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Small Cakes Opens Test Kitchen and Corporate Headquarters in Seacrest

Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery has found a new home in Seacrest Beach, Florida. The critically-acclaimed tastemakers will be offering the world’s finest cupcake and ice cream experience, in addition to rolling out fresh concepts, to over 170 franchise locations across the globe. The Seacrest Beach headquarters will serve as the corporate test kitchen and training facility for the entire franchise, renowned for using creative flavors, quality ingredients, and friendly service to make treats families love. Dubbed Smallcakes 30A, the new corporate office and test kitchen is located at the Villages of South Walton. The concept store bakes 18 flavors of cupcakes fresh from scratch daily and churns out 15 flavors of small batch ice cream, setting the model for franchises across the business. Customer favorites include Birthday Cupcakes topped with mounds of colorful sprinkles, and Salted Caramel ice cream. New to the menu is the Smallcakes Smash, a gourmet cupcake smashed between two scoops of ice cream. Rich concoctions the likes of a peanut butter cupcake smashed between one scoop each of chocolate and peanut butter ice cream are happy making indeed. Smallcakes 30A also fills special orders for catering, birthday parties, weddings and events. “I really think our concept goes well with the lifestyle here. We are a simple product kind of like the simple beach life… and for those hot summer months, we have AMAZING ice cream,” said owner Jeff Martin. Others would agree. Smallcakes has been recognized by a slew of national media outlets. Martin famously forgot to add the pumpkin to his pumpkin cardamom cupcake during an elimination challenge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Despite the blunder, the judges still thought it was one of the best cupcakes they’d ever tasted, putting Smallcakes in the spotlight. Martin and his cupcakes went on to be featured on the hit daytime TV show The View. USA Today named Smallcakes one of 10 Great Places to Bite into a Gourmet Cupcake, and Restaurant Business listed them as one of the Future 50 fastest-growing small chains in America. Martin recently published Buttercream Dreams, a cookbook featuring 30 of his favorite recipes for iced cupcakes, ice creams and sweet treats that are fun to make and easy to follow. In its pages, Martin shares his experiences starting Smallcakes, creating new flavors, forgetting the pumpkin, and the inspiration behind it all, his family. “My family and I have been coming down to 30A for about 15 years and love the area. My wife and I actually got married on the beach here about 16 years ago. We have a home in Inlet and it makes our family happier when we are down here. So we decided to pack up and move from Kansas and the opportunity for a space came available. We have said for years we would love to open our concept down here when we could. So it was really just a perfect storm,” said Martin. Smallcakes 30A is located at the Villages of South Walton in Seacrest Beach. Winter hours are 10 am – 8 pm Monday-Saturday, and closed on Sundays (until Summer). To place an order, call 850-213-4037. For more info, visit Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery and follow them on Facebook. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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SATURDAY: Superheroes Wanted for Capes and Crowns 5K and Fun Run

Get ready to dress up as your favorite superhero or glittering princess — the Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K is back at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School. Packet pick-up occurs the day before the race on Friday, November 4, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church and also on race day, Saturday, November 5, from 7 – 8:30 am at The Village of Baytowne Wharf located. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Half Mile Fun Run at 10 a.m. Click here to register online. Kids can also enjoy face painting by Abrakadoodle, superhero and princess appearances from Enchanted Parties, a family-friendly post-race party with games, snacks and treats provided by Another Broken Egg, Smallcakes and Menchies. There will complimentary post-race craft beer from Grayton Beer Company. Prizes and medals will be awarded to two overall finishers of 5K race (Overall Male/Overall Female). There will be no refund if race is cancelled due to weather. This is a pet friendly event. Registered participants are welcome to participate in the Half Mile Fun Run with their 5K bib (no need to buy two registrations per person). Strollers and pets are welcome to join the fun too! For more info, or to register, click here. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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SATURDAY: 30A’s Year-End Clearance and More at Gulf Place Yard Sale

