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Dec 17

Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Posted on December 17, 2020 at 9:21 AM by Rachel Horst

Krispy Krunchy Chicken
Walking into Krispy Krunchy Chicken, you are immediately met with the savory scent of comfort food, from collard greens and macaroni and cheese to fried chicken and more, there is something for everyone on the extensive menu. The restaurant started as a dream on a goals bulletin board and four years later became a reality for Antonio and Tonya Love??
in 2013.
Over the last seven years, the Lovetts have developed a loyal following for the restaurant and assembled a staff that shares their love for the community. Antonio spends most of his time
at the restaurant, Tonya explains, “my husband works morning to evening, from nine in the morning to eleven o'clock at night, so we don't get much family time,” which is why the Lovetts
have come to think of all their loyal customers and staff as an extension of their family.
When COVID19 hit in the spring of 2020, the Lovetts had to make some changes to their services, adding delivery options like Uber Eats, Grubhub, and DoorDash to their offerings. In
addition, installing a drive-thru window for those unwilling or unable to come into the restaurant has helped to diversify dining choices for their customers.
After encountering the Krispy Krunchy Chicken franchise on a trip to South Florida over ten years ago, Antonio got the idea to open his own. After four years of planning, this dream now
looks like the successful establishment located on Dixon Blvd. The restaurant is open from 5 am until 11 pm every day, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options. He hopes to continue growing his business by opening more locations in Brevard County.
If you're in the area, stop by Krispy Krunchy Chicken for a bite and great conversation. You may even catch a dancing chicken showing off her best moves promoting the business. If you
enjoy the Cajun flavor of the fare, you can even purchase your own seasoning to flavor your home cooking. You can visit the Lovetts at Krispy Krunchy Chicken located at 934 Dixon Blvd. in Cocoa.
Oct 28

Beef O'Brady's - Cocoa

Posted on October 28, 2020 at 10:41 AM by Rachel Horst

Sean O'Reilly in front of Beef O'Brady's bar
Building a family of repeat customers, being able to flow with change and creating relational bonds has been the key to Sean O'Reilly's success at Beef O'Brady's located at Cocoa Commons, 2301 Hwy 524, Cocoa. Beef O'Brady's is a Florida restaurant franchise offering 'good food and good sports.' The Cocoa location has an Irish pub feel, accented with 45 or more TV's.
Sean O'Reilly, the owner of Beef O'Brady's at Cocoa Commons, emphasizes, “For any small restaurant business to be successful, it must be built on repeat customers or basically an extended family.” He and his staff know many customers by name and during these trying times customers would reach out via phone and text and have continued to be regulars by ordering takeout frequently. Sean was also very fortunate to keep his staff working through the downturn, which he notes, “has made ramping back up much easier.”
Flowing with change has also been one of the keys to the success of Beef O'Brady's over that last 14 years. The ability to be flexible and creative over the last 5 months has been magnified with the challenges of COVID. Forced closures, CDC guidelines, limited or nonexistent food
products, rising prices, and limited supplies are just a few of the items that Sean has approached confidently and collectedly. He was the first to offer expanded outdoor seating in Cocoa and was instrumental in helping to set the standard for the COVID Outdoor Dining Code
implemented by the City. The restaurant is open from 11 AM to 9 PM every day and the staff prepare 40 to 50% of the meals for takeout orders, which is well beyond the norm prior to COVID changes. He also capitalized on the limited indoor customer base by using the time to make upgrades to the bar top, flooring and kitchen equipment.
You can hear the pride in Sean's voice as he discusses his biggest key to success. His list is long and varied as he names the organizations that have received his charitable acts. Cocoa High School; the three Cocoa Fire Departments and a few more in Brevard County; liittle league; the 911 Center at the Sheriff's Department; doctors' offices; soccer, basketball, wrestling, track, and football teams; Saturn Elementary; and many more. He expressed, “Supporting the greater community through philanthropic activities and adopting strong bonds change over the years. You have to support the people who support you.”
Head out to Cocoa Commons to support Beef O' Brady's because the odds are good that you will be a repeat customer who will be supported by 'good food and good sports' and inevitably the goodwill of the restaurant. One of Beef O'Brady's slogans is “Every Neighborhood
Should Have One” and Cocoa is lucky to be one of those neighborhoods! Beef O' Brady's take out number is 321-637-1133 or order online at the Beef O'Brady's website and indoor seating is available too.
Jul 02

Sharon's Barbershop

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM by Rachel Horst

Sharon in front of her business, Sharon's Barbershop

Sharon’s Barbershop, a long time Cocoa business, has provided barbering services to the greater Space Coast for more than 20 years.  Sharon Solana opened her barbershop in 1998 and she describes it as a traditional barbershop where she provides men’s regular haircuts, beard trims and shaves.  

Sharon, a Space Coast resident, has worked the majority of her career at 970 N. Cocoa Blvd., Suite #6.  The shop feels as though it is a second home, as it has a warm atmosphere with country music playing and memorabilia adorning the walls.  She has a great sense of humor and said, “Many of my signs are funny and represent my light hearted nature.” She pointed out the first two pictures that she hung in the shop and many of the gifts that have been given to her by loyal customers.   

With a tender heart, she recalls many of the 1st haircuts that she has provided to her youngest customers. She also mentions that she cuts the hair of four generations for several families.  She explained how her customers are her extended family and that college graduates and military soldiers will come back for a cut when they return to the area.  When asked about the key to her success she remarks, “Listing to my clients allows me to provide the cut they want.  I am a much better listener than a talker.” 

Sharon has established a clientele to maintain a successful business working Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm.  The only interruption to that has been the time off during the Coronavirus shutdown.    Since reopening her door, customers have eagerly returned to have Sharon fix many wife, daughter, and self-inflicted bad cuts. All of this has been done under many new safety precautions.  She wears a mask, has appropriate separation for her waiting area and she has developed her own disposable capes for personal use.

Sharon reflected, “I like being in Cocoa, rent is reasonable and it’s a central location for my customers from Cocoa, Rockledge, Merritt Island and Port St. John.”  She is not able to confirm but believes she may very well be the oldest barbershop in Cocoa.  Without doubt, Sharon’s Barbershop serves generations of satisfied customers in Cocoa.   

To contact Sharon for an appointment, call 321-504-0603 or Sharonsbarversho@bellsouth.com.