Community Briefs 10-23

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Bay Breeze Patio voted 2013 Best Outdoor Furniture Retailer

Bay Breeze Patio was recently voted “best outdoor furniture retailer” in Emerald Coast Magazine’s “Best of the Emerald Coast” featured in the October issue.

“We’re honored to be selected by the readers of EC Magazine for the second consecutive year as their top choice for outdoor furniture,” said Susan Kiley, co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio along with her husband, Wayne Paul. “We work hard to go the extra mile for our clients and we’re thrilled to know that it shows.”

Legendary Marine launches canvas, upholstery department 

Legendary Marine recently launched its expanded, in-house canvas and upholstery department designed to offer custom services to boaters and the general public alike.

“We had an outside vendor who handled our occasional customer requests for canvas, upholstery and fabrication activities,” said Tripper Crisp, director of service operations. “However, we’ve seen more customers wanting to refit their boats or add aftermarket canvas and upholstery options. We conducted our own in-house focus group among a group of customers and the feedback was compelling.”

For information, call 850-337-8310.

Gulfarium attains accreditation from IMATA

The Gulfarium was officially awarded accreditation at the annual IMATA conference in Las Vegas in September 2013.

The International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) is dedicated to advancing the humane care and handling of marine animals by fostering communication between professionals that serve marine animal science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.  

“The quality of care and dedication to our animals is of utmost importance to us,” says Patrick Berry, Gulfarium’s general manager. “This starts with providing an exceptional level of training for our animal care staff and we are honored to have been awarded recognition for our program.”

Dr. Roland Reeves named director of addiction services at Sacred Heart Hospital

Dr. Roland Reeves, MD, FACS, ASAM has been named the director of addiction services for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Dr. Reeves, MD is medical director of Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center and the South Walton Medical Center.

Dr. Reeves, MD treats addiction as a chronic disease; most treatment centers typically address it as an acute condition and do not include the necessary long term disease management.

According to Dr. Reeves, every treatment should include medical treatment by a hands-on addiction doctor combined with cognitive therapy and self-help.

“This complex disease involves changes in the structure and function of the brain. This requires not only therapists and peer groups, but the ongoing involvement of a physician,” said Dr. Reeves.  

Shelter House executive director awarded CFRE

Shelter House Executive Director Michelle Sperzel was recently awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. With this designation, Sperzel joins an elite group of fundraising professionals across the globe. Fewer than 300 fundraising professionals in Florida hold this credential and just 5,400 have achieved this goal worldwide.

“Working toward this certification was important to me not only for my own professional development, but also for the benefit of Shelter House as well,” said Sperzel. “Going through the process of earning the CFRE designation has sparked new ideas and equipped me with more tools that will enable Shelter House to help more women, children and men in our community.”

“Over her tenure as executive director, Michelle has shown tremendous dedication to the organization — expanding our services and developing supportive relationships within the greater community,” said Dawn Hoffman, Shelter House Board secretary and fundraising chair.

Today’s Boutique voted ‘Best Women’s Apparel Store’

Today’s Boutique has just received “Best Women’s Apparel Store” for 2013 by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. This is the 13th consecutive year it has been honored with the award.

Kim and Jim Dettle, owners of the store, have had much success in their retailing career with 33 years of partnership both in business and marriage. “We absolutely love what we do and enjoy the support of our loyal customers who have been shopping with us for all these years” said Jim.  “We have developed relationships with three generations of great customers.”

Kim and Jim attribute much of their success to their friendly, well trained staff and their frequent market trips to find the best eclectic mix of merchandise. The newest addition to the staff is their daughter, Kristin, who has taken to retailing naturally having grown up in it. She has just returned to the business after receiving her fashion merchandising degree from Florida State University.