This family is what America is all about. Hard work, giving and loving every minute of life. I met Jorge and Susie Villalobos years ago at a business function. They attend so More »
Looking back at 2016 I am amazed at how fast the last 10 years have gone. Good Life certainly has come a long way since our first issue back in 2006. My son was 10 and my daughter was 9 years old. Now they are young adults. Many of you have watched them grow up through the pages of the magazine or followed us on Facebook. You have seen them both get their drivers licenses, graduate High School and go on to college. I have seen many of your children grow up too, like, Alexa from The Floor Store in Newberry. I have been taking her photos for 10 years, and look at this beautiful young girl now. When I arrived for the last photo shoot with Alexa I had a lollipop for her. She was so excited and wanted to show me something she had bought herself. It was a shirt from Buckle! As you all know Buckle is a very expensive, trendy adult clothing store. This kind of made me realize that she was now a young adult and the lollipop would now have to be changed for something more mature in the future. Time goes by so fast. It is so wonderful to have worked with clients like The Floor Store for so many years. We have really got to know, not just their business but also the families behind the companies that advertise with us. We are so happy for Chuck Bush, from Chuck Bush Auto, who just got married. You can see some of his beautiful photos from the wedding in this issue.
Before you know it, it will be time to be on the beach again but you might be regretting eating like a chipmunk over the Holidays. It is time to be thinking of your health. Owners, Devin and Brittany Lawrence have the perfect place for to get into shape…. Northflo Crossfit.
Where are you from and why did you choose SW Gainesville for your business location?
My wife, Brittany and I are from Ocala FL where I was the head coach of a large CrossFit gym there for 6 years. We chose the area due to its easy accessibility from both of the major hospitals and its close proximity to the UF campus.
If you have attended any of the local charitable events around town chances are you have bumped into Dr .William Storoe or Bill as his friends call him. He is always full of humor and fun and never without his beautiful wife DeAnna. He has photos of his children all over his office. Dr. Storoe is a well-known name with all the local dentists as he is the Oral Surgeon that removes a lot of wisdom teeth in the Gainesville and surrounding areas.
Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?
I am originally from Warrenville, Illinois… a small town about 35 miles west of Chicago. Town of only about 600 people when my parents moved there in 1964… I remember being able to see the Aurora Borealis from our back yard when I was little… Now you’re lucky if you can see five stars! We moved to Gainesville in March 2002 when I purchased a local practice and started practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
How do you relax?
Relax?!?!? What’s That??? That is the problem, I seem to have a difficult time relaxing. Married with four kids, with an active dog and a very busy family extracurricular
life, I have very little time to ever sit down and relax. However, we do a great variety of things for fun! Fishing, hunting, skeet, dog training, water sports, golf, surfing, boating, etc., all in addition to working a very busy practice, maintaining 15 acres and our family. I’m lucky if I get 4-5 hours of sleep a night!
by Trish Utter
Love is in the air during the winter months. With winter wonderland carriage rides, champagne and glittering lights of the season, it is no surprise that this is a busy time for jewelers selling stunning, diamond engagement rings.
by Ruth Ward
Where we have come from and where we are going is important. There is a lot to be learned from our rich history. It is with that in mind attorney, Robert A. Rush, opened a new pizza restaurant in Alachua named Pizza in the Hood.
“We live in a time where there is so much strife and division. One wonders what messages young people are really receiving. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The prison rate has quadrupled from about 500,000 people in 1980 to over 2.3 million today.
This family is what America is all about. Hard work, giving and loving every minute of life. I met Jorge and Susie Villalobos years ago at a business function. They attend so many it would make your head spin. They also are seen at many local sporting events cheering on their son who plays basketball for Buchholtz High School. The power couple are owners of The Best Restoration that is located here in Gainesville. The Villalobos family are the American dream. Moving here with nothing and with very little knowledge of the English language. They worked very hard to achieve their dream.
by David Masemore
The first Alachua Car Show, sponsored by the Alachua Chamber of Commerce drew in about 50 cars from all over the state of Florida. Cars lined Main Street. Joe Hancock, the chamber president, came up with this exciting new event. Hancock also installed a flagpole at the chamber building on Main Street where the flag was raised for the first time.
1923 Ford Owner: Eric Hiam
Started build in 1984 and titled the car in 1987. The car underwent a full rebuild, the Chassis and motor were both restored, and the car was given to his son to persuade him to get off motorbikes. We think it worked!
If you have had the pleasure of dining at the Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs then you have been lucky enough to sample some of Chef Taylor Dukes’ food.
My favorite item on his menu is the filet mignon. I don’t often eat red meat but this is a steak I cannot pass up. Tender inside but crisp outside and seasoned to perfection. It melts in your mouth.
I see a glimpse of Chef Taylor through the glass kitchen door. He is completely focused on his kitchen and staff. The whole operation runs like a well-oiled machine.