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APRIL MAY 2017

THE CITY MAGAZINE FOR ST. AUGUSTINE

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Home Experts Grilling Game Changer Real Estate Review Food to Crave Eat Local Guide

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Robin and Brad Cooper's Davis Shores home is a grand and elegant masterpiece of local artistry and innovation.

GET GARDENING Calling master gardeners and amatuer enthusiasts alike! Start planning your spring and summertime vegetation with a little advice from an expert.

CRAFTSMEN

St. Augustine houses creatives of all types. Get to know the artists who make the homes of this city beautiful and extraordinary.


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In real life, I am a graphic designer so I get to be similarly as creative creating magazine layouts and advertisements. But I didn't start out in that career direction – I actually started to explore my design interests in drafting class my Sophmore year of high school. Back then, I saved every single home plan that was printed in Southern Living magazine, so my mom suggested taking a gander at what architecture was really all about. Drafting class was the first (very boring) step and – plot twist – it just wasn't for me. I learned a valuable take away that while I love home design, I don't love the precision (and time) it takes to be an architect. The same goes for being a legit home builder and interior designer. Truthfully, the technical aspect of each just isn't for me.

Social media is exhausting, but I worked my fanny off on shoot days to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what we were up to. Hopefully you liked following along. And if you missed it, follow us on Instagram for our #BTS stories.

But lucky for you, St. Augustine is overflowing with talented home experts whose natural skills carried them through the long hours of study and hard knocks it takes to come out on top these days. And they're profiled right here in this issue. These people are home builders, contractors, interior designers, craftsmen, and shopkeeprs who are passionate about helping you make your house a home. It's not just their business...it's their God-given talent. And that's something incredibly special. I am in awe of the work they create and enjoy the role I get to play celebrating their passion with you in this issue. This spring, real estate values are a buzz. HGTV has everyone looking for their inner Chip and Joanna Gaines, and everyone is on the hunt to keep perfecting their space. And if you can relate to the above...you should find exactly what you're looking for in this issue.

On location with Rob Futrell in the bathroom of Panache shooting Austin of Old Town Timber.

-Heather Vreeland heather@staugustinesocial.com

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COVER Get every issue first... The issue you hold in your hand is a piece of work. Hard work that takes lots of big thinking, coordination, money and creative design. So we like to make sure no single copy is left behind. That's why you don't see stacks of free magazines around town. That's just not our style. Rather, we like to go direct to the source – our readers like you – via direct mail. If you like the magazine and want to see many more in the future – get on that list and subscribe.

These grills cook like no other! Read all about Nick, Christie, and the family history that inspired their Urban Asado on page 24.

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Home is a lot more than just a place where you live. You live in a house, an apartment, a condo. But “home” is the place where your family is, where you feel most comfortable, where your life and your story is built into the walls.

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ur Home Issue is more than merely articles about people that build decor or sell houses or work on structures. We explore and highlight the creation of something more. It is a collection that celebrates the people that turn houses into homes.

For us, Nick and Christie and their Urban Asado grill created fellowship and friendship and family. When we photographed their grill, we were able to experience first hand the atmosphere that such a piece cultivates. We gathered around the flames and the sizzling meal and, though most of us had never met Nick and Christie before, spent the whole evening laughing like old friends. For us, Urban Asado represented more than just decorating, building, or creating a house. It represented the feel and the joy of family and of home.

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St. Johns County is on the rise! Get ahead of the game and prepare for the boom with advice from local realtors.

Rachael Hanson of West to East shares her lifestyle secrets and favorite products of the moment.

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That Guy, Walt Kulwicki has played with some of the best and has come away with an impressive musical pedigree.

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Austin Reed, St. Augustine High School's varsity quarterback, shares his story and his plan for the future.

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Some people like roughing it – exposure to the elements, no running water, nothing but a sleeping bag between you and the earth. For others, camping is great just as long as you have air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and a comfy bed.

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From the mouth of Alexter Albury.. Each product that reaches the hand of a client is a one of a kind creation. Distinctive knots and gradation in colors on the wood, as well as the bend, shine, and texture of the steel adds to its individual character and beauty. The world around them is a constant source of inspiration for David and Jesse to make even the most ordinary piece of furniture become a beautiful, interesting conversation starter.

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Living FEEL THE WHEELS 2017 St. Augustine Outlets April 22, 10am-3pm The time has come to soak up the springtime sunshine and let the little ones loose to learn and explore! Feel the Wheels is a hands-on, interactive festival of professional vehicles. Everything from firetrucks to police cars to helicopters to monster trucks will be on display for kids to discover and climb on. Service men and women as well as representatives from all different professions will be on hand to teach and answer questions about their vehicles. In the spirit of play-based learning, the little ones get to climb into the driver's seat, honk the horns, and sound the sirens! Even though the vehicles are plenty to keep any kid’s attention, the festival will also feature a special Kids’ Zone with games, rides, and costumed characters. Local vendors and plenty of food trucks will be present to keep you full and entertained. It’s sure to be one of St. Augustine’s liveliest and most active festivals of the season! Feel the Wheels 2017 is hosted by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine and proceeds will benefit tag! Children’s Museum. Child tickets are $5 and adults are admitted free.

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LIVING

Calendar of Events

THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING APRIL AND MAY PAINTING FOR PUPS Ancient City Brewing April 1, 5:30pm Get out your paintbrushes, set up your canvas, and channel your inner artist for a good cause! Ancient City Brewing and Swamp Haven Rescue are teaming up to raise money for the care of the furry friends at the rescue. Your ticket includes your materials for painting, painting instruction, and one draft from the Brewery. Tickets are $35 and $12 of the cost goes directly to Swamp Haven. www.swamphaven.org

ST. AMBROSE SPRING FAIR 2017 St. Ambrose Catholic Church April 2, 11am-5pm The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair brings the joy of the warm, blooming season to the Ancient City! The will offer a number of fun

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Limelight Theatre Through April 2 A delightful romp of vampires, werewolves, and Egyptian princesses, The Mystery of Irma Vep is Victorian melodrama, penny dreadful, farce, and Hitchcock all wrapped into one. Two actors play all eight roles and complete a total of 35 costume changes throughout the performance. This is a can’t-miss night at the theatre. Tickets can be purchased via the website.

11 Old Mission Avenue • www.limelight-theatre.org

RUN FOR PEACE St. Augustine Beach Pier April 8, 7:30am

Pull on your running shoes to do your part in raising awareness and supporting the victims of violence! In 2016, the Betty Griffin House Run for Peace drew over 450 runners and raised over $20,000 to help fund their services. All proceeds of the 5K are used to end domestic and sexual violence and provide victim support.

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BUDDY GUY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE RIDES

activities for the kids, live entertainment, delicious traditional Minorcan food, hay rides and tractor tours, auctions, and more. Spread your blanket under the live oak and take in the spring air. Admission is free. www.saintambrose-church.org

ALAN JACKSON “HONKY TONK HIGHWAY TOUR” FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST LEE ANN WOMACK

STEVE MILLER BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LOS LONELY BOYS St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 2, 7pm This one is definitely a can’t-miss. Blues and American Roots legends of the 1960’s San Francisco music scene, the Steve Miller Band makes those classic songs that are just impossible not to sing along with. Just try, we dare you. They’re joined by brotherly trio and the kings of rootsy brown-eyed soul, Los Lonely Boys. Tickets begin at $54. www.staugamphitheatre.com

1ST ANNUAL VILANO BEACH FESTIVAL & TOUR OF HOMES Vilano Beach Town Center April 7-8 Celebrate the beauty of one of our favorite beach communities! Kick off the festival with a seminar describing the homes and neighborhoods of the Vilano Beach Home Tour that will take place the next day. Then head to the pier for a Sea Turtle Soiree with live entertainment and great food! The tour of homes and the Dish ‘n’ Fish will take place the next day. www.vilanobeachfl.com/14-events/44-tour-of-homes

St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 9, 7pm 79-year-old Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy has received seven Grammys, thirtyfour Blues Music Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. It’s safe to safe that his concert is going to be quite a musical experience. Tickets begin at $44. www.staugamphitheatre.com

St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 8, 7pm Superstars of country Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack come together for a celebration of the best of their careers. The pair will introduce their greatest hits to a younger generation and remind them what the down-home genre ought to be. Jackson and Womack have appeared on several albums together over the years and their chemistry is undeniable. Tickets begin at $70. www.staugamphitheatre.com

FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO

St. Johns County Agricultural Center April 1-2

An ever-popular event in Northeast Florida, the Garden Club of St. Augustine’s annual Flower and Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries, and artisans from around the state offering shoppers everything they need to get their spring garden in bloom! Enjoy arboretum tours and lectures as well as a wide variety of both native and unusual horticulture.

3125 Agricultural Center Drive • www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org/FlowerShow

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FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS Plaza de la Constitucion April 8, 10am Festival of Chariots or Rathayatra is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. St. Augustine’s festival will feature two colorful parades, live entertainment, authentic Indian vegetarian food, dancing, local vendors, henna tattooing, and much more! Come out and appreciate the cultural heritage and diversity that make our city beautiful. Admission is free. www.festivalofchariots.org

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REGULAR EVENTS

4TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE MIRACLE ON THE BAYFRONT GALA

Market at the Pier

St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

Old City Farmers Market

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

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6TH ANNUAL MAHI MADNESS The Conch House April 13-15 Prepare for a day of fishing where "the one that got away" stories just won't cut it. The Conch House Marina is back again with their Mahi Madness fishing challenge for all those fishermen/women who need to show off their skills. The weekend will kick off Thursday night with registration, raffles, and access to the bar. The next two days are out on the water, so grab your best fishing buddies and compete for the top prize! www.conch-house.com/mahi-madness

The White Room April 26, 6pm Over 250 guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, fabulous live and silent auction, and an opportunity to meet local St. Jude patients and hear their stories. A cocktail hour will take place at 6pm followed by the seated dinner and program at 7pm. Individual tickets are $150 and a table of 10 is $1500. www.stjude.org/st-jude-miracle-on-the-bayfront-gala

X102.9 PRESENTS NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 26, 7pm Before he had even signed a record contract, Nathaniel Rateliff was a Billboard “must hear.” The pop-folk singer/songwriter is melancholy and soulful with experiential music that speaks of the long journey to where he is now. He is joined by The Night Sweats for a purely ecstatic and psychological experience. Tickets begin at $32.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com

RACE TO THE TASTE 5K St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 22, 10:30am Join the pack running to delicious food! This mouthwatering 5K is part of the annual food festival, A Taste of St. Augustine, and will end as the culinary festivities begin. The race starts at the Ampitheatre and makes a loop through the beautifully shaded surrounding neighborhoods and Anastasia State Park. Race participants will receive two free admission tickets to the festival. www.racetothetaste.org

A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 22, 11am-5pm Get to know the culinary delights of the Ancient City when some of the best restaurants come together for a little friendly competition. Over 25 participating restaurants will compete for awards like People’s Choice, Best Family, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale, Best Dessert, and Best Beverage. Proceeds benefit EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. Admission is $5 per person and tasting tickets are $1.

