It is time for the Pinewood Derby a storied tradition of the Scouting community. The Pinewood Derby is a small wooden car race conducted by Scouts across the world since 1953 when the first event was held in Hunnington Beach, CA. Millions of cars have been constructed and raced since the inception of the event 70 years ago. The Pinewood Derby competition allows scouts and their parents to work together and to foster STEM processes (design, physics, graphics) as well as problem solving esprit-de-corps
On Feb. 29, Stepping Stones at Roane celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Stepping Stones at Roane is a Preschool for children ages 1-5 that provides an adventurous setting for those in their early learning years to flourish. Its goal is to teach children to love God, provide a positive foundation for a life-long love of learning, and promote independence with a focus on social and emotional aspects of a child’s development. The preschool offers a structured curriculum along with exposure
On Feb. 27, Beau Halo Luxury Salon celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Beau Halo Luxury Salon's goal is to transform the lives of clients by providing exceptional hair care services for the ultimate in hair health and beauty. Let its team of stylists help you create your dream look. Book your appointment at www.beau-halo.com, and visit the beautifully remodeled space at 4705 Furling Ln. Ste. 109, in Destin. Be sure to mark your calendars for Beau Halo Luxury Salon's Grand Opening
Klean Wash LLC, a family-owned boutique laundry under the ownership of Jerry and Doreen Baca since June 2018 has hit a milestone; the TEAM recently achieved the highest Google ranked laundry facility on the Emerald Coast with a 4.9 rating and 849 reviews and counting. Bacas said, “Customer service has always been a Klean Wash hallmark; however, with the seasoned leadership of our new General Manager, Vandy Vela, we shifted our resources to a laser focus on customer satisfaction. ‘Hiring our Lead Laundry
On Jan. 18, Destin Chamber members celebrated the Chamber’s most outstanding individuals and businesses, during the Awards Party & Wine Pairing Dinner Presented by Trustmark. Hosted by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer on the beautiful Destin Harbor, the event featured a cocktail reception and awards ceremony, before guests were treated to curated dinner and wine pairing. The 2023 Destin Chamber Chairman Jason Belcher of FNBT Bank began the awards presentation by announcing the Paul Woolman Ambassador of
After more than two decades, Alan Gieseman is retiring as CEO of White-Wilson Medical Center, the region’s largest independent physician group. Gieseman has worked with the organization’s physician owners and leaders to expand access to health care for tens of thousands of locals and visitors in a three-county region since taking the helm 21 years ago. He has helped the group successfully navigate major changes in the health care industry and serve the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Gieseman
On Dec. 4, 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.
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 Sept. 5, Causeway Coffee celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. At Causeway Coffee, every sip tells a story! Its mission goes beyond serving exceptional coffee. Its founders aim to create a hub that fosters connections within our community and supports impactful missions around the world. As you step through the doors, you'll be greeted by the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee, crafted with care and passion. With every cup you enjoy, you contribute to efforts in supporting missions
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
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
On Aug. 1, Pinch A Penny celebrated its grand opening with the Destin Chamber. Shop the Destin Pinch A Penny for a huge selection of pool supplies, including liquid chlorine, tablets, pumps, filters and more. Locally owned and operated by Luis, Bonita, Brian, and Kevin D'Jesus, this neighborhood pool store provides expert advice plus everything you need to care for your pool, patio or spa. Find details at https://pinchapenny.com/stores/destin-fl-278 or call (850) 533-5153. Visit the store at 4010
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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 13, Aqua Vitae IV Hydration and Oxygen Bar held a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber to celebrate its new location. Aqua Vitae IV Hydration and Oxygen Bar is a premier IV therapy and oxygen bar dedicated to providing a safe alternative means for those wanting to improve their overall health and well-being. Its highly experienced, friendly and attentive medical staff provide multiple IV vitamin cocktails, injections and aromatherapy oxygen customized for you. With an on-site physician and
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
Okaloosa County has compiled a variety of resources with information to help households and families prepare for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season which begins June 1, 2023. Hurricane GuidesThe County has printed a limited number of Hurricane Guides. The guide is a comprehensive document containing important phone numbers, checklists, information about evacuation zones and other storm-related information. The 2023 Hurricane Guide can be found online and downloaded here. While supplies last, physical
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
Congratulations to Saltwater Restaurants’ Director of Operations Clint Rogers and Director of Marketing Misty Rae Ruthrauff, who were honored with the Destin Chamber’s Business Persons of the Month Award! The Chamber's Board of Directors created the award to honor Destin area businesspersons showing vision for their business and leadership in our community. The award was presented on Tuesday, April 25, by the Chamber's President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP (center). “Any business that’s successful is
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 Tuesday, Feb. 7, Elevated Laundry celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Elevated Laundry, a brand new 8,000-square-foot commercial laundry facility locally owned and operated in Miramar Beach, offers cutting-edge equipment and streamlined logistic methods to ensure prompt service of fully sanitized, soft, well-packed linens. With the capacity to turn 2.6 tons of laundry daily, Elevated Laundry is ready to help solve one of the largest issues the property management, hotel, fitness,
On Thursday, Feb. 2, Soleil celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Located inside the Inn at Crystal Beach, the exquisite beachfront setting is reflected in seasonal lunch and dinner menus. Enjoy dining in the dining room, al fresco on the beachfront patio or at the cocktail bar. The starter menu now includes Fried Buffalo Crab Claws, Fried Fish Bites, Ceviche and the already famous hand cut fries. For your entree, enjoy Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Piccata, an 8oz Filet, Fried Whole Fish,
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. 13, Destin Chamber members celebrated the holidays and the Chamber’s most outstanding individuals and businesses, during the Annual Holiday & Awards Party Presented by Trustmark. Amid poinsettias, twinkling lights and Christmas trees at the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, 2022 Destin Chamber Chairman Jennifer Gutai Comella of Hand Arendall Harrison Sale and Destin Chamber President & CEO Shane A. Moody, CCE, FCCP led the awards presentation. Alan Gieseman, CEO of White-Wilson Medical
Yesterday, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin presented a $3,260 donation to the Air Force Enlisted Village. This money was raised through a silent auction, which was held during the Destin Chamber's Aug. 25 Business After Hours Sponsored by the Fairfield Inn & Suites and after a ribbon cutting, which celebrated the completion of the hotel's remodel. The auction raised $1,360, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel owner Gurmit Advani matched the proceeds.
