by Rush Ward He served our country fighting in the army in Vietnam and was also stationed in Germany for a while. Upon his return home he started his own roofing company More »
by Trish Utter Tripp and Kristie Norfleet are the owners of Norfleet Homes in Newberry Florida. Tripp is a second generation builder. Norfleet Homes has often been showcased in the Parade of More »
Thank You to All Our Friends
For Living The GOOD LIFE With Us Since 2005!
“Tioga Town Center has been advertising with Good Life Community Magazine over the past ten years. Working with Trish Utter and her team at Good Life has been a great experience and has helped increase awareness of our shops and businesses. A member of Good Life´s team is almost always present at our many concerts, fairs and shows taking our photos and promoting the Center in social media as well as in the magazine. We wish Good Life many more years of success,”
President ,Tioga Town Center
“Ten years ago I was approached by Trish,to participate in her newest business venture, Good Life Community Magazine. After much consideration, I took the plunge and have never regretted my decision. Trish and her fabulous staff haved help to promote my dental practice every two months, since then. It’s been a fun association, thus far! We have spent many hours discussing various ad layouts and Trish has always come through. I feel that my ads are clean and well-constructed.
Thank you, Trish, for all those years of great advertising!”
Marc V. Cauchon, DMD, LVIF
Owner, Alachua Dental
“Innovative Home Builders has been working with Trish and The Good Life Community magazine for close to 5 years now. Working with Trish and her staff is always a pleasure. We always receive great feedback about our advertisement with this magazine, and the high visibility of the publication in our community means that it targets the right customers.
We look forward to working with Trish in the years to come as we continue to grow our business in this community.”
Travis and Callie Williams
Innovative Home Builders of North Florida, Inc.
“I have been a business owner and resident in Gainesville area since 2002. When I first met Trish, with Good Life Community Magazine, I was intrigued in the way she presented herself and the magazine as a leader in the Gainesville community! Not only is Trish always there and focusing on local events… big or small… She has a way of making you and your business feel important! We have been advertising with Good Life Community Magazine since its inception. I have been very happy with the circulation and the target audience that this magazine reaches and the driven results we have achieved! Good Life Community magazine has proven itself over and over again as a great venue to advertise your services and goods to a great target audience that supports the Gainesville community!”
William C Storoe IV DDS PA
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
“Trish and her team at Good Life Community Magazine perform a wonderful service for our entire community.” “I love to read and discover new and interesting things about Alachua and surrounding areas. “Congratulations on Ten Years of telling the Good Life story!”
Vice President, Santa Fe College
“The Great Outdoors Restaurant is so proud to say, as we enter our 9th year of business that it is because of the special relationship like yours that we continue to be so successful.
Your tenacity to always get everything perfect and your attention to detail makes Good Life Community Magazine one of The Best Publications to advertise in. Trish, when we first started doing business together, it was clear to me you were different. You and your staff took interest in everything we did. You are always willing to go above and beyond…..Whatever it takes to get the job done, and you have a lot of fun doing it! To help promote some of our special events, you have dressed up like a Pirate, in 50’s costume and even a Leprechaun. You have been here with camera in tow whenever asked. You exhibit an air of true professionalism in all you do. I am so proud to be able to call you my friend and so proud to think of you as part of The Great Outdoors family. We all Love You and Love Good Life Community Magazine too!!!”
Director, Great Outdoors Restaurant
“Thank you Good Life Community Magazine! Your quality publication is a huge part of our marketing program. Your personal service and attention that we have received over these past 10 years has been exceptional. The designs and ad placements have been a true testament to the personal touch that Good Life Magazine represents. “
Andy & Kim Stinton
Owners. The Floor Store of Newberry
“Advertising can be a large expense or a great investment, Good Life Magazine has proven to be a good investment. The personalized attention of Trish has helped our business to increase visibility, improve branding, and with her personal touch, has provided more referrals than any other magazine that we have used to promote our company.”
Jorge Villaobos Owner,
The Best Restoration
“Congratulations to all at Good Life on your ten year anniversary! Tioga Dental has enjoyed working with Trish Utter over the years and are proud to have launched the announcement of our big move, growth, and name change with Good Life almost eight years ago. We look forward to many more years working together.”
Matt and Cindy Brush Owners,
Tioga Dental and Orthodontics
“To a bright energetic entrepreneur Trish; you are a woman who also has “beaten the odds” of surviving 10 years as the owner of a “woman owned company”. For the short time I have known you I have seen you fight the competitive environment of a male dominated industry and you have shone through good and bad times. Congratulations and best wishes for the next 10 years.”
