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ARTFUL BALANCE

Painter’s beach home combines creativity with domestic tranquility by REBECCA PADGETT

88 PET PROJECTS

Once choosing their owners, pets may find that their “masters” need some work

by ANNE HUNTER

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65 AND BEYOND

We demystify Medicare for anyone approaching the age of eligibility by ROCHELLE KOFF

photography by SONJA REVELLS

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21 THE WAVE

21 G OING PALEO If a

mostly meat diet seems beefy to you, maybe it’s time to change cows.

26 BETTERING

MAIN STREET

Ron Sanstead‘s love of life spills out onto the street and elsewhere.

28 RESTORING

CHILDREN’S LIVES

Julie Hurst is dedicated to reversing the effects of child abuse and making kids whole again.

30 PAINTING THE TOWN GREEN

Dr. Allen French is re-seeding Destin with palms and hollies.

PANACHE

35 F LOATING

STRESS AWAY The

healing seeps in at a spa owned by brothers who have floated a successful idea.

38 S HADES OF SPRING

The spring of ’16 is seeing the rebirth of traditional sunglasses and the arrival of cutting-edge styles.

42 ARTISANS, ARTISTS

AND ANTHROPOLOGIE

Discover what’s new at area shops and other retailers.

IN EVERY ISSUE

ABODE

47 GRAND OPENINGS

14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER 16 EDITOR’S LETTER 186 D ESTINATIONS:

Manufacturers are turning out doors in an almost infinite variety.

50 ORGANIC GARDENING

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In spaces big and not so big, it can pay to get your hands dirty.

52 A ZALEA CARE AND

FEEDING Learn how to be prudent when it comes time to prune your bushes.

54 W HITE SPACES In the land of sugar sand, you can’t go wrong with white.

EXPRESSION

69 AN ACCIDENTAL

CURATOR Helen

Harris didn’t intend to be a gallery owner … at first.

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40  C OASTAL COUNTRY

These days, native North Carolinian Annie Parker has sand in her boots.

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Magician’s success is far more than just an illusion.

74 KEYS PERFORMER

Greg Pollard is a sour note’s worst enemy.

76 THE ART OF

SOUTHERN DESIGN

Book explores home interiors that mirror their owners’ tastes.

aviators for women: a classic look rocks on

IBERIAN FANCIES 206 SOCIAL STUDIES 215 DINING GUIDE 218 P OSTSCRIPT

GASTRO & GUSTO

79 LET’S TACO ’BOUT IT Modern takes expand the definition of the versatile and flavorful hands-on meal.

82 C HIA CHING

Not merely an adornment, these seeds are a superfood that packs a nutritional punch.

84  O N A SUSHI ROLL The Slippery Mermaid’s innovative approaches garner rave reviews.

86  S ANDESTIN WINE

FESTIVAL At the age of 30, celebration of vintners has turned venerable.

PETS’ PEEVES

Animals work to master their owners

ROCKETT MAN

Magician wins over crowds with flair

GRAND OPENINGS We present doors galore you will adore

CITIZEN OF STYLE Her boots are made for beachin’

Celestial Space ARTIST CREATES WATERSOUND HOME NO ONE WANTS TO LEAVE

ON THE COVER: Painter

Yvette Leihgeber’s sources of inspiration — including design, art and all things beautiful — have inspired the look and feel of her Gulf-front Santa Rosa Beach home, dressed soothingly in white. Via the photographs of Colleen Duffley, join us on a tour of the manifestation of Leihgeber’s desire to “create a place that people will never want to leave.”

PHOTOS BY TODD DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY (21), SUSAN BENTON/ 30AEATS.COM (79), LAWRENCE DAVIDSON (38) AND COURTESY OF MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS (47)

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MEDICAL PROFILES Our directory

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“What was your first pet?” PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER BRIAN E. ROWLAND

EDITORIAL

“Sniffer the guinea pig. Over time, I put a tree’s worth of cedar shavings in his cage.”

DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL SERVICES Steve Bornhoft EDITOR Zandra Wolfgram SENIOR STAFF WRITER Jason Dehart STAFF WRITER Chay D. Baxley EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Rebecca Padgett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Susan Benton, Marina Brown, Janie Harris, Anne Hunter, Jennifer Ireland, Christy Kearney, Lis King, Rochelle Koff, Ann Lewis, Angelica Macgregor, Thomas J. Monigan, Kate Mueller, Rebecca Padgett, Audrey Post, Liesel Schmidt, L. Jordan Swanson, Ruth Wolfgram EDITORIAL INTERNS Nina Rodríguez-Marty “A black cat named J.D. PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Melinda Lanigan He ran away but another COPY EDITOR Barry Ray

black cat showed up to take his place.”

CREATIVE

“When I was in high school, we got a black German shepherd. My father named it Adolph.”

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lawrence Davidson PRODUCTION MANAGER/NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Daniel Vitter SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Saige Roberts ART DIRECTOR Jennifer Ekrut PUBLICATION DESIGNERS Shruti Shah, Tony Watts ADVERTISING DESIGNER Jillian Fry CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jean Allsopp Photography, Susan Benton, Black & Hue Photography, Brandan Babineaux, Matt Burke, Cortlandt Photography, Mari Darr~Welch, Lawrence Davidson, Todd Douglas Photography, Colleen Duffley, Jennifer G. Photography, Scott Holstein, Christy Milliken, Sean Murphy, Kay Phelan, Sonja Revells, Nick Schulz Logan Stanford, Carlin Trammel, Jacqueline Ward Images, Brianna Webb, Zandra Wolfgram, Chase Yakaboski, Allison Yii

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“My first pet was a wonderful mutt named Snoopy. He lived to be 17, but has lived forever in my heart.”

OPERATIONS “A golden retriever I named Lady Gold Feather. She was a great dog and protector of my cousins and me.”

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from the publisher

For the past six months, we’ve had an Emerald Coast Magazine redesign in the Rowland Publishing incubator. It’s been five years since we overhauled the look, feel and content of the magazine and, in today’s world of publishing, five years is a long time. Effective with this issue, we present to you a new Emerald Coast Magazine featuring an enlarged page size, a new texture to the cover, a thoroughly refreshed design and, most significantly, a new editorial approach. I devote my lunch hours to reading city magazines from around the country while keeping an eye out for trends and techniques that the average reader might not detect or appreciate. It might be something as simple as the way in which a photo is cropped or typeface choices. Or, I may take note of story subjects or the overall manner in which a given magazine showcases its community through words and images. For the past year, I have systematically collected tear sheets from magazines as a way of stockpiling ideas for the Emerald Coast redesign. I then turned Rowland Publishing’s creative and editorial teams loose on incorporating these best-of-the-best ideas into the redesigned magazine that you are reading today. We have opted for more stories of shorter length and bolder images. And we have given our words and pictures more breathing room in our layouts. Attention spans are short these days and distractions are many. It serves us well, then, to try to convey more information with fewer words and to encourage our writers to make every word count. The creative team was challenged to bring about a harmonious marriage between words and design elements such that each story is treated like an entree deserving of an exquisite presentation. Doing so requires a special skill set. Our two seasoned publication designers, Jennifer Ekrut and Saige Roberts, possess the creative brainpower and artistic sensibilities that led to the new experience in reading you are enjoying today.

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Our creative director, Larry Davidson, adds the final brush strokes to the hundreds of pages we deliver to you each year. It’s hard to express in words precisely what he does, but the result is that he makes sure the steak sizzles. He studies every page, image and ad to make sure that when you turn our pages, you are drawn into the presentations you see. Our editorial team — editors, staff writers, freelance contributors and interns under the direction of our director of editorial services, Steve Bornhoft — combine to bring personalities, events and communities to light and to life. Editors scrub every sentence for accuracy and proper syntax, usage and spelling. Funny thing about the proofing process. Five sets of eyes may critically read a story and every reader may catch something that needs fixing. Still, it may not be until an issue is delivered that we notice an extra comma or a missing word. “How did we miss that?” we ask ourselves, while trying to remain mindful that we don’t miss many. I hope you enjoy the redesign and I welcome your comments about it, positive or not so positive. Over the next couple of issues, I can assure you, we will be refining the look and approach we embarked upon in this issue of Emerald Coast Magazine. And, most especially, I want to thank our advertisers and loyal readers. Without you, we would be an empty shelf.

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the end result. And, as always, we invite you to send us feedback telling us what you think. As for me, I am making a change, too. After six years, this will be the last edition on which my name appears on the masthead as editor. But I am not going too far. You will still see my byline on stories from time to time in the pages of this magazine. And you can still find me out and about — taking a bit more time to enjoy the people, places and things that make the Emerald Coast the best place ever to live, work and play. I would like to think I am headed into an exciting time of reinvention … toward still more creative horizons. But this magazine is not about me, it’s about you. So, thank you for the privilege of telling some of your stories. It is an opportunity — and an honor — I will always be grateful for. For those folks I didn’t make it around to, that’s what’s so great about magazines, there’s always another issue … another opportunity … coming soon! Thanks for everything and … keep reading, ALLISON YII

I’ve always liked this saying by businessman Nido Qubein: Change brings opportunity. Most of us get in a comfort zone that includes where we go, what we do, who we hang out with and how we go about our work and living our day to day lives. This becomes the easy thing to do. Someone once told me when they get into a rut they purposely go out of their way to take a new route to work in hopes it will “wake up” their brain. When a fitness routine becomes predictable, trainers like to shake things up with “muscle confusion.” Someone else told me once, “It’s easy to do the easy thing … easy is boring.” Change is not necessarily easy. By nature it is most often unchartered territory. A step toward the unknown; still, exciting because it is a step forward no less. I thoroughly enjoyed leading the launch of the last full redesign of EC Magazine with the April/May issue five years ago. And now it’s time for Emerald Coast Magazine to evolve once again after several months of behind-the-scenes brainstorming — that is, magic. More stories in new columns sporting new names within new sections and many more images are now presented on these pages — all part of a dynamic new design. We hope you are excited by these changes and that you thoroughly enjoy

ZANDRA WOLGRAM ec-editor@rowlandpublishing.com

Sweet Romance Love and chocolate conquer all in this special season of the heart

Spirited and spunky wedding stories

Five must-see stops on the Emerald Coast

Surefire ways to renew your best you in 2011

The February/March 2010 issue was the first full issue under my editorship belt. Photographer Scott Holstein and I had a ball at Kilwin’s in Grand Boulevard shooting candy and confections for the cover to celebrate the Season of Love. Six years later I would be remiss if I failed to sincerely thank all of you loyal readers, generous advertisers, dedicated staffers and designers, fantastic freelance writers and photographers — without all of your time, attention, talent and means, the magazine simply would not exist. Thanks to the EC sales team, for being the best cheerleading squad ever. Thanks to Jennifer, EC’s gracious art director, for her artful eye. Special thanks to my fellow editors (Rosanne, Linda, Wendy and Steve) who have been solid sounding boards and inspiring like minds. And a very special thanks to publisher Brian Rowland, who took a chance and made a decided change by crowning me editor — and yes, he did actually give me a tiara at the start of my (ahem) “reign,” and no, I’m not giving it back. Thanks for the opportunity to make so many sweet memories. (Insert goofy, but grateful royal hand wave here.)


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wave to bring to the area a reliable source of grass-fed beef. The adage “You are what you eat” doesn’t apply only to humans. “If a cow eats just grass, the type of Omega-3s and the location and quantity of fat are fundamentally different from a cow that eats corn and is injected with antibiotics and hormones,” he said. “Grass-fed beef is higher in good fats and nutritional value.” DeBlauw partners with Arrowhead Beef of Chipley to sell pasture-raised, grassfed beef. He and his fully equipped, fully stocked Paleo CaveVan can be found every Saturday at the Seaside Farmers Market and every Sunday at the 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach. The Caveman’s Cupboard was born when DeBlauw branched out to create flavored butters that fit into the Paleo diet. These scrumptious concoctions are made from raw nuts and are totally organic. The line currently consists of five flavors, but he is always experimenting. “I use them in smoothies or spread them on fruit or just eat a spoonful for a snack,” he said. “A major struggle in a healthy lifestyle is that real food dies, but these butters are shelf-stable, so you can travel with them.” TODD DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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often overlooked when some refer to the Paleo diet as a rebranded Atkins. It doesn’t focus only on protein. Then add fruits, nuts, seeds and good fats, such as avocados and coconut oil.” Paleo diet adherents contend that meat is good for us, but the meats that are widely available today bear little resemblance to the bison that Trog was likely to slay. That is why DeBlauw’s first venture into promoting the benefits of the Paleo diet was

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The main concept of the Paleo lifestyle is that mankind hasn’t evolved sufficiently to digest the post-Agricultural Revolution diet that centers on grains. Meat and vegetables are mainstays, balanced with nuts and healthy fats. Grains, legumes, processed foods and processed sugars are eliminated. Most Paleo followers also exclude dairy.

The Caveman Cupboard’s slogan, “Modern Paleo Life,” underscores DeBlauw’s commitment to the lifestyle — he hesitates to call it a diet — that he has been following for seven years. He does not encourage anyone to immediately empty their refrigerators and suddenly switch to Paleo. He gradually transformed to the diet over the course of a year. The Caveman’s Cupboard also offers a line of healing clays used for their detoxifying and rejuvenating capabilities. DeBlauw uses clays from very old soils, highly concentrated in vital minerals and trace elements and mini“A major mally processed. He recently began partnerstruggle in a ing with local fitness centers healthy lifestyle to offer The Caveman’s Cupis that real food board’s products to a wider audience. One such location is dies, but these CoreFit in Santa Rosa Beach, butters are where the CaveVan can be shelf-stable, so found twice monthly offering grass-fed beef and Cave you can travel Butters. Order forms can be with them.” downloaded from thecaveman— Tony DeBlauw scupboard.com, or you can fill one out at the CaveVan. “Tony brings to the table extensive knowledge about Paleo, as well as other alternative eating styles,” said Atheena Walters, owner of CoreFit. “He educates in a non-judgmental way. I think the Paleo diet is gaining interest, and next year it’s really going to explode.” What’s next for this modern Paleo? DeBlauw is working on a recipe for beef bone broth to add to the product line. This isn’t simply beef stock for your cooking needs. Beef bone broth is touted for its health benefits, ranging from improving bone health and digestion to helping the liver do its job. EC


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day that I love — making jewelry and working in the garden — so I don’t ever really plan to retire. I think that you can pretty much tell what a person loves by where they spend their time, and that’s what I’m doing. EC: HOW DID THE MAIN STREET BETTERMENT ALLIANCE BEGIN? RS: In 2013, I approached

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most of the businesses on Main Street with the idea that we form an organization to improve our street. It had gone through a major renovation several years before, but not much had improved, so we came together to see what could be done privately. It was pretty exciting, and we had many great ideas among us. Now we’re a real, not-for-profit organization. EC: HOW HAVE THINGS BEEN GOING? RS: We’ve adopted Main Street

as part of the city Adopt a Street program; repaired and painted one of the businesses on the street; planted trees in the medians; cleared the land and started the Main Street Community Garden behind the American Legion; and raised money for veteran’s charities. Our goal for Main Street is to make it the most beautiful and unique street in Destin.

That goal, much like the plants growing in the community garden, is fed by Sanstead’s infectious spirit and the personal care he takes in everything he does — from tilling the soil to hammering out a necklace. EC

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE The Main Street Betterment Alliance of Destin is a not-for-profit organization of business owners and community members who wish to beautify Main Street. For more information on the donation of funds and volunteer opportunities, call (850) 974-9616, visit goo.gl/Mt6RL3, or find them on Facebook by searching for “Main Street Betterment Alliance.”

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he smell of freshly baked cookies and sounds of children playing fill the air at Julie Hurst’s office at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). Guests are instantly surrounded by a welcoming warmth and sense of peace in the center’s lobby. This is no surprise since Hurst, chief executive officer, sets the tone for the collaboration of children welfare and therapy teams at ECCAC. Equal parts grace and joy, Hurst does not shy away from the weight of her job as an advocate for children. Hurst began her career in the Florida State Attorney’s office — a post she kept for 17 years. In 1999, she became executive director of ECCAC and was instrumental in opening the Niceville-based center in October 2000. Fifteen years later, Hurst is still passionate about her work and although quite humble is clearly pleased with the effective system that has been established. “If you really look at a champion for children, it is about a community,” shares Hurst. “We wouldn’t

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be here still doing what we’re doing without the support of people who really care about kids.” Last year, ECCAC served nearly 700 children — victims and alleged victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and severe neglect — in Okaloosa and Walton counties. According to Hurst, twothirds more cases likely existed that weren’t reported. “I have seen some really broken little people come in here,” says Hurst. “You see an amazing shift in children. I know we have accomplished one of our goals, because we have created a place where kids want to come.” Hurst attributes that success to the coming together of the various

agencies physically under one roof. “It’s an amazing transformation of the system for care,” she says with a glow. Next on the horizon is the opening of the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs. ECCAC has always served families in both Walton and Okaloosa counties, but Hurst is confident that the new center will enable them to reach even more children in Walton County. Whether chatting with children in her office or hosting annual events such as the Golf and Gala fundraiser, Hurst leads by example and infuses joy and peace into an environment where fear and anger could reign. EC

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This ongoing series shines a spotlight on individuals making a difference. These social champions from all walks and stages of life are equally zealous about the community causes to which they have dedicated their lives. For more champions, go to emeraldcoastmagazine.com.

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Trees Destin Aims to Grow its Success Allen French paints the town green

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French founded Trees Destin in January 2015. (The name borrows from Trees Atlanta; French previously lived there.) The new nonprofit organization has already produced some impressive projects consistent with its mission: “Enhancing the beauty of Destin, one tree at a time.” For the record, in its debut year, Trees Destin planted 23 trees. Seventeen of those were palms in the median on Main Street — one large Sylvester date palm and 16 Sabal palms. Five were Mary Nell hollies at the entrance of the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. One was an elm at Destin Middle School. As an advocate and former environmentalist of the former Greening of Destin that beautified Destin’s Downtown Harbor District highway median, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO Marcia Hull was especially appreciative when French approached the WANT TO GET foundation on its greensINVOLVED? pace project. Check out the website “We were delighted and treesdestin.com. honored to be chosen as Become a sponsor, the first recipient of Trees a volunteer or a Destin,” Hull says. partner, or donate “I’ve been really ima tree to be planted in a loved pressed with Mr. French,” one’s honor or says Greg Kisela, Destin’s memory. city manager. “What he told us he’s going to do, he’s done. He’s far exceeded the city of Destin’s expectations with the projects he’s worked on for us. What he’s done on Main Street has really enhanced that corridor. It looks like he’s the real deal.” Costs of planting trees vary depending on the species used, plus the services of a contractor and irrigation. The Sylvester date palm on main street cost $3,000, and the Sable palms in the median were tagged at $200 apiece. “I think we’re looking at continuing our partnership with a lot of opportunities,” Kisela says. “You can never have enough parks, and you can clearly never have enough trees. I think Allen is committed to working with us to achieve that.”

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At Destin Middle School, Principal Charles Mariello was impressed with the planting event, which involved teacher Britny Ellsworth and 22 students in her sixthgrade Advanced Science class. “They did a really nice educational piece with it,” Mariello says, smiling at the memory. “It was really cool because they let the kids participate, filling the dirt back in. They were really into it. They all wanted a piece of the shovel.” Ellsworth says she believes the value of the lesson involved will keep on maturing. “Sure, they can read about it in a textbook all day long, and they can do a worksheet, but when they can see with their own eyes why the hole has to be 8 inches bigger, or why pine straw needs to go on top, this brings it to life,” she says. “And once it’s all said and done, months later they see how the tree is changing with the seasons, how it’s reproducing, and that’s when it brings the science to life.” This year, Trees Destin has plans for more visible and exciting projects. French has been contacting local businesses for a median project on Airport Road. But the big one would involve the Holiday Isle Improvement District and Gulf Shore Drive, with a timetable of 24 to 36 months. At this writing, the district is planting the first 14 Sylvester date palms with uplighting. “It would have a significant impact on the entrance and main road of Holiday Isle,” says Karen Shelton of the improvement district. “The canopy effect with the palm trees will not only have an aesthetic value but will also provide shade for the many daily walkers, add a calming effect to slow traffic and add a sense of pride for the community.” EC

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The Mission of Trees Destin is environmental, aesthetic and educational. From left, Principal Charlie Marello, Dr. French and sixth-grade teacher Britny Ellsworth led a tree-planting event at Destin Middle School.


FRESH SEAFOOD?

One of the first questions people ask when they visit our area is “How can we be sure we’re getting fresh seafood?” That’s an excellent question. There is a good chance that the seafood you will be offered traveled farther than you did. In the state of Florida, even though we are surrounded by water, more than 90% of the seafood sold this year will be imported from other countries. Throughout the United States, the huge majority of seafood is imported. Most of it is mislabeled. Frozen seafood is sold as “fresh” and imported seafood is sold as “local.” According to Oceana, 93% of fish sold as red snapper is actually some other species. 57% of tuna sold at sushi bars throughout the country is not tuna. Most of the tilapia served in this country comes from Viet Nam and Thailand and much of it is farmed in waters with sewage run-off and the source of feed is pig feces.

Harbor Docks has been selling fish through its wholesale market since 1981. We sell to markets across the United States and Canada. We also sell to select restaurants along the Gulf Coast. Harbor Docks contracts with over 100 commercial boats to insure that we have an adequate supply of fresh fish. We invite you to dine at our restaurants – Harbor Docks, in the heart of Destin, and Camille’s, overlooking the Gulf in Crystal Beach. But we’d also encourage you to try any of the wonderful, independent, local restaurants in our area that are committed to serving Florida seafood. We know who they are, because we sell them their fish.

Check our website to find out which restaurants sell certified Gulf-to-Table fish from Harbor Docks Seafood Market. DES TIN , FL | 850. 837. 2506 | H A R B O R D O C K S .CO M S E A F O O D & C O C K TA I L S

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It means tapping in to health and welllife-defining experiences, and we knew we ness in a way that’s proving its salt (literhad to start this business,” says 33-yearally) and revolutionizing the way the mediold Trey, who currently works as a civil cal industry is thinking of natural healing. servant for the Department of Defense Sometimes, studies reveal, the best way to and is in the Air Force Reserve. a better life isn’t found on the labels and As former members of the Air Force, bottles of drugs pushed by the big pharmaTrey and Chris personally appreciate the ceutical companies, but instead in the quiet emotional and psychological benefits of warmth of a pod full of salt water, where float therapy for people, including military stress flows away and healing seeps in. veterans suffering with post-traumatic Unfortunately, stress is a growing stress disorder. concern for men and women of all ages. “Stress is a byproduct of our current We live in a fast-paced world, where society, regardless of who you are,” says downtime seems almost a thing of the 28-year-old Chris, a barber in Valparaiso. past. Technology never sleeps, and “It’s amazing to see how effective floating disconnecting ourselves from it seems can be in reducing that stress, and it’s virtually impossible. It’s no small surprise, helped us in a huge way. Because of our then, that finding relief from all that stress own military backgrounds, it’s one of our has become such a common priority as top priorities to help our local military and people search for something — anything fellow veterans.” — that will offer them even a moment’s As they bring their dream to fruition, peace and relaxation. Trey and Chris hope that their foray In ways too numerous to count, people into floating is just the beginning of a seek to achieve balance in their lives and revolution. They see big potential in those reverse the mental, physical and emotional little pods. damage caused by stress. “People float to relieve stress, recover from For the Hearn brothers, the idea of injuries, ease chronic pain, and relieve anxiety opening their own float therapy spa was and depression,” Chris explains. “It naturally born unexpectedly after the pair had the increases your dopamine and endorphin opportunity to try floating in levels and boosts your mood. Trey and Chris Orlando. After returning home to Everything you experience while Hearn won’t Destin, however, the glaring lack you’re floating comes from within mind if you take of float spas served as inspiration you –– from your thoughts and everything they say with a grain for their business concept: Float emotions. It’s the perfect time to of salt. Their float Brothers Float Spa. reflect on your life.” spa is located at “Floating was an almost Float on. Float free. And find 4463 Commons Drive in Destin. instant passion, one of those what floats up. EC


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Sunglasses protect your eyes while accessorizing any outfit. The latest trends — round, oval, diamond, rectangle, pear and heart — complement a variety of facial structures. From Audrey Hepburn’s iconic cat-eye frames to Jennifer Lopez’s go-to aviators, there is a frame that speaks to every personality. We’ve listed the top three trending “sunnies” for both men and women and the perfect pair for any occasion.

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1. AVIATORS The original Ray Ban aviators date back to the 1970s. The style has enjoyed a resurgence lately, and now all of the major sunglass brand names have copied that look. These shades flatter most face shapes. Aviators hold true no matter the eye size. 2. FLAT TOP/SQUARE The contemporary twist on these boxier sunglasses adds a sleek dimension to a look trademarked in the ’80s and ’90s. As the perfect combination of aviators and oversized frames, they say “Hollywood.” The flat top/square frame looks best in neutralbased bold colors.

5. AVIATORS Aviator sunglasses are a staple for both men and women. The ’70s trend works well with thin or thicker frames, either of which maintains the aviator look. Aviators tend to be versatile. So, a variety of people can wear the same frame as long as attention is paid to frame size when picking out a pair.

3. CAT EYE The cat eye is another frame making a resurgence. The top tips of the frames curve upward and the thickness of the frames makes for a dramatic “geek-chic” look. This frame is equally wellsuited to a casual outfit or a fancy occasion.