JUST TRI IT! 2017 Solomon Calhoun Center April 23, 8am Join the St. Johns County Park and Recreation Department for their annual kids triathlon! Children ages 5-14 can participate in a non-competitive event to get the feel for a real triathlon – running, biking, and swimming their way to the finish line! Children under 5 can participate in the Tot Trot, a free-of-charge 100-yard dash. General registration is $30. www.sjcfl.us

OYSTER JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL Metropolitan Park & Marina, Jacksonville April 22-23

The Oyster Jam is a huge, downhome oyster roast and music festival with over 12 bands rocking on the St. Johns River. The eclectic sounds of a variety of music styles fill the air so everyone can sway the afternoon away. The weekend will feature vendors, music, a shucking competition, and the famous Oyster Cook-Off. Tickets are $12. Children are free.

www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com

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PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL

I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Limelight Theatre April 21-May 14

The first show ever produced by Limelight Theatre, I Ought to Be in Pictures is Neil Simon’s hilarious account of a young woman who goes to Hollywood to search for her screenwriter father and pursue an acting career. Ridiculous obstacles and surprising twists add humor and energy to a heartwarming tale of a father and daughter growing in their relationship.

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AN EVENING WITH ILLUSIONIST RICK THOMAS April 1, 8pm

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ANA POPOVIC WITH GUEST LIGHT ELIXIR April 5, 8pm

THE WAILERS April 6, 8pm

SHOVELS & ROPE WITH SPECIAL GUEST MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ April 8, 8pm

PORTUGAL. THE MAN WITH GUESTS HDBEENDOPE AND DJ BLACK DANIELS April 11, 8pm

LABOR OF LOVE FAMILY FESTIVAL Francis Field April 29, 10am-8pm A dynamic festival for the kids and the kidsat-heart! Enjoy live entertainment as well as special appearances from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and the Jacksonville Giants. Spend the day scavenger hunting, playing with giant bubbles, and participating in a field day competition. The event will feature a number of local vendors as well as delicious food trucks. A portion of the proceeds benefits Alpha-Omega Miracle Home. www.aomh.org

UMPHREY’S MCGEE WITH SPECIAL GUEST BIG SOMETHING St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 29, 6pm Since 1997, Umphrey’s McGee has released nine studio albums, performed over one hundred concerts annually, and sold more than 4.2 million tracks online. Though they’ve been influenced by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and even the Beatles, the

band continues to defy genre limitations and just focus on making good music. Tickets are $35. www.staugamphitheatre.com

TOUR DE FORTS CLASSIC St. Augustine High School April 30, 7:30am Cycle in the footsteps of history with a race through the Ancient City. Speed past the Castillo de San Marcos to Fort Matanzas or a longer route on the Palatka-to-St. Augustine trail and along the St. Johns River. Race routes are offered for 25, 37, 56, 70, and 100 miles and registration fees are dependent on the route chosen. A pre-race snack is offered as well as stops along the way with food, drink, maps, and mechanical support. www.caamevents.com/tour-de-forts-classic

STEVE WINWOOD St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 5, 7:30pm The driving force behind the 1960s Spencer Davis Group and the 1970s band Traffic, Steve Winwood has years and years of www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS WITH GUESTS HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER April 16, 8pm

FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS MOZART AND DEBUSSY April 23, 3pm

CHRISTOPHER CROSS May 3

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ROMANZA FESTIVALE HEADLINERS May 5-14 The annual Romanza Festivale of the Arts features 10 days of over 60 events and exhibits all across the city in a variety of venues. There’s something for art lovers of every kind. Here are this year’s headlining acts to give you a taste of what’s in store. KALEIDOSCOPE OF DANCE Lewis Auditorium May 9, 7:30pm

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15TH ANNUAL CAR AND TRUCK SHOW Florida School for the Deaf and Blind May 6, 8am-3pm Ancient cars, classic cars, vintage cars, hot rods, replicas and other motorized vehicles – all makes and models – will gather to compete for prizes and delight spectators. Admission is free for spectators, and food, music and entertainment will be offered all day. Door prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle are on the schedule.

207 San Marco Avenue • www.staugustinecruisers.com musical experience under his belt. He has spent his career mining rich musical traditions such as Delta blues, English Folk, R&B, and West African calypso and merging these perse influences within his own unmistakable sound. Tickets begin at $54. www.staugamphitheatre.com

GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL Colonial Quarter May 5-7 This three day event features national, regional, and local musicians. The 22nd annual festival celebrates the life of Gamble Rogers – an artist the Atlanta Constitution called “an American treasure worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian.” Performances will take place continually throughout the weekend. A full schedule is available online. www.gamblerogersfest.com

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A fun, eclectic sampling of the art of dance as practiced in the St. Augustine region, the Kaleidoscope of Dance showcases everything from aerial dancing, belly dancing, and tap dancing to ballet and ballroom styles. The program demonstrates how thoroughly dance is entrenched in our sense of community, our sense of self, and our artistic life in St. Augustine.

LOMAZOV-RACKERS PIANO DUO Cathedral Basilica May 11, 7:30pm Lomazov and Rackers, prize winning duo pianists and honor graduates of Eastman School of Music, will present a varied program of music for piano – four hands and two pianos. Ms. Lomazov and Mr. Rackers each hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music. General admission is $25.

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FIRST COAST TOUR DE CURE World Golf Village May 6 When you register for the First Coast Tour de Cure you become a part of the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising event. Join thousands of friends from around the country who come together to directly impact the lives of people facing the daily challenges of diabetes and their loved ones through cycling. Registration is $25. www.main.diabetes.org/TourdeCure www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

May 13, 12-8pm Are you a Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Gryffindor? In case you don’t know, let the sorting hat tell you! And once you’ve found your place in the wizarding world, head to the shops on Diagon Alley to sample some butterbeer and practice your wand technique. Enjoy a day of festivities with your fellow witches and wizards! General admission is $5.

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WOMEN OF VISION - POWER OF THE PURSE Ponce de Leon Hall May 18 The Women of Vision Advisory Board of Flagler College will host its third annual Power of the Purse® luncheon, an event that raises funds for scholarships and educational opportunities for deserving female students at the College. The event will include a silent auction of beautiful purses and an inspirational keynote address. This year’s speaker is Jenny Levison, owner of the Atlanta-based “Souper Jenny” restaurants and the author of “Souper Jenny” cookbooks. www.flagler.edu/wov

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IDINA MENZEL St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 26, 7:30pm

Idina Menzel has been captivating audiences with her Barbra Streisandesque voice and ability around the world at concerts and shows, on television (like Glee) and stage (like Wicked and If/Then), and in film (like Frozen and Rent). It seems there’s not much that unparalleled vocal prowess can’t do. Tickets begin at $54.

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X102.9 PRESENTS BASTILLE St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 7, 7pm Though they’ve been hailed by Rolling Stone as “pop’s new crown princes,” Bastille can hardly be dismissed as another musical fad. Their music has an impressive range of anthematic hits and grandiose, heavy instrumentation and their new album Wild World explores making sense of the world around you. Tickets begin at $34. www.staugamphitheatre.com

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SURF STATION SURF CAMP Anastasia State Park and Crescent Beach May 22-August 17 Start off the summer right by sending your kids to surf school! Surf Station’s Surf Camp is back for another year of shredding on the waves, games on the beach, and much more with well-trained instructors who are always a blast. They have been voted “Best Summer Camp” in St. Augustine. Half day admission is $175 per week and full day is $245 per week. www.surfstationsurfschool.com

PONTE VEDRA FOOD, WINE, & SPIRITS FESTIVAL The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach May 6-7 Though the festival is a week long and takes place are various venues all over St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, and Nocatee, the main event itself is a can’tmiss. The two-day extravaganza of delicious food, bold wines, and excellent spirits is perfect for anyone with an obsession with decadence. All access tickets are $150. General admission is $99. www.pontevedrafoodwineandspiritsfestival.com

St. Augustine Beach May 30 - August 1 Surf camp is an amazing experience for boys and girls of all experience levels and we guarantee you’ll have a great time. Their instructors are experienced, CPR Certified, lifelong surfers. They provide high quality surfboards. You’ll have the option of Fiberglass, Epoxy, or Soft Top Surfboards. Healthy snacks and drinks are provided each day. You’ll get a Pit T-Shirt and more at the beginning of the week! PLUS, in-store discounts for the whole family during the week of camp.Rates are $170 for MondayThursday, 9am - 12:30 pm. www.thepitsurfshop.com

ALLIGATOR FARM ZOO CAMP JOHN LEGEND WITH SPECIAL GUEST GALLANT St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 14, 7pm Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and ten time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend is touring with his five studio album. This album celebrates his family and his life in a profoundly personal and soulful way. This concert is sure to become the must-have ticket of the season. Tickets begin at $67. www.staugamphitheatre.com

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park June 5-August 4 Let the kids explore and discover the wonders of the animal kingdom! Everything from learning about snakes to exploring invasive species to trying your hand at being a junior zoo keeper is offered in these weeklong, Monday through Friday camps. Expand their knowledge of the world around us with hands-on summertime activities. Check out the website for a schedule with a full list of camps and specific dates. All camps run from 9am to 4pm. www.alligatorfarm.com/zoo-camps


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Brunch is a way of life and fresh cocktails are its lifeblood. Sip these floral and fruity springtime libations on your quiet Sunday afternoon. Mimosa The Blue Hen Cafe This little Lincolnville cafe is famous for their hearty mimosa proportions. Full to the brim with champagne and a little orange juice for color. Garden Gimlet The Floridian Savor something aromatic and bright – an amalgamation of St. Augustine Distillery gin or vodka, muddled basil, and cucumber, lime, elderflower wash. Lavender Mint Julep Brunch Restaurant A nod to Southern roots and the blossoming lavender season, this cocktail combines lavender syrup, fresh muddled mint, and bourbon.

