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You are cordially invited to attend the
Holiday Bazaar, Luncheon and Fashion Show to Benefit Meals on Wheels Presented by The Council on Aging of Martin County and Anchor Home Health Services
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Emcee Ms. Erin Guy, Morning Anchor WPBF 25
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900 SE Salerno Road | Stuart, FL 34997 10am - Noon Holiday Bazaar
Sip on a holiday cocktail and listen to live music, while strolling through a myriad of vendors, perfect for unique holiday gifts.
Noon - 2:00 Luncheon and Fashion Show
Savor a delicious three-course meal while enjoying a festive fashion show coordinated by Ms. Rose Meyerowich featuring unique fashions from popular local boutiques.
Also Featuring a Grab-n-Go board offering an array of gift cards & certificates perfect for holiday giving & a Chinese Auction.
Tickets 772.223.7827 or www.kanecenter.org/foundation/poinsettia-power
It’s time to celebrate the success of Goombay Bash Havana Nights! This year’s annual bash set a new record, raising $210,300 for maternity and pediatric care, including the Mother Baby Home Care Program. Hosted by Cleveland Clinic Martin Health LifeSavers, over 750 people turned out for the sold out event at Jensen Beach Causeway Park in July.
Island King Sponsor Engel Construction Big Kahuna Sponsors Stephen P. Ngo, Premier Realty Group Robins and Morton
Junkanoo Sponsors Arlington Electric The Brandit Agency Emergency Medicine Services of the Treasure Coast Michael Earley TLC Engineering Solutions Visiting Nurse Association
Jammin’ Sponsors A/C Care Heat and Air Airstron Bradford Electric Brandster Closets by Design Code Red Roofers Engineering Design and Construction, Inc.
Epic Gresham Smith HKS Keiser University Meritain Health Palm City Sod In-Kind Sponsors Eventmakers International
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Event Schedule for the Week Daytime Open to the Public: 11:00 to 5:00pm (*4:00pm Sat.) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Family Day—Open to the Public MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Joy to the Girls Cocktail Party $45 through November 12th; $55 at door WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Afternoon Champagne Tea $45 through November 12th; $55 at door FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
“A Not So Silent Night” Strolling Supper, Cocktail Party and Live Auction, $125 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Breakfast and Photos with Santa
Tickets and more information available at
www.tykesandteens.org or 772.220.3439 Flagler Place 201 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart Nov 17 - 23 2019
For 30 years, our greatest asset has been our leadership. Congratulations to our new Vice-Chairs
John C. Doody John Doody’s record of service and philanthropy spans over four decades years. Before moving to the Treasure Coast in 2001, he was board chair for the South Shore Hospital and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in Weymouth, MA, and was a US Trust board member in Boston for five years. In 1960, after serving in the 1st Marine Division and earning a degree in Business Administration, John joined National Life Vermont, became a career agent, and in 1972 purchased an insurance agency he led for 25 years. John serves on the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation board of trustees and is a former board member of the Martin Health Foundation and Martin Health System.
John (Jack) Forde Prior to making his home on the Treasure Coast, John (Jack) Forde held leadership positions in the cable television industry, including President and COO of Times Fiber Communications and President of Amphenol Corporation’s CATV Division. A child of Irish immigrants who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering on the G.I. Bill, Forde is a strong believer in giving back to help those who are disadvantaged. Locally, he has served as Director and Chairman of the Martin Health Foundation, and also works with Alzheimer’s patients as a volunteer with Memory Bridge.
"We extend thanks and congratulations to board members John Doody and Jack Forde as they step into their new roles as Vice-Chairs, bringing seasoned business acumen and a shared dedication to our philanthropic mission." - Ellyn Stevenson, Chair
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Meet Palm City resident and Secret Service-agent-turnedpolitical-commentator Dan Bongino.
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D E PA R T M E N T S
F E AT U R E S
14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER
30 CAKE QUEEN
36 NEW DIGS
Words from Kim Capen
18 THINGS WE LOVE Get in the know on upcoming local events
26 HOME BEAUTIFUL Home design tips
27 THE FISHING CHRONICLES
Fishing advice from a seasoned angler
20 TRENDING LOCALLY
50 NOMAD’S NOTEBOOK
22 NOW + FOREVER
24 DINING WITH TISH
88 ALL ACCESS
Stylish finds in close-by boutiques Local couples tie the knot
Discover the area’s best restaurants
Hit the slopes at Beaver Creek in Colorado
Staci Dunn has taken the dessert game by storm with The Cake Lady Custom Cakes in Fort Pierce.
32 DIGITAL DIRECTIONS
Owner of Treasure Coast Multimedia, Rick Miller preserves people’s memories in a 21st century fashion.
Jaime Blomquist creates a fresh redesign for an Admirals Cove property.
64 ANIMATED ACCOMMODATIONS
Interior designer Trinity Reback revamps a lavish Harbour Ridge abode with pops of color.
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ecurity is at the top of all of our minds nowadays: cameras are on every corner; there are television shows about protecting the president and ourselves; and there’s enough technology in the atmosphere to follow every move of anyone at any time. I cannot imagine what the tension would be like to protect a president, to be on alert at every step and know you must be ready for anything at any time—depended on by the nation to protect its leader. While I was watching TV one night, I noticed the person speaking was from Palm City—Dan Bongino. I reached out to him and was happy to hear he would be glad to have us write a story about his life and family. We are excited to have him as our November cover story, which you can read on page 54. November is an excellent time for our season of events to begin, as there is so much to do in our area. We are pleased to be supporting Tykes and Teens’ Festival of Trees and Lights this year, so please visit Flagler Place in downtown Stuart from Nov. 17 to 23. Events that week include the Joy to the Girls Cocktail Party; Afternoon Champagne Tea; “A Not-So-Silent Night” cocktail party; and many more. If you haven’t attended in the past, this is the year to experience it. Other must-attend local events include the Poinsettia Power! Luncheon, Audi Stuart Air Show, Pineapple Festival, and Fall Shop-A-Palooza Sidewalk Sale— all are sure to keep you and the family busy during the holiday season. We hope you enjoy the holidays, and remember, “There is always something to be thankful for.” Sending blessings.
