VIP Pensacola - April 2022

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Volume VII • Issue IV

events 10 PACE Awards 13 The Big Gala 2022 One Snowy Night 22 American Advertising Awards Gala 24 Communti-Tee Cup 28 Mardi Gras Bowl 30 Mardi Gras Grand Parade 38 Street Chefs Unite 40 Sportsmen Givin’ Back 44 VIP Women in Leadership Party 46 Independence for the Blind 48 Fat Tuesday 52 Amazing Lash Grand Opening 56 Women’s Empowerment Lunch 58 Music & Maserati 62 Lauren Bonner Art Show 64 1st Anniversary Party 66 Dancing to a New Beginning 68 Home 2 Suites Anniversary 70 Impact 100 2022 Membership Reveal 72 Magnolias & White Linen

on the cover Luca & Courtney Henderson Photography by Kevin L Houghton at The Big Gala 2022 One Snowy Night

departments 17 20 35 50 54 60 71 74

Swizzle Green Perspectives Pensacola Dwellings Adventure Out Give Care Share Style Save the Date I Am Pensacola

features 26 Best in Pensacola Nomination Ballot 32 Business Profile Hurd Real Estate Co. People You Should Know 41 Michelle Caldwell 42 Gene Hurd 43 Jennifer Reese

VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander

Art Director Priscilla Atkins

Associate Publisher Verla Price

Graphic Designers Brian Goins Patti Hall

Publisher’s Assistant Nicole Partridge Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Kristin Moffitt Verla Price Content Creator Anna Stockton

Contributing Writers/ Photographers Steve Black Patti Hall Kevin Houghton Anna Stockton VIP Founder Jeff Watson

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letter from the Associate Publisher Sunshine on My Shoulders The John Denver song “Sunshine on My Shoulders” rings in my mind each year as the cold of winter melts away and brings us the promise of new beginnings. I feel happier as I welcome sunrise earlier in the mornings and find things to do outside in the longer evening hours. Then, planning starts for the warmer weather. I clean up the RV and look for routes that pass wineries on the way to the mountains, where I ride dual-sport motorcycles with friends, visit family in West Virginia, and just chill at campsites along the way. Some of my neighbors become gardeners and lawn care experts as they plant new flowers and bushes and start the unending battle to kill the dreadful Florida fire ants. If you are looking for some tips on beautifying your lawn, you can turn to our new feature Green Perspectives. Steve Black educates us on curb appeal in this issue. As you read this month’s features centering around homes, gardens, and real estate, you will certainly enjoy Pensacola Dwellings as we spotlighted a beautiful, local family home. I like to entertain; however, I often overbuy food and beverages, leaving me with excess to store -- so if you are like me, this month’s Swizzle will be helpful as it is fi lled with tips on stocking your home bar. We launch Best In Pensacola 2022 nominations as we spring forward into April. You will find all the categories that are up for grabs this year on page 26. Visit on April 5th and nominate your favorite business for this year’s readers’ choice awards. Nominate daily through April 24th. If you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola, please call me. Our mission at VIP Pensacola is to support as many non-profit causes as possible. Thank YOU for supporting VIP Pensacola; please be kind, courteous, and shop local.

Associate Publisher 850-502-7970

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VIP Pensacola at Blue Wahoos Stadium



Rick & Grace Byars

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


lue Wahoos Stadium held the annual Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence Awards (PACE) on March 24. These awards honor and recognize the outstanding individuals who have made contributions to the Pensacola area’s overall economic progress. The 62nd Annual PACE Awards are given out each year by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. As recipients gathered amid the backdrop of a clear sunset, attendees were ushered to their decorated tables and enjoyed plated dinners in center field under the stadium lights and the Florida stars. With categories such as Emerging Leader of the Year, Spirit of Pensacola Award, and Pioneer Award, the ballots were full of Pensacola leaders who’ve made an impact on the community. Sue Straughn & Gordon Pike


LaShana Douville & Dawn Novy

Ildi Hossman & Jen Grove

Eddie Murray & Cheryl Murphy

Brett Aldridge & Candy McGuyre

Tracie Moorer, Kristina Johnson, Joy Sharp, Tamela Gable & Shirley Johnson


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Kendra O’Neal, John Ward & Stacie Hood

Kurt & Heidi Morrison

Jake Parrish, Jared Johnston & John Lassiter

Rachael & Paul Gillette

Robert Bender, Pat & Robert Leidner

David Deliman & Kristin Longley

Ruthie Noel, Sara LeFeers & Meg Burke

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VIP Pensacola at Court of de Luna

The Big Gala 2022

One Snowy Night photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


Erica Calhoun & Duvalier “Nico” Calhoun

he Court of de Luna hosted The Big Gala 2022 -- One Snowy Night, on March 11 benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The event venue was transformed to a winter wonderland, complete with light snow falling all around. Guests were given a warm welcome and offered appetizers as they listened to live saxophone music during the social hour prior to dinner. After being escorted to their table, the over 300 guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner. Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters were on stage captivating the audience with live entertainment for the evening. Brent Lane of Cat Country 98.7 was on hand to keep everyone amused, and also announced the winners of the generous prizes. The event had something for everyone with dancing, silent and live auctions. All the proceeds go to support Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Melaniey & R.J. Allen

Melissa & Thom Keener

David Bell & Mone’ Parker-Bell

Eric Goss & Dana Hall

Riley & Ashlyn Clifton

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VIP Pensacola at The Big Gala 2022 ~ One Snowy Night

Greg Harris & Mel McCrae


Christen & Stephen Rampersad

James & Alison Lawracy

Brook Davis, Ashlee Kirkland, Rebecca Goza, Christina Goza & Preston Nash

Eric & Yazmin Brammer

Ashley Wegner, Krissy Smith & Willa Liceta

Ashely Armstrong & Chelsie Green

Taska & Kevin King

Luca & Courtney Henderson

Jesse Miller, Katie Thompson, Kristen Lammers & Stacy Powell


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Raising the Bar YOUR GUIDE TO STOCKING YOUR HOME BAR story by Anna Stockton


ome bars are more popular than ever these days. Maybe it’s because we’re excited to entertain again -- or maybe we’ve decided our happy place is at home with our families. No matter the reason, home bars can add class, sophistication, and fun to your home. While the thought of stocking those bars can be quite overwhelming and frankly, expensive, we’re here to guide you through the process and make sure you have what you need to cater to and wow your guests. You don’t have to buy out the liquor store to make sure your home bar has everything you need to entertain your guests (and yourself), you just need the basics to start. Vodka is a main ingredient in many drinks, so having a good, solid, non-flavored vodka is important and will come in handy for anything from bloody marys to screwdrivers and many things in between. If you choose to add a flavored vodka to the mix, citrus and vanilla flavored are the most versatile. If your guests are a fancy martini drinking bunch, spend a little more on a higher end vodka -- your guests will thank you. While gin isn’t as popular as vodka, a good bottle of gin will go a long way in offering an assortment of options to your guests.

