Bay County Broker of the Year for 2011, Karen Smith, who also happened to be named one of Panama City’s “Most Influential Women” has teamed up with some powerful players in Walton County real estate to take her signature “Beachy Beach” brand westward to Hwy 30A.
Known for her relentless enthusiasm and “love on them” leadership style, Broker Smith found the yin to her yang in Hilary Farnum, whose negotiating style and die hard dedication to her clients has made her the top producer for Watersound and one of the highest selling Realtors in the area.
The two women, though distinctly different are cut from the same cloth when it comes to their commitment to their customers and decided along with their husbands to join forces and align themselves as business partners so they could bring Beachy Beach to Hwy 30A in Seagrove Beach.
The brand new office space for the Beachy Beach 30A brokerage is in Seagrove Beach, just across from Lakeview Centre where Seacrest Dental is located. The unique design of the space was designed by the talented Jeff Margaretten of Margaretten Architectural, materialized by Jeff Brice of Hemingway Construction and made gorgeous by Roy Calvin Eure, owner of Cerulean Interiors on the west end of Panama City Beach.
Always one to believe in the more the merrier, the Smiths and Farnums reached out to new business owner Brittany Lee of SoWal Pilates, who is their next door neighbor at their 30A location. Brittany is the daughter of John Lee of John Lee Mazda in Panama City and has chosen to combine her love of fitness with her family given entrepreneurial spirit.
As the owner of SoWal Pilates, Brittany Lee is ready to share her passion for Pilates with the area with a state of the art studio full of the latest equipment.
“I’m very excited,” Lee said. “It was always my dream to come back to Florida and open my own business.”
Lee will be providing donation only mat classes the morning of the opening at 9 and 11 am.
When the ribbon falls, the party gets started as guests enjoy live music by Sean Dietrich courtesy of Hemingway Construction, hors d’oeuvres provided by Porath and Associates, P.A. and delectable desserts courtesy of Beach Community Mortgage.
Guests are encouraged to bring their business cards for fabulous drawings and giveaways, which include pet goodies from Bow Wow Meow Pet Company, a gift card from George’s, SoWal Pilates swag, clothing from Lulelemon, Zoom! Teeth Whitening courtesy of Dr. Dennis Lichorwic, and more.
Also in store for attendees, is a chance to help create a one-of-a-kind live art collaboration led by BEMA artists Mary Hong and Beeb Benson whose art will be showcased and available for purchase in both spaces.
As part of the night’s events, both SoWal Pilates and Beachy Beach 30A will be collecting donations for local charities. Beachy Beach will be encouraging attendees to make small donations ($1,$2, $3) to Alaqua Animal Refuge
. SoWal Pilates is partnering with Sinfonia Gulf Coast in support of their new collaboration with Sacred Heart’s Arts in Medicine initiative where Sinfonia musicians perform throughout the hospital’s Walton County campus during the next year.
Attendees will be creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art that will be auctioned off at the night’s end to benefit Sinfonia.
The new Beachy Beach 30A office and their new neighbor SoWal Pilates, which is only 2.5 miles from Seaside, is located at 5410 East County Highway 30A, Unit 102 in Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, the office can be reached at 850-231-3060.
With the grand opening just days away, Karen Smith is ready for the big celebration and elated about the expansion.
“There are lot of people right now shrinking their businesses, but we are growing. Sure, it’s a little adventurous, but if Barbara Corcoran says “expand before your ready” then Hilary and I are going to take her advice!”
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