Local Publix employees increase donations
A total of 138 Publix associates throughout Monroe County have collectively pledged $65,663 in payroll deductions to the local United Way campaign. Those pledges represent a 60 percent increase over the $41,096 pledged last year.
Publix Super Markets Charities matched the associates' pledges with a $52,100 check, for a total of $117,763 to United Way of the Florida Keys. In all, the supermarket chain raised nearly $49 million for this year's United Way campaigns in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Locally, pledges from Publix employees totaled $18,350 and $16,562 from the Searstown and Key Plaza locations in Key West, respectively; $16,410 at the Key Largo store, and $12,000 at the Marathon Publix.
Hands On to change hands
Ellen Steininger, owner of Hands On gallery and boutique on Duval Street, has been weaving a spell at 1206 Duval St. for 18 years, nurturing art to wear, accessory and American craft artists from across the country. Moving on to new adventures, Steininger recently announced that Hands On will continue to flourish under new owners, who will bring new vision and excitement to the mix, according to a company press release. The shop will re-open next fall in the same location.
Before she begins anew, Hands On will have its first-ever sale through Saturday as a way to thank the community for its support.