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FGCU alumni become their own bosses with Elements Real Food cafe

FGCU alumni Jenni Bier and her husband, Zack, knew they wanted to be their own bosses and leave the routine grind of their day jobs. Starting with a student loan, the couple turned the uncertainty of their future into the successful Elements Real Food brick-and-mortar restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. “With having barely any money at all to start a business, a food truck seemed like a viable plan toward entrepreneurship,” Zack said. “Even when we were in college at FGCU, Jenni was always interested in healthy food and that whole world. We’d always have potlucks with our friends...

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The Helmsmen wins ‘Weekly Fan Favorite’ in NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ contest

In a contest where unconventional office spaces become creative platforms for musicians, the FGCU alumnus-founded band The Helmsmen won the “Weekly Fan Favorite” for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” This yearly contest, in partnership with Lagunita Brewing Company in Petaluma, California and Chicago, gives musicians across the nation a chance to compete for countrywide recognition. Submissions for the contest are in the running for a trip to perform at NPR’s headquarters in Washington D.C. as part of the station’s “Tiny Desk” series, along with a performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York at an “Ask Me Another” live...

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Starbucks closes Teavana Fine Tea and Tea Bars, Coconut Point location closes permanently

After just three years of operation, Starbucks will close its Teavana Fine Tea and Tea Bars and convert them into Starbucks stores. The premium tea retailer first opened in 1997 at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia and eventually opened the first Fort Myers retail storefront in 2006. Recently, the Teavana location in Coconut Point has permanently closed its doors after a decade of service. Teavana specializes in mixology and global tea culture with hundreds of loose-leaf tea blends, including “blooming” white, rooibos, herbal, green and black teas. In total, Teavana operated nearly 350 retailers across North America, according to...

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Night Flight Headliner R. City performs for FGCU Homecoming Week

FGCU’s Homecoming week continued on with Flight Night, a concert on the Library Lawn hosted by Programming Board. Before R.City took the stage, guest DJ Jonathan Delia mixed songs on the Veterans Pavilion as a small crowd congregated in front of the steel gates. The St. Thomas native brothers started their show with reworks of famous songs, adding a Caribbean twist to the familiar tunes. “I want to thank the three people that came out to the concert tonight,” one of the brothers said, making light of the audience of roughly 100 people. R. City kept their humor and...

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FGCU Nest Fest to host Waka Flocka Flame and Rae Sremmurd

FGCU’s annual Nest Fest concert will host opening act Waka Flocka Flame and headliner Rae Sremmurd. American rapper Waka Flocka Flame recently put out his official video for “Workin’,” and is in the process of his next album “Flockaveli 2.” The “No Hands” rapper has worked with Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Juiceman, T-Pain and many other rap artists. Rae Sremmurd, the hip-hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, is best known for their song “Black Beatles” which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Brothers “Swae Lee” and “Slim Jxmmi” Brown have also put out hit songs “No Type,” “No Flex...

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FGCU Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra perform at Estero High School

FGCU’s Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band performed Feb. 5 at Estero High School, located off of River Ranch Road in Estero. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Assistant Director of Bands Troy Jones, performed numerous Irish-influenced works, including “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” (1999) by Andrew Boysen, “Blackwater” (2005) by Timothy Reynish, “Their Blossoms Down” (2002) by Samuel Hazo, “A Longford Legend” (1996) by Robert Sheldon and “The Jig is Up” (1970) by Daniel Kallman. After a brief intermission, the Wind Orchestra, conducted by Associate Professor of Music Rod Chesnutt, performed “Instinctive Travels” (2009) by Michael Markowski and “Symphony No. 2, Voices” (2016)...

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with PB’s ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ showing

Valentine’s Day will bring about a different kind of romance with a showing of “Fifty Shades Darker” by the FGCU Programming Board. The event will take place Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Gulf Coast 16 & IMAX theater. Movie tickets are free for the first 120 students in line by 7:30 p.m. with their student ID. In the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a new level of character development is brought to the dark and mysterious Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). While he struggles to find himself and fight the skeletons in his closet, Anastasia...

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Lush Cosmetics launches LGBT-inclusive Valentine’s Day campaign

Lush Cosmetics has been the leading brand of innovation from its vegan, cruelty-free products to its famous “Fighting Animal Testing” live demonstration, featuring performance artist Jaqueline Traide at the Lush Regent Street London shop. This year, it has crushed heteronormativity with its newest Valentine’s Day line of bath products. A photograph of two women sharing a bubble bath and laughing on Lush’s Valentine’s Day products page is the newest movement toward the LGBT-inclusive campaign. Another photo showcases grinning men soaking in swirling white-and-pink waters — a strong statement that has created a slew of supportive remarks and comments. A...

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FGCU’s 24-Hour Festival moves to downtown

(Photos courtesy of Ghostbird Theatre Photography) Local theater group Ghostbird Theatre Company has taken the FGCU-based 24-Hour Festival under its wing after a decade of poems, musical scores, feature films and short plays. The festival brings content creators of all genres to one location, where participants wait to receive the prompts in which their work will be based off of. Then, over the next 24 hours, participants race against the clock to complete their final pieces with hopes of winning one of the four categories they can enter. In 2015, two years prior, the event hosted nearly 70 participants...

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Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center events to watch for in March

March is a big month for the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, with events to look for such as Fort Myers Film Festival, Mano Mudd’s “Down and Dirty” exhibit and “Luau of Life.” Below is a list of must-attend events coming to the Southwest Florida area. Mano Mudd – “Down and Dirty” Mano Mudd brings his nationally acclaimed work to Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center March 3, 2017. Mudd’s exhibit “Down and Dirty” will feature 2D and 3D contemporary works, as well as visual art projections, during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. His work...

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