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New leaders take reins at Key West Chamber

The Key West Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards gala at the Beachside Marriott on Jan. 20, giving members a chance to raise a glass and honor those who made the extra effort to serve the community this past year. “I am certainly glad to have 2017 in the rear-view mirror,” said outgoing president Greg[…]

Coming soon: Smoked BBQ at the boulevard’s floating restaurant

The savory scent of hickory and slow-smoked pork is an unexpected but entirely welcomed aroma filling the air these days at the end of Key West’s Charterboat Row, home to dozens of the city’s charter fishing boats. “It’s smelling really good out here,” one marina resident said on Wednesday, taking a deep breath while walking[…]

All fired up

It didn’t take long for “that new wing truck” on North Roosevelt Boulevard in front of Liquid 8 Pawn to attract a dedicated following of frequent regulars. It’s just taking a bit longer for folks to use its official name: Golden Wings. “People have been loving the wings. Locals are saying we have the best[…]

7 Artists Gallery moves off Duval Street and up in the world

The best thing Jennifer Badry ever did for her business — and the artists she represents — was move her gallery off Duval Street. “The right people absolutely find us right here, and they love the space,” said Badry, who owns 7 Artists Gallery, featuring original artwork by (mostly) area artists. “We can’t keep some[…]

Young fashionista launches bathing suit line

KEY LARGO — The Florida Keys’ easy-going lifestyle and intrinsic tropical beauty provided the inspiration for emerging bathing suit designer Kelsey Caputo and her indie fashion brand, Kadan Swimwear. Her gal-pal-approved beach wear, with lace up details and sleek cuts, are designed to embellish the female figure and stay in place all day. Kadan Swimwear[…]

Package deal

The southern end of Simonton Street houses nearly a thousand hotel rooms. There’s also a convenience store, sandwich shop, French cafes, rental scooters, upscale restaurants and watersports.  But something was missing. “This area of town, surrounded by almost 1,000 hotel rooms, was lacking a place where folks could chill out and have a drink, and[…]

Sign companies hustle to keep up with post-Irma demand

FLORIDA KEYS — An uncertain tourist season and its effects on local businesses and economy has been the focus of most after Hurricane Irma left so many homes, resorts and marinas damaged. Sign businesses, however, are thriving after the storm. Eye Catchers Signs in Islamorada was established by lifelong resident T.J. Hayes 26 years ago.[…]

Seasoned professionals: Sinz Burritos has been a long time coming for Key West restaurateur

Eli Pancamo knew what his burrito restaurant would be like — what it would serve and how it would operate — long before he actually opened Sinz Burritos at the corner of Truman Avenue and Duval Street. “With its menu and design having been in my head for so long, I already knew exactly what[…]

Photographer gives back with calendar

ISLAMORADA — Freelance photographer Sheri Griffin was gaining a lot of momentum showcasing and selling her work at farmers’ markets and restaurants around the Florida Keys when Hurricane Irma hit Sept. 10. She’s been a part of the Cheeca Lodge & Spa staff for seven years, and when the storm forced the resort to close,[…]

Big Pine kayak guide back on the sea

BIG PINE KEY — Bill Keogh has operated Big Pine Kayak Adventures since 1990 and says he has been through plenty of bad weather. The situation was a lot different when Hurricane Irma blasted Big Pine Key three months ago, according to the longtime guide. “We’ve had a lot of hurricanes over the years,” Keogh[…]