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Independent News | October 7, 2021 | Volume 22 | Number 40

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Thank you for voting Best Reception Venue 5eleven Palafox Best Local Celebrity Bubba Watson

Best Cup of Coffee Best Cooking Classes

Best Community Leader Quint Studer

Best Reasons to Attend a Blue Wahoos Game • The view • Fireworks

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During Best of the Coast, the Winners & Losers staff refuses to write anything that will upset the positive vibe of the issue. Therefore, they have given us another all-winners version of their column before heading to the beach.

Thank You for Voting!

LEE FAMILY Jessica Lee, the Lee family and Kia AutoSport of Pensacola are donating $250,000 to the new Baptist Health Care campus located on the corner of Brent Lane and I-110. The donation will go toward the chapel located inside in the new hospital. Jessica Lee and her three sisters inherited their generosity from their parents, Monroe and Mary Rose Lee. She said her parents instilled in them the importance of donating back to others, not for recognition, but because it's the right thing to do. The value of giving is what Jessica Lee is now teaching her 7-year-old son, Monroe, who donates to children and families in need with money raised through his lemonade stands. She serves as general manager and vice president of Kia AutoSport of Pensacola. GARY DIAMOND On Monday, Sept. 20, the Escambia County Fire Rescue firefighter was posthumously honored as Florida's Career Firefighter of the Year during the 2021 Fire Service Awards. On Dec. 26, Diamond was shot and killed in the front yard of his Molino home. In 1982, Diamond began his Escambia County Fire Rescue career as a volunteer firefighter at the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department and eventually transferred to the Molino Volunteer Fire Department. In 2006, he joined Navarre Beach Fire Rescue as a career firefighter and EMT. He retired from Navarre Beach Fire Rescue as a captain. Later, Diamond volunteered with Escambia County Fire Rescue as a fleet transport driver. WENCESLAUS "WEN" MUENYI The

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UWF alumnus was named a winner in the Meda Million Dollar Challenge, the nation's largest business competition for minorityowned businesses. The Metropolitan Economic Development Association, or Meda, is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota whose mission is to help minority entrepreneurs succeed. Wen's company, HercLeon, received $200,000 in the contest that attracted more than 200 entrants. The "Shark Tank"-like competi-

tion began with an application, followed by months of presentation preparation and culminating with a presentation. Wen was among five winners who shared a portion of the $1.2 million winnings.

MANNA FOOD BANK The nonprofit expanded its reach to food-insecure students in Northwest Florida through the School Resource Officer Food Program. The program is run in collaboration with Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Pensacola Police Department and, now, Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office. The program proved successful in 17 Escambia County schools in its first three years, paving the way for the program to expand to Santa Rosa County. Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office school resource officers in 19 schools are now supplied with food boxes, allowing them to provide immediate access to food for students in need. COMMUNITY MARITIME PARK The

City of Pensacola and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos last week announced that Blue Wahoos Baseball will continue to call Pensacola home for another 10 years, renewing their lease at the city's Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola for two additional five-year terms. Entering its 10th season, Blue Wahoos Stadium is widely considered one of the premier facilities in Minor League Baseball. A two-time recipient of Ballpark Digest's Best Double-A ballpark and four-time winner of the Southern League Ballpark of the Year, Blue Wahoos Stadium has welcomed over 2,500,000 fans through its first nine baseball seasons.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Escambia County Sherriff`s Office has launched the "Occupant with Autism" program to alert first responders when an autistic person is in a home or car. The decals are free and can be placed on the window of a home or vehicle. Deputies will see the decal and approach the situation using their autism training skills.

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ANOTHER ACORN There have been some promising moments in the never-ending game of political chess between President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis as the Florida politician postures for a run at Biden's job in 2024, such as getting rid of year-end testing for public school students. As my dad and his buddies said on Saturday mornings over breakfast at Joe's Sports Parlor in Greenville, Miss., "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then." The latest DeSantis acorn was the appointment of Larry Keefe as the state's first Public Safety Czar. I got to know Larry when he was sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida in 2019. Larry grew up in Okaloosa County, graduated from Choctawhatchee High School and attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. He had practiced law in Florida for 32 years and was a partner of the Fort Walton Beach law firm Keefe, Anchors & Gordon before former President Trump nominated him for the post. He lost his job early this year when President Biden ordered him and 90-plus Trumpappointed U.S. attorneys to resign, which isn't uncommon when the White House changes hands. However, Keefe had plenty of Democratic officials lobby the Biden administration to keep him, including Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Congressman Al Lawson and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil. Though he served slightly more than two years, Keefe made his mark on Northwest Florida, tackling human trafficking, gun violence and political corruption. He also dealt with the terrorist attack at NAS Pensacola when a Royal Saudi Air Force member killed three U.S. sailors and severely wounded eight other Americans.

When gun violence increased in Pensacola and Tallahassee, Keefe announced an unprecedented commitment of federal, state and local resources to get wanted criminals off the streets and illegal guns and drugs out of their hands. In the initiative's first few months, the Protect Pensacola task force made 117 arrests. Last fall, more than 170 total arrests were made on charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor as the result of a two-year, multi-agency investigation in the Tallahassee area. A year earlier in Pensacola, David C. Williams was arrested and later pled guilty to using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, transporting women for prostitution, harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain and being involved in a moneylaundering conspiracy. Williams ran multiple Asian massage parlors in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida, including in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. Keefe also formed an anti-corruption unit to go after "that very small group that serves for their own illegal benefit or profit and those who illegally seek to influence them." In November 2019, he announced two corruption cases that led to indictments. One involved a scheme that allegedly defrauded the federal government with the help of the county executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency in Holmes County. The other covered City of Lynn Haven officials for allegedly conspiring with local business executives to process some $5 million in fraudulent invoices for Hurricane Michael cleanup. While the details of his new job as Public Safety Czar have to be determined, Larry Keefe has proved he's up for the challenge. {in} rick@inweekly.net

Though he served slightly more than two years, Keefe made his mark on Northwest Florida, tackling human trafficking, gun violence and political corruption.

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BIG BOOST FOR PSC ATHLETICS Central Credit Union of Florida (CCUF) has pledged $100,000 over five years to the Pensacola State College Athletics Department. Danny Gilman, CCUF board chairman and a PSC alumnus, made the gift announcement Monday, Sept. 27, at a press conference in the Hartsell Arena. "Today, we are strengthening our commitment to funding the athletics program because we believe future leaders are groomed through PSC's team sports and your strong focus on academic excellence," Gilman said. Pensacola State President Ed Meadows called the pledge "a shot in the arm for athletics." The gift will benefit the college's six athletic programs—baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, cross-country and volleyball. A portion of the donation also will go to the college's General Athletics fund. "This is a great day," Meadows said. "Our coaches and athletic directors couldn't be happier to have this kind of gift for athletics." HOMELESS HELP The homeless encampment underneath a downtown stretch of the Interstate 110 overpass can remain in place after the Pensacola City Council approved

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another 90-day eviction moratorium for the encampment. Connie Bookman doesn't think they'll need that much time. "I'm here to tell you, you're not gonna need a moratorium to continue; you're not going to need many more weeks," the Pathways for Change director told the council during its Sept. 23 meeting. Bookman heads up the Northwest Florida Homeless Reduction Task Force with Opening Doors of Northwest Florida's John Johnson. She told the council the community's response has been so positive that she's confident the campers' relocation will happen relatively quickly. "I'm not going to get into the detail of it, but I am certain that our community is embracing the people under I-110, and I believe that God is in the middle of all of it," Bookman said. She continued, "I am certain that in short order, by Thanksgiving, that park will be as if a tent city had never existed, and families will be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving. But I really do believe by the first of November, we're going to be able to have people in a safe place that is desirable for them." Later, Michael Kimberl, executive director of the Alfred Washburn Center, told the council that he felt there should

be more such campgrounds for homeless individuals in the area. "I think it is a necessity, and we need more of them," Kimbrel said. "It's the reason why I think you're having a hard time lowering the numbers at that one; it's become a mecca of help. People are hearing about it, starved for help in our community." He said the I-110 encampment represents only a fraction of the individuals who need help finding shelter. He sees a different group of homeless people at the Washburn Center. "We're overwhelmed," Kimbrel said. "And like I said earlier, I'm hopeful for this task force. I obviously don't have as much hope as Connie Bookman has. The future will see if her hope is warranted or if it was, you know, just that, just hope. He later added, "I fear you're going to see me in another 90 days."

MAYBE 120 DAYS, NOT 90 At his Monday, Sept. 27, presser, Mayor Grover Robinson said he was optimistic but less than Bookman. "Connie clearly said she thought she could be out of there in 30 days. I am not as optimistic as that," Mayor Robinson said. "But I certainly think in 120 days, we should be able to make those things happen." Eventually, the city will clear the camp regardless, as the site is slated for a stormwater and greenway project. Robinson said, "I think we're going to run up against a hard stop in 90-100 days because we have other plans for the property." The mayor also cautioned that the city could only tackle so much of the homeless issue by itself and urged other local governments to enact similar plans. The mayor said, "We've proven that we can get people in transition, and we're proving that we're gonna set up stuff to go forward, but it's not something the city of Pensacola can lift by itself." ECUA MAY NEED OVERSIGHT State Senator Doug Broxson and three fellow

lawmakers asked Florida's Office of Public Counsel to review two utilities that operate outside the jurisdiction of the Florida Public Service Commission—Jacksonville Electric Authority and Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. The report is out. The Public Counsel believes "some form of outside oversight may be useful or appropriate in providing a layer of protection for customers." The change would require an amendment of the Special Act and the statutes relating to the FPSC's jurisdiction and powers. Besides issues with ECUA possibly not following generally accepted accounting principles and not properly categorizing Capital Improvements, the current rate structure puts more burden on households than other utilities do. The Public Counsel found that ECUA is charging its residential customers more than Peoples Water Service that operates in southwest Escambia County. "We observed that, at this level of consumption, the ECUA (mainland) customer bills are 56% higher than those of the FPSCregulated Peoples," wrote the Public Counsel staff. "It must be pointed out, however, that due to the conservation rate structure the FPSC imposed on Peoples, at 10,000 gallons monthly usage, the ECUA bill is 15% lower than the comparable Peoples' bill."

AVALEX ACQUIRED On Wednesday, Sept. 29, Mercury Systems, Inc. announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Avalex Technologies Corporation, the Gulf Breeze-based provider of mission-critical avionics, including rugged displays, integrated communications management systems, digital video recorders and warning systems. Mercury will acquire Avalex for all cash, subject to net working capital and net debt adjustments. The acquisition is currently expected to close during Mercury's fiscal 2022 second quarter ending Dec. 31, 2021.

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The company is a leading technology company serving the aerospace and defense industry and is headquartered in Andover, Mass.

POSSIBLE SAUDI LINKS The Levin

Papantonio Rafferty law firm represents the victims of the NAS Pensacola terror attack that happened on Dec. 6, 2019, when second Lieutenant Mohammed Al-Shamrani of the Royal Saudi Air Force took a weapon onto the base and proceeded to enact one of the worst mass shootings and first Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11. "We've been investigating that attack now for almost two years," said Attorney Chris Paulos. "And we are in a suit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia here in Federal District Court in Pensacola." Paulos and his firm have found "some frightening similarities" between the 9/11 attacks and the NAS shooting after reviewing the 16 pages of FBI notes regarding the 9/11 attacks, recently declassified by the Biden administration. He said the investigative notes concerned "co-conspirators and individuals who

are connected to the 9/11 hijackers, specifically Saudi officials, intelligence officials and diplomatic officials in San Diego who had the FBI assessed … provided significant logistical support to the 9/11 hijackers when they got here to the United States and began percolating through our communities." Paulos said Saudi Arabia had worked over the past two decades to obstruct and prevent the release of the documents. And then when that release of those documents is imminent, they cried for transparency and then claimed that these documents exonerate them. He said they have followed a similar pattern with the NAS shooting. "Originally, Saudi Arabia came out and said that they would support the victims, that they would do everything in their power to make things right," said Paulos. "And in reality, they've denied, denied, denied. They've denied the existence of my clients. They've denied the occurrence of the attack, essentially in all respects other than the press. And so that's why we've been forced to sue them to hold them to account." Another connection was confirmed by the 9/11 documents, according to the attorney.

"This is an ideology that is entrenched in the state apparatus of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, from the highest levels and from within their government, has been supporting violent Salafi jihadist extremists for years, knowing that their intent and purpose is to attack Western interests, to attack and kill Americans and Israelis and non-Islamic communities and entities, what they consider to be enemies of Islam," said Paulos. The attorney continued, "And that's what's been further confirmed with these 9/11 documents." He said it has been frustrating that the federal government has blocked local law enforcement from releasing their reports on the NAS shooting. "We understand that the local entities involved in the investigation were the first to respond to the attack; all of their documents and the information that we would normally expect for them to release are being held up at the federal level," said Paulos. "The FBI is still claiming an active investigation, which is delaying the release of information, or whatever information is coming out has been extremely redacted."

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He added, "We're hopeful that soon, perhaps, the feds will permit additional releases of information."

CYBER COAST SUCCESS FloridaWest's initiative Cyber Coast Florida has been a phenomenal success. Last month, LinkedIn ranked the Pensacola market in its top 10 cities where job seekers are most likely to apply for remote workers, ahead of Charleston, S.C., and Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla. Bill Dunn, the NOF CEO, shared with Inweekly why so many workers are looking at Pensacola. "It's really simple," said Dunn. "I'd say look out your window at the beach. Why would you not want to live here?" He also cited the talent along Florida's Cyber Coast. Dunn said, "We've got more cyber talent in a condensed area that a lot of places don't have. The defense contractors, as well as employers like Navy Federal and others, are looking for that talent. Between UWF and Pensacola State College and our defense folks that are coming now, either retired or getting out of the military that are super cyber trained, we've got a lot of talent here." {in}

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It's the first Thursday of October, and if you're an Inweekly regular, you know that means that it's finally time for us to reveal the results of our often imitated, but never duplicated, Best of the Coast poll. Just like we have every July for the last 20 years, we published the ballot, you voted and then we counted. And in some really close cases, we recounted, a few times, just to make sure we got it right. Because something as serious as Best Karaoke Night deserves nothing less, you know? Because of you all, Best of the Coast keeps growing every year, and we've been beyond blown away by your response and support this year and last in particular. As one of this year's winners and advertisers so perfectly said in their editorial survey, "2021 is proving to be just as crazy as 2020 but with a different set of challenges." (Hat tip to Alex and Michael from Restaurant IRON for this spot-on observation. We couldn't agree more.) We know it's not always easy to find the time or the energy to do more than the bare minimum these days. But this summer, you cast over 15,000 votes, resulting in this print issue, which is a hefty 80 pages. So kudos to you for voting and for picking up this issue. Don't worry, though— no one expects you to get through it in one sitting. Of course, we're only able to afford our print bills, host the voting and pay for the coffee required to count said votes because of ad dollars. So to each and every business that said yes to advertising, thank you. We couldn't do this, or anything else we do year-round, without you. And even 80 pages aren't enough, so make sure you tune in next week for Rest of the Best—where we celebrate the runners-up. {in}

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C omm u ni ty, Media & C u l t u re BEST NONPROFIT Winner: Phoenix Rising Rescue A Place of Hope Small Dog Rescue Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter Gulf Coast Kid's House

BEST POLITICIAN Winner: Michelle Salzman Lumon May Jared Moore Grover Robinson

BEST CHARITY EVENT Winner: Soundside Splendor (Children's Home Society of Florida) Brunch & Bubbles (Gulf Coast Kid's House) Mr. Tutu (Ballet Pensacola) Winter Wonder Ride (onbikes Pensacola)

BEST ADVOCACY/ACTIVIST GROUP Winner: Strive Autism Pensacola Pensacola Dream Defenders Sunday's Child

BEST PLACE TO WORK Winner: Navy Federal Credit Union Baptist Health Care Pensacola State College University of West Florida

BEST PARADE Winner: Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade Grand Fiesta Parade MLK Day Parade Pensacola Christmas Parade

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Winner: Pensacola Beach A Blue Wahoos Game Downtown National Naval Aviation Museum

BEST PET-FRIENDLY PARK Winner: Bayview Park Pensacola Beach Dog Park Roger Scott Dog Park Shoreline Bark Park

BEST REGULAR/REOCCURRING EVENT Winner: Gallery Night Bands on the Beach Brown Bag Opera Palafox Market

BEST PLAYGROUND Winner: Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Benny Russell Park Legion Field Perdido Kids Park

BEST FREE THING TO DO Winner: National Naval Aviation Museum Bands on the Beach Bands on the Blackwater Yoga at Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe

BEST PALAFOX MARKET VENDOR Winner: Annie's Naked Cookies The Crafted Makerie Jade Tree Succulents Mrs. Jones Cold Brew BEST MAKERS/CRAFT MARKET Winner: Odd Colony Brewing Company Pensacola Arts Market Pensacola Community Market Wild Lemon

BEST DAY TRIP Winner: Destin 30A/Seaside Fairhope OWA

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD Winner: East Hill Cordova Park East Pensacola Heights North Hill

BEST COMMUNITY LEADER Winner: Quint Studer Devin Cole Jamil Davis Christian Wagley

BEST ANNUAL EVENT Winner: Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show Ballet Pensacola's "The Nutcracker" Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Pensacola Children's Chorus's "Christmas on the Coast"

BEST PENSACOLA LANDMARK Winner: Graffiti Bridge Fort Pickens Pensacola Beach Water Tower Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

BEST REASON TO ATTEND A BLUE WAHOOS GAME Winner: Josh Gay Fireworks Food The view

BEST RISING LEADER Winner: Teniadé Broughton Alex Gartner D.C. Reeves Walker Wilson

BEST FOOD EVENT Winner: Pensacola Habitat Food Truck Festival Pensacola EggFest Pensacola Greek Festival Pensacola Seafood Festival

BEST PUBLIC PARK Winner: Bayview Park Seville Square Veterans Memorial Park Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park

BEST REASON TO ATTEND AN ICE FLYERS GAME Winner: Josh Gay Fights Post-game ice skating Theme nights

BEST BOSS Winner: Lindsey Cannon (Children's Home Society of Florida) John Clark (Council on Aging of West Florida) Stacey Kostevicki (Gulf Coast Kid's House) Bridget Middleton (Fiesta Pensacola)