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4. D-FRAME Similar to flat-top sunglasses, the D-Frame makes for a contemporary look. Think of the D-Frame as a futuristic wayfarer frame. Dolce & Gabbana mastered this look, one that is perfect for men with sharp jaw lines and rectangular faces.

6. WAYFARER Another iconic frame from Ray Ban, this style first became popular in the 1950s. This retro look dresses up casual wear or formal spring duds. With mirrored or dark lenses, these sunglasses enable men to make a statement with their eyewear.

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hen it comes to style, you could say Annie Parker kicks it … perhaps in part, because the Santa Rosa Beach jewelry designer inevitably tops (or bottoms) off her look with a pair of cowboy boots. Her favorite way to boot up (out of a collection of about 10 pairs) is in black ostrich beauties by Lucchese that she lassoed in Nashville, Tennessee, after seeing them in her favorite magazine, Cowboys & Indians. Parker’s boots were made for walkin’ but also ridin’. On most road trips, the back seat of her Lexus GX 470 is filled with boots. “They go everywhere I do,” she says. So what is it about cowboy boots that appeals to the effervescent, blue-eyed 53-yearold beach gal? “They form to your feet and are just easy, like bedroom slippers,” she swoons. “And, of course, they go with dresses or jeans, so you can dress them up or down.” Her coastal country style is rooted in her

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love for animals, specifically horses, which became a clear passion when Parker was in her mid-20s. “I fell in love with everything about horses, including Western wear, and that includes hats and boots,” she says, her lilting North Carolina accent apparent with each word. Parker used to ride regularly while working at a horse farm as a “trail boss,” but these days she is busy cracking the whip on herself, churning out plans for a new studio where she can step up to the demand for her handcrafted leather jewelry and usher in a new collection of leather handbags due out in the spring. After four years in the marketplace, Parker’s jewelry line has become popular with Southern brides wanting to marry their wedding day to the Western chic trend. “I guess my work is popular because it’s versatile, and it’s a classic way to show your own style,” she says. EC

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RAY-BAN GOLD AVIATOR SUNGLASSES ($181, Ray-ban.com) “Glad they came back in style. I’ve had a pair since the 80s.”

JACK RUSSELL DOGS

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30A-SUNSETS

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POSH SHOPS OPEN Highly anticipated lifestyle store with a near cult following, Anthropologie, the “queen of prep” Lilly Pulitzer and the name in Southern men’s wear, Vineyard Vines — are opening this spring adding even more upscale name brands to the Town Center shopping experience at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. In addition, Grand Fitness is expected to utilize 20,000 square foot facility opening (above Anthropologie). As if shopping weren’t enough of a cardio burn …

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In Santa Rosa Beach YOLO unveiled a new line of 2016 YOLO boards at Gulf Place and Miramar Beach locations, featuring custom artwork by Richie Gudzan and Jake Meyer. YOLO and The 30A Company have formed a partnership that will span numerous lines of business, including retail, merchandise, rental services, tours, marketing, charities, events and more. Both companies are “South Walton originals,” established by founders born in Walton County. Jeff Archer founded YOLO Board in 2006, armed with the motto “You Only Live Once” and a deep passion for sharing the emerging sport of standup paddling with the world. Mike Ragsdale created the 30A lifestyle brand around the same time, and the two companies have experienced dramatic growth ever since. Ragsdale says the new partnership involves many moving parts, including an annual line of custom 30A YOLO Bikes, 30A YOLO Boards, paddles and other related accessories. — BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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HERE’S THE (FISH) RUB Before he founded the lifestyle brand Paddle Out in 2011, Richie Gudzan was a painter. “I love the lines of a wave, the way light refracts off water and the incredible color palette of fish,” he says. His latest form is gyotaku — pronounced (ghee-oh-TAH-koo) meaning “fish rubbing” in Japanese. It is an old technique from before cameras were available to document a trophy catch. Gudzan starts by brushing ink or paint directly onto actual fish he catches. He then gently lays handmade paper on top to reveal a life-size imprint of the catch. While the traditional Japanese prints are black and white, using sumi ink and rice paper, he’s adapted the technique to use the vibrant colors that capture the look and spirit of each fish. His work can be seen on exhibit at art festivals around the Southeast, and you can also find some of his art on standup paddleboards by YOLO Board (yoloboard.com).

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2. BAREFOOT PRINCESS The bright, floral print of this Lilly Pulitzer tumbler, drink hugger and candle are essentials for spring and summer. The Beach Rose print featured on these items and many more lively patterns can be found at Barefoot Princess. Barefoot Princess offers the widest variety of Lilly Pulitzer apparel and accessories in the Destin area. Lilly Pulitzer 20 oz. reusable tumbler in Beach Rose, $16, First Impressions candle, $28, and drink hugger in Beach Rose, $6. Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. 850.351.1806

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5. BAYTOWNE JEWELERS Make a statement this summer with this nautical Anchor Pendant made in 14k white and yellow gold with 1.15 cttw hand-set diamonds. $4,795. Baytowne Jewelers, in the Market Shops at 9375 U.S. Highway 98, Sandestin, 850.837.4367, baytownejewelers.com

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abode “After all, exterior doors must stand up to all kinds of weather and also offer security,” he points out. Exit here, please Wood doors remain popular, primarily because of their natural good looks, and in luxe versions like mahogany and teak they’re impressive, but be forewarned. They work best under an overhang or in shade; weather takes a toll on them. Wood can crack and warp and requires annual maintenance. Fiberglass doors can mimic the look of wood doors so perfectly that even a door expert has trouble telling the difference, and they’re way tougher, stand up better to adverse weather, are energy-efficient and extremely low-maintenance. They cost a pretty penny, though. Costs range from $300 to $4,000, but architects and builders say that in the long run the benefits will justify the investment. Steel doors, says Lowanski, are affordable and offer excellent security. Usually they feature a foam core for insulation, and they resist cracking and warping. However, in direct sunlight they can become almost too hot to handle. The architecture of your house should dictate the style of your exterior doors. For a really grand French chateau style, for example, think of an intricately paneled double front door. For a craftsman bungalow, a door with a leaded glass window and →

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oors matter. Aside from their utilitarian roles, they play a huge part in the way your home looks. The front door provides visitors with that important first impression of your home. The side door is the one you use all through the day, going to work, carrying in groceries, taking out the recyclables. And even when the garage houses just one car, its door is a big feature with a large impact on your home’s appearance. Interior doors matter, too. While it’s true that all those open-concept spaces have made them less relevant, we still need some doors for privacy, notes Jeff Lowanski, vice president of technical services for the Window & Door Manufacturers Association. “Since they’re part of the general decor, interesting new concepts have cropped up,” he says. “The barn door, which evokes industrial chic, is one of them. The unique Murphy door, which incorporates a bookcase, is another. It gets its name from the Murphy bed, which reveals a bed as you pull a door out of a wall.” Doors, both exterior and interior versions, are available in a dizzying variety of materials and styles. Design-conscious homeowners like that, of course, but, on the other hand, the broad spectrum can be confusing. Lowanski’s advice is to start out learning about the structural properties of doors and then proceed to style considerations.

Doors can also serve as windows on the world and lend a feeling of openness to interior spaces. Let’s be clear — in waterfront settings, there really is no alternative to glass, no matter how much Windex may be required.

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How about a pet door? You’ll be thrilled to discover how much attention door manufacturers are paying to man’s best friend. Here are some of the options. You can get pet doors with electric locks to prevent strays and other critters from coming in. Your pet wears a collar with a key, and when the key is close to the door, it unlocks. Or you might choose some kind of manual direction control. Set it so that your pet can go out and come in at will or set it so the pet can come in, but not go out again. Then there’s the powered door that senses when the pet approaches and electrically opens the door. Small pets like these doors because it takes no effort to open them, and there’s no flap or door to hit their behinds. Look for doors with hard plastic flaps for longer life. The soft vinyl type tends to tear, doesn’t provide a tight weather seal and won’t keep out unwelcome visitors, such as raccoons. It will come as no surprise that the more you pay, the better quality and features you get.


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beautiful, but practical as well. Plus, tile in wood look designs makes it possible to add the charm of wood anywhere you like. Today’s tile is available in so many different looks and colors, it’s a natural choice for Emerald Coast homes. Learn more at infinityfloors.com.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? No matter how small the space, an organic garden can be an easy, healthy source of natural foods by JANIE HARRIS

T Manufacturers are turning out doors in endless variety, making choices difficult. Bear in mind that a door sets the tone for a home.

What’s inside matters Architects lament that too few homeowners pay attention to interior doors. “It’s my pet peeve,” writes Florida architect Bud Dietrich on Houzz, a design website. “It’s as if the entire world shifted from the 1950s flat door to the six-panel colonial door and forgot everything else.” Lowanski agrees. “There are so many types and styles available,” he says. “It’s a pity that too few homeowners take advantage of them. It makes sense to choose a simpler door for a craftsman-style home than for a stately Georgian. As a rule of thumb, the fewer raised panels on a door, the less fuzzy it is. You can also choose flat panels rather than raised ones for a simpler look without sacrificing architectural interest.” EC

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ired of feeding your family chemicals, but don’t want to pay for costly organic foods at your local grocery store? Why not start your own organic garden? “It’s so easy-breezy, I don’t know why everyone’s not doing it,” said Cynthia Connolly, the creator of Ladybird Organics, a 50-acre, certified organic farm located in Jefferson County, east of Tallahassee. Connolly reports that no matter the time nor physical constraints they may have, anyone can produce a small organic garden. “There is nothing like touching the soil,” she said. “It connects you to all of life.” First, Connolly suggests you find proper soil to plant your various fruits or veggies. Specifically, she says soil, either terra firma or in a pot, should be filled with organic matter and minerals. Compost can be helpful, but she warns to be sure that it is composed of organic materials as well. Most organic farms produce a composttype product to help you get started.

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Gardens, even in The next step is miniature, can picking your plants. help growers stay Connolly chooses connected to the earth and, dare we plants in the early say, their roots. stages of life, ensuring that she gets the maximum yield from each. Purchase these young plants from a certified organic grower to ensure that they are truly organic. From your entire backyard to a small planter attached to your windowsill, Connolly says your garden can be set up anywhere. She also suggests reading Mel Bartholomew’s “Square-Foot Gardening” to anyone having trouble placing their garden. The last step Connelly mentions when setting up your organic garden is to remember to tend your plants. “They need attention,” she said. Accordingly, Connelly cautions new organic gardeners to avoid taking on more than they can handle. “It is a worthy thing to grow your food,” she said. “So learn as you go, and then expand.” EC

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HOW TO PRUNE AZALEAS

Your Monthly Garden Chores APRIL

➸ Fertilize camellias and azaleas after they bloom.

➸ Plant summer-blooming

bulbs, tubers and corms such as lilies, ornamental gingers, agapanthus and gladiolas, as well as petunias, phlox, geraniums, stock, alyssum, gerbera daisies, dianthus, Shasta daisies, stokes aster and coreopsis.

AZALEAS LOOK THEIR BEST if allowed to grow into their natural shape and should require little pruning, but all too often gardeners plant full-size varieties that grow to 8 to 10 feet tall in a location where a smaller variety would be more appropriate. And even cultivars properly selected and sited sometimes are damaged by disease or freezing weather.

➸ Watch for pests on new growth on perennials and shrubs; use an insecticidal soap as needed.

➸ Fertilize non-citrus fruit trees.

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TIP 1: Prune immediately after they are finished blooming, or else you’ll risk cutting off the buds that are forming for next year’s flowers. As a general rule, make sure you prune azaleas before July 4; for repeat bloomers such as Encore, prune within two weeks of the last blooms.

TIP 2: Use sharp hand pruners to do the job. Steer clear of the hedge clippers. It might be faster to shear the tops than to remove branches individually, but you’ll destroy the natural shape of the shrub and the flower show in spring will be a poor imitation of its potential.

TIP 3: If you’re trying to renovate an overgrown azalea, select the tallest stems and cut them back to where they connect to a larger one. Take out about one-third of the tallest ones spaced throughout the shrub, and repeat the process over the next two years. This maintains the overall health of the plant.

TIP 4: Know why you are pruning. If your shrub is not outgrowing its location and appears to be healthy, leave it alone. If you’re removing dead or damaged branches, cut them back to find healthy wood. Scrape the branch with your fingernail to reveal a layer of green cambium beneath the bark to know where to cut.

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transplants of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Sow seeds for corn, cucumbers, bush beans and pole beans directly in the garden. The soil is still too cool for okra, lima beans and watermelons.

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Troublesome Pests Come in Small Packages

The azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides, feeds on the undersides of leaves by sucking out leaf cells, removing the chlorophyll and causing the top surface of the leaf to appear stippled, speckled or bleached. The damaged leaves will eventually turn brown and fall off, but the plant’s appearance will be flawed for that growing season. Treat them early in spring. Because they are so small, azalea lace bugs are most easily detected by using a magnifying glass or holding a sheet of white paper under the leaf and slapping the leaf’s upper side. The tiny bugs can be seen moving across the paper. Tiny dark dots on the undersides of the leaf, which are azalea lace bug excrement, confirm the presence of the insects. A forceful blast from the water hose will knock the bugs off the shrub but not necessarily kill them. Use insecticidal soap or horticultural oil solutions to spray the undersides of the leaves. If you choose to use chemical or synthetic pesticides, read the label carefully and follow directions.

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AZALEA LACE BUG

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a reclaimed rustic wood mantel, and you have an exciting conversation starter. Just a bit of brass or gold-colored accessories such as doorknobs, cabinetry hardware and even faucets add elegance and shimmer for a complete look. Take it from the color authority, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute: Soothing colors are a salve for today’s hectic lives. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation,” Eiseman says. So relax, eliminate the conflict of color choices and let the wonder of white wash over your home. EC STORY BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM // STYLED BY SUMMER HOUSE LIFESTYLE // PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDAN BABINEAUX

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“On any given day the kids are running in and out of the house, going from the basketball courts to the pool to the hot tub, grabbing s’mores ingredients to take to the neighborhood fire pit or biking to Pizza by the Sea for a slice. It takes five minutes on our golf cart to get to the beach to watch the most beautiful sunsets on the planet, and we are a short bike ride from some of the best happy hours on 30A.” — Jennifer Carter, full-time resident

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THE LIFESTYLE enjoyed by the residents of NatureWalk by Kolter Homes is uniquely shaped by the character of the community. It is a lifestyle grounded in welcoming porches, tranquil trails, soothing sea breezes, casual coastal living and the occasional sandy feet. Tucked away in a natural setting, NatureWalk residents have the best of both worlds — the 30A lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of beach crowds. Just one mile from the beach, NatureWalk provides the perfect fusion of prime location, stunning views and endless activities. Each home is designed with coastal influences relaying the serenity the environment provides. The homes inspire casual, beachstyle living with open floor plans, gourmet kitchens and an abundance of flexible living spaces. The tranquility echoes both indoors and out with pleasant porches and spacious balconies that overlook the preserve lakes and natural areas.

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EVERYTHING THAT YVETTE Leihgeber touches pulsates. Artistry infects every facet of her life from her beautifully brilliant paintings to the creations she cooks up in her kitchen to the exquisitely imaginative décor throughout her coastal Watersound home. Leihgeber has a deep-rooted appreciation for all that is tranquil, comforting and feminine. “My life is inspired by travel, design, fashion, art and beautiful things,” Leihgeber said. “Much of my own artwork focuses on women. They are powerful and beautiful subjects.” Her beach-centric paintings accent whitewashed walls of her home creating a vibe that is both attractive and relaxing. “I want people to feel relaxed and invited when they enter my home,” Leihgeber said. “From the décor and design to the beach inspired music I tend to play throughout the house to enjoying a glass of wine. I wanted an environment that people would never want to leave. I never want to leave it!” Leihgeber and her family split their time between the beach and a home in Tyler, Texas. She has a deep affinity for North Florida, which is manifested in her paintings, her impressive seashell collection and her favorite pastimes, which include paddleboarding and bicycle rides with her family. Leihgeber’s three daughters have inherited their mother’s artistic bent, the inevitable result of spending time in a home that the art aficionado would praise. Still, the place does not come across as cluttered or as an art gallery posing as a home. The key is balance: an artful blend of dynamic pieces, coastal chic and bohemian accents.

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Leihgeber views cooking as an art form — and every great artist must have a well-equipped studio. Her kitchen is open and airy. Leihgeber uses herbs grown in her own backyard in her cooking and even as additions to décor. The spacious countertops are marble. Reclaimed wooden shelves hold tiny treasures or fresh fruit and plants, which add to the tropical island feeling. “It’s very user-friendly. I’ve fed many families here,” she said.

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Much of the home seems to have beached itself and, in fact, some of it did. Leihgeber has displayed some of her most prized seashells in a dainty shadowbox. What otherwise might be mere vacation souvenirs, Leihgeber turns into artistic focal points. Fashionable straw hats, woven baskets and bamboo accents add whimsical touches throughout the house. A vintage sleigh bed contrasts strikingly with the earth-toned and bohemianpatterned throw, creating the right balance. Mosquito netting helps to transport one to a tropical oasis, Tahiti, perhaps.

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Leihgeber wanted the master bedroom to provide the serenity and calm of a spa. White walls and furnishings promote relaxation. The shell chandelier above the bed invites peaceful thoughts of crashing waves as sweet dreams approach. The whitewashed wood floors and wood lentils over the windows create a warm, inviting essence that reflects light throughout the space. A mirror enlarges the room. Leihgeber painted the Chippendale poster bed with her favored Annie Sloan hues. Coral, shell and driftwood accents bring the beach inside. EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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A beach home’s outdoor design is just as important as its interior décor. Following trips to the Gulf or along nearby bicycle paths, luxurious hours are spent reclining on porches and balconies. Much of the home’s design mimics abodes in Nantucket and Cape Cod with its clean lines, neutral colors and outdoor oases perfectly suited to sun worshippers.

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Helen Harris has a great imagination, but owning and operating an art gallery was one creative thing the 70-something-year-old never thought she’d do. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Harris spent about four years in retail, but it didn’t excite her. With a passion for travel, she worked in ticketing and reservations for both United and Lufthansa airlines for 30 years, but kept “dabbling” in watercolor, pastels and drawing in her free time. Her husband, Eric, gave her a gift certificate for an oil painting class for Christmas one year. 

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Arts  HH Artists Joseph Adams, Acrylic Veajea Alexander, Polymer/Clay Justin Asbell, Acrylic Helen Blair, Oils/Acrylic Jacqueline Campbell, Watercolor/ Chinese Painting Linda Carnly, Acrylic Teddie Ciudad-Real, Pottery/Clay/Jewelry Barbara Correa, Glass/Jewelry Judy Dewar, Oils/Acrylic Simone Early, Recycled Jim Eustace, Oils/ Acrylic/Photography Tera Fujan, Zentangle/Paper

Helen was hooked and ended up taking three classes. That was more than a decade ago. Today, she has written a new ticket to her future — that of art gallery owner. “It’s something I never imagined,” she says with a hint of a New York accent. “But it was perfect … As soon as I walked in, I could totally picture it.” The Harrises own HH Arts Gallery at 100 Beal Parkway in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Before the energetic couple opened their doors in April 2015, they spent a year doing updates and renovations — including an adjustable metal track system Eric finagled in order to hang art on cement

walls. He created it with materials from his days as an electrical contractor. “He’s very bright that way,” Helen says. “Give him a problem and a little time and he’ll figure it out.” Eric seems to relish his role as problem solver of all things art at the gallery. “I am not an artist, but I love art and love being around it. I really appreciate it,” he says, his voice soft and gravelly. Establishing HH Arts was not intentional — at first. The way Eric tells it, without many options in terms of retail art galleries, he went online looking for a place for Helen to sell her artwork, which includes encaustic, watercolor and oil paintings. When he saw the building was for sale, he went ahead and bought it. The one-story cement block building, which dates to 1964 and is affectionately called a “bunker,” is now painted a light, cheery cream. Before becoming home to 30 local artists’ cache of 200plus works of original art, it had previously housed an insurance company, a waterproofing business and a doll store — and some say a church. The same spontaneous spirit was at play when the married couple of 33 years retired in 2006 and set out for a change of scene from Long Island, New York.

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Ask about classes in encaustics (painting with melted wax) with Helen Harris, and check Facebook for other classes in Zentangle, acrylic and other mediums. Classes and Workshops at HH Arts 100 Beal Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach (850) 218-2155, hharts.llc100@yahoo.com

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“We came on Christmas Day,” Helen says. “That was nine years ago.” Being art lovers, it didn’t take them long to connect to the art scene. In short order they got a family membership to the Arts & Design Society (ADSO) in Fort Walton Beach, and Helen volunteered to be the society’s email chair. When the sitting president fell ill, Helen was invited to step up and held the role for four years. This year, Eric is beginning his first term as president and is putting his contracting background to good use by helping ADSO update its aging, historic facility. As HH Arts nears its one-year anniversary, like her work, Helen is straightforward and unvarnished in what the year they never expected to have has been like.

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HH Arts continually showcases local artists in an ever-changing and engaging gallery space.

“It’s been very interesting and mostly fun,” she says. “People want to come in and see what it’s all about.” And it’s all about art. Accepted artists agree to showcase their work for at least three months and sit in the gallery in person one day a month. In exchange, HH Arts charges a small fee ($25 a month) but does not take any commission on the art sold, a point of pride for Helen. The gallery opens its space for a variety of art classes and workshops. “We want to support both the artists and economy in our area, and this is one way of doing it,” she says. EC

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es, his name really is Bart Rockett, and he’s something more than a magician. That becomes evident quickly at the 203-seat theater that bears his name in Destin’s HarborWalk Village. Rockett is in his second year there, renewing a bond with the Emerald Coast that was first forged years ago. “I’m an entertainer,” he said after a 90-minute show during the Christmas holidays that was an intense blend of magic, illusions, ventriloquism and comedy. “People come here expecting to see a magic show, and what they hopefully see is an entertainer who works the audience. And I make them laugh and I connect with them.” Rockett was born “30-some years ago” on the Arkansas-Louisiana border and came to Florida’s Emerald Coast as a child. When he returned here professionally in 2015, he brought along a résumé that included TV and movies, along with headlining in his own Branson, Missouri, theater and appearing on seven well-known cruise lines. “The reason I do what I do — it’s truly a passion of mine,” he explained with a trademark smile. “I enjoy watching grandparents sit with their kids and

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expression  7 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PIANO A few simple strategies can protect your piano for years to come. Below are basic care suggestions from the Piano Technicians Guild to maintain a healthy piano: 1 KEEP YOUR PIANO IN TUNE AND CLEAN 2 TRY TO KEEP CONSISTENT TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY IN THE PIANO’S ROOM

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or professional piano tuner, guitarist, songwriter and family man Greg Pollard, making a joyful noise is not only his business but his philosophy of life. From tuning pianos for Michael Bublé and Pentatonix concerts to keeping the 20-plus pianos at Northwest Florida State College and area churches in tiptop shape and tuning home pianos for budding musicians, Pollard is the quiet force behind much of the music along the Emerald Coast. Pollard is a second-generation tuner, and the tradition continues with his son, Troy, whom he personally trained. A Miami native, Pollard grew up in a musical family. He recalls his father playing the piano after dinner every evening. “I didn’t realize not everybody’s dad did that,” he says. “That was normal for us.” In 1985, Pollard heeded his brother’s call to be an interim guitarist for The Great Pretenders, the house band at Destin’s Yesterdays, a beloved but now closed nightspot. Pollard’s two-week favor turned into a fouryear stint.

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Desiring a change of pace, Pollard left the band and turned to his tuning to set the tone for his future. He joined the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), purchased a tuning computer and attended a technical school in Los Angeles. Today, Pollard is a PTG Registered Piano Technician. Strong relationships are what paved the way for Pollard’s success. He jokes that he doesn’t even have a website, but he tunes about 30 pianos a week. His faith, family and friends in the music community have been the springboard for incredible experiences and memorable encounters in his three decades of tuning throughout Northwest Florida. A gentle spirit who shies away from the spotlight, Pollard hesitates to “name-drop” but lights up when sharing his adventures in piano tuning. He chuckles as he recalls being accosted by police who mistook his tuning tools for burglary implements. He remembers an evening at Choctawhatchee High School when Willie Nelson’s band held a tarp over his head as he tuned a piano in the rain. Pollard relishes the memories of incredible concerts by world-renowned musicians. He smiles as he realizes he now tunes pianos in the adult homes of people who took lessons from him as children early in his career. And he glows at the thought of his son coming up alongside him in his trade. “I have been so fortunate,” Pollard says. “I’ve worked with so many great artists and people who love music.” EC

3 PLAY YOUR PIANO REGULARLY 4 KEEP ALL DRINKS AND STANDING LIQUIDS OFF THE PIANO 5 SELECT A PIANO TECHNICIAN WITH CARE 6 DO NOT PERFORM PIANO REPAIRS YOURSELF 7 USE A PROFESSIONAL PIANO MOVER TO MOVE THE PIANO

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pon flipping to page 205 of “Tracery: The Art of Southern Design,” the words “Music City Medley” characterize the next 16 pages, featuring an elegant family home in Nashville, Tennessee. An oversize antique clock and massive stone fireplace surrounded by windows spanning the near entirety of the walls give the living room a playful spirit. The outspoken personality isn’t limited to one room in this house; it is dispersed throughout with a full-size, vintage motorcycle hanging by steel rods in the studio office and a chandelier suspended above the guest-bathroom tub. Published in April 2015, “Tracery” was designed by Paige Sumblin Schnell and written by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith. It is a 224-page hardcover book of interior design and architecture featuring 19 of the many houses that Schnell has designed in her 10plus years of owning Tracery Interiors in Rosemary Beach. The book is all about Schnell’s design firm and boutique, Tracery, telling the decorative story of each of the selected houses she has transformed via stunning photos and brief descriptions. Tracery Interiors has been featured in Traditional Home and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. The definition of “tracery” is architectural, ornamental work with branching lines — a fitting title for Schnell’s overall style. While sitting on the beach one day, the two friends, Schnell and Nesmith, decided to create a book together.

