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Contents NOVEMBER 2021


26 Approachable Luxury

Inside designer Ally Whalen’s new modern coastal cottage in downtown Stuart By Linda Marx

Photography by Jerry Rabinowitz

32 Artful Outdoors

Local designers show how to give your backyard purpose and personality By Liza Grant Smith

38 Accessory Blitz

Give your fall wardrobe a boost with trendy accessories Photography by Ian Jacob

44 Design Trends: Nest Refresh!


Update your home this season with tips from designers By Kerry Shorr


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Contents In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note

Local dining guide

66 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events


68 Surf Report

What’s up on




57 Flavor

17 Buzz

Treasure Coast artist Corina Pelloni, dazzling holiday tabletop décor, St.Lucie Inlet’s new artifical eefs, and more

20 Wellness


Turn your bath into a spa-inspired oasis

22 Off the Charts


Bahama Boat Works’ flagship B41 center console

24 Wanderlust

Vibrant flo a and fantastic food and drink in Fredericksburg, Texas

ON THE COVER Photographer: Jerry Rabinowitz Designer Ally Whalen shot by Stuart Magazine on location at her home in Stuart



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Editor’s note

Happy place



s with most things in life, our design sensibilities tend to evolve over time. Thinking back on my personal metamorphosis, I remember the first time I added my own “touch” to a room. I was a preteen, in the Eighties, so naturally I plastered posters of my celeb crushes all over the walls. I was really into music, and there was a lot of Billy Idol and Tommy Lee going on. Also up there with the bad boys of rock was Snoopy, who for some reason I was obsessed with and thus held prime real estate on my walls. The idea was, here is all this stuff I’m into—have a look! My room was like a real-life Pinterest board. With college years came my forced vintage phase. I took what I could get, building tables out of random old pieces of wood and basically decorating my flat with anything I, or my several roommates, could find. It was definitely a look. But as I got older and actually started having a salary with which I could purchase things, I finally found my vibe. I like earth tones and rustic flair. I like open space and pops of color. I like texture and art. And I like comfort. I’d call myself a minimalist I guess, but I also would never sacrific function for form. It’s where the two meet that I find happiness. We all have our own tastes when it comes to décor, and usually those tastes shift a bit from time to time. That’s why I so enjoyed working on this issue, which is filled with design inspiration—from the latest tips and trends (page 44) to inviting outdoor spaces (page 32) to relaxing bathscapes (page 20). Plus, our cover model, designer Ally Whalen, recently ditched her home in North Carolina and moved to downtown Stuart. We took a peek inside her beautiful cottage home, which is super laid-back with a lovely coastal-chic vibe. Have a look for yourself and get to know more about the talented designer in “Approachable Luxury” (page 26). If you’re itching to switch things up a bit this season, I hope you’ll find some helpful ideas on these pages. Just remember, home should be your happy place—whatever that means to you. So embrace your taste, quirks and all, and create a space that makes you smile. Peace and blessings,

Michelle Lee Ribeiro

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Publisher’s note



here has the year gone? I can’t believe we are at the height of the season, and the holidays are just around the corner. I am looking forward to festive parties this year, as the past few have been quite slim. With events in full swing, I am excited to see more of you in the community, as I did at the Whiskers for Whiskey four-course pairing for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in September. It was a lovely evening, and I enjoyed meeting several of our readers and supporting such a wonderful, local organization. Speaking of events, be sure to sign up and check out our weekly Insider’s Guide e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening around town. Our November issue focuses on design and décor. What projects have you done over the past year or two? I finally made time to update our home. And I’ve learned, through talking to and working with businesses in the community, that many projects are in the works for local homeowners, from remodeling kitchens and bathrooms to creating new and improved outdoor escapes. As you flip through these pages, please be sure to check out our Home Resource Guide special advertising section (appearing in December as well!) if you need some ideas for where to shop for your abode. If you own a business and would like more information on how to be included next month, please get in touch with me. I hope you enjoy this issue and all of the content that represents our special tri-county area. I want to thank you for your loyal readership and for your continued support of Stuart Magazine. We are your local magazine and resource, and our upscale brand continues to serve this community we love. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime.

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Clockwise from top left: Plants Do It Too (2020); Moore’s Creek III (2021); Billow (2020); Eclipse (2019); by Corina Pelloni.

ART Adventures A rtist Corina Pelloni has lived on the Treasure Coast for the past two decades, with Stuart being her main stomping grounds. A board member of the Creek District, she also serves as art director of 901hub (which is also home to her personal studio, MissingArt). “I grew up in a rural area, where I spent a ton of time in solitude in the woods and fields,” she shares. “I’m convinced that my artistic impulse arises from my connection with the natural world.” Pelloni has never identified strongly with any single medium; she is partial to painting and assemblage sculpture but also creates ceramic vessels, jewelry, and ritual objects and lately

has been working on murals and live-painting. “I don’t see why we can’t use a little bit of everything and learn as we go,” she says. “Some media are more of a natural fit, of course, but I love learning and will try anything.” Pelloni offers classes and workshops at her studio, ranging from glass pendants to resin windows. “Teaching is a natural extension of learning,” she says. “Art is a human behavior. We’ve over-commoditized it a bit, made it something that feels exclusive to people who don’t identify as artists. I want to make it accessible but in a way that foments a sense of adventure, that calls on people to reach and to take risks.” —Skye Sherman

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Discover newly deployed artifi ial reefs in the St. Lucie Inlet


here’s something new to explore in Martin County, but you’ll have to sink below the surface to see it. This summer, Martin County’s Artificial Reef Program, which partners with the Martin County Utilities and Solid Waste Department to allow contractors to dispose of clean concrete free of charge, built three 500-ton deployments within the Permitted South County Reef Area using concrete leftover from the county’s Murphy Road Bridge Project. Using recycled concrete to establish artificial reefs not only helps replenish reefs on the cheap, but it is also a more regenerative use of concrete than a landfill. The new reef deployments are located 6.7 nautical miles south of the St. Lucie Inlet at 65 feet deep. Today, there are more than 100 artificial reef sites teeming on Martin County’s ocean floors, a diving and fishing paradise.

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PATRIOTISM AND PRIDE Honor veterans this month—and learn a little something—at this local museum in Stuart


ooking for the perfect way to mark Veterans Day on November 11? Head to the Road to Victory Military Museum in Stuart. The museum is located in original World War II barracks, where local troops prepared for D-Day, and exists to educate visitors about American history and the sacrifices that made our freedom possible, as well as to honor veterans by displaying memorabilia, weapons, and other artifacts (including a rare Burma Jeep). The museum is active in parades and area events and also offers a Victory Ranger Program for kids ages 14 to 20 that gives them a chance to act as museum docents. This month, don’t miss the museum’s annual staged Vietnam-era land battle correlated with a parachute drop from a vintage plane at the Stuart Air Show (November 13 and 14 in the morning).




outh Florida is a land of lushness, but not all of us were born with a green thumb. Stuart resident Alisia Kifer—better known as the Garden Goddess—is the lead horticulturist at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce. She started Garden Goddess LLC ( in early 2020 to provide garden design, education, and sourcing advice, and you can find many of her lush plants for sale at The Roasted Record in downtown Stuart. Here, Kifer shares her top plant-care tips.

