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Sanibel Island & Captiva Island
Local Business Spotlight

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce spotlights a local Sanibel Island or Captiva Island business. Each business is a member in good standing of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

Featured Member – September 2016

Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva


Our goal is to make your Sanibel Island or Captiva Island vacation so incredibly special, you will never forget it. With a nearly 100% satisfaction rate, our staff is dedicated to exceeding your expectations. We are available to answer your questions and help guide you to the vacation rental that is perfect for you. If you haven’t found what you are looking for on our Island Vacations Website, please email us or call us toll-free at 1-888-451-7277

Featured Member – June 2016

Tarpon Bay Explorers

tarponbayWelcome to Tarpon Bay Explorers! We are the licensed concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We provide fun, low-impact, educational & recreational opportunities to the public under contract with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 15% of what you spend at Tarpon Bay Explorers benefits U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!

Visit them at





Featured Member – April 2016

COSTCO Wholesale


We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality, brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide.

Visit them at or call them at (239) 415-3806


Featured Member – March 2016

Bleu Rendez-Vous


Hosts: Chef Christian & Mari Vivet

Specializing in Authentic French Cuisine

“Make an Island Rendez-Vous”

Visit them at: Bleu Rendez-Vous or call them at 239-565-1608.



Featured Member – February 2016

Congress Jewelers


Congress Collection

Congress Jewelers has delighted its clients with distinctive fine jewelry from celebrated designers,

as well as elegant timepieces & custom jewelry.

Sealife by Congress

The Sealife by Congress™ collection is handcrafted on Sanibel Island,

featuring Dolphins, Sanddollars & Marine Life.

Visit them at: Congress Jewelers or call them at 888-960-5645.



Featured Member – January 2016



Our mission is to provide quality cultural and educational experiences in the arts to the residents and visitors of Sanibel, Captiva, and neighboring communities.
Known as Sanibel and Captiva’s home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events, and the community participates in more than 250 educational classes and workshops each year.

Treat yourself to time at BIG ARTS on Sanibel. Relax in the beautiful garden, view the art in the galleries, visit the gift shop, and learn about the variety of events the islands’ dynamic cultural arts center has to offer. Whether your interest is in classical, jazz, or popular music; dance; the visual arts; lectures; film or live theater; or in attending a class or workshop—BIG ARTS has something for everyone!

Each year during “season,” BIG ARTS presents world-renowned music and dance, professional theater, distinguished speakers, fine art exhibits, and critically acclaimed films.

Contact them at or call them at (239) 395-0900.


Featured Member

Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream


Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream is a Sanibel tradition for more than 33 years.  Tom and Donna Puma are the fourth owners of this landmark since 2007. Together with their daughter and General Manager Stephanie and their friendly staff, they serve up their unique homemade Italian signature ice creams that keep loyal fans returning for more to their little green shop in the Seahorse Shopping Center on the east end of Sanibel Island. You cannot miss the shop with its kitchy appeal from the bright green walls and colorful benches to the crowds enjoying their generously sized Pinocchio’s ice cream treats as they listen to the nostalgic music of old TV show tunes.

Geppetto’s Beach Foodies! A little market and bakery offering gourmet grab and go beach cuisine which is representative of streetfood you may find in metropolitan areas of NYC, Paris, towns in Tuscany, Italy and other food meccas that have been part of our wonderful global travels.

Visit Pinocchio’s & Geppetto’s at 362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel

Contact them at or (239) 472-6566


Featured Member

Paradise Advertising & Design

paradise Advertising

Local communications professionals, we constantly look for new ways to enhance your reputation, grow your revenue and give you a competitive edge in your market.

We are a full-service marketing, branding and advertising partner that can meet nearly any marketing and communications need.

Our in-house team includes members
with years of experience in diverse communication skills and marketing disciplines.  This allows us to fulfill your needs locally without jeopardizing your confidential plans by outsourcing

If you do business in Paradise, you need Paradise Advertising & Design on your team. Contact us at (239) 395-5878 or visit our website at


Featured Member

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

Discover a serene waterscape overlooking Sanibel and Captiva Islands on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. A beautiful haven of gracious hospitality and relaxed luxury with world-class resort amenities embraced by 85 acres of lush gardens. An idyllic setting where you can reconnect with the person you are inside. More than a destination, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa is a state of mind.

For more information go to their website at or contact them at (800) 767-7777



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Hillgate Marketing Services


Hillgate Marketing Services offers marketing and communications services to businesses.

We find out what makes your clients tick; we look at how you present yourself or your company to them today; we recommend new and innovative approaches that will strengthen your branding, improve your communications and help make your business more successful.

From media relations to website and brochure development, to event management and promotions – we tailor your communications to your clients.

For more information go to their website at Hillgate Marketing Services or contact them at (239) 472-3400.



