Celebrating a Milestone

Celebrating a MilestoneBy Wendy O. Dixon, Editor

As you may have noticed on our cover, Emerald Coast Magazine is commemorating our 10th anniversary this year. Looking back, we’ve come a long way since we started out as a quarterly magazine at a humble 52 pages. But our focus has not changed. We still strive to bring you the stories that shape the Emerald Coast and highlight the people who make this place so special.

Over the past year, we’ve pored over all the back issues of the magazine. We celebrate this special anniversary issue by sharing with you some of the most noteworthy and memorable stories from the past decade.

Check out our “10 Memorable Headlines,” “10 Familiar Faces” and “10 Places You Couldn’t Go 10 Years Ago,” and you’ll recall how much this area of Northwest Florida has grown over the past decade. We’ve also asked some local folks for “10 Great Ideas for the Future.”

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we are also excited to bring you 10 of the “Top Singles of the Emerald Coast.” You sent in a slew of nominations, and we had a hard time narrowing the prospects down to 10.

The best part of my job as editor is making congratulatory calls to the winners. And I was thrilled to get acquainted with each of them. During our photo shoot at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, we had the most perfect spring weather as we shot photos of the singles for our feature. With the help of area stores and stylists, our top 10 spent the day wearing the hottest fashions for the photo shoot. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did.

Special thanks to the following vendors for helping with our Top Singles shoot:

  • Avantgarde Salon and Spa
  • Coco’s by M. Cline
  • Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Jos. A. Bank at Destin Commons
  • Jos. A. Bank at Pier Park
  • Luxe Apothetique
  • Luksus Clothing
  • McCaskill and Company
  • Porsche of Destin an All Pro Imports Company
  • Private Gallery
  • Reeds Jewelers
  • Teena Haven A Ladies Boutique
  • Today’s Boutique
  • The Village Boutique
  • Vandegriff Jewelers

We’re looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond. Cheers to another decade!