FIND ITS HAPPY PLACE. Get a feel for where the plant wants to be. Indoor plants should be suited for low light. For outdoor plants, I leave the plant in the pot I bought it in and move it around my yard. If it begins to wilt, I change its location. Once I find a spot where it’s thriving, that’s when I either repot it or plant in the ground.

GET THE RIGHT MIX. I generally use

one part soil, two parts perlite, and one part compost.

DON’T OVERWATER. A good way to

check if a plant needs watering is to grab a wooden chopstick or skewer from your kitchen and push it into the soil. If the stick comes out dry and clean, water your plant. At my home in Stuart, I usually water twice a week in the morning or evening.

FEED IT. Micronutrients like zinc,

boron, and manganese are essential to plant growth. Select a fertilizer with these in it or add a supplemental one. Epsom salt in small doses is great for supplying trace minerals.

GIVE IT A HAIRCUT. Cutting dead

flowers or blooms helps support regrowth. Trim dead or dying leaves back to the base of the main stem.


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Emily’s Picks


Feast Your Eyes



ntertaining season is finally here! And while holidays this year still may not look quite the same as years past, I’ve sourced some dazzling items to make any gathering festive. With three kids, I’m all about easy cleanup, so I’m obsessed with Sophistiplate’s elegant disposable plates and reusable cutlery. Their Gold Harvest setting will be a game changer this Thanksgiving—and the flower-shaped fiber placemat from Crate & Barrel is the perfect backdrop. I love warm, deep scents, and this candle by Floral Street, a fragrance brand all about sustainability and eco-responsibility, pairs nicely with a beautifully set table. Greek Mills’ brass pepper and copper salt mill set is both functional and gorgeous, and Via Coquina is stocked with them (for now)! Another item sure to spark conversation is this unique rainbow flatwear—my daughter calls them the “unicorn forks.” Happy entertaining!

Airplanes, manatees, movies, and markets... Fill your fall calendar with these fun festivities. Catch the Stuart Air Show November 12-14.


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November 2: Impact100 Martin Kick-Off Florida Oceanographic Society, Stuart; free; November 4-21: Let’s Murder Marsha Barn Theatre, Stuart; $30;

SCENT SENSE Vanilla Bloom candle, $46, Floral Street,

November 5: First Friday Art Walk The Creek District, Stuart; free; November 6: CiderWorks for Manatees Pierced Ciderworks, Fort Pierce; fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation;

SEASON’S GREETINGS Greek Mills 8-inch pepper and salt mill, $190/set, Via Coquina,

November 6, 13, 20, 27: Treasure Coast Park & Watch Drive-In Movie Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce; $10 per vehicle; November 11-14: Newsies StarStruck Academy & Theatre, Stuart; tickets start at $20; November 12-14: Stuart Air Show Witham Field, Stuart; $30 ($5 veterans and kids 6-12, 5 and under free);

UNICORN FORKS Linea Collection rainbow flatwa e, $187/four-piece set, The Luxury Art Mepra,

November 18: National Philanthropy Day Harbour Ridge Country Club, Palm City; $100 per person; PETAL POWER Petal fiber flower-shaped placemat, $12, Crate & Barrel, CLEANUP CREW Disposable Gold Harvest table setting, prices start at $6 per piece, Sophistiplate,

November 19: Downtown Fort Pierce Art Walk Historic Downtown Fort Pierce; free; November 20: America in Concert: Fiftieth Anniversary Tour Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce; tickets start at $65; ❖


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Bath OASIS With the holidays fast approaching, sneaking in moments of rest and relaxation is paramount. Turn any bath into a spa-inspired haven with the help of these local goods that soothe the senses and put the mind at ease. by ABIGAIL DUFFY



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Tip: To scent your bath space naturally, hang dried eucalyptus stems from your tub’s faucet (but keep them out of the direct stream of water). As the steam hits the dried plant, essential oils will release into the air.

SOAK IT IN Up the indulgence factor with a hydrating bath soak like this one from Herbivore, which touts coconut milk to lock in moisture and soften the skin. $18, Sephora, Jensen Beach

SELF-CARE SCENT Nothing creates a welcoming bath like candlelight.The Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk Candle is hand-poured and will bring a subtle sweetness to your soaking space. To enhance the enchanting glow, supplement by adding unscented tea lights around the bath. $38, Ulta Beauty, Stuart

TINY TUNES For those who unwind best with a good podcast or playlist, the pint-sized but powerful Sony Extra Bass Compact Portable Bluetooth Speaker is waterproof for worry-free listening. $60, Best Buy, Stuart

ON BOARD Lay the foundation for a dream bathscape with a Haven Acacia Wood Tray, which comes fitted with a book nook, a cup holde , and enough space for all of your luxurious add-ons. $30, Bed Bath & Beyond, Stuart

LATHER UP Luxuriate in the calming scent of lavender and the tropical aroma of coconut with Buff City Soap Lavender Bath Bomb ($7) and Coconut Soap with Shea ($9), both crafted with moisturizing oils and nut butters to leave the skin supple and pampered. Buff City Soap, Palm Beach Gardens

Tip: EXFOLIATING GREAT Scrub your troubles away with a natural loofah like this organically grown and harvested one from One World Zero Waste. Not only will it leave your skin silky smooth, but it’s also biodegradable—so you can put your eco-mind at ease. $17/set of 3, One World Zero Waste, Tequesta

If you have a little extra tension to work through, sprinkle one to two cups of epsom salt into a warm bath to help relax muscles and melt away stress.


