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Harry Christensen, pictured in his package liquor "store." Robin Hartill.
Longboat Key Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 5 years ago



+ Message in a bottle: Harry’s sells liquor
Harry’s Continental Kitchens owner Harry Christensen believes he might have the smallest liquor store in Florida.

Unbeknownst to many Key residents and visitors, Christensen sells package liquor in his restaurant at 525 St. Judes Drive — a fact he thinks will be of interest to those who believe that there’s nowhere to buy liquor on the island.

The package liquor “store” is located on a shelf to the immediate left of the restaurant entrance.

For a list of products available, visit

+ Wedding websites show love for Sandbar, BeachHouse
Two wedding websites recently showed some love to the Chiles Restaurant Group’s Sandbar, on Anna Maria, and BeachHouse Restaurant, on Bradenton Beach.

Both restaurants received the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards 2013 award for ceremony and reception venues, placing the restaurants and their staffs in the top 5% of wedding professionals in the Wedding Wire community, based on surveys from more than 750,000 newlyweds.

This is the fifth year for the Sandbar and the fourth year for the BeachHouse receiving the recognition.

The restaurants were also selected as 2013 winners in The Knot Best of Weddings on This is the seventh time for the Sandbar and the fifth year for the BeachHouse to receive The Knot’s Best of Weddings award.

+ Mote appoints new fundraising officials
Mote Marine Laboratory has appointed Susan May as director of donor data management and Amy Sankes as major gifts officer. Both will help raise funding support for research efforts that are the top priority in Mote’s 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan.

May will manage the data systems that support Mote’s development efforts; oversee its membership activities; and gather and organize information for donors, members and aquarium members. She is the previous CEO for the Van Wezel Foundation Inc.

Sankes will be responsible for managing and growing Mote’s relationships with donors interested in making significant contributions to science, education and outreach. She previously served as senior director of development for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Florida State University Foundation.

+ Circle Association launches revamped website
The St. Armands Circle Association has refreshed its website. The website has a new look and new features, such as a section that features store happenings.


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