Vol 6 No. 28 - April 5, 2006

Tropical Treats & Eats closes


SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Tropical Treats and Eats in Anna Maria served its last customers March 30.

By Laurie Krosney
sun staff writer

ANNA MARIA — Tropical Treats and Eats is no more. The five owners of the popular two-year old ice cream, snack, lunch and dinner spot on Gulf Drive closed its doors for the last time Wednesday, March 30.

The shop was owned and operated by JoAnn Mattick; her son and daughter-in-law, Marcia and John Mattick; and Becky Mattick Bouchard and her husband.

"We just got tired of going seven days a week," said Marcia Mattick. "Becky went back to nursing. It was she and I who did the shop. It was too much for me alone, and when my manager decided to move back to New Mexico, there just wasn’t any way."
Mattick said she cried when she locked the door for the last time.

"It’s been two years of my life, and I’ll miss it and I’ll miss the people," she said.
"But I’m looking forward to spending time with my daughters. My 11-year old and I just spent the day at the beach. I can’t remember the last time we got to do that.
Mattick said neither the high taxes nor the costs of insurance played a role in the decision to close.

"We knew all that going in," she said. "That was just a cost of doing business. No, it was just that with just me to run things, it was just too much."
Mattick said the partners plan to hold onto the property, which is adjacent to her home on the northeast corner of Gulf Drive and Magnolia, but the shop and its fixtures can be leased.

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