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Another bar staple you should have is tequila, because sometimes margarita Monday or taco Tuesdays just sneak up on you. Tequila is more versatile than just adding the fun to our margarita nights, and there are hundreds of tequila-based cocktail recipes to prove it. Keeping a good silver (blanco) tequila on hand will enable you to fill most any tequila drink order. Rum is another spirit that wears many hats in the cocktail arena. As one of the more affordable liquors, it won’t break the bank to buy your rum essentials. It’s recommended that you keep both a light and a dark rum in your bar, the light rum will be for mojitos all the way to daquiris, while the dark rum is essential for your tropical drinks such as mai-tais and painkillers. Adding whiskey to your bar isn’t as cut and dry as the other liquors. Whiskeys are more of a personal choice, as they all have different tastes and characteristics. However, a Canadian whiskey and a good bourbon should cover your whiskey needs for your bar. Canadian whiskeys tend to be smoother while the bourbon brings the hardy whiskey taste. If you’d like to expand your whiskey selection beyond that, adding rye whiskey, Irish whiskey, and scotch are all good choices and will ensure you have something for even the most discerning whiskey drinking guest. Liqueurs are also important in a well-stocked bar as they’re used in many different cocktail recipes. Dry and sweet vermouth are important for martinis, while amaretto is an almond flavored liqueur that’s used in both basic as well as more complicated cocktail recipes. Two more liqueurs you’ll need in your bar are coffee and Irish Crème liqueurs. The coffee liqueur is essential for white


Russians while the Irish Crème is the key ingredient in mudslides and Irish coffee. Rounding out the key liqueurs in your bar is an orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier, this multipurpose ingredient will be so well-used, you may just need to have a back-up bottle on hand. You’ll also need some non-alcoholic (I know!) items on hand to mix up those perfect cocktails. Mixers are an important factor in offering your guests a large variety of options, simple syrup, grenadine, and sour mix are all important, just to name a few. Carbonated drinks like tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, lemon-lime sodas, and regular and diet sodas should all be kept in stock for your home bar. Small cans of juices such as tomato, grapefruit, orange, cranberry, and pineapple are also vital in your cocktail making. Rounding out your bar are the little details your guests will notice, such as sliced oranges and limes, as well as maraschino cherries. Salt and sugar for the rim of your glass, olives for martinis, and fresh mint for mint juleps or mojitos will have your guests in awe of your home bar.


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Green Perspectives from

Curb appeal… do you have it? Do you want it?

article by Steve R. Black

Much like a new person you may meet, the landscape will give someone pause or move them down the road. How does one achieve a reason for people to linger? The value of your home can be up to 28% higher and be on the market 10-15% less time due to the landscape. I believe the key is for a person to connect with the property emotionally. Give them something to connect with:

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Well placed specimen palms and/or trees A well-manicured lawn Seasonal and/or perennial flowers Flowering trees and shrubs An outdoor kitchen and dining area Fire pits and water features Landscape lighting Patios and pergolas Bocce ball/corn hole courts Artificial turf putting greens and pet lawns Many more….

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Steve R. Black

Practicing Agronomist and Landscape Design along the Gulf Coast for 36 years More people than ever are viewing potential dwellings online before stepping foot on the ground. The pictures of the created landscape can draw the needed attention or keep the potential buyer scrolling. Whatever your choices are, you want to create a visual and emotional connection for a potential buyer or visitor. Even more importantly however, for most of us is ow t e space is used us first f don t use and en o t e created space t at s a prett good indicator t at t e ne t person will follow suit So ow does one ac ie e t e desired results n e perience ou should start with the fact that your landscape design should complement the architecture of your home. The feeling invoked by the visual impact of what has been created can send a visitor or potential buyer into overdrive. at is t e landscape telling t e world a out its owners and do want it reate e cite ent in our landscape wit one or ore of t e categories a o e Add flowering s ru s for interest or si pl use foliage te tures and colors to invoke a level of sophistication. Whatever you choose, put yourself into it by creating a unique and diverse picture that complements what you are attempting to say about yourself and your property. An e perienced landscape designer or landscape arc itect can guide ou through the necessary steps to achieve the vision and create a budget and plan to implement. One common mistake that many homeowners/landscape designers a e is underesti ating t e le el of care re uired for a specific landscape f proper care is not e plo ed or a le to e gi en t e owner, then a complicated landscape will quickly lose its value. Do not fall into t is categor A great landscape design wit a i u cur appeal will be relatively simple in its approach and ongoing care. Ask questions and hire someone recommended to you. This approach will provide the best chance for the desired results. on t iss t e isual opportunit t at al ost e er propert as t at is so often issed oo around and find w at is special or w at could e a out our propert es a waterfront propert a es t is o ious ut ost o eowners don t see e ond t e o es interior and fail to a i i e t e scenic iews ust outside t eir windows A forest iew can also e ust as enticing to an people as a water iew lti atel people enter a space and feel something. We are spiritual creatures. Work with your Landscape designer to this end. es do elie e we all want cur appeal e en in our landscapes See it and find it and our life and our finances will reflect our efforts

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VIP Pensacola at Hilton Pensacola Beach

Diana & Jeff Farris

Hannah Peltier, Dana Lua, Lindsay Kearley, Amber Sidner, Laura Moore & Jehle Dean

American Advertising Awards Gala photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


he 2021 – 2022 American Advertising Federation (AAF) ceremony was held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach on February 19. This year’s gala theme was The Wizard of Oz, some guests paid homage to the theme by wearing emerald green gowns, while other attendees went all out and dressed as characters from the movie. This black-tie event welcomed over 200 guests, students,


and special groups for an evening of dinner and awards. The talented Hilton chefs prepared chicken, fish, and desserts for the guests. The evening continued with recognizing the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. AAF Pensacola’s annual awards honors the advertising work of creative minds in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The district winners move forward to the American Advertising Awards.

Bart & Kelly Rowell

Ryan Ruebenson & Maegan Leonard

Rachel King & Danny Nguyen

Jaley Bowen & Kenny Stidham

Abigail & Tristan Hauser, Paula Gaspi, Jenny Yoder & Jules Oldham


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VIP Pensacola at Goofy Golf Amusement Center

Pookie Fell & David Teague

Corbin Griner, Eli Robinson, Shea Kelly, Dani Griner & Jeff Griner

Communi-Tee Cup


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

irst Tee Gulf Coast and Goofy Golf Amusement Center was the place to be on February 24 when it hosted 18 teams, all playing goofy golf for a good cause. The Course Marshal, Marty Stanovich, read the rules before the teams set out for a shotgun start. Luckily those pesky little gophers stayed away while David Teague was playing your favorite “Caddy Shack” tunes that set the mood for an evening of family fun. Over 20 volunteers from Keep

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Pensacola Beautiful came to assist with this fun event. Prizes were handed out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Jumping Lomo Peruvian food truck, along with Culinary Productions, were on hand with shrimp and grits, artichoke and spinach dip, key lime pie, and cheese and fruit trays. Goofy Golf Amusement Center is a restored 1958 mini golf course that offers fun for all ages.

