Total List of Pier Park Stores, Restaurants and Shops

Pier Park, the 1.1 million square foot retail shopping adventure that has all but redefined the west end of Panama City Beach has been a hub of activity since it’s grand opening in February of 2008. With big brand anchors from Dillard’s to Ron Jon Surf Shop to smaller mom-and-pop shops that offer fun, local flair, Pier Park is the place to go whether you’re here vacationing or you’re a local looking to do some shopping.

I’ve spent many a’ Friday night or afternoon business lunches there and have witnessed the convenience of holding large-scale, outdoor celebratory events. Below is a complete list of shops, stores and restaurants in Pier Park.

Download the mall directory.



Department Stores and Anchors

Dillard’s———————————————– See map

Forever 21———————————————- See map

JCPenney———————————————— See map

Marshalls———————————————– See map

Old Navy———————————————— See map

Ron Jon Surf Shop————————————— See map

Target————————————————– See map

Women’s Fashion and Specialty

Aéropostale———————————————— G130

American Eagle Outfitters———————————- G210

Caché—————————————————— K152

Cariloha————————————————— B114

Chico’s—————————————————- G250

Coldwater Creek——————————————– G290

Columbia Sportswear—————————————- D125

Déjà Vu—————————————————- D186

Del Sol—————————————————- A130

Designed————————————————— A120

Earthbound Trading Co————————————– B180

Fashion Waves———————————————- B160

Forever 21———————————————–See map

Francesca’s Collections———————————— G230

French Charmed——————————————— C140

Guy Harvey Collection————————————– D130

Hollister Co———————————————– H120

Hy’s Toggery———————————————– D120

Irene & Co——————————————— D200

Jake at the Beach – Life is Good Shoppe——————– B150

Lane Bryant/Cacique—————————————- G340

Latitude 29———————————————— C150

LOFT——————————————————- K140

Maurices————————————————— H220

Marshalls———————————————– See map

Motherhood Maternity————————————— K160

New York & Company————————————- G310

Nike Factory Store—————————————– G270

Old Navy———————————————— See map

Paradise Found——————————————— D160

Peace Frogs———————————————— C180

Ron Jon Surf Shop————————————— See map

rue21—————————————————– F120A

Runway Collections—————————————– D160

Swim & Sport——————————————- G275

The Florida House—————————————— G200

Tilly’s—————————————————- H100

Tran Fashion———————————————– D146

University Gifts & Apparel—————————– C190

Victoria’s Secret—————————————— K150

Wet Seal————————————————— G100

Men’s Fashion and Specialty

Aéropostale———————————————— G130

American Eagle Outfitters———————————- G210

Columbia Sportswear—————————————- D125

Del Sol—————————————————- A130

Fashion Waves———————————————- B160

Guy Harvey Collection————————————– D130

Hollister Co———————————————– H120

Hy’s Toggery———————————————– D120

Jake at the Beach – Life is Good Shoppe——————– B150

Jos- A- Banks———————————————- G320

Marshalls———————————————– See map

Nike Factory Store—————————————– G270

Paradise Found——————————————— D160

Peace Frogs———————————————— C180

Ron Jon Surf Shop————————————— See map


Tilly’s—————————————————- H100

University Gifts & Apparel—————————– C190

Children’s Fashion and Specialty

Carters—————————————————- G100

Columbia Sportswear—————————————- D125

Del Sol—————————————————- A130

Guy Harvey Collection————————————– D130

Jake at the Beach – Life is Good Shoppe——————– B150

Justice—————————————————- G135

Laugh Out Loud (LOL)————————————— B170

Polka-Dots Toys & Gifts——————————– C130

The Summer House——————————————- C110

Men’s & Women’s Fashion and Specialty

Aéropostale———————————————— G130

American Eagle Outfitters———————————- G210

Columbia Sportswear—————————————- D125

Fashion Waves———————————————- B160

Guy Harvey Collection————————————– D130

Hollister Co———————————————– H120

Hy’s Toggery———————————————– D120

Jake at the Beach – Life is Good Shoppe——————– B150

Latitude 29———————————————— C150

Marshalls———————————————– See map

Nike Factory Store—————————————– G270

Paradise Found——————————————— D160

Peace Frogs———————————————— C180

Ron Jon Surf Shop————————————— See map


Swim & Sport——————————————- G275

Tilly’s—————————————————- H100

University Gifts & Apparel—————————– C190

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Columbia Sportswear—————————————- D125

