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Conch Paint & Body on Rockland Key does the job right

Car accidents, even minor fender benders, are an emotional and logistical nightmare. The subsequent car repairs shouldn’t be. Such is the philosophy at Conch Paint & Body on Rockland Key, where Steven Weech and Andy Wolcott — the two Conchs in Conch Paint & Body — are committed to offering[…]

Keys Computer shop wants to be your backup

KEY LARGO — “Click here. We need bitcoin. We are watching you.” These are phrases used by malicious computer viruses to unload infectious malware in your computer. These email or clickbait attempts are generic and aimed to scare you, and they work, according to Mickey Keats, a Keys Computer repair[…]

Handling conundrums when you are short staffed

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul is clearly not a good sign. We think of that conundrum as an issue of financial capital, but in the Keys, we have to do the same with human capital. Staff sometimes fill two positions at the same time, scrambling just to get the[…]

Boat towing business enlists ‘Sober Skippers’

KEY LARGO — Keeping boaters safe at sea might start with putting a name on a dotted line, says Cheryl Powers of Sea Tow Key Largo. “Any time we do a show or community event, we always work to sign up boat owners to either be a ‘Sober Skipper’ or[…]

Waterside pub takes stand against plastic

KEY LARGO — In today’s pollution-laden world, a local waterfront restaurant has taken the initiative to ban single-use plastics. Sharkey’s Pub & Galley Restaurant has kicked a few habits. It hasn’t packed to-go orders in Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags in a few years, and now it no longer serves[…]

Eclectic Key Largo boutique specializes in the unique

KEY LARGO — From trinkets to treasures and dresses to decor, Randy’s Florida Keys Gift Company has established a long history of being a favorite shopping spot for Florida Keys visitors and locals alike. “If we can help people find their favorite thing to take home, then we’ve done our[…]

Key West Cuban Coffee Shop is much more than coffee

Carolina Calderon makes big things happen in a small space on Truman Avenue. The Key West Cuban Coffee Shop, 517 Truman Ave., is a small slot of a space across the street from CVS, but don’t let the size fool you. For nearly two years, Calderon and her sister, Gabriela,[…]

Part III: Managing stress when we’re busy but short-staffed / Doing more with less staff

Welcome to summer in the Keys. Many of our businesses are short staffed. The heat is relentless. Still, the customers keep coming. We feel grateful for the business, of course, but it’s still overwhelming. Many business owners and front line staff feel stressed. It’s no secret that stress is a[…]

Classic pub food seeks high life at Reefers

ISLAMORADA — A merger of classic pub food with cutting-edge contemporary cuisine fills the menu at the newly opened Reefers Gastropub on Upper Matecumbe Key. “We draw foods from all over simply because they’re good,” owner Jason Webb said. “We’ve got tropical inspirations and southern flair, traditional United Kingdom pub[…]

Cakemaker reveals secrets of buttercream

ISLAMORADA — Unique D’Lites Custom Cakes owner Nancy Davila’s former career as a fashion designer made the transition to professional cake dresser an easy one. She considers cakes as the crescendo to many celebrations. Cake makes people happy, especially a beautiful showstopper cake. Davila says she wishes she discovered her[…]