Category Archives: Celebrity Spotlight

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Chuck Bush

Chuck Bush started Chuck Bush Auto 25 years ago, located in Gainesville, and not far from the Hippodrome Theatre, in downtown Gainesville. He has become an automotive icon. He is often seen at a Gator game or at Gator Nationals with his bright yellow race car.

Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville at Alachua General Hospital. I moved to Alachua in 2014 with my wife, Michele Bush. I went to Buchholz in 9th grade and graduated from P.K. Yonge.

How do you relax?

Riding my horses on trails and camping in a Cruse America R.V., and Kayaking on the Santa Fe River.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Lately on weekends we like to go to a small, quiet place called Palm Coast Villas near Flagler Beach. We go there to see our grand babies that live over there.

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Susie Ulloa

Meet Susie Ulloa, a Gainesville resident who works at The Cancer Center as a Breast Cancer Navigator. She is also a breast cancer survivor and author, Susie is often seen at local events for The Cancer Center at NFRMC, or for her husband’s company, The Best Restoration.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia (South America). I moved to the United States in 1999 with my husband, Jorge Villalobos, and children due to security reasons. We initially settled in Fort Lauderdale and came to Gainesville in 2004, the place we call home in every sense of the word.

How did you meet your husband?

Through a common friend, who actually had dated him. I met Jorge when I was 12 and he was 18, so we truly didn’t have anything in common except for the fact we both knew this person. Our paths crossed several times throughout the years until we were finally ready for each other, and we have been together ever since.

Why is your last name different from your husband’s?

In Colombia, many women from my generation chose to keep their last names. It’s just a matter of choice.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Kim Stinton: Business Woman, Wife and Mom!

Kim and her husband Andy own The Floor Store of Newberry and have always been active with events in their area. They have advertised with Good Life Community Magazine for 12 years. As we are always taking their daughter Alexa’s photo, we thought it would be interesting to get to know Kim.

Where are you from, when did you move to Newberry, and why?

I was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. I left home to go to the University of Florida. I ended up in Marietta, Georgia, and together with my husband, Andy, we moved down to Newberry in 2000. We were both from Florida and wanted to move back to Florida. After living just outside of Atlanta for so long, we really wanted to move to a smaller town and open up our own business. My mom is from Newberry, and one of my brothers lives in Newberry, so Newberry it was. Growing up, we always came here on the weekends and during the summer to see my grandmother, so the town was very familiar to me, and Andy loved all the farmland around. In Marietta, I taught school and Andy worked in flooring. He is a 2nd generation flooring installer. Together, we opened a small, retail store in Marietta, and I worked there some in the afternoons and on weekends, but I mainly took care of the accounting books. For years, we talked about opening up a larger store and working at it full time together. The plan was to save every dime we made, sell our rental properties that we had acquired over the years, and for me to “retire” from teaching so that we could build what we would later name The Floor Store of Newberry.

Meet Anne Rush: Attorney, Wife and Super Mom!

Where are you from, when did you move to Gainesville, and why?

I grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. It is a rural area. My family’s home was outside city limits. I went to college in Cambridge, MA, just outside Boston. I loved it and wasn’t ready to move back to rural Kentucky after graduation. I met my husband while visiting Florida after college and eventually moved to Gainesville. I’ve been here ever since (but for a short stint in Gulfport, FL for law school).

How do you relax?

A glass of wine, a favorite podcast, and a sewing project.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

It’s been so long since I’ve had a real weekend getaway, that it’s hard to say. Having had our son, working full time takes a lot of time away that could be spent with him, so I want to make sure to be present with him when I am able. That usually means little day outings to places or events.

What do you listen to in your car?

Podcasts. I love “How I Built This”, “Planet Money”, “S-town”, “Criminal Injustice”, “Freakonomics Radio”, “Stay Tuned with Preet”, and “Hidden Brain”. There are several others that I browse as well. I really enjoy being able to use my drive time to better educate myself on a variety of topics related to my work interests, hobbies, national politics, etc.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Congressman Ted Yoho who serves Florida’s 3rd District

Congressman Ted Yoho

Where are you from, when did you move to Gainesville, and why?

