Harbor Style Harbor Style March 2018 : Page 42
E NGLEWOOD W AVE Join us as we take you on a whirlwind tour and wave hello to the friendly businesses of one of the state’s best kept secrets – Enchanting Englewood, Florida! First, we eat… The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an exquisite dining experience while overlooking the intercoastal waterway (Marker 17-A). We had tasty smoked ribs, ahi tuna and cocktails, listened to some live music and watched an amazing sunset. They are pet friendly, so bring your pooch. With new Head Chef Tito Machado on board, Howards Restaurant is turning out delicious new specials every evening, like prosciutto-wrapped scallops with a tawny port reduction sauce. Howard’s 2nd annual golf tournament to benefit the Jubilee Center food pantry raised $11,500. A big thank you to friends, neighbors, Elevating Englewood and sponsors! Craving Jersey-style pie? Head over to Bobarino’s Pizzeria . Owner Dawn Marie has a loyal staff and a warm, friendly, down home restaurant right off Dearborn Street. And there’s so much more than just great pizza here. They have a menu full of mouth-watering Italian specialties. Another one of our absolute favorite spots is Mango Bistro . Owners Marie, from France, and Ricardo, from Brazil, have created an authentic little European café with tropical flair. Delicious food, a great wine selection and live world music and jazz on the weekends. Love this special place! Merrill and Tony Hollinger, owners of Englewood’s on Dearborn , showed us their popular curbside bar, indoor restaurant and the hidden gem, a tropical courtyard dining and music venue. Beautiful! The night we were there the joint was jumping. There’s great food, cold beer and live music five nights a week. Head down to the beach to visit the legendary Lock N’ Key and check out the complimentary shuttle service for patrons staying on Manasota Key. The Atamunchuk Family has been making some changes the guests love at “sister” restaurant SandBar Tiki & Grille, including new BBQ menu items. Another great eatery is Spinnaker Café on North Access Road. This family business includes parents Sue and Ken and now daughter Lisa who runs the show most days. Made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love their in-house bakery with homemade creamy cannolis. Yummy! The only downside to having so many great dining spots now is the upslide on the scales! So we joined Melody and Gary from Real Bikes Englewood on their popular Saturday morning ride. The shop is filled with great bikes with complete service and repair, plus apparel – even bike rentals by the day, week or longer. They won Finalist for Best Bike Shop in HARBOR’S HOTTEST 3 years running. GM Ian Fetigan of Boca Royale Golf & Country Club is seeing an increase in golf rounds being played thanks to the new greens put in last year, along with the expertise of Head Golf Professional Ed McConnell. To top things off, brand new chef, Bruce Bailey, is wowing dining guests with his exceptional culinary skills. Paige Bakhaus is the area’s most visible ambassador for stand up paddle boarding, SUP for short. She and her guides at Hooked on SUP are Certified Master Naturalists, and you simply can’t get closer to our aquatic nature than by paddle board and kayak. Find her at Cape Haze Marina and the Stump Pass Beach Park! Check out Riding the Waves , dedicated to providing educational experiences and valuable information on protecting local wildlife habitats. They offer several daily guided tours or ones designed especially for your pleasure. Captain your personal vessel and sit back, relax and enjoy a fun-filled adventure in our beautiful ecosystem. You’ll love where they take you! Speaking of boating, we dropped by Pinnacle Building Corp. to find out more about the Touchless Cover. Spend less time struggling, more time relaxing and protect your investment from the sun, salt and wind with just a push of a button. It’s the easiest boat cover you’ll ever own! Pinnacle Building is an expert in marine construction and thinks this is a winner – so do we! A HARBOR STYLE SPECIAL SECTION We dropped by All About You Salon and Spa to visit with owners Kara Babb and Zoe Babb, who are so happy to have taken their hair salon to a full service spa. You deserve some me-time, so call today to schedule your next service or pamper yourself head to toe with this great team of stylists, aestheticians and massage therapists. Now let’s take a stroll through Olde Englewood Village. We first dropped into A Coastal Emporium , where we discovered an incredible array of gifts, crafts, home décor and more with our favorite vendors from the now-closed DOME market. Once a group of merchants heard the heartbreaking news, they came together and opened this delightful shop on Dearborn Street. Check it out! Just a few doors away, Chris Birchfield and husband Steve have BASIX on Dearborn and Beyond Basix . It’s always a treat to visit with them, chat a while and browse their marvelous collection of American-made products. Classic casual women’s clothing and accessories, gifts and vintage décor, all too eclectic to describe here – just go, okay? Also on Dearborn, pop in and say hi to Rita and Jerry at The Past Revisited . This appropriately named shop is almost more museum than retail, filled with early American primitive pieces. They have some real treasures. Voted 1st Place in HARBOR’S HOTTEST for Best Antique Shop two years running. Don’t forget the ice cream truck. Yes, I said “ice cream truck”! Ivy’s on Dearborn recently re-opened as a ladies boutique and Karen Tyree has outdone herself! Featuring Oh My Gauze, Fresh Produce and many great European lines of resort wear as well as vegan shoes, local artist’s jewelry and more. This staff understands personalized service. Very near Dearborn is Ann’s Flowers . We enjoyed watching them create unique artwork with flowers while we were there and browsed their home décor. Ann’s passion is clearly visible in her team’s floral creations for any occasion. No wonder they were a HARBOR’S HOTTEST Finalist this year!