Shannon & Mike Heller

Marty & Sheryl Stanovich, Sharron Ellison & Sarah Dimitroff


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Megan Washington, Sigrid Solgard, Krystal Brown & Halle Castille

Selena Emerson, Zach Noel, Zack Suggs & Ruthie Noel

John Hutchinson, Tammy Ward & Malcolm Ballinger

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April 5-24

Nominate your Favorites in each category.

Nominate Daily







Boat Sales & Service

Law Firm

Charity/Non Profit

Limo/Transportation Service

Cleaning Service

Luxury Automobile Sales

Computer/IT Firm

Mortgage Company

Customer Service

New Business

Electrician/ Electrical Contractor


Event Rentals

Pet Grooming/Boarding

Event/Banquet Space


Financial Advisor

Place for Eyelashes, Nails, etc.


Plumbing Service



Pool/Spa Sales/Service

Funeral Home

Property Management

Accounting Firm

General Contractor

Real Estate Agent - Commercial

Air Conditioning & Heating Company

Golf Cart/ATV

Real Estate Agent - Residential


Hair Salon

Real Estate Company

Automobile Dealer - New

Home Repair/Handyman

Real Estate Professional - Female

Automobile Dealer - Pre Owned


Real Estate Professional - Male

Automobile Repair Service

Insurance Firm

Real Estate Team

Bank/Financial Institution

Interior Designer

Restoration Company

Annual Event Golf Course Live Entertainment/Music Venue Place for a Date Place for “Girl’s Night Out” Place to Go Dancing Place to People Watch Place to Stay Place to Take the Kids/Family Entertainment

Specialty Cleaning (Chimney Sweep, Pressure Washing, Etc.) Specialty Contractor Staffing Company Title Company Veterinary Clinic

Shopping & RETAIL Boutique Eyeglasses/Sunglasses Furniture Gift Shop Home Decor/Accessories Jewelry Store Lawn & Garden Liquor Store Locally Owned Retailer Men’s Apparel Motorcycle Shop Pet Store Seafood Market Wine Shop

Women’s Accessories


Plastic Surgery


Women’s Apparel

Alternative/Natural Medicine


Fine Dining

Anti Aging Service

Senior Living Community

Happy Hour


Assisted Living/Memory Care

Walk In Clinic/Urgent Care

Italian Restaurant

Bridal Store


Weight Loss Program

Locally Owned Restaurant

Ceremony Venue


Women’s Wellness Provider

New Restaurant



Cocktails & Cuisine


Place for a Tux

Eye Care Professional


Place for Cocktails

Place for Rehearsal Dinner

Famiy Care Physician


Place for Coffee

Place to Buy Engagement Ring

Hearing Care


Restaurant - Cordova Area

Reception Venue

Med Spa

Beer Selection

Restaurant - Downtown

Wedding Cake/Confections

Medical Center

Bloody Mary

Restaurant - North/Nine Mile/UWF

Wedding Caterer

Medical Practice


Restaurant - Pensacola Beach

Wedding Florist


Brewery/Craft Beer

Restaurant -Overall

Wedding Photography

Pain Management


Seafood Restaurant

Wedding Planner



Special Occasion Restaurant

Wedding Rentals

Permanent Make Up


Sports Bar

Physical Therapy

Casual Dining


Place for a Massage






W WW.V I P P E N S A C OL A .C OM From April 5-24, nominate your favorites in a variety of categories. Remember to nominate daily because entries with the most nominations in each category will move on to the official Best In Pensacola ballot in May.

VIP Pensacola at Cordova Lanes

Jordan Castillow & Kim Turk

Kim Turoff & Jennifer Bone

Mardi Gras Bowl photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

Mila Duong & Sydney Fisher

Jane Reynolds & Jeri Cox


ordova Lanes in Pensacola held its 20th annual Mardi Gras Bowl on March 4 and 5. This two-day event had bowlers playing to support Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida. The event was started by Frances Yeo 20 years ago and continues to be a fun event for a good cause. Every lane was decorated with party favors and Mardi Gras decor. Over 50 business banners were on display showing their support. Silent auctions were in full swing as well, showcasing Cordova Lane’s newly refurbished state of the art Shooter’s Sports Bar, boasting big screen TVs, electronic dart boards, pool tables, and even a juke box you can play songs from your own phone. Over 300 bowlers, including adults and children, were on hand having a great time for a great cause. Mama Onnie’s Grill & Pizzeria was also on target to “roll” out their sliders, pizzas, finger foods and drinks. Rhonda Moorhead & Chandler Turan

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Bailey Macon, Amanda Stannard, Laura Griffin & Rebecca Brewer


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Maura Morris, Susan Johnson & Angelik Tedder

Joe Dertel, Allison Jones & Brian Williams

Ken Ferdon & Marti Anderson

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VIP Pensacola at Downtown Pensacola

Megan Teschner & Valerie Robbins

Jennifer Shashaty & Capt. Terrence Shashaty

Mardi Gras Grand Parade photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

James & Diane Baughman

Michelle & James Beard


owntown Pensacola hosted the annual Pensacola Mardi Gras Grand Parade on February 26. The four-hour long parade started on Spring Street and floated down Palafox Street. There were roughly 6,000 participants and around 100,000 spectators. The extravagant floats, the costume-laden people, and, of course, the beads and toys thrown from the floats were the largest and most colorful Pensacola has seen in decades. While the parade is the main draw, this family-friendly celebration also had food and drink vendors, along with music and dancing. The local Mardi Gras krewes aren’t just about the party, they work throughout the year to give time and money to deserving community charities in the Pensacola area. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Stephen Jones & Travis Peterson

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Family Visiting? Deluna Management has a large selection of vacation homes throughout the gulf coast from Navarre to Perdido Key. We want their stay to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible, while also providing quick and friendly assistance when needed. It is our hope that one of our rentals will be your new favorite home away from home.


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Business Profile

Bringing a Personal Touch to a Professional Service


fter running a successful business for thirty years, Gene Hurd decided to retire from that and join his wife, Amanda, in real estate. After forming a team and building a business that soared, they considered creating their own boutique brokerage firm and finally decided to just do it. Gene Hurd is the Broker of Hurd Real Estate & Co. and with Amanda by his side -- the sky is the limit!

Thank you for voting us ... • Real Estate Professional Female • Real Estate Professional Male THANK YOU,

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With a strong team in place, Hurd Real Estate & Co. is proud to service a large portion of the Gulf Coast. With an office in beautiful Gulf Breeze and one located among the quaint villages along County Hwy 30A, Hurd Real Estate & Co. eagerly serves buyers, sellers, and investors all the way from Perdido Key to Panama City and everything in between. With a mission statement of, “We Bring a Personal Touch to a Professional Service,” this group of realtors goes above and beyond to make sure the client is always satisfied.


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# 1 RE A L E S T A T E T EA M, 2 019- 2 1!

