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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Hello June! Things to do in Mobile, Baldwin County & Baton Rouge!

canon at Fort Gaines
Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama

Parks, restaurants and other public places are beginning to open up and welcome people back for enjoyment. If you practice physical distancing and great sanitation habits, you can appreciate many wonderful places along the gulf. One of my personal favorites is Dauphin Island, located south of Mobile.

Historians will like visiting Fort Gaines and the Indian mound. Nature lovers can stroll or ride bicycles all over this bird sanctuary. There is an abundance of public beach space for folks to go "shelling" on. Stop by the popular Lighthouse Bakery on Chaumont Avenue for a tasty treat!

Insider tip: Cadillac Park has public restrooms

Fairhope, Alabama is a must see little gem in Baldwin County. The downtown is vibrant and filled with locally owned boutiques, restaurants and shops for you to browse.

Owners are practicing thoughtful safety measures to keep their customers healthy. I stopped in recently to Back on the Rack on Fairhope Avenue to visit with owner Kassie Gundlach.

Her upscale resale boutique is filled with wonderful wardrobe additions at a fraction of retail prices. After shopping, you can go next door to Julwin's Restaurant for outstanding fish tacos! Honestly, anything on David's menu is awesome!

Of course, if you want to make a day out of your Baldwin adventure, then head down to Orange Beach. The Wharf offers great shopping, dining and wonderful views along the water. If shopping or dining is not what you are looking to do, then head to the beach. There is plenty of public beach access along the gulf.

Insider tip: If you decide you'd like to own some beach property be sure and reach out to Heather Loper for all of your Orange Beach Real Estate needs.

I am counting down the days until I can visit Baton Rouge and see my friend Ellen Pino at her spa, Avant Tous. Fortunately she has been able to open her doors again to a very grateful customer base.

Walking into her Willow Grove location will instantly reset your stress level. I honestly feel myself relaxing just thinking about being pampered there.

After your session you can enjoy a wonderful meal at Bistro Byronz. It is located within walking distance. Emelie Alton and her staff are delighted to welcome guests back to the restaurant.

Another don't miss in Baton Rouge is Red Stick Spice Company located on Jefferson Highway. Owner Anne Malick has done a remarkable job of keeping folks entertained with her home cooking live shows. She is open for business and has one of the best collection of spices in the South.


Last week was a roller coaster ride for me. It began with several delightful face to face meetings with meet da' boss partners. I got to enjoy a leisurely lunch with Kyle Cornelison, owner of The Entrepreneur's Source.

We discussed his business and the fact that most people have no idea what he has to offer.

Kyle specializes in helping people become entrepreneurs if that is what they are seeking to do.

He will meet with anyone (face to face or virtually) and figure out just the type of business that you could expect to succeed in.

His consultation and services are all free! Read more about his company by clicking here.

If you have ever considered branching out on your own and becoming a business owner, I suggest you reach out to Kyle. He has years of experience as a business owner and as a corporate leader. He knows what it feels like to leave the rat race behind!

Later in the week, things resembled a "normal" routine when I was able to go out on a photoshoot with Lisa Harkey for Lisa owns Alacoast Insurance serving Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

She opened her agency 7 years ago with zero clients. She has built this female owned and operated business to multiple locations with full time employees. She is amazed at the journey and excited about future expansion.

I was joined on the shoot by Ashley Scarbrough, colorist. This was her first makeup "job" since social isolation began back in March. I could tell you was loving being on location!

It was wonderful to spend time with business partners who are thriving despite the recent setbacks in the economy. They tribute their success to a loyal local client base and the commitment to great customer service.


On a more personal and sobering note, my brother-in-law was airlifted to Augusta Georgia's Burn Center after surviving being electrocuted. I was returning home from Fairhope on Saturday evening when I got the stressful message.

Fortunately, his prognosis is very promising and we anticipate a great recovery. This incident was a sharp reminder of how precious and fleeting life as we know it can be. This week, I challenge you to stay present and be mindful of every moment. Take some time to really show love to those who are important to you ~Charlsie



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