Amber Whiteman’s Wicked Island Creations stacks the custom drinkware with plenty of sparkle.

The lobby of Faro Blanco Resort became a bustling holiday bazaar as Marathon’s Business and Professional Women’s annual Sip & Shop filled the halls with more than unique local vendors. For three hours, dozens of visitors enjoyed food and drinks as they perused and checked off their holiday shopping lists, raising more than $2,000 for the organization in the process.

Established in 1956, the BPW Foundation’s mission is to empower working women to achieve their full potential while partnering with employers to build successful workplaces through education, research, knowledge and policy. Learn more at

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.