Staying Active with YOLO Board + Bike


Although cold weather conditions may make you revaluate your outdoor fitness routine, there are plenty of ways to be active this winter. You can stay in shape and have fun while doing it with a little help from YOLO Board + Bike! 


It might be too cold to paddleboard on the water, but you can take advantage of everything that South Walton has to offer by joining the 30A YOLO Bike Club! Jeff Archer, CEO of YOLO Board, and Mike Ragsdale, founder of the 30A Company, came up with the idea for the club. Participants meet every Saturday at the YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place at 8:30 am. The group bike rides are free and a great way to stay active. All skill levels and bike brands are welcome. If you don’t have a bike of your own, bikes are available to rent.


The fun and laid-back club is the perfect way to take in the sights along scenic 30A, explore the nature trails of Point Washington State Forest, and make new friends! 


YOLO Board + Bike’s knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find the perfect board or bike for your lifestyle and continues to work each day to inspire by the simple but powerful reminder that “You Only Live Once,” so make it count. Make sure to stop by YOLO Board + Bike and check out the used boards for sale, rent a bike, or demo test ride their new electric bikes. YOLO Board + Bike is located at 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, and they’re open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
















Gulf Place Welcomes New Veterinarian and Announces a Number of Events Beginning in 2018 

Gulf Place Welcomes New Veterinarian and Announces a Number of Events Beginning in 2018

Gulf Place on 30A welcomes new Veterinarian in the town center and announces a number of events beginning in 2018. 

30A Vet, located in Gulf Place on Spires Lane, and Dr. Tonia Shatzel have announced a new veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Brawner, will be taking over the practice. Raised on a professional Quarter Horse farm in central Alabama, Dr. Brawner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University, attended veterinary school at St. Matthew’s University, and completed her clinical year rotations at Oklahoma State University. Her passion to be part of a client-centered general practice that provides comprehensive care for the pets in the community has finally been realized with the purchase of 30A Vet, placing her regionally right in the middle of her family members’ homes. 30A Vet will be hosting an open house on Thursday, January 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Light bites, mimosas, and dog biscuits will be provided at the event. To learn more about 30A Vet, please visit:


Gulf Place is pleased to announce it will be a 2018 30A Songwriters Festival Venue Partner. The four-day music festival during Martin Luther King weekend, January 12 - 15, 2018, will feature more than 175 songwriters and over 200 performances in various venues. The lineup for Gulf Place will include artists such as Shawn Mullins, The War & Treaty, and Paul Thorn. Artists will be hosted at Gulf Place beginning Friday, January 12 until Sunday, January 14 starting at 5 p.m. everyday. For more information and updates, please visit

The community is invited to attend the Snowbird Stroll on Thursday, January 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Now in its third year, the Snowbird Stroll is similar to the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout. Guests check in at the stage to receive their complimentary commemorative glass and a map with all the participating merchants. Guests will enjoy live music, door prizes, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood. Gulf Place will host a second Snowbird Stroll on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost to participate is $20.

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Getting to Know Sunrise Coffee Co.


What is it about the perfect cup of coffee that gets us out of our homes and into our favorite local coffee shop? Maybe it's the cozy ambiance and tasty offerings that keep us coming back for more. Situated on the corner of 393 and 30A, Sunrise Coffee Co. is a prevalent coffee shop known for their locally roasted coffee beans, affordable prices, and in-house made baked goods. We got the chance to chat with the manager, Sarah Crowder, and learn more about 30A’s favorite little coffee shop, here’s what she had to say:


How would you say Sunrise Coffee Co. is different than other coffee shops?

“Our coffee beans set us apart from other coffee shops. We use the highest quality beans from local experts, Amavida Coffee. We also love to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere in our coffee shop. Everyday we host Happy Hour from 3- 6 p.m. where you can purchase $3.00 beers, $5.00 wines, cocktails and frozen drinks. We also love to show appreciation to our customers by offering a local discount.”


When is the busiest time of the year at Sunrise Coffee Co.?

