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events 14 Step One Automotive’s Gladiator Release Party 16 Stellar Star-Studded Evening with Morgan Freeman & Chef Emeril Lagasse 21 Bracken Law 30A Grand Opening 24 Premiere MedSpa Grand Opening 28 Rags 2 Riches Reggata 32 4th of July at Harborwalk 37 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic 43 Ballet at Twilight 47 Mingling & Margs 50 Family Independence Day Celebration 53 The Mulligans Summer Jam 58 Fat Tuesday Parade 60 Great American Cookout 67 Rock the Docks 71 Power of Networking Luncheon 74 Smoke on the Coast
on the cover Lynn & Steve Dugas, Linda Keena & Morgan Freeman
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Adventure Out May We Suggest Swizzle Give Care Share Locale Save the Date I Am Destin
VIP Destin Magazine Staff Publisher Greg Alexander
Designer Sheila McDiarmid
Associate Publisher Verla Price
Contributing Writers/ Photographers Greg Alexander Zhalman Harris Shanna Magnuson Courtney Murray Kay Phelan Verla Price Liesel Schmidt
Managing Editor Steve Barber
Photography by Kay Phelan
Production Editor Jessica Graña
at Stellar Star-Studded Evening with Morgan Freeman & Chef Emeril Lagasse
Advertising Steve Barber Missy Kimbrough Elizabeth Netherland Linette Ragsdale
VIP Founder Jeff Watson
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letter from the Editor letter from the editor Asand we say goodbye Can youHappy believeNew it is Year! August Summer is about to to 2018 and welcome 2019, we celebrate come to a close? Our August Issue celebrates relaxation the past year and salute the new year. in our SPAS & RESORTS Issue. Whether relaxing at one VOLUME XV • ISSUE Our January issue celebrates Destin of our beautiful resorts or spas or simply spending some area weddings. VIP Destin Magazine time at the our area resource has so much to offer. hasbeach, become a vital for brides seeking the current wedding trends In August we prepare to send students back to school, that make our area the destinationa time to reflect and prepare for a more structured PUBLISHER wedding mecca it has become. With the schedule. We still will enjoy warmer weather and we GREG ALEXANDER arrival of 2019, we eagerly look forward eagerly look forwardwinter to signature, late summer events to signature events along the ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER along theEmerald Emerald Coast. Cultural activities, fun festivals, Coast. Cultural activities, VERLA PRICE lecture series, and athletic events. what’s up on the fun festivals, lecture series,Here’s athletic MANAGING EDITOR and weddings. always Emeraldevents, Coast… August kicksThere’s off with the Fort Walton STEVE BARBER something happening on our sugar-performance Beach Stage Crafters Community Theatre white shores. Here’s up onatthe of Neil Simon’s Rumors, thewhat’s 8th Paddle the Porch, PRODUCTION EDITOR Emerald Coast… January kicks off with JESSICA GRAÑA which showcases the beautiful emerald green water and Art Wave, a modern and sophisticated white sandy shores of Destin, The sipping Next Best Thing bazaar celebrating localand artists, ADVERTISING in Southand Walton, a fun day of networking, professional photo by Scott Schaeffl er BETH MANGUM shopping at Bubbly Baytowne, ELIZABETH NETHERLAND development, and inspiration just to name a few. We and Destin Desserts benefi ting the Girl of heading the Florida to finish theScouts month intoPanhandle, Labor Dayjust weekend SENIOR DESIGNER name a few. officially bringing summer to an end. PRISCILLA ATKINS Couples are creating memories every daylocal withartist weddings on the Emerald Check out our ADVENTURE OUT featuring Velia Lala who has been shaking up the localDESIGNER Coast. Our January issue is one of the most anticipated issues of the year with a art worldconcentration and GIVE CARE SHARE on United Methodist Children’s Home covering four countiesSHEILA in MACDIARMID on all things wedding related in the area. Many of our advertisers LACEY RACHALL Northwest homes for and youth. are Florida weddingproviding based businesses. Bechildren sure to check out wedding editorials from our advertisers. Our Swizzle feature previews everyone’s favorite, The Mimosa. I Am Destin completes our SPAS & CONTRIBUTING RESORTS Issue with a spotlight on Allyson Shirley a long-time salon and spa owner in Destin. WRITERS/PHOTOGRAPHERS Swizzle features Ice Champagne which changes champagne sipping as you
know it, and I Am Destin completes our Wedding issue with a spotlight on GREG ALEXANDER Destin event planner and restaurateur, Nicki Cox. JEN DEEB Take time to enjoy all the August activities, get out and experience the events our area has to offer. ZHALMAN HARRIS Take time to enjoy all the New Year activities, get out and enjoy all the SHANNA MAGNUSON Enjoy your August Issue of VIP Destin Magazine…and we look forward to seeing you again next winter events our area has to offer. Enjoy your January issue of VIP Destin COURTNEY MURRAY month. Magazine…and we look forward to seeing you again next month. LIESEL SCHMIDT Cheers!
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VIP Destin at Step One Automotive Group
Step One Automotive’s
GLADIATOR RELEASE PARTY photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
Raffaella Fant & Fernando Arellano
tep One Automotive Group in Fort Walton Beach held the Jeep Meet N’ Greet Gladiator Release Party on July 20. It was a beautiful sunny day with people excited to see the new Gladiator, and climb into one for the first time. With over 300 people in attendance and selling 3 new Gladiators during the event alone, the event was certainly a success. All proceeds went to The Air Commando Association, which was the event charity partner. Co-host Destin Jeep Brigade also helped out and handled the 50/50 raffle for the club. The event also featured vendor charity raffles, food, and family friendly fun, including Epic Photobooth and Epic Elegant Entertainment DJ. There were prizes like a weekend with Gladiator and dinner, a car upgrade basket, beach day basket, “spin the wheel” Jeep swag, hats, stickers and more. Meg Pettis added a special thank you to Destin Jeep Brigade and The Air Commando Association (ACA). The ACA’s mission is to “serve Air Commandos and their families, past and present, and future by educating and advocating to fill the unmet needs of Air Commandos and families.”