Hurd Real Estate & Co. is deeply rooted and involved in the community by giving back to various causes. Some of their favorites are Covenant Care in Pensacola and in Panama City and Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida holds a special place in their hearts. Having raised six kids together in the community, Amanda and Gene Hurd have a strong love for giving back. It is a fact that it takes a village in this day and age to raise children and the Hurd’s are excited to share their success in doing so. Currently, Hurd Real Estate & Co. is made up of twelve professionals specializing in all things Real Estate including but not limited to investment property, second homes, military relocation,

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selling, buying, 1031 exchanges, beachfront … the list goes on. Their experience is varied, and they have achieved great success in each of these areas. Having been named the Best Real Estate Team in Pensacola for the past 3 years along with being recognized for the top female agent and male agent speaks volumes about their accomplishments and abilities. They go above and beyond no matter the size of the transaction. In addition to their impressive work ethic, The Hurd Team has been recognized several years in a row for being one of the highest producers in the area. When you form a relationship with a HURD, it’s for a lifetime! They are not just selling real estate, they are in the business of building lifelong relationships.

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A Forever Family Home story by Anna Stockton photos by Kevin L Houghton


hen Greg and Tara Woodfin built their house, they had one thing in mind... family. They wanted to create an oasis to raise their children, one that would grow with them and be their family’s forever gathering place -- long after their children have moved on and into homes of their own.

The Woodfin home is believed to be on part of the site of the landing and settlement of Tristan de Luna that existed from 1559-1561.

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When the couple built their home in 2000, they worked with architect Robert Heffernan to use Tara’s vision in creating a perfect combination of tradition and function that would suit their needs. She says that due to the historic neighborhood where the home is located, they wanted to make sure the home they built fit in well with the area. The Woodfins wanted their home to look like it had been an original, historic home that been added on to and loved for many years. They accomplished this by using different building materials and textures throughout the home, such as brick walls and archways, along with wood plank walls and textured wall coatings. This style, along with the sweeping views of Pensacola Bay from the large windows in nearly every room make the Woodfin’s home one of the most unique and beautiful homes in Pensacola. This home is not only a beauty, but also quite functional. Since the couple’s children were young when they built the home, they knew they needed a home designed for a growing and active family. The front entrance leads to a formal living space and formal dining area, along with a grand staircase leading to the second floor. These rooms lead to a sun/sitting room and a less formal dining area, 36


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perfect for family gatherings. The kitchen has a classic feel with a combination of both stainless steel and butcher block countertops. Included downstairs is the master suite as well as a den to lounge and watch a game. The upstairs of the home has four bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, an art room, and even a walk-in playroom where the couple’s grandchildren can let their imaginations go wild. This home has beautiful views of the Bay and a backyard that’s designed to take in these views. With a pool, putting green, and an outdoor fireplace, Tara and Greg have created a bay-side haven right in their own back yard. Their front yard is equally as remarkable with large oak trees towering over the driveway and an ivy-covered three-car garage. The flat stones and unique iron railing takes visitors up a meandering walkway to the front door. The Woodfin home is not just a unique mix of tradition, function, and beauty, this home was built with a purpose -- to make memories for their family. From raising their four children, to hosting family weddings, to welcoming new grandchildren, many memories have been made with many more to come. April 2022 | 37

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VIP Pensacola at Graye’s Granite

Portia, Mercedes & Khari Meredith

Street Chefs Unite

Corneal Caldwell, Chris Graye & Ty Jones

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he Black-owned food vendor event “Street Chefs Unite” returned for their 2nd Annual Street Chefs Unite on February 26, as part of the Black History Month celebration. Organizers Ty Jones and Chris Graye say it’s a chance to help African American entrepreneurs get exposure and grow their businesses. This event grew larger and had an even better turnout in its second year. Over a dozen food trucks were on hand, serving up fried fish, chicken wings, juicy hamburgers, and caramel-covered apples, along with a juice station tent, and decadent cakes for dessert. The crowd of nearly 250 attendees enjoyed the food and fun this unique event offered. Kids played on numerous bouncy play stations and music was provided by DJ Hale and DJ Tiger.

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VIP Pensacola at Santa Rosa County Auditorium

Sportsmen Givin’ Back photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


portscards, Coins & Racing Collectibles (SCRC) hosted the first annual Ellis Maurer Memorial Northwest Florida Sports Card & Memorabilia show, benefiting “Sportsmen Givin’ Back.” The two-day event was held at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium on March 4 and 5. Coins, sports cards, and racing collectibles were on display to buy, sell, and trade by vendors from all over the area and as far away as Missouri. Collectibles such as basketball, baseball, football, golf, and racing cards were available as well as WWE cards and rare coins. Many collectible items that were worn or used by professional athletes were also on hand, such as shoes, jerseys, gloves, sports gear, basketballs, footballs, and baseballs, most are personally signed and were authenticated. Making an appearance at the event were several WWE wrestlers, Nia Jax, Jesse “Road Dogg” James, and a Major League baseball pitcher who was born right here in Pensacola, Kevin “Hot Sauce” Saucier. There was a kiddy corner for the kids to choose their favorite sweets and a full kitchen to serve hot meals to everyone. Sportsmen Givin’ Back’s mission is to help others in our community and offers hunting and fishing trips for differently abled, special needs, or ill kids, as well as wounded warriors.

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People You Should Know

Michelle Caldwell

What is your hometown, what brought you to The Emerald Coast? I grew up on a 250-acre farm in Middle Tennessee about 25 miles from Jack Daniels Distillery. I was originally stationed at NAS Pensacola in April of 1986 and never left! Tell us about your profession. I am a Government Contracting Consultant developing 8A Veteran owned business, as well as CEO of Monument & Museum to Women Veterans. What led you to choose this profession? After 9/11/2001 the needs of returning Veterans in the Gulf Coast were staggering. We knew we could not, as a country, repeat the lack of support that our Vietnam Veterans received when they returned. God gave us a vision of what that could look like in an area that was 3rd in clinical care in the country. This birthed Veteran Centered Care, integrated approach to Veterans Care, CSME, and Monument & Museum to Women Veterans. What are a few of your proudest accomplishments? Being recognized by Evan Williams as one of the top 10 Veterans in the USA giving back to Veterans. Establishing a National Monument to honor 25% of Military plus 2.8 Million Women Veterans with a National Training Center in construction for returning Veterans. No doubt, most proud of fostering 2 children and adopting 4 local children who God has allowed me to love. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Gal Gadot - “Wonder Woman “ What do you like best about Pensacola? Best thing about Pensacola to me is our beautiful sugar sand beaches! Our rich culture of respect and value of service to the Military in Pensacola is like nowhere else in the country. Finish this statement; I can’t get through the day without… Jesus, I am an imperfect person who knows the value of God’s hand and mercy on their life. What are your biggest professional challenges? In business we can no longer do business the way we used to. We have to change our mindset in business. “If it’s not good for the employees it’s not good for the company.” I also believe t at ristians in business a e to ta e t e first ste in li in t e example - if we develop other people’s wealth God will develop our wealth. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Shero Warrior What three things do you need to be successful in this job? Honesty, Passion, and the Ability to do the right thing; Even if it cost you money. What is the last thing you Googled? Hiring Heroes

