Friday, February 10, 2012

Hosting Harmony Jones at next Island City Art Walk Friday 2/17

Next Friday, February 17th, from 7PM until 10PM, Wilton Manors Main Street throws open its doors to the Island City Art Walk. 

The Island City Art Walk is a wonderful chance for you to see the businesses of Wilton Manors with a selection of noted artists of many different traditions, from Painting, to Photography, Sculpture and Mixed Media. 

We are happy to participate in this wonderful event, and this month we are going to host noted artist Harmony Jones.  Ms. Jones is a local artist who will bring to us her national reputation and her works of note for all to see.

In her own words, she is:

A contemporary mixed-media painter and sculptor, Harmony attended a private art college in Portland, Oregon and began showing professionally in 2003. Harmony has shown her work locally over the past six years in South Florida – from Palm Beach through Fort Lauderdale, and into North Miami and Wynwood Art District. She also has collectors in Los Angeles, Seattle, St. Louis and New York City.

Harmony's work is contextualized largely of acrylics and mixed media, and she often incorporates recycled materials and found objects into her paintings and sculptures. She primarily works out of her home studio in South Florida.

Harmony has completed public commissioned mural projects and her work has been featured in regional arts magazines.

As the Co-Founder of the non-profit, Inside Out Art And Wellness, she shares her passion for creating with individuals and groups of all ages and brings her art education experiences across the region.

To view more of Harmony’s work you can visit her at:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Grand Opening this Saturday January 28th 11AM

CONTACT: Krishan Manners                                                            
Tel: (954) 401-2182

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Grand Opening

January 24, 2011
(Wilton Manors, FL.)  Menchie’s announced today the grand opening of their newest store at Five Points Plaza on January 28, 2011.  The ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration begins at 11:00a.m. at 2607 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.  They will give away free t-shirts to the first 50 customers and free 8oz cups of yogurt from 11:00A.M.-1:00P.M.

 “Menchie’s is all about being part of a community and we found that here in Wilton Manors,” said Melissa Kushner, owner of Menchie’s Five Points Plaza.  “It’s a close-knit, friendly environment for everyone which is why we chose this location”

With 14 rotating flavors (at least one with no sugar and one sorbet option), 26 dry toppings, a cold topping bar and four types of sauces, Menchie’s truly has something for everyone.  Each treat is assembled by the customer to make it as delicious and healthy as they (or their Mom) may wish.

“I was able to sample their red velvet yogurt recently, “said Krishan Manners, President of Wilton Manors Main Street, “and really could not believe how delicious it was even without adding any toppings.  I look forward to visiting them…often. I guess that may be a self-serving way to welcome them to Wilton Manors, but nothing says ‘welcome’ like another happy customer.”

Menchie’s hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday, 11A.M-11PM, and Friday and Saturday they stay open until midnight.

“Our mission statement is, ‘We make you smile,’” said Kushner, “and we anticipate bringing a lot of smiles to Wilton Manors.”

Melissa Kushner and Krishan Manners are available for interviews and to provide more information about the grand opening of Menchie’s Five Points Plaza.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Noted Photographer Robert Grauer will be Hosted at the next Island City Art Walk

Local Artist Robert Grauer will be with us on Friday January 20th for this month's Island City Art Walk from 7pm until 10pm.   We invite you to stop by for a visit and see this local artist's exciting work!

Robert takes his inspiration from nature photography and his exhibits will show some of the reasons why we all feel that South Florida is so special.  This particular picture is of Pine Glades Lake in the Everglades, and Robert brings to it his experience to show us why this World Treasure should be protected.

In Robert's own words:

"When the light or the sky are just right, I become one with the environment, no longer merely an observer. Its a spiritual experience for me capturing nature's incredible ever changing beauty. Whether deep in Big Cypress Swamp or on a deserted stretch of beach at sunrise, sharing the beauty of these places through my photography brings me great joy."