Carol Bosshardt CEO,
Bosshardt Realty Services
“I first met Trish in 2005 when she came by the Hippodrome with her beautiful British accent, blond hair and stunning disposition. Trish talked to us about the new magazine she was launching – GOOD LIFE! Her energy was contagious! She asked how we would feel if she featured the Hippodrome on the front cover – of course we were delighted! Over the past 10 years, our relationship has grown to be incredibly close and inspiring. In speaking with Trish recently about the 10 year anniversary of Good Life, we realized that our children were only 5 and 8 years old when we met – now they are 15 and 18 – and we shared how we have watched our children transform into young adults. The past 10 years have brought many changes to North Central Florida, and our city has grown and expanded while remaining at its heart a very small town. As a longtime supporter and sponsor of the Hippodrome, we are proud to call Trish family, and we look forward to many more years working and playing together! “
Jessica Hurov Managing Director,
“As a director, listening to Trish Utter speak with her beautiful British dialect, is music to my ears. Trish was always at Hippodrome opening nights; speaking with me about the cultural and theatre experiences she enjoyed growing up in England. Trish always introduced her children to me and it was so fun to see them taking photos with her camera and her teaching them every step of the way. She is a great mom and so much fun to be around! ”
Lauren Caldwell Artistic Director,
When I started Good Life Community Magazine I thought long about what to put on the first front cover. The Hippodrome Theatre was my choice as the building is a historic land mark and I guess that is also what I had in mind for Good Life. A magazine that would last through time, something local people would recognize and know. I now have an unbreakable link with the Hippodrome Theatre and its vibrant people like Jessica Hurvo and Lauren Caldwell.
Publisher, Good Life Community Magazine
by Rush Ward
He served our country fighting in the army in Vietnam and was also stationed in Germany for a while. Upon his return home he started his own roofing company in Pennsylvania but his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is called, was too much to handle. Louis Silvio walked away from everything and found himself living on the street in California. Louis remained homeless for twenty years. He decided to go back home to Pennsylvania and caught a ride on a truck delivering plants to Florida. The truck stopped in Ocala where he jumped off to start walking north. After a two day walk he got to Alachua and took shelter in the front of an empty building.
A man with his Realtor pulled up to the empty commercial building and the very first thing the man did was give Louis some money, this random act of kindness that went much further. The man turned out to be Attorney Robert Rush who was leasing the building for a client’s new business venture. Louis smiles when he thinks of the day they met and said, “He was just a nice guy, most people aren’t conscientious like that, I had no idea he was a high power attorney. I didn’t want him to give me money for nothing so I started helping Robert and business owner Pearce Hayes. I wanted to prove myself, they saved my life and they gave me my life back. Not only did they give me a job but also a place to live, clothes and a phone. Being on the street is no life, it is just an existence. It is rare for someone to offer a person like me a job. Now I have a place to live and a job, I am very happy here at Great Value Jewelry Outlet.”
It was great to see such joy in Louis’ face as he spoke. It is heartwarming to know there are good people out there during this Holiday season.
The Hippodrome started construction in 1909. The building was known as the Federal building that is of Palladium classical revival architecture. Everything was cutting edge for its time, included a riveted steel frame construction, carved limestone for the trim and columns, and six Corinthian limestone columns. The hipped roof is constructed of clay tile and is surrounded by ornate limestone scroll work. The Hippodrome still carries the beauty of the original architecture, with bronze entry doors, steam heat, terrazzo floors and richly plastered interiors that were all considered very elaborate for Gainesville in 1911. In fact, the Federal Building even contained an elevator, which is one of the first elevators in the State of Florida. The Hippodrome’s elevator is still in operation and is the oldest continually operating elevator in Florida.
For 53 years, 1911-1964, the building that is now the Hippodrome was a Federal Building – housing the U.S. Post Office (1st floor), the Federal Court (2ndfloor), and the District Attorney’s offices and the U.S. Land Office (3rd floor). In October of 1964 these offices were moved to the new Federal Building, located at 401 S.E. 1st Ave, and the Old Federal Building was listed as “surplus property” by the General Services Administration. The General Services Administration subsequently signed the property over to the Alachua County School Board for their administrative offices, and the School Board occupied the building for over a decade.
