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Gourmet market, dog salon and more coming to Stuart

August 21, 2014

By Kelly Tyko, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.

Aug. 21--STUART -- The expansion of downtown Stuart continues with the transformation of the former Goodyear building into the Shoppes on Colorado.

Di Capos Market & Foodery will anchor the Colorado Avenue building, which also will include a juice bar, dog grooming salon, interior design studio and more.

"We thought it would be a good spot for a retail project," said Derrick Christenson with Christenson Commercial Real Estate, who is developing the site. "You're seeing a renaissance on Colorado and an expansion of downtown Stuart for the better."

Building renovations are underway at 716 Colorado Ave and the project is expected to be completed in late September or early October, Christenson said. Opening dates for the businesses haven't been set yet.

Christenson Commercial also developed the 555 Place on Colorado Avenue, which took the former Crary Buchanan law office and turned it into retail, restaurant and business space.

The 555 Place, which opened late last year, and a city road beautification project helped to extend downtown onto Colorado Avenue. The new project continues extends that reach further northwest on Colorado close to U.S. 1.

Here's who is moving into the new plaza:


Online: On Facebook, search for Di Capos

Francis Michael Jimenez and his wife Ericka Jimenez are creating Di Capos Market & Foodery, a gourmet market and restaurant with a meats and seafood emporium.

The Hobe Sound couple previously owned Fresh Harvest Market off Palm Beach Road in Stuart where they sold the grass-fed beef, meats and seafood. This is an expanded version of their previous market and adds chef prepared and nouvelle cuisine.

"We take products that are organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free items and combine them to come up with wonderful infusions of products and flavors," Francis Michael Jimenez said.

The market will sell prepared to-go dishes and the restaurant has space to seat around 50 inside and outside. There also will be a salad bar, sushi bar and coffee bar.

"Everything is made from scratch. It's going to be the organic, the vegan, the healthy,"said Donald Waldie, who will be a chef at the new restaurant. "There's nothing like this around here and there's a very high demand for this. We feel like we're going to be the first to corner that."



Contact: 772-528-3100 or

Barbara Kurish and her daughter Chelsea Denien are opening up Doggie Styles Grooming Salon. The two were formerly with Bark Park Pawlor and have been doing house calls while they wait for their grand opening.

Kurish said it's just like a hair salon for humans except there's a table instead of a chair. There's also a play waiting area for the dogs.

"We use natural products and we don't keep the dogs in cages," Kurish said, adding they specialize in grooming special needs dogs. "It's by appointment just like a regular salon would be and is one-on-one."


Online:; on Facebook search Doris Clements Interiors

Phone: 772-288-6699

Doris Clements is moving her interior design studio, which is now at 508 Colorado Ave., down the street to the Shoppes on Colorado.

A residential and commercial interior designer since the '90s, Clements is helping design Di Capos.

"We do a complete design service," Clements said. "We can sell one piece of furniture or design your complete home or office."


Online: On Facebook, search for Colorado Juice Company

Colorado Juice Company, owned by Julie LaFrance-Lentine and Amber Eichling, is expected to open by the end of the year and will specialize in cold-pressed fresh juices and dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

"I think it's something much needed in downtown Stuart and Martin County," said LaFrance-Lentine, who also owns The Taco Shack on Colorado Avenue. "Juicing and eating healthy, vegan/vegetarian is a fad but I think people nowadays are really starting to understand the benefits from eating healthy and all the non-chemically treated food."


Albert G's, a home accessories stores, and a hair salon that will also offer massage services, also are scheduled to open in the building. In addition, Christenson Commercial is looking for two more tenants.


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