Check out who's moving, opening, adding new product lines or expanding services at your favorite locally-owned businessesThe Fish House600 S. Barracks St., 470-0003, goodgrits.com The Fish House Restaurant, part of the Great Southern Restaurant Group, has received the National Restaurant Association's prestigious Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Florida. This statewide award honors restaurants that go above and beyond in community service. The recognition is for its work with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity to build more homes and serve more families year after year. The Fish House employees, friends and family volunteer regularly, donating their time and talents in various ways. The restaurant has mobilized more than 2,000 volunteer hours toward the construction of home for low-income families. In addition, The Fish House shares its marketing talents and media exposure to spread awareness about Habitat. The Fish House will now compete with other state winners across the country for the national award. Four national winners will receive $5,000 each to help support its charity of choice or community project. In addition to winning the awards, in September the national winners will be flown to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards at a special luncheon. For more information, contact Shelley Yates, Marketing Director for The Great Southern Restaurant Group, at 748-9001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culinary Productions, Inc.700 W. Main St., 469-0445, culinary-productions.net Culinary Productions, Inc. will host "Gourmet Buffett Night" at the new venue 5Eleven Palafox (located at 511 S. Palafox St.) on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in celebration of six years of full-service catering on the coast. Guests will enjoy a full dinner buffet (including appetizers, main course and dessert), complimentary drinks (including tea, sodas, beer, wine and signature cocktails), live music by artist Michael Lockwood, and a showcase of fine artwork by Ashton Howard. Tickets to the event are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit the Culinary Productions office at 700 W. Main St. or call 469-0445. The event is sponsored by Culinary Productions, Inc., 5Eleven Palafox, East Hill Guitar Center, Ashton Howard Fine Art and Waterboyz. For more information, contact Raela Villanueva, Events Coordinator, at 469-0445.
Painting With a Twist4771 Bayou Blvd., Suite C-11, 471-1450, paintingwithatwist.com/pensacola Painting With a Twist is now open in Pensacola. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture step by step along with a talented local artist that you will take home after the painting party is over. Their instructors will guide you through each step of recreating the featured picture, and you'll have painlessly created a piece of art before you know it. There are no commitments, so join them once a month or as many times as you'd like.
Pizzaz832 Gulf Breeze Parkway, 934-3436, pizzazgifts.com Pizzaz now has a large amount of new product arriving daily. Stop in early for the best selection of backpacks and lunch boxes for back to school Join Pizzaz's Facebook page for monthly deals for their Facebook fans only. This month's Facebook deal: Free personalization on all vinyl backpacks and vinyl lunch boxes while supplies last. Viki's Out of Town Sale: Viki's going out of town, and Pizzaz will be clearing out a large amount of inventory Sept. 3-6 to make way for new merchandise.
Will Call Sports Grille22 Palafox Place, 912-8644, willcallsports.com Will Call's Executive Chef Jay Ammons and Executive Sous Chef Jimmy Rip won this year's ARC Crab Cake Cookoff at Seville Quarter. Each year, chefs from around Pensacola come together to raise funds for ARC Gateway and compete for the title of best crab cake in Pensacola. More than two dozen teams entered this year's competition. Judges sampled the crab cakes and rated them on taste, sauce and presentation. Join Will Call any day of the week and taste their award-winning crab cakes for yourself. Get them for half off every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. during Happy Hour.