Melinda Van Fleet

Melinda Van Fleet is a sales strategy and success coach/consultant, bestselling author of "Confidence Mastery for Couples and Life & Love Lessons," and speaker. Melinda is the host of two weekly podcasts, "The Good Karma Success Coach" and "Crush It In Sales." You can connect with her more at www.melindavanfleet.com.

BIZ FEATURE: KEYS COUPLE’S NEW POWER BIKE BUSINESS OFFERS GUIDED TOURS & MORE

“Wow, this is a lot of fun!” That’s the feedback that Niall Farrell and Kellie Butler Farrell said they hear the most from their clients when they rent an electric power bike, or “e-bike,” from their business Keys Ebikes. “We started renting them when we lived in Naples and bought...

BIZ FEATURE: SHEN HEALTH PROVIDES THE POWER OF ACUPUNCTURE IN THE UPPER KEYS

Are you someone who’s dealing with pain? Stress? Allergies? Migraines? Keys Weekly recently sat down with Natalie Shea, licensed acupuncture therapist, to learn more about this ancient healing practice and how her business, Shen Health Acupuncture, can help you feel better. I had wanted to be a veterinarian my whole...

KEYS CORE FITNESS OWNER IS A ‘PEOPLE’S COACH’

"Bring the phone up to your head — the phone moves. No one thinks to do that, and I see so many people whose heads and shoulders are slumped. I am seeing this more and more. And it's not about age; even teenagers are doing this."  That's a typical conversation...

STAR OF THE SEA PROVIDES MORE THAN JUST FOOD

The Star of The Sea Foundation’s (S.O.S.) healthy food pantry in Key Largo is serving a need within the community. A location in Key West opened in 2006 and the second location in Key Largo opened in 2014. The Keys Weekly recently sat down with manager Emily Hopkins, who...

LOCAL TRAVEL EXPERT GETS CLIENTS EXPLORING DREAM DESTINATIONS

For many people, travel is more than just a pleasurable pastime; it's a way to chase their dreams and turn their vision into reality. And in the case of Ilja Chapman, her passion for travel vision has also become a successful business, Voyage Blue Travel, based in Key Largo. Chapman...

IN THEIR WORDS: MARGIE SMITH MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida International University helps small businesses learn and make changes so they can grow, leverage best practices, expertise, and data they have. As a consultant with SBDC in the Florida Keys, Margie Smith, business consultant with SBDC, advocates for diversifying the economy...

SEA TURTLES INSPIRE NEW ISLAMORADA GALLERY & GIFT SHOP

It is often said that “when passion meets purpose, one becomes successful.” The saying is true for Angela Pantaleo and her store Sea Turtle Gallery & Gifts.  Located in Islamorada next to Martini’s Fine Wine & Spirits, the gallery is beautifully curated. You can see Pantaleo’s obvious passion for sea...

KEY WEST TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM GETS $600,000 FEDERAL GRANT

"Sending our 18-year-olds out of Monroe County and off on their own when they were on the right track, it's just something that didn't sit well with any of us,” said Brad Copeland, chair of the executive board for the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. We're very proud to now...

BIZ FEATURE: SANDBAR BOOKS OPENS IN TAVERNIER

A new Tavernier book store is bringing back the smell of fresh pages. And it’s getting owner Becky Washam plugged in to the community, “I wanted to be involved and make a difference,” she said.   Originally from Oklahoma, Washam and her husband, Michael, had been in Dallas for 20-plus years...

LOVE & SCUBA: KEY LARGO COUPLE REFLECT ON SCUBA CHARTER SUCCESS

Local residents Glenn Wright and Jill Kuehnert created a unique business model that caters to a personalized scuba experience. They were awarded Tripadvisor Travelers Choice for 2021. Keys Weekly recently sat down with co-owner Kuehnert to discuss all things lucky. Here’s what she had to say.  It's just so remarkable...

WOMEN’S CENTER IN KEY LARGO OFFERS CARE & HEALING

With the increased awareness on mental health, a recent visit to Kinder in the Keys became an enlightening experience to learn more about this incredible private women’s residential treatment center located in Key Largo.  Kinder (KIND) celebrated its third anniversary this past summer. Kinder offers non-substance disorders women the opportunity...

BIZ FEATURE: KEYS DINER DELIVERS DELIGHTFUL FOOD AND SERVICE

Ever wonder what it’s like owning and running a successful diner that is open 364 days a year and having three small children, one being a newborn? Meet Gina Boilini of Doc’s Diner in Key Largo for some inspiration and a good old-fashioned dose of hardworking skills and people...