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My Pensacola—George Hawthorne

Name: George Hawthorne
Day Job: C.E.O. Diversity Program Advisors, Inc.
Pensacola Resident Since: 2008

Good Eats: I must confess that Grits a Ya Ya is a personal weakness when I visit The Fish House; however, I have never had a bad meal at The Fish House and the Soul Rolls start my every meal there.

Retail Therapy: I love to cook and Joe Patti’s Seafood is my favorite retail store because of their extensive variety of fish and seafood (I leave the “real” shopping to my wife as her therapy). I can’t wait for the Fresh Market to open.

Watering Holes: I am not much of a drinker, however, I have been known to enjoy a pina colada from the Tiki Bar at the Pensacola Beach Hilton or at one of the restaurants at the Quietwater Beach boardwalk. You can’t beat the scenery.

Nightlife: Live music, lively atmosphere and good food is my idea of a great time out for the evening. Five Sisters Blues Café delivers southern flavors and soulful music in the historic Belmont-Devilliers community.

Outdoors: For outdoor fun I am a sucker for fishing—anywhere. Whether I am fishing for redfish, speckled trout or sheephead in the Pensacola or Perdido Bays or cobia or red snapper fishing in the Gulf, I do not care as long as I have bait.

Arts & Culture: My biggest surprise and one of the key reasons I relocated to Pensacola from Gulf Shores was the diversity of arts and culture venues in the city. It is amazing that such a small town has such a large number of arts and cultural events—the Opera, the Historic District, Museums, the Symphony, etc.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: I would never miss the Blue Angels on Pensacola Beach; however, the Seafood Festival, Mardi Gras and the Greek Festival are also spectacular.  However, I do miss the Goombay Festival.