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Chase Boyd & Nico Gara
Matthew & Jessica Bowers
Michael Miloas & Kyle Miloas
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VIP Destin at The Pierce’s Family Home
Stellar Star-Studded Evening with
Morgan Freeman & Emeril Lagasse
Morgan Freeman & Chef Emeril Lagasse photos & story by Kay Phelan
ixty guests arrived at Jim and Tammy Pierce’s impressive Sandestin home recently to enjoy a rare experience. The Pierces hosted a star-studded celebrity wine dinner for charity featuring iconic Academy-award winning actor Morgan Freeman, and American celebrity chef, restaurateur and author, Emeril Lagasse. Attending couples raised their paddles high to bid on the dinner this past spring at the 13th Annual Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown, which raised over $1 million to benefit eight Gulf Coast charities. The Freeman/Lagasse dinner alone raised an impressive $100,000 that directly benefited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). The Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown was founded by Mike and Val Thompson and is now orchestrated by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation every year. “It was our pleasure to host this memorable dinner with our community being able to take part,” commented hostess Tammy Pierce, who is also the immediate past board president of ECCAC. “But more importantly, more impacted children can benefit from ECCAC because of the great support of events such as Chi Chi.” ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. Their child-friendly centers house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, ECCAC staff and volunteers. The 501C-3 non-profit organization has provided services at no cost to over 12,000 children in the past 18 years. For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
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Inspired to Create photos provided by Velia Lala | story by Courtney Murray
photo by Matt Stone
eter Pan once said, “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret to happiness.” Velia Lala is one individual who is lucky enough to do both. It is increasingly rare in today’s world to love your work; but in doing so, you throw open the doors of your life and give way to exciting new opportunities. Velia Lala was born and raised in Louisiana, and over the course of her thirty-year career she has worn many hats. Art was always simmering on low on the back burner for Velia. Dabbling in art during her early twenties by creating ceramic masks, led to experimenting with different art forms at the end of her work days and on weekends. She described, “There was always that innate desire to be able to be creative on a full time basis and at the end of 2010 I just took a leap of faith.” Velia has been shaking up the art world ever since creating abstract to classical castings; each piece a one of a kind uniquely beautiful creation. Velia forms her original and custom works through acrylic, mixed medium, epoxy high gloss, photography and body casting/ bronzing; constantly growing and learning through a wide array of artistic techniques. Her pieces stand out with her use of vibrant colors, unique patterns and interesting textures. It was a natural leap to then delve all in to the world of fashion, with a truly special line of Wearable Art clothing and stand out accessories. Velia is constantly inspired by the world around her and every day she is surprised by what stands out. “I am inspired by music, travel and life’s experiences. I’ve never created an art piece without some genre of music playing in the background or turned up for energy.” Her art work has evolved and you can sometimes decipher what her mood was at the time of creation by studying the piece. Her work began as very minimalistic and has now grown to have a life of its own with very textural canvases of all sizes. She is now inspiring others through her passion by leading art classes. In 2012 she began teaching art classes out of her home, 18
which quickly gathered attention and a following within the local art community and beyond. Shortly after she became a GOLDEN Art Educator and now hosts classes in her Fort Walton Beach Studio. A lot of group art classes teach you how to paint one object or scene, and then the whole room paints the same thing. Those are nice, but Velia’s art classes take you completely out of the box. The whole group learns the same technique, but then your creativity takes over and you are
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able to create a beautiful one of a kind work of art. During the “Glitzy Pours” class you work with Epoxy Resin. Another option that’s fun for all ages is the “Corrugated Construction with Resin” class where magic happens when cardboard is transformed into a creation that looks like metal. In the “Layered Techniques” class you learn the concept of pattern and flow by adding layers of papers and embellishments to create a unique masterpiece. The interest in these classes became so great that Velia decided to take the act on the road! She decided to expand the art classes to a mobile structure and bring the joy of art to you. She brings all of the supplies to your home, place of business, restaurant, etc. These classes are sometimes private lessons, a party or a corporate team building event. All you need to supply is your imagination. Velia continues to follow her heart saying, “My goal is to show clients that we are critical of our own imperfections, yet when others look at the sculptures, all they see is exquisite beauty.” Velia Lala Designs Gallery is located at 310 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL. Call 985-507-9784 today to schedule a class.
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VIP Destin at Bracken Law 30 A
30A Grand Opening photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
racken Law, P.A.’s second office location grand opening on 30A was celebrated on June 26 from 5:30-7:30, along with Proffitt PR and Walton Area Chamber of Commerce. The new office is located in Blue Mountain Beach at the Draper J Building right in the heart of the community. This warm evening kicked-off with a ribbon cutting, while guests enjoyed appetizers from Chef Holbrook of Signature Catering of 30A, including arugula veal meatballs, pulled sliders on King’s Hawaiian bread, pecan grouper sliders, spring rolls, and bananas foster. Each guest also enjoyed cold drinks by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, and live music by Matt Lyons. A rooftop toast overlooking the Gulf made for the perfect evening ending and celebration of this fabulous new office. The first office is in Miramar Beach/Destin area and Bracken Law, P.A. was also the winner of Best in Destin Law Firm. With this new location they said “we believe this location will better able Bracken Law to serve its clients and provide exceptional attorney and title services.”
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Danny Cosenzi & Donna Proffitt
Mary O’Neil & Colleen Custred
Lexi Allen & Taylor Sheekley
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Kasey & Donavan Perry, Hannah Green
Edward Lannon & Geoffrey Bracken
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Maria Stroop & Sharon Martin
Bridgett Hall & Wade Cotton
Julie & DC Matthews, Jessica Stewart
Tori Compton & David Conkie
Nancy Bown & Ashley Vannoy
Julie Dorr, Cory Herman & Christina Pearson
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VIP Destin at Renew Aestetics & Anti-Aging Clinic
Premier MedSpa Grand Opening photos & story by Zhalman Harris
he Emerald Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Medical Spa, Renew Aesthetics & Anti-Aging Clinic, held their grand opening at their Fort Walton Beach location on Brooks St. on June 27. Friends, family members, and the general public attended the event in support of the owners who are on a quest to open a premier anti-aging and medical spa right in the heart of Fort Walton Beach. Those who attended the grand opening enjoyed live music by Ryan Fredrick Stroud, some delicious hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, cocktails, and a tour of the facility. Generous discounts were also given to all of the patrons who signed up for services at the spa, and to show appreciation to their guests, the staff handed out goodie bags at the end of the event as people left.
Alaina Barrow & Cherish Vuyovich
Julia Coyazo & Braden Jolley
Penny Bagwell & Carol Layberger
Arreanna Bush & Lauren Kast
Danielle McGraw, Sabrina Shelton, Kevin & Catherine Beall, Alyssa LaBrossiere
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Courtney Solley & Pam Rodriguez
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merald Coast Rental Management is owned and operated by Martha Dowd and Stevie McInnes. Martha and Stevie have been in the long term property management business for many years, and wanted to a start a business that celebrates and serves their customers. Emerald Coast Rental Management offers an out-of-the-box solution for all of your long term property management needs. All homes are not created the same, so why should all long term property management be? ECRM offers ala cart services, as well as full management, always making the customer’s needs their number one priority. ECRM wants to ensure that they can accommodate all owner’s and tenant’s needs and provide them with exceptional service. Working in this industry for many years allowed Martha and Stevie to take the feedback from previous experiences with customers and implement their suggestions to offer a creative structure to their business model. To accomodate
the working professional, they offer extended weekday hours and hours on Saturday. They also offer unique showing experiences, and all homes are shown and will never be put on a lockbox. The goal is to offer a unique, boutique experience when renting with ECRM, and to make the process from owner to tenant as seamless as possible. As an owner, they want you to let us do the worrying for you, they also want you to be as involved as you like, and they want to accomodate your needs. At ECRM, they work for you and take immense pride in this. As a tenant, they will do the best they can to guide you through the process of renting, from showing, to application, to signing and assist with the move-in timeline. Emerald Coast Rental Management is here to walk you through the entire process. Martha and Stevie wanted to create a company founded on the heart for service and they have accomplished this by placing emphasis on putting the customer’s needs first.
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Emerald Coast Rental Management is always trying to find ways to give to back to the Realtors who have referrred business to the company. ECRM wanted to create a referral program to show the agents appreciation for the confidence they have in ECRM to care for their clients as they do. ECRM pays referrals for both new owners and for any qualified tenants that signs a year lease. ECRM not only wants to give back to Realtors, but ECRM wants to give back to the community that they love. They are always actively trying to find a way to get involved wherever the community needs them, from sponsoring a school supply drive and matching two times all supplies donated, to being
one of the sponsors of Miss Destin; they are committed to the community. At Emerald Coast Rental Management, they want to project their heart for service and offer unsurpassed customer service in all aspects of the business, from the first impression to the last impression, they strive to make a lasting impression. Great service begins with those with a heart for service; and that is exactly what Emerald Coast Rental Management pride pride themselves in offering. Emerald Coast Rental Management is located in the Regions Bank Building at 25 Beal Parkway, Suite 230, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850.362.6999 or visit www.emeraldcoastpropertymanagement.com.