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Radar / OFF THE CHARTS The custom Bahama 41 alongside the M/Y Waterfront




s daylight breaks along a secluded mangrove strand, the morning stillness is interrupted by an osprey whistling optimistically, about to begin its day. The scenery here within the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is largely unchanged since the town of Jupiter was established. The osprey sails overhead, crossing the waterway east to Jupiter Island. It’s the dog days of August, and a calming pink sky casts a warm light on the Waterfront, a 60-foot Hatteras motor yacht. Alongside


A Birdsall tower increases visibility.

the Waterfront is a magnificent 41-foot center console ready for whatever the day may bring. The beautiful custom Bahama 41 center console belongs to Jupiter native Rob Thomson of luxury real estate firm Waterfront Properties. He had been on a quest to find a boat that offers the




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Comfy forward seating converts into a bunny pad for sunbathing.

solid ride and stability of a larger sportfish and the speed and handling of a much racier outboard-powered boat. Such a vessel, in conjunction with his motor yacht, would allow him greater flexibility both at home and abroad. He turned to his old childhood friend, Scott Henley, for help. Henley, a former captain, is co-owner and president of custom boat builder Bahama POWER FILE Boat Works, whose boats are LENGTH: 41 feet, 3 inches widely regarded as the pinBEAM: 11 feet nacle of outboard-powered DRAFT: 2 feet, 4 inches sportfish craft. Thomson reDEADRISE: 60/24-degrees calls that even as kids, Henley FRESH WATER: 65 gallons was a perfectionist with an MAX HP: 1,700 innate curiosity and ability to FUEL: 580 gallons build things. Anything he set his mind to do would be exactly right—or scrapped entirely and begun again. Thomson had so much faith in Henley’s vision for Bahama Boat Works, in fact, that he eventually became an investor in the business. Henley immediately knew the flagship Bahama 41 was the perfect boat for Thomson. The B41’s combination of seaworthiness and superior handling quickly become apparent when you ride aboard. Closer inspection reveals an appreciation for exquisite rigging and meticulously detailed finish work. It was this build quality that brought Thomson and Henley together to work on a custom game boat companion to Thomson’s mothership. Custom builders adapt each boat to the owner’s specific needs, and Thomson wanted a quad-powered boat that fished well in the most competitive setting and covered ground quickly in any weather. He added a Birdsall tower to increase visibility, as well as refrigerated chiller plates in oversized insulated fish holds. He opted to stick with the standard, 60-gallon transom live well, though Bahama Boat Works can build additional bait storage for those who want it. To add another level of comfort on the roughest days, a Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer was installed. A large part of Thomson’s boating life also involves quiet weekends anchored out in Hobe Sound, entertaining friends. He added a cockpit lounge and forward seating with a convertible bunny pad, ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. All seating features are removable when fishing becomes a priority. A 13-foot storage bay is tucked within the boat’s smartly trimmed console/cabin, with nearly 6 1/2 feet of headroom.

Rob Thomson

Mechanical components have been so neatly installed, the resulting aesthetic is one of elegance and cleanliness without any excess flash. Accessories like audio equipment and accent lights are discretely located out of sight. The bones of each Bahama George LaBonte, Boat are similar, but no two who writes this are exactly alike—Henley column, has been and his team take pride in a charter fishing making each owner’s unique captain in Jupiter dream come true. And for for nearly 40 years Thomson, if waking into a ( He also has dream on the hook watchhosted the television series Florida ing the sun rise with a coffee Sportsman Best Boat and Florida overlooking his B41 isn’t perSportsman Project Dreamboat for fection, it’s pretty darn close. five seasons. ❖


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Clockwise from top left: Savor charcuterie at La Bergerie; beautiful blooms in Fredericksburg; sample local wines at Narrow Path Winery; Fredericksburg’s wildfl wer season brings vibrant bluebonnets.


n his song “People Up in Texas,” the late country music icon Waylon Jennings croons: “You don’t need no one to tell you when you cross that Texas line. The air starts smellin’ sweeter, and the water tastes like wine.” Jennings could very well have been describing Fredericksburg, tucked in the Texas Hill Country, about an hour’s drive northwest of San Antonio. In the spring, roadsides come alive with wildflowers, resulting in colorful waves that beckon locals and visitors alike to pull over and frolic through brilliant bluebonnets and fiery Indian paintbrushes. These blossoms imbue the air with a distinct sweetness, but that’s not where the song’s similarities end. Dripping with Texas hospitality but entrenched in German heritage, the small town of Fredericksburg is full of big surprises. The area is dotted with wineries, restaurants, adorable inns, and a historic Main Street where chains are not allowed and antique stores thrive. Perfect for romantic getaways or vacays with friends, this underthe-radar locale has it all. WILD ABOUT WILDFLOWERS For Texans, wildflower season is a rite of passage; locals will tell you it’s tradition

to dress in your Sunday best and pose in front of the coveted bluebonnets. Depending on the weather, the flowers usually reach their peak by late March and make a swift exit in May. To peep the ultimate fl ral kaleidoscope, head to Wildseed Farms ( to wander through 200 acres bursting with bluebonnets, bright red poppies, and more. The farm also has butterfly gardens, a café, and a store where you can buy seedlings. IT’S ALWAYS WINE O’CLOCK Wine flows like water in Fredericksburg, with around 50 wineries and tasting rooms sprinkled along Highway 290. While the region isn’t as well-established as Napa or Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Fredericksburg winemakers are cutting their teeth on grapes that thrive in the dry, hot climate, such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Mourvèdre—and the possibilities are constantly evolving. “Every time we try to pin one down, we fin three or four more [grapes] that do well here,” says Tyler Turbeville of family-owned Narrow Path Winery ( A seam of solid limestone runs through the middle of Narrow Path’s vineyard, so the


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Clockwise from far left: Fredericksburg Herb Farm; Nature’s Spa at Fredericksburg Herb Farm; cinnamon rolls at Emma + Ollie; divine creations at Chocolat.

FOOD COMA Fredericksburg lends a German accent to Texan food with a number of authentic restaurants, including Der Lindenbaum (, which offers specialties such as schnitzel. Otto’s German Bistro (, owned by Evelyn and John Washburne, presents a creative spin on German fare as seen in plates like duck schnitzel with a blueberry demi-glace. A few doors down, the couple also operates La Bergerie Wine Bar & Shop (, where they layer charcuterie boards with house-cured meats and Pinot Noir–soaked cheeses. Should a carb craving hit, look for

FAIRY-TALE DIGS Fredericksburg boasts a variety of accommodations. To be close to the action on Main Street, stay at The Lodge Above Town Creek ( Of the 16 roomy suites, a handful cover two stories, with a bedroom upstairs and a living room and bathroom downstairs. A breakfast basket is delivered to your door each morning, and evenings are reserved for sitting by the fire or pool with a glass of Fredericksburg wine. Another quaint option is the Fredericksburg Herb Farm

