Business briefs for Feb. 4, 2016


Peterbrooke opens in Sawgrass Village
Peterbrooke Chocolatier recently announced the grand opening of their relocated chocolate store in Sawgrass Village Shopping Center at 333 Village Main Street. The official grand opening will be held on Fri., Feb. 5 from 6–9 p.m.
The public is invited to meet the Peterbrooke team for samples of chocolate covered popcorn and other chocolate delicacies, gelato and baked goods. There will also be a raffle and the opportunity for one lucky guest to win a tub of 54oz chocolate covered popcorn once a month for a year.
“Peterbrooke has been a part of the Ponte Vedra retail community for many years. We are pleased to open our new store in the Sawgrass Village shopping center close to Publix. The Peterbrooke in Ponte Vedra has a new look which features new products in addition to our traditional product offerings. We are excited to share our new store with our friends and neighbors,” said Billy Morris President of Peterbrooke.
The new store carries coffee, gelato, frozen yogurt, gift baskets, baked goods from the Peterbrooke Bake Studio and their signature handmade chocolate delicacies. The location will be able to host intimate private parties, events and local fundraisers. For more information, call (904) 273-7878 or visit Peterbrooke Chocolatier is located at 333 Village Main St suite 650, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

New VP & GM at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

The AAA Five Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club announced this week that Troy Bennett will act as its new Vice President and General Manager, effective immediately. In his position, Bennett is responsible for leading key operations, overseeing sales and marketing, and leading a staff of over 700 at the Florida resort.
With over 25 years in the industry, Bennett brings with him extensive experience in senior management positions. In his most recent position as Founder and Principal at eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors, an independent hospitality operations advisory firm, he worked both nationally and internationally with hotel groups such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Westin, Sheraton, W, Luxury Collection, Hilton, and Marriott International, among others.
Prior to eXceed, Bennett held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations & Asset Management for Gencom’s $5B Ritz-Carlton and luxury hotel portfolio. Bennett also previously served as Vice President of Asset Management for Host Hotels & Resorts where he managed a $1B portfolio of 15 hotels in North, Central and South America. Additional past positions held include Managing Director of Benchmark Hospitality and Kessler Collection and General Manager at various luxury independent hotels and resorts.
Bennett attended the University of Florida before graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In addition, he has completed courses in Hospitality Law at Harvard Law and the Fundamentals of Hotel Investment and Financial Decisions at Cornell University. He is a member of the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), a globally recognized elite group of hospitality professionals, who by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry have achieved a high level of expertise.
For more information or reservations, call 877-699-2878 or visit

Watson Realty Corp. Leadership Receives Global Relocation Professional Designation

Carlotta Landschoot, Executive Vice President, Tammy Vlah, Vice President, Director of Relocation and Judy Bissell, Vice President, Director of Relocation of Watson Realty Corp., recently achieved the Global Relocation Professional (GRP) designation from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a collection of over 500 premier residential real estate firms in nearly 50 countries worldwide.
Landschoot, Vlah and Bissell earned the designation after completing a series of online courses on topics including managing international referrals, implementing relocation guidelines, understanding referral policies and successfully serving relocating customers.
The designation was created by LeadingRE to provide members with comprehensive professional development in the area of referrals and relocation, supporting the network’s 30,000+ affiliate-to-affiliate customer referrals each year.
“We continually strive to help our members set the standard for excellence, whether they are assisting customers who are new to their area or those moving across the country or around the world,” said LeadingRE Director, Member Services Brent Williams. “By earning the GRP, Carlotta Landschoot, Tammy Vlah and Judy Bissell have demonstrated a strong working knowledge of and commitment to superior relocation services.”
“The GRP designation furthers the expertise that Watson Realty Corp. brings to its relocation partners and customers both locally and abroad. It heightens the confidence our partners have in us, and the high quality service we provide our customers,” said Bissell.
In addition to the extensive referral network, Watson Realty Corp. has access to a full range of services through their LeadingRE affiliation, including branding support, luxury marketing, global online exposure, technology systems, and other industry-leading professional development programs.
For more information about Watson Realty Corp., see

Arbor Terrace Ponte Vedra hosts Virtual Dementia Tour
On Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Arbor Terrace Ponte Vedra invites the community to visit for a virtual dementia tour, a scientifically proven method that teaches you the physical and mental challenges of those living with dementia. The tour simulates changes associated with cognitive decline and offers hope to caregivers and family members, providing you with valuable tips and tools.
Arbor Terrace is located at 5125 Palm Valley Rd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. Call the Concierge Desk at 904-834-7578 or email to schedule your time slot.

Momentum, Athleta partner for local fashion show

Momentum Wellness has partnered with Athleta and will be hosting a fashion show event, showcasing Athleta’s 2016 spring collection of athleisure-wear and workout attire.
The event will be hosted at Momentum Fitness (5150 Palm Valley Rd., Suite 103) on Feb. 11. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please call for your free tickets to this event, 904-395-3266, or email
— Compiled by Kelly H. McDermott