Also in this week's Business Observer: Thai by Thai, Berkshire Hathaway, Business Assistance Center, and Twisters
The Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation donated $15,000 on Sept. 12 to the Flagler County Free Clinic to help expand the clinic’s diabetes services.
The funds were raised during the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation’s 2016 Moonlit Gala, chaired by Laura Gilvary, Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation board member with a personal passion for diabetes awareness and treatment. Her husband, John, has Type 1 Diabetes.
“Approximately half of all Florida adults are afflicted with diabetes; about 13% have diabetes and an additional 38% have prediabetes,” Gilvary said in a press release. “Supporting the free clinic’s diabetes services is so important because people with diabetes have medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher. Over time, that can really add up.”
Visit flaglercountyfreeclinic.com and floridahospital.com/flagler.
Thai by Thai applies for permit in former Salsa’s location
Thai by Thai, a popular restaurant in the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center, has long been rumored to be returning to the new Island Walk, and this week the restaurant applied for a permit in the old Salsa’s location at the far west end of the shopping center. (Salsa’s is already open in the site next door.)
The permit is for $232,000 of interior alterations, and the work is being done by Whitley Builders.
Berkshire Hathaway enters world of art at European Village
A local real estate office has created a new space for displaying art. Victoria Mounteer, broker/owner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services FGP in European Village will be hosting the office’s first art show, featuring Tom Anastasio, Paul Beaulieu and Art LaMay from Oct. 2 to Dec. 31.
All three artists have achieved world renown, honors and awards and continue to exhibit in galleries along the East Coast. Residents can view the art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Berkshire Hathaway Call 446-2900.
Free workshop: ‘Is franchise ownership right for you?’
The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center is offering a free workshop: “Is Franchise Ownership Right for You?” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Palm Coast City Hall, Small Business Development Center, 160 Lake Ave. Register at PalmCoastBAC.com. Call 986-2499.
Heidi Simos, a coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source, will be the presenter.
A Q&A with local franchisee Christine Kraus from the Smoothie King will be part of the workshop, as well.
SIDEBAR: Twisters Ice Cream Café opens at Barbosa Plaza
Twisters Ice Cream Café, owned by Tony Corte-Real, opened on Aug. 23, with a ribbon cutting Sept. 23, at the Barbosa Plaza, 9 Palm Harbor Village Way.
Corte-Real was born in Portugal and emigrated to the United States in 1981. He worked for a family-owned construction company at first, but started his own ice cream business in 2009 in Connecticut. In 2014 he discovered Palm Coast while visiting to play in a golf tournament, and he decided to bring his business and his family (wife Florinda Teixeira and three daughters, Alexandra, Gabriela and Victoria) to Palm Coast.
Twisters offers ice cream, espresso coffees, breakfast and light lunch menus. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
— Maria Elizabeth Frazão Pereira