VIP Pensacola - July 2023

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events departments contents Style Swizzle Green Perspectives Coastal Cuisine Save the Date Locale Give Care Share Adventure Out I Am Pensacola 27 34 40 46 52 59 69 81 102 Publisher Greg Alexander Associate Publisher Verla Price Publisher’s Assistant Nicole Partridge Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Harmony Henry Kristin Ammons Verla Price Graphic Designers Priscilla Atkins Brian Goins Patti Hall Vanessa Solis Art Directors Priscilla Atkins Vanessa Solis Content Creator Anna McGauley Stockton Contributing Writers/ Photographers Steve Black Diana Costello Patti Hall Marcus Henry Kevin L Houghton Nicole Partridge Verla Price Anna McGauley Stockton VIP Founder Jeff Watson VIP Pensacola Staff Volume VIII • Issue VII NETC Change of Command Ceremony Life’s A Dance 2023 Memorial Day Observation Ceremony House District One Golf Tournament Brides Night Daughters of the Nile Bowling Tournament Art Talk & Happy Hour Junteenth Tea Party Greater Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce Business A er Hours Sneaker Ball 2023 27th Annual Crystal Awards Festival of Speed Good Morning Pensacola 15 19 31 37 43 49 56 63 65 73 77 85 99 8 | CAPT Chris Bryant, LCDR Erick Peterson, LCDR Colin Nash & CAPT Dan Testa at NETC Change of Command on the cover Photography by Kevin L Houghton Business Profile: Badcock Home Furniture & More Best in Pensacola 2023 Winners Business Profile: Inspiritas SALUD! To Service 10 23 54 93 features Be
would like to extend our heartfelt
on the lookout for our VIP Pensacola Ambassadors, Steve & Shelley Black, at area events. VIP Pensacola
appreciation to Deputy William Hollingsworth of the ECSO for his remarkable act of bravery in assisting a stranded motorist amidst the treacherous floodwaters of Pensacola.

What sets our business apart from the rest…

Badcock Home Furniture & More of Pensacola, FL is set apart from other company furniture stores by delivering high quality products and putting our customers’ needs first. Established in 2005, our store here in Pensacola, FL has been built on a trustworthy and strong business foundation with an earned reputation for excellence in customer service and community involvement, which we will continue to provide day in and day out. Badcock is driven today, just as it was in 1904 by the founder, to provide customers with affordable color and style of home furnishings, in an atmosphere that allows them to picture the furniture in their own homes. This model has proven to continue to fuel the future growth and opportunities for the W.S Badcock Corporation and I am honored to be a leader in this industry, serving a community I have grown to love.

My story...

Over the past 13 years of my career, I have devoted my time and energy to the W.S. Badcock Corporation and towards the growth and success of this company. I am an extremely self-motivated individual who thrives on helping other people be successful in life and in their careers. A er working for another dealer in Thomasville, GA for three years (2010-2013), W.S. Badcock Corporation offered me a position as a regional manager that is now titled Retail Business Consultant. In the eight years that I held that position, I worked in over 150 Badcock & More stores helping those dealers and their employees grow their business, elevating the standards of the company. I have taken all of the experience and knowledge gained and am now applying it to my own business in Pensacola, FL.

In 2018, I met my now late wife Kourtney Owens, who at the time managed the Badcock & More store in Pensacola. It did not take me long to realize that she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. In March of 2019 we got married and started planning for our future. We wanted a family and a store of our own to work and raise a family in. A er

Business Profile
photos by Kevin Houghton Alex Owens, Owner

a ton of prayers, we found out on September 1st, 2020, that we were expecting. On November 14th, 2020, we found out that we were having a little girl. The name was already picked out and Bristol McKenzie Owens was expected to arrive on May 16th, 2021.

With Bristol on the way, Kourtney and I decided that it was time for us to move forward with our future plans of owning a store and for us to buy the Badcock Home Furniture & More store in Pensacola, FL. We did just that and on February 12, 2021, we were o cially business owners. Unfortunately, God had different plans for my family. Due to several medical reasons, Kourtney became very sick and was admitted into the hospital. Bristol made her appearance to the world on March 4th, 2021, and on March 8th Kourtney took her last breath and went home to be with the Lord. With Bristol being 10 weeks early and only 2lbs 14oz, she stayed in the NICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 57 days until she was finally released to come home on April 30, 2021. Now two years old, Bristol is running around, happy, healthy, laughing and playing with her family and friends and you can even find her running the store some days.

As I walk into the store every day, I thank God for the blessings he has given me and push forward in honoring Kourtney with the dreams we visioned together. Kourtney and I both had a passion for this business and taking care of not only our customers but our employees as well. I absolutely love putting smiles on people’s faces knowing that I was able to help them, and their family get the things they truly want and or need, making houses become homes one customer at a time.

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The th of July - a time when we all become red, white, and blueblooded patriots. icnics and fireworks abound, and we can’t help but think of rances Scott ey penning our beloved national anthem and the courageous men and women who have fought for our freedom. Amidst all the festivities, it’s important to remember the true meaning behind this holiday. t is a time to honor the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country and the freedoms we hold dear. want to e press my utmost gratitude to the brave souls who have served and continue to serve our beloved country. Without their unwavering dedication and sacrifice, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted. So, to all the heroes out there, tip my hat to you and say a heartfelt thank you

Sometimes we only think of heroes as people who have given great sacrifice for someone or something. However, throughout my life, ’ve had the pleasure of meeting countless heroes. These champions didn’t even realize they are heroes.

We are bidding farewell to one of our VIP Pensacola heroes, riscilla Atkins, who is retiring this month. vividly remember the day met riscilla. had just moved to Destin and walked into a print store to order my business cards. As she helped me set the cards up, we struck up a conversation, and was immediately impressed by her skills. n fact, tried to hire her on the spot

ver the years, visited the store as often as possible, hoping to convince riscilla to join our team. inally, one day, she said she was ready to talk about working with our magazine. t was a stroke of luck for us, and we have been grateful for her contributions ever since. As our Art Director, riscilla has worked miracles to ensure that we meet our printing deadlines. any of you have had the pleasure of working with her on your ads, and you know firsthand how talented and dedicated she is. have always called her a magazine magician because she makes things happen so uickly and beautifully.

While we will miss her daily interactions, we are e cited for riscilla as she embarks on a new season of life filled with leisure and fun. Thank you, riscilla, for being my hero.

f you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola, please call me. ur mission at VIP Pensacola is to support as many non-profit causes as possible. ollow VIP Pensacola on our social media channels and follow me on acebook erla arsons rice.

Thank for supporting VIP Pensacola please be kind, courteous, and shop local.

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Change of Command Ceremony

The Naval Aviation Museum on board Naval Air Station Pensacola hosted the Change of Command Ceremony for the Naval Education and Training Command NETC on June 8. The ceremony honored the outgoing Commanding cer of NETC, ear Admiral eter A. arvin, and welcomed his successor, ear Admiral Je rey J. Czerewko. The guest speaker for the event was ice Admiral ick Cheeseman. The Benediction and nvocation were given by Lieutenant Joshua . Holland, the National Anthem was performed by Lieutenant Commander imi Schultheiss, and the aster of Ceremonies was Lieutenant Commander Jermaine Jemmott. The event was standing room only to witness this time-honored Navy tradition. Attendees were treated to refreshments after the event. The Naval Education and Training Command has over , sta and military personnel and is the largest shore command in the Navy. t is responsible for the recruitment, training, and education of the nited States Navy personnel.