“The busiest time of the year at Sunrise Coffee Co. is definitely the summer. From the time we open at 6 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. there is usually a line out the door.”

What is the most popular holiday drink? 

“The Chocolate Truffle Latte is one of our most popular holiday drinks. It is made with a mixture of hazelnut and chocolate only to be topped off with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. It basically tastes like Christmas in a cup!”


What is the most popular sweet treat? 

“All of our baked goods are made fresh daily, either in house or delivered from the best bakers in town. Our Charlie’s Famous Donuts are always a crowd favorite! The red velvet donuts or the maple bacon donuts are two of the most popular flavors. Customers are always so surprised to see bacon on a donut. (Bacon on a donut? Yes please!) We also serve ice cream, cookies, milkshakes and smoothies.”


Stop in Sunrise Coffee Co. for your all of your coffee needs! The friendly baristas are ready to lighten up your day with your favorite gourmet coffee and sweet treat! Whether you live in the area or just visiting from out of town, you will feel right at home. Sunrise Coffee Co. is located at 45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 and they’re open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m.- 7 p.m.




Gulf Place Christmas at the Beach

The Gulf Place Community, Hope Lutheran Church, and Point Washington Methodist Church have joined together to host the Third Annual Christmas at the Beach event on December 2, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Families are invited to come enjoy Christmas workshops, children’s games & crafts, train rides, face painting, music performances, pictures with Santa Claus, and more. All activities are free and can be enjoyed by all. There will also be arts and craft vendors for one of a kind Christmas gifts and huge savings at all the Gulf Place businesses. Please support local business and to take care of everyone on your gift list.To learn more about the event, please visit:

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Selecting Your Beach Home with Classic Luxury Real Estate


Classic Luxury Real Estate is situated in the heart of Gulf Place, off Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Their goal is to provide their clients and customers a real estate experience unequaled in the industry. Buying the perfect beach home is an exciting purchase, so take time to enjoy the experience and do not feel pressured to purchase a property that is not right for you. We got the chance to chat with Lisa Hughley, the owner of Classic Luxury Real Estate. She offered some advice to help guide you through the process of selecting the perfect beach home on the Emerald Coast! 


What are some helpful tips to home shopping on the Emerald Coast? 

“Become familiar with all of the amazing areas that the Emerald Coast has to offer. Exciting opportunities come along with being open to expanding your perimeters. Make sure to find an agent who will take the time to understand your needs and show you properties that fit your criteria. It is helpful to make a list of items your new home needs to have by importance and to notate your likes and dislikes of each property you see.”

What should someone consider when selecting their beach home?

“Whether you purchase a single-family home, a condo or townhouse, decide how you want to utilize the property. Will it be a primary home, a second home or an investment property? Talk to your trusted tax advisor regarding your purchase and how it will be utilized. You need to know the tax advantages and the disadvantages. Is the property located in a flood zone? A trusted insurance provider can run an address check and tell you what your options are.”

How can Classic Luxury Real Estate help the consumer?

“The agents at Classic Luxury Real Estate realize that, for some of our clients, owning a property at the beach has been a life-long dream and for others, owning and investing in beach property is a way to reach their financial goals. Each client, regardless of their reason for purchasing or their price range, is treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. Our agents are selectively chosen due to their knowledge, professionalism, integrity and ability to care about and connect with our clients on a personal level.”

What are some things to know before buying a beach home?

“Walk or drive to the closest beach entrance if that is important to you. Know the distance. Will the condo association accept pets? It would be horrible to purchase a property and not be able to bring the entire family. If you are planning to rent your property as a vacation rental or long-term, make certain that short-term or long-term rentals are allowed in the neighborhood.” 

What are some things to avoid when buying a beach home?

“Avoid being your own inspector. There are several trusted and highly respected inspectors along the Emerald Coast, and they can save you from buying a problem property. Know the type of stucco your property has prior to purchasing.”  

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Do you have any advice for new homeowners on 30A? 

“I believe in placing a good home warranty on your home every year. There are quite a few to choose from at all price levels. With the salt air, your exterior equipment may not last as long as if the property was in another part of the country. Lastly, enjoy every day in this wonderful paradise we call the Emerald Coast.”

