Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, December 23, 2012


Odditorium has reopened

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium has reopened after closing for a couple weeks for a makeover. This was the first major overhaul for the Key West landmark in its 10 years of existence.

Changes include a remodeled lobby, renovated galleries with 50 new exhibits, new interactive games and a new arcade, according to a press release from the Orlando-based Ripley's corporation.

New exhibits at the Key West odditorium include a wedding dress made of toilet paper, a Capt. Jack Sparrow statue made from car parts, a motorcycle made from road kill, and a Fiji mermaid so real it allegedly fooled a museum expert.

Ripley's Key West Odditorium is located at 108 Duval St.


Bank launches mobile app

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently launched a free, full-service mobile banking app for iPhone and Android users.

The app enables users to check account balances in real-time, view transaction history, transfer funds, view ATM and branch location and call the bank locations.

The bank's business customers may also approve ACH transactions, transfers and wires.

To enroll and download the app, log into Online Banking at www.keysbank.com, select "Preferences" in the left-hand navigation, select "Mobile" and activate accounts, then download the free KeysBank Mobile Banking app on iTunes or Google Play under First State Bank of the Florida Keys. User ID and passwords will be the same for Online & Mobile Banking.


Craft show set for next month

An estimated 100 national and regional artists will show and sell their artisan wares during the 28th annual Key West Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 27.

The outdoor show takes place on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in Old Town. All craft offerings in the juried show must be original and handmade by the artist. The colorful wares, many produced by repeat exhibitors, typically include stained glass, fabric, jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts, toys to entice young attendees and more.

Presented by the Key West Art Center, the oldest artist-membership organization in the Florida Keys, the free-admission craft show draws up to 25,000 attendees and has been named one of the top 200 shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist magazine.

Proceeds from the show support the programs of the Key West Art Center and maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its gallery.

For more information, visit www.keywestartcenter.com or call 305-294-1243.