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Scout is Out!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of TSG Naples Volume 3 at THOMAS RILEY STUDIO.  We look forward to a fantastic year promoting the local businesses, entrepreneurs and artisans that make our city unique!

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Thank you, MILA BRIDGER PHOTOGRAPHY for capturing the fun evening!

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Allison

 

Oct
21
2014

Home Safe Home

Even though Naples is paradise, crime still happens from time to time.  We especially know that after the burglary spree last winter.  Luckily we know two guys who can help us be as safe as possible in our homes: Chris and Mike of NAPLES SECURITY SOLUTIONS.  I recommend that you contact them to provide you with a customized home security assessment.  In the meantime, I asked them to give us a few tips on how to be safe in our home.

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A home security assessment is essential to identifying weaknesses that might provide an easy opportunity for a crime to occur. While nothing can make your home absolutely “burglar-proof,” these recommendations are intended to create security layers that, if implemented, can serve to reduce criminal opportunity and make it more difficult for someone to break into your home.

Perimeter

– House numbers should be readily visible from the street to help emergency responders locate your home
– Shrubs and trees should be pruned away from sidewalks, driveways, porches, doors, windows, and gates to eliminate hiding places
– Bushes under windows should be pruned below the sills
– Lighting should be directed to cover the front, rear, and sides of the house with motion-sensored twin spots, that are vandal-resistant and mounted under the roof eaves
– The best fence is one you can see through. Privacy fences provide privacy for residents AND burglars. Lock fence gates when feasible

Exterior Barriers:

Doors

– Every entrance door should have a convenient way of clearly seeing who is there without opening it
– Chain locks should not be used as a security device as they can easily be broken
– All exterior doors should be of a solid material, such as wood, metal cased, or fiberglass
– All exterior doors should be secured by a deadbolt lock
– Breakable glass in the door or within 40” (arm’s reach) is a concern which can be mitigated by the application of glass security laminates, acrylics, or break resistant glass
– The strike plate on the door frame receiving the deadbolt should either be reinforced with 2.5” to 4” case hardened steel wood screws, or further enhanced with a high security strike plate kit (recommended)
– Patio or French double doors should also utilize a good deadbolt into a stationary door that is secured by header and threshold bolts into metal strikes
– Sliding glass doors need extra security against prying and lifting

Windows

– The security of any operational window can be enhanced with a secondary lock or barrier to compliment the manufacturer’s latching systems

Garages

– All entry doors should be solid core or metal cased, with deadbolt locks, reinforced strike plates, and guard plates to hinder prying
– Overhead rolling doors should have a secondary locking system to compliment the electric opener
– Any windows should be secured by a secondary lock on or in the window track
– Doors and windows should be illuminated at night

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Security Systems

A burglary alarm will not prevent a burglary. It will only hurry the offender. An alarm system is only an additional security layer. Consider installing one if the home is empty most of the day, or if you own collectibles, firearms, and other valuables.

Weapons

The decision whether or not to own a firearm is both personal and important. If firearm(s) are located in the home, it is important that every authorized user of the weapon(s) be familiar with and proficient in its operation. A firearms training course is highly recommended for all users. It is extremely important that all firearms be stored in a manner that will prevent unauthorized access to or use of the weapon(s).

Additional Security Measures

– Standard security measures that can be taken with little cost or effort include restricting the number of keys to the home and changing locks if keys are ever lost or stolen
– Never hide keys outside, and ensure that gates are locked and fences or walls are in good condition
– Consider posting signs that may discourage intruders (for example, “member of neighborhood watch”, “house equipped with alarm system”, or “beware of dog”)
–  It is also a good practice to participate in neighborhood watch program. Be familiar with neighbors and know their vehicles. Pay attention to any suspicious vehicles and if appropriate, notify the police of the driver’s description and license plate number.

Robust security measures may include:

– complete perimeter fencing
– surveillance cameras
– motion activated lighting
– dog
– Interior “safe” rooms

Contact Mike and Chris to have a complete assessment of your home’s security.

NAPLES SECURITY SOLUTIONS
239.719.1611

…TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

Allison

Oct
20
2014

SCOUT IS OUT!

COVER

 

We are thrilled to announce the launch of The Scout Guide Naples VOL 3!  Visit one of the businesses listed below and pick up your copy!

 

50Fifty Creative Services
AlliKriste Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design
Andrew Arreola, Realtor, Gulf Coast International Properties
Arabesque of Naples
Bayview Dental Arts
Bleu Provence
Bala Vinyasa Yoga
Capital Wealth Advisors
C.R. Smith, LLC Construction
D’Amico Family of Restaurants
Dennis J. Gormley, Artist
DMA Lips
duality artistry
Elevee
Extra-Ordinary Image
FineMark National Bank & Trust
Frank Pezzuti, Realtor, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Gardner Colby Gallery
Gigi’s Children’s Boutique
Gulfshore Insurance
Heather Donlan Photography
Hyland Custom Cabinetry
Jett Thompson Antiques & Interiors
John Craig Clothier
Kurtz Homes
MAD Travel, Inc.
Marissa Collections
Naples Security Solutions
Naples Wine Collection
Naples Winter Wine Festival
Pierre&Harry
Port Royal Jewelers
Pure Design of Naples
Renee Gaddis Interiors
Shannon Green Collection
Stofft Cooney Architects
The Holiday Life
The Paper Merchant
Third Street South
Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild
Thomas Riley Studio
Tickled Pink of Naples
W Design Interiors
Walker Henry
Wear in the World
William C. Huff Companies
Window Wear Design

… TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

Allison

Oct
16
2014

The Holiday Life

With more and more vacationers choosing to rent a home for their stay, I was curious about how they go about finding a location until I met Casey Potter, owner of THE HOLIDAY LIFE, a concierge-style rental management company here in Naples.  I sat down with Casey and asked her a few questions.