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Young Life Martin County Golf Classic
P I C T U R E S
Farm Dog Rescue ‘Black Tie & Tails’
Jon Kaidy, Katie Blackburn, Cole Edwards and Olivia Johnson Barbara Flowers, Pam Graham, Frannie Graham and Jill Ash
Healthy Start Luncheon
Lisa Taylor, Ginny Malcolm, Kaliza Clark and Sally Delgadillo
OPENING ACT Photos by Liz McKinley
Goombay Bash ‘Havana Nights’
Martin County Community Foundation Awards
Linda Overton, Liz McKinley and Denise Belizar
Elliott Museum ‘Summer of ‘69’ Celebration
Melinda Brault, Amber Ducote, Kim Nash and Jen Ahern Rob Steele, Deena Rahill, Rocky Grady and Fran and Nancy Clark
Young Professionals of Martin County Summer Bash
Samantha Haddad and Casey West
United Way ‘Tikis on the Terrace’
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Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2019 Audi Stuart Air Show taking place at Witham Field from Nov. 1 to 3. This year’s performers include the F-16 Viper Demo Team, the Black Daggers, the Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team and plenty more. Plus, a special classic car show will take place Nov. 2. (Ticket prices vary; stuartairshow.com)
ARTS & CRAFTS EXPO
NEW EXHIBIT Now through Nov. 24, head to the Elliott Museum for the Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers exhibit. Learn all about pirates, like the Treasure Coast’s own Don Pedro Gilbert, the namesake of the sandbar that caused numerous wrecks just off of the House of Refuge. (Free; elliottmuseum.org/exhibits)
Gather the family and head to the Port St. Lucie Holiday Arts and Crafts Expo from Nov. 16 to 17 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center grounds. This family-friendly event will feature live music, a kid zone, and more than 200 booths of handcrafted works of art from artists based locally and nationally. (Free; artandcraftexpo.com)
WINE & ALE TRAIL FESTIVAL
Start Thanksgiving Day early by taking
Back for a second year, the Treasure Coast Wine &
will take place with proceeds benefit-
Ale Trail Festival will take place at Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery on Nov. 16. Each guest will receive one tasting glass and unlimited samples from Side Door Brewing Co., Orchid Island Brewery, Pierced Ciderworks and more. ($25/advance, $30/day of; tcwineandaletrail.com)
Support the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast when you attend the Nov. 13 Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser at NOTES Music Room & Wine Bar. Bring your furry friend for an afternoon of adorable snapshots taken by AGoldPhoto Pet Photography and receive an online gallery you can share with your loved ones. Be sure to book ahead to reserve your spot. (From $75; agoldphoto.com)
part in the Palm City Turkey Trot on Nov. 28. A 5K run and a Kids Fun Run ing Love and Hope in Action of Stuart. (Prices vary; runsignup.com)
PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL From Nov. 22 to 24, head to Jensen Beach for the signature Pineapple Festival, which pays homage to the community’s rich pineapple history. This year’s theme will be “Homegrown” and will showcase local artists, musicians and, of course, pineapple-themed food. A Bahamian market will also be available, featuring island music, crafts and more. (Free; pineapplefestival.info)
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The year’s most gracious holiday is around the corner, and we’ve got your thank you’s sorted. By Jodi Belden-Vogl | Photo by David Centeno
A V E R A W A N G PA P E R S gold foil bordered cards; $26; available at Quill and Press in Stuart B R I F L E PA P E R C O . “Thank You Bouquet” cards; $16.95; available at riflepaperco.com.
C C R A N E & C o . so darling card; $18; available at Matilda’s in Stuart D K AT E S PA D E “Something to Write Home About” ballpoint pen; $38.95; available at Quill and Press in Stuart
E K AT E S PA D E merci thank you notecard set; $21.25; available at Quill and Press in Stuart
Left to right: Marv Kierstead, Investment Advisor; Phil Wintercorn, Sr. Wealth Advisor & Managing Director; Matt King, Sr. Private Banker; and Ted Brown, Florida President.
Wilmington Trust is pleased to introduce our
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Christena Michelle Hamilton & Harold Austin Douglas By Melissa Puppo WHO THEY ARE: Christena, 32, is the executive assistant to
the CEO for Quantros, Inc., and Austin, 34, works for Terminix.
HOW THEY MET: Christena and Austin met through mutual
friends 10 years ago while living in Stuart. They dated on and off in the early years but always remained friends. “Eventually, we got it right,” Christena jokes. “Fourth time’s a charm!”
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: “I think we both knew early on, it just took a ‘few’ years to get it right,” Christena says. “Through love, heartbreak, forgiveness and growing up, we remained friends for it all, and I think that has something to say for itself.” Austin, on the other hand, says there isn’t enough time to explain his feelings for Christena. ON THE PROPOSAL: Austin proposed the day after Thanks-
giving in 2017 while they were decorating the Christmas tree with his family. Christena remembers Chris being nervous. “Like I wasn’t going to say ‘yes’ after 10 years,” she jokes.
ON CHOOSING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE: The couple chose to wed at Cielo Blu Barn in Fellsmere.
“One visit and we were in love,” Christena says. The couple loved the idea of a barn wedding, plus they liked how the venue offer couples an inclusive package that helps with many details. ON THE THEME: A rustic wedding was in order for the happy pair—Austin wanted to wear jeans, and Christena wanted to wear boots. The inspiration went from there. They chose to accentuate the natural beauty of the venue and opted for garden roses, succulents, baby’s breath and a pop of eucalyptus. The barn also had a shed of decorations the couple could choose from, which Christena says was “incredible.” ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Christena and Austin chose to
do a first look and also took photos before the ceremony so they didn’t have to waste any time after the ceremony. As for sweets, the couple cut into a two-tiered chocolate raspberry cake with semi-naked buttercream that was decorated with succulents, while guests had a selection of cupcakes to choose from. Christena also surprised Austin with a ‘Star Wars’ groom cake “because compromise,” she says.
Wedding Date: Feb. 23, 2019 | Ceremony and Reception Location: Cielo Blu Barn | Photographer: Danielle Love Photography | Gown Designer: Stella York | Food: Wilke’s 14 Bones BBQ | Cake Maker: Sweet Tiers | Bouquet and Boutonniere: Sarandipity Floral | Flower Arrangements and Hair: Wave Hair Color & Design Studio | Music: Liv 2 Party Entertainment | Makeup: Flutter Boutique | Bride Boots: Old Gringo
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ince opening in 2018, Rooster in the Garden has become a popular dining spot in downtown Fort Pierce, and for good reason: It’s a charming restaurant with excellent food and service. The “Rooster” is the more casual sister restaurant of The Braford Steakhouse (located next door), and the two restaurants share executive chef Gregg DeAquair. The stylish interior is airy, bright, and opens onto a cozy outdoor dining patio. The Rooster is known for its locally sourced ingredients, and the star of the show is the antibiotic- and hormone-free beef. It comes from the Braford cattle that are bred at the Adams Ranch, located just 20 miles away. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and offers wine, beer and cocktails. My husband and I stopped in for lunch recently and were very impressed with our meal. We started with a baby gem
salad, composed of tender bibb lettuce, grape tomatoes, pickled red onions, chunks of Gorgonzola cheese, and a house-made blue cheese dressing. We also ordered the fried zucchini, which was perfectly seasoned and addictive, served piping hot with a creamy dipping sauce. For my entree, I ordered the Adams Ranch open-faced steak sandwich. Slices of tenderloin were piled high on a hero roll and topped with a crimini mushroom sauce and a generous pile of house-made onion rings. It was quite possibly the best steak sandwich I’ve ever had. My husband opted for the beef tenderloin sliders, which were slathered with caramelized onions and a creamy “bistro” sauce—also outstanding. Waleska, our attentive and knowledgeable server, recommended the peanut butter pie or crème brûlée for dessert, but we couldn’t find the room. We’ll make sure to stop back and try them very soon.
