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Quaint, quirky shop has something for everyone

KEY LARGO — About a half mile away from its flagship boat sales and repair location, Markey Marine 2 has opened a retail shop that’s not entirely devoted to boating. The new arm of Markey Marine is what owners Karen and David Olmstead envisioned for a good Florida Keys shopping experience. The store has a[…]

Hair business keeps growing

TAVERNIER — Lou Ann Buschlen never had a doubt about her career. “I started cutting hair when I was 14 years old. That was a sign,” she laughed. “It erupted in me early. I was asking people to let me cut their hair,” said the Lou Ann’s His ‘n’ Her Barber Shop owner. “I was[…]

New pub on Fitzpatrick welcomes families and dogs

A dog-friendly, family-friendly pub with great food and a comfortable atmosphere opened in October deep in Old Town, and has already cultivated a local following. Jesse and Sherree Turcott opened Henry & Eli’s Side Street Pub in October with Sherree’s uncle, Scott Grubb, as the chef. Henry and Eli are the names of the owners’[…]

New café serves coffee, kava, pastries

BIG PINE KEY — The 7 Mile Café & Kava Bar is a green and sustainably sourced café that offers barista-style coffee drinks, gluten-free and CBD-oil-infused pastries and kava tea, a traditional ceremonial Polynesian drink, according to owner Ricky Barr. “It relaxes you,” Barr said of kava tea. “It’s been around for more than 600[…]

Blizzards (the kind served in a cup) return to Tavernier

TAVERNIER — The only blizzard likely to strike the Upper Keys this winter will be the Blizzard frozen treats coming from the newly reopened Dairy Queen in Tavernier. After more than a year of work, the Dairy Queen in the U.S. 1 median at mile marker 92.6 opened its doors to customers last weekend for[…]

Tropical Vibes offers cool food and fun experiences

A little shop at the corner of Greene and Fitzpatrick, deep in the heart of Old Town, is one of the last places one would expect to find a bevy of local middle schoolers. But that’s exactly where they’ve been hanging out for the past three months, ever since the Halligan family opened Tropical Vibes[…]

Shade and Shutter studio and gallery features couple’s pottery, photography

Sarah Carleton and Mark Klammer started thinking about moving to Key West the night their first vacation to the island had ended. The married couple, who both embraced their artistic talents after retiring from other professions — he’s now a potter; she’s a photographer — had just returned to their home in the Finger Lakes[…]

Reyes still building better bodies in Keys

TAVERNIER — Every now and again, patrons at Froggy’s Fitness in Tavernier hear a booming voice echoing off the walls: “Everybody! Let’s get big now!” That means longtime Upper Keys trainer Fernando Reyes is in the house. “I just want people to stay in shape. It’s for their health,” Reyes said. “You can’t stop working[…]

Child care center opens

ISLAMORADA — Busy parents now can drive through the “tot drop” at the new Islamorada Child Care and Learning Center and get to work on time. Opening up a day care was important to founder Linsey Alba. As mother to 2-year-old Savannah, Alba had struggled to find a safe and affordable child care facility in[…]

Key West’s First Legal Rum Distillery celebrates five years

Paul Menta has spent the past five years crossing things off his lifetime “bucket list” while also managing to blend, distill, bottle, label and sell more than 100,000 bottles of specialty rum, all from a historic Coca Cola bottling plant on Simonton Street. Professional kite surfer, chef, advocate of locally caught fish and rum distiller,[…]