On Saturday, October 5th, the new Village Square at the Trading Post in Islamorada will open its doors. This locals haven will provide you with enough entertainment to spend a morning, afternoon or evening shopping, relaxing and feasting on some fresh cuisine. Located on the north side of the Trading Post just past the parking lot is a home that has been converted into a must stop destination. Here you’ll find artist cottages, a new lifestyle store called uCumbe, the new second location for Miss Monroe Boutique, Bad Boy Burrito concept style restaurant and a white sandy beach with lounge furniture, free wifi and plenty of outdoor seating.
The Village Square was the brain child of Richmond Arce and Michael Mooney who wanted to create a place where locals would want to come and hang out. Their store, uCumbe is a gorgeous lifestyle store with an amazing selection of art, fragrances and body products, gifts, home decor, and fabulous coffee table books. Their affordable art and showcase pieces will allow you to freshen up an entire room for under $500. They also have a $50 and under room with a variety of unique gifts, cards, and jewelry. uCumbe is sure to be your new go-to place when you need to purchase a unique gift for a friend. You’ll also adore their brightly colored fish by artist Lisa Pirkle.
Monroe’s second location is also onsite with a focus on more beachy and easy-to-wear clothing and accessories perfect for the Florida Keys lifestyle. They offer lightweight apparel, swimsuit cover-ups, sandals, hats, bags, sunglasses and a fabulous selection of semi precious jewels and statement jewelry. I’m in love with their line of Mel rubber sandals. Not only are they incredibly comfortable but the soles smell like bubble gum. Stinky feet no more! In addition, you will love their Samudra canvas clutches. Each clutch has been screen printed with limited edition tropical photographs. It’s the type of clutch that every Florida Keys fashionista needs to own and is the easiest way to add a pop of color to your outfit. The best part about Miss Monroe’s second location is that it’s all very affordable with almost everything under $100.
Now that all that shopping has made you work up an appetite, time to sit down on the sprawling tropically landscaped grounds and enjoy something tasty from Bad Boy Burrito. After the Key West natives went crazy for their fresh juice, ceviche, sangria and, of course, burritos, they decided a second location in Islamorada was a must. They’ll be offering breakfast, lunch and a tapas-style dinner with every menu item being made from fresh and locally grown, caught, and bought ingredients.
In the next few months, a lighthouse park will be installed by local artist Larry Herlth. One of his replicas is currently on display in the uCumbe store but all of the 6 Florida Keys lighthouse replicas will be installed around the Village Square at the Trading Post. The goal of this park is to create passion in others for saving the more than 100 year old historic lighthouses off the Florida Keys.
The Village Square at the Trading Post will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily beginning on Saturday, October 5th. See you there!