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Introducing Fairhope's Willow + Gray

Our world really does revolve around you. What better way to show what it means to join the Truland family than to treat you like our only customer. This is our ultimate goal at Truland Homes. With caring sales agents guiding you through the home buying process, project managers focusing on the important details of each home, and an attentive warranty team providing continuous support even after you close on your home, you will see that at Truland, YOU are our whole world!


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NOVEMBER 2020 / Volume 67 Number 58 Photo by Devin Ford Photography

s we swing into the holiday season and towards the end of this epic year, I find my thoughts ping-ponging between hope and fear. As a small business owner that depends on the health of other small businesses, I know this holiday shopping season is critical to all of our survival. I know firsthand how much hard work it takes to create this seemingly simple publication, and it’s my job to make it look easy. Our shop owners are faced with the same task and begging for your business is not on brand for most of us. However, if we are to survive these times we need our community to forget online shopping, walk through our local doors that support our community in countless ways, and spend their hard-earned dollars where it counts the most. Naturally, we all love a deal and clicking a button that ignites the magic of door-to-door delivery. However, we have to ask ourselves: Is gutting our community worth it? Personally, knowing so many of the Bay’s small business owners, I can attest to their hard work, the incredible financial risks they take, and their commitment to this community. My suggestion? Plan a day out with your friends or family members and hit the town. Make a day of it. Check out our endless local gift guide, hit a few stores, break for a meal at one of our incredible restaurants, and then shop some more. I promise it will be more fun than clicking buttons on your laptop, and the feeling of doing your part is what this season is all about. Okay, rant over! Full of hometown pride, may your holiday season be filled with the goodness we all crave. Enjoy!



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PINK CARPET & PARTY PICS We wrapped up spooky season with The Little Whiskey Christmas Club’s Witch’s Bash and kicked off the holiday season with LUSH’s Holiday Open House. Adding hope, Donna and Turner Ward hosted a fundraising shopping event benefitting their foundation, Hope4110. BEST FRIENDS IN BUSINESS Meet multiple pairs of besties who have turned their friendships into booming Bay Area businesses. 2020 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE With the approach of the holiday season, ACCESS has rounded up an extensive list of some of Bay Area’s best gifts. Be sure to shop local this season! LOCAL CULTURE Despite a year of twists and turns, boss business owners Phrankey Lowery of Studio PH and Sarah Clark of Bay Gourmet Catering and Crown Hall are celebrating well-deserved milestones. COLUMNS Pink Table Talk and Happiness Insured



MARKET EDITOR Kristi Welford Hicks DIRECTOR OF SALES Jennifer Parker ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Lindsey Crain FINANCIAL COORDINATOR Mary Frances DeLong COLUMNISTS Charlotte Kilborn Carey Laurel Flowers

C O V E R C RE D I T S Photos Stevye Photography, 228.547.1191 Makeup Courtney Matthews Makeup Artistry, Hair Jason Chambers, Headdress Salon, 251.689.7427 Clothing Dillard’s, 251.471.1551.


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Ringing in the Holidays with LUSH LUSH Home Garden Event kicked off the season with a Holiday Open House at their gorgeous Midtown store on November 5th featuring a savory spread from Bay Gourmet Catering at Crown Hall, dazzling holiday decorations, giveaways, a fabulous demonstration from Better Skin Co.’s Murphy Bishop II, and (of course) LUSH’s signature florals and incredible gift selection. A merry time was had by all! By Caroline Edmondson Photos Frank Lee Roberts

Charlotte Kilborn Carey & B’Beth Weldon

Murphy Bishop II & LUSH Owner Tim Burt

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Yvonne Breland

Nancy Harvell & Toni Jones

Bay Gourmet Chef Weston Simpson & ACCESS’s Jennifer Parker

ACCESS’s Rebecca Foose & Caroline Edmondson

LUSH Florals’ Susan & Patrick George

Daphne & Steve Robinson

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The 2021 Audi SQ8 Stuffed with 500HP and all the fixin’s of a luxury SUV Sales: (251) 261-0705 Service: (251) 459-8994

Color ME PINK Breast cancer survivor and motivational author of “Unexpected Hope” Donna Ward recently co-hosted a fundraiser at Daphne’s Shoe Boutique benefitting Hope4110, a foundation she and her husband, Turner, started to support women in need of breast reconstruction surgery. Guests enjoyed meeting shoe designer, Claire Flowers, cocktails, bites from Eastern Shore Street Eats, and delicious cupcakes from Simply Sweet as they bid on special auction items provided by local businesses and restaurants and listened to Donna’s inspiring story of survival. By Caroline Edmondson Photos Frank Lee Roberts

Daphne Robinson, Donna Ward, and Claire Flowers

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Publicist Pam Denham & daughter Nicole

ColorĂŠVous Salon Owner Jessica Bonner with her sister, Jennifer & friends

Donna Ward & Pat Hall


To purchase, call 251.414.5900 or email .

Give the Gift of RADIANT SKIN With the holiday season fast approaching, the search for the perfect gift is on, and considering how crazy this past year has been, it’s safe to say everyone could use a day of pampering. Enter the Aesthetic Division at Alabama Medical Group (AMG). Master Medical Esthetician Kimberly Simpson-McKoy tells us all about their “12 ‘Business Days’ Before Christmas Bonus Buys.” You won’t want to miss this!

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is the Forever Young BBL laser treatment. This revolutionary laser sends light energy deep into the skin to boost your body’s natural ability to fight the appearance of aging. The result is visibly younger looking skin, year after year! “Forever Young BBL is a preventive regimen — possibly the best investment anyone can make in his or her skin now,” Kimberly says. “This non-invasive, gentle procedure has virtually no downtime. In most cases, you can apply makeup, return to work, and resume most of your normal daily activities immediately!” This treatment is 20 percent off on November 30. So, how do we score these amazing deals? Simple! Just mark your calendar for the date of your desired deal, but remember: each bonus buy is on sale for one day only! To purchase, customers may call 251.414.5900 or email aesthetics@amgmd. org. Once purchased, you will have six months to redeem your offer. To ensure your health and the health of others, AMG has implemented multiple safe practices in their clinics to keep you healthy, having elevated their cleaning methods to include the use of disposals and high-grade disinfection solutions. Masks are required inside the building, and the practice recently installed UV air filtration sanitizers in all aesthetic treatment rooms. So kick off your holiday season (and health regimine) on a high note with AMG and their wonderful “12 ‘Business Days’ Before Christmas Bonus Buys.” After all, radiant and healthy skin is the gift that keeps on giving.

