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A Romantic Weekend Getaway

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. More »

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

by Trish Utter This is the automotive equivalent of the Super Bowl. Anyone that knows me would tell you that this is THE event of the year that I have been waiting More »

Protecting Your Family

Protecting Your Family

by Trish Utter Over a year ago I was getting off the highway, and came to a stop at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. It didn’t seem like More »

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

by Trish Utter The chill of winter is here, but it’s 78 degrees in Miami! Don’t you just love living in Florida? There are so many places we can drive to for More »

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

by Danielle D’Silva With the New Year come all the same old resolutions lose weight, get healthier, get in shape… you name it. We start with high hopes thinking, “maybe this year More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent. Where are you from and why did More »

 

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. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a supercar for Christmas?

It was during the car show, Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island that I met Ferris Rezvani. He is an extremely talented guy. His father was a F-4 fighter pilot who enjoyed the power and speed of the plane and passed this need for exhilaration on to his son.

Rezvani wanted to transfer that thrill to a beautifully engineered car for the public so they could experience the shear joy of what a supercar could do. Rezvani Motors was created in 2014 with this passion in mind. Rezvani was one of the designers of Vencer’s Sarthe supercar who had worked with Ferrari, and Aston Matin DBC.

When I met Rezvani he had shipped his car, aptly named the …..Beast, from Rezvani Motors in Orange County, California to the east coast just for this show. It’s sexy lines and performance were a big hit with car enthusiasts and collectors. It has appeared on Jay Leno’s Garage. The Beast is a “Head Turner!” In fact the car was mobbed with people looking at it. This car uses the Ariel Atom chassis with a carbon fiber body which makes it light weight and therefore very fast.

Rezvani Motors also produces Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV), not to be confused with SUV’s. This is not your average soccer mom vehicle but a combat, off road rugged machine. This chunky, tough, military vehicle is named the ….TANK!

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.

Ranch Finders is Growing

1-1,000 Acres…We Can Find It!

RANCH FINDERS has found success being the premiere land sales company in North Florida. They employ the most knowledgeable land experts in the area who specialize in all things land related, whether buying or selling for commercial or residential purpose they are the experts and are passionate about accomplishing your goals. Realtors with land expertise are hard to find, Ranch Finders agents have the experience to handle rural land issues such as development planning, water and mineral rights, public land leases, hunting tags, livestock and farm production, conservation easements, wildlife habitat enhancement, tax credits and so much more. In addition, the agents have distinctive backgrounds and education in land sales as well as knowledge in law, finance, outfitting, marketing, development, public land transactions, and land conservation, the Ranch Finders group is uniquely qualified to market your ranch or help you acquire a new property.

While expertise in land sales is important, marketing is equally important Ranch Finders offers a wide range of ranch marketing services to effectively sell your property. Their knowledgeable team of agents and integrated marketing strategy will stand out and get noticed by qualified buyers. In today’s technology savvy world, the web is the first stage of discovery for the potential buyer. Ranch Finders uses the most recent technology to sell your property from drone videos to social media marketing they have the best marketing plan for rural property sales starting with their website, www.RanchFinders.com which attracts thousands of visitors per month.

Choosing the right Realtor is the most important component. Ranch Finders is dedicated to the highest quality of customer service, they will sit down with you and discuss the unique features of your property. You know why your property is special, they will use your expertise to figure out the most effective way to communicate this message to the buyer. These are the questions you should ask when interviewing a land specialist:

  • How many “land” properties have you listed/sold in the past year?
  • How many years have you been selling land properties?
  • What is your personal knowledge and expertise that will sell my property?

Ranch Finders uses these resources to sell your property:

Professional:

  • Drone Videos
  • Photography
  • Listing Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Property Brochures

Social Media:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Linked In

Advertising:

  • Cattleman’s Journal
  • Lands of Florida
  • HorseProperties.net
  • Land Watch
  • Lands of America

These are resources regularly use, each property will have a customized marketing plan targeting the right audience for your listing.