VIP Pensacola at NAS Pensacola
photos & Kevin L Houghton story by Anna Stockton LTJG Sean Panish, LCDR Jermaine Jemmott & ENS Zane Burton LCDR Anthony Natale & CDR Chad Christensen CAPT Chris Bryant, LCDR Erick Peterson, LCDR Colin Nash & CAPT Dan Testa
ENS Isaias Diaz & CAPT Craig T. Mattingly
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CDR Trae Young & LCDR Kimi Schuctheiss Rear Admiral Jeffrey J. Czerewko, Vice Admiral Rick Cheeseman & Rear Admiral Peter A. Garvin Joesph Mata, Ken McCurdy, Ben Ervin, Cory Schick, Kelly Bowen & Melisse Sellers ENS Brian Allred, ENS John Paul Naughton, ENS Vastian Amador & ENS William Dietrich Robert & Carolyn Deal, Cash Barber, Victoria Mitchell & Pooh Bear Darryl Melton & CAPT Brian Mutty CDR Roger Phelps & Jeff Jordan e y cer ir la ichael Jenkins & LTJG Nick Nadal CAPT Pete Maculan & Master hie e y cer l a e a hie e y cer a i rray e y cer ir la a i li
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Don Quinn & Steve Brennan
CDR Brandy “Harry” McNabb, CAPT Edgardo “Cheech” Moreno & CAPT Moira McCarthy CAPT Terry Shashaty, Jennifer Shashaty,
McCrae mma a er hie e y cer arl h m Matthew Beare & Command Master Chief Mike Marler Andrew McKay, Commissioner Robert Binder & Austin Bury Thanks f voting us Best in Pensacola! Happy Hour ~ M-F 4pm-6pm 1/2 o house wine & well drinks | $2 o Beer 25% o Select Call Liquor Cordova Marketplace 4350 Bayou Blvd · Pensacola, FL 850.477.9120 · Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4 pm - 9 pm Brunch: Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm Upscale Dining in a Relaxed Atmosphere BEST Fine Dining BEST Locally Owned Restaurant BEST Bartender- Ryan Barnes July 2023 | 17
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Life’s A Dance 2023

Life’s A Dance 2023 took place on June 15. Prior to the show, Victor Luna co-owner of Life’s A Dance (LAD) said, “We are so excited to bring professionals to the stage again this year, such as Dancing with the Stars’ Emma Slater and leb Savchenko and Travis and Jaimee Tuft in this year’s show. ensacola did not disappoint bringing their own stars to the Saenger stage to compete as well. Dynamic routines and big energy were brought to the stage by both the Pensacola dancers and the pros.

Life’s A Dance is dedicated to supporting the arts and dance, specifically ballroom dance, for the underserved children and families along the Florida panhandle. In providing ballroom dance instruction, workshops, sponsorships, and events, LAD engages and invests in the children of our community who might not otherwise a ord the opportunity to e perience the arts and dance. Life’s A Dance 2023 is an extension of the Greater Pensacola Chamber Leadership Pensacola class of 2023 ‘THE ST’ project. As direct beneficiaries, C.A. Weis Elementary School and eeding the ulf Coast will receive proceeds from the LAD ‘23 show. Melanie and Victor Luna, as owners of LAD, are excited to continue being partners in education with C.A. Weis Elementary school and bringing awareness to their school pantry program and hygiene care closet. Life’s A Dance 501(c)(3) is a ensacola based not-for-profit organization that was established in ebruary .

VIP Pensacola at Saenger Theater
photos by Kevin L Houghton | story by Victor Luna Shawn & Amy Brown Brad & Summer Carter
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Mandy & Dustin Vaughn Whitney Adams & Jen Wells Ben & Kristina Zimmern Carolyn & Ken House Brent & Angela Lane Steve & Shelley Black Sue Nast & Alison Houghton Blair Edgar, Pam Stafford & Whitney White
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VIP Pensacola is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 Best In Pensacola awards! We are honored to have the opportunity to support this annual contest and witness the incredible outpouring of support for our local businesses through the nomination and voting processes. From April 5 to 24, our readers and supporters nominated their favorites in six groups, including Entertainment, Services, Shopping and Retail, Wedding, Health and Wellness, and Cocktails and Cuisine. The top ten most nominated entrants then moved on to the voting phase, which ran from May 10 to 28.

Pensacola is a city rich with people, places, and businesses that make it an incredible place to live, work, and play. The feedback we received from locals through their participation in this contest makes Best In Pensacola a dynamic and diverse representation of the many ways Pensacola shines. We are thrilled to acknowledge each of these winners as representatives of the wonderful business climate in Pensacola. And for those of you who have not yet found your favorite place in one of our categories, get ready for an insider’s guide to all the best the Pensacola area has to offer.

While we celebrate several repeat winners year after year for this coveted title, we are also excited to see many new names on the list. It is fantastic to see these businesses recognized for their excellent services and products, proving that they are doing something right and adding value to the place we all call home. These are the faces and businesses that make up the very fabric of our community.

We want to extend a huge thank you to all of our readers who participated in this year’s Best In Pensacola awards by supporting their favorite places. And of course, a massive congratulations goes out to the many nominees who were so deserving of this recognition. We cannot wait to celebrate the winners at the Black Tie Ball on September 16, at Scenic Hills Country Club.

Health / Wellness


Amanda McNair -

Welch SkinCare Center

Senior Living Community

Arcadia Senior Living Pace

Family Care Physician

Dr. Charles Blay D.O. –

Woodlands Medical Specialists

Pain Management

Clearway Pain Solutions

Specialty Fitness

Club Pilates

Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery

Derek Jones Facial Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Dentist

Emerald Coast Smiles by Design

Alternative/Natural Medicine

Empathic Practice

Eye Care Professional

Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Independent Pharmacy

First City Drugs


Fishbein Orthodontics


Henry Chiropractic

Permanent Makeup

iBrow Experts

Women’s Wellness Provider

Karen E. Kennedy, MD


Kevin Welch, MD -

Welch SkinCare Center


Kevin Welch, MD -

Welch SkinCare Center


Pensacola Pediatrics

Walk in Clinic/Urgent Care


Hearing Care

Riesberg Institute

Med Spa

Sandy Key Medical

Family Dentist

Star Smiles Dentistry

Physical Therapy

Stern Chiropractic Clinic

Place for a Massage

Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

Anti Aging Service

Welch SkinCare

Assisted Living/Memory Care

Windermere Memory Care

Medical Center/Medical Group

Woodlands Medical Specialists

Medical Practice

Woodlands Medical SpecialistsCenter for Specialized Medicine

Weight Loss Program

Woodlands Medical SpecialistsWeight Management & Wellness Center

wedding / bridal

Wedding Planner

Chelsea McBrien

Weddings & Events

Photo Booth

Coastal Reflections LLC

Wedding Caterer

Culinary Productions, Inc.

Place for a Tux

Gent’s Formal Wear -


Place to Buy Engagement Ring

Jewelers Trade Shop

Wedding Florist

Just Judy’s Flowers, Local Art & Gifts



Portofino Island Resort

Sandshaker Lounge

Golf Course

Scenic Hills Country Club

Place for “Girls’ Night Out”

Seville Quarter


Place to Go Dancing

Seville Quarter

Wedding Rentals

Kent’s Special Events

Ceremony Venue

Live Oak

Wedding Cake/Confections


Reception Venue

Scenic Hills Country Club

Bridal Store

The Bridal Loft

Wedding Photography

The Turning Page Photo Co.

Place for Rehearsal Dinner

V Paul’s Italian Ristorante

shopping / retail

Lawn & Garden Store

Anavrin Botanicals


Badcock Home Furniture and More

Locally Owned Retailer

Beré Jewelers

Home Decor/Accessories



Drift Boutique


Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Women’s Apparel

Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique

Fine Jewelry

Jewelers Trade Shop

Seafood Market

Joe Patti’s Seafood

Women’s Accessories

Lee Tracy

Men’s Apparel

Lil’ John’s Big and Tall Men’s

Fashion & Alteration Shop

Pet Store


Gift Shop

Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts

Specialty Retailer

The Butcher Shoppe

Fashion Jewelry

The Crafted Makerie

Wine Shop

The East Hill Bottle Shop

Liquor Store

Wine World - Wine & Spirits

to Take the Kids/Family Blue Wahoos Stadium Admiral Federman
Field Place to See and be Seen Coastal County Brewing Place for a Date Cruisin’
Pensacola Beach
Mardi Gras
Live Entertainment/Music Venue


A Cut Above Landscaping and Property Maintenance


Act 1 Flooring & Supply


Adore You Salon

Plumbing Service

Air Design Systems, Inc.

Mortgage Company

Angela Lane -

Southeast Mortgage

Home Repair/Handyman

ARC Chimney Sweeps

Specialty Cleaning

(Chimney, Pressure Wash, etc.)

