RETAIL CORRIDOR with Sunrise Marine, KK & Co. Boutique


By Sharon Dooley |


Many locals, as well as visitors, have purchase their boats through Sunrise Marine. A year ago, the founders decided to move on to other ventures and this established business was sold to OneWater Marine Holdings.

“Sunrise Marine — it started in Destin just out of the back of a pickup truck,” said Peggy King, director of marketing and public relations for Sunrise Marine.

Since the ownership transition, King said that “nothing has changed; it’s business as usual.”

Except that this year, Sunrise Marine has taken on three new lines.

“Contender is offshore fishing, known for its tournament use,” King said. “Hurricane is the family boat. Sweetwater are pontoon boats.”

Sunrise Marine continues to offer its showroom choices in all price points of boats, and it also continues its full-service repairs and maintenance. The company also opened a second location in Daphne, Alabama.

“We want people to realize how much there is to do by boat in this area,” King added.

Check out the Sunrise Marine YouTube page to see the boats on the water.

LOCATION: 1460 Highway 98 W., Mary Esther, 1 mile west of Hurlburt Field

TELEPHONE: 243-0414

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays



Opening in October inside the North Bay Mercantile, kk & Co. boutique reflects a little bit of the local fashion heritage while moving forward with style.

Two friends opened their boutique after discussing it at a Niceville High School football game.

Niceville native Kendra Skinner married into the Skinner family, which operated its own fashion boutique for decades in the heart of Niceville. Living in the area for only four years, Kristian Brinkman came up with the business plan that gives their shoppers comfort, fashion and affordable prices.

“We typically do one run of each item,” Skinner said. Brinkman finished the thought by adding that “the drawback of that is if you don’t get it right away, it’s gone.”

The upside to the kk & Co. boutique experience, both said, is that no one else in the bleachers will be wearing the same outfit.

“You can dress it up, wear it out to dinner, wear it to a ball game,” Skinner said. Brinkman added: “We can accommodate the casual look, but then again, we can accommodate if you’re going on a date.”

LOCATION: 4652 Highway 20 E., No. 102, inside North Bay Mercantile

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays

TELEPHONE: 279-6994