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Amy Fletcher-Smith, Director of Marketing
Bell Tower Shops
239-489-1221, ext. 103
The Mole Hole Celebrates New Location

Jim Gottschalk, owner of The Mole Hole, is glad to be settled in his new, smaller location at Bell Tower Shops. The gift boutique recently moved from a 9,000-square-foot space to a 2,700-square-foot shop. Adorned with a new brown and white striped awning, the new store now faces U.S. 41 and has direct access from the parking lot near Crü.


“Our new location is much more manageable,” said the 69-year-old Gottschalk. “I’m looking forward to spending much more personal time with my customers.”


To celebrate the new store, Gottschalk is hosting a reception Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Featuring wine and appetizers hosted by Crü, the event is free and open to the public.


While operating from a smaller location, Gottschalk is reassuring his customers that special orders are available for all collections not in stock. The popular Department 56 collectables was not downsized, ensuring Christmas year-round at The Mole Hole.


Other “fixtures” remaining are longtime team members Carlie Bell, who has worked with Gottschalk for 26 years, Mary White for 19 years, Ronald Stevens for 10 years and Liz Demeo, who has been at The Mole Hole for six years.


Celebrating 26 years in Fort Myers and at Bell Tower Shops since 1991, The Mole Hole, a boutique of unique collectibles, figurines and import items, features the perfect gift for any occasion. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to, or call 239-433-4700.


Bell Tower Shops is an open-air lifestyle center, located at U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway, with 40 retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and The Fresh Market, nine restaurants and Bell Tower 20 Regal Cinemas. The center’s sidewalk garden setting of lush landscaping, splashing fountains and covered walkways makes it a popular gathering place. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the center. To learn more, log onto, or call 239-489-1221.

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