Pensacola, Florida
Sunday December 17th 2017

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Best of the Coast 2017—Retail Featured Winners

Alyssa’s
4586 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, shopalyssas.com

What inspired you to get started?
We are just celebrating our 14th anniversary. When starting, I envisioned a store that was filled with items that would make our customers homes beautiful and joyful. A store for the local community that also supported local craftspeople and vendors.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our stores have become a part of this community. We all are motivated by wanting to bring the community quality items, supporting our 250 plus vendors and their families and being able to support local non-profits to improve the area for all.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
It’s become an “all things to all people” store. You can find anything from furniture, to home decor, vintage, antique and modern items, pet supplies, jewelry, gifts, “mancave” items etc.… There is no telling what you may find in the store from one day to the next.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
What keeps this store fresh is that we are always thinking forward. How can we help the community more? How can we support even more vendors and their families? What items can we bring in that will appeal to our customers? Everyday we are focusing on making the store better.
Answers by:
Liz Ohlhorst, Manager

Alyssa’s Etc.
4562 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, shopalyssas.com

What inspired you to get started?
Etc. is the sister store to Alyssa’s. We wanted to expand on what we sold there. Etc. is primarily brand new furniture and home decor in a rustic/industrial/farmhouse theme. We are inspired everyday by our shoppers and their ideas for their homes.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going? “Etc.” stands for embracing the community. A portion of our profits from the store goes to local non-profits every month. Our motivation is to be able to keep doing this. We are driven by wanting to reach out to the whole community and make a better place for all.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Etc. is a gorgeous store with new furniture in a rustic, industrial and farmhouse style. From furniture to home decor, lighting, rugs, bedroom sets and more. No pressure sales, quality customer service and a large selection of in stock items make shopping here easy and relaxing.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Still being a young store, we are concentrating on committing ourselves to a high level of customer service, quality merchandise and customer satisfaction every day. We want to continue to grow so we can “embrace the community” even more every year.
Answers by:
Liz Ohlhorst, Manager

Aragon Wine Market
27 S. 9th Ave., aragonwinemarket.com

What inspired you to get started?
I became a wine drinker at an early age, but never had any experience in the actual wine business. I thought that I’d like running my own business and wine was a natural fit.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Our long time manager left recently. While we were all extremely sad to see her go, having a new manager with fresh ideas has motivated us to grow as a store. We now are having more events at the wine store and our wine selection has become even more diverse.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
We’re a small, funky little family-run wine store. We’re based in a neighborhood and consider ourselves part of the community of Pensacola.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
It’s a secret, but keep your ears open next year for a fun event that we’re hoping to put together.
Answers by
: Charlotte Gordon, Owner

Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe
315 W. Garden St., everman.org

What inspired you to get started?
Ever’man started in the early 1970s as a place to buy healthy food at great prices. For more than 40 years, our offerings have expanded to include artisanal breads, sustainable meat, dairy and seafood, organic wines and craft beers, a full line of vitamins, herbal remedies and personal care products.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Ever’man is not only a trusted, local community source for organic and sustainable foods at a reasonable price, but also a gathering place to share ideas and experience healthy living in fun, engaging ways. Today our co-op offers a host of complimentary classes and events in its Educational Center.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
At  Ever’man  we provide healthier, nutritious alternatives to conventional offerings, while still providing our members and customers with a wide variety of foods. Due to our long-term relationships with local and regional farmers, our seasonal selection is plentiful. Our cooperative supports organic, local, cruelty-free, fair-trade and non-gmo products.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Everyone at Ever’man is excited to expand our cooperative and mission into a part of our community that is experiencing amazing growth.  A second location is planned for 9 Mile Road, where a new grocery store, cafe and educational center will be built.
Answers by:
Maria Pinochet, Marketing Manager/Membership Services

Jewelers Trade Shop
26 S. Palafox, jewelerstradeshop.com

What inspired you to get started?
I was inspired with the passion and hard work of my parents along with an inherited love of jewelry. This is what motivated me to try and bring JTS to the next level of professionalism, service and fine quality jewelry.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
After 60 years of business, I am proud to see that my son’s motivation is as passionate as his grandfather and father before him. Corbett III has elevated JTS to the highest standard in the jewelry business that is sometimes lost in a world of internet sales and cheap workmanship.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it? (50 words or less)
JTS is a third generation jewelry store dedicated to quality gems, jewelry and fun times. With six jewelers , three gemologists, designers and a knowledgeable staff, we offer the best of all worlds. Whether shopping for a Rolex or one of our unique pieces, you will be greeted with a smile.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
To continue to do the best we can for our customers. By keeping up with trends and fashions we hope to earn new business and keep and savor old friends. As the son of a son of a jeweler, Corbett III has perfected our traditions. And that makes me proud.
Answers by:
Corbett Davis Jr., Proud Father/Ex-President/Ex-Manager/ Part Timer

Revolver Records
9 E. Gregory St., facebook.com/revolverfl

What inspired you to get started?
Pure desire.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Commitment.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
The best dang record store around.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
I’d love to have more live shows in store.
Answers by:
“Elvis,” Your Servant

