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Years of banking history and the frustration with loan processes lead two friends to do the unthinkable…… go PRIME time!

by Trish Utter Carrie Cribb has been working in the banking industry for many years and so has her friend Raymond Andrews. Through a bunch of coincidental meetings and having friends in all More »

New Look for Sonny’s BBQ

by Trish Utter Sonny’s BBQ on Highway 90 in Lake City recently went through a major renovation, representing an updated vision for the nearly 50-year-old barbecue chain. The restaurant held its re-opening, More »

Window of Opportunity with Sam Burbach

by Ruth Ward I was sitting in Sam Burbach’s showroom surrounded by samples of windows, garage doors, blinds and door handles and listening to how excited he is about his company. This More »

The Cancer Center Patient Spotlight – Ginger Elmore

By Dr. Allison Grow The biggest battle with cancer is in your head. You must decide cancer is not going to control your life, steal your joy or happiness. - Ginger Elmore More »

She did it!!! Gooey caramel, dripping chocolate at Eastside’s Culinary Arts kitchen

by Ruth Ward Twelfth grader, Peyton Agliata attends Eastside Culinary School in east Gainesville, Florida. She was visiting the very prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, where she has been More »

Antiques, Gift Items and True Southern Charm!

by Ruth Ward Located on Main Street, the charming winding, tree lined road in Alachua, you will find a store that reflects its name ……. Southern Charm Emporium. Owner Bill Miller has More »

The very talented Donna Cohen

by Trish Utter “I love turning your dream of a beautiful home or space into something beyond your expectations. From the initial concept to project completion, whether we’re just choosing paint and More »

What do TIRES and REAL ESTATE have in common? ERNIE and NANCY TURBYFILL, THAT’S WHAT!

by Trish Utter Ernie and Nancy Turbyfill are a fun loving couple who have risen to the top with their businesses. When you meet them you might think they are newlyweds but More »

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake

by Trish Utter No bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring More »

Gloria Fletcher Award, Teen Award Goes to . . .

by Ruth Ward Congratulations to local teen Brooke Utter who won the Gloria Fletcher Teen Award presented by well-known radio personality Storm Roberts at the Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament sponsored by Bosshardt More »

 
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Years of banking history and the frustration with loan processes lead two friends to do the unthinkable…… go PRIME time!

by Trish Utter

YearsofbankinghistoryCarrie Cribb has been working in the banking industry for many years and so has her friend Raymond Andrews. Through a bunch of coincidental meetings and having friends in all the right places it was PRIME time to make a bold move.

Cribb always had a drive for making money. At age eleven she had a paper route, baby-sat and washed the neighbor’s cars. Her first real job was at a gas station running the cash register. “I found out early in life that working hard builds character and the harder you work the more rewarding it can be,” said Cribb.

Cribb has spent most of her life in Marion County although she now drives between Ocala and Gainesville regularly. Cribb lives in Ocala with her husband of thirty three years. They have two children and two grandchildren. Their family is spread all over North Florida from Ocala to Gainesville to Jacksonville.

The Cribb’s have a great love for animals and have three Schnauzers. “My love for all animals is heart founding. When I was a child I would save all the dogs in the neighborhood that were running loose on the street and put them in my fenced-in yard until the neighbors came to claim them,“ said Carrie.

It is obvious how Carrie cares for and adores her family and pets. She feels the same way about her clients and I think this caring side of this businesswoman has greatly helped her succeed in the mortgage business.

I asked Carrie what made her get into banking, “When I was in the 8th grade the teacher asked everyone what they would like to be when they grew up?” and without hesitation, I said, “a banker.” Fifteen years later Cribb landed a job as a Bank Teller at a savings and loan company. ” I found out early on that I liked small community banks, where local decision making and interacting with the powers that be counted. The paycheck was secondary.”

It was at this time, in 1992 that Cribb met Mortgage Manager, Raymond Andrews.

Raymond Andrew’s banking background spans over 28 years. He is an Army Reserve veteran, married with two grown children and has a passion for barefoot water skiing. His parents moved him to Ocala from Miami. Andrews worked as a kid for his father’s bakery. It was a fifth generation bakery that closed in 2003. Andrews attended Vanguard High in Ocala and then the University of Florida.

When Andrews met Cribb he could see she was as contentious and driven as himself and encouraged Cribb to get into the mortgage side of the industry, and three years later she did. ‘I had no experience in that area but they liked my “can do” attitude. That’s when I knew I was a true mortgage person. I found the true love of my career. I was eager to learn everything I could and worked at every job possible in the mortgage area. I quickly moved up into management so I could make a difference.”

