On Nov. 15, RE/MAX Coastal Properties celebrated 50 years in business with a ribbon cutting. Owners Ed and Terri Smith are licensed real estate brokers, as well as having earned the professional designations of ABR (Accredited Buyer Representatives), CRS (Certified Residential Specialists), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Experts), and CLHMS (Certified Luxury Specialists). Ed and Terri are founders of RE/MAX on the Emerald Coast and personally opened all three of the first RE/MAX offices in Destin
On Nov. 2, Beachside Chiropractic & Wellness celebrated a ribbon cutting. Beachside Chiropractic was created for people seeking a natural approach to healthcare. Services include chiropractic manipulative therapy, soft tissue therapies, x-ray imaging, functional nutrition assessments, health physicals, and more. The office is located at 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ste. 11101., in Destin. Visit MyBeachsideChiro.com to book your appointment today.
During the Destin Chamber’s Oct. 13 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, Jearl McCall, Senior Executive Director of Golf at Emerald Bay Golf Club, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. McCall (right) is seen here with 2023 Chairman of the Board Jason Belcher of FNBT Bank. “Anyone
On Oct. 5, Stretch Zone Destin celebrated its 1-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting. Unlock your body's flexibility with Stretch Zone. Let trained stretch practitioners lead you through a series of dynamic stretches to increase mobility and muscle function and make daily movements more efficient. Visit the Destin location at 4507 Furling Ln. Ste. 114. For more information, visit Stretchzone.com/locations/destin or call (850) 407-8088.
The Destin Chamber Trustee members are celebrating and thanking local first responders with a free cookout on Monday, Sept. 11. They will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and serving BBQ sliders and brisket at Destin Fire Station #9 at 848 Airport Road, in Destin, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, beach safety, EMS and military are invited. Trustee membership is the highest membership level in the Destin Chamber, and it shows a significant commitment to and
On Aug. 29, woman’s boutique Dress Up celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Located in Destin Commons, Dress Up offers women stylish wardrobe options, from dresses, rompers and jumpsuits to loungewear, shoes and accessories. It boasts 17 locations across the Southeast and has new arrivals weekly. Visit the store at 4121 Legendary Dr., in Destin. Call (770) 535-9010 or visit ShopDressUp.com for more information.
On Aug. 24, Southern Tide’s 30A store celebrated its grand opening with the Destin Chamber. Southern Tide offers quality, coastal inspired apparel for men, women and kids. Its signature men’s line has everything for the modern refined man, from professional chinos for the office to moisture-wicking quarter-zip pullovers for breezy days by the coast. Its women’s designs feature stylish, preppy, and cozy pieces, whether your lifestyle takes you to the tailgate or the country club. The ever-growing
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division Honors Shannyn Stevenson and Diane Green as the Top Producers for the Second Quarter 2023
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division honors Shannyn Stevenson and Diane Green as the second quarter top producers. Shannyn Stevenson earned “Top Listing Agent”, and Diane Green achieved “Top Sales Agent” for April through June 2023. “Real Estate sales along Florida’s Emerald Coast have continued to thrive in spite of rising interest rates,” said Jeanne Dailey, founder and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. “Our team of experienced agents have been guiding buyers and sellers through the
During the Destin Chamber’s Aug. 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Destin City Lifestyle Magazine, Clayton Bonjean, Broker/Owner of Mainsail Realty Company, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. Bonjean has personally closed more than 550 real estate transactions totaling more than $330 million
Revitalize your Appearance & Restore Your Confidence with Barnett Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PA
On July 13, Barnett Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PA, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Barnett Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PA, is composed of a team of skilled and experienced professionals dedicated to providing the highest level of care and expertise in the field. Revitalize your appearance and restore your confidence through a wide range of beauty enhancement and reconstructive surgery services. For details, visit www.barnettfacialplastics.com or call
On June 29, The Taylor Haugen Foundation celebrated its new location with a ribbon cutting. At the new Niceville location of 1145 John Sims Pkwy., the local non-profit organization will continue its mission of building and recognizing youth leaders and the promotion of youth sports safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen. It will continue to provide awareness, education and abdominal injury protection to secondary aged schools and leagues in contact sports, through its YESS© Program (Youth Equipment
