NAVARRE HOLIDAY SHOP AND DINE CRAWL

Rather than wait for Black Friday, area shoppers may enjoy locally owned businesses in the gulf-side community of Navarre.

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Navarre Holiday Shop and Dine Crawl on Nov. 17, with several shop and restaurant owners participating.

“It’s a free event,” said Chanda Ryan, director of the chamber’s membership and marketing. “The main purpose of it is to increase awareness of the small, locally owned shops in Navarre since we don’t have a traditional downtown.

“You get so much from the small shops that you don’t get from online shopping,” Ryan added.

Shoppers can register with the chamber for chances to win prizes at the end of the day, and several shops offer additional prize opportunities. At the end of the day, the prize winners will be announced, although no one has to be present to win.

Since this isn’t a walking event, parking is available at each shop.

“People come from all over — from Pensacola, from Fort Walton Beach,” Ryan also said. “It really is fun.”

Information about the Navarre Holiday Shop and Dine Crawl, along with door prize registration details, can be found on the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce website.

LOCATION: Navarre

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TELEPHONE: 939-3267

WEBSITE: www.navarrechamber.com/events/details/7th-annual-holiday-shop-dine-crawl

FACBOOK: www.facebook.com/NavarreChamber

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VANLI BEAUTY & BOUTIQUE

For VanLi Beauty & Boutique owner Lisa Nelson and marketing director Alicia Norris, customer service is more than providing skin care and beauty treatments.

These friends believe VanLi Beauty & Boutique can be economically conscious, which inspired the VanLi $25 basic facial.

“It’s affordable for clients to come once a month,” Nelson said, with additional treatments offered as add-on costs.

Those additions include dermaplaning, body waxing, LED light therapy, peels, eyelash extensions, massage and more. To add to the selection, Norris specializes in men’s facials, and the spa offers children- and teen-appropriate facials.

VanLi also works directly with Dr. Steven Clark, a plastic surgeon offering Botox and filler procedures.

VanLi Beauty & Boutique opened early this year in one location, but soon outgrew its space. Nelson relocated in August to the current Niceville locale, where privacy comes together with the VanLi Beauty relaxation philosophy.

“We just want to make sure that when you come in here, you feel comfortable,” Nelson said.

LOCATION: 409 John Sims Parkway E., Suite 2, next to ERA American Real Estate

HOURS: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, by appointment

TELEPHONE: 901-679-2478

WEBSITE: www.vanlibeauty.weebly.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/VanLiBeauty