FANCY CAMPS Fancy Camps allows you to enjoy the best parts of nature with none of the hassle or inconvenience. Plan a party, wedding, festival, or just a weekend away in the comfort of the great outdoors.

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Sugar Ray Ice Plant Bar Sweet and fruity fresh! The Sugar Ray is St. Augustine Distillery vodka, Gifford grapefruit liqueur, bonal, and lemon.

ome people like roughing it – exposure to the elements, no running water, nothing but a sleeping bag between you and the earth. For others, camping is great just as long as you have air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and a comfy bed. If you belong to the latter camp (pun intended), the phenomenon of “glamping” is for you! Fancy Camps is a Florida-based company founded by Micah and Danielle Heller that specializes in unique, customized camping experiences.

Shrubmosa Preserved Restaurant Made seasonally and prepared with local produce, this cocktail adds sparkling wine to fresh fruit purees.

Imagine spending an evening under the stars, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of nature, then retiring to your air-conditioned, tent complete with a queen-size bed, white linens, lighting, and bedside tables. That’s my kind of camping!

Micah Heller says that they created Fancy Camps in hopes that it would be a “unique and memorable experience for family and friends.” Removing or minimizing hassles like tent pitching, the Florida humidity, and uncomfortable beds are just what some of us need to make that happen. Highmaintenance? No! Memory-making in style and comfort.

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came after seeing a documentary about early wealthy Americans on safari who traveled with the luxury to which they were accustomed. With some good business sense and snazzy taste, the couple was able to seamlessly translate the concept to modern society. While the Hellers have always been based in Northwest Florida, they’re excited to expand with the addition of the St. Augustine market.

As a native of the rural farming community of Hastings, the owner of exotic plant brokerage Exotic Plant Biz, Anthony Thornton, gained a broad knowledge base “running through the woods as a kid,” apprenticing with a local orchid broker, and building his own landscaping business. Since forming his own company, Anthony's provided a fascinating variety of rare plants to clients and collectors from South Florida to New York to Canada and even Puerto Rico. Though regulations prohibit him from opening his collection to the public on a daily basis, Anthony hosts multiple exotic plant showcases throughout the year. www.facebook.com/PlantBiz25 www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH Trending

URBAN ASADO Inspired by his childhood and spurred on by an overflow of creative energy, Nick Carrera brings a new kind of grilling to the Ancient City.

This amazing grill infuses flavor into the food as it cooks. Barely any spices needed, just savory, smoky goodness!

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n a restored warehouse between downtown St. Augustine’s Riberia Street and the San Sebastián River, sits the unique grill-making business called Urban Asado. The tapping of metal riggings on shrimp boats anchored in the river near the Collaborative District, Urban Asado’s home, can be heard as the owner, Nick Carrera, shares the details of his business. Urban Asado makes handcrafted grills based on concepts seen and experienced in Argentina by Nick. The Spanish word “Asado” simply means “Grill.” But put to rest all you know about grills. These asados are based on a simple design that doesn’t utilize the traditional hood or any bulky accessories. The heat comes from burning wood beneath a crank-driven grill that moves up and down to adjust the cooking time and temperature. A drip pan catches all the natural juices from the roasted meat (which are often utilized in the cooking). The open-air flame delivers real

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Nick opened his business about three years ago. “The inspiration was always there with my father and my kids,” says Nick, “Unfortunately, my wife’s parents passed within a month of each other almost six years ago. That was when things started to change. We’re

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wood flavor to the food being cooked without overpowering it with a smoky taste. Nick remembers this type of grilling from his childhood, “Growing up, we had family and friends over and everyone brought something to eat or to put on the grill. It was a time to socialize and to enjoy being with one another. There was no rush to eat certain courses at specific times. The cooking over the open fire was the experience. We ate here and there as things were finished cooking.” These wonderful childhood memories of family gatherings stayed with Nick as he and his wife, Christie, continued the tradition with their children.

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definitely more family driven. Instead of it being a dream or a hobby or something later on down the road, we knew we needed to do something then. That was the big eye-opener. We realized that we couldn’t take time for granted. If you’re always looking for the perfect scenario when everything lines up, you’ll never do anything. We had to make this happen, do what we enjoy, and show our kids how to move on your dream.” Urban Asado is a business that’s about more than just grilling. It’s about the company of people during the experience of grilling. Nick smiles, “Gathering around an open flame and cooking food is communal. I want people to have that connection when they’re using our grills.” 150 Riberia Street, Unit C www.urbanasado.com

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Old Coast Ales has started brewing on the Boulevard! Enjoy the local flavors of this community-inspired brewery and taproom. 300 Anastasia Boulevard Market Street Boutique has opened a second location. Get all your bright, colorful gifts and more, now just a little closer to home. 795 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Libby’s Thai Bistro is now dishing up delicious and authentic Thai food. Spend your lunch break munching on Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, and Wonton soup. 525 State Road 16, #103 Obscura opened downtown. The eclectic home goods and design accessories store is a haven for lovers of practical art. 51-C Cordova Street


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REVIVAL HOME By Shannon O'Neil

Where most of us see piles of discarded junk at an estate sale, Amanda Alton sees stories. With a discerning eye and creative mind, Amanda finds pieces with a past and gives them a future through her furniture restoration business, Revival Home & Co. “I look for something that just speaks to me and has good bones,” says Amanda. “I especially love items that are really worn and old, with some natural grooves that tell a story.” At a recent estate sale, Amanda snagged a boxy wooden ice chest she repurposed into a beautiful nightstand. Some of Amanda's projects can be found for sale at the Collaborative District on Riberia Street, but she also enjoys doing custom work for clients. “If you have something your grandma gave you that you love, but it doesn’t fit your style, we can change a few things and fix it up so it stays in the family and fits in your home.” In addition to furniture rehab projects, Amanda also provides interior design consulting for clients looking to create a home aesthetic that’s gorgeous, comfortable, and purposeful, too. www.facebook.com/revivalhomeandco

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For this craftsman, the story behind a piece of reclaimed wood is just one component of the end result of a masterpiece.

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ust one look at Austin’s laid back demeanor and it is clear that he is a man of nature. “The people who are drawn to wood and nature," he says, "You can just tell when they are talking about it. They light up, and there is something really cool about that.” Those words clarify the peace Austin is feeling now as he finds himself turning towards his unique calling. The path to his passion was full of twists and turns. He graduated Flagler College with a degree in Business Management, moved to South Beach to be a DJ for seven years, and then returned to St. Augustine to pursue a career in real estate. This career helped segue into the fulfillment of a lifelong passion, creating masterpieces of wood through Old Town Timber. “Folks that are house hunting are usually focused on design aspects for their new space," he says, "I’m now involved in all aspects.” Austin’s father Len Weeks has been a craftsman and builder in St. Augustine since the '80s. Austin has warm memories of helping his father in his shop as a young boy and accompanying his father on architectural tours to cities like Miami, and of course St. Augustine. An avid collector of wood, Austin finds treasure

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everywhere. He combs the beach, visits teardowns, and never passes by a discarded pile of old lumber. One of the favorite aspects of his work is the transformation. “Taking pieces of mangled wood out of dumpsters and turning them into a unique piece of furniture that will stay with families for generations is special." He smiles. "It’s also pretty cool to see the look on the customer’s face when they see the piece for the first time.” Austin’s favorite piece at the moment is a tree light installation at the Yoga Collective. He also just created a unique bathroom/dressing room space at Panache salon. The walls are tree limbs with the nubs being the clothing hooks. He says, “I like taking normal stuff and giving it a twist." One of those twists comes in the form of fluorescent tables and fixtures. This is achieved by mixing powder into resin and then pouring it into the nooks and crannies of the wood. The result is a glow-in-the-dark finishing which is perfect for backyard entertaining. Austin is currently cultivating a plan for a storefront, which will house all of his unique creations. Oh, the stories those pieces will tell. www.oldtowntimber.com


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LET'S GET GARDENING Each issue, we’ll learn new organic gardening techniques that improve soil, vegetable production, and our environment, helping you grow your best garden yet in St. Augustine. By Shelby Stec

PREPPING YOUR SUMMER GARDEN IN ST. AUGUSTINE

Vegetable gardens in Florida are often plagued by pests and disease. While you may blame your “black thumb,” our lack of soil and hot, humid climate are the real culprits. I know it’s tempting to reach for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers but these chemical-based sprays kill soil and the beneficial insects needed to keep garden ecosystems in check. Investing in good soil, selecting healthy plants, planting at the right time, and encouraging beneficial insects with pollinator herbs and flowers will help keep pests at bay. Hand picking bugs your first year instead of spraying pesticides will help build your beneficial insect population.

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COMPOST & CONTAIN To start your summer garden, you’ll need a raised bed that is 16” deep or a 5 gallon pot for each plant. If you are growing in a raised bed make sure your soil base is a good compost mixture with lots of organic matter. Organic matter can be anything from decayed leaves to composted mulch, veggie scraps, or manure. For potted gardens, I use Fox Farm potting soil or a homemade mix of 2 parts finished compost, 2 parts pine bark fines, 1 part perlite, and 1 part worm castings. Then it's time to cap it off with mulch. To cool the soil and save on water, mulch your garden beds and pots with wheat straw or leaves. Mulch ensures water does not evaporate as quickly and helps prevent weeds. Be sure not to use pine straw as it is too acidic and always make sure the straw or hay you purchase is free of seeds.

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2 SELECT SEEDS Our spring/summer garden season begins in March and ends in September. While it is possible to grow a year round garden in Florida, pests and diseases become more prevalent with hot weather. Beans, cantaloupe, cucumber, sweet peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes and tomatillos should be planted by May 1. However, early plantings lead to more bountiful harvests. Hot weather plants such as eggplant, okra, hot peppers, and sweet potatoes can go in the ground as late as July.

3 HELPING IT GROW Giving plants the right amount of space encourages stronger root growth, prevents disease, and ensures each vegetable is receiving enough nutrients. Okra, peppers, and basil should be spaced 12-18 inches apart, while tomatoes and tomatillos need at least 18 inches. Squash, melons, pumpkin, and bush cucumbers take up the most space and should be planted at least three feet from their neighbors.

