Sanibel & Captiva Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for On Island

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Wednesday, March 30 for new member On Island, a shop created by two locals Kate Sergeant and Dawn Hillman. The pair envisioned a shop which encompassed the feeling of being ‘on island.’

“It all began with our online locals guide (OnIslandSanCap),” Sergeant said. “We designed it to be a guide by locals for visitors with tips on how to enjoy the islands like a local. The idea grew from there.”

On Island will soon return to its roots with the launch of an online shop offering a selection of increasingly popular items from t-shirts and bags to cups and even the Tenya Turkish towels and robes. The shop carries shirts for all sizes, exclusive Sanibel-scented candles, Tervis tumblers, throw pillows and most of which bears Hillman’s delightful designs with words by Sergeant.

“Our customers have been the nicest people who are happy to share their ‘on island’ stories,” Sergeant and Hillman said. “They say, ‘You’ve really captured that feeling of being on island.’”

On Island, 630 Tarpon Bay Rd., will celebrate its 100th day of business May 18 by raffling off a brightly-colored bicycle designed by Hillman, who said it was perfect since biking is the Sanibel way. “(The bike) just makes me smile,” she said. Every $25 purchase qualifies as a raffle entry.

“We are delighted to have On Island join our business community,” Chamber Board of Directors Chair Mark Anderson said. “Owners Kate and Dawn have worked hard to capture that special feeling of being ‘on island’ and we wish them the best.”

Contact them at (239) 472-2214 or


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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting To Welcome New Member Sanibel Sweet Shoppe

Sanibel, FL (Nov. 4, 2015)The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Sanibel Sweet Shoppe as a new member. The event was hosted at their store located at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, in Palm Ridge Plaza, on November 4th.

Beth and Tim Musser, owners of the Sanibel Sweet Shoppe, are on premise daily creating their handmade fudge, sweets and hand dipped Italian Ice. You’ll also find salt water taffy and molded chocolates in the shape of shells in their shiny glass cases that give the shop an old fashioned sweet shop feel. They will be baking special cookies and candies just in time for the holiday season this year.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the wonderful business community on Sanibel and Captiva and hope the island residents will stop in and enjoy our sweets!” said Sanibel Sweet Shoppe owner Beth Musser.

Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce added, “The Chamber welcomes the Sanibel Sweet Shoppe to our islands and is pleased to have them join our family of successful businesses.”

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Sanibel, FL (Oct. 21, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Technical Edge Inc., Electrical Contractors as a new member. The event was hosted at The Blue Giraffe in Periwinkle Place on October 21st. The owners of Technical Edge, Electrical Contractors, have worked on Sanibel for over 13 years.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the wonderful business community on Sanibel and Captiva and are looking forward to building future relationships to help us with our mission,” said Gil Polanco and Paul Landers, owners. “Our office is just off island, and we are well acquainted with the island,” stated Polanco.

Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce added, “The Chamber welcomes Technical Edge, Electrical Contractors, as new members. We are pleased they have joined the Chamber and continue to encourage our members to support all Chamber businesses.

For more information on Technical Edge, contact them at (239) 826-1968 or visit their website at

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The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Earns State Recognition

Sanibel, FL (Aug. 25, 2015) – The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Visitor Center on Sanibel has been named one of only thirteen official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers in association with a new VISIT FLORIDA program.

The VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Centers (CTICs) Program brings VISIT FLORIDA recognition to Visitor Services facilities around the state, providing these facilities and their staff with benefits that enable successful promotion of travel to and throughout Florida.

To become an official Florida Certified Tourism Information Center, visitor centers must meet requirements specified by VISIT FLORIDA, such as: centers must be a VISIT FLORIDA Partner, centers must be open year-round at a minimum of five days per week, centers must be located in a convenient and accessible location for the ease of travelers, and centers must have access to parking and restroom facilities to accommodate visitors including persons with disabilities.

“VISIT FLORIDA is not looking to franchise visitor centers,” said David Dodd, VISIT FLORIDA Vice President of Visitor Services. “The VISIT FLORIDA Certified Tourism Information Center Program is focused on presenting a consistent Florida message and a quality Florida experience for all visitors to the Sunshine State.”

“We are very proud of our staff and volunteers who look after the many visitors that come through our doors each and every day” said Chamber president Ric Base

The Francis P. Bailey, Jr. Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes over 165,000 visitors each year. The Visitor Center is open 365 days a year and provides visitors with comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, where to stay, shop or dine.


Bailey’s Marketplace Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island, Florida – May 19, 2015 – After more than 115 years of serving residents and visitors on Sanibel Island, Bailey’s General Store expanded its presence with the addition of a new location. Bailey’s Marketplace, located at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, is officially open for business.

Bailey’s, the premier grocer on Sanibel Island, marked the occasion with a well-attended ribbon cutting in the company of business leaders, city officials, visitors, and Chamber of Commerce members and guests.

Bailey’s Marketplace is a slimmed-down version of Bailey’s General Store, carrying the highest quality fresh produce, tender meats, succulent seafood, wine and beer, deli meats and sandwiches along with gifts and beach supplies.

In 1889, Frank P. Bailey started the Sanibel Packing Company, which packed various goods and shipped them to buyers. As the demand for food on the island grew, so did the packing company. The packing company expanded to meet the increased demand and evolved into Bailey’s General Store.  And now, Bailey’s has expanded again with its new location on the west side of the island to once again meet the ever-changing needs of residents and visitors alike.