Guy Harvey Collection————————————– D130

Nike Factory Store—————————————– G270

Ron Jon Surf Shop————————————— See map

Tilly’s—————————————————- H100

University Gifts & Apparel—————————– C190


Miracle Strip @ Pier Park——————————- See map

Mirror Maze/Laser Craze———————————— C220

Pirate’s Quest Laser Tag———————————– C216

Rum Runners Tropical Island Grill & Dueling Piano Bar– E140

The Grand Theatre/IMAX—————————– See map

Tootsies Orchid Lounge——————————– D100

Electronics, Books, Music, Movies & Cards

GameStop———————————————- B128

Hallmark – Cher’s————————————- G330

The Grand Theatre/IMAX—————————– See map

Jewelry and Watches

Charming Charlie—————————————K200

Dillard’s—————————————— See map

Francesca’s Collections——————————- G230

Irene & Co——————————————– D200

jcpenney——————————————- See map

Kay Jewelers——————————————-K130

Reed’s Jewelers—————————————-G280

Shimmering Seas Jewelry & Gifts————————B132

Zales Jewelers—————————————- J140

Restaurants and Food

Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House—————- See map

Bippy’s By The Beach Frozen Yogurt——————– A110

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar————————-C230

Candymaker Candy Store———————————E110

Coastal Market—————————————–J160

Dick’s Last Resort——————————— See map

Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries———————–D220

Great American Cookie/Pretzelmaker———————K120

Hana Japan———————————————E106

Hofbrau Beer Garden————————————C100

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville——————— See map

Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream————————A150

Longhorn Steakhouse——————————Out Parcel

Marble Slab Creamery———————————–E104

Olive Garden————————————-Out Parcel

Panera Bread—————————————— J100

Pepper Palace——————————————B126

Popcorn Kingdom—————————————-C175

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Spirits——————–K100

RedBrick Pizza—————————————–A100

Reggae J’s Island Grill—————————- See map

Rum Runners Tropical Grill and Dueling Piano Bar——-E140

Schlotzsky’s & Cinnabon——————————- E115

Smok “N” Butts BBQ————————————-E120

Smoothie King——————————————A140

Starbucks Coffee—————————————E108


The Cantina——————————————- J110

Tootsies Orchid Lounge———————————D100

Shoes and Footwear

Crocs Footwear—————————————–C170

Famous Footwear—————————————-K210

Flip Flop Shop—————————————–H110

Hy’s Toggery——————————————-D120

Irene & Co———————————————D200


Nike Factory Store————————————-G270

Payless ShoeSource————————————-H230

Rack Room Shoes—————————————-F100

The Walking Company————————————K156


Tran Fashion——————————————-D146

Toys, Games and Hobbies


Laugh Out Loud (LOL)——————————–B170

Polka-Dots Toys & Gifts—————————–C130

Health, Drug Store, Bath and Beauty

Bath & Body Works———————————- G220

Cost Cutters————————————— C160

Fusion Spa Salon———————————– J116

General Nutrition Centers————————– J148

jcpenney Salon———————————- See map

Massage Envy————————————— E170

Nails So Happy————————————- E160

Regis———————————————- K174

ULTA Cosmetics————————————- H200

Victoria’s Secret———————————- K150

Zoom Tan——————————————- C155

Home Decor and Furnishings

As Seen on TV————————————– C120

Cariloha——————————————- B114

Earthbound Trading Co—————————— B180

French Charmed————————————- C140

The Florida House———————————- G200

The Summer House———————————– C110

Yankee Candle————————————– K164

Specialty Retail, Gifts and Luggage

Accessories on the Boardwalk———————– B122

As Seen on TV————————————– C120

Bath & Body Works———————————- G220

Cariloha——————————————- B114

Charming Charlie———————————– K200

Claire’s —————————————— F110

Coastal Market————————————- J160

Columbia Sportswear——————————– D125

Déjà Vu——————————————– D186

Del Sol——————————————– A130

Dollar Tree—————————————- K230

Earthbound Trading Co—————————— B180

Fashion Waves————————————– B160

Footprints Coastal Decor————————— B140

Forever 21————————————– See map

Francesca’s Collections—————————- G230

French Charmed————————————- C140

Guy Harvey Collection—————————— D130

Hallmark——————————————- G330

Irene & Co—————————————– D200

Latitude 29—————————————- C150

Laugh Out Loud (LOL)——————————- B170

Lids———————————————– G140

Paradise Found————————————- D160

Peace Frogs—————————————- C180

Perfumania—————————————– K168

Polka-Dots Toys and Gifts————————– C130

Shimmering Seas Jewelry & Gifts——————– B132

Sunglass Hut————————————— G240

Sunglass World————————————- A160

Swim & Sport————————————— G275

Tervis Tumbler————————————- D180

The Eye Gallery———————————— D190

The Florida House———————————- G200

The Summer House———————————– C110

Trader Tom’s Shells & Gifts———————— B118

University Gifts & Apparel————————- C190

Victoria’s Secret———————————- K150