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aving recently expanded their aesthetic services division, the elves at AMG have used a little bit of Christmas magic and are proud to present 12 jam-packed days of deals, allowing you to try some of their most popular services at unbelievable prices. Starting November 27, each day presents a new and exciting discounted service. So, what are some of these fabulous deals? Well, you can expect 20 percent off of various types of treatments such as the Plasma Pen, Forever Bare laser hair removal, and SkinTyte, as well as discounted prices on Botox Cosmetic ($10 per unit instead of $12 per unit), Dermaplaning Facials for only $85 (reg. $130), Botinal Facials (buy two, get one free), and so much more! One of AMG’s most popular services is the PRP “Blood Facial” which is included in the promotion and is on sale December 1 for $650 (reg. $760)! What’s a PRP Blood Facial, you ask? “Simply put, this is a treatment that uses an individual’s blood platelets and plasma to stimulate collagen growth,” Kimberly explains. “The natural chemicals found in PRP are applied onto the face and micro-needled into the skin during a short 60-minute procedure.” Once the plasma is needled into the skin, it then begins to rejuvenate and tighten wrinkled areas. “Results are almost instant, so this is the perfect treatment for those of us who like instant gratification, making it the most can’t-miss deal of the season in my opinion,” Kimberly shares. Another popular service included in the promotion

By Caroline Edmondson

Kimberly Simpson-McKoy

ALABAMA MEDICAL GROUP, P.C. 101 Memorial Hospital Drive Building 3 Mobile, AL 251.414.5900

Sometimes even Santa needs a break— We’re excited to offer the “12 Business Days Before Christmas” bonus buys sale on our most popular aesthetic services beginning Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Dec. 14.


November 27: Aesthetics Gift Card- Buy $100, get $10 free November 30: Forever Young Laser Treatment - 20% off December 1: PRP “Blood” Facial - $650 (reg. price $760) December 2: Microneedling- Buy 3, get 1 free December 3: Botinol Facial - Buy 2, get 1 free December 4: Dermaplaning Facial - $85 (reg. price $130) December 7: Botox Cosmetic® - $10 per unit (reg. price $12) December 8: Plasma Pen Treatment - 20% off December 9: Forever Bare Laser Hair Removal Treatment - 20% off December 10: JUVÉDERM® Filler- Buy 1 syringe and get the 2nd ½ off (save $262) December 11: SkinTyte Laser Treatment - 20% off December 14: Series of 3 Chemical Peel Facials - $345 (reg. price $390)

So, what’s on your holiday wish list? To purchase, customers may call 414-5900 or email Each daily special must be purchased on its specific promotion date to qualify for promo pricing. All sales are final and must be redeemed by 6-30-21.

101 Memorial Hospital Dr. (Building 3) • Mobile, AL 36608 • 251.414.5900 A Multi-Specialty Practice



WILLOW + GRAY HOME The iconic Church Mouse building in downtown Fairhope has recently found itself with a new tenant in the fabulous Willow + Gray Home. Opened just a few short months ago, the business was born of three best friends’ mutual love of all things home design and décor. Offering gorgeous home furnishings, Willow + Gray has something for everyone’s taste and budget. By Caroline Edmondson Photos Stevye Photography, 228.547.1191 Makeup Courtney Matthews Makeup Artistry, Hair Jason Chambers, Headdress Salon, 251.689.7427


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elf-proclaimed “transplants from all over,” best friends Amanda Laurence (owner), Susan Lipham (showroom manager), and Shelby Stevens (office manager) have called the Eastern Shore home for many years, having raised their children in the comforting warmth of Spanish Fort. For Amanda, owning her own store has been a dream for many years — one she’s shared with her two best friends for quite some time. “Susan and Shelby have always told me they would come work for me whenever I finally took that leap,” Amanda recalls. With plans in tow, convincing Susan and Shelby to join her took no more than a quick lunch before the three of them embarked on their new adventure. With her best friends on board, it was time to convince her family. “I am building my dream home and my two boys are getting married next spring, so they thought I was crazy to do this now,” Amanda laughs. “But then they realized I was serious and have been so supportive since the process began.” With a focus on helping others find the perfect item to make their houses feel more like family homes, Willow + Gray offers a wide variety of furniture, home décor, kitchen accessories, and gifts in varying price ranges. “It is so important to us that we offer a wide range of prices so that everyone can find something they love,” Amanda shares. “It might surprise people to know that we have items under $10!” Wanting a cozy, fun, and welcoming vibe, finding the perfect location for their store was imperative. Having stumbled upon a vacancy in the iconic Fairhope Church Mouse building, the ladies of Willow + Gray

Amanda Laurence, Owner

“It is so important to us that we offer a wide range of prices so that everyone can find something they love.� - Amanda Laurence

knew it was the perfect place to call home. “Our landlords are to thank for the beautiful bones of the shop,” Amanda says. “We just came in and ‘touched up her makeup!’ It was a lot of fun working with Susan and Shelby — exhausting, but fun. We pulled up carpet and tack strip, scraped glue, painted, and cleaned. We had contractors do the big stuff, but we worked hard, and it was never overwhelming,” Amanda recalls. Though there have been some small snags (like securing inventory during a pandemic), the three friends were thrilled to finally pop the cork on a bottle of champagne on opening day. “It was a wonderful celebration of hard work and our vision coming to life,” Amanda beams. Working with your best friends means loving coming to work. “We try to lift each other up as much as possible,” Amanda says. “We just have the best time in the store together. The store is an extension of our home, so we are all at ‘home’ every day.” When it comes to everyday duties, Amanda focuses on ordering and keeping inventory while Susan handles all things social media and keeping the showroom looking amazing. “I call her the ‘whirling dervish’ because she moves around the store changing displays as if her life depends on it,” Amanda jokes. “Shelby loves meeting the customers and hearing their stories. She always has the sweetest smile on her face, and never misses greeting a customer,” Amanda shares. A “jack of all trades,” Shelby handles the finances for the business and manages the office, all while

Shelby Stevens, Office Manager

“Shelby loves meeting the customers and hearing their stories. She always has the sweetest smile on her face, and never misses greeting a customer.” - Amanda Laurence

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simultaneously prioritizing the customers and making the store as welcoming as possible. Combine all of their talents and you have one well-oiled machine! Having only been open for a couple of months, Willow + Gray has made quite the impression on not only the Fairhope community, but the entire Bay Area and beyond. “This small town community has been so welcoming to us and we love developing relationships with other shop owners and local residents,” Amanda shares. “Fairhope is also a wonderful tourist destination and we have met fun and interesting people from all over.” When the friends aren’t working at their gorgeous store, they enjoy spending time with their families, entertaining, and just about anything that has to do with cooking or decorating. Married to husband William, Amanda is mother to three children and two soon-to-be daughters-in-law: Will, 24 (and fiancé Jessica); Jackson, 22 (and fiancé Lauren); and Emma, 21. Susan is married to Jamie with three children and two stepchildren: Caroline, 24 (and fiancé Carson D.); Cole (who passed away in 2017); Carson, 21; and stepsons Jacob, 24; and Matthew, 21. Shelby is married to Troy and they have two children: Trevor, 27; and Reece, 24. Each woman is so thankful their families have been so supportive during this journey, as they surely couldn’t do it without them! And just as creating a loving home is important to them, they hope Willow + Gray may play a part in making yours just as loving.

