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NEEMO 23: Simulating Space Exploration in a Real-life Undersea Environment Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
South Florida PBS Changing Seas: “Toxic Waters” Film Screening and Expert Q&A
The Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health: Integrated Approaches to Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms Jim Sullivan, Ph.D. & Amy Wright, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
Chasing Nutrients and Coral Reef Decline at Looe Key, Florida Keys: A Four Decade Quest Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
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Will Razing Rays Save Our Bays? Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
Fishing for Science Aaron Adams, Ph.D. & Paul Wills, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
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Discovering New Chemicals from the Sea: Can We Address the Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis? Peter McCarthy, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch
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CONTENTS Vo l u m e 2 0 | I s s u e 1 | J a n u a r y 2 0 2 0
D E PA R T M E N T S 14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER Words from Kim Capen
18 THINGS WE LOVE
Get in the know on upcoming local events
20 TRENDING LOCALLY
Stylish finds in close-by boutiques
22 NOW + FOREVER
Local couples tie the knot
24 DINING WITH TISH
Discover the area’s best restaurants
26 HOME BEAUTIFUL Home design tips
27 THE FISHING CHRONICLES
Fishing advice from a seasoned angler
34 NOMAD’S NOTEBOOK
Cozy up in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains
84 ALL ACCESS
A guide to social events, dining, contests, promotions, charities, arts and more
PROFILES 30 PAINTING FOR PRESERVATION
High school sophomore Chris Carnes spends his spare time painting to promote clean waterways.
32 UNORDINARY “PET” VET
Dr. Johanna Wade of Wade Veterinary Services treats farm animals of every size from her mobile truck.
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F E AT U R E S 38 40 UNDER 40
Meet 40 must-know members of The Treasure Coast’s community under the age of 40.
68 ISLAND ESCAPE
From empty plot to lakeside utopia, HW Interiors’ Lisa Hynes and Heather Weisz tackle a second home project for a Palm Beach family.
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letter from the publisher
New Year, Fresh Start
very January issue, I get to reflect on what our magazine articles focused on over the past year. Last year, we hit the mark in 2019 on some of the most critical issues in our area. At the beginning of the year, we focused on coral reefs and our water situation as well as solar energy and how it’ll help our future. We educated you on the remodels of the country clubs in our area and showed you our best coastal chic homes. In philanthropy, we introduced you to Chris Norton, a local paraplegic energizing everyone to take it to the next level, and we showcased golfing legend Nancy Lopez and her amazing charities. In our lifestyle area, we showed you the family side of former secret service agent Dan Bongino. We are lucky to be able to educate readers on so many vital issues in our area. About three years ago, I noticed one of our sister publications producing a story on 40 under 40. A few years later, I thought it’s now time for our area to take a shot at investigating this feature for us. I was shocked by how difficult it was to pull off; there are too many individuals to choose from in our two counties. When putting this piece together, I read everything I could find about the 40 individuals we chose. When investigating other 40 under 40 features, I kept reading about how they were to be the most influential young leaders of today, and our 40 are no exception. We want to thank The Mansion at Tuckahoe for helping us out with our location. Our photographer Austin Amacker did a fantastic job, as well as our managing editor, Melissa Puppo; associate editor, Megan Ayscue; and web editor, Kayla Ziadie. I want to especially thank the candidates who took time out of their hectic schedules to make this all happen. This is the last issue I worked on in the year 2019 that I will put to bed. As you know, our media schedule works months ahead of print, and we had a great year! There have been so many great cover stories and features. It’s also my 13th year with Stuart Magazine this issue. I cannot wait to move on to our next story. 2020 is the year to be stronger, braver and kinder. From our family to yours, we wish you all the best.
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P I C T U R E S
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Evening of Celebration Golden Knights
Ed Ciampi, Erica and John Garwood, Stephen Leighton and John Snyder
Impact 100 Martin Kickoff
OPENING ACT Lee Cotton, Andrea Von Aldenbruck, Samantha Woggon and Jennifer Eaton
Wings of Hope Luncheon
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STICK INSTALLATION Patrick Dougherty returns with a new hand-crafted masterpiece to McKee Botanical Garden. Made from woven sticks, Dougherty’s 2016 installation, “The Royals,” featured three tall towers that lasted in the Royal Palm Grove for two and a half years. From Jan. 8 to 26, his work returns with a new, one-of-a-kind sculpture created from willow saplings harvested from a farm in upstate New York. (Ticket prices vary; mckeegarden.org)
ART SHOW IN THE GARDENS
SEAFOOD FESTIVAL From live music to mermaids and pirates, nothing compares to the fresh and local seafood at the Port Salerno Seafood Festival. Catch a complimentary shuttle from one of the free parking lots to Port Salerno Jan. 25 for all the seafood you can eat.
Explore the inaugural Art Show in The Gardens. Artists representing 2D and 3D art as well as jewelry and fine crafts will be at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens Jan. 4 to 5. Everything for sale is original, handcrafted work exhibited by the artists. (Free; pslbg.org)
Go wild with Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live at the Sunrise Theatre. Jungle Jack brings an array of approximately 15 animals to his three-time Emmy Award-winning show on Jan. 23 as well as stories for all ages about his encounters all over the animal kingdom. (Tickets from $39; sunrisetheatre.com)
INTO THE WILD
Wander the works of 125 artists at the 12th annual Jensen Beach Fine Art & Craft Show in downtown Jensen Beach. This unique outdoor show runs Jan. 11 to 12 where displaying artists’ original works of fine art and craft are for sale. (Free; jensenbeachflorida.info)
RODEO AND CONCERT Experience the Treasure Coast’s largest rodeo at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds with the Busch Foundation Rodeo and Concert. On Jan. 18, watch team roping, bull riding, bareback riding and more. Then, relax with craft beer samplings, an exotic petting zoo, corn hole tournament and live performances from the Casey Raines Band and Kaleb Lee.
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ART & CRAFT SHOW
DENIM & DIAMONDS BALL Grab your dancing shoes and best pair of jeans for the VNA’s Denim & Diamonds Charity Ball on Jan. 18. The night at The Hitching’ Post at Rockin’ H Ranch starts with a cocktail hour and entertainment, followed by dinner, line dancing with a live band, raffle items and a live auction. (Tickets from $150; vnaflorida.org)
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N O W + F O R E V E R
Renee Ane Kissane & Justin Michael Wood By Megan Ayscue WHO THEY ARE: Renee, 25, is a marketing assistant at a golf
club shipping company, and Justin, 28, is a PGA professional at a golf course.
open right away. As she was ready to walk out the door, Renee gave in. Inside the box was a note asking Renee to marry Justin, who was filming the scene.
HOW THEY MET: Justin and Renee went to high school to-
ON THE THEME: The modern beach wedding was adorned
gether but weren’t in the same circles. Years later, they happened to return home on the same weekend; Renee visiting from college and Justin visiting his mother. That’s when they both swiped right and matched on the dating app Tinder. While they didn’t meet up immediately, Justin drove two and a half hours to visit Renee the following weekend.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: Sharing
several common passions “made falling in love easy,” Renee says. From the tendency to bet on everything due to their competitive nature to spending time together at their favorite spot, Miller’s Ale House, “our love was unbreakable,” she continues. “We just knew we were meant for one another.” ON THE PROPOSAL: Before heading to a Shania Twain con-
cert, Renee brought a package inside, which Justin insisted she
with driftwood collected by Renee and her dad throughout her childhood. The wood was used in every centerpiece along with aqua glass rocks and sea coral. Beach themes made an appearance from the beginning on the invitations as shells, through to the reception in the decor.
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: During their unity ceremony, Justin and Renee combined sand from important places in their lives into a blue glass vase with a wooden bottom. Justin’s sand came from the bunker of a golf course his late father spent a lot of time, while Renee’s came from her favorite beach, the Stuart Rocks, where she went on several trips with friends. ON ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES: “Exchange morning-of notes,” Renee says. “It helped me get some of the tears out and is something I’ll keep forever.”
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ince opening in 2009, La Forchetta has become a top destination for lovers of Italian food in the Stuart area. The cozy restaurant is so popular that the owners, the Di Fede family, opened a second location on U.S. Highway 1 in Stuart. For various reasons, the family recently sold the new business, but the Lost River Road location continues to thrive (reservations are recommended during the season). The menu at La Forchetta features many traditional Italian dishes—chicken and veal marsala, Francese and Piccata, for example—but there are also some nice surprises, such as the herb-roasted salmon, Veal Porto (with port wine sauce and pine nuts) and Chicken Luca (sautéed with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus and topped with a plum tomato wine sauce). There’s also an enticing variety of pasta, as well as a separate pizza menu. When I dined here with a friend recently, we were served
by Rita, one of the owners, and she was warm, welcoming and full of suggestions on what to order. For an appetizer, we decided to split the bruschetta burrata and crostini; chopped seasoned tomatoes served on crostini and topped with a generous portion of creamy burrata and a peppery arugula salad. I chose the Veal Saltimbocca Florentine for my entrée; a plate of three large scaloppini topped with prosciutto and mozzarella, served with a white wine butter sauce on a bed of spinach. The veal was fork-tender and the dish was full of earthy flavor. My dining companion ordered the Penne di Papa, a generous portion of penne combined with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, Bolognese sauce and topped with shaved Parmesan—a rich and satisfying dish. For dessert, we enjoyed a house-made caramelized apple cheesecake, a delicious ending to a memorable meal.
La Forchetta, 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart 772.872.7333; laforchetta.net Tish Boyle is a food writer and the author of “Flavorful: 150 Irresistible Desserts in All-Time Favorite Flavors” (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015). She lives in Palm City with her husband and two cats.
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HOSPICE CARE • GRIEF SUPPORT • PEDIATRIC CARE Our patients receive hospice care in their own homes, in hospitals, in nursing homes or assisted living residences, or in one of our three Inpatient Units. Licensed since 1982. Treasure Coast Hospice complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 772-403-4500. (Spanish) ATANSYON: Si w pale Kreyòl Ayisyen, gen sèvis èd pou lang ki disponib gratis pou ou. Rele 772-403-4500. (French Creole).