Robert Grauer

You may see his art for yourself at our offices at the Gables Wilton Park, 2164 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida from 7 to 10PM January 20th.  We are all looking forward to visiting with you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Help The Children's Art Project Complete - Buy A Brick

You can help Wilton Manors Main Street complete the Children's Art Project installation. If you would like to purchase an engraved brick to be installed at the plaza, the link is on our web page,

Wilton Manors Main Street’s Children’s Art Project is to create a mini plaza within the southern tip of Jaycee Park. Three Island Plaza was envisioned to display the past present and future of Wilton Manors in three mosaic tiles sculptures.

The design for the Postcard sculpture is to replicate the original 1925 poster used to sell land in Wilton Manors in a large scale format on a concrete block wall, seven feet long by five and a half feet high. The concrete block will be covered with the tile mosaic.

The Benches are designed to be canvases for mosaics depicting animals, plants and sea life of the area representing our present. The lower riser or leg of the benches will be layered with the tile works.

The “Clasped Hands” is a retaining wall around an oasis of palm trees and native plantings. The front face is the canvas for tile mosaics of natural colored stones. This element of the design is the future, how we work together to build a community.

The final element of the plaza will be a brick pavers floor approx. 410 sq ft. connecting the three sculptures. The center square of the floor will be patterned with the words of our sponsors. Lighting will be added to up light the Postcard and Clasped Hands mosaic.

Won't you please consider helping us complete the Children's Art Project with your generous donation? Contact us at Wilton Manors Main Street and help us beautify OUR city!

4x8 Bricks are $100, and a limited number of 8x8 Bricks can be purchased for only $175.

Bricks will be inscribed with the message of your choice. Messages are limited to three lines, 18 characters each line for the 4x8 Bricks. 8x8 Bricks give you up to 6 lines of 18 characters for your message.

You may also purchase Donor Bricks as gift items which are available that include a felt backing with a stand.

Prices are $50 for a smaller replica of your 4x8 Brick and $75 for a smaller replica of your 8x8 Brick. These may be selected at the same time as your order.

You may order your brick and your donor brick on our web page 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hosting Photographers Strauss and Adams at the Next Island City Art Walk

On Friday December 17, 2011, Wilton Manors Main Street is proud to announce our participation in the next Island City Art Walk by hosting the landscape photography of Roy Adams and Scott Strauss.

Roy and Scott are local photographers who we are fortunate enough to call neighbors here in Wilton Manors.  Their love of landscapes and scenery is evident in their choice of subjects both of the local scene and such places as the Rocky Mountains, Canadian Rockies and the French Alps.

You will have a chance to visit with the Artists, and with us at Wilton Manors Main Street on Friday from 7PM until 10PM and find out more about their art.  For now, you can read more about them in the Press Release, Below.

Roy Adams and Scott Strauss

Roy Adams has enjoyed taking photographs for as long as he can remember. He realized a life-long dream when he graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. He has photographed weddings and parties under his own name, Roy Adams Photography. He loves travel photography as well and enjoys seeing other's reaction to his work. He has won several awards in the juried art show held each year by the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County, Pottsville, PA, including honorable mention in the 2008 show.

Scott Strauss fell in love with photography at an early age. He remembers that his first camera was a Kodak Mickey Mouse film camera which required flash cubes. He used to play with nature photography in college and really developed a love for it once he moved to Florida. Scott loves the vast amount of flowers available in south Florida and enjoys taking macro pictures of them to capture the detail close up. In 2006, he entered the Arts United - United & Proud Exhibit and won “Best In Show” for a group of floral photos, each a different color of the rainbow. Scott also enjoys traveling and taking nature photography all around the world. His favorite places to photograph include the Rocky Mountains, Canadian Rockies, and French Alps.

This year, for the Island City Art Walk season, Roy and Scott are featuring their photography printed on canvas.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club Opening November 11 2011

Who doesn't like a new neighbor, especially those who will make us laugh?