In 2007 Cribb worked at Alarion Bank and that changed the path of her future as she met bank board members, Carol Bosshardt and Steve Allen. Carol Bosshardt is the owner of Bosshardt Realty, the largest real-estate company in Gainesville. “Carol and I were true friends from the start, we worked well together in a market that was struggling from the mortgage crash. Together we grew Alarion Mortgage to the number one mortgage company in Gainesville and number two in Ocala. Due to the growth of our mortgage department we were expanding and needed more space and that is how Cribb met Steve Allen from Tallen Builders.” Steve Allen was on the advisory board with Alarion Bank.

Alarion Bank was sold in 2014. Steve Allen and Carol Bosshardt suggested that since Cribb had made Alarion’s Mortgage department so successful, closing 100 loans a month, that she should open her own Mortgage Company. TogethTogether, Steve Allen, Carol Bosshardt, Gary Schneider, Henri Logan and Gateway Bank opened Prime Mortgage Group, LLC in 2014 with Carrie Cribb as CEO and Raymond Andrews as President.

“Raymond and I have created a culture here at PRIME where we provide local in-house processing, underwriting and closing services. Clients are not frustrated by off-site processing. At PRIME Mortgage Group, your experience will exceed your expectations with a Can Do-On Time attitude. It is important that everyone feels that way when they are buying a home. They should have the experience of someone working with them and for them. The team that we have created here at Prime has well over 200 years of combined experience to make that happen.”

Why should all this make a difference to you? If you want a mortgage done right away and want to talk directly to the lender, you now can. You can walk into one of their many offices or they will meet with you. Carrie Cribb and her team at PRIME Mortgage really can give you the white glove personal attention you deserve and the competitive rates you are looking for.

Cathy and her team at PRIME Mortgage made the financing of my mortgage practically stress-free. Cathy was always on top of everything and explained it clearly and simply when I had questions. I would highly recommend Cathy to anyone I know who’s looking to buy or refinance a home.

- Kimberly Willard

Recently I needed to refinance my mortgage that I had at a larger banking institution and when I approached that bank I was made to feel as if I was only a number to them and would face a lengthy processing experience. While speaking with the staff at Gateway Bank, I was referred to Cathy Cindel at PRIME Mortgage. From my first phone call with Cathy to the “closing” I was always treated as a person, not a “number”. Every question I had and every phone call I made to Cathy was returned immediately and my questions were answered promptly and accurately. I have had many mortgages over the years that historically take up to 90 days to process and often have “glitches” along the way. This was most definitely not so in this case as Cathy and her staff at PRIME could not have been more professional. The closing took place within 35 days from my initial application with not one “glitch”. Everyone at PRIME had been so kind that I almost wished it did not have to come to an end. By far this was the best experience I have ever had with a financial institution and I sincerely thank Cathy Cindel and the staff at PRIME Mortgage for that!!!

- Cindy Curtis

I recently used PRIME Mortgage when I purchased my home. Everyone there put up with my emails, calls and any question was answered right away. I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, Lori, Linda and Raymond. Great job and no stress! My realtor said the stress and issues would come with the lender and they always do. NOW THEY DON’T HAVE TO WHEN YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH.

– Carolann S. Mamzellis-Mclntyre

Dear Mr. Andrews, Mrs. Cribb and Board of Directors at PRIME Mortgage Group LLC.

We are writing to let you know how happy we were with our mortgage experience with Gina and PRIME Mortgage Group. We want to express our gratitude to Mrs. Gina Gregory. Gina went above and beyond with excellent communication, and superior customer service, while showing professionalism and great attention to detail. The home we chose was a bank foreclosure that needed repairs and the timeframe for closing was three weeks. PRIME Mortgage was able to get us to the closing table as well as get the repairs done. I have to say that my wife and I were a bit stressed but with Gina holding our hand it made the experience less stressful. We are truly grateful for Gina and the PRIME Mortgage team. We will refer anyone that needs a mortgage to PRIME Mortgage Group and Mrs. Gina Gregory.