Locally, Southern Horticulture has the best selection.

To save space, consider pole beans and vining cucumbers that you can trellis up or place sprawling plants at the edge of your garden and allow them to grow into the yard.

You can also order seeds online from Seed Savers Exchange, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, or Baker's Creek Heirloom seeds.

Once your garden is planted keep the soil evenly moist and check your plants for pests weekly. Expect your first harvest within 4-6 weeks of planting.

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Over the past 10 years, St. Johns County has experienced one of the highest percentages of growth in the country. Finding your place in the new market presents both prosperity and challenge for residents of the First Coast.


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ocal news sources have dubbed it the “St. Johns Surge.” Not only is St. Johns County one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Florida, it ranks in the top counties in the country. To give you a little perspective (and who doesn’t love statistics?), the average Florida county grew 4.6% between 2010 and 2015. St. Johns County grew 19%. That’s a little staggering. But for those who already live here, it shouldn’t really be a surprise. Afterall, St. Johns County is home to a little slice of paradise – beautiful beaches, historical landmarks, and a plethora of creative businesses and restaurants. Tourists have flocked here for decades to participate in the amusement and over the past 10 years, they’ve suddenly realized this is a charming place to call home. County schools are some of the highest ranked in the state, tax rates are low, and the area is rife with excellent employment opportunities. In short, St. Johns County is a great place to live.

buyers and growth continues to increase. Such exponential growth inevitably leads to challenges for local government in paying for infrastructure and keeping up with the new needs of the area. In addition, some current residents have concerns that this means the surrounding “small town feel” that they’ve so cherished will soon be a thing of the past. The leaders in government are aware of the anxieties of locals and are doing their best to ensure that while maintaining the rights of private property owners, development happens where and when is best for the county as a whole. We all want to maintain the individuality and uniqueness that the First Coast has to offer. Regardless of the obstacles and questions that arise with this kind of expansion, residents have to stay informed to keep up and wade into the surge. Educate yourself and know the value of the homes around you, which neighborhoods are upand-coming, how to get your home ready for the market, and what to look for when you’re buying will place you firmly ahead of the game and allow you to take advantage of such a prosperous time for the area.

THE AVERAGE FLORIDA COUNTY GREW 4.6% BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015. ST. JOHNS COUNTY GREW 19%.

Experts have said that this kind of local growth isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. And it isn’t just housing developments that are booming; schools and businesses are increasing right alongside. The county is rebuilding multiple high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools to accommodate the influx of new students; businesses owners are opening multiple locations or trying their hand at a new enterprise. So as schools improve and expand and new businesses pop up, the county only becomes more attractive to prospective

So whether you’re considering selling your home, buying a home in the area, or are just interested in the status of your home county, local real estate agents, the St. Johns County Board of Realtors and the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors have come together to give us the statistics and offer advice as we all find our place in the St. Johns County surge.

On Planning for Growth...... Planning to ensure proper infrastructure begins at the staff level. The county also assesses infrastructure capacity as part of our review of proposed development, and maintain a concurrency program for transportation and school infrastructure that requires new development to contribute their proportionate fair share toward those facilities.... Developers and community groups often play a role in the planning and completion of those projects and funding is always a factor as the County evolves and strives to meet the demand created by new growth. The County budget is limited in revenue options to construct new infrastructure, and available funding is continually being balanced with demand for services and community need. Michael Ryan, Director of Communications for St. Johns County Commission

BUILDING GREEN Florida native and architect Rory Reynolds has us inspired with his eco-friendly green home, the Live Oak House. Located just steps away from the St. Augustine Lighthouse, this little cottage is 2017’s greenest home in Northeast Florida. It’s time to see how building choices like Rory’s can benefit your home. All the appliances, fans, and lighting are EnergyStar and the plumbing is WaterSense. That means that everything is low-flow and overall uses 35% less water than a typical home. The roof, crawl space, and garage walls are all insulated and the windows all dualpaneled. Utility bills are already plummeting. Though the Live Oak House was designed and built around being green, investing in certain areas (like appliances or plumbing) will cut down on the monthly cost of running your home and save dollars in the long run. Not to mention, Mother Earth will thank you.

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FIXER UPPERS Explore your inner Chip and Joanna Gaines and flip one of these local fixer uppers we found on the market.

On choosing a realtor... It is a sad fact that most people will spend more time researching and reading reviews before purchasing a $20 toaster on Amazon, but when it comes to making a $300,000 or more sale or purchase, they just blindly go with the first realtor they run into or use "that realtor down the street" or their "best friend's aunt who does real estate part time" without truly researching them. - Sharon Stevens, For Buyers Only Realty

Two Story, Top Potential 36 Magnolia Avenue

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Long and Low 207 Raintree Trail

Tiny House, Big Future 227 Riberia Street

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uying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. It is a huge investment of money, a choice to tie yourself to a particular community for a lengthy period of time, a commitment to a future for your family. But even though most prospective buyers know all these things already, their choice in a professional to guide them on the journey is hardly a passing thought. They’ll choose their parents’ neighbor, the closest realtor’s office to work, the billboard they saw on their way to dinner. The realtor you decide on, however, is foundational to the home-buying process. The first step, according to realtor K. Jennifer Cook of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, is “to work with a professional that has industry expertise and local market knowledge. The intricacies of real estate law have serious implications for the parties involved, so it is important to work with an agent that is trustworthy, keeping customers wellinformed and prepared for each step of the sales www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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process.” As in any relationship, communication is key. Find a realtor who is willing to answer questions and available to you as a client. “Choose someone,” says realtor Lindsey Maguire of Ancient City Real Estate, “who is selling homes full time and can always be reached either by the owner, buyers, and other realtors who want to schedule an appointment to view the home!” Finally, use technology to your advantage. “Check the agent's online reviews and testimonials!” says agent Brooke Bohall of Bohall of RE/MAX Coast2Coast, “A review is the best way to gauge if they will be the agent for you.” Serious and trustworthy referrals from former clients are one of the quickest ways to know how a realtor works in their field. Do your research and spend the necessary time to choose your realtor wisely. Utilize the resources available to you. You certainly won’t regret it in the long run.


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LOCAL NUMBERS We caught up with our local St. Johns County Board of Realtors to crunch local real estate numbers for St. Johns County.

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REMODEL OR RELOCATE? Staying where you are and improving versus packing up and moving can be an overwhelming choice. Local professionals weigh in to make the decision a little easier.

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o here’s the situation: your home just isn’t working for you anymore. Maybe your family has grown and there isn’t quite the room you had before. Maybe it’s feeling a little outdated. Whatever your reason, you’re sitting there on your shag carpet, with kids and stuff piled to the wood paneling, feeling that something has to be done. So it’s time for a decision. Do you remodel your existing home to better fit your current needs? Or do you pack up your things and find a new home? That’s a pretty big decision to which no universal answer can be given. But we can still help. First, you have to evaluate what improvements your home would need to fit your lifestyle again. The value and cost of those improvements is paramount in your decisionmaking. Peggy Gachet of Watson Realty Corp encourages going to the professionals, “A realtor can help with the evaluation of improvements and pricing. Should improvements made exceed value it may be advantageous to move on.” Nearly every realtor asks warns not to over improve for the neighborhood that you’re in.

your attachment to the house. If you’re in love with the home, the area, the neighbors, then the cost of renovations or remodeling may very well be worth it. “If you have a house on a piece of land that has room to add on and you have equity in the house and absolutely love where you live,” says Paul Wilson of RE/MAX Unlimited, “then perhaps it’s best to renovate to accommodate your new needs.” But if your list of needed improvements are really big, really expensive, or nearly impossible, relocating might be the better option. If you need an extra bedroom and your land doesn’t offer space for expansion, if you don’t like the area that your house is in, if your projected renovations wouldn’t be permitted by the city, then it may be time to pack up. “A homeowner should relocate,” says Brooke Bohall of RE/MAX Coast2Coast, “if they don't like their home's location, size, or other things not changeable or easily changed.” It’s always advisable when facing such a large fork in the road to consult the professionals that can give timely and relevant advice. But ultimately, the decision is based on you – your love of your current home, your developing needs, and your desire for the future.

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Average price of residential homes sold in St. Johns County in 2016

2,104

Total number of residential single family home sales in St. Johns County during 2016

$621.7

Total value of residential single family home sales 2016. That's $621,743,203 to be exact.

1,200

The number of members of the St. Johns County Board of Realtors

Source: St. Johns County Board of Realtors. This data does not represent all real estate transactions in St. Johns County, just those recorded by our local real estate board.

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TOP RATED

 In an age of very opinionated shoppers, a five star review (or close to) is something to be celebrated! Especially when it rates the person you are going to hire to help you find (or sell) your home. So we rounded up the top rated local real estate agents according to Zillow.com

NOAH BAILEY REAL ESTATE GROUP RE/MAX 100 Realty 126 Reviews BELINDA RAVEN Endless Summer Realty 124 Reviews WELCH TEAM Keller Williams Realty 111 Reviews STEFANIE BERNSTEIN Berkshire Hathaway Home Sevices FNR 103 Reviews ROBIN ARNOLD Endless Summer Realty 86 Reviews KATHLEEN FLORYAN Ponte Vedra Club Realty 68 Reviews JASON NEELY Landmark Realty 66 Reviews DJ DELLASALA & LINDSAY MCGUIRE Ancient City Real Estate 65 Reviews IRENE ARIOLA Century 21 Saltwater Property Group 62 Reviews Source: Zillow.com. This data represents local realtors in 32084 zipcode with five star reviews and rates them in order by numbers of reviews as of March 14, 2017.