ARC Chimney Sweeps


Avalon HR

Real Estate Company

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties

Pet Grooming/Boarding

Camp Bow Wow

Accounting Firm

Christina Powers Tax Bank

Community Bank

Customer Service

Costello’s Butcher Shop & Deli

Real Estate Agent- Commercial

Danny Zimmern – The Zimmern

Team / Keller Williams

IT Services

Digital Boardwalk - IT Support & Managed IT Services


Funeral Home

Faith Chapel Funeral Home & Crematory

Homebuilder FlynnBuilt

Roofing Company

ree an Roofin

Automobile Repair Service

Gary Sapp Automotive, Inc.

Real Estate Professional - Male

Gene Hurd -

Hurd Real Estate & Co.

General Contractor

Gentry Farmhouse


Graye’s Granite

Charity Non Profit

Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc.

Place for Eyelashes

iBrow Experts

Interior Designer Jansen Kitchen & Bath

New Business

Jean Gillson Coaching, LLC

Financial Advisor

Josh Peden –

Hudson, Peden & Associates

General Manager

Juston Takacs

Golf Cart/ATV

Kool Karts, Inc.

Staffing Company


Boat Sales & Service

Legendary Marine at PensacolaHarbor View Service,

Parts & Marina

Law Firm

Levin Papantonio Rafferty

Dance Studio

Life’s A Dance

Real Estate Agent-Residential

Linda Petty - Connell & Company Realty, Inc.

Property Management

Main Street Property Management

Luxury Automobile Sales

Maserati Pensacola

Electrician/Electrical Contractor

McCombs Electrical Company, Inc.

Credit Union

Navy Federal Credit Union

Cleaning Service

fice Pride o Pensacola


Panhandle Alarm & Telephone

Air Conditioning & Heating Company

Paradise Home Services

Limo/Transportation Service

Pensacola Party Bus

Title Company

Pensacola Title Company, LLC

Event/Banquet Space

Pensacola Yacht Club

cocktails / cuisine

Beer Selection

200 South Tap House

Place for Cocktails Agave

Restaurant - Downtown

Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano


Another Broken Egg Cafe Bar Blend


Casino Beach Bar & Grille


Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe and Café

Place for Coffee Coffee Guy Cafe


Conchitas Personal Chef and Catering LLC

New Restaurant

Deluna’s Hideout

Oyster Bar & Grill

Restaurant - Pensacola Beach

DRIFT Modern Coastal Cuisine

Brewery/Craft Beer

Emerald Republic Brewing Co

Restaurant - Cordova Area

George Bistro + Bar

BBQ Hot Spot Barbecue

Restaurant - Overall

Jackson’s Steakhouse

Special Occasion Restaurant

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille


Lillian’s Pizza

Fine Dining

O’Brien’s Bistro

Locally Owned Restaurant

O’Brien’s Bistro

Bloody Mary

Ruby Slipper Cafe


Ryan Barnes - O’Brien’s Bistro


Sammy Barker’s

Restaurant - North/Nine Mile/UWF

Sammy Barker’s

Veterinary Clinic

Pine Meadow Veterinary Clinic

Restoration Company

ProClean Restoration and Cleaning


Rick Johnson - Trustmark


Salz Studio

Web Development

Salz Studio

Automobile Dealer - Pre Owned

Sandy Sansing Nissan Pensacola


Southern Gardens

Florist and Gifts

Automobile Dealer - New

Step One Automotive Group

Specialty Contractor

Sure Shot Outdoor Services

Hair Salon

The Vintage Parlour

Real Estate Team

The Zimmern Team

Insurance Firm

Thompson-Walden Insurance

Real Estate Professional - Female

Tonya Zimmern -

The Zimmern Team

Pool/Spa Sales/Service

Vaughn’s Pools

Event Rentals

WeddingWalls -

Event Drapery & Rentals


Scenic Hills Country Club

Casual Dining

Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach

Seafood Restaurant

Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach

Sports Bar

Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant

Sushi Summer’s Sushi


The District:

Seville Steak & Seafood

Happy Hour

The Wine Bar On Palafox


Decorating your home takes knowing the needs of your space, along with the needs of those who occupy it. Combine this with the ability to take a few chances, and you’re well on your way to creating stylish décor for your home. One versatile way to update your home is to use stripes in your décor. Stripes not only look great, but they can also trick the eye and give the illusion of space. Using vertical stripes makes an area seem taller, perfect for making a room appear to have higher ceilings than it actually has. Horizontal stripes make a room feel wider than it is, a great trick for smaller spaces. Stripes also add personality and flare to any decorating situation and come in many styles that suit individual tastes and preferences.

Accessories Outside Rugs


Let’s start with the bold choice of using stripes on your furniture upholstery. Yes, it’s a commitment, but what a statement it makes! In the living room, a pair of striped side chairs will complement more neutral furniture. For a more overstated look, a striped sofa can wow the room and pairs well with neutral chairs. In the bedroom, a striped upholstered headboard adds pop and personality to your space without being overwhelming. A striped dressing bench or even throw pillows will also add sass and character to your space.

With wallpaper trending and in style again, the options are endless. However, striped wallpaper always makes a statement. From small spaces like powder rooms to large accent walls in the living spaces, striped wallpaper can change the look of any room in your house. With different styles of stripes, ranging from large and bold to smaller, pinstripe patterns, there’s one to match your space and style, all while amping up and updating your room.

If you’re happy with your décor and just want to add a bit of zest, striped accessories are the way to go. A striped throw blanket adds personality when draped across furniture. Striped bath and hand towels are a great way to add a little fun to your bathroom décor. New linens give your bedroom a fresh makeover with striped comforters, duvet covers, or sheets. A little goes a long way when it comes to accessorizing with stripes.

A simple way to use stripes in your home is with rugs. Striped rugs can take basic décor up a notch, especially if you lean toward more classic and muted styles. Throwing down a bold striped rug

changes the look of your room without committing to new furniture or wall coverings. With many choices available, there’s a rug perfect for your space, whether you go bold in the bathroom, plucky on the porch or daring in the dining room.

One of the most classic ways to use stripes in your décor is outside on patio furniture. Rugby stripes on a lounge chair cushion takes a patio set from so-so to sophisticated in an instant. Even if you don’t spend a ton of money on these cushions, the look alone adds a classic style to the patio area. If you don’t want to change out your cushions, striped throw pillows will add that sophisticated look without committing to all new cushions.

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Memorial Day Observation Ceremony

Veterans Memorial Park held the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on May 28. The Blue Anchor Belles welcomed and entertained visitors with their s and 5 s patriotic style singing. The resentation of Colors was performed by the nited States arine Corps Color uard, along with the Armed orces edley by the ensacola pera Chorus. nited States Navy S uadron T-1 , T- Te an aircraft performed an aerial salute, missing man formation y-over for all our fallen military service members following the Star-Spangled Banner. Active-duty military personnel, veterans, families, and all community members were invited to attend this annual ceremony at the park near the Bay downtown. Hundreds came out to show their support, witness the camaraderie, and honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms. WEAT ’s Dan Shugart was the day’s keynote speaker just before the wreath presentation followed by the ri e salute and Taps. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have given their lives in the service of our great nation, said eterans emorial ark oundation of ensacola resident, ob Doss. emorial Day is set aside to honor and remember these brave men and women so that their service and their sacrifice is never forgotten. The eterans emorial ark oundation of ensacola honors the heroism and sacrifice of our Nation’s eterans and commemorates the resilience of the family and friends who support them.

VIP Pensacola at Veterans Memorial Park
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VIP Pensacola at Veterans Memorial Park

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Best Seafood Restaurant & Best casual dining

Known for its laid-back island vibe, Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach is a popular choice for spectacular cuisine, beach beverages, and incredible sunset views! Inspired by Key West, Shaggy’s has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere with a staff to match. In addition to its wide variety of craft beers, Shaggy’s boasts an impressive drink menu expertly curated to compliment the delicious coastal cuisine!

There is a reason why Shaggy’s refers to their servers as “Day Makers”, the team is there to make your visit special, whether you are there for a cocktail or to celebrate a milestone for a loved one. From the moment you enter the building, you are transported to island time and treated like family, the Shaggy’s way! It’s no wonder it is the highest-rated restaurant on the beach!