– Mr. & Mrs. Josheph Bartolotta

Get the CAN DO attitude and call today!
352-480-0400 PRIMEMortgageFL.com

SonnyBBQ

New Look for Sonny’s BBQ

by Trish Utter

SonnyBBQSonny’s BBQ on Highway 90 in Lake City recently went through a major renovation, representing an updated vision for the nearly 50-year-old barbecue chain. The restaurant held its re-opening, ribbon cutting and day-long celebration in the spring of 2016. Founder, Floyd ‘Sonny’ Tillman, and fellow franchisees from around Florida were on hand to celebrate Sonny’s ongoing efforts to provide guests with a local BBQ experience. Lake City officials and friends demonstrated their support for the restaurant including a line of customers that wrapped the building waiting to get a seat in the bright and energetic new restaurant. While the look is new, guests will find the commitment to authentic, Southern-style BBQ served up in a friendly environment hasn’t changed.

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Window of Opportunity with Sam Burbach

by Ruth Ward

WindowofOpportunityI was sitting in Sam Burbach’s showroom surrounded by samples of windows, garage doors, blinds and door handles and listening to how excited he is about his company. This young entrepreneur has embraced the business world and does a superior job. Photos of his wife Emily and eight year old daughter, Samantha, hang on his office wall. As I look at the photo of his daughter, Sam says, “She is more involved in my company than I would have ever imagined. She loves “selling for me” on weekends. That’s when we end up meeting customers at their homes or at the showroom and Samantha is proud to show the clients all our products.

What made you go into this business?

I have always loved the construction industry. Started working for a contractor when I was 16 years old and have always had an interest in the windows and doors.

How long have you had your business?

I started Superior Windows and doors June of 2011 and have been working on growing it ever since. I really like building relationships with each customer, making them more part of a growing family, than just another Superior customer.

Why did you choose Gainesville for your company?

I really didn’t choose Gainesville, Gainesville sort of chose me. I live in Lake City and started there first, but as it progressed, more and more friends who became customers where coming from Gainesville than anywhere else, so it was a natural transition into my full time location in Gainesville.

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

Me and my family love coming over to Gainesville on the weekends spending time at the many parks and many restaurants. One of our favorite places we eat is Ballyhoo’s off 39th. Believe it or not, they have one of the best Rib Eyes in town, and I’m a HUGE steak fan. The owner is also a really nice guy to chat with when he’s not totally swamped with running his kitchens.

What area do you cover?

I cover Lake City, (my hometown) Alachua and Gainesville.

Do you do commercial work as well as residential?

I do both residential and commercial. Most of my work is residential though.Is there a warranty on the work you do? Yes, all my window companies I work with have a Lifetime warranty on the windows. We take it a step beyond that and offer a two year warranty on the installation as well. Most companies offer a one year.

Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Yes, we have a 1,000,000 GL policy, comply with all Workers comp laws and my brother is a licensed GC with the State of Florida. We pull permits for all required jobs.

What do you love about your work?

I love making homes better for people. From the air quality, sound reduction, reduction on drafts coming through the windows, climate control, function (most old windows barley work when we go in and replace them with windows that open with ease) and just the transformation of someone’s home that happens when you replace your old windows with a new window that gets all the above benefits. The satisfaction of the customer is really why I am in this business.

Replacing old windows can save you money on your energy bill, reduce street noise and cut out 99% of UV rays. It will also improve the value of your home.

Plantation blinds and shutters as well as beautiful garage doors can be ordered through Sam.Superior Windows and Doors has a wide selection of products to choose from. The window of opportunity is yours, at Superior Windows and Doors.

“It has been great working with Sam at Superior Windows and Doors. They did a lot of windows on our house. When something came up Sam came through for us. He bent backwards for us. I still have a few sliding doors to change and we look forward to having him do that for us.”

- Gloria Gonzalez

Burbach352-354-DOOR (3667)
4111-D NW 6th St. Gainesville, FL, 32609

CancerCenter

The Cancer Center Patient Spotlight – Ginger Elmore

By Dr. Allison Grow

CancerCenterThe biggest battle with cancer is in your head. You must decide cancer is not going to control your life, steal your joy or happiness.

- Ginger Elmore

Ginger Elmore is a cancer survivor, after being surprised (and not pleasantly) by an adventure she never expected to go on. In fact, her treatment ended up being full of surprises, from beginning to end.

SURPRISE #1: Diagnosed with breast cancer, without any symptoms at all

My life was going in the right direction. I am a mom of 4 wonderful sons, the oldest 29 and the youngest 4. I have one 3-year-old grandson. I have a great husband. I work full time at Clay Electric in Keystone Heights as a customer service representative in the call center. It’s a fast paced, high stress job and I love it! And, I was working in youth ministry in church assisting my husband…..never a dull moment in my life.