During the Destin Chamber’s Nov. 10 Business Before Hours Sponsored by Gateway Payments Gulf Coast, Tyler Jarvis, Co-Founder and Operating Partner of The Bald & The Beard Restaurant Group, 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. “When looking for a successful businessperson, you’ll find that those who are
On Nov. 4, AJ’s Rocking L Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting, attending by Destin Chamber Ambassadors and staff. The market features locally raised meats, deli meats and cheeses, freshly made desserts, daily lunch specials, beer, wine, vegetables and produce from Maples Market in Andalusia, Ala. Visit the market in Destin’s Shoreline Village Mall at 872 U.S. Hwy. 98 Unit #19. For more information, visit
Alan Laird, owner of four of AJ’s restaurants along Florida’s Gulf Coast, is excited to announce his latest business concept to join the AJ family. From reef to range, AJ’s Rocking L – Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market is Destin’s only privately- owned specialty meat and gourmet market. It’s now open in the heart of Destin at Shoreline Village Mall at 872 Highway 98 E. Unit #19 and features grass-fed black angus and Wagyu beef. This new market boasts 2,500 square feet of space and is dedicated to providing
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. 13, South Oak Title celebrated its new Destin office with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. South Oak Title provides title and real estate closing services in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. Its professionals have extensive experience in both commercial and residential transactions, enabling them to serve their clients in all their closing needs. Through the use of technology and tailored services, South Oak Title has created a better title and closing experience. For more information,
City staff will host a combined workshop for the Harbor and Town Center CRA to introduce and discuss the scope and logistics of the City’s Utility Undergrounding Project. The workshop with take place at the Destin Chamber Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. For questions, please contact the Community Development Office at 850.654.1119.
During the Destin Chamber’s Sept. 9 Business Before Hours Sponsored by CRC Data Technologies, Magda Cooper, co-founder of BOTE, 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. “This month’s Business Person of the Month is no stranger to the Destin business community. She’s also an example of someone who balances
The Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Foundation held its Annual Board Installation and Recognition Reception on Thursday, August 25, 2022, to recognize new Foundation officers and directors, thank past directors, and highlight some of its many accomplishments within the last year. Past Foundation Chair, Ken Wampler, was introduced by Foundation Board member Alan Wood and recognized for his five years of service to the organization, where he served as treasurer and chair. Wampler is the president of
In response to Northwest Florida’s growing healthcare needs, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital celebrated today the completion of the first phase of its $100 million expansion, which includes a new four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space. This phase of the expansion adds 10 ICU beds, eight cardiovascular ICU beds and 24 surgical care beds – increasing the hospital’s capacity from 267 to 309 beds – and enhancing the array of high-quality services
On Friday, Sept. 9, the Destin Chamber of Commerce will host their Business Before Hours Breakfast. Councilmembers Rodney Braden and Bobby Wagner, both candidates for Destin Mayor, will share their platforms and answer questions. Registration and payment are required before the event. No walk-ins or payments will be accepted at the door. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and registration is due by Tuesday, Sept. 6. For more information on attending the event, please contact the Destin
The Destin Chamber Trustee members are celebrating and thanking local first responders with a free cookout on Friday, Sept. 9. They will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and serving BBQ sliders 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 investment in the
On Aug. 25, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin celebrated its recent remodel with a ribbon cutting and Business After Hours with the Destin Chamber. The event featured delicious food, live entertainment and a silent auction benefitting the Air Force Enlisted Village. The silent auction generated $1630. With a matching donation from hotel owner Gurmit Advani, AFEV will receive $3,260! Feel at home with Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin's family-friendly amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a
On Tuesday, August 30, HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first phase of our new $100 million, four-story, 95,000-square-foot patient tower and 10,000-square-foot renovated dietary space, which includes a kitchen and café. This phase of the expansion will add 10 ICU beds, eight cardiovascular ICU beds and 24 surgical care
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
The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, a standup paddle board race event, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald-green Gulf waters at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all age and skill levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. The weekend fun begins on Friday, Aug. 19, with a Racer Welcome Party at BOTE, an international paddle board
The Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida Chapter’s NE Region is holding its 2nd Wishmaker’s Ball on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. This is the signature MAW black-tie gala with a goal of raising enough funds to grant 50 wishes in the NE Region of Florida. We are inviting Destin Chamber members to attend and/or donate products/services to the silent auction portion of the MAW event. It is a great way to invite event attendees to connect with local businesses,