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January Events STUART GREEN MARKET Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. City Hall Annex Parking Lot 300 St. Lucie Ave. ROCK’N RIVERWALK FREE CONCERT SERIES Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rock’n Riverwalk 201 SW St. Lucie Ave. BLUES, BREWS, BOURBON, & BBQ benefiting Rock’n Riverwalk Jan. 18 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Flagler Park MORNINGS ON MAIN STREET Free Networking Breakfast Jan. 24 • 8 a.m. Edward Jones - Paul Nunley 329 SE Ocean Blvd. For membership and sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.
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Home Beautiful Nicole A. Bertke is a Treasure Coast real estate professional. In her monthly column, she covers what homeowners need to know.
LUXURY IS IN THE DETAILS: THE EXPENSIVE UPKEEP
n the Treasure Coast, luxury properties are those valued at $1 million or more. But just because someone has the means to purchase a luxury home, does not mean the funds exist to maintain it. To protect the value of a luxury home, the property is expected to be kept in impeccable condition, which can result in many hidden or unexpected costs, especially for the first-time luxury property owner. Such expenses can include landscape services, often that extend beyond simple weekly visits; pool services—again with higher frequency than in average homes; and regular housekeeping. Depending on the property size, these services may be rendered by staff solely for that home. In our beautiful waterfront area, luxury homes will often require professional window cleaning services as the windows extend beyond multiple stories and can face saltwater elements. The same is true of the exterior and fixtures that must be maintained to high standards. Frequent pressure cleaning may be needed. Similarly, properties with private docks will require maintenance to keep barnacles to a minimum, boat lifts in good working order and the structure stable. The luxury home and its valuable contents are often maintained by high-end security monitoring systems, even in gated communities with roaming security. Those communities will often have high monthly and annual fees that need to be considered in the expenses as well. Luxury homes are often palatial, which means the utility costs are often inflated, too. Lastly, we can’t forget the high property taxes that accompany a luxury home as a result of its high value, which can be the tipping point on ongoing property costs. Even if one can afford the purchase of their dream, luxury property, careful consideration must be given to the additional costs to maintain the home and its value.
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ithin our crystal-clear dazzling waters exist trophy-sized fish that anglers yearn to battle with. Power, greatness and sheer herculean strength will assure victory heading into battle, mostly. Some days on the water can easily turn into joyless sorrow, and your adventure into perfect conditions can leave you holding a participation trophy in the end. In other words, every seasoned angler deals with a day of disappointment. We are talking about outsmarting an inferior species. Yet with constant casting, perfect placement and presentation of your bait or lures, it’s not a guarantee you will come out victorious. I always say to myself, “This is the last cast, and it’s going to be the one.” Yet, the “one” never strikes and it can feel like the Earth stopped rotating. As anglers, you will experience “skunking.” Being skunked, or left without a catch, is truly disappointing. The day started out promising and ended up as your worst round to date. Let the blame games commence; perhaps there are low atmospheric pressures, unstable water temperatures, a slightly overcast full moon, the wrong tide, etc. You can easily come up with an excuse over a day of being skunked. The thing is, after decades of being skunked from time to time, you come to realize fishing will become hot again. Count on it. Persistence will help you reclaim your throne and once again reign as king. You must be patient through the times when your subjects are obstinate and fussy. Ultimately, with enough tenacity, you will return to the pristine waters with emperor-like resolve, overcoming the skunking. I love fishing even when I’m not catching.
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The Power of Painting CHRISTOPHER CARNES HAS TURNED PAINTING INTO A PLATFORM, PROMOTING CLEAN WATER BY DEPICTING DAMAGE DONE BY PLASTICS TO OCEANS, RIVERS AND WATERWAYS. By Amy Woods | Photography by Lindsey Potter
hristopher Carnes experienced the allure of art at a young age. As a kindergartener at Bessey Creek Elementary, the then-5-year-old saw a display of paintings at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, met the artist and learned she ran the Visionary School of Arts. “I wanted to try something new, and I thought maybe I should try art,” Carnes remembers. “I started lessons and never stopped.” Now a 15-year-old sophomore at South Fork High School, his brushstrokes have blossomed in a multitude of
mediums including acrylic, oil and pastel. Eleven of his creations recently hung at the Osceola Street Café. He has won awards from Audubon of Martin County, the Martin County Fair, and the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commercesponsored Home, Garden & Orchid Show. “Over the years, you could tell that I just got better and better and better,” he says. “The main thing I like about art is the creativity you get to put in it.” By combining his artistic talent with his environmental passion—he serves as president of Students4H20, promoting its Plastic Bag Initiative and organizing its an-
nual Water Fest event—he has turned painting into a platform. A piece titled “Affected” portrays a sea turtle in an underwater reef scene that, when ultraviolet light is shined on it, exposes the animal’s plastic-filled skeleton. “It wasn’t being discussed a lot, and I wanted to help engage in that conversation,” he says of the 12-inchby-24-inch acrylic he painted two years ago. “Really seeing a visual like that, especially for the kids, it helps bring them more understanding—more than reading an article.” Although his work could command recognition in shows of a larger scale, he chooses not to enter such competitions because they do not give back submitted paintings. “I want the paintings so that I can personally have them and use them at events,” Carnes says. “I like to say what I’m doing in the community definitely needs more awareness.” Lynne Barletta, the founder and executive director of the Visionary School of Arts—whom Christopher met a decade ago—says he is one of its success stories. “Over the years, Christopher has donated many hours of volunteer service to teach small children fine art in classes and camps,” Barletta says. “He is involved in his church, and he also teaches children’s chimes, Sunday school and helps to run the Vacation Bible School. He is pretty well rounded.” Why is clean water at the forefront of your causes? This is the forefront of my causes because clean water is the base for everything in a community. Once you have clean water in the community, it leads to a healthy community, an opportunity for education and building up an impactful government. How did you select which paintings to hang in the Osceola Street Café? I selected my paintings by picking my best and most recent pictures to hang on their walls.
OVER THE YEARS, CHRISTOPHER HAS DONATED MANY HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO TEACH SMALL CHILDREN FINE ART IN CLASSES AND CAMPS.” - Lynne Barletta
What do you like about where you live? I love Martin County because of the true community feel of this town.
Everyone knows each other, and there is a strong supportive group that cares about our environment and the waterways we are blessed with.
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Visionary Veterinarian DR. JOHANNA WADE MAKES MEDICAL ROUNDS IN A TRUCK, TREATING FARM ANIMALS FOR EVERYTHING FROM EAR INFECTIONS TO OVERGROWN TEETH. By Amy Woods | Photography by Lindsey Potter
ade Veterinary Services operates unlike any other animal-care practice on the Treasure Coast. Dr. Johanna Wade, who started the business one year ago in Palm City, is the reason. “I really liked the idea of doing farm calls,” says Dr. Wade, whose patients include goats, pigs, rabbits and sheep in addition to cats and dogs. “I see patients for annual wellness exams and vaccinations, various medical concerns and herd health examinations, among other things.”
She recently worked on a great horned owl whose injuries required the removal of its eye. “The great horned owl is doing wonderfully,” she says. “It was very sad because owls rely so much on their eyes, but she will hopefully be released back into the wild.” The 29-year-old University of Florida graduate knew she wanted to be a vet at a young age. Growing up in West Palm Beach, she kept a variety of creatures, including a chicken named Jojo. “My parents were either really crazy or really sweet, but
they said yes whenever I wanted to have a pet,” she says. In college, Dr. Wade could not decide whether to specialize in large or small animals, so she studied both. “I still couldn’t pick one,” she says. After graduating, she became a mobile, mixed-animal vet and now drives around town in her supply-stocked Ford F-150. “Instead of the hassle of loading your pets and taking them into a clinic, everything is done in the comfort of home or on the farm,” she says. “The stress that you see in animals in an office visit is usually not present. That’s part of the reason I love doing this so much because I get to be with the animals in their own environment.” How does your bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation help you as a veterinarian? It instilled in me the value of wildlife and their habitats and how I can help promote the conservation of those species and our natural resources. It also helped me better understand the importance and power of observation, which I use every single day. I may look like I’m simply petting an animal or talking with an owner, but I am really soaking in every detail I can about my patients and their environment to better care for them. What is one of the more interesting encounters you have had with an animal? There is never a dull moment. I have had the opportunity to work with a Florida panther, showed clients how to do physical therapy on a baby peacock with limb paralysis and treated a famous feline you might have seen in TV commercials before. Have you ever been injured treating one of your patients? Thankfully, I have never been seriously injured while treating an animal, but we always have to be careful in this line of work. There have been lots of scrapes, bruises and sore muscles, though.
MY PARENTS WERE EITHER REALLY CRAZY OR REALLY SWEET, BUT THEY SAID YES WHENEVER I WANTED TO HAVE A PET.”
As a fourth-generation Floridian, you must have lots of extended family in the area. Yes, I am very fortunate to have my big extended family. They have taught
me that you should never take life too seriously and that everyone is welcome (we’ve had our Publix bagger at Thanksgiving more than once).
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s a native Floridian, I have come to accept that 80-degree holidays with palm trees decked out in twinkling lights will forever be the reality of winter in the Sunshine State. To whet my appetite for a seasonal change, I traveled by car with friends to a destination straight off the cover of a paperback romance novel: the Great Smoky Mountains. At the corner of autumnal adventures and cozy digs was our retreat for the weekend, a stunning log cabin tucked away within The Preserve Resort in Wears Valley, Tennessee. The cabin, aptly named Rocky Top Retreat, was as charming as it was accommodating, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes Bob Ross would have emulated in a heartbeat. Sitting at an elevation of 1,750 feet, sweeping views of Pigeon Forge Valley owned one side of the cabin, while the grand Smokies took over the other. My friends and I spread out in the spacious three-story abode that boasted master suites on the first and second floors, as well as lofted sleeping areas above the second floor. The attached full-sized kitchen downstairs was fully equipped with all the works, including an oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and two coffee machines that poured steaming cups of java on chilly mornings. A jacuzzi on the first-floor deck was a delightfully unexpected feature worth taking advantage of.
