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New studio combines yoga, mental health counseling

KEY LARGO — Change can be overwhelming to many and downright scary to some, according to Carrlee Pinder, a mental health counselor and yoga instructor helping those seeking relief from mental trauma and anxiety. She and fiancé Christopher Denault have aligned mental health and the practice of yoga in their communal space and are offering[…]

Grain and Berry makes healthy food taste heavenly

Don’t let terms like “superfoods,” “acai bowls,” and “Oh, kale, no,” intimidate you. Grain and Berry in New Town manages to make even the healthiest foods taste amazing. Seriously. Jacey Leichtenschlag and Joe Dudek discovered the Grain and Berry franchise when they evacuated to Leichtenschlag’s hometown of Tampa during Hurricane Irma. The eatery that started[…]

Free minibus trial run planned in Islamorada after Thanksgiving

ISLAMORADA — The village will launch its experiment with the Freebee on-demand transportation service soon after Thanksgiving. The service, free to passengers who call for service by smartphone app or regular phone, will operate two electric minibuses from Thursday through Sunday on Upper Matecumbe Key during a six-month trial period. “Everybody is extremely excited,” Freebee[…]

Paradise Cafe serves good food at local prices on First Street

Orfa Olivares spoke almost no English when she came to Key West from Central America six years ago. Though she had always worked in the restaurant industry in her native Guatemala, Olivares found herself limited by the language barrier to housekeeping work in local hotels to support her four children, ages 19, 18, 15 and[…]

Resort ‘postcard perfect’ once again

ISLAMORADA — Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina welcomes new guests Friday, Nov. 2, unveiling its 151 redesigned guest units and upgraded facilities while honoring its Florida Keys history. The former Holiday Isle Resort at mile marker 84 on Windley Key was battered by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the famed marina was devastated.[…]

Duetto’s Pizza and Gelato earns national honors

Alberto Ricci was only half-listening to the Miami news last week when he heard about a South Florida pizzeria making Trip Advisor’s list of Top 10 pizza joints in the country. Then he saw his own logo for Duetto’s PIzza and Gelato on the screen and Ricci started paying attention. Then he started doing a[…]

Blossoms Cajun Kitchen expands menu, adds dining room

When Jose and Shannan Delarosa bought Blossoms at 408 White Street five years ago, the little business was, as Shannan describes it, “A feed store that sold sandwiches.” The unlikely inventory of take-out sandwiches and 50-pound bags of feed for chickens and other birds and animals made for an unpredictable assortment of customers. But the[…]

Studios for stylists who want to be their own boss

KEY LARGO — Cirque Salon Studios offers professional stylists a space where they can be their own boss. The salon spans 75 feet of storefront space on the second floor of the Tradewinds Plaza. What used to be three shops now serves as Cirque Salon’s expansive footprint as explained by owner Whitney MacEachern. That space,[…]

Key West Chiropractic takes holistic approach to health and healing

Ryan Barnett and Carolina Horn may as well be poster children for health, fitness and nutrition, but they don’t judge. Instead, the pair who comprise Key West Chiropractic — he’s a chiropractor, she’s a holistic health coach — lead by example, using their own perfect posture, trim physiques and balanced diet as a goal —[…]

Upper Matecumbe burrito eatery on a roll

ISLAMORADA — After establishing their Bad Boy Burrito brand in Key West, owners Chris Otten and Erin Kelly headed north to Islamorada to open the second Bad Boy four years ago. “The pace of life is a little different here,” said Kelly, “and we love it.” For newcomers to Bad Boy Burrito, Otten recommends trying[…]