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Once the process of putting the book together was underway, Nesmith began traveling with Schnell to various houses to meet the owners and really get a feel for the house’s design as well as the client’s personality. “It’s not just a job — it’s a personal and professional relationship,” Nesmith said. Schnell said the order of impression and how people would read through the book was the most challenging aspect of designing it. “You feel like this will be sitting on somebody’s coffee table for the next 20 years,” she said. “There’s a lot of pressure with that.” With the success of the book exceeding expectations, Schnell already has a second one in the works that is sure to bring a sense of surprise to its audience. The beauty about her designs is the diversity that they each possess. With a mixture of styles on every page, it would be nearly impossible to read through the book and not feel inspired to seek this leading interior designer’s vision for your own special space. “Tracery” can be purchased at Schnell’s retail store in Inlet Beach, online at TraceryInteriors.com, or at numerous bookstores including Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble. It has even been spotted on a rack in the Gucci Museum store in Italy. EC

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A FRESH TAKE ON ‘SHELLFOOD’ A variety of tacos takes over the town

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The original definition of the word taco loosely refers to something used to fill a hole. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. Spanish conquistador Bernal Díaz del Castillo is said to have documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans, a meal that Hernán Cortés, who led the expedition to eventually colonize the Americas, arranged for his captains in the heart of Mexico in Coyoacán. 

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Burrito Del Sol’s Slow-cooked Chicken Tacos Served Chipotle Style

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Tacos are enjoyed worldwide today. Either a crunchy corn shell or a soft flour tortilla topped with your choice of meats, fish and chopped veggies and fruits makes for a versatile, light but flavorful, hands-on meal. Here on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, seafood tacos filled with fresh local fish such as grouper, pompano and cobia are a popular and flavorful variation, but there are many more. Here are a few of our favorite tasty tacos found on menus around town. →

THE BIG RED TRUCK Parked at various locations along the Emerald Coast daily and at festivals and events ➸ Though served in an unassuming paper tray, these tacos are full of uptown taste. If you can, choose from Fresh Fish (from Harbor Docks), served with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, chili aioli, lime and cilantro; BBQ, featuring slow-cooked pulled pork with house barbecue sauce and sweet slaw; Sweet Asian Chicken, which centers around chicken grilled in a sweet soy sauce with shredded cabbage and a Sriracha aioli; or the newest item on the menu, fresh Gulf Shrimp. $4–$6

pork and seasoned with pineapple, peppers and onions. It has a bit of a tropical taste to it. Or try the Birria (named for traditional Mexican stew), made with seasoned goat meat. $2.75

ROCKIN’ TACOS The Boardwalk, Fort Walton Beach ➸ Relatively new on the scene, this restaurant brings the taste of the Gulf to its tacos. The signature taco here lives up to its name. It features lightly fried bay shrimp topped with Rockin’ sweet and spicy sauce, roasted red peppers and fresh green onions and is served over napa cabbage. Ask about the Local’s Card to enjoy discounts and specials. Rock on! $12.99

SONG Airstream Food Trailer in Seaside ➸ The purple pickled cabbage beckons foodies to this festive, freshflavored flat Korean Fish Taco also topped with beets, fresh Gulf grouper and kimchi ketchup. Song hits all the right notes with this beautiful taco. $4–$4.50

PEPITO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Destin, Miramar Beach, Niceville ➸ Everything in the Taqueria section of this menu is tasty, but if you are looking for a bit of a flavorful adventure, consider the Al Pastor, prepared with seasoned

LA CHALUPITA MEXICAN MARKET Santa Rosa Beach ➸ For the real deal, head to this little Mexican market. Tucked inside is an authentic restaurant/Mexican deli where mostly Spanish is spoken. The tacos are fresh and made to order. Tongue tacos are a popular favorite. Be sure to douse them with your favorite from the sauce bar. $2.50

BURRITO DEL SOL Downtown Fort Walton Beach ➸ Brother duo Brooks and Evans Hammet grew their Airstream venture into a restaurant in downtown Fort Walton Beach in 2013. Touted as Fresh Florida Mex, one of its appeals is the step-by-step, made-to-order choices beginning with your choice of flour or corn tortilla, protein (steak, chicken, shrimp, fish or tempeh) and then prepared in four styles: Baja, Chipotle, Southwest or BBQ. All tacos are served with house-made chips and salsa. Olé! $8.95

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CHA-CHING! Tiny seeds are loaded with nutritional goodness by ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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f you want to grow healthy habits, consider sprinkling some chia seeds into your daily diet. “Salvia hispanica,” commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family “Lamiaceae,” native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans, who prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Over the past few years, they have skyrocketed in the food chain to become a popular superfood and are now consumed by health-conscious people all over the world. According to the website Authority Nutrition, a 1-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18 percent of the daily recommended dose of calcium, 30 percent of the recommended daily doses of manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, and only 9 grams of fat (5 of which are Omega-3s).They also contain a decent amount of zinc, potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 and vitamin B3 (niacin). In other words, these tiny seeds pack an enormous nutritious punch. They are also kind of magical. When wet, the seeds swell to about 10 times their dry weight and form gel-like globules. Perhaps that’s why they are popular as a way to help keep your belly feeling full.

You can easily make chia pudding, one of the most popular ways to eat the seeds, by mixing a quarter-cup of the seeds in 1 cup of liquid (almond milk and fruit juice are popular choices). Once the seeds have gelled up and the mixture is no longer watery, the “pudding” is ready to eat. This can take as little as 15 minutes, and chia pudding keeps well in the fridge for several days. Since chia doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own, feel free to dust your dish with spices, chopped fruit, nuts and any other favorite toppings. Dry chia seeds can also be added whole or ground to smoothies and juices, mixed into yogurt or oatmeal, or sprinkled on top of a salad. If you’re adding the seeds to a drink or a “wet” dish such as oatmeal, they’ll swell up slightly while you eat, but they’ll retain a slight crunch. And although these are some of the more common ways to eat chia, its mild flavor and compact size make it easy to slip a spoonful into pretty much anything — so experiment! Since chia seeds are capable of absorbing a lot of liquid, it’s important to stay well hydrated when consuming them, particularly in dry form. But you don’t have to overdo it on the water — your daily eight 8-ounce glasses will work just fine.

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1 cup unsweetened soy milk 1 cup Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste (optional) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ⅔ cup chia seeds DIRECTIONS

Whisk soy milk and Greek yogurt together in a large, sealable container. Stir hemp seeds, flax seeds, honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract into yogurt mixture. Stir chia seeds into yogurt mixture until seeds are evenly distributed. Cover the container and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Stir mixture until chia seeds are evenly distributed again. Refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 1 hour.


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s a mermaid slippery?” That question served as the inspiration for the name of Karen Hineman’s sushi restaurant, The Slippery Mermaid, which opened its doors in Navarre in 2009. For Hineman, the goal wasn’t simply to start a standard sashimi spot –– she wanted to offer a boutique experience where diners could taste the wonders of well-crafted sushi in a place that was intimate and artsy and as beautiful as the rolls so skillfully created by the chefs behind the counter at the charming little seaside venue. The menu includes traditional items including the California roll and the dragon roll, but with dishes including the Psycho Mermaid Roll and the Crabby Sailor, The Slippery Mermaid puts its own particular spin on things, packing a punch of colors, textures and flavors that delight the tongue and dazzle the eye.

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It’s spring! Time to get cheesy and crusty and, dare we say it, beefy, too. Here are just a few of the amazing dishes we have found on menus along the Emerald Coast.

ASIAGO, OKALOOSA ISLAND You could say without any pun intended that this little hole in the wall, is well, cheesy. And you’d be right. Located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Asiago opens daily at midnight and closes at noon. Still, plenty of locals pile in for the hearty breakfast cooked up on black, iron skillets. We tried Asiago’s Shrimp & Grits Skill served with cheesy grits layered over bay shrimp. Let’s just say they kill it when it comes to the skillet. $10.99

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For those who remain tentative about sushi, the menu offers more than a dozen rolls with cooked proteins such as steak in addition to more traditional seafoods. For some, the combinations of ingredients might seem a bit odd, but the innovative approaches have won rave reviews. “We concentrate on doing one thing and doing it well,” says Hineman’s daughter, Ricky Duncan, who serves as the restaurant’s hands-on manager, doing everything from designing the menu to training chefs. “This is something my family has built, and something we take pride in. We pay attention to detail, and that’s one of the ways we’ve maintained our success.” And with food as tasty as theirs, it’s little wonder that The Slippery Mermaid has stayed on a roll. EC

CRUST, DESTIN Did you eat only the center of your sandwiches as a kid? There is a pizzeria that will surely cure you. Crust in Destin serves up handtossed, homemade pizza made nearly any way you can imagine. Margheritas are a favorite, but when it comes to lunch, we like to keep things simple and affordable, and you can’t go wrong with two slices and a refreshing soda for just $10.

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PANDORA’S, FORT WALTON BEACH AND GRAYTON BEACH Sometimes you will go the distance for a thick, juicy cut of beef. Named for a Coast Guard cutter that regularly went the distance up until it was laid to rest in the Gulf near the location, Pandora’s has been known for its Famous Prime Rib Au Jus dinner since it opened in 1978. Served with house salad, fresh baked bread and your choice of baked potato, steak fries, home fries or seasoned rice. $27.95

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BITES NEAT, a curated bottle shop and tasting room, is now open at Alys Beach on Scenic Highway 30A. Neat offers two distinct experiences under one roof. Alys Beach Food and Beverage Director Michael Cappitelli says the bottle shop is stocked with artisan beverages and bar tools to easily augment guests’ at-home bar. The adjoining tasting room showcases selection of beverages to enhance the shopping experience and educate guests on rare products. Neat is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. OSAKA PIER PARK recently opened in Panama City Beach with the fanfare of a ribbon cutting, food, cocktails, live music and proceeds to benefit Food4Kidz. MARLIN GRILL in The Village of Baytowne Wharf recently underwent a total makeover. Now the inside is almost prettier than the Hickory Grilled Filet Mignon. JACKACUDA’S SEAFOOD & SUSHI welcomes Destin native Chef Allen Teuton into its kitchen to lead the culinary crew as executive chef.


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gastro & gusto Wine pairs well with the good life on the Emerald Coast. ➸ Most of us don’t like to be ← The main attraction at the Sandestin Wine Festival is complemented by live music, gourmet bites, activities at sea, even a splash of yoga.

labeled, but when it comes to wine, all bets are off. Recently, local private wine labels such as the 30A Company (in partnership with Mercer Estates in Washington) and Seaside Wine Project (in concert with Kokomo Winery in California) are appearing on area restaurant menus and local shop shelves.

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or three decades, April has been a highly anticipated month for both local and visiting wine enthusiasts along the Emerald Coast. Nearly every wine lover in the area has the second week (this year it’s April 14–17) set aside for the fourday Sandestin Wine Festival in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. This year, there is one more reason to raise a glass: The “Kentucky Derby” of wine festivals marks its 30th year in 2016. The Sandestin Wine Festival started on a rainy day in 1986 to give attendees of the Louisiana Bar Association something to do, but it has evolved into a springtime tradition for Northwest Florida’s largest resort. “As we look back on the history of this festival, it’s amazing to see how after 30 years the Sandestin Wine Festival really has aged to perfection,” says Village of Baytowne Wharf events manager Julie Stuckey, who has worked

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on the festival for four years. “We’ve been able to add on to the grand tastings with more selections from around the world and have added to our food offerings, not to mention extending our festival all around the Village streets and the Grand Lawn.” To keep it fresh, Sandestin is serving up more than just wine with which to “wine and dine” festival-goers. By popular demand, the festival is reprising the Champagne & Seafood Voyage aboard the Solaris on Friday afternoon and a favorite Sunday finale, Brunch on the Bay at Baytowne Marina. In between, wine lovers can listen to live music while sipping their favorite domestic and imported wines and sampling gourmet bites prepared by the resort’s executive chef, Javier Rosa. In the evening, many Village merchants are hosting wine-themed dinners. And for a taste of something new, and perhaps unexpected, add a splash of yoga to your wine weekend. The resort calls it Mind, Body & Beach, and it’s a little down time designed to relax, rejuvenate and experience the Emerald Coast’s beautiful beaches on Friday morning before you dive into the wine festival. For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit Sandestinwinefestival.com. EC

Development Council has officially designated the last weekend in April as Northwest Florida Beaches Ultimate Wine Week. So you could say that each year, the entire community pulls out the stops — or stoppers, as the case may be. And that is exactly what Chan Cox, owner/founder of Chan’s Wine World, and his crew hope to deliver in Grand Boulevard’s Grand Park on April 28–May 1 with the South Walton Wine & Food Festival. Part of the allure for this year’s event is sure to come from appearances by a host of superstars from both the wine and spirits industries who will serve as first-time celebrity guests at the South Walton festival. Among the A-listers are Cristina Mariani-May of Banfi Vintners, a leading U.S. importer of fine wines; French winemaker Ronan Laborde, CEO of Chateau Clinet; and taster Alexander Peartree of Wine Enthusiast magazine. For more details and to purchase tickets for this four-day festival, visit sowalwine.com.

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Wine Auction Foundation (dcwaf.org) means dreams will come true for some in our community who need them most. To date, the foundation has raised $10 million for local children’s charities since it was formed 11 years ago, placing it at No. 4 on Wine Spectator magazine’s list of Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the United States. Cheers to DCWAF!


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PETS AND THEIR PEOPLE How five out-of-the-ordinary animals found their owners Finding a home is an important step for a pet. Just how far do our furry colleagues go to find their so-called masters? Is it possible that our pets choose us and we oblige? Animals add their point of view to our world — their peculiar wisdom stretches far beyond our paltry 10,000 years of civilization. There is nothing more uplifting to the human spirit than to have it adjusted by the ancient wisdom of an animal. You are the extension of your pet in all things that matter to it. What it likes to do, to eat, when and where to sleep, what job it wants to do in the family — your pet even chooses your friends for you, to its advantage. We have rounded up five heart-warming stories of loyalty and companionship about Emerald Coast animals that go above and beyond to demonstrate their love for their humans. Whether they hail from an animal shelter, a pet store, a foster home or the streets — it’s not always you who rescues a pet — sometimes a pet rescues you.

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CORINA ZALACE’S FIRST job was to put identification bands around the feet of baby birds. In the 1960s, her father had an aviary in their backyard. It was full of parakeets. He raised the birds to sell to local pet shops. Because the young Zalace showed an affinity for biology and animals, she was placed in charge of cleaning the aviary, feeding the birds and placing a small, round, numbered metal band on the newborn parakeets to identify the original breeder. “In those days, all of the birds had to be banded,” she recalls. “I was always afraid that I would hurt their little feet. So that was my first experience with birds.” Zalace, who lives in Niceville, went on to care for many types of animals through the years. In 2005, she spotted Circi, a bluefronted Amazon parrot, sitting high on a perch in the window of a pet store in Fort Walton Beach. Zalace had a good feeling about Circi. “She was already past maturity age, having been born in 1991,” Zalace recounts. “She seemed shy, yet loving. So we bought her.” She was not taught to speak when she was young, so she does not communicate with words, but the blue-fronted parrot does emit a great wolf whistle. “She will probably outlive us,” Zalace says, noting that the birds can live for 70 years. According to Zalace, a bird has the IQ of a 5-year-old. Most birds gather in flocks and prefer to be in others’ company. Circi loves it when her owner is with her and thrives on being petted and cuddled. “I feel a love for her,” she says. “I don’t know what she feels, but I think it’s more that she feels that I am part of her flock.”

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CHLOE CHICK AND BEKKR (HAFLINGER QUARTER HORSE)

CHLOE CHICK LOVES LIVING ON a farm where she can ride and play with horses whenever she likes. “The first thing I think about when I wake up is feeding horses and how blessed I am to live out here on such a beautiful farm,” the 11-yearold explains. Chloe lived along the beaches of Scenic Highway 30A until last year, when her parents purchased a farm near DeFuniak Springs that is home to five chickens,

four cats, four horses, two dogs and four people. Chloe’s first pony — Bekkr — is also her favorite. “He taught me to become a better rider,” she says. Bekkr once saved her life. “I jumped a jump with him while I was on foot and I tripped over the jump,” Chloe says. “Bekkr jumped off to the side to miss me and then stopped to check on me.” Chloe has been riding horses since she was 5. She first rode at a friend’s birthday party. Soon after, she took riding lessons. The

young “horse whisperer” began with Western riding, and then her instructor suggested that she try English riding. So far, she’s been in more than a dozen competitions. Victory ribbons of red, blue and gold line her wall. While she is fond of all four horses on the farm, including her beloved Beaux, a beautiful Belgian draft horse, it is Bekkr that remains special to Chloe. He’s a palomino that sheens like gold. “Bekkr can be a little bit stubborn sometimes, but he’s the best pony ever,” Chloe says.

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ROBBIE ROBERTS AND ALLIE BEFORE ALLIE LIVED WITH ROBBIE ROBERTS, the dog kept running away. “I rescued Allie because she kept getting off her leash and running free,” Roberts says. Allie was frequently tied to a tree and would often break loose. Animal Rescue kept picking her up until Roberts claimed the now 10-year-old chocolate Lab as his own. Even though Allie had been neglected for several years, she still has plenty of love and affection for people. She goes everywhere with Roberts, who is a sales and marketing associate for the Town of Alys Beach on 30A. He began bringing her to work while she recovered from surgery, and it wasn’t long before she settled in and became known as a mascot. Clients come in to see her, and homeowners stop by to take Allie for walks or for a swim in the Gulf. Allie knows how to break the ice in an otherwise intimidating environment. She greets every visitor with tender affection, especially when they offer her snacks. One of her favorite people is the UPS deliveryman. “She’ll be asleep and hear the rumble of his truck from far away and then runs straight for the door, waiting for treats,” Roberts says. Allie knew how to dream big. Neglected at her previous home near Freeport, she seemed to know that she deserved a better life. She found her true home with Roberts and now breathes life into the community that surrounds her. “She was already named Allie when she was rescued, but clients and homeowners assume she was named for Alys Beach,” Roberts says. “Some things are meant to be.”

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EMERALD COAST ANIMAL SHELTERS There are two distinct types of animal shelters: countyrun facilities and private shelter rescues. » COUNTY SHELTERS Publicly funded shelters operated by cities and counties pick up stray or lost animals and take in pets from owners no longer able to care for them. These facilities are generally at capacity. Most work very hard to either adopt out the animals in their care or get them to a private shelter rescue to avoid euthanasia. Adoption fees are generally lower, but animals may not always be properly quarantined, so immediate veterinary care is important. Reputable public shelters keep facilities clean to prevent the spread of disease, provide spay/neuter services and are proactive in educating the community on pet care. » PRIVATE SHELTERS A private shelter rescue should be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which ensures that it is transparent with its funding. Most of its budget will be made up of donations and grant funding. These organizations also tend to stay at full capacity. Owners choosing to surrender a pet may wish to turn first to no-kill shelters. Like public shelters, they should ensure that pets are quarantined and vetted properly and should always make sure that the animal has been spayed or neutered before going to its new home. » A LIST OF EMERALD COAST ANIMAL SHELTERS ▪ Alaqua Animal Refuge, alaquaanimalrefuge.org ▪ Emerald Coast Animal Allies, ecaafl.org ▪ Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, ecwildliferefuge.com ▪ Escambia County Animal Shelter, myescambia.com/ community/animal-services ▪ Feline Friends of Destin, felinefriendsofdestin.org ▪ Humane Society of Bay County, adoptme.org ▪ Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, paws-shelter.com ▪ Pensacola Humane Society, pensacolahumane.org

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CENTERS OF ATTENTION: The McBride family surrounds Snowball, left, and Zippy. For guinea pigs, while portable, there is no place like home.

THE MCBRIDES AND ZIPPY (PERUVIAN TRICOLOR GUINEA PIG) THE MCBRIDE FAMILY WITNESSED THE BIRTH OF ZIPPY. They were looking into the storefront window of a pet store when they saw a guinea pig giving birth. The staff didn’t know the mother guinea pig was in labor, so the family ran into the store and alerted the workers to what was happening. The McBrides brought Zippy home to their residence in Santa Rosa Beach, where they already had another guinea pig named Snowball and a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Lili. Geoff and Lisa McBride have four children: 14-year-old River, 12-year-old Zoe, 9-year-old Hunter and Zuri, who is 2. Lisa is earning a degree in aromatherapy while she manages the affairs of Geoff, a well-known singer-songwriter who has performed with famed musicians including Aretha Franklin, Sara McLachlan and Whitney Houston. Lili likes to travel, and the McBrides had wanted an animal that could travel with them when Geoff is on the road and singing. Lili especially enjoys the Seaside Farmer’s Market. She curls up in the bottom of Zuri’s stroller and puts her head between the toddler’s feet as she greets passersby. Generally, guinea pigs prefer to stay at home and out of the limelight. They make few public appearances. Snowball is a silver agate, while Zippy is a Peruvian tricolor. Snowball is the bossy one. She is old enough to be Zippy’s mom and tries to tell Zippy what do to do. “But Zippy tells her get out of her face!” Zoe exclaims.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET FOR YOUR FAMILY

Laurie Hood, founder and president of Alaqua Animal Refuge, offers advice to people who are considering pet ownership. » WEIGH THE PROS AND CONS There are many factors to consider, including family finances, activity level and lifestyle, and whether it may be better to adopt a young pet or an adult. Before making the final decision, all family members should discuss the pros and cons to ensure that everyone in the family is in agreement. » ADOPT, DON’T SHOP Hood encourages pet owners to adopt, not shop. There are millions of adoptable pets in our country that face euthanasia in shelters, and many of those are purebred animals that originally come from irresponsible breeders. Speaking from considerable experience, Hood says “mutts” make incredible pets and may be free of genetic issues that are often seen in purebred animals. » FIND THE RIGHT VETERINARIAN If you are considering a puppy or kitten, they must be at least 8 weeks old by law to go into a new home. Vaccinations are important for young animals, and several sets are necessary before they are safe from contracting an illness. Worming is also extremely important so that the adopted pets are free of intestinal parasites. New owners should establish a relationship right away with a veterinarian in order to ensure that the animal continues to stay healthy.


MINDY NORRIS AND JUDY IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL TIME in Mindy Norris’ life when Judy wandered into it. Norris’ father and brother had both recently passed away when Norris encountered a little Jack Russell terrier standing in the middle of a Nashville, Tennessee, road in 2004. Norris stopped her car and called out to a pregnant woman who was working in a flower bed. “Ma’am, is this your dog?” Norris hollered. “No,” replied the woman. Then, when Norris opened her car door, Judy jumped in the driver’s seat — and they went home together. Since finding Judy 11 years ago, the two have been inseparable, mostly compatible companions. “Judy loves me, but we fight like sisters,” Norris concedes, and the dog, which scarcely knows its own size, also can be an overzealous protector. “She likes to keep it real and will sometimes bite my friends, but she can also be very, very loving,” Norris says. “She is right underneath me all the time.” Norris and Judy left Nashville in 2007, moved to Santa Rosa Beach and ultimately settled in Point Washington. Norris is a stylist at JS Salon in Grayton Beach and a yoga instructor at the Rosemary Beach Fitness Center. She also teaches a Vinyasa yoga class called Brewmaste at the Grayton Brewery. The day after Norris found Judy on the road, she took Judy to a vet and learned that the dog was deaf. She named her new little dog after one of her favorite scenes from “The Andy Griffith Show.” In that episode, Goober and Gomer imitate Cary Grant by saying, “Judy. Judy. Judy.” After finding Judy, Norris spent the next three weeks trying to find the dog’s owner. She called the number on Judy’s identification tag, but the woman who answered said Judy wasn’t her dog. “They had abandoned Judy,” says Norris. “So I kept her.” EC

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65 and beyond Don’t wait until retirement to make plans for the Medicare years by ROCHELLE KOFF

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Barbara Kirksey (right) counsels people trying to navigate their way through the rules and other intricacies of Medicare through the state program SHINE.

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arbara Kirksey knows first-hand the challenges of navigating the Medicare system. She and her husband, Fred, weren’t aware of a technicality when signing up for the prescription drug coverage plan, so he now pays a $13 penalty each month, for as long as he lives. “The same thing happened to a family member,” said Kirksey, a Monticello great-grandmother and registered nurse. “I wanted to prevent other people from falling into that trap.” For five years, Kirksey has been volunteering as a counselor for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elderly, or SHINE, program run by the state Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Area Agency on Aging. Kirksey’s among 500 volunteers statewide who help residents navigate the complicated world of Medicare, which often spins in far-reaching directions. “The rules get so complicated,” said Joey Davis, of Pace, one of 12 SHINE volunteers serving clients in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. “It can get quite discouraging for some people.” Coping with Medicare is just one of the issues people face when they reach that big number: 65. But it’s a major one and a common concern in Florida.

There are an estimated 4.8 million residents who are 60 and over in the state, with Florida ranking first in the nation for population percentage of elders (about 25 percent). “Eighty-five-plus is the fastest growing group we have in Florida,” said Ashley Chambers, director of communications for the State Department of Elder Affairs. There are nearly four million Floridians on Medicare, which provides health insurance for people over age 65 as well as disabled residents who qualify for the program. “The most paralyzing component is thinking you have to face Medicare yourself, and that’s not the case here,” said Jeff Johnson, state director of Florida AARP. “It doesn’t hurt to have a second set of eyes take a look at what you’re thinking.” While there are various classes offering Medicare help, SHINE is the major resource for helping people understand the process — and much more. These volunteers, who go through an intensive training and vetting process, are located in 11 areas around the state, offering phone and personal counseling. Their services are free, unbiased and confidential. Counselors also help Medicare recipients apply for financial assistance programs and truly understand their benefits.


“One of the best feelings of my life is when I sit there with a client and I save them money,” said Davis. “They’re very grateful.” He got involved in the program thanks to his wife, Linda, who is the SHINE liaison based at the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging. A retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant, Davis now works with roughly 240 clients a year, most needing help during enrollment periods. SHINE volunteers help clients make choices, comparing the costs of their insurance options. “We educate and advocate for our seniors,” he said. Those choices can be daunting. “There are so many scenarios for how people are covered by health insurance,” said Patty Shaffer, SHINE training consultant with the Department of Elder Affairs. “A lot of what we do is educate people to understand this crazy maze.” One tricky issue: Not everyone retires at 65 anymore. For Social Security, the age of retirement with full benefits is age 66 if you were born before 1955, and 67 if you were born after that. But many decide to retire as early as 62. For those who have already signed up for Social Security, a Medicare card will automatically come in the mail, and then the choices begin. “People not immediately eligible for Social Security tend not to pay attention to Medicare,” AARP spokesman Dave Bruns said. And that’s a mistake. Experts advise those eligible for Medicare who are still working to apply for Medicare Part A, since it can supplement their health insurance. It’s also vital to learn about penalties and just what to expect from Medicare coverage, even for those who don’t need it yet. People often expect Medicare to be their total safety net, and that’s not the case experts say. “Use the resources that are out there,” Chambers advises seniors. “The bottom line is there are a lot of decisions to make. Don’t avoid it. Don’t procrastinate. Get educated and empower yourself with the help of a program like SHINE.” When you’re ready to go on Medicare, you’ll have several options, but how you receive your benefits comes down to two main choices. These are general rules, but you’ll want to check further to determine the right path for you.

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ORIGINAL MEDICARE: It includes Part A, which is hospital insurance, and/or Part B, providing medical insurance. You will have a choice of doctors, hospitals and other providers as long as they accept

Medicare. If a provider doesn’t accept Medicare, you may have to pay the whole bill at the time of service and may be charged up to 15 percent more than the Medicare-approved amount. You don’t pay a monthly premium for Part A, if you’ve worked full time for at least 10 years (40 quarters; they don’t have to be in succession). Don’t worry if you’ve worked part-time most of your life. If you’ve worked at least 20 hours a week for 20 years, you’d still be eligible for Part A without those premiums. Recipients will pay a $1,288 hospital deductible per benefit period. If you’re eligible for Here are some groups and Medicare but still working, Part A websites that can provide can supplement your hospital costs. information about Medicare Everyone is charged a monthly and other aging concerns. Part B premium. Because there was Also check with local senior no Social Security cost of living adcenters about a range of justment for 2016, there are now two activities and services: base Part B premiums, said Anne AARP: Along with its advocacy work, the Marie Chansler, SHINE Statewide organization, geared to people 50 and older, Program Director Florida Departof-fers a variety of programs and benefits ment of Elder Affairs. Most people for residents 50 and over. Its initiative, Life will pay $104.90, including those Reimag-ined, helps people explore what who were enrolled in Part B prior to they want to do when facing a major life 2016 and collecting Social Security transition. For more information about Life Reimagined, contact Leslie Spencer at benefits, are not dual-eligible ben(850) 577-5165 or Lspencer@aarp.org or eficiaries who have their premiums visit lifereimagined.aarp.org/ For general paid by Medicaid, and are not subinformation, call (866) 595-7678 or visit ject to the Income-Related Monthly aarp.org Adjusted Amount (for beneficiaries Centers for Medicare and Medicaid: The with higher income). The Premium site offers comprehensive information about B charge has increased to $121.80 (or these insurance programs and other health higher depending on your income) issues at cms.gov. for those who were receiving MediMedicare.gov: The government’s official care prior to 2016 but not receiving site on Medicare. You can download Social Security, are new to Medicare an online connection to the handbook, in 2016, are dual-eligible beneficiaMedicare & You at medicare.gov ries who have their premiums paid SHINE: To set up an appointment or for by Medicaid, and are subject to the more infomation, call the Elder Helpline higher income fee. at (800) 963-5337, email information@ You’ll likely want a supplement elderaffairs.org or visit floridashine.org. insurance policy (Medigap) to help cover Medicare coinsurance and deductibles. There are lots of different plans with varying costs and coverage. Select a plan based on your health care needs and finances. For instance, some people might want coverage for cruises and foreign travel only available in some plans. You’ll also want to consider Part D, which covers prescription drugs. You will have co-pays and possibly a monthly premium and deductible. Original Medicare doesn’t include coverage for hearing or hearing aids, eye (continued on page 192) EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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18 Want a Beach Wedding? No Sweat 20 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 22 The Pearl Hotel 24 WaterColor Inn & Resort 26 Alys Beach 28 Fresh from the Sea 29 ResortQuest

33 PURE 7 STUDIOS

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34 A Roaring Twenties Rendezvous 36 FSU Alumni Center 38 The Edison 40 Four Points by Sheraton 42 Wowing with the Welcome Bag 44 Tallahassee Downtown 48 Hotel Duval 50 Social Catering & Events/ The Gathering

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54 Flower Decoder

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204 SENSATIONAL SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

The

Northwest Florida Bride’s Guide to Everything

OUR TOP PICKS IN VENDORS AND VENUES ARE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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Your dream honeymoon is just around the corner

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Flower Power: A bride’s guide to what’s blooming in florals

STEPBY-STEP How to pull off a flawless ceremony, DIY projects and a yearlong to-do list

On the Cover

We love love. For our 2016 cover couple, we wanted to find two newlyweds so crazy about each other they just couldn’t contain themselves. This image, shot by Black & Hue Photography, is filled with so much genuine happiness, we get giddy just looking at it. To Brett and Caroline, our gorgeous cover couple, congratulations on a beautiful downtown Tallahassee wedding, and thank you for making Northwest Florida smile!

58 #  HashtaggingHappiness 60 Andrew’s Catering/ Andrew’s 228 62 John Gandy Events 66 Meet the Wedding Planner 68 Fisher’s Flowers 72 Hilly Fields Florist

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Say I Do from the Beach to the Bay Love and cherish every moment of your wedding, from romantic white beaches to venues overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Sandestin offers the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding day at the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

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First Comes Love, then Comes Planning

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Congratulations! You’re getting married. Can we just let that sink in for a moment, please? As the team at Rowland Publishing was gearing up for our third annual issue of Northwest Florida Weddings I have to admit I got a little nostalgic. It was strange sorting through the thousands of images featuring smiling brides and grooms from years gone by. Some have little ones now. Some are traveling the world. And through our publication, all have played a role in helping another couple plan their own unique wedding. That’s a tall order to fill for 2016. But the team of wedding and creative professionals I’m privileged enough to collaborate with make the process of bringing to print the best this region has to offer a breeze. From world-class photography to the most delicious eats and gorgeous venues imaginable, the coastal, city and country communities of Northwest Florida are full of beauty. I’m just grateful to know so many individuals who are excited to cultivate it. Want to know a secret? At the time of writing, I’m an anxious/ adoring/humbled bride-to-be myself. At the time of publication, I’ll be a newly hatched Mrs. thumbing through/gushing over our freshly printed wedding photos Let me tell you — that’s a pretty surreal feeling. Sean and I have been together for nearly six years, and when he proposed last November we thought we had our pending nuptials all figured out. But from bridesmaids’ dresses to appetizers, we (OK, fine, it was me) must have changed our minds a thousand times. Planning a wedding together is an adventure — and no matter where your style leads you or how high your guest list grows, I guarantee when you look back on it all you’ll see is love. So deep breaths. And don’t forget — this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re a fiancé now! We’re so excited for you. Yours,

PHOTOS BY CHELSEA MOORE, CHASE YAKABOSKI (INMAN) AND PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUAL (GREEN)

Chay D. Baxley, Editor

Contributors

Rebecca Padgett Editorial Coordinator

Casey Feindt

Contributing Writer

Anjelica MacGregor Contributing Writer

McKenzie Burleigh Lohbeck

Vice President/ Corporate Development

Leigha Inman

Events and Special Projects Coordinator

Christie Green Event Specialist

Jennifer Ireland Event Specialist

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Brian E. Rowland

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL SERVICES Steve Bornhoft EDITOR Chay D. Baxley EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Rebecca Padgett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Casey Feindt, Anjelica MacGregor PROOFREADER Melinda Lanigan CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lawrence Davidson PRODUCTION MANAGER/ NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Daniel Vitter LEAD DESIGNER Jennifer Ekrut PUBLICATION DESIGNERS Shruti Shah, Tony Watts, Jr. ADVERTISING DESIGNER Jillian Fry

WEDDING BELLS RING FOR OUR NEW WEBSITE

In a day and age where Pinterest boards and wedding blogs provide 24/7 access to wedding inspiration, Northwest Florida Weddings & Honeymoon Destinations was excited to develop our online presence. Now blushing brides from coast, to city, to country, can find resources for planning their dream wedding day from Northwest Florida Weddings’ website. Peruse the site to find talented photographers, stunning venues, tasty catering options, insightful stories, planning guides and more. From coastal beaches to country plantations explore the vibrant and inviting wedding scene that Northwest Florida provides.

» DIGITAL EDITIONS Isn’t technology a beautiful thing? The magazine can be right at your fingertips whenever you need us. Our digital edition presents the same magazine you know and love with easy virtual access. » WEDDING BLOG If you’re looking for

the latest in wedding trends, our blog section is your go-to source.

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Anna Kinchen Photography

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from coast to city to country It’s true. Northwest Florida has the best beaches in the world. The region’s coastline is characterized by a surprisingly stunning blend of natural wonder and unmatched amenities. From the world-class resorts to the glistening emerald waters and the sweetest sugar sand beaches, this coastal setting was made to love.


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Want a Beach Wedding? No Sweat Expert-Approved Steps to Planning Your Perfect Beach Wedding By Chay D. Baxley

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If you have a hard time imagining anything more romantic than the glow of a pink and coral sunset or if the sound of gentle rolling waves has been humming in your ears since he got down on one knee, than a beach wedding is definitely for you. Kudos are in order if you’ve landed in this sunny spot. So congratulations. You know what you want! Not all newly engaged couples can say as much when they start venue hunting. But beware: Once you’ve decided to take your event al fresco, naysayers will abound. They’re right in part. You can’t control Mother Nature. However, there are a few tried-and-true steps to pulling off a dreamy, beachy affair. Beach weddings, like all events, take a bit of finessing to make them look effortless. Fear not, though. These easy steps will have you frolicking in the sun faster than you can say, “I do.”


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LAYING OUT THE LOGISTICS At the start of the planning process, you want to be as flexible with the date as possible. Do your research. A beach wedding during the height of college spring break might be fun for the groomsmen, but your wedding photos won’t have the ethereal vibe you’re going for as hordes of coeds line the coast. Meanwhile, finding nearby guest accommodations on the heels of a major spike in the tourist season can also be complicated. Stay open-minded. Your wedding date might look different than you originally thought but better than you ever hoped for.

water, sun protection and even lightweight blankets or wraps close by to make sure everyone stays happy and healthy throughout the night. “This will be the first time you’re entertaining as a couple,” noted Gandy. “You want to make sure that your guests are having a good time. I know a lot of people who say it’s the bride’s day, but it’s really the bride and groom’s time to entertain. That’s the biggest thing.”

We love beach weddings! With the right professionals behind you, a little luck and a lot of love, nothing is more romantic than a coastal ceremony.

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COORDINATION IS KEY Beach ceremonies are gorgeous. They’re also practical, because the average ceremony takes approximately 20 minutes. Beach receptions are a tad more rare because of their length and the legalities surrounding having a private event on public property. Glass and adult beverages are often not permitted — a major letdown for some couples. “More than likely you can’t have the reception on the beach,” admitted John Gandy, owner of the awardwinning John Gandy Events. Nearly half of Gandy’s brides incorporate some form of coastal celebration into their wedding. “It’ll have to be on an adjacent property.” Once you two decide on a coastal community that speaks to your needs, see what types of resorts and other proprieties are situated there. When venue shopping commences in that neighborhood, don’t be shy asking the local event coordinators questions. Make sure wherever you sign has a clear plan in case of inclement weather. Tents can do the trick if skies are just a little gray, but indoor space is crucial if there’s an actual downpour.

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OCEANS OF STYLE The next step is to decide how you want the ceremony to look and feel. The possibilities are endless, but articulation comes first. “I have a lot of brides that reach out to me wanting a beach wedding without a beach theme,” laughed Gandy. “That’s always interesting. But you know, it’s totally doable. We’ve had beautiful black tie weddings on the beach.” Just remember, while there’s no such thing as a perfect wedding, a wedding that’s perfect for the two of you is always on the menu. “Be true to yourself,” added Gandy. “If you love it, that’ll translate to your guests.”

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Regal. Resourceful. Resort. // Miramar Beach

“After reading and comparing multiple venues, my husband and I chose Hilton Sandestin and could not be more pleased that we did! My guests really enjoyed the Southern hospitality they received from the Hilton staff. The food was amazing, and everyone loved the variety and presentation of it. I was very open to anything as long as it was simple, clean and crisp. I told them what I wanted, and they took it from there. From the moment I woke up, I was calm but excited. As the day went on, it got a little more stressful with my brother’s flight being delayed. Carol (the planner) and the staff did everything in their power to make sure I remained calm. My favorite part was when my brother arrived and was able to walk me down the aisle to the man of my dreams.” - Jena Bryant, Nashville, Tennessee PHOTOS BY SUNSET IMAGES

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ SPA SERVICES ▪▪ RESORT STAY ▪▪ HONEYMOON OPTIONS ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES

(850) 267-9500 // HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S., Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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THE PEARL HOTEL

Elegant. Intimate. Stunning. // Rosemary Beach “Jake and I wanted an intimate atmosphere while also being close to the beach. The eclectic architecture of Rosemary Beach brought it all together in the perfect location at The Pearl. Our guests enjoyed the elegant yet intimate atmosphere of the Hemingway Room. The staff took what could have been a stressful day and turned it into pure enjoyment. I can’t overstate the help and consideration that was given to the entire wedding party and myself. My favorite moment was when the wooden doors leading into the Hemingway Room opened and I could hear the cello playing as I stood on Main Street. As I made my way to the aisle, I was so happy I made the choice that led me to this beautiful place.” - Sarah Michelle Bolt, Paragould, Arkansas

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ SPA SERVICES ▪▪ RESORT STAY ▪▪ HONEYMOON OPTIONS ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE

(850) 460-9040 // SJCRWeddings.com 63 Main St., Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

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WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT Luxury. Coastal. Oasis. // Santa Rosa Beach

“I could tell from the very beginning that WaterColor did not believe in ‘one size fits all’ events. They wanted to help us create the day of our dreams just like we had always imagined it. From choosing vendors all the way to the ‘I do’s,’ WaterColor was there for every step. Our wedding day was beyond magical. It was everything we had always dreamt of and more. And thanks to the staff at WaterColor, we were able to enjoy every minute of it!” - Jessica Updyke, Houston, Texas

PHOTOS BY HBB PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ SPA SERVICES ▪▪ RESORT STAY ▪▪ HONEYMOON OPTIONS ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE

(850) 231-7773 // SJCRWeddings.com 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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Romantic. Serene. Pristine. // Alys Beach “When I first met Jason, I knew that I wanted to be with him forever. While we were dating, I went on a girls’ beach trip to Rosemary Beach. That’s when I discovered Alys Beach and fell in love with it. I knew right then Alys was where I wanted to get married. “We always knew we didn’t want a big wedding. We wanted it more traditional, but still ‘beachy.’ Jason’s parents own a couple of condos in Destin and he had never even seen Alys Beach. I booked it without him seeing it, and he loved it! I can’t actually describe how beautiful Alys Beach is. You have to see it with your own eyes. Everything is white and absolutely stunning. Meghan Kelly, the Alys Beach wedding coordinator, helped me with everything, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without her.” - Heather Sappenfield

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ PLANNING SERVICES

(866) 481-8391 // AlysBeach.com/weddings events@alysbeach.com 9581 County Hwy. 30A E., Panama City Beach, FL 32413

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Fresh from the Sea Local Seafood Fare Offers Endless Options for Flavor

White sand and serene endless water views make seaside nuptials a classic option for couples looking to tie the knot. You don’t necessarily have to get hitched near the water to incorporate coastal elements into your ceremony, though. Wherever you are in Northwest Florida, the region’s proximity to the coast means fresh local seafood is just down the road. “When you’re close to the beautiful water and have so much fresh fish at your fingertips,” said Ed Ward, co-owner of 790 on the Gulf in Destin, “it’s what people tend to want and enjoy.” Ward caters almost 250 seafood-centric weddings a year. His most impressive dish? A signature creation featuring grouper acadiana – a tender fillet of Gulf grouper, pan blackened, and topped with crawfish étouffée. Other favorites include bacon wrapped lump crabmeat, crabmeat stuffed grouper medallions and trout florentine. And all are either caught locally or sourced from nearby seafood distributors from the region. When it comes to selecting the freshest in seasonal seafood, the key is to ask a lot of questions. Some fish can be strictly seasonal, while others are available year-round. “How fresh the seafood is, where it came from, these are definitely questions you should be asking,” said Ward. “From there, you’ll be able to find reputable seafood vendors and be able to buy the freshest seafood possible.” When putting together a maritime menu, the world is your oyster. Local seafood vendors as well as restaurants and caterers are constantly coming up with elaborate menus that would impress King Neptune himself. Fresh Gulf shrimp, red snapper and crab cakes are easy and

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delectable options that guests are sure to love. Feeling bold? Take it a step farther with fried crab gnocchi bites or cilantro shrimp-stuffed avocados. Dave Rauschkolb is another seafood-loving professional. The founder and owner of Bud & Alley’s, a popular waterfront restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach, Rauschkolb says that in his mind, seafood and weddings are a perfect match. “Being located directly on the Gulf of Mexico here in Seaside,” started Rauschkolb, “our brides naturally look to Bud & Alley’s culinary team for coastal-inspired menus. Fresh seafood prepared to perfection in an unforgettable beachside setting makes wedding dining that much more deliciously memorable.” With entrées like grilled Gulf snapper with baby lima beans and sweet corn succotash, it’s safe to say that the fare at Bud and Alley’s would make any wedding unforgettable.

In addition to putting The best seafood is a fun spin on any menu, always fresh from chilled seafood provides the sea. For truly delicious eats, a refreshingly convenient Northwest Florida food option for wedding can’t be beat. goers trying to beat the heat. Instead of opting for a traditional carving station or hot food line, try incorporating chilled ceviche and raw oysters with a glass of ice-cold champagne. Guests will appreciate the scrumptious escape. Coastal-inspired serving displays can also add a beautiful visual element to any reception. Serve fresh Gulf shrimp in mini sand buckets of cocktail sauce for a creative appetizer option. Small wooden dinghies can also be filled with ice and stocked full of oysters for guests to dine on throughout the evening. The seafood-inspired displays will help solidify the wedding’s coastal theme.


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RESORTQUEST LODGING – YOUR WEDDING, YOUR WAY

Individualized. Sensational. Beautiful. // Endless Possibilities. Multiple Locations.

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ HOME RENTALS ▪▪ CONDO RENTALS

“Our wedding was perfect because of the staff at ResortQuest. Everything went smoothly because they were invisible, but always appeared exactly when needed. The staff took into consideration every circumstance, such as weather, and always had a backup plan. “It actually rained two hours before the ceremony, but cleared up exactly 30 minutes before she walked down the aisle. The rain beforehand was the best part. It cleared pedestrians off of the beach, made the sand more solid, cooled the temperatures and made the lighting great for photos. The guests mostly enjoyed the fact that I finally got married to a beautiful woman, but also loved the location. Many had not been to Florida before and our wedding was like a vacation to them.” - Scott Nelson, Atlanta, Georgia PHOTOS BY CALLIE GARDINER

(888) 412-6408 // NWFLWeddings.com

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SUNDESTIN MANAGED BY RESORTQUEST

Ebullient. Accommodating. Beachfront. // Endless Possibilities. Multiple Locations. “Whether a couple is looking for a beachfront resort or private beach home for their wedding, our experienced sales team at ResortQuest SunDestin will help them find the location best suited for their unique needs. SunDestin is in the heart of all of the action and provides every luxurious amenity under the sun.

At a Glance ▪▪ PRIVATE BEACH ▪▪ BALLROOM UP TO 100 GUESTS ▪▪ RESTAURANT AND BAR SERVICES ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ CONDOMINIUM RENTALS

“Our own beautiful beach, attractive ballroom, relaxing pool deck and spacious condominium units ensure that your wedding experience will be worry-free and memorable. Have your breath taken away with your wedding day view of the Gulf, and your sun kissed by glowing Northwest Florida sunshine.” - Joyce Serina, Director of Sales PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESORTQUEST

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TOPS’L BEACH & RACQUET RESORT MANAGED BY RESORTQUEST Tranquil. Full-Service. Alluring. // Destin

“The staff was amazing and answered any question we had throughout the entire process. They were more than willing to help us with everything and anything we needed. We received countless compliments from guests on how beautiful the reception was and how amazing the food tasted and the variety of options.

At a Glance ▪▪ RESORT AMENITIES ▪▪ 52 PRIVATE ACRES ▪▪ FINE AND CASUAL DINING ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ SAUNA AND SPA SERVICE ▪▪ PRIVATE HOMES, CONDO AND VILLA RENTALS

“It was the perfect location, off the beaten path yet still very central to conveniences and city attractions. I definitely recommend Tops’l to everyone because our day was absolutely stress-free and without a doubt one of the most amazing nights of our lives.” - Sage Niktin, Navarre, Florida PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESORTQUEST

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from coast to city to country Equal parts eclectic and electric, Northwest Florida’s cityscapes offer an interesting mix of industrial, rustic, classic and contemporary options. Polished and conveniently positioned, these city-centric venues speak to a wide variety of couples all looking for the same thing — their perfect place.


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Glistening gold drips from the art deco decor. Champagne towers overflow and flasks of moonshine are slyly passed. Women in beaded, jewel-tone dresses dance to a live jazz band with men in their dashing tuxedos. The party is in full swing, but all eyes are on the bride — not Jay Gatsby. Since the release of the lavishly revamped “Great Gatsby” in 2013, couples have written favorable endings to Jay and Daisy’s story with their own 1920s themed weddings. The extravagance and luxury of the period have moved from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest work to wedding venues nationwide. Northwest Florida may be far removed from the hustle and bustle that characterized New York City in the Roaring ’20s, but high glamour can still be achieved here. When wedding planners look past the region’s unmatched blend of beautiful beaches and wildlife and think “big city,” they’re likely to be drawn to Tallahassee. The capital city is booming with urban enhancements but retains much of its past. “If you walk around downtown Tallahassee, it is like a movie set recreating the 1920s with brick buildings, wrap around balconies, gas lamps, magnolias and live oaks,” said Jay Revell, executive director of Tallahassee Downtown. “Your entire wedding weekend could revolve around the ’20s theme in downtown,” he continued. “The groomsmen could gather and smoke cigars on the balcony at the Governor’s Club, then be fitted for tuxes at Nic’s Toggery. A bridal brunch could take place at one of the many historic homes or The Double Tree. The ceremony could occur at the


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chain of parks under the sparkling lights hung from live oaks and then the couple could ride off in a vintage car down the brick streets.” The Edison restaurant, formerly the city’s electric and light plant, occupies a building constructed in 1921. The magnificent brick structure no longer provides power to the city, but instead provides residents with captivating ambience and innovative cuisine. “The building lends itself to the Roaring ’20s theme with its brass and copper fixtures, the mirrors, the lighting, the exposed brick and the speakeasy-style bar with Prohibition-inspired cocktails,” said Melinda McDaniel, director of special events at The Edison. “If you choose the ’20s theme, we are equipped to bring you the elegance and carefree spirit of that time period.” A venue brimming with history yearns to be filled with sparkling gold accents, peacock feathers, steamer trunks, vintage chairs and couches, cutglass decanters and antique books. And one must, of course, dress the part. For the bride, a vintage lace dress or beaded drop waist gown accompanied by pinned curls and pearls. Her flappers — otherwise known as bridesmaids — would look ravishing in jewel-tone dresses. Satin headbands adorned with feathers or long strands of pearls make for vintage accessories. As for the gentlemen, they’d look rather dapper in tuxedos, bowties and slicked back hair — and don’t forget the personalized flasks concealed in their pockets. Remember that alcohol is a luxury and a self-indulgent secret. Libations might include champagne towers, bathtub gin and under-the-table moonshine. Guests might nosh on hors d'oeuvres served on gold platters or be seated for more formal fare.

