Around Town June 2024

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Today’s Boutique Bids Farewell After 43+ Years in Business

Dettle Family Thanks Community by Hosting Largest Sale Ever
Todays Boutique StorefrontToday’s Boutique, your favorite fashion hotspot for 43 years, announces its retirement with a heart full of thanks and love for the community. Owners Kim and Jim Dettle, along with their daughter Kristin Dettle Humphrey, say farewell with style, laughter and a lot of memories. “This bittersweet decision comes with a huge mix of emotions. As we embark on this new chapter of our lives, our primary focus will be to spend more time with our loved ones and move on to new adventures. We feel that now is the right time to prioritize and enjoy these special moments,” said the Dettle family.

Since 1981, Today’s Boutique has been more than just a store—it’s been a place where fashion meets friendship and community. From launching initiatives like Destin Community Cares, fashion shows, Best in Destin events, monthly trunk shows and more, the Dettles have put their heart into the fabric of Destin’s culture. Many of their customers have been shopping with Today’s for their entire time in business and have become like family to them. The Dettles have always had a true passion for helping women look and feel their best.

Todays Boutique FamilyTo express their heartfelt appreciation and bid farewell in style, Today’s Boutique is having its largest sale in 43 years through June 22 or until everything is sold. “It is hard to say goodbye to a business that has been part of our family for over four decades. We are filled with gratitude for the incredible support and loyalty that our friends, customers and the Destin area as a whole have shown us throughout our many years in fashion,” said the Dettles. Call 850-865-5565 or visit www.todaysboutique.com.

Destin Forward Celebrates Beautification of Clement Taylor Park

On May 20, the Destin Forward Class of 2024 celebrated the completion of its class project, the beautification of Destin’s Clement Taylor Park, with a ribbon cutting. Improvements include educational signage, upgrades to the volleyball court and the planting of Florida native plants.

Destin Forward 2024Destin Forward, the Destin Chamber’s community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. In addition to the project, the class spent nine months touring and learning about Destin’s waterways, tourism industry, arts & culture, non-profits, environment, city programs and services, economic development, and military.

The Destin Forward Class of 2024 celebrated its graduation in May. Graduates include April Atkinson, Community Bank; Kasey Bebus, CJL Homes; Katie Cagle, Renasant Bank; Danny Collins, United Community; Anthony Collito, Scenic Stays; Wendi Davis, Eglin Federal Credit Union; Steve Farris, First Baptist Church of Destin & Preschool; Matt Means, Destin High School; Ana Michalzik, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Brad Monk, Destin Water Users, Inc.; Michael Moody, Emerald Coast Business Intermediaries; Kevin Pope, Regions Bank; Amy Roe, Pen Air Credit Union; Ryan Scott, City of Destin; Jordan Taylor, Leonardo DRS; Tamara Young, City of Destin; and Sabina Pennington, Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Program. Four class members, chosen by class vote, will join the Destin Forward Advisory Board for a 3-year term, where they will help steer the program for future classes. Those chosen include Kasey Bebus, Katie Cagle, Wendi Davis, and Tamara Young.
Destin Forward, a community education and leadership program, was created to help find and educate future city and business leaders. After a retreat in August, the class spent the next eight months touring and learning about Destin’s waterways, tourism industry, arts & culture, non-profits, environment, city programs and services, economic development, and military. With the graduation of this class, the total number of program alumni is now 253.
Applications are now available for the Destin Forward Class of 2025. For more information about the program, please call (850) 837-6241 or email mail@DestinChamber.com.

Red Day Capital Campaign Off to a Great Start!

At the heart of Keller Williams’ culture is its shared commitment to community service. Since May of 2009 the entire company of Keller Williams – from the U.S., Canada and abroad – sets aside the second Thursday in May to Renew, Energize and Donate within the communities they serve—culminating in RED DAY.

Recently, Phil Madden and Pat Clay joined a large group of Keller Williams Emerald Coast agents, all decked out in RED t-shirts to kick off its capital campaign at the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Walton Beach. “The kids had playground equipment alright, but it was unsafe to use for the past two and a half years. Imagine that,” said Pat. “We chose to remedy that on May 9th.”

“Some of us dismantled the old broken playground equipment and loaded it into a dumpster making room for the new equipment for which we will be raising money. Others got engaged in various other tasks around the facility to help prepare for their summer programs coming up,” she said. “We painted interior walls, installed floating shelves, cleaned and disinfected the Lego room, cleaned buses, power-washed the front entrance and more. We Renewed, Energized and Donated our time. Pausing to pose for pictures, the group was provided a cookout sponsored by Centennial Bank and Inspection Protection. A delicious lunch was provided for our agents, staff, and the B&GC Staff as well. Red Day is all about giving back to our community.”

“It’s a great start to the Capital Campaign,” said Pat. But, to replace the old playground equipment with new, exciting and safe equipment, we need to raise $200,000. You can help by visiting the link to learn how. The kids will love you.” https://secure.givelively.org/donate/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-the-emerald-coast-inc/fwb-youth-club-playground

Henderson Beach Named One of the Best in the World!

Henderson Beach State ParkDestin’s own Henderson Beach was recently named as one of the World’s 50 Best Beaches 2024, ranking #44! The World’s 50 Best Beaches, sponsored by Banana Boat, recently released its annual list of the best beaches in the world. The list is a collaboration with over 1,000 of the world’s leading travel influencers and professionals. Unlike any other list, The World’s 50 Best Beaches is based on the votes of their Beach Ambassadors as well as over 1,000 of the world’s most experienced and respected travel influencers and journalists. The beaches were ranked according to eight important criteria: unique characteristics, wildlife, untouched, soundtrack of nature, easy to enter the water, often calm water, not too crowded and frequency of idyllic conditions. View the full list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches 2024 at: https://worlds50beaches.com/top-50-worlds-best-beaches.

Destin Summer Camps and Senior Programs!

Destin Kids Camps and Senior Programs abound this Summer! There are a variety of Kids Camps such as Archery, Babysitting Safety, Cheerleading, Cooking and Serving, Football, Dance, Soccer and more. There’s also table tennis and senior programs including a Walking Club. Find the full list and register for camps and programs online at www.cityofdestin.com/reconline. For more information, call the Destin Community Center at (850) 654-5184.

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