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Gene Hurd

People You Should Know

What are you from? Gulf Breeze, Florida. My family has deep roots in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. I’ve been lucky enough to call this place HOME. What is your profession? I am a Real Estate Broker and Owner of Hurd Real Estate & Co. What led you to choose this profession? Being a business owner in the area for 30 plus years led me to retirement, which led me to join my wife, Amanda, in real estate. After a few successful years we decided to go for it and open our own brokerage. What are a few of your proudest accomplishments? I am a PROUD father of 6 wonderful, successful children and married to my best friend and business partner. Expanding our business from Pensacola Beach all the way to and o nin t o offi es as been an e itin and proud moment for us all. I am so proud of our team of agents that have become family. Life is good. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play your role? Russell Crowe What do you like best about Pensacola? The culture, beaches, emerald water, food, and all the happy people. The beach = happy people. I can’t get through the day without… I enjoy hearing my kids voices even if just for a second and at least one kiss from my darling wife. What are your biggest professional challenges? My Wife would say I’m too nice. But honestly, I don’t know any other way to be. What three things do you need to be successful in this job? Patience, great listening skills, the ability to react rationally in stressful situations. Our job and relationship with a buyer or seller is an intimate one ey onfide and trust in us with one of the most important things in life -- their HOME.

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People You Should Know

Jennifer Reese

What is your hometown, what brought you to Pensacola, and how long have you been here? I was born in Ft. Myers, FL, moved to Pensacola with my mom in 1985 and grew up here. What led you to choose this profession? At a young age I became interested in Real Estate. My grandparents invested in Real Estate. I grew up going to the apartment complex they built, managed, and lived in after retirement. I worked in Property Management for years, and with my husband being in construction it seemed to go hand in hand. I’m addicted to Zillow and HGTV. I can always see the potential in each home I look at, and love selling that vision to clients. What are a few of your proudest accomplishments? Personally, it is my family. Without them none of this would be worth it. They keep me going and make me proud every day. Professionally, I would say obtaining my Real Estate and ontra tor s li enses, t o ery diffi ult tests and ro esses Becoming a Realtor has allowed me the opportunity to meet so many great people and be more involved in our community. I love being a part of all the growth the Pensacola area is experiencing. Finish this statement; I can’t get through the day without… Caffeine. What are your biggest professional challenges? Managing my time between our multiple businesses. I am very passionate about each of them and wish I could clone myself to be at all three all the time. I am happy that we have now gotten to the point I can concentrate more on Real Estate. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? “What will she do next?” What three things do you need to be successful in this job? Passion, knowledge, and to be trustworthy.

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VIP Pensacola at Museum of Art

Ildi Hosman & Ashlee Brown

Tara Duhy, Dr. Stacy Chambers, Jeanette Yaeger & April Donahue

VIP Women in Leadership Party


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

he Museum of Art in downtown Pensacola hosted this year’s VIP Women in Leadership Conference Party on March 10. An open wine bar was available to attendees, and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres were available, all prepared by Classic City Catering Food & Beverage. University of West Florida’s President, Dr. Martha Dunagin Saunders shared her thoughts on why it is so vital to educate the next generation of business leaders destined to positively impact the state of Florida. The UWF Women in Leadership Conference is an annual conference that brings together both established female business leaders, along with those just beginning their careers to hear inspiring stories and panels dedicated to both personal inspiration and practical application.


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Sandy Sims, Dr. Martha Saunders & Kim Aderholdt

Tom St. Myer & Robin Zimmern

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VIP Pensacola at Hilton on Pensacola Beach

Hannah Hill & Jackie Morell

Larry & Susan Hutch, Glenn Barbee

Bo & Susie Nix

Independence for the Blind


photos & story by Patti Hall

he Independence for the Blind (IB) held its annual gala, also known as the “Eye Ball” on March 12 at the ballroom at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach. The event had auctions items, and a bottle pull, all to raise funds for the organization. Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner and entertainment provided by MASS KUNFUZION. Isidro and Danielle, award-winning dancers with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios - Pensacola, entertained


the guests with their dancing and even gave free lessons to a few lucky attendees. The gala helps Independence for the Blind cover the costs for assistive technology that they provide for each student. It helps cover transportation costs, computer programs for instruction, and fleet equipment that needs replacing or repair. The Gala raises funds to ensure the availability of quality programs and services.

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Raven Hollaway, Neil Dorfman & Lisa Wright

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Kaipo & Stacy Robello, Laura & Kevin Russell, Ryan Greenhut & Nick Fing

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VIP Pensacola at Downtown Seville Quarter

Greg & Brandi Gomez

Tonya Rich, Allie Smith, Megan Teschner & Melissa Wright

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n Tuesday, March 1, a long-awaited Fat Tuesday came and went. The colorful beads and gorgeous krewe outfits were rampant, following a live band marching through the streets around Seville Quarter. Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc., helped transform downtown Seville Quarter into “The Big Easy” to celebrate with the various Mardi Gras krewes at the French Quarter-styled Fat Tuesday celebration. The good times were rolling with a huge crawfish boil, six Cajun food trucks, king cakes, beignets, and dancing on four stages. The downtown party included several hundred supporting patriots saying goodbye to the last day of Mardi Gras 2022, enjoying jazz with Melodious Allen and The Funk Heads in Lili Marlene’s.

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Adventure out.. into your own back yard story by Anna Stockton


long the Florida panhandle, we’re lucky to have so many days where we can comfortably be outside. Our autumns are on point, our winters are mild, the spring, while a bit wet, offers plenty of spectacular days, and the summers are... well, best enjoyed in the shade, but still allow for plenty of fun. Making the most of the outdoors is part of the culture of Florida, starting in our own backyards.

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In order to make the most of your outdoor space, you’ve got to start with the basic -- a good foundation. If you don’t already have a patio foundation, using pavers or even pouring a concrete slab are easy ways to start the transformation from ordinary to oasis. The next step is all about throwing some shade on it, because anyone who’s sat in the Florida sun for any length of time knows how important it is to get a little break from the rays. Adding a roof extension from your house is always an option, however pergolas and gazebo roofs are a beautiful way to spruce up your space while offering some muchneeded shade. Planting flowering vines or ivy that will grow and amble into the structure adds a touch of beauty all its own. Another basic when it comes to your outdoor space is good, solid, outdoor furniture. Your outdoor furniture should be stylish and comfortable, as well as being able to withstand the elements, and as we all know, Florida has some powerful elements. Another idea to make your backyard the place everyone wants to be is to add a fire pit. Sure, you may not use it year-round, but it’ll make those nights you can use it that much cozier. Whether you choose wood burning or gas, built in or stand alone, fire pits are a great gathering

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space for friends and family. Fountains are another way to add some pizzazz to your outdoor oasis. Adding a simple wall-mounted fountain or going big and bold with a large stand-alone fountain, the calming effect is the same and you’ll create a tranquil environment to enjoy on your most stressful days. Outdoor speakers and games like cornhole are both small things you can do that bring big results to your backyard and make it party ready. For those wanting to go big with their backyard plans, installing a pool makes a huge splash in your backyard fun. While it’s quite a commitment, with our warm climate, you definitely get your money’s worth from a pool in Florida. And the good news is, these days, pools come in all shapes and sizes to fit your needs. Standard pools for family fun, lap pools for those who enjoy a good swim workout, and soaking pools for those of us who enjoy a bit more, ummm.... leisurely activities. Another way to go big in your backyard is an outdoor kitchen. Just like with a pool or your home kitchen, you can make your outdoor kitchen suit your lifestyle. If you’re passionate about grilling, making a large built-in grill a part of your kitchen will have you outside grilling for your visiting relatives like a champ. If you need a few drinks in order to be around those visiting relatives, a wet bar complete with an ice machine should definitely be a part of your outdoor kitchen design. Whether you decide to make large or small changes to your backyard, or whether you host big or intimate gatherings, or even just catch some quiet time in your own tranquil space, enjoy your adventure out.... into your own backyard.

