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A message from the Siesta Key Village Association

Mount ‘N Repair returns to the Key 
They’re Baack… When longtime business owners, David “Mort” Mortimer and wife Kathy were told their landlord had no plans to renew their lease, they were surprised and angry.

Having operated their jewelry sales and repair business out of that same location for 22 years they wondered how they could maintain that same level of success off the Key.

Their plan to move to Bee Ridge Road, in the Centergate Plaza, fell short after a series of problems with the potential new landlord, so the Morimers decided the Key is where they needed to be.

The new location for Mount ‘N Repair will open January 2 in the Siesta Center, in the former Sheriff’s substation site. The new address is 5105 Ocean Blvd. you can still call their existing number 941-346-7218. Their hours will be Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  You can follow them on facebook: Mont ‘N Repair Siesta Key Sarasota. 

Studio Rubylake has moved 
Studio Rubylake is now located in the Siesta Center, 5111 Ocean Blvd Suite B.  In addition to offering Pilates, Sunset Fusion, Erotica Fitness, and Zumba, they offer doTERRA essential oils and Younique skincare products.  You can check out their website at:  www.studiorubylake.com for class offerings or call at 941-404-0460. 

New business opens in the Village 
Mark Toomey, owner of Robin Hood Rentals opened his 4th business in the Village on Dec 18. The new shop, located at 5263 Ocean Blvd, opened in the former Siesta Key University location, next to the Bead Shack.  

Siesta Kids is geared specifically to the young crowd and is the only kids store on the island.  

This bright and fun store is stocked with apparel for children of all ages from onesies, t-shirts, hoodies, to hats and fashionable accessories. It also sells games, gifts and souvenirs and even offers fashionable “Glitter Tattoos” for the little IMG_1660adventurous ones.

The store is the brainchild of Mark Toomey who owns Robin Hood Rentals and Island Styles in the Village. Hours are 9am – 10pm seven days a week.

New Banners to hang in the Village 
The SKVA Board approved new banners to hang of the lights in the Village at the December open meeting. The banners will replace the current banners in January.

February Craft Fair in the Village 
The Siesta Key Village Association has announced the dates for the popular Craft Fair that kicks off the busiest time on the island in Season. The dates are February 27th and 28th 2016. Howard Allen will continue to host the Craft Fair.

Siesta Fiesta will continue 
The Siesta Fiesta will continue in 2016 with a few changes. Ocean Blvd will not be closed to car traffic, as was done in past years. The setup for vendors will mirror February’s Craft Fair, with booths lining the sidewalks. This change is a result of complaints received from area businesses objecting to the signs posted stating Ocean Blvd was closed. 

The dates set for this year are April 9th and 10th. Howard Allen will also continue to host the event.

Village Maintenance Report 
Buccaneer Landscape Management is the vendor under contract handling the maintenance for the Siesta Key Village. Siesta Key Maintenance representative Michael Shay stated, “Over the last couple of months they have really done an outstanding job providing the level of service in the Village worthy of a resort.  When issues do arise they are addressed immediately.  After the Village monthly walk-through, they complete 95% of the “to do” items before the next walk-through.  While we had some “growing pains” at the beginning of the contract, they have been ironed out and things are running smoothly.”

Welcome back Snowbirds – While you were gone…

Sheriff’s substation closed in the Village 
Looking for the Sheriff’s office in the Village, the substation that was located in the Siesta Center on Ocean Blvd closed at the end of September. As always the substation deputies will still be on duty in the area but working out of the Siesta Public Beach office.

New location coming for “A Taste of Germany” 
A Taste of Germany, relocated to the southern part of Siesta Key inside the courtyard of the Southbridge Mall, between Siesta 4-Rent and Davidson’s Drugs, 6575 Midnight Pass Road, units 11-13.  The move took place the end of May.  “This move allows us to create a ‘Bier Garten’ in the courtyard so patrons can enjoy a cold German beer along with our authentic German sandwiches, entrees and desserts,” said owner, Tanja Hofmann.  “We’ve been wanting to add a ‘Bier Garten’ and this move provides the room we’ll need to make that happen.” Inside dining will be available as well.

Among the authentic German goodies, Tanja has been baking rum cakes using Siesta Key Rum.  These have become very popular with both locals and visitors.   

Siesta Key Mermaids Beached in the Village 
Siesta Key Mermaids opened up a retail location at 5053 Ocean Blvd in the Siesta Center located in Siesta Key Village in April. Jayde Morgan is the creator of Siesta Key Mermaids.  Siesta Sand wrote an article about the popular business in the August 2014 edition. (https://siestasand.us/personal-profiles-8-14/)

Morton's Siesta Market debut’s on Siesta Key 
For more than 44 years, the Siesta Market had operated on the island, one of two grocery stores on Siesta Key, and for more than 50 years, the Morton family has either owned or worked with Morton's Gourmet Market on Osprey Avenue. In May, those two richly historic and beloved institutions became one.

Siesta Market owners, brothers Vincent and Peter Messina, retired from the business. This would have left a big grocery vacancy in the heart of Siesta Village. Luckily, Todd Morton and his father Eddie stepped in with plans to transform the building, which was bought by investor Christopher J. Brown last November for $2.8 million, into Morton's Siesta Market.