Offering an array of services from buying to selling and financing, Classic Luxury Real Estate is a go-to real estate company in the 30A community. They take the time to build relationships and get to know exactly what’s going to make their clients happy. Lisa and her team are ready to help you find your dream beach home! They are located at 90 Spires Lane #10A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 in Gulf Place and they can be reached at (850) 660-1962.




Gulf Place November Events

New this year, Gulf Place will be hosting the First Annual 30-A Firetruck Pull. The event will take place on Saturday, November 4, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Teams will be made up of ten people with each team member paying $10 to participate. Competing team classes will include Men’s, Women’s, Co-ed, Firefighters, and Kids. Teams will be pulling the firetruck a total of twenty feet and the team with the fastest pull time wins. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Miami Project which conducts research on spinal cords to end paralysis. For more information and updates, please visit

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The community is also invited to attend the Holiday Open House on November 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its fifteenth year, the Artist Christmas Event invites families to come out to Gulf Place to enjoy arts & crafts, music, and refreshments. Each artist will have different holiday presents available to make, such as ornaments, jewelry, raku firing, and create your own starfish, which will range in price from $12 to $30. There will be live music by Jay and the BluJays on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by Sammy Jackson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will be dropping by via firetruck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with John Holland taking photos for $5 per photo. To learn more about the Holiday Open House, please visit

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Witches of South Walton 2017 Witch Ride to benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network


The Witches of South Walton, an organization dedicated to supporting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN), with their mission, is hosting the 14th Annual Witch Ride on Tuesday, October 31st at 6:30am. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the morning of the ride, which includes a charity bike ride from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp and ending with a Gathering Brunch at La Playa in Gulf Place. Purchase tickets online at This event would not be possible without the help of local residents and businesses including Sunrise Coffee, Pizza by the Sea, Shunk Gulley, Modus Photography, Classic Luxury Real Estate, YOLO and the merchants at Gulf Place.

More information on the event can be found on our website or on Facebook

Thursday, October 26th

WITCHES BREW | La Playa at Gulf Place

Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration will be held at La Playa in Gulf Place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be drink specials for all ladies and Forrest Williams Band will be taking the stage. Special raffle tickets will be sold only at the Witches Brew to win a custom designed Witch Hat. Winner must be present to win at the drawing at 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 30th

PREFLIGHT WITCH NIGHT | The Perfect Pig at Gulf Place

Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration at The Perfect Pig in Gulf Place will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be food and drink specials along with the selling of raffle tickets to win a custom designed Witch Hat. Winner must be present to win at the drawing at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31st

WAKE UP WITCHES | The Green at Gulf Place

Arrive early and meet the other witches. Sunrise Coffee will be providing coffee at the stage for all attendees.  

14th ANNUAL WITCH RIDE | The Green at Gulf Place

A portion of Laura Hamilton Blvd. will be reserved to park your bike.

Information and final announcements will be given at 6:45 a.m., then witches can make their way to their bikes and prepare to ride. The charity bike ride starts at 7:00 a.m. sharp as all Witches promptly leave Gulf Place as a group.  

RESTING STOP | Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack

The Witches ride to Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack to line up on 30A and greet spectators.

GATHERING BRUNCH | La Playa at Gulf Place



The Witches ride back to Gulf Place where a Gathering Brunch will be served at 8:30 a.m. The Gathering Brunch, contests, and raffle ticket drawing will be held on the patio at La Playa. The Gathering Brunch includes a selection of pastries, fruit, bacon and eggs accompanied with mimosas (limited to 3). La Playa will also have a cash bar with all your favorite drinks. $50 prizes will be given to the Witch with the “Best Decorated Bike,” “Best Witch Costume,” and “Best Witch Cackle”. Raffle items will be donated by local businesses.