The secondfloor game room features a pool table, arcade games and foosball.
(top) Scenic waterfalls can be spotted during nature walks. (left) Explore the mountains through various trails. (below) The Preserve Resort log cabins offer grand views of the Smokies.
Rocking chairs adorned the second floor’s balcony, offering a pristine view of wondrous colors far from sight back home in South Florida. It was connected directly to the game room, featuring a 42-inch flatscreen TV, pool table, foosball, arcade games and a massive bean bag chair reminiscent of childhood memories. The second floor’s master king suite included a jetted whirlpool tub and spacious shower. Floor-to-ceiling windows allowed natural light to drench the space in warmth amidst the 35-degree weather, all while giving a mere peek at the enamoring magnificence of our surroundings. Our cabin was a 45-minute drive from both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and despite the aching desire to stay cozied up in our new nook, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park awaited. The skylift slowly ascends 1,800 feet up Crockett Mountain to drop passengers off at the Sky Deck. There, 360-degree views of Tennessee’s mountainous terrain hit like butterflies on a first date. Not for the faint of heart, the connecting SkyBridge suspends 140 feet at its midpoint, spanning 680 feet over a gaping valley. After working up an appetite, we indulged in a feast of Gatlinburg favorites, because moonshine and barbeque are to Tennessee as croquetas and cortaditos are
to South Florida. At both Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler and Sugarlands Distilling Company, $5 tastings were a no-brainer. Shot glasses half the size of my pinky were the perfect size for the 10-plus deliciously potent pours. At the recommendation of several locals, authentic Southern barbeque at Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que was also a must—after all, no trip to Tennessee is complete without fall-off-the-bone ribs, pulled pork, and spicy macaroni and cheese accompanied by biscuits, a tangy array of barbeque sauces and Southern sweet tea. One of the most meaningful parts of the trip was venturing through the visual masterpiece that was the Laurel Falls Trail. The warning signs of active bears in the area and steep mountainsides were hardly a concern, and the 1.3-mile trail surrounded by panoramic views of orange and yellow
allowed for quiet reflection amongst our usually talkative group. They say life is about the journey, not the destination. But on that two-hour hike alongside five of my dearest friends and the most marvelous mountain vistas, I was reminded that it’s far more than just a journey—what matters most are the relationships cultivated along the way that help carry you through. And if you ever choose to journey throughout the vast expanse of the Great Smoky Mountains, make sure the company you take is as wonderful as mine.
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NICOLE MELICHAR, 26
Tennis Professional on the WTA Tour
he tennis accomplishment Nicole Melichar is most proud of is playing both doubles finals at the 2018 Championships at Wimbledon. She won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title in 2018 alongside partner Alexander Peya, and she also reached the Women’s Doubles Final with Květa Peschke. “I pride myself on fighting for every point and never giving up when I am on the court,” Melichar says. During the off-season, she participates in exhibition tennis events to help raise money for charity. Alongside her full-time tennis career, she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in communications online at Indiana University East with hopes of delving into sports commentating.
40 Under 40 We’ve scoured the Treasure Coast in search of individuals making a difference in the community all under the age of 40. From being named a Top 100 Lawyer in the state to winning at Wimbledon, flip through to read about our region’s most talented and promising individuals, innovators and business professionals.
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LISHA DESANTIS, 34 Director of Marketing, Convey Health Solutions
ince she was 13 years old, Lisha DeSantis has had a passion for volunteering. For the past few years, she has been an active member of the Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) and is now the Vice President of the JLMC. With her team at work, the Fort Pierce resident has doubled the company’s revenue over the last four years. As the Director of Marketing at Convey Health Solutions, DeSantis does a hybrid of marketing, sales, business development and product management to connect with prospects, meet their business goals and generate revenue.
SCOTT HOGAN, 33
Founder and President, SaltWrap
s the founder and president of SaltWrap, Scott Hogan is hands-on in every aspect of the company, from taking on the role of chief product formulator to publishing original content on saltwrap.com. “After suffering several sports-related and other injuries, I started publishing content on
saltwrap.com to help other people overcome physical setbacks and injuries,” Hogan says. And that’s the Palm City resident’s mission with SaltWrap: to help people overcome physical obstacles, recover from injury and live their best pain-free life. Not only does his business help improve people’s lives, but it allows him to stay close to home with his wife and two kids.
ANTHONY COLLETTA, 37 Director of Community Outreach, The First Tee
t all started with a question: Why don’t kids play golf? It was an important enough inquiry that would lead to the creation of The First Tee, an organization with a mission to offer both golf and life lessons to young people. Helping to cultivate relationships with various charitable organizations to introduce the game to today’s youth is Anthony Colletta, the director of community outreach. Since 2015, the Stuart resident has had the opportunity to coach an after school First Tee golf program once a week at 10th Street Community Center. He also recently took part in organizing a Special Olympics golf program for athletes living in Mar-
tin County, along with a golf program for retired military veterans in St. Lucie County, all at no cost to participants.
SAVANNAH RESNIK, 25 CBS12 Photojournalist
eing a photojournalist for CBS12 means Savannah Resnik is the eyes, ears and voice for the newsroom to tell the stories of those in the community. “I am most proud of covering a reported case of neglected horses that needed [to be] rescued,” Resnik says. “Thanks to investigative journalism and pushing for answers, the owner was arrested, and the horses were rescued.” When the Stuart resident isn’t behind the camera, she is a volunteer at Florida TRAC in Indiantown where she helps exercise and retrain off-the-track thoroughbreds to find a new career and home after their time racing.
JORDAN WAGNER, 39 Partner, Kibbey Wagner, PLLC
anaging partner and lead attorney for all personal injury and civil cases at Kibbey Wagner, Jordan Wagner is proud to be recognized by The Florida Bar as an expert in Civil Trial Law. When not at work—where he is a partner with his wife—the Stuart resident is happiest at home with his family. It’s the small-town family atmosphere, along with the golf courses and beach, that he loves about living on the Treasure Coast. Wagner is also on the Board of Directors for Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast and is a member of the Palm City Presbyterian Church.
DANNY PLUMMER, 30
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
anny Plummer is the vice president of Merrill Lynch—a title he is most proud of to date where he guides his clients to achieve all of their financial goals. While he grew up in Maine, he now calls The Pines in Jensen Beach home along with his wife, Rachel, and 4-year-old identical twin boys Darcy and Davis. He serves on the board for the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast with a role of helping raise money for the museum through event coordination. He also volunteers at the annual career preparation workshop in The Village of Indiantown where he educates the participants on the importance of saving and investing.
KATRINA RESCH, 39 CEO, Fresch Perspective Event Management
s the event manager at her small business, Katrina Resch works with many not-for-profit companies and companies benefitting non-profits. Through her planning, these events have been able to raise a lot of money for charities. The Palm City resident also created her own event, Babes and Bubbly, where like-minded ladies can “sip, laugh and dance.” On top of work, Resch can’t say no to volunteering and often does so at her kid’s school or as an alumna of LEADERship Martin County.
NIKOLAUS MARTIN SCHROTH, 36
Principal/Broker, NAI Southcoast; Managing Partner, CRE Valuation Services Treasure Coast; Co-Founder, Islamorada Brewery & Distillery
n his career, Nikolaus Schroth is most proud of the relationships he has built with clients, business partners and the community. Those relationships are what led him and his team to bring Islamorada Brew-
ery & Distillery’s production facility to the Treasure Coast. In the community, he has also served on the Stuart Main Street board for five years and has been president for two. “Stuart Main Street recently took over the Flagler Center,” Schroth says. “I am excited to see the organization increase the activity at the Flagler Center and continue to maintain a vibrant and active Downtown Stuart.”
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care of your team and your employees, they will in return, take care of your customers and represent our company to the highest standard in our medical industry,” she says. When not assisting her team, you can find Nielsen teaching yoga at Downtown Yoga Barre and Beyond in downtown Fort Pierce. As a resident of Port St. Lucie, Nielsen is a member of numerous groups such as the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County and hosts numerous food and toy drives throughout the year.
JANET PALMER, 37 President and Co-Founder, Random Acts of Pink
breast cancer survivor herself, Janet Palmer founded Random Acts of Pink to financially assist cancer patients with their medical bills. She made the organization with a 100 percent volunteer effort to keep costs at a minimum and has been involved with raising more than $25,000 for local cancer patients. The Port St. Lucie resident understands the patient’s view, from getting the diagnosis to the all-clear, and can communicate with understanding the physical and emotional toll, along with the financial stress, treatment puts on patients as well as their families.
MICHAEL ROBBINS, 34 Owner, Robbins Music
ichael Robbins spends his days inspiring and training the next generation of musicians on the Treasure Coast, some of whom have performed in Disney, Universal Studios, All-State, Artsiest and several local parades. The Stuart resident is scheduled to conduct 18 concerts on the Treasure Coast for the 2019-2020 season. Outside of work, he is the conductor of the Treasure Coast Community Singers, the Treasure Coast Youth Choir, the board chairman of the New Gardens Band and Indian River Pops Orchestra as well as the assistant conductor and French Horn player with the Indian River Pops Orchestra.
KATIE MAKEMSON, 34 Director of Education, Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
mong the many hats Katie Makemson wears, her role at the Children’s
Museum is to create the curriculum for field trips, outreach programs and camps. There, the Stuart resident also works with other non-profits in the community, but she particularly enjoys working with Surfers For Autism and The Hope Center for Autism because children with autism and special needs hold a special place in her heart. When not working, Makemson’s passion lays in traveling as she has visited 35 countries— including living in Australia—but she can’t stay away from the wonderful community of the Treasure Coast.
