200 First Street News

Santa Claus in the Courtyard
Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm
December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

Share your Christmas wish list and have a photo taken.

In 2003, the businesses at 200 First Street decided to sponsor `"Santa in the Courtyard", an opportunity for children and families to share their Christmas wish list and have a photo taken. Local teenagers volunteered to take photos and a local Atlantic Beach resident, Tom Trechel, grew his beard out in the fall and became Santa Claus each year, finally buying his own Santa Suit. “It has become an annual tradition for my family, as well as many beaches families and my kids truly believe this is the ‘real’ Santa”, said Neptune Beach resident, Paola Keeney.

Fast forward a decade and Dunlop Photography has added a more professional photo experience as well as their own fundraising causes. Santa Tom has retired, and there is a new “real” Santa Fred that has taken his place.

Deanne Dunlop and her husband, Gus, offer a 4x 6print for a $10 sitting fee, which basically offsets the cost of Santa and supplies. But they found that many participants were willing to also make a donation to a good cause for a digital copy of the photo with Santa.“We have never advertised or promoted our philanthropic efforts. We have always approached it as a fun family, community event with a bonus” said Deanne Dunlop. “My daughter, Alivia, has manned our display table and welcomes each family and talks with them about our charitable causes and the programs she is personally involved.  
Over the course of many years, Dunlop Photography raised funds for PedsCare a pediatric program of Community Hospice,  Dreams Come True and donated to physical improvements of the Beaches Little House in Jarboe Park during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Girl Scouting in the US.

This year they have selected Smile Camp, a day camp for children with special needs sponsored by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. Jaffi’s and Kyds Boutique Owner, Emilie Christenson, said “I think it’s important to share our history and how the event has morphed into an event families look forward to and return to our Courtyard for every year. The fact that we can support Community PedsCare Smile Camp and various charities over the last few years is a bonus.”  

Call Deanne Dunlop Photography at 904.610.5669 for more information.

Deanne Dunlop Photography
217 First Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

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Since 1996, KMH Design Inc. has been a tasteful staple of the Beaches communities. The brainchild of Kathleen Hines Franza, the design house has been the name behind some of the most beautiful homes at the beach-- and, most recently, the awe-inducing Atlantic Beach Country Club revamp.

So what’s next for a colorfully decorated designer and her staff, you might ask? KMH Home-- the company’s first retail space.

Located in the Courtyard at 200 First Street, the retail space will be filled with all kinds of homegoods, hand-picked to give your home that signature KMH feel. From entertainment aids to luxe linens, there’s a little piece of style for everyone.

To get a feel for what we can expect from the space, and a little background on the designer herself, we chatted with Franza about all things KMH:

Q: When did you first discover your passion for design? Did it come naturally or with a fair share of challenges?

A: Ending up where I am today was never consciously planned, it just happened and to this day it still surprises me. Reflecting back, I realized my mother was a major influence. She had great style and we grew up in a house with Danish modern furniture.  From when I was little she encouraged me to decorate my own room and find my own style.  While I went through many phases I ended up loving a more modern, simple design esthetic. Along the way I had the good fortune to meet many people that helped foster this new found love. After working with still photographer’s then film companies in Miami I moved to Jacksonville to be close to my family. I worked for many years with my brothers in their commercial furniture company when I had the good fortune to meet an architect, who has become my lifelong friend. She gave me my first interior design job and from there, there was no turning back. To date it has been 20 years and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Q: Are there any projects you’ve worked on that you were most proud of or most passionate about?

A: We of course are very proud of ALL of our work but when the architecture is perfect, the location is stunning and the clients are with you all the way then I believe it is easy to be passionate.

Q: How would you describe your design style?

A: Our preference has always been simple, clean but timeless interiors.  Our design style is surely reflected in our interiors however the client’s personality and their lifestyle is the driving force.

Q: What’s your least favorite current trend in design? What about your favorite?

A: Edison bulb light fixtures. Large format tiles that transition from interior to exterior.

