VOL. 36, ISSUE 2
BOJ: Arts & Entertainment
BOJ: Date Night / I Know A Spot
BOJ: Grocery / Health & Recreation
BOJ: Medical / Pet
BOJ: In The News / Tourism
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The Green House of Riverside Nicole Carroll
Folio Weed #2 Shelton Hull
Weird, Wild Stuff Shelton Hull
Ready To Roll Casey Craig
JOHN M. PHILLIPS, ESQ. publisher TERESA SPENCER general manager ROB NICHOLSON sales director RAIN HENDERSON creative director KERRY SPECKMAN copy editor // staff writer VINCENT DALESSIO staff writer MOLLY BRITT contributor SHELTON HULL contributor ARIEL RADEMEYER contributor CASEY ALIXANDRA contributor HARRY MOORE contributor JOSEPH GUIFFRE contributor OMAR AFTAB contributor CASEY CRAIG contributor LILY SNOWDEN contributor JAY MAFELA contributor TERRY & SHARI JAYMES contributors
I WAS TIRED OF LIVING WITH MY FIBROMYALGIA PAIN Fibromyalgia has been difficult to treat and even more difficult to understand, UNTIL NOW! Dr. Turpin provides patients with much needed relief from Fibro symptoms!
If you're suffering from Fibromyalgia, you understand this sentiment all too well. Local Jacksonville resident Kate R. found herself at a turning point when she noticed her diagnosis had started to take a toll on her marriage.
"I was angry all the time because of all the things I couldn't do anymore because of my Fibromyalgia. That anger cycled through depression and affected everyone around me, my husband more than anyone. It made our lives miserable." Fibromyalgia affects the entire body. To make things complicated it affects everyone's body a little differently. To make things even more complicated, those effects can change on a daily basis. Sometimes you're plagued with widespread muscle pain and fatigue, and other days it's a headache and heightened sensitivity to touch.
"I could barely stand to have the light weight of bedsheets touching me, much less a hug from my husband." explains Kate. This is what it's like to suffer from Fibromyalgia. Symptoms make everyday life incredibly difficult. Mundane, daily tasks are nearly impossible. And too often, these symptoms are only made worse because practitioners find it difficult to understand and even more troublesome to treat. It's characterized by widespread pain in muscles and tissues rather than inflammation of the joints.
Then your primary care doctors suggest dietary changes, pain linaments and prescription medications to the point where your life is no longer ruled by Fibromyalgia. It's now ruled by difficult routines and pill regimens that are supposed to aid in avoiding flare ups.
Kate put it this way, "My life was no longer my own." Eventually, Kate did her own research and discovered that acupuncture can improve the quality of life in Fibro patients. Determined to find the best, she discovered Riverplace Acupuncture Integrative Health led by Dr. Jann Turpin. Dr. Turpin has been successfully treating difficult to manage, chronic pain cases for almost 12 years. She uses the time tested science of acupuncture and integrates it with modern medical advancements that encourage healing and recovery. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that is commonly used to reduce various forms of pain. Acupuncture works by reducing inflammation, stimulating the release of endorphins and offers much needed symptom relief for Fibromyalgia. Then Dr. Turpin skillfully layers other non invasive therapies like ATP Resonance Biotherapy™ and O3 Regenerative Therapy™ for amplified, long-lasting results.
"I feel like a new person. My husband comes with me to my appointments. He spends most of it thanking Dr. Jann for giving him back the woman he married. And for the first time since we moved here, one of my neighbors told me I looked good! It's a miracle she treated my Fibro, I don't know how else to explain it." If you're looking for a doctor and a practice who not only understands your diagnosis but also has a proven solution for chronic pain, look no further than Riverplace Acupuncture Integrative Health (RAIH).
Kate describes RAIH almost as enthusiastically as she does their treatments. "I love it here!"
Voted Folio's Best of Jax 2021, Dr.
Turpin's success stories have been repeatedly featured on social media and can be viewed by finding her on Facebook or Instagram, @RiverplaceAcupuncture! Additional information about Dr. Turpin and her various treatments can be found by visiting RiverplaceAcupuncture.com or by calling (904) 720-8887. Dr. Turpin is now accepting new patients but only for a limited time. To protect her availabiltiy for existing and future patients, only 10 new fibromyalgia patients will be accepted before February 28, 2022 so call (904) 720-8887 now to schedule a consultation.
Visit www.RiverplaceAcupuncture.com to learn more and to take advantage of their NEW PATIENT OFFER! 4
I have followed FOLIO since it started, not always agreed, once got a nice recognition years ago, but the article in the past issue on the JEA is the best I have seen, ever, in FOLIO. Keep on Keeping on Richard Bowers
BRICKBATS + BOUQUETS BOUQUET TO JASMYN
BRICKBAT TO CITY COUNCIL
Since its founding in 1994, JASMYN has been supporting and empowering local
In a vote of 15 to 1, the council approved $1.2 million in taxpayer funds to remove
LGBTQ youth by offering health services, including mental health counseling,
the Berkman II Downtown, as its condition is considered “to be an immediate threat
housing and development opportunities. This month the organization broke ground
to the life, safety and welfare of property and citizens located near and around
on the final phase of its campus which will triple the space of its health clinic, create
the structure warranting an emergency appropriation of funds,” according to the
an outdoor classroom and entertainment space, as well as a meditative Zen garden,
legislation. Not saying we disagree but what does it say about a city if garbage and
and provide additional office space for counselors. The construction is expected to
recycling issues, especially during a pandemic, aren’t considered an emergency?
take about a year. BRICKBAT TO ROOFCLAIM.COM BOUQUET TO JACKSONVILLE HISTORIC NAVAL SHIP ASSOCIATION
The roofing company filed suit against the Jaguars for breach of contract based
It’s full steam ahead for the city’s long-awaited Naval Museum with the association’s
on the firing of head coach Urban Meyer and concerns about their reputation as
acquisition of the USS Orleck. The retired U.S. Navy destroyer (aka The Gray Ghost
primary sponsor of the Jags/Indianapolis Colts game where some fans planned to
of the Vietnam Coast for its pivotal role during the Vietnam War) is one of the most
express their frustration with owner Shad Khan by dressing like clowns. Wishing to
decorated U.S. Navy ships since WWII. Its storied history also included assisting in
avoid “the harm that any further affiliation would have on RoofClaim.com's brand,”
the recovery of the Gemini IV space capsule. After undergoing repairs in Texas, the
the company wound up looking like clowns themselves when the story made
Orleck is expected to arrive in on Jacksonville’s Northbank in March, where it will be
national news—and the Jags trounced the Colts 26-11. Too bad the clown act wasn’t
the only warship on display in the U.S. focusing on the Vietnam War.
planned while Meyer was still around.