BRIANA MARIE NIELSEN, 28
Director of Human Resources, REMETRONIX
s the director of human resources for REMETRONIX in Port St. Lucie, Briana Marie Nielsen’s goal is to develop a world-class team. She helped the company earn the title of “Best Places to Work for St. Lucie County” 11 times. “When you take
HOWARD FARRO, 32
Personal Chef, Howard’s Pleasant Plate Catering
reating quality food for people is the bread and butter of Howard Farro’s career. He’s a personal chef for numerous celebrities, locals and corporate families. “I love when people can feel that love and passion through the food I cook,” says the 32-year-old owner of Howard’s Pleasant Plate Catering. His latest project is “Cooking with Howard,” during which he goes to New Monrovia and teaches kids how to cook. Two families have even donated plots of property for his food movement. “I teach [kids] how to grow food, teach them the importance of compost piles,” he says. “I push ‘from the Earth.’” He also sits on the board at the Banner Lake Club in Hobe Sound and is on the Advisory Council Board for the Boys & Girls Club of Hobe Sound. He’s also the recent recipient of the Future Leader Award from the NAACP.
RYAN ABERNETHY, 30 Attorney, Abernethy Law Group
yan Abernethy knows the impact his career has on his clients. Working with them to design and implement their estate planning and asset protection goals is his everyday role as an attorney at Abernethy Law Group. Professionally, he’s most proud of having the opportunity to directly work with different clients of all varieties on a dayto-day basis and find ways to “solve” what their individual planning needs are. The Fort Pierce resident also serves on the board for both the Fort Pierce Rotary Club and the Fort Pierce Farmers Market. In his free time, he enjoys cooking as well as training and competing for amateur strongman competitions.
CANDACE CALLAHAN, 37
Corporate Gifts Officer, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast; Executive Director, Young Professionals of Martin County
hen Candace Callahan isn’t cultivating, soliciting and managing all of the
Humane Society’s business partnerships and corporate sponsors, she’s coordinating more than 36 events a year for the Young Professionals of Martin County as the executive director. In her role, she helps businesses of all sizes with everything from aligning their marketing strategies to managing all of their community outreach, including educational seminars, volunteer activities and philanthropy. She enjoys living on the Treasure Coast for its strong sense of community and also works for two restaurants—The Chef ’s Table and Southfork Kitchen & Bar. “I think this area is what you make of it,” she says. “Opportunity is everywhere if you look.”
KATIE GIANNI, 29
Fine Art Framer & Consultant, The Gilt Complex; Artist
rom art consultations to building and designing frames and displays, Katie Gianni loves what she does. At The Gilt Complex, being an artist allows the Port St. Lucie resident to apply her creative talents to every task while making sure each project is given its proper time and care. She also manages the complex’s local artist registry. Along
with several solo exhibitions and being accepted into several shows and exhibitions, Gianni is an active member of the Martin Artisans Guild, which is a group of professional artists who support the production and appreciation of fine art and craft in Martin County.
JOLIEN CARABALLO, 39 City Councilwoman, City of Port St. Lucie
s the first Hispanic elected to the City Council, Jolien Caraballo is proud of her Cuban heritage. The Port St. Lucie resident knows her No. 1 job is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the city residents as well as oversee the budget, implement the strategic plan and be an advocate at the state and federal level. Caraballo has been a part of several committees and organizations. Right now, she is the vice president of the Treasure Coast Regional League of Cities, board of director member of Florida League of Cities and a board member of the Transportation and Planning Organization.
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SHYANNE HELMS, 30 Communications and Economic Development Manager, the City of Fort Pierce
S AVIANA SHAPIRO, 31
Owner, Wave Hair Color & Design
n less than a year after opening her studio’s doors, Aviana Shapiro has created a community and family. Her Stuart-based business, Wave Hair Color & Design Studio, focuses on making her clients look their best versions of themselves. Shapiro is also a member of Women Supporting the Arts and IMPACT 100 Martin. “My studio is a hub for creativity and celebration of the arts here in downtown Stuart’s Arts & Entertainment District,” she says. The salon is committed to raising money and awareness for charities in the area such as the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Molly’s House. Her deepest joy is raising her 11-year-old daughter, Giana, in Jensen Beach where she finds peace at the ocean. According to Shapiro, “there is nothing the salty air and dip in the sea can’t heal.”
RACHEL SNYDER, 34 President, Snyder Marketing Solutions & Events
s the president of Snyder Marketing Solutions and Events since 2011, Rachel Snyder takes pride in being entrusted with her clients’ goals, whether it’s for company
growth or event planning. “We love to take their vision, enhance it with our creativity and resources and deliver an experience that surpasses their expectations and makes an amazing memory for the attendees,” Synder says. “I’m so grateful to lead an incredible team, and each day, I set out to ensure they know how much they’re valued and look forward to coming to work.” In her downtime, the Treasure Coast native can be found on the water with her husband, Nikolaus.
hyanne Helms’ mission is to spark renewed interest in Fort Pierce and generate sustainable economic growth that will create opportunities for citizens to thrive today and for generations to come. “Fort Pierce is in the midst of momentous transition, and I am extremely proud of the work we are doing to help propel the city forward,” she says. In her free time, Helms serves on Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful and the Business and Industry Committee of the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce. Alongside being involved in her city, her passion is to create original works of art, from graphic design to jewelry making.
ZACK JONES, 33
BARBARA KIBBEY WAGNER, Esq., 35
Owner, Snorkel Corn Entertainment ack Jones created Snorkel Corn Entertainment to bring more excitement to the Treasure Coast while shining a light on the area’s talent. When he put together the Bryan Jackson Music Festival, they had more than 70 musical acts in Downtown Fort Pierce all in one day. His favorite part of both living and working on the Treasure Coast? Seeing it grow and change for the better. “When I first moved here, many parts of this town weren’t even developed yet,” Jones says. “As the population grows more and more, we’re able to collaborate with so many talented and creative people. That’s very exciting.”
Partner/Owner, Kibbey Wagner PLLC er day-to-day includes overseeing criminal cases in addition to handling creative and philanthropic endeavors for her firm. At 35, Barbara Kibbey Wagner of Stuart has been named Super Lawyer Rising Star, vice president of Martin County Bar, awarded Best Advocate, and named a Top 100 Lawyer in Florida for criminal defense. When not winning cases, she advocates for river and wetlands restoration and is supports Citizens for Clean Water. She’s also vice president of the Martin County Bar, a member of the Martin County Legal Aid Society and a member of Palm City Presbyterian Church.
GEORGE M. STOKUS, 38
Assistant County Administrator, Martin County Board of County Commissioners
o date, George M. Stokus is most proud of being a team member that brought a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) lab to J.D. Parker Elementary School. The Stuart resident’s daily role with the Martin County Board of County Commissioners is to make sure that policies are carried out by staff and to assist in the dissemination of information in an accurate and timely manner. His involvement in the community spans from LEADERship Martin, Class 25 and serving on the Alumni Board, to volunteering at the airport’s holiday celebration with kids from Hibiscus House.
JESSICA ADDAMS, 31 Owner, deLITEful Kitchen
tuart resident Jessica Addams is the owner of deLITEful Kitchen, an organic, local, farm-to-table health food restaurant and catering company. The artisan market and community hub at deLITEful provides a place for local artisans with a startup to showcase their products without the overhead of a storefront. Along with being a successful restaurateur, Addams is on the boards for the Surfrider Foundation and two advisory councils for the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, as well as volunteers with The Banner Lake Club and the SAC and PTO of her children’s schools.
SHANNON M. CALDWELL, 39 Co-Founder/Marketing Director, UBU Brands; Change Manager, NextEra Energy Resources
hannon Caldwell balances several roles at two companies, so it’s important to her that she remains consistent in adding value to the people she’s supporting in each of those roles and companies. She also wears many hats with her community involvement, such as being a volunteer speaker for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Planet Philanthropy, Treasure Coast Association of Fundraising Professionals and Treasure Coast Minority Business Expo, on top of being a marketing volunteer for both Downtown Stuart’s Rock’n Riverwalk and Scott Bores Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Campaign, to name a few. When she’s home, she likes to spend time with her husband, toddler and two cats.
TARA VAUGHN BALDWIN, 36
President, Operation 300
ara Vaughn Baldwin is passionate about her community. So much so, that her dedication to Operation 300 led it to being chosen as the Martin County Business Development Board 2019 Non-Profit of the Year. “I am proud that our organization has built a reputation of honor, excellence and integrity,” Baldwin says. Recently, Operation 300 and her family helped lead the Treasure Coast Abacos Relief Project, where they worked with hundreds of volunteers to bring much-needed aid to the people of the Abacos over seven weeks. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for 16 years with whom she has two daughters.
MERRITT MATHESON, 37 Commissioner, City of Stuart
s a multi-generational Floridian on both sides of his family, Merritt Matheson makes every decision through the lens of how it will affect all future generations. As the City of Stuart commissioner, Matheson worked toward advocacy against toxic discharges into the St. Lucie River. The Stuart resident, along with the help of others, is excited to see a shift in the way Florida’s regulatory agencies look at water quality and hopes the St. Lucie River can be restored to its natural state as one of the most biodiverse waterways on the planet.
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GUYTON STONE, 34
Mayor, Village of Indiantown; Owner, Guyton Industries, LLC
f you live in Indiantown, chances are you will recognize Guyton Stone. As the mayor of the Village Indiantown, Stone’s days consist of overseeing financial decisions to planning the future for the locals. He also is the owner of Guyton Industries where he brings customers’ imaginations to life with quality craftsmanship. At 34, the former Jamaica resident moved to the Treasure Coast in 1999 and became one of the first council members in the Village of Indiantown. He was awarded Small Business of the Year in 2018 and helped reestablish the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Indiantown, which he serves as a scoutmaster and cubmaster.
KIA FONTAINE, 38
Executive Director, The Lyric Theatre
part from her everyday duties, Kia Fontaine is proud to have developed and implemented The Lyric’s Summer Camp. The camp allows children to explore the arts while learning practical skills and character-building techniques. Fontaine provides access to not only the arts at The Lyric Theatre but an escape from everyday life in a medium of artistic expression that elevates and educates. The Fort Pierce resident is also a part of the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers Market Board of Directors, Heathcote Botanical Garden’s Bonsai Bash Committee and a volunteer for Main Street Fort Pierce Historic Ghost Tours.