The 30A Company will again have some of our lowest marked-down merchandise of the year at the Gulf Place Community Yard Sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll have a mix of past-year’s 30A Gear styles in men’s and women’s, including our short-sleeve burn-outs and specialty design t-shirts. And our famous 30A sweatshirts will be available for only $20, the lowest price yet! We’ve got to make room for some new colors and styles, so it’s a great opportunity to help us clear our shelves and stock yours. These prices are not available anywhere else, so don’t miss it. This year’s Gulf Place Community Yard Sale will have a mix of new arts and crafts and one-of-a-kind treasures and trinkets to buy from various South Walton vendors. It’s great spot to stock your shelves or find that perfect Christmas gift. The sale is free and open to the public. Learn more at the yard sale’s Facebook page. Hope to see you out there! [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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30A Songwriters Festival a Huge Hit

The incredible eighth annual 30A Songwriters Festival is coming to a close, but The 30A Company team fanned out all week to bring you the best coverage, including video highlights, exclusive interviews, photos and much more. This year, the festival kicked it up a notch, with some high-octane performances from headliners Cheap Trick, Dr. John, Driving […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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New Luxury Apartments Offer Long-Term Rentals in South Walton

South Walton has plenty of beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, live music, delicious food … but one thing this area hasn’t had a lot of are long-term rentals. The LOFTS at Seacrest Beach aims to change that, offering premium apartment rentals for permanent residents and second homeowners seeking a beach lifestyle and idyllic location. The development is currently under construction minutes from Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, 30Avenue and all that Scenic Highway 30A has to offer. These one-, two- and three-bed apartments boast of a plethora of facilities — and they can be rented for an entire year for the price of a couple weeks of vacation rental. Amenities include private garages, swimming pools, a cardio center, private beach access, an outdoor summer kitchen, and outdoor fire pit, elevator access, a conference center and a club room. The development is also pet-friendly and will host social events for tenants. For more info, visit The LOFTS at Seacrest Beach or call 850-297-0424 to schedule a tour. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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30A Radio: Top 5 Reasons the 30A Music Scene Rocks

By Cory Davis We are so fortunate here in South Walton to have such a diverse music scene, driven locally by bands like Dread Clampitt, The Owsley Brothers, Heritage and The Forrest Williams Band. Add in big-city bands that frequent here from New Orleans, Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville, and you get a mix of music you really can’t find anywhere (except of course every day on 30A Radio). Here are five reasons the 30A music scene rocks: 1. Our venues are awesome. You can see bands up close and intimate or with a big crowd. Live music spots include small funky places like the Red Bar and La Playa, open-air waterfront stages like at The Bay and big, outdoor amphitheaters like the one in Seaside. And if you haven’t checked out one of the newest venues, The Hub 30A, it boasts a 25-foot LED Jumbotron and can host up to 700 people. 2. Free Music. Almost every venue offers free music with no cover charges and it’s all year round. Seaside, Alys Beach, Gulf Place and Sandestin all have weekly free concert series throughout the year and feature local or out-of-town bands. The concerts are always family friendly and located in some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the area. 3. 30A Songwriter Festival. How lucky are we to have this festival each year in South Walton? Really lucky. Every January, you can catch hundreds of songwriters in venues from Rosemary to Grand Boulevard. Drew Holcomb, Bob Schneider, Grace Potter, wow. Some of the most fun venues are right in Seaside like Central Square Records, The Rep and Bud and Alley’s. Note: Tickets always sell out fast. Grab yours today! 4. Celebrity Sightings. Have you ever bumped into Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, Sara Evans or Zac Brown? Well you may if you hang out on 30A. Many songwriters love this area for vacation — and inspiration. Sometimes they even sit in with a local band or two. 5. Collaborations. How cool is it to see two local bands merge for fun? It’s a special treat to see Dread Clampitt and Forrest Williams come together as Dreaded Forrest or Cadillac Willy merge with other local rock stars for The Cadillac Specials with an evening of music by the Grateful Dead. 30A Radio gets the opportunity to record a lot of the music listed above. Check out our live music playlist on soundcloud at soundcloud.com/30aradio. We also insert songs from these shows into our daily streaming playlists on 30A Radio. You can listen to 30A Radio inside the free 30A.com App for iPhone, iPad and Android, on Apple TV, or simply on any browser at 30Aradio.com. Cory Davis is the general manager of 30A Radio, a free online radio station that streams live from the beach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This article originally appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The Seaside Times. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Witches of South Walton Have Something Brewing

