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Server aprons designed for luck, flair, statement

UPPER KEYS — With each stitch sewn, Crazy Aprons-maker Katie Bajrak transforms blasé server aprons into workhorse pieces with artistic flair. No matter how drab a waiter’s or waitress’ garb may be, a Crazy Apron adds color with a personal touch. Although Bajrak has never been a server in a restaurant, she says she understands[…]

Tourism agency wants visitors to help preserve the Florida Keys

Like dinner guests eager to help with dishes, and houseguests happy to help their hosts however they can, officials with the Florida Keys’ tourism marketing agency are confident that visitors to the island chain will be willing and enthusiastic partners in ongoing, local efforts to protect and preserve the island chain they love as much[…]

Escape room opens in castle building

KEY LARGO — You can only escape by stealing the three eggs from the evil King Blamsfar’s castle and returning them to their rightful owner, Dragoness Rendyth, in less than an hour. That’s the immersive plot and mission behind Kingdom Escape Games’ new escape room, Rendyth’s Revenge. Players, left to their own cognitive skills, problem-solving[…]

Power outages balloon after holiday

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday for Mylar/metallic balloon sales. Not surprisingly, it is also the same day utilities across the country experience numerous balloon-related power outages. Since 2010 Keys Energy Services’ customers have experienced nearly 40 power outages directly caused by balloons or kites. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, KEYS reminds its customers[…]

Butterfly & Nature Conservatory honors resident flamingoes

An Old Town Trolley stopped in front of the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Thursday morning and released its 30-some passengers into the wild world of the conservatory while the driver called out, “Give my best to Rhett and Scarlett. You’ll find out who they are when you get inside.” A few “in the[…]

New Plantation Key shop creates customized works of art

ISLAMORADA — With personalized vision, Amy JoAn paints and crafts pieces with careful detail. In her newly opened shop, she sands, preps and paints wood ready to customize for her customers. Her source materials range in readily available and renewable materials. Signs are made from pallets, beachy scenes detailed on wooden futon frames and custom[…]

Chef, ex-soccer coach scores with restaurant

KEY LARGO — After coaching soccer, Arthur Paterson has returned to cooking supper. “Cooking was always a passion for me. It still is,” said Paterson, now owner and head chef at Arthur’s Island Kitchen, located at the Upper Keys VFW Post 10211. In recent years, Paterson was best known locally as the girls soccer coach[…]

Ben and Jerry’s ice cream returns to Duval Street

Ben and Jerry are back in Key West. Happy ice cream addicts who have gone for 10 years without waffle cones of Cherry Garcia, Phish Food and Chunky Monkey have eight-year-old Ava Corneal to thank for the return of the Vermont hippies who take their ice cream seriously, man. Well, sort of. “With both of[…]

A stone’s throw away

ISLAMORADA — No pizza quite compares to pizza that comes out of a stone oven, says chef Martin Gomez, now at the newly opened Stone Oven Pizzeria. “This is a real pizzeria. It’s unique and old-school style,” said Gomez, with two decades of experience in Upper Keys eateries. Owners Ryan Crockett and Klara McGarry opened[…]

Bodhi Spa offers oasis of massage, facial, hair and nails

Seaside Drive winds among the condominiums, apartments and hotel rooms that for 20 years have been drawing residents and visitors to the eastern edge of the island. As of February, Seaside Drive is also the site of Lisette Cobo’s new Bodhi Spa, a serene oasis of massage, skin, hair and nail treatments with state-of-the-art equipment,[…]