Affinity Boutique Celebrates One Year

Affinity Boutique, located in Gulf Place along 30A, will be celebrating its anniversary on August 15, marking one year of business in the 30A location. 

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Originally opening their doors in Grayton Beach in 1993, Affinity Boutique has been providing locals and tourists alike with fun and colorful clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as locally made art from various Emerald Coast artisans. The boutique features various well-known resort wear brands like Elan, Monoreno, Rae Mode, and Yahada, as well as locally made jewelry and art from Rita Cox, Heather Crawford, Cheryl Cross, Lynn Globe, Kris Meigs, and Woodie Long. 

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Throughout the years, owner Theresa Barrett has loved getting to know the loyal customers that continue to shop her store throughout the year, as well as the first-time tourists who are staying nearby on vacation. Most of her clientele discovered the boutique through word of mouth, however, over the past year Barrett has seen a steady increase in visitors and vacationers. 

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“It has been extremely rewarding for me to help people find that perfect outfit or statement piece that they are searching for, all while giving local artists the additional exposure they deserve,” Barrett said. 

While maintaining the fun, laid back environment of Affinity Boutique, Barrett plans to add a flair to the store by incorporating a wine boutique for her local clientele. Complimentary wine will be given to local shoppers, so they can enjoy their retail experience that much more. Barrett appreciates her local customers and their continued loyalty to the store, which she attributes as the key to her success.

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“Being able to celebrate another year on 30A is due only to the 25 years of local support,” Barrett said. 

To learn more about Affinity Boutique, visit their Facebook pagewebsite, or storefront at 56 Spires Lane in Gulf Place.

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Cool Drinks to Beat the Summer Heat with Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine

It’s summer, it’s hot, sand is in places you never thought sand would be, the kids are screaming and all you want is a drink. No one has time for overly fancy cocktails – you just want something tasty that comes together in a few seconds. Put your cordless blender and cocktail shaker aside and walk on over to Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine. Located at Gulf Place, on the corner of 30A and Hwy. 393 Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine is your one stop shop for all of your beachy beverage needs. Here are a three easy-to-make, perfect beach day drinks that require just pouring a few ingredients, all found at Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine, together. No shaking, no juicing, no syrup-making and minimal measuring. Just combine everything into a cup, stick it in your cooler to chill, and you’re good to go. 

 

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Sea Breeze Cocktail: Just as refreshing as it sounds! The Sea Breeze Cocktail is a blend of vodka,

cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice! 

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Southbound Greyhound: A Greyhound is a grapefruit – and – Vodka cocktail. A splash and Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and some club soda!

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Summer Shandy: Grab your favorite beer and another favorite beverage! Popular mixers include lemonade, limeade, ginger ale, and sprite!

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Not a fan of liquor? Don’t worry! Carrying a variety of wines and beer, Shunk Gulley Liquor & Wine has corkscrews to ice and everything in between to help you gear up for a boozy summer on 30A!

 

Any questions? Contact them!

Phone: (850) 622-2752

Email: shunkgulley@gmail.com

Affinity Boutique Spotlight

Summer is here, and your wardrobe is aching for a spunky new look!

If you’re wanting to update your summer wardrobe, you’ve come to the right place! Affinity Boutique at Gulf Place is a local favorite! They carry unique lines and items not found anywhere else on Scenic Highway 30a. Visitors and locals alike enjoy shopping for local art, clothing, shoes, jewelry and locally made yeti handles at the colorful and affordable boutique. 

 

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Owner, Theresa Barrett, has locally owned a boutique in South Walton for 23 years. Now Affinity Boutique in Gulf Place, her store gives shoppers the Freedom to express themselves through fun pieces in a bright space and fun environment!

 

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We know shopping for your fashionably chic friends can be can be challenging. Give them the perfect gift, an Affinity Boutique Gift Card. 

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Escape the traffic and the heat and stop by Affinity Boutique to shop their pre 4th of July sale today! Affinity Boutique is ready to help you find your new summer wardrobe or perfect holiday outfit! They are located at 56 Spires Lane, Unit 17a, Santa Rosa Beach in Gulf Place. They can be reached at 850-502-6063.

Gulf Place Welcomes Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy to Community

Gulf Place is pleased to announce new merchant, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy, has officially opened for business.

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The owners of Sunrise Chair Co. and Sunrise Coffee Co. recently announced their newest endeavor, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy. Located on the east side of the shopping complex behind La Playa, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy offers a retro-style sweet shop that also includes an area for classic arcade games. Serving a plethora of options, such as ice cream, classic candy brands, milkshakes, and a variety of other sweet treats, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy is a family-friendly environment filled with delicious desserts and fun. 

 

“We wanted to create an entertaining environment for families to come to after a day at the beach or eating dinner,” says owner, Boo Freeman. “Whether you are looking for a quick afternoon snack or a fun place to host a party, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy is good, old fashioned fun for the entire family.”