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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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uxury is about moving beyond necessity to that which supports great comfort and pleasure. A sumptuous bathroom should invoke feelings of relaxation. The key is not only in a style that is pleasing to the homeowner, but also in four key features: a grand shower, a soaking tub, a peaceful view, and adjustable and statement lighting. A grand shower is trending in homes of all price points, but in a luxury home this is taken to another level. Facilitating a sense of escape, a shower may have glass walls, no door, bench seating and multiple water outputs, including rain showerheads, water jets, steam and hydro massagers. With the trend toward large, decked-out showers, many are foregoing a soaking tub to maximize space. However, including a deep soaking tub is essential to a complete luxury bath. Even if rarely used, having the option to soak, rest and relax is the epitome of extravagant living. Capitalizing on a gorgeous view helps promote a sense of serenity. Whether the view is of the ocean, river or a private garden, and whether it is visible from the shower, tub or entire room, a large picture window brings the soothing outdoors in and allows for the entrance of clean, natural light. Adjustable lighting both in color and intensity, as well as statement lighting, are essential to a luxury bathroom. The first allows the homeowner to maximize the bathroom’s function (good lighting is necessary for applying makeup, for example), but also to change the ambiance to one of relaxation when using some of the other luxury features of the bathroom. Statement lighting can be placed in the center of the bath, over a tub or a vanity and adds to the room’s elegance and style. When designing a bathroom, incorporating these key features will elevate the room to luxury.
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etting used to seasonal changes—or lack thereof—in Florida can be a challenge for those who need a discernible difference in their surroundings. For instance, the leaves don’t change colors—we just have varying degrees of thriving green fronds to browning leaves, signaling some type of cool-down is nearing or has passed. I despise the cold. I thrive in the dog days, which makes Florida truly my home. However, I do find myself—at least once per year—reveling in the shortest periods of diminished heat. Relief from the relentless smolder is welcomed not only by humans, but marine life as well. For anglers, the air change signals a greatly anticipated time of year. We endure long periods of heat invariably followed by cooling autumn winds. Albeit brief, there is a temperature change in the air and water that heats up the fish bite. No matter the species, fish become feisty through the short fall months. The heat of the day still provides a blazing lamp from above, but as the sun sets, the temperature difference can feel like a jump from the jacuzzi into the pool. (At least that’s how I feel as winter nears!) However, for most if not all species of fish, they react to these changes. That pre-dawn light tells the fish it’s time to eat and the sun will be up soon. And as soon as that sun begins to set, the evening temperatures will dip quickly. I cannot stress enough on how the fish react to these changes in temperature. This is a productive time of year for anglers and is my absolute favorite time of year to fish. Granted, I’m more of an evening angler, but any time I have the urge to get that line in the water, I set my alarm and wake up for what I know will be a productive day of catching. When the relentless heat relinquishes its stronghold on the air and water temperatures, get that tackle ready. Strike while the iron isn’t so hot, and take advantage of what I consider the coolest time of year to go catch a fish.
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taci Dunn, who owns The Cake Lady in Fort Pierce, won’t tell you her secret to baking the perfect cake. What she will share, however, is her recipe for success, which in her case involves a leap of faith, some trust and a serious passion for sweets. “Being in the corporate world was never for me,” she says. “After being out of the workforce for so long, I felt it would be hard to find a job. That’s when I turned to baking.” In a little over six years, Dunn has racked up numerous accomplishments with The Cake Lady, which debuted in April 2013. So far this year, she’s created over 700 custom cakes and sold more than 5,200 cupcakes, not including corporate orders or donations. She also hosted more than 200 children for a hands-on cupcake camp over the summer. But her biggest achievement to date was her appearance on Food Network’s “Cake Hunters” in September 2017. She and two other bakers were challenged with designing a unique cake for a Boynton Beach bar mitzvah. “The experience with Food Network was something I will never forget,” she says. “When they first called me, I thought it was a hoax.” It’s safe to say the future looks bring for Dunn and The Cake Lady—so bright that she
and her team will appear on Food Network again, this time for an episode airing in March 2020. “They flew everyone to Canada, all expenses paid, for filming,” she says. “And that’s all I’m allowed to say about that, unfortunately.” What sparked your interest in baking? I was a legal assistant for 15 years, then worked in the school system for five years and started my own medical transcription business for another five years after that, all while homeschooling my children. When my clients transitioned to voice recognition, I was phased out and had to find a job. That’s when I took a leap of faith and opened The Cake Lady. I was very familiar with baking and cake decorating as a hobby. How do you gather inspiration for your confections? Clients will often ask me if I have made a flavor, and if I haven’t, we’re always willing to try. Right now, we are up to 82. They’re mostly inspired off of what we like to eat. For example, Butterfingers are my favorite candy bar, so we found a way to make that into a cupcake. Also, we always bake flavors in combinations we know people love, such as chocolate and peanut
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Video Veteran RICK MILLER RUNS TREASURE COAST MULTIMEDIA, A LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED ENTITY SERVING STUART SINCE 2005. THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS AND IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER SPECIALIZES IN CONVERTING OLD VIDEOTAPES TO DIGITAL FILES. By Amy Woods | Photography by Lindsey Potter
reasure Coast Multimedia commands a bird’s-eye view of downtown Stuart from its secondstory studio on Colorado Avenue. A camera that owner and operator Rick Miller affixed to its north-facing window steadily streams a live feed of Haney Circle for the world to watch—or at least for locals to have a look-see. “It’s pretty popular,” Miller says of the 24/7 broadcast that gained several subscribers during the days leading up to Hurricane Dorian. “It was down for a couple of hours before the storm, and in that time I got three calls and two emails asking me where the camera was.” Miller, who is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his video production company, has gained a following not only for the webcam but also for the professionalism of his projects. The bulk of his business involves converting old videotapes to digital files. “It’s interesting,” he says. “When a mom brings me a tape of her kids growing up, in the past I converted them directly to DVD. Not today. With technology changing, it’s USB drives.” 32
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REFINED REDESIGN FORT LAUDERDALE-BASED JAIME BLOMQUIST REDESIGNS AN ADMIRALS COVE RESIDENCE. By Jana Soeldner Danger | Photography by Troy Campbell
White beams accent walnut paneling on the new cove ceiling.
