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By Danielle Charbonneau As local artist Steven Mikel opened the front door to his Coral Springs home, the strong aroma of freshly-brewed coffee wafted out and struck my nose like an invigorating smack to the face. The smell was delicious, roasted and buttery-smooth — intoxicating to a coffee-lover like me.

By Abbie Gonçalves Sharon Stephenson is the owner and operator of Blooming Bean Coffee Co., which recently opened on the first floor of Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach. The shop offers local, privately-roasted coffee from sustainable farms and serves artisan treats from local bakeries. In addition to selling such

Aren’t you always looking for that out-of-the-way restaurant? You know, the one, way-off-the-beaten-path, where the menu items are fresh and flavorful, but reasonably priced? I found that hidden gem: the Kamm Café (, located at the far southwestern corner of the Newport Center in Deerfield Beach (1407 West Newport Center

Charles “Charlie” Thompson, 90, known affectionately as “Mr. Charlie” to students, staff and faculty at Deerfield Beach High School, has been the school’s perfect football fan for over 44 years. In fact, some even refer to him as “Mr. Buck” because of his unfailing loyalty to the Deerfield Bucks. Mr.

By Sally J. Ling The tired old 1951 caboose, with its worn red paint and rusted steel frame, sat on a portion of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) tracks behind Deerfield Lumber at Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway for 15 years. But now, thanks to the efforts of Ed

After 36 years in the hospitality business, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort’s General Manager Julian Felder has announced he will retire in May 2017. Felder saw the Wyndham through its many changes — from its history as a Howard Johnson, to it’s most recent designation as the “Best Franchised Wyndham Hotel

By Marie Puleo Some people know their passion from a very young age, while others discover it along life’s path. Public artist Cecilia Lueza is most definitely of the first variety. Her passion for art has been the burning light guiding her life since she was a child growing up

The 2016 Bridge the Meal Gap study calculates that 15.5 percent of the Broward County population is food insecure. Some Broward County organizations are exploring urban farming as one weapon in the fight against food insecurity. Pompano Beach’s own Fruitful Fields—a non-profit, urban farm—offers a glimpse into one organization’s grassroots

Twenty years ago, when my husband Richard and I started looking for a home, Lighthouse Point seemed like a good bet. It was smack in the middle of our two jobs, on the east side of town, picturesque and family-friendly. As we searched for a house, I remember several realtors

BY MARIE PULEO • PHOTOS BY JEFF GRAVES Tonia Ryan A bit of show-biz glamour is coming to Pompano Beach with this month’s grand opening of Inance women’s clothing boutique. Teresa Giudice, star of the reality TV series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” will be making a special appearance