PANAMA CITY —Sarah O'Brennan, who co-owns Blasted Screen Print and Boutique with her husband Matthew, hopes for a resurgence of interest in the historic downtown area.

"When I was a teenager, we always hung out downtown and spent our little bit of money there," she said earlier this week."But if we want the tourists and visitors to find it, it has to start with the locals."

Blasted Screen Print started as a home business for the O'Brennans. But as business grew, they needed a shop front — and they found the perfect spot at 424 Harrison Ave. After working on renovations, however, they felt the space could be so much more than just a screen printing business, more than a T-shirt shop.

"We're still trying to figure it out," she said, adding that she's excited to have a set of personalized wine glasses for use with the new beer and wine license. "We don't get many shoppers yet, and having events is the best way to get people in."

The boutique currently carries a wide variety of vintage vinyl records, jewelry, sunglasses, consignment clothing from Planted True, caps, and even original screen printed T-shirts based on the art displayed on the gallery wall. Each month, a new artist's work is exhibited; currently it's the "urban vacation" work of Rob Pate. And every couple of weeks, a musical guest performs after-hours.

Calliope Renee Pettis will play Friday, Feb. 16, from 7-8 p.m. A Panama City native who grew up acting at Kaleidoscope Theatre, singing in the Bay High School choir under the direction of Julia House and improvising with BHS's drama troupe, Pettis left home to pursue a degree in vocal performance at the University of Montevallo.

Here's what the audience should expect at her show, according to a Facebook post: Layers and layers of vocal musings made possible by a Ditto Looper Pedal; "Not-your-Papaw's-bluegrass" mandolin playing; some jazzed-up Country on guitar; unique ukulele; and "joyful silliness served with a heaping portion of honesty."

"She's really cool," O'Brennan said.

In addition to Pettis' performance on Friday, the shop will host a Spanish wine tasting for $10 per person.

Sarah O'Brennan was working as a teacher when Matthew suggested he could make T-shirts for her classroom better and cheaper than buying them from other sources. They purchased some used equipment in 2013 and started turning out tees. Teachers were their first regular customers, and beach clubs soon followed. They opened the store front in 2017, and just recently hired their first full-time employee.

On Feb. 24, Blasted Screen Print and Boutique will host an opening party for artist Christence Taylor's show, "Vision Problems." A 29-year-old Panama City native, Taylor specializes in acrylic paintings and wood burning pieces. Within the last few months, Taylor's themes have moved from natural and organic images to surreal-like portraits with strong underlying personal themes.

Musical entertainment at the Taylor opening will be provided by Tara and Giles beginning at 8 p.m. Expect a dainty voice paired with thoughtful lyricism and powerful music that unexpectedly turns corners into eerie alleyways, O'Brennan said, adding, "They are the perfect mix for what (Taylor's) doing with her art."

March 2, Megan Jean and The KFB will be the featured performers. The Dad Johnston Band will open the show, and The Jerry Riddle? will close. O'Brennan described the featured band's sound as "heavy metal from the 1920s — you just can't help but want to dance."