30A South Walton unnamed 1 Ziglar Training Seminar and Business Excellence Awards Luncheon

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The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon will be held on September 3rd, and will highlight the members’ picks for the businesses that have exemplified excellence through the year.

The speaker will be Tom Ziglar, son of the iconic Zig Ziglar. Tom has also been a personal mentor to Cynthia Kennedy, a long-time member of the Chamber.

You can also register for a training session with Tom Ziglar and Cindy Kennedy called, Success in Excellence, Building the Best You. The special session is scheduled for the following day, September 4th from 8:30am – 3pm at Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

Registration is $149 for Chamber members, while non-member registration is $179.

For more info, visit Walton Area Chamber of Commerceemail them or call 850-267-0683.

D.R. Horton is currently seeking a New Homes Sales Representative. The right candidate will be responsible for managing the entire sales process and communicating with the customer from the first interaction through the close of escrow. Candidates must have a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, a Florida real estate license and be willing to travel. To view a complete job description, visit the D.R. Horton Career Page online. To learn more about this job opportunity, contact Mike Burgess, Broker/Area Sales Manager for Bay and Walton Counties, at (850) 231-3498 or email mburgess@drhorton.com.

By Anthony M.J. Maranise
30A South Walton  The Best Bloody Marys on 30A

Another Broken Egg Café

If I were to employ a tradition technique used by life-coaches known as ‘word association,’ stating the sequence: “tomato,” “vodka,” and/or “zing-zing,” chances are most of us would think: “Bloody Mary!”

Yes, indeed, my friends… That traditional brunch-time favorite which, save the vodka, is a rather healthy alternative to coffee or an energy drink, and which often rivals mimosas in terms of its complementarity with brunch-foods.

During my recent two weeks along 30A, retreating to both write (with that ‘inspirational gusto’ that only comes from these dazzling white sands, inspiring people, and stunningly turquoise waters), relax, and refresh at our home in Blue Mountain Beach, I took the numerous opportunities for exploration (especially of a culinary sort). For whatever reason, I decided to focus on compiling my own list, albeit unofficial, to add to The Best of 30A listings. Here below, I present to you all: “The Best Bloody Marys on 30A.”

You may not enjoy what I think is this fabulously refreshing libation, but on the off chance that you do, I hope you consider this list whenever you visit the 30A region.

#5: The Bloody Mary at Another Broken Egg Café at Grayton Beach

It contains the traditions garnishing of a Bloody without the massive impediments to stirring-ability; a celery stalk acts as a great stir stick. While it lacks some spice, it does contain a smooth flavor with a citrus undertone.

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30A South Walton poster Registration Open for New Eggs on the Beach FestivalBay Breeze Patio seeks Master Grillers and EggHeads to pull out their favorite recipes and register for Eggs on the Beach, an official Big Green Egg Fest coming to Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach on September 27th.

The EggFest is a gathering of people who are passionate about cooking and smoking foods on a BIG GREEN EGG, the famous all-in-one smoker and grill.

“We have been wanting to host an EggFest to our area for a number of years,” said Bay Breeze Patio Co-owner and Grill Master Wayne Paul. “By partnering with Seascape Resort, we’re thrilled to have found the perfect location make this event a reality.

Each team of four is given a large or extra-large Big Green Egg to use for the day. Teams purchase their own ingredients and Bay Breeze Patio provides the demo egg, lump charcoal, fire starter, table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Tasters then vote for their favorites and the winning team will receive a brand new large Big Green Egg. The runner up will win a stay at Seascape Resort.

Click here to register now!

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Several new businesses recently opened in Gulf Place’s town center, including Dipity Do Dah Kids, Pilates by the Sea, Sara Lierly Art and Sunrise Coffee.

30A South Walton dipity Coffee, Art, Pilates and Kids    New Merchants at Gulf PlaceDipity Do Dah Kids is a chic children’s boutique filled with fun gifts and clothing. The family-owned operation is the creation of Vicki Jones and daughter-in-law Samantha Jones, both born and raised in Alabama. The two entrepreneurs already run a women’s boutique in Birmingham, but jumped at the opportunity to open a children’s store along Scenic Highway 30A after having vacationed along the Gulf Coast for years. The quaint-sized boutique caters to all age children and will eventually offer arts and crafts events featuring local artists.

30A South Walton pilates Coffee, Art, Pilates and Kids    New Merchants at Gulf Place

Laurie Beck’s interest in Pilates came as the result of a debilitating car accident. Beck found relief from her neck, shoulder and back pain in Pilates, a training method developed by Joseph Pilates. Laurie said that she feels incredibly grateful to be able to work with a variety of clients who range from being incredibly fit to those with extreme limitations. Pilates by the Sea is a comprehensive wellness and Pilates studio that also offers mat and barre classes, Reiki and stretching cardio jump classes.

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30A South Walton 146 1 Special Olympics Florida Athletes to Compete in SUP Tournament at BaytowneSpecial Olympics Florida – Walton County is organizing a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) tournament on Saturday, August 16th at Baytowne Wharf. In addition to local paddlers, athletes from as far as Jacksonville will participate in the tournament.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

9:00am – 11:30am: Levels 2, 3 & 4 on the water
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Levels Prone, 1 & 2

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children eight years of age and older with intellectual disability. The goal is to give them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship other Special Olympics athletes.

Special thanks to coach Kevin Cipriani and Jeff Archer of YOLO Board for supporting this event. We hope everyone will come out to support our Special Olympics Florida athletes!

For more info or to volunteer, visit Special Olympics Florida.

30A South Walton 30A girls from huntsville Welcome to 30A!

We want to give a 30A shout-out to our friends visiting from Huntsville, Alabama — We hope you’ve all enjoyed a fantastic week here at the beach!

FYI, these popular 30A Tanks are available in local shops and at 30Agear.com.

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Allison Wickey

Cultural Arts Alliance welcomes artist and gallery owner Allison Wickey as the featured speaker at their August Artist Program Lunch.

The 2011 South Walton Artist of the Year will be the special guest on Thursday, August 14 at 11:00am at Havana Beach at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.

This program is FREE and open to the public, although please note that participants are responsible for the cost of their own lunch.

For more info or to RSVP, please call 850-622-5970.