Author Archives: Trish Utter

From the Desktop

desk1by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

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.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – William C. Storoe IV, DDS PA

dentist1If 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!

Rules of Engagement

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by Trish Utter

roe2This is peak season for wedding engagements but girls did you know …..you might have to give that rock on your finger BACK!

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.

They worked hard and now live the……American Dream!

carpet1This 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.

Meet Chef Taylor Dukes

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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.

Red Carpet Pix

Gainesville Gone Austin was held at Santa Fe River Ranch. A benefit for the Child Advocacy Center. Guests enjoyed food by Chuy’s

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Customer Service & Great Team Work

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by Trish Utter

It was a blazing hot day so I went inside for some cool relief but the house was hot inside too. My air conditioner had packed up and was not repairable. I called and got a few bids. Air Ducks Heating & Air, Inc., came in at a reasonable price. From the very beginning they were professional and kept me informed every step of the way. From the time of the first meeting to the time the work was completed was just a few days!

It wasn’t an easy installation as the new air handler had to be placed in the attic that is in a very inaccessible place but without hesitation these guys figured out how to do it. I was impressed at the way the guys worked as a team and how clean and tidy the team from Air Ducks was. Not only with their appearance but also they cleaned up after themselves and left my house clean! It was as if Christmas elves had done the work.

I met with Sam Roberts, owner of Air Ducks Heating & Air, Inc out at his warehouse located in Gainesville. It was good to see his team again. They are such a nice bunch of people.

Guide to Happy Gift Giving

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When you are thinking about getting someone a romantic gift put some thought and effort into it. It will pay off. Cut out the stress by thinking about it ahead of time, I don’t mean the day before! What have you noticed that they look at while shopping? Have you heard them mention something they have always wanted to do? What is their favorite candy or meal? So many simply feel taken for granted when they receive a gift that has no thought behind it. I can remember my father giving my mother a frying pan for her birthday. Even though she needed one this was one of the WORST gifts ever! Don’t buy someone what they need, buy them something that they would love to have as a treat. Take the time to notice what they look at in a shop windows or what cologne they try on and like.

Community Pix

Woofstock held at The Barn at Rembert Farms to benefit the Humane Society. This was the first event of its type and drew in a huge crowd for its psychedelic, groovy event.

Gail Owen and Victoria Jarman

Gail Owen and Victoria Jarman

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

editor1It is a pleasure to have the Williams’ family on our front cover. What an inspirational couple they are. They have been on our cover about seven times. The couple are brilliant at building affordable, innovative homes. They pay attention to even the smallest detail. I was so happy for them when they had their first child, Jett, and now they are expecting their second. What a happy time. I hope you enjoy reading about their latest project in High Springs called Oakridge.

It is the time of year for parties and family gatherings. Many invitations are sent out and that brings me to one of my pet peeves…….not getting a reply! It is hard for the person hosting a party or event to know how much food to prepare. RSVP is short for the French phrase, R?pondez s’il vous plait and means, Please Respond. Even if you get a Facebook invite, it has a place where you can let the host know if you will attend. Many people feel that if they are not going to attend they can simply just ignore it, but the poor host still does not know if you will show up. Click on the Not Going button to put the host out of their misery…lol.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday that is relatively stress free. It is a bit like Christmas, but without the stress of gift giving. I have been thinking about gifts now as I don’t want it to be a week before the Holidays and then rush out to buy just about anything. Buying in haste is never a good idea. I usually find great bargains on jewelry and electronics at TBGoods in Alachua and Southern Charm Emporium that is full of antiques, china, knickknacks and unique items. The Healing House offers gift certificates for massages or the Salt Room…. talk about a unique gift! I also like to do day trips to shop at Mall of Millennia, in Orlando, International Mall, in Tampa, or St John’s Town Center in Jacksonville.

I hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving. All of us at Good Life Community Magazine are truly thankful for our advertisers and our readers. Thank YOU for making this ….the Good Life!