By Victoria Ostrosky Bob retired to his man cave to relax and deal with some pressing paperwork. His boys were still home from school for the Christmas holiday playing with their new toys, and his wife Tonya was out returning some gifts and spending quality time with friends. With a few...
By Chris Balzer I have been in the home improvement industry for over 17 years and have heard just about all the sales gimmicks and cheeky techniques used by sales people to wow customers.  One slightly stretched story I heard about radiant barrier is that radiant barrier was developed by...
Podcasting - It's a hot term right now. audio and video versions have evolved into juggernauts. So what is a podcast? A podcast, whether just audio, or video, is a series of episodes on a particular topic or niche, of interest to a specific audience. More recently, there has been...
By Victoria Ostrosky Stacy loved the holidays and planning parties! Every year she hosted a Christmas party inviting her closest friends and family. And every year it was a different theme. Last year was Wear your Ugly Sweater, and the year before was Bring an Ornament to Share. This year, Stacy...

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By Chris Balzer May this Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.  This is sincere and we will speak or receive similar greetings this month. But for many, the holidays bring stress and not good tidings:  finding the perfect gifts and...
Jack Smith had a dream. A dream of retiring on the Emerald Coast, spending his days fishing in the turquoise waters. He looked forward to playing the Panhandle’s championship golf courses and after building a house on Lake Powell, settled in to begin his life of leisure. This well-designed...
By Ashley Vannoy Keeping a close watch on permits and the economic development efforts of a literal army of professionals we have across the panhandle, it is easy to identify prospective businesses both large and small that are coming to our area. An actual feasibility study is being performed by...
By: Rita L. Sherwood 23 years and counting in the health care insurance industry, spanning three generations as a family business, Billy Drennan and his wife, Angelea grew up in insurance and know no other industry. That’s a good thing, especially when it comes to trying to navigate the often...
By Chris Balzar I once heard that the definition of maturity is deciding to do things you don’t want to do because they need to get done. If that’s true, then most of us are super mature. We all have our own lists of things we don’t want to do...
By Rita L. Sherwood Andrea Mandel and her family have owned property here since the 1950s. A proud Auburn alumni with a degree in education, Andrea says, “I have been blessed to grow up on the beach.” Her family has all moved back to the local area and she says,...

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