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    The Market Shops 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival Set for November 2, 2019

    Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity - Walton County 

    On Saturday, November 2, The Market Shops will host its 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity - Walton County. The annual event will feature unlimited tastes of South Walton’s most creative and innovative bloody marys made with Cathead 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 unlimited tastes of up to 20 of South Walton’s most coveted bloody marys served in specialty cups provided by Compass Builders of Florida. Restaurants confirmed to compete for the 2019 Best Bloody Mary in South Walton include Another Broken Egg Cafe, Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Blue Mabel, Camille's at Crystal Beach, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Grits & Grind, Half Shell Oyster House, The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi, Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q, Lulu’s Destin, Mama Clemenza’s, Rockin’ Tacos, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Shades Bar and Grill, Signature Catering of 30A, Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House, Sunset Bay Cafe, and The Surf Hut. 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 People’s Choice Award that is selected by each guest in attendance who’s votes will be tallied by Hill Coleman, CPA.

    “This is an event we look forward to hosting every year,” said Rob Duncan with The Market Shops. “We’re bringing the area’s leading restaurants together to showcase their true culinary talent and unique take on the classic bloody mary.”

    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, Hebert’s Specialty Meats, Maple Street Biscuit Company, and Pizza by the Sea, as well as juice shots by Clean Juice. There will be local craft brews served by Grayton Beer Company along with champagne from the Bubbly Bar provided by Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard and Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard for guests to sip on. Guests will be able to cool off with newly added “boozy” popsicles provided by Swell Pops. A lounge area with additional seating and cornhole games provided by Rent Gear Here will be set up on the main lawn, along with SEC football streaming on the big screen provided by Tail Grayton courtesy of Insurance Zone.

    While sipping bloody marys, guests can enjoy a hydration station by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, a commemorative photo booth by Epic Photo Company 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 Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast.

    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 are 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. Too book your room, visit http://bit.ly/BloodyMaryFest2019.

    Bijoux Restaurant + Spirts will also be hosting a New-Orleans style brunch from 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. as part of the festival, with 10 percent of proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity – Walton County. Brunch will also include bottomless mimosas and a full-service bar. To make reservations, call 850-622-0760.

    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 $50. 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.

    Money raised during the 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 help us operate on a day-to-day basis and build homes for those who need it most. 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 which include 30A, 30AEats, 30A Television, The Beachcomber, Cumulus Broadcasting, Destin Life, Destin Log, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Emerald Ladies Journal, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Good Grit Magazine, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Inside the Gates, Land • Air • Sea Productions, The Local, Maho Shades, Maxine Orange, Mingle, Northwest Florida Daily News, Plantation Living, Proffitt PR, The Regatta Bay Way, SoWal Life, SoWal.com, Thirty A Review, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine, Visit South Walton, The Walton Sun, and Waste Management.

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    OneBlood to Host Two Blood Drives at The Market Shops in October

    WHAT:
    OneBlood will be having two Blood Drives in Miramar Beach in October, one hosted by Maple Street Biscuit Company on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 and the other, hosted by The Market Shops on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The OneBlood Big Red Bus®will be parked in The Market Shops parking lot, adjacent to Highway 98, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

    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 can donate blood. Photo ID is required. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.

    Those who donate blood on Saturday, Oct. 5 will receive a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company as well as a movie ticket that can be used at the AMC Theaters located in Destin Commons or at the New Vision Theaters Boulevard 10 located in Grand Boulevard Town Center.

    For the Halloween Blood Drive, taking place on Thursday, Oct. 31, all donors will receive a complimentary Halloween OneBlood t-shirt, a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, and 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice in The Market Shops.

    One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on May 17 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.

    ABOUT:    
    Located at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Market Shops is an upscale, neighborhood-style shopping, dining and entertainment center. The Market Shops is the Emerald Coast’s premier location for local and unique retailers, specialty boutiques, an array of eateries from casual to fine dining and signature annual events including The Bloody Mary Festival and more. For more information, visit www.themarketshops.com or find The Market Shops on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    WHEN:
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    WHERE:
    The Market Shops
    9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy
    Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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    The Market Shops to Celebrates Six-Year Anniversary with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

    MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla.(July 16, 2019) The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce for their Business After Hours event on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the six-year anniversary of the shopping center.

    The community is invited to explore The Market Shops outdoor shopping center while enjoying live music by Boukou Groove, as well as light bites and complimentary refreshments from The Market Shops merchants. Those attending will receive a punch card with a map of the lifestyle center outlining specific merchants to visit throughout the night. Guests will receive a stamp from each shop they visit on their pass card. Once the fully stamped card is returned to the check-in table, it will be entered in to the grand prize drawing featuring gift cards, baskets, special merchant products, and more provided by the merchants and participating Chamber members.

