Truland Homes Shows Off Their New Design Center

Truland Homes is showing off their new Design Center. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to take a tour of the completed displays and helped celebrate with a ribbon cutting.

Truland Homes specializes in building high quality homes and their design center gives you a taste of the high-end finishes and materials homeowners can choose from. It gives families an opportunity to not only see their design options, but to feel it, and make a decision they will truly love.

Passionate experts help craft your vision, personal project managers closely manage the creation of your home and the entire Truland team believes that your home is not just a reflection of you, it is you.

If you’re interested in seeing what Truland Homes can do for your family, stop by at 29891 Woodrow Ln #100 in Spanish Fort. You can also visit them online at

Blakeley Spotlights Birds and Boats On Delta-Docks Boat Tour July 15

Historic Blakeley State Park conducts a boat tour of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and the maritime activities of Mobile's port Saturday, July 15 aboard its 50-passenger Delta Explorer.

Visitors cooling in the breezes of the covered pontoon boat can expect an air show of osprey leading fledglings out of their nests, bald eagles,  and other wildlife before  turning downstream past newly built U.S. Navy ships moored in the Mobile River.

The three-hour narrated tour leaves the Blakeley Park dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12. They can be purchased on site prior to the tour start or reserved in advance by calling 251-626-5581 and using major credit cards. The U.S. Coast Guard inspected Delta Explorer is also available for charter.

Blakeley State Park is located on State Hwy. 225 about five miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. For more information go to


MOBILE, AL, July 11, 2017 - Wilkins Miller LLC, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, is pleased to announce that Stacy Cummings, CPA, CFF, CVA, Erin Jones, CPA, and Leigh Knosher, CPA, MTA, became partners effective July 1, 2017. "We are extremely excited about adding Stacy, Erin and Leigh to our partner group.” said Wilkins Miller Partner, Allen Carroll.  "They have all been and continue to be integral parts of our leadership team and we look forward to having them help lead our firm forward.”

Cummings joined the firm in 2002, after receiving her bachelor's degree of accountancy from the University of Mississippi. She was named manager in 2007, and her experience includes: individual and business taxation and income tax planning, audits of multiple-state wholesale distributors, manufacturers, not-for-profit entities and benefit plans, and consulting services including litigation services and business valuations. Cummings also holds a business valuation credential and is certified in financial forensics.

Jones joined the firm in 2003, after earning a bachelor's degree of science in business administration with a specialization in accounting and a master's degree in business administration from Spring Hill College. She was named Manager in 2007, and her areas of specialty include audits, reviews and compilations of non-profit organizations, non-public companies, state and local governments, and employee benefit plans, and individual and business taxation. Her industry experience primarily lies in construction contractors, professional service firms, retail sales, manufacturing, colleges and universities and timber and real estate management.

Knosher joined Wilkins Miller in 2002 and was named manager in 2004. She brings over thirty years of experience in public accounting and specializes in federal and multi-state taxation. Knosher’s experience includes working with a national accounting firm as well as owning her own accounting practice in Fairhope. She earned a bachelor's of science in commerce and business administration from The University of Alabama and a master's degree of taxation from The University of Alabama.

For over half a century, Wilkins Miller has practiced in the Mobile Bay Region and now has specialties in the areas of financial reporting, tax, litigation, valuation, cost segregation, client accounting, business consulting and information technology consulting.  Wilkins Miller is located at 41 West Interstate 65 Service Road North, Suite 400 in Mobile and 56 South Section Street in Fairhope.  For more information on Wilkins Miller, visit

Online Boutique, “The Pelican Loft” Opens in Fairhope

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - The Pelican Loft is now open in the Fairhope area offering unique clothing and accessories. They celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce office Friday, July 7.

The Pelican Loft carefully chooses the most current fashions in a limited quantity, so customers will get a unique piece.  Owners Lori Thompson and Michelle McKean say you should be prepared to have all your friends asking, "Where did you get that?”

The owners say shopping and helping people make fashion decisions has always been one of our favorite activities.  "There is a thrill when you help someone pick out something that looks great on them and leaves them feeling more confident and beautiful!” said Thompson. They decided that there was no better way to do that than to start their own boutique. 

You may be surprised to find out that the Pelican Loft is a home-based business.  Almost all of their sales are online, but they will occasionally host a shopping day from their office or run a "Pelican Pop-Up" at another local business.  If you are interested in hosting a Pop-Up at your business you can contact them at:

You can find their boutique online at They also have a Facebook page as well as an Instagram account.  Be sure to follow them for the latest in current fashions!

Painting with a Twist Brings Fun and Art Together on the Eastern Shore

SPANISH FORT, Ala. - Painting with a Twist is bringing painting to life on the Eastern Shore. They’re now open at 10200 Eastern Shore Blvd, #400, Spanish Fort, AL. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting June 27.

Painting with a Twist is a great place to relax, have fun with your friends and discover your inner artist. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage and paint along with artists on staff. You’ll have a fun work of art to take home at the end of the evening.

Managing Partner Shelby Patterson says she got started with Painting with a Twist 5 years ago as a part-time artist while finishing her Art Degree.  After spending time as an artist in residence in the Amazon jungles of Peru, she went back to Painting with a Twist as a co-manager at the Pensacola location. "The Studio Owner there, Jenny Muller, and I began discussing the possibilities of opening a Studio along the Eastern Shore. We began planning and plotting, and a couple of years later, we have made it happen!" said Patterson.

Painting with a Twist provides all painting supplies and artist instructions. No art experience is necessary. Two hour classes are offered for $35 and three hour classes for $45. Open classes are fun for you and a friend or small group. 

On top of our scheduled classes, they also offer private parties. You can schedule a 'Private Party' any day of the week. These classes are the same price/person, and you get to pick whichever painting from their library that your heart desires. Your group will also get a private room to yourselves. You just must have a minimum of 10 painters (12 if you schedule after 5pm on a Friday or Saturday night). These are great for Girls' Night Outs, Bachelorette Parties, Birthday Parties, or no reason at all!

They offer team building events, where groups break down a painting to multiple canvases to create one giant mural.  Also, franchisees from across the nation hold monthly painting fundraisers through the Painting with a Purpose program to benefit local charities. To date, Painting with a Twist locations donated more than $1,000,000 to local groups.


Gift Cards make a unique gift for any occasion and are available for purchase online or in the studio.

Follow Painting with a Twist on Facebook to hear about studio events, get sneak previews of new art and our monthly calendar, participate in promotions exclusive to Facebook fans, and more! You can also find them online at


New T-Mobile Location Now Open in Malbis

A new T-Mobile location is now open in Malbis and they are ready to serve the growing Eastern Shore Community. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the new location at 29728 Urgent Care Drive, Ste. C in Daphne.

T-Mobile is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. then Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

The phone carrier’s latest promotion to pay off your phone via prepaid card when you switch to T-Mobile and get a new phone has made them a popular choice. 

To learn more about what they offer, visit their store in Daphne or go to their website

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