Good Eats: There is an abundant amount of locally owned restaurants in town, but by far the first on my list is The Global Grill on Palafox. This hot spot is great when I want to celebrate a special occasion or just dress up and feel suave. For a more relaxed time I have to pick Ozone Pizza Pub located in the Historic Sacred Heart Hospital in East Hill. I definitely wait all week for ladies night on Thursdays and indulge in the great drink specials and half off pizzas!
Retail Therapy: By far the best retail therapy I spoil myself with is at my own salon, The Beauty Bar, also located in the Historic Sacred Heat Hospital. I sell an exclusive product line only available at my salon called UNITE. Also my salon offers three colors of high pigment powder from Kevin Murphy Color Bugs, and several essential products from Moroccan Oil.
Watering Holes: Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach is definitely considered my Sunday Funday pit stop. I look forward to local faces, great food menu and of course various libations, not to mention it’s located on the water and showcases great musicians all the time!
Nightlife: The most upcoming and large venue in town is Vinyl Music Hall, located in downtown Pensacola. Vinyl offers every genre of music, some local and some famous. On the corner of the venue sits the swankest bar in town called 5 ½ Bar. You will definitely run into a diverse and eccentric crowd. The bar also has its one and only best in Pensacola mixologist, Patrick Bolster. Or if I am looking for a dive bar, Handlebar is the place. Bar and venue, you will not run into the same person twice.
Outdoors: By far the best outdoor activities and trails are at UWF. The campus is vast and they definitely kept its original beauty! They offer cross county, nature, and bike tails. Camps are also offered for different age groups.
Art & Culture: An awesome event that keeps local artists inspired is Culture Club on the first Thursdays of every month at the Pensacola Museum of Art aka P.M.A. located across the street from Pensacola Little Theater downtown. This event is great for new and upcoming artists to network and to meet great new talent.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: There are several fun events in town, but the few I don’t miss are Gallery Nights, Mardi Gras, and the Palafox Market. Gallery night occurs seven times a year on Fridays off Palafox. The free event allows local businesses and artists to share an eclectic selection of music, art and cuisine. Yes, I said Mardi Gras is a never miss festival! A time when we definitely feel southern roots among the parties. Honestly, walking down Palafox during walking parades smells just like Bourbon Street. Palafox Market is a sidewalk full of local vendors ranging from fresh produce, handmade jewelry and art. I just heard through the grapevine that the market runs year round now on every Saturday.