Shaggy’s started as a harbor restaurant in the small beach community of Pass Christian, located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It quickly became a favorite among locals as it offered one of the only places to gather and visit over a cold beer and good food following Hurricane Katrina. Since opening their first restaurant in , Shaggy’s now has five waterfront locations: Pensacola Beach in Florida, as well as Pass Christian, Biloxi, Gulfport, and the Rez in Mississippi. Even though Shaggy’s is now visited by people from all over the world, Shaggy’s prides itself on continuing to offer an environment that is a fun, comfortable gathering place where you always feel like a local.

photos by Kevin Houghton

Shaggy’s Makes the Wait Great!

Imagine this: you’re on vacation, and you want to go to the highestrated restaurant on the beach, but there is an hour wait?! That’s no problem at Shaggy’s, where they offer half off some of your favorite beach drinks while you wait for your table, including these popular cocktails: the Classic Margarita, Biloxi Blue, and Rum Punch.

Tie Dye Margarita

When you think of Shaggy’s, you can’t help but think of their Tie Dye shirts. To celebrate Shaggy’s signature style, they created the Tie Dye Margarita! This drink is as bright and colorful as the building and the people inside and will surely bring a smile to your face the moment you see it. - But wait ‘til you taste it!


1 ½ oz Tequila

2 oz Mango Puree

1 oz Margarita Puree

1 oz Strawberry Puree

1 oz Blue Curacao

Combine Tequila, Mango, and Margarita Mix in a blender. Rim the margarita glass with sugar.

Pour Strawberry Puree into the glass, followed by the blended margarita mix. Drizzle Blue Curacao over the top to create the tie-dye swirl and garnish with a lime cherry flag.

Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach

Look for the bright red building on Little Sabine Bay 701 Pensacola Beach blvd.

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Key Lime Daiquiri

It’s no secret that Shaggy’s was inspired by the bright yet laid-back, Key West lifestyle. This fun drink takes the beloved dessert that has been a part of Shaggy’s menu since its inception in 2007 and made it into the perfect frozen island drink.


1 ½ oz silver rum

2 oz house-made margarita mix

2 oz ice cream

Lime syrup

Crushed graham crackers

Add silver rum, margarita Mix and Ice Cream to a blender and mix. drizzle the lime syrup on the sizes of the glass

Rim the glass with honey and crushed graham crackers Pour into the glass and garnish with cherries.

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G f T rnament

June 2 was an amazing day to be on the links for area leaders, non-profits, and local businesses. Whether you enjoyed the 18-hole golf course at Scenic Hills Country Club, the AR-15 ball launch or the exclusive hole-in-one competitions, the 2nd Annual House District One Golf Tournament had it all. Registration and opening remarks were followed by a shotgun start with 4-person scramble teams.

Leaders from the area and throughout the state gathered to learn about the Northwest Florida region, economic opportunity, and culture. Local non-profits were at each of the holes educating the golfers about their missions that make tremendous impacts on the lives of many.

Representative Michelle Salzman shared, “We host this annual golf tournament in our community to bring everyone together and showcase all of the great things that happen in the ensacola area. There were teams registered with 1 golfers and 5 vendors scattered throughout the golf course to include dozens of nonprofit organizations, sharing their great message with all the di erent community leaders attending. Business sponsors and supporters were featured along the course with tee signs and contests. The afternoon was capped o with the awards ceremony.

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Sand Dunes and Sea Oats

It’s summertime! Many of us are migrating to arguably the most beautiful beaches in the world here in the Panhandle of Florida. The sugar-white sand and the emerald-green waters and how they interact with the natural light and cloud cover constantly changes how we see the picture in front of us. A camera can rarely capture the beauty we experience anytime we like. It is not a bad place to live for sure.

Sugar White Sands

Sometimes while driving county road 399 along Santa Rosa Island between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach you can literally mistake the sand dunes for snow drifts. It’s that white! Our beach sand consists of 99% pure white silica quartz particles. This quartz originates in the Appalachian Mountains, about 800 miles to the north, and its abundance on our beaches is believed to be a result of the last ice age ~20,000 years ago. So, as you walk through the dunes consider what’s beneath your feet and ust how special it really is. Conveniently, this white sand reflects light instead of absorbing it and this characteristic makes possible our ability to traverse the beach barefooted in the middle of the summer. Any color at all added to the sand and this would not be possible as it would become very hot.

County Road 399… Can I elaborate please?

hile different than PC (Pacific Coast wy in California), it is just as beautiful. With more than 10 miles of pristine beach and incredible Gulf of Mexico views all along the way, all while basically driving on a sandbar. It’s a one of a kind drive. As you drive, you will be greeted by ghost crabs, shore birds, joggers, cyclists, and even a powered paraglider or two. Pull into one of the official parking areas and put your feet in the sand. Since there are only a few parking areas it’s possible to go on a long walk (I prefer to og) down the beach and end up in seclusion... surrounded by this beauty. It’s my paradise!

How to build a sand dune?

Sea Oats get most of our attention and certainly they are very special. Sea Oats are the primary factor in keeping our protective dune system in place. They are incredibly drought tolerant. They actually are not just a Florida thing but, naturally occur from the coastlines of North Carolina all the way down and around to Washington state. If one was allowed to harvest them other than to gather the seed to grow more sea oats (it’s illegal in Florida to pick the Sea ats) you could actually make bread, as did the native Indians, from these naturally occurring grains scattered throughout our sand dunes. But, the abundance of sea oats helps capture and hold the sand and this actually builds the dunes. Their deep root systems also help hold the sand in place when a tropical event leads to wave action far above what would be normal. Beach elder is another very important dune initiator and a rather inconspicuous woody plant with small leaves and stems. This low growing plant occurs on the flat part of the beach nearer to the surf and is critical in forming new dunes. The wind driven sand particles hit the plant and fall beside it, creating a small mound. The plant grows up to acquire more light and the cycle continues as small dunes are formed.

A few other interesting dune plants:

Conradina (scrub mint) is also an inhabitant of the dunes but for the most part they will be a little further from the water. It goes mostly unnoticed except when it’s blooming in early Spring and Summer. Then its lavender flowers cover this small grayish woody shrub. The piney looking foliage has a rosemary-mint smell and taste. The leaves and flowers are edible, and you can use it much like you would the rosemary herb.

Sandhill Rosemary is the dark green shrub that occupies the dunes a little further from the water, much like the Conradina. Its naturally rounded growth habit makes this very special plant look as if it has been trimmed on a regular basis which may make you

take pause when seeing these plants for the first time. They are scattered about the dunes on Perdido Key and especially abundant in the Ft. Pickens area on Santa Rosa Island. These aromatic plants also contribute to that salty-tangy smell (if you have traversed the Ft. Pickens area on foot, you know the smell) of the beach.

Sea Purslane is a low growing succulent plant that also inhabits the primary dune system. Purslane is also edible and is highly consumed around the world. Crunchy and salty with a slight bitterness, it can be consumed raw or cooked. Not a large or very dense growing plant but, any growth on the dunes leads to the trapping of sand and ultimately the initiation of new sand dunes.

Other important dune plants: Beach Morning Glory, Railroad Vine, Panic Grass, Cordgrass, Dune Sunflower, Blanket Flower, and many more.

Speaking of smells

Dimethylsulfide (DMS) is an aromatic compound (enzyme) produced by ocean surface algae and some seaweed varieties that has been discovered that is responsible for the smell of the ocean. This salty-tangy aroma invokes memories of our seashore vacations and childhood experiences. DMS is also believed to be a guide in attracting sea birds to the ocean and even has been found to play a very important role in cloud formation.

As we venture out this summer and look at the amazing sunrises and sunsets and emeraldgreen waters of the Gulf, don’t forget to appreciate what’s right under your feet.

