October 2017 Around Town

Spiro & Associates Earns 18 Excel Awards from Southeast Building Conference & Florida Home 
Builders Association

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture won 18 Excel Awards presented during the 2017 Southeast Building Conference on July 27 at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee.

Among the awards presented by the Southeast Building Conference and Florida Home Builders Association were Marketing Director of the Year for Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, COO of The MacFarlane Group, LLC, and Sales Manager of the Year for Michael Polly, President and Managing Broker of Royal Shell Real Estate. Both awards were entered by the agency to represent renowned clients.

The Brand Architects were also presented with the following awards on behalf of:

  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best Overall Advertising or Marketing Program
  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best Television Commercial for a Builder
  • Action Automatic Door & Gate – Best Radio Commercial
  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best Logo Design for a Builder
  • iNDIGO Architecture, Inc. – Best Logo Design for an Associate
  • Causeway Key (Allan Development Group) – Best Logo Design 
for a Developer
  • GMA Architects & Planners – Best Website for an Associate
  • Campo Felice Retirement Living (The MacFarlane Group) – Best 
Website for a Developer
  • Catch the Vision Book (Storm Smart) – Best Magazine Ad for an Associate
  • Koogler Homes Inc. Bluefin Bay – Best Magazine Ad for a Builder
  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best Brochure for a Builder
  • The MacFarlane Group Holiday Card – Best Direct Mail Piece for a Builder
  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best Corporate Video for a Builder
  • Campo Felice Retirement Living – Best YouTube-Type Video
  • Frey & Son Homes, Inc. – Best YouTube-Type Video
  • Eat.Clay.Love. Event – Best Special Event/Charity

This year’s Excel Awards were based on 2,500 entries of the best in residential and commercial construction within the State of Florida and beyond. The criteria included superior, innovative and creative sales, as well as marketing.

“To say we are proud would never do justice to the level of emotion our Agency experienced last month,” said Christopher T. Spiro, CEO & Chief Creative Officer. “To continue to break records year in and year out suggests that our agency’s marketing initiatives will only continue to blossom, especially since we have the privilege of working with people like Rebekah MacFarlane Barney and Michael Polly.”

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 and residential services, the arts, government, healthcare, contractor services and property management. Online at SpiroAndAssociates.com or call 239.481.5511

Bespoke Home Builder PGI Homes Honored With Six 
Aurora Awards

Continuing their award-winning tradition, PGI Homes was honored with six prestigious Aurora Awards July 28th during the 36th annual Aurora Awards held at the Gaylord Palms Orlando. The Auroras are presented to outstanding builders, developers, architects, and design professionals throughout the Southeastern United States and Eastern Caribbean.

PGI Homes, the ultimate bespoke home builder, earned Auroras for:

  • Best Single Family Detached Home 2500-2999 sqft – Yachtsman 
model home in Punta Gorda Isles
  • Best Single Family Detached Home 3500-3999 sqft – Casa de 
Nautica showcase home in Tarpon Estates
  • Best Kitchen $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 – Casa de Nautica
  • Best Single Family Detached Home 4000-5000 sqft – Casa de 
Antigua showcase home in Tarpon Estates
  • Best Bath $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 – Casa de Antigua
  • Best Kitchen $500,000 to $1,000,000 Sand Castle showcase home in Sanibel

“I am so proud of our team,” said Anthony Farhat, president of the family-owned and operated company, building since 1979. “We enjoy designing and building creative projects, and are honored to be recognized with these Auroras.”

For more information, please contact PGI Homes at 888.708.9166 or email at info@pgihomes.com.

Marvin Development Breaks Ground on Funky Fish House in Cape Harbour

Marvin Development has broken ground on a new home in the Funky Fish House Village at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. This one-of-a-kind neighborhood of waterfront Key West-style beach cottages includes 18 single family homes that incorporate the luxury and laid-back ambiance of coastal living in Southwest Florida. Home and home site packages start at $650,000.

Marvin Development is the preferred builder in the Funky Fish House Village. “We are excited to work with Richard Durling and the team at Marvin Development on the construction of this home,” said Stephanee Wallace, owner of the 12 remaining home sites in the Fish House Village. “Marvin has built more than 3,000 homes in Southwest Florida and has an excellent reputation for superior quality and customer satisfaction.”

“The Fish Houses sit on one of the most unique and special pieces of property in Southwest Florida,” said Wallace. “The property lines extend approximately 25 feet over the water, allowing for personal slips that will accommodate boats up to 55’ and large decks that sweep out and over the water to maximize the enjoyment of the natural surroundings of this neighborhood. Each fish house is different and can be built up to four stories high.”

