A Party in a Pineapple

A Party in a Pineapple

Boutique celebrates sustainability and creativity

This Thursday a cornucopia of new, used, recycled, and renewable treasurers will be revealed when plain brown paper is pealed from the windows at 1130 Duval.

Billed as “an eclectic marketplace for the conscious lifestyle,” the Green Pineapple features everything from organic wines and leather couches, to earthly bath products, rustic home furnishings and gourmet chocolates. The store, like its owner Debi Lippi, is a trendy blend of functional art and renewable energy.

“Everything in this store has some level of sustainability,” she thrillingly says, pointing to the giant wooden counter that serves as the store’s checkout surface.

For her newest creation, former gallery owner Debi Lippi (right) assembled a crew as eclectic as her merchandise. Pictured, from left: Marc Certonio (wine), Kristin Artz (events), and Chris Fogerty (construction).

Spread over nearly 4,000 square feet of prime real estate are the fruits of her shopping addiction – pieces collected from estate and garage sales from up and down the East Coast – like the white cupboard housing a line of California-based Rich Hippie bath products.

The inventory blends perfectly with the painted concrete floor and stark white 15-foot walls that reach to a ceiling of exposed metal ceiling braces resembling a hip New York loft.

The renovation project took over a year as Chris Fogerty, owner of Fogerty builders, combed through material salvaged from other jobs to design an inspiring space that will serve as both a store and party place for private events.

Chains were used to stress a thick, wood countertop. Old doorknobs created clothes hangers in the dressing rooms, and a soy-based paint leveled out a floor that can handle the heavy traffic of a furniture store and organic wine bar.

Lippi and Fogerty’s goal was to transform the former home of Lucky Street and the Real World: Key West’s tanning salon into a symbol of renewable resources while dining at a restaurant in Del Ray Beach that sold everything from the art and silverware to the tables, chairs and plates.

“Let’s do that,” Lippi said to Fogerty “Island Anthropology that is green!”

The new space also includes an organic wine bar, Lush, owned and operated by Marc Certonio, one of the organizers of the Key West Food & Wine Festival.

Certonio and Lippi were introduced through Kristin Artz, the Pear Affairs event coordinator who saw the vogue space as the perfect setting for cocktail parties and private events.

“Debi said she wanted to do something unique in the store,” Artz said. “I told her there are too many of those. You need to do wine, cheese and chocolate, and I have just the guy.”

Sneak a first peak of the Green Pineapple collection this Thursday evening, December 15, from 7 – 9. Guests will be treated to food and wine from Lush, live music and other surprises.


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