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June 15, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Bent Brush opens in South Cape

The Bent Brush, a contemporary paint-your-own-pottery "ceramics" and art studio, has opened in South Cape at 1625 S.E. 47th Terrace, Unit 4.

The owners and staff of The Bent Brush have created a spacious, casual and fun atmosphere for creative entertainment. The new business offers pottery painting (ceramics), glass fusing, and clay hand building, clay throwing and silver clay art in classes.

The Bent Brush has a private, and spacious party room that can be reserved for a group of 6 or more painters, and is the perfect place to host your next birthday party, office gathering, team building event, scout meeting, mom's night out, holiday party, bridal shower, baby shower, or any other event.

The Bent Brush's kids classes include Pottery Painting, Clay Hand Building, Glass Fusing (ages 9 and up). Summer camps, and a variety of other seasonal events are also being planned

For more, call 239-984-5041.

Attorney establishes Sproat Workplace

Employers in Southwest Florida can now call on an independent legal expert focused solely on resolving allegations of workplace misconduct. Attorney Vicki L. Sproat has founded Sproat Workplace Investigations, an employment law firm in Fort Myers, to conduct and manage investigations of complex and sensitive disputes for large and small employers in both the public and private sectors.

Sproat Workplace Investigations is dedicated to giving clients the tools they need to make prompt and well-informed business decisions. The firm provides workplace investigations, investigation consulting, investigation training and courtroom testimony. Sproat's in-depth knowledge of employment law and decades of litigation experience allow her to identify issues, interview witnesses, collect and analyze evidence, and prepare comprehensive and well-documented reports.

Sproat spent 38 years at the Fort Myers-based law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. as a trial attorney and employment law counselor, conducting numerous sensitive and complex investigations for both public and private employers.

Numerous resources are available on, which features a section of frequently asked questions designed to help employers understand the issues they face and the action needed to resolve them. It includes a regularly updated page of news and insights on topics workplace decision makers deal with on a daily basis. Further information about Sproat and services the firm performs is available on the site or by calling 239-275-2266.

Pavese Law Firm partners earn Florida Bar board certification

Four partners with Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers, Christopher Shields, Steven Hartsell, Charles Mann, and Charles Capps, were recently cognized by the Florida Bar with board certification in condominium and planned development law. Board certification requires a rigorous application process and examination, and is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar for the skills, special knowledge, proficiency, professionalism and ethics in condominium and planned development law.

In addition, Shields, Mann and Capps are also Florida Bar board certified real estate attorneys. They are three of only 21 attorneys in Florida to hold this dual distinction.

"Condominium and planned development law" is the practice of law in which an attorney serves as counsel to community associations, developers, property owners and investors; drafts governing documents and prepares planned development documents; collects past-due assessments; represents associations and developers in litigation, arbitration and mediation matters; and assists in the planning, development, construction and financing of condominium or other planned development communities.

The full definition from The Florida Bar is available at

Shields specializes in subdivision, master-planned residential, commercial and mixed-use communities, and provides legal counsel to developers, builders, community associations and lenders. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1990.

Hartsell, who joined Pavese Law Firm in 1986 and was named a partner in 1990, concentrates his practice on zoning, land use and development law, and often represents clients in administrative matters that come before city and county governing boards.

Mann focuses his practice on land use and development law, real estate law and association law, often representing builders and developers in the acquisition and financing of land. He joined Pavese Law Firm in 2000, became a partner in 2005 and was named managing partner in 2012.

Capps joined Pavese Law Firm in 2008 and became a partner in 2014, and his primary areas of focus include commercial and residential transactions, title insurance, real estate development law, condominium and homeowner association law, banking and finance.

For more, visit

Prendiville featured at national symposium

Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Prendiville was a featured presenter at the 14th Annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology Symposium in Las Vegas, June 6-10.

Prendiville also has been recognized as one of 500 board-certified doctors worldwide to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award for 2017 from RealSelf, the leading online community that helps people make confident choices about elective cosmetic procedures.

The Vegas Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology Symposium brings together nationally recognized physicians and educators in the fields of facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery dermatology and oculoplastic surgery. Vegas Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology is the largest event of its kind in North America.

Dr. Prendiville made a presentation on "The Rescue Facelift" with details on how to repair facelifts in patients who need it.

The recognition by RealSelf represents the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Prendiville has received the honor.

Prendiville's state-of-the-art Surgical Center is adjacent to his office in South Fort Myers at 9407 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite A.

For more information, visit his website at

Storm Smart names Boland as CEO

Storm Smart, and its parent company, The Smart Companies have named John Patrick Boland as chief executive officer for both companies.

With his appointment, former CEO and founder of Storm Smart and The Smart Companies Brian Rist will now serve as the Executive Chairman of The Smart Companies.

Boland comes to the company with an impressive resume that includes a 20+ year career in the United States Marines Corps where he served both domestically and abroad, including multiple combat tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.

Most recently, he served as executive director for the Lee County Economic Development Office. Previously, Boland served as vice president, Strategy & Business Development for Hertz Equipment Rentals.

Before moving to Southwest Florida, he held a number of senior executive roles around the globe including vice president and general manager, IDEX Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China.

Smart Companies is the parent company of Storm Catcher, Go Energy Smart and Storm Smart, a manufacturer and installer of code-approved hurricane products in Florida. Since opening its doors in 1996, Storm Smart has grown to include more than 80,000 customers in Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Guam.

Smart Companies and its business family of enterprises are headquartered at 2830 Winkler Ave., #105, in Fort Myers. The company manufactures its storm protection products at its factory campus, located at 6182 Idlewild St., Fort Myers.

Its two showrooms in Southwest Florida are located at 11040 Plantation Road in Fort Myers, and in Naples at 2400 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Unit 102.

For more information, call?239-938-1000.?Online, please visit



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