JAMES CARROLL, 31 Business Developer; Publicist
f there’s one thing that’s important to James Carroll, it’s ensuring his commitment to the community is authentic. “It’s been my goal in any endeavor to understand the person, the goal and offer a solution that correlates with their character and business practices,” says the 31-year-old Hobe Sound resident. He developed and marketed an app you might have on your phone; it’s called NH Voter Guide and allows cities to view candidate stances on issues, fundraising totals, contact information and biographies. When not developing apps or helping businesses grow, Carroll invests time with the Young Professionals of Martin County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Martin County GOP, the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce, Palm City Chamber of Commerce and the Tequesta Business Association.
ELISE RAFFA, 28
Communications and Membership Manager, The Arts Council of Martin County
or Elise Raffa, her role as communications and membership manager means looking to the future in preserving the arts and getting young people involved for years to come. She prides herself on being part of the Arts Council for the last five years, and “being able to bring my millennial perspective to various meeting tables. Since 2017, Raffa has curated Courtroom Sessions, a contemporary art exhibition and music showcase held at the historic Court House Cultural Center in Downtown Stuart. “The arts are such an enormous passion of mine, and I want to make sure to do my part in keeping them here,” she says.
ELEXCIA SAVARESEFLEMING, 27 Senior Sales Specialist, Teva Pharmaceuticals CNS
rowing up, Elexcia Savarese-Fleming was an avid teen performer at StarStruck Theatre where she spent most of her after-school hours, weekends and summers. She also worked at the theatre for a year after graduating before taking on the role as a senior sales specialist at Teva Pharmaceuticals CNS. Her proudest accomplishment to date has been winning two top five percent titles in the three years she’s been in the President’s Club (top 10 percent in sales) and, at press time, was on pace to finish again in the top five percent for 2019. Savarese-Fleming married her high school sweetheart, Brooks, which she says reminds her “how rewarding it is coming from a town on the Treasure Coast.”
ANGELA HOFFMAN, 35
Chief Advancement Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Martin County
hile she previously helped grow the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce financially and in its geographic reach, Angela Hoffman’s latest achievement has been holding the title of chief advancement officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. Recently, she helped secure funding for a food truck culinary program that is set to launch this summer, which will utilize the produce growing in local Boys and Girls Club gardens. “Advancing these initiatives, garnering community support and helping our team design creative solutions to respond to the changing needs of our members is by far the most exciting part of my position,” Hoffman says. She’s excited to continue accelerating the work of the Business Development Board to strengthen Martin County’s economy while serving as the president. When not working, Hoffman enjoys family time at the beach as well as attending parades and the Festival of the Arts.
SAM BRUNING, 38
Owner/Financial Advisor, Southern Magnolia Investment Management
s the owner and financial advisor for his own business, Southern Magnolia Investment Management, Sam Bruning runs its day-to-day operations. Doing so has been a step outside of his comfort zone after working at Fortune 500 companies for 15 years. Despite his career switch, one constant has been his life on the Treasure Coast for more than 30 years. “The things I enjoy most about the Treasure Coast are the close friends I have made since moving here in 1987, the weather, the history, the food and restaurants, the economy and the great people I meet on a daily basis,” Bruning says.
MIKE MEIER, 33
Mayor, City of Stuart; Director, Farm Operations for CoLab Farms
t press time, Mike Meier was recently elected as the Mayor of Stuart, making him the city’s youngest in 63 years. Prior, he held the title of city commissioner where he focused on building a sustainable future for the town, such as increasing housing options, bringing in jobs and preparing for the effects of climate change. He also holds the title of Director of Farm Operations for CoLab Farms where he oversees construction of new greenhouses that will increase the company’s production capabil-
ity. In 2014, he co-founded Stuart’s first urban farm, market and restaurant, formerly known as Ground Floor Farm. “I’m proud that our business helped bring more energy and vibrancy to the new arts and entertainment district south of historic downtown,” Meier says.
KATE CITRONE, 24 Professional Runway Model
professional model herself, Kate Citrone created model workshops for young aspiring models to encourage creativity, build self-confidence and learn professionalism. In the past, she has also volunteered with the St. Lucie County P.A.L. Center and with various high school programs. While she relocates seasonally between New York, Florida and California, the Stuart resident loves the palm trees and sandy beaches of the Treasure Coast. As a model, Citrone’s most important roles are to build long-lasting professional relationships with her clients and connect brands to their consumers. On top of a modeling career, she is also an aspiring author.
KATE P. COTNER, 36
Senior External Affairs Advisor, Florida Power & Light Company
hen she’s not helping her eight-yearold fisherman son, Liam, with community involvement through the Cub Scouts or serving on numerous local community boards, Kate P. Cotner is working on making FPL’s mission to make the Treasure Coast the best place to live, work and raise a family a reality. As a senior external affairs advisor, the Stuart resident grows and maintains positive, long-lasting relationships with county, municipal, community and business leaders, as well as working closely with internal business units.
In addition to the 38 Treasure Coast locals included in this feature, two standouts couldn’t make the shoot but round out our 40 Under 40 for their contributions to the community. Jennifer Crow Angelica Melillo
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HW INTERIORS’ LISA HYNES AND HEATHER WEISZ TURN AN EMPTY TRACT IN WELLINGTON’S IDYLLIC EQUESTRIAN COUNTRY INTO A LAKESIDE UTOPIA FOR A YOUNG COUPLE AND THEIR CHILDREN. By Kerry Shorr | Photography by Jessica Glynn Photography
few months after HW Interiors’ owners and principles Lisa Hynes and Heather Weisz finished transforming their client’s Palm Beach Polo and Country Club home, they received some surprising news. “Someone literally rang their [client’s] doorbell and offered them a significant amount over what they had paid and renovated,” Hynes recalls. “So they sold it, fully furnished and toothbrush-ready, took the profit and bought a half-acre of land they
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The six-month enhancement required myriad updates, including tearing down walls, modifying flooring and tossing out heavy wood finishes, an activity Weisz has dubbed “de-Tuscanizing.” Similar to Frankenstein’s molecular reawakening, a necessary injection of pared-down elegance gave each space a new lease on life. The Johnsons weren’t the only ones impressed with the sublime redesign. Once the subsequent owners had moved in, they commissioned the duo to realize a meditation room and complete a few additional projects upstairs. When it came time to discuss room schematics and mood boards for the new build on Cypress Island—a project that lasted nearly two years—they presented Jen with past works of their own and others to gauge the style and colors that tugged at her heartstrings. “At that point,” Hynes says, “she can say, ‘I’m not feeling this or I love it, just go run with it.’” She continues, “The reason we feel her projects come out so amazing is [because] she really has faith in us and trusts that what comes from Heather’s brain is going to be beautiful.” A full-time, stay-at-home mother, Jen warmed up to the idea of working in some of the same functionality and transitional style that had echoed through the couple’s former residence in Maidstone, but she had one caveat: with four growing children, the rooms needed to be kid-friendly. After they received the green light to proceed, the design duo collaborated with the architect from Yellowfin Builders, a West Palm Beach-based firm specializing in custom equestrian homes, to bring the couple’s lakeside fantasy to life. The gently winding floor plan Weisz conceived takes full advantage of the lush, waterfront landscape and showcases a successive series of open and airy spaces that make enticing gathering spots for the family and their guests. In the formal living room across from the foyer, Weisz mixed one-of-a-kind accouterments, such as a rare Turkish rug and a pair of vintage, reclaimed wood-carved doors mounted on acrylic that serve as cocktail tables, with more contemporary selections, like the Greco sofas in graphite from the Roberta Schilling Collection. Equine photographs, shot in black and white by Holly Roesch, hang above in tribute to Wellington’s iconic horse culture while low-profile pieces,
such as a tufted ottoman in pseudo-suede fabric, offer clean site lines of the wet edge swimming pool outside. At night, concrete fire bowls light up so “when you walk in through the front door and see the fire and pool, it’s very cool,” Hynes says. Adjacent to the front door, a formal dining room stands ready for a bacchanal feast with a custom, black-stained, Ash wood table that seats 12. Fibrous linen window treatments, embroidered in warm tones of taupe, brown and gray, display dark, oil-rubbed hardware and acrylic finials that reference the crystal in the wall sconces and Currey & Co. wrought-iron chandelier. Across the way, a wine room primped with a feature wall
(above) The family room features a pair of mirroring sectionals.
fashioned from custom-colored woods from the Jaime Beckwith Collection houses the couple’s favorite vintages. Sleek bayou acacia wood floors procured locally from a supplier in Wellington etch a path to the family room, a seismic space with a 35-foot footprint. “Since the outdoors are so lovely and they [clients] like to entertain and have tons of kids over swimming all the time, Heather had the idea to have two sectionals mirroring each other,” says Hynes, “so one kind of looks outside at the beautiful landscaping, and the other faces the television.” Under Weisz’s gimlet watch, the ceiling beams were given gravitas and stained three times, flecked with gray and white paint and smoked out with a brush until they achieved the level of warmth she wanted. Two separate sets of oversized glass sliders blend the indoors with
the outside, when opened, and lead to the pool area and an outdoor living space with a fireplace, televisions, seating, and an island kitchen. Staying in step with Jen’s vision for a bright, light-drenched kitchen that locks in plenty of functionality, Hynes and Weisz selected a color palette that wove in pops of navy in timeless shades. On the backsplash, 3D, geometric tiles bring a touch of edginess and complement the custom, Shaker-style cabinetry. Kid-friendly counter chairs with easy-to-wipe-clean leather hunker beneath one of two sapienstone island countertops. To add an extra layer of convenience when the couple entertains or hosts out-of-towners, the space is endowed with a built-in breakfast bar complete with a panel-ready, under-counter ice machine, a second dishwasher and refrigerated
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Three different tiles form the back wall feature wall.
drawers that store cold drinks and snacks. In the first-floor master bedroom, they created a luxurious, resort-inspired retreat where the Johnsons could escape to slumber and disconnect. Walls are covered in neutral gray grasscloth while pops of white in the linen drapes and the side chairs at the foot of the Bernhardt canopy bed pull the eye around the room and heavenward toward the intricate coffered ceiling. Hanging pendants free up space on the nightstands and switches located by the bed easily turn overhead lights on and off. Past the sliding glass doors lays another one of the home’s highlights. “Walk along the cast stone pavers floating in beautiful green Zoysia grass, and you’ll land straight into the Jacuzzi,” Weisz says. “My idea was the kids are upstairs playing, and mom and dad could sit in the Jacuzzi with a glass of Champagne and enjoy that view.” Past Jen’s makeup station, an extra spacious walk-in closet, and a small breakfast nook fitted with a small fridge and hanging shelves, a short hallway leads to the Carrara and Stratuario marble-imbued master bath. The sink, designed by Hynes and Weisz, is wrapped in a stainless steel veneer and fitted with acrylic handles, flab front drawers and a marble waterfall countertop edge. Three different tiles form the back feature wall and a small-format mosaic adds texture to the wet floor in the shower. Toto smart toilets and rain and waterfall showerheads lend to the sumptuously wellappointed scene. On the second floor, where the children’s rooms are located, sits a large open-concept room at the top of the stairs. Conceived with the kids and overnight visitors in mind, the sunlight-dappled space harbors a sideboard with a table and chairs where anyone can work, paint or play cards. On the other, a comfy sitting area awaits with a linen and walnut wood sofa, a teak QS Le Main chair and a flatscreen television perfect for a movie or game night. “We definitely wanted everything to be more playful and whimsical here,” Heather says, deftly summing up the HW Interiors way.
