As you fill your water container from your tap, you marvel at how many plastic water bottles you threw away when you bought water by the case. Ever since you got your eSpring water purifier system from EPCM, not only has your trash gone down, but the water tastes so much better. Plus, you cannot put a price on the peace of mind you get from knowing that your water is purified with carbon and UV light, which gets rid of more than 99% of bacteria and viruses.
Filippo Mainella and his wife, Luisa Capra, know how important trustworthy drinking water is, and that the eSpring purification system is the best way to ensure the highest quality and safety for their customers’ water.
“The other filters don’t filter out all of the impurities, especially the live bacteria. The difference between ours and everyone else on the market is that it will kill live bacteria in the water. So, even if there is a contaminant in the water, you never have to worry about it,” Fil said.
From O Canada to Oh, Florida!
Fil and Luisa were both born and raised in Montreal, Canada. When Fil finished school, he went right into the family business, Electropompe CM Inc., which specializes in heating, A/C and water purification. He worked hard in the business to learn all of the aspects and, about four years ago, he bought out his father. That’s when he and Luisa decided to pursue their desire to move to warmer weather.
“My wife and I decided to pursue our dream of moving to Florida,” Fil said.
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You love your home almost as much as you love living in Lakewood Ranch, but, until today, there was just something missing. You knew the right custom blinds would bring every aspect of your home décor together, and you could close your eyes and picture gorgeous plantation shutters in the kitchen, but you kept coming across cheaply made stuff that just would not work for you.
One day, cruising down Clark Road, you passed Domenick’s Blinds & Décor and decided to check it out. Inside, you found exactly what you were looking for—a wide selection of quality blinds and décor, American-made products with quality above and beyond what you had seen elsewhere. Now those stunning blinds and shutters are in your home. Summer may be the time to let the sunshine in, but, thanks to Domenick’s blinds, you can control when, where and how much … with window treatments that are perfect for your space, open or closed.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Domenick Falconetti has always loved being his own boss and making his own money. “My parents were Italian immigrants. They taught me to work hard for whatever you want in life. I was a Good Humor ice cream man, a Fuller Brush man. I delivered papers and shoveled snow, always working.”
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As you watch the video of your daughter’s first dance with her new husband, you once again marvel at how beautiful her wedding was, and how incredible the food tasted.
Chef John at Sixteen 17 Cuisine not only made an exquisite tasting dinner, but his presentation was incredible. Even your daughter made time to finish her plate once she tasted the cranberry and brie stuffed chicken, and she swore she would be too nervous and excited to eat anything on her wedding day.
For Chef John Gray, catering is not about just the food, it is about the whole experience.
“You get to really be a part of the event. You get to see the bride and groom get married. You get to deal with them before the event. I really enjoy the whole thing, working with the people and getting to see them smile and be so happy about what happened.”
From Home Cooking
to High Cuisine
Chef John has always loved cooking, and it all started at home when he would spend time in the kitchen with his dad. His dad was the cook in the house and prepared the meals for the family. From the time he was little, John liked to bond with his father while they fixed dinner.
After he attended his sister’s wedding and saw how the caterers worked, he knew that was what he wanted to do. At the young age of 18, he attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Atlanta, Georgia where he was trained in the art of French cooking.
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It came on suddenly, something just wasn’t “right.” You called Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care, and they suggested you come in right away. You were upset—in pain, worried—but the staff did everything they could to calm your fears. Dr. Folkens asked some questions and ran some tests. Thanks to their care and skill, you began to feel more at ease. You still had questions, but now the entire staff at Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care was there to help you find the best answers.
The Best Care No Matter What
Eric Folkens began his career in the medical field as a laboratory scientist, but he found out that was not for him. “I was interested in the ‘other side’ of medicine, working with patients, so I went back to school.”
Dr. Folkens completed his internship and residency at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Texas. “That was a great place to learn, because you are exposed to so many different types of medicine. I spent a lot of time in the ER, but I also delivered babies, worked in the trauma center, got to do everything, really.”
In July 2007, Dr. Folkens took over Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care. “In the beginning, it was just me and three employees, including my wife, Teri, who is an RN. We worked seven days a week for three months before we could hire additional help.”
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There is nothing better than springtime in Florida. Picnics, cookouts, gardening and birthday parties—your lush green lawn is just begging for you to come out and play.
Your dogs love it every bit as much as you and the kids. Romping, running and rolling in the grass. They just can’t get enough! Of course, it’s easy to see when Lassie and Spot have roamed their territory. But, thanks to Dave Karshick and Doody Free, the whole family can indulge in your backyard oasis without worrying about any surprises Pongo and Princess may have left behind.
So You Don’t Have To
Long Island, NY native, Dave Karshick, started in the landscaping business at the age of 22. “I loved being out in the field, learning about the industry, about fertilizers and what happens when different things interact with your lawn.”
One constant issue nagged Dave and his coworkers. Dog poop. “It was a continual problem, getting all over our shoes and our equipment. I began wondering why no one was out there to take care of it.”
Before that seed of an idea could take root, Dave’s expertise got him out of the field and into an office—first branch manager, then district manager. In 2003, he was transferred to Tampa. That’s where Dave met Via, the love of his life and the lady he will marry on May 1, 2015. In 2010, Dave and Via moved to Sarasota. “We love it here. This was where we wanted to be.”