“For a 1920s-themed menu, I envision extravaNothing says gance,” said John Minas, The Edison’s executive chef. romance quite “Oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, flat iron steak like a touch of vintage glamour. If with Delmonico potatoes, lobster tails with butter you have an Oldsauce, mussels, clams and caviar. Old-school French Hollywood kind of love, this style desserts were popular, and a flambéing meringue could be an ideal would be a fun touch.” choice. Whether you are looking to go all out, as a true Gatsby would, or just add a touch of beloved vintage to your big day, this classic look has staying power. As Fitzgerald once said, “I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”

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FSU ALUMNI CENTER Stately. Brilliant. Fitting. // Tallahassee

“I was not the girl who grew up planning her dream wedding. I really knew nothing about what I wanted for a wedding until we got engaged. Since we met in Tallahassee during an FSU Homecoming weekend, we agreed it would only be fitting that we look into getting married in the home of our alma mater. When we found out that we could get married at the Florida State University Alumni Center, we couldn’t wait to see the venue and find out what they had to offer.

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES 

“The team there made sure we felt special, like we were the only bride and groom that ever mattered. The venue really catered to our vision of our perfect wedding. From the food stations, to the setup of the room creating a warm and intimate setting for our family and friends to enjoy the night under the café lights, the entire night was exactly what we had hoped for.” - Jill Bellack Lavoie, Plantation, Florida PHOTOS BY KAY MEYER

(850) 644-2737 // AndrewsCatering.com 1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304

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Industrial. Illuminated. Delicious. // Tallahassee “At The Edison, the beauty is in the details, and our team is dedicated to ensuring every detail of your wedding day is absolutely perfect. It’s hard not to fall in love with the historic brick building or the stunning view overlooking the rolling hills and gorgeous waterfall at Cascades Park.” - Eddie Kring, Director of Sales and Catering

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪ ADJACENT TO CASCADES PARK ▪ CONVENIENT DOWNTOWN LOCATION

“It’s an honor to channel my deep-rooted passion for fine cuisine into creating the perfect menu for a couple’s special day. I promise, our internationally inspired cuisine offers both the variety and quality that will have wedding guests raving for years to come.” - John Minas, Executive Chef

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(850) 792-6319 // EdisonTally.com 470 Suwannee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Metropolitan. All-Encompassing. Electric. // Tallahassee

“Planning a dream wedding can be an intense process, but our wedding experience with Four Points by Sheraton was nothing less than amazing! With thorough planning, the Four Points wedding staff was able to pull off a flawless execution of our wedding reception and provided personable customer service to not only Josh and me, but to our guests. They provided expert advice on innovative ideas and unique touches that would help the event stand out while matching our unique style. With the help of Kendyl, the catering sales manager, and her team, Josh and I truly had a memorable wedding reception. I fully recommend the Four Points by Sheraton to any bride looking for a wonderful, personable, hassle-free venue to have their wedding reception.” - Anabelle Nearhoof, San Juan, Puerto Rico PHOTOS BY J&J WEDDINGS

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ HONEYMOON OPTIONS ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES

(850) 422-0071 // FourPointsTallahasseeDowntown.com 316 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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THE VESSEL Selecting the container for the welcome bag (or box, tote, carton, basket, mug, etc.) is almost as important as what’s placed inside. Before splurging on that gorgeous handwoven basket at the farmers market down the road, remember that the expense won’t stop there — you’ll also have to fill it 50-plus times. “It goes along a continuum from something real simple to large gift baskets,” said Pam Bauer, an established hotelier and current sales consultant at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Tallahassee. Traditional gift bags — possibly printed or stamped with the couples’ monogram — are the most common. Local craft supply stores or online retailers (here’s looking at you, Etsy) may hold different options for brides who are thinking outside the bag.

Wowing with the Welcome Bag A How-to for Adding a Personal Touch By Chay D. Baxley // Photos by Lawrence Davidson Illustration by Rebecca Taylor It used to be that welcome bags were reserved strictly for destination weddings — a tube of sunscreen, some cheap sunglasses and a sweet note from the bride and groom to get guests feeling festive. Today though, welcome bags have been completely reimagined. And why not? As the first point of contact with out-of-town guests, these tiny gifts are often seen as gestures of goodwill and an honest-to-goodness “thank you” to loved ones who have traveled from near and far to witness the blessed event. “It’s very common,” said Briana Hudson, the front desk supervisor at Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown, “but at the same time no one really expects it. Being able to watch it all happen, that element of surprise is just really cool.”

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THE SWAG “Most people do snacks and drinks,” explained Jeri C. Madden, catering and events sales manager and colleague of Bauer’s at the DoubleTree. “I always suggest a pack of gum or mints to go along with it. Just something for them to carry in their pocket.” Highlighting the couple’s favorite treats, or the local flavor, is always encouraged. In Northwest Florida, that could mean including something as delicious as locally sourced tupelo honey or a coveted “Fear the Spear” T-shirt. Beyond the fun and funky, gifts of a practical nature are always appreciated: Water, trail mix, maps of the area, brochures from the best museums and outdoor activities, and nearby restaurant menus make for great additions.

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THE PRESENTATION Simplicity is crucial not only for the creator of the gift’s sanity, but also for the distributor. Try to conceptualize something that will travel well and still look clean and crisp by the time the concierge smilingly hands it to the wedding guests at checkin. Another tip: Don’t get too caught up in personalizing each welcome bag. Uniformity is encouraged so that Aunt Lou from the bride’s camp doesn’t receive a note for Uncle John on the groom’s side.


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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Dynamic. Lively. Classic. // Tallahassee

“All my life I dreamed of a wedding reception in a gorgeous ballroom. When I saw the beautiful chandeliers hanging outside of the DoubleTree by Hilton, I knew I had found the place! The ceremony was at the First Presbyterian Church across the street, which welcomed us with open arms. I had a dream team of amazing vendors that helped me pull everything together.

At a Glance ▪ DESTINATION WEDDINGS ▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪ RESORT STAYS

“The beauty of downtown on a Sunday evening made the perfect backdrop for the most important and beautiful day of my life. [Eric and I] are the luckiest people I know to have found each other — and to have made the most perfect wedding day together in Downtown Tallahassee.” - Tracy Godin, Tallahassee, Florida

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Dynamic. Lively. Classic. // Tallahassee

“Jay and I love the charm and character of Downtown Tallahassee. From the beautiful old buildings to the pretty parks and the funky street art, Tallahassee’s downtown had everything we wanted and more for our wedding day. We settled on the Governor’s Club for our reception because it is so classic and beautiful — it’s a Tallahassee institution. Laura Kalinoski, who manages all events at the Governor’s Club and the rest of the team made us, our family and guests feel at home. They were attentive, accommodating and provided top-notch service. The whole wedding was a blast, but my favorite part was saying our vows. I married my dream guy and best friend.” - Sarah Revell, Tallahassee, Florida

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At a Glance ▪ DESTINATION WEDDINGS ▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪ RESORT STAYS

SayIDoDowntown.com // TallahasseeDowntown.com 106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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HOTEL DUVAL | Autograph Collection Iconic. Distinguished. Contemporary. // Tallahassee

“As a member of Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection, Hotel Duval is ‘Exactly Like Nothing Else.’  We strive to create the delightfully unexpected through our one-of-a-kind, curated wedding services. “We specialize in boutique wedding experiences that are more intimate and personal. We can create the perfect ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, bachelor and bachelorette party or going away brunch all while hosting your friends and family in our deluxe accommodations and preparing for a luxurious honeymoon stay in one of our well-appointed suites. From eclectic to chic, from artsy to luxurious, our hotel caters to each couple. Brides are drawn to the originality, rich character and uncommon details that Hotel Duval can provide.” - Pam Monnier, Director of Catering & Events PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY, DEDE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY, KYLENE AND RYAN STUDIOS AND WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ RESTAURANT - SHULA’S 347 GRILL

(850) 224-6000 // HotelDuval.com 415 N Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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SOCIAL CATERING & EVENTS Delectable. Ingenious. Neighborly. // Tallahassee

At a Glance ▪▪ CREATIVE CATERING ▪▪ MOBILE CRAFT BARTENDING

“Our goal at Social Catering & Events is to redefine expectations when it comes to the food and drink on your big day. We know our brides and grooms want the same culinary and cocktail creativity they have come to expect at their favorite restaurant or bar, and we are here to create an experience as unique as each client we work with.” - Angela Walker, Managing Partner, Operations & Culinary PHOTOS BY WILD LIGHT FILMS

THE GATHERING

Hospitable. Genial. Intentional. // Tallahassee “The Gathering is truly a one-of-a-kind space that seamlessly blends an urban, industrial design with the deep-rooted principles of Southern hospitality. Where else can you find a beautifully styled indoor space with a private outdoor patio, views of Doak Campbell Stadium, outstanding service and access to the best nightlife after your event, all in the heart of downtown Tallahassee? It’s such a special place, and we can’t wait to share it with our brides and grooms.” - Amanda Morrison, Director of Sales PHOTOS BY WILD LIGHT FILMS

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(850) 228-6817 // info@socialcateringandevents.com SocialCateringAndEvents.com

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from coast to city to country Nothing says romance like the rolling hills and ancient oaks of Northwest Florida. Dreaming of a cozy barn ceremony? We’ve got you covered. A night of dancing under the stars? Not a problem. Whatever your preference, the understated elegance of a classic country setting will let your unique story shine. NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2016

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Figuring Out Florals Is Easier when you Have a Look in Mind By Rebecca Padgett

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LAVENDER Take a whiff of the lavender in your bouquet to instantly relieve your wedding day jitters. The soothing tone and scent do well as sprigs present throughout a spray or as stalks wrapped in a ribbon.


Roses might be red and violets are certainly blue, but the modern bride doesn’t seem to notice. Ditching traditional approaches in favor of ideas that are whimsical and surprising, she’s inspired by the stunning pictures of brides who have gone before her. Darin Jones, owner of Tallahassee-based Designs by Darin, has seen the Internet-inspiration trend catch on. “Most brides already have a look in mind and will bring photos or Pinterest-inspiration boards to our consultation,” says Jones. “It’s my job to find the flowers that fit their budget while also achieving the look the bride wants to create.”

WHITE ANEMONE The white anemone is likely the mysterious white flower with midnight blue center that you have pinned relentlessly on your wedding board. “These are seasonal flowers generally available from late December to June,” Jones explains.

SUCCULENTS Succulents add a modern and eclectic touch next to timeless flowers. Plus, they make for an excellent keepsake as they can be planted after the wedding.

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HYDRANGEA Hydrangeas are small flowers that make a large impact. “The blue and white hydrangeas are budget friendly and go a long way in an arrangement,” Jones advises.

EUCALYPTUS Colorful bulbs and blooms need a bit of greenery interspersed. “Seeded eucalyptus is very popular for its gray appearance and aromatic smell,” says Jones.

BERRIES AND FRUITS Blackberries, figs, small citrus, plums, hypercium berries, privet berries and holly berries are just some examples of fruits that can be used for adornment. We won’t tell if you decide to nibble on your bouquet. Edible arrangements, indeed.

RANUNCULUS With the appearance of spiraled crepe paper, ranunculus are dainty and delicate. “My personal favorite are the Japanese variety as they have enormous blooms,” offers Jones.

PEONIES Peonies are the new roses. They are large in size and add elegance to bouquets and centerpieces. Beware though, they can definitely be a budget-buster.

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making it happen In Northwest Florida, we know who’s who. From planners to paper products, our affiliates have made a name for themselves across the region. Always ahead of the next big trends, these service providers can make any planning process a breeze, giving the bride and groom time to focus on what’s really important — each other.


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Technology and romance don’t always go hand in hand. So it’s understandable when some brides impose a strict ban on phones at their weddings. But for most couples tying the knot these days, the more “Likes” they get on social media, the better. With the wedding hashtag trend gaining serious momentum, recent studies have shown that more than half of weddings incorporate the fun digital sharing practice. Interested in trying it out yourself? Bryan Honhart, co-owner of Black & Hue Photography, recently took over Wedding Wire’s Instagram account for a day and picked up a few valuable tricks of his own.

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INCLUDE YOUR NAMES

The most basic and important step — incorporate both names. Maybe the last name of the bride and the first name of the groom make the hashtag. In any event, pick something that speaks to both parties. Think about the cute collaborated nicknames invented by friends. Or, if no collaboration exists, just make something up such as #EmmaHeartsNick INCORPORATE THE WEDDING DATE

A huge success for celebrities has been the incorporation of the year they married. If the wedding takes place in 2016, include both last names with the year. The hashtag needs to get to

the point. “I try to avoid long hashtags because you don’t want to have three paragraphs worth of little hashtags,” advises Honhart. CHOOSE A PUN

“Couples always turn last names into some sort of pun for a wedding,” Honhart notes. If both parties have long last names, the best option is to choose a fun or catchy phrase that speaks to the personalities of both parties. Rhymes and synonyms usually help. CAPITALIZE EACH SEPARATE IDEA

Capitalizing each component of your hashtag makes its less confusing for guests. Since no


spaces or punctuation marks can be used in a hashtag, the phrase will be easier to absorb and much less prone to typos. Of course, all lowercase or a combination of the two will work just as well for sharing purposes. “Five years down the road you can just type in your hashtag from your wedding,” says Honhart, “and you will find random shots that you missed that you didn’t even know were happening.” ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF THE HASHTAG

Once both parties have decided on the hashtag, enter it into the search bar on your chosen social media platform. If a surplus of wedding photos appears with the same hashtag, think about changing a letter, number or entire word. The best hashtags are the ones not in circulation at all. After all, the purpose of a successful hashtag is a clean slate where all photos are compiled neatly. MARKET THE HASHTAG

If you plan ahead, you can place the hashtag on the “save-the-date” invitation and wedding website. In addition, most couples create signage to place around the wedding venue that emphasizes the hashtag. According to Honhart, a DIY photo booth area is the perfect place to showcase the hashtag. “They’ll set out a Polaroid camera, a bunch of props, fake mustaches, hats and sombreros, just the craziest things you’ve ever seen. Usually they’ll have a sign with the Instagram logo alongside their hashtag. I recommend having it out at cocktail hour when everyone’s finally relaxed and on their phones, and they can do some candid stuff there with the hashtag.” LOOK BACK AND ‘LIKE’

Hashtagable moments happen all throughout the wedding planning process. From the engagement party to the day-after brunch, it’s so much fun to keep track of your favorite memories through perfectly customized hashtags.

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The greatest gift of the wedding hashtag is preserving moments the bride and groom were busy enjoying. Hashtags capture the day through the eyes of family and friends. Photos from the hashtag will inspire reminiscing for years to come. Just don’t forget about what’s really important: Your wedding is about your marriage more than anything. Enjoy the day.

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ANDREW’S CATERING

Calculated. Celebrated. Flavorful. // Tallahassee “For my wedding, I combined the beautiful outdoors of Apalachicola with a formal, sit-down dinner inside the Robert Lindsley Studio Gallery. The ceremony was beautiful, but the filet and salmon dinner was really where we started celebrating. After that, a night filled with champagne and dancing left everyone smiling. It also helped to hear over and over again that the food we had was the best many had ever had at a wedding. Andrew’s Catering provided an abundance of information in a timely manner, and they thought of things I never would have. For example, they had the idea to provide hors d’oeuvres to the bridal party during pictures so they wouldn’t miss out on the great food. They also provided an extensive catering list with more options than I knew what to do with. The team at Andrew’s did everything, from the moment we booked them to the end of the best day of my life.” - Lauren Hampton Farmer, Lynn Haven, Florida PHOTOS BY JOSH MCLAWHORN AND ANNA KINCHEN

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪▪ RESTAURANT SERVICES ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES

(850) 644-2767 // AndrewsCatering.com 1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, Fl 32304

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS

Trendsetting. Imaginative. Polished. // Tallahassee “When anyone asks me what I couldn't have lived without during our wedding planning process, John Gandy is my answer. Hands down.

At a Glance ▪ COORDINATION ▪ DESIGN & DÉCOR INSTALLATION ▪ FURNITURE & DÉCOR RENTALS ▪ PRODUCTION

“After seeing his amazing warehouse and all of the decor he had, I knew my day could look just as I had always imagined. His expertise, inventory and personality made him such a pleasure to work with. You don't have to worry about a single thing beyond simply showing up and being the bride. We had amazing spring weather, we were surrounded by all of our closest family and friends who traveled near and far and it was the perfect start to William and my new life together.” - Lauren Bevis, Tallahassee, Florida

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Personal. Creative. Unmatched. // Tallahassee

“I chose John Gandy because the services and resources he has are unmatched. John Gandy and his team made me feel like an absolute princess and made sure every detail was handled. He allowed my family and I to truly enjoy the entire process and day. He took the time to get to know Corbett and I personally and that allowed him to customize our wedding to our personalities. “My favorite part of my wedding was definitely when I was at the altar saying my vows. Although there were nearly 500 people in the church I felt in that moment it was only Corbett and I. My favorite part of my reception was walking in and seeing all of my ideas and dreams come to life. It was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Drinking, eating and dancing with all of your favorite people in the world — life doesn’t get much better than that.” - Sara Noel Proctor, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY TERRI SMITH

At a Glance ▪ COORDINATION ▪ DESIGN & DÉCOR INSTALLATION ▪ FURNITURE & DÉCOR RENTALS ▪ PRODUCTION

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Meet the Wedding Planner

A Yearlong Wedding Timeline to Organize Your Dream Wedding By Anjelica MacGregor

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Piecing together an immaculate wedding takes a lot of planning. To help a vision come to life, here is a wedding timeline that answers all of your pre-bridal questions. Use this plan to help customize that dream wedding of yours.


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Discuss and settle on a budget. □ Pick a season of the wedding. Being flexible on exact dates will give you a larger selection of venues. □ Research locations for the venue and start touring. □ Have an engagement party! And yes, it’s OK to create a registry beforehand. □ Book the venue. □

10 MONTHS BEFORE Determine wedding style. Shop for and order your gown. □ If not provided by the venue, start looking for catering companies that will incorporate the wedding theme. □ Research and book wedding vendors, including the videographer, photographer and reception band or D.J. □ Hire an officiant. □ Take engagement photographs. □ Select the bridal party. □ Consider researching a wedding insurance policy to protect all deposits. □ □

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Make a wedding website. Go to the gown fitting with the maid of honor. □ Order bridesmaid dresses and flower girl attire. □ Research and order wedding rings. □ Start researching honeymoon options. □ Block off hotel rooms for guests. □ Collect names and addresses for the guest list. □ □

6 MONTHS BEFORE

Book the honeymoon. Send save-the-dates. Renew or get passports if the honeymoon is abroad. □ Research ideas for wedding favors. □ Reserve rental equipment: tables, tents, chairs, linens, decorations, etc. □ Reserve transportation services. □ Update wedding website. □ Order the cake. □ Hire a calligrapher for wedding invitations. □ □ □

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Rent the groomsmen formal attire. □ Plan the rehearsal dinner. □ Ensure vendors are aware of plans. □ Finalize hair and makeup options. □ Finalize guest list and send invitations to calligrapher. □ Order wedding favors. □ Purchase wedding accessories: baskets, candles, ring pillows, linens. □ Finalize menu. □

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Mail wedding invitations. Start writing vows.

Enjoy a full-on spa day. Enhance that inner glow with a tan plus a mani-pedi. □ Package bridesmaid and groomsmen’s gifts. □ Reconfirm all final components with all vendors. □

Apply for marriage license. Get everything printed. Finalize wedding song. Have the final gown fitting and the dress pressed. □ Create the wedding program for guests. □ □ □ □

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DAY BEFORE Attend the rehearsal dinner. □ Hand out bridal gifts. □ Ensure all final balances for the reception are paid. □ Provide vendors and the wedding team with an emergency contact number. □ Give the marriage license to your officiant. □

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Breathe, get married and look forward to a beautiful life together.

Finalize wedding-day schedule and share the schedule with everyone. □ Go over music with the D.J. or band. □ Send the must-get shot lists to the photographer and determine timing for portraits. □ Attend all pre-wedding beauty appointments — think waxings, haircut, hair coloring, facials, etc. □ Confirm final headcount. □ Pack for the wedding night and honeymoon. □ Finalize seating arrangement. □

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FISHER’S FLOWERS AND EVENTS Personalized. Vibrant. Inventive. // Santa Rosa Beach

“Fisher’s Flowers’ versatility was especially important to us since we had three big events to plan: an Indian ceremony and reception, a rehearsal dinner/beach bonfire and a traditional Western ceremony and reception.

At a Glance ▪▪ FLORAL SERVICES ▪▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪▪ EVENT DESIGN

“Grove with Fisher’s is an extremely kind, creative, down-to-earth and hardworking designer. She’s not simply a florist — she works to understand the personalities of the bride and groom, plus their families, to make sure the event’s design feels unique and true to them. Fisher’s understood the combination we wanted — warm, festive and elegant. Guests loved the dance floor, the beautiful beach and the joyful spirit. More than a year later, our friends continue to rave about how wonderful each of our events was.” - Meera Rennicke, New York, New York PHOTOS BY HARDY KLAHOLD

(850) 622-0056 // FishersFlowersAndEvents.com 416 S. County Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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making it happen NO WORRIES VACATION RENTALS Imagine stepping out the doors of your stunning vacation rental home onto a white sugar sand beach with breathtaking views of emerald waters. Now, imagine your wedding ceremony occurring at the same location. No Worries Vacation Rentals makes dreams a reality by specializing in rentals for honeymoons and wedding venues alike. Their exquisite properties span along the most pristine beaches in the country ­­­­— Mexico Beach, WindMark Beach, Cape San Blas and 30A. So … what are you waiting for?

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(850) 229-6344 NoWorriesVacationRentals.com 101 Good Morning St. Port St. Joe, FL 32456

PURE & COUTURE Everyone deserves proper pampering on their wedding day. Whether it’s a fresh color and intricate updo for the bride or a bit of good grooming for the fellows, Pure & Couture specializes in wedding and event services. Brides-tobe will literally blush over the makeup services provided, including eyelash extensions, waxing and organic sunless tanning. Both salon and on-location services are offered to meet all the needs of your special day.

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(850) 424-3935 PureAndCouture.com 36150 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32541

BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP BY ANNE Whether you are a beach babe bride seeking a sun-kissed glow and softly swept waves or a classic lady in search of the perfect updo and red lips, Bridal Hair & Makeup By Anne will professionally accomplish your perfect wedding style. All along the Emerald Coast, the team offers on-site hair and makeup artistry for bridal parties.

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DESTIN WEDDING LINENS Destin Wedding Linens offers full-service linen rentals in an exceptional selection of colors, styles, fabrics and sizes. From tablecloths, runners, skirting and napkins to chair covers and accessories, they have the perfect solution for making your wedding unforgettable. Whether it’s an intimate rehearsal dinner or a grand reception, guests will appreciate the style that your linens bring. Tables and chairs dressed in the finest of linens will add a touch of decadence to your most cherished day.

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RUSSELL RAINEY, DMD Weddings are filled with excitement, love and beauty; whether you are the bride, groom or another member of the wedding party, everyone wants to look their best on this very special day! You’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Come wedding day, it may as well be worth a million. Make sure your smile is at its best with Invisalign treatment from the skilled professionals at Dr. Rainey’s office in Tallahassee. This treatment uses clear, removable aligners that will easily integrate into your timeline to prepare for your celebration. Come see what makes us the dental experience you’ve been looking for!

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(850) 222-2446 DrRainey.com 221 E 7th Ave Tallahassee, FL 32303

GT ENTERTAINMENT GT Entertainment is the most awarded DJ company in Northwest Florida. With a goal to make sure each client has the “best day ever,” this mobile DJ is as professional as he is fun. “We understand that your wedding plans started long before you got engaged,” laughed the owner himself, Greg Tish. “We take tremendous pride in making sure your day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.”

DJ & EMCEEING SERVICES

TallahasseeDJ.com info@tallahasseedj.com

COTON COLORS Conveniently positioned in Tallahassee’s Market District, and with simple online registry access, Coton Colors is the perfect stop for celebrating blushing brides. Find a little happy in every moment of your wedding with Coton Colors — from the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” asks and gifts for favorite future mother-in-laws, to favors for every guest.

BRIDAL GIF TS & REGISTRY

(877) 801-1292 Coton-Colors.com Multiple locations and online

A BRIDE’S RIDE Roll away on your big day in style with a luxurious, vintage car from A Bride’s Ride. Their 1953 Packard Convertible is a timeless favorite with its beautiful ivory exterior and rich burgundy interior. New Mr. and Mrs. will look effortlessly refined cruising in or posing with this classic car. Rent a piece of history for moments that will serve as memories for years to come.

