Regardless of the weather, the vendors at HarborWalk Village stay open selling everything from blown glass figurines, silly squishies--a new popular kid's toy, gourmet grilled cheese, and dragon's breath dessert balls.
Since it opened, HarborWalk Village has had an eclectic collection of vendors offering food, souvenirs and unique experiences. That collection has only grown over time.
Steve Rowe, owner of the flavored ice truck Kona Ice, has been parking at HarborWalk for seven years.
"We have our Flavor Wave on the side of the truck where the kids can make and mix their own flavors," Rowe said. "They love it."
Rowe's favorite flavored ice is a lemonade, with mango mix with strawberry coming in as a close second.
Nathalie Perez, who worked alongside Rowe in the truck, graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School and has been working at Kona for six summers. She is currently a student at Northwest Florida State College.
"My favorite flavor is definitely pink lemon sour," said Perez.
Next door to Kona Ice is the Say Cheese silver bullet air stream grilled cheese stand on wheels. The smells from the truck were dreamy--toasted buttered bread and melted cheddar cheese.
"We've been here a little over two years," said Steven Wilkinson. "We make gourmet grilled cheeses and are getting ready to add even more to the menu."
The grilled cheese truck's biggest, baddest sandwich on the menu is called the "Dirty South," which is packed full of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, American cheese and caramelized onions.
"It's between that one, the Dude Melt and the T.B.R. Those three are the most popular," Wilkinson said.
At the very end of HarborWalk, near AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar, is Gary Harris' Glass Blower stand.
"My father taught me how," said Harris, who chose to follow in his father's footsteps.
Little glass figurines of turtles, mermaids, bears and palm trees magnified the raindrops dotting the stand's mirrored counter top.
"The bestsellers are mainly the dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, stingrays--any sea creatures, really," said Harris.
Near Harris' stand is the Dragon's Breath stand. At first glance, it doesn't look like much. There are round little balls of different colors piled in glass jars on display, but on a sunny day, the line for these chilly treats snakes down the sidewalk.
"It's a nitrogen-infused dessert," said Matthew T., who worked the stand. "We take these corn puffs, add liquid nitrogen to them, get them nice and cold so when people bite into it, smoke comes out."
Matthew said that the nitrogen dessert craze started in South Korea and then spread to Los Angeles before coming to Destin. He demonstrated how to eat one of the nitrogen balls; popping it into his mouth and biting down, then blowing a steady stream of smoke out of his nostrils.
"It's really cold at first, but then it warms up as you keep chewing," he said.