    In conjunction with the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, guests are also invited to celebrate the six-year anniversary of The Market Shops. The property underwent a major renovation at the beginning of 2014, which included significant exterior repair, courtyard and walkway redesign, as well as cosmetic enhancements such as landscaping. The lawn on the east side of the property has also been expanded and refreshed to host festivals, concerts and other special events, such as The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival and Free Fitness on the Lawn every summer.  The anniversary marks six years since the revamped and redesigned Market Shops opened to the public. This was the first renovation The Market Shops received since being built in 1985. Since then, the property has reestablished itself as a community location where locals and visitors alike come to shop, dine and spend time together.

    The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at The Market Shops is free for Chamber members and is $10 for non-members. For more information and to register for the event online, please visit the Chamber’s website at http://www.waltonareachamber.com.

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    The Market Shops to Host OneBlood Drive

    The Market Shops Blood Drive -July 2019
    WHAT
    : The Market Shops will host the OneBlood Drive on Friday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recently, The Market Shops May Blood Drive resulted in 19 units of blood which will benefit up to 57 patients. The OneBlood Big Red Bus® will be parked in The Market Shops parking lot, adjacent to Highway 98.

    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 can donate blood. A photo ID is required, and all donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including cholesterol screening.

    Donors will also receive a OneBlood t-shirt, a free mini iced cinnamon biscuit from Maple Street Biscuit Company, a kid’s scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, 10 percent off a purchase at Clean Juice, and a free sample along with 50 percent off any drink from Amavida Coffee Roasters located in The Market Shops. 

    One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated on July 12 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.

    ABOUT: Located at the entrance of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Market Shops is an upscale, neighborhood-style shopping, dining and entertainment center. The Market Shops is the Emerald Coast’s premier location for local and unique retailers, specialty boutiques, an array of eateries from casual to fine dining and signature annual events including The Bloody Mary Festival and more. For more information, visit www.themarketshops.com or find The Market Shops on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    WHERE: The Market Shops
    9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy
    Miramar Beach, FL 32550

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Taylor Sheekley
    (850) 460-7777
    Taylor@ProffittPR.com

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    The Market Shops Welcomes Hebert’s Specialty Meats to Tenant Mix

    The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, welcomes Hebert’s Specialty Meats to the shopping center.

    Owned and operated by true Cajun, Walter Hidalgo along with partners Sean and Kelli Louvierre, Hebert’s opened the first Emerald Coast location in June 2018. After knowing Sammy Hebert, the original founder of Hebert’s Specialty Meats, for 35 years, Hidalgo decided to bring his own part of the company to the Emerald Coast. After visiting the area since 1980, Hidalgo saw a need for true Cajun-style cuisine. His long-time experience as an entrepreneur and restaurant owner helped prepare him to bring Hebert’s to the Destin area and beyond.

    “It’s always been in the game plan to expand the store while having one home base that creates it all,” Hidalgo said. “In the next couple of years, I see us expanding our reach from Orange Beach, Alabama all the way to Panama City.”

    Hebert’s Specialty Meats originally opened in 1984 in Maurice, Louisiana. As the home of the original deboned stuffed poultry, Hebert’s offers all of the Cajun favorites including hot boudin, turduckens, boneless stuffed chicken, boneless stuffed turkey, shrimp or crawfish étouffée, shrimp and crab stuffing, andouille, crawfish pie, a variety of green onion sausages and much more all served daily.

    As their second location along the Emerald Coast, The Market Shops store front will serve as the satellite location bringing in fresh products every day from their anchor store located in Destin.

    “We are eager to welcome Hebert’s to the tenant mix here at The Market Shops,” said Rob Duncan, Vice President of CenterCore Properties. “Hebert’s signature, Cajun-style offerings have been well-received in the Destin market, and we are excited to bring them closer to residents and visitors in Miramar Beach and Sandestin.”

    Herbert’s offers easy grab-and-go options for customers to pick up on their way home from work or for and easy, yet flavorful week-night dinner. The store will also carry pre-cooked options that customers can easily heat up at home.

    “For the past year, we’ve been hearing from our 30A and Santa Rosa Beach customers that they have to fight constant traffic to get to us,” Hidalgo said. “The Market Shops is the perfect spot to end this problem. It is easily accessible to our customers and offers a valuable space for our product to be displayed.”

    Hebert's Specialty Meats at The Market Shops

    Hebert’s Specialty Meats will be open from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sunday. Hebert’s is located directly behind Jon Smith Subs adjacent to Sacred Heart Hospital. To learn more about Hebert’s Specialty Meats or to place an order visit hebertsdestin.com or call (850) 460-8885.

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