The Witches of South Walton — an organization devoted to assisting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) — will host their 13th annual Witch Ride down Scenic Highway 30-A on Monday, October 31, 2016, at 6:30 a.m. Last year, nearly 240 Witches participated in the event and raised over $6,200 for Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Here are a few of the event’s highlights: The Witches Brew When: Thursday, October 27 Where: La Playa at Gulf Place Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration at La Playa in Gulf Place from 5 – 8 p.m. Drink specials will be offered for all participants and Forrest Williams Band will play live. Raffle tickets will be sold only at Witches Brew to win a Custom Designed Witch Hat. The participants must be present to win at 8 p.m. Halloween Masquerade Party When: Saturday, October 29 Where: Trebeaché at Red Fish Village Trebeaché and Grayton Beach Catering are hosting the Halloween Masquerade Party with 10% of the ticket sales being donated to Children’s Volunteer Health Network in the name of the Witches of South Walton. The event will feature music by Randall Bramblett Band, The Steenos with Franko Washboard Jackson. There is also a costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd& 3rd places. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50.00 or at the door for $60.00. Wake-Up Witches! When: Monday, October 31 Where: The Green at Gulf Place Paris Janos will be on the Green at Gulf Place reporting live for News Channel 7 from 5 – 7 a.m. 30A Radio will also cover the event again this year. All witches are encouraged get up early to be seen on T.V. 13th Annual Witch Ride When: Monday, October 31 Where: The Green at Gulf Place Information and final announcements will be made at 6:30 a.m. At this time all Witches must be with their bike prepared to ride. The charity bike ride starts at 7 a.m. sharp where all Witches will promptly leave Gulf Place as a group. Resting Stop The Witches ride to Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack to line up on 30A and greet spectators. Stinky’s will provide FREE water and $3.00 Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and a special Witches Brew. Gathering Brunch When: Monday, October 31 Where: La Playa at Gulf Place The Witches ride back to Gulf Place at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy the Gathering Brunch, contests, and raffle ticket drawings on the patio at LaPlaya. The Gathering Brunch includes a selection of pastries, fruit, bacon and eggs accompanied with Mimosas (limited to 3) and a cash bar. $50 prizes will be given to the Witch with the ‘Best Decorated Bike’, ‘Best Witch Costume’ and ‘Best Witch Cackle’. Raffle items graciously donated by local businesses. This year, Witches of South Walton will have online registration and payment. The online registration can be completed at www.WitchRide.com. Ticket cost is $30 and includes a charity bike ride from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp complete with a Gathering Brunch at LaPlaya. Tickets can be purchased online at www.witchride.com. For more info, visit Witches of South Walton or follow them on Facebook. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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THURSDAY: Taste the Flavors of 30A at Caliza Benefit Event

The Taylor Haugen Foundation will hold their seventh annual Savor The Season fundraiser on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This culinary experience has grown to become one of the most popular events on 30A and benefits the foundation’s efforts to make sports safer for middle- and high-school-aged athletes. Situated around the Caliza Pool at Alys Beach, Savor The Season features twelve of the area’s finest chefs who showcase their culinary talents with signature dishes. Each signature dish is paired with a fine wine or craft beer. The evening culminates with an exciting live auction and entertainment provided by national recording artist Michael J. Thomas. Our new 30A Wines will also be featured at the event. The participating restaurants include Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Caliza Restaurant, Restaurant Paradis, Nola Boiling Company, Bake My Day Destin, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, CHL Signature Catering of 30A, Culinary Catering 365, Stinky’s Fish Camp, and George’s at Alys Beach. The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after an injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008. Proceeds from Savor The Season help support the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s YESS (Youth Equipment for Sports Safety) Program. The primary goal of the YESS Program is to reduce the number of sports-related abdominal injuries in middle and high school athletes. Working directly with school administrators, the THF Board of Directors actively participate in a variety of meetings and activities to present the benefits of wearing sports safety equipment. Through collaboration with vendors, the YESS program provides interested middle and high school athletic teams with matching grants to purchase state -of-the-art safety equipment. Tickets for the event are $75 per person in advance and be purchased online at www.thfsavortheseason.org. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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30A 10K Aims to Help with Fire Prevention

