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Farm Credit of Florida

Farm Credit of Florida

Financing for Your Lifestyle By Ruth Ward Zak Seymour and John Hall are experts in financing agricultural operations and rural property. They both work for Farm Credit of Florida at the Alachua More »

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

by Joseph Williams A.P.D.O.M In 2014, a breakthrough Canadian study conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary, (Alberta) and Alberta Health services concluded that meditation may be a powerful complement to More »

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Gainesville Car Friends & Other Local Car Clubs This group of car enthusiasts meets every Friday night from 7-9pm on the roof top of the parking garage at the Phillips Center. There More »

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

by Trish Utter The person that greets you at any business is the face of the company. They can make or break a business. For the past 25 years, Sharon Ruthie Hale-Ferguson More »

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville by Trish Utter I love little road trips, and often go over to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. The drive takes about an hour and More »


Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville

by Trish Utter

Executive Chef Partner Paula Cammuso and Service Manager Jonathan Errico

I love little road trips, and often go over to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. The drive takes about an hour and a half from Gainesville. This is one of the very best planned, luxury, open-air, shopping areas I have been to. It opened in 2005 and has over one hundred stores, and many restaurants and they recently added a Food Truck area. The Town Center is beautifully landscaped and is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. You can park your car and leave it – with lots of convenient parking, it eliminates the stress of driving around for hours looking for a spot, and you park right where the shops are!

Handmade, Sparkling
Raspberry Lemonade

Bring your dog…yes, bring Fido, as you find most of the stores are pet-friendly and have water bowls outside. Some even offer dog treats. There is a small dog park, and as you stroll, you will also find lots of small areas to sit in the shade and relax.

One of Seasons 52 famous
Roasted Mushroom flat breads

My daughter, Brooke, and I started off with lunch at Season 52. We sat at a comfortable, plush booth. Service Manager, Jonathan Errico took the time to give us background on the restaurant and explain the menu. 52 started sixteen years ago in Orlando, and now has many locations. It offers separate vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and glute-free menus. 52 is well known for their light and crispy flat breads. One of our favorites is the Braised Short Rib & Cheddar. It just bursts with flavor and texture. Another signature item is their Organic Sunshine Martini. The vodka is infused with fresh oranges for a week. You really get two drinks for the price of one, as they leave the martini shaker at the table. Brooke loved the Mint Lemonade that is made in-house with agave, lemon and mint chiffonade.

Everything at 52 is only made with the top ingredients. Executive Chef Partner, Paula Cammuso has been with 52 for six years. It is great to see a woman in a male-dominated trade. Chef Cammuso told us that our Cedar Plank-Roasted Salmon entrée (that my daughter and I spilt) is also their most popular. Errico told us that at the end of every night, the restaurant second harvests the leftover food and donates it to the Salvation Army. What a great idea. We had to try one of their mini desserts, as they won the Best American Restaurant Association Award for Small Innovated Desserts. We ended with a cup of cappuccino….heaven.

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.

Tired of Being Tired?

by Anya Mayr

We’ve all been there: we have an extra-long day at work, we drive the kids to and from soccer practice, only to come home and help them do their homework, cook, clean, and prepare for the next day. Before you know it, its 11:00pm, and you still want to watch an episode of the Netflix series you started a few weeks ago. By the time you’re done, bedtime ends up being at midnight… only to wake up at 5:30am the next day and do it all over again.

While you might think that five and a half hours of sleep and your morning coffee are enough to help you function throughout the day, the long term effects of sleep deprivation are real; especially if you spend your sleep hours tossing and turning, piloted by insomnia, or interrupted by your spouse’s snoring concert.

The hard truth is, missing out on the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep affects you more than you think. Sleep deprivation has been linked with all kinds of health problems, including memory issues, weight gain, mood changes, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, risk of heart disease and even a higher risk for diabetes.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

The chilly weather makes you want to hug the ones you love even more and …….talking of love, I was honored to attend the wedding of Judy Brill Lang and Davis Rembert. I have known Davis for a long time and many in our community know him as he has hosted a multitude of charitable events on his property at The Barn at Rembert Farms, which is located in Alachua. The couple have known each other since attending Gainesville High School. Davis was in 12th grade and Judy was in the 9th grade.

A Weekend in Washington, D.C.

By Trish Utter

My daughter and our friend, Chery Regan, were in Washington D.C. for a weekend. A trip that included a visit to Congressman Ted Yoho and a drive through the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, but it started with a most unusual tour of the city.

“Cherry Blossoms will appear in the Spring”, said our tour guide from DC Ducks. The amphibious vehicles that DC Duck use were built in 1942 to take troops to the beaches of Normandy. Today, these amphibious vehicles have been completely restored. Our trip, started, by taking us past the Embassy of Canada, a very modern looking building. Then, we went past all the museums, like the Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum, the Capital and the White House. The highlight of the tour was to drive down a ramp at a marina and into the Potomac. The views from the water of Washington D.C. are spectacular, and especially being at the very end of the Reagan National Airport runway, on the Potomac, when planes are taking off, you felt you could reach out and touch them.

Exciting and New at Disney World

If you live in Florida you have probably been to Walt Disney World a hundred times. But have you visited Pandora, The World of Avatar? This opened in May 2017 at Animal Kingdom. The world as you know it is turned upside down. You walk through a, literally out–of –this-world, rainforest named the Valley of Mo’ara!

Medical Center on the Move

The amount of growth that North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) has undergone within the past year is vast. Among the developments, are both an AHCA certification and a DNV accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a position in Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals, the introduction of technological advances like a 128-slice CT scanner and a Biplane Neurointerventional Suite, and the addition of its first Freestanding Emergency Room-West End, near Tioga. In continuing its upward trend, the Gainesville community hospital has now introduced a third, 24/7, full-service Emergency Room location in the Millhopper area.

Building Your Dream Home

Step inside your new Hartley Home and be WOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Ruth Ward

Hartley Brothers was founded back in 1980 by Robert and his younger brother Phil. They initially worked as carpenters framing for a number of builders around the Gainesville area. As their framing business progressed, they started doing some additions and other construction work.

Within a year or two, they began building their own homes. Their first subdivision was comprised of one acre lots located off of Archer Road in Gainesville. At that time, the homes and lots were selling together for $49,000….have times changed!

Steve, the eldest brother, came to join the family business 1989.