By Jeff Stolowitz
New Smyrna Beach
I knew I had found one of those places, a business with Eco-awareness, run by locals that had a vision to carry it out.
During Beach week 2017 hosted by Pro Surfer Shea Lopez, I met Kevin Mount the owner of FLAUNT Vehicles in New Smyrna Beach.
Kevin has grasped the concept and evolution of the Eco-friendly local business shop.
They currently feature 2 models of an e-Bike that you can go up to 20 mph on for about 40 mpc The bike only takes 4 hours to completely recharge a battery. American ingenuity and entrepreneurship at its best. It is a movement which is taking root in communities and cities all over the country.“Benjamin Franklin” anyone.
The e-Bikes are sturdy and have some great features.
The one that got my attention on our ride was the pedal assist option. As an avid outdoors-man and gymnast in my early years I had done some damage to my knees and hadn't been on a bicycle in many years.
Getting on one of the e-Bikes I was a bit apprehensive, but as the saying goes, “It’s like riding a Bicycle”
The first word that came to mind was exhilarating and the pedal assist took the fears of bike riding away. You absolutely feel free to resume this great activity which is both helpful for your health and environmentally friendly.
FLAUNT Vehicles has a business model that includes renting their bikes, they sell and service them as well. At a cost of just around $1,700.00 they are an affordable way of getting around town without having to go to the gas station.
FLAUNT Vehicles also provides an Eco e-Bike Tour around the City of New Smyrna Beach. It includes a ride from their shop over to the beach through town. As you ride your guide will point out historical places and cool facts. You can also go through a pretty cool off trail ride.
New Smyrna Beach is only a 20 minute ride from Daytona Beach and is a must see and do location when vacationing. It is home now too many trendy and up-and-coming small businesses and restaurants. FLAUNT Vehicles e-Bikes is a great way to tour this quaint Beach-side City.
Should you want a tour in Ormond or Daytona call Kevin he is sure to accommodate your group's needs. Located in New Smyrna just off Canal Street their first sale was in June 2016 after 3 years of R&D. They created a unique company that is Eco-friendly and fits our definition of What’s Behind Daytona
105 Magnolia St / New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168
800 646-7616 x110
By Jeff Stolowitz
Ormond Beach, Tuesday night, this place is empty 8:30 pm???
It shouldn't be like this I thought.
This is was my second visit. For those of you following me you know I like to visit places a few times before writing about them. This time was better then the first so it needed no more visits for an article, but rest assured I'm going back.
When they first opened, it was good, but I was surprised. I didn't understand why a New York Style Italian Wine and Cheese Restaurant was moving into Ormond Beach, but it worked. Pricey, not really and I thought for the area, good food is good food and I'd be willing to pay for it anyway.
Flash forward a year later I noticed that Erin Disciorio was the Chef, a very talented one. Chef Erin has worked her way through the ranks in Daytona and now finds herself in this hidden gem of an eatery Behind Daytona. I first discovered her in a small place in Port Orange.
She was not long for that location but her food was outstanding.
Stupendously surprised is an understatement. Chef Erin is fantastic with what she does here. It made me pause and for a second want to go back in the kitchen but with a bottle of their signature Sangiovese on its way we focused on the menu.
They had 3 types of Oysters available and we ordered a dozen of the “Capital Oyster” found in Washington. They were absolutely perfect, fresh morsels of goodness from the Pacific Ocean. Expertly opened, they have a great balance of salinity and a sweet clean finish. The Oysters came with a “Wahoo Ceviche” , that we ordered. It was so spot on you barely noticed the next dish arriving.
Next up was a Panzanella Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad with a perfect touch of Pepper and Basil.
We also had the Cheese Platter which came with an aged Gouda and a Reggiano that had the perfect crystals I love so much.
Virgola is one of the restaurants that is beginning to change the face of East Volusia County and the food scene that goes along with it. With Chef Disciorio at the helm they couldn't find a better niche.
Virgola is an expanding restaurant group now with 6 locations across the USA.
It is so far the only 5-star Facebook find in the entire area for more than a year with over 100 reviews not one falls below five stars and they deserve it.
You can find them locally on Facebook at
If you haven't found this place yet you should, you should go there many times.
It gets Behind Daytona's find of the Summer
63 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, Florida
By Staff Writer
Looking for something cool to do this weekend.
These girls know how to skate.
Old School Rumble
Sunday Aug 5th
Beachside Brawlers vs J-Villians
Skate and Shake Skating Center
250 N US Highway 1
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
By Ormond Beach Chamber
Ormond Beach, Florida, Saturday, August 5, 2017 Ormond Beach Chamber of
Commerce will host their annual Casino Night to be held at the Daytona Beach
Resort & Conference Center’s Ballroom, located at 2700 North Atlantic Avenue.
There is a fun filled evening planned with Casino Games, Door Prizes, Silent
Auction Items, Heavy Hor d'oeuvres, Dessert and Masks!
Register for event tickets online at
The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit organization defined
as a 501 c 6. Ormond Beach Chamber was established in 1945. Our Mission
Statement is to serve the community by advocating for businesses, developing
leaders and promoting economic growth.
Contact for more information
386-677-3454 June 22, 2017
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