Featured Member

Rosier Insurance


At Rosier Insurance, our goal is to assist clients in making informed decisions to protect their assets through insurance and non-insurance risk transfer solutions tailored to their individual or business needs.  You can trust our professional staff to provide the quality of concierge customer service that you or your organization deserve.

When you need complex coverage, or face a damaging loss, choosing an independent agent makes all the difference.  As an independent agency we represent multiple insurance companies.  This allows us to compare coverage and price options in order to offer you the greatest value for your needs.

For more information go to their website at Rosier Insurance or contact them at (239) 444-1642.


Featured Member

Arthur Printing

Arthur Printing is a full service commercial printing company.  Our plant is located in Cape Coral, Florida, where we employ local professionals to operate our offset, digital and wide format equipment. Our longevity in the print industry led our expansion into graphic design and sign work.

Our printing products range from simple one color business cards to more elaborate full color magazines and pocket folders with special die-cuts and foils.  We print for individuals, small businesses, large corporations, franchises, banks, restaurants, municipalities, the medical industry, politicians, builders, realtors, local print brokers & strangers (who soon become our friends). Our method is to listen first to each unique client’s ideas and needs, then use our professional expertise and resources to take their concepts and put them in print as the best means of communicating their products and services. Supplementing our extensive product line of printed materials, we have a full service graphic arts department and a sign shop in house.

For more information go to their website at or contact them at (239) 542-2452.

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Featured Member

CHR (Community Housing and Resources, Inc.)

CHR (Community Housing and Resources, Inc.) was formed in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to address the growing need for affordable housing in the Sanibel community. In 1983, an ordinance was passed by the City of Sanibel that established the Affordable Housing Program and CHR was designated as the city’s housing foundation. Today, CHR owns housing units at 11 locations on Sanibel: 74 rental properties, including a 12-unit complex just for senior residents and 14 Limited Equity Ownership (LEO) homes through the Coast and Islands Community Land Trust.

Thanks to CHR, people who work full-time on Sanibel, as well as retired and disabled residents of Sanibel, are able to live in an area that would normally be too costly for them. For full-time workers, this means being able to live close to where they work. Not only does it eliminate a long commute to the island, it benefits island businesses that rely on an accessible workforce.

Other residents of CHR’s properties are seniors and disabled islanders with a long history on Sanibel. When a spouse passes away and a widow or widower is forced to sell their island home where they lived for many years, a CHR rental unit can mean the difference between staying here and having to move off-island or even out of state. The same holds true for long-time residents who become disabled. After being such a big part of their community, these residents should not have to feel forced to leave, and having an Affordable Housing Program for Sanibel ensures that they will have a chance to stay.

Currently, CHR houses 154 residents, and 50 of those are children. Operational and program costs are paid first through rent collection. The City of Sanibel also provides funding, but the balance of CHR’s costs rely on generous financial gifts from our island community. For more information about CHR and affordable housing on Sanibel, visit online at or call 239-472-1189.


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Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours

Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours is the only concierge tour service offering personalized, educational, one of a kind tours of beautiful Southwest Florida and its barrier islands. Our tours are for the curious who are seeking a deeper understanding and experience of the area. Whether it’s your first time visiting, or maybe you’ve already seen the highlights and want to get off the beaten path and discover more, our specialty tours let you follow your interest whether it is about the area’s history, plants, animal habitants or the surrounding aquatic ecosystems. Each tour is an exclusive trip designed for the individual customer.

As the only concierge land service tour operator in all of Lee County we are licensed to take you anywhere you would want or image. Maybe you are a local who has run out of ideas of what to do with your family and visitors, or a wedding party looking for ways to entertain your guests? Are you a business owner or company manager looking for a way to build up your staff or reward them for doing a great job? Challenge your staff to communicate, strategize, and bond together to find the hidden treasure. Or maybe you are looking for a gift for that hard to buy person, relax and let us take care of the details. The possibilities to explore the area are only limited by your time and Captain Bubby’s availability so don’t delay booking. Check out the tours at

Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours was created from the need to further introduce the extensive list of area attractions, many events and outstanding business to both visitors and locals. Concierge tour services, such as Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours, have been created to fill the gap between touring individually and a fully escorted tour.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to satisfy your curiosity through activities that will leave you exhilarated and remain in your mind and heart for many years to come.

Captain Bubby is a local resident who has been exploring and discovering the area’s natural treasures for over 40 years. The founder, Bubby Howell knew the first time on Sanibel he was home and knew he was meant to be part of the continued conservation efforts so vital to the area. Your guide is a trained docent who thinks creatively and knows how to bring to life the stories of the area. Bubby is one of less than 1,500 individuals listed on the Honor Roll of Florida Master Naturalists. Motivated to aid in the protection and enhancement of the area’s fragile ecosystems, Bubby teaches people their role in coexisting, ensuring protection of the wildlife, natural habitats and surrounding aquatic ecosystem.

A portion of every tour is donated back to one of the non- profit agencies within Lee County, FL.





