THE BEARDED BEACH HIPPIE

Locals can feel like they are on a “staycation,” doing what the visitors do by renting stand-up paddle boards to give the sport a try thanks to The Bearded Beach Hippie.

Based off the beach, owner Dustin Owen takes your request and delivers the boards and gear to you.

“I like the idea of being able to help people who want to rent a board a couple days to a week,” Owen said.

This summer has been the first season for The Bearded Beach Hippie, although Owen and his family found their way to the Gulf Coast a few years ago after he completed his first career in the U.S. Army and his second career as a firefighter.

The Bearded Beach Hippie serves primarily Walton County and some areas of lower Okaloosa County. In addition, Owen informs customers about beach and water safety, particularly rip currents.

Locals receive discounts, and The Bearded Beach Hippie supports veterans and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“It’s not even about the money to me,” Owen said. “It’s about people going out and having an experience.”

CONTACT HOURS: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week

TELEPHONE: 499-0085

EMAIL: Dustin@beardedbeachhippie.com

WEBSITE: www.beardedbeachhippie.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/beardedbeachhippie

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GATEWAY MEDICAL CLINIC

As an affiliate of North Okaloosa Medical Center, the Gateway Medical Clinic has long been a part of Crestview. It recently welcomed medical professionals Dr. Ann Gwinnup and board-certified nurse practitioner Myron Faircloth.

“They’re on the hospital campus, and they do family medicine,” said Kelly Bergman, director of Practice Management for North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Gateway Medical Clinic operates as a rural health clinic, but welcoming patients of all backgrounds.

Gwinnup and Faircloth offer basic medical care, giving the underinsured a healthcare option that can save time and money for non-emergency situations such as blood pressure and diabetes monitoring, ADHD and ADD, viruses and infections.

“A lot of it is just following people through their medical walk,” Bergman said, adding that Gwinnup and Faircloth bring much to the clinic.

Gwinnup served in the military and has practiced in Northwest Florida for several years. Faircloth holds a doctorate degree as a nurse practitioner, and he remains a peace officer in the state of Georgia.

“The nice thing about both these providers: They give back to the community,” Bergman said.

Gateway Medical Clinic suggests appointments and accepts most insurance.

LOCATION: 127 Redstone, suite C

HOURS: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to noon, Fridays

TELEPHONE: 423-0061

WEBSITE: www.northokaloosa.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Gateway-Medical-Clinic-Crestview