I have always been diligent about my annual mammograms. My mammogram for 2013 was clear, and I received a letter in the mail signed by the doctor saying return in 2 years. I did not wait the 2 years. I feel that it’s important to do it yearly. I got my mammogram in April 2014 and got dressed and left. I did not wait for the doctor to look at my mammogram. I had no lumps, bumps, or discharge from my breast, so I was sure it was just fine and I would return next year and do it all over again. I went about my busy life all weekend not worrying or thinking about my mammogram. Monday morning rolled around, and I got a call at work. I was asked to come back to the office because the doctor wanted a few more pictures of my breast. The lady was very nice and said don’t worry, it’s routine, and that the doctor just wanted to look a little closer. My stomach felt sick at that moment, and I asked if I could come in right away. Three hours later, I was there having a mammogram of my right breast and then an ultrasound. My doctor said it looked like calcifications but wanted to set up a biopsy to be sure. I still had the sick feeling that something was wrong.

I set up the biopsy for that Friday so I could recover over the weekend. It was a painful procedure on a very uncomfortable table. I lay there praying to God that I would be fine. At the end of the procedure, the doctor said that it looked okay and no worries. I went home, rested and recovered from the biopsy. I went to work Monday, with no concern about the biopsy. The doctor had told me I would hear from her when the results came in on Tuesday or Wednesday. At 3pm on Monday I got the call. When I answered the doctor said, “Virginia, it seems you have breast cancer. You need to call the doctor and set up for surgery right away.” I was shaking and thinking about my four year old child. I want to live and raise him into a man. I have a grandson. Please God, don’t let this take my life.

SURPRISE #2: Having to have chemo and radiation when I thought I’d avoid it

After surgery, I woke up not knowing if I had a breast or not, I was afraid to look under the covers. The nurse said I did great. They had removed the cancer, and I still had my breast. My doctor said both lymph nodes were clear and he had got it all out of my breast. My next step was to see Dr. Cherylle Hayes to get set up for radiation through a MammoSite. This is an internal device that radiation is administered through. I felt happy and at peace; although the pain was there from the surgery, I was happy the cancer was out. The next day, I saw Dr. Hayes. I was ready to get this visit over with and start my radiation and be finished with breast cancer. Dr. Hayes came in to see me and my husband. She started explaining what breast cancer is, and how mine had become invasive ductal carcinoma. I still felt okay with things and understanding what was going on was a huge help. Then the bomb dropped. I had HER-2/neu positive breast cancer, and my lymph node had a very small speck of cancer cells that was found in the pathology lab. I was upset and crying. My husband looked scared. Dr. Hayes told me that I would have to have chemo and radiation. I was mad. I was not going to accept that I had breast cancer!

I went to see Dr. Dickerson, I was very comfortable and felt I could ask questions and be honest about my fears. We talked about the type of cancer and the risk of not doing chemo. They helped me understand why it was so important to treat this so aggressively. Chemo was required. Six rounds of Taxotere and Carboplatin along with 21 weekly doses of Herceptin to turn the HER-2 positive cells off. I will then be put on a medication for 10 years to block out the hormones. They went over all the details, I left feeling scared but better. I had thoughts of being gray and sick for months. Not being able to work was scary to me. I needed insurance and a paycheck. My mind needed something to think about besides cancer, I love my job and my coworkers are like family. How am I going to do this with a 4 year old at home? All the things swirling in my head, I was back in the whirlwind again. God just calmed me down and brought a peace and calm to me. A little voice reminded me that I have a big family that needs me, I can do it. I continued to heal from my surgery. I was not bothered that one breast was smaller than the other, or by the scar. None of that mattered, I just wanted to live and help others go through this with joy and a smile.

Chemo was starting in early June. I had to take four steroid pills to have my chemo the next day. I had no sleep that night. The steroids kept me up, so my house was clean and all the laundry was done when the sun came up. I was very scared, but as I looked around the room and saw all the faces, I knew I needed to be the sunshine in this darkness. The sickness did not hit till day 3 and it was not as bad as I thought it would be, but as each chemo session came it got harder and the sickness got worse. When it was finally over I then had to have several weeks of radiation for my whole right breast. I thought I’d be able to have just the MammoSite inside the place where the cancer came out, for only a week.

SURPRISE #3: I figured out that the best way to help myself with MY cancer, was to try to help others with theirs!