Yankee Candle————————————– K164

Personal and Professional Services


Cost Cutters—————————————-C160

Counts-Oakes Resort Properties———————-E102

Emerald Coast Activities Center———————D148

Fusion Spa Salon————————————J116

jcpenney Salon———————————–See Map

Massage Envy—————————————-E170

Nails So Happy————————————–E160

Regions Bank——————————— Out Parcel


ULTA Cosmetics————————————- H200

Verizon Wireless———————————– J154

Pier Park Walmart Still Hiring

If you’re looking for a job, the new Pier Park Walmart that is set to open this spring is still hiring. Having advertised that they had approximately 200 positions open and ready to hire for various positions, they’ve made quick progress in snapping up those unemployed or those wanting to change their job paths.

“We are hiring both full- and part-time associates,” said store manager Jennifer Ross. “Walmart provides good jobs with opportunities for career growth, and we look forward to talking with candidates who are interested in joining our store’s team.” Ross began her Walmart career as a part-time cashier in 1996 at a store in Montgomery, Ala.

“Approximately half the store’s positions have been filled since our hiring center opened December 26th, which means we still have openings for about 100 associates,” said store manager Jennifer Ross. “Those openings include positions for all shifts, as well as some supervisory positions.”

Walmart’s benefit program is available to eligible full- and part-time associates and provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance.

The hiring center opened Wednesday, Dec. 26, and interested applicants can stop by during the center’s hours of operation, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants can also apply online at

Walmart Hiring Center

17208 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, Fla.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Work Happy: The Happiest Coworking in Panama City

Imagine having an office where you are surrounded by the area’s most creative, talented and business savvy folks. Imagine those co-workers not only sharing a workspace with you, but becoming friends and sharing business, skills and more. Now imagine that space being a place that inspires, that teaches and works at all times to advance the folks who share it as well as the community around it. Well, what you are picturing right now isn’t a dream…that place actually exists, right here in our town. It’s called Work Happy, a co-working space unlike anything Panama City has seen.

If you do not know much about co-working, defined, it is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, but unlike in a typical office environment, those co-working are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically co-working is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently, because it is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with like-minded talented people in the same space.

And, did I mention fun stuff like Ping Pong tournaments?

Co-working offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home.

At Work Happy, co-working is not only about the physical space, but about establishing the co-working community first. By hosting community events and workshops like Learn HTML + CSS, Branding and Developing Your Niche, Railsbridge NWFL and others, they are not only enriching their members but educating the community. Work Happy’s credo is simple, “collaboration over competition, community over agendas, participation over observation, doing over saying, friendship over formality, boldness over assurance, learning over expertise, and people over personalities.”

In it’s short time, Work Happy has evolved into something more than a space and desks, but a force for good built to inspire, to teach, and to be a reminder that aspirations need not be a solitary endeavor. Work Happy is a community of people who could work from anywhere but choose to work together, more productively.

So why wait? If you need a desk, need space or just need to be around awesome people, now’s the time. You’ll be surrounded by local creatives who specialize in design, development, programming, photography, art, business and many other disciplines.

The Details

Work Happy is over 2,000 square feet of space. It has 20 desks, meetup area and is located at 231 East Beach Drive, downtown Panama City, Florida. It is sitting on Massalina Bayou (the last building on the left before you cross the draw bridge). The space has an awesome back deck with a spectacular view and is the perfect space for grilling out and hanging. Inside, Work Happy is colorfully designed and made with the intent to inspire creativity. It’s a space you have to see to believe and a vibe that stays with you long after you leave.