(, with its sprawling grounds that evoke storybook scenes. The 14 charming Sunday Haus Cottages mimic the design of Fredericksburg’s historic “Sunday Houses,” one-room buildings German settlers used on the weekends when they came into town for church services or social gatherings. In between sightseeing, retreat to your porch to relax in a rocking chair or treat yourself to some pampering at the on-site Nature’s Spa. In season, romp through the farm’s small field of bluebonnets— just don’t forget your cowboy boots. ❖


vines struggle to break through, a stress Turbeville believes leads to something beautiful. “What happens, I think, is that you end up getting stronger flavors from the fruit as they make more effort,” he says of their reds with cherry notes and tinges of white pepper. One of the area’s first wineries, Becker Vineyards (, uses 100percent Texas grapes. Stop by to sip an award-winning Viognier, romp through a lavender field, and watch a spectacular sunset. For a taste of the Pacific Northwest, head to Signor Vineyard (, which sources grapes from Oregon to craft velvety Pinot Noirs. Had enough wine? Beer lovers flock to Altstadt Brewery (, known for its traditional German brewing practices.

the line weaving around Emma + Ollie ( Go for breakfast to savor goodies including giant cinnamon rolls, bacon cheddar scones, and beignets dashed in powdered sugar. Nestled in a cottage off Main Street, Fredericksburg Pie Company ( makes all of its pies from scratch daily. With mile-high banana cream or coconut meringue, pecan pies flavored with chocolate or bourbon, and several choices starring Fredericksburg’s famous peaches, it’s hard to go wrong. Lastly, don’t miss Chocolat, where owner Lecia Duke has mastered a 200-year-old European process of creating delicate sugar casts and spiking the thin chocolate shells with fine spirits and vino from local wineries. A box of these is a great souvenir; once you bite into the chocolate and the alcohol explodes in your mouth, you’ll wish you had bought more.


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The designer in her Stuart home

or designer Ally Whalen, home is where her heart is. After years of designing children’s clothing for Healthtex, followed by a stint as director of corporate sales for Simplicity Interiors, she decided to follow her dream of becoming an interior designer. “I was inspired by my background in fashion,” says Whalen, 47, who got her start in interior design by beautifying the homes of friends and family. “But I love interior design more than fashion because there are so many aspects that fashion doesn’t have. It is my passion to create spaces. I love helping transform my clients’ lives with design.” Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Whalen recalls designing baby clothes for her dolls when she was a child. After earning a bachelor’s degree in apparel and textile design from UNC Greensboro in 1996, she spent 15 years honing her across-the-board talents. In 2011, she launched her namesake interior design business out of Charlotte, North Carolina (, which now includes new


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The bright and airy dining area (above) and master bedroom (right) feel calm and cozy, with neutral tones, coastal flair, and natural textures.


construction, renovation, curation, and design with a focus on primary residences and vacation homes. Known for coastal modern style, Whalen favors light, bright, and neutral with pops of color. “Nothing stuffy or overdone,” says the designer. Her industry talent has not gone unnoticed: Earlier this year, she was recognized as one of Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the interior design industry, was a top 10 finalist in Rowe Furniture’s Design Challenge, and was featured in the Rowe/Robin Bruce showroom at the 2021 High Point Market. This past January, Whalen and her husband, Scott (the owner of a security firm, who also works with Whalen on her business), moved from North Carolina to Stuart, lured by the glorious weather. She still has many clients in Charlotte and visits about once a month, but she says she prefers to work from Stuart. “I love the small-town feel,” she says. “It’s safe, and people are friendly. I like the weather, sunshine and breeze, and especially that

I can leave the windows open six months a year.” The Stuart home she and her husband bought earlier this year is the epitome of cottage chic. “I wanted a smaller house with a cozy feeling,” she says of the one-level, 1,650-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two baths located downtown. “It is very open and bright.” The overall color palette of the living area is beachy shades of tan, white, and soft blues. The living room has a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace with a sofa and chairs tailored in washable white linen slipcovers. Whalen updated an accent wall with fresh white wallpaper printed with taupe palm leaves. In the kitchen and dining area, the neutral tones are accentuated by wicker chairs and light fixtures and a white farmhouse-style table. “These rooms are conducive to family,” says Whalen, the mom of three children (two still live at home). “Although I don’t cook, my husband does. We’re so lucky—with a gas range, he’s chef quality!”


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Whalen infused her son’s room with personality; sandy hues and ocean blues (below).

The coastal tones continue in the calming master bedroom, while the kids’ rooms have been decorated to suit them: Her 11-year-old daughter’s room has an “organic” feel in peach and green hues, plants, woven materials, and hanging pendants and baskets. “I like to bring texture to the room,” says the designer. In her 3-year-old son’s room, fun throw pillows, artwork, and wall decals add personality. Whalen has ordered new all-weather wicker furniture from Kingsley Bate, but while awaiting the delivery amidst the pandemic-driven disruptions in the international supply chain, the family is using some of their old pieces and just enjoying the home’s tropical feel and privacy. “I love everything about this house—especially the open yet cozy feel,” says Whalen. “I get happy as soon as I walk in. I feel my soul living here. I am blessed.” ❖



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Palm leaf–print wallpaper on an accent wall perfectly complements the cottage vibe.


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The pool is the focal point of this Jupiter home’s outdoor space, with the putting green (above right) off to the side.



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Welcome DIVERSIONS THE EXPERTS: Sebastian Smallegange of Turtle Beach Construction in Jupiter, (putting green) and Annie Santulli of Annie Santulli Designs in Palm Beach Gardens, (bocce court)



or those who embrace a life of activity, a backyard can be an opportunity to mix in a little recreation with relaxation. The key is to cast the diversion in the role of an exciting yet unexpected guest star rather than the headliner. With its sophisticated play on geometric shapes and tiles in varying shades of rich blue, it’s clear that the pool area is the captivating focal point of this outdoor space (shown at left). While it began as a spec project by Turtle Beach Construction, this Jupiter home would ultimately sell before completion, with the company incorporating elements in the finished design that cater speci cally to the client’s tastes. Among these is a putting green area (shown above), complete with a sand trap, set off to the side of the patio. The space pairs the client’s loves of golf and entertaining and infuses an air of amusement into the home’s polished exterior. Annie Santulli didn’t let limited space prevent her from adding a A bocce court on the roofdeck of an oceanfront penthouse little fun to this oceanfront pentapartment on Jupiter Island house apartment on Jupiter Island (shown at right). While two of the rooftop deck seating areas were used for an outdoor kitchen and a hot tub, the third pays tribute to her client’s love of Italy’s Old World style, cultivated on many trips to the country. And what bocce court area would be complete without a couple of Italian marble statues?


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Clockwise from top left: Breathtaking water views; Tequesta-based landscape architect Tyler Nielsen created a natural garden to make this Miami Beach home totally private; varieties of grasses, shrubs, trees, philodendrons, and wildfl wers were carefully selected to frame the surrounding architecture appropriately.



