Porch Parties Turn Pine Avenue Into Premiere Destination

January 17, 2013

in News

Tomorrow on Friday, January 18th, businesses all along Anna Maria’s historic Pine Avenue will keep their doors open late and welcome residents from the Island and beyond. Each month Porch Parties thrown by local businesses have helped make Pine Avenue one of the biggest hotspots on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Here, we highlight just a few of the small, locally-owned businesses that have turned these monthly Porch Parties into a go-to destination:

Janae Rudacille and Jessica Foraker of Pink & Navy Boutique

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Pink & Navy Boutique

The chic and stylish duo of Janae Rudacille and Jessica Foraker has created one of the most essential boutiques in the Gulf Coast area. They stock their shelves with a constantly rotating array of fun and funky fashion and jewelry, along with upscale housewares, custom furnishings, eclectic children’s toys and books, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something high-end and unique at Pink and Navy.

Rhonda Eaton Grote, owner and proprietress of Really Relish and Relish Cafe

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Really Relish and Relish Café

In less than two years, Rhonda Eaton Grote has created a mini-empire in Anna Maria Island’s Historic Green Village. Her business venture first started with a few cool things in the back corner of Pink & Navy and soon became a vintage clothing store in a vintage Sears Cottage. She quickly expanded into the bigger Thelma By The Sea building where she expanded her offerings to kitchen items. She also began sharing her space with local artisans who can open pop-up shops in her boutique. As if that wasn’t enough, she has also opened up the brand-new Relish Café that features homey Southern-style cuisine with a healthy twist.

Steve Traves, owner of AMI Outfitters Coastal gear and Apparel

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AMI Outfitters

This coastal gear and apparel shop is a newcomer to the Anna Maria Island Green Village, but it’s already become a major destination for the eco-friendly outdoorsperson. Whether you’re in the market for clothing, kayaks or outdoor gear, AMI Outfitters has a sustainable option for you.

Nate Coleman stands with Bob Brown and Janet Aubry, co-owners of the abstract Bob Brown Art Gallery

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Bob Brown Art

Pine Avenue is bookended by two fantastic art galleries, The Studio at Gulf and Pine and Artspace Anna Maria. Now, artist Bob Brown has brought a vivid, vibrant abstract twist to the already bustling Anna Maria arts scene. The Bob Brown Art Gallery has only been open a few months, but it’s already been garnering major media attention. Come by and see the latest bold, brilliant and affordable paintings by this nationally-known artist.

Janet Aubry, co-owner of Bob Brown Art Gallery

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