Dear Evan Hansen
Veterans Memorial Arena
The New York Times described it as “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout
Unfortunately for superfans, the alternative pop band won’t be revisiting their
of a musical.” The Washington Post called it “one most remarkable shows in
early days in Vegas with a six-hour gig when they come to town. Instead, the
musical theater history.” And for those of you unimpressed by theater critics’
band, who cite The Beatles, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Nirvana and Harry Nillson
opinions, it also won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score.
as influences, will focus on hits like "Radioactive," "Demons," “Believer” and
But what will you think of the fiercely personal and honest look at mental
illness and teen suicide?
Jacksonville Film Festival
Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series
San Marco Theatre & Southside Baptist Church
Fort Mose Historic Park
In its early days, the Jacksonville Film Festival was one of the hottest tickets
As the country’s first free Black settlement for those escaping slavery, Fort
in town, attracting legends like Bill Murray and John Waters. While the fanfare
Mose holds a place in America’s history far beyond St. Augustine. This inaugural
may have faded, its soul—a celebration of film—remains. This year’s event
music festival honors the sanctuary's legacy and culture with performances by
is no exception with five features and 80+ shorts including The Grey Area
the Count Basie Orchestra (Feb. 18), Amythyst Kiah (Feb. 19), Gregory Porter
directed by local filmmakers Keagan Anfuso and Drew L. Brown.
(Feb. 24), Tank and the Bangas (Feb. 25) and Trombone Shorty & Orleans
Avenue (Feb. 26). discoverfortmose.com
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Take action when it comes to improving your
Mercury goes retrograde this month so watch your
Your love life is lighting up this month, but you may
appearance. Once you do, take a chance on love:
money closely. Take a deep look at your friends as
end up with hurt feelings if you don’t gauge your
It’s time. You will have more cash on hand this year
they will be able to provide you great comfort if,
expectations correctly. Mars is in your way regarding
as a result of being good with your spending in 2021.
indeed, they are true. Dream big as the path you
money… you may experience unexpected costs so
Spend some of your savings on wish list items. You
decide to pursue in any area of your life this month
put back some cash to be prepared. Rely on your
will most likely be one that makes a dream come true.
friends to keep your spirits high this month.
Clean up your act, Aquarius! It’s time to get with it in
Focus on achieving your goals this month. You will
You may have been made aware of secrets recently
all areas of your life. Stop feeling sorry for yourself
have good luck in accomplishing them. Love will
that make you cringe. Let any negative feelings about
and make things right. Love yourself first and things
be groovy and money will find its way to you. The
this go. By mid-month you will begin to be covered
will fall into place. Accept gifts from friends or family
new moon in Cancer mid-month may lead you to
in positive news about all kinds of things. Get out
as they might be giving you things you have wanted
someone who will help with some dough.
and flirt, you will not regret it. Money will prove to
for a long time. Go into any new relationships with
be flowing better this month. Stash some cash for
low expectations, you will not be disappointed if
Consider splurging on something you have desired for a long time this month. Make big plans and
include your friends and family in announcing them.
Travel if you can. A wild adventure awaits you. If
Don’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses.
The new moon in Capricorn this month will help you
you have been worried about a love situation, you
It’s not necessary for you to be happy. Venus is
to let go of old flames and heal you so the rest of
are right. Walk away, you deserve better. Watch
retrograde in your friendship sector until the 29th
2022 can be delightful in your love life.
your bank account so you don’t find yourself
so you may be contacted by old flames or pals. Keep
a rainy day.
overspending. Mars is in your money sector so be
an open mind in rekindling these relationships as you
may be better off just ignoring the invites.
It’s time to talk about your love life. Let go of the
cautious with funds.
negative energy that has been brewing. You may
even rekindle with an ex. Be cautious if you do.
If you are thinking of redecorating, do it: the time is
Venus retrograde will stir up drama in your love life
Don’t make the same mistake twice. Meditate on
right. Jump on your financial plan for the year now
this month. Use your intuition to make wise decisions
any looming decisions you need to make as deep
and stick with it; you will prosper if you do. In your
about this area of your life. You may get an expected
thought will help you to make better choices. Your
love life, consider finding an old flame to hang with.
gift this month as Uranus, planet of the unexpected,
financial affairs will begin to stabilize. Don’t stop the
They will bring you happiness for a while anyway.
sits directly in your money sector mid-month.
A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T
BEST MUSIC VENUE
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
BEST PUBLIC ARTWORK
AIDS Memorial at Willow Branch Park
BEST ART GALLERY
BEST VISUAL ARTIST
Gallery 1037 @ Reddi-Arts
BEST COMEDIAN Daisy Tackett BEST COMEDY CLUB Comedy Zone Jacksonville BEST COMMUNITY THEATER Alhambra Theatre & Dining BEST CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER Adam Madrid BEST FILM FESTIVAL
LOL JAX Film Festival
Growing up, Hayden Palmer was taught
BEST JAZZ BAND Heart of Elaine BEST BAND Blistur BEST MOVIE THEATER Sun-Ray Cinema BEST MUSIC STUDIO Friends of Friends Recording Studio BEST MUSICIAN Chris Kellam BEST MUSEUM Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL Porchfest
to think outside the box and to never go
with the first thought. There stemmed his creativity and love for the unconventional. When creating his creatures, they are
When looking for a comedian or
covered with bright colors and unique
entertainer, it’s important to look at
detail. All of them seem to be removed
how they describe themselves. Easy to
from a different universe.
say, you’ve struck gold when you find one describing herself as a “fat Steve Buscemi.” It also means you’ve found stand-up comic Daisy Tackett. Always the jokester of her friend groups, she decided to share her comedic genius with the rest of the world in 2017. Since then she’s performed in many venues, both in Jacksonville and out of state. She covers politics, feminism, what’s happening in society, and even her sexual assault case;
What inspired Palmer were his childhood shows, Teenage Ninja Turtles and Peewee's Playhouse. Through Pee-wee's Playhouse, Palmer was introduced to the show’s production designer Wayne White, whose sculptures and paintings heavily influenced him. Palmer’s art inspires and takes admirers to other worlds. Palmer also works on graphic designs and takes colorful portrait photography. When not creating, he is an art teacher
nothing’s off the table for this comic.
with The Cathedral Arts Project.
