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Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal

Lucy Buffett creates a new ‘Destin’ation with opening of  second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, Florida

“I am absolutely thrilled to be opening LuLu’s in Destin, Florida. The positive reception we have received from the local community has been awesome. I can’t wait to share our special gumbo love and authentic Gulf Coast cuisine with the thousands of friends that journey to the Florida Panhandle every year.

via Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Employment outlook good in Panhandle, South Alabama communities – Pensacola Today

Locally, the new Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area, which includes all of Baldwin County, Alabama sits between the older Pensacola and Mobile metros and has 66,800 jobs.

While the Newgeography calculations use data going back to 2003, more recent years are weighted more heavily, so that 2014 is the single most important year in determining index values.

Looking at neighboring metros on this same index, the new Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area ranked highest, coming in 66th, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City ranked 163rd and 169th, respectively. Tallahassee ranked 221st, while Montgomery, Mobile and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula ranked 350th, 379th and 394th respectively.

via Employment outlook good in Panhandle, South Alabama communities – Pensacola Today.

New park’s opening ‘our way of coming back’ as Spanish Fort Town Center looks to add tenants to empty storefronts | AL.com

The approximately $2 million park on 3.5 acres features a splash pad, exercise areas, horseshoe pits, playground equipment and a large pavilion.

The park’s opening came on the same day Costco opened its store at the 650,000-square-foot McGowin Park shopping development off Interstate 65 near Hank Aaron Stadium.

It also comes as retail activity in the Eastern Shore increases as Daphne’s Jubilee Square, located across I-10 along U.S. 98, has experienced a post-recession resurgence.

via New park’s opening ‘our way of coming back’ as Spanish Fort Town Center looks to add tenants to empty storefronts | AL.com.

Toby Keith’s Bar And Grill Closes In Orange Beach

One of the Wharf’s most popular businesses is no longer open and could be in serious legal and financial trouble.

The front doors to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill are padlocked.

via Toby Keith’s Bar And Grill Closes In Orange Beach.

Jimmy John’s, Panda Express, Dunkin’ Donuts to be newest editions to Foley’s main highway | AL.com

The conga line of new commercial developments continues to grow on Alabama 59 in Foley.

On the heels of the grand opening of Academy Sports + Outdoors last week, Mayor John Koniar announced that Jimmy John’s, Panda Express and Dunkin’ Donuts will be coming to town.

via Jimmy John’s, Panda Express, Dunkin’ Donuts to be newest editions to Foley’s main highway | AL.com.

Memorial Day beach bookings outpacing prior years on Alabama coast, rental companies say | AL.com

Building on four years of record tourism growth, Baldwin County’s coast continues to be Alabama’s star attraction rolling into the Memorial Day weekend.

According to some of the area’s largest property management companies, spring break outpaced 2014 and last weekend’s Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores filled condos and beach houses to near capacity.

As of Wednesday, holiday weekend bookings were trending past last year’s numbers and were hovering over record levels for at least one company.

via Memorial Day beach bookings outpacing prior years on Alabama coast, rental companies say | AL.com.

$500 gift card seekers welcome Academy Sports in Foley; two cousins in front of line waited 12 hours | AL.com

A trip to get some Diet Coke turned into a spur-of-the-moment adventure for two cousins from Robertsdale who were first in line at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store opening in Foley on Friday.

Struck with a hankering to be among the store’s first 150 customers to receive mystery gift cards valued between $20 and $500, Destiny and Lauren Tompkins lined up at 8 p.m. Thursday for the 8:30 a.m. opening.

via $500 gift card seekers welcome Academy Sports in Foley; two cousins in front of line waited 12 hours | AL.com.

Hangout Fest beach access, road closures begin in Gulf Shores; see traffic map, schedule | AL.com

Gulf Shores city officials said the public beach access at Gulf Place and W. 2nd Street was closed at 10 a.m. Monday, as organizers begin setting up the grounds for this weekend’s Hangout Music Festival.

The city will gradually block off more streets and beach accesses throughout the week leading up to the three-day event, and Thursday’s Kick-off Party.

via Hangout Fest beach access, road closures begin in Gulf Shores; see traffic map, schedule | AL.com.

Fairhope expands sign regulations to police jurisdiction | AL.com

Driven by a need to guide growth within its police jurisdiction, the Fairhope City Council on Monday approved a standalone sign ordinance.

The ordinance gives the city more enforcement power over signs in areas, such as the Alabama 181 corridor, that are in Fairhope’s police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.

via Fairhope expands sign regulations to police jurisdiction | AL.com.

Baldwin County sees 4th consecutive record tourism year in 2014 with 5.7 million visitors | AL.com

Baldwin County and its beach cities notched another record year for tourism in 2014, attracting 5.7 million visitors who left behind an estimated $2.8 billion in the local economy.

The figures, based on an annual study conducted by the Alabama Tourism Department and Auburn University-Montgomery, were shared by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism President and CEO Herb Malone during the 2015 Tourism Summit on Tuesday.

via Baldwin County sees 4th consecutive record tourism year in 2014 with 5.7 million visitors | AL.com.

HGTV’s Joanna Gaines, Bay Minette’s Standard Furniture strike licensing deal | AL.com

Standard Furniture has reached a long-term licensing agreement with Joanna Gaines to market her new product line, “Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines,” as a fully independent division of the Bay Minette-based company.

Gaines, the co-host of HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” owns and operates Waco, Texas-based Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Market with her husband Chip. Per the arrangement, the new product line will share limited operations such as warehousing and distribution with Standard Furniture Corp., Furniture Today reports.

via HGTV’s Joanna Gaines, Bay Minette’s Standard Furniture strike licensing deal | AL.com.

Baldwin County Economic Development Foundation lands $10,750 grant | AL.com

The Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation’s efforts to track economic development and job creation initiatives across the county have received a $10,750 boost from the Community Foundation of South Alabama.

The foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, will use the Economic Opportunity Priority Area grant funds to implement a cloud-based software tracking system.

via Baldwin County Economic Development Foundation lands $10,750 grant | AL.com.

‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com

Knowing that growth to the east is inevitable, Fairhope city leaders are looking to gain more oversight of the municipality’s outlying areas, specifically the Alabama 181 corridor.

To that end, the council is ready to vote on a measure on May 11 that will give the city authority to enforce its sign ordinance in its police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.

via ‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com.

8 eats in Alabama that are more than food – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Lambert’s Cafe – Foley

Headed to the beach? Stop on the way and catch a roll. Lambert’s Cafe is the “Home of Throwed Rolls” located in Foley, just before you get to the beach in Mobile. The waiters might play a few tricks on you – pretending to squirt you with ketchup and mustard or dump macaroni in your lap – but it’s all fun and games and food at Lambert’s.

via 8 eats in Alabama that are more than food – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL.

Ship-themed restaurant in works near Waterville,

A  local investor paid $805,000 for more than 2 acres with 300 front feet on Gulf Shores Parkway near Waterville USA in Gulf Shores and will seek city approval to develop a ship-themed restaurant there, according to Realtors. Ken Crabtree and Bob Shallow of REMAX Paradise represented the buyer and sellers.

A local investor paid $235,000 for 1.760-square-foot building at 19130 Scenic 98 in Fairhope, and plans to open a retail business, according to Spence Monroe of Ashurst & Niemeyer.

Lotus Spa & Nails has leased 1,400 square feet in Magnolia Place/Publix Center on U.S. 98 in Daphne, according to Sharon Wright and Michael Wilson of White-Spunner Realty.

via Montego’s leases space in downtown Mobile, ship-themed restaurant in works near Waterville USA | AL.com.