Photos courtesy of Modus Photography 

Bands of 30A Storm Relief Brings Aid to Hurricane Victims

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To support their neighbors displaced by the recent hurricanes, Casey Kearney & April Roach, with the help of 30A Event Planning, hosted a fundraiser and invited local businesses to give back. The “Bands of 30A Storm Relief Concert” was held at the Gulf Place amphitheater on Sunday, September 17, 2017, where all proceeds from the event were donated to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, who had volunteers aiding Houston and Florida Keys Hurricane victims at the time of the event.


With help from Bands of 30A, the event generated an estimated 1,000 people to gather and enjoy live music by local artists throughout the day. The lineup included the Allman Goldflies Band, Casey Kearney, Chris Alvarado, Dread Clampitt, Forrest Williams Band, Sam Jackson, Scott Crompton, The BluJays, and Will Thompson. With sound and equipment support provided by G2 Entertainment and Scott Crompton, the concert went off without a hitch.



The Santa Rosa Beach community was a huge factor in making this event come to fruition so quickly. Sponsors included 30A, 30A Event Planning, 30A Life Photography, 30A Soft Spot, Alive and Kicking – Kickbike, Artists at Gulf Place, Better Homes and Garden Real Estate of the Emerald Coast, Coastal Insurance, East Village Fashion, Eloquent Signs, G2 Entertainment, Gulf Place, Homes on 30A, Impact Designs, ipromoteu, Justin Gaffrey Gallery, Kansas Pitts Photography, One Blood, Oyster City Brewing, Proffitt PR, and The Well Church.


“The event was put together very quickly, but because of the generosity of the community and eagerness to help it was more successful than we ever imagined,” said host and musician Casey Kearney.



Although 30A Storm Relief was free to attend, concert goers were asked to make a $10 donation for full day access to the festivities. Grayton Beach Catering helped raise funds by plating meals for sale, in which 100% of the proceeds went back to the relief fund. Oyster City, Bayou Bills, and Stinky’s Fish Camp were also on site to provide guests with libations. Altogether, the event raised a grand total of $13,000, to Matthew 25 Ministries, which will all be going directly to aide those affected in Houston and the Florida Keys.


In addition to monetary donations, guests were encouraged to stop by the OneBlood Bus to give blood. The OneBlood Employees expected 12-15 people to donate, however the event superseded their expectations with an astounding 34 donors throughout the day. In turn, OneBlood was able to help 102 patients in need of blood in one day.

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“Every two seconds someone needs blood,” said OneBlood representative, Justin Malan. “The blood donated at Bands of 30A Storm Relief’s blood drive was likely transfused into a patient within 48 to 72 hours. The turnaround is that fast and the need is that constant.”

Photos courtesy of Kansas Pitts Photography 

Pizza by the Sea Spotlight


Situated just above ResortQuest at Gulf Place, on the corner of Laura Hamilton Boulevard, Pizza by the Sea sits on an open and airy balcony overlooking the Artists at Gulf Place and entire community. Known for their delicious slices of pizza, Italian favorites and a menu curated with everyone’s dietary needs in mind, Pizza by the Sea has been a staple for the past four years. We had the opportunity to connect with Owners, Kristi and Jason Beer to chat about their slices that have been serving the 30A community for over six years! Here’s what they had to say:


What inspired you to open Pizza by the Sea?

We purchased the first location of Pizza by the Sea in Watercolor in 2011. We were attracted to this business because of the whole package: amazing pizza with fresh ingredients, a family-friendly atmosphere, and fun beach location. We had vacationed on 30A and loved it here. We then opened a second location in Gulf Place in 2013 and a third location in Seacrest Beach in 2016.


What pizza would you recommend that everyone should try? And do you have a go-to menu item that you love?

A pizza everyone should try: Spaghetti and Meatball pizza!! It sounds a little strange but tastes so amazing. 

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Our favorite pizza that we often eat, Build Our Own Pie:  fresh garlic, ground beef, pepperoni and mushroom.


What non-pizza menu item would you recommend that everyone should try?

A person with no dietary constraints should try the pepperoni rolls or the meatball sandwich.


For those looking to cut carbs, our YUM bowls are perfect.  All your favorite pizza toppings baked into a bowl (no crust).  We created these the first year we had the business to help with our own waistlines!


