Community events planned to help local business

West Coast Surf Shop fire
Repairs to the West Coast Surf Shop are currently underway with the hopes of the store reopening within three to six months after an April 15 electrical fire. - Kristin Swain | Sun

Updated June 13, 2018

When the iconic West Coast Surf Shop suffered damage from an electrical fire April 15, community members began searching for ways to help owners Jim and Ronee Brady recover and reopen the oldest surf shop on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Now two events are scheduled to help the community rally around two of their own.

On Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 9 p.m., Acqua Aveda Salon and Spa is hosting a solstice party with 20 percent of sales going to support the Bradys and the West Coast Surf Shop. The event will feature raffle prizes, light bites from The Blue Marlin and The Island Fresh Market. AMI Spirits will be providing rum samples and the Bowled Life Food Truck will be on site for the event. Salon specials also will be available for attendees.

For more information, contact the salon at 941-778-5400. Acqua Aveda is located in the Waterline Shoppes at 5311 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

Community members also are invited to come out and support the Bradys at a Hawaiian-style luau hosted by several friends of the couple at The Center of Anna Maria Island. The event takes place Saturday, June 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. and will feature food and drinks from local businesses along with a raffle and silent auction.

Local musicians offering their talents for the event include Trevor Bystrom, Terry Helm, Marco Ciceron and Natural Vibes, Chuck Caudill, Koko Ray and Barbara Allen.  All proceeds will benefit the Bradys and the West Coast Surf Shop.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the event is invited to contact Susanne Arbanas at 941-330-5388. For more information, contact Brandi Brady at 561-267-0847. The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. No reservations are necessary to attend.

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