Tee up for fun at Fairways Indoor Golf Club in Spanish Fort

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What started out as fun and games in the garage turned in to a viable business model for Kirsten and Mike and Lautenslager, owners of Fairways Indoor Golf Club in Spanish Fort.
Their feasibility study spurred a business plan which lead to funding and ultimately a site search. The demographics led them in the direction of Baldwin County and an Eastern Shore location with close proximity to the interstate. Fairways Indoor Golf Club opened its doors to the public in January of 2016 and is the only indoor golf facility in the Mobile/Baldwin County area.

Fairways houses high end golf simulators with 15 foot high definition screens. Each bay has a four camera system that sees launch angle, ball speed, deviation left and right and also takes a picture of the club at moment of impact. There are over 100 different courses along with practice driving and chipping applications and mini games. Real clubs and actual balls are used and up to eight people can play per simulator. Whether you are looking to try you hand at the sport, improve your game or some competitive fun with friends the facilities at Fairways can accommodate. You are welcome to bring your own clubs or you can rent a set for a nominal fee.

Fairways is a great venue for corporate or private events, birthday parties or even date night. If you don’t want to hit the links without drinks, that is not a problem. There is a full service bar with a large selection of craft and domestic beers, wine and a variety of spirits. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4pm until 7pm with $1 off beer, $5
pitchers, $4 well drinks and $2 off wine. They are not currently offering food but you are welcome to bring your own or have some delivered.

Fairways is always offering specials so make sure you like their Facebook page to keep up with the latest incentives. Every Wednesdays ladies play free from 6pm until 9pm. Sundays are 18 holes for $18 with $4 Bloody Marys and their newest special is offered on Monday – play 9 holes for $10 all day on Monday. There are also fun range games for younger players. Fairways opens at noon 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays). Make plans to “swing” by and check them out!

Fairways Indoor Golf Club • 25000 Bass Pro Dr, St 104, Spanish Fort • (251) 621-5277 www.fairwaysindoorgolfclub.com • Facebook “Fairways Indoor Golf Club”

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Lickin Good Donuts adds a new Fairhope location

IMG_4362When Cambodian born Saran Ing arrived in Houston, Texas he established himself in the fried confectionary arena and learned the ins and outs of perfecting the pastries that we refer to as doughnuts (or donuts).
In 2001, he purchased a donut shop in Kilgore, Texas. A couple of years later he set up several shops in east Texas and spread the knowledge to family members so they could  have jobs and in turn help him operate his businesses. He made his way east and established operations in Shreveport and Winnsboro, Louisiana before settling in lower Alabama. With the purchase or an existing business, Lickin Good Donuts, Ing acquired locations in Mobile, Saraland, Bay Minette and Foley and has most recently opened his newest shop in Fairhope.
The day starts incredibly early for Saran and his crew. They start the process at 2am making everything in house and fresh daily. When the doors open at 5am the display case is filled with a fabulous variety of donuts including glazed, iced, cake, filled, powdered, topped and the fun favorite – holes (you can’t eat just one!). They also make
eclairs and apple fritters in addition to their savory kolaches that showcase  such items as Conecuh sausage, boudin, cream cheese and jalapenos. Lickin Good Donuts also has a variety of biscuits and croissants that are great for a grab and go breakfast. Stop by and
grab an assortment and you’ll see why they often have a line out the door! Lickin Good’s hours are 5am until 2pm daily.