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C omm u ni ty, Media & C u l t u re BEST YOUTH SPORTS/REC PROGRAM Winner: Southern Youth Sports Association Pensacola Youth Soccer Tiger Point Sports Association YMCA Northwest Florida BEST DANCE STUDIO Winner: Ballet Pensacola A Time to Dance LaBelle Performing Arts Mixon Magic Performing Arts BEST AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITY Winner: Pensacola Children's Chorus Ballet Pensacola Chain Reaction First City Art Center BEST SUMMER CAMP Winner: Mixon Magic Performing Arts First City Art Center Pensacola Children's Chorus UWF's Explore Summer Camps BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY Winner: Pensacola MESS Hall Pensacola Children's Museum Sam's Fun City Sky Zone Trampoline Park BEST LOCAL CELEBRITY Winner: Bubba Watson Roy Jones Jr. Brent Lane Sue Straughn BEST TV STATION Winner: WEAR Blab TV WKRG WSRE BEST RADIO STATION Winner: Cat Country 98.7 107.3 The Beat NewsRadio 92.3/1620 WUWF 88.1 BEST RADIO PERSONALITY Winner: Brent Lane (Cat Country 98.7) Candy Cullerton (Formerly of Cat Country 98.7) Andrew McKay (NewsRadio 92.3/1620) Big Moose (Cat Country 98.7) BEST MORNING RADIO SHOW Winner: The Cat Pack Morning Show (Cat Country 98.7) Good Morning Pensacola (WCOA 1370) NPR Morning Edition (WUWF 88.1) Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay (NewsRadio 92.3/1620) BEST PODCAST Winner: It's All Gone Terribly Wrong Behind the Grind Show Stay on the Line The Wellness Fanatic BEST WEBSITE/BLOG Winner: Visit Pensacola (visitpensacola.com) Cat Country 98.7 (catcountry987.com) Pensacola Mom Collective (pensacola.momcollective.com) WUWF 88.1 (wuwf.org) October 7, 2021

BEST SCANDAL Winner: Matt Gaetz John Thomas insurance fraud Skanska Tate High School homecoming hack BEST PERSON OR BUSINESS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM Winner: Pensacola Vibes (@pensacolavibes) Emily Ley (@emilyley) Sarah Coleman Photography (@sarahcolemanphoto) Visit Pensacola (@visitpensacola)

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BEST BUSINESS TO "LIKE" ON FACEBOOK Winner: Pensacola Mom Collective All Things Emerald Coast Cat Country 98.7 Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter BEST WAY TO GET CULTURED Winner: Pensacola Opera Ballet Pensacola Pensacola Little Theatre Pensacola Symphony Orchestra BEST ART GALLERY/MUSEUM Winner: Pensacola Museum of Art Artel Gallery Blue Morning Gallery Pensacola Museum of History BEST ARTIST Winner: Eniko Ujj Daniela de Castro Sucre Poppy Garcia Sarah Soule Webb BEST PHOTOGRAPHER Winner: Sarah Coleman Natalie Allgyer A.J. Galecki Sean Mullins BEST MUSIC VENUE Winner: Vinyl Music Hall Hunter Amphitheater at the Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Saenger Theatre Seville Quarter BEST BAND Winner: Ben Loftin & the Family Faux/Fox Goldmine The Juice Is Okay BEST CONCERT/CONCERT SERIES Winner: Bands on the Beach Pensacola Children's Chorus's "Christmas on the Coast" Pensacola Opera's Opera After Dark Pensacola Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION Winner: Rumors (Pensacola Little Theatre) Carmen (Pensacola Opera) Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre Snow White (Ballet Pensacola) BEST COMEDIAN Winner: Olivia Searcy Emily Dillon Andrew Ferrara LuRay

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7251 Plantation Road, catcountry987.com What inspired you to get started? Cat Country 98.7 started like most small businesses—with a dream. Dave and Mary Hoxeng built Cat Country 98.7 from the ground up after petitioning the FCC for what would be a new frequency in Pensacola, 98.7, to serve the community and do radio right. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? People. The people who work for us, the business owners who count on us to grow and the listeners who call us their radio station motivate us to keep going. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Proud to serve Northwest Florida. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Each day, week after week, month after month, we work to reflect the values of our community. Ups and downs, highs and lows, we are proud to lead and support our community. The goal is always to do that better than yesterday. Answers by: Brent Lane, Program Director/ Morning Show Host

CITY OF PENSACOLA PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 222 W. Main St., Fourth Floor, playpensacola.com What inspired you to get started? Pensacola. Our residents and visitors inspire staff to help

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improve and promote the quality of life we are afforded in our wonderful city. Pensacola's parks and facilities have a rich heritage that continues to tell the story of so many. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our residents, visitors and partners are the driving force of all that we do. Each project and program is an asset that amplifies the resources that are available to everyone within our community. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Get out and play. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/ or professionally? Our lists of goals are endless, and we are always working to bring new ideas, improvements and resources to Pensacola. Be sure to visit our website to keep up on the latest. Answers by: Deja Dowdell, Marketing Coordinator

GALLERY NIGHT PENSACOLA

gallerynightpensacola.org What inspired you to get started? Gallery Night Pensacola was created to promote local art and the unique culture of the downtown Pensacola area. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our volunteer board is motivated by the desire to see our event grow in both size and quality. Every month, we strive to bring in new and special performers, artists and themes to

keep residents and visitors alike coming back every third Friday. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Bringing art to the streets. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? After so much turbulence over the last two years, our goal is simple—to return to our monthly schedule and provide Pensacola with 12 wonderful Gallery Night events in 2022. Answers by: Sydney Robinson, Executive Director

PALAFOX MARKET

Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, palafoxmarket.com What inspired you to get started? Palafox Market is a collaborative effort of the Downtown Improvement Board and the City of Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency, established to support local farmers and small businesses as well as to drive business to downtown Pensacola shops, restaurants, galleries and bars each Saturday. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Palafox Market has grown from a handful of farmers and a few hundred visitors to attracting thousands to downtown Pensacola each Saturday. It was recently named the best farmers' market in Florida by Southern Living magazine. Downtown businesses say the market regularly drives business to their doors.

If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A weekly downtown marketplace, featuring farm-fresh and locally sourced goods. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Attracting more local farmers, a sidewalk marker-wayfinding system, monthly themes and events. Answers by: Emily Kopas, DIB Chief Operating Officer/Palafox Market Manager

PENSACOLA CHILDREN'S CHORUS

46 E. Chase St., pensacolasings.org What inspired you to get started? PCC was born out of the Pensacola Symphony as an opportunity for Northwest Florida's young people to enjoy a musical experience of the highest quality. Our community is rich with talent, and we take pride in helping young musicians grow into mature, confident performers and people. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Every child has a voice that deserves to be heard. For 32 years, PCC has used its unique flavor of music education to empower young people to employ their voices for the betterment of themselves and others. We are continually inspired by the impact our singers make in our community. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Courage and confidence in every note.

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What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? PCC will travel to New York City in June of 2022 for our musical debut at Carnegie Hall. Answers by: Alex Gartner, Artistic and Executive Director

PENSACOLA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

300 W. Leonard St., pensacolahabitat.org What inspired you to get started? I wanted to move to an industry or organization that's impact was focused on something greater than just me. I have always had a heart for serving others, and Pensacola Habitat for Humanity's reach in our community is far beyond what I imagined. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our home buyers—having the opportunity to sit at the table with them at their closing and being a part of a process that not only changes lives but also allows for sustainable homeownership. It has been proven that homeownership provides stability and generational wealth for families in our community. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We continue to grow along with the community's need for affordable homeownership. Despite all the challenges our community faced this past fiscal year, we still celebrated 27 families closing on their new homes. We have no plans of slowing down and plan to celebrate more than 50 closings this year. Answers by: Sam Young, President/CEO

PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATRE

400 S. Jefferson St. pensacolalittletheatre.com What inspired you to get started? PLT exists to tell stories, and the Cultural Center is a home full of stories that all look different, feel different, sound different and certainly act different. We all started because we had a story to tell; we keep going because there are plenty of stories left untold. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Walt Disney said, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible," and that's what we do each and every day—the impossible. Theater is a game of smoke and mirrors, telling stories as magically, intimately and accurately as we can, all on a nonprofit budget. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We're the community's theater, and we live for drama. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? While the artistic excellence of the theatre is thriving—and I say that humbly but accurately because the talent of these volunteers is absolutely insane—the culture inside of the Cultural Center could stand to grow a bit. That vision is on the horizon. Answers by: Sid Williams-Heath, Executive Director

PENSACOLA MESS HALL

418 E. Wright St., pensacolamesshall.org What inspired you to get started? The MESS Hall was created to inspire curiosOctober 7, 2021

ity, experimentation and creative problem solving through the exploration of math, engineering, science and stuff. We aspire to attract and create a community of critical and creative thinkers of all ages who are inspired by and understand the basic principles of science. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The excitement of our visitors, the curiosity of campers and the explorations of school kids push us to create new, engaging programs that encourage more discovery. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? All hands-on science. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We have several grants to fulfill, including a new estuary exhibit in the building, a traveling exhibit about our planet to share at the libraries and Science Sprouts, a program to engage kindergarteners and their teachers at schools across our community. Answers by: Megan Pratt, Executive Director

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pensacola.momcollective.com What inspired you to get started? The need to connect moms in Pensacola and create a community of support and encouragement. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Seeing the impact that one person's story or experience can have on even just one other individual. As moms, it may feel like we are tackling challenges alone, but, more often than not, there are other women in the same situation. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Educating, encouraging and empowering moms throughout the journey of parenthood. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? In-person events (once COVID passes) and partnerships with our local community to educate, encourage and empower local moms. Answers by: Jen Kinsella, Co-Owner/ Co-Founder

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407 S. Jefferson St., pensacolamuseum.org What inspired you to get started? In 1954, the local chapter of the American Association of University Women envisioned a venue to exhibit traveling art exhibitions and offer art classes for children and adults. Their vision became the Pensacola Art Association and then the Pensacola Museum of Art in 1982. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We aim to promote an open and inclusive space of discovery and dialogue rooted in art, ideas and culture in Northwest Florida. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? More than a museum. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To continue to provide enriching education programs, thought-provoking exhibits and unifying programming opportunities for individuals throughout our community. Answers by: Claire Stewart 17


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pensacolavibes.com What inspired you to get started? I have a huge passion for photography and Pensacola. It was a no-brainer to combine both of them and share my passion for photography with the city. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I'm constantly told how my photography and videography make people proud of our city. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Showcasing the beauty of Pensacola. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To be so busy that I'll be able to hire an employee. Answers by: Sean Mullins, Owner

REPRESENTATIVE MICHELLE SALZMAN

3101 W. Michigan Ave., votesalzman.com What inspired you to get started? After serving as a community volunteer for many years, I began to recognize the need for true collaborative leadership in government. I felt we needed a sensible voice that was willing to work with all members of the community while maintaining conservative values. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Two things really motivate me. Seeing how much work needs to be done for our community makes me strive to do more. And, on the other hand, being able to be a part of true impact with this position has also been a big motivator. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? The people's conservative. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/ or professionally? About a month ago, I launched a mental health task force, concentrating on Escambia County but partnering with agencies across the state. We made great progress in our initial meeting. My goal is to impact mental health care and build a roadmap for other communities in the state of Florida. Answers by: Michelle Salzman, State Rep

SANTA ROSA ISLAND AUTHORITY

1 Via de Luna Drive, sria-fla.com What inspired you to get started? Bands on the Beach began in the early 2000s and has only gotten bigger and better. We started this event to bring locals and tourists together to enjoy a free concert right on the Gulf of Mexico. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The positive energy and feedback from both locals and tourists make it possible for us to keep this event going year after year. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Promote eco-friendly tourism in a clean, safe community environment. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? SRIA is collaborating with Pensacola Positivity to bring an arts market October 7, 2021

to Bands on the Beach. We are so excited to possibly expand our much-loved event and be able to showcase our local artists. Answers by: AJ Powell, Human Resources/ Events Coordinator

SARAH COLEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

801 N. Ninth Ave., Unit A, sarahcolemanphotography.com What inspired you to get started? I was lucky enough to be raised by two artist parents who encouraged me to see the world and relationships around me through a creative lens as I grew. I owe so much of why I do what I do to them. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I see my business in the following way—I never consider myself to have made it, regardless of awards and accolades. Just as I grow and change, my business is ever-evolving and there is always room for growth. Never stop learning. That motivates me to be better than the day before. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Capturing that real-life love. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? So many things. As of now, I am opening my studio in East Hill on Oct. 9, and that has been a big project over the past few months. Having a space to meet with clients that is a fully outfitted photography studio has been a dream of mine. Answers by: Sarah Coleman, Owner/Photographer

VISIT PENSACOLA

1401 E. Gregory St., visitpensacola.com What inspired you to get started? A passion for helping others and creating experiences. Also, traveling and creating memories bring happiness and joy. Visit Pensacola's work enables visitors and residents alike to create lifelong memories in one of the most beautiful beach destinations while connecting the community and people who call this area home. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The community and the team at Visit Pensacola. We are the storytellers working together and creating memories for guests visiting our home. To know our work is helping to shape someone else's experience and bring more business to our community is rewarding and the feel-good that keeps me going. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Storytellers who inspire visitors and locals alike to experience Pensacola. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Visit Pensacola is excited to share a new brand rollout. We will continue to tell the Pensacola story with current and first-time visitors through creative and integrated marketing campaigns and, most importantly, continue to bring value to our partners and community stakeholders while sharing the value of tourism. Answers by: Nicole Stacey, Marketing and Communications Director 19


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ANDREWS INSTITUTE REHAB

1040 Gulf Breeze Parkway, andrewsinstitute.com What inspired you to get started? Since day one, Andrews Institute Rehab has been inspired to provide the best-in-class physical therapy services to ensure optimal health and quality of life for our community. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Andrews Institute Rehab clinicians are motivated every day by the successes of our patients. This community trusts their care to our team, and it drives us to continue to improve and excel to keep Northwest Florida healthy and moving. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our mission is to help people throughout life's journey. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our goal will always be to provide successful outcomes for our patients at each of our Northwest Florida clinics. Innovative techniques and protocols play an integral role in the work we do, but nothing is as important as listening to each patient to understand their needs. Answers by: Christa Newgent, Corporate Director of Rehab

through specializations in gender, sexuality and relationship diversity, as well as religious trauma. Arya is Sanskrit for "not ordinary," and that's what I provide—a different experience of therapy and coaching for nonconformists. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Seeing others heal from complex trauma and often faster than they ever thought possible and then to go on and lead lives that are wildly successful and fulfilling, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond. I also love inspiring the next generation of holistic-minded clinicians. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Life is too short to live by someone else's rules. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I'm currently working on a book that is part memoir and part selfhelp/personal development, teaching what I call "radical autonomy," which is being able to deeply connect with others without losing sense of self. People need to know how to feel safe living a life that is unapologetically authentic. Answers by: Tamara Driskell, Owner/Founder

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2701 N. 12th Ave., aryatherapy.com What inspired you to get started? The need for mental health and wellness options for those living outside the proverbial box

120 S. Jefferson St., diskolemonade.com What inspired you to get started? What I love about Disko is that we don't have a type. We get all kinds of students with all

kinds of interests. The No. 1 thing I hear is that people feel comfortable at Disko. That was the goal. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The people. We have the best staff (shout-out to Alpna, Mo, Sam, Angie, Tiara, Emily, Jennifer, Danielle M., Carol, Lauren, Taya, Katie, Fiona and Danielle R.) and students, and I'm not just saying that. Everyone genuinely cares about each other and wants to lift each other up. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We don't care if you can touch your toes. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We are in the process of a rebirth of sorts with a new website, logo (thank you, Ricky) and studio design with a focus on our unique ability to think outside of the box and teach modern mindfulness. I am excited to build on that. Answers by: Briana Knight, Owner

GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY

543 Fontaine St., gulfcoastplasticsurgery.com What inspired you to get started? Doctors Peter Butler, Jocelyn Leveque and Nathan Patterson have more than 50 years of combined experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery has been serving the area for more than 18 years, providing patients with meticulous and compassionate care.

Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers the most comprehensive plastic surgery practice in the region. The trust that patients place in doctors Butler, Leveque and Patterson, as well as our nursing and clinical team, keeps the Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery team working hard each day to give each patient our best. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers unparalleled care and naturallooking results. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers its patients the latest in surgical and non-surgical innovations. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, nurse practitioners and physician assistants look forward to bringing the newest and most effective treatments and techniques to Northwest Florida. Answers by: Cathy Butler, Director of Marketing

IDEAL WEIGHT LOSS

913 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Ste. 36, idealweightloss-gb.com What inspired you to get started? I decided to open Ideal Weight Loss more than 11 years ago when I successfully lost 53 pounds on the program. I saw firsthand the health benefits from it. I decided I wanted to help others in the same way.

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Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I personally love seeing the results of everyone and how healthy they become with food as their medicine. We do not prescribe any type of medications for weight loss. This is all done through a plan that teaches them what foods are the healthy choices. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Use food as your medicine. This program works. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I would like to be in business for many years to come and help as many people as I can achieve their health and wellness goals. Answers by: Kristi Renfroe, Owner/ Wellness Coach

biggest challenges. Their passion is providing a place where people can walk in with questions about their health and walk out with the solutions they need. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Health care—the way it should be. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? With 35 years under their belts, ProHealth has become a friend to growth and change. They recently opened two new locations in Shalimar and Pensacola. With nine total locations spanning along the Gulf Coast, ProHealth would like to open a 10th location, another medical clinic, when the time is right. Answers by: Hannah Reyes, Director of Marketing

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6005 College Parkway, Ste. 2, prohealthfl.com What inspired you to get started? When ProHealth owners and sisters Danette Krumel and Debbie DuFour saw a need for their self-pay ProHealth patients to also have access to a health care professional at a reasonable price, they set out to make it happen and created ProHealth Medical Clinic. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The patient testimonials have helped ProHealth owners and staff persevere, even amid some of our

3000 N. 12th Ave., wildlemonfitness.com What inspired you to get started? I wanted to create a safe space where everybody is welcome to work toward their wellness goals and explore movement. We're not just working out here; we're exploring movement as medicine for your mental and physical health. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our incredible students motivate me to keep growing and evolving, adding new class styles, bringing in new Pilates equipment, trying new class formats and times on the schedule. Espe-

cially throughout this past year, pivoting has become a regular business practice. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Movement is medicine. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We're excited to be launching our online studio to bring Wild Lemon vibes to living rooms everywhere. COVID has changed how people work fitness into their routine, so we wanted to create an online platform that is as warm, welcoming and supportive as our brick-and-mortar studio. Answers by: Kiley Bolster Manning, Owner/Movement Coach

horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Yoga. Real Estate. Repeat. I will keep offering creative and fun, yet meaningful, Yoga Abode pop-up events. Personally, I never want to stop learning or growing. I am completing my post-license course for real estate. I am a proud member of Pensacola's Impact 100, and I love volunteering with Rally Pensacola. Answers by: Donna Dickey, Certified Yoga Instructor and Founder

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iamabode.com What inspired you to get started? I stepped on my yoga mat in 2009, and I haven't looked back since. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My amazing students, who have become like family and show up to practice with me every week, are my highest inspiration. Also, Pensacola's incredible and powerful yoga community and collaborating with local businesses for pop-up yoga classes and restorative yoga events. Bringing and connecting likeminded humans together every week. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Yoga changes everything. What's the next goal or project on the

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This award is open to businesses who started in the last two years and have had success introducing their product or service. Businesses recognized in this category are run by great leadership, show a promising vision for the future, and have created a mission statement that aligns with their core values.