The Beach Picture this: You’re on a date in Jacksonville Beach. First, dinner on Third Street. Then, ice cream at one of the various shops. So, if things are going well, where to next? The most obvious answer? The beach. Duval County has quite the array of cheap and thrilling beaches to pick from. Looking for a calmer, quieter and more private beach? Neptune and Atlantic beaches are your go-tos. Want to impress your date with your off-roading skills? Huguenot and the surrounding beaches have plenty of areas to drive right on the sand. (Bonus points if you get stuck in the sand and have to ask your date to help push your car up the dunes.) Finally, the beach we all love and love to hate, Jacksonville Beach: the perfect for finding a secluded spot with multiple beach accesses and even multiple piers! –Lily Snowden
D AT E N I G H T / I K N O W A S P O T
The TheWalrus Walrus
BEST CHEAP THRILL WHEN YOU'RE BROKE The Beach
Having only taken lift off a few months ago, The Walrus
BEST DINNER ON SOMEONE ELSE'S DOLLAR
in Murray Hill blasted their way into the hearts of Folio readers sweeping a total of six Best of Jax categories (this just might be a
record.) If we had a Jack-of-All-Trades category, because they probably would have won that too.
BEST KARAOKE SPOT Rain Dogs BEST LGBQT CLUB The Walrus BEST NIGHTCLUB The Walrus
Specializing in vegan eats and specialty drinks like fresh-pressed juices and smoothies (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), The Walrus is more than just a bar; it’s an inclusive space for people from all walks of life to come together for relaxation and celebration. It’s through The Walrus’ work in cultural curation that they have been able to make such an impact on the area’s social sphere and rocket their way to the top of the Best of Jax lineup. The space has already hosted art exhibits and installations, like the Beetlejuice exhibit by Best of Jax Visual Artist winner Hayden Palmer, Monthly Queerosphere LGBTQIA+
BEST OPEN MIC
dance parties, pop-up markets, synthesizer meet-ups and regularly occurring open
mic nights, as well as meet and greets with local political candidates.
BEST ROMANTIC NIGHT OUT
Whether you're looking to turn it up a notch on a weekend or take
a load off during the week, The Walrus is your go-to place. –Vincent Dalessio
BEST TINDER DATE SPOT Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House
BEST PLACE TO COUNT MULLETS
BEST PLACE TO SCHMOOZE
Main Street Bridge
Monster Truck Jam
Grape and Grain Exchange
BEST HAUNTED HOUSE
BEST PLACE TO DANCE
BEST PUBLIC PARK
Public School #4
BEST LIBRARY BRANCH
BEST PLACE TO HUG A TREE
Treaty Oak Park
Along the Riverwalk
BEST PLACE TO PICK UP YOUR FOLIO
WORST FLOOD ZONE
European Street Cafe
Felicia Alvarez Ever since the pandemic hit in early 2020, the whole world has felt out of whack. However, this impact hasn’t been felt anywhere more than it has in the field of healthcare, and it’s necessary that we shout out those who truly helped the city in a way that not many of us could. For this reason, we
BEST COMMUNITY ACTIVIST Christina Kittle BEST DRESSED JoHanna Moresco BEST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE Lisa Rinaman, The St. Johns Riverkeeper BEST FIRST RESPONDER
thank Felicia Alvarez, who has significantly contributed to Jacksonville’s ongoing fight against COVID-19 and saved countless lives in the process. With more than 13 years of experience as a registered nurse, Alvarez created STAT Training Solutions, a Crisis Response Aid service which has provided COVID-19 tests, vaccinations and monoclonal antibodies therapy, as well as medical staffing and CPR training certification, making her a lifesaver in all senses of the word. –Omar Aftab
Felicia Alvarez BEST LOCAL CRUSADER Donna Deegan BEST LOCAL HERO Donna Deegan BEST LOCAL PERSONALITY JoHanna Moresco BEST LOCAL WEIRDO
JoHanna Moresco From her enchanting Victorian-style wardrobe to her dazzling meticulous stringing of a violin to the unveiling of
her iconic vampire-inspired cosmetics, JoHanna Moresco
a synth-driven goth-pop band known for its unique and
Shad Khan BEST NONPROFIT Jewish Community Alliance BEST PHILANTHROPIST Weaver Family BEST SPIRITUAL LEADER Pastor Marty Davey MOST LIKELY TO JOIN THE CIRCUS Lenny Curry
does it all. She is a prominent violinist for the Cruxshadows, striking sound. Moresco continuously encourages her audience to express themselves authentically despite backlash from others. In past years, she played bass and toured with Apocalypse Theatre. From there, Moresco journeyed southward to Jacksonville, where she soon found her new family, Cruxshadows. Part of what makes Moresco so unusual is her spirit. She maintains the same spunky vibrance today as she did when she was sneaking into punk shows as an adolescent. Whether it's rocking out with her bandmates or dancing the night away with her girlfriends, Moresco's contagious energy reflects onto anyone in her presence.
WORST LOCAL ZERO Lenny Curry
By elegantly portraying how to embrace your inner vampire, vixen and violinist, she, without a doubt, personifies the title of Best Local Weirdo—for a second time. –Ariel Rademeyer
Christina Kittle Christina Kittle is a woman inspiring change and making it happen. Every day on social media, including her personal accounts, Kittle is helping locals know what is transpiring and what to do to help. Always on the move, Kittle is the assistant director of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, a Black-led organization based in Jacksonville that fights against racism and works toward Black liberation. Kittle is also Duval’s lead organizer of the nonprofit organization Florida Rising, which aims to increase the voting and political power of Black and other historically marginalized communities around the state. She also supports the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Her love for the people is an inspiration to Floridians. Her dedication and drive for giving justice to those in need continue to make her a force to be reckoned with. –Casey Alixandra
Lisa Rinaman It sounds like another love story trope: woman travels from dry hills of
Rinaman also created Florida Waterkeepers, a superhero alliance, of
the Midwest to the lush tropical landscape of Florida on vacation and
sorts, that brings together 13 riverkeeper and waterkeeper organizations
finds her soulmate. But here’s the twist, the love interest in this story
from around the state to advocate for progressive environmental policy.
