PANAMA CITY BEACH — Generations of friends, visitors and locals alike, have been hanging out at Newby’s for 40 years, starting in a gas station building that is coming full circle.
Melva and David Newby initially built the Newby’s Trading Company building in 1972 as a gas station, beach supply and grocery store, “back before Thomas Drive was expanded to two lanes,” added Lindsey Pickenpaugh.
Lindsey owns the store with her husband, William Pickenpaugh; his brother, Wesley Pickenpaugh; and their mom, Charlotte Newby (Melva and David’s daughter); and her husband, John.
Miss Newby’s Liquors opened next door in 1975, followed by beach bars Newby’s Too and the Back Door Lounge. The gas station and grocery store was sold years ago, but in 2012, the current owners approached Charlotte to see if she was interested in buying the building back.
“And she said, ‘Why not?!’ Now we have a whole Newby’s corner,” Lindsey recalled.
Newby’s Trading Company opened July 1 and will have its grand opening on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with Newby’s style appetizers and drinks.
A Jack Daniels Barrel was brewed to commemorate Melva Newby’s life and legacy and Panama City Beach. You can purchase Jack Daniels Special Melva Newby Single Barrel Whiskey next door at Ms. Newby’s Liquors.
“Anything you need for the beach or your condo you can get here,” Lindsey said.
The shelves and racks at Newby’s Trading Company are filled with floats, Frisbees, water bottles, sand scoopers and pails, water guns and water bombs, pool noodles and goggles, swim shorts, post cards, canned goods, chips, cookies, beef jerky and other snacks. If you forgot your toothpaste or have a headache, you’re covered, too. There are flip-flops to wear and bottles of flipflop wine to drink.
A seating area allows a few friends to hang out and enjoy Hawks Jumbo Boiled P-nuts.
“They are definitely an acquired taste … it’s a texture thing for me,” Lindsey said. “My husband and my brother-in-law eat them up.”
On summer days, cool off with hand-scooped Blue Bell ice cream.
“Everyone seems to love it,” Lindsey said, admittedly an ice cream lover herself. “We have eight flavors, but we’re about to have 16, including sugar-free for any type of diabetic.”
Wake up with a cappuccino or coffee, or get your evening started by building your own craft beer six-pack.
“We have draft beer to-go in half gallon and gallons,” Lindsey said.
Wine from SeaBreeze Winery ranges from Island White to Blueberry. And if you are looking to commemorate your glory days, Stan Asborn can custom airbrush any shirt inside his studio.
“It’s always the years and ‘spring break’,” said Stan, who has been airbrushing for 30 years. “Our best business is the summer kiddos.”
Local artist Lori Moore has hand-painted designs on the floor, from the woody car with surfboards to a pirate on the beach and the famous Ms. Newby’s Hunch Punch.
“We do custom-pressed, heat-pressed T-shirts for spring break and families,” Lindsey said. “We also carry a lot of collegiate items.”
Leather jewelry made with fresh water pearls, also includes collegiate necklaces as well as biker jewelry.
You can find T-shirts and souvenirs from Panama City Beach as well as all three of Ms. Newby’s bars: Ms. Newby’s Liquors, Newby’s Too and Ms. Newby’s Other Bar at the Back Door Lounge.
“We’ve been in Biloxi the past three days at a food expo,” Lindsey said on Friday, Feb. 8. “Joey’s Pizza will be putting something in here by spring break.”
Later in the spring, look for paddleboard rentals, surfboard rentals and boogie-board rentals and lessons in the back.
“Oh I love the beach. As they say, I got sand in my toes and I never left,” said Lindsey, who moved down from Augusta, Ga., six years ago.
NEWBY’S TRADING COMPANY
What: ‘Your one stop beach shop’
Where: 8721 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Details: (850) 249-3365, Facebook: Newby’s Trading Company or firstname.lastname@example.org