+Diana Minotti Fine Arts, Antiques & Collectibles recognized
The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce & Affiliates held a ribbon cutting Oct. 25 for Diana Minotti Fine Arts, Antiques & Collectibles at its new location.
The company, which officially relocated Sept. 7, from Bunnell to a new Palm Coast locationon, is run by Minotti, who is a certified appraiser and stager.
Diana Minotti sells high-end artwork and items in her 5,000-square-foot store at 15D Palm Harbor Village Way, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
She also helps with estate sales, often liquidating entire homes of all furniture and items. Part of doing this involves using her skills as a stager.
“The most important thing, and the reason we’ve been successful with our estate sales, is that we make them beautiful,” Minotti said.
She and her team go into homes and rearrange their contents to maximize their aesthetic appeal. Aside from estate sales, her services are also used by those looking to sell their homes and for clients who simply want a new look for their homes without buying any new furniture or decorations.
Minotti worked for 20 years in New York as an art consultant and appraiser for corporations. She worked mostly with banks and hospitals to create an atmosphere that reflected the values the corporation wanted to project.
When she moved to Palm Coast in 2005, Minotti realized the closest options she had for such work were Orlando or Jacksonville.
“I wanted to do something in my own backyard,” she said. That’s how Minotti Fine Arts, Antiques & Collectibles was born.
When she moved to Palm Coast, Minotti kept her former location, a 1,500-square-foot shop in Bunnell, for storage for spillover items from her store. She also works with a professional mover who gives her 1,500 square feet of storage.
“We find a lot of treasures,” Minotti said. “We always need more space.”
Minotti Fine Arts, Aniques & Collectibles can be reached at 237-3233 or at www.dianafineart.com.
+Casey Ryan Joins TDC
As the Tourist Development Council moves forward with its strategic plan that changes the way Flagler County is marketed to tourists, the TDC added a new member to its ranks.
The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce & Affiliates hired Casey Ryan to work as product development manager for the TDC.
In this newly-created position, Ryan will focus on promoting niche markets, including sports, arts, history and nature-based markets, as well as others the area has to offer. She will work with the local tourism industry to develop packages, itineraries and leads to help fill the shoulder season and Sunday through Thursday business gaps.
A longtime resident of Flagler County, Ryan has an extensive background in development, sales and event management. For the past seven years, she has been a consultant on various projects and events around Central Florida, most recently working on State Representative Fred Costello’s political campaign.
Earlier in her career, she worked as a sales manager for Hyatt Regency in Savannah and Greenville. She has a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University.
+Robert Conser applauded
Allstate agency owner Robert Conser received the Agency Hands in the Community award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation. The grant was given to Flagler Habitat for Humanity, where Conser volunteers.