isn’t a person; it’s a river. Lisa Rinaman has lived that very tale. While on
As the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Rinaman has dared to go where no
vacation as a child, the Arkansas native became entranced by the waters
riverkeeper has gone before, striking previously unheard of deals with
of Silver Springs and the magic that is Florida’s water world. Now she is
the City of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Port Authority and the Chamber
the protector of one of the largest watersheds in the state.
of Commerce. In a celebrated, yet controversial move, the Riverkeeper agreed to drop legal challenges to the deepening of the shipping channel
This year marks 10 years of Rinaman’s tenure as the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
in the St. Johns in exchange for the freedom of the Ocklawaha River. The
The agency she oversees, St. Johns Riverkeeper, is a local non-profit
St. Johns Riverkeeper will drop their lawsuit when the state comes up
organization founded in the early 2000s to be the voice for the 310-mile-
with a concrete plan to remove the Rodman Dam.
long St. Johns River. In the past decade the organization has experienced enormous change under her forward-thinking leadership. Community
Lisa Rinaman has proved that even though the St. Johns may be slow
engagement, for one, has been a big priority for Rinaman. Town hall
moving, she as Rivereeper, will move fast and confidently. It takes a
meetings with hundreds of informed citizens in attendance have resulted
certain kind of resolve to defend hundreds of miles of water, and we can
in nearly 1,000 letters sent to elected officials on behalf of the St. Johns
rest easy knowing the fate of our river is in good hands. –Joseph Guiffre
River. Public comments from these town hall meetings have also been translated into real legislative action.
G R O C E R Y / H E A LT H & R E C R E AT I O N
BEST BUTCHER SHOP
Tillman’s Meats & Country Store
Black Lives Matter 5K
BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
Pinegrove Market and Deli
Jann Turpin, Riverplace Acupuncture
BEST ETHNIC GROCERY STORE Rowe's Supermarket BEST FARMERS MARKET Riverside Arts Market BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE The Fresh Market BEST AREA FARM Congaree and Penn BEST GROCERY STORE Publix
BEST BICYCLE SHOP
Quicklink Cycling Solutions BEST FISHING SPOT
BEST SPA/MASSAGE STUDIO Dr. Clayman's Miracle Spa
BEST SURF SHOP
BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Blue Sky Golf Club
Sunrise Surf Shop BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Jewish Community Alliance (JCA)
BEST YOGA STUDIO Soluna Yoga & Spa
Riverside Arts Market Located underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge, The Northbank Riverwalk
area since 1974. The space under the Fuller Warren Bridge was originally
Artists’ Square is one of Jacksonville's greatest shared public spaces. The
designed to be a retention pond surrounded by a chain link fence, but
Artists’ Square celebrates community with pop-up concerts, car shows,
founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, Wayne Wood, had a better
food festivals and other events, but the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is the
vision for the space. RAM’s prominence for more than a decade—and
best representation imaginable attracting over 4,000 patrons each week.
consecutive wins in Folio’s Best of Jax—shows his vision was spot on.
Operating since 2009, RAM has become an integral aspect of the entire
The market operates on a few values: to be welcoming and inclusive,
city providing a space for local businesses to intimately connect with the
to communicate and act with transparency and accountability, to build
general public; there aren't many other attractions able to consistently
relationships and foster healthy dialogue, and to respect what came
draw cranky beachsiders away from their sandy bungalows. The market
before and anticipate what lies ahead. Each week hundreds of vendors
operates year round, rain or shine, and is something the whole community
display their goods, and thousands of customers are able to purchase
can consistently count on.
art, gifts, decor and other handmade items, as well as fresh produce, directly stimulating local businesses. With so many local businesses and
Launched by Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), RAM was modeled
organizations in one place, you'd be hard pressed to find someone you
after a similar arts and farmers market concept in Portland, Oregon.
can't find something in common with, let alone the opportunity to find
RAP has been advocating with and for the community, promoting local
your next passion. —Vincent Dalessio
businesses and preserving the uniqueness of the Riverside Avondale
MEDICAL / PET
BEST DOG PARK
BrewHound Dog Park + Bar
BEST PET ACCESSORIES
Dr. Larry Burnside
Bark on Park
BEST PET DAY CARE
Dr. Michael Bernhardt BEST DOCTOR Dr. Loren Clayman BEST HOSPITAL Mayo Clinic BEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC DocMJ BEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINIC MMTC of Florida BEST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY Trulieve BEST PEDIATRICIAN
Bark on Park BEST PET DAY CARE Pet Paradise BEST PET GROOMER Josie's Place BEST PET OVERNIGHT BOARDING Pet Paradise BEST PET RESCUE ORGANIZATION Jacksonville Humane Society BEST PET STORE BARK on PARK BEST VETERINARIAN Miramar Animal Hospital
Mary Ann Hanson
IN THE NEWS / TOURISM
BEST CITY COUNCIL MEMBER Tommy Hazouri
BEST WEATHER FORECASTER Tim Deegan
BEST FACEBOOK GROUP
MOST LIKELY TO BE MAYOR NEXT
BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT
MOST LIKELY TO CHEAT TAXPAYERS
WORST SUNSHINE LAW VIOLATION
Duval Dines Black BEST JOURNALIST
BEST ATTRACTION Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens BEST BEACH Neptune Beach BEST BED & BREAKFAST / INN Riverdale Inn BEST HOTEL The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island BEST ONE-TANK GETAWAY
Savannah BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS St. Augustine
BEST MORNING SHOW Good Morning Jacksonville
WORST TOURIST TRAP Fountain of Youth
BEST NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST Nate Monroe BEST RADIO BROADCASTER Melissa Ross BEST RADIO SHOW First Coast Connect BEST SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Darryl Willie
Lewis Turner We see Lewis Turner every morning on our
Olympics (which he then turned into a series of
television as he sits down with a smile and an
segments called “Average Guy Does Olympics”)
enthusiastic “Good morning, Jacksonville!” The co-
and elementary school field days to nudist
anchor of First Coast News’ morning show, Good
colonies, and, of course, hurricanes, and earning
BEST TV NEWSCAST
Morning Jacksonville, came to the station in 2010
some Emmy Awards in the process.
