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    The Market Shops Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival Set for October 23, 2021

    On Saturday, October 23, The Market Shops will host its Sixth Annual Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity - Walton County. The annual event, powered by Step One Automotive Group, will feature unlimited tastes of South Walton’s most creative and innovative bloody marys made with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the Emerald Coast.

    For a $40 donation to attend, guests are invited from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy up to 25 of South Walton’s most coveted bloody marys served in specialty cups provided by Compass Builders of Florida and Frillseekers Gifts. Restaurants confirmed to compete for the 2021 Best Bloody Mary in South Walton include Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, The Henderson, Jackacudas, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp and many more. A panel of select food critics and local celebrities will judge each bloody mary to select the winners for the most delicious and most creative. There will also be a highly coveted first-, second-, and third-place People’s Choice Award that is selected by each guest in attendance whose votes will be tallied by Hill Coleman, CPA.

    “We are eager to welcome everyone back to the shopping center as we host the Annual Bloody Mary Festival this October,” said Rob Duncan with The Market Shops. “After postponing last year’s festival due to COVID, I know this year’s event will be better and bigger than ever.”

    Apart from the bloody marys, there will also be plenty of food from the various restaurants located directly in The Market Shops, including Ben & Jerrys, Bijoux Restaurants + Spirits, and Jon Smith Subs. For the non-bloody mary aficionado, there will be local craft brews served by Idyll Hounds Brewing Company along with champagne, provided by Hey Mama Wines, from the Bubbly Bar sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the Hyatt Place by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Guests will be able to cool off with alcohol-infused popsicles provided by Swell Pops and a hydration station by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. A lounge area with additional seating and cornhole games provided by Vacayzen will be set up on the main lawn, along with SEC football streaming on the big screen courtesy of Insurance Zone.

    While sipping bloody marys, guests can enjoy a commemorative photo booth courtesy of Legendary Marine, music by DJ Dad, a cigar bar by Shore Thing Cigars, and exclusive shopping opportunities from The Market Shops merchants. Headlining the event will be a live performance from Dread Clampitt on the main stage brought to you by Carter & Company CPA, LLC.

    Parking will be available at The Market Shops on the day of the festival but is expected to fill up fast. There will be additional parking available at The Beach House located in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and a complimentary shuttle, provided by Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation courtesy of Beachworx, will travel to and from the festival from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    For guests traveling from out of town, there will be special room rates available through the festival’s official lodging sponsors including the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, The Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and The Hyatt Place Sandestin. Visit www.themarketshops.com for more details coming soon.

    Tickets are currently on sale through 850Tix for the pre-sale price of $40 or can be purchased the day of the event at the door for $60. To learn more about The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival and to buy tickets, visit www.themarketshops.com. If you would like to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity on the day of the event, please email volunteer@waltoncountyhabitat.org.

    Over the past five years, the annual event has raised over $50,000 for local charities. Money raised during the sixth annual event will benefit Habitat for Humanity – Walton County, a local nonprofit housing organization that works toward building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

    “We are so grateful to be named as the beneficiary for The Market Shops Annual Bloody Mary Festival once again” said Teresa Imdieke, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. “The proceeds raised from the festival each year help us operate on a day-to-day basis and build homes for those who need it most in our community. We are dedicated to achieving our mission to provide everyone in Walton County with a safe and stable place to live.”

    Special thanks to additional sponsors including 30A, 30AEats, 30A Television, 850 Magazine, Amber Yonker Photography, Coast 93.3, Destin Life, Destin Log, Dog Harmony Life, Emerald Coast Magazine, Good Grit Magazine, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Hesh Studios, The Local, Maxine Orange, Mingle, Mountain High Outfitters, Northwest Florida Daily News, Proffitt PR, Scarlett Magazine, SoWal Life, SoWal.com, Tallahassee Magazine, VIP 30A Magazine, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine, Visit South Walton, The Walton Sun, and Z96.

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    The Market Shops Welcomes Mountain High Outfitters and Parlor Doughnuts to Tenant Mix

    The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, welcomes two new merchants, Mountain High Outfitters and Parlor Doughnuts, to the shopping center.

    Mountain High Outfitters is a premier outdoor retailer that features popular brands like Brumate, Chaco, Free Fly Apparel, Hoka, Teva, On Shoes, Patagonia, Vuori, and Yeti. In addition to apparel, footwear, and accessories for the entire family, Mountain High also offers gear for various outdoor activities including backpacking, bouldering, camping, caving, climbing, hiking, biking, yoga, skiing, trail running, slacklining, paddle boarding, and fly fishing.

    Parlor Doughnuts is a locally owned and operated franchised bakery originally founded in 2018. Their newest location at The Market Shops will offer plenty of grab and go options including doughnuts, organic cookies, fresh brewed coffee, breakfast sandwiches and acai bowls for customers to enjoy on the run or outside within the shopping center courtyard.

    “We are happy to welcome two new thriving businesses to the tenant mix here at The Market Shops,” said Rob Duncan, Vice President of CenterCore Properties. “We take pride in offering an eclectic mix of retail stores, dining options, entertainment, professional offices, and health facilities to our locals and visitors alike creating a well-balanced lifestyle center. Mountain High Outfitters and Parlor Doughnuts are the first of many new retailers and businesses coming to The Market Shops in 2021.”