Ranch Finders founders, Bill & Marilyn Deas founded Ranch Finders out of necessity years ago when they had land to sell and could not find anyone qualified to sell it. Bill, is an attorney knowledgeable in land & cattle regulations and Marilyn, who was a Corporate Executive for Sprint has a degree in Advertising & Public Relations which is invaluable in the real estate business. Year after year Marilyn has sold millions of dollars in development, agricultural and luxury estates she is considered the very best in the industry! Marilyn & Bill live on their Cattle Ranch where Bill runs the operations. Their motto is – “Ranchers Helping Ranchers.”

Ranch Finders Broker Rhonda Sweat has been a land specialist for 30-years, as a 5th generation Floridian, Rhonda knows her product and is a highly regarded real estate professional experienced in every aspect of land sales from sprawling ranches to 1-acre home-sites. Having won numerous awards for annual multi-million dollars sales she takes a back seat to no one in her field. Rhonda lives on a hobby farm with her husband Chris and son Chase. As a family they enjoy their small cow to calf operation and spending time on the water. Rhonda’s motto is- “Providing Hometown Service & Worldwide Exposure.”

CALL TODAY FOR A FREE, NO OBLIGATION MARKET ANALYSIS!

352.559.0964 | WWW.RANCHFINDERS.COM

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From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

After my trip to California I became even more aware of healthy living and food. All the restaurants offered fresh, organic, and vegetarian/vegan items. It is clear to see that this life style they have works, as you will never find anyone living in Cali to be overweight. After sampling tons of vegan food while on the trip I think I would still rather eat real, organic cheese but on the whole I have found that since I have started to eat…clean, I feel better. So what is clean eating? Food that is in its natural state, nothing processed and rarely cooked, and never fried. For lunch I might have grilled salmon with grilled vegetables. As I have been eating like this for a while I find that I no longer crave fried food, in fact the thought of it actually makes me feel sick. I now look for restaurants that offer healthy alternatives. While my daughter, Brooke has been vegetarian for quite some time, she has turned me into a black bean burger fanatic. I was a diehard hamburger fan and thought I would rather die than eat a vegetarian burger but trust me when I tell you these taste better than hamburgers with a wide win! Some of our favorite vegetarian burgers here in Gainesville are at Relish or The Top. We also noticed that in California we were never offered or given a straw with our drinks. This led me to investigate and do a story in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading about our trip to California and the interesting facts about using straws.

The Last Straw!

by Trish Utter

One of my favorite places to window shop is Tiffany’s. I love looking at all the glittery diamonds, their famous sterling silver collections, and now I love their home collection of wallets, dog leashes, china, and…straws????????? Yes, this luxury retailer, Tiffany & Co, now offers straws in sterling silver, rose gold or vermeil. These crazy straws cost $350 and the least expensive is a sterling silver crazy straw for …just $250! A monkey, ladybug or dragonfly sterling silver straw will set you back mere $425!

So why would the top luxury jeweler in the world be offering these beautifully crafted straws?

Survivors’ Sock Hop

On June 3, The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Medical Center and Florida Cancer Specialists hosted National Cancer Survivors’ Day. Each year on the first Sunday in June, communities across the country gather to celebrate. First introduced by Merril Hastings at the 2nd annual National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1987, Survivors’ Day recognizes individuals who have received and battled a cancer diagnosis. The day demonstrates that “life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality”.

Margot DeConna – Director of Development at the Humane Society

What made you interested in working for the Humane Society?

I have always had a passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. I spent six and a half years working with abused and neglected children at the Child Advocacy Center. So, when I was looking for my next challenge, I relished the opportunity to do the same for local pets.

Do you have pets?

I have two fur-babies. My orange tabby, Tiberius, an eight-year-old domestic short hair who I adopted from Gainesville Pet Rescue in 2010 and Captain Jack, my feisty one-eyed brown tabby who I rescued on my third day of work at the Alachua County Humane Society!

What is the best thing that has happened at the shelter since you have been there?

The best thing that has happened since I joined the Alachua County Humane Society three years ago was when our community finally achieved no-kill status last year. The animal rescue partners had been working towards that goal for almost two decades so I am very happy to be a part of the team who got us there.

Can people volunteer and what type of commitment is it, can people just stop by to play with the animals?

Yes! People of all ages can volunteer with the Alachua County Humane Society or one of our rescue partners. Simply sign up online and attend a brief training course and you’ll be snuggling kitties and petting pups before you know it.