Main Street DeFuniak Blog

  • Sprint Triathlon in DeFuniak Springs
    Historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida is the site of a Sprint Triathlon this May 15, 2021.  The event is hosted by Forward DeFuniak, Inc., a 501c3 organization focused on the progress and preservation of DeFuniak Springs.  Details and registration information can be found at dfstriathlon.com.  Business sponsors, to date, are Triangle Chevrolet and Buick, Consolidated Ace Hardware, Soiree, and TechPlanet.  If you or your business would like to support this event, contact Suzanne Kallenbach, SponsorshipContinue reading “Sprint Triathlon in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmer’s Market Begins with Tractor Parade
    DeFuniak Springs, Florida • February 23, 2021 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs will kick off its 2021 Farmer’s Market Season on Saturday, March 20, 2021, on Baldwin Avenue. In addition to the variety of vendors, the opening day will include a tractor parade with numerous rare and restored tractors. Patrons are invited to shop the market beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Hosted weekly theContinue reading “Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmer’s Market Begins with Tractor Parade”
  • Tractor Parade
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 AM CDT – 12 PM CDT: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. the Main Street Tractor Parade will travel along Baldwin Avenue starting from S. 5th St. near Firestone Service Center. The parade of rare and restored tractors will travel west through the Main Street district and loop back to S. 7th St., where the tractors will be parked and on display until noon.
  • The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique Opens on Main Street DeFuniak Springs
    Nestled in the heart of Historic Defunik Springs, The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique welcomes you with the elegance, hospitality, and history of this beautiful city. Uniting a modern touch with traditional spa treatments, The Pink House provides a cultivating experience with true southern hospitality at heart. Located at 760 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. You can call (850) 520-4373 to book your services. The boutique will celebrate itsContinue reading “The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique Opens on Main Street DeFuniak Springs”
  • Music on Main Feb. 5: Anthony Peebles
    A native of the northwest Florida panhandle, Anthony Peebles has the gift of an expansive range and tone which goes from pure and soothing to soaring and edgy.  In 2015, Anthony signed with First Note Entertainment, and spent the next year recording with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard.  Having recently opened for multiple national artists, Anthony is an artist fast gaining followers across the south. This year he has had placements on ABC’s Grey’sContinue reading “Music on Main Feb. 5: Anthony Peebles”
  • Music on Main 2021
    Intimate listening room concerts to be held every Friday in February Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with Visit South Walton, announced today its “Music on Main” concert series. Taking place every Friday in February from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. The concert series comes onContinue reading “Music on Main 2021”
  • Voters to Decide Future Governance of DeFuniak Springs Jan. 26
    Referendum Asks Citizens Whether to Update a 120-Year-Old Charter DeFuniak Springs, FL…Registered voters of the City of DeFuniak Springs will have an opportunity to vote on a new city charter Tuesday, January 26, 2021, to replace a 120-year-old governing document.  The newly proposed draft charter provides for nine charter-level positions defined as the following: five councilmembers consisting of the City Council, the City Manager, the Mayor, the City Marshal, andContinue reading “Voters to Decide Future Governance of DeFuniak Springs Jan. 26”
  • Sunday Matinees Continue at The Florida Chautauqua Theater
    The Florida Chautauqua Theater will continue their Sunday Matinee Series this January with two screenings. Join us Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3 PM CST at the The Florida Chautauqua Theater for the Sunday Matinee showing of Disney’s Frozen. When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer,Continue reading “Sunday Matinees Continue at The Florida Chautauqua Theater”
  • Hotel DeFuniak Treasure Hunt
