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A VINTAGE IDEA:Vignette helps women to create their own clothing stories

With a grand sweep of her arm, Ellen Steininger flung aside the curtain. Stepping triumphantly out of the fitting room, she spun once in front of the mirror and smiled at what she saw. “I love it,” said Steininger, who walked into Vignette boutique Wednesday afternoon wearing an outfit that also had come from the[…]

Asian fusion eatery strives to be a ‘star’

TAVERNIER — On Friday afternoon, staffers at J-Dao, an Asian fusion restaurant tucked away in the Tavernier Towne Shopping Center, were hustling with last minute details in time for their soft opening. Chairs were arranged, utensils were polished and the tables set. The menu boasts Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes. Dishes range from pho[…]

Island Grill moves into old Bumby’s location

ISLAMORADA — After its location at Mile Marker 85.5 was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, Islamorada’s Island Grill has moved into a temporary location at the former Bumby’s restaurant at Mile Marker 82.8. The devastation at the restaurant’s former Snake Creek location means that Island Grill will not be restored to its pre-Irma state for eight[…]

Friday tradition gets new location: Charity happy hour moves from Bottlecap to Sidebar

Like many things in Key West, something huge started over happy hour. Carolyn Sullivan, owner of The Bottlecap, was tending bar during happy hour 10 years ago. But as an owner, she felt uncomfortable keeping any tips, so she asked some friends if she could donate them to their nonprofit organizations. They happily accepted the[…]

Island Grill moves into old Bumby’s location

ISLAMORADA — After its location at mile marker 85.5 was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, Islamorada’s Island Grill has moved into a temporary location at the former Bumby’s restaurant at mile marker 82.8. The devastation at the restaurant’s former Snake Creek location means that Island Grill will not be restored to its pre-Irma state for eight[…]

Pescado es bueno

Pescado may be Spanish for “fish,” but the word means much more to the loyal — and hungry — legions who frequent the Key West food truck of the same name. Unassuming and easily overlooked in the parking lot of the Chevron at the busy intersection of Truman and White, Pescado turns a common noun[…]

It’s tiki time: Tiki House on Greene Street offers island oasis

Anyone can serve a frozen drink made from a bag of mix, hang some bamboo and call themselves a tiki bar. But when the owners of the new Tiki House, 430 Greene St., took over the location of the former Rumors Lounge they were aiming for something more authentic — and they achieved it. With[…]

Marina deals with heavy losses

MARATHON — Driftwood Marina and Storage, which suffered heavy losses from Hurricane Irma, has a lot of work to do make the boatyard functional again. Shelly Breedlove, who runs the marina along with her husband, John, says that despite the widespread structural damage to buildings, most of the 200 stored boats avoided becoming total losses.[…]

Business

More businesses are reopening every week in the Lower and Middle Keys, said the head of the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, who managed to find reasons for optimism despite some devastating losses to the area’s workforce and tourism economy. In the Lower Keys, at Looe Key Reef Resort, the bar and restaurant are open each[…]

Café offers respite for storm-stricken locals

BIG PINE KEY — In the midst of the daunting task of cleanup and recovery following last month’s devastating hurricane, Big Pine residents and those from nearby areas have somewhere to go to commiserate over a bite to eat. Florida Keys Café, which is owned and operated by 15 members of the White family, some[…]