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Rod builder also now working as yacht broker

TAVERNIER — Florida Keys fishing guide and custom-rod builder Randy Towe has his sights set on a new horizon as a yacht broker. “After 40 years in the fishing business, it’s a new venture,” Towe said last week. Pelagic Walkaround Yachts has opened an office at the same Tavernier commercial building where he builds his[…]

New facility offers mental healing campus

KEY LARGO — Kinder in the Keys, a mental health treatment center focused on total body and mind recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders, has recently opened. Kinder in the Keys welcomes anyone wishing to seek change — to lead a more purposeful life with confidence, joy and direction. The facility offers residential[…]

Clemente’s Trolley Pizza finds new home on Fleming Street

Eleisha Gallant threw the gentleman’s business card into the cash register almost a year ago and promptly forgot about it. Gallant and her partner Angelo Scola were happy with the business they’d built in Key West, making and selling handmade wood-fired pizza from a customized trolley that was parked — and popular — at the[…]

YouthFit wants kids moving, in shape and off the phone

As a gym owner and lifelong fitness devotee, Calvin Paquette is working to eliminate two commonplace complaints among Key West parents: “There aren’t enough kids’ activities in Key West,” and “My kids spend entirely too much time looking at their electronic screens and not moving.” Paquette, who bought BodyZone Fitness in the Overseas Market about[…]

Harriette’s, a landmark restaurant, changes hands

KEY LARGO — Chef, head baker and matriarch Harriette Mattson, who has owned and operated Harriette’s Restaurant for 37 years, has passed the torch to Upper Keys newcomers Carlos and Suni Hernandez, who promise no major changes to the family-operated restaurant. The restaurant’s down-home comfort food consists of breakfast omelets the size of the plate[…]

Key West Business Guild celebrates 40 years

More than the hairstyles have changed in Key West since 1978 — much more. Forty years ago, Duval Street was largely lined with empty storefronts slowly being bought and renovated. Gay men with disposable income had just discovered the sunny island of slow-talking hippies and sagging but solid historic mansions that soon would become tasteful[…]

Mother Ocean sails north to Central Plaza

KEY LARGO — After a decade of Mother Ocean Key Largo operating from its blue conch cottage set against the trees, the company moved four miles north to a new, expanded location to mile marker 103.3 at the Central Plaza. The owners of the nautical-themed consignment shop said that they loved their former location and[…]

Moped Hospital: Keeping people moving for 40 years

At least once every three or four months, Sean Duffy, owner of Moped Hospital, gets a call from someone about medical records or hospital billing issues. “I swear, it happens all the time,” said Duffy, who bought the scooter, bike and electric car rental, sales and repair business five years ago. “I have to tell[…]

Tired of clutter? Business helps sort things out

KEY LARGO — Deanna “DeDe” Mousseau has predicated her professional home organization business, DeDeClutterfy, upon her belief that people pack every nook and cranny of their homes with loads of sentimental memorabilia or things they think they may need.  In time, drawers are stuffed, closets out of control and sought items are rarely found. Her company’s aim[…]

Lloyd’s Bike Tour gets up close and personal

Mitch and Peggy Peacock’s recent Key West excursion was 10 years in the making — and well worth the wait. The pair from Miami Beach visits Key West as often as they can, and for 10 years had fondly recalled — and recommended — a tour they had taken before any travel plans and activities[…]