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This award is open to businesses who have more than 50 employees that have been adaptable to change over the past year, have displayed economic growth, and provide opportunities for their employees to improve their skills in an ever-changing environment.

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Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a veteran-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes an entrepreneur who has a creative product or service that solves a problem in the marketplace. They are highly ambitious, serve as community leaders, and work to improve the quality of life for others through either employment or serving others.

Minority-Owned Business of the Year Female-Owned Business of the Year This award recognizes a minority-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

This award recognizes a women-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes a small business owner who has successfully launched and grown their business before the age of 30. This person demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit by applying business knowledge, growth potential and success in the operation of their business. They also prove to be a great example to other young individuals.

The John Myslak Award for Servant Leadership

This award is given to a leader who enriches the lives of others, builds better organizations, and ultimately helps create a more just and caring world. That is what our friend and colleague John Myslak did in our community, and we honor his memory by recognizing others who live their lives as fully as he did.

BUSINESS

Small Business of the Year

Micro-Business of the Year

Smart Business of the Year

This award recognizes a business that has used advanced or cutting-edge technology to advance their business or make a difference in their industry in response to challenges due to COVID-19.

Community Vibrancy Award

So many of our communities, organizations, small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals are doing amazing things to make our communities better and to help create vibrancy. They have shown us they are resourceful, inventive, and really creative. Do you have a story to tell? If you know of a group or individual who is making life better for others in the community, we want to hear about it. Send in your bright ideas and success stories of what’s working – regardless of the size of the program.

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BEST ATTORNEY Winner: Chris Crawford (Crawford Law) Scott C. Barnes (Ward & Barnes, P.A.) Rachel Sheffield (Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon) Aaron Watson (The Watson Firm)

BEST LANDSCAPING Winner: Eye Candy Lawns JC Landscaping Professionals New Roots Lawn & Landscapes The Wallace Company

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15 E. Brent Lane, aikenpictureframes.com What inspired you to get started? Any business has to adapt to consumers' needs. We started making clocks. And when that need stopped, we morphed into making pictures with clocks. That morphed into making pictures with frames. Then, that grew into making frames for pictures. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? There is a need for inexpensive framing for new artists. We love seeing an artist develop their talents. We have many children who are interested in art and go on to become talented in many areas. Art can be an emotional outlet for many people. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Everyone is an artist—just look deep inside yourself. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We want our children to enjoy this industry as much as we have. We have had several health issues recently inspiring us to pass the torch on to the kids when they are ready. Answers by: Arlene Aiken, "Mom"

ATLAS FINANCIAL STRATEGIES, LLC

125 W. Romana St., Ste. 720, atlasfinancialstrategies.com What inspired you to get started? Taking a personal finance class in college made me realize we aren't taught this information growing up, and it is a subject that will have an impact on all of our lives. That class made it clear this was the path for me. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going?The relationships we have with our clients and getting to know them and their families is probably my favorite part of it all. We have the pleasure of working with some really wonderful clients. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A goal without a plan is just a wish. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? My daughter is 6, and my son is 2. Being a good father and spending more time with my family is always a focus of mine. Answers by: Andrew Martin, Founder/President

THE BLUE MAGNOLIA SALON'S BRITTANY HIGHTOWER

2878 Gulf Breeze Parkway, @blue.magnolia.salon What inspired you to get started? When I was a child, we would have birthday parties at the Michigan College of Beauty. The students would perform hair styling services on the kids, and they made it look so fun. That really did it for me. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I have a busy life with three kiddos. Everything I do is for them. If I'm not working, I'm at the football field. I want to make my family proud, but, also, these sports don't pay for themselves. If you had to define your business with October 7, 2021

just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Educate. Only specializing in blondes is so 2016. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? My all-time goal is to be an educator. I want up-and-coming stylists to have confidence in their work. And, if I can play a role with their success, maybe they can teach me a few things along the way. Answers by: Brittany Hightower, Hairstylist

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CRAWFORD LAW

15 W. La Rua St., bettercallchris.net What inspired you to get started? I had the drive to be the best. When I started, I thought that being the best was more of a skill set issue. Many years of both good times and bad, I have learned being the best is not about skill but about how you treat your clients. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I am motivated to provide the best possible service for our local community. Every day, my goal is to fight bullies on behalf of people who need a fighter in their corner. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Your neighborhood bulldog attorney. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I want to expand the firm and bring in young talent from around the state. We will stay a boutique law firm because it is not about the size of the office but more about the client's wellbeing and experience. Answers by: Chris Crawford, Attorney

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DALRYMPLE | SALLIS ARCHITECTURE

503 E. Government St., dalsal.com What inspired you to get started? With a desire to use creative skills to improve people's lives and businesses, I was encouraged by faculty at the University of Arkansas. They said, "You have what it takes to do this well." Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our clients' trust in our team. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Creating impactful design that transforms community. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To create a team that chooses to build its future with our firm. Answers by: Scott Sallis, Principal Architect

DESHI

5 W. Main St., deshibeauty.com What inspired you to get started? After losing my best friend to cancer, I remembered them giving her a list of ingredients to start avoiding after chemo. A question was sparked on the inside, "Why are we waiting for people to get diagnosed with cancer before they are made aware of this?" DESHI was born. #nontoxic Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The customers. We take pride in educating our customers, and the more we learn, the better we become.

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This thought process has enabled us to continue to grow as a company because we want to keep getting better for our customers. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are rooted in science and steeped in love. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We are opening our third location inside of the new Oyster Bay Hotel named The Sanctuary by DESHI. We will also start offering wellness days to help provide The SOULution. We believe every answer we need is already on this inside, and this is the place to find it within. Answers by: DeSheri McClure, Co-Founder

EMMANUEL SHEPPARD & CONDON ATTORNEYS AT LAW

30 S. Spring St., esclaw.com What inspired you to get started? Our inspiration dates back to 1913, when our founders identified an unmet need for legal representation along the Gulf Coast. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our motivation has been the same for 108 years—serving our clients' legal needs. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Experienced, effective and evolving since 1913. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? The next goal on the horizon for Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is to continue to grow our firm. Answers by: Melissa Dandridge, Marketing Director

ESCAPE WELLNESS SPA

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 24, escapeandfeelbetter.com What inspired you to get started? Fifteen years ago, my massage clientele was overflowing, and I felt compelled to bring the benefits of caring, therapeutic massage and professional skincare to more people than I could as one person. I wanted to create a team of heart-centered professionals who would help me deliver this gift to many. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We are driven knowing that the work we do has a beautiful domino effect on our local community. Our clients enjoy improved mental and physical health, bringing joy and peace to their family and friends, which then spreads to all of those that they interact with, and so on. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We make days better. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? During these especially trying times, our absolute top priority is to continue to offer our full support and look for additional ways to best serve the needs of our beloved clients, the greater Pensacola community and each other as teammates. Answers by: Stephanie E. Knight, LMT/Owner

EYE CANDY LAWNS

eyecandylawns.com What inspired you to get started? Mark found a passion in making a yard look beauti434 3

ful. Our neighbors asked if we could make their yard look as good as ours, and so it began. From there, we built our business one yard and one happy customer at a time. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Honestly, it puts food on the table and pays the mortgage, but we really do have a passion for happy customers and making the Gulf Coast beautiful. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Making lawns look sweet. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We hope to expand our crews and find dedicated people to grow with us. Answers by: Cathy Duncan, Partner

FETCH FIDO PREMIUM DOG CARE

fetchfido.net What inspired you to get started? After doing market research, I recognized the need for premium dog care in the Pensacola area. I had a passion for dogs, and after graduating from FSU with degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship, I was excited to hang my own shingle in the town where I grew up. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Motivation is not hard for me. I have the best job in the world because I get to see the smiling faces of Pensacola's dogs every day. It is motivating to provide a better life for the dogs in my care. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Our mission—to love dogs and their humans. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our next goal is to expand our reach to serve more of the dogs of Pensacola and their owners while still maintaining the quality our brand promises. This is a slow and methodical process because I am unwilling to sacrifice quality for profits. Answers by: Chris Holzworth, CEO/Founder

FIORE OF PENSACOLA

405 S. K St., fioreofpensacola.com What inspired you to get started? My love of flowers was curated by the fields of them grown in Southern California. My entrepreneurial skills came out of fearlessness because I was too young to know the difference. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My amazing staff, our community support and the need for quality product and design all drive me daily. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? When you think you're done, you've just begun. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Collaborating our business with friends and fellow business owners. Hybrid offerings to the community. Answers by: Shannon Pallin, Owner/ Creative Director

HAIRY ALEX HORNE

2590 N. 12th Ave., Ste. 305, @hairyalexhorne What inspired you to get started? My career started by assisting and then working at an awesome salon for about five years. With that foundation, I was inspired to use a mix of inweekly.net


my creative strengths, both in hair and business, to serve our community independently. It's been an honor to build something from concept to reality. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My clients. Some people say it's nice to be in business for yourself because you are your own boss. In reality, I have 100-plus bosses because my clients' needs determine my next moves. Whether it's what products I use or sell or what ongoing education I pursue next, it's all for them. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? How I approach and achieve your hair goals is through communication, education, customization and comfort. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? With only about four months as a business owner behind me, I've been thriving and having a great time figuring things out pretty organically. My current goal is to keep up the momentum and not become complacent as time goes on. Answers by: Alex Horne, Owner/Stylist

LEVIN RINKE REALTY

10 Portofino Drive, Second Floor, levinrinkerealty.com What inspired you to get started? I saw the natural beauty of Pensacola and the surrounding communities. The lifestyle this area has to offer is unmatched in my opinion. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I believe that real estate is the best career in the world, so I started a company designed to overcome obstacles as a realtor. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? You deserve a trusted advisor who thoughtfully explains each detail. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our mission is to provide the highest-quality real estate experience by simplifying the buying and selling process with expert-level industry knowledge. Answers by: Robert Rinke, Broker, Owner/Developer

LINDSEY FRIAR PHOTOGRAPHY

lindseyfriar.com What inspired you to get started? I've been an artist since I was a child. As a former art teacher and then having my first child, freedom of making my own schedule and my ambition to thrive inspired me to start this venture and I'm so glad. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I truly feel honored to serve this community, as well as tourists here visiting. I'm honored to watch all of these kids grow up through my lens. I strive to give my clients works of art and, ultimately, create priceless heirlooms for them and their family. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? The best Pensacola Beach family photographer. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I plan on teaching photography for both professionals and the hobbyist. I hold a few "momtography" workshops a year, October 7, 2021

as well as having one-on-one mentoring. With a degree in art education, I yearn to teach and be around others. I also have a few instructional e-books being released soon. Answers by: Lindsey Friar, Owner

LINDSEY LAY INTERIORS

lindseylayinteriors.com What inspired you to get started? I strive to focus on creating stylish and livable spaces with a down-to-earth approach that is committed to fulfilling each client's expectation. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Creativity and my clients. I love getting to know each of my clients and seeing every step of their project to completion. I love joining the familiar with the unexpected to help create a space that's sentimental and authentic for each client. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Creating spaces that are functional and beautiful for every client. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I look forward to finishing a few wonderful projects I've been working on this year. I also can't wait to see what 2022 holds. If anything, the past couple of years have taught me a lot about being more resilient as a business owner, mother, wife and friend. Answers by: Lindsey Lay, Lead Designer

NAI PENSACOLA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

24 W. Chase St., naipensacola.com What inspired you to get started? After 26 years as a classroom teacher, I was ready for something different. I wanted more independence and flexibility and an opportunity to create my own pay scale. Taking over the company gave me the chance to create a business climate that fosters professional growth for the entire staff. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I love this work because it is something different every day. I get to interact with all types of people from all walks of life. We have a creative team of highly motivated and committed professionals, and I love seeing them succeed and thrive. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Concierge professional real estate service. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We constantly strive for ways to improve service delivery and communication with our clients. Referrals are the highest form of appreciation we can receive. Answers by: DeeDee Davis, Owner/CEO

NAVY BOULEVARD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

3835 W. Navy Blvd., navyblvd.com What inspired you to get started? I was inspired to go into animal health at a young age. Growing up on a farm brought with it many responsibilities. One of the primary responsibilities was animal care. Coupled with this responsibility is a deep fondness for animals as well as the effect they have on humans. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Navy Boulevard Animal Hospital continues to grow and build onto its family of staff, patients and pet 35


parents. These deep-seated connections have created a community that is the driving force behind our progression. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Vet, groom, board and play. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our goals for the near future consist primarily on securing the foundation for future growth. Prior to any major growth plans, we are making sure to update our current facility and instruments to its maximum potential. We also are continuing to promote further education and training of our current staff. Answers by: Dustin Russell, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian

PENSACOLA HOUSE OF BARBERS 2011 E. Olive Road, pensacolahouseofbarbers.com What inspired you to get started? The passion to help people feel better about themse-lves. A simple sitting in a barber chair can not only make someone look great but also feel great. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The want to always be better and always give more to our customers. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Hometown barbershop. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To never stop growing. Answers by: Colton Walden, Owner/Barber

SACRED GROUNDS TATTOO STUDIO

7 E. De Soto St., sacredgroundstattoostudio.com What inspired you to get started? Sacred Grounds Tattoo Studio was born out of necessity when Hula Moon downsized to a new location after 20 years of local dominance. Most of our artists and our piercer worked together there for many years and wanted to develop a new space to continue our craft in a deluxe environment. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We strive to maintain the highest levels of quality possible, both in shop aesthetics and in our work. Tattooing is a complicated craft, and we make it a priority to fit each client with the artist best suited to execute their desired result. Your happiness is our goal. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We are committed to giving you the best experience possible. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We intend to be the first tattoo and piercing studio to expand into the reaches of outer space. Our extraterrestrial friends assure us we are first in line when the time comes. Until then, we'll keep trying to be the best on Earth, as well as the Inter-dimensional Multiverse. Answers by: Shauncey Fury, Voted 7-Time Runner-Up "Best Tattoo Artist" by the readers of Inweekly

SALON SAN CARLOS

528 W. Garden St., salonsancarlos.com What inspired you to get started? Our in-

spiration was our desire to be entrepreneurs and to create a business that would benefit a lot of people. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We are still motivated by our clients and our team. We want to wow our clients and help our team to be successful. Being a green business continues to motivate us to accept responsibility for our planet. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Committed to being creative, innovative and responsible. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We look forward to serving our community in a safe and healthy environment and always pushing our creativity. We do have a few more plans in the works. Answers by: Carlos and Pam Garcia, Owners

SALTER STUDIOS

2464 S. Highway 29, erinosheatattoos.com What inspired you to get started? I started tattooing because someone believed in me. Without that faith, I would never have pursued an art career. More recently, my close friends at Anchor Up Fitness believed in me again and supported my step away from contract work into opening my own business, Salter Studios. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I am motivated every day by the craft itself. It is a never-ending education, not only about art and color but also into human anatomy, physiology, disorders affecting my clients

and the psychology behind body alterations. What also motivates me is keeping current with health and safety procedures. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Community therapy through cooperative creation of meaningful art. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I am currently pursuing further education into color theory as well as mentoring practices that are the most effective to pass onto the next generation of artists. Answers by: Erin O'Shea Salter, Owner

SALTMARSH, CLEAVELAND & GUND

900 N. 12th Ave., saltmarshcpa.com What inspired you to get started? In 1944, Thomas Saltmarsh, Harold Cleaveland and Charles Gund pooled their talents and modest resources to form a partnership in accounting. Their success was attributed to guiding principles of honesty and integrity, accuracy, quality, client service and the belief that service to the community is an individual and corporate responsibility. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Over the years, we have focused on staying at the forefront of the industry, serving loyally alongside our clients and investing in our people and culture. While we have laid a solid foundation for success, we have no intention of slowing down. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Achieving success by contributing to the success of others.

