Local resident and business owner Angela Bontemps has announced the grand opening of Bontemps Interiors, a sophisticated interior design studio located at 13370 U.S. Hwy. 98 West.

Bontemps has been a resident of the Emerald Coast for more than five years. After working in a high-end furniture store in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, at the age of 15, she developed a passion for interior design. A graduate of Bradley University, Bontemps moved to Chicago for a career in sales and then on to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. After a decade with her jobs, and receiving additional support from mentors, friends, and family, she finally moved to the Emerald Coast where she would pursue a career and start a business that directly correlates to her true passion.

“Progress and forward movement is a necessity in business as well as life,” Bontemps said. “During this process, I have experienced new challenges and new experiences, each of which have helped increase my knowledge of the business and enhanced the value of the entire company overall.”

On Dec. 12, Bontemps Interiors will host their grand opening celebration kicking off with a dual chamber ribbon cutting with the Walton Area and Destin chambers of commerce to officially welcome the business to the Emerald Coast. From 4-6:30 p.m., the community is invited to enjoy complimentary food and drinks provided by Restaurant Paradis, valet parking, music by DJ 30A, and much more.

The grand opening will also give guests the opportunity to donate to The Sonder Project, a global non-profit founded by 360 Blue. The non-profit has recently shifted their efforts to providing daily support and supplies to the those who were left completely devastated by Hurricane Michael. The funds raised will go directly towards their daily efforts as they send supplies and volunteers to help those who need it most.

Event goers will be the first to view and shop the various pieces of furniture, art, and décor sold though out the store. Bontemps Interiors will carry unique, clean-lined furnishings and accessories while also keeping a true coastal feel in mind. The studio will also be selling original black and white photography framed prints, a portion which comes from travels across the globe.

Bontemps Interiors will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sundays. For more information, visit www.bontempsinteriors.com.