Guide to locals' nicknames for North Okaloosa landmarks

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 03:52 PM.

SHOFFNER CITY: One of the area's first post-World War II planned neighborhoods was developed by Col. Arthur Shoffner, a real estate pioneer who established several area subdivisions.

The neighborhood south of Bob Sikes Airport still has several of its original one-story cement-block homes. Shoffner Boulevard, a two-story lane, named for the development's founder, is the preferred southern route to the airport over Hare Street, the dirt "official" access road.

THE SUPERETTE: Long-time locals will always memorialize a long-gone grocery store, the present-day Ritz convenience store at the Chevron station in Baker, by using its original name.

TED STEELE'S HARDWARE: Ted sold Crestview Plumbing and Hardware on Main Street to his nephew, Pete, who sold it to its present owners and then worked there for awhile.

TOMMY HORN'S: Crestview Nurseries on Houston Lane was owned by Tommy Horn, but now his children, Dan, BeBe and Dusty, run it.

Their variety of seasonally appropriate plants and flowers is renowned, drawing customers from as far away as Alabama and Fort Walton Beach, which older locals still call "Camp Walton," its name until the city promoted itself.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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