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VIP Destin at Grayton Beach
Rags 2 Riches Regatta photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
he 23rd annual Rags 2 Riches Regatta on June 29 almost had to cancel this year due to weather, but the rain held off on Grayton Beach and the sunshine allowed the race to continue with only some slight changes in start time. With registration in the morning followed by the Captain’s meeting, people gathered along the beach with their fresh caught fish, favorite snacks, and drinks. Hosted by Grayton Beer Company, this event was originally organized by the residents of Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach. It’s the annual tradition and celebration of Independence Day, and a great all day gathering for families and friends. Located just behind the Red Bar at the entrance at Grayton Dunes, two-manned teams navigate 16’ Hobie Cats along the coast of Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach. The beach was packed with on-lookers soaking up the sunshine as they cheered on the teams. Deemed as some locals’ “favorite event of the year,” it’s a perfect kick-off celebration for the 4th of July.
Ron Palmquist & Alex Kohle
Arlene & Fred Meredith
Priscilla Arce & Josh Jimenz
Kenzie Snoeberger & Tyler Gainey
Levin & Jessica Bracken, Rayna Bishop & Andrew Goodrow
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BERKSHIRE is BOOMING! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty expands and announces our fifth office on the Emerald Coast! We are thrilled to join the tenant mix at The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, to serve Miramar Beach and the surrounding areas.
GRAND OPENING THIS FALL 7684 W County Highway 30A | (850) 267-0013 1073 E. John Sims Parkway Suite | (850) 729-0176 8775 Foxtail Loop | (850) 944-3700 PENSACOLA 17 W. Cedar St. | (850) 434-2244 SANTA ROSA BEACH NICEVILLE
www.BHHSPenFed.com ©2019 BHH Affiliates, LLC. Real Estate Brokerage Services are offered through the network member franchisees of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Most franchisees are independently owned and operated. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.
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Professor Tree CBD Gel- $28 Emerald Grande Spa www.EmeraldGrande.com
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Anne Neilson Angel Candle - Luminous Regular price $49.99 Frillseekers www.FrillseekersGifts.com
EMSCULPT, non-invasive body sculpting solution - Sculpt Muscle and Burn Fat - prices vary Aqua Medical Spa - Santa Rosa Beach www.AquaMedicalSpa.com | 850-608-3050
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Allyson Salon & Spa
llyson Salon and Spa has been serving our beautiful Emerald Coast for 12 years now. We strive to give each guest their very own customized beauty goals where they can feel comfortable and relaxed. We offer a wide range of hair services to include, color, cuts and styles or just an updo and getting your make-up done for any special event. We also offer skin care and esthetic services, customized facials are our specialty, using our very own skin care products that are formulated for each individual and their skin care needs. Also, another very popular service is our eyelash lifting and extensions as well as tinting and eyebrow enhancements. Please follow us on FB or IG where
we are always available to answer any questions and set up your appointments, or call us at 850-650-2667. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Polished 30A Nail Bar
olished 30A Nail Bar is a uniqueboutique, all-natural nail bar, nestled among The Shops at The Hub on 30A. This one of a kind nail bar was designed with a fresh, light and modern look that matches the high quality of its services. Resting in custom designed, high-back settee and soaking in imported Italian sinks, it’s easy to see why our clientele come every week. Our licensed, nationally-certified professionals make us the premier location for nail health, education, pedicure and manicure services. Polished 30A Nail Bar is the local leader in Shellac, SNS DIP, OPI and Nifty-Nail Stamping. Our products have nothing to hide, they are custom created, 100% natural sugar scrubs, and are as much fun to use as they are to say! “Orange You Glad To Stay On 30A” - “Not So Vanilla Vacation”
- “Mint To Be By The Sea.” Come , relax and destress, or engage in a fun, friendly conversation with our nail educators and learn how to best care for your nails. Take a vacation in your vacation with a visit to Polished 30A Nail Bar. Express Pedicure $45 * Express Manicure $25 * Shellac Gel Manicure $45 * SNS Powder Gel Manicure $40
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VIP Destin at HarborWalk Village
4th of July Celebration photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
arborWalk Village in Destin does it big with each holiday, and the 4th of July Celebration was no different. The whole week was fi lled with events and bands on the main stage, and July 4th was packed with both out-of-town guests and locals. Free beer samples were passed out right from the stage from 7-9pm, with Eli Hannon and The Manly Hero playing- that got the whole crowd dancing and singing along! Then there were fireworks at 9:00pm, and a fire-spinning show at 9:30pm. Vendors of all kinds lined HarborWalk, along with Lydia Faith of Aerial Events, who was on stilts handing out flags and high-fives in her best 4th of July outfit for entertainment. It was a great family-friendly location, and still more than enough places to stop for the older crowd to enjoy, too. Across the HarborWalk you could see guests enjoying the beach, boating, and kayaking all the way over to Crab Island. Although it was an extremely warm day, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the crowds from cooling off any way they could while still sporting their favorite Independence Day attire.
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story by Liesel Schmidt
eeing the sunny yellow hue of the mimosa cocktail, there’s little wonder that this bright, refreshing drink bears the name of a flower of the same name—not to mention the same color. In the same way the flowers themselves seem to light up the branches of the trees from which they burst forth, the drink seems to light up the palate, bursting with the brightness of bubbles that add effervescent appeal to the sweet acidity and tartness of citrus juices. So just where did this ingenious drink originate? Credit the creative drinkers and thinkers of Spain, where oranges and sparkling wines like cava are produced in abundance. After all, when life gives you oranges...add fizzy alcohol? Can’t argue with that! Traditionally speaking, mimosas are most often created using one part champagne or sparkling wine to one part orange juice, though it can be made with the juices of another citrus fruit, like grapefruit. But—especially here in Florida, where we tend to have a thing for oranges—we’re all about the classic, mixing up OJ with our fave champs or sparkling wines to create the perfect way to start the day (did someone say “brunch?”), celebrate the blessed union of two souls, or indulge during our time in first-class (or, for those of us in coach, pretending we’re in first class…). But who says you can’t have a mimosa any time? With so much vitamin C, the case can be made for the mimosa as a healthy drink, don’t you think? And who doesn’t love being healthy? It’s also an extremely simple recipe, as it literally takes only two ingredients to make. One part to one part, though some recipes call for the ratio to skew more on the side of adding more alcohol, depending on the desired level of sweetness—not that we have a problem with that. It’s all about your personal preference. What makes it seem so special is, of course, the celebratory feel of the champagne or sparkling wine and the champagne flute that the drink is traditionally served in. One of the great things about this fizzy drink is the fact that—aside from being almost idiot-proof— it can be made relatively inexpensively, and no one will be the wiser. Because you’re mixing your ingredients, it doesn’t require the use of premium quality champagne or sparkling wine, which means you can save your pennies and still come out looking like quite the cocktail genius. There is, however, something to be said for not going too cheap, as those bargain-basement bubblies will bring you nothing but headaches later on (literally). It’s important to start with cold ingredients and keep them chilled until you’re ready to make the drink. And that champagne flute isn’t just because we want to be all fancy—it actually serves a purpose, as the tall design of the glass helps retain bubbles. If you don’t have a flute, use a wine glass. Not quite as effective, but still good. Method is important here, as well. Unless you like having overflow, pour the sparkling wine into the glass first, then follow it with the juice. It’s also key to make like a beermeister and hold the glass at a slight tilt as you pour the wine, which will preserve those bright little bubbles we all love so much. Whether you’re a bruncher or an equal-opportunity sipper, mimosas have a way of brightening and lightening any occasion. So raise a glass to OJ (and champagne) all day!