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OUTSIDE THE LIMITS On the outskirts of the cities and on the edge of the county sit some of the areas of highest growth. A few realtors have weighed in on the newly-emerged exterior communities. By Meeka Anne

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hirty years ago the trip from St. Augustine to Jacksonville was an isolated drive through an uninhabited dense forested area. Today, the northwest sector of St. Johns County is in the midst of explosive growth. A report conducted a year ago ranked St. Johns County 15 on the list of fastest growing counties in the country. Much of this growth is centered around masterplanned communities like Shearwater, Nocatee, Rivertown, and Bannon Lakes. The permit

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numbers are staggering for these communities ranging from 850 homes for Bannon Lakes and extending to 12,000 for Nocatee. These new super neighborhoods have become the poster child for today’s modern families that insist on amenities, good schools, outdoor recreation, and an interactive experience with their neighbors. Expect to find high-end fitness centers with cutting edge equipment, kayak clubs, bicycle paths, and tennis courts. Of course the most elaborate features are pools, lagoons, and slides that often rival water-themed parks. Some families may find the immensity of some of these neighborhoods overwhelming. Realtor K. Jennifer Cook said, “There is a lot of buzz about Markland recently due to the quality of construction and aesthetics of the community. It is a much smaller community than Nocatee and Palencia, which appeals to homebuyers looking for high-end amenities in a more intimate setting.” Another builder, AV Homes, has Stone Creek, a 44-home neighborhood for those not interested in


New Neighborhoods BANNON LAKES Just northwest of the city and only a half mile from I-95 is a new development, surrounded by 20,000 acres of preserve land. It features a clubhouse, fitness center, a pool, and playing fields. International Golf Parkway RIVERTOWN Home to running and cycling events as well as a community clubhouse with a pool and waterslide, Rivertown is located directly on the St. Johns River. Kendall Crossing, St. Johns MARKLAND With a desire to keep the community intimate, Markland builders have planned for only 345 lots in the area. It boasts a fire pit for neighborhood conversation, a fitness center, pool, and clubhouse. International Golf Parkway NOCATEE Now the third best selling community in the nation, Nocatee is actually home to many different planned neighborhoods. With multiple parks, a farmer's market, monthly events, and outdoor recreation, it's not hard to see why it's so popular. Nocatee Parkway

HOA fees, yet looking for elegant wooded estate lot homes. There is no shortage of big name builders jumping on the growth train in the county. Mattamy Homes has several projects in the works, which include Segovia Townhomes (220 units) and Reserve at Greenbriar (271 units) as well as the large 5000 home RiverTown. Some of the larger developments have a variety of builders to choose from. For example, Shearwater’s builders include Lennar, Drees, and David Weekly, all of which offer different plans and pricing. Other neighborhoods include luxury developers such as Dream Finders Homes and Landon Homes. The impetus for this remarkable growth surge stems from many factors. With the location of northwest St. Johns County right smack dab in the middle of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, it literally offers the best of both worlds. The growth of nearby Jacksonville offers an abundance of job opportunities while the charm of St. Augustine

offers history, natural beaches and authenticity. Realtor Peggy Gachet said, “The northeast and northwest parts of the county are growing at a faster pace than others. Quality schools, family activities and proximity to jobs in Jacksonville drive the decisions for many families.” Growth is exciting for communities for a plethora of reasons including business opportunities, entertainment choices, and the influx of unique grocers and retailers. On the flip side of that coin is loss of natural beauty, traffic concerns, and overcrowded schools. Attention to infrastructure is key when an area reaches this height of development. Communities in the works and on the horizon have already permitted tens of thousands of home sites. It certainly presents a challenge to local building and zoning boards to ensure the county keeps in touch with preserving the elements that are driving the influx of families choosing to relocate to beautiful St. Johns county. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

On Keeping Up with the Growth...... Michael Ryan, the director of communications for the St. Johns County Commission provided some insight. In reference to building and zoning, Michael said, “We have an educated and experienced growth management department that includes planning, building inspections, zoning, and coder enforcement. All of those divisions work hand in hand to keep up with the demand, serve the community, and ensure the right type of growth occurs in the appropriate locations, and at the appropriate time as driven by the market. The board authorized additional staff to meet the demand.” Addressing positives and negatives, Michael added, “Growth in and of itself is not inherently a negative. Growing counties tend to have more vibrant economies and active communities. Rapid growth can put a strain on local governments and their ability to build infrastructure that meet community expectations for services and programming. Growing counties and cities are continually striving to balance limited budgets and revenue options with infrastructure and service demands, and St. Johns County is no different in 2017.”

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637 Ocean Palm Way in Sea Colony is currently listed for sale

Expert Insight

IS YOUR HOME MARKET READY? Selling your home can be a hassle and there's stress to have it all in tip top shape for the market. Here are a few simple steps you can take to insure that prospective buyers will want to take a second look.

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Talk To Your Realtor

Depersonalize

Up The Curb Appeal

De-Clutter

"Clean, make sure lightbulbs are replaced and working. Make your home look as close as possible to a model home. Tasteful, fun decor. You want a buyer to walk in and think, "Wow, these owners really took care of this home. We could see ourselves living here!""

Don't believe everything that television tells you! Consult the professionals. "Absolutely have an agent come by to give some advice. From curb appeal, to staging and potential upgrades to get the most for your property."

Keep the personal items personal. "Remove some personal items such as the line of family photos along the wall. It sometimes becomes hard for a prospective buyer to see his or herself as an owner of the house if all that is in there is the current owners family photos."

First impressions are always the most important! "Spruce up curb appeal to create a positive first impression for buyers. Keep the lawn freshly cut, trim hedges and shrubs, plant flowers, pull weeds, consider a fresh coat of paint on the exterior or front door."

Prospective buyers shouldn't be distracted by all your things so now is the time to clean house, have a garage sale or rent a storage unit if you have to. "Closets should not looked crowded and clear counters as best you can."

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On selling an outdated home... "The best thing a homeowner with an outdated house should do is to have an actual home inspection before listing the property for sale. This way, they can fix items that are deemed to be major repair items instead of spending many dollars on something they were told would add value only to lose this investment once the new buyer does their home inspection. One upgrade that isn't terribly expansive is to paint the house inside and out. There is a saying that a $20.00 can of paint is worth $1,000.00 on the wall." Paul Wilson, RE/MAX Unlimited

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On the popularity of St. Johns County...

Gorgeous historic downtown, miles of beautiful beaches, A+schools and the still "small town feel". Despite the recent Hurricane Matthew we have bounced back and buyers are not weary. We have tremendous amount of new construction options in just about all price ranges. Also, in a growth period we see a good amount of horizontal moves. Residents buying and selling in different sections of the County." - Noah Bailey, Noah Bailey Real Estate Group, RE/MAX 100 Realty

WATERFRONT FINDS A home on the water is a hot commodity. These waterfront properties will go fast.

T hat's it! Marsh View Must Have 104 Fiddler Crab Lane

Riverbank Radiance 116 Diego Island Court

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s the St. Johns County market continues to rise, grander and more expensive homes are sold everyday. And though top dollar homes can be found all over the county, the top seller of 2016 according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors is located just north of the Ponte Vedra Club. With sweeping golf course views to the west and the sparkling ocean to the east, Jacksonville to the north and St. Augustine to the south, it’s no wonder this area is the one to take home the gold. “When it comes to investment,” says Susan Fort of Ponte Vedra Club Realty, who (along with her partner Tyler Ackland) was responsible for the year’s top home, “You just can’t go wrong with oceanfront. This location is amazing.” For a staggering $5.3 million, you might be expecting the Ponte Vedra Boulevard home to be something massive, intimidating, and decadent, but the house is surprisingly

Downtown Delight 248 Riberia Street

understated and quietly luxurious. Susan describes it as a “coastal cottage.” The 2800 square foot residence was built in 1964, but had been renovated from top to bottom only a few years ago. It stands out from other homes of the county not only for its location, but for its extremely high-end finishes, top quality craftsmanship, and volume ceilings. It doesn’t need to be over-the-top to take home top dollar. Even though it’s an incredible career milestone to not only sell 2016’s most expensive home, but sell it within 10 days of its being on the market, Susan says with a laugh that it’s not the most expensive home she’s dealt with. Since the beginning of 2017, she has sold more than one home with an even higher price tag (just further evidence of a rise that hasn’t slowed down!). Residents are eager to start building a life in the beautiful area and are ready to pay whatever it takes to get here.

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Pastel Paradise 19 Magnolia Drive

Tucked-Away Treasure 1590 Arapaho Avenue

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THE HOME

EXPERTS REALTORS // BUILDERS // INTERIORS // ACCESSORIES The people you need to know to make your house a home.

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Builder

THE HOME EXPERTS

Our clients appreciate the professionalism and transparency we bring to their construction projects.

BRANDON CONSTRUCTION Brandon Eklund KNOWN FOR: Using construction methods best suited to our environment, their attention to detail, outstanding project management skills, and integrity.

(866) 814-9357 7 Waldo Street

Tell us about your business. We offer a variety of custom construction services. This includes general contracting, project management, and consulting. What is your competitive advantage? Clients point to the quality of our work and our attention to detail. We also offer communication and accounting tools that are unique for a custom construction company of our size. It keeps the administration aspect of our work very efficient. Most importantly, we give owners that personal connection with their builder and provide information they need in a very organized way.

How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? We begin our relationship early on during the design phase. At that point we're providing input on materials, methods, and costs. It has a positive impact on scheduling and budget goals. We look out for the long-term protection of a homeowner's investment. That's always appreciated. What are your company's core values? Respect: being great with people. Integrity: always operating with honesty. Innovation: exploring possibilities and generating extraordinary outcomes.

www.brandonbuilding.com license # CBC1256028

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Heating & A/C

For 65 years our business has always been centered on the customer, our relationship with them is our top priority.

TAYLOR REFRIGERATION & AIR CONDITIONING Ben McDaniel, Luke Taylor KNOWN FOR: Residential and commercial heating and air conditioning solutions

(904) 829-3358 320 State Road 207 www.taylorrefrig.com

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Tell us about your business. We love being a part of this community. We live, work and raise our families here so we take our role as a service provider seriously. For 65 years our business has always been centered on the customer, our relationship with them is our top priority. What is your competitive advantage? Expertise and providing solutions. Our team has decades of experience and training paired with a commitment to great service. We really are a family here. Either in the office or in the field, we take ownership over the job we do, which is what sets us apart. What are your company's core values? Excellence. It really is the standard we hold ourselves to and what we work hard to give every customer. Our founder, Mario Taylor

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Sr., started this business in 1951 with that as a basic business practice, and we do our best everyday to honor him by holding the standard of excellence. How do you stay up to date in your industry? We meet regularly with our suppliers and other industry experts to stay up to date. Everyone on our team has a unique skill set and specialty so they are always coming up with fresh ideas and innovations. How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? We listen. Then we provide customized solutions that fit into our customers' needs, budget, and future plans. It doesn't make sense to offer the same product to every person. It's our job to take our expertise across the field and provide the best solution possible.