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The Sanders Beach - Corrine Jones Resource Center was electric with everything bridal on June 8. The 15th Annual Bride’s Night was hosted by Coastal Weddings and The Bridal Loft. This event was THE place where brides and/or engaged couples were invited to meet and mingle with the best wedding vendors and service professionals from the area -- all under one roof. The vendor booths were filled with information with everything one would need to plan a wedding all the way through to the honeymoon, including DJs, musicians, wedding gowns, vacations, shoes, tiaras, caterers, photographers, dance lessons, breweries, and a whole lot more. Smoked gouda grits with shrimp were available for sampling from The Cutting Board, and lemon mojito mocktails were provided by Tap the Coast. The brides-to-be and happy couples gathered information to build their perfect wedding. A plethora of givea-ways were available to win with a grand prize of a free wedding gown from the host, The Bridal Loft.

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Serving the Pensacola area and its residents is something Mike DeSorbo, owner of Culinary Production Inc. (CPI) truly loves to do. Both Mike and his wife grew up in Pensacola and knew that was where they wanted to stay, have their careers, and raise their family. Mike, already an experienced caterer, started Culinary Productions in 2004 to combine his skills for catering and his desire to stay in and be a part of the community he loves so much. As one of the largest catering companies in the area, chances are if you’ve attended a catered event in the Pensacola area, you’ve experienced the award-winning food and service of Culinary Productions.

As a full-service catering company, Culinary Productions leaves no detail unattended. During the initial consultation, Mike will customize a menu for the event based on the client’s desires, preferences, and price range. But that’s just the beginning, his 25

years of catering experience means he asks the right questions to ensure your event has the proper amount of everything, from utensils to linens to servers catering to your guests. If you want a traditional sit-down dinner for your event but would also like to send them home with a late-night snack, CPI can make that happen. If you are having a more casual affair and want a taco station, CPI is happy to help. Whatever your event size, needs, vision, or vibe, Mike can work with you to create a perfect event where you can relax and enjoy your special occasion. After all, CPI caters to their clients from the initial consultation to the day of the event, and everything in between.

Culinary Productions takes pride in staying on top of the ever-changing wedding and event trends, so they can offer suggestions and examples that are not only trendy but can stir the client’s creativity as well. This factor, combined with their network of reliable,

Culinary Productions caters to their clients from the initial consultation, to the day of the event, and everything in between.

local vendors provides their clients access to the best Pensacola has to offer for events. They are happy to offer their clients referrals to these vendors or take the lead on securing vendors for them. This enables CPI clients and their events to have the best of both worlds -- creativity and dependability.

Not only does Mike enjoy his catering business because it allows him to work in the community he loves so much but also because of the excitement it brings. He says there’s never a dull or boring moment when you’re a caterer. Every event, client, and situation are different and bring new challenges and surprises to himself and his staff. Working with clients to bring their vision to light and seeing a happy customer makes his job fun, satisfying, and exciting. Creating a one-of-a-kind experience for their clients is something Mike prides himself on. He wants his clients to feel ‘catered to’ during the entire catering experience.

Exciting things are happening for Culinary Productions as they are opening an event venue in Downtown Pensacola in November. With seating for 150 guests, this space will offer onsite catering with a simple yet sophisticated space that is easily transformed to a client’s event vision. Along with this new venture, the awards keep rolling in for CPI with seven wins for both Best of the Coast as well as the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award. They have also been the recipients of the Best in Pensacola award by readers of VIP Pensacola six times.

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Daughters of the Nile

Bowling Tournament

The Daughters of the Nile held a bowling tournament to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children on June . This was the first bowl-a-thon of many events, but this was so much fun, said Debbie Sapp. April Jordon was so delighted to have active-duty personnel that came out as well to support the cause. All lanes were filled with bowlers, and signs from sponsoring businesses from ensacola, ilton, and ulf Breeze were on display. DeLuna lanes was closed for the five-hour tournament and the event was a success. Daughters of the Nile is an international fraternal organization of women 18 years of age and older. This 5 1 c is over 11 years old and has over 1 , members in 1 cities throughout the nited States, Canada, and e ico. Daughters of the Nile has contributed over million annually to Shriners Children’s Hospital and have contributed over million since 1 .

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Arc Gateway Crab Cake Cookoff

Seville Quarter

130 E. Government Street



Sponsored by Sims rthodontics, this annual fundraising event brings restaurants and chefs together to see who has the best crab cake in ensacola. The event also brings a silent auction and guests can purchase art made by Arc clients.

Go to crab-cake-cook-off-2/ to get more information.


Salsa Music Festival

Community Maritime Park

301 West Main Street| Pensacola


The Salsa usic estival is back resented by the Northwest lorida Boricuas Ausentes, this electrifying celebration promises a tropical atmosphere, mouthwatering international, uerto ican and Caribbean cuisine, and a whole lot of dancing. Come down for a day filled with irresistible rhythms, sensational vendors, and a salsa e perience that will leave you craving more.

Visit to purchase tickets and see line-up.


Pensacola Splash Fest

Community Maritime Park

301 West Main Street Pensacola


Take a break from the heat with the first ever ensacola Splash est. The fest will feature water slide bounce houses, water obstacle courses, dunk tanks, and more. ood trucks will be on site for when you need to take a break and re-fuel.

Visit for information.


Running of the Bulls

Seville Quarter

130 E. Government Street



E perience the running of the bullsensacola style, with the West lorida oller Derby. The one-mile course will have runners starting at the first cannon and the bulls taking o on the second. An after-party will take place at hinneus hoggs.

Visit running-of-the-bulls-2023/ for more information.


First Dance Ballroom presents The Greatest Showcase

Saenger Theater

118 S. Palafox Street | Pensacola 7:00pm irst Dance Ballroom Studio presents the reatest Showcase featuring local celebrities dancing to their favorite ballroom tunes. roceeds from this event benefit Children’s Home Society. The special guest dancer is Dancing with the Stars’ Sasha arber.

Visit to purchase tickets.

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Business Profile

At Inspiritas of Pensacola, we understand the unique needs that families face when managing the care of loved ones living with impaired cognition and memory. We recognize the significance of maintaining the dignity and independence of our residents while ensuring they receive the assistance they need with their activities of daily living. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to creating a nurturing environment where individuals living with memory loss can thrive. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to treating

Where compassion meets excellence in memory care

Introducing Inspiritas of Pensacola, where our mission is to deliver a lifestyle our residents have earned and deserve.

each resident as an individual with a rich life history and unique preferences. We believe that memory care should not only be about meeting physical needs but also about engaging the spirit and fostering a sense of purpose. Our personalized care plans are tailored to cater to the specific needs and interests of our residents, ensuring they receive the support necessary to maintain their highest level of independence.

Inspiritas of Pensacola is more than just a memory care community—it’s a place where residents rediscover joy, connections, and a renewed sense of self. Our carefully curated individual and group activities are designed to engage the mind, body, and spirit. From art therapy and music sessions to gentle exercise classes and stimulating outings, we provide a vibrant environment that encourages socialization, exploration, and personal growth.

We recently held the first-ever “Miss Inspiritas” pageant, celebrating the beauty and grace of our wonderful ladies. This event brought smiles, laughter, and a sense of empowerment

photos by Kevin Houghton

to our residents, further emphasizing our commitment to creating meaningful experiences that enhance their quality of life.

In addition to our dedication to our residents, we strongly believe in giving back to our local community. We proudly sponsor esteemed organizations like the Council on Aging, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the Junior League of Pensacola. By actively supporting these non-profit initiatives, we contribute to the advancement of memory care research, education, and community outreach, underscoring our commitment to making a positive impact beyond the walls of Inspiritas of Pensacola.

Our thoughtfully designed community offers a serene and secure environment that combines elegance and comfort. From well-appointed accommodations to exquisite dining experiences, we attend to every detail to create a place that feels like home. Our staff members earn recognition for their genuine compassion and expertise. They ensure that each

resident receives the highest level of care and attention, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Choosing the right memory care community is a significant decision. We invite you to visit Inspiritas of Pensacola and experience the difference firsthand. Witness the smiles, hear the laughter, and feel the warmth that permeates our community. Let us ease your concerns and guide you through this journey with compassion, respect, and unwavering dedication to your loved ones’ well-being.

Callustodayat(850)898-3334orreachoutthroughour website to schedule a personalizedtouranddiscoverwhyInspiritasofPensacola isthepremierchoiceformemorycare.Together,let’s nurturethespiritandhonorthelegacyofyourlovedones inaplacetheycantrulycallhome.