Willow + Gray Home 14 S. Church St. Fairhope, AL 251.316.6102

Susan Lipham, Showroom Manager

“We just have the best time in the store together. The store is an extension of our home, so we are all at ‘home’ every day.” - Amanda Laurence




Hair besties Whitney Vittor and Julia Liller say they feel more like sisters than best friends. Having forged an immediate bond at a wedding where they first met, the two decided to go into business together and the rest, they say, is history. By Caroline Edmondson // Photos by Sarah Boone


wenty years ago, Whitney (who lived in working and apprenticing at the time,” Julia shares. West Virginia at the time) was visiting “Whitney interviewed with the owner and got the home to be a bridesmaid in one of her job! It was the beginning of something beautiful.” friend’s weddings — a wedding for Whitney started her career right out of high school which Julia was hired to do and had worked with several salons the hair and makeup for the before meeting Julia. She jokingly recalls bridal party. Whilst primping how she adamantly said she would never and prepping, the two say they “We could create the open her own salon. “I quickly changed felt an instant connection with culture we strive my mind when I saw the possibilities,” each other, feeling as if they Whitney says. “We could create the for and could train had been separated at birth culture we strive for and could train others somehow. “I felt like we had others to do things to do things the same way.” So when the known each other forever,” the same way.” opportunity arose to start their own salon, Whitney shares. “We laughed Whitney and Julia say they jumped right at the same things and had in! “We were just beginning our journey the same work ethic.” As - Whitney Vittor to a clear understanding of how running the two talked, Whitney a salon works,” Julia shares. “Our entire shared she was looking to path had been a learning experience. We move back to Mobile soon. Luckily, Julia already are still learning every day.” knew of a job opportunity. I told Whitney about an For these besties, their journey to where they are opening at Attitudes and Co., the salon where I was today hasn’t been easy. Starting out with a third 18 ACCESS Magazine / November 2020

partner, Whitney and Julia decided to rebrand their salon and move to West Mobile to become 50/50 partners and open Salon West 54 Hundred in 2007. In fact, Salon West has rebranded their business four times since opening! “We went from a three-chair salon in a strip mall to owning two Aveda concept salons with over 13 chairs total,” they share. “Our team is still growing, and we are training new stylists everyday while working behind the chair four to five days a week.” But after much success at their first location, Whitney and Julia decided to open a second location — something they said was the hardest challenge they’ve faced thus far. “We started working on a second location in January of 2017 and finally opened on September 18, 2018,” Julia remembers. “We went way over budget and way over schedule. We negotiated at least three spaces before deciding on our Old Shell location. We learned so much!” But when it comes to owning a business with your best friend, Whitney and Julia say they wouldn’t

trade it for the world. “The best part about working from marriage to children and everything in with your best friend is knowing we always have between. Whitney is married to husband Barry and backup, support, and a friend to hold our hand has three daughters: Rose (14), Amelia (11), and through anything. I would have never (and could Kate (7), and Julia is married to Jeff, with whom have never) done any of this alone,” Whitney she shares one daughter: Lily (12). “Our families shares. The two like to keep work fun, often making are very close,” Julia says. “Whitney’s daughter TikToks, prank calling their co-workers at their Amelia and my daughter are best friends. We have other salon location, and sending been together through our weddings each other funny Snaps. “Work and children’s births. Amelia is doesn’t feel like work when you’re “Work doesn’t feel my goddaughter and Lily Anne working with your best friend,” like work when is Whitney’s goddaughter. Our Julia says. husbands disagree on football, but Whitney and Julia have seen a you’re working with that is about it,” says Julia. tremendous amount of success your best friend.” Whitney and Julia are so thankful over the last 16 years in business for their friendship and say they together. Opening a second location couldn’t imagine life without one and winning countless awards is - Julia Liller another. “There is a certain loyalty a testament to this, and the pair to a person that is established when agree they couldn’t do it without you have maintained a loving and one another. “Julia inspires us all to think outside caring relationship that has lasted as long as ours the box and to always put each other’s needs first,” has,” Julia says. “Relationships take work. I know Whitney says of her friend. “She has a motherly, that I can always count on Whitney through the nurturing quality, but I am most proud of her good times and bad. She will always have my back. training ability. She is very structured in the way We are each other’s chosen family,” Julia shares. she works and teaches. She is a natural born leader.” “Julia is such a big part of my history and my life,” As for Whitney, Julia says: “It’s her eye for design Whitney adds. “I can’t imagine my life without my and her artistic abilities — she constantly pushes ‘left brain.’ I rely on her so much! I’m completely me to try new things. She makes me a better stylist, codependent on her.” Here’s to 20 more years of partner, and person.” friendship and success ladies! Cheers! Having been friends for 20 years, the two have naturally experienced all of life’s moments together,

SALON WEST 54 HUNDRED 5400 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile, AL 251.662.8370

SALON WEST HAIRDRESSERS 1751 Old Shell Rd. Mobile, AL 251.378.8665


Noell Broughton and Bobby Kilpatrick’s friendship is one for the ages. Having withstood 20 plus years of ups and downs and everything in between, they prove deep connections aren’t limited to us girls and how instrumental they can be in business. Let’s hear it for the boys! By Hayley Hill Photos Stevye Photography


hen thinking about best friends, most think of women. We’ve got the celebratory mugs, hashtags, and more to honor those we cherish most. But for men, these public confessions of love are rare. And considering Noell and Bobby’s differing personalities, this brotherhood is quite unique. Rewinding two decades, these besties (already legends in their own minds) met at the now closed yet famous drinking hole, Judge Roy Beans. Their early years were spent as wild boys and roommates along the Eastern Shore cutting their teeth in the bar and restaurant industry. Comparing their years together as a novel of adventures, the pair say an early chapter was even made into a movie called “Limo Ride.” This hilarious documentary is about their craziest night out and never could have predicted where this friendship would lead. Fast forward to today and Noell sets the gold standard as a local entrepreneur. Not only does he own and operate no fewer than five hit bars and restaurants around the Bay, but he’s our very own local Norm, meaning music; it was the place to be,” Noell recalls. literally everyone knows this Mobilian’s “Bobby wanted in, so we gave him a try, name. Giving everyone equal attention and eventually we got rid of everyone but from his Lucky Irish Pub in Saraland to Bobby,” Noell laughs. “I wanted in so bad The Bone and Barrel in Fairhope, this busy I brought in lunch for the unassuming business wiz is crew and literally the rest definitely a people person “I started on the line, is history,” Bobby adds. “I and always up for fun. started on the line, worked And then there’s Bobby. worked my way up, my way up, and never With no formal training, and never looked looked back,” Bobby says. Bobby’s genius in the Between what he learned kitchen is not only self- back.” as a teen at Ben’s BBQ, 14 taught, but revered. From South, and what his sweet bar bites to just-like-your- Bobby Kilpatrick mother (an avid cook) mamma-made-it comfort taught him, food came easy food, Bobby not only has to Bobby, ultimately leading him to run his the key to our hearts, but the key to our own restaurant. A small spot in need of a stomachs as well (Case in point: Who else rescue became available, and Bobby took thought of carb free fancy nacho’s for keto the helm of My Place, turning it around just die-hards?). when the building owner decided to revoke After bonding at the Bean, Noell opened his his lease. What’s a restaurateur to do? first establishment, 14 South, in Fairhope. Naturally Bobby saddled up to Noell. “We offered high-end food and had live

