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#Shop: New handbag store carries all designs

#Shop: New handbag store carries all designs

Self-described handbag collector, expert and purse afficionado Carla Lewis opened Key West Handbags and More in mid-October. She has a true passion for the accessory. “I don’t think I had enough bags already,” Carla said, laughing. At her storefront on Southard Street, Carla has designer handbags from all over the world ranging from $30 to […]

#Arts: Ralph De Palma: Photographer of the Music Stars

#Arts: Ralph De Palma: Photographer of the Music Stars

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and raised in North Western Ohio, Ralph De Palma has become an amazing photographer. He has the uncanny ability to freeze any moment at just the right time. One of his specialties is photographing the talente musicians in Key West. But it’s been a long and winding road to get […]

#News: Blueprints for assisted living brought forward

#News: Blueprints for assisted living brought forward

The Key West Housing Authority has settled on a lease to build, manage and operate an assisted living facility at Poinciana Plaza on Duck Avenue in Key West. The units will be slotted in among the existing tenants — affordable housing renters and agencies such as Samuel’s House and KOTS. Key West Senior Development LLC […]

#Feature: Randy Roberts answers call to stardom

#Feature: Randy Roberts answers call to stardom

When I was young I wanted to be famous. Not athlete or astronaut famous, I wanted to be movie star famous. I wanted to be someone with a spotlight trained on my every move, someone who dressed in colorful outfits and got paid to make people laugh and clap and cry. It didn’t happen. But […]

#News: The old Masonic Lodge is transforming to TSKW

#News: The old Masonic Lodge is transforming to TSKW

“This day has been marked on our calendars for a long time,” said Jed Dodds, executive director of The Studios of Key West. He was referring to the day that a huge internal, steel skeleton was inserted into the historic building at the corner of Simonton and Eaton streets, the Studios new home. The steel […]

#Music: Jonathan Williams is getting noticed for talent

#Music: Jonathan Williams is getting noticed for talent

By Karri Daley Jonathan is a musician of many colors. He has a very wide repertoire of musical styles and plays many different instruments. Jonathan was influenced by his father’s guitar playing at a young age. When he was seven, his father bought him a four-string toy guitar. Jonathan played and played until he broke […]

#News: Special needs student makes it to the corporate world

#News: Special needs student makes it to the corporate world

Special needs student TJ Ham finished the FKCC Access program on his 22nd birthday in which he learned skills to operate in the workforce and landed a job at the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. “We find students a fit based on their goals,” said special needs teacher Ruth Holland. “I have two other boys that […]

#Eat: Experience the best happy hour in town

#Eat: Experience the best happy hour in town

“Chic.” “Sophisticated.” “Hip” and “Delicious.” These are just a few of the words used to define 430 Duval, the latest upgrade to be unveiled at the historic La Concha hotel in Key West. The contemporary restaurant is the second nonconforming statement that La Concha has made in 2014. Earlier in the year La Concha unbolted […]

#Eat: New to-go spot has mouthwatering BBQ

#Eat: New to-go spot has mouthwatering BBQ

The Bier Boutique at 1421 First St. across from Advanced Auto features recipes that even the toughest foodies can appreciate. “I am from Kansas City and am very picky with my barbeque,” said musician Larry Baeder. “A friend gave me some wings and I thought, ‘These are spectacular.’ Now I come here every week. I […]

#Events: Dance Key West returns to the Waterfront Playhouse

#Events: Dance Key West returns to the Waterfront Playhouse

Kyla Piscopink and Jordan Fife Hunt will present “After these Messages” to audiences next weekend — Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8 at Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. Reviewers say it is “an uplifting journey with two dancers as they deal with the pressures of conformity, pop culture and media while searching for a sense of […]