The 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is raising funds this year to save lives and property in South Walton County. Nearly $2.4 million in property damages occurred last year due to fires in South Walton. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher could help save lives and property, but far too few people know how to use them. This year, the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race in Rosemary Beach is looking to help change that. The race is raising funds to purchase a state-of-the-art fire extinguisher training system for the South Walton Fire District. This new system will vastly expand the number of people the fire district can teach to use fire extinguishers. It will allow the fire district to conduct a training for any business, health care or child care facility or community group in South Walton. “By having fire extinguisher knowledge, anyone can potentially stop a small fire from spreading into a large fire,” said Fire Marshall Sammy Sanchez. “This can reduce loss of life, property damages and certainly reduces loss of business income.” The South Walton Fire District provided fire extinguisher training to more than 2,000 workers in South Walton last year. But one of their biggest obstacles to training more people is that their current system must be used outside and is contingent on weather conditions. Sanchez discovered a better solution and with the help of funds raised through the 30A 10K the district will soon be able to train many more people and potentially save more lives. The “Bulls Eye” Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System allows the Fire District to train the public in any location, indoors or out, quickly and without a mess. The system electronically simulates the sight and sounds of a real fire and allows trainees to use a “laser” fire extinguisher to practice putting out the fire. The LED flames and laser extinguisher are easy to set up, clean up and use repeatedly for practice. After a training session, participants can see their accuracy and response time. “Fire has no boundaries, fire is not racist, fire does not care how much money you have or don’t have. Fire destroys everything it reaches,” Sanzhez said. “Our job is to stop fires before they happen. If that cannot be accomplished, then at the very least, we can limit the dangers and the damages by arming our customers with fire extinguisher knowledge and know how. This is the sole reason this fire extinguisher system is important to South Walton Fire District and all of our customers that we serve.” The 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is a 501c3 event held on Thanksgiving Day in Rosemary Beach. The mission of the event is to raise funds for local charities. This year, in addition to the South Walton Fire District, the race is raising money to support Anchorage Children’s Home, The Walton County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. For more info on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit 30A10K.com. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Dont Miss The REP’s Fall Play Series — Through Nov 4

The REP, Northwest Florida’s premier professional theatre company, has a new fall play series running through November 4. Nicholas Collett and Gavin Robertson, the England-based creative team behind The Six Sided Man, has produced numerous collaborative works for theatre since the ‘80’s. The series also includes a hilarious James Bond spoof and a fun take on Shakespeare. The following plays will be showcased: The Six Sided Man When: October 18, 22, 25 & 28; November 1 & 4 Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets After a sell out performance this spring at The REP with Escape to Create, Nicholas Collette and Gavin Robertson return with The Six Sided Man, an adaptation of the Luke Rhinehart cult classic novel, The Dice Man. The Six Sided Man tells the story of a psychiatrist who begins making life decisions based on the casting of the die. In its 30th anniversary year, this internationally toured production offers new audiences an opportunity to be seduced by chance! Following performances in USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Central America and more. Bond: An Unauthorized Parody When: October 19 & 26; November 2 Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets Bond: An Unauthorized Parody focuses its attention on the James Bond phenomenon, spoofing the movies eagerly awaited by millions, and exploding every cliche in the books solo! Bond meets his greatest arch-villain yet – Ian Fleming himself! Along with a French sidekick, the usual female companion, a time-machine and the smallest car-chase in theatre history! To date, this production has been seen in the UK, Eire, USA, Russia and Australia, but there is nowhere he can’t get to! Your Bard! When: October 20 & 27; November 3 Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets Your Bard! Begins as a TED Talk-style lecture that explores the controversy centered around the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. The modern-day investigation of history is interrupted by The Bard himself as he kicks the door off the hinges and defends his reputation. Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe. Intermingled with a few of his greatest hits – and maybe a sonnet or a song for the lovers. Tickets are available online. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows start at 7:30 p.m. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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