The master bedroom on the first floor is decorated in netural gray grasscloth.
Lisa Hynes and Heather Weisz launched HW Interiors in 2015 and, together, have produced some of South Florida’s most divine residences. Here, the dynamic duo dishes on design tips, industry trends and finding an interior designer you’ll love.
Their design style: Our aesthetic is clean, mixed with touches of modern and ethnic influences. We love a soothing, neutral palette to build off of. Making the design process more rewarding: Trust your designer. The clients who trust us and give us the freedom to be creative will get the best out of us, every single time. Favorite current trend: Mixed metals, like matte brass hardware with stainless fixtures. There are no longer any rules about everything being matchy-matchy. Worth the splurge: There’s nothing like custom window treatments to finish a home and make living spaces feel finished. Choosing an interior designer: There is so much information out there. Instagram has made it so easy to see a designer’s complete portfolio; reach out to someone who really speaks to you. What inspires them: We might see a light fixture or a fabric that we love, which will inspire an entire room. Inspiration is everywhere. Simple ways to “wow up” a room: Layer high-quality, upholstered pieces with custom pillows and accessories like “jewelry,” and add pops of color with fresh flowers.
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2ND STREET BISTRO 122 N. Second St. Fort Pierce 772.293.9191 2ndstreetbistro.com Located in historic downtown Fort Pierce 2nd Street Bistro features delicious dishes made from local produce and is sure to become a frequented restaurant. The extensive beer list is sure to satisfy any taste bud and compliment any dish. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday 11 to 1 a.m. Saturday from 10 to 1 a.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
11 MAPLE STREET 3224 NE Maple Ave. Jensen Beach 772.334.7714 elevenmaple.com Where French Country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers guests a dining experience with fares that look like “works of art.” Chef Michael Perrin prepare his dishes with locally sourced produce and meat raised in humane ways to highlight some of the season’s peak items. Open Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
12A BUOY 22 Fishermans Wharf Fort Pierce 772.672.4524 12abuoy.com 12A Buoy offers an array of dishes in a casual setting leaving your stomachs and wallets satisfied. Open Sunday through Thursday, except Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO 18 SE Seminole St. Stuart 772.463.0059 18seminole.com Inside this quaint, historically preserved building is one of the most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All food is made to order and cooked with top quality, seasonal ingredients that are locally grown. Open six days a week for dinner.
Sunday through Thursday 4:30 through 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.
ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA 2343 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.287.7741 acfp.com
2283 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.4388 bonefishgrill.com
911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. 772.618.3838 castawaysfla.com
Bonefish Grill serves an array of meats and seafood in a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Open for dinner daily from 4 to 10:30 p.m.
When Anthony, co owner of Anthony’s Runway 84 in Fort Lauderdale, thought about pizza what came to his mind was New York style pizza. That sparked the idea of introducing coal oven pizza to South Floridians. Since it’s introduction to South Florida Anthony’s now has various locations around the East Coast and continues to serve its patron quality coal fired pizza. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bonefish Mac’s provides a comfortable, sports bar environment to catch a game and enjoy some food with friends. Open daily. Sunday from 11 to 12 a.m. Monday to Thursday 11 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday 11 to 2 a.m.
BONO’S PIT BARBEQUE
3602 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.286.0740 benihana.com Benihana has been a go-to dining establishment for diners for over 50 years. This family-friendly staple offers Japanese dishes prepared right before the diners’ very eyes. The Japanese farmhouse interior and colorful umbrellas added to every cocktail are what put this restaurant on the map. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday noon to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m.
BERRY FRESH CAFE 1429 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.324.8287 berryfresh.cafe This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO and preservative-free cafe. Berry Fresh Cafe serves healthy food that tastes “berry” good and is even better for your body. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch; 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
BLUEWATER BEACH GRILL 2025 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.466.0023 bluewaterbeachgrill.com
With menus titled Epic Grinds and Awesome Drinks it’s hard to resist finding out what this restaurant has to offer. Open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour is served daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
662 SE Becker Road Port St. Lucie 772.344.6227 bonefishmacs.com
2282 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.283.0078 bonosbarbq.com Indulge in true Southern, pit barbecue. At Bono’s all food is cooked over a wood burning pit to enhance natural smokey flavors. Enjoy anything from smoked wings to a BBQ Po Boy. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
CANTON HOUSE CHINESE 6095 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.288.1126 cantonhousestuart.com With a menu that fuses sweet and savory, it’s hard to order just one dish. Chef Jacob Liu learned the art of cooking from his grandmother and has found ways to combine traditional Chinese cooking with new and innovative techniques. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 4 to 9:30 p.m.
CASA BELLA 512 W. Third St. Stuart 772.223.0077 casabellastuart.com Northern and Southern Italian Cuisine is combined under one roof. This quaint little restaurant serves some big flavors and provides diners with beyond satisfactory Italian dishes. Open six days a week for dinner, 5 to 10 p.m.
Self proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination” Castaways serves craft beer from around the world and Florida. The gastropub also offers a full menu to compliment your beer of choice. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 to 12 a.m. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.
CHARLIE’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL 400 SW Parrot Circle Stuart 772.288.4326 ilovecharlies.com The menu features American staples with a Charlie twist. The restaurant’s casual atmosphere lends itself to a night full of food, games and music. Open daily from 9 to 2 a.m. Recovery hour from 9 to 11 a.m.
CHINA STAR 1501 SE Federal Highway | Stuart 772.283.8378 chinastarstuart.com Look no further than China Star for quality Chinese takeout. With its modern take on classic Chinese dishes, China Star takeout boxes will make their way into many homes at least once a month. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
CHUCK’S SEAFOOD 822 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.461.9484 chucksseafood.com Ranging from New England clam chowder to shrimp parmesan, this restaurant brings affordable seafood to every table. Open six days a week. Tuesday through Thursday 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 2 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.
COBBS LANDING 200 N. North Indian River Dr. Fort Pierce 772.460.9014 cobbs-landing.com For a quality waterfront dining experience look no further than this restaurant. The menu offers a hearty serving of pastas, seafoods and meats. Also, check out the signature pineapple mojito from the Mojito Bar.
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Cooked to order by Chef Jason, District is home to everything from lamb meatballs to quinoa. Plus, all oyster shells are used to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. Need we say more? Open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday. Open 5 to 10 p.m Friday & Saturday. Closed Mondays.
3945 NE Indian River Dr. Jensen Beach 772.334.1130 conchyjoes.com With a seafood centric menu, Conchy Joe’s offers guests the freshest seafood. The Bahamian inspired menu features dishes such as conch salad, Conchy’s seafood feast and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
CRAWDADDY’S 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. Jensen Beach 772.225.3444 crawdaddysjensenbeach.com Bringing a taste of N’awlins to Florida, Crawdaddy’s serves Cajun inspired foods. Just simply walking into the restaurant will leave diners feeling like they are part of a Mardi Gras celebration. Open daily. Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
DELITEFUL KITCHEN 2401 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.324.3413 delitefulkitchen.com DeLITEful Kitchen is best described as an artisan market, community hub and café. Boasting healthy, organic and fresh farm-to-table meal prep and catering, they provide plenty of options. With food that’s primarily locally grown and locally sourced, this is your place to visit if you’re looking for boxed meals, catering for any occasion or weekly meal prep services.
DIAMONDS BY TERRY 3868 SE Dixie Highway Stuart 772.781.1133 diamondtearoom.com For the tea lovers Diamonds by Terry offers a selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tarts, tiny cakes, truffles and tea cookies. For those feeling a little hungrier try any dish from the the constantly updating bistro menu. Open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
900 SE Indian St. Stuart 772.324.8357 districttableandbar.com
DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE 1401 NE Indian River Drive Jensen Beach 772.781.5136 dolphinbar.com Hanging over the river with panoramic views, The Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House has proven itself the area’s finest waterfront retreat. An across the board menu features plentiful seafood selections, wood grilled meats, and home-style specials such as Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Stroganoff. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FRUITS AND ROOTS JUICE BAR AND VEGAN CAFE 724 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.678.6627 fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com Those looking to indulge in healthy, fresh foods look no further. Fruits and Roots plant based menu serves cold pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 1 a.m to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
HARBOR COVE BAR AND GRILL 1930 Harbortown Drive Fort Pierce 772.429.5303 fb.com/HarborCove-Bar-andGrill-1402973669951974/ Located inside the Harbor Town marina, this restaurant mixes casual dining and dinner with a view seamlessly. Open seven days a week. Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HARRY AND THE NATIVES 11910 SE Federal Highway Hobe Sound 772.546.3061 harryandthenatives.com
LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7820 SW Lost River Road Stuart 772.872.7333 laforchetta.net
Located right off of U.S 1, Harry and the Natives has been a longstanding family business in Hobe Sound. Offering a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere, locals, or “natives,” have made this restaurant a Florida staple. Open for breakfast on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This family-owned gem is home to an extensive list of gourmet pasta including lobster ravioli, penne alla vodka and gnocchi Capri. Add hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff— Mama Mia! Open for lunch Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open for dinner at 4:30 p.m. Seven days a week.
