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My Pensacola—Melody Walker

Melody Walker
Day Job: Hairstylist and Colorist at Izzo Cutter & Company.
Pensacola Resident since: 1992

Good Eats:
My favorite morning coffee and food adventure is right next door to my job, Maximilian Coffee.  They have a great selection of coffees, pastries, bagels, and much more.  My favorite it the Mexican Mocha and Asiago Cheese Bagel with Pico cream cheese.
For lunch, some of my favorites are Cactus Flower Cafe and City Grocery (their Bourbon Street Melt is the bomb).
Now for dinner there is one place that is a big favorite for me and my closest friends, Sake Cafe. I love this place, not only because the sushi and hibachi are amazing, but the friendly and welcoming atmosphere is better than any other place I have been.  You will not only leave full off of a great dish, but also full of sake, that’s if the owner Wayan has anything to do with it.

Retail Therapy:
My favorite things to shop for are accessories, clothes, and things for my home.  I primarily shop at Target, Ross, T.J. Maxx, and World Market. Dillard’s, Charlotte Russe, and Aldo are my favorite places to shop for accessories.  I like to mix and match different brands and styles. Also, if I’m ever on an extreme budget, I’ll check out the local thrift stores, Super Thrift on 9th Avenue is my favorite.

Watering Holes:
The Azalea Lounge, Wisteria Tavern, and The Elbow Room. The Elbow room has a great selection of beer, food, games, and their lighting makes me feel like I’m in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Nightlife:
Downtown has really come a long way over the past couple of years. A few of the places I go are: Play, the jukebox is great and so are the many selections of games. Intermission, not only is it smoke free now, but they always have a great atmosphere and you always get your money’s worth when it comes to the drinks.  I always finish my night off at Seville, with them having the best DJ in the area DJ Albert Lao – you can’t help but dance until your feet hurt.

Outdoors:
Most of my outdoor activities are with my 7-year-old daughter, Raquel.  We love to go to Bayview Park, Gulf Breeze Zoo, and many of the different festivals in the area.  We are also looking forward to the new Maritime Ballpark being built and watching the Blue Wahoos play starting this April.

Arts & Culture:
I try to always attend Gallery Night. It is a great way for downtown businesses to really show off what they got. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is my favorite.  They always have great art, that perfect gift to pick out for someone and they have a whole section for the kids to make some art of their own. My daughter loves it!

Never Miss Events & Festivals:
Seafood Festival, Crawfish Festival, and the Bushwacker Festival.
Over the past year, one of my never missed monthly events has become The Island Fights.  Nothing better than sitting with friends, having a few drinks, and watching two men battle against each other to display their skill, art, and love of their sport.