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University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

University Lending Group – Top Ranked Lender for Santa Rosa!

What does it take to be ranked as the #1 Lender in any market? It starts with a thankful heart. Ask Stacy Wright, Jennifer Gomes, Victoria Lombard and Courtney Hatten, and they will tell you it is also about “roots”. These Mortgage Professionals believe to serve their industry they first must willingly serve their community. […]

Bella Luna offers authentic Italian cuisine

Bella Luna offers authentic Italian cuisine

Bella Luna is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine in the Crowne Plaza in Navarre! “We want to thank the community for their continued support,” restaurant owner Guglielmo Ianni said. There is no need for anyone to grab their passport and hop on a plane to find authentic Italian food. All you need is […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

Southern Specialty popular shopping destination in Navarre

Recently a customer said spending time in Southern Specialty was like hanging out in “Truvy’s Beauty Salon” on Steel Magnolias. And anyone who spends any time at all in this precious store would probably agree with this claim. And why wouldn’t it be? Southern Specialty, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. […]

Grey Tap Room and Wine Bar

Grey Tap Room and Wine Bar

Navarre will have another addition to the restaurant and bar scene in early summer 2018 with the opening of Grey Tap Room and Wine Bar (Grey). “We will have 30 craft beers on tap, bottled domestics and a large assortment of wine,” Huston Walters explained. Huston is the son of Ken and Marissa Walters, the […]

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 author of the book “What Every Home Owner Along The Emerald Coast Needs To Know About Lawn Care”, he has authored several articles and holds frequent workshops on the topic of lawn care in the local area. The growing […]

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Hurricane Irma sparks insurance freeze

Following billions of dollars in property damage from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued an emergency order to protect consumers in the wake of the storm. The order freezes policies in the affected areas from cancellations and non-renewal for a period of 90 days starting on Sept. 4. Karen Kees, deputy director […]

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 […]

Welcome Tamara Fountain

Welcome Tamara Fountain

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hired local consultant Tamara Fountain as the new CEO/President in August. Under her leadership, the chamber has added one new member every day and Fountain says that is just the beginning. At a welcome reception/business after hours for the new CEO, Fountain addressed some of the new programs […]

Thrift store is a good neighbor

Thrift store is a good neighbor

  Summer has faded away and school is back in session. The holidays are just around the corner. This is the time of the year when Good Neighbor Thrift Store in Navarre is at its peak in terms of business. “It’s our busiest time for everything,” store manager Cheryl Fromularo said. School shopping brought a […]

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

Hotels crammed with Irma evacuees over weekend

In the afternoon hours of Sept. 6, uncertain projection models for the future of then category 5 Hurricane Irma began to shift north putting the peninsula of Florida in the direct line of fire. The entire state had been preparing for catastrophe, from the eastern tip of Escambia County to the southernmost Keys. News reports […]

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

TC’s Front Porch is a dining destination in Navarre

Looking for a good place to eat in Navarre? TC’s Front Porch is the perfect destination. The numbers will tell you as much as the popular café-style restaurant at 8552 Navarre Parkway, which is just west of the Navarre Beach Bridge, reached a significant milestone. “On August 3rd we surpassed $1 million in sales for […]

Blue Lotus a cut above the rest

Blue Lotus a cut above the rest

  Blue Lotus Hair & Body Studio in Navarre is a one-stop shop for all of your beauty and hairstyle needs. 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 and even […]

The Beacon names new executive director

The Beacon names new executive director

The Beacon in Gulf Breeze has a new executive director. Debbie Belger took over the role just over two weeks ago and brings a wealth of experience with her. She has 15 years of experience in long-term care and also has a great deal of marketing and sales experience. She has been semi-retired for the […]

UWF entrepreneur program welcomes new director

UWF entrepreneur program welcomes new director

When University of West Florida students have an idea for a new business or product, the Center for Entrepreneurship has resources ready to help them succeed. The new director of the center, Ed Ranelli, said the university is relaunching the program, which began in 2015, making it bigger and better than before. He said entrepreneurship […]

Restaurant style food with a fast-food pace

Restaurant style food with a fast-food pace

Tony Allegro and his wife, Krystal, have big plans for the Copper Bull restaurant, which is located at 7279 Navarre Parkway. From incorporating a bar that will feature live music on the weekends to adding additional delicious menu items, Copper Bull is quickly on its way to becoming an ideal dining option for the area. […]

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Region’s largest solar farm project producing power

Solar eclipses are not the only thing putting the sun in headlines this week. Representatives from Gulf Power, local military bases and Coronal Power flipped the giant ceremonial switch Tuesday on the Gulf Coast Solar Center Portfolio. These three solar farms take up hundreds of acres of underutilized military land in Holley-Navarre, Eglin Air Force […]

UPS Store still delivers stellar customer service

UPS Store still delivers stellar customer service

For more than 20 years, the UPS Store in the Winn-Dixie Market Place has grown right along with Navarre. Once known as Mail Boxes Etc. simple pack and ship franchise, the store which is owned by the Neely Key Company and run by the family, has evolved into a one-stop service center for small business […]

Smokin’ Oasis is Navarre Chamber’s Restaurant of the Month

Smokin’ Oasis is Navarre Chamber’s Restaurant of the Month

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Smokin’ Oasis is the Navarre Chamber Member Restaurant of the Month for August, according to a press release. Smokin’ Oasis is a food truck owned by Roy Dubose and Paula Beauchemin that serves lunch and dinner six days a week. Located at 8228 Gulf Boulevard, right […]

TripAdvisor names best restaurants in Navarre

TripAdvisor names best restaurants in Navarre

TripAdvisor has picked its top 10 restaurants of Navarre, and the names are familiar to many locals. But keeping a business, especially a restaurant, in the top is challenging, Scooter’s Fish House owner Scooter Taylor said. Taylor’s business ranked first in TripAdvisor’s list. TripAdvisor is a globally recognized source for reviews of vacation options. The […]

Personality is key in closing the sale

Personality is key in closing the sale

In the business world, knowing who you are selling to can be as important as knowing what you are selling. That’s the message of Karen Aloy, founder of Aloyal Vision, a business coaching and training company. Aloy presented her insights as a team member for Women 2 Women Connecting at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber […]

Phelps brings the State Farm brand to Navarre

Phelps brings the State Farm brand to Navarre

Brad Phelps saw an opportunity to bring a State Farm office to Navarre and jumped on it. His office at 6929 Navarre Parkway opened Oct. 1 and has been going strong ever since. Phelps also works out of Pensacola at one of the most successful offices in the State Farm system. “It’s going great. We […]

Life is a beach at LivBeach

Life is a beach at LivBeach

As you come across the three-mile bridge into Gulf Breeze you will find one of the area’s newest businesses. LivBeach opened this past weekend and is a shop with a casual setting that offers a wide-range of custom-made t-shirts, beach supplies, unique gifts and handmade jewelry. Stephanie Maddox, who opened the business with her husband, […]

Rocky D’s BBQ cleared by county zoning board

Rocky D’s BBQ cleared by county zoning board

Visitors to Navarre Beach will be able to get some barbecue with their snow cones after the county zoning board cleared Rocky D’s BBQ to continue operations. The travel trailer restaurant located at 8460 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach fell under scrutiny earlier this year for violating several county zoning ordinances including being within less […]

Schroeder talks management

Schroeder talks management

People are the most important asset in a company, but they are also the most time-consuming part of a manager’s work. And managers get little to no training. On average management personnel receive between six and 12 minutes of training every six months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the disconnect, said […]

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