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VIP Pensacola at Amazing Lash Studio

Amazing Lash Grand Opening


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

n March 2, there was quite a party going on. Amazing Lash Studio celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Attendees spilled onto the sidewalk of the Cordova Shopping Center in Pensacola for all the fun and introductions. So many wonderful people came to show support for this new business, including many from the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. For this special event, bright beautiful balloons created a festive atmosphere, along with Crumbl cookies . Champagne was appropriately served to celebrate this special occasion. It is official: Pensacola now has a fantastic new resource for full-service lashes and lash lifts, lash tints, and also, eyebrow wax and tints. This is the second location for owner, MaryFrances Mullins, who also has had a successful location in Destin since 2019.


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any things make Pensacola a great city; the diversity, the arts, the community, the people, and especially the downtown. Whether you want a stroll through a farmer’s market, a night out, or a day of culture and arts at a museum, downtown has what you’re looking for and Pensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board plays an integral part in making this happen. From ensuring the cleanliness of our streets to hosting the Palafox Market on Saturdays to providing a safe, walkable downtown, the DIB does it all to make our downtown an attraction for all to enjoy.

Downtown Improvement Board Executive Director Walker Wilson Please tell our readers about the Downtown Improvement Board. The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) was established in 1972 to support and improve economic activity for businesses located in the 44-block downtown core of Pensacola. The DIB’s mission is to beautify the district and enhance building property values as well as to help draw more customers and improve economic success by creating a cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable environment. The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is authorized to collect a majority of its annual revenues through a special taxing district. Only property owners within that special 44-block district pay the additional 2 mill tax equal to $2 for each $1,000 of assessed value. In 2010, Palafox Street was named one of America’s “10 Great Streets” by the American Planning Organization. In 2017, the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association named downtown Pensacola “Florida’s Greatest Place.” How did the organization come about? The idea behind the creation of the DIB began to form in the early 1970s. At that time downtown retail leaders, including clothing store owner Nathan Kahn and the late jeweler Eugene Elebash, began discussions about how to revive downtown businesses and compete with the allure of the new Cordova Mall. Eventually, with the support of then-State Representative Jim Reeves, they took aim at Chapter 189, a provision of state law that allows municipalities to create a special taxing district. The legislation was introduced and passed in early 1972. What impact has the Downtown Improvement Board had on the community? As the DIB matured in the 1980s and 1990s, its efforts to improve the retail environment and overall aesthetic of the downtown core began to pay off. The DIB originally sponsored and promoted Gallery Night, which grew to a huge success, and the DIB founded and continues to host Palafox Market each Saturday in Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza from 9am-2pm. Maintaining cleanliness of the DIB district has and continues to be a big deal and important focus. Today’s downtown is a walkable district lined with colorful bicycle racks and bustling with alternative transportation options—from pedicabs to Segways, trolleys, and horse-drawn carriages. Thousands come to the nationally-recognized Blue Wahoos waterfront stadium during spring and summer, and thousands more head downtown each Saturday for Palafox Market. During the holidays, downtown Pensacola glows with the lights of half a million white lights and the month-long Winterfest, recognized as one of Florida’s Top Events. What are some of the upcoming goals for the organization? We hope to launch a fun new project “Turtles on Palafox,” in the near future, as well as to build public restrooms for Palafox Market. We’re planning a Repast dinner for late April and for the 2022 holiday season we’re looking forward to expanding the Christmas lights to more areas downtown. Palafox Market will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year and we have an entire year of themed events planned there as well.

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How did you get involved with Downtown Improvement Board? Growing up in Pensacola I always enjoyed many of the events DIB would have Downtown. It was exciting to see Downtown come to life when DIB started Gallery Night and had the New Year’s Eve Pelican Drop. When I moved back to Pensacola after living in Tampa I wanted to try and get plugged into the community and when this position opened up, I saw it as an awesome opportunity to make a direct impact on our community. What is the most rewarding part of your involvement with this organization? Working directly with the business owners downtown and seeing the success they have. These individuals have put a lot on the line over the years to make downtown Pensacola what it is and when you walk down Palafox on a busy Saturday and see retail stores and restaurants full of customers, it’s nice to know your work for an organization like the DIB that has a small impact on creating the environment we all can enjoy as a community.

Pensacola City Council. There are two ex officio members: one from Pensacola City Council and one from the Board of Escambia County Commissioners, who also serve on the DIB. There are two paid staff members, including an executive director. What events does your organization host? Palafox Market, First City Lights Festival, other events during Foo Foo Festival (such as Umbrella Sky Festival, Fire and Rain and others). How can someone get involved with the Downtown Improvement Board? DIB board meetings are held monthly, and information is available at You can follow downtown Pensacola on Facebook and Instagram @downtownpensacola, and Palafox Market on Instagram @palafoxmarket.

Please tell us about your organization’s make-up. The DIB is governed by a five-member volunteer board, nominated by the Mayor of Pensacola and appointed to three-year terms by the

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Country Club

Lisa Kennedy, Michelle Salzman & Ana Prieto

Women’s Empowerment Luncheon photos & story by Patti Hall


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he Junior League of Pensacola Women’s Empowerment Awards formally recognized and celebrated the outstanding contributions of women and young ladies in the Pensacola area on March 8 with a luncheon at the Pensacola Country Club. Michelle Salzman welcomed everyone and kicked off the luncheon and Rachael Gillette, President of the Studer Community Institute, was the keynote speaker. These awards honor exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures and roles, celebrating the power of individuals to spark change and improve their community and beyond. This event occurs during Women’s History Month and specifically on International Women’s Day. The Junior League of Pensacola’s goal is to promote and perpetuate social change in the Pensacola communities that will benefit most from it. By empowering women and providing valuable leadership training, they give local women the tools to get involved, put their talents to work, and positively impact the communities of Pensacola.

