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How sweet it is

Welcome to THAT candy store. With floor-to-ceiling candy, wall-to-wall chocolates, homemade caramel corn, hand-dipped candy apples, ice cream, gelato, salted caramels, chocolate-covered strawberries, truffles too pretty to eat and samples of warm, fresh praline, River Street Sweets Savannah’s Candy Kitchen may just be the sweet shop frequented by that proverbial kid in a candy store. River Street[…]

Bistro goes global with flavors from all over world

ISLAMORADA — Just a month into it, executive chef Nassuby Bernal seems content with the path his new restaurant is on. He purposely opened during the summer — the usual slow period in the Florida Keys — so he would have time to work out all the kinks before tourist season hits. And he’s doing just[…]

Grass is always greener…

Sway in a hammock, recline in an Adirondack chair and relax in the spiky shade of towering palm trees while sinking your feet into lush, green grass. Wait, what? Grass? Sod? An expansive, natively landscaped event lawn designed to accommodate 800 to 1,400 people for weddings, concerts and any variety of public and private events?[…]


Barbara Hudgins was pleasantly surprised when she stopped into the garden center that’s attached to Sears on Thursday afternoon. Like countless other dirt-digging Key Westers, Hudgins hadn’t realized that the popular Mama’s Garden Center on Rockland Key had planted itself in the Searstown shopping center and taken over the department store’s outdoor garden center space.[…]

Key West gets crafty

 A comfortable seat on an Old Town porch and a frosty glass filled with one of those new-fangled, funny-named craft beers — life doesn’t get much better.  The owners of the new Crafty Kraken bar on Southard Street are hoping others will agree. Owners George Perrone and Larry Ciaffone opened the new craft beer and[…]

Setting the stage

Florida Keys calendars overflow annually with an assortment of events and engagements: From royal coronations and preschool graduations; to music fests and fashion shows;  political presentations and Pride celebrations.  Duffy O’Donnell wants to support them all — literally. The veteran stage hand and theatrical rigger launched Southernmost Stage & Rigging with his wife, Coral Conner, in[…]

Solid stone crab season comes to an end

MONROE COUNTY — Stone crab season came to a close Monday night and commercial fishermen are reporting another solid season for both catch and price. Stone crab fishermen had a banner season last year with about 3 million pounds of claws harvested statewide generating $33 million, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.[…]

Get out of town

Key West isn’t always a destination. For more than 25,000 residents, the Southernmost City is the starting gate, not the finish line. But it hasn’t always been easy or affordable for locals to leave town. “We’re a family of four, we can’t afford to fly in and out of Key West airport.” “I don’t have[…]

New faces join community college board

MONROE COUNTY — As one of two newly appointed board members of Florida Keys Community College, Col. John Domenech has a unique perspective. Not only is Domenech a native Key Wester, retired Army colonel, nuclear engineer and business executive, but he’s also a former FKCC student. “I actually went to FKCC in 1973,” he said[…]

Come hungry, leave happy

“Sixteen stars, I swear,” Ruth Rizzo gushed Thursday evening, after dinner at Bella Luna on Cudjoe Key. “We’re from the Jersey Shore and Philly area, so we know Italian food, and we’re in here four nights a week. These guys are fantastic. They know how pasta is supposed to be cooked.” Dr. Rich Gambescia nodded[…]