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Classic Mimosa INGREDIENTS: â&#x20AC;˘ 2 oz. Pulp-free orange juice â&#x20AC;˘ 6 oz. Chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine DIRECTIONS: Pour chilled sparkling wine or champagne in a champagne flute, then top off with orange juice. Garnish with orange slice or peel, if desired.
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VIP Destin at Baytowne Marina
Blue Marlin Classic
photos & story by Zhalman Harris
t was another exciting and successful weekend at the 17th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Fishing Tournament. The final weigh in, which was on June 23 at Baytowne Marina, brought in some determined and skilled teams to show-off their big catches. For 2019, there were over 28 sponsors, 80 boats, and $1.8 million in cash awards. A new record by a single team was also broken by boat “It Just Takes Time,” coming in with a Blue Marlin weighing 574 pounds. The monstrosity which was snagged by angler Nick Pratt fetched the team a whopping $596,025.00 in cash. Other cash prizes and trophies were awarded to participating teams for different disciplines including Top Release Teams, Top Crew, Top Dolphin, Top Tuna, Top Wahoo, and Top Lady Angler amongst others. Every year after the fun, awards, and trophies, the Blue Marlin Classic doesn’t just shut its doors until the next year- they also give to the community. They support Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Harvest House Food Bank, Hosanna House for abused women, The Billfish Foundation, and Florida Deptartment of Environmental Protection Clean Marina Program. Officially sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and a qualifying event for the IGFA World Championship Circuit, the ECBC attracts anglers of all skill levels for their tournaments.
Gil Osterloh & Alyssa Hoffman
Jalen & Kasia Woods
Mason Cooke, Hector, Cheri & Madison Dourron
Springer & Gracen Williams
Skylar McQueen & Marina Verda
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Need a Great Place to Work At The Beach? Beachworx Has Got You Covered! photos provided by Beachworx | story by Will Estell
Beachworx offers affluently appealing and aesthetically pleasing shared office space allowing you to work in a flexible, affordable, energetic, and modern coworking space without having to commit to long term contracts and binding lease agreements. Beachworx is a state-of-the-art workplace, constantly innovating to provide the very best office environment for anyone in need of just the right place to work at the beach. Work right in the heart of Destin Florida Private Offices
At Beachworx you benefit from an executive office suite in the heart of Destin. Come and go as you please and always know you have the best office in town complete with all the amenities and convenience to get the work done in a place where you’ll be proud to work from. And did I mention the wonderful panoramic view and convenient location? You’ll see what I mean!
Don’t need a private office? Well, Beachworx literally has something for everyone. Here you can have your own desk in a shared space with one or two others. This unique flexibility encompasses a twist between traditional executive office suites and modern coworking and makes it both easy and affordable to get the space you need without being stuck with more than you may need. 40
Available on a first come first served basis, these Beachworx hot desks are the most affordable option in a traditional coworking setup. You can surround yourself with other driven and successful entrepreneurs, while still working in a shared coworking space with full access to all the great amenities Beachworx offers you.
Beachworx has private board rooms of various sizes to meet your individual meeting needs. These board rooms are equipped with full multi-media capabilities such as flat screens, Apple TV & Chromecast for easy presentation capabilities when you need it. The meeting rooms also offer glass whiteboards, conference phones, and the privacy you need to carry out your meeting in a professional manner, any time of day.
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Business Support Services
Beachworx offers you an array of business support services including mail and package handling, dedicated roadside digital billboard advertising in a highly desired and high traffic count area, notary public services, locker rentals, digital imaging (printing, scanning, copying), and even reception and administrative services from phone calls to client greetings.
Membership Includes: Member Spotlight
Beachworx social media channels and member directories by which to increase your exposure and introduce you to existing members, visitors and professionals across the Destin and surrounding region. This can be especially beneficial to new businesses or those that can benefit from area connections with other professionals.
Use of The Hub
The Hub is a space used for having lunch and casual meetings between members of Beachworx, and even their client guests. Using this casual and laid-back atmosphere is a great way to grow and connect outside of regular client meetings while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the office.
Included in your Beachworx membership you will have no-cost access to coffee, tea, water, snacks, WiFi access, printing and free parking, all easily accessible right in the heart of Destin, making it even simpler to do business in the normally crowded and high traffic count tourism seasons.
With BeachNetworx you as a member will get exclusive invitation only access to personal and professional networking events, seminars and workshops hosted by Beachworx in partnerships with members and business professionals from throughout the Destin and Northwest Florida community. These include Chamber of Commerce events, grand openings, public relations group events, magazine and media related events, and an entire array of great opportunities to mingle and meet other movers and shakers just like yourself. Beachworx is also very involved in combining a level of social responsibility with profitable business initiatives throughout the Northwest Florida area. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by sponsorship or mentorship opportunities, Beachworx is dedicated to the support of multiple causes from military service and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues to arts, music, education and youth organizations to special needs, and environmental efforts. If you desire as a member to be involved in giving back and making a real difference in the local community, then Beachworx is a great springboard for boosting your efforts. Whatever your individual business needs are, you can see that Beachworx truly does have something for everyone. Yes, even you! August 2019 | 41
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You love service and convenience.
Then you’ll love this bank.
Looking for that perfect balance of personal service and tech convenience? Progress Bank has all the digital features of a big bank but with the local connections and welcoming service of the local bank we are. You’ll find no ATM fees worldwide*, mobile deposit, email or text money, bill pay and more.
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VIP Destin at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
2019 Northwest Florida
Ballet at Twilight photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
he 2019 Northwest Florida Ballet at Twilight took place on June 22, at Grand Boulevard Sandestin. This annual free community performance, and final performance of the season, was a mix of classic and modern works. Starting at 7:30pm, this popular outdoor event invited all to bring a chair and beach blanket, and enjoy the production of Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) dancers and international guests artists. Artistic Director and CEO of NFB Todd Allen, and Community School Director and Assistant Director Sharon Allen, added how grateful they were for this evening. They loved being part of the community and are excited for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary season. Ballet at Twilight is a part of Grand Boulevardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coastal Culture series made possible by Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment program. The 2018-2019 season was presented by St. Joe Community Foundation. NFB is sponsored in part by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Look for more about the 50th Anniversary season coming up this Fall.
West & Alison Whitten
Beverly Reinschmidt & Dorothy Lister
Deborah Tipton, Debbie Jacobson & Patricia Driver-Hall
Jill Austin & Jeannie James
Darlene & James Jester
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Kenneth & Veronica McCann
Katy Copeland & Jen Snider
Jay & Haley Mott, Stacey Holland
Mike Abram & Ann Keenan
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John Bailey & Christina Jones
Derek, Derek Jr, Mila & Olga Markulin
Tela & Ross Hemingway
Andrea Ammons & Payton Beason
Todd Allen, Linda Watson & Sharon Allen
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Inspiring 50 Yearsof Excellence... Season Subscriptions On Sale Now Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary season with three incredible productions as well as events for patrons, alumni and the community.
Beer & Ballet
Oct. 12 @ 7:00pm Grayton Beer Company A mix of contemporary, neoclassical and classical pieces from guest choreographers and the NFB repertoire in a more casual atmosphere.
