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Bizzy coming to a store near you

Bizzy coming to a store near you

As Christmas approaches, one of Santa’s elves has taken a vacation to Navarre Beach and will be stopping in at businesses throughout the community including the Navarre Press. This year, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has created “Bizzy The Navarre Chamber Elf,” and she will be visiting chamber member businesses throughout Navarre. Read […]

Arnett Septic services now include plumbing

Arnett Septic services now include plumbing

  It’s never a good time to have a septic problem at the house. But dealing with the stinky situation could be especially worse on the weekend when most repair businesses are closed. That is why Arnett Septic is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. “When you have sewage coming up […]

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

New sports-themed restaurant coming to 98

After nearly a year of being vacant, the former site of County Line Pizza in Mary Esther will be opening as a new restaurant as early as February. The International Lounge, a longtime staple of Eglin Parkway, will be lifting its roots and replanting a little closer to Navarre at 3176 U.S. Highway 98, said […]

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Say ‘I do’ to small business

Billions of dollars flow in the U.S. economy based on two little words: “I do.” And as that mass of wedding cash pays for everything from flowers to rental halls to event insurance, small businesses benefit most from that spending. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

Being ranked as the “Finest” Mortgage Lender on the Emerald Coast and continuing their legacy of being the Number One Residential lender for Santa Rosa County for the past five years, (data supplied by Metro Trends) the Navarre team of University Lending Group start each day with dedication and gratitude. Stacy Wright, Jennifer Gomes, Victoria […]

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Florida employers will save nearly half a billion dollars on their workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2019, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR). FLOIR approved a 13.8 percent decrease in overall workers’ comp rates based on an annual rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) just two years after […]

Dewey Destin’s open for business

Dewey Destin’s open for business

Navarre residents looking to get their seafood fix have a new option as Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant of Navarre opened its doors last week. The casual-style eatery located at 8673 Navarre Parkway allows customers to order at a walk-up window, dine on the waterfront of Santa Rosa Sound and sample the beers on tap. The […]

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Holiday Shop Crawl surges small business spending

Ahead of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce encouraged shoppers to patronize local businesses Nov. 17 as part of the seventh annual Holiday Shop and Dine Crawl. The chamber offered a goody bag and prizes to participants who visited all 15 stores on the shop crawl map. Read […]

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

Grant writing just a piece of the nonprofit puzzle

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its second grant-writing workshop for nonprofits. Barbara Hunter Cox is a grant expert who has successfully secured funds for nonprofits for years, often totaling millions of dollars from organizations such as the Walton Family Foundation and Kellogg Foundation. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue […]

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR FALL AND WINTER

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR LAWN FOR FALL AND WINTER

  Skip Orth has been in the lawn service business for over 25 years, he is the owner of Father and Son Pest and Lawn Solutions, author of the book “What Every Home Owner Along The Emerald Coast Needs To Know About Lawn Care” and has authored several articles and holds frequent workshops on the […]

One Hour expands with addition of Rooter Man

One Hour expands with addition of Rooter Man

  One Hour Air Heating and Cooling continues to grow. The latest sign of it took place in August with the acquisition of Rooter Man. It’s allowed the heating and cooling service leader to expand its plumbing services. A total of 12 plumbers were added to the staff from the acquisition. “It’s allowed us to […]

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane inflicts $158 million damage on Florida crops

Hurricane Michael was the most serious natural disaster to impact agricultural and natural resources industries in the Florida Panhandle in decades, according to numbers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The storm that made landfall Oct. 10 caused production losses totaling $158 million for Florida’s agricultural in the 2018-19 […]

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

Harper assesses state of local economy, outlook for the future

The U.S. economy is on the rise, hitting milestones not seen since the before the Great Recession. But that rise is accompanied by risks and new challenges. Economist Rick Harper gave the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce a briefing in the state of things Friday during the chamber’s monthly Commerce and Coffee. Read the […]

Spooky spending highlights retail growth

Spooky spending highlights retail growth

As folks prepare for the creepiest holiday of the year, the National Retail Federation has published its annual Halloween spending survey showing that billions will be spent on costumes, candy and more. The survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, found that spending this year is projected at $9 billion. Read the full article in […]

Blue Lotus a cut above the rest

Blue Lotus a cut above the rest

Blue Lotus Hair and Body Studio in Navarre is a one-stop shop for all your beauty and hairstyle needs. A positive vibe salon located in the John Duncan Plaza on Highway 87, Blue Lotus offers everything from haircuts and the latest styles, such as shadow roots, vivid color, highlights and balayage, to manicures and pedicures. […]

Gulf Power explores ways to use giant batteries

Gulf Power explores ways to use giant batteries

Imagine a world in which the same batteries that power laptops and electric cars can keep homes lit at night and factories rolling. A pilot program underway through Gulf Power is looking into exactly that. Gulf Power, under Southern Company’s research and development group, has been testing the viability of refrigerator-sized batteries to provide power […]

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

Tourist Development Council critical of north, south inequity

In the past 10 years, three times as many tourist development dollars were spent in Milton than in Navarre for infrastructure improvements. In contrast, the beach alone accounts for more than half of the dollars generated.               Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

Florida businesses that rent their spaces are at a disadvantage compared to any other state, according to Florida TaxWatch. That is because Florida is the only state in the country to charge a tax on property rented for commercial use. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

Entrepreneurs must navigate obstacle course to succeed

In a lot of ways, Santa Rosa County is approaching small business the right way. That’s the opinion of Debbie Rogers-Guinn, the owner of Deb’s Coffee in Navarre. “They were really supportive of us from the very beginning and throughout,” she said. After seven years, Rogers-Guinn and her husband are currently seeking to move their […]

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Hoteliers in Navarre continued to see high numbers of visitors over Labor Day weekend despite an impending tropical storm. Hampton Inn and Suites Navarre General Manager Andy Peterson said the hotel was busy with families ready to hit the beach. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

Beach House menu is on the move

Beach House menu is on the move

With the end of summer fast approaching and the arrival of fall just around the corner, the Beach House restaurant has big plans for its menu. One involves football season. On Sundays this fall, fans can come in and enjoy wings, starting at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Prime Rib Mondays begin Sept. 17. The prime […]

Beacon joins in on effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Beacon joins in on effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

    More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is now listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2017 and 2025, every state is expected to see at least a 14 percent rise in […]

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

Floridians fall behind on flood insurance

When county Floodplain Manager Karen Thornhill tells residents to buy flood insurance, she is speaking from experience. In her younger years, Thornhill opted not to purchase the insurance for her home. Her flood zone code was an X, meaning very low risk. But unexpectedly heavy rains left her house with several inches of standing water. […]

Good Neighbor pays it forward

Good Neighbor pays it forward

  What started out as just a food pantry soon grew into what Good Neighbor Thrift Store is today. The pantry was opened by United Methodist Church of Navarre a decade ago and was run out of one of its buildings. As it grew, it moved into what is now the maintenance building for the […]

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

Tiger Point plaza sees new wave of retail, dining

At least three new restaurants and a variety of retail opportunities are set to open their doors in the Tiger Point shopping center where Publix opened in January. The shopping complex that offers multiple rental spaces for other retailers is completed, and Amber Hightower Dedeaux of Vallas Realty said the company is working on finishing […]

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