Raquel Garcia

Entrepreneurial moms launch booming cupcake business

Piping Gourmet partners Leslie Kaplan (left), her son Josh and partner Carolyn Shulevitz offer their unique cupcake recipe to shoppers at Whole Foods Market in the Village.

By Raquel Garcia…. While sharing her signature chocolate and hazelnut frosted mini-cupcakes on sale at Pinecrest’s Whole Foods Market on a recent Saturday morning, an elated Leslie Kaplan gave the nation’s current economic doldrums as part of the reason for the successful lkaunch of her new business. “Recession is the …

Read More »

Team Evangeline joins ‘Light the Night Walk’


By Raquel Garcia…. The Nieves family and friends raised more than $7,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” on Nov. 3 at Bayfront Park. Parents of Evangeline Nieves, Jason and Lisa, became involved in the not-for-profit organization after 5-year-old daughter Evangeline was diagnosed with leukemia …

Read More »

Police Bike Patrol to cover downtown


By Raquel Garcia…. In the interest of increased community interaction between local law enforcement and the merchants and patrons of downtown, the police department’s bike patrol division is getting back on the road. Having recently completed a required State of Florida 40 hour certification course, the four initiated officers now …

Read More »