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1729 SE Indian St. Stuart 772.283.1201 hurricanewings.com/stuart
301 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.287.3334 louronzoitalianfusion.com
Hurricane Grill & Wings is unlike any other wing restaurant’s here you can escape any time you like. Just walk in, take a seat, kick back, and experience a world of delicious food, exhilarating flavors and no worries. Open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour drink and food specials daily.
Formerly known as Gusto’s, the restaurant went through a facelift and remodel. The downtown eatery takes diners on a unique tour of Italy offering items like Gnocchi Di Zucca, potato and butternut squash gnocchi, gorgonzola sauce topped with walnut and coffee powder. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 to 12 a.m. on Sunday.
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4795 SE Dixie Highway Stuart 772.287.9630 kingneptuneseafoodrestaurant. com King Neptune’s has got seafood down to a science. Ranging from coconut shrimp to fried clams, oysters, conch salad and seafood bisque, this restaurant lives up to its reputation of knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Closed Mondays.
LA BORGATA RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 3227 SW Mapp Road Palm City 772.288.2121 laborgataristorante.net With 50 years experience under its belt, La Borgata takes its patron on a tour of Italy with no passport required. The menu features Italian dishes we’ve come to know and love prepared to order. Open daily for lunch, dinner or both. Monday 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday opens at 4 p.m.
4817 Dixie Hwy. Stuart | 772.872.7288 1640 Seaway Dr. Fort Pierce | 772.242.8460 manateeislandbarandgrill.com Manatee Island Bar and Grill serves tasty seafood, sandwiches and 7 for $7 deal. Nothing is better than an affordable and delicious meal. Open for lunch and dinner. Service began at 11:30 a.m.
MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1924 SE Federal Highway | Stuart 772.283-.6660 allmenus.com/fl/stuart/38540-marios/menu/ This longstanding casual dining joint serves plentiful, delicious Italian classics. You are guaranteed to leave Mario’s with leftovers for the following day. Open daily 1 to 10 p.m.
MAYA’S MEXICAN GRILL & BAR Martin Downs Village Center 3099 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772.221.1093 Authentic Mexican food is hard to come by in Florida, we know, but search no more. Maya’s has got it taken care of whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, or anything in between with an extensive list of quesadillas, salads and burritos. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week at 11 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
MICHELINA’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1835 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.3455 michelinasrest.com A modern take on classic Italian dishes comes to life at Michelina’s. While chefs create said dishes, guests can expect service from a friendly staff in a family-owned restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner six days a week 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available.
NY CHINESE 1365 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.463.5552 places.singleplatform.com/ ny-chinese-restaurant This quick service Chinese restaurant offers all our traditional favorites Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL
1136 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce 772.882.9729 fb.com/OnTheEdgeBarAndGrillFL A small menu that offers all the classic seafood favorites. From shrimp baskets to blackened salmon On The Edge offers its diners with simple, delicious and affordable eats. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 3101 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.286.2622 outback.com This national chain has made its way
into many homes across the country. We recommend trying their ribs, steak, bread or famous Bloomin Onions. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
PALM CITY GRILL Martin Downs Village Center 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City 772.220.4745 thepalmcitygrill.com Where do Bambam shrimp, parmesan crusted sea bass, cheese pizza and all-American cheeseburgers all exist on one menu? The Palm City Grill. With a following as large as its menu, this understated pub-style corner eatery serves up the works. Open for dinner seven days a week at 4 p.m. Closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
PELICAN CAFE 351 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.283.3133 pelicancafeandbeach.com Pelican Cafe offers its diners dinner with a view. Located on the St. Lucie River this cozy outdoor cafe serves a menu ranging from boom boom shrimp to fish tacos, lobster rolls and even Cuban sandwiches. Bring your furry friends as well. The restaurant is pet friendly. Open six days a week from 11 a.m. through dinner. Closed on Mondays during the summer. Only offers outdoor dining and subject to weather conditions.
PETER’S STEAKHOUSE 3200 NE Maple Ave. Jensen Beach 772.225.2516 peterssteakhouse.com Peter’s Steakhouse offers succulent dry aged steaks, simple sides and wine. A popular restaurant located in historic downtown Jensen, be sure to visit and discover why Peter’s is the talk of the town. Open seven days a week 5 p.m. to closing.
PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER 8735 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.229.7575 pietrosontheriver.com Pietro’s On The River takes Italian and American cuisine to the next level. Under the supervision of Chef Robert the kitchen creates delicious Italian and American dishes such as the Roasted Long Island Duckling and Swordfish Puttanesca. Open Thursday through Sunday 4:30 to 9 p.m.
PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATES COVE Resort & Marina 4307 SE Bayview St. | Stuart 772.223.5048 Piratescoveresort.com For a great lunch or fabulous dinner, join us at the Pirate’s Loft where the food rivals the fantastic views of the Marina and Manatee Pocket. From flavorful salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on our extensive menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily.
PLANET OZONE 1601 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.403.2199 planetozone.com Planet Ozone is a space that wears many hats. Doubling as an environmentally friendly gas station convenience store, Planet Ozone promises to have any product you’re looking for. Did we mention there’s also an organic food cafe inside the market? Open Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA 221 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart 772.288.9810 bestfloridapizza.com Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza, but Pusateri’s brings Florida the “real” taste of Chicago. Pusateri’s slings THIN crust pizza doused in sauce unique to the various cities and suburbs and cut into squares. Open six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
RISTORANTE CLARETTA 1315 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.219.9940 ristoranteclaretta.com A restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic Italian dishes, Ristorante Claretta has been in business for almost 20 years. At Ristorante Claretta you will taste a true difference. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy and all seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. Ristorante Claretta is an Italian fine dining experience. Open five days a week for dinner. Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
RIVERWALK CAFE & OYSTER BAR 201 SW St. Lucie Ave. | Stuart 772.221.1511 riverwalkcafeandoysterbar.net Offering fresh-caught seafood such as shellfish, mussels and fish in a cozy and casual setting, Riverwalk Cafe is the ultimate stop for fresh seafood or even a quick drink. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner only on Saturdays from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.
RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 1145 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772.335.2988. ruffinos.net The story begins with a man and a woman falling in love and moving to Florida. There they opened Ruffino’s and the rest is history. Their love for one another is translated into their food. The result a menu full of comforting,classic Italian dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 9:30 p.m.
SAKE HOUSE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2277 SW Martin Highway Palm City 772.221.1966 sakehousejapanese restaurant.com Known in Martin County for its sushi, Sake House satisfies any craving for Asian cuisine. From vegetarian dishes to tempura platters, from rice noodles to hand-rolled sushi and sashimi, this renowned restaurant has got the power to delight your taste buds. Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner is served from 4:30 to 9:45 p.m.
SAILOR’S RETURN 625 SW Anchorage Way Stuart 772.872.7250 thesailorsreturn.com Serving fresh seafood, chops and steaks, all complemented by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast, Sailor’s Return is located on the wide river at Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage. Boasting 220 seats with your choice of inside dining or patio dining, Sailor’s Return also offers two full-liquor bars—one inside and one outside. Open everyday for lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to close. Live music 7 days a week.
SHINDIG IRISH PUB
THE BLACK MARLIN
464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie 772.785.6202 shindigpub.com
49 SW Seminole Street Stuart 772.266.4586 stuartboathouse.com
53 W. Osceola St. Stuart 772.286.3126 theblackmarlin.net
With decor reminiscent of old Irish pubs and menus that embody contemporary pubs, Shindig Irish Pubs transports its diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. Happy hour is served everyday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Reserve you party in our Captains Loft or on our private beach on the waterway with Events Coordinator, Paige Beauchamp. Call 772.919.1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight. Happy Hour drink and food specials daily! Live music every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday day!
This seafood centric restaurant serves everything from fresh local seafood to pizza. The cozy dining room and bar make it a go to on anyone’s list. Open daily for dinner. Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.
SHRIMPERS GRILL & RAW BAR 4290 SE Dixie Highway | Stuart 772.220.3287 shrimpersgrill.com Shrimpers Grill and Raw Bar brings a relaxed and tropical environment to Stuart. When a place serves you sunset shrimp and dinner specials it’s hard to say no. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH 9800 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.229.3006 islandbeachresort.net Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. Choose from a menu that offers a variety of dishes such as seasoned to perfection ribs or raw oysters. Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
SUNRISE CITY CAFE 204 Orange Ave. Port Saint Lucie 772.242.1833 fb.com/sunrisecitycafe Located in the heart of downtown historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Café offers breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. Open six days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Surprisingly, coming by some good Southern BBQ in Florida presents quite the challenge. However, Sonny’s has brought traditional,smokey BBQ to our backyards. With a menu that offers pulled pork and brisket, it’s hard not to leave feeling a little more Southern. Open daily. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
555 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.600.8218 thecraftedkegstuart.com Where growlers, cheap bites and beer flights all come together. The brew pub sits inside a former grocery store location and serves some of the best crafted beers, wines and sodas. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
THE DECK RESTAURANT
55 SW Flagler Avenue Stuart 772.600.8243
307 NW North River Drive Stuart 772.692.12000 harborinnandmarina.com/ the-deck
Coffee, Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino, Teas, Frappes, Smoothies, Fresh Baked Goods, Breakfast, Panini, Wraps, Salads, Grilled Cheese, Acai Bowls & Smoothies, Beer, Wine, Desserts, Snacks & much more. Summer hours: open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now offering Breakfast all day!