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“I first learned of Hilly Fields Florist because they designed the bouquet for my sister’s wedding. It was so gorgeous and unique, I knew they would do a great job for my wedding as well.” “The women at Hilly Fields were always accommodating and available. I felt like they really cared about making our wedding beautiful. And you can’t beat their level of experience. They had worked with my venue before and knew exactly what I needed, like where to place floral arrangements so that they got maximum exposure. Even though I had spent so much time going over how I wanted it to look, it was more beautiful than I could have imagined!” - Kathryn Barker Sumner, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY BLACK AND HUE PHOTOGRAPHY AND ALICIA OSBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Kissed by the warm salty breezes of the Gulf, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for the couple in search of a timeless beach ceremony and an overall experience highlighted by unprecedented customer service on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Wedding guests will adore this spot for its understated glamour, convivial atmosphere and gorgeous amenities. This resort can deliver it all, from pre-wedding rituals to postnuptial relaxation.

RESORT & VENUE

(850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

SERENITY BY THE SEA SPA Be sure to include a visit to Serenity by the sea Spa when planning your wedding weekend activities. The full-service spa at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the perfect place to relax away those pre-wedding jitters with a menu of massage, facial and body treatments. And a recent expansion to the Image Center allows the entire wedding party to enjoy a spa-style bridesmaid’s lunch as well as beautifying together with hair services, manicures and pedicures.

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(850) 622-9595 SerenitybytheseaSpa.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

THE COASTAL BALLROOM The newest addition to the event spaces at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the Coastal Ballroom, completed in spring 2015. The 7,500-square-foot space, which can be divided into three smaller sections, features an open-ceiling concept — it’s black with “clouds” that can give the appearance of a romantic starry night during your wedding festivities. The resort has 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor venues, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your ceremony, reception and other wedding gatherings.

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(850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS AND SEAFOOD When only the best will do, treat your guests to an event at Seagar’s, the only AAA-Four Diamond-rated steakhouse on the Emerald Coast. Private rooms are available for groups of all sizes, making the New York-style steakhouse perfect for everything from small family gatherings to elegant rehearsal dinners. Chef Dan Vargo will create a menu to suit your style, featuring Prime beef and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood. Seagar’s also features the largest wine list on the coast, with more than 600 labels to choose from.

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SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT Make memories to cherish for a lifetime at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Offering the largest selection of luxurious venues on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin is the perfect backdrop for your special day. From sugary white sand beaches and lush green lawns, to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin can make your perfect wedding a dream come true.

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(866) 748-7863 Sandestin.com/flwed 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin, FL 32550

TOM & THE CATS Tom & the Cats are wedding reception legends that get the party going. With catchy dance music and a guaranteed night to remember, no matter the theme of your wedding Tom & the Cats has the music to match. A 2015 Best of Tallahassee winner for Best Local Band, their smooth vocals and dynamic instrumentals captivate guests — leaving them no choice but to make their way to the dance floor. The bands motto says it all, “It ain’t nothing but a party, baby!”

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GULF COAST FACIAL PLASTICS & ENT CENTER For a face of perfection on your wedding day, plan ahead for a glowing appearance. The offices of Gulf Coast Facial Plastics provide Botox and numerous injectable options that offer volume where it’s needed and smoothness where you want it. Chemical Peels (both light and deep) can give your skin the youthful glow you desire. And remember – it’s always best to plan ahead! Contact our RN Aesthetician, Donna Rizzuto.

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(850) 784-7722 Opt. 1, Ext. 3 GulfCoastFacialPlastics.com 200 Doctors Dr. Panama City, FL 32405

GULF COAST FACIAL PLASTICS & ENT CENTER Not happy with your profile? Dr. Daniel Daube, Double Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Facial Plastics and ENT physician, provides computerassisted consultations allowing potential patients to consider nose contouring as well as chin, cheek or lip implants. Surgery for prominent ears may also be a consideration. Have concerns? Bring a list and let Dr. Daube at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT Center address all your needs.

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BELLAGIO NAIL & DAY SPA Escape stress into a world of total comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a luxurious experience, pick the perfect polish for your tips and toes and indulge in refreshments from the spa’s fully stocked bar. Our friendly and professional staff will pamper and perfect all of your beauty needs. Kick off the bachelorette party or bridal shower with our private room complete with music, drinks and complete relaxation.

(850) 912-4488 BellagioDaySpaPensacola.com 5010 Bayou Blvd., Suite 103 Pensacola, FL 32503

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MY FAVORITE THINGS When your guests first see the invitation to the most special day of your life, you can be certain that they will give it more than a passing glance. Be sure to choose an invitation that reflects your taste and style. Let My Favorite Things be your personal stationer. Their trained consultants can assist with all your etiquette questions while helping to create an invitation that will perfectly set the mood and tone of your wedding.

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making it happen HEARTH & SOUL Hearth & Soul is a gathering place reminiscent of the home where you are invited to relax and refresh while discovering beautiful things for you and your registry. Unique, curated items will entice your senses, enhance your style and every room of your home from the family room and kitchen to the bed and bath to his and her closets. Designed to delight and simplify your life, Hearth & Soul embraces all the things that make a house a home to make it much more than a store. Explore women’s and men’s apparel, gifts, kitchen, entertaining and home accessories. 

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(850) 894-SOUL HearthAndSoul.com 1410 Market St. – D1 Tallahassee, FL 32312

SOUTHWOOD GOLF CLUB Whether it’s a round of golf during the bachelor party or a relaxing afternoon for the father of the bride, SouthWood Golf Club offers guests an experience to remember. Renowned for its architecture, this upscale greenway is nestled among the rolling hills and ancient oak trees of Tallahassee. SouthWood provides an enjoyable yet challenging experience for golfers of all levels — making it an appreciated addition to any wedding weekend.

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(850) 942-4653 SouthWoodGolf.com 3750 Grove Park Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32311

ARTISTIC CONFECTIONS Make your wedding day even sweeter with a luxury, custom wedding cake from Artistic Confections. As members of the Tallahassee Association of Wedding Professionals and WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice winners, Artistic Confections provides top-notch service, premium ingredients, personalized memories and (most importantly) delicious flavor. From cupcakes to cookies to your beautiful wedding cake, they’ll orchestrate raw ingredients to compose a mouthwatering symphony of flavors.

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(850) 577-3000 TallahasseeCakes.com 1712 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL 32303

ELLEBELLE PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN ElleBelle Photography specializes in capturing candid moments during life’s most special occasions. From the first minutes of a blissful engagement to the most meaningful day of your life as a couple, ElleBelle will highlight your love story with beautifully customized pictures. With eight years of trusted experience and six professionally trained and fully equipped photographers, ElleBelle ensures a lifetime archive of your photos and top-notch service when you tie the knot.

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Iberian Fancies Flamenco, fado and fighting bulls

Castles in Spain, Portuguese lace, we all have ideas about what makes a place. While not the same for everyone, the drama that is Iberia is not to be denied.

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Portugal. Alfama. 11 a.m. Fado. I can’t resist pulling an orange from the tree in our whitewashed courtyard. Then, though I’m in a hurry, I stop to gaze out over the rooftops of Lisbon. Red roofs, turquoise, ochre and sienna-colored houses crazy-quilt down the steep lanes of Alfama. My neighborhood — the only part of Lisbon not destroyed in a 1755 cataclysmic quake — is situated on the highest hill of Portugal’s capital. Cast in a chiaroscuro of shoulder-wide lanes and blinding sunlight, Alfama is like an insistent suitor, arresting me in mid-sentence with its beauty and singing a beautiful and melancholy fado throughout the day. But I’m hungry now, and restaurant-bound, am eager to trudge up, then down, one of Alfama’s nearly vertical becos, those Lilliputian alleys paved in tiny squares of polished stone that have, I’ve noticed, left a good percentage of locals wearing splints and walking with canes.

an entry point for waves of takeovers. From prehistoric cavedwellers through Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals and Visigoths, it was the Arab Kingdoms that ended up ruling Iberia for nearly 700 years of breathtaking advances. Visual arts, literature, mathematics, science, architecture, the Moorish dynasties were, some think, the apogee of Iberian culture. But in 1492 all that came to a halt. Not only was Columbus making headlines, but in the reconquest, the same generous queen who had bankrolled the explorer was casting out Jews and Arabs in a kind of holocaust of forced Christianity. What Isabella couldn’t pry loose from the people of the peninsula were the centuries of Moorish influence. Though mosques became churches and Arabic was no longer spoken, music, dance and a North African aesthetic wouldn’t go away. As I chew my cod — yes, jokes have been made — and sip the slightly fizzy, refreshingly young “vinho verde,” I think with gratitude of the conquistadors of Iberia’s Moors. In Seville, they

Above: Hypostyle Hall in the sometimes mosque/sometime cathedral at Cordoba, Spain. The site underwent conversion from a church to a mosque and then back to a church. At right: the Belem Tower on the Tagus River in Lisbon. Construction of the fortress took six years and was completed in 1519.

Yet, the passageways are bustling in Alfama. Tourists stop to snap photos of four-story buildings clad in glistening porcelain tiles. They wave lacy fans back and forth as if the breeze from the massive Tagus River below can’t do the job. And they marvel at the medieval Sao Jorge Castle that tops Alfama like a stony, gray cherry. For my part, I make my way down the hill to the outdoor café beside the sheltering Se Cathedral where I can luxuriate in my now daily fix of cod. Yes, the fish. COD. “Bacalao a bras,” the humble Portuguese dish that sends Lisbon natives into ecstasy when done well. Shredded potatoes, crumbled cod and an egg. And maybe an appetizer of chilled octopus ahead of time since seafood is a staple in Portugal. A shady lunch and a glass of wine will give me time to contemplate this place called Iberia, the huge peninsula of Spain, Portugal and a bite of France, that extends into the Atlantic like a handshake toward the West. Spain greedily makes up the bulk of Iberia’s mass while Portugal seems to slink down much of its western coast. Convenient for ancient invaders, the peninsula’s formidable coastline became

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topped the minaret of the megalithic mosque with a sublime bell tower and called it a cathedral; they turned the Alhambra, Granada’s Sultan’s palace, into the residence of a Christian king; and in Cordoba, they simply added altars in the form of tons of pilfered New World gold to turn the most exquisite mosque in the Western World, the Mesquitza, into a church. Even if religiously opposed, they recognized Arabic beauty on a grand scale and left it alone. The air has grown chilly by nightfall, and though it is before 9, I can already hear the strains of “fado” rising from the residential fjords of Alfama. With arms propped on a window sill, an old woman looks down at me and waves. Her shoulders are moving ever so slightly to the music. Given an extra hundred years, she could have been one of the first to sing the sad, sweet rhythms of fado — “fate” — which arose among fishermen of the 1800s, the women they left at home, and the poor who struggled with “the way things are.” In a restaurant, where most fado is sung, a young man, Pedro d’AlMeida, who says he gave up an operatic future to return to


Alfama and devote his life to this sorrowful form of song, walks among the tables, opens his palms, and makes even those of us who understand not a word, want to weep. The 12-stringed Portuguese guitar seems to cry as well as the strains of fado drift across the city toward morning and Alfama settles into its past.

Spain. Granada. 10 p.m. Flamenco. My head had ached and my feet tantrumed in Madrid. The glorious Prado museum with its Goyas and Riberas, the almost-asgood Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, filled with many of Impressionism’s greatest minor works, involved hours of walking — most of it plunging through crowds thick with Spaniards intent on their 24/7 tapascrawls. What was needed to clear my head were a few good evenings of flamenco. But I would wait for Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, the southerly cities where the influence of the Roma would be more authentic. Thankfully, the Roma gitanos — gypsies — who gave birth to modern flamenco dance, still perform in Sacramonte in the streets and caves above Granada. It is nearing 10 p.m. Granada, like the rest of Spain, is awakening as the rest of the world readies for bed. In a narrow, whitewashed tube of a room, dug into the rocky soil of Sacramonte, the walls are hung with fading photos, brass plates, religious icons and candelabra. Visitors are backed along the walls, away from the rough dance floor. It is hot and claustrophobic, but the air is electric as, at one end, a guitarist, two singers and three dancers enter and silently perch on straight-back chairs. No one speaks until, with eyes closed, one man begins to clap his hands. The guitar responds to the rhythm and embellishes it. Then the others accentuate the rhythm with their palmas, clapping to counterbeats and ones unheard. As if conjured, one of the women stands and begins to move her wrists. They are like wings, or swans’ necks, or a flower unfurling. She is graceful, wearing a manton or shawl that sweeps to her knees. Languorous or staccato, her movements take on an urgency that is broken only when her heels have stabbed powerful tattoos in the wooden floor and she at last seems emptied of emotion. This is flamenco. This is its soul — duende. The singing that wrenches the heart; the rhythms swept

Above: The Prado museum and art gallery (Museo del Prado) in Madrid. At right: a group of flamenco dancers in the streets of Granada. Flemenco, whose enduring place in Spanish culture dates to the16th century, incorporates rhythms from India and Africa.

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from India and Africa, then to be ritualized in 16th century Spain. This is flamenco, a concoction of intoxicating passion and powerful grit that like it or not, will have its way with you, in the last century or this.

The Hemingway Effect: There was only one thing left to do before returning home, before the controversial spectacles vanish forever. Long ago, I had seen a Portuguese bullfight and now planned to attend one in Spain. I wanted to know if the experiences would be as vividly exciting as they’d seemed many years before. And wondered too, on which side of the “bull wars” and “fight bans” I would fall. My early corridas had been colored by the Hemingway effect. Those bullfights in Spain, France and Mexico were steeped in the author’s romantic tales and, yes, Ava Gardner’s front-page fling with a leading torero. I’d read This is flamenco. “Death in the Afternoon” three times. Besides, This is its soul — bullfights are Spain, right? duende. The singing The quintessential cultural that wrenches the hallmark of Spanish heart; the rhythms bravado and drama. Life. Death. Pageantry pairing a swept from India satin suit and a machismo and Africa, then bull. to be ritualized in The first of my two 16th century Spain. fights was held in Portugal’s elegant Campo Pequeno, This is flamenco, a Victorian ring that can a concoction of hold 9,000. Announcing intoxicating passion the fight like a boxing and powerful grit ring girl, a gilded coach with a team of four white that like it or not, horses and an equipage will have its way directly from the 16th with you, in the last century arced in courtly century or this. circles around the arena. Unlike Spanish contests, in Portugal, the bull is not killed in the ring. Instead, it bursts from a dark tunnel into an immense sandy circle where it will, for the first time, see men on foot. The fight involves a mounted torero placing long, barbed banderillos as he charges his horse toward the bull. Tonight’s bulls looked annoyed but unharmed. The second and final part of the Portuguese fight involved eight unquestionably brave men standing in single-file facing the bull. Provoked to charge them, the first man is hit full in the chest by the bull’s head as he grabs the animal’s horns and his feet shoot sky-high. The other men then attempt to wrestle the bull to a standstill. And then it is over. The perplexed bull is escorted from the ring by a small herd of bell-ringing oxen and each goes back to his stall, or more likely to the butcher.

Spain. Madrid. 8 p.m. Fighting Bulls. The Madrid corrida is something else. Built in 1931, Madrid’s Las Ventas Plaza de Toros has featured the world’s

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most famous matadors — Molino, Belmonte, Manolete — idols whose pictures appear in Madrid restaurants alongside some of the mounted heads of the famous bulls they dispatched. The corrida is packed. It is the last event of the season, and hundreds of students from a bull-fighting school keep up an excited chant. Cigar-smoking men and delicate ladies sit shoulder to shoulder on bleacher seats below the “King’s box,” a kind of Arabian balcony where King Juan Carlos sits when he attends. His wife, Sofia, doesn’t approve of bullfights and doesn’t come. And then with trumpeted fanfare that sends romantic tingles down the spine, it begins. As in Portugal, all the bulls act surprised when they gallop into the ring. They seem more like frisky dogs let out of a kennel. But too soon, for them, the fun is over. There is no doubt we are watching artistry as the matador turns his cape this way and that, the bull following as if it might be a game. And doubtless, there is bravery in stepping into a ring with a 900-1,300 pound animal bred to kill and gore. But this time I see how the bull quickly

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A matador torments, confuses and exhausts a bull during an encounter in Madrid. In Spain, bulls are killed at the end of fights. In Portugal, the fight ends when men combine to wrestle a bull to a standstill.

becomes exhausted. How he is uncertain and confused. And how the odds are impossibly stacked against him as his battered neck muscles refuse to hold his head high and in so doing, after 20 minutes of flailing at a magenta cape, permit the matador to easily dispatch the great bull with his sword. I won’t go back. I wept for the bull. But a certain nostalgia will remain. Not for the killing of an unsuspecting animal, but for all the iconic practices of ancient cultures that are too often replaced by the bland societal currencies of today. One cannot condone Chinese foot binding nor the neck stretching of Thai hill people, nor the ritual scarring of African tribes. But such odd and bizarre practices, added to the thousands of world languages, hundreds of religious beliefs, and millions of ways to make a good stew gave a uniqueness to the peoples of the planet that in our time teeters on becoming a thin, beige porridge. Fado, flamenco and fighting bulls. For now, on the Iberian Peninsula, the first two are alive and well. And maybe soon, big black bulls will be too. EC

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examinations for glasses, acupuncture, cosmetic surgery or most dental care. However, a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO, etc.) may offer some of these services as an enhanced benefit. Otherwise, you might want to get a private plan for these costs.

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MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN choices include Health

Maintenance Organization (HMO), PPO (Preferred Provider Organization), Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) and Special Needs Plan (SNP) coverage. It incorporates both Medicare A and B — hospital and medical insurance. Advantage plans may include some dental, vision and hearing coverage. You may pay a monthly premium in addition to the Part B premium and copays, but when enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, insurance agents may not sell you an additional Medigap policy. In most plans, you need to use doctors, hospitals and other providers that are in the plan’s network. PPOs are not as restrictive about going outside network, but the co-pay will likely increase. The majority of plans include prescription drug coverage.

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WHEN TURNING 65, you have seven months to sign up for Medicare. This initial enrollment period is three months before your birthday, your birthday month and three months after your birthday. Start the process early, experts recommend, so you have time to work out your finances and figure out all your options. You also don’t want to have a break in service of insurance coverage. If you’ve already signed up for Social Security, you’ll automatically receive a Medicare card. If not, you’ll need to go to socialsecurity.gov to enroll. Your last chance to enroll without a penalty is three months after turning 65 if you or your spouse are without employer coverage. If you are covered by a drug plan from work, you must get a letter from your insurance plan each year that confirms you have “creditable” drug coverage (measures up to Medicare’s standards), or you’ll face a lifetime penalty when you do sign up for the Medicare drug plan.


As long as you are enrolled in Part D you will pay that penalty. There are special enrollment periods available to eligible individuals. For example, you have eight months after leaving your job or moving from one area to another to enroll in Medicare Part A or B. If you do not enroll in your initial enrollment period or are not eligible for a special enrollment period, the next opportunity to enroll is during the general enrollment period which is from Jan. 1 to March 31 each year. Coverage begins on July 1 You can change your Medicare coverage whether you have a Medicare Advantage plan or a Prescription Drug Plan during the annual Open Enrollment Period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year, with changes effective Jan. 1. Then there’s long-term care to think about. Keep in mind that Medicare only covers medically necessary skilled nursing care and home health care under certain conditions. The average annual cost in 2014 for a semiprivate room in a Florida nursing facility was close to $87,600 ($91,615 for a private). You may want to consult a legal or financial advisor about protecting your assets and determining whether to invest in long-term care insurance. “Three out of four people want to receive long-term care,” AARP’s Bruns said. “The ideal situation is for a long-term policy to pay for skilled care for you in your home. A lot of people have that dream, but you have to make sure your policy gets you want you really want.” Elizabeth Coulliette, executive director of the Bay County Council on Aging, advises people “start thinking about modifying their home as they age.” The Council offers services to help people live in their homes as long as possible, including transportation, meals for the homebound, energy efficiency, financial planning and other assistance. Services “go from activities for fast-paced involvement to a continuum of care with meals on wheels,” Coulliette said. Turning 65 is a new chapter but it can be one filled with possibility, said Patrick Markey, coordinator for senior recreation in the city of Destin. Destin’s community and senior centers serve about 232 people aged 50 and up each year, with as many as 500 signing up for various sports and activities, including pickle ball, zumba classes, bowling and billiards. “What counts is have something to look forward to,” Markey said. “My most important project each month is putting out the newsletter, because seniors plan their month around it. “ Men, in particular, may “need a new picture of selfworth, of giving back,” said Coulliette. Volunteering is one activity that’s a win-win for all individuals, she said. “It helps someone else — but it helps them as much,” she said. “Activities and involvement help us to continue to stay as healthy and independent as long as possible.” EC

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OKALOOSA HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center has served Okaloosa and Walton counties for 14 years. When the practice was started, there was no open heart or coronary angioplasty program in the immediate area. These procedures were being done in Pensacola and Panama City, and patients had to travel a distance to receive these services. We now have four interventional cardiologists and an endovascular surgeon, and we continue to grow. We have active medical staff privileges at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, North Okaloosa Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. We can also see patients at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and Healthmark Regional Medical Center.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE TO YOUR PATIENTS? Complete cardiovascular services both inside the office and outside. Our office

DR. MICHAEL L. YANDEL earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the University of Miami with his medical degree in 1989. Dr. Yandel received his Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease training in the United States Army at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. He served on active duty for 11 years, then retired as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force. Dr. Yandel is board certified in Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology. His specialties include Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Diseases.

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offers services that are non-invasive such as treadmill stress testing, nuclear stress testing, tilt table exams, cardiac and vascular ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, CLIA-waived laboratory tests, pacemaker and defibrillator check clinics. We also provide regular follow-up visits for those who have had coronary problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, valve trouble and similar issues. We are also involved in two research studies that involve our patients with diagnoses of hyperlipidemia and CHF.

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO YOUR PRACTICE’S SUCCESS? We focus on the patients. We meet on a regular basis with the doctors and the staff to constantly evaluate our service. We are very cognizant of keeping up with recent technology and current trends. Everyone is board certified, and continued medical education is a must-do activity. It all comes down to hard work and keeping the patient a No. 1 priority.

DR. JOSEPH A. PEDONE was born in Colorado

Springs, Colorado. After completing his degree at Louisiana State University, Dr. Pedone practiced Internal Medicine for six years in Covington, Louisiana. Dr. Pedone left private practice after being accepted for a cardiology fellowship at Oshsner Medical Institution. After three years of fellowship training, he achieved board certification in cardiology in 1991. Dr. Pedone is currently a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, he completed a six month fellowship in Nuclear Cardiology and is board certified in Interventional Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Devices (pacemakers and defibrillators).

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DR. JUAN CARLOS ZARATE was born in Lima,

Peru. Following medical school graduation in 1987 he moved to Miami, and he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1990. Dr. Zarate completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship from 1990-1993 at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center. In private practice since 1993, he has specialized in Interventional Cardiology in both California and Florida and he is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Zarate has been involved in multicenter, international research programs, and he is the principal investigator for the Norvartis clinical trial set forth in Protocol No. ACZ885M2301. Dr. Zarate speaks both English and Spanish.


WHAT IS THE GOAL OF YOUR PRACTICE? Our No. 1 goal is patient satisfaction. We want to keep patients in our county. Working with the hospitals in this area, we want to ensure people don’t have to travel outside of this area to receive quality service. We are committed to exploring new technologies and techniques, providing better ways to care for our patients and to treating each patient like a person rather than a diagnosis. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? Favorite part is ironically the hardest and most stressful. We love the office and interactions with patients, but the thing that gives us the most satisfaction is when you get called out in the middle of night and someone is in the midst of a heart attack. The team interacts and within less than an hour a coronary artery is open and a patient is alive and well. That gives all of us the most satisfaction. There is nothing like walking into a waiting room and telling a family the procedure went well and the family member is on the road to recovery.

DR. ANTHONY S. AL-DEHNEH completed his Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2013 and his Cardiovascular Fellowship at Seton Hall University in 2012. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry in New Jersey where he received his D.O. degree in 2002. Dr. Al-Dehneh is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology. He specializes in coronary intervention, peripheral PTA/stenting, structural heart diseases and radial artery access.

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DR. MARK KATZENSTEIN was born in New York,

New York. He graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed his medical education at the University of Dominca in 1981. Dr. Katzenstein completed his internship in 1982 and his residency in 1984 at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine since January 1984 and a Fellow of the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases since January 1987. Dr. Katzenstein is board certified in Interventional Cardiology. He has been in private practice in Okaloosa County since 1991.

DR. MARCELLO A. BORZATTA graduated from

medical school in Milan, Italy, in 1980, and completed his surgical residencies and internships in California. Dr. Borzatta completed a fellowship in Peripheral Vascular Surgery in 1986. He was board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Endovascular Medicine in 2006. Dr. Borzatta has completed numerous specialized training programs to include: laser angioplasty, placement of cardiovascular stents, and peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

We are a premier dermatology practice on Florida’s Emerald Coast devoted to providing comprehensive and advanced surgical, medical and cosmetic treatments for patients of all ages. We offer a broad variety of state-of-theart procedures to maximize your skin’s health, keeping it healthy and looking its best.

offers a peaceful and soothing environment that will allow your mind and body to relax and escape from the stresses of everyday life. Services include: facials and peels, massage therapy, makeup application, brow shaping, reflexology and waxing services. The state-of-the-art spa services, customized techniques and medical-grade products will leave you feeling and looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Meritage is located at Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology’s Miramar Beach location.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE YOUR PATIENTS?