oing a complete redesign of an existing home can be more challenging than starting from scratch with new construction. When a client asked Fort Lauderdale-based interior designer Jaime Blomquist to do just that for a home at Admirals Cove in Jupiter, she had to deal with unwanted load-bearing walls, a barnlike ceiling, asymmetry and other problems. “When you have a blank canvas, it’s very easy to do a design,” she says. “When you’re doing an existing structure, you have to consider the conditions and think harder about how to make your design come to fruition.” Blomquist came to the interior design business indirectly. She first attended business school and then worked in modeling and acting. “But I realized they weren’t my passion,” she says. Interior design, as it turned out, became her obsession, as she’s owned Jaime Blomquist Interiors for 17 years now. The owner of the house in Admirals Cove wanted a more open floor plan and an updated, modern look for the 3,200-square-foot home with three bed-
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rooms, three full baths and a powder room. “We started by gutting it,” Blomquist says. She chose a color palette of blue, white, cream and greige. Except for the bathrooms, flooring throughout the home is rich walnut planking. One of the first steps in the complex process was reworking the roof trusses to get rid of the high, vaulted ceilings that were popular in the early 1990s. “The ceiling followed the trusses, and it was like a massive ski slope,” Blomquist says. “We needed to bring the ceiling down.” T H E FOYER She removed a loadbearing wall in what had been a small, enclosed foyer, leaving the support pillars and transforming them into design elements by boxing them out and adding millwork. To make the space seem even more open, she changed the single front door to a double with glass panels framed in walnut. The owner loves boating and wanted nautical elements in the design. So just inside the doors, Blomquist installed a circular waterjet marble compass, correctly oriented for direction. The walnut flooring then had to be meticulously pieced around it. Above the compass hangs a graceful, half-spherical chandelier made of brushed nickel with glass accents and delicate white shades. “I look at chandeliers like jewelry,” she says. Walls of the foyer are covered with shimmering mother-of-pearl wallpaper, and an oval mirror with a chain-patterned frame hangs above a shagreen console table. “The foyer was one of the more challenging areas,” Blomquist says. “We had to stay within the confines of the loadbearing pillars, and even though everything wasn’t perfectly symmetrical, we had to trick the eye into feeling like it is.”
T H E LI V I N G ROOM To achieve the open floor plan the client wanted, Blomquist removed another load-bearing wall between what was a galley kitchen and the living room to make it one large space, replacing the wall’s support with a triple laminated beam. She also opened the back wall of the living room, changing a pair of French doors to a wall of glass sliders that open to the loggia so the two areas can become one large space for entertaining. The tie beam needed to be re-engineered to create a new support system, and the sunken floor had to be raised to accommodate the new sliding doors. When the clients desire privacy, sheer silk traverse draperies with wide gray horizontal lines can be drawn across the glass. The new pitched ceiling, paneled in walnut accented with white wood beams, is a focal point, but symmetry was once
(above left) To open the enclosed foyer, the designer removed a load-bearing wall and transformed the support pillars into design elements. She also added glass-fronted double doors. (above right) A large area rug in the living room has a subtle, deconstructed pattern. Twin coffee tables have polished nickel bases and antiqued mirror glass tops.
again a challenge. “It needed something besides white drywall,” she says. “The trusses dictated the custom ceiling design, and the ceiling design dictated the center lines of the living room and kitchen. The millwork creates the illusion of symmetry.” Suspended from the ceiling is a chandelier with curved, polished nickel arms and candle-shaped sconces. A built-in white wood wall unit provides shelving and cabinetry, and waterjet marble clads the inset behind the TV screen. The large area rug has a subtle, deconstructed pattern in blue, gray and beige, and the custom twin sofas are covered with a creamy, linen-cotton blend with nailhead accents. “I like to design furniture for a room so it’s just the right scale,” Blomquist says. “Furniture dimensions are as important as architectural dimensions.” Behind one of the sofas is a clean-lined, gray wood console table with nickel accents. A display of lanterns, a graceful sea fan and blue canisters add visual interest. Gray wood end tables hold lamps
made from handblown mercury glass. Twin coffee tables have polished nickel bases and antiqued mirror tops to reflect natural light. Two swivel club chairs upholstered in a deep blue textured animal print add color, and a glass-topped drink table between them has a polished nickel base with a decorative shape reminiscent of earrings. K I TCH E N In the kitchen, the design of white built-in cabinetry mirrors the wall unit in the living room. Long, brushed nickel pulls add visual interest, and a waterjet Thassos and Calacatta marble mosaic creates an eye-catching backsplash. An arched panel that hides the exhaust hood opens horizontally like a garage door. A long walnut wood island with a Cambria quartz top that matches the countertops holds the sink and dishwasher. “I wanted the island to be a statement piece, and the walnut is a continuation of the walnut in the rest of the house,” Blomquist says.
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Raw blue silk covers the top half of the dining room walls. Below it is white wainscoting. The gray wood table has nickel inlays.
The dual-pedestal dining table is stained gray wood with nickel inlays. Chairs are upholstered in blue, gray and white cotton with an ikat pattern, and wood curves on the backs mimic curves in the polished nickel chandelier above. A gray wood buffet has brushed nickel edging and a scroll pattern on the front. Lamps on top of it are mother-of-pearl. THE BAR Opposite the dining room is a bar area. Walnut cabinetry with curved shelving that pulls outward for easy access frames an insert of black, white and gray waterjet glass with a peony design. Cambria quartz tops the walnut bar itself, which holds a hammered metal sink with a polished nickel faucet, as well as refrigerator and freezer drawers.
White stools with a blue pattern on the back and blue leather seats contrast beautifully with the dark wood. To create a breakfast nook, she removed part of a kitchen wall and then enclosed a portion of the loggia. The table has gracefully curved, dark wood legs and a gray wood top. Chairs are framed in matching gray wood and upholstered with selfwelted faux ostrich skin. Above the table hangs a classic chandelier with curved, clear glass arms suspended from dramatic glass spheres. DI NI NG ROOM Removing yet another wall opened the dining room to the kitchen and living room. “They wanted an intimate dining space, but they also wanted it to be light and bright,” Blomquist says. The tray ceiling is framed with white molding. Pale blue raw silk covers the top half of the walls; below it is contrasting white wainscoting. A wool area rug in tones of blue and greige features a burnout pattern.
M AST E R S U I T E White molding frames rectangles of greige silk on a focal wall in the master bedroom. The tufted gray headboard with nailhead trim has a box pattern, complementing the pattern on the wall. Wood nightstands with a textured faux linen finish hold brushed nickel lamps with a cutout pattern that mimics coral. A chandelier has curves and glass spheres that give it a transitional flair, while soft blue linen traverse draperies hang at double doors with sidelights leading to a sitting room. Flooring in the master bath features a waterjet marble inset that mimics a rug; the pattern is similar to the wood shapes on the dining room chairbacks, a pattern that occurs throughout the home. “I like having the same design elements in different spaces,” Blomquist says. White cabinetry has polished nickel pulls, and vanities are topped with Cambria quartz. The wall behind the built-in tub and seamless glass shower is beige marble accented with a white waterjet mosaic strip with a clover pattern similar to the tub and the polished nickel chandelier above. A vanity stool is made from stained gray wood upholstered in blue metallic linen. “We kept the cabinets classic, so we could come in with some more playful elements,” Blomquist says.