Nov. 22 & 23 @ 7:30pm Nov. 24 @ 2:30pm Mattie Kelly Arts Center Sponsored In Part by:
The 40th annual production of the classic holiday fairytale with live music by the NFB Orchestra.
Feb. 28 @ 7:30pm March 1 @ 2:30pm Mattie Kelly Arts Center A cavalcade of enchanting characters, dancing, costumes and a magical set with live music by the NFB Orchestra.
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VIP Destin at La Cocina
Mingling & Margs photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
ingling and Margs was a fun, free event hosted by Young Professionals of Walton County (YPWC) on July 11. Each month YPWC hosts events for members and guests across Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast for ambitious individuals to network and get to know other local professionals. From 5:30- 7PM, Mingling & Margs offered networking, one free margarita, chips and salsa, and was sponsored by location La Cocina in Seacrest Beach and Progress Bank. This Thursday get together had La Cocina packed with people trying to cool off indoors with a handcrafted margarita, and ready to win a door prize while catching up with members and tons of new faces in town. Young Professionals of Walton County is an organization created by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce with the mission to “bridge social, geographical, political and economic boundaries” while providing a venue that for many is a great way to discover new local places to support. They also host members only events, discounts on tickets, access to networks, leadership opportunities and much more.
Hannah Green & Sarianna Thomas
Ami Carr & Todd McMurray
Mayra Quinones & Taylor Sheekley
JD Whidden & Chelsea Fox
Donavan & Kasey Perry
Jeff Provinse, Jessica Anderson, Kate Bryant, Chelsea Blake & Kelly Thompson
Lauren Athalia & Marielle Roberts
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SAVOR THE CLASSIC & SOPHISTICATED One of the finest dining destinations along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood features an award-winning 600-label wine list, hand selected prime steaks and Gulf-to-table seafood dishes. With fresh, seasonally inspired ingredients, Seagar’s prides itself on providing the most decadent and indulgent meals.
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VIP Destin at Morgan Sports Center
Family Independence Day Celebration
Bike Parade photos & story by Zhalman Harris
he Children of Destin and the surrounding areas had a fun-fi lled evening at the Family Independence Day Celebration, which was held at the Morgan Sports Center in Destin on July 2. The annual City of Destin Independence Bike Parade is put on each year by Destin Parks and Recreation. The team worked tirelessly to make this a special event for families in the area to enjoy on their 4th of July celebration. The Parks & Recreation Director, Lisa Firth, and Ms. Destin Brooke O‘Keefe were on the sidelines cheering the young bikers on as they pedaled their way around the track. Ms. Firth also said the event was put on for the kids to enjoy and celebrate July 4th in their own way, and she hoped this event will be a continuous running one each year, since they had a hiatus the last couple of years. She added, “The kids have so much fun, I just love seeing them so happy.”
Charlene, Avenue & Zach Eckert, Jeanette Aranda
Caroline, Elizabeth, Regina & Jack Piazza
Dave Bazylak & Kaitlyn Jackson
Cylar & Chris Strother
Angie & Kieley Mawn
Jennifer Bazylak & Elizabeth Runyon
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2019 OKALOOSA ISLAND
FINAL SUMMER SHOWS! August 7 • August 14 Labor Day Weekend Special Sunday, September 1
Don’t miss the final days of Summer Fun! 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Okaloosa Island • TheBoardwalkOI.com
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VIP Destin at Emerald Coast Convention Center
2019 Summer Jam photos & story by Zhalman Harris
hat a fun evening it was at The Summer Jam 2019, which took place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on July 13. Patrons danced the night away to some great music by The Mulligans to help celebrate the Emerald Coast Autism Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ten year anniversary. The Director & Co- founder Staci Berryman thanked all of their sponsors and families for their support and help over the years to make ECAC a success. She also gave a brief history of the center, and gave her guests an inside look at the day to day activities, how the students at the center benefit from what they offer there, and how much the staff members give to make sure the children at ECAC have the best care when they are there. The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating and improving the lives of young children with autism in Okaloosa and Walton counties and surrounding areas. ECAC is unique in their approach to teaching these amazing children. All instruction and activities at the ECAC are conducted in a manner consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The science of ABA is currently the only proven intervention for children with autism. Specifically, ECAC follows the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach to ABA, based on B.F. Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analysis of verbal behavior.
Misty Alligood & Tracy Hanson
Joel & Angela Carden
Erika & Eric Navarre
Amelia, Trista & Wendy Barrett, Donna Schoditsch
Charlotte Brookshire & Brad Berryman
Bambi Hall & Chandler Daggs
Kelly & Jeremy Robbin
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VIP Destin at The Mulligans 2019 Summer Jam
Todd & Marcela Vucovich
Denise & Ed Kendust
Matt Baltz & Teresa Halverson
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Pepperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Panama City Now Open! newly remodeled after the hurricane and ready to serve bay county!
best happy hour & drink specials!
2 for 1 everything, any flavor, any size including top shelfdaily 1pm - 5pm and all day sundays!
House margaritas and draft beer 2 for 1 all day every day.
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photos provided by UMCH
| story by Greg Alexander
erving out the simply stated but exceptionally difficult mission of “Following the example of Christ by embracing all God’s children … one child, one family at a time,” the United Methodist Children’s Home provides homes, hope, and healing in Northwest FL to families, children, and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. Agency-wide services include foster care (traditional and therapeutic), adoption services, teen center, residential homes, transitional living services, family preservation and reunification, and higher education scholarship programs. Homes for children and youth in need are provided through their foster care program and teen group home. Their family preservation program provides targeted, specific interventions for families who are at risk for having children removed as well as with families working toward reunifying with their children. Their Teen Center provides
mentoring and educational support services for youth impacted by the foster care system. Children served range from ages 0-21. Referrals are received from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Families First Network (FFN). UMCH is licensed through DCF, contracted through FFN, and serves an average of 125-150 individuals at any given time in Northwest FL. Their programs span 36 counties in Alabama and four in Northwest FL. The NWFL ministry currently has program offices and staff serving children and families in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Detailed history and program information can be found online at www.UMCH.net or call us at 850.240.6234.
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Interview with Tracey Williams
Exec Director, United Methodist Children’s Home - NWFL Ministry Tell us about your role with UMCH.
I joined the UMCH leadership team in April 2018. I was not looking for a job, but trying to refer a qualified candidate for the position. After learning about UMCH’s history, impact, and plans to expand foster care programs in Northwest FL, it became clear to my heart that this was an opportunity for me professionally and personally. I am a former foster parent who adopted my son at the age of two. I know first-hand the challenges and rewards of being a foster parent and have managed non-profits working with vulnerable populations most of my career. What sort of staff does UMCHNWFL have locally?
Our corporate office is located in Montgomery, AL, with administrative offices in both Birmingham and Fort Walton Beach. Locally, a staff of 25 are living and serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. That number should grow in 2020 due to increased needs in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. To better represent the Northwest FL community, we are in the process of developing a volunteer leadership board from the four county area. Current leadership includes Jerry Maygarden and Kim Stagner (Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties) and Jeff Dannelly, Kirby Williams, and Greg Crouch (Okaloosa and Walton Counties). Volunteers are limited at our program locations due to sensitivity, privacy, and safety issues. We do have many community advocates and supporters in our schools and churches who raise funds, collect necessary donations (for our foster families and our teens), provide tutoring, fellowship and social opportunities. How is UMCHNWFL funded?
Collectively, the state of Florida pays about 60% of what it costs to run the programs, and funding is always shifting and fluctuating. The remainder is from donors and churches from Alabama and Florida. What is the impact of UMCH in our community in the last year?