1978 to 1981 saw change. The building was added on to the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1979 the building was sold to the City of Gainesville for a mere $150,000. The City of Gainesville conducted a study with the UF Department of Architecture to design a comprehensive plan for downtown under the direction of Professor Harry Merritt. The centerpiece of the plan was creating a theatre and performing arts center in the “Old Post Office” (as the building was known). This study was approved and adapted by the Hippodrome’s Board of Trustees and the steps were put into motion to make the plan a reality.
The Hippodrome Board of Trustees and staff jumped into action. Supporters travelled to Washington, DC and met with Florida Representatives and secured a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant, with an award of $175,000 on a matching basis to renovate the building into a theatre and cultural center in downtown Gainesville. A fund raising drive energized the Gainesville residents, and included a telethon, a Hippo Fund Run, a biscuit eating contest, roller skating parties, and scavenger hunt, among other events, culminating in $326,933 being raised toward the renovation of the mainstage.
MM Parrish Construction Company commenced construction in 1980 and the Hippodrome inaugurated the newly renovated mainstage with a performance of THE ELEPHANT MAN in 1981.
For the past 35 years, the Hippodrome has occupied the building continuously and has raised the funds to renovate the Hippodrome Cinema, the Hippodrome Art Gallery, and the Hippodrome Basement space which is now available for events, parties, conferences, and galas. The expansion of the Hippodrome’s spaces has led to increased opportunities for programming, and the Hipp now offers the region’s only art house independent cinema, camps and classes for young people and adults, a visual arts gallery engaging hundreds of regional and international artists annually, and for the past 35 years has become the public focal point of culture in the heart of Gainesville’s historic downtown.
Since 1980, the City of Gainesville has supported the Hippodrome through a lease grant that enables the Hippodrome to continue the work to bring the very best in cultural programming. The lease grant from the City of Gainesville is a key factor in the Hippodrome’s annual budget, and in turn, the Hippodrome provides a strong return on their investment by providing what Americans for the Arts estimates is a $3.9 million economic impact to the region.
Since the first performance, the Hippodrome has produced more than 250 mainstage productions and entertained millions of audience members on the mainstage. This spring, in marking the 35th anniversary of the Hippodrome’s mainstage, a production of The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance is on stage from April 6-May 1. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Elephant Man is a compelling story recently enjoyed a sold-out Broadway revival. The Elephant Man is based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century British man on the traveling freak show circus, who was later rescued by a caring doctor and went on to become the darling of Victorian high-society.
by Trish Utter
Tripp and Kristie Norfleet are the owners of Norfleet Homes in Newberry Florida. Tripp is a second generation builder. Norfleet Homes has often been showcased in the Parade of Homes. After decades of the Norfleet family being in the construction industry they are now working hard on a planned multi use community called CountyWay Town Square. I had heard about their impressive plans and drove out to meet them at their model home at CountryWay to learn more.
Over the past eleven years the couple has interviewed builders and architects from all over the country that have worked on similar project s and asked what they would change to make their project better. They took those professional ideas and made them even better. The Norfleet’s vision was to have a neighborhood that really worked and didn’t just look good. A place where people could shop, do business and a place to call home. They have worked hard on making sure that every detail is covered even down to making sure there is ample parking, to who will maintain the property. Homeowners will not have to worry about mowing the yard as that will be taken care of for them. The Recreation Center will have a community pool and building that can be reserved for parties and meetings.
Where did Norfleet Homes start? Four generations of Norfleet’s have lived in Newberry Florida. Tripp followed his father into cattle farming and building. Kristie Norfleet is from West Virginia and met Tripp through family. Kristie said, “We want a place where people can enjoy their family that is very important to us. We love living in Newberry. We love our family at First Baptist Church out here. It just seemed right for us to do this project in Newberry.” The Norfleet’s two children; Zeke who is sixteen and Christianna age fourteen are also learning the family business.
“We want to be proud of what we build for people. We build quality homes and deliver them in a timely fashion.
In old towns you will find neighborhoods where homes surround a wide open park like area. Families gather for evening music, sports games, picnics or just a place to hang out with friends. Usually you will find shops and offices, in fact everything you would need without leaving your neighborhood. This is what you will find at Norfleet Homes, CountryWay Town Square.
CountryWay Town Square is within walking distance to Newberry’s elementary, middle and high schools. Home owners will be able to drive their golf carts to one of the many restaurants and cafes. At the center of the Town Square you there will be a pavilion where a farmers market, music, car shows and other weekend events are planned. The large one ace park area is the perfect place for families and friends to gather.