After seeing my surgeon, I had gone right away to do pre-operative things like blood work, EKG and chest X-ray. While waiting for my X-ray, I sat next to a young woman who was crying. Being myself, I asked her what was wrong. She started to talk to me about what was going on, she was afraid. I comforted her and promised to pray for her. She asked why I was there, I told her I had breast cancer and I was getting my pre-op done. She was upset because I was worrying about her, I assured her it was no problem and that I was there to help her. I think it was that moment that I knew God had sent me on this journey to minister to others and make a difference in the lives of others. I finished all of my tests, went home and slept like a baby that night. That was the first moment of peace I had on this journey.

During chemo, I went into each treatment and tried to bring the sunshine with me, making friends each visit. I got phone numbers and email addresses so I could contact and encourage other ladies. Not all my chemo buddies are breast cancer patients. Cancer is cancer no matter where it is in your body and the feelings are real and scary. Love, support and kindness ease a lot of fears. The biggest battle with cancer is in your head. You must decide cancer is not going to control your life, steal your joy or happiness. Once you get to that point, it’s a much easier journey. It allows you to fight like a girl and not be a victim. I have also learned that helping others made my journey easier. I’m concerned about the others and I forget about me. I think that’s what God wants from me. My journey is not over. I’m very blessed because of early detection, I am going to smile and walk this journey and help as many ladies as I can through their journey. The support group that I’ve started is for all women with any type of cancer, we all have feelings and thoughts we can’t share with family or friends. They would be upset and feel really bad for our thoughts and fears. I think it’s best to share it with someone who understands the feelings and the need to vent. There is nothing on the eastern side of Alachua County for support, so I decided to start a group. I have new wigs, new hats, and the American Cancer Society will come out anytime and speak. As we grow, I have some really big plans and dreams for our group. Hair cutting parties, princess days, lunch dates, movie nights; the things to bring a little sunshine to lives of others…..that’s what our group is all about.

Cancer is cancer no matter where it is in your body and the feelings are real and scary. Love, support and kindness ease a lot of fears.

- Ginger Elmore

Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group 352-226-4734
www.CancerGainesville.com 352.333.5840

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She did it!!! Gooey caramel, dripping chocolate at Eastside’s Culinary Arts kitchen

by Ruth Ward

she-did-itTwelfth grader, Peyton Agliata attends Eastside Culinary School in east Gainesville, Florida. She was visiting the very prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, where she has been accepted into their culinary degree program, when she heard about the culinary completion that Embers Wood Grill was hosting in Gainesville. Not letting distance stop her entry, this enterprising young chef did a video of her edible creation. The guide lines were that the students had to show a dessert that had to be bitesized and that would be presentable for four hours. Agliata then flew back to Gainesville where she made her desert, Salted Pistachio Snicker Bonbons, and presented it to Chef Briton Dumas for consideration.

Fifteen culinary arts students along with their assistants were judged by Chef Briton Dumas of Embers and Sarah Waters, catering manager of The Village in Gainesville. Both judges were former students of Chef Billie DeNunzio, the director of the Eastside culinary program. Chef DeNunzio and Chef Bedford worked with the students on such creations as Sriracha Chocolate Truffles, Green Tea Chiffons with Lemon Glaze, Raspberry Brie Cigarillos, Fruit Tarts with Apple Glaze, there were even some using molecular gastronomy which involves spherification and suspensions.

“The creativity of the students spurs the other students on to do research and expand their palettes. Hours are spent on research of taste profiles and presentation,” said Chef DeNunzio.

Briton has a huge interest in the school and often hires the students for paid for gigs. Briton came up with the idea for a Desert Competition at the restaurants Food and Wine Festival.

The winner was Agliata, who was awarded a $500 scholarship from Embers Wood Grill. Agliata arrived back in Gainesville in time to make her desert for hundreds of guests that attended Embers Wood Grill’s first Wine and Food Festival.

Agliata won the grand prize with her, Salted Pistachio Snicker Bonbons. Bite-sized chocolates filled with vanilla, pistachio and salted caramel. She got her inspiration for these delicacies from the most unlikely place….her favorite candy bar…. Snickers!