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Garden OASIS THE EXPERT: Tyler Nielsen of Nielsen Landscape Architects in Tequesta,



here are times when you want your outdoor landscape to serve as a backdrop for your environs and other times when you want the landscape to actually be the environs. When you opt for the latter, the space will offer distinct outdoor rooms, lushly designed with purpose. For this project, landscape designer Tyler Nielsen was tasked with creating a whimsical and vibrant garden that would provide the owner with total privacy. Thanks to the installation of mature palms and other trees along the property’s perimeter, as well as a dense native understory shrub buffer, the backyard was transformed into a secluded retreat. Nielsen artistically incorporated a diverse palette of plants that includes multiple varieties of grasses, shrubs, trees, philodendrons, and wildflowers—all of which were carefully selected to match the scale and stature of the surrounding architecture and frame it appropriately. The space is also rich with plant texture, an important element in creating a natural-looking garden as it provides interest, depth, and visual focal points. Sumptuously curvy outdoor furniture, along with sculptural planters, add to the organic nature of the space and play off the elegant hardscape design to help create the end result of a fascinating landscape that is at once alluring, livable, and immersive.


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Eye for ENTERTAINING THE EXPERT: Lisa Peterson of Pineapples Design Group in Jupiter,




utdoor spaces that succeed in becoming the life of the party typically showcase a multifaceted personality. For this Juno Beach home, Lisa Peterson of Pineapples Design Group in Jupiter created separate outdoor areas for each of its intended uses— dining, conversation, and relaxation. A covered area equipped with plush seating, a mounted television, and a stylish bar with a built-in cooler serves as the ideal all-weather spot for visitors to chillax with a cocktail or cheer on their favorite team. As thoughts turn to food, a lighted outdoor kitchen gives chefs ample space to prepare epicurean treats while still remaining part of the outdoor festivities. A long, narrow dining table that overlooks the pool and ocean allows guests to maintain conversational closeness while being a thoughtful use of space. Numerous comfy seating areas spaced through the exterior beckon guests to settle in and spend some time mingling with one another. What ties everything together is the blending and layering of textures and unique fabrics from the same color family in each of the spaces to provide a cohesive feel. Partyfriendly backyards also need A long, narrow dining table by the pool to have a flow that encourages movement throughout the entire space and creates opportunities for both interaction and intimacy. By addressing various uses as well as providing options for sitting, standing, and conversing, you ensure guests will feel both engaged and at ease in the social scene you have created. ❖


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This Juno Beach home is perfect for outdoor entertaining, with a mounted television, a kitchen, and various places to eat, relax, and socialize.


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Marc Jacobs The Tie Dye Snapshot bag ($350), Bloomingdale’s, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag ($595), Staud Soft Rey denim tote ($350), Ganni Melange rib-knit dress ($245), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens Opposite page: Tory Burch Kira Chevron convertible shoulder bag ($528), Bloomingdale’s, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; Aquazzura natural/ black Cavallino sandal ($800), Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket ($695) and Gamila pant ($395), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; Misho Cuban bracelet (worn as anklet) in 22-karat gold-plated bronze ($108) and Pandaia stack rings in 22-karat gold-plated bronze ($119), NOVEMBER 2021 | STUART

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Coach Ergo small leather shoulder bag ($395), Bloomingdale’s, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; Acler Astone dress ($595), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens Opposite page: Bottega Veneta The Cassette leather cross-body bag in green ($2,100) and mini Cassette cross-body bag in black and white ($890 each), Silvia Tcherassi Tavrina off-the-shoulder midi dress ($1,150), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; Misho Cuban bracelet in 22-karat gold-plated bronze ($108),



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Design Trends:



very year, the interior design industry rolls out its annual haul of home décor trends—some fleeting and some that persevere for decades, even centuries. With cooler weather upon us and the holidays fast approaching, it’s a good time to preen your home, or even just one room, in the most au courant fixations. Here, local designers Jennifer Ribek of Jennifer Ribek Interior Design in Jupiter

This dining area incorporates natural design through texture, tone, and live foliage.


( and Baylee Knipe of Baylee Deyon Design in Palm City ( weigh in on some of their favorite trends and share some advice for incorporating them into your home.

BIOPHILIC/NATURAL DESIGN According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends a whopping 93 percent of life indoors. The backbone of biophilic design is using natural and wholesome materials, plants, lighting, and other sensorial design elements to create an organic oasis that energizes, refreshes, and connects us with nature. “Bringing the outdoors in is all about blurring the line between us and the outside,” says Palm City–based designer Baylee Knipe. “You can achieve this look by incorporating nature-inspired wall coverings such as a natural grass cloth or palm frond– patterned wallpaper.” She also recommends punctuating your pad with plants and other lush greens, whether with ceiling planters, a potted fiddle leaf tree, or a living wall. Jupiter-based designer Jennifer Ribek suggests weaving in furniture composed of natural materials like rattan or wicker (“They were so trendy in the CLAUDIA BELL




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From top: A sitting room with Moroccan flair; Africa décor mixed with modern art gives this living room personality; Modern Gesture Ndebele Necklace pendant lighting in emerald ($675),

— Jennifer Ribek

2000s and have made a major comeback”), jute or hemp-mixed rugs, and wall paints in warm colors and earthy tones. You can also lend texture, Ribek adds, with wooden elements like picture frames and decorative bowls or fill a clay vase with flower buds and leaves for an organic touch.

INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES Take a subliminal vacation with help from furnishings and textiles from all over the globe. “By incorporating ornamental details, textiles, and furnishings from different parts of the world, you can create a feeling you are somewhere else,” Ribek says. “This is so important, since traveling today is not as easy as it once was.” Pick a destination you love, then look at online photographs to get a better sense of the country’s colors, textures, and tones. Says Ribek: “Even a photo from your travels can be the anchor for your design choices.” You might incorporate Asian influences, Aztec tribal tributes, beachy vibes, or a dash of Southwestern élan. Ribek notes that Balinese and Moroccan flair are popular themes. “When I think of Bali, I imagine white sofas, hand-carved wooden coffee tables, and sheer drapes. If you want a piece of Morocco, combine lots of pillows in beautiful jewel tones and hand-painted tiles with hanging lamps.”



