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. […]

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 […]