There will be over 450 homes, single family Designer Homes with 1,600-4,000sq ft. and Luxury Villas with 1157 – 1667 sq ft., built of brick or hardy board to cut down on maintenance. In fact saving you money on maintenance and utilities is something the Norfleet Homes has made a priority. They have also thought about large closets and well planned kitchens. Designer style high ceilings, large, low E windows, extra tall entrance doors, massive sliding patio doors, solar panels and beautiful, durable flooring from The Floor Store are all features of a Norfleet home.
The commercial spaces will be available for retail, office use and restaurants. This will surround the one acre TownSquare. Town Homes will be above the commercial spaces just as it is in Europe. The Town Homes will have fantastic views of the Town Square and are anticipated to rent out fast.
Imagine your life in a Norfleet Home at CountryWay Town Square. Teens can safely drive the golf cart to pick up the grandparents and meet you in the evening at the beautiful pavilion to listen to music. Hold a business meeting at the neighborhood coffee shop and plan date night at one of the restaurants, all without leaving your neighborhood. Your business can even be located there.
If this sounds like the Good Life, it is!
What would Christmas be, without a warm and comfy Christmas Quilt and a crackling fire in the fireplace? For the past 7 years, Dr. Marc V. Cauchon and his team at Alachua Dental Center have been giving away quilts they purchase from master-quilter, Martha Folston. Martha custom-makes beautiful quilts in her home and sells them, under the name Quilts Made By Martha. Over the years, Dr. Cauchon has given away many quilts to his patients, by putting their names in a Christmas Box and drawing the winning name before Christmas arrives. Past winners have loved their special quilts and there is no doubt that this years’ winner will too!
This year, Dr. Cauchon has added a twist: you do not even have to be a patient to enter the free drawing. Simply stop by the office during normal business hours and add your name to the Christmas Box. Or, if you don’t win but still want a nice Christmas Quilt, stop in and see Martha. Or call her… Merry Christmas!!
Quilts Made By Martha 386.462.9679
Are you from Gainesville?
I was born in Pensacola and moved here from Homestead to attend the University of Florida in 1994 and have been here ever since.
How do you relax?
Finding the right work life balance is pretty challenging these days. Even time spent with my three children can get stressful. I like to read, and of course a massage is always a welcome way to relax.
Do you have pets?
Yes two miniature Australian Shepherds: Red and Sprinkles
What gadget can’t you live without?
I rely heavily on my iPhone for everything, but I’d say my Kindle Reader. ….no actually Amazon’s Alexa, which is like Siri but for the home.
What is your favorite beauty product?
I like Sephora and trying new things all the time. I also am trying “ipsy” and like getting new samples each month.
What is in your fridge?
Eggs, milk, water, champagne, beer, a good dark chocolate bar
What has your best financial investment been?
Starting my own law firm and Title Company.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I don’t care what anyone says, it will always be your birthday Kim.”—about my birthday being on September 11.
What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?
I love the different charitable events. It’s nice to get out and see Gainesvillians. Especially the ones that are committed to giving back.
What type of music do you listen to?
Country Music. I love a good sad story.
What is your favorite movie?
Sound of Music
What drives you crazy?
People not recycling.
What is your favorite clothing store?
What do you do with unwanted clothes/shoes?
I donate them to the Children’s Home Society thrift store.
What was your first car?
1992 red manual Toyota Tercel.
Where will you spend the Holidays, do you cook and what time do you have your Holiday meal?
Hanukkah begins early this year-December 6, so we will be celebrating at home with family and friends. It’s the only time of the year that I fry anything and the kids love it. I will be making latkes and doughnuts.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
My first real job was working for Dairy Queen and loved it. Besides learning about minimum wage ($4.25 back then), taxes, and paychecks, I learned ice cream makes people happy—you never see a sad person in an ice cream store.
The Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs devoted the month of October to raise money and awareness for a cure for breast cancer. The Great Outdoors donated all proceeds from a very special desert, a Five Layer Strawberry Pink Cake and raised over $3,000.00! One might ask what makes this dessert so special. Well, it is made by the restaurants’ very own Pastry Chef, Aunt Jean, who is a breast cancer survivor. Jene LeDew, or better known by all that love her as, “Aunt Jene,” was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer more than a year ago. After an uphill battle of surgery and chemotherapy, Aunt Jene is ecstatic to say, “Today, I am Cancer Free!”
“Going Pink” to support the cure for breast cancer is a yearly event at The Great Outdoors. This year it just seemed like a great idea to go pink and prepare Pink Cakes! From the moment the staff introduced our guests to the five layer delight, this heavenly treat took off as one of our best desserts ever. Brittany Bouchard, a server at the restaurant, sold over 100 servings! All told, the restaurant sold over 456 slices…WOW!
