Step One Automotive Group to Open 14th Location – A First-of-its-Kind, State-of-the-Art Subaru Dealership in Fort Walton Beach


On Thursday, October 22, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., Step One Automotive Group will host a Grand Opening Celebration and multi chamber ribbon cutting to commemorate the company’s newest Subaru dealership, located at 916 Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. The event marks the formal opening of the recently built, 16,046-square foot eco-friendly dealership. Construction on the [...]

The Market Shops to Host August OneBlood Drive


The Market Shops will host the OneBlood Big Red Bus for a blood drive on Friday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The drive comes on the cusp of two successful blood drives held at The Market Shops in July, which garnered 40 pints of blood. All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 [...]

Emerald Coast Magazine to Host Virtual “Best of the Emerald Coast” Fundraiser for Junior League of the Emerald Coast in Lieu of Event


After much thought and consideration, Rowland Publishing/Emerald Coast Magazine has made the executive decision to forgo hosting the traditional Best of the Emerald Coast event at Grand Boulevard Town Center, and instead, host a virtual fundraising campaign to benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC). In June, readers were able to cast their [...]

HSU Educational Foundation Unveils High-Tech Institute of Innovation


On Thursday, June 25 the HSU Educational Foundation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in tandem with the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event to unveil the new HSU Innovation Institute, a facility centered in the Fort Walton Beach Commerce and Technology Park, designed to inspire innovation among both the [...]

The Market Shops to Host July OneBlood Drive


The Market Shops will host a OneBlood Drive on Friday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test in addition to the regularly administered wellness checkup consisting of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and [...]

Back Beach Barbecue Celebrates Three Years in Business


On Wednesday, June 24, Back Beach Barbecue will celebrate their three-year anniversary. Due to continued precautions surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Bay County restaurant will celebrate the occasion by opening up their dining room and outdoor patio, where tables are spaced six feet apart, for loyal patrons to come enjoy their signature barbecue. The [...]

Emerald Coast Magazine Opens Voting for 2020 “Best of the Emerald Coast”


Voting for Emerald Coast Magazine’s 2020 Best of the Emerald Coast has officially begun. The ballot for this year’s award can be found online or in the June/July 2020 issue of Emerald Coast Magazine. Now in its 21-year anniversary, Rowland Publishing and Emerald Coast Magazine created “The Best of the Emerald Coast” award to recognize various [...]

Marlin Grill Gifts Over $6,000 to Employees During COVID-19


Marlin Grill, located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, gifted over $6,000 to their employees including busers, servers, and bartenders during the wake of COVID-19 through tips from delivery and take-out orders. After closing their dining room and outdoor patio area, the restaurant offered a limited menu for delivery and to-go orders. The management staff [...]

Costa Enterprises McDonald’s Celebrates Archways to Opportunity Graduates with Surprise Graduation Ceremony


Costa Enterprises McDonald’s celebrated two recent graduates, Josiah Gould and Candice Montague, who were able to attain higher education degrees through Costa McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity Programs. Due to COVID-19, traditional graduation ceremonies were cancelled, so the Costa team took it into their own hands to celebrate the accomplishments of Gould and Montague.  Complete with [...]

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