Windmark Beach community celebrates opening of two businesses

Locals and visitors gathered in Windmark Beach to celebrate the opening of R&R Outfitters and the grand opening of Bruno’s Pizza on Saturday, two new businesses in the community.

The opening coincided with Windmark Beach’s Block Party, which featured booths from many local organizations, lawn games and live music by Hunter Wall.

According to the R&R Outfitters’ new manager Danny Sayachack, the event was a huge success.

“We’re excited about being a part of the community – getting to know everybody and our neighbors and stuff,” Sayachack said. “We’re looking forward to being more hands-on and having fun.”

R&R Outfitters will offer locals and tourists access to equipment like paddle boards, kayaks and bicycles from Florida Panhandle companies without having to drive hours to Santa Rosa or Fort Walton Beach.

The store also plans to add more retail options soon, like T-shirts and sunblock.

“We’re offering something this community hasn’t had in a while,” Sayachack said. “Offering a lifestyle pretty much. Offering paddle boards and kayaks to visitors and all that stuff. On the retail side, we’re trying to bring in products so people don’t have to drive two hours away to get them.”

Bruno’s Pizza has been serving the community since December, 2021, but the pizza parlor hosted their grand opening on Saturday to coincide with the festivities.

Bruno’s is a local chain, with their first location opening on 30A in 1990 – the Emerald Coast’s first pizzeria.

The restaurant was busy on Saturday, with many locals and visitors stopping by to enjoy a slice, some garlic knots and good company.

R&R Outfitters will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. Bruno’s Pizza will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT.

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Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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