Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, January 20, 2013

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Three Keys hotels get high marks

Three Florida Keys lodging properties have been named among the top 25 small hotels in America by TripAdvisor.com, a popular travel counsel website.

Honored with 2013 Travelers' Choice awards are the Marquesa Hotel in Key West, ranked fourth; Island Bay Resort in Tavernier, ranked seventh and Orchid Key Inn in Key West, ranked ninth.

Selections were made based on "the input of millions of valuable reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels and collected in a single year from travelers around the world," according to a TripAdvisor news release.


Upscale soap shop opens on Duval

The fifth location of the Naples Soap Co. recently opened its fifth location in Florida at 128 Duval St., Key West.

Nurse Deanna Renda founded the company in 2009 after struggling with psoriasis and eczema for most of her life. She began using natural and organic products that made a difference, she said.

The shop offers moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, men's products and bath and shower accessories. Scents include almond coconut, grapefruit, French lime, lavender vanilla and Florida Fresh.

For more information, visit www.naplessoap.com or call the local store at 305-414-8538.

There are also four retail shops in Tokyo, and online ordering is available at www.naplessoap.com


Restaurant gets new owners

The popular Square One restaurant in Duval Square shopping plaza is undergoing a change in ownership. Longtime owner Michael Stewart elegantly greeted customers for the last time Friday night. He is reportedlyselling the restaurant to Carolyn Sullivan and Carmelo Vitale, who also owns the Bottlecap Lounge and liquor store on Simonton Street.

Square One is expected to close for two to three weeks for minor renovations and reorganization, but will reopen shortly to continue the tradition.