Madison Olson is a SoWal native who now lives in France and is building a campaign to race across the Atlantic on a 6.5 meter sailboat alone!
In 2020, Chef Jim Shirley received two honors, the first was becoming the 16th recipient of the Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award.
The award honors and recognizes excellence in the hospitality, service, travel/tourism, advertising and promotion industries, as well as contributions to the local community. Shirley’s contributions to the community throughout the years make him a natural choice for the honor.
The Perfect in South Walton Awards, now in its sixth year, are both nominated and voted on by the public, allowing both visitors and residents to recognize their favorite local restaurants, businesses and events in a variety of categories.
Chris Alvarado, Owner & Founder of Driftwood Guitars, has a new project to build a one-of-a-kind guitar in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock music festival. The neck of the guitar will be crafted out of wood from the historic Woodstock stage. Alvarado will be breathing new life into the stage wood from many years ago, adding to the musical heritage and legacy of Woodstock.
Gina Shiflett, the intrepid owner of Salon Twist in Seagrove, was returning home to South Walton from a three-week journey across India.
Her backpack in tow, bags overstuffed, back aching ... she plopped down beside a petite lady in an overcrowded Indian airport and asked, “Do you speak English?”
The lady replied, “Yes, I do!”
“In ten minutes, I probably knew more about her than I knew about my best friend,” exclaims Gina. “And she’s showing me pictures of everybody and thanking me profusely for my time.”
Jennifer Steele is a busy woman. Her role as the Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County keeps her busy enough. On top of that, she’s a mother, a partner, and the lead in the upcoming one-woman play “Bad Dates” presented by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company.
After a ten-year hiatus from the stage she’s back. Granted she has been doing other things, like producing the massively successful 30A Songwriter’s Festival and deploying the nation’s first Underwater Museum of Art.
Seaside Community Development Corporation (SCDC) has named longtime local Kerri Parker as Executive Director of Communications. The new role was established to oversee public relations, commercial leasing, and marketing strategy for SCDC. Parker has two decades of experience in marketing, including commercial leasing. The years preceding joining Seaside, Parker owned a marketing consulting company named doGooD, and held the positions of Director of Marketing for Alys Beach, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, and 30Avenue.
SoWal Chef Jim Shirley has imprinted his cooking style across the South Walton landscape with tasty offerings ranging from to-die-for grilled cheese creations to people-pleasing Paella.
The mild-mannered cookmeister sat down with me at his waterfront restaurant, The Bay, on a rain-drenched afternoon to share a little insight about his rise to culinary prominence.
Army veteran Jimy Thorpe started A Superior Air Conditioning Company 14 years ago and his customers have stayed “cool as a cucumber” ever since.