On June 27, First National Bank celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. As a full-service bank, First National Bank offers local decision making, a wide range of competitive personal and business products, and experienced bankers dedicated to providing superior service in a warm and friendly environment. For more information, please call (850) 608-2088, visit https://fnbdc.com/about-us/hours-location/miramar-beach online, or stop by the new branch at 91 Scenic Gulf Drive, in Miramar
On June 22, ORO Italian Street Food celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. ORO Italian Street Food is a family-owned restaurant that brings the streets of Italy to your table. Located within City Food Hall at Destin Commons, its menu features authentic Italian street food made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients imported from Italy. Its dishes are inspired by the vibrant culture and diverse culinary traditions of Italy, and the owners pride themselves on providing a warm and welcoming
On June 5, Emerald Coast Theatre Company celebrated its new sign with a ribbon cutting attended by the Destin Chamber and Walton Area Chamber. The new sign, visible from Highway 98, marks ECTC’s Grand Boulevard location. ECTC's mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast through professional and educational theatre. It inspires, educates and empowers the community and artists of all ages to achieve the highest level of cultural excellence through collaboration, productions and educational
On May 30, IV Sea Hydration Spa LLC held a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration with the Destin Chamber. IV Sea Hydration Spa LLC offers infusions that aid in improving dehydration, illnesses, hang overs, viral infections, chronic fatigue, oxidative stress, auto immune disorders, inflammation, weight loss, depression and even injections and infusions that may help slow and reverse the aging process. Its IV infusions and vitamin injections are formulated in house with additives from the most
During the Destin Chamber’s May 12 Business Before Hours Sponsored by BOTE, Justin Woodard, President - Walton County Division of Community Bank, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. He is seen here with 2023 Chamber Chairman Jason Belcher (right), FNBT Bank. “Justin has been heavily involved in the
On May 2, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 21 business professionals from its 14th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Kayla O’Leary of Waypoint Title. She is seen in the photo on the left with Chamber Chairman Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. After a retreat in August, the
The 11th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency is moving its location and date! This standup paddle board race will take place in the Gulf of Mexico behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Saturday, May 6, 2023. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races, a 6-mile elite race and a kids' fun out-and-back paddle. The weekend fun begins on Friday, May 5, with a Racer Welcome Party at Al’s Beach Club at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. It continues on Saturday morning with
On Thursday, Feb. 16, LiveOak Fiber held a ribbon cutting celebration with the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Niceville Valparaiso chambers of commerce. The celebration also included a groundbreaking on internet service for Shalimar.LiveOak Fiber is a new Internet Service Provider headquartered in Brunswick, Ga., with offices extending west to Niceville. It offers fast internet speeds, world-class customer service, accessibility and localization. Its application allows you to control all your
On Thursday, Jan. 19, Crumbl Cookies celebrated its new Destin location with a ribbon cutting. Bringing friends and family together, Crumbl Cookies' 170+ unique cookie flavors rotate weekly and are served in the famous pink box. Visit Crumbl Cookies in the Shoppes at Paradise Key, behind Bonefish Grill. For details, call (850) 389-4689 or visit crumblcookies.com.
During its Jan. 13 Business Before Hours and Annual Membership Meeting at LuLu’s Destin, the Destin Chamber honored some of its most outstanding volunteers and installed its 2023 Chairman and Board of Directors. Before passing the gavel to 2023 Chairman of the Board Jason Belcher of FNBT Bank, 2022 Chairman Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale presented the James D. Neilson, Sr., Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service and the Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year Award. These awards are
On Dec. 5, the Destin Snowbirds celebrated the annual opening of its roost with a ribbon cutting attended by Destin Chamber ambassadors and staff and community members. The Snowbirds Roost, officially located in the Destin Community Center, offers regular programs and special events to snowbirds visiting the area. For more information, please call (850) 351-0672 or visit DestinSnowbirds.org.
