Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, April 28, 2013

KEY WEST

Yoga on the Beach; new location

Yoga on the Beach will offer outdoor classes at a third location, starting May 6.

The Marriott Beachside Resort is the newest location, with classes offered on the beach at 9 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, according to a press release from owner Nancy Curran.

"Giving both locals and visitors a location at the top of the island just made great business sense," said Curran, who is now in her 10th year of offering yoga classes at some of the island's most spectacular settings.

Classes will continue at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Southernmost on the Beach Hotel. Students' existing yoga passes are valid at all three locations. For more information, call 305-296-7352 or visit www.yogaonbeach.com.

FLORIDA KEYS

TV show features Keys fishing guides

Florida Keys sportfishing is destined for primetime broadcast attention when a new reality series debuts on The Weather Channel at 9 p.m. May 7.

"Reel Rivals," will feature the daily competition of Keys sportfishermen Capts. George McElveen, Nick Stanczyk, his uncle Scott Stanczyk and Augie Wampler. The four skippers are based at Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina, which has been part of Keys sportfishing history for nearly 70 years.

"'Reel Rivals' centers on relationships, on and off their boats in the sportfishing capital of the world," said Brad Hebert, co-executive producer for Optomen Productions, adding that the natural attractions and climate of the Keys add to the show's appeal.

Following the premiere, subsequent episodes are slated to air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays through June, according to a Weather Channel spokesperson.

SOUTH FLORIDA

IKEA to open near Dolphin Mall

IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, will break ground Tuesday on its new Miami location in Sweetwater, Fla. next to Dolphin Mall.

The popular home furnishings store will open next summer with 416,000 square feet of retail space on 14 acres, according to a company press release.

The new store will be the 39th IKEA in the United States and the fourth in Florida, employing an estimated 350 workers, the release stated.

"The future IKEA Miami will feature three model home interiors, 50 room-settings, a supervised children's play area, as well as a 600-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties and American dishes. Other family-friendly features will include a 'Children's IKEA' area in the showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store and preferred parking," the release states.