East Hill Neighborhood Association

rt Talk and Happy Hour

The East Hill Neighborhood Association partnered with the Haus of Hue in East Hill to host an amazing event that showcased the power of collaboration and community engagement on ay 5. The evening was filled with fun, networking, and community celebration. It was a true testament to the East Hill Neighborhood Association’s remarkable ability to foster connections and drive economic growth through meaningful interaction.

Guests enjoyed an impressive selection of exquisite wines provided by Haus of Hue as they mingled among their home furnishings, lighting, and accessories. Conchitas Catering presented a delicious charcuterie spread that featured a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, and other delectable treats. The talented local artist yan ayall showcased a mesmerizing collection of original pieces throughout the venue, sparking conversations and adding an artistic touch to the vibrant atmosphere.

The event also featured J Semmes Elementary School as the non-profit spotlight of the evening. The Haus of Hue proudly presented a generous donation check amounting to to the school. The highlight of the evening was the ra e, where one lucky winner walked away with a magnificent sofa from Haus of Hue.

The East Hill Neighborhood Association is committed to bringing together business owners, entrepreneurs, and developers living and working in East Hill. They are devoted to fostering deep connections within the community, bolstering economic growth, and celebrating the talents and achievements of its members. verall, the event was a huge success, and the East Hill Neighborhood Association e pressed its gratitude to everyone who helped make it happen.

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Sheriff’s Blazer Academy: Outstanding Program of the Year

The “Sheriff’s Blazer Academy” was recently selected for the statewide Crime Prevention Association’s

Pace Center for Girls Receives $90,000 Grant from State Farm to Advance Career and College Preparation for Girls


The Florida Crime Prevention Association, founded in 1969, is the oldest crime prevention association in the United States and serves the entire State of Florida. The program’s mission is to increase the awareness of crime prevention strategies and to network with other agencies on how to fight crime victimization.

Sheriff Chip W. Simmons hosted Escambia County’s first Sheriff’s Blazer Academy in August of this year. The goal of the program was to immerse young men ages 13-15 in an environment that provides mentoring and instruction on many topics such as courtesy, responsibility, empowerment and respect.

“While this is a tremendous honor, the true value is the growth and evolution of these young men throughout the entirety of the program. This first class was a huge success, and the Sheriff’s Blazer Academy will be a program we offer each year. We plan to expand the program by offering a Sheriff’s Blazer Academy for young women as well. We are proud to serve our community by providing mentorships for our youth.” – Sheriff Chip W. Simmons

The Sheriff’s Blazer Academy immerses young men and women ages 13, 14, and 15 in an environment that provides mentoring and instructions on many topics such as courtesy, responsibility, empowerment, and respect. Each two-hour session includes role-playing scenarios designed to develop interpersonal skills and confidence-building necessary for them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Sheriff’s Blazer Academy provides dinner each night, transportation if needed, dress attire fitted to each student, and a graduation ceremony.

The Sheriff’s Blazer Academy will accept 25 students per academy. Apply for the next Academy on the ECSO website at: http://www.

Pace Center for Girls, a nationally recognized model that provides education, counseling, training and advocacy for more than 3,000 girls and young women annually, received a $90,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to support career and college preparation.

The funding supports Pace’s comprehensive vocational and education program dedicated to providing at-promise girls with the necessary tools to obtain a high school diploma or GED, long term employability skills and support pursuing an education past high school, whether at a professional training program, the military, a community college or a four-year college or university.

“One of the greatest responsibilities we have as a society is to ensure all girls and young women have access to opportunities to be successful as adults,” said Mary Marx, President and CEO of Pace Center for Girls. “We are grateful to State Farm for investing in Pace and providing us the opportunity to enhance our life-skills training and career and college readiness pathways.”

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As part of the investment, girls like Emily will represent 21 communities across the state of Florida and receive a State Farm Scholarship supporting college, vocational school, or certificate training. She will study psychology at Broward College this summer with plans to transition to Florida International University and become a therapist. Having lost someone close to her by suicide, she shared “maybe I can help people and change future outcomes so it’s not devastating to the person, the family, and people around them.”

United Way of West Florida Announces Transformational Investments through Grant Funding for FY 2023-2024

United Way of West Florida announces the allocation of almost $470,000 in grant funding for Fiscal Year 2023-24 to partner programs. These transformational investments will enable our community-based organizations to continue their critical work in addressing the most pressing needs and creating lasting change throughout our region.

FY 2023-24 Funded Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida- Beyond School Walls

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Inc- Academic Success

Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom Schools- Harambee: Let’s all pull together

Children’s Home Society- Teenspace

Council on Aging of West FloridaFoster Grandparent Program

Every Child a Reader in EscambiaReading Pals

James B Washington Education and Sports, Inc.- Tutoring Towards Tomorrow’s Dreams - Academic

PACE Center for Girls INC- Girls Earning Diplomas (GED) Program

Young Mens Christian AssociationYreads

Catholic Charities of Northwest FLEmergency Assistance Program

Favorhouse of Northwest Florida Inc- Financial Stability Program for Domestic Violence Victims

Feeding the Gulf Coast- Mobile Pantry Program

Legal Services of North Florida Inc- Creating Independence and Connection for Disconnected Youth

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola Inc- ReEntry Portal

Bright Bridge Ministries- Hot Meals Program

Center for Independent Living of Northwest FL Inc- Equipment for Independence Program

Embrace Florida Kids, a ministry of the United Methodist Children’s Home- Family Preservation

Epilepsy Alliance Florida Inc.Epilepsy Services and Resource Center

Health and Hope Clinic- Access to Care

Manna Food Bank IncorporatedHealthy Seniors Food Program

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity IncHousing Plus Aging in Place

Santa Rosa Kids House- Trauma Focused Therapy

The Arc Gateway, Inc- Pearl Nelson Center Pediatric Therapy

Valerie’s House- No Child Grieves Alone

Pace Center for Girls contd.
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Juneteen Tea Party

The long awaited Juneteenth Tea Party assembled at Adonna’s Garden St Cafe & Bakery on June 10. Attendees dressed in wonderful bright colors and wore large, beautiful hats to match. Juneteenth is a celebration of Black liberation and freedom. These beautiful ladies had gathered together to watch the movie Belle’, prior to the tea. Belle is a British period drama film of the true story

of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an Admiral’s illegitimate, mi ed-race daughter who encounters race, gender, and class issues, despite being raised by an aristocratic family. ost notably, she plays a role in the abolition of slavery in 18th-century Britain. After the film, they all joined at Adonna’s arden St Cafe and Bakery to enjoy each other’s company, have tea, and chat about the magical true story they had just witnessed.

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Woodlands Medical Specialists, a renowned healthcare provider in Pensacola, hosted a vibrant and engaging Pensacola Chamber Business After Hours event on June 15. The North Davis location of Woodlands served as the pictures ue backdrop for an evening of networking, camaraderie, and business opportunities. The ambiance was fun and rela ed, setting the perfect stage for valuable contacts to be made. Attendees mingled with enthusiasm, e changing ideas, and insights, all while enjoying the delightful appetizers and refreshing cocktails provided.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of new members by Woodlands’ representatives, who recognized and celebrated the growing business community. The support and encouragement were palpable as each new addition was acknowledged, emphasizing the collaborative spirit that drives ensacola’s thriving economy.

As the night drew to a close, attendees departed with a renewed sense of purpose and a stack of promising leads. Woodlands edical Specialists’ Business After Hours had proven to be an invaluable platform for area businesses to showcase their establishments, establish valuable connections, and contribute to the growth and prosperity of the ensacola business community.

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Q & A with Lee Hansen, CAPT, USN Ret. CJMF Board Member

Who was Chappie James?