This year’s honorees are: Woman in Business, Non-Profit - Belle Bear Woman in Business, For-Profit - Jessica Rhodes Woman in Philanthropy - Jan Miller Hometown Hero - Dr. Kathleen Hudon Youth Woman in Leadership - Dierre Johnson Mary Raine Hill Award - Tori Woods Ebony Cornish & Teníadé Broughton

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VIP Pensacola at Maserati of Pensacola

Karen & Robert Huang

John Pinzino, Nan Harper, Theresa Brannan & Charlie Rotenberry

Music & Maserati photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


tep One Automotive Group’s Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Pensacola hosted an event on March 18 that featured some of the most sought-after cars in America: Porsche, Maserati, and Mercedes-Benz, and paired them with opera music. General Manager Zafar Temuri and owner Fernando Arellano Geddes opened their showroom doors for this lively event. Pensacola Opera was on hand featuring soprano Emily Michiko Jensen, mezzo-soprano Imara Miles, tenor Robert Hartfield, baritone Ron Dukes, and pianists Andrew Pham. A wine and champagne bar was available, along with hors d’oeuvres including meats and cheeses, lollypop lambchops and divine desserts.


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Marty Stanovich & Darra Flanagan

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Betsy Smith, Pam & Harry Schwartz

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ou open up any national home magazine or catalog of fine home decorations and you see it … wallpaper! Lots and lots of wallpaper. No need to check the date of that publication to make sure it’s not from 1981, wallpaper is in style and it is hot, but it’s not your grandma’s delicate rose wall coverings. Today’s wallpaper trends are bigger and bolder than ever! story by Anna Stockton

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Go Big and Go Home The past few years of staying at home more have made many of us fall back in love with our homes and look for ways to improve and take control of our living space. One big way people have done this is through wallpaper, including one trend that leads to big changes. Papering a large wall or an entire room is bold, beautiful, and definitely on point with today’s wallpaper trends. The possibilities are endless when it comes to transforming the look of your space using wallpaper -- so papering your whole dining room, why not? Your living room? Go big or go home! Your bedroom walls? Bring. It. On.



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Big Prints, Small Spaces If papering an entire wall or room is too much of a commitment for you, never fear, you can still participate with the wallpaper trend by sprucing up your small spaces. Powder rooms, laundry rooms, and even large walk-in closets are all great spaces for wallpaper. Go retro in your half-bath with an art deco design that’ll have your guests going back in time, or go glam in your walkin closet with a velvety choice that’ll put Lady Gaga’s P-P-Poker Face to the test. Laundry room wallpaper can go in any direction, patterned, fun, or even laundry themed are all possibilities. Maybe you’ll enjoy the décor so much you won’t mind folding all those clothes that are piled up... or maybe not.

Go Wild, Baby Bring out your wild side with this next wallpaper trend. That’s right, animals and tropical prints are wildly popular choices in wallpaper these days. Prints like peacocks and jungle scenes make a colorful and bold statement in any room of your house. These untamed prints can transform your boring room into an oasis with a vintage bird print, or into a tropical rain forest with a lush green foliage print, or you can even make it daring with a bold tiger print.

Neutral Zone So maybe your style isn’t quite big, bold, or wild -- the good news is that soft neutral wallpaper is also quite trendy. Colors like beige, soft pink and rose are popping up everywhere and while understated, are still making a statement in homes, none the less. Want to take your neutral a step further, watercolor style wallpaper gives a delicate yet artsy feel to any room proving you don’t have to go over the top to transform your space.

Be a Square Speaking of prints, geometric shapes are back, but don’t worry, there’s no need to pull out that old geometry book because I’m talking wallpaper. Yes, geometric shapes, big and small are all the rage for wallpaper these days. The only thing bolder than the shapes are the colors on these prints. While you’d think these colorful shapes would be overwhelming, they can offer somewhat of a calming continuity in the right room. April 2022 | 61

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VIP Pensacola at Beré Jewelers

Pieter Hoets & Megan Conrad


Barry & Laura Cole, Lauren Bonner

Lauren Bonner Art Show photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

eré Jewelers hosted a private reception for artist Lauren Bonner on March 22. Lauren displayed her original artwork of mixed media/pop art paintings. Her first artwork piece sold in 10 minutes! A portion of the proceeds went to Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds specifically for pediatric cancer research. The Beré art show ran from March 23-25, but this was a private showing for


family, friends, and special guests. The VIP Pensacola Ambassadors, Shelly and Steve Black were on hand for this special event. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeurves, including spiced bang-bang shrimp, mini crab cakes, and bacon macaroni and cheese. The owners of Beré Jewelers, Barry and Laura Cole welcomed everyone into their shop to enjoy the evening, peruse the artwork, and check out their beautiful jewelry. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Abbie & Nels Offerdahl

Lewis & Jen Bear

Sharon Morette & Laura Rae Morette

Shelley Black, Clifford & Karen Favereau, Steve Black

Jill & Grover Robinson


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Laura Adams, Jodie & Nikki Webb

Dave Hoxeng, Cindi & David Bear

Marcy & Klein Miller

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VIP Pensacola at Legacy Insurance

Jim & Dawn Grace

Brooklyn, McKinley, Amanda Winters, Christine & Craig Mobley

1st Anniversary Party photos & story by Patti Hall


egacy Insurance Brokers celebrated their success over the past year with a 1st Anniversary Party on February 24. Guests networked and enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner – complete with all the trimmings. Suzanne Pollard Spann noted, “The event would


not have been possible without our business partners who have graciously donated their time and efforts at countless events over the past 12 months.” The partners showcased their businesses with tabletop displays and gave out swag. Many lucky attendees went home with fantastic door prizes.

Rufino, Drew & Veralyn Hardgrave

Donna Ward with LouLou, Suzanne Pollard Spann & Fletcher Spann

Lesley Telatovich & Ben Hines

Jerry, Jordan & Jenifer Suarez, Sharlee Hamilton

Anne Burson, Kimberley Anderson & Bonnie Anderson


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VIP Pensacola at Saenger Theatre

Christina Leavenworth & Milan Brunet-Sabastia

Marylynn & Garry Benitez

John Switzer & Marge Baars

Dancing to a New Beginning photos & story by Kevin L Houghton


arch 19 was a special evening at the historic Saenger Theatre when FavorHouse of NWFL, Inc., presented the dance-off, “Dancing to a New Beginning- a night of entertainment provided by your community leaders.” This dancing with the stars style competition paired members and leaders of the community and dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios. There was also a children’s performance by Perdido Performing Arts and Productions. The audience was able to vote for their favorite community leader. Proceeds went to help support FavorHouse of NWFL, Inc., whose mission is service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The stage was certainly alive with our leaders dancing their hearts out, like Erik Goss, a Pensacola Police Officer, former WEAR news anchor, Christina Leavenworth, and Kara Cardona, Executive Vice President of Navy Federal’s local campus, just to name a few. The MC for the evening was Marty Stanovich.