What’s your most unique pizza on the menu and what sparked the idea for this special pie?

The most unique pizza we offer is the Billy Goats Yum (spinach, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella, and basil). This was created by Kristi because she wanted a vegetarian pizza with goat cheese on it, although you can add chicken and it’s yummy! 

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Why do you think your pizza is a favorite among locals?

We think locals appreciate the family-friendly atmosphere along with the great food. Our team takes pride in making customers feel like they’re at home while dining with us. Also, it’s hard to resist our famous thin crust!


What do you want people who’ve never dined with you to know about Pizza by the Sea

We try to meet the needs of all our customers. With that in mind, we offer traditional options, vegan options, our delicious gluten free crust (which we are known for) and an overall well-rounded menu! 


What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Gulf Place community?

The laid back, casual vibe is one of our favorite parts of being in the Gulf Place community. Customers love dining on our open-air balcony and then taking the kids down to the green to run around and have fun. 


What’s the best part about living and working on 30A?
Living and working on 30A is a unique experience.  Raising our children here in this community has been amazing! Furthermore, cultivating community among the locals and the return visitors is so fun.  We love to support local schools and organizations in the area. It is a big part of our mission as business owners.


Finally, we would like to thank our Pizza by the Sea team. We couldn’t do it without them!


Pizza by the Sea is located at 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd, Unit C4, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 and they’re open daily from 11am-9pm! 

Gulf Place to host Bands of 30A Storm Relief Concert

To support their neighbors displaced by Hurricane Harvey, Gulf Place Community is hosting a fundraiser.  The “Bands of 30A Storm Relief Concert” will be held on the Gulf Place Amphitheater, Sunday September 17, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. with all proceeds from the event being donated to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization.


Matthew 25 Ministries is currently in Houston with “Loads of Hope” a mobile laundromat. Loads of Hope was developed to restore a sense of normalcy and dignity through the basic comfort of clean clothing for those in the midst of chaos. The truck features 12 new high-efficiency Whirlpool Duet washers and dryers and can do up to 100 loads of laundry per day, enabling Tide to help hundreds of families during each disaster relief visit.



The musical lineup of local and regional bands will begin performing at the top of each hour beginning at 1:00 p.m. with Forrest Williams Band, followed by Will Thompson, Chris Alvarado, Dread Clampitt, The Blu Jays, Casey Kearney and The Wildlife Specials.



“Our area is inundated with musical talent and locals who love to hear it,” said musician Casey Kearney. “Hosting this concert is our way, as the artists of 30A, of giving back to our neighbors on the Gulf Coast.”


The event is free to attend, but concert goers are asked to make a $10 donation for full day access to the concerts. Grayton Beach Catering will have plated meals for sale, in which 100% of the proceeds will go back to the relief fund.


In addition to monetary donations, guests are encouraged to stop by the OneBlood Bus to give blood. Donations of all blood types are needed, but there is an urgent need for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelet and plasma donations. Healthy people who are at least 16 years old and who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. A photo identification is required.



The community has already begun to rally behind this event. To date, sponsors include 30A Events, Artists at Gulf Place, Coca-Cola, East Village Fashion, G2 Entertainment, Grayton Beach Catering, Gulf Place, Kansas Pitts Photography, Proffitt PR and The 30A Company.


The Gulf Place Amphitheater is located at 95 Town Loop Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on.


If you have questions or you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this event please email or call (850) 797-9714.

Three New Merchants Join the Thriving Tenant Mix at Gulf Place

Gulf Place on 30A is pleased to announce three new merchants have opened for business. New merchants include Affinity Boutique, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast and Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine.

Affinity, meaning a strong attraction to, is a women’s boutique owned and operated by local, Theresa Barrett. Barrett opened her first store, Gypsea, in Grayton Beach, Florida, in 1995 across from the well-known restaurant Red Bar. With over 22 years of retail background, Barrett’s background and buying expertise are evident by the unique lines that are available within her store. Patrons will enjoy browsing Affinity Boutique’s variety of women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, local jewelry and art. Those who wish to shop online can do so at Affinity Boutique is located on the east end of Spires Lane, at 56 Spires Lane unit 17A. The women's boutique is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday.


