Author: Caron Conway

Southern Spice Restaurant Brings Sophisticated Comfort Food to Downtown Hollywood

Natosha Gonzales has channeled her love for her mother and her down-home cooking into Southern Spice, a new restaurant at 1920 Tyler St. in Downtown Hollywood. Gonzales’ devotion to her late mother Earla’s memory shows in Southern Spice’s menu, which features Southern-style dishes with a modern twist, what Gonzales calls “sophisticated comfort food.” Southern Spice’s offerings are based on recipes from Gonzales’ mother and grandmother and have been reinvented by Chef Malcolm Prude, whose Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich was recognized by the New York Post as one of the “Best Desserts in America.” “My mother and grandmother are the...

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Magnum Tattoo owner ‘feels right at home’ in Downtown Hollywood arts district

Magnum Tattoo, recently opened in Downtown Hollywood, has quickly built a loyal clientele that appreciates the creativity, attention to detail and professionalism. Studio owner and tattoo artist Andrii Rybchemko opened Magnum Tattoo in early February at 1948 Tyler St. Word traveled fast by customers and through glowing online reviews, and Magnum Tattoo now has repeat customers from throughout South Florida. Tourists and travelers even seek him out because they are familiar with his work and reputation. Rybchemko, who emigrated from his native Ukraine to South Florida two years ago, has been painting ink on skin for 17 years.  Each tattoo he...

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National university with a local feel opens center in Hollywood; open house set for March 23

Adults seeking a quality higher education degree can find a variety of flexible, collaborative and interdisciplinary programs to accommodate their particular needs, from online bachelor’s to doctoral degree programs, at Union Institute & University, a regionally accredited non-profit national university with an academic center in Hollywood. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, UI&U has been providing socially relevant degree programs since 1964. The Florida Academic Center at 4601 Sheridan St. relocated last October from the North Miami Beach area. “The South Florida area is one of the most culturally diverse and socially conscious in the nation,” said Ron...

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Hollywood artist opens art gallery and studio in Downtown Arts District

Hollywood artist Doris White is now able to paint and exhibit her work close to home at her new Art N Form Gallery that opened in Downtown Hollywood on June 18 during the monthly Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk. Art N Form Gallery, at 120 S. 20th Ave., showcases White’s oil, acrylic and mixed-media paintings and more than 100 one-of-a-kind painted leather handbags and clutches. White said her colorful artwork, which is characterized by its rich shades, is best described as “Picasso style.” “People really like it and I get good feedback,” said White, a self-taught artist originally from Medellín, Colombia,...

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Making Ends Meat opens in Downtown Hollywood

Acclaimed South Florida food truck chef Kevin Dreifuss traded in his wheels for a stationary restaurant with the recent opening of Ends Meat Eatery, a hip bistro in Downtown Hollywood inspired by the evolution and combination of Northern California and South Florida cuisine. Since Ends Meat opened March 20 at 1910 Hollywood Blvd., diners have been raving about the exceptional food, wine, atmosphere and service at the new gastropub, which serves up trendy yet casual lunches, inventive seasonal dinner menus, craft beers and an impressive wine list. “The reviews have been great. Everybody’s been really happy with the menu...

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