depot planning to hire 540 associates for spring season

The Home Depot is preparing for spring, the company's busiest selling season, by hiring 540 associates in Fort Myers.

Applying for a job at the home improvement retailer now takes about 15 minutes using any device, thanks to a shorter application and mobile optimized Careers site at

From sales and cashiers to operations and online order fulfillment, opportunities include both permanent part-time and seasonal positions in the company's stores and distribution facilities. College students, retirees and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The Home Depot is now accepting applications, and all interested candidates must apply online. Visit, select "SEE ALL HOURLY JOBS," enter your desired location and then click "SEARCH"

For additional information, contact Matt Harrigan at 770-384-2304 or email

The Home Depot has 2,278 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company employs more than 400,000 associates.



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