First Coast News
following stints in Columbia, South Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri. Originally hired as a meteorologist,
When he’s not on air or on location, Lewis
BEST TWITTER ACCOUNT
Turner quickly became a viewer favorite for his
entertains his followers on social media with
quick wit, personability and love for all things
stories about locals in the Jacksonville community
Jacksonville and now shares his skills as a reporter
and video pep talks from the FCN dressing room.
and anchor, as well.
Off camera, he enjoys spending time with his
BEST TV ANCHOR Lewis Turner
wife and two children, participating in community
In his career, Lewis has had the opportunity
events and attempting to improve his golf game.
to cover a wide variety of stories from the
First Coast News First Coast News, which broadcasts locally on WJXX-ABC and WTLV-NBC, delivers life changing, historic, relevant and impactful stories and investigations. They spend each day informing the audience about what matters, not just to the city, but to the residents, as well. Their mission is to promote “understanding of complex issues” and be an advocate for the community. In turn, the station works to be transparent with their audience and focus on the public’s best interest rather than their own. Tune in every day to find out what the weather will look like, what’s going on throughout the community or to keep updated on important investigations they are conducting. They work to keep you informed, all the while, caring for the community and its residents. —Molly Britt
Only in Duval Meme culture has grown exponentially since the “me gusta” days, and pages like Only in Duval have filled a niche no one knew needed to be filled. Only in Duval acts as a sort of rogue journalist (although sometimes lacking facts or accuracy) and keeps important issues at the forefront of social media. Focusing primarily on local hot topics, the account presents issues in a way that's easy to understand—and laugh at. (They hope.) Although a meme page is not the best place to look for accurate updates on news, Only In Duval’s humor has kept its 90,000 followers entertained through some pretty trying times, like the ongoing pandemic, political battles and racial injustice. –Lily Snowden
Melissa Ross Since arriving at WJCT in 2009, Melissa Ross
Corrine Brown who hung up on Ross during a
has been kicking ass and taking calls as the
live phone interview.)
host and executive producer of First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross. After spending 20
Like 2020, shows in 2021 were heavy on
years in TV and radio journalism in Cincinnati,
stories about COVID-19, civil rights and JEA,
Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville (and a brief
but Ross, as always, managed to end every
stint in corporate communications), she helped
show on a bright note putting the spotlight on
launch the hour-long call-in program, which has
the local arts community, business owners and
won too many awards to count and made her
non-profits, upcoming events and interviews
a legend on the airwaves. The only thing more
with big-time musicians, comedians and other
impressive than Ross’ knowledge of subjects
celebs passing through town (Stacey Abrams,
ranging from politics to pop culture is her
Paul Rodriguez, Peter Frampton and Ken Burns,
passion for Jacksonville.
to name a few), as only she can.
The show covers the issues that are most
To borrow a quote from the great Ron Burgundy,
important to local residents, like healthcare,
a bust of whom sits on Ross’ desk in studio 5:
civil rights, education, crime, politics and quality
Great Odin’s raven, Jacksonville is lucky to
of life, with Ross interviewing the newsmakers
have her. –Kerry Speckman
themselves—and pulling no punches in the process. (Just ask former U.S. representative 19
R E TA I L / B U S I N E S S
BEST AD AGENCY
BEST NAIL SALON
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Sunset Novelties Calling itself the destination for premier “adult products” and lingerie, Sunset Novelties has been servicing local residents, so to speak, for almost two decades. Sunset Novelties caters to everyone (as long as they are at least 18, that is) but specializes in couples. The store offers a diverse line of adult toys (vibrating and otherwise), sex enhancement products, stripper poles and fetish acoutrements, including synthetic urine. They also carry all major lines of lingerie, as well as the largest selection of plus-size (or, as they like to call it, “extra sexy”) lingerie in the Southeast. Unlike some stores with similar inventory, their stores are brightly lit and welcoming with a very professional atmosphere. Their emphasis is on customer service and satisfaction both in their retail locations and online. The retail chain got its start in Savannah in 2002 and made their debut in Jacksonville on Atlantic Boulevard between Girvin and Kernan. Today, Sunset Novelties has five locations in and around the Jacksonville area, as well as locations in Statesboro, Pooler, Hinesville and Brunswick, Georgia. —Rob Nicholson
Burlock & Barrel Folio readers know where to find good whiskey, and this year voted Burlock & Barrel the Best Distillery in Jacksonville. Located off Magnolia Street in Riverside, Burlock & Barrel specializes in made-from-scratch whiskey. The distillery believes in taking their time and perfecting the process by producing small batch, oak-barrel aged whiskey, which they believe to be the proper way to ensure the highest quality. The distillery specializes in three unique spirits: B&B Reserve, an aged bourbon; Whisper, a rice whiskey; and Whim, a topquality white corn whiskey. Their products are distributed to many locally owned restaurants and liquor stores, but for the true Burlock & Barrel experience, stop by their tasting room at the distillery. —Jay Mafela
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As one of the biggest cities in the U.S.,
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Jacksonville has no shortage of amazing chef in the city is no easy feat. After placing second in the category in Folio’s 2019 Best of Jax readers poll, Chef Matt hew Smith of Blue Crab Crabhouse can now claim the title. Prior to Blue Crab Crabhouse, Smith and his wife ran a food truck, where he honed his skills and became known as one of the city’s best chefs.
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Sushiko Nestled into the Shoppes of Avondale, the red chōchin (paper lanterns) are the beacon for the best vegan sushi in Jacksonville. Upon entering the intimate sushi house, established in 2014, diners are given the option of a traditional or vegan menu. The vegan menu consists of apps, entrees and 50 different vegan sushi rolls. Though some contain seemingly obnoxious vegan ingredients like fried tofu skin, the classics find their place on the plant-based menu too. The beloved dynamite roll is given a new life full of deep fried tofu, tempura asparagus, sweet potato and dynamite sauce. Some rolls are even decorated with faux-roe made from amaranth seeds and can be dipped in vegan shrimp or eel sauce. Sushiko’s chefs make the sauces and dressing in house and have years of experience preparing classic Japanese dishes. After eating here every month for two years, I have never been displeased with an order or the service and have established my go-tos: miso soup, the crunchy spicy tofu roll (tofutti, cucumber and spicy tofu topped with crunch and spicy mayo), the peanut roll (roasted peanuts, tofutti and eel sauce) and the dynamite roll. Pro tip: If you order for delivery, you have the option to pay for soup and salad, but if you dine in, they are complimentary with your order— and there’s always something interesting on the TV! —Rain Henderson
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Chase Perna Jaxons take their coffee seriously, more seriously than most. Could it be the never-ending aroma of coffee roasting at the Maxwell House factory that fills our city? Or maybe the fact there’s a craft coffee shop in every burrow? Regardless, it seems we can’t get away from it, but I drink happily knowing the majority of the baristas brewing my morning joe take their craft just as seriously as I take that first sip. Although Vagabond Coffee fell short of taking home the Best of Jax Best Coffee Shop this year (hats off to Bold Bean,) the quality of their brew definitely didn’t go unnoticed, as Folio
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reader’s voted Vagabond’s Chase Perna as the Best Barista.