TrueSouthernCharm

Antiques, Gift Items and True Southern Charm!

by Ruth Ward

TrueSouthernCharmLocated on Main Street, the charming winding, tree lined road in Alachua, you will find a store that reflects its name ……. Southern Charm Emporium. Owner Bill Miller has his store full of unique treasures that include Civil War paintings, beautiful English china, handmade jewelry soap, antique and like-new furniture.Upo

Upon entering the store you are greeted by store manager, Colt Utter who can give you some history and insight on each item. Colt can accept your consignment pieces, big or small, antique or new, just call and set up an appointment. Consignment clients get to keep 65%!!!!!!!!! There is something new every day at Southern Charm Emporium. You never know what antiques and treasures will be rolling in.

You will be delighted at the prices, just make sure your car is big enough for all your goodies.

352-284-0931
SouthernCharmEmporium.com

talentedDonnaCohen

The very talented Donna Cohen

by Trish Utter

talentedDonnaCohen“I love turning your dream of a beautiful home or space into something beyond your expectations. From the initial concept to project completion, whether we’re just choosing paint and carpet or redoing your whole home, each and every project is special and will reflect your style and taste. In my over 25 years of experience, I’ve had the pleasure of working with clients on a single one hour consult to complete interior design, interior decorating and remodeling projects. My work has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, and some of my client homes featured for Real Estate Parade of Homes. Whether I’m just choosing the perfect paint color with you, moving existing furniture, designing a new bathroom, or redecorating a mansion I love the challenge of each project. My passion is creating stylish designs to fit each client’s budget and making sure your space is both beautiful and functional. My clients and friends refer me to work with them in Florida, New York, Maine and wherever they are located along the eastern seaboard.”

- Donna Cohen

The incredibly talented Interior designer, Donna Cohen has been featured in Good Life over the years. She is truly a wonderful and very interesting person. Not only is Cohen a brilliant Interior Designer but she also gives much of her time to volunteer work at charitable events such as ViVA for Haven Hospice.

Cohen is a great Gator fan and has become one of our areas iconic residents. Donna Cohen’s vast knowledge of interior design work started over 25 years ago. Her professional training was at the prestigious New York School of Interior Design. I often hear about her visits to foreign countries and about all the interior design seminars she attends. It is hard to keep up with her. The creative ideas Donna Cohen has are endless.

Surprisingly you can hire Cohen for just an hour or a complete home make over. Just think of all the possibilities. It can be expensive buying the wrong furniture for your space and frustrating and costly to paint rooms that end up being too dark or not the look you intended. Donna Cohen can really help you save money by doing it right the first time. She will sit and listen and learn your taste and get a feel for the environment you would like to see in your own home.

If you own a beach home or rental, Cohen can make it feel and look like resort accommodations. Cohen has done design work from the rugged Maine coastline to the tropical beaches of Florida and from big beach houses to small condos. Vacation homes that look good get booked faster. The small investment in design is well worth it.

Donna Cohen can help with floor coverings, fabrics for window treatments to home accessories and furniture. Even just lamp placement in a home can make a huge difference to the warmth and feel of your space. Cohen can quickly show you how to properly get the right atmosphere with your lighting.

Turn your space into a place you want to come home to. Donna Cohen can help you with any size space. Make the call and Donna will help you make your house look and feel like ….…the Good Life!

Donna is an amazingly talented interior designer and has assisted me for the past eight years in the renovation of my 30 year old home.

Donna takes the time to understand each client, their preferred style, and their lifestyle, and puts that all together in her recommendations to beautify your total home and indoor environment. I cannot think of one instance in which her thoughts regarding the updates to my home were not completely on the mark. The beautiful new home environment in which I now live is proof positive of her talent.

Without hesitation, I would recommend, and have recommended Donna as the interior designer to work with for the best results for you and your family.

- Peggy Lake

Cell: 352-870-0321 or Office: 352-332-9905
DonnaCohenClassicDesign.com

TiresRealEstatehaveincommon

What do TIRES and REAL ESTATE have in common? ERNIE and NANCY TURBYFILL, THAT’S WHAT!

by Trish Utter

TiresRealEstatehaveincommonErnie and Nancy Turbyfill are a fun loving couple who have risen to the top with their businesses. When you meet them you might think they are newlyweds but they have actually been married for 26 years. They support each other in whatever they do and both are hands on parents to their two children who are now young adults.

