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My Pensacola—Casey Sparks

Name: Casey Sparks
Day Job: Assistant General Manager/Director of Marketing, Pensacola Bay Center
Resident Since: April 2012

Cool People: Since I have only lived here six months, I have not met all the “cool people” in town, but think the staff that I work with at the Pensacola Bay Center are some of the coolest. They have made me and my family feel very welcome. I am also looking forward to meeting the Pensacola Young Professionals… I hear it doesn’t get much cooler than that group.

Good Eats: I am addicted to Cactus Flower Café and more specifically, their lime dressing. I even go by there occasionally on my way home from work, just to buy the dressing to take home. Rodizio’s is also at the top of my list, but make sure you go hungry.

Retail Therapy: Ahh… shopping. I love Alyssa’s Antique Depot.  When I first moved here, I think I went every other day for about a month. They have an eclectic collection ranging from new to old.

Watering Holes: Does sitting on my own couch with a glass of wine after a long day, count?  If not, my second choice is World of Beer, because of, well, the beer, of course.

Night Life: My husband and I love to go to Blend for music and dancing, but also enjoy The Leisure Club for food and atmosphere. It is laid back and comfortable.

Outdoors: Well being that I am a new resident, I have to say the beaches.  There is nothing better than enjoying a relaxing day on the white sands and calm waters. We take a tent, a cooler and try to leave the cell phones in the car. Also, we always go behind the residential homes where the parking is easy and the beaches are less crowded.

Arts and Culture: I am looking forward to making it to some of the Broadway Series at the Saenger Theatre: “Shrek,” “West Side Story,” “Hair.” Does it get any better than that?

Never Miss Events/Festivals: I am so excited about Cirque du Soleil coming to Pensacola for the very first time, ever. I have seen several productions, but never this one. Saltimbanco: at our very own Pensacola Bay Center.

Best thing about Pensacola: The friendly, southern hospitality—hands down.