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Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy will also offer private party options for those looking to host a special occasion. Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. throughout the summer and is located at 37 Town Center, Loop unit C9.

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Photos attached by Jordan Crowder of SoWal Design.

 

Gulf Place Releases Free Summer Sunday Concert Series Lineup

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SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2018)Gulf Place on 30A announces the lineup of the Summer Sunday Concert Series sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Kicking off on June 3, 2018, each week will feature a different local or regional band, ranging in genres. Performances will be appropriate for attendees of all ages. Concerts are from 6-8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn. 

 

The live entertainment acts are as follows*:

 

June

June 3 – Still Standing A Tribute to Elton John

June 10 – Casey Kearney

June 17 – Kickstand Jenny

June 24 – New Earth Army July

July 8 – Rust & Gold 

July 15 – I’MAGINE

July 22 – JP Soars & The Red Hots 

July 29 – Flash Flood 

 

August

August 5– Emerald Gold Band 

*All dates and acts are subject to change without notice.

For more information on the concert series, go to www.gulfplacefl.com or find Gulf Place on Facebook and Twitter. 

 

To book Gulf Place lodging, visit ww.WVRNWFL.com and select “Gulf Place” from the Rental Quick Search menu. 

Modus Photography Spotlight

When looking to hire a highly professional photographer on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Modus Photography at Gulf Place is the way to go! Owner and self-taught photographer, Chandler Williams, has been capturing cultural differences, travel, surfing, beach photos, adventures, ceremonies and more for over 18 years! At Modus Photography, the creative team focusses on capturing what the average eye doesn't see and can skillfully handle your photography needs with excellence! 

 

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Chandler Williams and his team have a widespread portfolio with many clients, brands and work ranging from travel and documentary to commercial and family portraits. They offer a large assortment of services including commercial, landscape, food, headshots, travel, lifestyle, portrait, weddings, videos and real estate! High-quality photos have become more important than ever, especially in today's digital world. They can help make your property look it’s best when potential buyers and renters are looking!

 

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When visiting Modus photography, be sure to check out their unique selection of frames that come in all sizes and styles to fit your needs and preferences! They can customize both the frame and image to your liking. 

 

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Modus Photography is the perfect photographer to capture the special moments in your life. Contact them today to learn more about their photography packages! Modus Photography is located at 45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 at the corner of Country Road 393 and Highway 30A. They can be contacted at (850) 543-5986.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing La Playa’s New Menu and Breakfast Service

La Playa’s New Menu and Breakfast Service

Gulf Place on 30A announces the launch of merchant, La Playa’s, new menus. On February 1, La Playa began featuring an expanded taqueria menu with a new way to order and will also be launching a breakfast service beginning on February 28, 2018.

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The family owned and operated restaurant by father-son duo, Andrew and Joe Morris, are now offering an innovative “Build Your Own” menu utilizing the finest in locally sourced coastal cuisine. Items available to “Build Your Own” include tacos, burritos, bowls, and nachos with your choice of protein, toppings, and dressings to top off your meal.

“We’ve had amazing success with our menu, but we wanted to offer a new spin on ordering to offer the customer a way to completely customize their meal,” said Joe Morris, owner of La Playa. “We are excited to offer a variety of menu options made with the same commitment to locally sourced ingredients and coastal cuisine.”

 

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Along with their new “Build Your Own” menu, beginning on February 28, La Playa will be launching a breakfast service from 8 a.m. to 10:30 am. Showcasing a fun spin on Spanish breakfast classics, the new breakfast menu will include items such as “Huevos Rancheros,” “Huevos con Chorizo,” and the “Empanada Breakfast.” An “A La Carta” aspect to the menu will also allow customers the option to order items such as bacon, chorizo, eggs, and biscuits to customize orders.

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Overlooking the iconic Highway 30A with views of the Gulf of Mexico, La Playa is widely known for its quaint ambiance, excellent service, live music, and innovative Caribbean twists on the classics.

A staple location for live music and events, La Playa will continue hosting their famous “Ladies Night” with the Forrest Williams Band on the patio every Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information on La Playa please call (850) 660-1617 or visit www.facebook.com/LaPlayaFL.

 

Staying Active with YOLO Board + Bike

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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! 

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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: www.30avet.com

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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 www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

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.

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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:

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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: www.facebook.com/events/155806401690260

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CLASSIC LUXURY REAL ESTATE SPOTLIGHT

   
  
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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! 

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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 www.facebook.com/30afiretruckpull.

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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 www.facebook.com/events/371942823261198

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

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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 www.witchride.com. 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 www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com or on Facebook www.Facebook.com/WitchesOfSouthWalton

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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

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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.

’WE GET LOTS OF HONKS AND GIVE LOTS OF CACKLES’

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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