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Noell Broughton and Bobby Kilpatrick “Interestingly, our Bone and Barrel location used to be called The Pub, and Bobby and I would go there after work to talk about creating a new place together,” Noell shares. “During those talks, I sat there dreaming up plans for what I’d do if it were mine,” Bobby adds. Eventually, The Pub closed and the space that is now The Bone and Barrel became available. Bobby describes how badly he wanted the space and how he’d already started planning their first adventure when someone put in a higher bid. “My wife told me everything happens for a reason, but I was devastated,” Bobby shares. “From there, Noell and I opened Plow in Fairhope in 2013, but I never quite got over losing The Pub space.” As luck would have it, once Plow was successfully launched, the space again became available in 2015. “As usual, my wife is always right!” Bobby jokes. Now with a thriving business at The Bone


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and Barrel, the sober, married-with-two-kids Bobby and *finally* married Noell admit their duo is better than ever. “We’ve had our hurdles and even a few fights, but I love Bobby like a brother and he’s an incredible business partner,” Noell shares. “We each have our strengths. I’ve called him ‘Martha Stewart’ for a long time, because everything you see is all him. The Bone just passed five years and the look and menu are always changing. It’s incredible to look at what he’s done,” Noell boasts. With mutual admiration, Bobby adds: “‘Like’ and ‘respect’ look a lot alike, but they’re as different as night and day. There’s people I love but don’t really respect, and then there’s people I respect that I don’t really like. When it comes to Noell, I don’t know which I have more of; I just know I’ve got a whole bunch of both. I love him like a brother, and respect him enough to follow him to Hell,” Bobby says. Coming full circle, the partners decided to open another establishment after Noell stumbled upon a Christmas-themed bar on a trip to Nashville. He “We’ve had our excitedly shared hurdles and even the concept with a few fights, but I Bobby, and though both obsessed, they love Bobby like a decided to sit on it brother and he’s an until an opportunity incredible business arose. With The Bone thriving due partner.” to a strong local following that loves - Noell Broughton weekend nights listening to live music, sipping cool cocktails, and enjoying Bobby’s upscale bar bites on the patio, their base was outgrowing their space, so to speak. Luckily, the location just behind The Bone became available. An ah-ha moment, they were off and running and the Little Whiskey Christmas Club (LWCC) was born in 2018. Filled with Bobby’s finds from yard sales and thrift shops, the LWCC is every bit as warm and nostalgic as grandma’s holiday house. The difference? Nonstop karaoke with Santa all year long. As the creative yin to Noell’s business yang, Bobby says: “Noell is a master at business and numbers; he doesn’t make mistakes. As the creative type, I have no problem being second fiddle even though we’re partners,” Bobby shares. Given the challenges the industry faced in 2020, the two easily admit they know they couldn’t have made it without each other. “When Covid-19 hit, all of the sudden our business was closed indefinitely,” Noell says. “I immediately jumped on getting the PPP funds allotted for small businesses. This year has taught me the value of being legitimate. We don’t pay people under the table, so we were able to get ample coverage and keep our employees,” Noell shares. A grateful Bobby adds: “Covid impacted my whole family. Several of us caught the virus and my wife worked countless hours in emergency response for the state, only to have a car accident just before Sally. This has been rough, but Noell has had my back the entire time. This year has made us stronger than ever,” Bobby says. With a top-notch staff that adores them, two super successful businesses, and more on the horizon, it seems mixing business with friendship isn’t always a recipe for disaster after all.

THE BONE AND BARREL 311 Fairhope Ave. Fairhope, AL 251.990.0782

LWCC 14 North Church St. Fairhope, AL 251.270.7194




Life is sweet, especially for these two best friends who just so happen to own one of Mobile’s favorite bakeries/sweets shops: ellenJAY. Friends for 12 years, Lauren Kapeluck and Jennifer Conrad love baking, doing life together, and sharing their love of sweets with the world. By Caroline Edmondson // Photos Stevye Photography


auren and Jennifer were avid runners jokes. “Lauren is fast! I helped her with fundraising long before they became bakers and and she helped me get faster. We quickly became business partners — a fact which brought friends as we ran all those miles together.” them together some 12 years ago. In 2008 It was also Lauren who originally brought the idea they both were training for of starting a bakery to the table. After the Nike Women’s Marathon taking a cake decorating class through which took place in San “Lauren is fast! I helped Wilton at Hobby Lobby she was hooked, Francisco that year. Both her with fundraising diving headfirst into the world of baking women had signed up to train and decorating. It wasn’t long until she and she helped me with a group called “Team in launched a blog and began developing Training” to raise money for get faster. We quickly recipes. “While running miles and miles the Leukemia & Lymphoma became friends as we together training for marathons, Lauren Society. Since this was ran all those and I talked about how we would love Jennifer’s second marathon, miles together.” to start a baking business together,” she was recruited to serve as Jennifer recalls. “We weren’t really sure a mentor for new participants how that business would take form, but - Jennifer Conrad (cue Lauren!). “It was my job one day, we looked at each other and to help her train and reach said, ‘Let’s do this for real.’ We joined her fundraising goal,” Jennifer explains. “I quickly forces and then spent about a year and a half baking learned Lauren was a former track runner and didn’t from Lauren’s house while we planned to launch need much help in the running department,” she ellenJAY,” Jennifer says.

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Having learned everything she knows from cookbooks, blogs, and YouTube, Lauren stands as a self-taught pastry chef and is the creative force behind the cookies and cakes ellenJAY produces. Jennifer, on the other hand, jokes that she’s way more comfortable with a laptop than an oven with her Master’s in Economics. “When we teamed up, the first thing I did was make spreadsheets to figure out the breakeven point for Lauren’s most popular recipes,” Jennifer recalls. “Over the years, we learned it is VERY common for bakers to undercharge for their services. I hoped my educational background would help us avoid that pitfall.” Since opening in 2014, ellenJAY has had a tremendous amount of success, growing exponentially over the six years they’ve been in business, but both owners agree it has been a learning process. “We definitely did not have a manual for how to run a bakery, hire employees, or source supplies, and we’re still learning how to do things new and differently each day,” Lauren shares. “Constantly

