Biz Buzz: Flip Flops Shops to hold grand opening in Ormond Beach

Plus, news on Stetson University and Halifax Health.

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Ryan Kurtz, Janice and David Knapp of Flips Flops Shop. Courtesy photo
Ryan Kurtz, Janice and David Knapp of Flips Flops Shop. Courtesy photo
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Flip Flop Shops — a family-owned business that carries flip-flops, water shoes, sunglasses, beach hats, bags, SPF shirts, accessories and more — is now open in the Granada Plaza at 177 East Granada Blvd.

The grand opening, which is open to the public, will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Finger foods, drinks, special product promotions and giveaways with six large prize raffles will be available at the event. Those who attend also have a chance to win a 2022 Body Glove Performance paddle board. 

“As native Floridians, we embrace the Florida lifestyle,” co-owner David Knapp said. “This store is designed with a laid-back vibe, and our customers so far have loved it.”

Flip Flops Shops can be reached at 386-265-5891 or [email protected].

Stetson dedicates new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation

On Friday, Oct. 28, Stetson University cut the ceremonial ribbon on the Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation. The innovation strives to provide Stetson with new labs, a teaching kitchen and other spaces to expand health and science programs. 

The new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall will connect to Sage Hall Science Center, which creates a 120,000-square-foot science complex. The new building will provide academic programs in health sciences, environmental science and studies, public health, counselor education and sustainable food systems.

Cici and Hyatt Brown are supporters university trustees who have donated $18 million in 2018 for the science building.

“Part of what we’re doing here at Stetson is bringing about opportunities for people, to attract more and better students, to prepare them for their future,” said Hyatt Brown at the dedication ceremony inside Brown Hall. “And that’s very important because this university has a great past and a great present, and the future is before us.” 

Emily Helmick joins UF Health General Surgery at Halifax Health

As of Wednesday, Oct. 26, Emily Helmick has joined UF Health General Surgery at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach. Helmick will be working as a general surgeon in critical care. 

Helmick received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and earned her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

Helmick also partook in training in pediatric immunology, robotics, hernias and surgical skills for exposure to trauma.


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