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GRANDMILLENNIAL STYLE “There are a lot of amazing details that go into the ‘granny chic’ style, which I define as vintage with a touch of today,” says Ribek. “The mix of vintage goods with today’s style is something that is so fun to do because you are bringing life out of history.” Begin with a fabulous wallpaper or fabric with colors that can be highlighted around the room in furnishings and accessories, including art, pillows, or even lighting. Next, layer lace adornments and needlepoint pillows with your heirlooms and curios like the overseas. “These things have value and add such greatness to your home,” says Ribek. If you have an outdated piece with good bones, like your grandmother’s favorite settee in that what-was-she-thinking, pea


antique clock you found traveling

soup–colored velvet, have it reupholstered in chintz or chinoiserie and trimmed with fringe for a transformational ef-

simple initiatives like switching to LED light

fect. Notes Ribek: “It may be enhanced, but the

bulbs, purchasing energy-efficient appliances,

memories will still be within it.”

and installing an adjustable thermostat. She also recommends picking zero-VOC paints, which


are healthier and have better energy efficienc

Sustainable-minded living is commonplace in

than traditional ones; decorating with plants to

countries like Denmark and Finland, and mil-

help eliminate air toxins; and repurposing old

lions of Americans are also now embracing

or neglected furniture with fabrics made from

eco-friendly design. Ribek says we can cre-

natural, vegan, or cruelty-free materials like

ate an environmentally awakened home with

hemp, organic wool, and synthetic leather.

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COLOR POP From top: The key to color pop is keeping the main furniture pieces neutral-toned, says designer Baylee Knipe; bright, patterned pillows add pizzazz.

There are many reasons why neutral colors like white, beige, and gray are the deities of interior design. Not only do they make us feel relaxed, but they also serve as a focal point in minimalistic and monochromatic design, two trends that have staying power. But just because these subdued tones are in style, that doesn’t mean you can’t take that color wheel for a spin. “I like the main furniture pieces and the rug to remain neutral, and I’ll incorporate strong color through pillows, artwork, and paint,” says Knipe. “This allows you to switch items out with the seasons, or as you please, without having to replace a whole sofa if you get sick of it.” Simple things like adding a large rug or runner, indoor blooms, or a lampshade in a bright pattern or hue are easy to replace and can make a big impact.

MAXIMALISM Unlike Japandi, a portmanteau of Japanese and minimalism, maximalism is a “more is more” style with the ability to balance furnishings, collections, and even



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Don’t forget to show your walls some lovin’ too. Palm City–based Ken Hooper Capozzi, a design consultant and member of the board of directors for the Arts Council of Martin County, gives the lowdown on what’s trending in the art world.

tchotchkes with vibrant textures and bold hues—all under the same ceiling. “I love that there aren’t really any rules that have to be followed with this trend,” says Knipe. “It’s just decorating a space with items that make you happy and not caring if it’s over-the-top because it works.” Happiness is key to designing a maximalist room, which should be stocked with cheery hues and everything you love, even if it feels contradictory. Knipe recommends picking a starting point: “Think of it as your ground zero.” It could be a terrazzo tile floor, wallpaper with punchy stripes, or even a Marvel movie poster. Create cohesion by matching your favorite colors and patterns in furniture pieces, throw pillows, area rugs, and art, which also gives the eye something to absorb.

MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES Thanks to COVID, our homes have served us in more ways than we could have ever imagined. For many, they act as a workplace, school, restaurant, and gym all at once. “[COVID] has created a real need for multipurpose spaces,” says Knipe. “Rooms now need to do double or even triple duty, whether it’s making an open floor plan more functional or maximizing a small nook.” Determine how the room will be utilized, then designate separate areas (rugs or room dividers can be helpful here) for different activities. For instance, if you want a spot to watch movies and entertain, Knipe recommends pairing a comfortable sectional around the television with lounge chairs and a storage ottoman that can serve as a tabletop. “Dualpurpose furniture is key here,” she says. And a standing desk with an under-the-desk treadmill placed in a sunny corner is perfect for anyone who has to work, and workout, at home. ❖

METAL PRINTS Printing high-definition images on metal panels like aluminum has become a big movement. It’s much different than printing on canvas—metal prints are so crisp and clean, they almost look real. Plus, they’re fairly inexpensive. GLASS Colored or sculptured, more and more people are buying glass for their shelves and bookcases. With LED lighting, you can light it very easily without running wires everywhere. A fine piece of glass will never go out of style if it’s properly displayed and lit. SCULPTURE It’s not necessarily a trend, but sculpture is a great way to add character to a room. I like metal art—it could be copper, silver, or brass, in geometric shapes, and it could hang on the wall or sit behind your couch. When it comes to metals, my motto is, the more you mix, the more it lasts forever.


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Punchy wallpaper can set a Maximilist vibe. Shown here: Arcadia wallpaper in navy blue ($388/double roll), Chelsea Lane & Company, West Palm Beach,

SPOT COLOR I’m seeing this a lot—a pop of color against a neutral background, which creates incredible contrast. I have a piece by Miami artist Kre8, who paints very surreal backgrounds with black and white animals and figures and then throws out all these colors like confetti. It’s just splash, splash, splash all over! Majestic, by artist Kre8





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Flavor Treasure Coast Dining A Selection of Area Restaurants MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.287.5599 DISTRICT TABLE & BAR Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8357 FLANIGAN’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL South Florida chain sports bar and grill, open until midnight (or later) 365 days a year. 950 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.0039 FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your fix. Enjoy waterfront views—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.209.2005 HARRY AND THE NATIVES This longstanding family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and

a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.546.3061 OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING Stuart’s family-owned and operated brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like The Kraken, Orb’s Hard Seltzer, and Pumpkin Amber Ale. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5596 OSCEOLA STREET CAFE Enjoy homemade breakfasts, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches at this downtown Stuart cafe. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.283.6116 SONNY’S BBQ A traditional, smoky barbecue offering mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart;; 772.283.4150 SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.247.7382 SOUTHERN PIG AND CATTLE Stop by for steaks and barbecue favorites in addition to a large salad bar. 2583 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.3141 SPRITZ CITY BISTRO Upscale American bistro featuring tapas and small plates. 61 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.320.9100

TASTE CASUAL DINING Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well, tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.546.1129 THE CRAFTED KEG This brewpub, located inside a former grocery store, serves a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and soda along with typical bar foods, flatbreads, specials, and customizable meat and cheese platters. 555 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.600.8218

ASIAN ASIAN CHAO Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.3674 ASIAN SPICE BISTRO Small, contemporary Asian eatery known for its beautiful sushi plates and boats. 1888 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.208.5164 BANGKOK BAY Dive into high-quality Thai dishes and fresh sushi served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.2141


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BASIL GARDEN OF PALM CITY Locally beloved, cozy Thai eatery offering a vast, quality menu. 2655 SW Feroe Ave., Palm City; 772.220.1994 BENIHANA Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.286.0740 CAFE BOONMA “Boonma” means good karma and that good times and things are coming—something owner and Chef Rampai lives up to at this traditional Thai spot offering wok dishes and house specials like duck with tamarind sauce. 3720 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.291.2320 EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; fusionofec; 772.888.3171 HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE Japanese steakhouse offering typical Asian eats as well as extravagant sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese décor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City;; 772.283.5118 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT An array of authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.8114 SACHI SUSHI ASIAN FUSION A contemporary space offering a multitude of sushi options, as well as Thai and pho selections. 3382 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.219.0900 TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT Conventional Chinese restaurant serving fine dining options as well as take-out, delivery, and catering. 2389 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.291.2102

