Pandemicpalooza: The State of Local Music

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Review: Funky Buddha Premium Seltzer

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Conquering Covid: Troy’s Barbeque

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How We Won’t Let Coronavirus Stop the Music   by David Rolland It has been over two months now since anyone’s been to anything resembling what we once called a concert.  Even with businesses starting to open up, six foot social distancing and facemask mandates make it difficult to imagine the rituals we’ve come to …

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Funky Buddha Seltzer

Hard Seltzer Just Got Funky: Funky Buddha Premium Seltzer Review by Alexis Paige Whether you call it spiked, adult, or hard seltzer, you’ve most likely sipped on this trendy sparkling alcoholic beverage. The nearly perfect canned summer drink is refreshing, low-calorie, gluten-free, and offers just a hint of flavor. We all know White Claw and …

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Anthony Barber at Troy's Barbeque with his son

Getting Back to BBQ Basics By Darien Davies To get yourself some of the best BBQ in town, all you’d need to do is follow your nose to Troy’s Barbeque. Year-round, and especially in early March, their smoker was always smokin’ hot and cooking up ribs, brisket chicken and more to feed the hungry masses. …

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Coffee pour at Pumphouse Coffee in Jupiter

How Pumphouse Coffee is Grinding Through the Covid-19 Pandemic by Alexis Paige The brothers behind the blue, white, and caffeinated Pumphouse Coffee Roasters have been rising and grinding for nearly four years now. Over that time, Christian and Alex Le Clainche along with their tight nit team established Pumphouse as a small roaster with high …

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Ramen Lab Eatery in Boca Raton

Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Fueling Fears and Hurting Asian-Owned Businesses? by Nile Fortner Louis Grayson is the owner of ‘Ramen Lab Eatery,’ a casual restaurant specializing in Asian dishes such as Korean Style Bulgogi and Ramen Noodles. Grayson’s family has always been a part of the restaurant business. Learning from his family and a Japanese …

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Michael Goodwin in front of Crazy Uncle Mike's in Boca Raton

Crazy Uncle Mike’s: More Brews, Less Blues By Darien Davies You’re on the rise, your business is a success, your future is bright, and then WHAMO. A virus spreading worldwide throws a wrench in your plans. “We opened in 2019 and the first year we established ourselves as a live music venue with a scratch …

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Nomad Surf Shop in Boynton Beach

How Nomad Surf Shop Is Adapting To Coronavirus  by Sean Gordon The iconic Nomad Surf Shop, located on Ocean Blvd (A1A) in Boynton Beach has been a mecca of surf culture on the East Coast since 1968. The shop has been owned and operated by the Heavyside clan for generations, and in that time, they …

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Troy Ganter of Papa's Raw Bar with his wife Cassie

Troy Ganter of Papa’s Raw Bar: Humbled but Hopeful By Darien Davies It’s basically a fact that COVID-19 has shaken up every industry, job and person under the sun. In what seems like only a few moments, to what feels like an eternity, the normalcy of day-to-day life has been flipped upside down, forcing business …

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 Boca Save Our Beaches Encourages Community Cleanups by Nile Fortner Photos: Boca Save Our Beaches Armed with bags, gloves, litter pickers, hand sanitizer, and a strong sense of purpose, communities have gotten to work cleaning streets, yards, parks, and other green spaces during the Coronavirus pandemic. The volunteers include young students, stay-at-home parents, and environmentalists …

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Meditating with Apps

Ease Your Mind with These Meditation Apps by Alexis Paige Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Now, I’m willing to bet that you read without taking a single breath. Meaning this article was written with you specifically in mind. Due to the current climate, we’re all experiencing heightened levels of stress and anxiety. And that’s saying a …

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Celis Produce in West Palm Beach

Where to get produce in Palm Beach County during COVID-19 closures  by Alexis Paige COVID-19 has wrecked weekend plans from here to, well, we have no idea. But, arguably the worst weekend outing that has fallen victim to the rona (at least in my local loving opinion) is green markets. Fresh fruits and veggies from …

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Sierra Lane Playing Guitar

Sierra Lane, Feet Grounded But Flying High by David Rolland Photos: Jakob Takos  It was hard for singer/guitarist Sierra Lane to pick what was most surreal of playing in front of thousands of people on the main stage of last December’s Riptide Music Festival. “I always go to music festivals and concerts. To be part …

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Hell & Hollar

Hell & Hollar: Dirty and Loud Rock & Roll by David Rolland Photos: Jakob Takos Blake Burns wants to make sure people know the correct spelling of his rock band Hell & Hollar. “Hollar has an a. That puts a Southern drawl on an old term that means piss and vinegar.” It’s a fitting emphasis …

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Hurricane Party

Hurricane Party, Freakin’ What They Feel by Darien Davies Photos by Roberto Badillo If you can understand and fully decipher their music, you’re missing the point. The lyrics just sort of happen, the shows are a product of the energy, and the beat never stops, which produces a sound that can’t easily be duplicated and …