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TSG: For anyone visiting Naples who doesn’t know the area but who would like to stay in a home for their vacation, how do they find a place they will like? What extra services do you provide to make their stay easier?

THL: Visit our website or call me and I’ll be happy to work with you to find a rental that is close to the activities you want to do while you are in town and has the amenities that you are looking for during your stay.

I think the most important question to ask when selecting a home is whether there is a local manager available 7 days a week in case of a property emergencies. A member of The Holiday Life team is available 24/7 to help you coordinate services with your rental of any of our properties – local ground transportation, grocery stocking, daily housekeeping and a private chef for at home meals.

TSG: How about Naples residents who would like to make some income from their home when they are not here but are afraid they won’t know the people renting and their home could get damaged. How does the application process work?

At The Holiday Life, we have a thorough process to help ensure that the renters will take good care of your home:

– We have a personal contact with each guest we place in our properties and we meet our guests at the house to check them in when possible.
– We only rent to adults over 25 and are strict about our maximum occupancy rules.
– With each booking, our guests are required to purchase an accidental damage insurance policy, which covers damages up to either $1,500 or $3,000 that may occur during their stay.
– We also require a photo ID and a credit card to keep on file for additional charges in case items are missing or extra cleaning is required (things like BBQ grill being left soiled or extra dirty dishes). We have an amazing cleaning crew that is trained on each property so they can quickly identify missing items and damages, which we handle having repaired or replaced.

The truth is that most of our rental guests are grateful to have a spacious, well-equipped place to stay and they typically take very good care of our properties. We also have a list of things we recommend doing to get your home “rental ready,” which helps us streamline keeping it in great shape between guests and your own visits.

TSG: When should I list or reserve my property for next season? 

THL: As soon as possible! The demand for rentals in our area continues to grow and the most desirable properties book up first. For monthly rentals January through March, I would suggest having something reserved as early as a year in advance. For weekly rentals during the winter and spring, 6-8 months in advance is a good window. That is not to say that wonderful properties don’t come available late in the game though. I am actively adding to our portfolio at The Holiday Life, so definitely check out our website for last minute availability. If nothing suits you, send us an email detailing your needs and we will add you to our list to be notified as soon as something you might like hits the market!

THE HOLIDAY LIFE
239.349.2494

…TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

Allison

Oct
14
2014

October Loves

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1. With the cooler weather, lunching outside is top of my list of favorite things to do.  For a great lunch and people watching, go to CAMPIELLO RISTORANTE & BAR on Third Street South.  Try their Tarajin pasta with chicken meatballs and black truffles.
2. Perfect for fall, I love the Joni Fringe Clutch by Michael Kors at MARISSA COLLECTIONS.
3. It’s my belief that all men look good in a gingham shirt.  It’s not too casual but not over-the-top either.  Great for hanging out in Naples.  Get yours at JOHN CRAIG CLOTHIER, like this one by Southern Tide.
4. Pick up your fresh veggies for the week while taking your dog for a walk at the THIRD STREET SOUTH FARMER’S MARKET every Saturday morning.  Go hungry because there are a lot of good eats to try while you are there!
5. Finish off your little goblin’s costume with a personalized bucket for his Halloween candy collection.  GIGI’S CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE has the most adorable selection.  They can help you out with the costume too!
6. Even though Halloween is a bit warmer than most of us remember from our years up north (but don’t worry, I’m not complaining!), we have great pumpkin patches to get us in the mood!   The churches and local farms host events and pumpkin picking every year.  My favorites are St. Monica’s on Immokalee and Collier Family Farms for fun and to get that perfect pumpkin.
7. It’s a good time to plant for great looking foliage this winter.  JETT THOMPSON ANTIQUES & INTERIORS has a selection of planters like this gorgeous one to finish off your lanai.

Happy October!

…TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

Allison

Oct
6
2014

INSIDE PIERRE AND HARRY

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I stopped by PIERRE&HARRY the other day to see what’s new, ask a few burning questions I had and take a few photos of their posh new space. Really you have to see it for yourself.  But I’ll share what I found out.

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TSG: I have a few of my mom’s and grandmother’s pearl necklaces that are beautiful but just a bit dated.  Can you take my beloved necklaces and make them into something I’ll actually wear?

P&H: We love designing our own pieces. Even more so, we are always honored to redesign our clients heirloom pieces upon request. Pierre&Harry is built on honoring our family traditions (our Naples family and beyond). This is why we take great personal care and pride in providing this unique service to our family of clients both local and transient.

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TSG: With this beautiful new store space, why do you still do the Third Street South and Marco Island Farmers Markets?

P&H: The Farmers Markets allow us a very unique introduction and connection to our clients. Actually, the more frequent question we’re asked is why in the world we would be enduring the heat of Summer off-season months at the Markets. The answer is just as clear. The Farmers Markets are such a special venue to us- especially during the Summer months. We love spending time getting to know our clients individually. Summertime allows that time and luxury 10-fold!

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TSG: What inspires you?

P&H: Put simply, family, friends, and experiences. As outlined in the story of our company found on our website, our lives are ever enriched by: our Southern roots, extensive travels and living experiences abroad, as well as our close, personal relationships with the growers/suppliers of pearls and gems in the Far East. In addition, we’re inspired by our clients and the beautiful life stories they share with us.

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PIERRE&HARRY
374 13th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
239.263.6664

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Sep
29
2014