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Posted on Jul 01, 2019 in Summer Specials , July-August 2019 , merchants

La Vie Est Belle showcases its jewelry artists during First Friday ArtWalk. Photo by Dawn Chapman Whitty

SEASIDE® merchants offer summer specials by Wendy O. Dixon

Seaside has become a hugely popular destination since its early days when there were only a few modest cottages lined along a couple of dirt roads. Since gaining international recognition, including mentions in several national publications, Seaside has experienced a rise in visitors, especially during the summer months. With new shops, merchandise, activities and menu items, Seaside is working to make your summer even more special.

First Friday ArtWalk at La Vie Est Belle

Every First Friday of the month, from 5 to 9 p.m., La Vie Est Belle celebrates Wendy Mignot and all artists showcased in their beautiful jewelry gallery, during the First Friday ArtWalk. Collections include Dawn Chapman Whitty, Shipwreck and Ancient Coins by Lost Galleon, Merry Beth Myrick, Violeta Mignot, Zak Mignot and Nicolai Mignot of Mignot Tribe.

As a pioneer of the original First Friday ArtWalk that started in Ruskin Place and as a long-time merchant of Seaside, Wendy Mignot enjoys reviving our local art scene by bringing a fun and exciting event shaped by local artisans and designers.

First Friday ArtWalk at Anne Hunter Galleries

Anne Hunter Galleries, located at 25 Central Square, features photography, primitive and folk, contemporary and surrealist art, and artisan furnishings. Openings are from 6 to 8 p.m., in conduction with First Friday Art Walk.

July 5: Cody Copeland Contemporary Abstract Artist

Cody Copeland aims “to give presence to the intangible,” he says, describing the practice of expressing his feelings such as empathy, security, self-sufficiency and joy through an abbreviated visual vocabulary.

The inspiration for the current collection, called Empathy & Color, materialized while Copeland resided in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco and made frequent trips to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It was there that the painter became enamored with the art of the Bauhaus art movement of the early 1900s, drawing inspiration from artists like Hilma af Klint and Paul Klee.

An established singer-songwriter, storytelling comes naturally for the multifaceted artist. “The expression of lyrics and poetry are a simplified way of communicating a complex concept,” he explains, “it is now my ambition to also master this process as a painter, using primary shapes and an expressive color palette.”

The artist is originally from Freeport, Fla., and currently resides in Pensacola where he continues to produce music and create art.

August 2: Bailey Miller Contemporary Abstract Artist

Bailey Miller is a diverse medium artist and an all around Renaissance woman. A native of Georgia, she studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is accomplished in an array of mediums ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and landscape design. She currently resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and works full time as an artist and landscape consultant. Learn more at

Austin Magee’s Surf School

The waves of the Gulf make this spot of the country an ideal place to learn to surf. Kids Surf & Beach Camp is open in Seaside throughout the summer, depending on weather and surf conditions. Budding surfers or aspiring marine biologists can explore the waves and learn about tides, marine life and coastal ecology with the help of surf instructor Austin Magee. Sign up for surfing lessons with Austin Magee Surf School at, and check out his Facebook page for additional information, photos and rave reviews.

45 Central Wine and Sushi Bar

Famous for its plentiful supply of choice wines, as well as sushi and small plates, 45 Central also serves paella every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday night. New this summer, 45 Central Wine and Sushi Bar will be offering a superfood focused breakfast and lunch, including Açaí bowls, grain bowls and assorted toasts, as well as house-made poké and sushi. The tree-canopied courtyard just outside the restaurant, is the perfect spot to listen to live music by Cadillac Duo every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. or sip, savor and socialize anytime.

Bud & Alley’s Beach Bar

Named among the 10 Best Beach Bars in Florida by Coastal Living magazine, this little beach bar provides the same friendly service as its flagship, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant. The menu includes picnic favorite foods and creative cocktails, frozen drinks, ice cold beer and wine. “A true beach bar means never having to kick the sand off your feet,” says founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb. “I am thrilled to be able to offer so much just steps from the Gulf. It just does not get any better than that.” The food menu includes Bud & Alley’s famous crab cakes, smoked tuna dip, grilled fish sandwich and peel-and-eat shrimp, as well as Certified Angus burgers and more. On the drinks menu, Bud & Alley’s mojito, a refreshing blend of rum and mint, is perfect as a beachside cocktail. New this summer is the blood orange margarita, made with Herradura Silver Tequila and Solerno Orange Liqueur. The beach bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Yoga at the Seaside Amphitheater

Yoga is a great way to address your body’s needs, say certified yoga instructors Craig and Nancy McLaughlin, who teach yoga classes at the Seaside Amphitheater during the summer. With classes designed for all levels of students, it aids in resetting your posture, tackling your aches and pains and strengthening and lengthening the muscles of the body.

The McLaughlins are yoga teachers and massage therapists, and have taught yoga in Seaside for more than 20 years. They teach alignment-based yoga and have studied in the U.S. with many senior level teachers. “When someone comes to our classes, we are going to help them understand the poses on a very deep level,” Craig McLaughlin says. “Alignment and refinement is the key to the asanas (yoga poses). We address the discomfort and limitations of the body in the postures and use props such as yoga blocks and blankets and straps to make postures safe and approachable to all levels.

The yoga duo teaches summer yoga classes on the Seaside Amphitheater stage through Labor Day. Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with a cost of $15 for the drop-in rate. Yoga mats and props are provided on site. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. For more information call (850) 960-7998.

Amavida Coffee Roasters

Known for its locally roasted Fair Trade coffees and commitment to fair and sustainable trade relationships for the benefit of farmers and their communities, Amavida Coffee Roasters celebrates 15 years in business by moving to its new location on the block of 25 Central Square.

In addition to its hot drinks, Amavida offers a wide selection of iced coffee and iced tea for a refreshing coolant on a hot day. This summer, Amavida expands its food menu, starting with new grab-and-go offerings, as well as a selection of new wines by the bottle and glass, and local craft beers on tap.

The coffee shop partners with neighboring Anne Hunter Galleries, featuring wall art by local artists, and taking part in hosting the ArtWalk on the first Friday of each month.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 15 years in business as a local coffee roaster and are so very grateful to the patrons in our community who have made this possible, Seaside having been our home to one of our cafes for over 10 years,” says Jennifer Pawlik, program manager and benefit officer at Amavida.

The Seaside Style®

The Seaside Style® specializes in Seaside® branded clothing and other merchandise. As a patriotic Seaside® tradition, the store designs a new Seaside® Classic Independence Day T-shirt to celebrate July Fourth in Seaside. The limited edition shirt is designed anew each year with a theme that celebrates America. Sizes range from infant to adult.