I was born in Minnesota and moved to Pompano Beach when I was eight years old. I graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 1973. I attended Broward Community College and then moved to Gainesville in 1977, and have been here since.

How do you relax?

I read, work, fish, and travel with my wife and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

I like to go to Welaka, which is on the St. John’s River. It is close to Gainesville and phone reception is weak. It is absolutely primitive Florida out on the river, and the fishing is great.

What do you listen to in your car?

Mostly country, Western, Margaretville, jazz and classic rock. Sometimes FOX Brett Baier or CNN Wolf Blitzer.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? How much was you first pay check for?

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Donna Cohen

Donna Cohen is a very talented interior designer that lives in Gainesville and works in our local area. You will find her at many charitable events either volunteering or as a guest.

Where are you from, when did you move to Gainesville, and why?

I was born in the small town of Granville in upstate New York. I went to school in Boston, and was home for a summer after working in Boston between jobs.

I met David, my husband, and that was it! It’s funny because the women in the family knew of him as we had been shopping in his family stores since I was a teenager! We were getting tired of the cold and a business opportunity came up in Ocala. When he came home one day and asked, “Do you want to move to Florida?” I jumped at the chance. David had a condo in Boca Raton on the ocean so I thought, “great”! Can you imagine the night we arrived in Ocala 30 years ago…CULTURE SHOCK! We stopped to get gas and I couldn’t get over all the trucks with guns on them! A friend that we knew said, “You cannot live in Ocala…Gainesville is a university town”, so we took his advice and here we are…. love it now!

How do you relax?

I relax by lighting a candle, pouring a glass of wine, and then cooking!
Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why? I like to go to St. Augustine to relax, or NYC for my city fix!

What do you listen to in your car?

I listen to Sports Talk Radio… every day! I love Brady, Shane, Steve, Pat, Jeff, and Zach – the local guys on there.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Joe Hancock

Joe Hancock is the President of the Alachua Chamber, Vice President of the Alachua Lions Club, and Area Sales Manager for Union Home Mortgage Corp. Hancock is often seen in the City of Alachua helping out with events or leading a networking group and helping to promote local businesses. Hancock is married and has two beautiful children. You can’t think of the City of Alachua without thinking about Joe.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville
and why?

Born and Raised in Gainesville. Moved to Alachua in 2012 and couldn’t be happier. My wife, Crystal worked here and loved it. When it was time to buy a home we decided Alachua was the place. It did not have the hustle and bustle of Gainesville and the people were nice. It is a walkable town and we have access to I-75 and 441 to quickly get anywhere we want.

How do you relax?

Playing with my kids. Mason is 3 and Summer is 1. I really think it is wrestling more than anything else. They love it. They love to jump on me, pound on me, climb on me, and just roll all over me. I love it and can’t get enough of it!! They relax me more than anything else in the world. Before the kids it was driving at the racetrack.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that he produced a Broadway Show about Elvis and that he does his own landscaping at his office! This down to earth attorney would rather hang out in his vegetable garden than be caught up in glitz and glam. Rush’s employees often get vegetables from his garden and homegrown flowers, which makes for a very happy office. This conservative, high-profile attorney has been caught listening to rap music. You can never judge a book by its cover!

Where are you from and why did you move to Gainesville?

I am from New York, but moved to Alachua in 1977 and attended the law school at UF. I still live in the same, small, brick house after all those years. I love the simple, tranquil lifestyle that Alachua has to offer.

How do you relax?

Ha, not much!!! I work at least 60 hours a week by choice, as I love what I do. When I can, I enjoy spending time with my horses and chickens. I also love to garden. My two German Shepherds, named Scout and Atticus, keep me busy with long walks in the woods. I enjoy a walk on the beach, but that is not very often.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island, as it has miles of unspoiled beach. It is so peaceful and quiet and is a good place for me to unwind with a good book. While I am there I like to fish, play golf and love the local food. Plus, it is only an hour and a half away!