Happening Last Week at TBO…

The Beaches Online (TBO) had a busy and exciting last week.

Hydrotion/Beach Bum’s Jacksonville Beach showroom

 On Monday we surprised Hydrotion / Beach Bum   with an impromptu birthday party. The local, growing, and awesome skin care and body products company just celebrated its first year in business. Hydrotion is a line of quality facial products that are packed with natural ingredients and anti-oxidants backed by scientific research, and Beach Bum is their line of bath and body care products – with some deliciously beachy scents.  They have the honorable distinction of being TBO’s first advertising partner, too. Together, we’re planning a fun giveaway of a Beach Bum  gift package for you – just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Details on how to enter to win will be shared later this week.

Tuesday we networked with other local businesses at the Beaches Hospitality Network’s monthly meeting at Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach.   Our special guest was actress Angelita Nelson, a co-star of the film Courageous, whose DVD was released on January 17.

Angelita lives in the Jacksonville area, and spoke about what it was like to be part of this special film.   Sherwood Pictures produced this independent movie, a PG-13 rated drama with a Christian message. U.S. movie-goers gave Courageous two thumbs up with their dollars, keeping the film in theaters for two and a half months.  The movie grossed over $33 million dollars – sixteen times what it cost to make.

After the meeting she spoke with members individually, and also chatted with a family who’d come to Casa Marina / Beaches Hospitality Network to see her.  Angelita had helped the older daughter make an important connection with an agent, something that now has real potential for this young girl. It all began when the family had attended a special screening of Courageous before its premiere last September, and on the eve of their dad’s military re-assigment away from the family.

 Aleandra Newcomb, 9 (right) and her sister Elise Newcomb, of Jacksonville came to share good news about Aleandra’s interview with an important industry agent.

 Later we chatted with BHN’s Board President Rob Nicholson afterward, over a drink in Casa Marina’s Penthouse (what a view!).  The Beaches Online will work closely with Beaches Hospitality to promote local business, and celebrate the great beaches lifestyle.

On Wednesday we met with a prospective new advertising partner who has a product we think everyone will love.  Hint:  it tastes good, has a dessert vibe,  a nutritional power punch and it’s…cold.  Stand by for the big reveal soon.

On Thursday we visited Paradise Grooming for Men – for a bit of girl grooming.  Another new TBO sponsor whose awesome video about what it’s really like to get eyelash extensions is nearly ready for viewing here.   The fabulous Oksana trimmed our locks and made our lashes look luscious. Paradise Grooming is mainly a salon – or man cave –  for men’s grooming needs, but we managed to find out how the ladies can can get some of that too.  Look for more information about The Beaches Online-sponsored Evening at Paradise Grooming for Men on February 9.  Save the date, guys.  Everyone will be surprised at what this place can do for you.

Then on Friday, we kicked back at Culhane’s Irish Pub, ending the week with music from Red Afternoon and chilling with friends.  We went back and forth between the dining room and the bar side – fun! – and we ran into Jack Del Rio there.  The food at Culhane’s is so excellent and the bar side is always jumping with live music and other things all week long.

 Jeannie Greenwald, Jack Del Rio, and Audrey at Culhane’s

Just another great thing about living at the beach, aside from the beach,  is the sheer variety of unique and independent  places to eat, drink, dance or listen to music; to shop, and network for business – up and down our A1A corridor of our communities.  On any night of the week.





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About the Author

Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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