trying to improve and maximize our workflow and your best friend is truly the icing on the cake… or efficiency is a daily challenge,” she says. “When we sugar cookie! “Working with my best friend means opened our bakery, we did a lot of custom work,” Mondays are actually fun,” Jennifer says. “Rather Jennifer adds. “After staying up one too many late than dreading Monday, I get to see my dear friend nights working on custom orders, we decided there and ask how her weekend was. Lauren and I have an had to be a better way! We realized that developing easy friendship even with the pressures of running a menu of our top-selling items a business together.” In fact, Lauren was the perfect way for us to says running ellenJAY has brought the serve our growing customer base, “We’re both totally two even closer. “We’re both totally gain efficiency, and build a true obsessed with obsessed with growing ellenJAY to brand of our own.” These days, ‘her’ full potential,” Lauren says. growing ellenJAY to ellenJAY boasts an amazing When they aren’t working, Lauren team of eight to 10 employees ‘her’ full potential.” and Jennifer love getting their kids — a team both owners say they together, often escaping as a big couldn’t function without. group to the beach. Lauren is married Over the years, ellenJAY has to Randolph and have two children: had some pretty amazing - Lauren Kapeluck Sam (8) and Lily (5), while Jennifer moments, but perhaps their is married to Geoff with two children: most memorable involves a Gavin (13) and Cora (8). Both families man named Jimmy Kimmel. “We knew that Jimmy are extremely close, and Lauren and Jennifer were Kimmel loved sharing Mobile's pride and joy: the even pregnant with Sam and Cora at the same time! Crichton Leprechaun news story,” Jennifer laughs. “Our kids have grown up like siblings,” Jennifer “Naturally, we figured Jimmy needed his very own says. “Our families have supported us endlessly box of ellenJAY Crichton Leprechaun cookies! while we follow this dream of making ellenJAY a Lauren googled the address to his studio, wrote a national bakery brand. They truly are our biggest little note saying, ‘Where Da Gold At, Jimmy?’ and cheerleaders and sweetest taste-testers, for sure.” shipped our cookies off to Hollywood with fingers Lauren and Jennifer work seamlessly as a team crossed they would actually get to Jimmy,” Jennifer because their friendship always comes first, and recalls. “Imagine our complete and utter shock each woman brings her own strength to the business. when Jimmy pulled an ellenJAY sugar cookie out of “Lauren is awesome at all the things I’m not great his pocket during his monologue, thanked ellenJAY, at, so I would be lost without her,” Jennifer insists. and told us they were ‘magically delicious!’ It was “She is the queen of productivity and spreadsheets. incredible!” Another proud accomplishment was She keeps me focused.” Lauren is equally thankful the day Williams-Sonoma said they wanted to for her friend. “Jennifer loves to do all the tedious carry ellenJAY’s cookies on their website. Having tasks like creating our Canva graphics (this was her worked tirelessly for more than a year to make the newly discovered passion during COVID),” Lauren deal a reality, Lauren and Jennifer were thrilled to says. “She’s also great at coming up with catchy or finally sign that contract. silly copy for social media posts, whereas I dread Overall, Lauren and Jennifer say working with coming up with captions!” The two are grateful

for their success since opening and are thrilled to have walked through this adventure together. But as sweet as their friendship is, as they say at ellenJAY: “Nothin’s Gooder than Sugar!”

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What’s the best part about having a sister? Why, you get a built-in best friend, of course! Having just recently ventured into business together, sisters Jennifer Breedlove Gillis and Jessica Breedlove Bonner are ready to take on the world of beautiful hair together. By Caroline Edmondson // Photos Stevye Photography Makeup Courtney Matthews Makeup Artistry,


orn and raised in New Orleans, La., sisters Nobody else in the world will ever be your sister.’ Jennifer Breedlove Gillis and Jessica I can always count on my sister to tell me the truth Breedlove Bonner recall their youth as no matter what and support me in everything I do.” one grand adventure. With nearly three Growing up, the two sisters have shared countless years separating the two, the memories — most all of them Breedlove sisters naturally involving dance. From dance had your typical dose of recitals, performances, and their sibling rivalry growing up “My weakness is her dance teams at Jesuit High School, but say it has contributed to strength and vice versa, Jennifer and Jessica seemed to have their deep friendship today. so the energy we create always shared the same interests, “We really have cultivated a including hair. Jennifer entered beautiful sisterhood that we is like magic.” the beauty industry in 1995, with cherish so much,” says older Jessica following suit in 1999. sister Jennifer. “We spend After much success independently, more time together now than Jessica moved to Fairhope and in we do apart!” The two can - Jennifer Breedlove Gillis 2016 Colorévous Salon Co. was always count on one another born. “It still is and will always be and rely on one another as a a journey,” Jessica shares. “I started constant rock. “We can say anything to each other completely on my own with zero employees, a — good, bad or ugly,” says Jessica. “Our dad always handful of clients, and a supportive family to help said, ‘Y’all are sisters. Period. You will figure it out. me,” she recalls. “I’ve been very blessed to have

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grown so quickly, but it definitely has its challenges.” With the rise of COVID, Jessica saw the perfect opportunity for her sister to join her team and made her an offer Jennifer couldn’t refuse. “The stars truly aligned to make this happen,” Jessica says. “I’ve been successful on my own, but with the addition of my sister from an artistic, business, and creative perspective, the sky is the limit. I know everyone who sits in her chair will be happy. She is a day-maker and oh-so-talented!” In the short few months the sisters have been working together, Jennifer and Jessica have had a blast. “My weakness is her strength and vice versa, so the energy we create is like magic,” Jennifer says. And though the two share countless laughs, they are both natural born hustlers (and wouldn’t be as successful as they are if they weren’t). “Being able to obtain Kérastase as a salon owner within 18 months (my goal was three years), and then Shu Uemura was a huge accomplishment,” Jessica beams. “We are the only salon company in Alabama

“The stars truly aligned to make this happen.” - Jessica Breedlove Bonner

to carry the Shu Uemura brand and Jennifer is part of the artistic team. That’s a big deal to me!” Just like most siblings, the two joke that no one gets on their nerves as much as the other. “But thankfully recovery is quick and that’s a beautiful thing,” Jessica says. After all, life without the other would be boring. “I don’t even want to think about what life would be like without Jessica. Our relationship is so special to me,” Jennifer says. Best of luck in your new adventure, ladies!

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The holiday season is upon us again (though it is sure to look a little different this year), which is all the more reason to spread a little extra holiday cheer to your friends and loved ones as we round out 2020. With the help of some amazing local shops, artists, and boutiques, we’ve compiled the perfect list of holiday goodies, gifts, and stocking stuffers perfect for everyone on your list — just call us “Santa’s Little Helpers.” Photos By Stevye Photography

Tumblers $35; Monogram Engraving $25; Soiree Signatures, 251.209.3265

Santa With a Mask Ornament $22; The Holiday, 251.342.4911

Haute Shore wallets $25 each; Shoe Gallery, 251.344.4257

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Commemorate this crazy year with these fun 2020 ornaments. Santa says, “Wear a mask!”

On Sneakers $130; 7 South, 251.270.7298

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This colorful book highlights self-taught pop artist Ashley Longshore’s life story and showcases her vibrant pop art. The perfect coffee table book!

Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy Eau De Parfum $120; Lush, 251.473.6121

Ashley Longshore Book $50; Living Well, 251.929.3255

Who doesn’t love a matching PJ set? These are silky smooth and ultra comfortable, perfect for the ultimate night in.

L Space PJ Set $128; Slippers $58; Rise, 251.341.7096

Sam Edelman Slides - Snake $150; Saddle $130; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

Fairhope Longtitude & Latitude towels $14.95 each; Objects, 251.929.3279

Landscape III, 12” X 12” Oil on paper in acrylic frame $350; B’Beth Weldon,

Custom art makes the perfect gift! Bay Area painter B'Beth Weldon is revered for capturing moments, landscapes, and sport art.

Perfect for those that just moved here or want to take a little reminder of home wherever they go.

Antica Farma Cista Hand & Body Wash in Iron Wood $25.99; Body Moisturizer $25.99; The Happy Olive, 251.929.0711

Kiki Slide Slippers $98; The Holiday, 251.342.4911

Son of Bitch Anti Chafe $19.99; BitchStix Lip Balm $9.99; The Happy Olive, 251.929.0711

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Ethical and effective, these lip and body balms are perfect for those that love good skincare. Better yet, BITCHSTIX donates to retailer-nominated nonprofit organizations that support domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors.