Ernie is the owner of Town Tire Auto Service Centers, started by his father in 1959. “Dad used to say, ‘Take care of the customer and the customer will take care of you,” said Ernie. Ernie was born and raised in Gainesville and followed his father into the family business. Over the years he has grown Town Tire, which now offers three locations in Gainesville and Ocala. It is clear how much pride Ernie has in his company. “Town Tire shops the competition, so the customer doesn’t have to. They look at prices every week, and offer the guaranteed lowest tire prices. “We don’t just do tires, we can do anything a dealership can do but for less,” said Ernie. They have three locations, one on 8th Ave by the Police Station, one in Tower Square off Archer Road and one in Ocala on SW College Road.” In fact Town Tire performs all types of vehicle schedule maintenance services to include oil changes. And if repairs are needed, no worries they handle it, brakes, suspension, air conditioning, batteries & electrical, tune up, and many more!

“I went in thinking I needed to change a bunch of fluids, and they actually talked me out of it saving me money. That sort of honesty you don’t find everywhere these days.” 

Mike Nagy 

Nancy grew up in Daytona Beach and moved to Gainesville after receiving her MBA from UCF and getting engaged to Ernie – they met on a blind date. Nancy stayed at home to raise their children and loved taking them to explore all of Gainesville’s many parks and neighborhoods. “I don’t think there’s a park I haven’t pushed a swing in, or a neighborhood I haven’t spent time in raising my kids and living in this great town.” Nancy got her real estate license in 2008 but did not work full-time until her youngest child got his driver’s license. “I remember watching my youngest pull out of the driveway to school for the first time by himself, and I realized my life had experienced a paradigm shift.” With more time on her hands, Nancy went to work at Bosshardt Realty and it quickly became evident she is a top performer. She was named Bosshardt Realty’s Top Selling Agent in 2014. Nancy was their Top Residential Agent in sales volume for 2015, and has sold more than $20 million in real estate the past two years. “There are many 12 – 14 hours days that go into helping my customers, but I am absolutely passionate about truly listening to their needs and providing professional, detailed comprehensive service.”

Nancy has found a niche in the St. Augustine real estate market as well. “There’s a fabulous connection between Gainesville and St. Augustine, and for many Gainesville people who own property there, being able to work with someone from Gainesville, in St. Augustine, is a personal and local connection that makes a big difference.”

“We listed our St. Augustine condo with Nancy and she sold it in two days, for nearly the full asking price. Her marketing program was incredible and it was so convenient to work with her from both Gainesville and St. Augustine.” 

Franklin Lentz, Jr. 

Nancy and Ernie are a true power couple. They stay incredibly busy with their successful businesses but find time to enjoy St. Augustine, the beach, sailing and family vacations with their children. The couple support the community by their involvement with numerous charitable events.

Nancy Turbyfill 352-494-0501 Town Tire 8th Avenue 

352-378-2333 Archer Rd- 352-384-0555 Ocala-352-732-7373 

BrightenyourDayWCake

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake

by Trish Utter

BrightenyourDayWCakeNo bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring any photo of your cake idea in and they can create a one of a kind cake just for you at a surprisingly low cost.

Hitchcock’s talented cake designers can make beautiful wedding cakes. From modern, trendy square cakes to traditional styled designs. Just schedule an appointment to bring your unique cake idea to fruition.

The bakery carries such a tasty variety of other items. French bread and Cuban bread are baked fresh along with a wide selection of donuts. Double Deck Brownie Sundaes are really popular in the bakery department as they look spectacular.

Hitchcock’s Deli department carries Kretschmar meats and has a large case of homemade entrees ready to go. It’s no secret that locals will be seen standing in line for the chicken pot pie, stew, meatloaf, barbequed, roasted or fried chicken and catfish. For just $4.99 you can pick up a home cooked meal that includes vegetables and dessert! They also do a great breakfast with eggs, bacon, biscuits, ham, grits and more.

Hitchcock’s understands that customers have become far more health conscious, and now uses less salt in their deli foods. The deli offers baked chicken and all the meats are low sodium.

Graduation and Mother’s Day are a great time to celebrate with a cake. Take in a photo of Mom or the graduation headshot and the Hitchcock’s bakery can make an edible version to adorn the cake and give it a unique look.

Alachua Hitchcocks: (386)-462-2284
www.myHitchcocks.com

GloriaFletcherTeenAward

Gloria Fletcher Award, Teen Award Goes to . . .

by Ruth Ward

GloriaFletcherTeenAwardCongratulations to local teen Brooke Utter who won the Gloria Fletcher Teen Award presented by well-known radio personality Storm Roberts at the Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament sponsored by Bosshardt Realty and UF Health Shands Vista, benefiting PALS Thrive, (Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support Program). This was the first time this has been awarded to a teenager.