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What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? As the business and financial landscapes continue to become increasingly more complex, our mission to serve as the most trusted advisor to our clients has become more critical than ever before. It is our privilege to serve as a resource and advocate for them each day. Answers by: Charles Gund Jr., CPA, Shareholder/COO

SIMONE SANDS, REALTOR, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES PENFED REALTY

17 W. Cedar St., simonesells.com What inspired you to get started? Real estate has appealed to me since high school. I liked the idea of working with others, yet independently. There are so many aspects of the job; I am never bored. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Helping people with such huge life events is an honor. Seeing someone's face when they get keys to their first house is a feeling like no other. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? You bring your dreams; I'll bring my expertise. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I intend to take a road trip next year where I am able to see wid-open spaces, mountains and big skies. Answers by: Simone Sands, Realtor/CRS

THE SKIN CARE CENTER AT GULF COAST PLASTIC SURGERY

4707 N. Davis Highway, gulfcoastplasticsurgery.com What inspired you to get started? The key ingredient in maintaining a youthful appearance is to maintain your skin. The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery was established to provide patients with the latest in medical-grade skincare and non-surgical anti-aging treatments in a relaxing and soothing environment. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The Skin Care Center's nurse practitioners and medical aestheticians see themselves as their patients' partners when it comes to protecting their skin and reversing the signs of aging. It is a responsibility we take seriously. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Offering the very best in antiaging techniques and treatments. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery has been on the cusp of advancements in skincare for more than 18 years. We offer the most up-to-date technology in the area including Coolsculpting Elite, HydraFacial, PicoSure and miraDry, along with injectable treatments like Botox, Juvederm and more. Answers by: Cathy Butler, Director of Marketing

SPANISH TRAIL VETERINARY HOSPITAL

6801 Spanish Trail, spanishtrailvethospital.com What inspired you to get started? I have October 7, 2021

always known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl. The human-animal bond is what has inspired me all of these years. I am so thankful to take care of all the animals and their families in my hometown. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My wonderful clients and their pets. I absolutely love the relationship I have with all of my clients and feel very fortunate to be able to help take care of my community. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? High-quality care, excellent customer service, caring staff and community service. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our goals will continue to be the same and focus on providing the highest quality medicine possible and best customer service to the Pensacola community. Answers by: Dr. Liz Tringas, Owner

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VOLUME ONE SALON

7 W. Main St., volumeonesalon.com What inspired you to get started? Hurst started Volume ONE with the goal of creating a space that felt upscale and unique while still being warm and welcoming. Volume ONE strives to provide unmatched service and unparalleled quality. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Building people. Through apprenticeship and support staff, watching people grow, learn and hone their career is the most important and valuable part of the Volume ONE Salon culture. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Expect experts. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We want to focus on growth, both internal and external, coming out of 2021 stronger and more focused than ever. Answers by: Mary Patterson, Marketing Coordinator

ZOE ROSE ARTISTRY & THE SELF CARE STUDIO

850 W. Garden St., zoeroseartistry.square.site What inspired you to get started? Honestly, COVID happened, and it felt like everything had changed. I felt like life was too short, and I had been in the industry for almost 10 years, and I was ready to go on my own and follow my dreams. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My family, my clients and I genuinely love what I do. It brings me so much purpose and appreciation to my life, and I feel so blessed to have a creative outlet to be able to work for myself and get to do what I love every single day. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Self-care and self-love. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? A second location eventually and maybe possibly a storefront with self-care products. Maybe even a location in a different state. Just speaking it into existence. Answers by: Zoe Pittman, Aesthetician

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AISLINN KATE WEDDINGS

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 19, aislinnkatephotography.com What inspired you to get started? In 2008, my husband, Drew, realized I had a love for photography and gave me my first professional camera. Now, 13 years later, my little photography business is a full-blown wedding company with 11 employees ranging from photographers to wedding planners. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? There is nothing more inspiring and motivating than watching incredible people rally together to just "make it work." Our amazing team rallied around each other and our clients and emerged from the difficulties of 2020 with grace, strength and kindness. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Experience is everything. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Growth. Over the next year or so, I hope we are able to continue to expand our service offerings. My dream is for a luxury bride to choose to work with AKW for photographer, videography and planning services. Answers by: Aislinn Rehwinkel, Founder/ Lead Photographer

ANYDAYDJ

anydaydj.com What inspired you to get started? A love for people and music inspired the creation of AnyDayDJ. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We love working with couples to create the perfect soundtrack for their wedding day. We have an amazing team of DJs who work with the couples' vendor team to ensure the day's events flow smoothly for our bride and groom. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We handle the details so you can enjoy the moment. Answers by: Ramsey Coates, Owner

THE BLUE MAGNOLIA SALON

2878 Gulf Breeze Parkway, @blue.magnolia.salon What inspired you to get started? My early mentors inspired me. My first job straight out of hair school was assisting a creative hair specialist educator. I was introduced to the world of events, fashion, photography and behindthe-scenes beauty. It was instant love. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? There are so many, but to name a few, my children and family, the meaningful client relationships made over time, the desire for future growth and success, watching our team and brand flourish and, most importantly, helping our clients feel and look like the queens they are. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A boutique hair salon specializing in bomb hair and brides. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I've always got goals. Personally, it's a healing journey I will continue to overcome. Professionally, it is to keep leveling up on myself to ensure the best possible services. There are a few specific projects in the works, but y'all will have to stay tuned for that. Answers by: Alison Sardina, Owner October 7, 2021

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THE BRIDAL LOFT

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 48, pensacolabridalloft.com What inspired you to get started? I started my business on Feb. 29 of 2004. I love the wedding business and absolutely adore our brides and customers and that moment when a bride finds her dream gown. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? It is so rewarding to be part of a young couple's special time in their life. I love going to work every day. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Happy bride, happy life. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Hoping to keep doing what I love. My free time is spent with family doing fun things. Answers by: Brenda Carraway, Owner

CULINARY PRODUCTIONS INC.

700 W. Main St., culinaryproductions.net What inspired you to get started? Honestly, I just needed a job, but the job quickly grew into a passion. I love getting out and about with the different event locations, and I would say that's one of the best parts of my job. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We are always looking to improve our services in any way we can, so that desire helps keep things fresh for us. And needing to pay the bills. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Catering done your way. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our main goal is to be around another 17 years. Answers by: Mike DeSorbo, Owner

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GULF COAST GLAM HOUSE

@gulfcoast_glamhouse What inspired you to get started? I have always been a creative and evolving artist. As a young adult, I envisioned my future to include architectural design or education of the arts and somehow landed on makeup artistry as my medium and passion. I love the idea of being able to create beautifully personal glamorous commissions. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The motivation I feel that really keeps me and my team going is the unequivocal joy our clients express after we've created a look far beyond expectation. It's a tough world out there with photos being taken and posted at any moment. Helping someone feel extra beautiful is intoxicating. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Come how you are; leave as a babe. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? GCGH has been so welcomed and so loved in this sweet hometown of mine, but her little heart is busting at the seams and we're currently working on some projects to take it to a master level in other locations with a new artist under our wings. Answers by: Hayley Gurney, Owner/Lead Makeup Artist

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LOTHER CO.

lotherco.com What inspired you to get started? We get so excited to think that the art we create will be seen and loved for generations and genera-

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tions. Long after we're gone from this earth, the work we did when we were alive will live on and bring joy to families forever. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The couples who choose us. Every couple is different. Their stories are different. Their families are different. Their desires are different. All of those differences keep our job fresh so we can go into wedding days excited to create something unique specifically for this couple and this couple alone. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Photography and videography for lovers and loved ones. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We're about to bring a third child into this world, so, on the horizon, we're focusing on spending time as a family and loving each other well. Answers by: Matt and Erin Lother, Owners

MĒGAN K. EVENTS

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megankevents.com What inspired you to get started? Photographer and friend Patsy Brown talked to me about wedding planning and how that might be something I would really enjoy. It sounded perfect, and off I went. Eleven years later, I've found it to be more challenging than I imagined. I have more to learn, but I still love it. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Creating an event for a client, knowing it might be one of the few days in life in which they have everyone they love in the same place, is truly motivating. And now, more than ever, I have an appreciation for togetherness, which is really at the heart of every event. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Event planners and solvers. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Post the initial COVID restrictions being lifted, we are planning more corporate and private events than ever, outside of weddings. We are loving the planning and creativity that goes into corporate and private event togetherness and hope to continue growth in this area. Answers by: Mēgan Kennedy, Owner/ Event Planner

PHOCUS & COMPANY

4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste. 48C, phocusonme.com What inspired you to get started? Capturing irreplaceable moments is the most rewarding job. While working in the corporate world, I quickly realized how fast life is. When you work a job you are passionate about, it makes getting up every day worth it. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our goal for Phocus is to never stay stagnant. We want and will continue to grow and better ourselves for our couples—giving them an experience throughout their wedding journey. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Phocus is an experience, not just a service. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? All good things are worth waiting for. Big things coming for 2022. Answers by: Tim Sewell, Owner/Operator 444 4

THE POWDER ROOM

404 E. Wright St., facebook.com/ thepowderroompensacola What inspired you to get started? Inspiration for The Powder Room started from a small space where we collaborated with other beauty professionals to create a really unique client experience. The opportunity came to have a space of our own, and we continue to grow. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Motivation comes from strange places sometimes. Even through floods and hurricanes and pandemics, we have had wonderful client relationships, continued to meet new clients, work with new professionals and pivot with changes in society. We love what we do as professionals and want to continue to provide fabulous services. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? "To be a diamond in a rhinestone world," said Dolly Parton. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To grow in our community. To add more professionals, offer more services and continue to evolve. This year, we decided to invest in ourselves and learn new ways to meet new needs for stylists and clients alike. Answers by: Jennifer Brewer Martin, Owner/Stylist

SOWELL FARMS

7650 Sowell Road, Milton, sowellfarms.com What inspired you to get started? It was always a dream I had to plan weddings. This dream became our family's passion and motivation to build our venue. Our family had the opportunity to build this dream, and we did it. There is no better feeling than watching the bride walk down the aisle. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Just our passion to be part of the special day. We love all the details and watching it come to fruition. It is a beautiful thing to be part of the best day of someone's life. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? When you choose us, you become part of our family. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We continuously strive to be the best and improve the property and the overall experience for our brides. Answers by: Ashlie Sowell Abbott and Ryan Abbott, Owners

SUPPOSEY

101 S. F St., ilovesupposey.com What inspired you to get started? 100% the pure magic that a wedding day has. There is something special about the big day that makes all the hard work worth it. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our awesome clients. The couples we service are fully our inspiration. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Everything you need for your wedding in one place. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We are opening a wedding venue in the heart of downtown, and we are so excited. We will have an industrial and historic indoor space, in addition to private gardens and parking. Answers by: Chloe Sexton, Owner inweekly.net


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3940 W. Navy Blvd., facebook.com/ allaboutantiquespensacola What inspired you to get started? To save and preserve the past by helping people have access to it. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our customers. Period. Seeing all the smiles and how they light up when they take home something from their past memories is such a joy and blessing. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? 10,000 square feet of beautiful and unique. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To always work hard and continue to be a provider of unique antiquities from all around the world for our amazing community. Thank you for everything. Much love from our family to yours. Answers by: Paula, Owner

ALYSSA'S

4586 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, shopalyssas.com What inspired you to get started? Being in big-box retail in the 1990s taught me I loved the interaction that happened with loyal customers. As times changed, it became more about money and less about customer service. Opening Alyssa's gave me the opportunity to be part of the community in a way that I desired. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We love serving our community. Our guests motivate us daily to stay innovative, exceed expectations and create fun. Our stores are our mission field, and we love bringing our guests a clean, relaxing, safe, family-friendly and Christ-centered atmosphere. The smiles on our guests' faces bring us joyful fulfillment every day. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Alyssa's—making your house feel like home since 2003. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We constantly strive for growth, both personally and professionally. We are excited about all the new opportunities that year 18 will bring us. Live online auctions, a simplified online shopping experience, more in-store artisan classes and a fall and Christmas season full of events are on their way. Answers by: Alyssa Schepper, Owner

ARAGON WINE MARKET

27 S. Ninth Ave., aragonwinemarket.com What inspired you to get started? A little more than 13 years ago, I had the idea that it would be "fun" to start my own wine store because I loved drinking wine and all the good times with friends that come with it. It's been fun, but it's definitely been work as well. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Seeing what the store has grown into keeps me motivated. It amazes me when I think about how far we've come and what's in the future. We have a great team here at the store that keeps me interested in learning and trying new things. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Unique and affordable. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We've got a hotel and an apartment complex coming across the street in the next year, so we're looking at how we can change and adapt to those additions to the neighborhood. We've got some fun and interesting ideas. Answers by: Charlotte Gordon, Owner 050 5

EVER'MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE

315 W. Garden St., 1000 E. Nine Mile Road, everman.org What inspired you to get started? Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe was originally founded in Gulf Breeze in 1973 to provide wholesome, nutritious food at a reasonable cost. In the tradition of our founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe is on a mission. We are grounded in a rich history and driven by our commitment to actively create a more healthy, vibrant community. After more than 40 years, we continue to be the local source for natural and organic foods and education about conscious living. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Bringing natural foods to your table. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We want to grow our community of members, as we have expanded to our Nine Mile Road location. Answers by: Joy George, Finance Manager

JEWELERS TRADE SHOP

26 S. Palafox, jewelerstradeshop.com What inspired you to get started? Corbett Davis Sr. started Jewelers Trade Shop in 1956 to help other jewelers with their repair work. His passion, hard work and quality craftsmanship allowed Jewelers Trade Shop to quickly grow to include a storefront on Romana Street in 1960. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our motivation comes from our desire to serve our customers. We constantly strive to provide the absolute best products in the industry and the best service to those who have chosen to trust us with their most precious pieces. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Perfecting the jeweler's art since 1956. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We're currently working on integrating the Jewelers Trade Shop shopping experience with our digital media presence. It's a big project, but we're really excited about where it will take us. Answers by: Sarah Davis, GIA Graduate Gemologist/Sales

PALAFOX COMPUTERS

111 N. Palafox, palafoxcomputers.com What inspired you to get started? I wanted to open Palafox Computers because Pensacola, especially downtown, had a need for a computer store that sold and serviced all types of technology products. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My family motivates me to keep going. I want the best for my family and want them to have opportunities I didn't have growing up. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We keep you up and running. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Professionally, we would like to do more managed business IT services. Personally, I just want to fish more often. Answers by: Kyle Crawford, President

PENSACOLA POP COMICS

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love of the very rich comics medium and wanting to share that with others. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Rarely being satisfied with the shop as is. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A clean, well-lighted place slap full of pulpy comic goodness. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I wish I knew. Answers by: Harley Orr, Owner

PETE MOORE AUTOMOTIVE TEAM 103 New Warrington Road, petemoore.com What inspired you to get started? The late Peter R. Moore had an opportunity in 1981 to open a Chevrolet dealership at the former Pensacola Buggy Works located in downtown Pensacola. Since that time, the dealership has moved to its current location on New Warrington Road but continues to be Pensacola's oldest family-owned Chevy dealership. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? After 40 years of serving so many generations of Gulf Coast families, our goal is to honor the past while looking to the future with great excitement. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Pensacola's oldest familyowned Chevy dealership. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? The automotive world is on the cusp of changing what we drive and how we buy. Our intent is to adapt to the new marketplace while retaining our core values and mission of exceeding our customer's expectations of every product and service we provide 100% of the time. Answers by: G. DeStefano, Marketing Manager

RIDE MORE BICYCLES

59 E. Gregory St., ridemorebicycles.com What inspired you to get started? Cycling has been a big part of our lives for years. Being able to share our love of bikes and bike riding by offering an exceptional retail and service experience for seasoned riders and new customers was our dream. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our customers. The word cycling means so many different things to so many different people. Our challenge is to exceed our customers' needs and present them with high-quality options for their various cycling experiences. Our toolbox includes great retail, a first-class service department and knowledgeable fit experts. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We can help you ride more. We are problem solvers. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? As a business, we need to leverage our reputation and global customer base through eCommerce. Thank you, Navy. The supply chain and consumer shopping habits have changed greatly because of COVID. We need to adapt our sales experience accordingly. Answers by: Travis Coleman, Owner

RUSTED ARROW MERCANTILE

130 S. Palafox, rustedarrowmercantile.com What inspired you to get started? As a mother-daughter team, we have always loved and been inspired by traveling to new places and towns and exploring unique gift shops. We October 7, 2021

dreamt of creating our own version of a gift shop since we can remember, and we could not imagine doing anything else. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Without a doubt, it is this community. We love experiencing the reaction of customers and friends as they walk in and enjoy the shop. The support from locals and visitors alike and hearing their stories is forever our favorite thing and continues to push us to create and grow. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Press pause; feel inspired to create beauty and spread kindness. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We would love to open up a Rusted Arrow Airbnb or vacation rental with the same mission and experience you have in our retail store. We also look forward to continuing to grow, collaborate and connect with more people and businesses in Pensacola and beyond. Answers by: Samantha Breedlove, Owner

SOBO BOUTIQUE

518 N. Ninth Ave., thesoboboutique.com What inspired you to get started? I have known since I was young that I wanted a career in fashion. When I opened my store, there were not a lot of boutique options outside of the mall, so I saw an opportunity to bring something new to Pensacola and do what I love. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Over the years, I have developed friendships with customers, fellow boutique owners and the many talented women I work with. I am motivated to keep going because it is fun and fulfilling to meet great people. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Boho style for young women and women young at heart. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? My next goal is to open up a new location so I can give SoBo a little bit more room to grow. I look forward to giving my customers a fresh new atmosphere to shop in. Answers by: Alicia Taylor-Printz, Owner

WATERBOYZ SURF AND SKATE SHOP

380 N. Ninth Ave., waterboyz.com What inspired you to get started? Spreading the love of surfing and skating to as many people as possible. Creating an environment that would become a community of surfers and skaters to last for generations to come. Passing on the love of this amazing lifestyle to as many people as we can. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Watching the surf and skate community, as well as the Pensacola community itself, continue to grow inspires us to keep up. Seeing so many young people in the area pick up a surfboard or skateboard and fall in love is enough to tell us to keep moving forward. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Loyalty, rhythm and soul. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? One of our main goals on the horizon is to produce events that pull the best surfers and skaters along the Gulf Coast together and bring as much attention to these sports as possible, as well as to get more of our team riders to go pro like Shane Sandhoff. Answers by: Waverly Norris, General Manager 51


BEST SPORTS BAR

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(that’s not really a sports bar, only a bar that shows sports) AGAIN! + Runner Up Best Sports Team Club Headquarters

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BEST BAR OVERALL Winner: The Cabaret Odd Colony Brewing Company Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Play

BEST COVER CHARGE WORTH PAYING Winner: The Cabaret The Roundup Seville Quarter Vinyl Music Hall

BEST SIGNATURE DRINK Winner: Scooba Steve (The Well) Luba's Favorite (George Bistro + Bar) The Old Hickory (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar) Painkiller (Kingfisher)

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Winner: Wisteria Tavern Kingfisher The Magnolia The Roundup

BEST NIGHT CLUB Winner: Seville Quarter Blend Lounge The Cabaret Capt'n Fun Beach Club

BEST DAY DRINKING Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Garden & Grain Odd Colony Brewing Company Sneaky Tiki Bar

BEST SELECTION OF BEER ON TAP Winner: Odd Colony Brewing Company Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Sammy Barker's World of Beer

BEST PET-FRIENDLY BAR Winner: Emerald Republic Brewing Co. The Magnolia Perfect Plain Brewing Co. Sneaky Tiki Bar

BEST BAR–DOWNTOWN Winner: Odd Colony Brewing Company The Kennedy Old Hickory Whiskey Bar Play

