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"La Piazza in Ave Maria's town center should get much livelier this fall with the opening of several new businesses and services. The Queen Mary Pub and Grille, Milano's Pizza, The Ave Maria Dance Academy, the Casa de Bambini Montessori pre-school and Ave Maria Dentistry will all open their doors within the next few months.

At the Queen Mary Pub, proprietors Daniel and Monica Dix, who also own The Bean of Ave Maria next door, are hiring staff and putting the finishing touches on their menu of British pub classics and American favorites. They expect the pub to be open within the next month.

"There will be table service, a full bar, a wine list and draft beers including Boddington's Pub Ale, Old Speckled Hen Ale and Guinness stout," Monica Dix said. Initially, the pub will be open from about 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a happy hour Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and hours will expand as needed, she said. They'll also feature special evenings like Cigar Nights, Game Nights (darts and cards), open mic nights, live music and karaoke.

Town dentist Dr. Caitlin McLaughlin-Ragier, or "Dr. Cait" as she's known, is hoping to open her permanent dental facility in mid-September. She has been working out of Dr. Scott Allan's chiropractic office for about six months. Ave Maria Dentistry will offer day and evening hours for all routine dental services, plus she also does braces, root canals and cosmetic dentistry.

"We focus on prevention, and have new patient specials for examinations, cleaning, x-rays and tooth bleaching," McLaughlin-Ragier said.

Across the street from the dental office, next to the office of the Emergency Physicians of Naples, workers are preparing the space for the Casa de Bambini Montessori school. About two dozen students are already enrolled, Dr. Raiger said. The school will provide full-day and half-day programs for children aged 3 months to six years, and also will offer after-school childcare for children ages 6 to 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Casa de Bambini will be holding an information session for parents and prospective parents Sunday, Aug. 30, at The Bean after the 10 a.m. Mass. Coffee and doughnuts will be served, teachers will be introduced, and information will be available about two Florida tuition choice programs -- VPK and Florida Pride.

More information and registration forms are here, and more background on the school can be found in a previous Ave Herald story here.

Town residents Karen and Erica Ledesma bristle with excitement about the opening this fall of her Ave Maria Dance Academy, which will be next to Golf and Electric vehicles. The dance school had a successful first season, using facilities at the Donahue Academy to provide classes to about three dozen students. Now, the permanent facility will let the dance school expand its offerings to provide classes for older students and adults as well.

"We want to make it affordable for everyone, especially families with several children," Karen Ledesma said. "We charge half of what the Naples dance studios charge."

The dance academy will offer classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern lyrical, ballroom dancing and Irish Step, as well as some fitness classes. There are also classes for mothers and toddlers. Discounts are offered for AMU students and families with two or more children. More information and a schedule of classes is here.

Many residents and students also are eagerly awaiting the opening of the town's first pizza restaurant, Milano's Pizza, expected in the next few months.

Beginning immediately, town residents also have a new option for pediatric medical services. Dr. Brian Thornburg, a Naples pediatrician, has started to see patients in Ave Maria on an as-needed basis. Dr. Thornburg will perform examinations and see sick children at the parents' home during the daytime. To register with Dr. Thornburg, call his office at 239-348-7337. More information is at his website here.

David Shnaider and his wife Patricia Sette are Ave Maria residents who founded community news Web site in November 2008. Contact David and Patricia at"
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