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, Scott, said she sees LivBeach as more than just a shop.
“LivBeach is really a lifestyle,” Maddox said. “That is what we are selling. LivBeach is wherever you are.”
The store at 47B Gulf Breeze Parkway is located next door to Thai 54 and has the Pensacola Bay behind it. Maddox and her husband have spent just over a month getting the store ready to open and the finished product is one that customers will find is worth taking their time to check out.
“We’ve been busy,” Maddox said. “But five weeks later it’s all come together for us.”
There are shelves full of jewelry, glass jars, LED candles and other small items that make for perfect souvenirs, racks of shirts with a variety of original sayings that Maddox came up with herself and many of the shirts have the original LivBeach logo on the back.
There are fishing poles lined along a wall that can be purchased or rented and coolers and cups available for sale as well. Beer, wine, ice and soda are also available for purchase inside the store.
Maddox didn’t get this business off the ground alone, though. Two of her friends helped her with the t-shirt designs, with one of them providing use of her vinyl machine.
“If they had not stepped up, I’m not sure what I would do. I owe them special thanks for helping me out with all of it.”
Maddox said she and her husband first thought about opening a beach shop in 2014. They finally decided to go for it.
“We finally said we were doing it,” Maddox said. “I’m excited about it. “This is something to channel my energy into and also spend time with my family.”
LivBeach will be more than just shop. Out behind the building small waves roll onto the sandy shore and the area will be used for standup paddleboard lessons and yoga. Both will be offered by Aloha Paddling Company.
On the deck just outside the backdoor Maddox would love to see it used for painting events. Another small deck is being built on the side of the building that will provide an opportunity for live music and feature benches made from surfboards.
Although the business is new and some work still has to be done, Maddox is confident it will become a destination for beach shop surfers.
“They will know we’re here when I’m done with everything,” Maddox said.
So take time out of your busy day to slow down and live the LivBeach lifestyle by stopping in today.
47B Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL