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February 22, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Orangetheory Fitness continues growth in Southwest Florida

Orangetheory Fitness, a national fitness franchise, is expanding its presence in Southwest Florida. A new location is opening at 2311 Santa Barbara Blvd., Units 106 and 107, in Cape Coral. The studio, owned by Bob and Barbara MacIntyre, held a grand opening party on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Orangetheory's scientifically developed program has earned international acclaim and media attention for its proven results. On average, members burn an estimated 600-1,000 calories per workout, and the 60-minute sessions are designed to help clients burn additional calories for up to 36 hours after the workout. This is what Orangetheory Fitness calls the "after burn," and it's based on a physiological concept known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. Sessions are led by experienced group personal trainers who oversee each member's progress through heart-rate monitors.

Area residents are invited to visit any of the five Orangetheory Fitness locations in Southwest Florida:

11600 Gladiolus Drive, Unit 317, Fort Myers.

8001 Dani Drive, Fort Myers.

7935 Airport Pulling Road, Unit 1, Naples.

1900 Tamiami Trail N, Naples.

The newest location at 2311 Santa Barbara Blvd., Units 106 and 107 in Cape Coral.

Call 239-218-4644 for more information.

New owner directing Creative Events &?Rentals

A new era is dawning for a 45-year-old Southwest Florida business. Al Mueller, the new owner of Creative Events & Rentals, has been investing money, time and energy into the company since buying it in May 2017.

With his second season getting under way, he's ready to show off a fresh approach.

Creative Events & Rentals now features new, cutting-edge equipment designed to make any event a rousing success. The company provides equipment and offers on-site event management for black-tie galas, fundraisers, weddings, country club events and a variety of other gatherings.

Mueller and his team have 60-foot-wide, 80-foot-wide and 100-foot-wide tents for large gatherings, along with plenty of smaller tents. Clearspan, structure, art deco and a host of other tent styles are among the 750,000 square feet of tent space at Creative's disposal.

The company has a litany of other rental items, from chairs and china to bounce houses, lighting, tables and much more, all geared toward helping clients plan and produce events that exceed expectations.

Visit or call 239-768-6393.

Spiro & Associates adds Lewis as junior account executive

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture has added Hope Lewis as a junior account executive, working with an account team to complete client services and manage Agency-wide campaigns.

Born and raised in Cape Coral, Lewis graduated from Ida S. Baker High School and attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville where she studied health science.

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida's largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services and many more.

Additional information can be found online at or by calling 239-481-5511.

Registration open for 2019 Southwest Florida Women's Business Summit March 1

Mary Van Praag, brand president of Soma Intimates, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Southwest Florida Women's Business Summit organized by the Lee County Economic Development Office Friday, March 1, at Florida SouthWestern State College, Building U, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. and the keynote presentation will start at 9:15 a.m.

To register and view the full schedule of events, visit

The event is intended to educate and elevate women in their careers through hands-on and motivational workshop sessions.

van Praag, who joined Soma Intimates in September 2017, has more than 30 years of global, multi-channel beauty industry leadership experience.

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and to attract new businesses so that Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities, and broadly-shared prosperity. For information, visit

MNMW welcomes Shufflebarger

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. welcomes Nicole Shufflebarger as a tax manager with the firm. In this position, Shufflebarger works with clients to provide supportive accounting services and offers consulting services to clients in the construction industry.

Shufflebarger brings more than 20 years of experience in accounting to MNMW, in both public and private accounting.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. is a public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. The firm offers a wide range of services including business consulting, construction business consulting, elder services, forensic accounting, human resources consulting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting, mediation services, medical practice consulting, tax planning and preparation, and technology consulting.

For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit

Operation Kidsafe center opening today in Cape Coral

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Feb. 22, a 10 a.m., for the opening of an Operation Kidsafe location in Cape Coral at 234 Del Prado Blvd., N., Suite 2, at the Dan McGuire Allstate Insurance office.

Operation Kidsafe provides biographical documents for parents featuring their child's fingerprints, photos and other important information for use during an emergency.

The information provided also allows families to make plans in case an emergency occurs.

The Dan McGuire Allstate office in the Cape will serve as a year-round child safety center.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information about Operation Kidsafe or the grand opening, call 239-573-2088 or email



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