Aug 10

Beef O'Brady's - Cocoa

Posted on August 10, 2022 at 1:48 PM by Lauri Thompson

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.

Aug 01


Posted on August 1, 2022 at 9:19 AM by Lauri Thompson

Toppertown employees in front of Toppertown buildingToppertown, a long-standing establishment located in the Cocoa community, is celebrating its 50th year in business. The business has grown with the commitment and care of three generations of Condon's. Jack and Jill Condon opened Toppertown’s doors in 1971, managing the business before John and Christine Condon took over in 1986. This year marks the third ‘passing of the torch’ with Christine retiring and grandson of Jack and Jill, Alex Condon, taking over.
 When Jack and Jill opened, the focus as you might imagine from the name Toppertown, was on aluminum truck tops and bed covers. As the business has grown, more services and products have been added to the list. When perusing the Toppertown website you now see a product list including custom lighting and light bars, bed covers, running boards, roof racks, towing equipment such as 5th wheels and gooseneck hitches, backup cameras and parking sensors, Tommy Gates, and of course, truck toppers. All Toppertown products are installed on site by knowledgeable and friendly members of the Toppertown Team. Products aren’t limited to trucks either, you can find solutions for all types of vehicles from trucks, commercial vans, box trucks, to law enforcement vehicles, private automobiles, RVs, and even motorcycles.

The Condon family attributes Toppertown’s success to a reputation built on the quality of their products and the service provided to their customers over the years. When visiting Toppertown’s website, you find photos, video and testimonials from appreciative clients. If you’re looking for a custom accessory or product for your vehicle, reach out to the experts at Toppertown on Clearlake Road. Call the Toppertown team at 321-632-1644 or visit the Toppertown website.

Jul 29

Candy Affair Candy Boutique

Posted on July 29, 2022 at 10:17 AM by Lauri Thompson

Candy Affair Candy Boutique ownersAre you more of a chocolate person, or do you prefer gummies? How about a mix of hard candies, or truffles, or fudge? Whatever your candy preference, you are bound to

find a match among the diverse selection of confectionaries at Candy Affair Candy Boutique. Local residents, Erica and Nelson Ross, opened this cheerful shop where colorful retro and new

candies appeal as much to adults as children.

Do not be fooled by its relatively compact size; you can spend time perusing the sweets in this candy boutique. This fun shop is located at 218 Brevard Ave, tucked into a street level shop in

the Bel Air Courtyard in Cocoa Village, right next door to Café Margaux. The owners have carefully selected gourmet confections to please a variety of palates. With a big smile,

Erica explains, “that some of their best sellers are the large gummy bears on a stick, the chocolate covered potato chips and the kids novelty candy.” Yes, with old-fashioned

confections like candy buttons, Clark Bars and wax lips chewing gum the store is sure to kick up a burst of childhood nostalgia.

“What a fun place to take kids!” said one of their five star reviewers. The seemingly endless assortment of fresh colorful bulk sweets create an intoxicating scent in the Candy Affair

while providing endless options for children to mix the perfect bag to go.

Erica and Nelson also provide candy and candy buffets for parties, weddings and events. The options are endless; as they carry, candy cigars for that baby reveal party or platters of

truffles for any soiree.

The Candy Affair Candy Boutique is an excellent choice for all ages regardless of your preference for sweets! Visit Erica and Nelson at 218 Brevard Ave, between 11 AM and 8 PM Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 11 AM to 6 PM.

Visit the Facebook page, or give them a call at 321-543-0504.