Desks at Work Happy start at $125 a month, part time and $175 full time.

If you are interested in renting a desk, just email

For more information, check out the website,

Photo courtesy of Patrick Engman and Allan Branch

Anyone is welcome to come and experience the space as their are free work days and Moe’s Monday, where the entire office heads to Moe’s and grabs lunch together.

Here are some videos made from WH

Need Ideas for your Business? You HAVE to Attend IdeaCamp Next Week

Just a few short months ago, I enthusiastically accepted an invitation to join the Navigator committee with the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. In our very first meeting I was greeted with excitement about past accomplishments, but also a desire for something new and a fresh direction for the future. The previous two years of the Navigator committee focused on Lunch and Learn workshops, and while considered a success, the committee decided something new was needed to keep us on our toes.

Our first order of business? We changed the name. The Navigator Committee is now IdeaWorks and our new venue for learning is named after what we want to accomplish – to walk away with new ideas from others’ stories of success. And the name of that venue? IdeaCamp.

What is IdeaCamp?

When we were brainstorming, we all seemed to agree of the the principle and format of BarCamps. BarCamps are (from Wiki) “an international network of user-generated conferences. . . They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants.”

The object is to get together and have a loose structure of volunteer speakers that share 10 to 15 minutes of success-driven stories and experiences that could provide inspiration for those listening to help them in whatever way is relevant.

The IdeaWorks IdeaCamps will be held monthly, evening time, in Panama City Beach and will feature professionals from all walks of life sharing what they do best and why it works. And the attendees will walk away with ideas to help them grow their business, enhance their career, do more business and/or be more effective employees.

3 reasons you should come.

1 – Social and networking time

It’s in the evening, after work, food and beverages will be served and all you’re friends will be there for you to socialize and network with.

2 – The Big idea you’ve been waiting for

If you’re looking for new ideas for your business, you need to come. Attendees will be hearing from me, Cebo, Karen Smith and several others that have amazing success stories to share. The best way to get new ideas to grow your business is to hear what others are doing and share some experiences of your own. Plus, hearing the thought process of others always sparks ideas of my own. If you think you know everything, I can assure you, you don’t. There is always something to learn, and someone else is always doing something you can learn from!

3 – An opportunity for you to share what you know

Think of this like an open mic night. You don’t have to preregister or signup, if you want to speak, just come ready and sign up when you walk in the door. There will be a sign up board for a 15 minute slot and you can share whatever you want. Although self promotion is discouraged, if you’ve had a success story that you think will help others or some inspirational guidance, bring it!

When, where and does it cost?

The first IdeaCamp will be held at Kingfish Restaurant at the Bay Point Wyndham (map link) on January 31st, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm. Southwest Airlines is the presenting sponsor.

IdeaCamp is free for Chamber members, but there is a small cost for non-members of $20 (to help cover costs), which can be paid at the door.

Sealab Restoration Oyster Bash THIS SATURDAY

If you love oysters, sea-life, and the history of diving, you have to come out this weekend to the Man in the Sea Museum’s Sealab Restoration Project Oyster Bash Saturday, January 26th.  They are on a mission to restore the first underwater experimental saturation habitat.

This is from the Facebook Event Page.

Sealab Restoration Project Oyster Bash January 26, 2013 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Purchase your Man in the Sea Museum Oyster Bash Tickets and enjoy all-you-can-eat raw and steamed oysters, hot dogs, and sides. The Man in the Sea Museum is home to Sealab 1, the first underwater experimental saturation habitat, developed by the United States Navy. The knowledge acquired from the Sealab 1 Project played a vital role in shaping the worldwide commercial diving industry and we need your help in restoring and preserving this important piece of diving history.

The Bash will be located at The Dive Lab (across from Panama Jacks) 1415 Moylan Rd. Donate $25 for all-you-can-eat oysters — Hot dogs available for kids. Sponsor a table for $500 get 10 tickets and 10 beer mugs!

For more information call 850-235-4101

Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater COMPLETED

We’ve been watching the progress and anxiously awaiting the finished product for months, and the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater officially received it’s Certificate of Occupancy last Friday. Having lunch at Pier Park Wednesday, I overheard them sound testing and stopped by to check it out.