CAFÉ 3 BARISTAS Organic coffee and smoothies, as well as beans in bulk and café fare such as quiches, spinach and feta sandwiches, and various baked goods. 241 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; 561.402.5976 BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ Authentic Italian bakery and café offering pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee. 3980 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.261.8913 BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR Formerly a bunkhouse used to house WWII soldiers, this plant-based café offers acai bowls and freshbaked goods alongside its coffee menu. 3181 NE

West End Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.261.8312 COFFEE BAR BLUE DOOR Quaint downtown coffee shop serving breakfast, bistro fare, and baked goods, with flora-focused outdoor seating that’s especially enjoyable in the late hours. 38 SE Osceola St., Stuart; coffeebarbluedoor; 772.221.7707 GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR Enjoy coffee, cheese boards, smoothies, and more at this charming waterfront location. Stay for happy hour and gaze as the sun sets over the water. 615 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart;; 772.214.1522 IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ Specializing in pastry and breads, with additional menu items like sandwiches and coffee. 3800 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.0204 STUART COFFEE COMPANY Located in the heart of downtown, Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.600.8243

FOOD TRUCK BAGEL BOYZ Swing by for New York–style bagels served fresh from a custom wood-fired oven. During lunch, grab a pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 561.379.3771 BROTHERS’ Q BBQ Barbeque doesn’t get much better than Brothers’ Q. Try the Sunday smoked wings, three-cheese smoked mac, or brisket sandwich. 4480 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; 484.619.1488 SMAC’S SHACK Located at Broward Motorsports in Hobe Sound on weekends, Smac’s Shack serves up coastal New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam chowder. 38401 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.272.0347 TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2 Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, gorditas, and a wide selection of meat options. 10835 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.485.6994

FRENCH 11 MAPLE STREET Where French country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with fare resembling art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with some of each season’s peak items, including locally sourced

produce and humanely raised meats. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.334.7714

GERMAN ETHAN’S GRILL Chef Lenh offers an exciting menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave., Hobe Sound;; 772.210.2350 THE HOFFMANN Enjoy traditional German and American fare while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN MR. GYROS Treasure Coast chain serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean comfort food, including gyros, pitas, entrées, appetizers, and sides. 2383 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.463.3127 PORT BARNA Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an American and Spanish twist. 3478A NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.232.6738

INDIAN BOLLY TWIST From the owners of India Palace, Bolly Twist offers an array of Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine such as tandoori dishes, meat and vegetarian entrées, dosas, biryani, and special platters. 5563 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.210.6793 INDIA PALACE Modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, with creative uses of fresh ingredients. Enjoy a sampling of South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties that pair well with oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.6262 NAMASTE GRILL Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary space in the heart of downtown Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats to a hearty array of veggie entrées. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN 18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO Inside this quaint, historically preserved building lies

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one of the area’s most intimate and romantic spaces. All meals are made to order and crafted with topquality, local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.463.0059 ANNA’S PIZZA A casual pizzeria with mouthwatering pies, pastas, and subs for a laid-back experience that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. 2281 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City;; 772.221.0061 CASA BELLA This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond-satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart;; 772.223.0077 FANTINI’S NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA Known for New Haven–style thin crust known as “apizza,” Fantini’s offers old-school Italian soul food cooked fresh to order. A fan favorite is the white clam apizza. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.692.9980 LA BORGATA RISTORANTE La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s famous dishes—no passport required—for more than 50 years. The menu features Italian dishes such as calamari Siciliana and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza and stromboli, prepared to order. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City;; 772.288.2121

LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT This family-owned gem is home to a selection of gourmet pasta in addition to hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart;; 772.872.7333 LIZZA’S PIZZA Fast, casual eating with dishes including pastas, breads, subs, and, of course, pizzas. 3359 NW Main Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.9233 LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART A local favorite offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.288.0550 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.283.6660 PEPE & SALE Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistro-like setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart;; 772.872.6251 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, the kitchen puts out authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.7575

PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique sauces and cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.288.9810 THE BRICK OVEN PIZZA COMPANY Serving delicious brick oven pizza as well as various Italian entrées in a moody setting, complete with a bar and plenty of seating. 3138 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City;; 772.219.7747 THE GROVE, PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound;; 772.402.5410

JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering fresh favorites like beef patties with a bun and cheese and jerk chicken served with rice and peas or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.266.8678

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Flavor MEXICAN MR. JALAPEÑO STUART Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.287.8161 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart;; 772.288.6741 TACO SHACK Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart;; 772.288.9696 TAKO TIKI Come to Tako Tiki for craft cocktails, nightly live music, and a menu of small plates, sandwiches, and salads. Oh, and tacos! 3340 NE Pineapple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.208.5554 TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS Authentic Mexican food and setting, offering breakfast, tacos, seafood, and house dinners. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart;; 772.287.7747 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.678.9014 PUEBLO VIEJO A family-owned local chain offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.934.6683; 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050;

POLISH POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT An authentic, Mom and Pop Polish restaurant with a European market attached. 3950 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.692.1112

SEAFOOD BASIN SEAFOOD & FRESH FISH MARKET Fresh seafood on ice available for purchase as well as dining options and charming outdoor and indoor seating. 4150 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; 772.287.5771 BONEFISH GRILL A casual environment with seafood favorites like wood-grilled lobster and rainbow trout with just the right amount of kick. 2283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.4388 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.334.1130 CRAWDADDY’S Every day is Mardi Gras at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.3444 DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE A fine waterfront retreat with panoramic river views. A wide-ranging menu features plentiful seafood


selections, wood-grilled meats, and home-style specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.781.5136 FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest of seafood dishes and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.286.6711 KING NEPTUNE Serving the finest seafood soups, salads, and dishes, King Neptune lives up to its reputation of knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” 4795 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.287.9630 MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL Boasting locations in Port Salerno and the Fort Pierce Inlet on Hutchinson Island, this laid-back spot is ideal for those who arrive by land and sea. 4817 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.464.2700 NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT New England has you covered with fresh seafood, available for purchase in their market or as a classic meal in their restaurant. 1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; 772.334.7324; 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; 772.872.7355; PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket at Pirate’s Loft. From salads to seafood, there is something for everyone on the extensive menu. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart;; 772.223.5048 RIVERWALK CAFE AND OYSTER BAR A top stop for fresh-caught seafood and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. 201 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart;; 772.221.1511 SAILOR’S RETURN Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by a beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers ample seating, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart;; 772.872.7250 SAUDER’S LANDING This small fish house with a thatched-roof patio and dining room features fresh-caught seafood like its famous crab cakes. 9815 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.0246 SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4290 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.3287 SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. From ribs to raw oysters, every dish is perfection. 9800 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; dining; 772.229.1224 STRINGERS TAVERN & OYSTER BAR Located at the former Pawnbrokers Grill in Harbour Bay Plaza, this eatery captures the area’s local history, and its décor mimics the interior of a boat. Dive into an array of oysters served on the half shell plus

