New Hampton Inn opens in Clewiston

Clewiston – Due to the complications and concerns surround COVID-19, the Grand Opening celebration of Clewiston Hampton Inn has been postponed. However, located on Hwy 27, just two miles from Lake Okeechobee at 305 West Sugarland Highway, construction has been completed on the beautiful, new, three story, 86-room hotel. They are now open and taking […]

Kiwanis Thrift Store reopens with flurry of activity

LaBelle – This past Saturday, July 25, the local Kiwanis held a Grand Reopening and Diaper Drive at their Thrift Store, complete with a Vroom app display, U.S. Census representatives, free bread and fresh homemade cookies, all there to welcome customers back. The event also included a check presentation by Kiwanis President Elect, Pastor Alonzo […]

Antiques and more, new shop gets ready for grand opening

LaBelle – This & That Antiques and More will hold their grand opening Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The new antique and gift shop also houses The Sister’s Boutique, which offers graphic tees, jeans, shoes, earrings, and other cute and trendy items. The mother and daughter team behind the new […]

Business Corner: Will Hall’s Construction

William “Earl” Hall was born in Clewiston and raised in LaBelle. He has been working in construction for more than 20 years. Owning and running a small business, like his, has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has continued to push through the setbacks and is determined to succeed and expand. “I […]

Mac Daddy’s Cleaning

We all worry about the small businesses that have had to reduce their services or completely close down during the viral crisis we are experiencing. However, some local, family-owned businesses, like Mac Daddy Carpet and Tile Cleaning, provide essential services, and have been working steadily during the pandemic. Bob Hahn and Tara Hahn, along with […]

Business Corner: Rick’s Barbershops

Many people are cheering at the much awaited reopening of Florida’s barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons. In particular, local barber Rick Pope and his cohorts Tony Cannato and Joel Rodriguez are more than excited to finally be reopening. “We reopen tomorrow after seven weeks mandatory closure due to COVID-19 restrictions,” said Pope, “It was […]

Me and My Girls Antiques, Home Décor, & Lots More reopens!

During the shut down, many people were going stir crazy on social media, were discussing how much they missed going out and shopping. Some missed being able to go antique hunting, since the stay at home orders had gone into effect. While they knew that staying home was the right choice for the safety of […]

Stonewall Towing and Recovery

Recently, Ken Sposato and Stephanie Sposato, the owners of Stonewall Towing & Recovery, decided to pay it forward with the hope of uplifting our community’s spirit, during this pandemic. When asked about writing the story up for the paper, they were quite humble about it. “It’s not really all that great of a story. I […]

Local Restaurants Reopen

Offering some more variety to the list of current restaurant choices, local residents will be happy to know that a few of our favorite restaurants are reopening, for take out and/or delivery, after being closed during this COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese Fortune Cookie, located at 505 W. Hickpochee Ave #1000, has been closed for about 4 […]

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. […]