If you missed out on this October treat don’t worry, you will not have to wait until next year to indulge in this very special treat. Aunt Jene is now baking full time for the Great Outdoors Restaurant. If you stop by this Holiday season be sure to try her Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake, it is divine!
by Dr. Allison Grow
When you have a good relationship with your oncologist, you know you’ll be listened to, taken seriously, and given personalized care—and you know when those things are missing. But with medicine being so technical and complex, how do you know your care is state of the art? Radiation oncology is a highly technology-dependent field, and the very best is available to you here in Gainesville.
Improvements in radiotherapy technologies should make your treatment easier (by reducing side effects and/or shortening treatment times), more accurate and reproducible (by daily image guidance to ensure precise positioning and targeting), and more effective (by enabling higher doses to be delivered safely).
Side effects of radiotherapy are caused by radiation dose to normal tissues near the tumor—minimize those doses, and you reduce the side effects. Our machines do this by using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)–multiple beams all perfectly matched to the profile of the tumor from multiple different angles. The Varian RapidArc machine delivers radiation continuously in a 360-degree arc all the way around the patient, continuously adjusting the beam profile to match the tumor as it travels. They also use motion compensation—making sure that each beam is able to follow the motion of tumors which move in the body, for example with respiration. Our CyberKnife can track the motion of tumors in real time during treatment, so that each beam moves in perfect coordination with the patient’s normal breathing, and much less surrounding normal lung tissue receives radiation.
More and more patients are being treated over shorter time periods, using techniques called brachytherapy and radiosurgery (also called SBRT—stereotactic body radiotherapy). With brachytherapy, radiation sources are placed directly into the tumor tissue needing treatment. Our brachytherapy technologies include radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer (single outpatient surgical procedure), and special applicators used for cancers of the uterus (3-5 brief sessions), cervix (5 sessions), and breast (10 sessions over 5 days). Our CyberKnife, designed from the ground up as a dedicated radiosurgery machine, can treat tumors literally anywhere in the body in 1-5 sessions, completely noninvasively. It is used for lesions in the brain, spine, lungs, liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, prostate, and elsewhere. With very high doses per session, relief of symptomatic lesions is often very quick, even the first day.
Radiation oncology is a highly
and the very best is available
to you here in Gainesville.
Our machines use image guidance every day prior to treatment, and sometimes multiple times throughout a treatment (the CyberKnife checks continuously). This means that the patient’s anatomy is checked every day by X-ray or CT, to confirm that positioning is perfect and beam targeting is precise—so we never miss! The CyberKnife uses real-time motion tracking for tumors that move with breathing.
All of these technologies result in a higher chance of controlling a tumor—because lower normal tissue doses and better targeting mean that MORE dose can be safely given to tumors. For many types of cancer, this dose escalation has been shown to improve cure rates—and for you, getting that cure is the whole point. We hope you don’t need us, or our machines—but if you do, we’re ready to explain which technology will work most in your favor, and to make sure you get the maximum results for the minimum time spent away from what you love.
by Trish Utter
Shopping in Orlando and visiting Disney can leave you exhausted and wanting sanctuary. It is a pleasant surprise to find a hotel that offers the weary visitor a place to recharge that is conveniently located within 5 minutes of the main gate to Disney and the Outlet Malls and offers a tranquil refuge for visitors.
The Bohemian Hotel is in the heart of Celebration Town Center and sits on the edge of the water. Celebration is a neighborhood of single family homes, unique retail stores, restaurants and cafes that have all been beautifully designed. This is an oasis in the heart of tourist town that only locals seem to know about. You can sit outside with a cup of coffee on one of the quiet little streets and watch the horse drawn carriage go by as it takes people for tours of the neighborhood.
On arrival guests are greeted by the doorman. The lobby of the hotel is a work of art but then that is what you expect from one of the Kessler Collection properties. The rustic furniture, mixed in with glittering chandeliers is a sight for the senses.
The hotel gives you the feeling of being in a fabulous upscale, grand home of a movie star, more than a soulless building. Rooms are comfortable with Bose stereo, along with the Kessler CD, luxury linens and beds that are so comfortable you might end up wondering how you can get one to take home.
You can enjoy a martini out by the pool that overlooks the lake or dine in the intimate and sophisticated Lakeside Bar + Grill.
This is a great place to relax and get away from Orlando’s hopping tourist area and rates are surprisingly affordable.