    The 4,800 square foot space will be the fifteenth location in the Southeast for Mountain High Outfitters and will create 15-20 new jobs in the local market. Other locations can be found in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The company prides itself on having the knowledge to help their clientele in whatever activity they are shopping for, making it the ideal place to prepare for your first adventure, expedition or lifestyle experience. They also focus on community involvement surrounding each of their locations with the motto, “Get out, get active, be inspired and live your passion.”

    “We are excited to be a part of the Destin community and hope a few of our current guests from our other locations in the Southeast will be familiar with our brand and visit us while enjoying this amazing part of Florida,” said Chistopher Groom, founder and CEO of Mountain High Outfitters. “After searching the area for a year and half, we chose The Market Shops because of its premier visibility, density of traffic, outstanding clientele, and sheer ability to have adequate parking and curb side pick-up opportunities.”

    Parlor Doughnuts was originally founded in 2018 in Evansville, Ind. by Darrick Hayden. Hayden’s close friend, Ryan Ford, joined him in business after offering help during a busy morning rush at the Evansville location. The following year, Ford and his wife moved to Florida in the hopes of opening another location along the Emerald Coast. Unfortunately, COVID-19 halted their original timeline requiring them to make alternative plans for the new location. Ford opened the Fort Walton Beach, Fla. location in 2020 and knew he wanted to open another location soon after. He began looking throughout Destin and Miramar Beach for the perfect spot and chose The Market Shops for its convenience and accessibility to their customers.

    Parlor Doughnuts sets themselves apart from other doughnut shops with their special dough. While traditional doughnuts are made with either yeast dough or cake, they offer their famous layered doughnuts, made with layers of dough and butter one on top of the other to make a crunchy and flaky exterior with layers of fluffy dough on the inside. They offer 22 flavors of doughnuts along with keto, vegan, and gluten free options as well as dog doughnuts, batch brew coffee, cold brew coffee, iced lattes and a variety of cold drinks.

    “We are excited to be in the heart and center of Miramar Beach,” said Ryan Ford, general manager of Parlor Doughnuts. “The family friendly environment, along with the convenience to our customers helped us choose The Market Shops as our next storefront location along the Emerald Coast. We are all about community and the idea of being able to serve the people in our backyard was a major plus for us.”

    The new Mountain High Outfitters will be located on the far west side of the shopping center and will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Parlor Doughnuts is located in the center of the shopping plaza adjacent to Ben & Jerry's and Pizza by the Sea and is now open. To learn more about The Market Shops and its list of merchants, visit www.themarketshops.com.

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    The Market Shops to Host February OneBlood Drive

    The Market Shops will host their second blood drive of 2021 with the OneBlood Big Red Bus on Friday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test in addition to the regularly administered wellness checkup consisting of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.Donors are advised to refrain from donating if they have a fever. Donors must wait at least 14 days before donating if they have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19, have recently been tested and are pending test results for COVID-19 or if they have a confirmed active case of COVID-19. Those planning to donate can schedule an appointment ahead of time by visiting www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #37126.

    The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Donors will be able to see their results approximately 48 hours after donating by logging into their donor portal at www.oneblood.org.

    Donors will also receive a $10 eGift Card and OneBlood long sleeve tshirt, along with exclusive discounts from The Market Shops merchants including a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice, 10 percent off a purchase at Jon Smith Subs, and 25 percent off a purchase at Pizza by the Sea.

    OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. Generally healthy people ages 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID can donate blood.

    One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on February 26 will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant. Many potential blood donors believe that they cannot donate blood due to medical or other reasons. If you are curious if you are a candidate for donation or to learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.

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    December OneBlood Drive

    The Market Shops will host the OneBlood Big Red Bus for a blood drive on Friday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test in addition to the regularly administered wellness checkup consisting of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.Donors are advised to refrain from donating if they have a fever. Donors must wait at least 14 days before donating if they have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19, have recently been tested and are pending test results for COVID-19 or if they have a confirmed active case of COVID-19. Those planning to donate can schedule an appointment ahead of time by visiting www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #37126.

    The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Donors will be able to see their results approximately 48 hours after donating by logging into their donor portal at www.oneblood.org.

    Donors will also receive a $20 e-gift card from OneBlood along with exclusive discounts from The Market Shops merchants including a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice, 10 percent off a purchase at Jon Smith Subs, and 25 percent off a purchase at Pizza by the Sea.

    OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. Generally healthy people ages 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID can donate blood.

    One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on December 18 will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant. Many potential blood donors believe that they cannot donate blood due to medical or other reasons. If you are curious if you are a candidate for donation or to learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.

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    The Market Shops to Host October OneBlood Drive

    The Market Shops will host a OneBlood blood drive on Friday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be parked in front of the shopping center, adjacent to Highway 98.

    All donors will receive a complimentary COVID-19 Antibody Test in addition to the regularly administered wellness checkup consisting of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening. Those planning to donate can schedule an appointment ahead of time by visiting www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #37126.

    The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Donors will be able to see their results approximately 48 hours after donating by logging into their donor portal at www.oneblood.org.

    Donors will also receive a OneBlood Halloween tshirt and $10 eGift Card, along with exclusive discounts from The Market Shops merchants including a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice, 10 percent off a purchase at Jon Smith Subs, and 25 percent off a purchase at Pizza by the Sea.

    OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. Generally healthy people ages 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID can donate blood.

    One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on October 23 will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant. Many potential blood donors believe that they cannot donate blood due to medical or other reasons. If you are curious if you are a candidate for donation or to learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.

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