The Deck Restaurant, located inside Harbor Inn & Marina, is dedicated to providing diners with free sunsets and a gorgeous view of the St. Lucie River. The quaint restaurant serves classic favorites with a unique take, like the BLGT Po Boy, with bacon, lettuce and fried green tomatoes. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SONNY’S BBQ 1961 S. Federal Highway Stuart 772.223.0077 sonnysbbq.com
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SUPREME MEATS & GOURMET MARKET 2026 S. Federal Hwy. Stuart 772.283.7567 Supreme Meats & Gourmet Market, purveyor’s of the finest quality meats and prepared foods since 1985. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.
TACO SHACK STUART 555 S. Colorado Ave. Stuart 772.288.9696 tacoshackstuart.com Handcrafted tacos prepared by The “Taco Queen.” The Taco Shack Stuart slings one of a kind, unique tacos to all patrons. Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
THE GAFFORD 47 SW Flagler Ave. Stuart 772.221.9517 thegafford.com With a history rooted deep in family ties, The Gafford brings their version of southern hospitality. Their signature item “the Gafford” pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather, and the 18 ounce ribeye they used to cook together. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 4 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.
p.m. Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL 10999 S. Ocean Drive Jensen Beach 772.877.3139 | themagicoyster. com Offering a varied selection of Gulf, East and West Coast oysters, The Magic Oyster will satisfy the taste bud of any oyster lover. The casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to unwind with friends while sipping on tropical cocktails or local craft beers. Open daily for dinner, 4 to 9 p.m.
THE TWISTED TUNA 4290 SE Salerno Drive Stuart 772.600.7239 thetwistedtuna.com Listening to live music, eating freshcaught seafood and overlooking the water? The Twisted Tuna’s got you covered. Between the $1 bucket of shucked oysters and the sushi bar, it’s no surprise that this seafood destination is one of Stuart’s best. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Monday to Thursday from 11 to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11 to 1 a.m; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
TOO JAYS 2504 SE Federal Highway Stuart 772.287.6514 toojays.com It’s hard to resist a place that promises to serve hearty portions of beloved breakfast foods. This breakfast joint offers diners a menu ranging from chicken and waffles to meat lovers skillets to lighter fare. Open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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CHEF FRIENDS UNITED BAHAMAS BENEFIT DINNER
Chefs from five of the top restaurants on the Treasure Coast collaborated on a four-course dining and wine experience to raise money and aid support for the Bahamas relief effort. Guests of Chef Friends United Bahamas Benefit dinner also enjoyed cocktails preceding the dinner and a silent auction.
1. Cristina Ingegnoli and Carra Jean 2. Cynthia Daugherty with Robert and Roseann Ryba 3. Becky Macpherson and Chip Burr, Pete Wentworth, Beth Hanna and Cynthia and Bill Daugherty 4. Dusty Persall, Jim VanLiere and Bill Daugherty 5. Scott and Kristy Levin with Angeline and Justin McLane 6. Jennifer Forman and Sheila Ingegnoli 7. Stephanie McLaughlin with Robert and Andrea Levy 8. Linda and Mark Rosenfeld 9. Zoe Gorospe and Claire Thackray
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EVENING OF CELEBRATION - GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The 2019 Evening of Celebration raised $175,000 from more than 230 guests during the event at The Pine School. The funds came from a live auction, silent auction and cash call to support faculty professional development.
1. John and Suzanne Carlino 2. Dina and Casey Cummings, Dr. Jim Cantwell and Phyllis and Ken Parker 3. Lindsay and Aaron Schamback, Catherine Dickinson and Mark and Julie Duffy 4. Jason and Mary Vein 5. Rachel Rodriguez and Ryan Dickinson 6. Renee and Robert Restino with Melissa and Chad Norman 7. Catherine and Zach Gazza 8. Susan Hemmes, Sally Roosevelt, Scott Hughes and Kimberly Crook 9. Lindsey and Robin Hansen, Antonio and Ellen Sanchez-Garcia and Teresa and Matthias Krestel
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD ‘COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE’
More than 110 Planned Parenthood supporters helped celebrate the work of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida at the 13th annual “Cocktails for a Cause” event. The funds raised will ensure access to reproductive health care and information in Martin County and surrounding areas.
1. Betsy Siegal, Anna Marie, Marcelo Tettamanti and Nancy Lawless 2. Debbie Maunus, Ellyn Stevenson, Lillian Tamayo, Amy Smith and Heidi Rich 3. Jay Nobel, Cynthia Daugherty, Steve Earsley, Frances Nobel and Jennifer and Darrell Brand 4. Dave Aronberg and Dana Brooks 5. Gordon and Linda Hannah with Dr. Howard Maunus 6. Linda Grand and Jeanette Hartell 7. Sharon Kelly and Georgia Malone 8. Merle and Barry Ginsberg 9. Peter Upton and Marianne Ireland
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BIG TASTE OF MARTIN COUNTY
More than 30 restaurants provided nearly 500 people with bites of their signature dishes during the Big Brothers Big Sister’s Big Taste of Martin County. Guests also enjoyed craft beer, wine and music by The Shakers and Virginia Sinkicki from the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF.
1. Jay and Christine Lovelace, Tiffany and Michael Cristoforo, Leo Cristoforo and Jean Cristoforo 2. Michael and Lori McNicholas with Beth and Paul Massa 3. Peter Sicoli, Kate Cotner, Susan Pingolt and Ian Cotner 4. Vicki and Dave Thomas 5. Sereta Gregory, Ann Bausch, Sophia Van Etten, Demi O’Connor and Alyson Swartz 6. Olivia Ostrow, Max Ostrow and Steve Ostrow 7. Stephen Ngo and Brookelle Perkins 8. Maritza Soto, Randa Battiste, Brandi Muensterman, Betsy Argraves and Heather Covell 9. Katy and Chad Morton
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ALL FLORIDA JURIED ARTS SHOW
The Arts Council of Martin County kicked off its 2019-2020 gallery season with the 29th annual All Florida Juried Arts Show. The exhibition was curated from more than 500 entries to a final selection of 57 pieces by 55 artists.
1. Chad Periman and Nicole Sirois 2. Katie Gianni and Maria Gullberg 3. Rickie Leiter and Carol Baldwin 4. Torenzo Ganaway, Ehren Gerhard, Molly Potter and Chad Steve
ARC OF MARTIN COUNTY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Eighty players along with guests and volunteers enjoyed cocktails before the ARC of Martin County’s 13th annual Charity Golf Tournament. Nearly $90,000 in proceeds were raised to help leverage housing grants.
1. Garry and Jill Ash with Lisa and Pat Standing 2. Maria Reich, Jacquie Kemm, Brian Mast, Barb Flowers and Barbara and Ed Kemm 3. Polly Fish, Gale and Kenny Michaud, Leslie White, Greg Fish and Pam Graham 4. Michael and Julianne Frain 5. Nancy Lopez with Mindy Cochran and Tom Carrick 92
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CLEVELAND CLINIC FAMILY HEALTH CENTER OPENING
The state-of-the-art Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center opened its doors to patients. The $36 million, 87,000 square-foot facility offers comprehensive outpatient services under one roof.
1. Thomas Lytle, Dr. Ed Savage and Dr. Wael Barsoum 2. Rob Lord, Betsy Herold and Chris Soska 3. Tony Echazabal, Charlie Papa, Kathy Skrzypczak and Michael Moehring 4. Dick and BJ Harman with Dr. Karen Allen
MARK GARWOOD SHARE FOUNDATION PHOENIX SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTATION John and Erica Garwood awarded several $5,000 scholarships to qualified, motivated individuals recovering from addiction through the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation. The couple founded the non-profit to honor their son Mark.
1. Alana Warner, Allison Holland and Nicholas Sladek 2. Karen and David Dyess, Laura Leighton and John Snyder 3. Devin Carlson, John and Erica Garwood, Alan Franciosi and Sheriff William Snyder 4. Nicole Burns and Ryan Rothstein 5. Ed Ciampi, Erica and John Garwood, Stephen Leighton and John Snyder JANUARY 2020
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WINGS OF HOPE LUNCHEON
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties held its annual Wings of Hope Luncheon at Hutchinson Shores Resort. The event raised support for the Salvation Army’s homeless shelters, Compassion House and Adam’s Place.
1. Doug and Lisa Smith with Ruth Pietruszewski 2. Carolyn Timman, Rich Campbell and Vicki Davis 3. Brett Zurich, Evie Klaassen and Ryan Strom 4. Lt. Jeff and Sheena Marquis with Brian Mast
IMPACT 100 MARTIN KICKOFF
More than 150 women came together at the Elliot Museum to kick off Impact 100 Martin’s new season. The kickoff brought in 15 additional members on the way to the group’s 200 member goal, which would enable the group to award two $100,000 Impact Grants in 2020.
1. Joan Caruso and Margie Jordan 2. Kim Rosen and Naureen Hader 3. Lee Cotton, Andrea Von Aldenbruck, Samantha Woggon and Jennifer Eaton 4. Suzanne Pearson, Ann Barwig, Lisa Rhodesand Robin Hunt 5. Valerie Stem and Mary Beth Zipsir
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MARTIN COUNTY LUNCHEON Members of the Young Professionals of Martin County learned about the community’s growth plans at its third annual Future of Martin County Luncheon. A few of the topics discussed were Pineland Prairie, Brightline and new youth enrichment programs.
1. Sandy Owens and Stacey Van Duyn 2. Paula Hundt with Jason and Mirka Stocks 3. Bob Raynes, Sam Bruning, Don Cuozzo, Kevin Burn and Keith Fletcher 4. Chelsey Matheson, Monika Lokitus and Missy Campbell
TREASURE COAST HOSPICE FOUNDATION ‘THANKS FOR GIVING’ RECEPTION AND DINNER
Three awards were given at the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation’s “Thanks for Giving” reception and dinner. The event recognizes outstanding commitment to the Treasure Coast Hospice mission.
1. Jordan Fields and Ewald Bender 2. Tom and Toni Alford with Matt and Susan King 3. Steve and Becky Binder 4. Rem Mayes, Gytha Von Aldenbruck, Cheryl Mayes and Mary Kay Buckridge 5. Linda Hirvonen, Michael Allkins and Melissa DePriest
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