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Rain Barrel artist has more room for creativity

ISLAMORADA — Her first art shop at The Rain Barrel Gallery could not contain all her creative impulses, so Amy JoAn packed up and moved — a few yards away. “It’s a bigger space with more room to work, so I can show more inventory,” Amy’s Creations owner JoAn said.[…]

Entertainment megaplex to open in Homestead

HOMESTEAD — About a year and a half after construction began, Homestead Station, a 65,000-square-foot complex with a movie theater, bowling alley and transit center, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend. The massive facility is located along Krome Avenue in downtown Homestead. The grand opening celebration, set for 4[…]

Young Islamorada entrepreneurs are smoothie operators

ISLAMORADA — After a visit with Betsy the Giant Lobster, take a cooling break with an Isla-Mora-Bana or perhaps the Keys Beez Kneez at the Smoothie Keys shop in the Rain Barrel Gallery. “We really want to bring the best smoothies here to the Upper Keys,” said Matt Whitt, who[…]

Month of Saturdays celebrates Winn-Dixie makeover

KEY LARGO — Winn-Dixie will continue hosting community events to celebrate its fresh makeover. The northernmost store was the last of the grocer’s five Keys locations to be refurbished. The new liquor store at the front of the building reroutes shoppers to the northern entrance. An updated façade greets customers[…]

Sewer plant’s initial solar project complete

KEY LARGO — The final 105 solar panels have been brought online at the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District main plant, completing the district’s initial solar effort and generating about the same energy needed to power nearly 17 homes. “These panels being brought online complete the district’s Phase 1 solar[…]

Winn-Dixie’s overhaul complete in Keys

KEY LARGO – The most notable differences at the freshly remodeled Winn-Dixie at mile marker 105 is the façade and the revised entryway to the newly added liquor store. Followed by a 10-week renovation, the store is reintroducing itself to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:45 a.m.[…]

Providing health care with convenience

ISLAMORADA — Time matters in the Florida Keys so Liz Hussey, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, does not want to keep patients waiting. “I realize people’s time is important, whether it’s a local resident who needs to get to work or visitors who want to get back to their vacation,”[…]

Resort chef named tops by state association

William Ryan, executive chef of Hawks Cay Resort, was named “Chef of the Year” by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association during the organization’s recent Hospitality Stars of the Industry Gala. The annual awards program recognizes hospitality industry employees in Florida who have shown exemplary leadership and service in their[…]

Flaming Buoy warmly welcomed to new Eaton Street location

Fred Isch and Scot Forste charge fair prices for excellent food. They support neighboring businesses and nonprofits, and they treat people — staff and customers — with respect and appreciation, and they’ve had a successful restaurant in Old Town for the past decade. Imagine. Self-described “Star War” nerds, the owners[…]

Islamorada retailer celebrates 20th year

ISLAMORADA — Twenty years later, Islamorada’s Latitude 25 Clothing Co. has lost none of its island charm. “Once a customer comes in, they come back as a friend,” owner Gail Schneider said this week. “We work to provide an atmosphere that provides happiness and fun.” That welcome includes dogs, who[…]