Bloomingville Serving Board Set $54; Lush, 251.473.6121

Eyewear Suncovers $115 each; JJ Eyes Optical Boutique, 251.929.0015

Mens Chealsea Boot $225; 7 South, 251.270.7298

For the stylish man in your life!

The best ways to serve holiday dips or a convenient base for that charcuterie board you’ve been dying to make.

Isle Snake Belt $99; Logo & Pearl Headband $42; Rise, 251.341.7096

Riddle Little Riddles Box Set $98; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

Krewe Laveu Nylon $295; Dita Midnight Special $625; JJ Eyes Optical Boutique, 251. 929.0015

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For her!

W. Kleinberg Ostrich Wallet $340; Fivefold Leather Wallet $195; W. Kleinberg Belt $165; CK Collection Men's, 251.928.4824

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Consuela Goldie Slim Train Case $145; 5 Gold Monkeys, 251.344.4051

Mini Bag Key Chain $22; Rise, 251.341.7096

How cute are these mini duffles meant for your keys? Store all that extra change or slip in your AirPods for “totes� adorable mini storage.

Bang Beaded Clutch $97; Hemline, 251.287.6875

Add a pop of color to any outfit with this bright clutch! UGG Slippers $100; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

Stoney Clover LN customizable pouches $140 each; The Mix, 251.298.9137

These Stoney Clover Lane bags are completely customizable! Spell out your name, initials, or a fun saying for the ultimate travel accessory.

UGG slippers have been a popular gift for years, but check out this new style featuring a supportive ankle strap and available in a wide range of fun colors!

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Mohair Knit Pom Hat $30; Living Well, 251.929.3255 J Slides NYC $179; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

These luxury soy candles evoke familiar smells of our beloved home, transporting us to the Bay Area whenever (and wherever) they’re lit.

Initial Throw Blanket $30; Objects, 251.929.3279

Mercury Glass Ornament Garland $37; Coastal Candles Small $9.75, Medium $12, Large $24; Lush, 251.473.6121

Tooth Pillows $19.99 each; Gigi & Jays, 251.928.2011

The perfect gift for new or expecting mothers for baby’s first lost tooth.

Lyla & Hays Jack Deer in the Woods Henley Pj Set $49.99; Gigi & Jays, 251.928.2011

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You can never go wrong with festive pajamas!







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Never fumble again with these pop up card function wallets. Made from European cowhide and produced in Holland, their quality is impeccable and will last a lifetime.

Reflections I, 27.5” X 18.5” framed oil on canvas $1,800; B’Beth Weldon,

Scarves $36 each; Stephanie's Downtown, 251.270.7001

Set of four Culver Company 22k gold Ebony Baroque Highballs (signed c. 1960) $100; La-La Land Modern Vintage, 251.554.2312

Hello gorgeous barware! LA-LA Land Boutique specializes in all things vintage and Mid-Century, and these glasses are the perfect representation of that. They will make a fantastic addition to your bar cart!

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Felt Ball Garland $48; Green Tea Towels $20; Holiday Saying Plate $4; Lush, 251.473.6121

Petite Market Bag $48; Willow + Gray, 251.316.6102

BruMate Wine Canteen $29.99; Brumate Hopsulator Slim $24.99; 7 South, 251.270.7298

Transport your favorite beverage in style! Fits skinny cans!

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Dubarry Thompson Navy Sweater $149; Barbour Green Boot $100; Johnnie O Loafer $149; CK Collection Men's, 251.928.4824

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Fry Basket $14; White Bowl $8.50; Small Serving Utensils $8.50; Spreaders $12; Salad Plates $14; Linens $34; Willow + Gray, 251.316.6102

Fairhope’s newest home décor store, Willow + Gray, has the perfect inventory for any interior design lover. This stunning store proudly boasts a wide range of prices so there’s something for every budget.

Twenty-two unexpected and compelling objects weave together over 300 years of Mobile history, from the pre-Colonial era to the twenty-first century port. With contributions from Mobile’s leading historians, professors, and museum curators, you are sure to discover both new and familiar stories in this landmark exhibition. On display now at the History Museum of Mobile.

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Have a lipstick lover in your life? Look no further than this sachet and tea towel.

Kiss White Cotton Hand Towel $25; Sachet $35; 5 Gold Monkeys, 251.344.4051

Jon Hart Monogramed Pod Pouch $15 each; Objects, 251.929.3279

Morocan Tea Glasses $39.50; Living Well, 251.929.3255

High Top Sneakers by Dolce Vita - Snake $145; Copper Metallic $135; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

Champagne & Rose Earrings $20 each; Cheers Beaded Pouch $55; Hemline, 251.287.6875


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P448 High Top Sneaker $325; P448 Platform Sneaker $298; 7 South, 251.270.7298

Bond No. 9 $390; CK Collection, 251.990.9001

Here is the perfect gift for those on your list who wish to explore a wide range of Bond No. 9’s mesmerizing aux de parfums.

Alixx Balloon Candle - Small $47, Medium $68; Willow + Gray, 251.316.6102

Corkcicle Navy Croc Eola Bucket Bag $200; 5 Gold Monkeys, 251.344.4051

The most stylish cooler we’ve ever seen — capable of holding 12 cans (or eight cans and two wine bottles).

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Whisk $15; Measuring Spoons $16; Cake Server $10; Set of three tea towels $20; Willow + Gray, 251.316.6102

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Drift away in a relaxing bath with Lollia’s moisture-rich bubble bath. Formulated with olive fruit and avocado oils, this dreamy fragrance combination of linden, white tea, bergamot, and honeysuckle will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

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Rebecca Minkoff Darren Zip Phone Cross Body $148; J Slides NYC High Top $199; Kate Spade Black Boot $198; Shoe Gallery, 251.344.4257

Prosecco Pong $20; The Mix, 251.298.9137

Class up your next drinking game with Prosecco Pong. THE MIX has some of the most unique and fun gifts for the woman in your life.

CBD Bath Bomb $20 each; Simply CBD, 251.586.8890

Designer Necklace $290; Stephanie's Downtown, 251.270.7001

Dog Mom t-shirt, $79; Rise, 251.341.7096

Infused with CBD and essential oils, these bath bombs are the perfect gift for those that like to unwind with a good soak.

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Squishable Comfort Food Avocado $42; Big City Toys, 251.308.8997

Introduce your child to a new instrument by gifting them this ukulele made from real wood!

So soft and squishy! Schylling Hawaiian Ukulele $32; Big City Toys, 251.308.8997

Animal Alphabet Puzzle $9.99; Candy Match Game $11.99; Bus Puzzle $8.99; Gigi & Jays, 251.928.2011

Mini Boom Box $52; Big City Toys, 251.308.8997

Blast from the past! This boom box is sure to make an impression on your music-loving children.

Sophisticated, modern interiors. Luxury amenities. Unparalleled service. 1, 2, AND 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT HOME OPTIONS GRANITE COUNTERTOPS STAINLESS APPLIANCES SCREENED-IN PATIOS Our resident clubhouse is perfect for playing billiards or kicking back and relaxing with family and friends. Looking to cook out? Take advantage of our two outdoor kitchens with built-in grills. You can enjoy the outdoors with a walk around our community pond, relax by our resort-style, zero-entry pool, or spend the evening next to our wood burning fire pit. Belforest Villas is not just a place to live; it’s a lifestyle to enjoy.