• 15,121 days of foster care for 116 children and youth from Pensacola to Destin area. • 2,469 days of care for 18 teen girls in foster care at our residential home in Milton. • 389 family members were served (92 families) through our intensive, in-home prevention and reunification treatment in all four counties. • 29 teenagers in foster care received after school and summer care empowerment through our Teen Center in Crestview. What is the most rewarding part of your involvement with the organization?
Realizing the impact on kids when they finally have a safe and loving home, regular meals, and a place to rest. After that initial
realization that they are in a safe place, they began the process of healing and growing. They have structure, learn appropriate expectations and relationships, and live with people who advocate for their needs in every aspect of their lives. It’s life changing for them; not an overnight transformation, but it is amazing to watch the healing and growth unfold. What challenges does your organization face?
Right now - community awareness beyond community churches. Northwest FL is full of non-profit agencies benefiting children and families. Many of these agencies have designated staff to interact with the community. Because our headquarters and leadership were primarily located in Montgomery, we did not have ongoing and focused community development locally. While we are a vital and trusted agency among our partners and within our industry, the majority of our constituents are members of the United Methodist Church. We have been very blessed to receive consistent and ongoing support from churches in the Alabama West Florida Conference, but we need to reach and engage the greater community. Not just to impact funding and awareness, but to recruit more foster families, and support foster families. What is one thing you want readers to know about UMCHNWFL?
We are laser focused on healing children who are victims of choices made by adults in their lives. Many have endured unthinkable childhoods, through no fault of their own. Recently, I spoke to a bible school class when one young boy asked me “… aren’t foster kids bad?” That broke my heart as I explained they are not bad kids, but that they had bad things happen to them. They need our love and support to ensure they have what every child deserves; a home, and hope. Whether it’s working with that child’s parents to encourage reunification, or preparing a teenager for the world without a family when they “age out” of the system, every aspect of that child’s healing and growth is the reason we exist. We depend on donors to fill the gap not covered by state funding and for extracurricular activities necessary to encourage social, educational, physical, and spiritual growth. Like your kids, the cost of school activities, sports, prom, and band add up. Imagine a household with six teenage girls! Our website has giving options. August 2019 | 57
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VIP Destin at HarborWalk Village
Fat Tuesday Parade photos & story by Jen Deeb
eelin’ “Mardi Gras festive” but realize that holiday already came and went? Not on Tuesday’s at the HarborWalk Village! Every Tuesday until August 13, from 6:30pm-9pm visitors and locals of Destin party like they’re living it up on Bourbon Street itself. For the months of summer, the HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy” and entices people of all ages to come out. Looking to add to your bead collection? Here’s the place to do so. The night began with music from Fais Do Do, which took place at the big stage. People either brought their own chairs, grabbed a seat in front of the stage or danced their way around the walkways as they checked out all the other attractions & stores. Other attractions of the night consisted of stilt walkers, who made balloon animals, face painting and the opportunity to hold exotic birds. As the parade began, people lined up along both sides of the HarborWalk walkways in preparation for the colorful floats, dazzling costumes, and street performers. Float riders tossed out beads and swag to all the guests along the side of the path.
Melissa Burnett & Creed Brinkley
Maddi & Syndey Gaus
Thomas, Mike & Gianna Biswell
Debby & Jose Zellers, Jaxson Ransome
Meenga Soeu & Cassidy Srey
Peggy Crim, Katelyn & Megan Brown, Mackenna Crim & Denise Crim
Andrew & Karen Reese
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VIP Destin at Destin Chamber of Commerce
Destin Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6th Annual
Great American Cookout photos & story by Shanna Magnuson
he Destin Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6th Annual Great American Cookout was held on July 9 at the Destin Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Community Bank and Emerald Coast Title Services, and featuring nonprofit partner Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. They cooked up delicious burgers and bacon, hot dogs and sides, for a great networking lunch away from work. Each of the sponsors had a chance to speak along with any new members to the Chamber. With a few door prizes given, the Destin Chamber also reminded every one of the Mega Door Prize drawing; for every Chamber breakfast, lunch, and after hours attended February-December, members will receive an entry toward one of the major prizes, where they must be present at the 2020 January Business After Hours to win. These events are a great way to meet your local business owners, discover new businesses, and even win some fun prizes.
Tai Nguyen & Stephanie Larabee
Karyn Cooper & Andrea Rymer
Jennifer Comella & Jenny Hendry
Steve Farris & Marcia Hall
Bob Perry & Shane Moody
Bekah Permanter, Renee Christenson, Cindy Russell & Mary Grzeszak
Jessica Johnsey & Heather Ruiz
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Receives Single Largest Donation in Foundation History from The Jumonville Family
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is excited to announce that it has received the largest single donation in DCWAF’s 15-year history. The gift was made by Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville and his wife Raven who live in the Destin area with their four young children. “This financial commitment by Mr. Jumonville will positively impact the lives of hundreds of children,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “We have never received a gift of this magnitude and we are so very grateful to be chosen as the recipient of such magnanimous support of our mission to help the children of Northwest Florida.” Originally from Louisiana, Jumonville started his first company at age 24. Among other business ventures, he is currently the chairman of United Networks of America, which provides products and services that reduce healthcare costs for clients such as insurance companies, governments, associations, organizations, large employers and more. Jumonville’s generous donation to DCWAF comes on the heels of his announcement of joining The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and comprised of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families that have pledged to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back. The organization currently has 204 members. With his pledge, Jumonville joins the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, MacKenzie Bezos, David Rockefeller, and many more. A portion of Jumonville’s gift will be distributed to DCWAF’s 16 benefiting local children’s charities on September 4 at the Henderson Beach Resort during their annual check presentation ceremony. The remainder of his gift will be invested into the newly renamed Jumonville Family Children’s Fund to solidify the sustainability of the organization and the charities it supports into the future. The 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine is scheduled for April 24-26, 2020 in Grand Boulevard. Patron packages will go on sale in November. 62
The Market Shops to Celebrates Six-Year Anniversary with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the six-year anniversary of the shopping center. The community is invited to explore The Market Shops outdoor shopping center while enjoying live music by Boukou Groove, as well as light bites and complimentary refreshments from The Market Shops merchants. Those attending will receive a punch card with a map of the lifestyle center outlining specific merchants to visit throughout the night. Guests will receive a stamp from each shop they visit on their pass card. Once the fully stamped card is returned to the check-in table, it will be entered in to the grand prize drawing featuring gift cards, baskets, special merchant products, and more provided by the merchants and participating Chamber members. In conjunction with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, guests are also invited to celebrate the six-year anniversary of The Market Shops. The property underwent a major renovation at the beginning of 2014, which included significant exterior repair, courtyard and walkway redesign, as well as cosmetic enhancements such as landscaping. The lawn on the east side of the property has also been expanded and refreshed to host festivals, concerts and other special events, such as The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival and Free Fitness on the Lawn every summer. The anniversary marks six years since the revamped and redesigned Market Shops opened to the public. This was the first renovation The Market Shops received since being built in 1985. Since then, the property has reestablished itself as a community location where locals and visitors alike come to shop, dine and spend time together.