Born in 1920 to parents Daniel and Lillie Anna Brown James, “Chappie” l gr e he r lac ar ge eral i he ili ary. e a he h chil re r he ame amily a gre i he h e lca i ree ar i her i g r. ree ha i h me he e eral a iel ha ie ame r. e m. i m her ar e a ch l r lac chil re eca e he e hey e er e a high ali y e ca i li e heir hi e c er ar . a chil ha ie a a y air la e flyi g erhea a he reame ha he l e ay e a il he a l ha here ere lac il . e e er le ha i c rage him. er gra a i g r m er . a hi g igh ch l he a acce e a he egee i e i la ama. here he ma e a ame r him el a a cam lea er a a hle e. e al ha he r i y lear fly. ly ha ie ear e hi c mmi i a a rmy ec ie e a a ecame e he lege ary egee irme . e eral ame l er e i h i i c i i ar rea here he a a ar e he i i g i he lyi g r a ie am here he la e a fle i era i l he m cce l air era i he ar. e r e hr gh he ra a i he a r m e ar e eral a a a ig e a he mma er i hie he r h merica er ace e e e mma . he re ire r m he ir rce ll i g year mili ary er ice. e r ary h e eral a iel ha ie ame r. ere a ma i e hear a ac a ie . e a lai re i h ll mili ary h r a rli g a i al eme ery. a r he a a her .

What is the Chappie James Memorial Foundation?  he a i i a gr e ica e c mm i y mem er mili ary e era a her h rec g i e he ee h r a h me her . eca e e eral ame a e a ay a er he re ire hi legacy i a ell a i h l e. he a i mi i i e ca e he c mm i y a hi ama i g ma a hi a ri i m imi m a lea er hi . ay i g ha are ha i g he e ile ri ge ame he e eral a iel ha ie ame r. em rial ri ge a crea i g a ha ie ame em rial la a a he e ac la e he ri ge. he r ha ee acc m li he . he ec i i he r .

What impact does the Foundation have on the community?  y ri gi g e eral ame career li e a legacy all mem er r c mm i y he a i e ec i i ely im ac chil re a l l cal a i i r . he em rial la a ill h e a larger ha li e a e he e eral a ha m he y e e he fle ri g he ie am ar a a flag le flyi g he merica flag he l e early.

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What are some uture oals?

Having succeeded in having the bridge named for the general, the Foundation has turned its focus to raising funds to complete the Memorial Plaza. Generous sponsors have already stepped up to pay for many of the plaza’s elements. The foundation is r i g i h g er me cial rai e funds to create the plaza itself. Additionally, a community campaign and additional sponsor campaigns will be implemented to ensure there are funds to maintain the plaza after its completion.

What are some challenges your organization faces?

Post-COVID, the price of all materials and services continues to rise. Because of worker shortages, some contractors have had to delay their work. The Foundation has adopted Lillie Anna James’ “Eleventh Commandment”: Thou Shalt Not Quit!

What events does your organization host?   re any open to the pu lic?

The Foundation will host events when the em rial la a i c m le e a cially opened. Small events to thank sponsors and donors will also be held throughout the fundraising campaigns.

What is your role and how did you get involved ith the Chappie James Memorial Foundation?

My father grew up in Pensacola and he was very proud of his hometown hero, Chappie James. When I learned about the Foundation being established, I volunteered to be a board member. It’s hard to imagine the kind of obstacles General James overcame. The fact that he did it




with such grace and professionalism makes me very proud to be a part of the effort to bring his legacy to life.

What s your avorite thin a out ein involved ith the organization?

Hands down it would be meeting people who knew General James. When they speak about him, there is awe in their voices. They talk about how he spoke with high school classes – and what a positive impression he had on them. They talk about what a patriot he was and how he loved his country.

What ould you li e our readers to no a out your Foundation? The Foundation is made up of all volunteers who believe that we can make a better community by helping spread the word of General James’ legacy.

o can someone et involved and or support your nonpro t?

Please visit our website or our Facebook page all a h y ca hel .

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Sneaker Ball 2023

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sneaker Ball was held at the Brownsville Community Center in Pensacola on June 17. ver 5 attended this event, all dressed in perfect fashion and in some very colorful SNEA E S, as re uested by the dress code. Alpha appa Alpha Sorority, nc., is the oldest reek-letter organization established by collegetrained African American women at Howard niversity in Washington, DC, in 1 8. The ensacola Chapter, Delta ota mega D , was established in 1 . This was the first retty icks Sneaker Ball, where guests donned semi-formal attire and sneakers. This sold-out event celebrated si high school graduates, who were awarded 18, in scholarships, and provided 1, in gift cards to guests. t has been the international sorority’s continued mission, to be of service to all mankind. D ’s members have accomplished this mission by focusing on the various needs of our community and every year the level of support has risen, making a di erence in the lives of ensacola youth and adults.

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27TH ANNUAL Crystal Awards

Pensacola’s th Annual Crystal Awards at ensacola Little Theater was a genuine red carpet event. or the past years, ensacola Little Theatre has been recognizing their incredible volunteers by dedicating an entire event to them to express appreciation for all their dedication to the mission of ensacola Little Theatre.

This beautiful event is hosted by the production team. The Crystal Awards e presses the seriousness of how much they appreciate their volunteers. The award goes to the one who has spirit The volunteer that, not just gives time, but demonstrates humility and generosity. “Crystal Awards is celebration of the arts. It’s sponsors and volunteers that like to make theater together. eople’s Choice Award for Studio was The Nebula f eorgia. eople’s Choice Award for ain Stage was The Addams amily. Moe’s Southeast Grill understands what an important role this award ceremony has in Pensacola and sponsored full catering. It really was the something to taco ‘bout. ensacola Little Theatre is the longest continually operating theater in the southeastern nited States. A very enriching history. To find out more about the organization visit

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Exploring Gulf Lighthouses

Lighthouses are dotted along coasts across America from sea to shining sea and bodies of water in between. Known as a beacon of light and hope, lighthouses have guided many a weary sailor for hundreds of years, long before GPS, nautical charts, radar beacons, and other navigational aids were available. In 1789 Congress felt lighthouses were so important they passed the ighthouse Act, as the first public works program through the federal government and even before they established pay for themselves. This act established and supported the construction and upkeep of lighthouses, beacons, public piers, and buoys.

While the design and colors of lighthouses are beautiful, they also serve a function. The color of a lighthouse is based upon the hues of the environment surrounding the structure. If a lighthouse is up against a lighter background, such as rocks, it’s painted red and white to ensure visibility. The lighthouse will be painted white when up against a dark background, such as woods or a field. The height of the lighthouse is based on the curvature of the earth and is perfectly positioned to be visible to the sailor from sea. Lighthouse designs are up to the builder and the needs of the environment. They come in all different styles as well, from a traditional design to a house nestled on a rock to a unique castle standing tall against the sea.

The Gulf Coast has its fair share of lighthouses. While some are more famous than others, each has its own purpose and history, with one common goal, to keep ships and the sailors aboard them out of harm’s way and guide them to safety.

Pensacola Lighthouse-Pensacola, FL

One of the more famous lighthouses in the United States, the Pensacola ighthouse has guided sailors for hundreds of years. The first attempt at a lighthouse in Pensacola was built in a location that wasn’t ideal for sailors, so 25 years after its construction, money was allocated to build a new lighthouse only a half a mile away to guide ships into the harbor. First lit on New ears Day in 1859, the lighthouse has withstood countless hurricanes and war, even being fired upon and claimed by the nion during the Civil ar. Nevertheless, the lighthouse stands today. hile it’s most well-known for its haunted history, a recently uncovered homestead of freed slave, Charles art, on the property is a planned future exhibit for the lighthouse to show the impact of African Americans on the Pensacola ighthouse. The lighthouse is open to visitors and is a perfect place to watch the Blue Angels practice (reservations required).

Cape San Blas Lighthouse-Port St. Joe, FL

The Cape San Blas ighthouse has a long history of unfortunate events. riginally built to warn ships of hazardous shoals that extend out into the Gulf, the first structure was built in but was destroyed in a storm two years later. In 1857 another structure was built but was almost destroyed by the Confederates during the Civil ar and wasn’t in operation again until . rosion took a toll on the area and within the next couple decades, the lighthouse found itself in eight feet of water. A new, lighter skeletal structure was commissioned to replace the old lighthouse but the ship carrying it sank in the Gulf, only some of the structure was salvaged. Between storms and erosion, the lighthouse was damaged, rebuilt, and moved several times before being deactivated in . In , the lighthouse and structures were moved to a new location and are open to visitors.

