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Since the rent has gone up, the businesses in the Island City have moved on.

- Kim Swan, Editor


Rents Go Up; Wilton Manors Businesses Move On

By John Hayden

Not only is it more expensive to live in Wilton Manors, running a business is costing a lot more, and there’s no relief in sight. That’s forcing local business owners to pay up or move out.

Claudia Castillo ART Studio recently left its old home in the Eagle building and moved across the street to the ground level shops in The Gables, which itself is not exactly known for low cost space. Castillo says after seven years, her business had grown, and it was time to find more space. However, it was the skyrocketing rents that forced the issue.

While the new gallery is open, a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at 2180 Wilton Drive.

Myth Gastropub, which itself replaced Courtyard Cafe last year, will provide food for the party. Wilton Collective is still getting used to its new location. After being prominently located next to The Venue for years, the building owner forced a move to the new location 1414 NE 26th St., where Holy Mackerel once sat. 

The move upended WC’s business, and it was closed for a month while they moved in and got approval to use the space as retail and not restaurant. Owner Julian Cavazos is happy to have more space for vendors in the upscale consignment store. He will also rent the adjoining space for events and parties. But the expanded floor space and events comes with the price of losing the visibility that comes with being on Wilton Drive. 

Cavazos will hold the official grand opening Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m.


Dining Out For Life Returns Thursday

Going out on a Thursday for lunch, dinner, drinks, and a night at a club is a pretty established routine for many around Wilton Manors. On April 11, a routine day out becomes extra meaningful.

'Pulp' Comes to Island City Stage Thursday

Take a nostalgic trip back to vintage Hollywood featuring femme fatales radiating sexy style with sass in Island City Stage's “Pulp,” running April 11-May 5.


Wilton Manors Police Search For More Victims In Alleged Accounting Scam

Tax time is stressful for a lot of Americans, especially when your accountant informs you, you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. That’s what Jose Coss, a gay man and local accountant, was telling his clients. Except, allegedly, it wasn’t true. It was a scam.

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