New Destin Restaurant Fish On Seafood House Offers Fresh Local Seafood, Friendly Service & Affordable Prices
On Dec. 1, Fish On Seafood House celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. This new restaurant was inspired by our local fishermen when catching a fish: "FISH ON!" Fresh, coastal dishes are served in a beachy, laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy a full menu, plus regular lunch and dinner specials. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and parties of all sizes are welcome. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/fishondestinfl or call (840)
On Oct. 25, Panda Express celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Now open in Destin, Panda Express offers a fresh, flavorful combination of Chinese regional cuisine and technique with bold American tastes. Visit the new restaurant at 34898 Emerald Coast Pkwy., or start your takeout or delivery order at https://www.pandaexpress.com/location/us-hwy-98-matthew-blvd/menu. Panda Express is a community minded company, committed to building positive and meaningful connections. Its associates
On Oct. 20, Neighborhood Dog Gym inside Pet Supplies Plus celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce. The Neighborhood Dog Gym is the ultimate wellness center for pets. Its mission is to help pets and their families live their best happy and healthy lives. The gym provides BEMER therapy, underwater treadmill conditioning, breed meet-ups, pet workshops, special seminars and more. Visit the Neighborhood Dog Gym at 4424 Commons Dr. E. Ste. 1A, in Destin.
During the Destin Chamber’s Aug. 12 Business Before Hours Sponsored by A 2 Z Specialty Advertising, Merrill Lynch’s Senior Vice President and Resident Director Cory Fosdyck was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. “Cory has certainly been a huge success in our community. He hit the ground running when he
On June 16, Sea Market celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Sea Market offers fresh seafood, steak and exotic meats. Come in for lunch and lots of grab 'n go items. For travel, Sea Market vacuum seals to ensure freshness. Enjoy a live crawfish boil every weekend during season. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., on Monday - Saturday, and Sundays, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For details, call (850) 353-2282 or visit https://www.seamarket.store/. Online ordering is available.
The Edge Seafood Restaurant and SkyBar Offers Fresh Local Seafood, Cocktails & Beautiful Harbor View
On June 9, The Edge Seafood Restaurant and SkyBar celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.New to the Destin Harbor, The Edge features a walk up bar for drinks-to-go, a gift shop, boat tours and more. Its fast casual dining menu offers fresh local seafood, salad, steaks, sandwiches, fried baskets, and a delicious selection of hot apps and small plates. While you are there, don't forget to check out the SkyBar on the upstairs deck for stunning views of the Destin Harbor, East Pass, and the Gulf.
On June 2, Lone Wolf Pizza Co celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Enjoy a delicious selection of appetizers, salads, hoagies, pizzas and calzones using the freshest ingredients and original recipes. A kids’ menu is available. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Friday - Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Visit lonewolfdestin.com to view the menu or place your order. For more information, call (850) 424-6900.
Thank you to (left to right) Savannah McQuaig of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Eric Gillum of Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin and Kayla O'Leary of Championship Title Agency, LLC, for donating their time to local non-profit organization Food For Thought! Together, they packed 100 bags, which will be distributed to families during the summer.
On May 19, Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce. Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin offers spacious suites with a full-size kitchen and refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, round trip beach shuttle, onsite laundry, free hot breakfast, evening social, pool, spa, splash pad and much more. It's pet friendly too! For details, visit http://destin.homewoodsuites.com or call (850) 269-8100.
