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My Pensacola—Eliza Espy

Name: Eliza Espy
Day Job: Production Assistant at Vinyl Music Hall, Chef at The Leisure Club
Pensacola Resident Since: Day one of my life. Born and raised, bred and buttered.

Good Eats:
As a long-time vegetarian, Sluggo’s and End of the Line Cafe are my go-to eateries. Working at Ever’man Natural Foods for nearly three years taught me everything I know about nutrition and natural living, and I still do my shopping there since they have the best prices on local and organic produce and bulk grains. Recently, I had the incredible pleasure of experiencing one of Blake Rushing’s wine dinners at the Lee House.

Retail Therapy:
My mother’s store, The Mole Hole, is the only place to go for greeting cards and gifts. Her taste is classic and of the highest quality. On Gallery Night, I head to Sluggo’s to see Crystal Tremer and Jennie Andrews for their beautifully handcrafted jewelry. Revolver Records has the best selection of vinyl records, my preferred format. Open Books keeps well-priced used books in good rotation, and all proceeds fund the Prison Books Project.

Watering Holes:
Sluggo’s is my home base. I can expect to see my friends there on any given night, or meet new kindred spirits. Patrick Bolster, Chris Brown, and Ryan Wilson at 5 1/2 Bar take very good care of me after work at Vinyl. Working at a nightclub means that on my nights off, I need a place with limited chaos, and The Elbow Room offers the fun, relaxed, liquor-drama-free atmosphere that I need.

Nightlife:
When I’m not working one of the awesome shows that Vinyl has been able to bring to our previously sleepy downtown, I am usually scoping out a punk or metal show at Sluggo’s or the 309 House. As a booking agent and former resident of the 309 House, I love to support bands that are touring independently and provide a more intimate, unique space for people of all ages to see shows.

Outdoors:
I love to explore Fort Pickens, the undeveloped areas of Pensacola Beach, and the beautiful woods surrounding Blackwater River that are so rich with live oaks, longleaf pines, and southern magnolias. If I’m not in the mood to drive, I hop on my bike or walk to the graffiti bridge on 17th and cross the trestle to Hobo Beach, particularly at night to see the stars and the beautiful lights of the city.

Arts & Culture:
Under the tutelage of Valerie George and Joseph Herring, the Bachelors of Fine Arts students at UWF are consistently talented. Their gallery’s Genius Loci lecture series attracts artists from all over the nation. On the soundscape, I never miss a performance from Mon Cul (Keith Ansel) who in addition to being a visionary of drawing and screen-printing, blends multitudes of samples and apocalyptic doom noise, providing a glimpse into the next realm of existence.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:
I know I can always count on the Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival to bring a diverse selection of artists and craftsmen to Seville Square that beautiful, crisp first weekend of November each year. The Greek Festival is a Pensacola legacy and offers exciting entertainment and delicious food, even for vegetarians such as myself. DeLuna Fest and the Hangout Festival have been a powerful economic boost for area businesses.