    In celebration of Hotel DeFuniak’s 100 year anniversary, guests are invited on a treasure hunt! During his stay in 1928, Al Capone lost his wallet somewhere in the hotel. Find the wallet and you will receive a 100th year commemorative coin, a free night stay in one of Hotel DeFuniak’s signature rooms, and a $100 gift card to Cafe Nola. Here’s how you play: Sign up at Hotel DeFuniak toContinue reading “Hotel DeFuniak Treasure Hunt”
  • Baldwin Holiday Block Party
    Mark your calendars for the Baldwin Holiday Block Party. Held on Friday, December 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. a number of our Main Street Merchants have joined forces to host a number of fun in-store promotions. Fisher’s Pharmacy will have photos with Santa, stop by Soiree for hot chocolate, bring the kiddos by Katie Beth’s Boutique & Spa to drop their Christmas wish-list in Santa’s mailbox, and don’t forget Praline & Co. on S. 10th St. to try theirContinue reading “Baldwin Holiday Block Party”
  • Merry Main Street
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs Hosts “Merry Main Street” Brings free holiday festivities to Downtown DeFuniak Springs DeFuniak Springs, Florida • November 16, 2020 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with theContinue reading “Merry Main Street”
  • Festival of Trees 2020
    Festival of Trees 2020 is a display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Free admission. This event is hosted and orchestrated by the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs.   Donations and funds collected from organizations and businesses submitting a decorated tree go to the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood FoundationContinue reading “Festival of Trees 2020”
  • Historic Florida Chautauqua Theater Announces Matinee Series
    The Florida Chautauqua Theater, located in Downtown DeFuniak Springs, recently announced a Sunday Matinee Series. The first movies to be shown in the historic theater in over 35 years, the series will begin on Sunday, November 29, 2020, with a collection of holiday films beginning at 3:00 p.m. weekly.
  • Christmas Reflections
    Enjoy a holiday family tradition in DeFuniak Springs, FL as Chipley Park lights up with the annual Christmas Reflection displays.
  • Cafe Nola Defuniak Debuts New Breakfast Menu
    Reminiscent of Rick’s Café in Casablanca, Cafe Nola delights patrons with lunch, dinner and now breakfast! The new menu, debuted this week on Cafe Nola’s social media, includes beignets, Build Your Own Omelets, Breakfast Plates and a la carte options. Breakfast will be offered from 6:30AM to 10:30AM every week. Address: 400 East Nelson Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433Phone: (850) 610-8849 Hours:Mon 10:00am – 10:00pmTue 10:00am – 10:00pmWed 10:00am –Continue reading “Cafe Nola Defuniak Debuts New Breakfast Menu”
  • 2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs
    City uses online technology to communicate message during COVID DeFuniak Springs, FL…Leaders of the City of DeFuniak Springs are using the upcoming state-wide celebration of City Government Week to announce various changes impacting community growth, tourism and education through daily website updates, Facebook postings, YouTube uploads and livestreaming online school presentations.  The 2020 City Government Week state-wide observance is October 19-25.   City government leaders have traditionally participated in City GovernmentContinue reading “2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT
    Walton County voters registered north of the Choctawhatchee Bay and Intercoastal Waterway will vote this November 3, 2020, on a referendum approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to pass a North Walton Tourist Development Tax, more commonly known as a “bed tax”, to be collected from visitors staying in hotels, condos and other short-term rentals (periods of time less than 6 months). As such, this is notContinue reading “Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT”
  • Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street
    Article from Main Street America It is vital to our nation’s Main Streets and their communities that as many people as possible complete the 2020 Census. Occurring every 10 years, the U.S. Census strives to count the entire population of the United States. The data collected from the census will impact communities for the next decade, from federal funding to political representation to accurate data about the people in yourContinue reading “Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street”
  • Preservation & Renovation: Perla Baking Co.
    Commercial Preservation & Renovation completed by McWhorter Vallée Designs
  • Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties
    Information below provided by National Park Services. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It has leveraged over $102.64 billion in private investment to preserve 45,383 historic properties since 1976. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnershipContinue reading “Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties”
  • 2020 Census #ShapeYourFuture
    There’s a lot going on these days…including the Census! As of 8/25/20, 46.7% of DeFuniak Springs households have responded to the Census. This is good progress, but we still have work to do. Help by making sure you get counted and encouraging folks in your network to get counted, too. Response rates as of August 25, 2020. Updated response rates can be found here. What’s the big deal? The Census isContinue reading “2020 Census #ShapeYourFuture”
  • The Big Store
    The corner of Baldwin Avenue and 8th street has always been the center for commerce in DeFuniak Springs. From the earliest years directly after the founding of the town with the railroad, this spot began to grow because of the proximity to the train depot and access to the Chautauqua campus without actually being inside the gated lake yard. The Big Store location originally held the Opera House Store and several other buildings held and operated by theContinue reading “The Big Store”
  • St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church
    A divine reminder of the original Chautauqua One of the key aspects of the Chautauqua movement and rural life throughout America was the deep-rooted belief and worship of God. But at the founding of DeFuniak Springs, there was no formal church established. This all changed as the Baptist, Christian, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Universalist Churches were all founded during the latter part of the 19th century. At the corner of Circle Drive andContinue reading “St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church”
  • City Adopts to Seek Funding for Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure
    “Farmers markets have become a critical ingredient to our nation’s economy, food systems, and communities. Connecting rural to urban, farmer to consumer, and fresh ingredients to our diets, farmers markets are becoming economic and community centerpieces in cities and towns across the U.S.” – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE On Monday, August 10, 2020, during their Regular Meeting the City Council voted unanimously to being to seek funding through grants forContinue reading “City Adopts to Seek Funding for Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure”
  • Perla Baking Co. | Book Signing with Joanne Klepal
    Saturday, August 22 while strolling through your local Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmers Market, stop in at Perla Baking Co. to meet local author Joanne Klepal, and enjoy some of Perla’s freshly baked organic pastries and favorite coffee or tea.
  • City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements
    “Creating streets for people starts with creating a safe, sustainable, and healthy place for residents and visitors to connect, engage, and support the local economy. Truly the front porch of our communities, successful Main Street’s embrace human-scale design and offer seating areas, inviting public spaces, and streetscape amenities that enhance the overall human experience. They are also easy and safe to navigate, with infrastructure and programming that prioritize and accommodateContinue reading “City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements”
  • City Council Meeting: Monday, August 10 | 4PM | Community Center
    Main Street Defuniak Springs will be speaking on two agenda items at the Monday, August 10 City Council Meeting held at the Community Center.
  • Walton-DeFuniak Library
    Directly following the inaugural Florida Chautauqua Assembly, during the winter of 1886 an organization of women formed the “Aid Society” in DeFuniak Springs. Their mission was to welcome the many newcomers who were attracted to our small railroad town by the opening of the Florida Chautauqua the previous year. By early summer in 1887, this energetic group of women began focusing on a much-needed service. It had become apparent that the town lacked a library to provide reference material for the community at the Florida ChautauquaContinue reading “Walton-DeFuniak Library”
  • The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
    The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood is the physical embodiment of every good and pure idea our founding fathers fostered as they established DeFuniak Springs. A Winter Assembly in the Land of Summer. In 1929, a local newspaper report read, “DeFuniak Springs enjoys the distinction of a town built about and idea. It’s history and that of Chautauqua are one, and its action is but thought materialized.” The Hall of Brotherhood youContinue reading “The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood”
  • Board of Directors Application
    We are happy to hear you are interested in joining our Main Street DeFuniak Springs Board of Directors. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Approval to the board will be voted on by our current Board of Directors and are based on your interested, abilities, skills, and willingness to be part of our organization. Thank you for your submission and we look forward to working with you. Please emailContinue reading “Board of Directors Application”
  • Saturday Farmer’s Market
    Join us every Saturday in Downtown DeFuniak for the Farmer’s Market held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (July – September) on Baldwin Avenue.
  • L&N Train Depot
    The Florida Legislature chartered the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad in March of 1881 to connect Chattahoochee to Pensacola with 170 miles of railway. Colonel W. D. Chipley, general manager of the Pensacola Railroad, led the surveying expedition with Colonel T. T. Wright and Major W. J. VanKirk to plot the easiest course for the new rail line. It is said that, after much travel through densely forested trees and wilds of undeveloped lands of Northwest Florida, the groupContinue reading “L&N Train Depot”