Opening on November 11, 2011, will be the Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club.  This will be opening two blocks West of Dixie Highway at 840 East Oakland Park Boulevard, Unit 106 and brings a welcome cheer to the area. 

Stand-Up Comedy tickets will go on sale with the first show to begin on November 11th.  This is in response to a needed comedy venue in this market.  Adding an opportunity for more entertainment here in the area, and tie-ins with major yearly gatherings like the Comic Retreat will help this become a showcase for emerging comics.

Quoting from their press release:

“With the bad economy people really need to laugh,” says Sebastian’s marketing manager Marion Bernard.  “Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club will be hosting several live stand-up comedy shows each week appealing to everyone. We will be hosting a weekly senior show, a weekly late night “Blue” show featuring some of South Florida’s new comics.” said Bernard.

Stand-Up comedy fans can ensure discounts on tickets & drinks to upcoming shows by joining the new club’s Charter VIP Membership giving local fans more opportunities to experience live comedy. 

VIP Memberships make a great holiday gift can be purchased at: or by going to the club’s website:                        

Charter memberships will be limited so comedy fans are encouraged to purchase them while supplies last.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Island City Art Walk is on for 2011

The season begins soon!  The official press release has been sent out, and you will have a chance to experience the Island City Art Walk for another season.

Like their web page says:

Island City, Inc. is pleased to announce our 6th season of the Island City Art Walk. The art walk will resume on November 18, 2011. The public is invited!

The Island City Art Walk is held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., November through April, along the 1.1 mile Wilton Drive, in the Wilton Manors Art and Entertainment District. The official participants include galleries, eclectic stores, cafes, boutiques and upscale restaurants, which will host over 40 local artists. This is a grassroots collaboration bringing culture and business together for the public to enjoy.

The Island City Art Walk press release with all the good news follows:


Contact: Mary Ellen Charapko, 954.547.9014  /

Wilton Manors, Florida_____________November 8, 2011
Announcing our 6th Island City Art Walk Season!
A Collaboration of Fine Art and Business
Friday, November 18th, 7 – 10 pm
Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors is the place to be on the evening of Friday, November 18, 2011. The Drive will be bustling with people. Local artists will offer a variety of original works: paintings, photography and sculpture. Stroll along The Drive or ride the free trolley along and discover the eclectic businesses of one of the coolest towns in South Florida: Wilton Manors. Plan to have dinner in one of Wilton Manor’s fine restaurants before, or after the Art Walk. Meet over 40 local artists and consider purchasing a special piece of fine art.
Mary Ellen Charapko, of the Ellen Charapko Gallery, is the founder and organizer of the grassroots, mile long, Island City Art Walk. This “private party function” began in December 2006. The Island City Art Walk business sponsors continue to raise cultural awareness in Broward County and have contributed to economic growth in Wilton Manors. Charapko and the sponsoring businesses on Wilton Drive are solid “supporters of the arts.” Please join us for an easy-going, fun evening on The Drive.

The Island City Art Walk is a 3rd Friday night of the month free, art function, which runs November through April. The public is invited.

This is the first Island City Art Walk for the 2011-2012 Season! Please join us.

For more information go to, or call 954.547.9014.
Wilton Manors is situated between Sunrise Blvd. and Oakland Park Blvd. East of I-95 and West of Federal Highway. Please see Directions/Map Page for further information:

Island City, Inc . Ellen Charapko Gallery . Mangum Gallery

Gallery XO . IberiaBank . Bona Italian Restaurant . The Manor

Art Frenzie . Naked Grape Wine Bar . Wilton’s Bier Garden & More

To The Moon Marketplace . Shades of The Past . Chic Optique

Wilton Manors Main Street . Mo Jo’s Barber Shop . Atlantic Properties

Rodeo Restaurant . Georgie’s Alibi . Island City Traders . Sozo Sushi Bar

Island City Eyecare . DaVinci Realty Group . World Treasures

White Glove Antiques . Pinché Taqueria Mexican Restaurant

Eastside Management . Joe Pallant Insurance . Copy This