Our practice offers Mohs micrographic surgery performed by Dr. David C. Adams, a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery — a qualification held by less than eight percent of all dermatologists nationwide. From Tallahassee to Pensacola, Dr. Adams is one of only three fellowshiptrained Mohs surgeons serving the entire Emerald Coast. Along with Mohs Micrographic surgery, our practice offers patients the most advanced surgical, medical and cosmetic dermatology services in the Gulf Coast area.

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS?

Quality. Having a team of highly trained individuals with a passion to deliver the best quality care has contributed to our success. We promote healthy skin care with compassion and respect and offer personalized treatments to each patient.

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FORT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER

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FORT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER EXCELS IN EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL CARE THROUGH OVER 200 OF THE MOST HIGHLY RESPECTED AND QUALIFIED PHYSICIANS THAT THE AREA HAS TO OFFER. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center provides advanced care for critically ill patients and has the only comprehensive cardiovascular program in the area. For emergency services there is the main ER and a Pediatric ER, and for minor illness there is the Express ER. The community recently voted Fort Walton Beach Medical Best in Destin for Best Medical Center/Hospital and Best in Customer Service. It is also one of only two hospitals in the area that scored the highest in Patient Safety from a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog agency.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is constructing a new ER in Destin that is expected to open by the end of 2016. The new ER will be located at Highway 98 and Tequesta Drive and will include eight emergency exam rooms, CT, X-ray and an on-site laboratory. The new ER in Destin will allow FWBMC to deliver emergency care right where many of their patients and families live. It will offer the same expert and compassionate care FWBMC delivers throughout the region but in a more convenient setting. For a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions, 24/7, please call Consult-A-Nurse at (850) 864-0213. Below, rendering of the new Destin ER, opening late 2016.

This 257-bed facility is the only acute care hospital in the tri-county area that is qualified to perform open-heart surgery. FWBMC has an Advanced Primary Stroke Center accredited by the Joint Commission, an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Cancer Care Center that is an Associate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System Cancer Community Network. For expecting mothers, Fort Walton Medical Center’s highly skilled team of OB/ GYNs and nurses provide compassionate care, while private labor, delivery and recovery suites offer a safe, supportive and homelike environment. Our unique Couplet Care system provides one nurse per patient to help mother and baby off to a happy, healthy start. Should a delivery become high risk, FWBMC has the area’s only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with neonatologists available 24/7.

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DR. CHARLES ARBOGAST NEPHROLOGIST

Dr. Charles Arbogast specializes in the management of any and all kidney diseases. He works with patients to prevent kidney damage caused by hypertension and diabetes and joined White-Wilson Medical Center’s newly established Nephrology Clinic in January 2016. During his Internal Medicine residency, Dr. Arbogast knew immediately that he wanted to help the one in 10 Americans who suffer from kidney disease and that Nephrology was the field for him. Following his military career, he was recruited by White-Wilson to provide Nephrology care in Fort Walton Beach. It didn’t take much to convince his wife and children to make the move, and they are now proud to call the Emerald Coast home.

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Dr. Arbogast works with patients to catch kidney disease in its earliest stages and to make the most of life. He manages all areas of treatment, including dialysis. “It is my goal to prevent and/or limit the progression of chronic kidney disease and to help patients live longer and healthier lives,” said Dr. Arbogast.

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EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST

Dr. William Gross holds over 20 years of experience as an Otolaryngologist, or Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. His services include treatment of the nose and sinuses, ear infections, neck masses, thyroid problems, tonsils/adenoid problems, sleep disorders, and voice and swallowing issues. He enjoys caring for both adults and children. Dr. Gross’s special interest and training is in complicated sinus issues that can occur when patients have failed to achieve sufficient results from previous sinus surgery and treatment. This includes treatment of tumors in the nose or sinuses. Dr. Gross has a strong desire to care for others and credits his choice to become an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to debilitating sinus problems he experienced in his youth. He is credited with several advanced surgical techniques and provides the most advanced level of patient care. “My practice philosophy is to be prepared to provide the best care possible and to be used by God to show love and mercy to others,” said Dr. Gross. WILLIAM GROSS, M.D.

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KIMBERLY MOSKOWITZ, MS, MD

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After completing her residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz moved to the Emerald Coast committed to providing patients with the most innovative non-surgical treatments available for skin and veins. “Personal and professional integrity, meticulous attention to detail, and unconditional kindness are the qualities that best define me as a Physician.” Her naturally sunny personality and love of beauty is reflected in her European designed office graced with 300-year-old wood beams, fountains, authentic French doors, Italian chandeliers, and layered venetian plaster. For the past 12 years, she has dedicated herself to making a difference in people’s lives and redefining what it means to age gracefully. “Growing older is inevitable, but looking older is a choice,” Moskowitz says. “Maintaining balance between aging gracefully and looking young is a clever sleight-of-hand for an aesthetic specialist.” Moskowitz makes subtle changes that replicate what patients looked like 10 or 20 years ago. Her favorite new procedure is one she developed and calls The Biolift. “My non-surgical Biolift technique is amazing because I can achieve results similar to or better than surgery by replacing lost volume and collagen to mimic the facial shape and bone structure of youth,” Moskowitz explains. The procedure counteracts the natural aging process and makes treated skin appear supple and luminous with essentially no downtime. “Individual noninvasive treatments are fantastic, but when they are combined, they’re extraordinary,” Moskowitz notes. “When we combine dermal fillers, collagen stimulators and Botox with laser resurfacing and other skin tightening treatments, there’s almost nothing we can’t do for the aging face and neck.” Moskowitz’s reputation, experience and compassion attract patients from around the world. She has successfully performed over 10,000 EVLT procedures for non-surgical closure of varicose and spider veins. Her approach combines EVLT with sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy and lasers to keep legs feeling healthy and looking beautiful. Varicose and spider veins are problems that most patients, and even some physicians mistakenly believe are just cosmetic issues. Moskowitz stresses that when they are left untreated, varicose veins can lead to serious health risks including blood clots, phlebitis, cellulitis, leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency and restless leg syndrome. “Expert treatment of varicose veins dramatically improves symptoms such as aching, swelling, leg discomfort, cramping, fatigue and restless legs syndrome and reduces the risk for more serious complications,” Moskowitz says. Moskowitz is advancing the field of phlebology (venous disease) as one of only about 300 physicians in the world who is board certified in the subspecialty.

A FEW OF MY SPECIALTIES: Biolift – The Non-surgical Face Lift, Thermi-tight, ResurFx Laser skin resurfacing, Acupulse Laser Resurfacing, BOTOX®, Dermal fillers, Sculptra, IPL-Photorejuvenation, Photodynamic Therapy, Smartlipo Neck & Body lifting, Pollogen Microneedling, Laser Hair Removal, Non-surgical closure of varicose and Spider Veins, Thermi-VA

“Every day patients say to me, ‘My legs ache, burn and swell at the end of the day’ or ‘I’m starting to feel old when I look in the mirror,’” she reports. “It’s extremely gratifying to know that I have the knowledge, experience and technology to help them look and feel better about themselves. The diversity of my career is a gift I never take for granted.” Moskowitz has won numerous awards including recognition as the area’s “Best Skin Doctor,” “Best Vein Doctor,” and “Most Caring Physician.” “Patient trust is everything to me. I never underestimate the responsibility of having people’s faces in my hands,” Moskowitz enthuses.

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EMERALD COAST COMPOUNDING PHARMACY REGINA K. JAQUESS TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. I received my

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doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monore in 2009. I have received postgraduate training in pharmaceutical compounding, which is my passion. I am a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and a member of Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA).

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APRIL + MAY For more events in the EC, visit EmeraldCoastMagazine.com compiled by JENNIFER IRELAND and ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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DIGITAL GRAFFITI AT ALYS BEACH

Staged among the glistening white walls of Alys Beach, Digital Graffiti provides artists with large-scale blank canvases for exploring the intersection of art and architecture. After the sun goes down, buildings come alive with dozens of dazzling original art projections. Emerald Coast Magazine is a proud sponsor of Digital Graffiti and hosts Saturday evening’s kick-off party, May 14, where guests will enjoy live entertainment, cocktails and camaraderie beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alys Foundation. For a full schedule and more ticket information, visit digitalgraffiti.com.

PHOTOS BY JACQUELINE WARD IMAGES (DIGITAL GRAFFITI), CHASE YAKABOSKI (TOP SALON) AND COURTESY OF SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT (SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL)

MAY 21

LITTLE BLACK DRESS PARTY → Voted Best Local Event, the Little Black Dress Party is back again for the seventh year. The night will feature dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and games. Men and women come together to celebrate and support women’s health. All proceeds will help provide much-needed health services for local women, like mammograms, mental health services, preventive health care and sexual violence counseling and care. Individual tickets, group tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $90 each or $850 for a corporate table. The party will be at the Sandestin Linkside Center and starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call (850) 863-8112 or visit fwblittleblackdressparty.com.

APRIL 8

TOP SALON EC

→ One of the Emerald Coast’s most stylish charity events is back once again, gathering the who’s who of the Northwest Florida salon industry. The top ten salons, nominated by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine, will go head-to-head in this fierce runway show that will showcase their deserving model’s transformation. The fifth annual celebration, made possible by presenting sponsor The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, will also feature delicious eats, great music and copious amounts of entertainment. The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. and be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door plus tax. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of the winning salon’s choice. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at emeraldcoastmagazine.com/top-salon.

APRIL 14-17

30TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL

→ Uncork some fun in the sun at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for a weekend filled with all the best wines. Voted Best Annual Event in Destin, the Sandestin Wine Festival is a pictureperfect event, complete with white tents, flowing wine, delicious food, live music and much more. Affectionately called the “Kentucky Derby of wine Festivals,” attendees will enjoy wine tastings showcasing hundreds of domestic and international wines. The event is one of the best of the year and draws thousands of people to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Stay steps away or a simple tram ride away from the festivities at Sandestin and enjoy beautiful weather and amazing food and wine all weekend long. Tickets range from $55 to $125 and can be purchased at sandestinwinefestival.com. EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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DEC. 5 An evening of holiday magic was had at the Holley Center on FSU Panama City’s campus. More than 140 attendees helped raise $10,000 in proceeds to the Angel House Bereavement Center. The evening featured over 30 fantastic silent and live auctions while guests dined and danced to rockin’ music by the band American Tread.

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1 Lisa Herring, Janice Chavers, Jeff Mitchell, Christina Cassani and Vanessa Serio 2 (front row) Frank & MaryAnn Starling, and Janice & Steve McEuen; (back row) Chandra Malamud, Nanisa Head and Charlotte Brannon

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Sharing Hands Network JAN. 15 Esther and Eric Hemphill, the founders of Sharing Hands Network, hosted a thank you breakfast for local charity and nonprofit leaders. Guests enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Okaloosa Island followed by three motivational and informative speakers. The event was capped with a cash drawing for $500 which went to the Salvation Army in Fort Walton Beach. Mike Maxwell drew the lucky ticket.

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1 Kitty Hataway, Monica Talley and Gayle Vann 2 Joy Makera, Ernestine Carswell and Martha Bayer 3 Eric Hemphill, Mike Maxwell, David Saviola and Esther Hemphill

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GLASS CLASSES AT THE SHARD SHOP DAILY YEAR-ROUND This make-your-own shard-art boutique welcomes all ages and skill levels to make art with glass on canvas. Prices are from $35 for kids and $85 for adults. The Shops of Grayton, 26 Logan Lane, Grayton Beach. Most adult classes are 10 a.m.–noon. Family-style classes and kids classes are 1–3 p.m. (850) 231-0544, shardshop.com

BOOMIN’ TUESDAYS TUESDAYS Enjoy lawn games and inflatables at the Events

Plaza, then light up the night with fireworks over the lagoon. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. 9:15 p.m. (850) 2678117, baytownewharf.com

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES

MAGICAL THURSDAYS THURSDAYS Magic show performed by Captain Davy. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. 12 p.m. (850) 267-8117, baytownewharf.com

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LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS

Enjoy this outdoor music concert series featuring live performers, bands and musicians. FREE. Events Plaza, The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. 7–9 p.m. (850) 2678117, baytownewharf.com

FRIDAYS This musical event is open to the public every Friday evening with rotating musicians. FREE. Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. 6–9 p.m. (850) 267-7778, sandestin.com/events

FAT TUESDAY CRAWFISH BOIL

SEASIDE FARMER’S MARKET SATURDAYS

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Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings at the Seaside Farmer’s Market. The selection of local specialties helps sustain area growers. FREE. 2255 E. County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. 8 a.m.–noon. (850) 231-6107, seasidefl.com

Enjoy three shows from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar Beach. Time? (850) 267-8117, baytownewharf.com

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS’ MARKET SATURDAYS This outdoor market features dozens of unique

Details of listings can change at the last minute. Please call ahead of time to confirm.

LIVE MUSIC SATURDAYS

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(EXCEPT APRIL 1 AND 8) SATURDAYS Enjoy live music at the Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W.. FREE. 6–9 p.m. (850) 267-7778, Sandestin.com/events

SUNDAYS

Feast at a family friendly crawfish boil at Fat Tuesday’s every Friday night. $6 per plate. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach. 5-7 p.m. (850) 351-1809, sandestin.com/events

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automotive icons zoom into the Village streets. Be a part of the show by voting on your favorite style and model. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 U.S. Highway 98 W., Miramar Beach. Noon–5 p.m. (850) 267-8117, baytownewharf.com

SUNDAY CINEMA

FRIDAYS THRU MAY 27

HYDROFLIGHT MONDAYS

vendors offering locally sourced produce, eggs, milk, cream, butter, grassfed beef, chicken, lamb, pork, local honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams, as well as flowers, herbs, soaps and lotions. FREE. Grand Park in Grand Boulevard, 600 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (850) 837-3099, grandboulevard.com

Enjoy a movie on the Events Plaza lawn. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. 8 p.m. (850) 267-8117, baytownewharf.com

TOUCH A TRUCK APRIL 2 The Junior League of the

Emerald Coast hosts its second annual Touch a Truck family-friendly event. This will be a fun time for all ages and provides an interactive experience with all kinds of trucks. FREE. Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, 1306 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 269-7234, jlec.org

VETTES AT THE VILLAGE APRIL 2 Area Corvette clubs bring “America’s sports car” to the Village Events Plaza. Corvettes will be shined to the max as these

GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY SHOW The Arts & Design Society hosts the Gem & Mineral Society’s showcase of its work. FREE. Art Center, 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach. Reception Friday, April 8, 6–8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tue–Fri, noon–4 p.m.; Sat, 1–4 p.m. (850) 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org

SPRING FLING WING DING APRIL 6 Enjoy your fill of tasty wings, wash them down with a Grayton beer and check out the latest from Yolo Boards. Family friendly event at The Gathering Place at NatureWalk at Seagrove. Live entertainment and giveaways. FREE. 1-5 p.m. (888) 527-1144, NatureWalkatSeagrove.com

MAKE COOL ART APRIL 6 Create an original piece of art using upcycled bottle caps and cans, wood and Scrabble tiles. $25. The Blue Giraffe, 1777 E. County Highway 30A, WaterColor. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 231-5112, BlueGiraffe30A.com

GRAND OPENING OF 2ND EMERALD COAST CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER APRIL 8 Take a tour of the new $3 million, 15,000-square-foot Pierce Family Children’s

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JAN. 20 The pioneer of farm-to-table movement on Scenic Highway 30A marked its 30th anniversary with a celebratory sunset toast. Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb raised a glass of champagne, sounded the bell, shared a few remarks of gratitude and then opened the mic for comments and well wishes from loyal restaurant devotees.

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Destin Desserts JAN. 22 The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle held their 5th Annual event at The Palms, where area chefs showcased their talents by creating original desserts utilizing Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Guests sampled the creative and delectable desserts and voted for their favorite. First place went to Pastry Chef Angie Malabet from Bijoux with her mouthwatering Creamy Peanut Truffles Delight dessert.

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1 Peggy McLane, Angie Malabet, Jack McGuckin and Gretchen Erickson 2 Judges Chef Dan Petis and Lauren Delgado 3 Kate Mellette and Raslean Allen

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Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs. The ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect. Free. 336 College Ave., DeFuniak Springs. 10 a.m.–noon. Visit eccac.org for more information.

FOOD FILM FESTIVAL SOUTH WALTON APRIL 8-10

PHOTOS BY SEAN MURPHY (30A SAND ROVER RALLY) AND COURTESY OF SOUTH WALTON BEACHES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

The Local Palate and The Food Film Festival are partnering to bring the best of food and film to the towns and beaches of South Walton along Florida’s historic Highway 30A. During this all-inclusive event, guests will have the opportunity to watch award-winning films and documentaries — and eat the delicious dishes featured in the movies. A portion of all proceeds benefits Emerald Coast Theatre Company and Food for Thought Outreach Inc. Go online for event prices and schedule. Foodfilmsowal.com

ABBAFAB APRIL 9 A stunning multi-media tribute to the beloved music of ABBA from “Dancing Queen” to “Mama Mia,” complete with choreographed dancing and colorful costumes presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation $20 for MKAF members, $25 general admission. Free for children (12 and under). Dugas Pavilion and Village Green, 4323 Commons Dr. W., Destin. Gates open at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit MKAF’s cultural arts and educational outreach programs. Purchase tickets online at mattiekellyartsfoundation.org or at the gate. For information call, (850) 650-2226.

HEART & SOLE APRIL 15 Fashion Show and luncheon with proceeds to benefit Fisher House and the Destin Women’s Club Family Fund. $55. Marina Cafe on the Destin Harbor. Doors open for silent auction/cash bar at 10:45 a.m. (612) 719-7922, destinwomansclub.org

SOLARIS CHAMPAGNE AND SEAFOOD LUNCH CRUISE APRIL 15

3RD ANNUAL 30A SAND ROVER RALLY ↑ APRIL 9 Bring your vintage Land Rover or funky old beach cruiser and hang out at the 3rd Annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in Gulf Place, on the corner of County Road 393 and Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Come prepared to have fun, and bring your best casual beach attitude. $5 park entry fee. 45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 6083070, 30a.com

Kick off the Sandestin Wine Festival just steps away on a luxurious 125-foot yacht as guests sip, cruise and savor four courses, each paired with premium champagnes. $90 per person. Baytowne Marina at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. Noon– 3 p.m. (850) 650-2519, sunquestcruises.com

MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION DAY APRIL 16 Panhandle Warrior Partnership presents a day of fun, food, music and special activities to

show the area’s great appreciation of its military families. FREE. Fort Walton Beach Landing, 139 Brooks St. SE, Fort Walton Beach. Time TBD. (850) 244-8191, FWBChamber.com

THE KILL CLIFF DESTIN MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON APRIL 17 The perfect race for those who want to enjoy the beautiful Emerald Coast and like to be treated as a person rather than just a bib number. Full marathon (6 a.m.), $99; halfmarathon (8 a.m.), $63. Proceeds benefit the Navy Seal Foundation. Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin. emeraldgrande.com/events

17TH ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL ARTS SHOW APRIL 19-MAY 20 A show of outstanding photography and digital arts by Arts & Design Society members and other photographers in the area. FREE. Art Center, 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach. Reception Friday, April 22, 6–8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tue–Fri, noon–4 p.m.; Sat, 1–4 p.m. (850) 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org

WATERBOYZ ART SHOW & SILENT AUCTION MAY 21 Enjoy live music, food from the Single Fin Café and cold beverages at this atypical art gallery and silent auction event. $10-$20. 380 N 9th Ave, Pensacola. 6 p.m. Visit waterboyz.com for more information.

14TH ANNUAL MASK AND MASTERPIECE GALA APRIL 23 Transport yourself to the

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A dazzling roster of more than a dozen celebrity winemakers, brewmasters, distillers, chefs and entertainers will converge in Miramar Beach to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of this four-day celebration of wine. This highly anticipated event centers on sipping, swirling and savoring more than 800 domestic and imported wines and features special guest appearances by Christina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi and Ronan Laborde, CEO of Groupe Clinet. Proceeds benefit children’s charities supported by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. $35-$175. Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Miramar Beach. Sowalwine.com fun streets of New Orleans at the biggest fundraiser for Covenant Hospice. The night includes silent auction, dinner, dancing and great entertainment. Proceeds from the event stay in Bay and Gulf counties to help fund programs at Covenant Hospice. $125. Edgewater Beach Resort. 5:30–10 p.m. (850) 785-3040

annual event. Guests will enjoy world-class wines at patron dinners, a reserve tasting and silent auction, as well as a live auction including luxurious trips and rare bottles. Proceeds will benefit 14 local children’s charities. Package pricing is $2,500 per couple. 600 Grand Boulevard, Mirarmar Beach. For more information, visit dcwaf.org.

11TH ANNUAL DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION

32ND ANNUAL PENSACOLA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

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APRIL 29–MAY 1

Named one of the nation’s Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs and celebrity vintners from around the globe to their signature

One of the largest crawfish boils in the state of Florida, this festival hosts authentic bayou country entertainment all weekend long with more than 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. $5 per day, $10 weekend pass. Fri, noon–11 p.m., Sat,

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JAN. 23 Cordova Mall transformed into a glittering party hall featuring six live bands, tasty treats from area restaurants, a New Orleans-inspired French Market and a fantastic silent auction. This annual party was sponsored by the Krewe of Les Petits Enfants and benefits the sick and injured children at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Over the past 20 years, the event has generated more than $3.4 million in proceeds.

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1 Adrienne Maygarden and Leonard Olson 2 Carol Carlan, Audrey Andrews and Ann Smithson 3 Vida and Madhi Mikhchi and Sue & Eddie Winter

WHO WILL BE NEXT? PHOTO: JACOB STUCKEY

April 23–30, 2016 Forestmeadows Tennis Center Tallahassee Frances Tiafoe Winner of the 2015 French Open Wild Card

Attend the final tournament of the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge and see the greatest tennis stars face off for a chance to earn a Main Draw Wild Card into the French Open. Bring your family, and watch the action. For more information about tickets, sponsorships or volunteer opportunities, visit our website or call the TMH Foundation at 431-5389.

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10 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Bartram Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway, Downtown Pensacola. (850) 433-6512, info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

‘SWING, SWANG, SWUNG’ APRIL 29–MAY 1 Ballet Pensacola’s lighthearted repertory evening of dance will feature choreographed works set to popular music by artists such as The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Tickets are $20–$32 at the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St., Pensacola. Fri at 7:30 p.m., Sat at  7:30 p.m. and Sun at  1:30 p.m. (850) 432-2042,  balletpensacola.com

dozen mediums in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center, along with great live music, live art demonstrations, food and beverages and ImagiNation (where children rule). FREE. Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. (850) 837-3099, artsquestflorida.com

FREE TRAIN RIDE FOR MOTHERS ON MOTHER’S DAY MAY 8 Bring your mom to meet our animal moms this Mother’s Day and she’ll receive a free train ride! FREE. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. gbzoo.com

CINCO DE MAYO PUB CRAWL

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

MAY 5

Complimentary amusebouche upon arrival. Includes choice of special menu with dessert buffet. $60 per adult; $30 per child (12 and under). Reservations required. Havana Beach Bar & Grill, 63 Main St., Rosemary Beach. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 588-2882, thepearlrb.com

Grab your friends for the annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl fiesta. With your pass, enjoy exclusive drink specials all night long at all the festive stops. $10 pub crawl pass. Destin Harbor, eventbrite.com

17TH ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL ARTS SHOW MAY 5-29 In celebration of the Arts and Design Society’s 60th anniversary, an exhibit of events and art from those years will be on display. FREE. Art Center, 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach. Reception Friday, June 3, 6–8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tue–Fri, noon–4 p.m.; Sat, 1–4 p.m. (850) 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL MAY 6-8 The 28th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, an official Art Week South Walton event produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance, will feature more than 125 juried fine artists exhibiting in over a

MAY 8

SOLARIS MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH CRUISE MAY 8 This Mother’s Day, treat her to a memorable, relaxing cruise on the 125-foot Solaris yacht while indulging in a chef-prepared three-course meal including fresh seafood and prime steaks. $58 per adult; $35 per child. Baytowne Marina at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. 1–3 p.m. (850) 650-2519, sunquestcruises.com

MOB NIGHT

SHOP DINE PLAY

The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, nightlife, and a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. This spectacular setting, all within the gates of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is the perfect spot to spend a vibrant afternoon, evening, or vacation.

MAY 14 Dress in your gangster garb and join the gang at Clemenza’s for its fifth annual celebration featuring “Godfather” film star John Martino. The night will be filled with great food, flowing wine, prizes, music and much more. $60 per person or two for $100. Clemenza’s Uptown, Uptown Station, Fort Walton Beach. Reservations required. (850) 243-0707

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2ND ANNUAL STARVING ARTISTS SALE

For more information, check us out at:

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MAY 15

HARBOR HOP

Arts & Design Society artists will be selling their art and/or new or gently used materials they no longer need. FREE. Art Center, 17 First St. SE, Fort Walton Beach. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (850) 244-1271, artsdesignsociety.org

MAY 22

FIESTA CHILDREN’S TREASURE HUNT

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Pensacola Crawfish Festival Friday, April 29, 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pensacola Seafood Festival Friday, September 30, 2016 Saturday, October 1, 2016 Sunday, October 2, 2016

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MAY 16 Presented by Zaxby’s, this treasure hunt is for children 10 years and under. They will learn about Pensacola’s rich history while searching for toys and treasures. Free. 2 p.m. Bayview Park, East Hill Pensacola. (850) 433-6512, info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

WALK HER WAY MAY 20 Walk Her Way is a 1-mile highheel strut for men, women and children to benefit Shelter House and the Rosemary Beach Foundation. Walkers stroll around the Rosemary Beach Town Center in fabulously decorated heels to raise awareness about domestic violence. Walkers will receive a T-shirt and be treated to a celebration concert at the end of the walk. Rosemary Beach Town Center. Registration opens at 5 p.m.; walk at 6 p.m. (850) 243-1201, walkherway.com

kitchen to yours! 850-837-8837 · WendysKitchenToGo.com

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OKALOOSA ART & CULTURE FEST Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings April 22-August 27,27, 2016 April 22-August 2016 Public Opening Reception: Public Opening Reception: Friday, April 22nd, Friday, April 22nd, 5:30PM-7:30PM 5:30PM-7:30PM

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Landing. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 499-8335, okaloosaarts.org

The community is invited to hop the harbor’s hottest hangouts aboard the Sunshine Shuttle and Limousine. This event benefits Food for Thought Outreach Inc. $5 donation or a food item. Participating restaurants. 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Contact Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer at (850) 460-8900 for more info.