During the Destin Chamber’s May 13 Business Before Hours on the Beach Sponsored by Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Wendy and Steve Wilson, former owners of the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise and Buccaneer Pirate Cruise, were honored with the Chamber’s Business Persons of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. “When you look at the people who have worked so hard
On May 3, the Destin Chamber celebrated the graduation of 15 business professionals from its 14th Destin Forward class. During the event, the prestigious Destin Forward Leadership Award, chosen by class vote, was presented to Jenna Kilpatrick of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. After a retreat in August, the class spent the next eight months touring and learning about
On May 4, Ruby Slipper Destin celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Greater Fort Walton Beach chambers of commerce. Ruby Slipper offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Brunch is front and center everyday. The menu features inspired and playful twists on traditional Southern brunch favorites, including Eggs Benedicts, Beignets, Bananas Foster Pain Perdu and White Chocolate Bread Pudding Pancakes, as well as eye-opening cocktails. Ruby Slipper in Destin is part
I am constantly amazed and grateful for the beautiful and wonderful community we have the pleasure of calling home to our families and businesses. If you have been paying attention to national news and trends, you know that Florida continues to grow and expand, and as a State we are doing very well when it comes to new jobs and unemployment. According to the Florida Scorecard, our State currently has 509,987 open jobs and only 339,000 unemployed persons. Also, Florida is ahead of New York and California for
During the Destin Chamber’s April 8 Business Before Hours Sponsored by HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, Neko Stubblefield, Vice President of Membership and Community Development at Eglin Federal Credit Union, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. Stubblefield has been in the area for more than
On March 18, new restaurant Crab Island Seafood At HarborWalk Village / Season Seafood & Pizza Restaurant, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Crab Island Seafood At HarborWalk Village | Season Seafood & Pizza Restaurant, LLC, offers delicious Caribbean and Latin-inspired food on the beautiful Destin Harbor in HarborWalk Village. Entrees include seafood gumbo, salads, wings, nachos, peel & eat shrimp, grouper and crab cake sandwiches, burgers, prime rib, specialty pizzas and more.
During the Destin Chamber’s March 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Holloway Yacht Charters, Jimy Thorpe, owner of A Superior Air Conditioning Company, was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. Not only does Thorpe hold quarterly first responders and veterans appreciation lunches in Walton and Bay
February was an exciting month for our Chamber as we announced the roll out of some new affordable health plan options, the Chamber Spectrum Benefit and Healthiest You by Teledoc, available exclusively to our Destin Chamber members. First, we have partnered with Acentria Insurance to offer an ACA-compliant group health benefits solution designed to help our members manage their health and wellness plans. The plans offer 10-20% premium savings over traditional carrier plans and include a choice of
During the Destin Chamber’s Feb. 11 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, Debbie Bruce of A 2 Z Specialty Advertising was honored with the Chamber’s Business Person of the Month Award. This award is presented directly from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to a Destin area businessperson showing vision for his or her business and leadership in our community. “A 2 Z has always been a strong company, and Debbie has kept that going, maybe even made it stronger. Her commitment to
Ken Wampler, President of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, is the Destin Chamber’s 2021 Business Person of the Year Sponsored by Trustmark National Bank. The award was presented by 2021 Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican during the Chamber’s Jan. 14 Business Before Hours & Annual Membership Meeting. Trustmark National Bank, who has been serving the financial needs of customers and communities for more than 130 years, chose to sponsor the Business Person of the Year Award because
On Dec. 14, Destin Chamber members celebrated the holidays and the Chamber’s most outstanding individuals and businesses, during the Annual Holiday & Awards Party Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. Surrounded by the festive décor of Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2021 Destin Chamber Chairman Jerry Sullivan of Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican and Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane Moody led the awards presentation.For going above and beyond in service to the Destin
On Dec. 9, 2nd & Charles celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.2nd & Charles is a bookstore and a whole lot more. The store specializes in buying and selling new and pre-owned books, games, toys, movies, music, and fan merchandise of all kinds. It’s the perfect place to find a new bestseller, to rediscover an old favorite to add to your stash of pop culture collectibles, or to browse the aisles on a treasure hunt that will lead you to things you didn’t even know you needed. You can even sell
On Dec. 1, Parrot Head Yachts, LLC, celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Parrot Head Yachts offers visitors the joy of spending several hours on an Emerald Coast excursion aboard a luxury motor yacht – manned by a US Coast Guard Certified Captain and Crew. This luxury yacht experience is for everyone, from families, couples, retirees and honeymooners to corporate teams, wedding parties and more. To experience yacht life, call (850) 980-5824 or visit
Retired Colonel Blassie to Share Her Inspirational Story During Destin Chamber’s Pearl Harbor Day Lunch
In recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Destin Chamber is hosting Col. (Ret.) Patricia S. Blassie. A decorated Air Force Veteran, Blassie will share her inspiring story about her brother's interment as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery and her family's journey to identify and reclaim his remains. This is a story of perseverance, determination, service and truth.Colonel Patricia S. Blassie retired militarily on July 31, 2018, while
On Dec. 8, J.Leon Gallery + Studio celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce. J.Leon Gallery + Studio is the area’s newest, fine art destination. Owner Jason Linblad’s vision is to make high-end art attainable for everyone. In addition to showcasing works from local artists, the gallery is also home to a working ceramics studio with a robust calendar of events and classes. For more information, visit jleongallery.com or call (850) 842-3051. Photo Credit: Frances
Destin, Fla., August 5 – During its Aug. 14 Business Before Hours Candidates Forum, the Destin Chamber will host candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 4, Okaloosa County Commission District 5, and Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools. The event, which takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at The Henderson, is sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and features non-profit spotlight The Arc of the Emerald Coast. Cost is $20 for Destin Chamber members and $30 for non-members.