Cape St. George Lighthouse-St. George Island, FL

The first St. George Island lighthouse was built in to guide vessels into the Port of Apalachicola. It stood years before being destroyed in a storm, and re-using the materials, was rebuilt on the southern cape of the island. This structure lasted a short three years before another storm came along and destroyed it. The third lighthouse was built further inland and was completed in , however, during the Civil ar, the light stayed unlit so as not to help the nion ships. It wasn’t until August , , that the light shone again. urricanes continued to pummel the lighthouse and in , the lighthouse was deactivated. In , the lighthouse succumbed to the waves and fell into the Gulf of Mexico, but the St. George Lighthouse Association was able to salvage enough of the lighthouse to rebuild it in the center of St. George Island, along with a replica of the keeper’s uarters. Today, the -feet tall lighthouse is open to visitors and climbers.

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Festival of Speed, Powered by Step One Automotive

The highly anticipated inaugural Festival of Speed, powered by Step One Automotive roup, took place at ive lags Speedway on June . The area was abuzz with excitement as drivers posed for photos, signed autographs, and engaged with sponsors and media. The festivities then shifted to the track area, where attendees eagerly signed up for hot laps with Step One Motorsports ambassadors Juan Manuel Correa and Chris Walsh.

Both drivers were e cited to be there and engage with fans. Juan anuel Correa said, started racing go-carts at age seven and loved it. My hobby quickly escalated to professional racing and ’ve been racing ever since Chris Walsh first started racing motorcycles and recently started racing cars professionally. Chris shared, prepare for the race by loading the track into a simulator. After practicing on the simulator, pretty much know the track and can visualize the turns before roll into them.

This family-friendly event o ered a plethora of activities, including food trucks, live music, cars, and games for children. Car enthusiasts and racing fans alike were treated to a day filled with thrilling e periences and entertainment. The estival of Speed was a resounding success, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organizers and sponsors. t provided a uni ue opportunity for attendees to interact with drivers and witness the power and speed of highperformance vehicles. The event was a testament to the passion and enthusiasm of the racing community, and we look forward to future iterations of this exciting event.

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SALUD! to Service

In this Armed Forces Issue we salute those in uniform. Those who put their lives on the line and miss time with their families, all for the greater good of our country. We here at VIP Pensacola Magazine have compiled a cocktail to honor the branches of our military. So, we raise a glass to them and wish them good health, safety, and happiness. Salud!

The Light Infantry

with a mix of ingredients that are as solid as the Army itself, it s e e is e t e n taste ds.“Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey! The Army’s on its way.”

2 oz rye whiskey

1 oz Lillet

½ oz sweet vermouth (like Cocchi Vermouth de Torino)

4 dashes orange bitters

1 large orange peel for garnish

Place rye, Lillet, vermouth and bitters in a shaker with ice and stir. Rub orange peel around rim of a chilled martini glass; strain drink into glass. Twist orange peel over drink to release its oils and add to glass.

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The Navy Fizz

Representing the U.S. Navy, this gin-based cocktail is as smooth as the Blue Angels in a diamond formation with ingredients that go together like a crisp fall day with a win over Army. “Anchors Aweigh, my boys!”

1 ½ oz gin

1 slice nectarine

2 sprigs rosemary

¾ oz Campari

¾ oz simple syrup

¾ oz lemon juice

2 oz soda water

Muddle nectarine and one sprig of rosemary with the simple syrup, add remaining ingredients except soda. Shake, strain over fresh ice into a glass, top with soda and garnish.

The Leatherneck

In honor of the U.S. Marine Corps, this cocktail is no nonsense and gets the job done, much like the Marines themselves. A perfect d in f t se t t ei att es f and and air and sea. Semper Fidelis

2 oz Canadian whiskey

¾ oz blue curaçao

½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker a f ed it ice. a e vi s nti t e contents are well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Jet Pilot

While there are other branches of the military that have jet pilots, this one is in honor of the U.S. Air Force. Much like what it takes to become a pilot, a lot goes into this cocktail, but the end result is just as powerful and cool. FlyFight-Win

1 oz Jamaican rum

¾ oz Puerto Rican rum

¾ oz 151-proof Demerara rum

6 dashes absinthe

½ oz grapefruit juice

½ oz lime juice

½ oz cinnamon syrup

½ oz Falernum

1 dash aromatic bitters

½ cup crushed ice Cherry, for garnish

In a blender, mix the rums, absinthe, grapefruit and lime juices, cinnamon syrup, Falernum, and bitters. Add the crushed ice. Blend for 5 to 10 seconds. Pour into a hurricane or margarita glass. Garnish with a cherry.

The Stormy Seas

Last but not least, this cocktail honors the . . ast a d. is c c tai ’s na e sa s it all, braving the rough and often stormy seas, Coasties step in when things get rough, so they deserve a smooth cocktail. Semper Paratus

1 ½ oz light rum

3 oz ginger beer

¼ oz white cranberry juice

¼ oz red cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice and shake. Pour into glass and garnish with fresh cranberries.

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Summer of Fashion

Get ready for an unforgettable Summer of Fashion, brought to you by VIP Pensacola. We are thrilled to announce that local businesses from the fashion and style industries will be participating in a fashion shoot, hosted by Hilton Pensacola Beach.

Our August issue will feature stunning photos from the fashion shoot, showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion design. From current trends to timeless classics, you’ll experience it all in our pages.

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Nearly 1 attendees gathered for ood orning ensacola on June . Scenic Hills Country Club SHCC was the sponsor and location for the business networking breakfast. Todd Thompson, reater ensacola Chamber resident/CE , thanked the volunteer Ambassadors and sta and shared upcoming events. Judy itzpatrick, Just Judy’s lowers, Local Art & ifts was honored to receive the Small Business of the onth award.

Brandon Nelson, SHCC perations anager, said, ur goal is to continue to be recognized as the best golf course known for great food and hospitality while providing memorable e periences for members and guests . He invited all to host their ne t event there.

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Scenic Hills is a longstanding partner with irst Tee ulf Coast. arty Stanovich, E ecutive Director, encouraged all to be good citizens and grow a lifelong love of golf. outh from obile County to Bay County gain vital life skills while learning how to golf. The morning closed with door prizes for lucky attendees.

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What is your hometown?

I was born and raised here in wonderful Pensacola, FL. I was born on NAS Pensacola and grew up on Zarragossa Street. I left in 1969 to join the Air Force and traveled the world until my retirement in 1991, when I returned to my beloved Pensacola.

What is your profession?

I was a Combat Engineer in the Air Force. After retirement I became a Behavioral Specialist at Escambia West Gate, a school for our very special mentally and physically challenged students. I’m involved with many boards, including the Escambia County Marine Advisory Committee, the Gen. Daniel Chappie James Jr. Memorial Foundation, Citizens Diplomacy Council, and most dear to my heart, the Lacy A. Collier Sensory ComplexSnoezelen.

What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola?

What makes it unique is the same qualities that made it unique to our founders, the location near the waterways. We are able to do things above, under, and in the water, such as fishing, scuba diving, etc. I love the friendly environment and people of Pensacola. I love my community and would do anything to help improve it, this ties into my personal motto which is to leave everything better than how I found it.

Three words that best describe you.

Patriotic, Adventurous, Competitive.

Favorite place to go out?

I like locally owned establishments to dine. Hub Stacys, McGuires, and various Pensacola Beach restaurants. I like to fish, scuba dive, and boat in the Gulf and waterways.

What is one thing that you do not go a day without?

I don’t go a day without thanking God for His blessings.

Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… family dates back to colonial times here in Pensacola and has seen the area transform from a settlement to a village, to a town, to a city. I have had the opportunity to live throughout the world, but this is where I belong.

photo by Nicole Partridge

Predicting the financial future is nearly impossible. It is, however, possible to give yourself a better chance to succeed with a well-crafted financial plan that accounts for all possible scenarios. Chae and Mal, of Iron Plan Solutions Group, have spent decades developing their skills and learning the latest tips, tricks, and tools that can help their clients shield themselves for both the short and the long-term. They aim to bring you strength and clarity, all while instilling confidence in your financial decision making and welding and polishing a lasting relationship.

Chae Kyle, CEO
Iron Plan Solutions Group, LLC | Welcome to Iron Plan Solutions Group 8180 Pensacola Blvd. Suite 207 | Pensacola, FL 32534
Mal Mason, President

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