Gulf Place welcomes three new merchants

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Gulf Place on 30A announces four new businesses that have recently opened in their town center. The Gulf Place community is pleased to have Dipity Do Dah Kids, Pilates by the Sea, Sara Lierly Art and Sunrise Coffee join the thriving marketplace. 

Dipity Do Dah Kids is a chic children’s boutique filled with fun, interesting, and affordable gifts and clothing. The family owned operation is the creation of Vicki Jones and daughter-in-law Samantha Jones, both born and raised in Alabama. The two entrepreneurs already run a women’s boutique in Birmingham, but jumped at the opportunity to open a children’s store along Scenic Highway 30A after having vacationed along the Gulf Coast for years. The quaint sized boutique caters to all age children and will eventually offer arts and crafts events featuring local artists.

“We look forward to meeting all the local families and making new friends,” Jones said. “We also strive to be a family vacation tradition for all the tourists throughout the season.” 

Laurie Beck’s interest in Pilates came at the expense of a debilitating car accident. Beck found relief from her neck, shoulder and back pain in Pilates, a training method developed by Joseph Pilates. She admits to feeling incredibly grateful to be able to work with a variety of clients who range from being incredibly fit to those with extreme limitations. Pilates by the Sea is a comprehensive wellness and Pilates studio that also offers mat and barre classes, Reiki and stretching cardio jump classes.

Sara Lierly has lived in Florida for more than 10 years, but finally settled in Destin in 2007 where she first began painting in 2008. She admits she stumbled upon her artistic talents during the recession when she was commissioned to paint a mural by a local restaurant owner who promised to pay in pizza slices. Lierly continued with sporadic art jobs until 2011 where a series of profound life events merged to produce the perfect storm of inspiration within her and she has not stopped since.

“I am really only a tiny vessel in the channel of creativity which flows through each of us infinitely.  I do not try to create … I simply allow that which has already been created to travel outside of me,” said Lierly.

Although Sara’s new location in the Artists at Gulf Place colony is her first dedicated permanent space she has been doing shows throughout our area including Art in the Park in Watercolor and ArtsQuest where she won an Award of Merit. Her passion for life and art make her a perfect fit to join the fun and eclectic Artists at Gulf Place.

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