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TV crabber nets Conch Key lodge, marina

CONCH KEY — “Deadliest Catch” crabber Erik James didn’t just check into a room at the Bayview Inn Motel & Marina, he bought all 11 rooms, the bay bottom and the four parcels the hotel sits on. He has rebranded it as the Conch Key Inn & Marina and given[…]

History is focus as Oldest House gets new gift shop

The new gift shop at the Oldest House Museum — Old Island General Store — is unlike most other gift shops in town. But then, it has to be. “Our focus in opening the gift shop was on authenticity,” said Kelly Friend, who spent nine years on the board of[…]

Staying positive when stressed

All of the tips from the three previous columns you’ve read on cultivating a positive mindset are simple both in theory and in practice. Working with your thoughts, reframing and injecting fun into our day are easy if we stick to the practice, and they undoubtedly make us think and[…]

Keys arts council offering grants for artists, groups

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts recently announced a new grant opportunity, Art Builds Community, to support arts and culture projects that spark conversations, spur social change, generate cultural equity and make our community stronger. Grant funding is being offered at $5,000 and $10,000 for projects that support, build[…]

The Rooster Tale hopes to fill in blanks for patrons

No, it’s not a typo. The owners of The Rooster Tale Grill and Bar on Duval Street envisioned a friendly space that celebrates Key West’s unending supply of stories and the people behind them, whether they’re telling the story or inspiring it. “My mom owned and was editor of a[…]

Tint shop sheds light on the benefits of shade

KEY LARGO — Anthony and Yamilet Deleon like to throw shade wherever they go, in a good way. Through their business, Tints “N” More, they filter the direct blaze of the sun, reducing heat in cars, homes and businesses. “We block the heat, not the view,” said Yami. Tints “N”[…]

The Dog’s Getaway offers doggie day care, overnight boarding

If we’ve learned anything from the current blockbuster movie, “Secret Life of Pets 2,” it’s that some of man’s best friends simply can’t be trusted to be left on their own. Call it separation anxiety, puppyhood or mere orneriness at the audacity of a dog owner to, say, go to[…]

Making the tedious tasks fun

The menial, monotonous tasks that must get done can put a damper on our whole day. Whether it’s dealing in the summer heat, while customers ask the same questions over and over, or sitting in front of a computer for hours on end, we can easily tire from tasks that[…]

Young chef expands meal-planning game

KEY LARGO — Everyone eats differently and has their own biochemical makeup and nutritional needs. As a chef and ardent nutritionist, Jessica Price knows this. She meal plans and caters to the wide variety of paleo, keto, raw, macro, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb dieters through her new business, Sea Creatures[…]

Ex-techie branches out as native wood carver

ISLAMORADA — An encounter with an encroaching tree put Israel Perez on a path to his second career. “I needed to get rid of a big tree by the house,” Perez said at Tree Stump Art, his outdoor wood-carving business at mile marker 86.6 on Plantation Key. “Then I didn’t[…]