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IN BUSINESS | Vol. 8, No. 25, July 3, 2008
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EIMAJ OPENS DOWNTOWN Eimaj, which offers spa and aesthetic services, is located in a renovated 1920s home at 1506 W.

JANDLES OPENS IN GULF BREEZE Jandles sells high-end candles made from 100 percent palm wax that are made right in the tropical-themed store.

The candles come in more than 70 different scents, such as lemon grass sage and fresh cut roses, and they are available in a variety of sizes.

Jandles also sells indoor fountains and a variety of other gift items, such as wooden coastal carvings handmade by local artist Jeff Wheelock.

Jandles is located at 3045 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Call 565-0714.

PIZZAZ! SETS UP SHOP IN GULF BREEZE The store features personalized gifts and accessories and monogramming. Pizzaz! is located at 3055 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Call 934-3436.

LOCAL ATTORNEYS NAMED FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS Four attorneys from Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon have been recognized as "2008 Florida Super Lawyers."

The annual Super Lawyers listing features leading attorneys in more than 60 areas of practice. Florida Super Lawyers are chosen by their peers, a blue ribbon panel review and through the independent research of Law & Politics. The distinction is reserved for the top 5 percent of Florida attorneys in their respective areas of practice.

Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon's 2008 Super Lawyers are partners of the firm and have practiced law in Pensacola for more than 138 years collectively. The attorneys are: Alan B. Bookman, Real Estate Law; Al G. Condon, Jr., Civil Litigation Defense; Patrick "Rick" Emmanuel, Jr., Business/Corporate Law; and Robert A. Emmanuel, Construction Litigation.

Visitors to the Super Lawyers Web site, www.superlawyers.com, can search the entire list by name, geographic location or area of practice.

LOCAL ATTORNEY TO HELP LEAD AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Crystal Spencer, Esq. was elected to the American Heart Association's Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors at the organization's recent Leadership Summit in St. Petersburg. She is slated to serve on the board during the association's 2008-2009 fiscal year.

Spencer is a partner with Lozier, Thames, Frazier, Spencer & Schlieter, P.A., specializing in Medical Malpractice Defense. She has devoted her time to the American Heart Association since 2002. Spencer has been especially devoted to helping Pensacola achieve Heart Ready status through the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in first responder vehicles and area schools.

The American Heart Association's Greater Southeast Affiliate services Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Spencer was also named a "Florida Super Lawyer-Securities Litigation" in 2006. She is chair of the Pensacola Charter Review Commission.

She resides in Pensacola with her husband, Brian K. Spencer.

LOCAL BROKER JOINS EXIT REALTY Robin Verge, CCIM, now works in Exit Realty NFI's Commercial Division.

With over 16 years of experience in the Pensacola area, Verge brings to Exit a wealth of knowledge in the sales, leasing and management of commercial and investment real estate, according to an Exit press release.

The broker's civic involvements include serving as a Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida volunteer and a City of Pensacola Enterprise Zone Advisory Board member. She is also a mentor with Escambia County Schools' Take Stock in Children program.

Verge resides in East Hill with her two sons, Colin and Parker.

To contact Robin Verge, call Exit at 475-5880, her cell phone at 501-8788, or e-mail her at robinverge@cox.net.

WAVENET TECHNOLOGIES TO HOST FREE DISASTER RECOVERY SOLUTIONS SEMINAR Senior Engineer Paul Shave will present the seminar from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at WAVEnet Technologies Inc., 106 E. Gregory St.

Shave will discuss how to prepare for disasters, and the most effective ways to store and backup data both on-site and off-site. He will also speak on tapeless disk-to-disk backup solutions and the quickest, most efficient ways to restore data from any type of server crash or loss.

The seminar is free, and lunch is included.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES SMALL BUSINESS OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes Big Rhino Screen Printing as the Small Business of the Month.

Launched in 1992, Big Rhino Screen Printing produces high quality, art driven T-shirts and professional Pensacola produced embroidery. The company has six full-time employees, and part-time help will be hired to assist during the busy season.

Big Rhino Screen Printing opened in 1992 with one employee, David Presnell, who, with the help of his father, Dave Sr., began printing T-shirts at their first location in Downtown Pensacola.

It is Big Rhino Screen Printing's devotion to business excellence and its immense community involvement that has rendered recognition as the Small Business of the Month. Big Rhino Screen Printing is actively involved in Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jazzy Jellyfish Caf at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, Perdido Youth Sports Association, Little Flower Catholic School and Business Network International.

CHAMBER NAMES HIGH GROWTH BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS The Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Pensacola area entrepreneurs at a High Growth Business Club (HGBC) Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Ceremony.

The winners from each category have demonstrated first-class entrepreneurial characteristics. Their innovative spirit and work ethic, through collaborative information sharing, have brought them and other aspiring entrepreneurs outstanding business success.

The 2008 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award winners are: Growth Company of the Year: Ropella, Pat Ropella; Technology of the Year: Hixardt Technologies, Mike Hicks; Start-up Innovation Award: Tinbu, John Brier and George Moore; Entrepreneurial Excellence Award: Brand Asset Digital, Tim Hogan; Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award: Mark Eberhard, president of HGBC; Outstanding Supporter to Entrepreneurial Development Award: Regions Bank.

The High Growth Business Club is a group of Pensacola Bay Area entrepreneurs and other involved community members who help local entrepreneurs establish and expand their businesses. The HGBC holds casual monthly meetings where entrepreneurs gather to discuss and learn about entrepreneurial activities in the community.

For more information, visit www.highgrowthbusinessclubcom.