Picnic Key model includes three levels on the water’s edge with a dock on the rear of the property. The ground floor all-purpose room is the perfect place to relax after a day of boating and includes space to store fishing equipment. A private second level master suite with glass sliders and balcony provides views of the dock and waterway. The master bath has a free-standing tub and shower. The third level living area includes a guest bedroom and bath, the great room and kitchen with 10’ and cathedral ceilings, expansive sliding glass doors and a covered patio that extends over the water.

The location is within walking distance to the first-class amenities of Cape Harbour including the marina, shopping, restaurants, pools, and fitness facilities and has direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

As an industry leader on a local and national level, Marvin Development has been building homes in Southwest Florida’s finest communities for 45 years and is one of less than 50 builders in the country to receive the Diamond Builder Award. Owner Richard F. Durling has been named Florida Builder of the Year, and is a Florida Housing Hall of Fame inductee. Marvin Development is a preferred builder at Parrot Cay in Naples Reserve, Caloosa Preserve in Alva, and The Funky Fish House Village. Marvin Development also builds custom homes on your home site. For more information about Marvin Development, visit Marvin-homes.com or call 239.433.1112.

Scooter’s Coffee, the locally owned and operated coffee shop known for its specialty coffee and freshly hand- tamped espresso, is celebrating its one year anniversary.

“We are so thankful to the community of Cape Coral for welcoming us with open arms,” stated Pat Thomas, who owns and operates the location with his wife, Suzi Thomas. “We brought this brand to the Cape because we believe in the quality product and the emphasis on creating the best customer experience. It has been so rewarding to live in this community and to meet people who tell us that our coffee is the best in the Cape!”

Since opening their location in July 2016, the Thomas’ have not only cultivated a loyal following for their coffee, but also have focused on giving back to the community. During their Grand Opening, they raised nearly $3,000 for the Gulf Coast Humane Society, and they continue to make regular donations to this organization from customer donations for their popular “Puppuccino,” a fido-sized treat featuring whipped cream and a special doggy bone. They have also donated to area schools and plan to enhance school partnerships this year.

“Owning a Scooter’s allows us to live our passion every day, while also making a difference in the Cape Coral community,” stated Suzi Thomas. “We are extremely blessed to be in this business, and we are looking forward to bringing more of our best to the Cape in years to come.

In addition to a $100 gift card, the prize package will include exclusive Scooter’s Swag, including travel tumblers, mugs, single serve cups, bagged coffee and a coffee grinder. The winners of Sweepstakes in the Cape will be announced via social media the week of August 21.

Scooter’s Coffee, based in Omaha, Nebraska, specializes in hand-tamped espresso drinks, baked-from-scratch pastries and features signature drink, the CarameliciousÒ. Scooter’s roasts its own shade-grown coffee, sourced through the Arbor Day Foundation. The company added depth to its product profile last year with a new line of hot and iced organic teas, single-origin coffee and Cold Brew & Cream. This year, some of Scooters’ latest product innovations include Shaken Refreshers and Tropical Red BullÒ Infusions.

Gather to open at Tarpon Point in 
early October

Building on the phenomenal success they have brought to Cape Harbour Marina, the people behind Fathoms Restaurant & Bar and The French Press are set to launch a new dining concept at beautiful Tarpon Point Marina. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, a full bar and picnic lunches for boaters, Gather is expected to open in early October and is currently hiring for several positions, including line cooks, servers and bartenders.

Benjamin Voisin, Valeria Zanella Voisin, and Meredith and Timothy Hoffman, partners in HGH LLC, who travelled from the Caribbean to open their popular Cape Harbour restaurants, are proud to continue their collaboration with the launch of Gather.

Fathoms General Manager Kathy Stephan and The French Press Manager Sue McCormick, along with Jeremy Vincent, Fathoms’ famed senior mixologist, helped spearhead the Gather concept and will oversee its operations. Fathoms Executive Chef Fabrice Deletrain and Chef Benjamin Voisin will develop the menu and take an active role in training, hiring and kitchen management.

Gather will offer indoor seating for 67 diners, plus several tables outdoors. Diners can look forward to healthy, organic-option breakfasts to fuel their day, plus the European-style pastries that have made The French Press a foodie mainstay. Lunch and dinner will introduce a new concept in the Cape with an international gastrobar menu and craft cocktails.

Chef Ben Voisin said, “Gather is a culmination of our team’s desire, passion and drive to develop a new concept that combines the best of The French Press and Fathoms to achieve a unique waterfront dining experience. This wouldn’t have happened without our talented team and the support of Tarpon Point.”

About Gather

Gather is the new waterfront dining concept from the partners at HGH LLC, who brought Fathoms Restaurant & Bar and The French Press to Cape Harbour Marina in Cape Coral, and also developed Black Salt Catering. Gather will open in October 2017 at beautiful Tarpon Point Marina.