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Pour and Famous Cocktail in Delray Beach

by Pour and Famous in Delray Beach  STUFF 2oz Gin 3/4oz MONIN Raspberry Purée OR 4-5 Muddled Raspberries w/ 1/2oz simple syrup 1/2oz Fresh lime juice Sliced lime for garnish Tonic DO THIS Add all ingredients except tonic into shaker with ice and shake until well chilled Strain over fresh ice Top with tonic  Garnish …

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Rust & Wax Record Store in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Record Store Brings A Vinyl Revival  By Sean Gordon  Photos by Alexis Paige Founded in 2014 by vinyl enthusiasts, Jesse and Melanie Feldman, Rust & Wax is West Palm Beach’s destination for vinyl records and vintage pieces. What began as a labor of love through online stores and occasional pop-up stands on …

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At Home Workouts

Work out at-home with these virtual fitness classes by Alexis Paige If there’s anything we all could use right now it would be endorphins. You know, the happy hormones. The only thing that makes coming out of the gym all sweaty and sore totally worth it and making you crave more.   Unfortunately, COVID-19 has shut …

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Video Conferencing Tips

By Alexis Paige It only took a pandemic for the meeting loving individuals to be forced to put information into an email. But, that won’t stop other meetings from happening! If you’re fortunate enough to still have your 9-to-5, side hustle, or anything in between, you’ll most likely end up on a Zoom, Hangouts, or …

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Hospitality Helping Hands

Rodney Mayo of Subculture Group Spearheads Aid for Hospitality Workers by Darien Davies  When you’re faced with a crisis and help isn’t happening fast enough, do what Rodney Mayo does. He is being the change he wishes to see, and starting where he knows best: with the power of food. Due to restrictions and regulations …

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by Darien Davies  The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on pretty much every single aspect of every person’s life around the globe. Regardless if you’re sick or healthy, old or young, owner or employee, normalcy has been turned upside down, including peak season business for local restaurants. While most restaurant owners are laying off their employees …

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How to support local businesses graphic

By Darien Davies Let’s call a spade a spade: this coronavirus business is the pits. Not only is there uncertainty about health, but there’s also financial fears, company lows, and personal pitfalls. While this could be a time to retreat into our cans of beans and boxes of Mac and cheese, it’s also a time …

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Crowd of people in Boca Raton mall

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing  By Darien Davies While our day-to-day actions for the past, oh, decades have centered around social interaction, the global environment as of late has called for quite the opposite. But what exactly is social distancing, and how the heck are we supposed to do it? Social distancing is …

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by Tom Greene This time of year, and for the next 2-3 months everybody’s chasing the elusive wahoo, and sailfish. The fish are biting and therefore much easier to catch. I’m getting calls from fishermen who say “it’s just too easy”. The bite is so good you can actually predict what you’re going to catch. …

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Fright Nights at South Florida Fairgrounds

Inviting all freaks, ghouls and goblins to the South Florida Fairgrounds for a scary good time. By Darien Davies It doesn’t matter if you scream, shriek, screech or squeal. All that matters is you go. Fright Nights is back to provide you with the greatest annual Halloween event that is guaranteed to get you scared …

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Cable Wake Rider at Shark Wake Park 561

CABLE WAKE AND AQUATIC WATER PARK PROVIDES FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY By David Rolland Photos: Dante Weston Just like his famous namesake dad did for golf, Greg Norman, Jr. is trying to popularize his sport of choice: wakeboarding. With the June opening of Shark Wake Park 561 in West Palm Beach, Norman hopes to …

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South Florida Sunshine Soul By Adam Sheetz Local musician, Jakob Takos, has been bringing good vibes across South Florida with his particular sound of sunshine soul. Bright and beachy, with a tinge of soul and blues and an undertone of folk, Takos has created a unique sound of melodic instrumentation and tight rhythms.  Takos has …

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DADA EXECUTIVE CHEF CUT HIS CHOPS AMONG DELRAY BEACH’S FINEST By Nicole Danna Jessie Steele is the new face behind one of Delray Beach’s most beloved restaurants, Dada, but there’s more to the inked-up chef than meets the eye. Steele, 39, is laid-back cool with tattooed arms and a calm, stoic gaze. Over the years, …

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Jenny Kiker of Living Pattern painting artwork

The Natural Artist By Darien Davies Photos by Coviello Photo There’s a good chance that when people are checking out their environment, they notice a tree, a leaf, a dog (if they’re lucky!), or a puddle. But, for Jenny Kiker, she notices the living pattern in each piece of the environment. “Making art has been …

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Peter Agardy Art

Bringing Art Large Scale By Darien Davies Picture a teenager in school making pages of fish doodles during class instead of actually taking notes. Teacher yells, kid scoffs, notebook closes, opens back up, kid finishes detailed snapper scales. Repeat. That kid is Peter Agardy. Fourth generation Floridian and son of an artist, Agardy always knew …

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Carly Mejeur Marine Art

Makes The Ocean Her Canvas By David Rolland Photos by Ben Hicks  Growing up in South Florida, the ocean was always on Carly Mejeur’s mind. The longtime surfer and one-time lifeguard for Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue was unfailingly inspired by the big blue expanse, even if it took a while for her artistic skills …

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