The master bath has white cabinetry with polished nickel pulls.
(below) Curved shelving in the bar pulls out to make glassware readily available. Cambria quartz covers the top of the walnut bar, which contains a sink and refrigerator and freezer drawers.
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ust outside of Vail, Colorado, a day at Beaver Creek should be broken up like this: meet your ski instructor at 9:30 a.m.— when the lifts open—for a private ski or snowboarding session; take a break around noon for a gourmet lunch at the ski-in SaddleRidge restaurant, which doubles as a museum of American Western artifacts; and then head back out for more experience on the slopes until “Cookie Time” at 3 p.m. The group that came up with the “Cookie Time” concept was likely tasked with the challenge of coming up with a way to kindly tell athletes to get off the slopes. They probably pondered how to go about doing this for a moment, until a member with a sweet tooth called out: “I’ve got it! Let’s lure them down with warm cookies.” The ski destination bakes 500,000 cookies each year for a season that starts in November and runs through April. Employees dressed in aprons and chef ’s hats carry trays to the bottoms of the lifts daily to greet tired skiers and snowboarders with still-gooey delights.
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The ski destination bakes 500,000 cookies each year for a season that starts in November and runs through April.
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EVER-READY FOR POLITICAL DEBATE, CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR, MEDIA JUGGERNAUT AND FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT DAN BONGINO FINDS REPRIEVE FROM THE RANCOR OF THE LEFT-RIGHT DIVIDE IN PALM CITY. By Ike Crumpler | Photography by Austen Amacker
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he convoy of strategically spaced black limousines crawls to a stop. His door opened, President-elect Obama— fending off the 20-degree weather with a burgundy scarf, overcoat and leather gloves—emerges.
He greets First-Lady-to-be Michelle Obama at the grille of the stretch Cadillac. Clasping hands, they walk while waving to the left and right. Applause roars from the din of cheering attendees gathered to celebrate the 2009 inauguration of the first African American president in U.S. history. A member of Obama’s Secret Service detail, Dan Bongino arrived on scene at 2 a.m. to coordinate the Pennsylvania Avenue promenade. “It’s the most dangerous part,” remembers Bongino, 44. “He’s out of the car.” Intense training and immersion in pressure-packed situations infuse Secret Service members with the reflexes, readiness and threat-assessment precision of cyborgs. “The stress is a 10—all the time,” Bongino says. “There’s no 9.6. Always a 10.” Even still, as Bongino scanned the crowds, corners and structures for anything or anyone that could pose harm to the president-elect—he couldn’t escape the emotion of the moment. “I didn’t vote for Obama, but I got a little choked up watching—even now... I was honored.
This was a magical moment to see,” he says. The Fox News audience knows Bongino’s work well. The prolific Fox News personality regularly provides news analysis and commentary on such top-rated cable-news shows as “Fox & Friends,” “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “If you’re a Fox News watcher, you probably know who I am,” he says. “But if not, you don’t. I’m not Tom Cruise.” The background of his Fox News appearances by satellitelink frequently features a night skyline of buildings at least 30 stories high. His location listed on-screen is Palm City in Martin County, where the four-story height limit is sacrosanct. But it’s no misprint. Bongino is the author of five books—several bestsellers—and the newly released “Exonerated: The Failed Takedown of President Donald Trump by the Swamp.” He hosts a podcast with more than a quarter million followers and stars in countless YouTube videos. He was in the Secret Service under presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. And he lives in Palm City—for many of the same
reasons the rest of us call the Treasure Coast home. “I love Palm City,” says his wife, Paula Martinez, who is the technical and creative partner in their company, Bongino, Inc. COMFORT, FOOD Married 16 years and with two daughters age 7 and 15, the couple moved from Severna Park, Maryland, to Florida to be closer to family. They bid on three homes in Palm Beach and Martin counties, and the Palm City offer was accepted first. “I love the people here,” Martinez continues. “I love the environment, I love that my girls can just go out and play—and the food is good.” Loyal patrons of Stuart restaurants such as Metro Diner, Bonefish Grill and TooJay’s, the Bonginos’ only complaint concerns hours of operation. “The only downside to Martin County is we have a very long, committed marriage and we have date night,” Bongino says. “We go to the local restaurants and they close so early. We’re New Yorkers.” The couple appreciates the blend of southern and northeastern influences, culinarily and culturally. “You can get a good sandwich, you can get a good pizza. I love the weather—I’m a hotweather guy,” he says. “And I like that it’s conservative here because I’m a conservative guy.” Fans feel comfortable approaching him, Bongino says.
“At times, people are coming over to our table, and as more people come over, more are asking who we are,” he says “It’s very flattering and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably lying.” As a local, Bongino praises Martin County government agencies, citing Vicki Davis, supervisor of elections, and Ruth Pietruszewski, tax collector. “The people in [the Elections Center] could not be nicer,” he says. “You have a question, they answer it. You go online and you can check your voter status. You go to get a [concealed carry] license [at the Tax Collector’s Office], it works. I’m not antigovernment; I’m anti-bad government. My personal experience with the local government has been superb.” HARDSCRABBLE UPBRINGI NG Originally from Long Island, Bongino grew up in a difficult and dangerous home environment. His parents divorced; his mom then married a heavyweight boxer who stood over six-feet-tall and weighed 300 pounds. He perpetuated severe abuse upon Bongino and his younger brother. Bongino was 15 when—with
Dan Bongino, left, served as a member of the Secret Service during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
financial help from his dad—he and his brother moved into their own apartment. Interested in neuropsychology, Bongino’s dreams of studying medicine were outweighed by his desire for justice, fueled by the vivid childhood memory of his hulking stepfather cowing when confronted by a petite female police officer. “I remember going, ‘I have to do this job… You get to change people’s lives, just like that,’” he told the Naples Daily News in 2016. Starting in 1995, Bongino spent four years at the New York City Police Department. He wanted to join the FBI and even now calls economics his “passion.”
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“I know that’s a surprise given the hallow effect that I look like a jock with an IQ of 86,” quips Bongino, who stands 6-foot-1, weighs 230 pounds and nurtures a challenging workout regime. His father suggested the Secret Service. He gave it a go, knowing that typically only one in 4,000 candidates get hired. “The interview went extremely well,” Bongino recalls. “The guy I interviewed with was a judo champ and I was into mixed martial arts. Talk about serendipity.”