Once I got there, I found Pro Tech (the sound and lighting masterminds behind the PCB Seafood Fest and many of the other events you’ve spectated in our area) with speakers hung, lighting in the progress of being hung, all to test the new infrastructure and play with the setup.  They were rocking out to AC/DC and Mario Gisbert (the new City Manager) and other local officials with the City of Panama City Beach were there to witness the tests.

The concept renderings of the building were pretty, but the finished building is really a spectacle to behold.  The colors are vibrant and the style closely matches the motif Pier Park set precedent for years earlier and the architectural features are clean and beautiful.  It was fun walking through it as it felt like that new shiny car that you’re test driving for the very first time.

They said the first scheduled event is in April for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and they tentatively have the Panama City POPs scheduled for a performance there later in the spring.

Here is a breakdown of all the features of this new amphitheater.

Here are other posts related to the Pier Park Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.



From this view, you can see the paved driveway that will allow access for performer’s vehicles and loading trucks.


IMG_7662_3_4_fusedwtmkThis is from the back of the stage looking out, to the north and slightly to the east.  The covered stage area is very large, much larger than some of the pop-up stages that we’ve seen here in the past.



This is obviously from the front-west side.  The white panel you see is a place for a projector to project video of performances.  Behind that panel is the dressing rooms and admin office.


This is looking at the opposite side of the amphitheater.  The white panel here is the same as the other side and there is a large loading area perfect for anything up to a semi-truck trailer to unload.



This view shows the back of the structure.  You can see how polished everything is.  That large green area in the middle are those huge hangar doors that open up completely and allow the Seabreeze come through.



Seabreeze Jazz Festival Announces 2013 Jazz Fest Lineup

Every year the Seabreeze Jazz Festival brings smooth tunes with sea breeze to Northwest Florida provided by renowned artists and classy performances. In the past we’ve had artists like George Benson, Brian Culbertson and Eric Darius and this year’s lineup promises to be as entertaining as ever.

This year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be held at the newly completed Aaron Bessant Park Ampitheater (which looks amazing) April 17 – 21, 2013.

Tickets can be bought by visiting

Here’s the lineup.

Wednesday April 17th

Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard The Lady Anderson
Treasure Island Marina, Panama City Beach, FL
Hosted by Brian Culbertson 7pm-10pm
(Boat boards at 6:30pm, sails at 7pm)

Thursday April 18th — Gates open at 5pm — Show at 6pm

6pm – Steve Oliver

7:15pm – Margo Rey

8:45pm – Boney James

Friday April 19th — Gates open at 5pm — Show at 6pm

6pm – Ken Ford

7:30pm – Tim Bowman

8:45pm – Fourplay
(Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, and Chuck Loeb) with special guest Layla Hathaway

Smooth Jazz After Party — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park (buffet at 10:30pm/Show at 11pm) featuring Motown Jazz Jam — Hosted by Tim Bowman
(Presented by Smooth

Motor City’s top smooth jazz artists and session players create the ultimate jazz jam show. Artists confirmed include Dave McMurray, Althea Rene, Ron Otis, Rayse Biggs, Yancyy, Ron Otis, Al Mackenzie, Paul Dozier, Gwen Foxx, William Pope, Kali Douglas, and Kereem Warren.

Saturday April 20st — Gates at 10am — Show at 11am

11am Brian Lanair — (Seabreeze Rising Star)

12:30 DW3 — (Los Angeles based smooth jazz group)

2pm – Peter White and Euge Groove

4pm – Peet Project (Hugarian based jazz and funk – 1st USA show) (Seabreeze Hidden Gem)

6pm – Brian Culbertson

8pm – BwB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun)

After Party — 10:30pm at Reggae J’s at Pier Park featuring Brian Culbertson and special guests (Presented by

Sunday April 21st — Gates at 10am — Show at 11am 

11am – Roman Street

12 noon – The Southern Gentlemen featuring Joey Sommerville, Michael Ward, and Eric Essix

2pm – Yancyy (Seabreeze Rising Star)

4pm – Average White Band

6pm – Jazz In Pink featuring Pamela Williams, Athea Rene, Karen Briggs, Gail Jhonson, Maria Antionette, and others

8pm – Tower of Power


Got To Have My Lucky Charms!

Hot deal #1 is the most precious EVER beach house for only $169,000

Block house, vintage, chic style FULLY furnished

2 bedrooms 1 bath and good sized back yard

GREAT curb apeal…. Lucky Charm is a CHARMER!!!