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Smooth fine lines and wrinkles Reduce wrinkles, frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet with skin care from Dr. Kimberly Donnellan and the Ascension Medical Group Providence Skin and Laser Specialists team. Visit us now through November for these special offers:

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with purchase of a Sensi Peel® Appointments available now. Call 251-250-1183 to schedule or to learn about product promotions and rebates. Offices in West Mobile and Fairhope © Ascension 2020. All rights reserved. Ascension and its logos are registered trademarks of Ascension. All third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Be sure to visit Big City Toys and feel like a kid again as you knock out your list at Mobile's favorite toy store!

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Col Pabst Worcestershire Sauce $16.99; The Happy Olive, 251.929.0711

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This company of all-natural small batch hot sauces was inspired by the founder’s close friend, a General in the military, who loves cooking up wings for his friends and family. Borrowing tactics from the bourbon and wine industries, these hot sauces are made from only the best ingredients and are sure to add some flavor to any dish.

The General’s Hot Sauce - Grunt Green, Danger Close, Shock & Awe $12.99 each; The Happy Olive, 251.929.0711

Nest Pura Smart Diffuser $85; Living Well, 251.929.3255

Varnet Sunsglasses $320; Tom Ford Sunglasses $430; JJ Eyes Optical Boutique, 251.929.0015

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For him!

Bird Dog Bay bow tie $45.99; Bird Dog Bay necktie $64.99; Belts by Preston $29.99 each; Gigi & Jays, 251.928.2011

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Camo Swirl Liquor Canteen by Brumate $25; 7 South, 251.270.7298

These liquor canteens modeled after WWII gasoline cans are perfect for toting your favorite spirit wherever you go. Sleek and crafted with a proprietary coating, this flask doesn’t leave a metallic taste in your mouth like other stainless steel flasks on the market.

Red Beard's Coffee $10.95 each; Red Beard's, 251.217.7466

Janessa Leone Hat $257; Debra’s, 251.343.7463

Haute Shore Tote $97; Lucca, 251.224.4370

A hot ticket item for this holiday season, these Haute Shore bags are made from durable neoprene, making them easy to clean and super functional.

Carrying gently used luxury designer items, Hertha’s Consignment is your one-stop-shop for the fashionista in your life.

Chanel Earrings $349; Hermes Scarf $299.98; Hertha’s, 251.517.1197

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With a tongue sharper than his scissors, hair guru Phrankey Lowery tells us about his adventures in hair, making it in Mobile, and entrepreneurship. And, yes, that’s Frankie with a Ph! By Hayley Hill Photos Stevye Photography, 228.547.1191 Makeup Courtney Matthews Makeup Artistry, Hair Phrankey Lowery, Studio PH, 251.291.4955


f there’s one thing that tops most Southern women’s lists, it’s hair. This love/hate relationship for many starts with the “Keep that big bow on, little missy!” battle in childhood and blooms into a lifelong fight against hometown humidity that requires nothing short of Wonder Woman tenacity and grit to subdue. With famous Southern phrases like, “The higher the hair, the closer to God,” and that classic movie set in that unforgettable salon (you know the one), Phrankey Lowery gets it. With a wicked sense of humor, heaps of talent, and a passion for luscious locks, Phrankey has reason to celebrate. Having opened Studio PH in 2013 (and now seven years in), he jokes his main role is “head janitor” — but we know better. Starting and running a business even in the best of times isn’t easy, and while experience and knowledge are important, it takes so much more. In short, passion fuels success, and Phrankey has that in spades. With a vast knowledge and always on top the newest treatments, trends, and styles, Phrankey tends to the tresses of some of the Bay’s most influential women, from young debutantes to distinguished leaders. Similar to a national stylist reaching celebrity status, Phrankey certainly has a local fan base and follow“I want every person ing (Note the three beautiful clients that jumped to in my chair to love participate in this photowhat I do, and I take shoot to honor his accomthe time to teach plishment). When asked what makes Studio PH them to recreate it stand out, he shares: “Even at home. The salon though we are a high-end is successful because salon, we don't give that vibe. Clients see we love we all believe in one another and have fun education and working together and that overflows to the clients. learn everything We’re like one big happy we possibly can.” family.” When asked about turning his childhood fascination - Phrankey Lowery with the hair world into a business, Phrankey bluntly states that he’s always known this was what he was meant to do. “Getting up and running was crazy,” he shares. “Once my former salon found out I was opening my own place, I was told to be out by the end of the month. I had just 24 days to open my new salon. I had workers at the salon around the clock while I worked 10-12 hours behind the chair followed by countless hours of work at my new salon,” he says. “None of this would have 60 ACCESS Magazine / November 2020




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been possible without my mom (who sadly passed away recently), my husband, the dear friends who spent those long nights helping make my dreams a reality, and, of course, the entire team that is with me. Without each of them, there would be no Studio PH.” Packing his salon with in-demand stylists and top-notch hair products such as Oribe R+CO Bleu, his faithful clients followed him. “Honestly, I was so lucky most of my clients have been with me since the beginning,” Phrankey admits. “Within two years of starting my career, I had a full book of clients and appointments.” Proud, happy, and “Honestly, I was so thankful for every person lucky most of my who believed in him, Phrankey jokes his snappy clients have been attitude is what lies behind with me since the his success, but knows it’s beginning.” truly the care he puts into each client that keeps them coming back. “For me, it’s - Phrankey Lowery personal,” he shares. “I want every person in my chair to love what I do, and I take the time to teach them to recreate it at home. The salon is successful because we all believe in education and learn everything we possibly can,” he says. Listing the pandemic as one of the toughest hurdles, Phrankey acknowledges just how insane 2020 has been. “It taught me that my mom was always right when she said, ‘Make sure you save for a rainy day,’” he shares. “I also had to learn to modify and adjust quickly. For example, we offered front door pick up color kits and products during lockdown and ended up shipping them to clients all over the U.S.” As for all he’s accomplished, Phrankey says his greatest achievements have been making it seven years in business and not killing anyone (there’s that snark again); winning the first Nappie for Best Stylist; and not having any debt. How will he celebrate? We’re guessing that with one of his legendary trips to Vegas, this self-proclaimed “fashionista” will be sure to secure a few well-deserved goodies in the form of Christian Louboutin sneakers, Prada everything… you get the picture. After all, he is absolutely Ph-abulous.