This prestigious award honors teens in the community who have given of themselves to improve the lives of teenagers. The Gloria Fletcher Adult Award was presented to Peter Huber at the Storm Roberts Roast event last September.

Recent recipient of the teen Gloria Fletcher Award, Brooke Utter attends the prestigious Academy of Entrepreneurship at Buchholz High School, or BHS as it is referred to, and is a former member of the BHS cheerleading team. Brooke was born in Reston, Virginia. She moved to Columbus, Ohio and then to Florida when she was just four years old. Miss Utter knows that the power of one person can make a difference and has a passion to make the world a better place.

It was while attending BHS that Brooke decided she wanted to give her time to prevent violence and suicide amongst teens.

Brooke discovered that a fellow student had committed suicide and was so devastated that she wanted to take some action to help prevent things like this from happening in the future. “I was so disheartened in knowing that more than one of my class mates felt so helpless that they decided to end their lives. PALS THRIVE was a possibility in knowing that I could make a difference to at least one person’s life by getting involved and potentially stopping them from having a desperate thought that would turn into an unchangeable and tragic outcome.” Brooke attended a PALS THRIVE meeting and then volunteered to be part of the PALS board. In doing so she applied to the PALS THRIVE leadership council. Here she organized and brainstormed with the group about bringing more awareness of the PALS program to the school. She put together a fundraising breakfast at Buchholz which not only raised awareness but also much needed funds. Brooke has volunteered at many of PALS THRIVE events including the ice-cream social. While volunteering at the PALS THRIVE Piano Bar social Brooke met PALS board member and sponsor, Gloria Fletcher, who inspired her to continue giving of her time to the program. Brooke continues to volunteer and attend board meetings and enjoys creating ways to put the PALS THRIVE motto into action. “No one sits alone.”

PALS Goals

The overall goal of PALS is to emphasize tolerance, non-violence, altruism, positive self-image and leadership.

PALS aims to improve the school environment’s acceptance of diversity and provide an atmosphere of non-violence and inclusion. Teen leaders improve their leadership skills and compassion for others. Also, they gain enhancement of character attributes such as empathy and compassion. Troubled teens gain an enhanced sense of self-esteem and a feeling of belonging.

Teen Leaders participate in role playing exercises dealing with a variety of topics and issues:

  • Ways to peacefully intercede when another teen is ridiculed
  • Extending a helping hand to other teens who appear lonely or depressed
  • When to seek professional assistance in dealing with an emotionally disturbed peer

PALS THRIVE counselors work in four of Gainesville’s public high schools- Buchholz, Eastside, Gainesville and St. Francis as well as Fort Clarke middle school and A. Quinn Jones Center and peer support can be especially effective in bullying intervention and suicide prevention. PALS THRIVE counselors work with peer leaders to improve their leadership skills as well as encourage empathy and compassion for others through participating in open forums with their peers.

ufhealth.org/partners-adolescent-lifestyle-support-program-pals
352-265-7237

Local-Celebrity1

Local Celebrity Spotlight

Local-Celebrity1Where are you from?

I am from Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Florida to open a restaurant company.

How do you relax?

By riding my mountain bike at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park.

Do you have pets?

Yes, a dog. At one point I had four rescue dogs. Now I have Thelma, a 14 year old, 120lb sweetheart.

What gadget can’t you live without?

My Garmin G.P.S. for my bike.

What is your favorite beauty product?

Got 2 Be Glued, it’s a glue for my hair.

What is in your fridge?

Coke Zero, fruit, tofu and carrot juice.

What has your best financial investment been?

My best financial investment has been people. I do not have millions in the bank, but I do have some very special people that have been with me in my professional career since my arrival in Florida 14 years ago… Elana, Blake, Justin and little Rick.

Do you have a favorite quote?

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you!!

What is your favorite clothing store?

Nordstroms, Gap and the Loft.

Who inspired you as a child?

My Nana Deneno who was Italian and taught me how to cook.

What was your first job?

I was a Roll Girl, I passed out bread rolls and butter at a high end restaurant. It was my first job in a restaurant. (We do not mean family or education.)

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

A long bicycle ride.

What type of music do you listen to?

Classic Rock, I love The Beatles.

What is your favorite movie?

“Moonstruck”

What drives you crazy?

People that don’t listen…and germs.

What was your first car?

A maroon Karmann Ghia, I loved that little car.

What is your favorite meal?

An arugula, kale salad with crasins and red wine vinaigrette and a little shaved parmesan cheese and pan sautéed coconut crusted tofu on top.