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Realtor

THE HOME EXPERTS

Local full time professionals who are invested and committed to our families, our community and our customers.

NOAH BAILEY REAL ESTATE GROUP RE/MAX 100 REALTY

Dominic DeAngelis, Andrew Butler, Noah Bailey and Erica Schreuders KNOWN FOR: Integrity and getting the job done

(904) 540-2902 2798 U.S. 1 South

Tell us about your business. We are a full service real estate team operating under RE/ MAX. Our goal is to give you, our customer, a friendly and generous real estate experience. We want to encourage you to use your home to bless others and build relationships. From curb appeal to financing, we are committed to serving you every step of the way. How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? Our number one priority is taking care of both the buying or selling customer! For this reason, our organization is designed to provide expert service during every step of the transaction. The customer is the center of our business day. We manage the different parts of the transaction so everything goes smoothly.

www.noahbaileyrealestategroup.com

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What motivates you in the workplace? Knowing that individuals and families are where they want to be. Whether we are helping them purchase a house, sell their current home or simply invest to broaden their portfolio; we love working alongside people and witnessing their excitement and relief at the closing table as they are starting their new adventure. What impact do you hope to make on our community? We believe that big change starts small. Loving and serving our families well is the first place to begin. We are all active members in local churches in our community. We were made to do life together and building relationships with our family, friends and newcomers is definitely a benefit to the community.

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Contractor

Remodeling is a bit of a commitment, so if you can build that bond and go through the process with them, it is so exciting and rewarding to see the finsihed product together.

ST. AUGUSTINE KITCHEN & BATH

Tell us about your business. Our business is made up of 26 skilled employees in each a special trade. We have been in the construction industry for the last 13 years, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.

Janel Asplund, Tina Boutros, Crystal Harris

What is your competitive advantage? We are a one stop shop for remodeling. We have an in-house designer. She is able to take your ideas and put them into our 3D program so you can see what your kitchen or bath will look like after it is completed. We also have licensed electricians and licensed plumbers on staff. All work is performed in house under our general contractor/owner.

KNOWN FOR: Top Selection of Granite and Quartz, Remodeling Kitchens and Bathrooms, A one stop shop for your remodeling needs

(904) 342-2296 1685 U.S. 1 South www.staugustinekitchenandbath.com

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What do you consider to be your specialities? We cut, fabricate and install our granite and quartz in house, with a full time experienced crew. Our granite yard is stocked

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with the largest selection in town. This year we have added a licensed electrician and licensed plumber to our staff, which cuts down on the cost for our customer What type of experience can we expect from your business? We are a locally owned and operated business. We like to think of our customers as part of our family. Knowledge is power and we feel that if our customer knows what the process is they will feel comfortable with their on going project. How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? Open communication. Renovations can be a trying time in customers homes, we keep open communication with our customers to make sure they know what is happening on a daily basis.


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Realtor

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K. JENNIFER COOK

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY

KNOWN FOR: Representing individuals and families in the purchase and sale of Real Estate throughout Northeast Florida. What is your competitive advantage? My professional career began over 10 years ago with a large advertising agency in Chicago. Having worked in project management and business consulting roles, I am able to deliver creative solutions to challenging questions and situations, to make complex processes seem effortless, to gather and analyze data with precision and accuracy, and to provide unparalleled client service and follow-through in order to enable others to achieve their Real Estate goals. Business acumen paired with local knowledge and love for St. Augustine, and surrounding communities, positions me for success and has helped me achieve the status of a multi-million dollar producer each year since beginning in the Real Estate business. How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? As a Broker Associate, I take great pride in upholding the highest standards of professionalism and industry expertise, and strive to exceed customer expectations. Maintaining an open dialogue with customers, with timely and effective communication during each stage of the sale, is key. What are your core values? Trust and empathy are essential. My success in helping others find or sell a home depends greatly on my ability to create a trusting environment in which customers know that I have their best interests at heart. Taking time to truly listen to and empathize with customers, who are often making life-changing decisions, is most important.

(904) 874-4480 112 Sea Grove Main Street Suite 210 www.JenniferCookRealty.com

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Real Estate transactions are complex and often complicated, but I am passionate about creating a positive and stressfree environment for my customers, allowing them to make informed, confident decisions.

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Custom Builder

GENERATION HOMES

What type of experience can we expect from your business? A lasting relationship with your builder that neither you, your family, friends or co-workers have ever experienced before..

excited when a new idea or challenge is presented to one of us. We collectively work as a team to research, evaluate and implement new ideas into our company and the homes we build. What do you consider to be your specialities? We strive to build sustainable cohesively designed coastal homes. It is our job to interpret the intent of the owner, architect and designer and build a home with the integrity as it was designed.

(904) 759-0702 or (904) 268-0100

Tell us about your business. We are a family owned and locally operated building company. Much like families today we are blended, meaning we are not all related, however, we work together as one rather than as individuals. We do this by having respect for one another and communicating constantly throughout each day. Every one of us has a passion for building homes that our owners love and are proud to live in.

www.generationhomesusa.com

What motivates you in the workplace? New ideas is what motivates all of us. We become

Cora Johnston KNOWN FOR: Building and designing coastal homes in a variety of price points with quality materials and ease of upkeep that finish within each owners budget.

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What is your competitive advantage? Not only do we listen to our customers, we hear what they want in their new home. Every home is built as unique as the person or family we built for. That is the meaning of “building a custom home”.

We’ve brought together a group of highly talented and ambitious professionals who are excited to pave the way in home building.

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We create interior environments that are functional and aesthetically pleasing to enhance the quality of life for the users of the space.

D. HANKS DESIGN, INC. & DHD HOME Debi Hanks, ASID Summer Hyers KNOWN FOR: Classic, modern interior design for both commercial and residential projects. dhdHome, a retail store, is the perfect spot to find unique furnishings, gifts and accessories to complement your home.

(904) 547-2884 56 1/2 San Marco Ave. ww.shopdhdhome.com

A love of the arts planted the seed for Debi Hanks to pursue a career in interior design. Her high school passion for ballet and costume design provided an easy gateway to transition to her new passion. She said, “The composition, textures and design aesthetic always had a lot of appeal for me.” Now, she has 28 years in the field and her credentials are flawless. She is a licensed interior designer, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and qualified by the National Council for Interior Design. This being noted, any company or family can feel comfort and ease when they put their projects in her hands. Debi thrives on the intimacy of working with families on residential properties and the excitement of brainstorming with business

owners on commercial design projects. She said, “I love installation day when all of the planning and preparation comes to fruition.” Between the two, about 70 percent of her jobs are residential and 30 percent commercial, but as business owners continue to get more creative in their spaces, she's seeing that side of her business increase. She is up to the challenge of ensuring that public use buildings follow all stringent rules and regulations. She said, “On a commercial project, we are very focused on creating a safe and functional space that reflects the company’s image and brand.” A great reward for her in the commercial field is knowing that friends, family, and colleagues will have the opportunity to see the business owners vision come to life through her work.

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Contractor

We design and build fences that are more than just for privacy, they are an extension of your property's personality.

D FENCE Chad Hardwick, V KNOWN FOR: Modern art-inspired designs, custom fences, and quality standard privacy fences for residential and commerical properties in St. Johns County.

(904) 615-7052 205 9th Street www.dfenceflorida.com

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Tell us about your business. DFence is a all around young, hungry, hard working fine company led by Chad Hardwick, V who is a a third-generation fence builder with over 18 years of experience. We are on top of our game; we will be all around St Augustine. What do you consider to be your specialties? Modern, horizontal designs and custom fences. We will design and build the customer's vision to match any picture and work with all materials including aluminum, PVC, steel, and wood to make the property owner's vision a realty. What is your competitive advantage? We have a more modern, artsy style than other companies who are known for building just regular privacy fences. The team at

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DFence stays up-to-date on home design and architecture trends to bring St. Augustine property owners a fence solution that is both utilitarian and also architectually interesting. What are your company's core values? Great customer service and strong backs to carry any size fence. What motivates you in the workplace? My future and never failing myself. You must always grow, there are too many sub-par companies out there that will cut corners for low prices and the customer always ends up paying. My business will never fall in this category because of our determination and drive to be the best at our job.


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Realtor

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MELISSA MCCALL OWEN Deltona Realty KNOWN FOR: My passion for serving the St. Augustine community since 1983. Having practically “grown up” in my father’s real estate office, I developed a genuine interest in the real estate industry at a young age. My family heritage is deeply rooted in the St. Augustine community tracing through the Ponce family of Menorcan settlers. I feel my knowledge and connection to the area provides valuable insight to my customers which results in a unique and positive experience. Tell us about your business. Deltona Realty is a full service real estate company with two offices in St. Johns County. Our company understands that buying a home is one of the most valuable investments that a person will make in their lifetime and we work to fully provide our customers with professional, reliable guidance to assure a satisfying experience. Deltona Realty’s Property Management division is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the value of our owners’ investment property while generating the highest possible income. What do you consider to be your specialties? Having over 30 years of experience, I have worked with a wide variety of customers from new families transferring into the area to retirees looking for their “forever” home. I pride myself on life-long customer relationships developed by meeting or exceeding my customers’ expectations and by providing quality, professional service.

My family heritage is deeply rooted in the St. Augustine community tracing thru the Ponce family of Menorcan settlers.

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How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? The real estate industry requires ongoing and open communication. I strive to deliver to my customers a realistic outlook of the current market along with a genuine commitment and dedication to ensuring a positive customer experience whether it’s buying or selling a property or managing a rental. Being available by phone, text or e-mail when needed goes a long way.

(904) 377-3960 49 Shores Blvd www.melissaowen.com

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Contractor

We take pride in our aspects of our work and strive for a superior finished result to our projects.

SIMS ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION

Tell us about your business. We are locally owned and operated. We have over 10 years of experience and are known for our quality craftsmanship and materials. We strive to make our clients vision a reality.

Andy Sims

What are your companies core values? Integrity and quality! We are committed to building relationships based on honesty and trust while working with our customers. We take pride in our aspects of our work and strive for a superior finished result to our projects.

KNOWN FOR: We are known for all aspect of exterior construction services, including seamless gutters, soffit & fascia, scream lanais, glass windows for screen rooms, siding, pavers and remodels.

