Coastal Holiday Gift Market

Looking for a gift for that special someone?  From 9am-2pm on Saturday, November 12th, you are sure to find something unique at the St. Rita Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach.  They are hosting the First Annual Coastal Holiday Gift Market.

What will you find at the market?
  • Over 36 local and regional Artisans
  • A variety of finely crafted items (Art, stained glass, photography,  handmade soaps, metal art, pottery, hand-painted tiles, craftsman quality jewelry and much more!)

One vendor even re-purposes wool sweaters, belts, jewelry, and more to make ladies handbags.  (You can see a picture of this above and to the right.)  For more information you can visit two of the vendor pages online (Tilly Towel and Ginger Leigh) for the Coastal Market Facebook page.

Where is the money going?
  • Habitat for Humanity and St. Vincent DePaul will receive the money collected
  • A local Boy Scout troop will be raising money through the sale of hamburgers and hot dogs
  • Habitat for Humanity will be raising money through morning sales of coffee and cider

The demand for booth space at this year’s event went so quickly, they have already started a list for next year!

Have a fun day of shopping and fun!

Forever 21, Charming Charlie, and More to Pier Park

Pier Park has recently lost Borders, Guy Harvey’s, and opened up a few other vacancies – however they are soon to be filled!  Pier Park will be home to Dick’s Last Resort, Marshalls, Forever 21, Charming Charlie, and Francesa’s Collection.

Dick’s Last Resort

Moving in where Guy Harvey’s Island Grill was located is Dick’s Last Resort, a restaurant and bar known for an intentionally obnoxious staff.  Dick’s is expected to open sometime this winter.  You can learn more about Dick’s Last Resort and view their menu online.

Marshalls

Marshalls will be located between The Dollar Tree and Red Robin on the North Side of Pier Park.  Marshall’s offers brand name items at reasonable prices, including clothing, accessories, shoes, and household items for the entire family.  Visit Marshall’s online for more information about their products.  It is expected to open November 5.

Forever 21

Forever 21, a womens clothing store, will be opening in Spring 2012 where Border’s was formerly located.  The Panama City Location will be 23,205 sq feet of clothing, shoes, accessories, and intimate apparel.  If you’d like to see what to expect at the Forever 21 in Pier Park, visit their website.

Charming Charlie

A newer accessories business, Charming Charlie, is also coming to Pier Park.  Charming Charlie was founded in Texas and has been expanding to new locations as fast as possible since its birth and instant popularity. Visit Charming Charlie online to see why they are such a popular store.

Francesca’s Collection

A unique store for women’s apparel, accessories, and gifts is Francesca’s.  These stores are also becoming more popular and expanding to many new locations.  You can visit the website to learn more about the products available at Francesca’s Collection.

Where you do plan to visit first or most frequent?

Polka Dots Releases Inner Kid, Smile

Walking into Polka Dots in Pier Park, is like suddenly finding yourself teleported back to the days of when the Andy Griffith show and soda-pop shops were quickly becoming the rage.

Something about this store connects with the little kid in me,  discretely loosening  the feeble reigns connected to my Adult Decorum.  As soon as that little kid tastes the sweet, sweet freedom, races through the store giggling at the fake dog poop and merrily banging away on the Rock’em Sock’em Robot Game, he’s filled with a grin reminiscent of a whole slice of watermelon in his mouth.

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Weekend Weather – Happy, Happy New Year!

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What a weekend. Have you heard the old chestnut that whatever you do on New Year’s Day is what you’ll be doing the entire year? I can’t think of a better argument for spending your weekend here on Panama City Beach! In addition to the Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park, many more New Year’s Eve events are beckoning… The temps are just right- not so warm you can’t wear that outfit; just bring a pair of hot boots and you’re off!
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Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Amazingly, I’m not the type of person who waits till the last minute to get things done. Unless, of course, you count the cleaning frenzy I pull off, seconds before the husband is off work, which I (obviously) don’t count as procrastination. You say Tomato, I say TO-MAH-TOE.

Shopping, specifically, Holiday shopping, is a little harder to pull off and for whatever reason, there’s never enough time to get it all done. Or at least, completed with that feeling of having found everyone the “right” gift.

In an effort to break through the gift-idea doldrums, here’s some last minute shopping ideas.

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The BP Effect – Polka Dots Still Selling Toys

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As all things must do, we too, have reached the end in The BP Effect Series. Some may shed tears, others may leap with gratitude, me – I had the over-whelming pleasure of stumbling into one of the coolest stores I’ve seen in years, all because of this final interview we conducted with the owners of Polka Dots Retro Toys & Gifts in Pier Park.

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