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Business Briefs | Dec. 8

By Staff | Dec 7, 2023

Southwest Florida Merry Maids franchise expands service area

Merry Maids, one of the largest house cleaning franchises in the United States, has announced that a franchise in Southwest Florida is expanding its reach. Mark and Lindsay Willard, longstanding Merry Maids franchisees, added Fort Myers and Cape Coral to their service area.

The Willards embarked on their Merry Maids journey in May 2014, initially serving the Naples area.

In recent months, the Willards expanded their footprint by acquiring the territories of Fort Myers and Cape Coral, marking a significant milestone in their entrepreneurial journey. With this expansion, they now oversee two office locations and one satellite office, positioning themselves as a leading Merry Maids authority in Southwest Florida.

For more information, visit the Merry Maids corporate website at merrymaids.com or their franchise website at franchise.merrymaids.com.

Kava Culture announces eight winners in Winter Recipe Contest

Kava Culture recently announced eight mixologist winners from Southwest Florida and Texas in its first Deck the Halls with Shells of Kava recipe contest.

Winning drinks have names like “The Grinch,” “Kava Nog,” “Mistletoe,” and “Elf’s Elixir.”

“We’re definitely in the holiday spirit here,” said Jacqueline Rusher, CEO of Kava Culture and Botanical Brewing Company, both headquartered in Cape Coral. “We’re so proud of our Kavatenders for putting a lot of thought into their drinks, and we’re all excited about normalizing holiday parties and gatherings without the need to serve alcohol.”

Corporate leaders and store managers chose the following Kavatender winners: Lor Eftychiou (Port Charlotte); Roman Renwand (Downtown Fort Myers); Shane Taylor (Downtown Fort Myers); Nathaniel Davila (Port Charlotte); Alexandra Igoe (Bonita Springs); Tristen Mccampbell (Marco Island); Chelsea Simmons (North Fort Worth, Texas); and Deciymber Goss (Naples).

The contest challenged Kavatenders (Kava Culture and Botanical Brewing Taproom bartenders) to create drinks that followed specific flavor profiles like eggnog, cranberries, and candy canes.

All of the winter alcohol-alternative drinks are made with plant-based, mood-enhancing kava or elixirs.

All of the winning non-alcoholic drinks are featured on fall menus through March 8, at all corporate and franchise Kava Culture and Botanical Brewing Taproom locations. Winners also received a T-shirt for bragging rights and mentions on social media.