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A Little Bit of Bling at my House

by Trish Utter

The Floor Store of Newberry has been advertising with Good Life Community Magazine for at least ten years. This is a family owned business that is located in Newberry, in a gigantic modern warehouse. Business owners, Andy and Kim Stinton have become well known with local builders and the general public for their huge selection of flooring and for their outstanding service. And of course, you all know their daughter Alexa and their dog Trigger from their ads.

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OneStop Medical & Urgent Care

It was an exciting day in the City of Alachua as everyone came out to celebrate the grand opening of OneStop Medical & Urgent Care. The brand new medical office is located on 441 in Alachua near Moe’s.

LifeSouth Appreciation Luncheon

LifeSouth threw its annual Media/Chairperson Appreciation Luncheon at their location on 13th Street in Gainesville. Each year they have a different theme. This year it was a Birthday Party. Every LifeSouth media and business partner is awarded a plaque to proudly display in their office along with a small gift. Good Life Community Magazine was proud to be included as a LifeSouth partner and has been a partner for many, many years. Lots of local businesses, schools, and churches took part in blood drives over the past year. And many of the local media donated advertising to the blood drives.

Saving our Honey Bees, One Bee at a Time

by Ruth Ward

There is nothing better than biting into a sweet juicy apple but if we don’t help our bee population that will be a thing of the past! Without honey bees, there is no pollination and without pollination, well, there would be…….no fruit. Without plants to feed our animals, there would be no beef. You can see where I am going with this, right?

Take Time Out in Nature

By Joe Hancock

We were looking for a place to go camping that wouldn’t be too far from home for a quick weekend trip. Mike Ross Gold Head Branch State Park was the perfect find as it is just forty-five minutes from the City of Alachua, just north of Keystone Heights. The 600 acres were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and is one of Florida’s oldest State Parks.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

I went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. A true store about Freddie Mercury from Queen. I sat in the theatre waiting for the movie to start and struck up a conversation with the two guys sitting next to me. They asked me what I did for a living and I told them I published Good Life. Their reaction and comments were something that I will never forget. They both said they grew up reading Good Life Community Magazine. They said they had read it as kids and still read it today. One of them said, “Wow, that magazine has been around for years”. It wasn’t until he said that, that I realized just how long we have been bringing you Good Life. I felt so good to hear how these two young men had enjoyed Good Life since childhood, and that we are part of this wonderful community.

A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter

For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. Built in 1922 this charming vintage, boutique hotel is nestled between unique stores and cafes. Step inside this little jewel box and you are transported to a bygone era. The quaint dark wood and Tiffany lit entrance is very reminiscent of Europe, and even has an adorable 1920’s style elevator. Upon arrival guests are handed a beautiful brass room key. A grand staircase guides you up to the 28 rooms that are on the first floor. And yes, that is it, just 28 rooms so the personal service you get is incredible. Every room is oversized and the beds have luxurious, crisp white linens. Everything is historically preserved. The bathrooms have the original fixtures and tile, so you could say you are staying in a working museum that is an amazing treasure, and makes for a memorable experience. The guest rooms that overlook Park Avenue lead out to a large wrap around balcony where a continental breakfast tray, with fresh flowers, is brought up to you each morning. This is included in the cost of your room. Sitting on the balcony, over-looking the trendy street below is a lot like being in New Orleans, with its iron laced railings and lush palms, and the energy of Park Avenue below. I sat there enjoying my fresh brewed coffee and hot croissants and listened to the distant train that stops in Winter Park. What a time capsule of a place this is, very romantic and absolutely charming.

Black Bean Burger

By: Michael Johnigean

  • 1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of whole oatmeal
  • lightly cooked left firm
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive

Serves 6:
Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg whites, red onion, oatmeal, carrots, oregano, cumin, basil, fresh garlic, sea salt, chili powder, pepper, and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 6 patties.