As we are just beginning the road to reopening the economy, there is no doubt that the Governor allowing Northwest Florida to open short-term rentals has been a boon to this area. The tourists and visitors are here. They are in the stores and restaurants and are enjoying the beaches and attractions our community has to offer. There is no doubt that families were ready to hit the road and do something outside of their own house. We’re certainly glad to see them. As the economy reopens, it begins to
Both The Destin Log and Northwest Florida Daily News ran a column asking citizens to support local businesses during this trying time. Here was my response and thank-you to them. I want to thank you for your message in the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Destin Log asking citizens to support our local businesses. As you stated, it seems that the country, the state, the county and our cities have completely shut down overnight, and understandably so. Now more than ever, everyone needs to shop and
Destin, Fla., March 23 – In response to the significant economic impacts from COVID-19 in Florida, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Destin Chamber of Commerce and DigiPro Media have partnered together to announce the Save Florida Business Initiative to support Florida businesses during this unprecedented time for our industry.The Save Florida Jobs Initiative will help Okaloosa County businesses create immediate cash flow using technology and networking solutions that will provide much-needed
Destin, Fla., Feb. 14 – On Feb. 13, the Palms Bistro celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Now under new ownership, The Palms Bistro, located inside the Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center, offers live music, happy hour specials, lunch and dinner, and it is open to the public. The specialty cocktail menu features an array of different unique beverages from The All American, Vacay Mode, and Clover Club to the Laxadaisical and Emerald Drop. The menu includes
Destin, Fla., Jan. 31 – On Jan. 30, the Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry celebrated its 20-year anniversary and recent expansion of its Destin location with a ribbon cutting attended by the Destin, Greater Fort Walton Beach and Walton Area chambers of commerce."This expansion has allowed us to take better care of our patients, to be more flexible for them and live out our core value of delivering the best quality dentistry in a warm comfortable atmosphere,” explained Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, founder of
Destin, Fla., Jan. 29 – On Jan. 28, DestinFlorida.com celebrated its launch with a ribbon cutting, attended by the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce.DestinFlorida.com brings together the full experience of Destin, Fla. Visitors can find and book vacation rentals, such as beach homes and condos; browse an endless list of renowned restaurants; discover many fun events and festivals; or learn about and book countless adventures and activities. Advertising opportunities are available.For more
On Dec. 17, almost 200 Destin Chamber members gathered for the Holiday & Awards Party presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital to celebrate the successes of 2019 and honor outstanding community members. Surrounded by the festive décor of Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 2019 Destin Chamber Chairman Julie Cotton of Northwest Florida State College presented the awards.For going above and beyond in service to the Destin Chamber and the community, Michelle Terry, Dale E.
Destin, Fla., April 28 – On April 27, Fort Walton Beach Vintage Records celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Fort Walton Beach Vintage Records carries vintage vinyl record albums, including classic, rock, pop, heavy metal, soul, new wave, jazz, country, easy listening, comedy, and classical. It also offers vintage turntables, amps speakers, and more, as well as used electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Visit it at 217 Racetrack Rd. N.W., in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, visit