Maple Syrup…Yum!

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! More »

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, More »

How Trendy are You?

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme? After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York More »

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. More »

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. More »


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.

Alachua Car Show

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!

Meet Chef Taylor Dukes


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.

Prostate Cancer – Knowledge is Power!

Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

In the United States, prostate cancer is the leading non-skin cancer in men and second most cause of cancer death, so we really need to take it seriously. In fact, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. There were 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2016, which unfortunately resulted in 26,120 deaths.

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


Stop Suffering and being Embarrassed by your Legs


by Ruth Ward

In Florida we wear shorts all year long so our legs are out there. If you have unsightly veins it can be impossible to hide. Dr. Scott Koppel treats hundreds of patients annually for spider and varicose veins, painful swollen legs, chronic wounds and more.

Where are you from?

I’m from New York. I grew up in the suburbia of Long Island with three siblings. I went to the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, and graduated in
1993. After completing my residency at Beth Israel Hospital, I moved to Gainesville in 1995 which was just in time to see the Gators win the National Championship the next year.

Customer Service & Great Team Work


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

gg1by Trish Utter

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.