Owners, Richard and Mead (granddaughter of Frank Bailey) credit Bailey’s longevity to two key factors: a long history of exceptional, friendly customer service along with the drive to meet the needs of their customers. “We were delighted to see so many people joined us for our ribbon cutting,” said Richard Johnson, Bailey’s co-owner. “And with the multi-million dollar investment in property improvements, that have been made at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, the feedback we got from residents and visitors alike was that the location is ideal,” he concluded.

“We were proud to celebrate this great addition to one of Sanibel’s long time Chamber of Commerce members, providing another location for their quality products,” said Ric Base, President of the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce.

The Bailey family has been involved in their community throughout their history.   They believe in giving-back to the community and help many people along the way.  “This is one more opportunity to treat Sanibel Island residents and visitors to Bailey’s “Platinum Rule”:  Treat others as they want to be treated,” said Mead Johnson, Bailey’s co-owner. “We are delighted to expand our service.”

Bailey’s Marketplace is located on 1451 Middle Gulf Drive at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Sanibel Island providing food supplies, sundries, wine and beer.

For more information, visit Bailey’s General Store or call 239-472-1516.

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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Tower Gallery

Sanibel, FLA (February 23, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 11th to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tower Gallery’s Historical Cottage.

The bungalow housing the gallery was filled with local Chamber business members and Tower Gallery artists admiring the local artists’ work. The Tower Gallery is Lee County’s longest-running art gallery and got their name from the original location in the Bell Tower Shops when it opened in 1982. Local artist were invited to move into the historical cottage to share space with Matsumoto, an acclaimed painter and print maker. In 1997, the co-op took over the building and purchased it in 2004.

“We are so thankful to the Matsumoto’s for preserving the building that we are in today. This property was home to both the Cassidy and Wildman families before it was moved to its current location where Ikki & Polly Matsumoto made it into what is now a beautiful space for our artists to display their creations,” stated Steve Bufter, President of the co-op. “Somewhat like the local business community, our artist’s cooperative requires each member-artist to contribute. Our artists put in sweat equity for staffing, cleaning, shopping for supplies and accounting and this is what enables us to continue our operation and our passions.”

Ric Base, President of the Chamber added, “We are delighted to be a part of this memorable occasion. Sanibel is a treasure trove of historic buildings that are not only beautifully preserved, but are also in daily use so that all can share the experience of Sanibel past & present”.

The Tower Gallery is located at 751 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel and is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 pm during season. For more information, please call 239-472-4557 or visit their website at


Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for McCallion & McCallion Realty

Sanibel, FLA (January 22, 2015) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 14th to officially welcome McCallion & McCallion Realty as a new Chamber member. The event took place at their new office located at 1640 Periwinkle Way, Suite 1, Sanibel, FL.
“We are very thankful to the Sanibel community and the Chamber of Commerce for their strong support of our real estate brokerage,” said co-owner, Susan McCallion. “The Chamber serves a great resource for our clients and provides great networking opportunities with other island businesses,” she concluded.
Owners Susan and Jim McCallion and their team welcomed guests and chatted over a wide array of appetizers and beverages. McCallion & McCallion opened doors as their own brokerage in 2014 after several years working as premier agents on Sanibel and Captiva islands. The McCallion family has an extensive history on Sanibel, vacationing here for 16 years before making this their home in 2008.
Regarding the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, Ric Base, President of the Chamber of Commerce commented, “The Chamber has a strong representation from the island’s great Realtors, and we are delighted to welcome McCallion & McCallion Realty to this distinguished list of Chamber Members.”
For more information on McCallion & McCallion Realty, visit or give them a call at (239) 472-1950.



Chamber Hosts Ickle Pickle Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sanibel, FL (Dec 23, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the one year anniversary of the popular and whimsical children’s store, Ickle Pickle, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, December 17.

Ickle Pickle’s owner, Joelle Ziemian, and her four year old daughter, Alina Ziemian, gracefully greeted people and showed them around the store’s colorful stock. Ickle Pickle carries clothes from newborn to girls 10 and boys 12 and an assortment of toys and award winning children’s books. Ickle Pickle’s organic clothing lines carry designers such as Pink Chick, Par Deux, Poppy’s, the Snapping Turtle, and Stella Cove- made both in Europe and here in the US.

Modeling a dress from Poppy’s English clothing line, where every dress tells a story and comes with a book, Ziemian cheerfully expressed appreciation for the success of her business. “The business and local community have been so supportive. Coming from all over the world, it is truly a joy being able to serve such a diverse clientele.” Ziemian’s store also supplies toys made from natural materials, with a focus on creative and imaginary play.

Ickle Pickle is located at 2427 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL. Normal business hours are 11am-5pm Monday through Saturday. For more information please call Ickle Pickle at 239-472-2300 or visit


Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Island Jewelry

SANIBEL, FL (December 8, 2014) – The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially welcome Island Jewelry, an island retailer of fine gems and accessories, as a member to the chamber on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Previously known as the Sanibel Diamond, Island Jewelry’s storefront contains a beautiful assortment of well-priced designer pieces as well as giftware and other accessories. The current owner, Richard Bush, and his team provided a delicious variety of appetizers and refreshments for chamber members while they walked through the new location and appreciated the marvelous selection of glistening gems and other items.

“We love our new location!” said Richard. “Being centrally located on Sanibel Island is something we’ve always wanted as it allows us to be easily accessible and visible to the islands’ residents and guests. We’re definitely looking forward to our first season as a member of the chamber and being in our new location.”

Their new store front is perfectly situated in the Palm Ridge Place shopping center on the Northeast corner of Periwinkle Way & Palm Ridge Road. Normal business hours are 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday. For more information please call Island Jewelry directly at 239-472-0488.

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