(904) 814-1440 267 Cervantes Ave www.simsexteriorsolutions.com

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What is your competitive advantage? We are continually meeting with suppliers and inventors to stay up to date and the newest of new products and services. What do you consider to be your specialities? Siding. All of our installers are in house and

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go through training to perfect their work. We are Nichiha and Hardie Lap Siding Certified Installers in the North Florida region. How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? Simply...just listen. All of our customers want to be heard. We listen to their desires and make it happen. What motivates you in the workplace? I love construction and I love seeing customers pleased when I can help them transform their ideas into reality. What impact do you hope to make on our community? Building respect and a good reputation in the community. I feel when we help other people, those people tend to pay it forward and this builds a reserve of goodwill in the community.


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Heating & A/C

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Serving St. Johns County residents for over 30 years

POWELL HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING David Powell, Andrew Gause KNOWN FOR: Providing the highest level of service to the residents of St. Augustine and the surrounding areas.

(904) 794-2665 2610 Dobbs Road www.powellac.com

Tell us about your business. In the early 1980s, David F. Powell was asked by his Jacksonville employer at that time to open a subsidiary office in St. Augustine. After three years, David realized that he wanted to make beautiful St. Augustine his permanent home. What is your competitive advantage? We provide unmatched levels of service to all customers, including 24 hour emergency service. We use flat rate pricing structure from a national price guide and we charge by the job, not by the hour. How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? Over twenty of our employees pride themselves in providing the finest customer service available. We provide 24 hour service, so we never close. We treat

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everyone's home as if it were our own by using gloves, shoe booties and drop cloths. What are your company's core values? Here at Powell, all of our employees hold to these values: honesty, integrity, accountability, discipline, respect for others, open and honest communication, serve others first, practice industrious and strong work ethic, exceed expectations and work together. How do you stay up to date in your industry? By continually taking education classes as well as factory training on the most recent industry specialties. We also conduct monthly safety meetings with our employees.

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Style SITTING PRETTY By Molly Wilson Life in a Florida beach town has its inevitable staples. We all own flip-flops and sunhats and keep an umbrella in various parts of our homes (because, let’s face it, the Sunshine State doesn’t guarantee sunshine). But the one thing we think should be in every Florida home is the Adirondack chair. These slightly reclined, seriously relaxing pieces of furniture are not only aesthetically pleasing, but veritably scream First Coast. Picture this. That ever present sea breeze is cooling your sun-kissed skin while you sip on whatever afternoon cocktail it takes to relax you after work. For us, an Adirondack chair is the only missing ingredient. Even though they’re pretty much perfect for any season in our tropical climate, but there’s no better time for them than right now, during spring’s transition to summer. Whether on your front porch for that morning cup of coffee, or sinking in the sand on the beach, an Adirondack is the Floridian chair. A1A Patio offers this classic accessory in a Marine Grade Polymer for easy cleaning and a quality that will last a long time without wear. What better fit for that harsh sea air? Consider this our personal invitation to sit back and relax into the stylish St. Augustine lifestyle.

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Inside: Gardening Essentials // Mother's Day Finds // Yellow Favorites // Organic Beauty Buys // Home Style


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1 - CANDLE

"I just love having a burning candle in the house. Right now I can't get enough of this one! The blend of sugared lemon and orange with fresh mountain greens reminds me that summer is coming!" Aspen Bay

Sugared Citron candle, available at West to East 2 - MOISTURIZER

"Organic products are important to me and I love Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. The smell is amazing and I find that it makes my skin feel tighter right away." Eminence Moisturizer,

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available at Spa Life 3 - HANDBAG

"Having two kids and finding the right bag is key for any outing around town. I love the size of this bag! It's perfect to fit all the essentials plus a few diapers, wipes and snacks for the kids!." Brahmin

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Tote, available at Spanish Dutch Convoy 4 - STAINLESS STEEL GLASS

"It's important to stay hydrated! I can put ice in my drink and come back an hour later and still have ice! Perfect for the pool, beach, boating, or just sitting on the couch."

Ray of sunshine and connoissuer of all things quirky home decor, Rachael Hanson somehow juggles mom life, staying uber stylish, and running home design and gift boutique West to East with her husband, Brian. She makes it look so easy, so we need to know her secrets. Luckily, she was more than willing to share.

Vinotrek Glass, available at West to East 5 - UNDERWEAR

"Only the best pair of undies out there! These are the most comfortable thongs, in lots of fun colors." Hanky Panky Underwear,

Photography by Rob Futrell

available at Magnolia Supply

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6 - LIPSTICK "Current obsession is with ILIA's

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lipstick in the color Arabian Knights. It's the perfect shade for day or night. I love how moisturized it leaves your lips." ILIA Lipstick,

available at The Rosy Cheek 7 - BOXING GLOVES

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"I've been boxing on and off for the past 15 years and just recently picked up the gloves again. It's an amazing workout and lots of fun."

Boxing Gloves, available at Title Boxing, Jacksonville

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GARDENING ESSENTIALS Our favorite flowers are blossoming and the smell of spring is in the air. Here are a few things you need to get outside and tend to those burgeoning blooms! 1 - WATERING CAN Make those daily chores a little more classy and a little less tiresome with an antique-style brass watering can.

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2 - BODY SCRUB After a long day in the garden, ease your tired hands with a natural scrub made just for horticulturalists!

Available at Londons

3 - BIRD FEEDER Add some life and color and let all of nature flourish in your yard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just the plants! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by making friends with the birds.

Available at Southern Horticulture

4 - TOTE Everyday gardening has never been so easy! Carry plants, tools, and supplies in an easy-toorganize tote.

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Available at Target

5 - SUNHAT Keep those harsh Florida rays off your sensitive skin with a vibrant, custom-made sunhat in a playful print.

Available at FairFreckled.com

6 - POT A colorful and distinctive pot will brighten up any porch, patio, or kitchen and add something special to your home decor.

Available at Leonardi's

7 - GARDENING GLOVES Protect your hands from the harshest of thorns and thistles with a pair of impenetrable gardening gloves.

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Available at Home Depot

8 - HERBS No garden is complete without a wide range of simple to grow and always essential herbs. They've got a million and one uses!

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Available at Maggie's Herb Farm

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MOTHER'S DAY FINDS Mom always needs a little appreciation for all she does for us. Show your love with adorable gifts from some of our favorite local retailers.

1 - STORYBOOK Celebrate your mom in all her messy, sublime beauty with a strikingly illustrated story of motherhood.

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Available at Declaration & Co.

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2 - PERFUME Inhale the relaxing scent of lavender, honey, white orchids, and Tahitian vanilla in a classically elegant bottle.

Available at Market Street Boutique

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3 - PICTURE FRAME Preserve your favorite memories and most precious moments in an understated, but sweetly sentimental frame.

Available at Red Pineapple

4 - LEATHER WALLET Treat your mom to an uber cute and trendy leather wallet in her favorite shade.

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Available at Anchor Boutique

5 - TEA CUP Your mom will love a specially designed Tea Forte cup because trust us, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as too much relaxation.

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6 - NECKLACE For the mom that always keeps you close to her heart, a simple gold necklace is the perfect gift.

Available at Goldfinch Boutique

7 - BUD VASE For all those impossible-tobuy-for mothers, turn to a cute, whimsical, and adorably decorative vase.

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Available at West to East

8 - DISH TOWEL Declare your love and appreciation for your mom and an eternal truth with a kitchen towel that will pass down with the generations.

Available at West to East

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Classical to Contemporary Antiquities to Contemporary Fine Art from Around the World

Thomas Clough, Oil on Canvas

Montague Dawson, Oil on Canvas

Robert Stebleton, Acrylic on Panel

Darwin Chavez, Acrylic on Canvas

Museum Quality at Affordable Prices Lost Art Gallery 210 St. George Street (South) St. Augustine, FL 32084 904.827.9800 fineart@lostartgallery.com

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Classical to Contemporary

2000 year old Ancient Roman Glass set in Sterling Silver

Antiquities to Contemporary Fine Art from Around the World

Southern Living magazine Editors Choice “Hidden Treasure” of St. Augustine!

Thomas Clough, Oil on Canvas

Robert Stebleton, Acrylic on Panel

ARTIST IRENE SALLEY Montague Dawson, Oil on Canvas

Darwin Chavez, Acrylic on Canvas

Museum Quality at Affordable Prices Lost Art Gallery 210 St. George Street (South) St. Augustine, FL 32084 904.827.9800 fineart@lostartgallery.com

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OUR SUNFLOWER YELLOW FAVORITES What better way to get in the mood for summer than letting a little sunshine in your life? Brighten up your home, wardrobe, or everyday with this color of the season.

1 1 - SOAP Every room in your home could use a little splash of color. This bar soap gives a delightful scent and a playful print!

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2 - POOL FLOAT As the days get warmer and the sunshine stronger, relax in the pool and catch some rays without sacrificing style!

Available at Goldfinch Boutique

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3 - PLACEMAT Understated and utterly classic, this half taupe, half goldenrod yellow placemat will add sophistication to any table.

Available at West to East

4 - CANDLE Cultivate an inviting atmosphere in your home with a seductive, warm, and exotic well-being aroma of dark rum, vanilla, and leather.

Available at The Rosy Cheek

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5 - POP OPEN CARDS Inside this eye-catching little box, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find timeless messages of inspiration to capture your heart.

Available at Declaration & Co.

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6 - DUFFLE BAG

You'll never lose this bag on an airport conveyor belt! Stand out with a head-turning duffle in a sunshiney shade.

Available at Oak & Adze 7 - POUF

This sunflower hue is utterly irresistable! Prop up your feet on a intricate and striking weave and add a little flair to your living space.

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ORGANIC BEAUTY BUYS Keep your face as fresh as the new spring air with these organically sourced beauty products. Get pure and natural makeup and skincare from these local stores.

1 - BOOK

From dull skin to drab hair to tired eyes, the traditional recipes in this book can change your beauty life and make your routine a little more earth friendly.

Available at Magnolia Supply 2 - EYESHADOW

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A go-with-everything color and a shimmery finish, this eyeshadow is both gorgeous and good for your skin.

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Available from Organic Beauty Mama 3 - FACE MIST

A coconut oil base works with rose and hibiscus petals to moisturize and soften any skin type.

Available at Magnolia Supply 4 - FOUNDATION

Get the coverage you need (in a wide range of shades!) without weighing down your skin.

