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Oct 17

Crydermans Barbecue

Posted to Business Spotlight on October 17, 2019 at 10:32 AM by Samia Singleton

Chad & Amy Cryderman

In 2016, husband and wife team Amy and Chad Cryderman opened Historic Cocoa Village’s first barbecue restaurant. Located on the main thoroughfare of Florida Ave., award-winning Crydermans Barbecue receives acclaim for its Central Texas inspired barbecue, from the cuts of meat to sauces made with brisket trimmings. Locals and visitors alike cannot resist the intoxicating aromas of smoked brisket, turkey and pork wafting from the restaurant on a daily basis. While Crydermans Barbecue was an instant dining sensation, this is not an overnight success story.

The story began in 2008, when Mr. Cryderman moved to Florida from Michigan and tried barbecue for the first time. “I never had barbecue before then,” said Mr. Cryderman. The Crydermans starting smoking briskets in their driveway. “A next door neighbor let me borrow the smoker and I fell in love with the idea,” he said.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Cryderman were inspired to open a restaurant after a successful Christmas party. “I cooked for about 40 people and everyone left very happy,” said Mr. Cryderman. Both husband and wife had restaurant experience with Mr. Cryderman managing a restaurant at the time. The Crydermans wanted to locate the restaurant in a vintage gas station and Mrs. Cryderman, a Cocoa-native, fell in love with the 1930s gas station building on Florida Ave. After nearly 10 years of research and planning, the couple brought their dream from their driveway to fruition.

Crydermans won the 2019 News 6 Best of Barbecue Award, beating 50 other barbecue restaurants throughout Central Florida – a well-deserved feat for a restaurant serving premium, all natural, no growth hormones and no antibiotics sustainably sourced meats, which are then smoked for 24-hours.

The menu at Crydermans includes brisket, smoked turkey, pork spare ribs, pulled pork, and all the accompaniments you would expect to see on a barbecue joint menu. However, Crydermans use of Duroc pork sets it apart from its counterparts. Crydermans number one seller is brisket. “We sell more brisket than all the other meats put together,” said Mr. Cryderman. The Crydermans recommend visitors try every item on the meat-market style menu, where items are priced by the pound.

Making the most of its success, Crydermans recently expanded, opening a second location in Melbourne, FL. and plans to expand to third location in the near future. For more information about Crydermans or to sign up for exclusive deals and promotions, visit

Dec 02

November - Mon Cheri Med Spa

Posted to Business Spotlight on December 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM by Samia Singleton

Mon Cheri Med Spa

November 1, 2016 - Mon Cheri Med Spa, located at 28 Oleander Street in Cocoa, is a comprehensive medical spa that offers cutting edge skincare treatments, but has an intimate boutique atmosphere. From its use of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified all natural cleaners to gluten-free skincare products, Mon Cheri Med Spa is as cutting edge as the services it performs. Owner Sonia Negron, a former nurse and certified anesthesiologist, opened Mon Cheri two and a half years ago in downtown Cocoa Village. 

A Miami native, an employment opportunity at Cape Canaveral Hospital brought Negron to the Space Coast. While working at the hospital, she decided to start her own business and chose Cocoa Village for its location. Mon Cheri Med Spa has three employees and is managed by a Licensed Full-Specialist, Morgan West. 

“I wanted somebody who knew the business from the get-go with no training involved,” says Negron about West. “She is very strong and has a lot of experience.”

Treatments at this Woman and Veteran-Owned and operated business, include Botox™, laser hair removal and laser skin tightening. The spa also offers massage therapy, manicures and pedicures. Even more, Mon Cheri specialties are Kybella™ and the Hema-facial™.

“We are very results-oriented and approach client treatment from all different angles through compounding services,” says West. “If you use Botox, we recommend chemical peels, then skin tightening through the laser services.”

All treatments and services are non-evasive with little or no downtime. All Mon Cheri clients receive an anatomy and physiology review before treatment. “Sonia empowers the clients to know what the service will do and what they should expect,” says West.

With its successful marketing efforts and guaranteed results, Mon Cheri is experiencing rapid growth in its clientele base and demand for services. Negron plans to eventually move to a bigger space, but intends to keep the boutique atmosphere. 

Check out Mon Cheri Med Spa online at www.moncherimedspa.comor call (321) 633-0555 for an appointment!