SoBo Boutique
518 N. 9th Ave.,thesoboboutique.com

What inspired you to get started?
I’d always wanted to blend the many traditions and styles I’d been exposed to through my childhood travels with my own unique style. I’ve always been a free spirit but a great source of inspiration for my store has come from those various cultures.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
Fashion is always evolving, meaning there is always something new to incorporate into not only my merchandise but my stores’ aesthetics as well. I’ve always wanted my store’s displays to be more of an art installation versus a basic visual.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
SoBo Boutique specializes in apparel, jewelry and accessories for women of all ages. Instead of appealing to a single age demographic, we choose to carry an array of merchandise at varying price points allowing everyone to be able to afford our store and to leave feeling confident.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
I’d love to develop a stronger online presence now that our site is up and running. With every customer, we try to establish a relationship and our site will serve as an outlet to continue to build those relationships whether they’re Pensacola residents or not.
Answers by:
Alicia Taylor-Printz, Owner

SunFarm Energy
1312 E. Cervantes St., sunfarmenergy.net
What inspired you to get started? Company founders, Doug Herrick and Donald Long, each came up working in energy and energy efficiency endeavors. They teamed up in early 2012 to bring solar photovoltaic technology to Pensacola home and business owners. Environmentally impactful, solar affords great financial benefits, and Doug and Don wanted to spread the word.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going? While making great strides in the first 5 years, if you look around town, rooftops covered with solar panels are still the exception. SunFarm Energy wants to help every property owner realize the benefits of solar PV and breath cleaner air.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it? SunFarm Energy is a NABCEP and Florida Certified Solar Installer, specializing in the design and installation of Solar PV Systems, Solar Thermal, Hot Water and Pool Heating, EV Charging Stations and Off-Grid Solar Power Solutions. We provide clean, reliable and economical power and we’re focused on complete customer satisfaction.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business? While the lion share of our business has been residential based, we aspire to broaden our footprint with commercial solar PV installations. Through attractive tax benefits and financing opportunities, the typical business system will pay for itself in as little as five years, and provide three decades of reliable power.
Answers by: Brian O’Sullivan, Director of Sales and Marketing

Susan Campbell Jewelry
420 S. Palafox, susancampbelljewelry.com

What inspired you to get started?
Youthful idealism.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
A relentless fighting spirit.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
SCJ is a designer jewelry gallery meets creative re-design and custom workshop, full of educational and hands on experiences and events to bring you in tune with your inner muse.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Fully developing our workshop/studio area for visitors to engage in the design process of an age old art form steeped in tradition, social and family history, sentimentality and really cool rocks.
Answers by:
Susan Campbell, Owner

TBS Comics
6895 N. 9th Ave., tbscomics.com

What inspired you to get started?
On a trip to St. Louis in the early ‘80s my dad brought me to his childhood comic book store.  I was blown away and shortly after TBS Comics was born.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
I enjoy the relationships with customers and feedback we get from them about products and ideas for the store.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
TBS Comics is a modern comic book store. Comic books are the core business, but we also specialize in board games, card games and related toys. Our goal is offer a complete comic book store experience that includes a place to enjoy the  hobby.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
One of our goals going into 2018 is to host more regional gaming events that can help drive business to the local area.
Answers by:
Edward Nehring, VP

Urban Objects
128 S. Palafox, urbanobjectslighting.com

What inspired you to get started?
We moved to Pensacola from Atlanta in 1993 and bought an old house in North Hill. During the remodel, I started looking for lighting and couldn’t find what I was looking for locally so started researching and realized how important lighting was and how it can really make a space.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
My customers. Customer relationships are a big part of my business and I still get excited when I see someone fall in love with something they purchased in the shop.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Eclectic—I think that covers it.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
I have a lot of new great gifts and home accessories coming in this fall, so you’ll have to stop by and see.
Answers by:
Sarah Gillette, Owner

Waterboyz and Single Fin Cafe
380 N. 9th Ave., waterboyz.com, singlefincafe.com

What inspired you to get started?
I wanted to build surfboards and make t-shirts that would make people happy. It’s the best.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
I enjoy making customers happy with quality products and now with quality food. It’s a joy to come to work each day and see how many people we can smile with joy.
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
The most unique surf and skate shop in the country. We manufacture surfboards and t-shirts, have an indoor skatepark, a really nice retail store, and an awesome cafe all under one roof.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business? Hopefully, in the next year or two, we would like to expand out to other cities with our unique store, skatepark, cafe concept and see how many smiles we can make happen in other cities.
Answers by:
Sean Fell, Owner

Waterfront Thrift Store
380 W. Herman St., waterfrontthrift.org

What inspired you to get started?
Waterfront Rescue Mission believes that caring for the poor and homeless is a mandate from the Lord. Founded in 1949, the Mission became a place for those who have nothing left. What began as a refuge for wayward fishermen has grown into a Mission that provides faith-based rescue and recovery.
Now that you’re established, what motivates you to keep going?
The belief that homelessness can happen to anyone and the belief that God gives us the tools, strength and the command to help. The aim of Waterfront Rescue Mission is to “Demonstrate God’s Goodness by Providing Rescue and Recovery Services in Jesus’ Name.”
How would you describe your business to someone who’s never heard of it?
Waterfront Rescue Mission is more than a series of thrift stores, an overnight shelter, or a free meal. Waterfront offers a 90 Recovery Program and a 6 to 12 month Career Development Program to help men go from living on the streets to being a productive citizen.
What’s the next goal or project you want to see happen for you and your business?
Our goal is for the community to see Waterfront Rescue Mission as the premiere rescue and recovery service on the Gulf Coast. We believe those who see and understand what we do will be moved to action and partner with us in transforming lives.
Answers by:
Pat Stallions, Waterfront Thrift Stores Support Manager and Paul Stadden, Public Relations Associate