New owners for Island Boutique 
Giovanni and Patrizia, new owners of Island Boutique located at 5212 Ocean Blvd, in the Village.  The charming couple fell in love with Siesta Key and decided to expand the clothing lines they sell in Italy and bring a bit of Italian fashion to the Key.  They will continue to carry the popular island style clothing and will add Italian brands such as Inizio, Ayfee and Positano to their shop.  Be sure to stop in and see the newly arrived shipment and welcome them to our island paradise.

Siesta Center has a new owner 
The Siesta Center stretching to the Village Café located in the Village was sold to Jeff Berlin for 4.6 million in mid-May.

Boardwalk Eats & Sweets opens in the Village 
SKVA welcomed the new business to the Village. The doors were open for business on Monday June 15th. The eatery offers funnel cakes, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Nathans Hot Dogs, fries and Fair favorites. They are located at 217 Avenida Madera. The business is open Sun-Thur. 11 am-10 pm and Fri/Sat 11 am to 11 pm. 

Island business owner goes for her Masters Degree 
Cheryl Gaddie, owner of CG Designs announced in the April edition of Siesta Sand that she is pursuing her Masters Degree from a private school in San Francisco. She is interested in teaching once she acquires her degree.  In pursuit of this degree Cheryl closed her office in the Village but will still be open for business. You will still be able to hire her services by contacting her through her website at www.CGinteriordesign.com or call 941-346-7401.

Island Trader opens 
The gift shop formerly known as Hurricane Ritas located at 5212 Ocean Blvd is now Island Trader. Beach Bazaar purchased the shop this past spring and has been remodeling the store’s interior. The shop opened under the new name on June 23. Island Trader is a clothing boutique store featuring clothing lines Elan, Pelagie, Southern Tide, Guy Harvey and Columbia.

Waterfront 7 Realty, LLC opens new office in Village 
Pamela J. Hagan, Broker-Owner, Sarasota native opened their new office on Siesta Key located at 121 Avenida Messina.  Their main office is located on Longboat Key near Publix.  Hagan feels that Siesta Key was the ideal location with the abundance of tourist with daily and weekly rentals that surround their new office location. They call it the Siesta Sunset Branch Office. 

Looking for the Village Barber? 
As snowbirds begin to return to Siesta Key many are wondering what happened to the Village Barber. Back in July, Scott Reich announced moving out of the Village and off the Key.  Reich and his stepfather Pete Sparks had been servicing patrons in the Village for the past 20 years. The Siesta Center was sold and the new ownership of the Ocean Blvd building was not quite meeting up to expectations he and Sparks had of the new landlord. Sparks announced his retirement and Reich announced a move to the Shop SRQ at 6625 Gateway Ave. in Gulf Gate. You can reach Scott Reich at 941-346-0222. 

New Business opening in the Village 

Ribbon cutting November 6, owners Heidi and Patrick Crino, Kathy and John Mongiello with Desiree Hanright from the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.
Ribbon cutting November 6, owners Heidi and Patrick Crino, Kathy<br />and John Mongiello with Desiree Hanright from the Siesta Key<br />Chamber of Commerce.

The Panini Place opened on November 6. In a way, the owners have been preparing for this all of their lives. John and Kathy Mongiello moved to the Gulf Coast from New York and New Jersey. John’s grandfather and father invented a unique and patented ways to produce the best cheese. As evidence, John’s brother A.K.A. “The Big Cheese” runs Fomaggio Cheese and is a perennial Gold Medal Winner in the Wisconsin Cheese Maker’s Association’s World Cheese Competition; www.formaggiocheese.com/ live/history. John and Kathy have owned cheese stores and panini shops in the northeast and have taken full advantage of the Mongiello family’s innovative products. Patrick Burke and Heide Crino came to Sarasota from Denver, Colorado where Burke founded Prost Brewery; www.prostbrewing. com. Prost was so dedicated to making the best traditional German Lagers that they purchased a 50 year old, 60 barrel, copper brew house in Breitengüßbach, Germany and shipped it back to Denver. Like Formaggio, Prost Brewing has been the gold medal winner on many occasions with their Hefewisen, Pilsner and Alt beers. The Panini Place brings the best the owners have to offer at 5204 Ocean Blvd., in the form of a simple but delicious menu consisting of eight fresh pressed Paninis and great lager beers. Here is what a recent visitor posted on Trip Advisor: “Good Sandwich” While in town my wife and I were looking for a lite lunch. This is in the space where a German deli used to be located. We decided to give it a try and we were pleasantly surprised. We split an Italian panini and it was so good we came back 2 days later and had a roast beef panini and this sandwich was even better. This place is nothing fancy and very casual but I would recommend it for a tasty lunch or snack when walking around Siesta Village. Owner Kathy Mongiello says, “Our specialty is our fabulous grilled cheese on whole wheat bread along with our delicious panini and bagel sandwiches. Come in, order from our simple and easy to read menu and sit on our outdoor patio to people watch in the Village along with sipping a glass of wine or drinking a cold beer!”

Used Book Heaven closes 
Used Book Heaven, located at 5216 Ocean Blvd Ste. D, a fixture in Siesta Village for over 20 years closed permanently at the end of November.

Monthly Meetings 
SKVA meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. anyone interested in learning more about Siesta Key Village is encouraged to attend. For more information visit their website: www.siestakeyvillage.org.

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