Pensacola is the jewel of not only the Panhandle, but all of Florida. It is a city full of phenomenal folks that create a tremendous environment to raise a family and entertain friends from afar. The best part of being a Pensacolian is knowing each day in the City of Five Flags is full of potential that is limited only by one’s ability to imagine the possibilities. The Upside of Florida is the place where millions wish they could live. Soon they will.
Good Eats: I cannot help but smile after leaving The Coffee Cup on Cervantes for breakfast and knowing that if I am in the vicinity of West Moreno during the lunch hour, I will be grabbing a seat at The Sunshine Café. If I am anywhere near Three Mile Bridge, I will head to Legends Café in Gulf Breeze or The Fish House. Kooter Brown’s or Sonny’s BBQ, both on 9th Avenue, are great for dinner.
Retail Therapy: Joe and the Team at David Bowen Sporting Goods make it fun and easy to spend money on the gear needed for my sons Will and Lane’s latest team sport. I am also crazy for anything that has a Blue Wahoo logo on it. The crew at the Bait & Tackle Team Store at the Community Maritime Park helps meet this need.
Watering Holes: If a Grissett is anything, it is a sucker for sweets, particularly a self-made creation from Berry Yogurt on North 9th Avenue. If I’m over on Bayou, I’ll stick my head in at 32 Degrees Yogurt Bar. Of course a Saturday morning run to Krispy Kreme with the boys in tow or Lindy bringing home a selection of treats from Jay’s Bakery or Oh Snap! are both crowd pleasers around our home.
Night Life: On the nights that the boys aren’t bending a soccer ball like Beckham or passing it like Messi at The Northeast YMCA or Vickery Center Complex, you can find us on the diamonds and batting cages of the Vickery Center baseball complex. On the weekend, the four of us will catch an afternoon showing at The Rave on Bayou and grab a “mighty meaty” from Mellow Mushroom before catching that night’s sporting event on television.
Arts & Culture: The Pensacola Symphony makes sweet music. I am always amazed at seeing the power and grace of a Ballet Pensacola performance. Lindy and I are looking forward to taking the boys to “Shrek the Musical” on November 20 at The Saenger. Blue Wahoo fandom is a growing culture in Pensacola. Nothing finer than watching a game with your family and then playing catch with your sons in the outfield after the game.
Outdoors: Pensacola Beach is a must for the Grissetts as we play host to out of towners. No matter the season, the scenery of Pensacola Beach always provides a wonderful “wow” factor. Tiki Island Golf & Arcade and Speedy John’s Go Carts will bring the kid out of anyone. Before leaving Pensacola Beach to head to The National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Ft. Pickens and Peg Leg Pete’s is required.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: The Cordova Park Elementary Fall Festival is legendary for its awesomeness. Also, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Mall to Mall Walk—phenomenal event! Get the Christmas Season rolling by attending the Wreaths of Joy Gala and Silent Auction at New World Landing on November 29. This A+ event raises funds for ARC Gateway while also raising your spirits!