Lickin Good Donuts • 110 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope • (251) 270-8990
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Manci’s Antique Club introduces new enhancement and welcomes Managing Partner

GarrettDeLuca-1Garrett DeLuca is excited to embark on a new chapter in his career within the food and beverage industry. This Daphne native was initiated at the ripe old age of thirteen. He worked at restaurants throughout high school and college and graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Marketing. He tried his hand at sales and “hated it”.
For those of you who know the industry, there is no easy escape, so you just make the best of it. And that is exactly what DeLuca is doing.
In 2015, Manci’s Antique Club in the heart of Olde Towne Daphne was reopened under new ownership. The historical Daphne landmark was rejuvenated by two very talented, restaurant/bar owners from both sides of the bay, Harry Johnson and John Thompson.
With Thompson’s business model (Callahan’s Irish Social Club) as the blueprint, Manci’s was reformatted as an entertainment venue with a great bar. Burgers and other eats were introduced following an extensive kitchen renovation.
Thompson has hosted some of the South’s most talented musicians at his Mobile establishment and for the past two years has included the Eastern Shore venue in his bookings.
The latest renovation began in May when a portion of the business began yet another transformation. Within the wall’s of Manci’s there was an overflow area that was revamped as Buster’s. It is an offshoot of the original bar and touts a more upscale, yet cozy feel. Behind the bar is a wood and gas fired brick pizza oven that cranks out gourmet pizzas that compliment an extensive list of wines and craft beers. There is also a full bar which features a separate cocktail list and includes high end scotch and bourbons. You can still enjoy the music that streams in from the original bar area but it is more of a background accent allowing you to simultaneously enjoy conversation.
Garrett capitalized on this opportunity to personally expand within the industry and now holds a vested interest. He is still managing, but now as a partner. With all the finishing touches now in place, DeLuca, Johnson and Thompson can now service clientele with options within the same facility.
Make plans to stop by and peruse the list of wines that are available by the glass or by the bottle, the craft beers and the specialty cocktail menu. All of which can be enjoyed with appetizers, a charcuterie board, salads, gourmet pizzas and even desserts. Whatever you are in the mood for, Manci’s has you covered!
Manci’s is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 until and Friday through Sunday from 11am until. Buster’s hours are Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5pm.
Manci’s Antique Club and Buster’s

1715 Main Street, Daphne • (251) 375-0543 www.mancisantiqueclub.com
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Bill E’s Small Batch Bacon – serenaded locally, savored globally

IMG_4686William Bill E. Stitt’s passion for bacon began as an assignment in a college speech class where he had to develop a business model for a product. He narrowed it down to bourbon, bloody marys or bacon. Spending his career in the food and beverage industry those same interests grew over the years. Bill E. has done extensive research on bacon and the bacon making process. He has tasted every kind of bacon imaginable. Not being able to find a product that especially wowed him, he started making his own.
Finding the right breed of pig took awhile, and he tinkered with his recipe for over three years, trying out different curing methods and timing the smoking process to perfection.
His recipe was introduced to customers through the menu offerings at Stitt’s restaurant, Old 27 Grill. The demand caused him to have to produce more and more and pretty soon other local chefs and restaurants were incorporating the bacon on their menus. Bill E. started marketing his product to grocery stores and markets in the area and with the help of Lewis Communications launched the Bill E. Small Batch Bacon website last December. His participation in the World Food Championship Event in Orange Beach last November exposed his bacon brand sparking media coverage from a variety of outlets.
Scott Gold, a national bacon critic even ranked Stitt’s product in the top three of all bacons in North America. Because of the location of the smokers and their proximity to the entertainment stage, the product is exposed to the sounds of local musical talent during the eight day curing process. That gives Bill E’s bacon that added extra special flair and definitely something to brag about.
Old 27 Grill’s newly revised menu now includes more of his signature product in the restaurant’s offerings. Some of the notables are a Pork Belly Trio (pork belly bites), Bill-E’s Pork Belly Blended burger, the Meatball Sub, the Pork Belly Sandwich, Bill-E’s Bloody Mary and of course Bill-E’s BLT.
Along with Bill E’s bacon, Stitt also supports other delicious local products such as Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream, Fairhope Brewing Company beers, Key’s Southern Spice, Fairhope Tire Company’s grits, LL’s Tuna Dip, Monroe Sausage and Wickles pickles. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Old 27 Grill’s eclectic and laid back atmosphere features open air and inside dining. It is also a great place to gather for drinks and regularly scheduled live music. As we gear up for football season in the deep South, keep them in mind for catering, party platters and an upcoming home/business delivery service.
Old 27 Grill & Bill E’s Bacon, 19222 Highway 181, Fairhope • (251) 281-2663
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Daphne Dream Dinners help families nourish and nurture with great ease, variety and affordability