If you’ve been to Vagabond, it’s almost guaranteed Perna
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the coffee follows. They believe in a symbiotic relationship
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to quench his insatiable caffeine addiction. –Vincent Dalessio
The Green House of Riverside Nicole Carrol
Northeast Florida has a lot of musical history people are well aware of: Lynyrd
said. “From 1968-1969 various members of the Second Coming lived and made
Skynyrd, Limp Bizkit, Molly Hatchet, JJ Grey & Mofro,.38 Special and Yellowcard
music in this house. They would soon become The Allman Brothers Band, and
just to name a few. Not as well known, however, is Roll Hall of Fame inductees
the rest is history!”
The Allman Brothers formed here too. Since the house has been on the market, Alexandra said, it has been getting a When the band was starting out in Jacksonville in the late 1960s, they lived in a
lot of publicity, even attracting the attention of Devon Allman, son of founding
home called the Green House in Riverside, which still stands today. The Green
member Gregg Allman. Devon reached out to her to discuss the home his father
House was home to the band before they were famous and was purchased in
and bandmates used to jam out in.
the 1970s by the Brown family. Current owner Ruth Brown, who was unaware of the home’s place in music history, fondly remembers moving in with her husband
“Selling this house is an honor,” Alexandra said. “[Ruth] had great faith in my
and noticing mattresses on the wall. As she later learned, the mattresses were
ability and that gave me the confidence to get the job done.”
used as soundproofing material for the bands that previously practiced within the house.
Even though it does not have any visible recognition of its place in music history, the Green House is mentioned in an official historical marker nearby. The plaque
Brown is now 95 years old and selling the house to move into a retirement facility.
stands in front of a home one block away, dubbed the Gray House, where band
“So many interesting people lived there and went on to have successful lives. I
members also lived and jammed. Alexandra noted the Green House doesn’t have
felt like I too had a successful life there,” she said. “It was time to let someone
a similar marker, as the Browns never requested one.
else come in and preserve it and continue the story for years to come.” Looking back on the 50-plus years Ruth has owned the house, she said random According to Alexandra Brown of Cowford Realty, the home is significant for its
people would stop by and inquire about the house. They became “almost like
place in music history, though most locals don’t even know of its existence. “If
friends [and] looked forward to seeing them.” There is also a bicycle tour that
you’re an Allman Brothers Band fan, you’ve probably already made your way
stops at the house and discusses its historical significance.
by the historic site. For others, it’s one of Riverside’s best kept secrets,” she
The fact that the house is still standing is worth noting itself. In the '80s, a
green glass framed in red and a white flower in the middle that lets in just
fire that started in a second building on the property, which spread to nearby
the perfect amount of light. The 3,000-square-foot Victorian-style house has
trees and eventually the Browns’ house.
two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a detached outbuilding and was built in the early 1900s.
“The roof collapsed and made the second story collapse on top of the first [story],” Ruth recalled. “Everything was blackness, black burned everything,
Most of the original members of the Allman Brothers band, including brothers
everywhere.” The house was condemned by the city, and Ruth and her late
Duane and Gregg, are now deceased, but their songs and legacy still lives
husband Ed were forced to stay in an apartment in Baymeadows while they
on, in part, because of the Green House. But as Ruth’s time in the Green
contemplated the fate of their home. They both decided to rebuild the house
House is coming to a close after half a century, she wants her home to be
from the “floor up.” Fortunately, Ed was a carpenter and rebuilt the kitchen,
remembered for its uniqueness and how her family protected its place in
and by 1987, she said, it was completely rebuilt to code. She also was able
to find and restore copper pots they received as a wedding present from the kitchen, and she still uses them to this day.
“After the fire, we had to decide to restore the home or take it down. I guess, our legacy, Ed and I, would be conservation of the home,” she
Besides the significance as the Allman Brothers’ residence, the Green
said,” preserving its interesting past and its architectural beauty for the
House is also a place the Browns called home. Ruth owned a daycare and
neighborhood to enjoy or the generation to come after us. History takes
remembers allowing the children to come to the house on field trips. A lot
many years to build and only an instant to disappear. We didn’t want that
of those children graduated from Riverside High School, she said, and still
keep in touch with her today. More than 50 years later, the house is still painted green, and walking inside, one can almost envision the bands jamming out in the living room. The dining room is adorned with a large mirror which has a perfect image of the house etched in the corner. Upstairs there is a beautiful stained glass window with 27
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White Smoke, Black Ash Caron Marcelous goes global with ganja Shelton Hull
I’ve known Caron Marcelous for about 25 years, and he looks almost exactly
with an equity applicant, then open up a business together and work out the
the same. You can credit that to genetics and a healthy lifestyle because it’s
terms of what kind of business you want to run because there are several different
certainly not about any absence of stress or preponderance of sleep. Instead,
aspects. There’s the cultivation aspect, the manufacturing, the distribution, and
Marcelous has been keeping consistently late hours in multiple time zones for
the retail.” In Florida, businesses are required to be involved in all four aspects of
longer than some of you readers have even been alive, working as a manager and
that business—they can’t pick and choose their level of exposure. That’s called
club promoter, but mainly as a singer for local groups like Big Band Theory. Not
“vertical integration,” which Gov. Ron DeSantis opposes; it is, as far as I can tell,
only has he shown no indication of slowing down, but if anything, his schedule is
the only thing on which he and I agree, mutual friends aside.
