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Mother’s Day Brunch Gives Back to the Community

Bring a box of diapers in and Moms eat free on Mother’s Day, May 14th!
Viera, FL (April 28, 2017) – Pizza Gallery and Grill will be supporting Pregnancy Resources during the month of May through the “4th Annual Diaper Drive in honor of Mother’s Day” event on May 14th.

On Mother’s Day, from 10 a.m. to […]

Brevard Moms

Jody Bargetti
Profession: Mom & Emergency Room Nurse
Jody Bargetti, originally from Massachusetts, is a single mom with three kids: 16-year-old Safina, 13-year-old Aaron, and 6-year-old Ava. Safina is a sophomore at Viera High. Aaron goes to McNair Magnet School in Rockledge, and “my little one goes to Suntree Elementary,” Bargetti says. An emergency room nurse at […]

Special Olympics

Walk on Water Equestrian
Special Olympics equestrian riders based in Brevard County will soon be saddling up to practice for the games in a new arena.

Walk on Water, a Merritt Island non-profit organization that provides a variety of animal therapies and riding instruction, was recently selected by Special Olympics Florida-Brevard County to be the official […]

Wellness Center

SCL: This is a beautiful facility. How do area companies and their personnel take advantage of Pro-Health & Fitness Centers?

Jon Williams: We take pride in getting our communities moving, exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. We also understand the importance of Brevard County’s workforce to be the best they can be in their place of […]

The 5 Stages of Financial Life

As we go through life we are not only on a personal journey, but a financial journey as well. Throughout the different stages of our lives, we experience different financial situations that require us to assess where we are and the progress that we have made. This allows us to feel confident that we have […]

Monarch Homes

By Shawna Serig Kelsch
Brian Fleis and his father, Ed Fleis, are continuing a legacy project that the two began together almost a decade ago.
The elder Fleis, now 75, had already built thousands of homes in Brevard by the time the two joined forces, working as a general contractor and owner of JerJeff Construction with Brian’s […]

Harbor Pilots

Masters of Our Near Shore Seas
By Shawna Serig Kelcsh

Sitting at a waterfront restaurant at the Cove at Port Canaveral, sipping a cold beer, watching boats ferry in and out of the port is sport in Brevard. Hundreds of weekend warriors regularly flock here to watch mega ships and oil tankers glide in and out of […]

Barbara Wall, Broker Associate, Berkshire Hathaway

Barbara C. Wall, a Florida native, is a broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty. With over 35 years of real estate experience, she is truly an expert in her field. Specializing in corporate relocation, waterfront and luxury estates, and 1031 exchange, Barbara has received numerous industry awards and accolades. She is a […]

One Tree, One Slab, One Table at a Time

Creating has always been Mark Quavillon’s passion. He says there is something about taking an ordinary object and turning it into something unique. He and his partner, Xeny Lopez-Matos, were attracted to the creative process of woodworking, knowing that once a cut is made, there is no going back. Every decision is deliberate but fluid, […]

SEEING a Difference in Local Healthcare

In Brevard, we are fortunate to have a wealth of healthcare providers envied by many: we see them every day on our local drives – the large steel, glass and concrete buildings, the medical campuses with the familiar names. We also see the smaller medical facilities that branch out from these hubs, and most of […]

One Last Question: Lisa Packard

Art adds a sense of creative wonder to a community. It connects both consciously and subconsciously with our aesthetic senses. Lisa Packard is helping to guide the ongoing development of one the Space Coast’s most unique and treasured districts.

SCL: Thanks for doing this, Lisa.
LP: No problem; I’ve wanted to see something like this done for […]

Your Local Insurance Experts

So you’ve discovered a new community to build or buy your dream home, or perhaps your passion is getting out and driving your car or new boat, or maybe the pure enjoyment and pride that you feel every day in being able to go to work at the business that you have created. All of […]

A Legacy of Service

By Rebecca Shireman

In 1966, 14 thoughtful and like-minded women gathered and organized as a service league in the hopes of maximizing their time and skills as volunteers to positively impact the community in which they all lived. This service league formed the foundation of what is now known as the Junior League of South Brevard […]

Founders Forum Founder of the Year

The Mission of Founders Forum is to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Established in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs within Brevard County, it was originally a forum where new businesses could meet with funding sources and potential investors. But the Forum has evolved into an educational […]

Getting A Better Picture

The Space Coast has its complement of professional photographers just like any other area. We happen to think some of the best have chosen to live and work here. When your business has the need for images, or your event needs to be shown in its best light, you’ll need a professional. You wouldn’t call […]

Gala Gives Hope to Homeless Women

Fourth Annual Event to Benefit Salvation Army of Melbourne’s Sue M. Pridmore Center
by Geo A. Ropert, APR

To speak with Helena Merant is to have a conversation with an entrepreneur determined to control her destiny and provide a stable, loving home and life for her five children. The owner of Ladybug Cleaning Services, Helena has cleaning […]

A Dash of Hospitality Plus a Pinch of Philanthropy

Restauranteurs Share Special Ingredients for Success

Tracy and Mike Melhado are longtime Brevard County residents and business owners who understand the recipe for success in the highly challenging restaurant industry. “Supporting our community has always been a foundation of our business model,” explains Mike.

The couple owns Thornado Hospitality Group, the parent company of Island Pasta Company, […]

One Last Question

Each edition, we’d like to end by talking to someone pertinent to the month’s content, but in a more casual conversation that introduces you to some of the awesome people who call the Space Coast “home.”
This month, we talked to Kristine Palsis at her shop, Elda’s Bridal Boutique in Melbourne, the oldest bridal boutique in […]