West and quiet end of Panama City Beach

(listing courtesy of Beachy Beach Real Estate)

Hot deal #2 is a front beach road town house for $129,000

Right across the street from the beach and beach access

Fully furnished and in excellent shape with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths

A cute little back yard

(listing courtesy of Beachy Beach Real Estate)

Hot deal #3 is the lowest priced home in Turtle Cove for under 200,000!!!!

$184,900 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths

THE ONLY 1 story home available in Turtle Cove for SALE

Tennis courts, community pool, dock and really low fees
(listing courtesy of Beachy Beach Real Estate)

Amavida Coffee Hosts “Christon Anderson Art Opening”

The unapproachable urban vibe of Christon Dee Anderson is often in place to filter objectionable attitudes and cloak his kinder gentler persona. A black child born into the eighties was certain to be challenged and, unwavering, he met them head on. From an early age he spent a great deal of time drawing and showed a passionate interest in the arts. Born and bread in Florida’s Northwest panhandle provided an opportunity for other talents to blossom. His skill and ability at baseball, and later football, were recognized and in high school he received local and state accolades. The journeys outside his everyday routine opened his eyes to a whole new world. Although his stardom through making it into the record books was a bit hard to swallow. After a stint in the military he returned home with a hunger to find his voice and be heard. With local luminaries, Roland Hocket he studied drawing and was fascinated by the

artistic visual possibilities of photography under the tutelage of the late Johnnie Ihlfeld.

Anderson cast his bread upon the waters and was encouraged by commissioned works and fine art portraiture. These positive responses continue to bolster those with serious interest in his work.

Self proclaimed as SOPHISTICATED GUTTER, awarded and scooped up by emerging collectors and the seasoned art crowd, Christon Dee Anderson, from mild to wild, has clearly developed a recognizable style. Using a variety of traditional mediums, stand alone and meld, he creates visionary, intuitive, abstract, three dimensional works of ART. Christon evokes memories and fiery emotions through his antagonism and social criticism. Anchors to his stormy sea of creativity, Christan’s wife, Kristina, daughter, Isabel Rain, and son, Coleman Ray, are and will forever be works in progress, forever providing inspiration.

February 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Amavida Rosemary
104 North Barrett Square
Panama City Beach,FL 32413

Cost: Free of Admission

Healthy Souls Yoga Fundraiser starts Saturday for Aaron Nichols



Healthy Souls Yoga program at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Panama City Beach kicks off a month long fundraiser for the Aaron Nichols Medical Equipment Fund this Saturday, January 5th!

The Yoga meet up this weekend welcomes all  experience levels and is slotted for 800 to 930 am.  There is only a $5 minimum suggested donation, but you can give what you desire.  This will be one of the first classes this month with 100 percent of the profits going to aid the Aaron Nichols family to purchase medical equipment he desperately  needs.

Those of you that do not already know, many area businesses have already been hard at work raising money for Aaron in response to this past November’s Celebrate the Arts, in hopes to help with a piece of equipment called the RT300,

The RT300 is believed to make a dramatic difference in his recovery and pave the way to get him walking again after the car accident in 2007 left him completely dependent up on others.   The equipment costs over $20,000, and they are about a third of a way there.  Every little bit helps though and with the compassion of folks like this, his goal is looking more and more achievable.

If you can not make this Saturday’s Yoga Session and Meet Up, no worries, the Healthy Souls group will be raising money for Aaron ALL MONTH LONG, with many classes to choose from:

Mondays at 5:45 pm

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 am

All classes are open to men and women and no experience is needed.  Classes meet in the Youth/CR Building of Woodlawn United Methodist Church (across from Arnold Highschool) at 219 N. Alf Coleman Road.

The program makes available community yoga mats , along with blocks and straps.  However, if you have your own, you are encouraged to bring it.

Certified Yoga Instructors Laurie Olshefski, Judy Christian and Sandy Beitz hope that you  stretch your body and lift your spirit!  Their program is definately Yoga on A Mission, with a 100 percent of class donations going to local community missions, whether it be a family in need or a donation to organizations like Beach Care Services.

For more information, contact Judy at or visit them on Facebook: Healthy Souls at Woodlawn.

You may go to to register for Saturday’s class.