LOVE IS… A BLIND DATE Serendipity also deserves a little credit for how Bongino ended up with his wife. Both working When not airing on long hours as professionFox News, Bongino als in New York, they hosts a podcast and stars in countless agreed to a blind date YouTube videos. arranged by a mutual friend. “I don’t think either of us were looking forward to it,” says Martinez, then a web developer. Approaching the appointed meeting place with nominal enthusiasm, Bongino called her to ask how he should pick her out of the crowded Sullivan in Bayside, Queens. “I’m on the phone with her and said, ‘What are you wearing?’” he recalls. “It was a red top
and black pants.” “I love that you remember that,” Martinez says. “I thought OMG—this woman is a stunner,” Bongino says. “I was just in love. My second thought was, ‘How in the heck is this woman still single?’” FOUR PRESIDENTS Bongino started in the Secret Service as a field agent under President Clinton. He witnessed how Clinton’s infectious charisma ingratiated political friends and foes when a room full of young New York Assembly men—Clinton critics—waited to meet with him. “They were saying, ‘When he comes in I’m gonna tell him this and stick it to him,’” he recalls. “Clinton comes in greeting them by name, patting them on the back. Afterward, I heard one say, ‘I’d never vote for the guy, but I totally get it.’” Coordinating transportation logistics for President Bush often meant managing local law enforcement during delays caused by the motorcade. A president’s rigid timetable is uncompromising on interruptions— save for select, unexpected encounters when Bush ordered everything to a halt. “His time was always limited—except with the Gold Star mothers and fathers,” Bongino recalls. “I would be managing the Philly and New York cops, Bongino and his wife, Paula, live in Palm City with their two daughters, Isabel and Amelia. ‘Hold. Hold. Don’t panic.’ You’re not gonna get between him and someone who fellow native of Queens, he understands the lost a loved one in combat. His faith is real. His president’s braggadocio. work ethic is real. His compassion is real. He’s “They have these huge personalities—Queens the real McCoy.” kids—that’s where a lot of that comes from,” he says. Bongino also recalled his fondness for “I grew up in Queens, like Trump. Queens kids never protecting the Obamas. had money like the Manhattan kids. But there’s al“His wife and his children were great,” Bongino ways puffery. Everything’s huge, magnificent—even if says. “He was always a gentleman to me—more it’s not and your car’s 10 years old. But, you’re never than kind.” as tough as the Brooklyn kids.” Although he never served under Trump, After earning a bachelor’s degree from Queens Bongino is a strong supporter who says that as a
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College, Bongino later got a master’s degree from City University of New York and an MBA from Penn State University. While the city and NYPD shaped his street smarts, he credits the Secret Service with providing the ground to prep him for his current career.
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“When you’re in your 20s and briefing high-level White House staffers on foreign threats, formalities go out the window quickly,” Bongino says. “You learn to speak in bullet points. You learn not to spin people’s wheels, or you will get shut down.” Getting shut down or shunned in the public arena for a political point of view is a growing problem that defies the long-employed defense that it “happens on both sides,” Bongino says. “It’s very real,” he says. “Just go to a college campus and put up a sign that you support Trump and watch what happens.” While he criticizes political figures, Bongino is no armchair quarterback. He mounted three campaigns for national office. He finished second in a 2012 U.S. Senate race in Maryland. He lost the 2016 Republican primary to U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Toughest to take was the 2014 general election loss in the Democratic stronghold of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, where the incumbent edged him by 2,774 votes. (A third-party candidate claimed 3,762 ballots.) “Sometimes when you lose, you just need to get crushed because you ask yourself, ‘What if we’d just knocked on a 100 more doors,” says Bongino, who knocked on 7,000 doors while leading a team that knocked on 55,000. Even as he remains on-guard and outspoken about the political left, the former Secret Service agent—so accustomed to constant readiness—is at peace with his current life station, geographically and career-wise. “This is a blessing from God,” Bongino says. “The losses, the good and the bad losses, that wasn’t meant for me. This is. We’re doing far more good than we would have been as one of 535 members on the Hill.”
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A wet bar in one corner of the kitchen was designed for entertaining and features a pass-through to the game room.
DESIGNER TRINITY REBACK USES RICH, VIBRANT COLOR TO ENLIVEN A HARBOUR RIDGE RIVERFRONT HOME. By Jana Soeldner Danger Photography by Ron Rosenzweig
hen Trinity Reback, a design consultant with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, received a commission to renovate a condominium in the Harbour Ridge neighborhood of Palm City, the project originally included upgrading the kitchen and enclosing a patio to create more indoor living space. It eventually turned into a full-scale gut-and-remodel. The owners, Beverly and John Martin, were relocating from their primary residence in Kentucky and decided they would retire to South Florida, where they owned a vacation home they enjoyed. “Now they were ready for a forever home, and they decided they wanted it to be here,” Reback says. The couple chose the two-bedroom-plusden, 2,500-square foot condo in Harbour Ridge largely because it offers a spectacular view of the St. Lucie River. Perhaps because of her years in Kentucky, Beverly had a love for traditional Southern décor, but now she wanted something more contemporary. “We decided to do a modern take on traditional style,” Reback says. “They entertain a lot, and they wanted the home to be casual and comfortable, yet elegant with a classic feel.”
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A C AREER CHANG E For Reback, interior design represents a significant career change. “I started in advertising and marketing, but I wasn’t passionate about it,” she says. “Then one morning I woke up and decided I wanted something different, so I went back to school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.” Reback was always fond of decorating. She remembers rearranging the furniture in her room as a little girl and the importance of decorating her college dorm room. “I’d always been passionate about it, but when I was starting out, I didn’t realize it was something I could do to make a living,” she says. “I love seeing the final product—looking at before and after pictures and seeing the transformation.” CO LO R , COLOR EVERYWHERE For the main living areas, European white oak flooring creates a backdrop that is clean and fresh, yet warm and inviting. White crown molding throughout the home gives a traditional look, and is paired with flat baseboards for a more contemporary style. Walls in the main living areas are also a soft shade of white, but the homeowner loves color, especially navy blue and green, so color became a major player in the design.
(above) In the den, deep green walls are a backdrop for a white, custom-built desk and storage unit.
F E AT U R E A white polished stone backsplash and white quartz countertops balance the stunning, navy blue cabinets, which are accented with large-scale satin brass hardware.
T H E KI TCHEN To open up the main living space, a non-load bearing wall was taken down that divided the dining room from the kitchen. “The wall blocked the view of the river from the kitchen and interrupted the whole flow,” Reback says. “We turned the space into a very large kitchen, and now you can walk in and see the view of the river.” Unlike many South Floridians who prefer all-white kitchens, one of Beverly’s first requests was for navy blue cabinets. Other designers, Beverly told Reback, had tried to discourage that choice. But Reback realized that not only could the colorful cabinets work, they would also be a stunning visual feature. “I loved her willingness to take risks with color,” Reback says. “So many people are afraid of it. She loves navy, but she also loves greens and browns, so we brought the colors of nature into her home.” To balance the navy blue, Reback installed a white Thassos stone backsplash in a subway pattern, which is carried up behind the decorative white hood and between the upper and lower cabinets. Countertops are white quartz, and recessed and under-cabinet lighting illuminates the workspace. Cabinets and drawers around the perimeter of the kitchen add plenty of storage for Beverly, who loves to cook. Panels in the same navy blue as the cabinets cover the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Cabinet and drawer pulls—some large-scale, some smaller for visual variety—have a satin brass finish that matches the plumbing fixtures. In the center of the kitchen, white quartz crowns a large, 11-by-5-foot island. The custom piece contains navy blue storage cabinets and drawers, as well as a convection oven and vegetable sink. “A lot of people want a second-
I LOVED HER WILLINGNESS TO TAKE RISKS WITH COLOR. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF IT.”