Meet Local Photographers Offering Wedding, Portrait & Real Estate Photography with Service & Quality
We are members of the Destin Chamber and wanted to introduce ourselves to everyone. My name is John, and my wife is Natalie. We own McCain’s Creations Photography, located here in Destin. We aren’t just any other photography business out there; we bring a different vibe to the photo. McCain’s Creations specializes in off camera lighting. What does that mean? Basically that means we can capture all the colors within the photo beyond what the human eye can sometimes see. Our photos are not the airy blown out
Okaloosa County has produced a limited supply of Okaloosa County Hurricane Guides. For convenience, the hurricane guides have been distributed to various pickup locations across the county. As hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30, the county published an online version on June 1, which will remain available year-round at myokaloosa.com. Preparedness is key to successfully weathering the storm. Residents are encouraged to download the online resource to their device or print one to use as a
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.
One year ago, on June 6, 2021, our brand new yacht charter company launched here in Destin and immediately joined the Destin Chamber of Commerce! (Smart move on our part.) Since then, we have become a well-recognized name here in Destin, participating at the fullest level in Chamber and other civic activities. We have donated dozens of yacht charters to various charities, sponsored special events for the Chamber, and have become active participants with the Tourism Development Counsel and Visit Florida! Our
The 10th Annual Paddle at the Park Sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, a standup paddle board race event, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, in the beautiful emerald-green Gulf waters at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Fla. It offers races for all age and skill levels, with its Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. The weekend fun begins on Friday, Aug. 19, with a Racer Welcome Party at BOTE, an international paddle board brand
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.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The 2022 City of Destin Hurricane Guide is now available on the City of Destin website and City of Destin Government Facebook page. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm. Hard copies of the guide will be available at all city facilities as well as the Destin Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit: www.cityofdestin.com/hurricaneguide.
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
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
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BizTech is back! Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, for a conference connecting Destin area small business owners and employees with technology-related information, marketing strategies, and the companies they need to get their brand noticed, convert fans into customers, and increase their bottom line. Sessions include the following: Where Should You Place Your Digital Marketing Dollars, Keeping Your Electronic Assets Safe, Identifying the Best Social Media Platform for Your Audience & Message, Creating
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
On March 10, NextHome Cornerstone Realty celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Held in conjunction with a First Responders Appreciation Event, guests enjoyed a shrimp boil and beverages, while learning about the company, its work with local buyers, its affordable housing advocacy efforts in Tallahassee, and its community service projects. Whether you are considering an investment purchase or call the Emerald Coast of Florida home, NextHome Cornerstone Realty is ready to assist you. This
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
On Feb. 25, Pet Supplies Plus celebrated a ribbon cutting and the kickoff to its grand opening weekend celebration with the Destin Chamber. The celebration continues on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with Saving with Souls pet adoptions, a silent auction, indoor poker run with prizes, outdoor vendors, food by Chippers BBQ, corn hole games, local emergency responders, bands and lots of in-store discounts. Event activities include Protection Dog Demo with Coastline K9 at 11 a.m., the Bennet Hall
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
On Feb. 11, Mr. & Mrs. Scotches Bar & Grill celebrated its grand opening and a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Named after the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Mr. & Mrs. Scotches Bar & Grill serves American and Caribbean food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has a full bar with daily happy hour. Visit the new restaurant at 34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Unit 104, right on Highway 98 in front of The Fresh Market. For details, please call (850) 842-2684 or visit mmscotches.com. Online ordering is
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
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
As I write this, we are anxiously anticipating the release of Governor Ron Desantis’ plan to reopen the Florida economy. If Florida were its own country, our 1.2 trillion dollar economy would be the 17th largest in the world. It’s very important to have this powerful economy up and running again. In the past six weeks, I have been on numerous statewide web meetings, numerous local web meetings, and numerous Destin Chamber board web meetings. One common theme on all of the meetings has been to restart the
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. 26 – On Feb. 25, Helix Construction LLC celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber.Helix Construction offers marine, residential and commercial construction and remodeling services. To start your next project, please call (850) 687-3909.
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., 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