It's difficult to tell whether Master Thomas Gordon or Master Gregory Bledsoe would win in a fight. That's because the two martial-arts instructors have worked on the same team for more than a decade. In that time, they've developed a teaching style that has caught the attention of the local and national press.
All the attention is warranted, because Masters Gordon and Bledsoe aren't just effective instructors—they're avid students of their craft. Gordon, for example, has attended countless tae kwon do seminars and camps, and he can articulately speak about the discipline's history as well as flawlessly demonstrate its self-defense techniques. Both instructors are also acutely aware of the real-life applications of tae kwon do and hapkido. Plenty of police officers have attended their classes looking to get a leg up on the next criminal, and kids and teens use their newly acquired moves to defend against bullies or rip up impossible math tests.
Tiki Nelson broke into the photography business in sixth grade, when he and a friend, inspired by high school yearbooks, shot photos for their own grade school yearbook. Since 1991, he's pursued photography professionally at Portraits by the Sea. Tiki generally sets his family photos and portraits in front of the stunning backdrop of Florida's beaches, but he also journeys to weddings and other events to capture memories with his camera.
The cleaning crew at Total Laundry Services’ dueling outposts champion textilian purity with a gauntlet of washing and dry-cleaning services. Total Laundry Services’ ablution authorities will bathe comforters of all sizes in waterless solvents before folding them into cuddly origami teddy bears. Like other dry-cleaned goods, comforters can pass through the shops' speedy washworks and onto superheroes’ napes within 24 hours Monday–Thursday, or emerge fresh-faced from weekend getaways by 6:00 p.m. on Monday.
The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music. On Sunday nights at the Fort Walton Beach location, a comedy show cranks up the revelry at 9 p.m. after the dueling pianos stop for a rest.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. The menu includes military specials and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 32-ounce booze buckets filled with fruit-flavored rum or other fruity libations. Honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Inside Posh Daisy Salon’s chic boutique confines, stylists Lisa Hammond and Melissa Bancroft get to work taming tresses for women, men, and children. For special events, the salon’s talented staff also performs elegant updos, airbrushed makeup, and semipermanent mascara treatments to make a wedding a memorable occasion, as opposed to weddings lacking color and personality or those attended by the Jason Bourne family.
Since 1992, Pitts Painting's licensed, bonded, and insured workers have nurtured homes and commercial buildings with painting, staining, screen repair, mildew removal, gutter cleaning, and a slew of other restorative services. They make interior painting jobs stress-free for homeowners, moving any necessary furniture before coating walls with two coats of paint. They ensure lasting satisfaction by prepping all surfaces first, washing away any sticky residue from old posters or playing horseshoe with glazed donuts.
At IronClad CrossFit, it’s not uncommon to see classes running in the sand on the beach, performing dead lifts in the gym, or flipping tires outside. Trainers Alex and Brett, who are both CrossFit-certified trainers, design a new Workout of the Day (WOD) each day for their clients. Although the WOD is never the same, it might incorporate a combination of various moves such as weightlifting, rowing, running, performing body-weight exercises such as pushups and pull-ups, or doing dips on suspended rings.