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My Pensacola—Mary Hoxeng

Name: Mary Hoxeng
Day Job: General Manager of Cat Country 98.7 & NewsRadio1620 / Owner
Pensacola Resident Since: July 3, 2003

Good Eats: My “I have to eat quick” consistent favorite is always the Scenic 90 Diner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Oscar’s blueberry pancakes are the best in town.  When I have time to sit down and relax, Jackson’s has the most amazing Prime Rib.  The Grits A Ya Ya and the Bulgarian Roll at the Fish House are two of my favorite things, with the Rack of Lamb at O’Brien’s a close runner-up.  The steaks and the hamburgers at McGuire’s are always fabulous.  I try to only go to locally-owned restaurants as I believe in supporting “Eat Local!”

Retail Therapy: I love the Boutique at Steinmart because their salespeople are the best at helping me coordinate outfits and accessories—combinations that I would never be creative enough to do myself.  I have always been a Chico’s fan but thanks to An Hayward I am now a total groupie.  I almost believe that when I wear Chico’s clothes I look like An.  I love to find bargains at TJ Maxx, Ross, and I can’t wait till Marshall’s opens.  For dress up occasions I always go to Renee’s because I feel like a princess when I wear her dresses.

Watering Holes: The Fish House Deck Bar is the perfect spot for a glass of wine after work and McGuire’s makes the best Cosmo Martini in Pensacola.  I have spent a great deal of time researching this so I can speak with authority.  The Oar House, Shaggy’s, and the Bridge Bar are my favorites for a sunset cocktail with out of town guests.  Global Grill on Gallery Night is the best place to see everyone you know.

Night Life: I am a go anywhere, do anything type of person.  When I am out at night it is usually at an event, a festival or a restaurant downtown.  I love our downtown and it keeps getting better and better.

Outdoors: I am a beach girl at heart!  The best part of my week is Saturday and Sunday mornings at the beach.  I love to grab my breakfast and a good book and head out to the beach by 6 or 630 a.m. and I am home by 10 a.m.  I tell people it is my therapy for the week.  The Blue Wahoos have given me a new reason to be outside after work enjoying the beautiful evenings at the ballpark even though I am not a huge baseball fan.  You don’t have to love baseball to love going to the stadium.  You will find me wandering around at almost every outdoor Pensacola event, from the Interstate Fair to the Arts Festival.  I convinced myself that it counts as exercise.

Arts & Culture: What a wonderful city to live in to enjoy the arts.   I support the Saenger Broadway series, the Pensacola Opera, the Symphony, the Ballet, and I am working on learning to appreciate art more and more.  I go to most of the concerts that come through Pensacola so that I can stay on top of what is going on in the music world…it helps me in my day job.

Never Miss Events/Festivals: I am a festival and event junkie.  I feel so blessed to live in a community where there is always something wonderful to do or go to.  My favorite event is the Cat Country 98.7 Free Summer Salute Concert—an event that I am proud to have our radio station support every June aboard NAS Pensacola.  There is nothing better than Tuesday Evenings at Bands on the Beach.  I am at every Fiesta event to celebrate Pensacola’s history.  I have been at every 4th of July Sertoma fireworks since moving to Pensacola and you’ll find me at the upcoming Interstate Fair all 11 days.  The Pelican Drop is a blast on New Year’s and I haven’t missed a Christmas Parade, Mardi Gras Parade or a Blue Angels performance yet. You can always count me in for Beulah Fest, DeLuna Fest, and Bonfire Jam.  The event that I brag about the most to my out of town friends and family is Gallery Night.  It is so much fun to walk up and down Palafox and visit with people.  Downtown is just alive and I love it!