By Sharon Still:

The Publix at FishHawk Shopping Plaza is now at full capacity for the first time since its opening in September of 2006. The 67,300-sq.-ft. Publix-anchored shopping plaza is now home to 13 stores in addition to Publix and its liquor store.

“We believe this is an indication of an uptick in the market; especially in the FishHawk area,” said North American Properties director of leasing, Craig E. Kopko.

“Our goal is to be proactive in finding a tenant that is a good fit for the center thereby helping the community and the other tenants in the center,” Kopko explained.

The tenant roster includes restaurants, service-related businesses and retail stores. Along with Publix, Great Expressions Dental Centers (490-1982) and Signal Nails (661-1845) have been open since 2006. Great Expressions is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit to view services and gather more information. Signal Nails is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More details can be found at

The newest businesses include Jake’s Wayback Burgers, Hair Cuttery and GNC.

Hair Cuttery opened in late May. This franchise, born in 1974, offers cuts, color, straightening, keratin treatments and more. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. Call 689-1133 to set an appointment or visit to find out more.

Also recently opened is GNC, offering vitamins, supplements, herbs and natural remedies, sports nutrition, protein drinks, diet aids and even pet health products. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. Call 685-3429 or visit for more information.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers which opened August 15 is the newest addition to the shopping center. The restaurant offers fresh made-to-order burgers and milkshakes in addition to salads, chicken sandwiches, veggie and turkey burgers.

Franchise owner Mark Van Dame is a FishHawk resident and says he chose the location because he felt that residents needed a different place to eat in the neighborhood. See full story on cover.

Residents can also dine at KO Asian which is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon-9:30 p.m. KO Asian offers a unique approach to Asian cooking. The menu features sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, hibachi and noodle entrees, plus a variety of other items. Find out more by calling 684-6888 or visiting

You Say When Yogurt Shoppe is the place to go for dessert or a special treat anytime. Yogurt and smoothies in a variety of flavors including key lime, lemon, pomegranate, cheesecake, pistachio and mint cookie are offered. Visit or call 728-8199 for more information. Stop by to enjoy tasty treats 12 Noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday,  Noon-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and  Noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

Visit or stop by the store specializing in holistic pet nutrition 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Dog Gone Holistic carries more than 20 brands of natural pet food, offers advice on pet nutrition and a whole lot more. Call 651-0842 for more details.

Also geared towards animals is Rich’s Backyard Birds (657-2473). Visit to get a sneak peak at its offerings including everything to make your backyard birds’ backyard, plus gifts for bird watchers, educational items, artwork and more. Store hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12 Noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Trusted real estate experts at RE/MAX Across the Bay are there to help buyers, sellers and those seeking commercial real estate. The FishHawk office is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 651-1900. Visit

At Verizon Wireless (689-2355), residents can take care of all of their cell phone needs and the Postal Shop offers everything for packing, mailing, shipping and business services. The Postal Shop can be reached at 661-5668 or by visiting

Dr. Justin Scott opened Strong Life Chiropractic offering advanced spinal correction, massage therapy, Class IV laser therapy and more in the plaza in October 2011. Call 655-5433 to set an appointment and visit for more information.

Publix anchors the plaza and its liquor store sits adjacent to it. “Having Publix as the anchor always attracts tenants to the center because of the type and frequency of visits by their customers,” said Kopko.

For leasing information, contact Holiday Gates at 239-938-3315.

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