The addition of Suncatchers Dream to the restored Sanibel retail landscape at 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. occasioned a SanCap Chamber ribbon-cutting on May 10. The popular jewelry and gift shop held its soft opening March 4, along with neighbor Over Easy Café, but has been keeping its signature wares available to fans the whole time it rebuilt its mostly demolished store.

“We had to start from scratch,” said owner Daniel Thompson. “We’re bringing back all the lines you love us for and lots of new products to refresh. So, the store will have my flair from the past but with an updated gallery feel. I will never forget how Rachel Pierce brought us together at the island market — our temporary outside home while we rebuilt.  It kept us connected to our community during the hard and emotional times.”

Originally located in Periwinkle Place, whimsical Suncatchers Dream moved to its current home in 2005.  It is known for unusual handmade, small-business products, including its line of Dune Jewelry and diverse selection of greeting cards.

Thompson embraces the community support he and his returning staff have felt throughout the whole recovery ordeal.

“From day one of the soft opening, people wanted to say ‘hi’ and give us a hug and were so excited to see us,” he said “The chamber has been so supportive of us as a business community family as well as personal resident family. We live here and work here. They had our back. We are grateful to the chamber for continuing to fight for water quality issues throughout our Hurricane Ian situation.”

“Suncatchers Dream has become such a cornerstone of the island shopping experience,” said John Lai, chamber president and CEO. “I feel that now we are truly becoming whole again with Daniel and his island-y shop back in place. A stop into Suncatchers Dream before or after dining at Over Easy – it’s quintessential.”


The SanCap Chamber is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. The Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. Its website,, receives over 1.3 million visits per year. For more information about the chamber, visit or contact John Lai, president and CEO, at 239-472-2348 or [email protected].