The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast franchise began in September 2014, by Owner/Realtor, John Holahan. As part of the Better Homes and Gardens, which was established in 1924, the Emerald Coast branch has access to a database of 16,000+, an internet presence of 125+ webpages with syndications, 19 agents and a team of three support staff – all of which translates into a group of people representing clients with a proactive, service oriented, innovative strategy. If you are interested in listing, selling or buying real estate, the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast agents will provide a free comprehensive Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) report with informed choices. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Emerald Coast is located at 90 Spires Lane 6A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. To speak with an agent, please contact Carmen Cavanaugh at (850) 499-5710.

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Shunk Gulley Liquor and Wine store is now open in the heart of Gulf Place. Featuring familiar brands such as Jack Daniels, Blue Chair Bay Rum, and Abita Beer, this new go-to package store will also carry a diverse wine selection and all of the extras you need for your next party or trip to the beach. The liquor store is located just 600 feet from the Ed Walline Beach Access on County Highway 393 and Scenic Highway 30A. With the addition of an ice machine, the convenience of beach goers having a place they can walk up to and pack their coolers with their beverage purchases is a major appeal of Shunk Gulley Liquor and Wine.

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“We want to be able to offer a carefully selected variety of popular items,” says Shunk Gully Manager, Kerri St. Peter. “When customers come in, we want to make sure they know we’re here to help them find what they need. Our staff has extensive knowledge of everything we carry and can help you select the perfect items customized to your needs.”

Shunk Gulley Liquor and Wine is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. More information can be found at

In addition to Shunk Gulley Liquor and Wine, the same ownership has announced Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar – a new restaurant featuring classic coastal cuisine, stunning views and authentic Southern hospitality –set to open next month at the corner of County Road 393 and Scenic Highway 30-A, just across the street from Gulf Place. Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar, built by Gallion Construction, is expected to open in October of 2017 and create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in South Walton.  For more information, please visit

Level 2 Designs Spotlight

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Creating, cultivating and completing a vision for an interior space is no small task. Ask anyone who owns a home or office space and more often than not, those involved in the project will agree that without guidance, accomplishing the vision either falls short or simply doesn’t work at all. To avoid this headache, it’s best to hire an interior designer with a keen eye for the space and its goals long term in conjunction with color schemes, materials and the aesthetic of the space. These qualities and beyond can be found in Ann Melancon of Level 2 Designs located in Gulf Place. Offering an array of services from full scale design to home staging, Level 2 Designs is a go-to firm in the 30A community. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Level 2 Designs below:


What inspired you to open Level 2 Design?

I originally started doing interior design in Dallas.  I previously had a busy career in the entertainment industry, so when I finished my interior design program, I knew I wanted to own my own business and oversee how it was run. At the time my husband was a lighting designer for concerts and live show events. We opened Level 2 Design thinking that I would eventually cross over into set design and he would do some cross-over work in residential lighting. As my husband expanded his lighting design to include technical direction and production design, I decided I really enjoyed doing residential design as well as some commercial design. We still share our company name.  


What is your scope of design services offered? 

My services include everything from full scale design to decoration to home staging. For new construction or renovation, I can do the space planning or work with the client’s architect to fine tune the layout to fit their lifestyle. I can follow the project through to completion to make sure my client’s vision is brought to life.

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What sets your design style apart from other interior designers in the area?

I see some beautiful design work down here, but I believe my approach has a cleaner, more modern sensibility. Clients can purchase furnishings, fixtures and accessories through me, but because I have a studio and not a store with an inventory of furniture to move, I have more freedom to choose which items really fit with my clients’ vision.


What does a typical day look like for you?

Each day varies greatly. At the onset of a project, much of my time is spent in the drawing/design process. In conjunction with that, I also budget the project. Some days are spent shopping whether locally or at various design centers around the country. As we move onto the construction phase, I’ll spend part of the day onsite working in conjunction with the contractor and trades.  

