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Alchemy Clayworks: Where Small-Batch Artistry Meets Functional Charm

Shirin Lutfeali of Alchemy Clayworks is a local talented ceramicist who creates unique, handmade, and functional pieces. She works out of a community ceramics studio in Fort Lauderdale and has been doing ceramics for the past five years. However, in 2022, Shirin took her craft to the next level by launching an online store, Alchemy […]

Nauti By Nature: Transforming Oyster Shells into Art

In 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found time to embrace their passions and showcase their talents. It was during this time that one local teacher, Alexandra Vitale, started Nauti by Nature Design, an innovative venture that involves creating hand-crafted beauty from discarded oyster shells. Originating as a birthday gift idea […]

Fort Lauderdale’s Better Body Spa: Your Path to Holistic Wellness and Relaxation

Everyone could use a little more self-care in their lives, especially as the holidays approach. Next time you’re ready to dedicate some time to yourself, stop by Better Body Spa at 2040 NE 49th St, Fort Lauderdale. Better Body Spa is not just another spa – it’s a sanctuary of rejuvenation and tranquility where clients […]

Rebuilding Lives: A BSO Deputy’s Compassion in the Face of Tragedy

Featured Image : Gigi’s belated Birthday Party attendees pose for a photo with her and her mom. In late August, a devastating head-on collision involving an alleged drunk driver forever changed the lives of Jessica Aguirre and her 10-year-old daughter, Eugenie “Gigi” Lara. Amid extensive medical bills, physical and emotional trauma, and more than eight […]

Rescuing Memories: Chris Landers’ Journey with Oakland Park’s Bark Park Equipment

A small piece of Oakland Park’s history made its way back to its creator, Chris Landers, the woman behind the engineering of Oakland Bark’s previous dog agility equipment. After serving Oakland Park’s furry residents for over two decades, the Bark Park equipment has been replaced with new structures, marking the end of an era. But […]

Bonnet House: A Hidden Gem of Art, History, and Nature Close to Home

Next time you’re searching for an activity for the whole family, visit Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, an enchanting 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum. Bonnet House is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exudes an irresistible charm, offering a blend of art, history, and nature. The best part is that it is just a stone’s […]

Oakland Park Photographer Michael Murphy Wins Business Icon of the Year 2023 Award

The world of photography is one where moments become memories and emotions are immortalized through the lens. At the heart of the photography industry in Oakland Park is Michael Murphy, a second-generation native South Floridian who was not only crowned the Best Photographer by the Oakland Park Business Association (OPBA), but also honored as the […]

Coast Boutique: Showcasing Local Talent at Lauderdale by the Sea

Located in the heart of Lauderdale by the Sea lies Coast Boutique, a haven of unique treasures and locally crafted items that embody the vibrant coastal town. Founded in 2014 by Ina Marjakangas, this all-female, family-owned business has become a pillar of the community. With a passion for supporting local artists, craftsmen, and manufacturers, Ina […]

Building Character and Community: Boy Scout Owen Emerson Leads Beautification Project

In an inspiring event organized by Boy Scout Eagle Troop 512, a dedicated group of young individuals joined forces to make a positive impact on the community through a hands-on clean-up initiative. Led by Owen Emerson, a passionate 17-year-old soon-to-be Eagle Scout, the project aimed to beautify an area outside of the Oakland Park Elks […]

Local Non-Profit, Multi-Award Winning Theater Inspires Others by Highlighting LGBTQ+ Issues

Island City Stage, the recipient of numerous Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards, including two Carbonell Awards (the South Florida Tonys) for Best Production of a Play, is a professional regional theatre located in Wilton Manors. They are committed to sharing engaging and inspiring stories of universal interest that appeal to diverse audiences while often exploring […]

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