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H E R E ’ S TO 2 0 Y E A R S Sarah Clark (owner of Bay Gourmet Catering, Crown Hall, and The Crooked Crown) says she’s always felt the pull of great food and entertaining, having turned her love into a livelihood two decades ago. And though 2020 has been a wild one, Sarah is ecstatic to be celebrating her 20th year in the business — an accomplishment she’s worked hard to achieve.


hough originally from Holland, Mich., caterer-extraordinaire Sarah Clark has called the Bay Area home since she was 10 years old. Though she is steadfast in the culinary and event world now, Sarah admits the road has been a winding one. Sarah graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in criminology and a minor in psychology before returning home to Mobile and going to work for a law firm doing trial prep. “I didn’t fully enjoy that job,” Sarah admits. “I just knew it wasn’t my calling. Both of my parents were in the bar, hotel, and restaurant business when I was young, and my grandparents on both sides cooked from scratch, canned, farmed, pickled, and did most of the things we call ‘farm to table’ now. I was spoiled with fantastic food and methods from a young age and just didn’t realize it,” Sarah recalls. “I really attribute my upbringing to my connection to food.” Her grandmother made pasta from scratch and Sarah could see the love and attention she brought to it. “I knew she was doing it for me, and that always made me feel special,” Sarah says. “The grandparents made the best homemade bread and butter pickles you have ever had — I can still taste them. Food is special, tied

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to memories and moments, and that is what brought me to catering.” After realizing her true calling in life and succumbing to the pull of the culinary world, Sarah opened Bay Gourmet Catering in November of 2001 and hasn’t looked back, bringing the joys of delicious food to thousands of Bay Area residents for the last 20 years. “Smells evoke emotions and the job satisfaction of cooking for a special dinner or wedding and seeing that happiness factor is more than I ever experienced at any other job,” she says. When it comes to work, Sarah strives for stress-free entertaining, saying,” Your food can be fabulous, but if you can’t organize, coordinate, and work well with other vendors and clients, you won’t be a true success.” She lives by the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”), thus leading her to some of the most unparalleled connections with her clients. But the key to her success? “You have to be fluid — be able to morph and change and adapt,” Sarah says. “If you can move like water and chart another course, you will survive. I believe we have been successful because we have been willing to see changes and adapt to those changes to keep the business going,” Sarah shares. And adapt she has, taking the leap into the entertainment and event space world by opening Crown Hall (and its adjoining bar area, The Crooked Crown, perfect for smaller events) in June of 2019. “It just naturally worked with the catering to offer a space, bar, and everything as a ‘one-stop shop,’” Sarah says. “I feel very proud of my staff and everyone who has worked at Bay Gourmet over the years that led us to this point. An event location felt like the next logical step to growing.” Crown Hall, which consists of three different room sizes, is perfect for any occasion and the perfect mixture of old and new thanks to their fantastic decorator, Lorna Huey, and Taylor Atchison and his crew. From business events and private parties to birthdays and weddings, just bring in your décor, photographer, and cake and Crown Hall will provide the rest! “We have the alcohol and food handled here, a beautiful location that flows well, and a fantastic staff to execute any type of function you can think of,” Sarah boasts. After 20 years in the business, Sarah has been through recessions, hurricanes, and other tough times, but says nothing was as hard as dealing with COVID’s effects. “As a business owner you prepare and insure yourself for everything you can think might come your way, but this was the biggest hit ever,” Sarah admits. “There was no way to prepare.” Thankfully, Crown Hall and Bay Gourmet Catering haven’t had to close since the start of COVID, but Sarah says most brides have rescheduled for this fall and next year. “Of course, we have instituted all the health department guidelines, and we are still not allowing guests to serve themselves,” Sarah shares. “We also bought sanitizing misters and UV lights that kill bacteria and viruses. We just hope

Sarah Clark, Owner this all ends soon and we can get back to some normalcy, like everyone else,” she shares. Despite such a crazy year, we are so thrilled for Sarah and the rest of her crew on such an amazing accomplishment, and hope for 20 more years of success!

Bay Gourmet Catering & Crown Hall 853 Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 251.450.9051


TABLE TALK With the holidays staring at us with the high beams on, influencer Charlotte Kilborn Carey declares no matter what’s happening around us, nothing should take away the joy and excitement of this festive time of year. And for her, it all starts with that perfect host gift.


redicting we’ll all be invited somewhere festive soon, I’ve scoured a few local shops for some of my top host gifts, including some I’d love to get myself — hint, hint! After all, as proper Southerners (and even Southern transplants), we wouldn’t be caught dead showing up empty handed. Fairhope newcomer Willow + Gray has a great selection to help check off some of the gift boxes. I love the idea of bringing this charcuterie board how-to book, “Beautiful Boards,” and pairing it with a gorgeous wooden serving board. If your host is a culinary aficionado, my friend Gabor recently recommended “My Paris Kitchen” by David Lebovitz and says it’s a must. I’m sure Page & Palette would be happy to order it for you. A candle also always makes a great gift, and Fairhope’s Wildflowers has my new favorite! The Lux three-wick dough bowl candle comes in a sumptuous fragrance, and once burned, serves as a great vessel to serve olives, crackers, or whatever you like. Popular home store Living Well is also stocking up on last year’s sellout favorite, Toffee to Go. An added bonus: It’s beautifully packaged and ready to gift. While there, pick up Leeanne Delaney cheese straws, but be forewarned: only crumbs may be left by the time you get home. Further along the Bay, Point Clear’s Garage Studio has an amaryllis bulb sure to wow. In eight weeks (and with zero maintenance) it produces a gorgeous red bloom. As Ina Garten says, “How easy is that?” If bringing a dish, invest in one of the shop’s golden modular serving trays. Owner Amanda Bacon says it’s a fresh take on a charcuterie board and you’ll use it time and time again. My absolute favorite gift to give (and receive) is a simple, elegant orchid. Wildflowers and Southern Veranda have beautiful options on the Eastern Shore, and LUSH in Mobile has a fabulous floral shop with some modern options. You can’t fail with a Phalaenopsis! Excited about the holiday season, I relish having something to look forward to! Happy gifting, and I’ll be seeing you on the Pink Carpet. XO



Think you understand insurance? Well, meet our local insurance guru: Laurel Flowers. No one better understands the importance of having an agent you can trust. Committed to being truthful while educating her clients, she shares the most common (and costly) misconceptions. The main question is, are you really covered?

Dear Friends, Insurance talk often leaves people sorry they asked. However, after this year, many are living with the regret of not understanding their coverage. Committed to client understanding, let’s decode deductibles. For starters, what do they really mean, and what do they really cover? A deductible is the amount you pay before your insurance takes over the rest. Most homeowner’s policies have two deductibles. The first is called your AOP deductible, which stands for “All Other Perils” (in other words, everything that doesn’t fall under the other guy). This one is traditionally the lower costing option and the one you’d rather pay. This deductible covers everything from home damages such as lightning, theft, and even vandalism. The second deductible varies from company to company, but this is where the policy name is extremely important, as you will either see a Wind/Hail deductible, Named Storm deductible, or a Hurricane deductible. The name of the deductible tells you when this higher deductible is triggered. For example, if Tropical Storm Laurel hits our area and you have damage with a Wind/Hail deductible or a Named Strom deductible, your higher deductible is triggered, whereas those with a Hurricane deductible wouldn’t be subject to their higher deductible. Some companies allow you to have one single deductible no matter what happens. We offer this in certain areas. Ask your agent the cost to change to that option. When choosing your plan and deductible, consider how much you’re willing to pay out of pocket before filing a claim and decrease or increase your deductible accordingly. Remember, talk to your agent about every available option and choose one that best suits your needs. That’s what we’re here for!

Kind Regards, Laurel Flowers Laurel Flowers State Farm Agent 251.675.4736


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