even busier now than it’s ever been before. Marcelous’ work is hardly restricted to California, however, as he’s also spent a Marcelous would have it no other way, as he told me via Zoom not too long ago.
great deal of time in Colombia, pursuing business interests in Medellín during the
The longtime Duval fixture has made his home primarily in Oakland for the last
pandemic. He even had a birthday party at Pablo Escobar’s former mansion, and
few years. He’s made his living in that state’s cannabis market.
the pictures must be seen to be believed. Optics aside, his exploits underscore the growing international appeal of this American experiment. For Latin America,
“The name of the business is True Holistic Health Centers,” he explained to fellow
legalization here means presumably less profit motive for cross-border traffic(k)
Duval legend David “Uncle Nard” Robinson (who may or may not have originated
of pot and other drugs that are outside the scope of our discussion today. It’s
the now-iconic “Duuuval!” chant) in a YouTube chat last year. “It’s actually a family
a historical fact that anti-cannabis propaganda has always been central to
business. It’s owned by me and my mother. Her background is in working with
the demagogues' demonization of Mexicans and Latinos in general. Indeed,
women with debilitating illnesses, primarily HIV and AIDS.”
Trump’s ascent to power, which was largely achieved through the slandering and scapegoating of Latin immigrants, would have not been possible without the prior
In this capacity, Marcelous has witnessed firsthand the evolution of the modern
rhetorical flourishes of great villains like Harry Anslinger and the infamous J. Edgar
cannabis industry, as it was the Bay Area that really got the ball rolling for
Hoover. (Liberals love the FBI now. I don’t know why.)
legalization on a national level. While the feds flip-flop and the Democrats dillydally, California has exercised real leadership on the issue. The results have been
And it’s not just the West embracing the gospel of ganja. Over the past couple
staggering with over $2.6 billion in revenues generated in just the first half of
of years, Marcelous has been (literally) cultivating fresh contacts in Dubai, which
2021. Tax receipts alone likely exceeded a billion dollars, by the time the year was
has rapidly become a sort of hub of young Black men with money. He may not
over. With the tech sector faltering and homelessness exploding across the state,
necessarily be young, but he is a Black man with money, so, of course, they love
cannabis profits have really helped hold off greater social despair.
him over there, as they do everywhere.
A big part of Marcelous’ mission is helping to stimulate growth among people of
In this industry, as with most others, synergy is key, and Marcelous’ latest venture
color in the cannabis industry. When I asked about Black representation among
represents a synthesis of his greatest passions: weed, music and travel. “Black
holders of retail licenses in America currently, he told me, about 4.5%. “About
Smoke, White Ash” is a new video project that he's been putting together in bits
2.5 percent is Asian, 80-something percent is white. The disparity is alarming,
and pieces with the intent of selling the rights to one of the major streaming
but we’ve got about 40 percent of all the cannabis-related offenses that result in
services, hopefully sometime this year. The series sees him in familiar territory,
arrest, so what’s that about?” he continued. “Eighty-five percent of arrests in the
and other territory that’s not so familiar. He made sure to document his initial
hood are cannabis related. You’ve got guys locked up for petty possession crimes,
excursions into the Middle East, in order to capture his own wide-eyed wonder—
and they’re losing all their rights. They can’t vote, they can’t get a job, they can’t
well, as wide-eyed as one can be, under the circumstances.
get welfare, they can’t get food stamps. While, on the flip side, they’re making billions of dollars.” California has already gone a very long way toward addressing
(A quick housekeeping note: This is the fifth Folio Weed column published under
these disparities, and Florida will hopefully do the same, someday.
the auspices of Folio 2.0. There were 124 published in the original version of Folio, so this is the 129th column overall. All the previous columns will be available to
The restoration of voting rights for felons is a strong step in the right direction,
read and search through later this year, when the Folio website redesign has been
but California has gone a few steps beyond by initiating large-scale expungement
completed. In the meantime, if there’s something in particular that you’re looking
of old convictions creating special programs to help spur on minority investment.
for, reach out to me and I can find the relevant text fairly quickly. Thanks and have
“As an outside investor,” Marcelous said, “you could go to California, partner up
a happy hempen new year!)
Buoy, Oh, Boy When it comes to random ridiculous stories, the state of Florida has been ubiquitous, almost since the earliest days of moveable type. So it makes perfect sense that the last stupid story of 2021 and the first stupid story of 2022 are the same story, and it’s a story that took place here in Florida. Two maniacs were caught on camera burning an old Christmas tree in Key West … actually “caught” is the wrong word, as it implies some measure of subterfuge, of which there was none. They clearly saw the security cameras, and they appeared to be recording their crime for social media. A little light arson is no big deal, usually, but it’s made worse in this case because they set the tree up right against an iconic Florida landmark: The “Southernmost Point” buoy, a Key West staple since 1983. Thankfully, its creators were, maybe, clairvoyant because they built it out of concrete, and that’s the only reason it survived, albeit with some decent surface damage. It’s worth noting that there are many, many perfectly fine and legitimate uses for your old Christmas trees, and torching them on video is not one of them. You can feed them to certain animals or donate them for burial under sand dunes to help stave off beach erosion. Heck, you can even have them replanted to be used again next year. Burning your old trees is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also illegal. Jesus Christ is the reason for the season, not vandalism.
Mile High Clubbin’ A Tennessee woman managed to, um, stimulate some trouble aboard a recent flight run by the always-entertaining Spirit Airlines. First, she got drunk; her response to passenger complaints was to start blowing vape smoke in their face, which is just bad manners at any altitude. She then escalated into what The Daily Beast called “bawdy sexual overtures to men in the cabin.” Given the word choice, one may presume that feather boas were involved and, perhaps, even a plunger mute. She ended this impromptu performance by trying to bum-rush the emergency door at which point handcuffs entered the chat. The flight was headed to Nashville, but it originated in Ft. Lauderdale. Because of course it did.
Turf War? NERF War! Gun violence is no laughing matter, but sometimes it is, especially when it involves NERF guns. On Dec. 27, a horde of rampaging youth in downtown Boston worked the gang-gang gimmick on an unsuspecting 66-year-old man waiting on mass transit, not bothering anyone. He objected to having his head used for target practice, and the kids responded with punches and kicks. They then fled to another station, where transit officials took them into custody. Luckily, none of this happened in Florida, so everyone survived. There is no such thing as a toy gun. Please stop buying them, thanks!
