As I write this, it is end of February and the weather is absolutely perfect—sunshine and warmth with cool, gentle breezes. It really couldn’t get any better. This change in the weather gets me excited to get out in the world and do things—a stark contrast to my winter hibernation. Even my mood has become sunnier and more optimistic. Luckily, there’s plenty to do in the springtime in Pensacola, and March kicks off the season with a bang. From cycling through downtown’s open streets at the second annual Cyclovia to hitting the inaugural Gulf Coast Science Festival or Pensacola Little Theatre’s Cabaret fundraiser, there’s no shortage of fun to be had this month.
March also marks the opening of the long awaited 12th avenue restaurant Brew Ha Ha. Angela Walker’s vision is a truly inspired ode to Pensacola that locals and visitors alike will love exploring. Read all about the new restaurant that celebrates Pensacola’s history in fun and creative ways on page 19.
Backyard beekeeping is growing in popularity—it’s great for the environment, helps keep bee populations up, and gives you sweet honey. What’s the downside? On page 25, Will Isern talks to local beekeepers to get all the information you need to start a colony of your own.
In this issue, we also feature a truly unique downtown home. As we see downtown empty lots filling up with new homes, we haven’t seen a real variety in terms of home design. This home on West Chase is the exception. A stunningly modern design that feels right at home in the growing downtown area. It’s so refreshing to see such a unique and creative project come to fruition. I know you’ll love peeking inside this ultra-modern downtown home starting on page 28. I’m particularly in love with the outdoor space—what’s your favorite?
All this, plus our Business Climate section explores the ins and outs of building a new three mile bridge, the local oyster industry, and a vision for mapping the ocean floor. In our real estate section, On the Market, we explore the Pensacola Beach neighborhood and offer advice on a multitude of real estate topics.
I hope you enjoy the issue! Send thoughts, comments and ideas to Kelly@ballingerpublishing.com.