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Business Briefs 3-26-21

By Staff | Mar 25, 2021

Miller Brewing launches Gather Beverage Co. specializing in herbal, CBD and therapeutic beverages

Millennial Brewing Company’s co-owner, Amber Cebull, has launched a brand new non-alcoholic beverage company, Gather Beverage Co., specializing in herbal, CBD and therapeutic beverages.

The debut CBD beverage, called Chill Out, seeks to elevate the standards for CBD beverages in the industry by offering a higher quality product with better ingredients that maximizes the bioavailability of the CBD.

The idea for the drink was brought about amidst pandemic shutdowns. The microbrewery was unable to sell alcohol, so they got their CBD license and began selling CBD beverages instead.

The beverage is unique in that it replaces the standard CBD seltzer waters with organic juices. The CBD product in it is both broad spectrum and nano-amplified, which increases the absorption and bioavailability as well as the effects through the multiple cannabinoids in the beverage.

Direct to consumer subscription deliveries are now available and multiple wholesale partners have begun to carry the product. It is expected to be available in many locations throughout the state by mid-April. 

Millennial Brewing is a microbrewery located in downtown Fort Myers and established in 2016 by two Millennials hoping to escape the regular 9-5. Millennial Brewing seeks to provide a comfortable environment where both the novice and beer enthusiast can have a great time, while learning more about craft beer.

For information on Gather Beverages, go to  www.GatherBeverages.com, follow on social media, Facebook.com/gatherbeverageco

Chailosky joins Spiro & Associates as public relations specialist

Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture this week announced the hiring of Marie Chailosky as the new public relations specialist.

Joining a team of marketing and media professionals, Chailosky will create public relations plans, press releases, and newsworthy stories for the clients of Spiro & Associates.

Chailosky brings with her public relations and promotions experience from her time with Cumulus Media in Washington D.C. where she ran social media campaigns for two radio stations, wrote articles for the websites, and organized listener events.

Chailosky was born in New York City, but grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She received a journalism degree from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism where she graduated as Top Student Leader of the Class of 2020, an honor typically given to only one student a year. 

Spiro & Associates is one of Southwest Florida’s largest marketing, advertising, public relations and brand architecture firms. The company serves local, regional, and national clients in the fields of land development, construction, retail, residential and commercial real estate, law, marine, business, residential services, and many more. Online: Spiro&Associates.com or contact (239) 481-5511.

February traffic totals released by Southwest Florida International Airport

During February, 725,735 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. This was a decrease of 41.5 percent compared to February 2020; however, it was a 5.7 percent increase compared to January 2021. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 40.5 percent compared to last year.

The traffic leader in February was Southwest Airlines with 151,619 total passengers. Rounding out the top five airlines were Delta (151,466), United (84,978), American (82,205) and JetBlue (74,266).

Southwest Florida International Airport had 7,875 aircraft operations, a decrease of 22.6 percent compared to February 2020. Page Field saw 10,724 operations, an 8.2 percent decrease compared to February 2020. 

Southwest Florida International Airport served nearly 6 million passengers in 2020 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic.

For more information, visit www.flylcpa.com or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyRSW.

Paragon Flight Training increasing fleet at Page Field

Paragon Flight Training based in Fort Myers has signed a 10-year contract with Lee County Port Authority that will triple its aircraft fleet operations at Page Field, and expand its training and aviation technology services.

The contract clears the way for the flight academy to increase its available equipment from 15 aircraft to 45 to 55 within five years. It also includes the purchase and renovation of a 14,000-square-foot hangar that will be used as a maintenance hub for the growing fleet. The one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility will bring education, employment and economic development opportunities to Southwest Florida.

Paragon Flight offers pilot training and education to people from around the world who want to fly for recreation or as a profession, including commercial, military and government pilots.

With headquarters at Page Field in Fort Myers, the award-winning Paragon Flight Training operates a modernized fleet, including digital electronics that require specialized tools, training and maintenance.

For more information about the expansion, call 239-274-3170.

The Lee County Port Authority owns and operates Page Field. For port authority news and other information, visit www.flylcpa.com/lcpa.


Old Time Pottery’s Big-Hearted Bins campaign returns

Old Time Pottery, the home décor and outdoor superstore, has announced the return of its Big-Hearted Bins campaign. The campaign will provide essential supplies to 39 senior facilities across the many communities its customers and store associates call home.

Each Old Time Pottery store will partner with customers to fill Big-Hearted Bins with essential supplies, which will be donated to local senior centers and senior care facilitates.

Customers will be able to purchase items at a discount to fill their own Big-Hearted Bins, including masks and hand sanitizer, which will be sent to participating senior centers and senior care facilities.

Locally, Old Time Pottery will have a Big-Hearted Bin in Fort Myers to benefit Fort Myers Rehabilitation and Nursing Center,

The Old Time Pottery store in Fort Myers is located at 4450 Fowler St.

A community-wide campaign launched in 2020, Big-Hearted Bins has provided support to local senior facilities and pet shelters by donating home décor and essential supplies across all 39 stores.

Last year alone, Old Time Pottery and its customers donated over $1 million of home décor and essential supplies to its participating senior facilities and pet shelters.

For learn more about the Big-Hearted Bins, please visit oldtimepottery.com/bigheartedbins.

For more information on Old Time Pottery or to find a store near you, please visit OldTimePottery.com or on Instagram, Facebook, and its blog. 

Since its founding in 1986, Old Time Pottery has focused on providing the broadest assortment of home and seasonal product at a compelling value so that customer can save money while pursuing their passion for home decorating.

For more information, please visit www.oldtimepottery.com or any of the company’s 39 stores in 11 states across the Southeast and Midwest.