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Do you have a favorite type of design project?

I enjoy a project that I can work on from conception to completion. Oftentimes, I’m brought into a project midstream, but when I’m involved from the initial design process, I do not have to work within strict confines and I’m able to be more creative.


What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Gulf Place community?

I like the mix of people and businesses. It’s a smaller, intimate community, and you can’t beat working across the street from the beach!

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What do you want people who maybe haven't heard of Level 2 Design to know about your business? 

I want people to know that we a proud member of the Gulf Place Community and Merchant’s Association. We’re here to help design around clients’ lifestyles, and it’s not always about aesthetics. Sometimes it’s more practical, like designing for people who are handicapped or aging in place.


What’s the best part about living and working on 30A?

30A is a uniquely beautiful part of Florida.  Besides the beautiful beaches, it has a small town feel with many charming hamlets spotting the coast. I’ve lived many different places; always in major metropolitan city.  This is the first small town I’ve been in and have enjoyed becoming a part of the community.


It’s clear from Ann’s commentary about her work and the beautiful photos depicting two of her most recent projects (a remodeled kitchen and a children’s center at a local church) that her passion for design shines through in all she does. Tailoring each space perfectly to its purpose for that specific client guides the design process from start to finish. Her diligent commitment to her clients and our community is appreciated by everyone who works with Level 2 Designs. Whether you need help designing a room or a large office space, Level 2 Designs is ready to help you. Located at 90 Spires Lane, Unit A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 in Gulf Place and they can be reached at (850) 213-2781.

Furry Fanatics & Dapper Dogs Spotlight

For most of us, our four-legged friends are more than just pets, they’re family! With this in mind and the fact that National Dog Day is next month on August 26th, we wanted to take a minute to shine a light on Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs located in Gulf Place. This locally owned pet-focused store and grooming salon nestled on 30A offers healthy food, treats, toys, grooming services and more with your pet in mind! It’s with a love for animals that they operate their daily business. This is proven to be true when you enter the store and notice the photo wall adorned with pets near and far that love Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs. We sat down with the owner Monica to get an inside look at the heart behind her store, here’s what she had to say:

What inspired you to open Furry Fanatics? 


Julie and Tim Brown opened Furry Fanatics in 2011 with the thought of providing a hub where people can access better diets for animals than you can get at the big box stores or even your veterinarian. I brought my company, Dapper Dogs, in with them and over the years I saw the changes that a focus on implementing a great diet can make. When they sold Furry Fanatics last October it was the perfect fit for me to step in and take over. Healthy nutrition is a largely over -looked and misunderstood part of owning a pet. I, along with my staff, are hoping to change that. The right food throughout a pet’s lifetime can make a huge difference. We carry an array of options including: Fromm, Nulo, Nutri Source, Natures Variety and many more. 

What sets your store apart from other pet-focused stores?


We are a small boutique pet shop that offers great customer service. With the limited space do the research and carry only the best foods on the market today. That is an ever-changing challenge.  We also offer full service dog grooming and spa days at Dapper Dogs. It is a stress-free daycare environment for the fur babies. 


What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Gulf Place community?  


The location is awesome. Situated right next to the beach on 30A, Gulf Place caters to great local businesses that we love to shop and eat at ourselves.

What do you want people who’ve never shopped for their pets with you before to know?


We are here out of love for pets. We have been working with animals for 20 years. We study the products we sell and consult with Veterinarians and pet nutritionist to choose what is the best for your pet. However, with limited space in our storefront if you don’t see it on the shelves, just ask, we can special order what you need.


What’s the best part about living and working on 30A?


The people. You never meet a stranger living on 30A. Locals stop by to tell a story about their fur baby and pick up food and treats. The visitors stop every time they are here just to get something special for the fur baby at home or they bring them in for a visit and treat.

Whether you live locally or are on 30A to visit, your four-legged family member will feel right at home at Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs. Be sure to “paw”p by and pick up some items to spoil your dog before August 26th. Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs is located at 56 Spires Ln, Unit 12, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 and can be contacted at (850) 278-6902.