Good Eats: We enjoy eating at several places downtown. We especially like Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter for lunch on a weekday. The atmosphere provides a nice break from the workday. We also like to walk to Hub Stacey’s for sandwiches every once in a while. They taste delicious and they’re all affectionately named after Pensacola streets. When we’re in the mood to have coffee and a special treat, we like to go to Adonna’s Bakery and sit by the window. When we want to try a new wine, we go to City Grocery for a wine tasting. We usually don’t make it out of there without a sandwich from the deli and salt and vinegar chips! On Sunday afternoons, we like having brunch at RagTyme Grill. We enjoy our meal outside while sipping our (bottomless) mimosas.
Retail Therapy: We’re not real big on shopping for clothing, but as newlyweds, we’re always looking for things for our home. We like shopping at thrifts stores like Waterfront Rescue Mission and Loaves & Fishes to find gently used furniture—we make it look like new by painting and updating hardware. We get a special satisfaction in recreating these pieces and it’s something we enjoy doing together. For new home décor items, we like finding unique pieces at Tuesday Morning or TJ Maxx. For herbs and flowers for the garden, we shop at Bailey’s Produce and Nursery.
Nightlife: What nightlife? We’re married! We do occasionally meet some friends at the Piano Bar at Seville Quarter to have a drink and enjoy the music. If there is a good band playing, we’ll go see their performance at Flounder’s on Pensacola Beach. Every once in a while we’ll go see a movie at the Silver Screen Theatre.
Outdoors: We go to Pensacola Beach A LOT! It’s where we had our first date and where we got engaged. We especially like to drive to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and spend the entire day there. Pensacola has the most beautiful beaches in the world. Other weekends, we like to take our puppy, Mellow, to the dog park at the Roger Scott Tennis Center. He recently grasped the concept of Frisbee the last time we took him to the park and we couldn’t be more proud!
Arts & Culture: We almost always go to downtown Gallery Nights to check out the local art and listen to live music at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom. Whenever we can, we love to catch a performance at the Pensacola Little Theatre or the Saenger Theatre.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: Some of our favorites are the Festival on the Green at the University of West Florida and the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Our favorite local artist, Pamela Busbee, usually has a booth featuring her one-of-a-kind “Cross Your Heart Designs.” We also go to the Greek Festival every year at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on West Garden Street. The food is amazing and the festival also has entertainment and art.