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FOX4 News FORT MYERS (04/03/2024) In a turn of events that sounds like it's straight out of a Hollywood film, downtown Fort Myers became the scene of a brazen art theft! ...A painting, adored for its vibrant allure and significance, was lifted off its display wall by a man who managed to conceal it under his shirt before making his exit.

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ABC-7 News FORT MYERS (07/24/2023) Lafe Flynn, owner of the 1923 Trading Co., discusses his unique, vintage-inspired wood art prints on live morning news at The Franklin Shops.

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Gulfshore Business (03/01/2022) René Miville’s Path: From fashion photography to The Franklin Shops. "René Miville has reinvented himself numerous times during a career that’s taken him from a sought-after fashion photographer and nationally renowned mixed-media artist to property investor and entrepreneur." 

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WINK News FORT MYERS (11/15/2021) Woman creates wildlife mural in downtown Fort Myers. Simone Eisenbeiss is from Switzerland. She is painting an eagle and other animals on the side of Franklin Shops in downtown Fort Myers. Eisenbeiss first sketched the animals with chalk and is now using acrylic paint to bring her mural to life. This mural will be called “Treasured Wildlife.”

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The News-Press FORT MYERS (July 4, 2014)
Two new art galleries open in downtown Fort Myers. "As long as we're here, there's going to be an art scene," René Miville says.

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WINK News FORT MYERS (11/24/2023) Small Business Saturday deals prompt community growth. The Franklin Shops has more than 80 local vendors and entrepreneurs at its downtown location. “Get out of your comfort zone, get off the couch, get off of Amazon, and come see what these local people are doing because we have handmade items that are so thoughtful and unique.” 

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ABC-7 News FORT MYERS (07/24/2023) Jeff Ocasio, co-owner of Ocasiocasa, is featured live at The Franklin Shops, showcasing his original sculptures on ABC-7's "More Explores" segment. 


NBC News FORT MYERS (11/29/2021) A new mural calling for animal protection now sits in the heart of the River District.  “It’s kind of eye-catching like when you drive as well,” artist Simone Eisenbeiss said. “Our environment needs every single creature to survive and to have a good biodiversity..."

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Miville Gallery Article Anthology 

On July 2, 2014, The Miville Gallery opened in downtown Fort Myers. Occupying the 2,200-square-foot south mezzanine, the gallery’s inaugural show features five artists. One of the five whose work is featured is René Miville himself. The anthology is where you’ll find all of the articles published on Art Southwest Florida about the René Miville Gallery, its exhibitions and the artists it features.

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(July 1, 2014) Franklin Shops to feature Leoma Lovegrove pop-up gallery on Independence Day.

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