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Pampering during the pandemic: Ocean Bliss Day Spa opens in Flagler Beach

Also in business news: Flagler Auto Mart, McDonald's, Flagler Schools, Professional Women of Flagler County

Denise Palumbo has been going to spas for most of her life and has always wanted to own one herself. Using her experience in the travel industry, which gave her an international perspective on the world of spas, she decided to open one in Flagler Beach.

Ocean Bliss Day Spa opened July 6, in Flagler Beach, featuring nail care, esthetician and massage services, including Eminence Organic Skin Care products. Lea Stokes, who like Palumbo has been a business owner in Flagler County for over 20 years, joined her as a cofounder; they are joined by a third proprietor, Denise’s husband, John Palumbo, whose background is in construction.

General Manager Marina Helm has been in the spa industry 15 years and previously owned Beyond Bliss Spa. She is joined by Jill Brooks, spa coordinator; licensed massage therapists Tammy Newberry, Melissa Ritchie and Shelley Chapman; esthetician/nail techs Julie Grisanti, Sandy Kinney and Jamie Wright; and esthetician Maura Stuckey, who recently adopted an 80-pound tortoise named Tank.

The spa features a reception area, a lounging and retail space, along with dedicated facial and massage rooms and a body ritual room with private shower. Packages are available, and groups are welcome.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays unless privately booked. Call 386-439-9000, visit, or email [email protected]. The spa is located at 205 N. Second St., Flagler Beach.


Also in business news:


New car dealership

A locally owned and operated car dealership, Flagler Auto Mart, recently opened at 3 Market Place. The company is set up to approve anyone for financing, from great to good to bad credit, according to a press release. Visit Call 445-0450. Owners are Julio Roman and Isaac Rodrigues.


Ronald McDonald House fundraising

Area McDonald’s restaurants are raising money through the drive-thru for local Ronald McDonald House Charitiesand families in need. The restaurants have entered a friendly competition now through Aug. 16. As a result of the pandemic, the local RMHC Chapter is down thousands of dollars in funding and donations. To help close the gap, each time someone orders through the Drive-Thru, they can round up their purchase to the nearest dollar or choose to give $1, $3 or $5 for RMHC. Local McDonald’s restaurants are engaging in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most donations for RMHC and encouraging more visitors in the drive-thru during peak hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Professional Women networking event

The Professional Women of Flagler County is hosting a free networking event 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, virtually via Zoom.

“We wanted to create an event for people that are missing out on talking to other business people and making connections,” said Danielle Silva, president of PWFC. “And with everything going on, we wanted to make the event free to those that are interested in attending,” she added.

Registration is required. Those interested in attending, can visit, and click on the events tab to register. The Zoom link will be emailed once the attendee registers.

PWFC is a 501(c)(3) that provides grants to women for a variety of business needs such as education/training, business start up costs, equipment costs and more.


School bus drivers needed

To become a bus driver for Flagler Schools, visit

St. Johns County School District also is hiring 300 operators, according to a recent press release. With an 11% wage increase, full-time SJC bus operators now make between $16 and $23.93 per hour, plus benefits and bonuses. For more information, visit or contact Monica Thurston at [email protected] or 904-547-8814.


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