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Twin blue sofas flank a green area rug in the living room.
Upholstered chairs at one end and a dining area at the other offer river views.
ary color for the island, but she was committed to the navy,” Reback says. After raising the low ceiling, a tray that matches the footprint of the island was installed. Suspended from it are two circular brass-and-glass pendant lights. In one corner of the kitchen is a wet bar area with a drink cooler, sink and coffee maker. Cabinets with mullion glass fronts are both decorative and functional. “We designed the kitchen with entertaining in mind,” Reback says. T H E LI V I N G ROOM The living room is another testament to Beverly’s love of color. A pair of blue sofas flank a sea-green rug, all of which she furnished herself. The coffee and sofa tables were handmade by the Martins’ niece, Adrienne Romine, founder of Half Halt, a furniture design studio in Austin, Texas. At one end of the space, Reback placed a built-in unit that houses a TV screen with storage underneath. Glass display shelves on either side open to the game room. B RI N G I N G T H E OU T D OORS I N Enclosing the wraparound patio to increase interior living space was one of the main goals of the project. Poured concrete brought the outdoor floor to the same level as the interior of the home. Impactresistant, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors replaced the patio screens. Half of the U-shaped space has lush chairs in which to relax and a dining area that overlooks the river; above the table, ceiling beams house recessed lighting. On either side of the TV are glass shelves that open to the living room, while another opening acts as a passthrough to the bar in the kitchen, inviting family members or guests to stop by for a beverage. Bench seating has storage underneath.
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A navy blue wall in the master bedroom offers display space for a large vintage map.
T H E DEN In the den, walls are painted a rich green, creating a dramatic background for a white builtin desk and storage unit with open and closed shelves, drawers and cabinets. To improve traffic flow, a door was added to one side that opens to the living room. Adjacent to the den is a guest bath, where green patterned wallpaper immediately draws the eye. Beverly liked the wall covering so much, she had a chair upholstered in the same color and pattern for the den. The design team also pulled out the existing tub and converted the space into a large shower enclosed in frameless glass and lined with navy blue and white glass mosaic tile. Classic white countertops, cabinets and octagon-shaped porcelain floor tiles balance the deep colors. Hardware
and fixtures have the same satin brass finish as in the kitchen. An eye-catching mirror has a gold ribbon-style frame. M AST E R S U I T E In the master suite, the double-door entry changed to a single, creating space for a linen closet. In the bedroom, a navy blue painted wall is the backdrop for a large vintage map of the U.S. that the owners wanted to display. A large white built-in wall unit has a traditionally styled crown, bookshelves, an opening for a TV and storage underneath. A splash of navy accents the white bedspread. To provide space for enlarging the closet, the team relocated the entry to the master bath, where red textured wallpaper adds rich color. They also enclosed the commode and removed an angled wall to accommodate a long, straight
accommodate garments that need to be hand washed. The water heater relocated to a closet to make the space more attractive. SAT I S FI E D CLI E N TS The newly renovated home now has the color and style the owners wanted, as well as space for the entertaining they love to do. “They
put a lot of thought and consideration into every decision because they knew it was going to be their forever home,” Reback says. The Martins are delighted with the results. “We wanted something cozy but more contemporary than what we had before,” Beverly says. “We’re very happy with the way it turned out.”
818 E. LAS OLAS BLVD. Purchase: (above) With navy blue cabinets and a white countertop, the laundry room is both attractive and functional.
white vanity with cabinets, drawers and a makeup table topped with white quartz. Suspended over the double sinks are twin glass pendant lights. After pulling out the existing large whirlpool tub, an oversized shower lined with large format, icecolored glass tile replaced it. A rainhead, body sprays, and his-andher bottle storage niches create a luxurious feel. GUE ST BE DROOM AND BATH The guest bedroom is more subdued than most of the house. Walls are gray, and the medium-toned wood bed is a traditional style with two tall decorative posts. Woodside tables hold lamps with white drum shades, while a decorative ceiling fan adds a contemporary touch. In the bathroom, the wallpaper has an abstract pattern in soft browns and grays. T H E LAUNDRY ROOM The laundry room is both stylish and functional. Dark blue wood cabinets with satin brass hardware provide ample storage. The polished stone backsplash matches the one in the kitchen. A quartz countertop offers folding space, and a sink can
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS OF STUART
LOURONZO’S ITALIAN FUSION
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.
KING NEPTUNE’S SEAFOOD
MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL
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 email@example.com. 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.
STUART COFFEE COMPANY
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
THE CRAFTED KEG
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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COURT ROOM SESSIONS OPENING NIGHT
Striving to break the norm of familiar arts and music within the community, Court Room Sessions returned for its third installment at the Court House Cultural Center. The exhibition featured contemporary works by South Florida artists. Alongside an impressive roster of visual artists, the opening night also featured live musical performances by West Palm Beach-based Holy Dances and Miami-based Monterrey.
1. Back: Jen Hearn, Elise Raffa and Laura Daniel; Front: Nancy Turrell and Liz McKinley 2. Diane and Tim Kimes with Marianne Ireland 3. Adam Dolle, Chris Kuonen and Christian Feneck 4. Julia Gabrielov and Tyler Davidson 5. Josseline Daluz, Ronise Daluz and Melissa Carpio 6. Sara Warren and Amber Pitcher 7. Heather Ivins and John Ciambriello 8. Emily Byker and Cory Preston 9. Leah Voss and Eve Samples
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‘SUMMER OF ’69’ OPENING CELEBRATION
The Elliott Museum flashed back to 1969 with more than 300 people dressed as hippies gathered to celebrate the opening reception for the “Summer of ‘69” exhibition showing in the museum’s Changing Gallery. The exhibit honors the 50th anniversaries of the crew of Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon, the Miracle Mets, the war in Vietnam and Woodstock.
