Farm Fresh Blueberries, grown in Hendry County

Early Saturday morning, the sweet smell of berry blossoms wafted through my neighborhood, beckoning my family and I to follow it and find the source. We happily discovered that, just over a mile from my doorstep, sits Blueberry Bunch Farm. Florida’s southern most and Hendry county’s only blueberry farm, tends to approximately 60,000 blueberry bushes. […]

Grumpy’s Pizza Pub is now open

After traveling around the country, selling art at festivals for 15 years, Barbara and Pete Swift have now lived at the Glades RV Resort full time, for six years. “We love this area so much that we decided to stay,” says Barb, “My brother, Mike Vincent, had a pizza restaurant 40 years ago in the […]

Friends Making Pens

Kaitlyn Pringle started dreaming of running her own business while she was in high school. While taking a business class, she helped start and run Bakers Bubbles Car Washing Service. Her class worked in all capacities of the car wash business, learning everything about what it takes to start, manage, and operate a business. Kaitlyn […]

First Brewery opens in Hendry County

LaBelle Brewing Company celebrated its Grand Opening on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. This microbrewery is the first of its kind in Hendry County, serving a wide range of beer that has been crafted in house, by brewmaster Corey Purcell. The place was filled with locals, and had a few tourists, as the friendly staff greeted […]

Entrepreneurs and empanadas

Last Saturday, at the DAV Flea Market, my family and I discovered a small hot dog cart where two young entrepreneurs, Jordan and Harley Pringle, were serving up some delicious food. “The cart is in Jordan Pringle and Harley Pringle’s names. It came about because traditional employment doesn’t always fit for them. Not everyone sees […]

The whimsical world of Betty Lou Inspired

A new local, arts and crafts duo, recently seen at LDRC’s Downtown Live event, features handcrafted goods with an emphasis on jewelry. Named after one of the founder’s two amazing grandmothers, Betty Lou Inspired, offers delightful polymer clay and unique up-cycled vinyl record jewelry, along with some really cute up-cycled bags, quilts, and rugs. “My […]

Mirror Mirror Salon Grand Opening

Saturday, November 30, in the heart of downtown LaBelle, at 97 Park Avenue, the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of Mirror Mirror Salon. Children enjoyed playing in the bounce house, and adults were treated to live music, as they perused the Paparrazi jewelry and Lularoe clothing vendors […]

Multi-Generational Legacy Planning with Ray Backstrom

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Backstrom, administrator of the “LaBelle Community Forum” a Group on Facebook that aims to foster connections within our community. We discussed our love of the Caloosahatchee, how wonderful LaBelle is, and all things boats. Shortly after meeting him, we found ourselves stranded a mile or so from […]

Natural Born Grillers: Jonesez BBQ

You may have seen a little brown food truck around town at a few different events or even in the Tractor Supply Co. parking lot. If you haven’t seen them, you’ve likely inhaled the heavenly aroma of their delicious barbecue as you’ve driven past them. Serving up their smoked grilled chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and […]

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, May 16 Direct Repair Collision Center celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at their new location, 770 E Cowboy Way, and the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce was there to congratulate and support them. Jeff Campbell, owner of Direct Repair, wishes to thank the residents of LaBelle who have supported his business over […]