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Rebuilt resort plans soft opening this week

ISLAMORADA — Even ardent fans of the Islander Resort, an iconic destination on Islamorada’s oceanfront, may be awed by its rebirth this week. “It’s a brand-new property, basically. Everything in the rooms is new,” General Manager Scott Simmons said. “We’ve always made upgrades through the years, but now we’ve taken it to a whole new[…]

Author, entrepreneur aims to help others with Workshops on the Water

For 20 years now, Lazy Dog Adventures has been offering kayak trips, paddleboard races and excursions featuring workouts and yoga, along with backcountry charters out of Stock Island’s Hurricane Hole Marina. But owner Sue Cooper is far from finished and can’t imagine being content to continue “as is.” Instead, she’s constantly expanding her mind, her[…]

At its 15-year milestone, Coffee Plantation is brewing up changes

Diane and Theo Glorie’s Coffee Plantation on Caroline Street is proof of what’s still possible in today’s world: A mom-and-pop coffee shop can survive the Starbucks onslaught — and that same independent shop can make a difference. “We are so proud to be able to say that as of now, all of our cups, plates,[…]

Supply house carries all things electric

ISLAMORADA — Consolidated Electrical Distributors opened earlier this year at the entrance to the Venetian Shores neighborhood. The location serves as the median point between its Miami and Key West locations. CED Islamorada, one of more than 600 supply houses across the U.S., is operated by Nick Grayson, Mike Boullosa and Anthony Gregis. Grayson, a[…]

Square Grouper owner fired up about new Islamorada restaurant

ISLAMORADA — By early February, a catch of the day in Islamorada should be the Square Grouper. A new branch of the Square Grouper Bar and Grill, a landmark eatery on Cudjoe Key for 16 years, is taking shape for a planned February opening within the Islamorada Marina complex, mile marker 80.5, bayside. “We can’t[…]

Merchandise extends the mission of museums and nonprofits

The term “Black Friday” has been used since the 1950s to describe the day-after-Thanksgiving holiday shopping craze. Shoppers also have embraced more recent initiatives such as Small Business Saturday to encourage support of local retailers and Cyber Monday, which often features significant savings on online purchases. But just last year, the national Museum Store Association[…]

Special delivery: Your groceries

FLORIDA KEYS— Publix, through its partnership with Instacart, is now offering delivery services throughout the island chain. Groceries will be selected by a personal shopper and delivered to a customer’s door in as little as one hour from any of the five Publix locations in the Keys, according to Instacart spokeswoman Andrea Toch. “Instacart received[…]

Special delivery: Spiny lobster

FLORIDA KEYS — For a dinner-delivery change from pizza or Chinese, how about live lobster? Nichols Seafood Suppliers now will deliver a tag of separated lobster tails or live whole lobster to residents in an 11-mile stretch from Conch Key to Lower Matecumbe Key. “It’s a fairly small delivery area, but it’s working out pretty[…]

Carpe Diem Ice Cream blends ice cream, toppings, then rolls it all up

David Kutateladze bought Carpe Diem Ice Cream shop near the corner of Front and Whitehead streets back in January, offering dozens of decadent, homemade flavors and plenty of tempting toppings. But it was only three weeks ago that he also began offering an entirely new way to blend flavors into a cold, rolled treat called[…]

Business leaders optimistic about season

FLORIDA KEYS — The peak tourism season is fast approaching as visitors swarm the island chain swapping winter’s blast for ocean views and balmy temperatures. Chamber of commerce leaders concur that businesses in their respective areas are looking forward to a strong season considering that last year’s season stumbled out of the gate due to[…]