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Names Kelly Pierre as 2019 Festival of the Arts Poster Art Contest Winner Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names popular Destin artist, Kelly Pierre, the 2019 Festival of the Arts poster contest
winner. Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Kelly Pierre’s passion for arts sparked at a young age. As a child, Pierre spent a lot of his time sketching marine life from the deck of his family’s shrimping boat. He uses multiple mediums, oils, acrylics, clay, wood, and metal because Pierre believes that working with just one media is restrictive to his artistic process and prefers to allow each idea to manifest on its own. Pierre’s studio is located on the Harborwalk Village in Destin where he finds inspiration in the wildlife and beauty of the local Gulf. “People come here from everywhere, they come here for the water and it is what attracts everybody. The beautiful sand and the water. I think the vibe here is awesome and they want to take that home with them,” said Kelly Pierre, 2019 Poster Content Winner, MKAF Festival of the Arts
As the annual poster art contest winner, Pierre receives a cash prize of $500. The winning poster becomes the signature artwork to promote the 24th annual festival poster, postcards, the festival guide, t-shirts, and souvenirs, on the MKAF website, social media pages and more. Festival attendees are invited to view Pierre’s winning art at this year’s Festival of the Arts, where the artwork will be available for purchase. In addition, the art is featured on this year’s official poster, festival t-shirt, and bundled note cards. “Our Festival team takes pride in providing a unique cultural experience for art enthusiasts of all ages. Every year, we welcome back some of our previous year’s award-winning artists and introduce new and seasoned artists to the eclectic mix of a premier fine arts show,” said Deb Nissley, MKAF Festival Producer. Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 24th annual event is set for October 26-27, 2019 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.
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AUGUST 2-4 & 9-11 Rumors Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium | 109 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB, FL Fridays & Saturdays | 7:30pm Sunday Matinees | 2:00pm In 1988, Neil Simon needed to cheer himself up. The solution was a farce in two acts… Lawyer Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris, were the first to arrive at the tenth wedding anniversary party for Deputy Mayor of New York Charley Brock and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, things are not going quite to plan. All the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charley has shot himself in the head. With laughs galore, “Rumors” is Neil Simon at his comedic best. For more information visit www.stagecraftersfwb.com.
AUGUST 3 AUGUST 10 Emerald Coast Poker Run 9am - 4pm Stops Open | 10am - 4pm Powerboats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, and all in between, will fi ll the waterways for one of the largest and most popular charity poker runs in the USA! Affectionately called “The Big One,” the Emerald Coast Poker Run has been held along the beautiful waters in and around Destin, Florida for over 25 years. All proceeds from Emerald Coast Boat Week and Poker Run go to the recipient children’s charities of the Emerald Coast Foundation. This event was started 25 years ago to help the youth of our local area have a chance at a brighter future. For more information visit www.emeraldcoastpokerrun.com.
Little Black Dress Party Magnolia Ballroom, Sandestin | 6pm Live Music | 7pm-9pm The Little Black Dress Party is back again for the 10th year, and it is bringing all that glitters! This year, the 10th anniversary event will be hosted in August, so save the date for the ultimate end of summer bash. The fun-fi lled event is an evening dedicated to celebrating good health and raising funds for community members in need. The event features dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Come sparkle, shine, and dance the night away. For more information visit www.fwblittleblackdressparty.com.
AUGUST 17 Paddle at the Porch 3/6 Mile Race Start | 9am 1 mile race Start | 10:30am Kids’ Fun Race Start | 11am Awards for all races will begin directly after the last race Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar. It features a Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Races will be followed by awards. For more information follow Facebook.com/PaddleAtThePorch.
The Next Big Thing
Baytowne Conference Center | 8am - 5pm
Emerald Coast Conference Center | 4pm - 9pm
This event will showcase dynamic speakers, addressing topics beneficial to empowering women professionally and personally, emerging and existing entrepreneurs and leadership development. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear two national keynote speakers and attend four TED Talk-style breakout sessions.
Come out and enjoy the 28th Annual Greek Festival during the Labor Day weekend. Taste the various Greek foods, desserts, and drinks being served up throughout the festival. Let your ears enjoy the sounds provided by the Kosta Kastanis Band, one of the hottest and most exciting Greek bands in the U.S. Let your eyes marvel at our local Greek dancers as they perform live for you our guests. There will be multiple local and national vendors showing and selling their crafts and goods. There also will be a display of a Greek Orthodox Church for all guests to visit and learn about it.
Enjoy a delectably tasteful breakfast and lunch, as well as a cocktail hour to conclude the day. Cocktail hour will feature delicious appetizers. An exhibitor showcase will be featured where you’ll have the opportunity to shop from local businesses.
For more information visit www.greekfestivalfwb.com.
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VIP Destin at HarborWalk Village
Rock the Docks photos & story by Jen Deeb
f you’re looking for something to do on any given Saturday this summer, head over to HarborWalk Village at the Emerald Grande for a live concert. Some of the past bands have been Flash Flood and Tyler Livingston, but the band we got to rock out to on June 22 was The Good Lookings. All concerts are Saturday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, and the bands are always different! Most songs had guests not only singing along, but dancing with their family and friends as they either walked around the Harbor, or as they watched the concert. Other attractions of HarborWalk Village were available, like face painting, glass blowing demonstrations, caricatures, and an exotic bird experience. The best part about the whole experience is with places like Jackacudas and Margaritaville so close, you’re able to experience dinner and still hear the music. Even if you’ve already eaten, dessert can be accomplished with help from Kona Ice or The Fudgery. For more information on the attractions available or the concert dates and bands, please visit: www.emeraldgrande.com.
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Karen & Patrick Ellingsworth
Devon Overhall & Ashley Rogers
Margie Moffatt & Cyndi Sluka
Susan & Michael Drake
Lisa Crook & Ray Horton
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Kristen Huggler, Sydney McDaniels & Kendall Huggler
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GREENS SOUTHERN CAESAR Choice of grilled or fried chicken over chopped romaine lettuce tossed with parmesan cheese, bacon, baby heirloom tomatoes, garlic croutons, house Caesar dressing $8 / $12
FRIED PORK RINDS Crispy pork skins, creole spice, remoulade sauce $3 / $5
Brunch Menu Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Omelettes served with choice of local grits or breakfast potatoes COASTAL OMELETTE Gulf Shrimp, crab, smoked gouda, green onion $16 INLAND OMELETTE Applewood smoked bacon, andouille sausage, peppers & onions, cheddar cheese $12 GARDEN OMELETTE Fresh spinach, sautÃ©ed mushrooms, baby heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese $10 COUNTRY OMELETTE Country ham, cheddar cheese, potatoes, green onion and smothered in sausage gravy $14
Benedicts served with choice of local grits or breakfast potatoes SCENIC BENEDICT Toasted english muffin, poached eggs, country ham, hollandaise, green onions $12 FRIED GREEN TOMATO BENEDICT Crispy fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, creole hollandaise, green onion $10 PRIME RIB BENEDICT Toasted English muffins, grilled prime rib, poached eggs, peppers & onions, hollandaise $14 CRAB CAKE BENEDICT Crab cakes, poached eggs, hollandaise, green onions $16 *Consumption of raw or under cooked meats, poultry, shellfish , or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness
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SOFT PRETZEL Giant pretzel baked soft on the inside, crispy & salted on the outside. Served with stone ground mustard or beer cheese $6 BRAISED TURNIP & BACON DIP Applewood smoked bacon, braised turnip greens, pepper jack & cream cheese, served with fried pork rinds $10 CRAB BEIGNETS Light & crispy fried gulf crab, remoulade sauce, hot pepper jelly $14 BABY HEIRLOOM TOMATO BRUSCHETTA Baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze, toasted baguette $8
PEACH & STRAWBERRY Seasonal greens, peaches & strawberries, feta cheese, candied pecans, bacon vinaigrette $6 / $10
Restaurant Hours 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
SPECIALS Daily Happy Hour 4pm-6pm $1 Off Draft Beer $2 Off House Wine Monday 1/2 Off Wings * Tuesday 1 Taco for $3 & 2 Tacos for $5 *
CHICKEN WINGS Tossed in your choice of buffalo, maple chipotle, or Alabama white BBQ served with carrot & celery sticks 5 for $6 / 10 for $12
Wednesday 1/2 Off House Wine Glasses All Day Charcuterie Board $15 *
CRISPY CHICKEN Crispy chicken strips served naked or tossed in your choice of sauce & choice of side $9
Thursday 10oz. Prime Rib & Choice of 2 Sides $20 * 12oz. Prime Rib & Choice of 2 Sides $22 *
CORNMEAL DUSTED CATFISH Pieces of catfish fried with choice of side $11
Friday Burger Night: 1/3Lb. Burger & Choice of Side $8 * Domestic Pitcher Specials *
BEER BATTERED SHRIMP Crispy fried shrimp with choice of side $13
Saturday 10% Off To Go Orders After 5 PM
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Crispy fried green tomatoes over a bed of seasonal greens and topped with remoulade sauce $8
Sunday Brunch Menu 10 AM - 2 PM Bottomless Mimosas $10 Bottomless Bloody Marys $13.50
QUESADILLA Choice of shaved ribeye or chicken, with roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese and served with chipotle sour cream & salsa $10
*Available after 5 PM while supplies last
BLACK & BLUE SALAD Seasonal greens, grilled flat iron steak, blue cheese, caramelized onions, baby heirloom tomatoes, candied pecans, balsamic glaze $9 / $13 THE WEDGE Iceberg lettuce, baby heirloom tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, red onion, balsamic glaze $5 / $9 HOUSE CHICKEN SALAD Roasted chicken, dill, celery, grapes, apples and candied pecans served over seasonal greens with crackers $7 / $11 DRESSINGS Ranch, Blue Cheese, Apple Tyme Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette, 1000 Island, Italian, Honey Mustard, Caesar, or Bacon Vinaigrette
SOUPS GUMBO Classic dark roux with sausage & shrimp. Served with white rice and green onion $6 / $10 ROASTED TOMATO SOUP Slow roasted tomatoes, cracked black pepper, fresh parsley $4 / $8 SEASONAL VEGETABLE & BEEF Braised beef, seasonal vegetables, rich beef broth, parsley $5 / $9 Add side house or side Caesar salad to a soup for $2
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VIP Destin at Food for Thought Outreach Center
Power of Networking
LUNCHEON photos & story by Zhalman Harris
n July 10, the Walton Area Chamber held another amazing Power of Networking Luncheon at Food for Thought’s Full Circle Kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach. The event was sponsored by Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. Before the event started, guests had the opportunity to tour the Food For Thought kitchen, and mingle with Chamber members. For the seated business activity, they played the Chamber version of “Family Feud.” Ms. Gabrielle Kilgore, Community and Special Event Manager at Walton Area Chamber of Commerce explained, “Because we really are a family here.” Each table voted one player to represent them. After three rounds, Joe Capers of Insurance Zone brought home the win and received $100 in Chamber Bucks. The Walton Area Chamber puts on events like this to foster comradery amongst businesses in the area, and to bring awareness to new businesses in a fun and educational way.
Megan Harrison & Carli Bass-Gintoli
Tiffanie Nelson & Van Geeker
Ryanny Mok & Joe Capers
Ashley Vannoy & Lorenda Smith
Joyce Hankin-Beene & Lisa Wainwright
Mayra Quinones, Chelsea Fox, Taylor Sheekley, Jessica Plowden & Kelly Thompson
Carol Lipe & Larry Greene
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Jason Scheler & Leah VanHoose
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Sharon Brainerd, TJ Campbell, & Marybeth Schrank
Ann Kief, Allison Smith, Katie Hewitt & Angie Resiak
Tony Perez, Katelyn Reddinger & Kate Price
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VIP Destin at Destin Commons
photos & story by Zhalman Harris
he aroma of barbeque mixed with smoke filled the air around Destin Commons on July 3, when 18 BBQ groups and restaurants competed to be the best smoke team on the coast. The 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks brought out thousands to sample the deliciously prepared BBQs, and support local charities the event raises funds for, through the Coins for a Cause program which is spearheaded by Destin Commons. This year a total of $88,000 was raised. Guests enjoyed live music by Forrest Williams Band and Heritage, took fun photos at the retro booth by Epic Photo Booth, kids had their faces painted, and much more. At the end of the night, everyone was dazzled by the amazing fireworks display. The BBQ winners were Destin Rotary who came in 1st for the People’s Choice Award, 2nd went to Hub City Smokehouse/Habitat for Humanity, and 3rd went to Brightview Landscaping/Taylor Haugen Foundation. The judges pick was Smokin Hot Wheels BBQ/Niceville Rotary Club for 1st place, 2nd went to Café Rico/Dog Harmony, and 3rd was Cold Creek BBQ/ Heritage Museum. The Spirit award went to The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast with 1st place, and Destin Rotary and Gulf Coast Council Boys Scouts of America coming in at 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Beth Mangum & Rosalyn Wik
Baron Billingsley & Mary Brija
Todd Wilkenson, Scott McCormick & Derek Hill
Mark Linscott & April Bailey
Amy & Brooke O’Keefe
Michele, Shervin & Jacinda Rassa, Jacoby Turner
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John Toombs & Shane Moody
Owen, Heather & Olivia Ruiz
Nancy & Fiona Bown
Dian Fraser, Jacie Chandler & Calli Chandler
Tanner, Renee, Trae & Sherman Fullard
Alex Moody, Karen Singleton & Harper Moody
Allie Noah, Ken Hair, Nikki Devore & Mark Bresnahan
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Priscilla Rose, Keith Bankston & Melissa Wachsmuth
Keke, Robert III, Robert II & Ryan Knox
Sydney Cope & Vivian Lucy
Cody & Liz Thurman
Jules Smith & Lindsey Poff
Barry Erven & Elena Lawniczak
Katie Anderson & Ruth Camacho
Eddie Bird, Debbie Schoewe, Jeff Jourdan, Brian & Kathy Haugen, Kellie Jo Kilberg & Steve Burks
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I AM DESTIN
What is your hometown, what brought you here to the Emerald Coast? West Point, Georgia, is my hometown. I started coming here as a child with my family for vacations. That’s when I knew I wanted to settle here because it felt like home. What led you to choose your profession? My choice to be an aesthetician came from growing up in the beauty industry, and competing in modeling and beauty pageants. It took me to amazing places and led me to meet inspiring people at an early age. At 15, after winning runway and photography in New York, I interviewed with John Casablanca of Elite Modeling Agency and was planning to return to New York at 18 to work for his agency in runway. After much thought, I knew my passion was directed more towards teaching others about skincare and make up, not to mention, the city life was just not for me, so I decided to return to Destin where I have made my “home.” Choose three words that best describe you. Vivacious. Passionate. Loving. What is your favorite thing about Destin? Destin has the most beautiful beaches and white sand in the world in my opinion, as well as amazing talent- from musicians, to artist, entrepreneur’s and some of the best local businesses and restaurants that bring so many people from all over the world to enjoy! Destin is truly a destination paradise! Finish this statement, I AM DESTIN because…
photo by Zhalman Harris
...after all the years of living here and being a part of all the changes I’ve experienced, I can’t help but call Destin my home.
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