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Exciting things are happening at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa as phase two of the multi-million dollar resort renovations are coming to a close.

Once complete, guests will enjoy a new state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Pizza & Ice Cream Shoppe, on-site Bailey’s Market and Deli (with grocery delivery service available), updated Pool & Beach Bar, main pool deck, and more! We’re also thrilled to announce two new programs, our “Sundial Buddies” Kids’ Camp and Sanibel’s Sea Camp for Kids, which will launch following the renovation. A seaside Sunday Brunch will be served in Waterview, which features lovely gulf-front vistas. In addition, our 145 units have all been beautifully renovated at a cost of thousands per unit.

Sundial now boasts six brand new Hydro-Grid tennis courts- the only on the island! Our USPTA certified Tennis Pro has introduced a new program of classes and clinics available to guests, visitors, and residents. Phone 395-6025 for more information.

Recently voted Best Full Service Resort on the island and Best Staycation in Southwest Florida, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa offers live entertainment, dining, the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique, and a full range of activities including kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and more. Our two daily happy hours helped to earn us the vote for Best Happy Hour on the island.

Celebrate the Holidays at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa! Reservations are being accepted for our Christmas Buffet served in our gulf-front Waterview Dining Room. Seatings are available at 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. The Buffet is priced at $45 for adults and $18 for children ages 3-12. Bring in the New Year ‘Sundial-style’ with live entertainment, dancing, a delicious menu, and a champagne toast at Waterview. Our New Year’s Celebration begins at 9:00 PM and is priced at $125 per person.   Visit for more information, or phone 239-395-6030 for your reservation.



Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

1451 Middle Gulf Drive

Sanibel, Florida 33957





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The Museum Mission:

  • To educate about shells and mollusks, the shell-makers, through exhibits, educational programs, library services and publications;
  • To further awareness of nature and the natural environment;
  • To promote collection-based research on shells and mollusks with emphasis on Southwest Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.


Timbers’ Oystravaganza at the Museum

Join The Timbers’ Matt Asen and Museum Science Director Dr. José H. Leal to learn about edible mollusks, while enjoying exotic oysters paired with winning wines. Proceeds benefit the Shell Museum. Tickets: $40 per person. Thursday, November 13th, 6pm. Call 239.395.2233 or book online.


Pearls and Chocolate for a Cause

Learn to create an elegant 78-inch freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace (or two smaller ones) while sipping wine, sampling hors d’oeuvres and chocolates. Proceeds benefit the Shell Museum. $100 per person includes necklace. Very limited seating. Reserve now. Friday, November 14th, 5:30 pm at the Shell Museum. Call 239.395.2233 or book online.


Museum Free Day on Saturday, November 15th!! Enjoy shell crafts, science fun and cake while it lasts! Plus see our new live mollusk touch tank!


Weekly Museum Activities:

Live Tank Demonstration: Learn from a Marine Naturalist as you watch a fighting conch use its foot for locomotion, spy a lightning whelk slam its trap door shut for protection, or witness scallops zip across the tank with jet propulsion skills. Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Carolyn’s Collection: Would you pay three hundred dollars for a shell? Come meet Carolyn, a delightfully entertaining shell collector with gorgeous gem-quality shells to show. Learn and laugh as Carolyn shares the history of building her top-notch collection. Monday at 2 p.m.


What is a Mollusk? Ever wonder where all of those shells on the beach came from? They were created by animals known as “mollusks.” Come learn about the fascinating life of our local mollusks and have all your questions answered. Join our Marine Naturalist for this discussion, Tuesday at 2 p.m.


Island Inn Morning Beach Walks: Join one of our Marine Naturalists for a beach walk near Island Inn on Sanibel Island. Walks depart daily from the Island Inn lobby at 9 a.m. Learn about the shells, the mollusks who create them, and other marine life that has washed ashore. The cost is $10, and parking at Island Inn is free for beach walk participants. Space is limited so book online at or call (239) 395-2233 to make a reservation. All participants receive a coupon for half-off Shell Museum admission.


Marine Naturalist Adventure Cruise: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Captiva Cruises present a one-of-a-kind experience that will excite nature lovers of all ages. Join our Marine Naturalist for an unforgettable day with a small group aboard the 40’ sailing catamaran “Adventure.” Trips set sail Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. from South Seas Resort on Captiva Island. The four-hour cruise costs $100 for adults and $75 for children and includes the boat trip, lunch, and admission to the Shell Museum. Call (239) 472-5300 to book. (Water shoes required, no flip flops. Prepare to get wet.)


General Information

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957

Phone: (239) 395-2233
Toll-free: (888) 679-6450
Fax: (239) 395-6706

HOURS of OPERATION                                                                                          
Open Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM

Noon to 4 on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Easter

Children 4 and under: FREE
Youth 5-17: $5.00
Adults 17+: $11.00

AAA, AARP, Military, Senior (60+),
and student discounts available.


For more information visit their website at

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