BEST DRINK MENU Winner: The Kennedy Kingfisher Old Hickory Whiskey Bar The Well

BEST BAR–CORDOVA AREA Winner: Coyotes Sports Bar O'Riley's Uptown Tavern The Spanish Trail Pub Wisteria Tavern

BEST SPECIALTY COCKTAILS Winner: Old Hickory Whiskey Bar George Bistro + Bar Union Public House The Well

BEST SELECTION OF BOTTLED/ CANNED BEER Winner: World of Beer The Magnolia Sammy Barker's The Tin Cow

BEST HOTEL BAR Winner: Sal de Mar (Hilton Pensacola Beach) Frank & Lola's Cafe (at Margaritaville Beach Hotel) Paradise Bar & Grill (at Paradise Inn) Pool & Tiki Bar (Surf & Sand Hotel)

BEST BAR–NORTH PENSACOLA/ NINE MILE ROAD Winner: Goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse A Little Madness Brewing Company Sammy Barker's The Ticket Sports Bar

BEST DAIQUIRIS/FROZEN DRINKS Winner: Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar Perennial Patio Bar Sandshaker Sneaky Tiki Bar

BEST BAR–WEST PENSACOLA/PERDIDO KEY Winner: Gary's Brewery & Biergarten The Elbow Room Hub Stacey's at The Point Kingfisher

BEST BUSHWACKER Winner: Sandshaker Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar Casino Beach Bar & Grille Paradise Bar & Grill

BEST BAR–PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: Sneaky Tiki Bar Flounder's Chowder House Paradise Bar & Grill Sandshaker

BEST BLOODY MARY Winner: Ruby Slipper Cafe Five Sisters Blues Café George Bistro + Bar Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille

BEST BAR–MILTON/PACE Winner: Beardless Brewhaus Brew Angels Brew Pub Mugshots Grill & Bar Ollie's Neighborhood Grill

BEST MIMOSA Winner: George Bistro + Bar Polonza Bistro Ruby Slipper Cafe South Market

BEST NEW BAR Winner: The Well 86 Forks Bar + Table Laguna's Beach Bar + Grill Perennial Patio Bar

BEST MARTINI The Winner: The Kennedy George Bistro + Bar Global Grill McGuire's Irish Pub

BEST HAPPY HOUR Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox The Cabaret Perennial Patio Bar The Roundup

BEST SELECTION OF WINE Winner: The Wine Bar on Palafox Casks And Flights Wine Tasting Room Restaurant IRON Troubadour Dining

BEST DRINK SPECIALS Winner: Play The Cabaret Garden & Grain The Roundup

BEST MARGARITA Winner: Garden & Grain Sneaky Tiki Bar Taco Agave Water Pig BBQ

BEST BREWERY Winner: Odd Colony Brewing Company Coastal County Brewing Company Emerald Republic Brewing Co. Perfect Plain Brewing Co. BEST LOCAL BEER Winner: Bone Harvest (Odd Colony Brewing Company) Holy Spin IPA (Perfect Plain Brewing Co.) Ineffable Black Rye IPA (Emerald Republic Brewing Co.) Li'l Napoleon (Pensacola Bay Brewery)

BEST BAR WITH A VIEW Winner: Casino Beach Bar & Grille The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge The Dock Sneaky Tiki Bar BEST BAR AMBIANCE Winner: The Well The Elbow Room Kingfisher Odd Colony Brewing Company

BEST BARTENDER Winner: Jonathon Rainwater (The Cabaret) Derek Barney (Perfect Plain Brewing Co.) Nicole Greenwell (George Bistro + Bar) Nate Schweigert (Odd Colony Brewing Company)

BEST BAR FOR GAMES Winner: Play The 5 Barrel The Elbow Room Emerald Republic Brewing Co.

BEST DJ Winner: DJ Tiger dr0ne hdycvt Mr. Lao

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT Winner: Perfect Plain Brewing Co. The Cabaret Gary's Brewery & Biergarten World of Beer

BEST DRAG QUEEN Winner: Lolly Gag Judah Kendyll Michaels Terrah Card

BEST KARAOKE NIGHT Winner: Play The Cabaret Perennial Patio Bar Seville Quarter

BEST SPORTS BAR Winner: Badlands Roadside Bar Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant The Ticket Sports Bar World of Beer

BEST BAR FOR LIVE MUSIC Winner: Seville Quarter Paradise Bar & Grill Sandshaker Sneaky Tiki Bar

BEST SPORTS TEAM CLUB HEADQUARTERS Winner: Play Badlands Roadside Bar O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown Seville Quarter

BEST BAR FOOD Winner: The Kennedy A Little Madness Brewing Company The Elbow Room Hub Stacey's

Winner Best Late Night Eats & Runner Up Best Bar–West Pensacola/Perdido Key, Best Bar Ambiance, Best Bar Food & Best Bar for Games

Best Salads Best Sandwich-Shrimpburger + Runner Up in 18 Categories 454 5

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Best Trivia Night Best Day Drinking RUNNER UP

T H A NK Y OU, P ENSACOLA!

Best Bar Overall Best Brewery Best Selection of Beer on Tap Best Pet-Friendly Bar Best Bartender—Derek Barney Best Local Beer—Holy Spin IPA

WINNER Best Restaurant Downtown Best Chef, Alex McPhail Best Waiter, Nick Markovitz Best Place to Splurge Best Romantic Dining Best Restaurant for a Birthday Dinner

RUNNER UP

WINNER

Best New Bar Best Bar Ambiance Best Signature Drink Scooba Steve RUNNER UP

Best Drink Menu Best Specialty Cocktails

Best Restaurant Overall Best Wait Staff Best Waitress, Taylor Wolfe Best Original Menu Best Wine Menu Best Late Night Eats Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests Best Steak Best French Fries

WINNER

Best Margarita RUNNER UP

Best Drink Specials Best Day Drinking

Best Selection of Wine

RUNNER UP

Best New Bar Best Happy Hour Best Daiquiris/Frozen Drinks Best Karaoke Night @PERFECTPL AIN @GARDENGRAIN

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BADLANDS ROADSIDE BAR

23 S. Palafox, facebook.com/nynbadlands What inspired you to get started? I started in the business at 14 as a busboy. After my first day, I knew what I wanted to do. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Staying on top of all the things to stay in business and utilizing all the years of experience to remain in the business. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A bar that's just a bar, no frills. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Continue the business a few more years; then retire and sell the collection. Answers by: Nick Zangari, Owner/President

BAMBOO WILLIE'S

400 Quietwater Beach Road, bamboowillies.com What inspired you to get started? Pensacola Beach was the perfect environment to start a fun open-air bar concept along with live music, not to mention we do have the most gorgeous sugar-white sands. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The people you meet on a daily basis in this great community that we all work, live and play in. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Playing the best live music on Pensacola Beach. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Next project for us on the beach is planning our 25th Anniversary celebration in 2023. Stay tuned. Answers by: Robert Gleim, Managing Partner

ODD COLONY BREWING COMPANY

260 N. Palafox, oddcolony.com What inspired you to get started? The opportunity to collaboratively create something through fermentation that represents and is reflective of our hometown

B ars, Drink s & Ni gh t life through the use of regional ingredients and the connection with local artisans. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We're perpetually seeking refinement and experimentation on our Odd Colony horizon, and, lucky for us, there is no end in sight. We also thrive off of the opportunity to collaborate and support fellow fermenters, makers and artists. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Scavenge. Ferment. Transcend. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Professionally, we're about to enter the world of the local distribution market while simultaneously keeping our eyes peeled for a second location. Our collective personal goal is to always find the time for more inspirational ventures out in the wild. Answers by: Brett Schweigert, Founder/ Head Brewer

PLAY

16 S. Palafox, Second Floor, iplaypensacola.com What inspired you to get started? At this point, we don't remember. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? This is what we do now. No ragrets. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Neighborhood dive bar and vintage arcade. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We hope to mop the floor soon. Answers by: Play staff and grumpy elders

R&R OF PENSACOLA (PERFECT PLAIN, GARDEN & GRAIN, PERENNIAL PATIO BAR, THE WELL)

50 E. Garden St., perfectplain.com What inspired you to get started? After traveling and living in other communities, we wanted to bring a big city beer experience to Pensacola. Four years later, we're at four concepts and more than 40 employ-

ees. We certainly never expected that. Our success is only possible because of our community support. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? To see the emergence of Pensacola as a desired destination. We are grateful to be just one small part of the fabric of making Pensacola a cool place to live and visit. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We create incredible experiences that we hope make Pensacola proud. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/ or professionally? Professionally, we're excited to have invested in four bar locations all operating in downtown Pensacola. Personally, I have filed to run for mayor of Pensacola and am excited to hopefully continue bringing vibrancy and sense of place to downtown Pensacola. Answers by: D.C. Reeves, CEO

SEVILLE QUARTER

130 E. Government St., sevillequarter.com What inspired you to get started? Seville Quarter was started more than 50 years ago by Bob Snow with the inspiration of bringing great music and "Good Times" to historic downtown Pensacola. The staff at Seville Quarter is still inspired every day to deliver great Pensacola hospitality to our locals and visiting guests. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Seville Quarter is a landmark in downtown Pensacola, and our goal is to keep delivering memorable moments to the next generation of great customers. We are always motivated to keep the Seville Quarter Entertainment District as the No. 1 go-to music and dining venue on the Gulf Coast. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? The Gulf Coast's No. 1 entertainment and dining destination since 1967. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Seville Quarter's goals are to help bring the world back to "normal."

Pensacola is ready for the "Good Times" to start rolling again. We are always working on improving and making sure our staff and customers know we appreciate their hard work, loyalty and continued support. Answers by: Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director

SNEAKY TIKI BAR

17 Via de Luna Drive, islandculturetikibar.com What inspired you to get started? A fun venture to offset spending a day in an office building. We have a way better "office view" now. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? People make a place, and we love spending time with locals and guests from around the world. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Hidden gem with tiki vibes and an island state of mind. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Getting through the next Blue Angels Homecoming Show on the beach. Wow, catching up on sleep on the off season and traveling to find our next Sneaky Tiki spot. Answers by: Jennifer Jackson-Keating, Owner

THE WINE BAR ON PALAFOX

16 S. Palafox, thewinebaronpalafox.com What inspired you to get started? We wanted to create a place where the wines were unique and affordable. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We all enjoy making people happy. Happy people make return visits. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A place you can go to and feel comfortable. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We are looking to open up two or three more Wine Bar concepts. Answers by: Rick Faoro, General Manager

Best Coffee Shop Runner Up Best Iced Coffee & Best Latte

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WINNER BEST CAJUN CUISINE

Runner Up Best BBQ, Best Wings, Best Lunch Specials Best Caterer & Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/Nine Mile

‘15 Runner Up Best Cajun Cuisine ‘16 WINNER BEST RESTAURANT–NORTH PENSACOLA/NINE MILE Runner Up Best Cajun Cuisine, Best Po-Boy & Best BBQ

‘17 WINNER BEST RESTAURANT–NORTH PENSACOLA/NINE MILE Runner Up Best Cajun Cuisine, Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant, Best Take Out/To Go, Best Fast Bite, Best French Fries & Best BBQ

‘18 WINNER BEST CAJUN CUISINE

Runner Up Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/Nine Mile, Best BBQ, Best Take Out/To Go & Best BBQ Dish—Carnival Platter

‘19 WINNER BEST TAKE OUT/TO GO

Runner Up Best BBQ, Best Wings & Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/Nine Mile

‘20 WINNER BEST TAKE OUT/TO GO

Runner Up Best BBQ, Best Wings & Best Restaurant–North Pensacola/Nine Mile

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BEST RESTAURANT OVERALL Winner: George Bistro + Bar Nom Sushi Izakaya Restaurant IRON Union Public House BEST RESTAURANT– DOWNTOWN Winner: Restaurant IRON Carmen's Lunch Bar Global Grill SaBai on Jefferson BEST RESTAURANT– CORDOVA AREA Winner: George Bistro + Bar The Leisure Club O'Brien's Bistro & Bar Sake Cafe BEST RESTAURANT– EAST HILL Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Bonelli's East Hill Pizza O'Zone Pizza Pub BEST RESTAURANT– NORTH PENSACOLA/ NINE MILE ROAD Winner: Sammy Barker's I Heart Bento Petrella's Italian Cafe VooDoo BBQ & Grill BEST RESTAURANT–WEST PENSACOLA/PERDIDO KEY Winner: Kingfisher Fisherman's Corner The Jellyfish Lillian's Pan Pizza BEST RESTAURANT–EAST PENSACOLA HEIGHTS Winner: The Magnolia Agapi Bistro + Garden Calvert's in the Heights New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria BEST RESTAURANT– GULF BREEZE Winner: Lao Ocean Shan Kishi Japanese Hibachi Taco Rock Taste of Thai BEST RESTAURANT– PENSACOLA BEACH Winner: The Grand Marlin Bonsai Casino Beach Bar & Grille Peg Leg Pete's BEST RESTAURANT– MILTON/PACE Winner: Blackwater Bistro Boomerang Pizza Kitchen Cactus Flower Cafe Cosse's Place BEST NEW RESTAURANT Winner: Agapi Bistro + Garden 86 Forks Bar + Table Fin & Fork MI SU Street Food BEST BAKERY Winner: Craft Bakery Bluejay's Bakery 060 6

J's Bakery and Cafe Milton Quality Bakery BEST BREAKFAST Winner: Another Broken Egg Cafe Aunt Katie's The Nest General Store Polonza Bistro BEST BRUNCH Winner: George Bistro + Bar Polonza Bistro Ruby Slipper Cafe South Market BEST LUNCH Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar George Bistro + Bar Kingfisher SaBai on Jefferson BEST FOOD TRUCK Winner: MI SU Street Food Brown Bagger Le Dough Nomadic Eats BEST GREEK CUISINE Winner: Agapi Bistro + Garden Founaris Bros. Greek Restaurant Greek's Catering and Events Hip Pocket Deli BEST MEXICAN CUISINE Winner: Cactus Flower Cafe Taco Rock Tacos Mexicanos Taqueria El Asador BEST ITALIAN CUISINE Winner: Bonelli's Angelena's Ristorante Italiano Franco's Italian Restaurant Petrella's Italian Cafe BEST CAJUN CUISINE Winner: VooDoo BBQ & Grill Broussard's Bayou Grill Cafe Nola Cub's Crawfish BEST CHINESE CUISINE Winner: Shang Hai II Chen's Kitchen China Wok House of Chong BEST JAPANESE CUISINE Winner: Nom Sushi Izakaya Bonsai Ichiban Sake Cafe BEST THAI CUISINE Winner: SaBai on Jefferson Siam Thai Taste of Thai Thai Rice BEST INDIAN CUISINE Winner: Taste of India Dinner India Restaurant & Grill Indian Grill Spice and Spirits BEST VIETNAMESE CUISINE Winner: Saigon Oriental Market and Deli Pho Golden Palace Quickly Tu-Do

BEST VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN CUISINE Winner: End of the Line Cafe Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Kingfisher Le Dough BEST SUSHI Winner: Nom Sushi Izakaya Ichiban Khon's on Palafox Sake Cafe BEST GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar The Daily Squeeze End of the Line Cafe Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe BEST SEAFOOD Winner: The Fish House The Grand Marlin Kingfisher Peg Leg Pete's BEST STEAKHOUSE Winner: Jackson's Steakhouse Coach-N-Four Steakhouse The District: Seville Steak & Seafood McGuire's Irish Pub BEST BBQ Winner: Hot Spot Barbecue Brother's BBQ VooDoo BBQ & Grill Water Pig BBQ BEST SOUL FOOD Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café Arlene Williams BBQ The Dwarf (Legendary "Chicken Stand") Englewood's All In One BEST WINE MENU Winner: Angelena's Ristorante Italiano Restaurant IRON Troubadour Dining The Wine Bar on Palafox BEST ORIGINAL MENU Winner: Union Public House George Bistro + Bar Kingfisher Restaurant IRON BEST CHEF Winner: Alex McPhail (Restaurant IRON) Brad Jones (Nom Sushi Izakaya) George Lazi (George Bistro + Bar) Amy Potmesil (The Nest General Store) BEST UP-ANDCOMING CHEF Winner: Edward Lordman (Polonza Bistro) Carolyn Ore (George Bistro + Bar) Keith Pardue (Elevated Entree) Pam VanNess (SaBai on Jefferson) BEST WAIT STAFF Winner: George Bistro + Bar Carmen's Lunch Bar Polonza Bistro Restaurant IRON

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Restaurant IRON Sammy Barker's BEST FRIED CHICKEN Winner: Five Sisters Blues Café The Dwarf (Legendary "Chicken Stand") Four Seasons Catering and Eatery Kingfisher BEST WINGS Winner: Hub Stacey's East Hill Pizza Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant VooDoo BBQ & Grill

BEST CHEESE PLATE Winner: Union Public House Carmen's Lunch Bar The Magnolia The Wine Bar on Palafox

BEST OYSTERS Winner: Peg Leg Pete's Alice's The Grand Marlin The Olde East Hill Grill

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BEST MAC-N-CHEESE Winner: The Magnolia End of the Line Cafe Kingfisher Melt Pensacola BEST PASTRIES Winner: Craft Bakery Bluejay's Bakery Henny Penny's Patisserie Le Dough BEST BREAKFAST DISH/MENU ITEM Winner: Eggs Cochon (Ruby Slipper Cafe) Khachapuri (Craft Bakery) Red Beans & Green Chile Grits (Le Dough) Toad In The Hole (Polonza Bistro) BEST GRITS Winner: The Fish House Aunt Katie's Coffee Cup Restaurant Le Dough BEST DONUTS Winner: Le Dough Breeze Donuts and Kolaches Maynard's Donut Co. Milton Quality Bakery BEST FRENCH FRIES Winner: George Bistro + Bar Kingfisher

BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN DISH Winner: Bacon Avocado Club (End of the Line Cafe) Biscuits and Gravy (Le Dough) Jackfruit Sandwich (Kingfisher) Nashville Hot Sandwich (The Busy Bee, Mercantile & General Store) BEST DESSERTS Winner: Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe Angelena's Ristorante Italiano Carmen's Lunch Bar End of the Line Cafe BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT Winner: Wild Honey Frozen Yogurt AJ's Market & Ice Cream at Southtowne Craft Bakery Dolce & Gelato

BEST COOKIES Winner: Kate's Cakes Annie's Naked Cookies Craft Bakery J's Bakery and Cafe BEST KING CAKE Winner: Le Dough Bluejay's Bakery Craft Bakery Kingfisher BEST ORIGINAL MENU ITEM Winner: Hot Chicken Rice Bowl (Nomadic Eats) Doughchos (Le Dough) Khachapuri (Craft Bakery) MI SU Melt (MI SU Street Food) BEST LUNCH SPECIALS Winner: Carmen's Lunch Bar The Busy Bee, Mercantile & General Store Nomadic Eats VooDoo BBQ & Grill BEST WEEKLY SPECIAL Winner: Donuts in the Park (Le Dough) Smash Burger Friday (MI SU Street Food) Taco Monday (The Magnolia) Taco Tuesday (Taqueria El Asador) BEST COOKING CLASSES Winner: So Gourmet Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe Jackson's Steakhouse Pensacola Cooks Kitchen BEST LOCAL FOOD MANUFACTURER Winner: The Hummus Lady The Black Garlic Market Emerald Coast Bread Company Popcorn King BEST LOCAL BEVERAGE MANUFACTURER Winner: Big Jerk Soda Co. Alla Prima Coffee Roaster De Luna Coffee Mrs. Jones Cold Brew

BEST CAKES/CUPCAKES Winner: Kate's Cakes Bluejay's Bakery Henny Penny's Patisserie Pretty Baked (at Cafe Single Fin)

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AGAPI BISTRO + GARDEN

555 Scenic Highway, myagapi.com What inspired you to get started? We wanted to create something that is a culmination of "agape," the Greek word for ultimate love. It's about our love of food, community and togetherness. We also wanted a smaller space so we could get to know our guests and hear their immediate feedback while we create Mediterranean-inspired dishes from the heart. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The local support that has visited and continues to visit keeps us going every day. On top of that, we love supporting our community by using the freshest ingredients from local markets. That's a win for our guests and our area. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Quaint, inviting and fresh. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We have a great outdoor garden space that we're currently finishing up, and we're excited to utilize it for private and special events. We will have updates on our social media pages, and we can't wait to share it all. Answers by: Gus Silivos, Owner/ Executive Chef

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE OF PENSACOLA

721 E. Gregory St., anotherbrokenegg.com What inspired you to get started? After many visits to the Destin location prior to

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2012, we talked to the owners there and were excited that the Pensacola area was open to a new location. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our customers are such nice and loyal people that it is a pleasure to stay operational—most days. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Happy people sharing happiness. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We would like to keep the tradition going to serve our customers. Answers by: Homer Biggers, Co-Owner

BIG JERK SODA CO.

