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Buoyant spirit keeps dive shop afloat

TAVERNIER — “Divers have said we’re like the ‘Cheers’ bar,” said Conch Republic Divers co-owner Brenda Mace. “We seem to know everybody’s name.” That welcoming reputation has helped the Tavernier scuba dive shop, founded in 1987 and acquired by Gary and Brenda Mace 16 years ago, to keep going strong. “We tell people that we’re[…]

Tiki brings bar to the bay

KEY LARGO — An upright, octagonal tiki bar moving at about 5 mph on Florida Bay is what’s afloat in Dan and Laurie Cornell’s world as their Cruisin’ Tikis Key Largo business takes shape. It’s a party that they’ll be offering from Snook’s Bayside Restaurant’s dock. The tiki, stocked with a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain[…]

South of the Seven lightens up Sugarloaf Lodge

South of the Seven — the name of the new restaurant at Sugarloaf Lodge — is as hip and colorful as the updated interior that owners Kris Kubik and her husband, Chef Paul Kapsalis, designed to pay tribute to the Lower Keys’ community of fishing and friendship. When planning their latest eatery, Kapsalis recalled a[…]

Tavernier Ace building selection, respect

TAVERNIER — Take a look inside the Tavernier Ace Hardware, says operator Evan Bedford. “When people see us from the street, the store looks pretty unassuming,” said Bedford. “But we’ve got it packed. There’s something in every corner.” Bedford, whose first-ever job was working in an Ace Hardware store in Central Florida, marked his fourth[…]

New Islamorada store furnishes luxury for outdoor spaces

ISLAMORADA — While clear skies and balmy breezes provide the setting for any outdoor entertaining area, super comfy and sturdy furniture lay the foundation for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Outdoor Décor and More is a new boutique offering modern synthetic wicker furniture that turns vacant spaces into personal sanctuaries. The store carries commercial-grade vinyl furniture[…]

Key West Hydrobikes offer foot-powered fun

Brian Williamson can’t offer folks the chance to walk on water, at least not yet, but they can ride bikes on the waters surrounding Key West. Williamson launched Key West Hydrobikes at the beginning of the year, having moved back to Key West following a 25-year stint in Utah, where Williamson played football for the[…]

Small plates with big flavor at Meze Morada

ISLAMORADA — Little pools of delicate olive oil swirl inside creamy, whipped hummus, a signature appetizer at Meze Morada, a new Mediterranean restaurant on Upper Matecumbe Key. Owners David Kersammer and Callie Lecakes create the hummus from scratch daily and begin with boiling the chickpeas after soaking them overnight. At the same time, the dough[…]

The Dirty Pig combines smoked meat, local music on Grinnell Street

Meat and music, barbecue and blues combine in tasteful style at The Dirty Pig, the brand new, family-owned barbecue restaurant that opened Friday on Grinnell Street. Brothers Ben and Dan Solove, with Dan’s wife, Kim, combined their passions for rubbed ribs, pulled pork, hickory smoke and homemade sauces, cornbread and desserts, as well as Ben[…]

Winn-Dixie unveils Keys enhancements

MARATHON — An updated and expanded Winn-Dixie store in Marathon unveiled a wide array of new offerings in a grand-opening celebration March 27. “In September 2017, Hurricane Irma rattled the Florida Keys and caused unimaginable destruction to the entire Keys community, including our Marathon Winn-Dixie store,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said[…]

Playa Apartments offer workforce housing in Key Largo

KEY LARGO — Prime Group Management, the company responsible for renting out the 24-unit workforce housing complex known as Playa Apartments at mile marker 97.5, oceanside, is looking for tenants. Yanely Moreno, a property manager with Prime Group said nine apartments were still available as of last Friday and that she’s available to provide tours[…]