Also: nurses recognized for skill, compassion
Kale Café, which features vegan cuisine and a juice bar, has brought its “Jamaican comfort food” to Port Orange. The restaurant has operated on Beach Street in Daytona Beach for four years and now has added a location at 5787 Taylor Branch Road.
The sign out front says “finally open” because Omar and Camille Brown had been trying to open the Port Orange location for a year. They were slowed by having a baby and dealing with two hurricanes. The couple now has six children.
The restaurant is 100% vegan, using wheat, soy and nuts, and Camille Brown said the menu is constantly evolving.
“We’ve added a vege-burger that everyone likes, and we have two new sandwiches,” she said.
Earlier this year, they closed their restaurant in Ormond Beach, which they had made too large and was not profitable, she said. But the Port Orange store should be just the right size.
“This is the model we want to franchise from,” she said. “The décor is great.”
She said they are still learning, such as how to streamline operations, and plan to keep expanding to other locations.
Journey Fitness marks one year
Journey Fitness Center, 3100 S. Ridgewood Ave., Suite 160, South Daytona, celebrated its one-year anniversary Nov. 4 with a member appreciation day. There was a cookout, live music and an open house for members, families and friends. Owner and personal trainer Richard Boyd said Journey Fitness Center is not a gym. They specialize in one-on-one personalized training by appointment only, he said.
Call 310-8864 for a free consultation.
Holiday Lights Show to benefit kids at hospital
Daytona International Speedway will kick off the holiday season Nov. 17 with “Magic of Lights,” a 1.5-mile drive-through holiday lights experience.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit sick children at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, according to a press release. The hospital’s 10-bed inpatient pediatric unit and emergency room opened in May, as well as an eight-bed pediatric emergency room.
The “Magic of Lights” experience will be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.
The entrance fee is per vehicle: Advanced Purchase: $20 per car ($25 at the gate); and Car Advance Dash Pass (skip the line): $40 ($45 at the gate).
Visit MagicOfLights.com or call 800-748-7467.
Nurses recognized for skill, compassion
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center recently recognized two registered nurses with the DAISY award, an international program that rewards nurses for extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care, according to a press release.
Kimberly McNeal Davies, a post anesthesia care unit nurse at the medical center, was nominated after she helped someone experiencing cardiac arrest at a movie theater on her day off.
“My brother survived with no deficits at all,” a family member wrote in the nomination. “My family and I are so grateful for Kimberly for doing what she does, being a nurse.”
A patient nominated Amy Eshuis, a nurse on the medical center’s surgical unit.
“Patience, kindness, and a calming demeanor were always present in Amy as she answered and addressed all of our concerns,” the patient wrote. “What I appreciated most was that Amy made me feel like part of the medical team with her kind, calm, smiling explanation at all times.”
In recognition of this honor, both McNeal Davies and Eshuis received an award pin, a tote bag and a hand-carved stone sculpture of the “Healer’s Touch” by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Their units also received cinnamon rolls and a DAISY banner to display.
The Daisy award is used by healthcare facilities around the world to honor nurses. To nominate a nurse, visit floridahospital.com/memorial-medical-center/daisy-award.