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT CELEBRATION MAY 28-29 Kick off summer with live music on the Destin Harbor all weekend long and fireworks over Destin Harbor. FREE. HarborWalk Village in Destin. Sat, 7 p.m. — Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show; Sun, 4 p.m. — Departure; 9 p.m. fireworks display. harborwalkvillage.com

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FESTIVITIES MAY 28-30 Live music begins on Saturday, May 28, and lasts all weekend long. Enjoy bands on the Events Plaza stage from 7 to 9 p.m. each night. Children’s activities will be featured in the Events Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday night, followed by a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. On Monday, the Village will host a Memorial Day program right before sunset, presented by Sandestin veterans, including a special performance. FREE. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-8117, baytownewharf.com

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This family event features dozens of local artisans and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music and art performances. Free family activities and a silent auction will help raise funds for Okaloosa Arts Alliance, and Okaloosa County Schools poster contest entries will be on display. FREE. Fort Walton Beach

Celebrate Fat Tuesday during the summer as HarborWalk Village transforms into the Big Easy, complete with festive floats, beads and a parade along the harbor. FREE. HarborWalk Village, Destin. Party starts at 7 p.m.; parade rolls at 8 p.m. harborwalkvillage.com EC

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Mama Clemenza’s Tammy Butler Damiano, Owner

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CUISINE? Our food is like a travel experience through Europe. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH AND WHY? Eggs Benedict. We have found a way to incorporate homemade Yorkshire puddings from our Thanksgiving dinner as the base of our benedicts eliminating the traditional English muffin. We also incorporate prosciutto ham into the dish as it is readily available from the Italian side of our restaurants. This was the inspiration for launching Mama Clemenza’s along with other traditional family dishes and pastries.

MATT BURKE

HOW DO YOU MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS? By the amount of joy I

see on a customer’s face when they experience that first bite. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE THIS CAREER? I wanted to follow my husband on his successful journey in food service. WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY? Make customers feel like part of the family. To provide a great presentation and high quality entrées from specialty food sources. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM IN THE KITCHEN? Talent. WHAT INSPIRES/INFLUENCES YOUR CUISINE? European influences and family traditions.

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Capt. Dave's On The Gulf OWNER JANE MARLER VAYDA grew up in the

restaurant business and has flourished as the captain of her own eatery. She provides a comfortable, casual atmosphere with food that makes people eager to return. “I measure my success by all the customers who have dined with us since we opened, and now their

children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren dine with us regularly,” said Marler-Vayda. She wanted to set Capt. Dave’s apart by moving beyond the usual fried and broiled options and offering something unique. Grouper Parmesan came to life as an instant hit and remains a top seller to this day.

The menu reflects a classic Florida style with Gulf catches, savory sauces and a full-service bar. Diners enjoy the waterfront scenery from the floor-to-ceiling windows. With four experienced chefs, reputable service, scenic backdrops and tastes of the Gulf, it is apparent why Capt. Dave’s is a beloved staple of the Emerald Coast.

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provides the freshest local seafood, breathtaking views and an inviting atmosphere — the keys to its success since opening in 1968. Since then, Capt. Dave’s has been exceeding the expectations of customers, be they longtime locals or first-time tourists.


dining guide AMERICAN 45 CENTRAL

Enjoy big wines and small plates in an intimate atmosphere. Open daily 11 a.m.– midnight. 45 Central Square, Seaside, 850-231-4545. $$ L D

THE BEACH HOUSE

Casual beach front dining. Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. 850-267-4800. $$ L D

CAFÉ BOLO ★

Gourmet coffee, sandwiches, soups, pastries and cakes on beautiful Scenic 30A. Open daily from 7 a.m. 4368 County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-267-2060. $ B L Seafood, poultry and pasta served with specialty sauces. Homemade desserts. Open Tue–Sun 5–10 p.m. 14 Vicki St., Santa Rosa Beach. 850-267-0054. $$$ D

BUFFALO’S REEF FAMOUS WINGS ★

Hot wings and cold beer. Tue–Sat open at 10:30 a.m., Sun open at noon. 116 Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. 850-243-9463. $ L D

CALLAHAN’S RESTAURANT & DELI Great sandwiches, seafood specials and prime rib. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 791 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-837-6328. $L D

THE CRAFT BAR ★

Craft brews on tap along with artisan cocktails and elevated bar fare. Open daily 11 a.m.–12 a.m. 4424 Commons Dr., Destin. Also in Grayton Beach and Pensacola. 850-460-7907. $$ L D

CUVEE BISTRO ★

Classic Italian, French and Asian influenced dishes. Open daily 5:30-10 p.m. 36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. Destin. (Also at 30Avenue, 12805 Highway 98 in Inlet Beach.) 850-650-8900. $$$ D

GEORGE’S AT ALYS BEACH

Seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. 30 Castle Harbour Dr., Alys Beach. 850-641-0017. $$ L D

FIREFLY

Fresh Gulf seafood, steak, artisan pizzas, and signature cocktails. Open daily at 4 p.m. 535 Richard Jackson Pkwy., Panama City Beach. 850-249-3359. $$$  D       

JACO’S BAYFRONT BAR & GRILLE

Waterfront restaurant serving burgers, salads, seafood and brunch daily. Open Mon– Wed 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Thu–Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m.–9 p.m. 997 South Palafox St., Pensacola. 850-432-5226. $$ L D

★ Best of the

Emerald Coast 2015 Winner

Dinner and dancing. Serving barbecue and seafood daily 5–9 p.m. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 126 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach. 850-502-4590. $$ D

MAGNOLIA GRILL

Steak, seafood, pasta, soups, salads and desserts. Lunch Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner Mon–Sat, open at 5 p.m. Closed Sun. 157 SE Brooks St., Fort Walton Beach. 850-302-0266. $$ L D

MARIE’S BISTRO & BAR ★

Seafood, steak, pasta and sushi. Serving lunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tues–Fri and dinner at 5 p.m. Tues–Sun. 2260 W. County Highway 30A, Blue Mountain Beach. 850-278-6856. $$ L D

CAFÉ TANGO

THE KEY

JOHN WEHNER’S VILLAGE DOOR BAYFRONT RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB ★

MARINA BAR AND GRILL

Seafood, po’boys, burgers and salads. Open daily 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Breakfast Sat–Sun 8–11 a.m. Kitchen closed Mon–Tue. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach. 850-267-7778.

Private dining rooms and outdoor courtyard spaces accommodate anything from an intimate meal to an extravagant event. Our bar features an exclusive menu and drink specials. Looking for something even more unique? Our private wine room can be reserved for your next event.

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JOHNNY O’QUIGLEY’S ★

Steak, seafood and barbecue. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–midnight, Fri–Sun 11 a.m.–1 a.m. 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin. 850-837-1015. $ L D

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MARINA CAFÉ

Gourmet pizzas, Creole and American cuisine. Open daily 5–10 p.m. 404 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. 850-837-7960. $$$ D

NICK’S BOATHOUSE

Serving a wide variety of seafood, steaks and flatbreads by the waterfront. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.– 9 p.m. 455 West Main St., Pensacola. 850-912-8775. $$ L D

SUNSET BAY CAFÉ

Chef-inspired twists on classic dishes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktail. Open daily 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Tiki Bar open noon to sunset. Linkside Conference Center, 158 Sandestin Blvd. N., Miramar Beach. 850-267-7108. $ B L

VIN’TIJ WINE BOUTIQUE & BISTRO Seafood, salad, chef specials. Open daily 11 a.m.–midnight. 10859 W. Emerald Coast Pkwy., Suite 103, Miramar Beach. 850-650-9820. $$ L D

2008 - Best Italian 2009 - Best Pizza 2010 - Best Pizza & Best Chef 2011 - Best Pizza, Best Italian & Best Chef 2012 - Best Italian 2013 - Best Pizza & Best Walton Restaurant 2014 - Best Pizza, Best Walton Restaurant & Best Chef 2015 - Best Pizza

The original, award-winning wood-fired pizza and classical Italian cuisine

ASIAN BASMATI’S ASIAN CUISINE & SUSHI

Asian dishes and full sushi bar. Open 4 p.m. daily. 3295 W. Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-267-3028. $$ D

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OSAKA ★

Known for its sushi but serves a variety of dishes, including chicken, steak and seafood. Lunch 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Dinner 5–10:30 p.m. 34845 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. 850-650-4688 or 850-650-4689. $$ L D

JASMINE THAI ★

Traditional dishes in a contemporary atmosphere. Lunch: Tue–Sun 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Dinner: Tue–Sun 5–9 p.m. 4463 Common Drive W., 108, Destin. 850-460-7780. $$ L D

SHAN KISHI - 30AVENUE (INLET BEACH)

Sushi, sashimi and hibachi are the focus at this Japanese eatery. Open daily 11 a.m.– 10 p.m. 30Avenue, 12805 U.S. Hwy 98 E., Inlet Beach. (Also Miramar Beach and Panama City Beach) 850-231-1127. $ L D   

YIOTA’S GREEK DELI

Traditional greek food made from family recipes. Order at counter. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 130 E. Miracle Strip Pkwy., Mary Esther. 850-302-0691. $ L

DESSERT BLUE MOUNTAIN BEACH CREAMERY Homemade ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt treats. Open daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Cash only. 2129 S. County Highway 83, Blue Mountain Beach. 850-278-6849. $$

BRUSTERS ★

Ice cream selections are made fresh on-site daily. Noon–7:00 p.m. 4655 Gulfstar Drive, Destin. 850-269-2920. $

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The Tradition Continues

Traditional dishes in a casual atmosphere. Open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m., 821 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-650-3945. $$ L D

BBQ BUCK’S SMOKEHOUSE

Brisket, ribs and pulled pork sandwiches and plates in a casual, rustic atmosphere. Open daily 11 a.m.–8 p.m. 303 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-837-3600. $ L D

JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q ★

Smokehouse barbecue, beer and wine. Open daily 11 a.m. 14073 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. 850-351-1991. $ L D

98 BAR-B-QUE

Award-winning barbeque, gumbo, sandwiches, salads in a casual atmosphere. Dine in, take out, catering. Mon–Sat 11 a.m.–8 p.m. 5008 Highway 98, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-622-0679. $ L D

BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH/BAKERY Breakfast all day, plus sandwiches, patty melts, specials, soups, salads and desserts. Open daily 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Closed Mondays. 979 E. Highway 98, Suite F, Destin. (Also in Miramar Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Sandestin and Grayton Beach) 850-650-0499. $ B

Best Restaurant Okaloosa County 2013, 2014 Best Service, Food & Beverage 2015

Best Brunch 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

BON APPETIT FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ ★

French pastries, croissants, crusty breads, soup, salads and sandwiches served 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon–Fri, Sat 7:30 a.m.– 2 p.m. Closed Sun. 420 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-2848. $ B L

MAMA CLEMENZA’S EUROPEAN BREAKFAST ★

Award-winning breakfast. Old World family recipes. Open Wed–Sun 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Holiday Plaza, 12273 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Destin. 850-246-6262. $$ B

GREEK AEGEAN RESTAURANT ★

Authentic Greek restaurant. Breakfast 8– 11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Dinner 4–9 p.m. 11225 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach (and Shalimar). 850-460-2728. $$ B L D

12273 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach | 844.246.MAMA (toll free) Uptown Station, 75 Eglin Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach 850.243.0707 | ClemenzasAtUptown.com

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Easygoing pub providing Irish and American eats, a game room for kids and deck seating. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. 2298 Scenic Highway 30A, Blue Mountain Beach. 850-267-0101. $$ L D

MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB ★

Burgers and pub grub and the famous 18-cent Senate Bean Soup. Open daily 11 a.m.–2 a.m. 33 Highway 98, Destin. (Also in Pensacola). 850-650-0000. $$ L D

ITALIAN/PIZZA ANGELINA’S PIZZA & PASTA

Authentic homemade pizza pie and Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. 4005 E. Hwy. 30A, Seagrove Beach. 850-231-2500. $ B L D

CLEMENZA’S UPTOWN ★

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFÉ ★

Best Italian 2013, 2014, 2015

JOHNNNY MCTIGHE’S IRISH PUB

ALA BABA GRILL CAFÉ

Casual spot for familiar Turkish and Greek recipes offered à la carte & at a buffet, plus beer and wine. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. 550 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach. 850-986-5555. $ L D

Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizza. Open Mon–Fri for lunch, Mon–Sat for dinner. 75 Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. 850-243-0707. $$ B L D

FAT CLEMENZA’S ★

Classical Italian cuisine. Lunch Mon–Fri 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner Mon–Wed 5–9:30 p.m., Thu–Sat 5–10 p.m. Holiday Plaza/Hwy. 98, Miramar Beach. 850-650-5980. $$ L D

GRAFFITI

Traditional Italian house specialties like seafood pizza. Mon–Thu 5–9 p.m., Fri–Sat 5–10 p.m. 707 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. 850-654-2764. $$ D

HELEN BACK

Pizza and cold beer in a sports bar atmosphere. Locations in Pensacola, Navarre, Crestview and Valparaiso. Open daily 11 a.m.–4 a.m. 114 Amberjack Dr., Fort Walton Beach. 850-796-1451. $ L D

MIMMO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Italian dishes. Open Mon–Fri 11 a.m– 10 p.m., Sat–Sun 5–10 p.m. 979 Highway 98, Suite 5, Destin. 850-460-7353. $$ L D

THE PIZZA BAR AT BUD & ALLEY’S Artisan cheese, fresh salads, antipasto dishes, homemade soups, seasonal vegetables, hearty pastas and homemade wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Open daily from 11 a.m. 2236 E. County Road 30A, Seaside. 850-231-3113. $$ L D

TRATTORIA BORAGO

Pork tenderloin or pan-seared grouper from the open kitchen. Open 6 p.m. daily. 80 E. Hwy. 30A, Grayton Beach. 850-231-9167. $$ D

TRADEWINDS

A cozy favorite among locals serving


heaping portions from old family recipes. Enjoy a number of pasta variations as well as seafood, chicken, veal, steak and thin crust pizza. Expansive wine and beer list. Reservations required. Open Tue–Sat 5 p.m. 205 Government St., Valparaiso. 850-678-8299. $$ D

TUSCANY ITALIAN BISTRO

Northern Italian cuisine meats, fresh seafood and garden vegetables. Tues–Sun 4 p.m.–close. 36178 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. 850-650-2451. $$ D

MEXICAN CANTINA LAREDO ★

A gourmet twist on Mexican favorites. Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.– 11 p.m. 585 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach. 850-654-5649. $$ B L D

CRAB ISLAND CANTINA

Latin-inspired Mexican cuisine. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 2 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-424-7417. $$ L D

PEPITO’S ★

Authentic Mexican cuisine, delicious margaritas and weekly specials. Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. 11225 Hwy. 98, Destin, Niceville, Miramar Beach. 850-269-7788.

Emerald Coast. Open daily 5 a.m.–11 p.m. 538 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. 850-837-2506. $$ B L D

HARRY T’S

American and seafood spot set in a roomy waterfront space stuffed with circus memorabilia. Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–10 p.m. 46 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-654-4800. $$ B L D

HIGH TIDE RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR ★

Casual eatery featuring an oyster bar. Open daily 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. 1203 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE., Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-2124. $$ L D

JACKACUDA’S SEAFOOD & SUSHI

Seafood, sushi, salad and sandwiches. Open daily from 11 a.m. Sunday brunch at 10 a.m. 56 Harbor Blvd., HarborWalk Village, Destin. 850-424-3507. $$ L D

PICOLO’S RESTAURANT

Fresh seafood. Open daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. 70 Hotz Ave., Grayton Beach. 850-231-1008. $$ L D

POPPY’S SEAFOOD FACTORY

Fresh seafood, steak and poultry dishes. Open 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach. 850-351-1996. $$$ L D

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THE TACO BAR AT BUD & ALLEY’S Baja fish tacos, homemade guacamole, burritos and top-shelf margaritas. Open daily from 11 a.m. (in season). 2236 E. Country Road 30A, Seaside. 850-231-4781. $$ L D

SEAFOOD

TAKE OUT DESTIN ICE SEAFOOD MARKET & DELI ★

Fresh fish and seafood items, pastas, salads and side dishes, Buckhead meats, decadent deserts,wines, cheeses, spices and more. Open daily 8 a.m.–7 p.m. 663 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin. 850-837-8333. $$ L D

BOATHOUSE OYSTER BAR

SARAH K’S GOURMET

BOSHAMPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE ★

WENDY’S KITCHEN

BROTULA’S SEAFOOD HOUSE & STEAMER ★

STEAK & SEAFOOD

Ice cold beer, raw oysters, award-winning gumbo. Open daily 11 a.m.–2 a.m. 288 B Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-837-3645. L D

Gulf-to-table Southern cuisine. Open daily at 11 a.m. 414 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 850-424-7406. $$ L D

Fresh steamed and boiled seafood dishes. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Destin Harbor, Destin. 850-460-8900. $$$ B

BUD & ALLEY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT

FISH OUT OF WATER RESTAURANT Southern coastal cuisine with an Asian flair. 5:30–10 p.m. daily. Located in the WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-534-5050. $$$ D

HARBOR DOCKS ★

A surf-and-turf restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and the best sushi on the

High-end steakhouse cuisine with fine wines. Local seafood is hand-selected and artistically prepared to perfection. Open Tue–Sat for dinner 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Open Tue–Fri for lunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 400 S. Palafox St., Pensacola. 850-469-9898. $$$ D

MARLIN GRILL ★

Seafood, steaks, salads and appetizers. Open nightly at 5 p.m. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach. 850-351-1990. $$$ D

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE ★

Steak and seafood. New Orleans-inspired. Mon–Sat 5:30–10 p.m., Sun 5:30–9 p.m. Silver Shells Resort. 1500 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. 850-337-5108. $$$ D

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS AND SEAFOOD

Premium steak, fresh seafood and caviar. Open 6 p.m. daily. Hilton Sandestin. 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. 850-622-1500. $$$ D

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Fine dining coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Gulf seafood, prime steaks. Open daily, 4–10 p.m. The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Suite 22, Miramar Beach, 850-622-0760. $$$ D

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Homemade meals from Wendy’s kitchen to your table. Comfort food, casseroles. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon–Fri. 14091 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. 850-837-8837. L D

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Sea-to-table dining serving fresh seafood, steak and vegetarian dishes. Open 11:30 a.m. Mon–Fri. Roof bar open 11:30 p.m.– 2 a.m. in summer. 2236 E. Hwy. 30A, Seaside. 850-231-5900. $$$ L D

Ready-to-heat cuisine. Jumbo lump crab cakes and fresh chicken salad. Open at 11 a.m. 34940 Hwy. 98, Destin. 850-269-0044. $ L D

Blue Her on Dr Sandestin Golf Club & Beach Resort

Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

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postscript  BOOKS OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Browsing Libraries Where readers get engaged by L. CHRISTY KEARNEY

Author Ray Bradbury said, “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” The Emerald Coast’s prolific library scene is rich with history, teeming with diverse activities and committed to engaging future generations of readers and leaders. Each community on the coast has its own unique calling card and character, as do the libraries within those communities. In celebration of National Library Week (April 10-16), we invite you to check out one near you. ➸ DESTIN LIBRARY

105 SIBERT AVE., DESTIN; (850) 837-8572; CITYOFDESTIN.COM

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Destin’s main throughway, Destin Library offers beachy chic sophistication. The building itself is a piece of art, having been recognized by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The library is small in size compared to some of its Okaloosa County counterparts, but it packs a big punch with unique programs such as indie-film movie nights, weekly children’s storytimes, book discussion groups and one-on-one computer training. The grounds of the library are kept up by the Destin Garden Club and create a peaceful, inviting ambiance.

➸ FORT WALTON BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY 185 MIRACLE STRIP PARKWAY SE, FORT WALTON BEACH; (850) 833-9590; FWB.ORG/LIBRARY

Located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, this is one of the larger libraries in the area — and the services, book selection and expansive work areas reflect just that. A whimsical breezeway leads to the main lobby, which showcases colorful artwork by local artist Linda Kernick. The library is divided into adult and children’s sections. The children’s area features a dedicated children’s reference desk, storytime room, alphabetical and seasonal collections, literacy computer programs, listen and read-along stations, young adult collections, a teen reading area and even a kids-only restroom — a big win for moms. On the flip side, adults enjoy a truly quiet, focused environment with spacious reading areas.

➸ NICEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

206 N. PARTIN DRIVE, NICEVILLE; (850) 279-4863; CITYOFNICEVILLE.ORG

Niceville is a growing, tight-knit community, so it is fitting that community is at the heart of its vibrant library, which

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boasts children and teen areas, storytimes, spacious work areas, a broad book selection, multiple book clubs and more. The library engages teens with its Teen Space; ongoing teen activities such as movies, gaming and crafts; and even a teen advisory council — a way for local teens to shape library activities and earn volunteer credit. The beautiful facility is located near Niceville’s Community Center, Children’s Park, Youth Center and schools, making it a onestop convenience for families.

➸ ROBERT L.F. SIKES CRESTVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY 1445 COMMERCE DRIVE, CRESTVIEW; (850) 682-4432; (850) 682-8776; CITYOFCRESTVIEW.ORG/LIBRARY.PHP

Crestview Public Library’s dynamic, diverse programming is what truly sets it apart. From knitting classes, genealogy research and open mic nights to timely topic seminars and writing groups, the library offers something for everyone and cultivates a love for learning for its patrons. In addition to traditional offerings, the library highlights niche genres such as science fiction, Christian fiction, young adult and comics. With dedicated children and teen areas and activities, the library clearly aims to engage readers of all ages.

➸ WALTON DEFUNIAK LIBRARY

3 CIRCLE DRIVE, DEFUNIAK SPRINGS; (850) 892.3624; YOUSEEMORE.COM/WALTON

Equal parts library and museum, the Walton DeFuniak Library is a little piece of history here on the Emerald Coast. The library is the oldest in Florida that was designated as a library at its inception (in 1886) and still serves that purpose. With its welcoming red door, white picket fence and lakeside reading garden, the building oozes all the charm and nostalgia expected from a historic library. A vintage music box, antique weaponry and historic maps and photos greet guests. This library is a must-see for lovers of history and small-town charm.

OTHER EMERALD COAST LIBRARIES FREEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY 76 State Road 20, Freeport (850) 835-2040 MARY ESTHER PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Hollywood Blvd., Mary Esther (850) 243-5731 maryestherlibrary.com SHALIMAR LIBRARY 6 10th Ave., Shalimar (850) 609-1515 VALPARAISO COMMUNITY LIBRARY 459 Valparaiso Parkway, Valparaiso (850) 729-5406 vcl.valp.org WALTON COUNTY COASTAL BRANCH LIBRARY 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach (850) 267-2809

FREE LIBRARIES AND BOOK SWAPS Stop into privately owned coffee shops such as Niceville’s Café Liquid to leave a book and take a book at will while enjoying a latte. Find a used book store such as The Book Rack and Read It Again to swap books. Visit littlefreelibrary.org to find a “little free library” near you or start your own. There have been sightings in Crestview, Valparaiso, Navarre, Gulf Breeze and Destin in years past.


Chris Sause

Broker Associate chris@850go.com (850) 225-1591 Cell (850) 267-0013 Office www.chrissause.com

Grand Harbour - Sandestin Enjoy exquisite bay, lake, and golf course views from this three bedroom, three bathroom, residence situated on the 15th hole of The Links Golf Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. An open floor plan creates a relaxed flow through this fully furnished two story home with unbeatable views. Additionally, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, full service marina with water sports, fitness center, 7.5 miles of beach and bay, along with world class dining, shopping, and entertainment at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

864 Grand Harbour

595,000

$

Royce Mitchell

Broker Royce.Mitchell@penfedrealty.com (850) 737-0567 Cell (850) 267-0013 Office www.roycemitchell.com

Sugarwood - Seagrove Beach This traditional Florida cottage features a three bedroom main home and a carriage house for a expansive total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The third floor tower room has panoramic Gulf views and is large enough for an office or bunk room. Each of the three floors of the main home have wrap around balconies to enjoy outdoor living and the residence also features a two car garage. This gorgeous estate is located on a large wooded lot with a private heated pool. Located in Seagrove Beach, you’re just an easy stroll to the beach or the iconic neighborhood of Seaside.

43 Chanel Court

959,000

$

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