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Heather Chopin was initially introduced to Dream Dinners in Mobile when a friend invited her to attend a session. She immediately fell in love with the concept and after six months of being a customer, Heather decided that she needed a job with Dream Dinners of Mobile. The company’s founding mission of bringing families together around the dinner table was something that definitely resonated with Heather. She fondly remembers growing up with her family around the dinner table and realizes the importance and the need to promote that in today’s fast paced society.
It wasn’t long before she started researching franchise opportunities with Dream Dinners.  Circumstances presented themselves that provided a space for an Eastern Shore location. Heather presented the idea to her partner and got the green light. After spending three weeks at the corporate headquarters in Snowhomish, Washington, Heather and her managers, Michelle Starling and Stephanie Stringer went to work
getting everything in place for the Daphne location.
As a Dream Dinners customer, each month you choose your meals (online or in store) from a monthly menu and select a date and time to come into the store to assemble your meals. There is an attentive staff that who handles everything involved in the meal creation process. They take care of all the shopping, chopping and prep work so you can focus on assembling the meals you have chosen. Plus they take care of all the clean up! In about an hour you can easily customize a month of dinners based on your family’s tastes.
The menu offerings change each month and include grill options, heart healthy choices and meals you can bake from frozen. Side dishes and desserts are also available to complete your meal. At the end of your session you will leave with a month of meals that you will store in your freezer. Each week just thaw the meals you would like to eat and cook as directed. It’s a fabulous way to solve the “What do you want for dinner” dilemma.
If you don’t care to assemble your own meals you can have them made for you with a service fee. You can also share the fun and camaraderie of the Dream Dinners experience with your friends. Groups of 10 to 12 may reserve a private session at no extra charge. You’ll have full access to the store for a full 2 hours just for you and your invitees. If you don’t necessarily want to sponsor a group gathering, there is a “Bring a Friend” option as well.
Dream Dinners of Daphne welcomes you to pop in and see for yourself. They are hosting a tasting event on Wednesday, July 26th from 6pm until 8pm where you can prepare 3, three serving meals for just $34.99. To sign up visit http://dreamdinners.com/taste/719212 and use the password: Taste – or for more information give them a call.

Dream Dinners Daphne • 1539 US Highway 98, Suite 302 • Daphne (251) 336-1673
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Rootz – Fairhope’s new Nutrition Kitchen is giving people what they want and need

IMG_4335Tony Tkac is a medical professional who truly understands the process of disease. On a daily basis he specializes in emergency medicine and witnesses how diet and lifestyle contribute to one’s health. That along with his personal goals, spurred Tony’s desire to delve into the world of nutrition. All the research he did subsequently ignited his passion to not only further educate himself but others as well. His findings unveiled how food affects our bodies on a cellular level and that we as a people are basically nutrient starved.

Initially, Tkac began with the idea of a food truck but he knew he was going to need physical help with the day to day operation of such. With the help of Fairhope Fitness owner, Eddie Henry, Tony was connected with Ms. Sofia Fly and that set the wheels in motion for what is now in place.

Sofia grew up in this area and started cooking as a child when her Guatemalan mother presented her with a microwave cookbook. She perfected her egg making skills, then moved on to fudge and taffy in her own “kid kitchen”. Her first paying gig included learning how to roll sushi at Doug Kerr’s Dragonfly Cafe. “He really opened my eyes to a lot of cool culinary skills” says Fly. Sofia moved to Birmingham and was able to get her foot in the door with Frank Stitt at Chez Fonfon where she worked for five years. As an employee, she had access to his other restaurants, Highlands Bar & Grill and Botega. She immersed herself in learning French cuisine and enjoyed recreating dishes at home that incorporated her own touch. Sofia lived and worked on and off in Birmingham for thirteen years which included time spent learning Thai cuisine from Nepali owners at Surin West and a two year stint in Hawaii. When Sofia started working for Whole Foods her interest and attitude about food and nutrition shifted. She has always wanted her own business. When she moved back to Fairhope, she started teaching cooking classes on an individual basis and by word of mouth became quite busy as a private instructor and chef.