Kara Cardona & Andre Eimers

Erick Goss, Scott Barrow & Beej Davis

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Lee R. Hual, Claudia Morris, Frances Williams & Weezie Carlson

Pam Rodgerson, Olivia Duval, Mike Rodgerson & Nicholas Anderson

Alyssa Fenton, Chastity Tisdale, Stacy Keller Williams & Cindy Williams

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VIP Pensacola at Home2 Suites

1st Anniversary

Brenda Kay & Courtney Bryant

Open House

Cherry Fitch & Meg Peltier

photos & story by Patti Hall


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he Home2 Suites in Gulf Breeze celebrated their 1st anniversary with a unique open house and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 22. Director of Sales, Cailyn Bodle and Sales Manager Leslie Haley greeted guests as they arrived. Members of the Gulf Breeze Chamber, Pensacola Beach Chamber, Navarre Chamber, and other attendees enjoyed the room tours, face painting, and photobooth. There were plenty of refreshments including Chrisoula’s Cheesecakes, a cupcake sheet cake from Jays Bakery, a scrumptious charcuterie board from Martha May’s, and Rotolo’s pizza. Music was provided by DanyDayDJ, to set the party mood. All three chambers held the ribbon cuttings simultaneously. The general manager, Brian Timm, welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Everyone took home a cup that lit up with LED lights. A few lucky attendees also went home with door prizes

Rick Wilhoit & Monica Bonilla

Charlie Rotenberry & Louie Sanchez

Richard Harvey, Cailyn Bodle, Brian Timm, Leslie Haley & Krystal Miunoz


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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club

Linda Thweatt & Roz Leahy

Camille Heckmann, Liz Broder & Alka Colagiuri

Carrie Gaut & Meri Asmar


2022 Membership Reveal


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

ensacola Yacht Club hosted over 230 women who took time out of their busy day to celebrate the Impact 100 2022 Membership Reveal and Media Event on March 23. The announcement came from President Roz Leahy that the membership has grown to an astounding 1,142 members for 2022. The PYC staff prepared an award-winning cuisine of light hors d’


oeuvres, bacon wrapped figs and dates, an assortment of fruit and cheeses, and a wine bar. Additionally, the venue was decorated for the event with bright white and blue balloons that truly set the festive mood. IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area is an organization of women committed to improving their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Marguerite R. Byrd & Betty Anne Butler

Kathy Holsworth, McGee Lorren & Jeanne Prange

Kathy Stewart & Rachael Whibbs

Sherie Snider, Linda Allen & Kathy Summerlin

Susan Schellin, Kara Luckett, Kristin Longley & Alisa O’Brien


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APRIL 11 Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Classic Pensacola Country Club 1500 Bayshore Drive | Pensacola 10:00am The 2022 Chamber Golf Classic features a 4-person net scramble tournament format. Join area business executives or treat some clients to a round of golf! Held at the Pensacola Country Club, this is one of only three tournaments being played there this year. Don’t miss out. For more information on chamber events visit Business.



Pensacola Beach Beer Fest

Bands on the Bayou

Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach 2 Via De Luna Drive | Pensacola Beach 3:00 - 7:00pm

Bayview Park and Community Center 2001 E. Lloyd Street | Pensacola 6:30pm

Pensacola Beach hosts the first ever Pensacola Beach Beer Fest at Hampton Inn. Ten different local, craft breweries will be serving up their best beer. Water Pig BBQ will be serving delicious, slow-smoked barbecue during the event. Door prizes, raffles, and live music from Tyler Mac will round out this Gulf-front event.

Come out to Bayview Park in East Hill to enjoy an Earth Day Celebration themed Bands on the Bayou. Featuring the Tyler Mac Band, this event will benefit local charities dedicated to helping and protecting Pensacola’s great outdoors. Visit for more information.

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APRIL 29 - MAY 1

Fiddler on the Roof

Pensacola Crawfish Festival

Saenger Theatre 118 S. Palafox Street | Pensacola 1:00pm & 6:30pm This Tony award winning play comes to Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre for two shows only. Enjoy the heartwarming story of family and faith as it follows husbands and wives, fathers and daughters and timeless traditions. Visit events/fiddler-on-the-roof for tickets.

Seville Square Park 11 E. Government Street | Pensacola Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm Get a taste of Louisiana with the annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival. Food and drink vendors will be on hand as well as arts and crafts vendors. Each day has a great lineup of bands and entertainment. Visit for more information.

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club

Magnolias & White Linen


photos & story by Kevin L Houghton

nce again, our very own Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild proudly presented the 35th Annual Magnolias & White Linen Luncheon on March 2. The location was the South’s finest waterfront venue -- Pensacola Yacht Club located at 1897 Cypress Street. Over 240 exclusive guests arrived for the luncheon where each lovely table was displayed with hand-painted centerpieces by Mr. Robert Logan. It was a fabulous event with lavishly dressed attendees who enjoyed this special occasion. Many guests were huddling over an array of silent auction items that were both beautiful and unique. Special guest speaker, Ms. Susan Sully was on hand, all the way from Charleston, South Carolina. Sully, a photographer and author of over 18 books, studied architectural history at Yale University.The enjoyable afternoon ended with hugs and best wishes to one another, followed by Ms. Sully autographing her book -- Southern Hospitality at Home: The Art of Gracious Living.


Lyndi & Dave Kessler

Admiral (Ret) Robert J. & Caroline Kelly

Shawn & Melissa Smith

Susan Ragan & Betty Roberts

Jan Christian & Nan Harper

Sara Martin & Tammy Chisenhall


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Lacey Canan & Kristin Milicevic

Chandra McKern & Jennifer Knisbell

Rhonda Ford & Lydia Abram

Dona Usry & Sue-Sue Sherrill

Martin Baker & Jen O’Brien

Trisha Woodburn & Susan Sully

Jan Peterson & Connie Repp

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Brandon Sandefur

What is your hometown and how did you end up in the Pensacola area? I was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, raised in Houston, Texas, and lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past 26 years with my beautiful wife Andrea. In the summer of 2013, some friends asked us if we would like to join them in Pensacola for the week. We had an absolute blast and were pleasantly surprised with all Pensacola had to offer. Beautiful beaches with emerald-blue water, great restaurants, a charming downtown vibe, history, entertainment… it checked every box! Fast forward to 2022 and you’ll find us at our home in North Hill, managing a handful of investment properties we’ve acquired over the years. What is your profession and what led you to choose it? After graduating from Sam Houston State, where I was an All-Conference linebacker, I went to Nashville and started what would be a 10-year career in the music industry. I signed a publishing deal in 1997 and wrote songs for 2 years before I went on to notch 2, top-10 GAC video hits and a nomination in GAC’s top 50 videos of 2000. Along the way I met the love of my life, Andrea. Like so many who experience marginal success, the music window opened and closed very quickly for me. A good friend introduced me to mortgage lending. I retired in December after spending 21 years in the industry, to focus on managing our investment property portfolio and our Nashville farm and wedding venue, Sage Creek Farm. What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola? I love the charm and history of the downtown area. I love the people. I love the small town feel that provides all the amenities of a big city. I love the beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald-blue water. The live music venues are vintage and offer a historical experience for the modern-day enthusiast. Three words that best describe you. Genuine. Loyal. Fun! Favorite place for dining, entertainment, and outdoor activities? Favorite place for dining is Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach. My favorite “hang” is Hub Stacy’s downtown for entertainment. My favorite outdoor activities would have to be beaching our boat and hanging out with friends. I also love to catch my limit in snapper! What is one thing that you do not go a day without? I tell Andrea I love her everyday of our lives! I’m so glad I’ve had her to share all these wonderful memories with. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… Pensacola is me! photo by Nicole Partridge

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