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Clothes with a focus on comfort, fashion

ISLAMORADA — Lolita’s Boutique is a women’s apparel shop on Plantation Key named after owner Soira Ramos’ Shih-Tzu pup, which, to her, is her world — along with her new storefront. Lolita’s pocket-size inventory inlcudes casual, business and evening wear in a range of sizes. The boutique carries clothing name brands for juniors and women[…]

Koz’s Green World Gallery exists to make people smile

It’s difficult not to smile upon entering Koz’s Green World Gallery. In fact, several of artist Stephen “Koz” Kozlowski’s whimsical fish paintings even instruct the viewer, “Smile, it’s free.” And they do. It’s also sort of the personal philosophy of Kozlowski, who worked for 32 years spinning wrenches as a plumber before he started painting[…]

Keys TDC earns 3 Florida tourism marketing honors

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council earned three top Florida tourism marketing awards conferred Wednesday evening during the Flagler Awards ceremony at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Orlando. TDC was awarded “Henrys” in television advertising, out-of-home and website categories. Silver awards were conferred on TDC in resource promotional and mixed media categories. Radio, direct[…]

Uber/Lyft driver takes the wheel after hurricane

MARATHON — Hurricane Irma brought a loss of control and heartache to residents throughout the Florida Keys, but for some it brought opportunity. Marathon’s Steven Schluter has a new career because of the storm. After losing two family cars and his house to Irma, he now has two new electric vehicles and is a driver[…]

Soundwave helps make weddings look and sound their best

Jimmy Cooper wore a tuxedo to his first few DJ gigs at Key West weddings. “I quickly realized that a lot of the grooms weren’t even wearing tuxes,” Cooper said on Wednesday, laughing with his wife, Joanna, about the early days of Soundwave, the husband/wife DJ and videography business the pair started when they moved[…]

Shop owner believes bikes are universal

KEY LARGO — With bikes dangling from overhead and the smell of fresh rubber tires mixed with a bit of lacquer, All Keys Cycles gives a nod to mobility and freedom, which is shared world-wide, according to enthusiastic cycler and shop owner Steve Troeger. “Everybody loves bikes, they speak to everyone. Bicycles are a universal[…]

Cooper’s Garage now offers tires

Anyone who’s ever had a car accident, lost a side mirror or suffered a key-scratch from an angry ex-girlfriend has found their way to Cooper’s Paint and Body Shop on Stock Island for insurance estimates, paint jobs and body repairs. But Cooper’s Paint and Body is now Cooper’s Garage, having expanded their capabilities to include[…]

Work underway on 208-unit housing complex

LOWER KEYS — Work on a Big Coppitt Key property that will become The Quarry, an affordable-housing complex with 208 apartments, got underway earlier this month. A ceremonial groundbreaking event has been planned for Sept. 10 at the 15-acre gulfside site at mile marker 9.5 “We are excited to begin developing our first community in[…]

Sunset Key lets locals seize the day with spa, pool, lunch package

Don’t worry, you’re allowed to be here. No one’s going to blow a whistle, march you back to the ferry and make you leave the private island of Sunset Key. So go ahead and step confidently off the boat. It won’t take long to become accustomed to and comfortable in the private-island lifestyle that exists[…]

Dancewear comes to Keys with new shop opening

KEY LARGO — With glitter on the painted pink walls, the new dancewear shop DanceXcetera looks more like a sugar plum fairy stage set than an actual store, but for many dance moms and dads, this is a dream come true. This means dancers can find the clothes and equipment needed without crossing county lines,[…]