As soon as Sofia and Tony met they became fast friends. For the past 18 months Tony has been physically building out the space and everything else for their concept, Rootz – Fresh Local Eats. Their recently opened Nutrition Kitchen in Fairhope has been designed to get people back to their roots. In addition to educating the public, these two individuals wish to provide the healthiest food in the most convenient manner.

Rootz uses local farms, sustainably grown produce and Sofia can accommodate any special dietary need. The foods and beverages contain no processed sugar and everything that is prepared contains ten ingredients or less.

The menu varies from week to week but Rootz offers a variety of prepared eggs, muffins, bowls, wraps, parfaits, burgers, salads and soups. Protein choices include fish, shrimp, grass finished beef, pasture raised chicken and pasture raised eggs. They also prepare
sides, sweets and snacks from the freshest ingredients possible. You can drink your nutrients with a variety of cold pressed juices, nut milks, Kombucha on tap, coffee, tea and flavored water.

The hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday, 7am until 5pm and Wednesday and Thursday, 9am until 7pm. Tony and Sofia invite you to open your mind and your stomach and join them in the quest to choose a healthier lifestyle for a better quality of life and longevity.

Rootz • 209 A South Section Street • Fairhope • (251) 270-7120
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Two great tastes now under one roof

IMG_4034Jessie Patterson and his family have been fans of Fairhope’s oldest pizza restaurant since the establishment occupied it’s location at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. The business was relocated to the 420 Fairhope Avenue several years ago and in January of 2016 Patterson purchased the operation from the Nicholsons. He was a year into a three year lease when he learned that he would have to relocate because the building had been purchased.
Patterson began looking at options in Downtown Fairhope and discovered that there weren’t many. After researching businesses that were on the market, he discovered that Old Bay Steamer was for sale. He was able to negotiate a deal and in March, Jessie became the new owner of Old Bay Steamer. During that time, Papa’s Pizza was still operating on a month to month basis. The way things played out, Jessie was able to be fully trained with a solid staff in place before he merged the two businesses.
As of June 1st patrons are able to enjoy the offerings of Fairhope’s oldest seafood restaurant and Fairhope’s oldest pizza place and a full bar – all under one roof. The Old Bay Steamer appetizer menu in itself features dips – crab, smoked tuna and spinach/artichoke, steamed royal reds, crab claws, wings and even a duck quesadilla. Homemade gumbo and a variety of oysters are available in addition to All You Can Eat
Snowcrab and Steamed seafood dinners and platters. Burgers, poboys and wraps can be customized to your liking and include such options as angus beef, chicken breast, duck, turkey patty, tuna, shrimp, mahi and oysters.
Decadent homemade desserts include key lime pie, cheesecake, brownie a la mode and bread pudding.
A New York Style Pizza can be ordered whole or by the slice. There are a variety of crusts, including gluten free, in addition to a variety of toppings and the ever popular “famous people pizzas”. Other Italian inspired eats include calzones, stromboli, meatball sandwiches, chicken parmesan, lasagna and spaghetti.
All recipes from both restaurants have and will remain the same. Look for some seafood inspired pizzas and calzones to be introduced to a combined menu in the near future.
Along with a bar and inside seating there is an accommodating outside deck that would be great for a party or just enjoying a meal al fresco.
Old Bay Steamer, home of Papa’s Pizza is open daily from 11am until 9pm, 11am-10pm on weekends and Sundays from 12pm until 8pm.”

The Original Old Bay Steamer • 14 Church Street N, Fairhope • (251) 928-1714
www.theoldbaysteamer.com
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