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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 4 months ago

Shack Shine franchise started

Also: Meet plein air artist at Art Walk
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Alex Blackwell has started what he calls his “second act.”

Recently retired after 33 years as vice president of a printing company in Kansas City, he and his wife have relocated to Ormond Beach and started a Shack Shine franchise. The couple had bought a house in Ormond Beach eight years with the intention of relocating, and have now decided the time is right.

Shack Shine is an exterior home cleaning provider with services that include window cleaning, power washing, house washing, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning and Christmas light installation.

The Blackwells wanted to move near the beach and like this area because it’s far enough north to have a change of seasons. He calls Ormond Beach a vibrant town.

Plus, all four of their children live in the East.

“I thought, ‘What are we doing in Kansas City?’” he said.

Blackwell said Shack Shine emphasizes professional customer service with friendly, uniformed technicians that take care of a home’s unique needs. The business seemed well-suited to him, because he and his wife have maintained investment properties. 

Visit or find Shack Shine Florida East on Facebook.


Landscape artist featured


As part of the Ormond Beach Art Walk on March 7, Ocean Art Gallery will host an Art Reception for well-known plein air artist Suzanne Marie Allen. Guests can meet the artist at a 5-8 p.m. reception, which will have music and refreshments.

A free shuttle transports guests between the galleries that make up the Art Walk stops on both East and West Granada Boulevard.

After graduating with honors from the University of Florida, Allen painted many murals over the years and has been recognized in magazines and newspapers. She started painting landscapes outdoors in 2014 along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.



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