Q: How do you balance work with your everyday life?

A: Unfortunately, I am on 24/7 (you did mention passion).  When time allows it is always spent with my family. They help keep me centered.

Q: After years with a successful studio space, what inspired you to venture into retail?

A: Our design offices have always had some sampling of products to showcase our style so after many years we started to discuss the idea of a retail location.  We formulated our concept and began researching locations.  We got close a few times but either the location or the timing just wasn’t right. Then one day all the stars aligned, and the perfect spot opened that allowed us to have our offices AND a retail shop together without compromising a thing. Not to mention the PERFECT location. (Thank you ESJ) We couldn’t be happier.

Q: What are you most excited about and what can we expect from KMH Home in the future?

A: Everything! The response has been overwhelming. The support our clients and colleagues have conveyed has been amazing. We have MANY ideas about how we can be more than just a retail store. It’s all about the experience, the story our products tell and the commitment to helping our customers find their own design style!  We are planning all types of in store events, learning seminars, client appreciation incentives along with gift services. So many things to plan! Stay tuned.

It is SoGro’s aim to show that Champagne/ sparkling wine can be enjoyed year round, and doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions, or need expert handling!

The versatility of Champagne is well known. It can be enjoyed in so many ways. If you haven’t had champagne at breakfast yet then it is time you do. Champagne goes fantastically well with a number of Southern Grounds breakfast items but the favorite is with grits bowl.

Actually champagne goes well with a lot of different and versatile range of dishes: From the rotisserie chicken Caesar salad to the Southern Grounds Reuben or the quesadillas. Champagne with oysters or caviar is the classic combination but champagne can be paired with everyday food. A perfect pairing is with the charcuterie from Olympia Provisions in Portland, Oregon or our salmon & lox. Champagne can be just the item to take the meal to new heights.

Lots of SoGro customers personally love to drink champagne with cheese! Champagne works well with all cheeses. It’s light enough to not overpower delicate goat cheese or nutty Comté, but it also has enough acidity to cut through the deeply savoury funky Asher blue cheese or the creamy green hill Camembert style cheese made with cow’s milk. A favorite is a French table cheese (Thomasville tomme). With the effervescence of the bubbles scrubbing the palate between each bite it simply brings out the best in the meal.

Come in and try the champagne offerings. So Gro is very excited to bring this offering to you.

Southern Grounds and Co, 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, Florida 32266
Phone: 904.853.5473
Website: www.southerngrounds.com

Complimentary Christmas Gift Wrapping in the Courtyard at 200 First Street
Sponsored by local non-profit Hunger Fight

Hunger Fight Mission
“To end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals and books to children, seniors and families in need by informing, engaging and mobilizing communities and partners.”

Hunger Fight Vision
“All children and families will have access to food, book programs and the tools necessary to achieve success in future endeavors.”

"With 1 in 4 children in our communities lacking 3 meals a day and 46% of our 3rd graders not reading to grade level, Hunger Fight's programs are imperative to to their success. Hunger Fight is a local non-profit, providing 2 programs geared to helping children and seniors. Our programs, 'Feed the Backpacks' and 'Feed the Need to Read' provide nutritious meals to children and seniors in need and age appropriate books to preschoolers from birth to age 5. At Hunger Fight, we believe every child should be well fed and well read. 'Food for their Bellies', 'Books for their Brains'."


Dates you can find Jessica and her Hunger Fight team wrapping gifts in the Courtyard:

November 23 (Black Friday) 10a-6p

Saturday, December 1 3p - 5:30p
Thursday, December 6 10-6
Friday, December 7 10-6

Thursday, December 13 10-6
Friday, December 14 10-6
Saturday December 15 10-6
Sunday, December 16 10-6

Thursday, December 20 10am-9p
Friday, December 21 10-6
Saturday December 22 10-6
Sunday, December 23 10-6

For more information contact:
Jessica Crockett at Hunger Fight
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  Food for their Bellies, Books for their Brains