NICK’S FLORIDA LANDSCAPPING LLC

Nick Horton has three passions: his daughter, his music and his landscaping.

“Landscaping is an art form in itself,” Horton said.

He opened his landscaping business in October 2017 after working with another company. He said he felt ready, but he also saw a specific need in the industry.

“Most landscape companies avoid cutting palms, and they’re constantly growing,” Horton said. “I love palms. I just like making them look good.”

In addition to caring for palm trees, Nick’s Florida Landscaping handles lawn and shrub care, irrigation and design.

“I like the idea of landscape architecture,” Horton said. “People who don’t know what they want to do, I like to offer ideas.”

Horton came to the area six years ago, finding his place as a local musician. His landscaping allows him flexibility to spend time as a dad and to put time into writing and performing his music.

LOCATION: you home or business

CONTACT HOURS: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Fridays

TELEPHONE: 618-610-8183

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Nicks-Landscaping

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CUPS & CONES

Visitors often ask for the names of the local places. Cups & Cones provides that in a main hub for tourists and locals alike.

“When I go vacationing, I don’t want to eat at a franchise,” said owner Bonnie Perry, who can often be found in the Cups & Cones shop in the mornings. “I’m trying to create a local experience.”

Perry said that because the Destin Commons features both the pick-up and go eateries and the sit-down restaurants, she sees Cups & Cones as a slow-down-to-enjoy spot. Located on the U.S. Highway 98 side of the Destin Commons, Cups & Cones serves locally produced Italian-style gelato and fresh-ground Italian coffee.

“I thought, ‘somewhere people can sit and get off their feet and enjoy something sweet,’” she said.

For those who crave something more, there are shakes, hot lava cake sundaes, frozen floats, mud pies, frozen tropical cake and more.

Perry also said that the coffee has added dimension to the menu.

“I’m really pleased with our coffee business,” Perry said. “It’s fresh-ground beans at the moment, and it’s put into the Italian presser.”

Since opening in April 2017, Cups & Cones serves espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, Americano and iced coffee. Perry also offers scones, pastries and rolls to go along with the coffee.

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays

LOCATION: 4100 Legendary Dr., next to Tervis

TELEPHONE: 424-3055

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/CupsandConesDestin