1. Ales Day and Robyn Vanover 2. Rob Steele, Deena Rahill, Rocky Grady and Dr. Fran and Nancy Clark 3. Gayle Harrell and Stephanie Harrell 4. Jack and Gail Florin 5. Caroline Edwards and Linda Schoppmeyer 6. Gail Harvey and Robert Vanover 7. Jacob and Cynthia LaCroix with Kyle Greene 8. Barb Bucci and Kristi Wilt 9. Susanne Jaffe and Jim Butterworth
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GOOMBAY BASH HAVANA NIGHTS
This year’s annual bash set a new record, raising $210,300 for maternity and pediatric care, including the Mother & Baby Home Care Program. Hosted by the Cleveland Clinic Martin Health LifeSavers, more than 750 people turned out for the sold-out event at the Jensen Beach Causeway Park.
1. Patrick Gleason, Greg Smith, Amber Stephan and Shannon Smith 2. Kent Hoffman, Suzanne Pankey, Shari Hoffman, Tim Kidd, Melissa Saumure and Brookelle Perkins 3. Jenna and Zack Leider, Robert and Brittany Biber, Kristin Lewis, Katie Brezinski, Ashley Clarke and JD Lewis IV 4. Chris Reynolds, Bonnie Brown and Alex Palas 5. Shannon Arczynski, Jackie Prussing, Chessa Zanfini and Alicia Hayhurst 6. Nikol and Norm Bennett with Jordan and Amanda McGinn 7. Melinda Brault, Amber Ducote, Kim Nash and Jen Ahern 8. Drew and Lisa Nicodemus with Lorinda and Jonathan Shamber 9. Mirka and Jason Stocks
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MARTIN COUNTY ‘TIKIS ON THE TERRACE’
More than 200 supporters attended United Way of Martin County’s second annual “Tikis on the Terrace” presented by Bank of America at The Mansion at Tuckahoe. Guests swayed to island tunes and enjoyed traditional Polynesian entertainment, tropical-inspired food and raffle prizes along with a silent auction.
1. Sarah Baker, Iris Estrada and Katherine Cordero 2. John and Jeanna Romano with Rachel and Mickey Planker 3. Eric and Karen Kiehn, Pam and Duncan Hurd, Sarah Baker and Chris Vega 4.Tracy Suskey, Lorna Duplooy and Megan Banks 5. Shannon Blount, Courtney Beard, Mary White and Tracey Miller 6. William and Nithchel Joyce 7. Justin Beard and Jamie Lynn 8. Christina Hunter, Mike Karol, Zan Gonano and Ashley Lang 9. Gary Porter and David Vaina
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YOUNG LIFE MARTIN COUNTY GOLF CLASSIC
A gathering of 100 golfers descended on Sailfish Point Country Club to support Young Life Martin County. Participants enjoyed lunch and an afternoon of golf, followed by more guests arriving for a silent auction and dinner. Proceeds supported YLMC ministries, which sends kids to Young Life camps across the southeast.
1. Mary Thomas with K.T. and Jason McWilliams 2. Bruce Kramer, Jim Little, Charles Price and Satish Shah 3. Peter Bonneau, Randall Skrabonja, Debra Shah, Keith Douglass and Blake Schulman 4. Patti Unruh, Jamie Rotenizer and Jennifer Trent 5. Joe and Wendy Quinn with Melissa and Brian Lynch 6. Matt Singleton, Chi-Chi Rodriguez and Krista Singleton 7. Jodi and Leland Rykse 8. Marty and Holly Carmody with Jane and Matt Hooks 9. Dawn and Brian Connelly
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THE FARM DOG RESCUE ‘BLACK TIE & TAILS’
The Farm Dog Rescue held its inaugural “Black Tie & Tails” charity fundraising event at Ristorante Claretta in Palm City, raising more than $30,000. The “Coming Home” themed event celebrated the love stories of all the animals adopted in the organization’s first year.
1. Kathy Merklinger, Michelle Smith and Jerri Smith 2. Deidra Self, Lynn Bateman, Jennifer Atkisson-Lovett and Keri Burgess 3. Barbara Flowers, Pam Graham, Frannie Graham and Jill Ash 4. Michelle Russell, Renee Thompson, Jennifer Costantino, Jennifer Temelkoski and Tara Buscema
Hosted at Stuart’s Kane Center, the organization’s “friendraiser” featured Stories of Hope that were shared by families who have benefited from the agency’s generous sponsors and donors.
1. Kyle Offringa, Deborah Ponte, Peter Sicoli, Rinamarie Esposito-Shpiruk, Richard Del Toro and Jaclyn Uhl 2. Ed and Liz Ciampi with Sheryl and Elliot Paul 3. Clinton and Kate Bradley with Lavonne and Chris Freed 4. Bonnie Joffe, Jamie Shemesh and Lisa McQuillan 5. Frank Leporino, Darla Solomon and Kim and Aaron Braunstein gulfstreammediagroup.com
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HEALTHY START LUNCHEON
The Healthy Start Luncheon held at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club welcomed guests to a special afternoon of discussing the future of the organization. Jack Levine, a consultant to the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, was a guest speaker.
1. Sherry Plymale and Cheri Vancura 2. Teena White and Cynthia Roderick 3. Susan George, Kathy Derringer, Sara Barona and Sheryl Paul 4. Jack Levine, Samantha Suffich, Valerie Bell and Jason Berger
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF MARTIN COUNTY SUMMER BASH Members enjoyed the evening breeze at the annual membership drive, hosted by the Florida Oceanographic Society. They received free entry including food and drinks with raffle proceeds benefiting the Coastal Center.
1. Brian and Maureen Ake 2. Zac Rockefeller, Candace Callahan and Luke Maier 3. Skylar Gorman, Val Carpenter and Michelle Miller 4. Travis Hoffman, Julian Maiucci, Megan Knott and David Lewis 5. Samantha Haddad and Casey West
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MADISON’S MIRACLES ‘A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER’
Aycock at Tradition alongside Madison’s Miracles hosted the Wild West Murder Mystery Dinner during which local business leaders participated as the cast and worked through clues to solve the mystery. Guests enjoyed a silent auction and raffles in addition to a costume contest and photo booth.
1. Shirley Rearick and Rebecca Schumacher 2. Sue Deonofrio and Danielle Shalginewicz 3. Lucie McGuire, Ildiko Haidacher, Matt Right and Jackie Hawkins 4. Joan Pittman, Lisa Barrett, Christina Stamper, Sandi Smith and Sharon White
MARTIN COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS
Ten Treasure Coast non-profit organizations received nearly $345,000 in grants from The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County during a reception at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House in Jensen Beach. The largest grant, $95,605, went to House of Hope to build a produce packing center to improve nutrition for at-risk populations.
1. Edward Kemm, Keith Muniz and Robin Cartwright 2. Ellyn Stevenson and Michele Jacobs 3. John Doody, Rick Crary and Rob Steele 4. Front: Karen Ripper, Mary Barnes, Beth Falls and Chelsea Paine; Back: Robin Cartwright, Keith Muniz, Nancy Turrell, Rob Steele, Julie Zygmun, Keith Fletcher and Elizabeth Barbella 5. Sharon Holt, Nancy Turrell and Neil Capozzi gulfstreammediagroup.com
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