Ready to Roll
Jacksonville’s roller skating scene gains momentum and shows us how to love thy bearings Phoost & Words by Casey Craig
Roller skating has been a cherished American pastime for decades: In the ’70s,
Thursday may be adult skate night, but the rink is a family affair. Megan Henry
roller disco became a nationwide sensation with many kids growing up at the
brings her 7-year-old daughter skating as often as she can. “She picked it up
turn of the millennium christening their weekends with a group of friends at their
really quickly. She's a Leo and so she's got, like, a Mayan heart, and she wants
local roller rink. As the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the globe in 2020, roller
to learn all of the things the same way I attacked skating,” she said. “She kind
skating experienced an unexpected and explosive comeback. Many of the skaters
of attacked skating too…it’s awesome I get to share it with her.” Henry, a self-
who picked up the hobby during quarantine now skate daily, go to meets or are
described “equipment nerd” enjoys the technical aspect of skating and polishing
members of established local skate crews.
her skills. “I learned to skate backwards in February of 2021. Once I learned how to skate backwards, I fell in love with skating.” Henry, who hopes to continue to
Glenn Hannah, one of the members of local skate crew The River City Rolling
further her skating abilities while helping her daughter improve her skills, also
Group (RCRG), an all-level, inclusive group, sits at one of the booths that line the
enjoys the community aspect of the scene. “I’ve met a lot of people at the rink
roller rink of Skate Station Mandarin. The overhead strobes dance rainbows across
and have made a lot of friendships,” she said.
his hands as he slides into his quad skates, a daily routine he looks forward to. Hannah is an experienced skater. “I purchased a pair of skates seven years ago
As Jacksonville’s skating scene continues to grow and gain local recognition, its
and have been skating ever since,” he said. Like Hannah, there are other frequent
members are animated and excited at the prospect of welcoming more skaters.
flyers between the Skate Station Mandarin and Skate Station Orange Park who
You don’t have to be a professional skater to hop into the rink: Skating, like any
call the hardwood track home.
hobby, takes dedication and time, but comes with social and physical pay-off. Regulars at both of the rinks have advice to offer to novice skaters or those
The regulars at the rink have varied experience and approach their passion
looking to give it a try. “Be patient with yourself,” Beever said. “'It’s really easy
differently. Some of them began lacing up their skates around the time they
to see videos online of these amazing skaters, and you put the skates on and
learned how to tie their shoes. “I started when I was really, really young…I started
you're like, ‘I'm gonna be able to do that.’ But what you don't realize is the people
taking lessons when I was, like, 5,” said Sutherland Beever, whose specialties
that are doing the backflips, doing these spins and doing these really incredible
are jam and dance skating. Beever originally hails from Franklin, Indiana, a small
moves, we've been doing this a really long time. So just give yourself patience and
Midwest town that “had a Dairy Queen…the extent of exciting things there,
grace.” Hannah believes you should enjoy yourself first. “Have fun. Don't work on
with the exception of a roller rink.” Excited to pick up a new hobby, her father
getting better,” she said. “Trying to get better only leads to disappointment. You
started bringing her to lessons, and Beever has been hooked ever since, using
get better if you have fun.”
her experience with rollerskating to become a certified instructor. In addition to teaching classes at the rink, she also teaches virtual lessons via Roller Skate Victoria, a Canadian roller skating school. Beever finds skating a great way to help others find confidence, “feel beautiful” and adopt a unique personality in the rink. “It’s an easy way to make people happy,” she said. Janisha Ocaña has been skating since she was a kid but began actively going to the rink roughly 10 years ago. “It’s awesome; good people, good exercise, good people and good music,” she said. Another member of the RCRG, Ocaña, who is “not a fan” of quad skates, has adopted a signature style and personality to her skating. Early on she switched to in-line skates (aka Rollerblades), “then I saw this really cool skating style called slalom freestyle,” she said. “It's very technical and precise, and just lots of fun.” Dubbed “Lonely Blade,” Ocaña is the only member of the skating crew, and one of the few regulars at the rink, who favors in-line blades over quads. Outside of skating, she is a graphic design student at UNF who is passionate about art. Another skater with a blend of talent is Katie Swider, who enjoys musical theater and incorporates her background into skating. “I skate to musical theater and things like that…my favorite musical is Company by Stephen Sondheim.” Swider started skating in August 2020 at the height of the pandemic. “I saw one of my friends on TikTok rollerskating. I was like, ‘Wow, that looks really fun and a way to get fit, too.’ It quickly took over my life,” she said. On Thursday nights, which is adult skate night at Mandarin, you can find Swider dancing and gliding around the rink. Her motto: “Skate for you.”
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TERRY: Yes, I do, Monica. Tell your kid not to push her luck. There’s nothing worse than putting your mate in a no-win situation and you just did it. SHARI: Okay, Terry. No mincing words here, huh? TERRY: You know how frustrated I get when this happens to me. And it’s always intentional too. It’s intentional because it could easily be stopped if you just took My daughter has been married now for four years to a great guy. Because
the time to look at it from my perspective.
my daughter didn’t like his last name she decided to keep and go by her maiden name. He was 100% totally on board with her decision and that right
SHARI: Which is what?
there shows what kind of a guy he is. TERRY: Seriously, the decision to even bring it up shows a lack of respect to me. However ….. they are now pregnant! We’re all so excited. My daughter mentioned the other day that she wants the child to use her maiden name.
SHARI: Yes, it’s one thing for Monica’s daughter to use her maiden name, but quite
She doesn’t think that this time it will go over very well with her husband. In
another to apply it to the baby. I just can’t get behind discluding the father. It will
fact, she’s almost 100% positive about that.
alienate him for sure. Can she really expect him to be fully involved with the child? How about a compromise? Hyphenate the two names, maybe?
Do you have any thoughts about this so I can pass them on to her. TERRY: WOW! As I sit here getting all worked up Shari solves it like THAT! Thank you and I absolutely love your podcast. It’s the only one I listen to. SHARI: Ha! It does seem to be the best compromise. I can’t imagine what would Monica
happen to their marriage if Monica’s daughter pushes this idea. I have to say I’ve never heard of this practice unless there’s no father in the picture, and that’s not
the case here. TERRY: Speaking from a man’s point of view this is the best way to go. Just make sure he never knows what you wanted to do. Take it to the grave. Both of you!