Dave was less certain about his job. “I loved being outside, but I was just filling out forms and answering e-mails all day long—that’s not for me.”
In 2011, Dave decided to give his dog waste removal idea a shot. “The need was obvious. Plus, many people don’t realize the environmental impact of dog waste. They think all waste is ‘fertilizer,’ but that’s only true of grass-fed animals. The EPA places dog waste in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals.”
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You step out into your yard with bare feet and see a lawn maintenance company drive up to your neighbor’s house for the first time since winter. You are reminded, once again, how much time and money you will save thanks to EcoTurf® of Florida. Ever since they installed your new lawn, you have gotten more compliments on your yard than ever before, and people still have a hard time believing it is not real grass. As you take a seat on the soft blades, you sit back and smile, knowing that no matter what the weather brings, from now on, your lawn is ever green.
Ed Wooster, owner of EcoTurf of Florida, knows one of the top benefits of artificial turf: no more yard work.
“Some people call it the lazy man’s grass, because instead of having to mow grass you can be bowling, playing golf, going fishing … whatever you want to do.”
Where The Grass is Always Greener
Ed started life in Georgia, but moved to Florida with his parents when he was 18 years old. In his early years, he installed pools and driveways, which involved setting everything to grade so it would properly drain, something that would come in handy later on. He moved on from that to flooring, and found he had a real knack for it—so much so that he went into business for himself. He quickly earned a reputation for excellence, which led to bigger and more complicated jobs.
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The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has done a lot of growing in its first ten years. “We now have over 500 members and have become a huge part of this community,” says Executive Director, Heather Kasten.
“Both businesses and area shoppers trust our Alliance members, so being a part of our LWRBA family offers businesses more credibility. People know members are committed to our community and to growing Lakewood Ranch. That’s a big plus from both a business-to-business and business-to-consumer standpoint. We connect everyone together and that helps all of us grow and succeed as a community.”
The Perfect Opportunity
It’s been said that luck is where “Preparation meets opportunity.” That’s the ideal analogy for how Heather Kasten became Executive Director of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. “All my previous jobs seemed to have perfectly prepared me for this position,” says Heather.
Heather started her career in hotel sales after graduating from college in the Midwest. She quickly became the Regional Sales Manager for Corporate Sales for Six Flags Theme Park. “My job was to convince business—with anywhere from 25 to 30,000 employees—to bring their staff to the Park for a day.”
Heather went on to do pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly, then eventually moved to sunny Florida where she became the VP of Membership for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
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It is date night, and you have more than one reason to flash a smile. Even after two weeks, you can hardly believe you got out of the dentist chair, relaxed and pain free. Not only did Dr. Ashley at Smile Smart Dental Center in Lakewood Ranch give you a new implant that makes you proud to show off your teeth again, he actually put you at ease during the whole procedure. Although, as the waiter brings the fresh, warm, French bread to your table, and your date softly caresses your hand, you have to admit the best part of the post-dental work is enjoying your favorite foods again … especially with someone special.
Dr. David Ashley says his main goal is to get people smiling again.
“I really like working with people. I like talking to people, and helping them, especially when they come in with a problem. Whether it be they don’t like the look of their teeth, or they’re missing a tooth and they need an implant, or they’re in pain, I just basically like solving their problem and making them happy.”
David Ashley was born in the cold climate of Canada, and went back and forth between our neighbor to the north and Florida all throughout his childhood and college years. His dental aspirations started at just five years old when his childhood dentist left such an impression on him that he made up his mind, then and there, that he was also going to be a dentist. He stuck to his early career choice, eventually graduating from dental school at the University of Florida.
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Ahhh! That quintessential question of “Who let the dogs out?” is often followed by “Who’s going to pick up the dog business?” And in the past, the answer was usually you, which stinks! Now, thanks to Doodly Squat Pet Waste Removal, your reconnaissance missions of hunting for dog bombs are over. You get to sit back, relax, and enjoy a clean yard, while Doodly Squat makes sure you don’t have to do diddlysquat.
Ashleigh Silberstein, owner, operator and chief executive “poop-picker-upper” of Doodly Squat Pet Waste Removal knows from experience that being the one who is picking up doggie number two is not most people’s favorite job. So how does she make the task more pleasant?
“Just having the right mindset. I look forward to working outside, because I love the outdoors. And some of my clients live on the water.” She went on to say, “I really like meeting the dogs of my clients.” It is this positive attitude that makes Ashleigh such a treasure to her clients.
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Your party guests are about to arrive, and your house has never looked better. That carpet is cleaner than the day they installed it, and your furniture belongs on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. Of course, this is how your home always looks after Signa Perry of Pro-Care visits. With three kids and two dogs, you would have never believed “lived in” could look and smell this good. But ever since the first time you called Pro-Care, your home is always ready for company.
“Cleaning With A Woman’s Touch”
Signa Perry may have been a stay-at-home mom, but she was no homebody. “I love taking care of my son, but I need to be active. All my adult life I’ve been an athlete. I did roller derby for years, and I was an MMA fighter—a kick boxer. So, even when I wasn’t working, I had a strong work ethic. If I start a job, I will get that job done, and it will be right. That’s just who I am.”
When not at home with her son, Signa worked with animals and special needs children, so the fighter does have a softer side. “I loved working with kids and animals, and I enjoy people. Honestly, I’m very extroverted, and I’m pretty much always in a good mood.”
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