9 E. Gregory St., bigjerksodacompany.com What inspired you to get started? Our love of Moscow Mules inspired us to try our hand at crafting an all-natural ginger beer, and our desire to work for ourselves pushed us to turn that ginger beer into Big Jerk Soda Co. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our customers are our biggest motivators and sources of inspiration. From the beginning, our community's love and support of what we do inspired us to grow, experiment and continue to create new products. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? All-natural soft drinks made with love in Pensacola, Florida. What's the next goal or project on the

horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We hope to continue to grow Big Jerk and expand further out of the Panhandle while remaining focused on our community and even helping other entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses and bring new local products to Pensacola and beyond. Answers by: Jenn and Ryan Eaton, Owners

BLUEJAY'S BAKERY AND THE NEST GENERAL STORE

11 S. Palafox, Ste. E & C, bluejaysbakery.com, thenestgeneralstore.com What inspired you to get started? The bakery started as a creative outlet designing beautiful cakes and has grown into a fullservice custom bakery supplying weddings and sweet treats. The Nest started as way to provide coffee and breakfast of the same caliber but has grown to provide lunch, snacks and natural wine as well. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? With both Bluejay's and The Nest, we aim to provide the highest quality products we can while sticking true to our creative freedoms in cake design and food creations. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Custom bakery and gourmet coffee shop and lunch counter. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/ or professionally? I have been working

toward becoming a Level 2 sommelier and, with that, hope to bring a new level of wine education to our community with a focus on natural and low-intervention wines. Answers by: Justine GudmundsonMcCain, Owner

CACTUS FLOWER CAFE

3425 N. 12th Ave., cactusflowercafe.net What inspired you to get started? My passion for fresh, California style Mexican— which is free of animal fats but huge on taste. I wanted to share it with my community. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My customers— they are the best. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? The best place to meet, eat and drink with family and friends. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? My next personal goal is double knee replacement, so I can keep doing what I love at Cactus Flower. Answers by: Lee Kafeety,Founder/Owner

CARMEN'S LUNCH BAR & TAPAS 407 S. Palafox, St. Ste. B, carmenslunchbar.com What inspired you to get started? I've always enjoyed creating food-centered experiences. I love cooking and introducing new dishes to people. My mom is the same way, so I'm really just following in her footsteps

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and pursuing my passion. Good food makes people happy, and making people happy just feels good. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Definitely the people. The people I work with daily at Carmen's, the vendors and the customers. They become part of your family and ultimately your life. Working together as a team is gratifying. Plus, it's fun. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Where good friends meet great food. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Well, after the last year and a half, I'm ready to move through the surviving phase and get back to the thriving phase. We are enjoying our new hours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The business feels more focused. Not sure what's next. Just gonna keep on cooking. Answers by: MariCarmen Josephs, Chef/Owner

CHRISOULA'S CHEESECAKE SHOPPE

236 W. Garden St., Ste. 2A, chrisoulascheesecakeshoppe.com What inspired you to get started? I grew up in the family restaurant business learning every aspect of what to expect in hospitality. I really enjoyed it. I also love to bake desserts. I studied studio art at UWF, which helps with creativity in photos and designs for our business. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I can't explain it; I just have an internal motivation to making customers happy. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? We bake our cheesecakes fresh daily, for you. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To accept growth of the business and to lose weight. Answers by: Chrisoula Hulion, Owner/Baker

CONSTANT COFFEE & TEA

615 Scenic Highway, constantcoffeeandtea.com What inspired you to get started? You're taking a chance, risking it all. For the thrill of the moment. Taking a stand, you ain't gonna fall. You've always known it. They're dying to shake you. Trying their best to break you. And though the going is rough, you're going home as a hero. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Cause there's thunder in your heart. Every move is like lightning. It's the power you feel when you get your taste of the glory. There's a fire gonna start. And you know they're going under. You can light the dark when they hear your heart of thunder. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Cry of the wind, spirit of fire. The heart of a lion. Taking control, burning desire. Your flame never dying. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Don't lose that feeling. October 7, 2021

Don't ever stop believing. There's one more moment of truth and you're gonna face it. Answers by: Philip Switzer, Owner; Performed by John Farnham; Written by Sklerov Macaluso, copyright 1986

CRAFT GOURMET BAKERY

5555-H N. Davis Highway, craftgourmetbakery.com What inspired you to get started? A combination of my love for the hospitality industry and desire to build a team, culture and business I've had in mind for years. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Lots of things, but mostly seeing my team succeed and grow and being a part of the flourishing culinary scene in Pensacola. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Sharing something you've created with people you love. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Professionally, more Craft locations. Personally, getting married and starting a family. Answers by: Jordan Hewes, Chef/Owner

THE DAILY SQUEEZE JUICE AND SMOOTHIE BAR

901 N. 12th Ave., thedailysqueezepcola.com What inspired you to get started? We were inspired to get started because we wanted to create a coffee shop type of environment that offered whole food juice and smoothies in our neighborhood. We love that we could add another quick, easy and nutritious breakfast and lunch option to our community. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? I have been so fortunate to add some amazing and talented people to the team, and they make work truly fun. I enjoy hearing all of their suggestions and recommendations as we improve our procedures. I have also loved the outpouring of love and support from the community. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Making nutritious food easy and unintimidating. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our goal is to continue to educate our customers and community about our process and that we make everything in-house with fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, not powders and fillers. It may take a little longer and be a little more expensive, but it's worth it. Answers by: Danielle Mullet, Owner

THE ELBOW ROOM

2213 W. Cervantes St., @elbowroompensacola What inspired you to get started? I visited Ms. Maggie and my grandmother when I was growing up in the Elbow Room. I wanted to preserve the legacy. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The customers and myself sharing the same bond and appreciation of what Jim and Maggie created. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Step into a different time and dimension. 67


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THE FARM

6404 Mobile Highway, thefarmofpensacola.com What inspired you to get started? Motivated and inspired to create a comfortable spot for everyone to shop for the freshest of produce, the tastiest of treats and most refreshing of beverages. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The Farmily. Every day is a new adventure, project or possibility for us to explore. Our customers, both new and old, now more than ever need an open market like The Farm to gather up their wares for the week. We are honored to keep this going. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Farm life, best life. Curbside on the West side since the mid-'80s. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Keeping up with the Red Iron Crew. Our best everything is yet to come. Answers by: Sandy Veilleux, Owner/Farmsprout

THE GRAND MARLIN OF PENSACOLA BEACH

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., thegrandmarlin.com What inspired you to get started? Our mission statement calls for fun, great food

and drinks, and an atmosphere reflecting the easy Caribbean lifestyle. Add to that the beauty of Pensacola Beach and nestle it in a beautiful facility on the Santa Rosa Sound, and you have The Grand Marlin Restaurant and North Drop Bar. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? To operate a casual, comfortable, top-notch restaurant on the Gulf, serving the finest seafood. We remain so grateful to our customers and community for their continuous support. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? The freshest seafood between time and tide. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? To continue to serve our guests the highest quality seafood and cocktails in an upscale environment with outstanding service. Answers by: Julie Housley, Outside Sales and Marketing Manager

THE HUMMUS LADY

1180 W. Main St., thehummuslady.com What inspired you to get started? Someone believed in me. Making this business my own has turned into a creative and culinary outlet that challenges me and lets me shine. This uniquely fresh and deliciously inspired hummus must be shared. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The Hummus Lady's mission inspires me daily to locally source and creatively produce food

that brings joy to everyone it touches. Once a week, I indulge in one single clove of locally produced Black Garlic 196. The full body euphoric zing immediately reminds me of this mission and keeps me going. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? This hummus will change your life. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I'm reading "How to Lead a Badass Business from your Heart" by Makenzie Marzluff, the creator of dessert hummus. She has allowed the spirit of her product to come to life and express itself through her. My focus is shifting to conscious business where connection and joy are my guide. Answers by: Kelly Peraino, Owner/Chief Chickpea Officer

KATE'S CAKES

@katescakes_pensacola What inspired you to get started? I've always loved baking, even as a child, but the thing I love the most is seeing people light up about their completed order and how much they love what I've created for them. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The joy I see from a happy customer still keeps me going. I have a loyal clientele, and their excitement means the world to me. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? 'Cuz Pensacola is Jonesin' for some tasty cakes. Pun intended. What's the next goal or project on the

horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I'm actually going to be taking a year off from the business to travel the country with my family in a fifth wheel. We're so grateful for this business, which is allowing this opportunity. Follow along on my personal Instagram @_everydaykate. Answers by: Kate Jones, Owner

KINGFISHER RESTAURANT

1500 Barrancas Ave., kingfishersandwiches.com What inspired you to get started? To build a place where we could share our love of food and hospitality with the community of Pensacola. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Growing and improving over time is extremely rewarding, as is new product development and planning for opportunities in the future. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Fine-casual seafood, sandwiches, salad, soups, sides, Tiki bar and more. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We are always dreaming and keeping an eye out for future opportunities. We are inspired by our incredible team and the creative minds within the Pensacola community. Answers by: Brian Kaderavek, Chef/Owner

LE DOUGH

helloledough.com What inspired you to get started? Traveling has always inspired me creatively. I've

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enjoyed boutique donut shops in several bigger cities and wanted to bring the same thing to Pensacola, just on wheels— for now. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our supportive customer base motivates me to keep going. Receiving a happy message or seeing a photo of someone enjoying their treats makes all of the hard work worth it. When I'm working overnight and exhausted, though, blasting Taylor Swift keeps me motivated and awake. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Thoughtfully made vegan donuts and treats. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? The ultimate goal for Le Dough is to have a lovely storefront in the neighborhood and always have a truck to pop up around town and for events. Eventually, we would love to see multiple Le Dough locations around the area and beyond. Answers by: Sam Eckiss, Owner/Chef

THE MAGNOLIA

2050 N. 12th Ave., magnoliapensacola.com What inspired you to get started? We really wanted to have a simple, charming little place for people to make memories. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We are motivated by the community we serve and want to always be a safe place to go. Currently, we are looking forward to growing and establishing ourselves in a new way with a new building in a new neighborhood and hope our Mag fam embraces that growth. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A little bar with big ass smiles. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Faced with a forced relocation, or closing, our next goal is to make our new location in the old City Grocery/ Dolce & Gelato spot on 12th Avenue in East Hill, a neighborhood staple. Bittersweet, but exciting. Answers by: Bill Manning, Owner/Operator

MI SU STREET FOOD

misustreetfood.com What inspired you to get started? Both being our own boss and creative expression were the driving forces behind MI SU. We take pride in bringing food to Pensacola that we feel it's been missing. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Having the ability to cook whatever we want and knowing that our friends and guests will support us is beyond encouraging. It's a dream come true. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? MI calle, SU calle, aka my street, your street. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We'll soon have some very exciting news to share regarding MI SU's future. For now, all we will say is that we plan October 7, 2021

to continue to grow here. For instance, we certainly hope to one day have a brick-andmortar business in town. Answers by: Hylene and Alden Garcia, Owners

MRS. JONES COLD BREW

9 E. Gregory St., mrsjonescoldbrew.com What inspired you to get started? I was going bonkers as a stay-at-home mom. I needed adult conversations and something to do that would fit alongside my husband's traveling job and our rambunctious boys' schedules. I had always made coffee concentrate as a means of quick caffeine at home and wanted to share that idea. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Seeing people using our coffee to make their lives easier energizes me. Also, I just love watching other new businesses pop up. The love in Pensacola's business community is amazing. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Easy coffee for busy people. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? I'd love to see a coffee elixir in every fridge in Pensacola. Answers by: Stephanie Jones, Founder

NEW YORKER DELI AND PIZZERIA

3001 E. Cervantes St., newyorkerdeliandpizzeria.com What inspired you to get started? We always wanted to have our own place where we could get to know the community and create a space that feels like home and brings people joy. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our motivation to keep going is our love for our community that we feel lucky to be a part of. We also have a lot of fun with our incredible crew. We enjoy what we do, and we hope it shows in everything we do. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Delicious food and exceptional service. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our future goal is to continue to push ourselves to be the best we can be. We plan to continue to build upon the many relationships we have made in the past and hope to create many new relationships in the future. Answers by: Wayne and Renee Nix, Owners

NOM SUSHI IZAKAYA

410 S. Palafox, nomsushi.com What inspired you to get started? When we opened Nom in October of 2014, we were excited to offer our passion for Japanese cuisine to the downtown Pensacola area. We saw an opportunity to bring an elevated sushi, sake and ramen bar downtown and worked really hard to realize that vision. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? We continually strive for that unattainable perfection. Each year presents an opportunity to grow, learn and better ourselves and our business.

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If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Intimate setting for elevated sushi, sake, ramen and small plates. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Honestly, COVID stalled our plans a bit, but thanks to this community and our incredible team, we are coming back stronger, more creative and better than ever. Answers by: Brad and Elizabeth Jones, Dynamic Duo

POLONZA BISTRO

286 N. Palafox, polonza.com What inspired you to get started? Polonza Bistro was started by Judy Ring in an effort to bring homestyle comfort food and coffee to the heart of downtown Pensacola. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? With our new Executive Chef Edward Lordman, we are on a mission to source the best ingredients to elevate the comfort food scene in Pensacola. We now are able to offer cocktails in addition to our craft coffee bar and pair expertly crafted beverages with our elevated menu. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Southern eats, craft coffee and cocktails. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We will start our dinner service with Chef Ed's curated menu in November. Answers by: Jami Brown, General Manager

RESTAURANT IRON

22 N. Palafox, restaurantiron.com What inspired you to get started? In his early years, Alex was initially drawn to the comradery of the team in the kitchen and inspired by greats like Thomas Keller and Jamie Shannon. Alex's signature style fuses Southern cuisine with classic French style. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Pushing the Gulf Coast culinary scene forward and to keep challenging ourselves to raise the bar. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Refined Southern cuisine. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? 2021 is proving to be just as crazy as 2020 but with a different set of challenges. We focus every day on doing what we can do better and taking care of our team. We expect to reopen to seven days a week before the end of the year. Answers by: Alex McPhail, Executive Chef, and Michael Firth, General Manager

SAMMY BARKER'S AMERICAN STREET FOOD

875 E. Nine Mile Road, Ste. 7, sammybarkers.com What inspired you to get started? To bring regional foods I enjoyed from my childhood and the many other parts of the country I have lived to Pensacola. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? An elderly woman came in a few weeks ago and asked October 7, 2021

to speak with me. Her husband was in the hospital and not doing well. She had tears in her eyes and said Sammy Barker's was his favorite place to eat. I gave her a big hug. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Burgers. Tacos. Coneys. Shakes. Craft Beer. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? We would love to grow our concept. If you're reading this and would like to be part of it, give us a call. Answers by: Joel Jacobs, CEO and President of Boardwalk Hospitality Group

SKY'S PIZZA PIE

5559 N. Davis Highway, skyspizzapie.com What inspired you to get started? I loved being in control of creative ideas in the kitchen. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? My staff and family, who love the pizza business, make it easy to keep going each day. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? Authentic NY-style pizza. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Sky's Pizza will focus on defining our catering for business, hospitals and parties. Answers by: Sarah Noble, Owner

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309 S. Reus St., unionpensacola.com What inspired you to get started? I wanted to bring a unique experience to Pensacola while doing what I love. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? The next new, exciting dish or cocktail and our amazing UPH families drive us. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? A crafty Southern pub where it all comes together. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Details coming soon. Answers by: Blake Rushing, Chef/Owner

VOODOO BBQ

1741 E. Nine Mile Road, Ste. 9, voodoobbq.com/pensacola What inspired you to get started? We wanted to bring a new concept to our much-loved hometown of Pensacola. When we discovered VooDoo's mix of BBQ and New Orleans flavors, we knew we found the right brand. Now that you're established, what motivates you to keep going? Our guests and our krewe. If you had to define your business with just a tagline, sentence or phrase, what would it be? In-house smoked meats and New Orleans cuisine. What's the next goal or project on the horizon for you—personally and/or professionally? Our goal is to take a more active role in the growth and success of the VooDoo BBQ brand. Answers by: Rick and Sylvana West, Owners

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a&e happenings 2000 MEN: BLACK POLITICIANS DURING RECONSTRUCTION A new exhibit

at the Pensacola Museum of History shares the stories and histories of Black politicians during the Reconstruction period. The exhibit opening will be Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Pensacola Museum of History, located at 330 S. Jefferson St. For more information visit historicpensacola.org.

