It’s a new year, and for the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, that can only mean one thing — new businesses.
After hosting back-to-back grand opening celebrations for Perdido Bay ER and Perdido Bay Fitness, the Chamber is set to welcome new members Sarah Thurstenson Designs, Something From Nothing Paint Parties and Daly Photography on Jan. 24 at 12:30 p.m.
“Becoming a member of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce has been a huge benefit,” said Sarah Thurstenson, owner and graphic designer of Sarah Thurstenson Designs. “Especially when we placed ads in the membership directory. That’s how we’ve gained so many supporters.”
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Shortly after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design in 1989, Thurstenson moved to northwestern Arkansas where she and her husband Chris built a life and ran a successful business for more than 30 years. In their downtime, they vacationed to Pensacola each year to visit Thurstenson’s aunt.
“We fell in love with Pensacola several years ago, and we simply kept coming back,” Chris Thurstenson said. “The people have been warm and friendly, and when we’d come back and talk to our friends about the area, they knew we would be moving here soon enough. Our days were numbered.”
From screen printing to choosing a logo, color scheme and web design, Thurstenson puts her skills to work and helps her clients put their best foot forward.
“The internet is loaded with businesses, and it’s important that your presence is optimized,” Thurstenson said. “You have to have a phone number. You have to gather all of the moving pieces and components that go into making a website and put yourself out there.”
For more information, visit www.sarahthurstensondesign.com or call 850-359-2557.
Thurstenson is also bringing Something From Nothing Paint Parties to Pensacola.
“I started it as an opportunity for people to get creative,” Thurstenson said. “There are some people who have never painted before. Never picked up a paintbrush. So to provide them with an encouraging environment where there’s no pressure, people will be able to relax and create something unique.”
For $30 per person, canvases, paint, brushes and an apron are provided for session that include two to three hours of instruction. You can go to them, or the party can be brought to you. Most recently, Thurstenson held an event at Jaco’s Perdido, and looks forward to holding even more.
“They’ve been our biggest supporter so far,” Thurstenson said. “We will be hosting another party at Jaco’s Perdido on the 18th from 6 to 8 p.m.”
For more information, visit www.sfnpaintparties.com or call 850-359-2557.
Rounding out the grand opening event is Rebecca Richardson of Daly Photography. A wedding and event photography business, Daly Photography also provides videography in addition to family photos, destination wedding photography, senior portraits and will even travel alongside you to capture moments from your family vacation.
For more information, visit www.dalyphoto.net. or call (850) 293-8856.
Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal. Send new business tips to email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Triple grand opening welcomes new design, art and photography businesses to Perdido Key