surf and turf favorites. 3754 SE Ocean Blvd., Sewalls Point, Stuart;; 772.210.2876 SNEAKI TIKI Tiki-inspired eatery outfitted with a patio to enjoy live music, seafood, and tacos. 211 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 1, Stuart;; 772.286.0565 STUART BOATHOUSE A stunning waterfront setting, an outstanding happy hour, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.266.4586 TAUSHA’S SEAFOOD MARKET Tausha’s gets all of its seafood fresh off local boats each morning. It’s available for purchase in their market (along with a wide selection of sides) as well as on the restaurant menu. 4533 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.288.6500 THE BLACK MARLIN Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.286.3126 THE DECK RESTAURANT Located inside Harbor Inn & Marina, The Deck is dedicated to providing diners classic favorites with a twist, like the BLGT po’ boy with bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes, along with beautiful sunsets and a gorgeous view of the St. Lucie River. 307 NW North River Drive, Stuart; the-deck; 772.692.1203 THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL A wide selection of Gulf, East, and West Coast oysters paired with wine, local brews, and tropical cocktails make this casual eatery a must-visit for oyster lovers. 10999 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.877.3139 THE QUIET CRAB Owner and Chef Jeff Goldstein brings his Rockville, Maryland, roots to this restaurant that receives steamed blue crabs weekly. 6075 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.210.5154 THE TWISTED TUNA Between live music, waterfront views, fresh seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart;; 772.600.7239 TIDEHOUSE Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Yacht Club & Marina. Fresh Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.444.3166

STEAK HOUSE GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF Enjoy fresh seafood, quality steaks, and creative cocktails in this upscale contemporary setting with live piano music every night. 2621 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.266.4014


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KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.237.5461 MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City;; 772.220.3011 PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.2516

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY 3NATIVES Florida health chain offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads, bagels, wraps, juices, and shots in a relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.266.9431 BERRY FRESH CAFE This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free café serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE

Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8287 CITY BEETS Vegan and vegetarian options are included on City Beets’ menu, which features smoothies, bowls, juices, and café fare made with locally sourced products. 2761 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.247.7485 DELITEFUL KITCHEN Artisan market, community hub, and café boasting healthy, organic, and farm-to-table fare. 2401 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.324.3413 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart;; 772.291.2640 TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE Tabuleh Café sits within the Planet Ozone market, the first “green” commercial building and gas station in Martin County, and offers organic, glutenfree, Halal, and locally sourced selections, as well as fresh-squeezed juices. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.403.2199 THE SOCIETY MARKET CAFE Healthy, fresh, and local—what more could you want? This eatery has everything from smoothies and sandwiches to juices and wines. 320 SE Denver Ave., Stuart;; 772.247.7071

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE AMERICAN 2ND STREET BISTRO This lively bistro highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The beer list features a brew to complement every meal and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.293.9191 JAMMBAR WINGS For finger-licking bar food, JammBar’s wings can be customized to order, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces or plain. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie; 772.237.4802; 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670; MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL Enjoy a variety of options from seafood to steak to veggie burgers, all filling and all fresh. 4817 Dixie Hwy., Stuart; 772.872.7288; 1640 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8460; SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY American warehouse-style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom as well as appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.577. 4382

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Flavor SPIRO’S TAVERNA Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches, along with beer and wine, in a casual setting. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.879.4083 SUNRISE CITY CAFE Located in the heart of downtown historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. 204 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce;; 772.242.1833 THE S&S CAFÉ & WINE BAR Globally inspired with an emphasis on health, the S&S offers plenty of wholesome vegan options. 148 Depot Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.461.8354

ASIAN PHO DELI Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from Pho to Bahn Mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.877.2133; 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584; RAMEN HANA AND WINGS Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie;; 772.444.2825 SEOUL GARDEN Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, short rib, traditional han-sik, and housemade kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6588 WASABI THAI SUSHI Stop by for good food, large portions, and delicate ambience—plus a full liquor bar. 217 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce;; 772.242.1310

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN THINK GREEK First a food truck and now a full-fledged restaurant, Think Greek offers a variety of Greek classics with an American twist. 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.800.3128

INDIAN TAJ INDIAN Curries steal the show at this establishment that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and Halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.237.4567

ITALIAN ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.302.3591


PIE HOLE WOOD PIZZA Pizza pub with classic pizza, subs, wings, and salads served in a vintage-style setting with dark wood, stone and brick walls, shuffleboard, and charming outdoor seating. 2510 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.971.0120 RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.335.2988 TUTTO FRESCO An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.464.8988

JAMAICAN JERK CITY Located at an unassuming strip mall, Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialities for lunch and dinner. Favorites include curry goat and chicken, with specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This beloved eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, potatoes, and more. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.985.3128

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th Street, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6600 PORT SAINT WICH Cuban café specializing in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.266.5152 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its mofongo—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with an assortment of shrimp, tostones, and more. Mofongo offers two-for-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT A hit with the locals, visit for a dynamite meal and atmosphere. 7950 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.204.2744 LA HACIENDITA SUPER TAQUERIA Don’t let the quaint, unassuming atmosphere

fool you—this hole-in-the-wall packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090 TACO DIVE Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.345.3483; 2025 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8635;

PORTUGUESE FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who is whipping up Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie;; 772.337.1110

SEAFOOD 12A BUOY Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce;; 772.672.4524 CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrées including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch—and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out the experience at this new location. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce;; 772.252.5672 HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.429.5303 RHUMCAY BEACH RESORT AND ISLAND GRILLE A quality beachside culinary experience that is wellcoupled with oceanfront accommodations. 110 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.882.3602

STEAK HOUSE MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and sides at their Tradition outpost. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie;; 772.348.3805 OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE Local favorite Chef Kyle G brings you Oak and Ember, an upscale classic steakhouse with delectable meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie;; 772.224.2553

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE Organic, fresh fruit blended into delightful, creative smoothies and bowls in downtown Fort Pierce. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce;; 772.448.4097 ❖


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Come to Our Kickoff Join us on November 2nd at our free Kickoff event at the Florida Oceanographic Society, and hear about our plans to award a total of $1million to Martin County nonprofits in our first five years! Learn more and register at

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