ROB SCHNEIDER: I HAVE ISSUES TOUR Comedian Rob Schneider will be

performing at Saenger Theatre, located at 118 S. Palafox, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $35-$100. Visit pensacolasaenger. com for more information.

REVOLUTIONARY RIPPLES: CARIBBEAN HISTORY, CONTEMPORARY ART This virtual program brings together an

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ANIMAL ALLIES KITTEN ADOPTION

Animal Allies will be at Pet Supermarket, 6857 N. Ninth Ave., Saturday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Everett Animal Welfare Group will be at PetSmart, located on North Davis Highway, every Saturday in October from noon-4 p.m. All cats are up to date on shots, and adoption fee includes spay or neuter with microchip and flea pill. For more information, visit aaflorida.org.

ARTS & CULTURE

"WHAT DID WE MISS? IS THE INTERNET CONSCIOUS?" ART SHOW A new

art show from Kind Witch Media explores where digital meets analog and propaganda meets history. The show will be open for viewing by appointment only through Oct. 11. For more information or to make an appointment, visit instagram.com/kindwitchmedia.

WHAT'S SHOWING AT PENSACOLA CINEMA ART Now showing at Pensacola Cinema Art, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9, at 1 p.m. is "The Truffle Hunters." All tickets are $8. Reserve your seats by emailing jpncinema@gmail.com or texting

(863) 446-7300. PCA is located at 220 W. Garden St. Visit pensacolacinemaart.com for information about streaming movies, such as "On Broadway" and the SXSW Short Film Festival.

STRONG STREET STUDIO ONLINE PUMPKIN SALE Glass pumpkin season

is upon us, and you can order yours from the safety and comfort of your own home. Strong Street Studio will be offering a new inventory of glass pumpkins online 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. For more information, visit strongstreetstudioglass.com

FORT MORGAN GHOST INVESTIGATION AND HISTORICAL HAUNTED TOUR Join the members of Second Sight

Paranormal TV for a fully equipped ghost and paranormal Investigation at Fort Morgan, one of Alabama's most haunted places. Fort Morgan State Historic Site will provide some historical background of the site and conduct a Q&A. Tours are Saturdays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Visit pensacolaghostevents.com or secondsightparanormal.com to reserve your spots.

interdisciplinary panel of experts on Caribbean visual art, literature, and history to discuss the ways in which historical events and processes in the Caribbean continue to be persistent and relevant to the idea of social justice today, particularly in Afro-diasporic communities. The discussion is Friday, Oct. 8, from 2-3 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Register for the Zoom event at pensacolamuseum.org.

ACTIVIST RHETORICS SYMPOSIUM

Join the UWF Department of English for an interactive symposium on activist rhetorics, a meta-genre of written and digital rhetorics with visiting scholar Dr. Christal Seahorn. The symposium can be attended virtually or in-person and will be Friday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is free. To register, contact composition@uwf.edu.

PENSACOLA VINTAGE COLLECTION CLOTHES MARKET Shop vintage clothes

from vendors from Mobile to Panama City. The event will be at Odd Colony Brewing Co., 260 N. Palafox on Saturday, Oct. 9, from noon-8 p.m. Visit facebook.com/pensacolavintagecollective for details.

OPERA AL FRESCO Opera Al Fresco is back Saturday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. at Rev. H.K. Matthews Park, located at 1201 E. Anderson St. Admission is free. For more information, visit pensacolaopera.com.

15TH ANNUAL GLASS AND CERAMIC PUMPKIN PATCH First City Art Center's

15th Annual Pumpkin Patch will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Blue Wahoos Stadium, located at 351 W. Cedar St. FCAC members get early access at 11 a.m. for $30. "First Pick" tickets are available for $40 with early access at noon. Manna Food Pantries will take non-perishable donations. For more information, visit firstcityart.org.

OCTOBER GALLERY NIGHT Gallery Night is back at full capacity after two months of virtual-only events. The Oct. 15 Gallery Night's featured artist is Chip Spirson, a local painter whose subject matter features witches and ghouls and other spooky materials. Each composition is a unique piece of fantasy artwork that finds it roots in layered subliminal messages. This month's theme is Halloween. Participants are encouraged to dress up in costume and enjoy themed specials, art and performers. The Halloween-themed event will feature aerialist performers as well as stilt-walkers, jugglers and other carnivalthemed performers. For more information, visit gallerynightpensacola.org. PENSACOLA INTERSTATE FAIR ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Re-

turning for its 87th season Thursday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 31, Pensacola's biggest and longest-running annual agricultural and entertainment tradition returns, bringing with it the excitement of attractions and screams from exhilarating rides, exhibits, fair food, fun and shows for the whole family. This year's Pensacola Interstate Fair entertainment lineup includes: •Thursday, Oct. 21: "Cat Country 98.7 BIG Lip Sync Battle Finals" •Friday, Oct. 22: Eliminator KC (ZZ Top cover band) •Saturday, Oct. 23: White Tie Rock Ensemble tribute to The Eagles. •Monday, Oct. 25: Jordan Chase •Thursday, Oct. 28: Night Fever (Bee Gees cover band) •Friday, Oct. 29: Resurrection (Journey cover band) •Saturday, Oct. 30: Rodney Atkins

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a&e happenings UWF HISTORIC TRUST 9/11 EXHIBIT

An exhibit honoring victims lost and others impacted by the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, is now on display on the second floor of the Pensacola Museum of History. The University of West Florida Historic Trust curated the exhibit, 9/11 Remembered, which runs through January 2022, with items on loan from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York and the History Museum of Mobile. The gallery includes a section of the I-beam from one of the World Trade Center towers and a helmet and other items worn by first responders who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Visitors can also view a video of newsreels from 20 years ago on projectors and a video from NAS Pensacola that features military members who responded to the 9/11 attacks. For more information on UWF's Historic Trust, visit historicpensacola.org.

FINDING 1821 Finding 1821 is part of the

UWF Historic Trust's Suddenly American exhibit. Using historic newspapers, maps and documents, it is possible to locate where businesses stood in the 1820s. From taverns to parasol shops, each site on the Finding 1821 trail reflects a local establishment that was near that location 200 years ago. Outside each business is a QR code that links to a corresponding advert from an early 1820s newspaper. Over a dozen sites have been identified so far. Take a stroll around town, visit local shops and explore the history of Pensacola through today's technology. Visit historicpensacola. org for more information.

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collection of local art supporter and educator Dr. Patrick M. Rowe. On view through Oct.10. Learn more about the exhibition at pensacolamuseum.org.

University of West Florida presents In Place, Art Faculty Exhibition. This exhibition features work by Thomas Asmuth & Sara Gevurtz, Dale Castellucci, Yvonne Christine, Nicholas Croghan, John Dougherty, Carrie Fonder, Valerie George, Justin Quaid Grubb, Jim Jipson, Kelly Leitermann, John Markowitz, Marzia Ransom, Gregory B. Saunders and Jenea Wood. The exhibit runs through Nov. 5 at TAG, located on the UWF Pensacola Campus in The Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Bldg. 82.

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NEW EXHIBIT AT BLUE MORNING GALLERY The current Spotlight on Art

is "Serendipity," a collective show featuring potter Tammy Caspersen and photographer Suzanne Tuzzeo. The show promises bold color and unique finds and twists with a fun, carefree feel and is on view at Blue Morning Gallery, located at 21 S. Palafox. Visit bluemorninggallery.com for more information.

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Three new exhibitions will be on display at Artel through Oct. 14. In the main gallery is "This Is Not A Pipe" with various artists. Work from artist Frank Myers is in the vault, and in the Alcove is work from John Holden. Gallery hours are TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Artel Gallery is located at 223 S. Palafox.

THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD, REIMAGINED The Kingdom of This World,

of Century, an art exhibit featuring Art Nouveau glassware and works on paper, is a new exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art. This special exhibit includes items from the museum collection as well as the

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Beach Boardwalk Sundays through October from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and check out local art vendors, listen to live music and enjoy local restaurants and bars at 400 Quietwater Beach Road.

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IN PLACE UWF ART FACULTY EXHIBITION The Art Gallery (TAG) at the

Every Sunday, Easy Going Gallery and Carter J Studios present a weekly art market Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Easy Going Gallery, located at 701 N. V St. Vendors can participate for a $20 fee. For more information, contact easygoinggalleryart@ gmail.com.

Reimagined provides a new look at the real and imagined stories told in Alejo Carpentier's 1949 historical novel "The Kingdom of This World," which recounts the Haitian Revolution in his signature literary style—lo real maravilloso, or the marvelous real. This exhibit will be on view at the Pensacola Museum of Art through Jan. 9, 2022. The PMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. For more information about exhibitions, programming or support, visit pensacolamuseum.org.

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400's and Pensacola Little Theatre's Script Reading Club invites you to monthly script readings at PLT, 400 S. Jefferson St. Want to bring your scripts for the group to read and discuss? Contact Pensacola Little Theatre to get in queue. The group reads prospective scripts for future seasons as well as new scripts that need a table read before the next edit. Not a playwright but love to read out loud? This is your easy, fun theatre night. Fascinated by the play selection process? Sit in for a listen and usually a lot of laughs. Visit facebook.com/pensacolalittletheatre for more information and the latest dates.

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a&e happenings more. Choose your experience from three ongoing tours—Seville Haunted Luncheon and Ghost Tour, 11 a.m. every third Tuesday of the month; Seville Haunted Gallery Night Tours, 7 p.m. every third Friday of the month; Seville Sunday FunDay Haunted Tours, 4 p.m. last Sunday of each month. Tickets are available at pensacolaghostevents.com.

OPEN MIC AT THE GORDON Show off

your talents on the second Thursday of every month at The Gordon's Open Mic showcase from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free. The Gordon is located at 306 N. DeVilliers St. Visit thegordon.org for more information.

OPEN MIC COMEDY AT BIG TOP BREWERY Try out some new jokes or

enjoy some homegrown talent every Monday at 7 p.m. for Open Mic Comedy at Big Top Brewery, located at 21 W. Romano St. Everyone gets five minutes depending the number of sign-ups. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

NEW CLASSES AT MIXON MAGIC PERFORMING ARTS Mixon Magic Per-

forming Arts (MMPA), a boutique performing arts studio located at 1010 N. 12th Ave., Ste. 238, will be offering a limited class schedule this fall. MMPA offers professional dance, fitness and "Mommy and Me" instruction for all ages and skill levels with weekly classes including, but not limited to,

Creative Movement, Ballet/Jazz Combo, Broadway, Tap, Showstoppers, Acting and Voice. Classes will be provided for children as young as 2 years old (with a parent or guardian) through adult. MMPA is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all students and families and has implemented protocols based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Masks are required for entry into the building and studio. More information about Mixon Magic Performing Arts can be found at mixonmagic.com, by contacting hello@mixonmagic.com or emily@mixonmagic.com or by calling (850) 221-7438.

GENDER PORTRAITS Gender Portraits is a project from artist Drew Riley of the Austin Creative Alliance. The nonprofit organization supports sex and gender minorities using art as a foundation for education, activism and advocacy. The exhibit is on view at Voices of Pensacola, located at 117 E. Government St., through January 2022. For more information, visit historicpensacola.org.

BLACK CITIZENSHIP IN THE AGE OF JIM CROW "Black Citizenship in the Age

of Jim Crow," a traveling exhibition from the New York Historical Society Museum & Library with additions from the African American Heritage Society of Pensacola, is now on view at Artel Gallery. To learn more about

it, visit africanamericanheritagesociety.org. Artel Gallery is located at 223 S. Palafox.

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CRAFT CLASSES AT STUDIO SOUTH ON NINE MILE Learn a new craft or meet

RUNGE STRINGS CONCERT The Univer-

up with other makers at Studio South. Tuesday is Knit Night 4-7 p.m., and Sit & Stitch is Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Both classes are free. For a full calendar of events, visit studiosouthon9mileroad.com. Studio South is located at 955 E. Nine Mile Road.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS AT FIRST CITY ART First City Art Center offers a wide

range of classes and workshops for artists of all levels. Classes include glass blowing, ceramics, painting and drawing, kiln-forming, stained glass and more. For a complete list of classes and times, visit firstcityart.org.

LIVE MUSIC

BANDS ON THE BEACH Bands on the Beach is back. The free concert series features shows each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., April-October, at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. UPCOMING DATES: •Oct. 12: Dr. Breeze •Oct. 19: Holly Shelton BANDS ON THE BLACKWATER Free outdoor concert Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. at Jernigan's Landing, located at 5158 Willing St. in Milton.

sity of West Florida and the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will present the Runge Strings Orchestra in concert on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Pensacola campus. Event is free, but tickets are required. For more information, visit uwf.edu/cfpa or call the CFPA box office at (850) 857-6285.

DUSTIN COLE Mississippi native Dustin

Cole will be performing at Gary's Brewery & Biergarten, located at 208 Newman Ave., Friday, Oct. 8, from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/garysbrew.

WHITE TIE ROCK ENSEMBLE White Tie Rock Ensemble will be playing hits from Rod Stewart, Elton John, David Bowie and Queen Saturday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre, located at 118 S. Palafox. Tickets start at $28. Visit pensacolasaenger.com for more information. SAMANTHA FISH Musician Samantha

Fish will perform at Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. Saturday, Oct. 9. Visit vinylmusichall.com for tickets.

BEACH BOYS Legendary band Beach Boys will perform their classic hits at Saenger

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THIEVERY CORPORATION Electronic music band Thievery Corporation will perform at Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 8:30 p.m. Visit vinylmusichall.com for tickets.

LIVE MUSIC AT HUB STACEY'S Sit back with good food and live music at Hub Stacey's, located at 312 E. Government St. For a full calendar of bands, check hubstaceys.com. MONDAY NIGHT BLUES AT SEVILLE QUARTER Seville Quarter and the Blues

YUNG GRAVY Rapper and producer Yung Gravy will perform at Vinyl Music Hall Saturday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. Visit vinylmusichall.com for tickets.

Society of Northwest Florida bring the "Blues" back to the Seville Quarter Entertainment District, located at 130 E. Government St. every Monday night in End O' the Alley starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit sevillequarter.com.

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Symphony Orchestra will be performing "Hungarian March" from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz, Piano Concerto No. 1 from Liszt and Symphony No. 4 from Brahms with guest performer pianist Roberto Plano for its opening night Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Masks required. For more information, visit pensacolasymphony.com.

A "HOLIDAY" JAZZ GUMBO The next Jazz Gumbo is Monday, Oct. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and features music from Billie Holiday. Jazz Gumbo is held at End O' the Alley in Seville Quarter, located at 130 E. Government St. Tickets are $10 for Jazz Pensacola members and $12 for non-members. The event is free to students with ID and military in uniform. For more information, visit jazzpensacola.com. LIVE MUSIC AT RED FISH BLUE FISH PENSACOLA BEACH Head to Red Fish

Blue Fish for live performances from local bands Fridays and Saturdays all day. For musician lineups, visit facebook.com/redfishbluefishpensacolabeach.

SAXOPHONIST JIM ANDREWS AT ALICE'S RESTAURANT Saxophonist

Jim Andrews will be performing at Alice's Restaurant, located at 1504 W. Intendencia St., on the first Friday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m.

CURT BOL JAZZ QUARTET Visit Five Sisters Blues Café, located at 421 W. Belmont St., Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and listen to Curt Bol Jazz Quartet. Visit curtbolband.com for more information.

OPEN JAM AT ARTEL GALLERY Artel

Gallery is open from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays for open jam with Pensacola Folk Music Society. Feel free to visit and listen to music. Artel Gallery is located at 223 S. Palafox.

KARAOKE AT MUGS AND JUGS Sing your heart out Sundays at Mugs & Jugs, 12080 Scenic Highway, or just enjoy drinks friends with $4 Smirnoff and $6.50 domestic pitcher drink deals from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/mugsjugs. October 7, 2021

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lodious Allen and The Funk Heads every Tuesday night at Lili Marlene's in Seville Quarter, located at 130 E. Government St. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit sevillequarter.com for more information.

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BINGO AT THE BALLPARK Get ready to play BINGO at the Blue Wahoos Stadium Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6-10 p.m. Entry is free, and food and drink specials will be available throughout the night. Visit facebook.com/ bluewahoosbaseball for more information. BIKE PENSACOLA SLOW RIDE Bike

Pensacola's Slow Ride is back Saturday, Oct. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. The ride will begin at From the Ground Up Community Garden, located at 501 N. Hayne St. For details, visit facebook.com/bikepensacola.

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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL On Saturday, Oct. 9, over 48 teams supported by thousands of spectators will be competing for bragging rights in the Seventh Annual Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival. The races take place in Bayou Texar just off Bayview Park. Race proceeds benefit Gulf Coast Kid's House. Spectators are welcome to watch the races and enjoy food and concessions from vendors. For more information, visit pensacoladragonboatfestival.com. VERTIGO CHALLENGE PENSACOLA

Bicyclists are invited to test their physical and mental endurance at Five Flags Speedway, located at 7541 Pine Forest Road, with bicycle races around the racetrack. Races start at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Admission is $60-$72. Visit raceroster.com/ events/2021/49299/vertigo-challenge for more information.

LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL The annual Lumberjack Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pensacola State College Milton campus, located at 5988 Highway 90. Watch knife throws, standing chop axe throws, cross cut sawing and more. CHESS CLUB Learn how to play one of the oldest games in the world with West Florida Public Libraries. Whether you are a beginner or a master chess player, this is a chance to learn new skills, practice your moves and

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a&e happenings improve your game in a friendly environment. The library will provide all the chessboards and pieces. Every skill level welcome. DATES: •Saturday, Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m. – Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. •Saturday, Oct. 9, 1-3:30 p.m. – Southwest Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway •Saturday, Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m. – Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. •Saturday, Oct. 23, 1-3:30 p.m. – Southwest Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway

LUNA RISING CAMPING RETREAT

Join Asher & Bee Apothecary, Botanica and Teahouse for a camping retreat in Milton Oct. 15-17. Tickets are $333 and include gourmet vegan meals from Chef Chardon, mindful movement and meditation sessions, activities and gifts. Reserve your spot at asherandbee.com/event-details/luna-rising.

PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS SEASON OPENING GAME The Pensacola Ice

Flyers are back at Pensacola Bay Center Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:05 p.m. at Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. Purchase tickets at pensacolabaycenter.com.

CELEBRATE THE GULF Join Healthy

Gulf for some hands-on education about local beaches and waterways 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, outside Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via de Luna Drive, Unit B. Staff

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from Pensacola MESS Hall will be there as well with lessons about sea turtles, fish and more. A portion of proceeds from restaurant sales at Red Fish Blue Fish will be donated to Healthy Gulf. For more information, visit healthygulf.org.

Saturdays. The weekly timed 5K run or walk takes place at the University of West Florida and is open to everyone, regardless of fitness level. For more information, visit facebook.com/rpnparkrun or email recplexnorth@parkrun.com.

WEEKLY FRIDAY DANCE Get moving every Friday night with a dance sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Enjoy food from 6-7 p.m. Dancing is from 7-10 p.m. A variety of bands and music provide the tunes. Cost of admission is $6. Dances are located at 105 Kenmore Ave. in Pensacola. For more information, call (850) 476-5696.

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yourself at this monthly event at Bodacious Bookstore and Café, with an instructor-led beginner yoga class and a group book discussion at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Bodacious Bookstore and Café is located at 110 Intendencia St. For more information, visit bodaciousbookstore.com.

Pensacola Bay Cruises Ferry Service is open with service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday running between Downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. Ferry trips last approximately 50 minutes, and all-day free parking is available at each of the departure sites. Tickets are $26 roundtrip for adults; $20 roundtrip for military, disabled persons and students; and $15 roundtrip for children 3-15. Children 2 and under ride for free. A local's card may be purchased for additional discounts. The ferry service operation schedule is available on pensacolabaycruise.com.

WFPL MOLINO TRACK CHALLENGE

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days, Wednesdays and Fridays, release into a yin yoga flow centered around low-stress

sacola Rec Plex North parkrun is 7:30 a.m.

Put on your walking shoes and join the walking challenge at the Molino library. Just visit Molino's track, turn on your favorite fitness tracker app to log your progress, dial up your tunes or an audiobook and start walking. When you finish, come into the library and log your progress with staff on our track challenge board. The top walker in this program will win The Coldest Water Bottle. The Molino Branch Library is located at 6450-A Highway 95A. For more information, visit mywfpl.com.

RELEASE & RENEW AT FITNESS IMPACT TRAINING At 8:15 a.m. on Mon-

training for high-stress individuals. The focus will be on the basics of breath and openness in the shoulders, hips and spine. For more info, go to mindandmetta.online. Cost is $12 per class, and the location is 375 N. Ninth Ave., Ste. B. Limited space available. Ask about membership pricing.

GULF COAST BREWERY RUN Thurs-

days at 6 p.m., join Pensacola Runners Association for a 5K fun run. Enjoy a free beer after the run and complimentary games such as cornhole, ping pong and more. Gulf Coast Brewery is located at 500 E. Heinberg St. For more information, visit facebook.com/gulfcoastbrewery.

BEER GARDEN YOGA Join Coastal County Brewing Company Saturdays at 9 a.m. for the new Yoga in the Garden Series. Classes will be led by Tara Taylor, a highly experienced instructor from Breathe Pensacola. All skill levels are welcome. Cost is $10 and includes a pint of beer after the class. Coastal County Brewing Company is located at 3041 E. Olive Road. For more information, visit facebook.com/coastalcounty. SOUL FLOW YOGA AT BEAUTIFUL YOU STUDIO Every Tuesday at 7 a.m., flow

and vibe with some soulful music to start the day. This hour-long class will center around engaging the core through smooth yet strong yoga sequences. Cost is $10 per class or $99

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a&e happenings for an unlimited 30-day pass. Located at 513 W. Intendencia St. For more info, go to mindandmetta.online.

YOGA CLASSES AT EVER'MAN Beginner Yoga with John is 10 a.m. Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Funky Yoga Flow is 6 p.m. Tuesdays. And Vinyasa Yoga Flow is 6 p.m. Thursdays. All classes at Ever'man, 327 W. Garden St. For a full calendar of events, visit everman.org. OCEAN HOUR BEACH CLEAN-UPS

Ocean Hour has picked up its weekly beach clean-ups in the Pensacola area Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. On Saturday, Aug. 28, volunteers will be at Philip A. Payne Bridge. Supplies will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own. For locations, visit oceanhourfl.com.

FOOD + DRINKS

ATLAS BEVERAGE CLASS: ROLLINS DISTILLERY The next Atlas Beverage Class

is Thursday, Oct. 7, with classes at 5 and 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes beverage tastings paired with appetizers. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your spot by calling 287-0200 or emailing taylor@goodgrits.com.

COUPLES COOK: AN ENCHANTED, MAGICAL, HARRY POTTER INSPIRED CLASS Learn to make a magical three-

course meal with Pensacola Cooks. Class is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, located at 3624 Barrancas Ave. Tickets are $70 per couple. Bring your own wine or beer to the cooking class. For more information, visit facebook.com/pensacolacooks.

GREEK WINE DINNER Join Agapi for

its inaugural Greek Wine Dinner hosted by Executive Chef Gus Silivos. Enjoy a five-course meal paired with Greek wines Sunday, Oct. 10, at Agapi Bistro + Garden located at 555 Scenic Highway. Call (850) 225-5235 to make your reservation.

BARISTA JAM Baristas from around the area are invited to join a latte art contest at Easy Going Gallery's inaugural Barista Jam Sunday, Oct. 10, from 5-8 p.m. Prizes from Ama Vida Coffee are available. Easy Going Gallery is located at 701 N. V St. For more information, visit facebook.com/easygoinggallery. TUESDAY GAME NIGHT Garden &

Grain at Perfect Plain hosts game night Tuesday, Oct. 12, with an extended happy hour from 4-8 p.m., Birria tacos and Mexican BINGO. Visit facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco for more information.

VINO MAGNIFICO V. Paul's monthly

wine tasting event is Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Sample five different wines for $15 per person. V. Paul's is located at 29 S. Palafox. RSVP is required for the wine tasting. Reserve your spot at vpauls.com. October 7, 2021

JAZZ AT JACKSONS Visit Jackson's Steakhouse Thursday, Oct. 14, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., for the latest installment of Jazz at Jackson's. Vocalist Ellen Vinson accompanied by noted pianist Bobby van Deusen will perform songs from George and Ira Gershwin. This is a limited-seating event. To reserve your table, call Jackson's Steakhouse at (850) 469-9898. NATTY NIGHT Easy Going Gallery pres-

ents a natural wine tasting from Ecru Wines Friday, Oct. 15, from 8-11 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/easygoinggallery.

FIFTH ANNUAL SZOTSKI'S CHEESECAKE AND CRAFT BEER OR WINE

Visit Gary's Brewery & Biergarten, located at 208 Newman Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 3-6 p.m. for the annual cheesecake and craft beer (or wine) pairing. Tickets are $23. For more information, visit facebook. com/garysbrew.

1920S MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE Perfect Plain and Improbable

Cause presents a 1920s murder mystery dinner show, which includes dinner and cash bar service, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Perfect Plain Brewing Co., located at 50 E. Garden St. Tickets are $55 per person. Visit facebook.com/perfectplainbrewingco for more information.

BAYOU BUZZ COFFEE TASTING TOUR Seville Savories Food Tour will

host a coffee tour of downtown Pensacola Tuesdays-Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online at sevillesavoriesfoodtour.com.

HENNY PENNY SOUL LIVE COOKING SESSIONS Tune into the Henny Penny

Facebook page to meet local chefs to learn more about cooking skills while also discussing food and culture. Dates are TBA. For more information, visit facebook.com/ hennypennyspatisserie.

BURGERS AND BORDEAUX AT UNION PUBLIC HOUSE Every Tuesday

night, enjoy a specialty burger and a glass of Bordeaux for $18 at Union Public House, located at 309 S. Reus St. For more information, visit facebook.com/unionpensacola.

ARAGON WINE TASTINGS Wine tast-

ings at Aragon Wine Market are back every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in store at 27 S. Ninth Ave. For more information, visit aragonwinemarket.com.

WEEKNIGHT HAPPY HOUR Every

weeknight before 6 p.m. at The 5 Barrel, get $1 off all The 5 Barrel pints, $2 wine by the glass and half off hummus plates when you buy a pint of beer. Visit the5barrel.com for more information. for more listings visit inweekly.net 77


free will astrology WEEK OF OCTOBER 7 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Aries

poet Anna Kamieńska said her soul didn't emanate light. It was filled with "bright darkness." I suspect that description may apply to you in the coming weeks. Bright darkness will be one of your primary qualities. And that's a good thing! You may not be a beacon of shiny cheer, but you will illuminate the shadows and secrets. You will bring deeper awareness to hidden agendas and sins of omission. You will see, and help others to see, what has been missing in situations that lack transparency. Congratulations in advance!

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): "There is something truly restorative, finally comforting, in coming to the end of an illusion—a false hope." So declared author Sue Miller, and now I'm sharing it with you, Taurus— just in time for the end of at least one of your illusions. (Could be two, even three.) I hope your misconceptions or misaligned fantasies will serve you well as they decay and dissolve. I trust they will be excellent fertilizer, helping you grow inspired visions that guide your future success. My prediction—You will soon know more about what isn't real, which will boost your ability to evaluate what is real.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Afghan-

American novelist Khaled Hosseini writes, "People mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they're afraid of—what they don't want." Is that true for you, Gemini? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to meditate on that question. And if you find you're motivated to live your life more out of fear than out of love, I urge you to take strenuous action to change that situation! Make sure love is at least 51% and fear no more than 49%. I believe you can do much better than that, though. Aim for 75% love!

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): "Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." Oglala Lakota medicine man Black Elk said that,

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and now I'm passing it on to you. It's not always the case that dreams are wiser than waking, of course, but I suspect they will be for you in the coming weeks. The adventures you experience while you're sleeping could provide crucial clues to inform your waking-life decisions. They should help you tune into resources and influences that will guide you during the coming months. And now I will make a bold prediction—that your dreams will change your brain chemistry in ways that enable you to see truths that until now have been invisible or unavailable. (P.S. I encourage you to also be alert for intriguing insights and fantasies that well up when you're tired or lounging around.)

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): "Don't hope more than you're willing to work," advises author Rita Mae Brown. So let me ask you, Leo, how hard are you willing to work to make your dreams come true, create your ideal life, and become the person you'd love to be? When you answer that question honestly, you'll know exactly how much hope you have earned the right to foster. I'm pleased to inform you that the coming weeks will be a favorable time to upgrade your commitment to the work and therefore deepen your right to hope. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): "To be truly visionary, we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality." This shrewd advice comes from author bell hooks (who doesn't capitalize her name). I think it should be at the heart of your process in the coming days. Why? Because you now have an extraordinary potential to dream up creative innovations that acknowledge your limitations but also transcend those limitations. You have extra power available to harness your fantasies and instigate practical changes. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): "Some

people are crazy drunk on rotgut sobriety," wrote aphorist Daniel Liebert. I trust you're not one of them. But if you are, I beg you to change your habits during the next three weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have a heavenly man-

date to seek more than the usual amounts of whimsical ebullience, sweet diversions, uplifting obsessions and holy amusements. Your health and success in the coming months require you to enjoy a period of concentrated joy and fun now. Be imaginative and innovative in your quest for zest.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay, born under the sign of Scorpio, writes, "It used to be that privacy came naturally to everybody and that we understood implicitly what kind of things a person might like to keep private. Now somebody has torn up the rule book on privacy and there's a kind of free fall and free for all and few people naturally know how to guard this precious thing, privacy." The coming weeks will be a good time for you to investigate this subject, Scorpio—to take it more seriously than you have before. In the process, I hope you will identify what's truly important for you to keep confidential and protected, and then initiate the necessary adjustments. (P.S. Please feel no guilt or embarrassment about your desire to have secrets!) SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): "All our Western thought is founded on this repulsive pretense that pain is the proper price of any good thing," wrote feisty author Rebecca West (1892–1983). I am very happy to report that your current torrent of good things will NOT require you to pay the price of pain. On the contrary, I expect that your phase of grace and luck will teach you how to cultivate even more grace and luck; it will inspire you to be generous in ways that bring generosity coming back your way. As articulated by ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, here's the operative principle: "Opportunities multiply as they are seized." CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): "If

you don't ask, the answer is always no," declares author Nora Roberts. In that spirit and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to be bold and lucid about asking for what you want in the coming weeks. In addition, I encourage you to ask many probing questions so as to ferret out the best ways to get what you want. If you are skilled

in carrying out this strategy, you will be a winsome blend of receptivity and aggressiveness, innocent humility and understated confidence. And that will be crucial in your campaign to get exactly what you want.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): "Few persons enjoy real liberty," wrote poet Alfred de Musset. "We are all slaves to ideas or habits." That's the bad news. The good news is that October is Supercharge Your Freedom Month for you Aquarians. I invite you to use all your ingenuity to deepen, augment and refine your drive for liberation. What could you do to escape the numbness of the routine? How might you diminish the hold of limiting beliefs and inhibiting patterns? What shrunken expectations are impinging on your motivational verve? Life is blessing you with the opportunity to celebrate and cultivate what novelist Tim Tharp calls "the spectacular now." Be a cheerful, magnanimous freedom fighter. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): The bril-

liant Piscean composer Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) wrote, "I wish I could throw off the thoughts that poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them." What?! That's crazy! If he had been brave enough and willful enough to stop taking pleasure in indulging his toxic thoughts, they might have lost their power to demoralize him. With this in mind, I'm asking you to investigate whether you, like Chopin, ever get a bit of secret excitement from undermining your own joy and success. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to dissolve that bad habit. THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: Hold your own hand and tell yourself what you will do to end a nagging discomfort in your life. newsletter. freewillastrology.com.

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news of the weird GREAT ART Police in Madison, Wisconsin, are looking for a sculpture that was stolen from the Art Fair on the Square on Sept. 25. The unique piece, titled "Dumpty Humpty," is a bronze of the nursery rhyme character sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles and a book in his hands. It's worth $1, 400, according to United Press International. The vendor told police she'd seen two men loitering around her booth, and when she stepped away, they vanished, along with the artwork. Security camera footage also captured the men leaving with Humpty. Hope they didn't drop him, because, you know ... WHAT A CHARACTER! Red Crocs weren't enough to protect an 11-year-old boy at the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Fairgrounds on Sept. 18 when a haunted house actor took his role a little too far. According to The Washington Post, the boy, his sister and some friends were headed to the 7 Floors of Hell haunted house when Christopher Pogozelski, 22, approached them, trying to scare them. The boy told Pogozelski he wasn't afraid, that the ghoul's knife was "fake." "Oh, it's real. Trust me, it's real," Pogozelski replied, then began poking the boy's feet with the weapon until he drew blood. Reportedly, the actor was using his own Bowie knife rather than a rubber one, believing it wasn't sharp enough to hurt anyone. Still, he lost his job over the incident. After getting bandaged up, the boy returned to be spooked again. SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE In the village of Ust-Tarka in southwestern Siberia, people are wondering what caused several hundred ravens to fall dead out of the sky on Sept. 22, the Mirror reported. Sergei Kuzlyakin, a veterinarian, said the birds are being tested to see if they were poisoned, but called himself "shocked." "I have been working as a doctor since 1975 and this is the first time I've seen this," he said. A local ornithologist thought the birds might have ingested pesticides, but the mass death event has "caused anxiety among residents," local officials noted. AWESOME! Jacob Hansen and his wife, Quinn Kelsey, went looking for a casserole dish at a Goodwill store near their home in Denver, but they discovered a sentimental treasure instead, KUSA-TV reported on Sept. 28. As they browsed, Hansen looked up at a painting displayed in the store and realized he was the artist: He had created the piece 21 years ago as a high school freshman. His teacher entered the piece in a Jefferson County art show, and it sold at the time for $150, Hansen said. "I saw my signature on the bottom and then it was, 'Wow, this is unbelievable.' And I immediately FaceTimed my mom." The couple

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bought the painting for $20 and plan to sell it online, with proceeds going to breast cancer research. ARMED AND CLUMSY An unnamed man in Jacksonville, Illinois, went to the hospital on Sept. 25 with a gunshot wound, the Journal Courier reported. The victim told Cass County Sheriff Devron Ohrn that he and family members had been testing bulletproof vests, and he allowed another person to shoot him as he wore one. "Something like this is definitely not a good idea," Ohrn said. "A bulletproof vest is not a catchall. Also, it is still a crime to shoot another person, even if they tell you to." BRIGHT IDEA On Sept. 27 at the Imphal Airport in India, Mohammad Sharif, of Kerala, was arrested for trying to smuggle nearly a kilogram of gold to New Delhi. The Central Industrial Security Force told IndiaTimes. com that Sharif attracted their attention because of the way he was walking. When he was examined, officials found more than 900 grams of gold paste, worth roughly $56,000, in his rectum. Cases such as this are reportedly common in Kerala. The CISF watches for people who seem unable to walk properly or are displaying discomfort on their face. NEWS YOU CAN USE If leaf-peeping is in your plans, you may want to take extra precautions against a fearsome intruder: the spotted lanternfly. According to WLNY-TV, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning autumn leaf tourists to beware of the beautiful but highly invasive species from Asia. "They can hitch rides in vehicles or on outdoor items such as clothing and easily be transported into and throughout New York," said NYSDAM Director of Plant Industry Chris Logue. Officials direct people who find one to kill it immediately, then send a photo of it to New York's Department of Environmental Conservation along with your location. LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINAL James Kertz, 38, placed an ad on social media on Sept. 28, hoping to sell a catalytic converter (new in the box!), KTLA-TV reported. But the Branson, Missouri-area man didn't realize that his photo of the car part also included a bag of methamphetamine and a syringe. On Sept. 29, the Stone County Sheriff's Office sent detectives to Kertz's home with a search warrant. "You can imagine his surprise!" said Sheriff Doug Rader. "He still had 48 grams of meth and a pistol that he is forbidden to own! We now have provided him with a new place to stay." {in} From Andrews McMeel Syndication News Of The Weird © 2021 Andrews McMeel

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