Available at Poseiden Spa 5 - HYDRATING GEL

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Cactus juice and stonecrop work together in this gel to infuse your skin with some hydration.

Available at Fountain of Youth Spa

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6 - FACIAL TREATMENT

Go organic and vegan while clearing your skin without subjecting it to any of those harsh ingredients.

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Available at Hickory Ridge Organics 7 - MASK

This revitalizing mask is packed with fresh avocado butter for a deep dip of hydration.

Available at Tillie's Bath Cottage 8 - LIP AND CHEEK STAIN

This stain hits two birds with one stone! Kissable lips and rosy cheeks all in one.

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Available at The Rosy Cheek 9 - LIP BALM

Composed of natural plant oils and waxes, these lip balms will become the new beauty addiction for even the most sensitive skin.

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Available at Philosophie Salon

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A build worth waiting for. Community cohesion at its finest. A team of local builders and artisans came together to bring an eclectic masterpiece to life. By Christina Benjamin | Photography by Ed Taylor

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loridians Brad and Robin Cooper recently opened their doors to give us an inside look at the extensive process and masterful taste that went into creating their Davis Shores home. The couple, who just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary, describe the home as nothing short of a dream realized.

One such moment led to the gorgeous windows on the second story. Before the massive exterior wall was complete, Brad noticed how beautiful the natural light and scenery was through the exposed beams. He and Jason Forrest put their heads together to create small “picture frameesque” windows that offer changing views throughout the day.

The build took over five years, beginning with the initial design concept in 2011. Robin and Brad love sharing their home with their friends and wanted to focus on an open floor plan that was ideal for entertaining. With the help of builder Jason Forrest, they did just that.

Such artistic windows are well suited for the incredible collection of art the house displays. Upon entering the home, the first thing you'll notice – after the waterfront oasis of the St. Augustine Inlet – is this love for art. The couple's modern amenities are blended with just the right amount of eclectic flare. Not all couples enjoy working on a home build together but Brad credits their success to their “division of labor,” saying they shared the load equally but concentrated on their personal strong suits. Brad’s primary focus was the engineering elements while Robin headed up the aesthetic design.

Brad credits Jason and his team with the master craftsmanship of the house. “Working with Jason was a lot of fun. He was always open to my ideas and enjoyed the challenge. He’s a serious perfectionist so I knew I could trust him to run with an idea and it would turn out better than I’d envisioned.” Being on hand during the building process allowed the Coopers to have what Brad describes as “serendipitous moments.”

It is clear while gazing at the masterful art that adorns the walls of the Coopers' home that each piece holds special meaning. Art and music are a huge part of the Coopers'

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Details Residents: Brad & Robin Cooper Amenities: 3 bedroom, 5 bath,

elevator, music studio, home gym, rooftop deck, gameroom, home office, his and her master bath, walk-in butler's pantry, wet bar

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Wide open spaces featuring eclectic art and furnishings is the theme that runs throughout the Cooper's entire home. From their foyer you can not only see clear across nearly their entire first floor, but also almost out the St. Augstine Inlet. The Coopers are true people persons – they live to celebrate friendships by entertaining guests regulary and (as evident in their decor) support many artists and craftsmen throughout the old city.

lives and being able to “pay it forward” by decorating with pieces that support the local art community is beyond rewarding. They were even able to experience a tangible result of their patronage when the palm tree sculptures they commissioned for the home helped an artist they admire land a full-ride master’s scholarship to pursue her passion— further proof of art impacting lives. But beauty wasn’t their only focus while conceptualizing their plans. Making their home sustainable was also at the forefront of the design concept. Having lived through Florida's hurricanes before, the Coopers wanted to “overbuild,” choosing materials that could withstand sustained winds and adding generators that would maintain the master suite in the event of an emergency. Little did they know how quickly they would come to appreciate their precautions.

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Eight months after the couple moved into their home, Hurricane Matthew shredded the eastern coast in October of 2016 and St. Augustine sustained some of the worst flooding and wind damage in centuries. There was nothing Brad and Robin could do but trust that their home would do what it was designed to do and hold strong. To their relief, it did. They had damage to the property, dock, and pool, but their home had fended off the storm. “We had a bit of survivor’s guilt,” Brad says. “So many of our neighbors didn’t fare as well, but we did what we could to help out.” Whether it was lending generators or inviting neighbors over for a meal to escape the stress of the storm, the Coopers were there for their community. St. Augustine shares an unparalleled sense of togetherness, and Davis Shores is no exception. According to the Coopers,“Hurricane Matthew brought

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Their home style is a unique blend of modern architecture paired with colorful art collection. Painted Stingrays (from James Coleman Galleries) lead guests from the stairway and elevator to their upstairs entertaining space featuring pool table, recording studio, second kitchen, and rooftop deck to overlook the fireworks.

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You'll never hear a single person proclaim "there's nothing to do" at the Cooper residence. The house is an adult's dream playground featuring pool room, arcade games, recording studio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not to mention the actual pool. And with a home gym that overlooks the boats coming in and out of the St. Augustine inlet, there's never an excuse to skip a work out.

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The Cooper's love of art continues outside with several metal sculptures by St. Augustine sculptor, Casey Schachner. The unique fence could pass as a piece of art too. It's made of individual alumimum poles buried in the ground in varying heights to look like audio waves.

our community together and strengthened bonds.” During the lengthy building process, Brad admitted he was apprehensive about how their home would be received since it wasn’t being built in the area’s typical Mediterranean-Spanish style. But to their relief, the Coopers say they felt accepted by the Davis Shores community. “Neighbors would routinely stop by to see what we were doing and were generally pleased.” And how could they not be? Brad and Robin kept the environment conscious in their decisions. They used pervious pavers that reduce runoff, allowing rainwater to recharge the ground and even installed an A/C system that recycles water. Even though the house already looks like a masterpiece, Brad still has a few finishing touches planned before he can say the

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project is complete. But when he’s not coming up with new genius scenarios for his abode, you can find him jamming out in “the Bradlands,” his own home recording studio, or performing around town with his band mates, T. Martin and The Troublemakers. Robin enjoys spending her free time helping local charities, but she always keeps an eye open for inspiring art to add to the Coopers' ever growing collection. The Coopers are extremely pleased with how their home turned out. Working with some of the best in the biz made their home build dreams a reality. A home like the Coopers' is more than just the beautiful lines, sleek finishes, and art that adorns its walls. It is an investment in the local builders, contractors, professionals, and artists that helped the masterpiece come to life.

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JEANETTE JONES A need for change put her on this path, but passion keeps her there. Family treasures find renewed life at the hands of Jeanette Jones, a local upholsterer. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Brian Miller When Jeanette was 20-years-old, she took a class to learn how to reupholster an old chair she loved, but discovered her project was a bit ambitious. This led to the instructor offering to help her finish the chair in exchange for some tasks. At the time, she wasn’t thrilled about stripping down furniture and pulling tacks, but in retrospect she realized he was teaching her the real grit of the trade. This new-found skill led to more projects for friends and family members. However, after her daughter came along, she decided to follow a more lucrative path into the real estate business. Then along came the housing crisis and a new path had to be forged. She said, “I had to make a change, so I made of list of my skills. I realized I knew how to sew and how to upholster.” This led to a shared space with a friend in Jacksonville, then a small shop inside a retail store and finally her current space in a warehouse. Jeanette said, “I love taking something old and tired and making it beautiful again. One of my favorite pieces was a chair I did for a woman to give to her great-granddaughter. It had a heart shaped back and just made me think of the love for the chair that would pass down to a fourth generation.” 205 West Davis Industrial Drive (904) 440-3443

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AUSTIN REED St. Augustine High School Varsity Football player Austin Reed is working hard to be the best quarterback he can be. By Meaghan Alvarado | Photography by Brian Miller

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fter spending a little time convincing his mother, Austin Reed started playing tackle football nine years ago for the St. Augustine Saints, a local Pop Warner team. Cut to 2017 and Austin's junior year of high school and you'll find him serving as St. Augustine High School Varsity Quarterback. He’s played both offensive and defensive positions but says, “I love to throw, so when I was asked to play quarterback I realized that I really like the position and I’m good at it.” And his skill should be no surprise; Austin spends two to three hours practicing or playing football games after school each day. Each of Austin’s weekdays begins with dual-enrollment classes at St. Johns River State College. After leaving the college, he heads to St. Augustine High School for more classes, followed by football practice or a game in the afternoon. In the evenings, Austin makes time for family, studying, and maybe a few video games on his PS4 if he

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has time. In addition to playing football Austin also plays Long Stick Midfielder on the Yellow Jacket’s Varsity Lacrosse team in the winter.

When Austin is not practicing or studying to keep his 4.3 GPA and honors status, he volunteers as a coach with the Police Athletic League (PAL). Last summer he guided his team of seventh and eighth graders for a win in the week-long flag football tournament. More than just winning games, Austin’s motivation for practicing is to be the best that he can be. “If you sit around, then nothing is going to happen, and you’re going to fail.” There are a lot of talented football players, so natural skill isn't always enough. Hard work is necessary to compete and be successful. Austin’s advice to other aspiring young athletes is to work hard in both the weight room and the classroom. Good grades are critical if you want to play in college. Russel Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, is a source of inspiration for Austin. Wilson’s coach at North Carolina State told him he would never play in the www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

National Football League due to his size, but then he went on to become a Super Bowl champion. He's proof for Austin that hard work can pay off, “If you’re ever given a chance to put in work on an off-day, then do it!” Over his summer vacations, Austin typically attends regional and college football camps. Last summer he attended several camps around the Southeast at schools such as the University of Central Florida, Mercer University, and Samford University. This past February, he attended Nike Football: The Opening Regional Camp, a highly-coveted workshop for the elite of high school football players. This summer Austin plans to go to several college camps in preparation for the college career he'll be starting soon. Austin is interested in attending a school where first and foremost he can get a scholarship and receive a good education. He’s talked about majoring in Veterinary Medicine. This past fall he made time to shadow with St. Augustine Veterinarian, Dr. Jacob Vencil, the owner of Palencia Pet Clinic. Austin is looking forward to the Jackets' next season. His strong efforts both on and off the field are leading him in the direction of his dreams to play football in college.


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ST. FRANCIS HOUSE St. Augustine is in crisis. Judith Dembowski and the St. Francis House are providing real solutions to fix it, but they can't do it alone. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Brian Miller

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t. Augustine is paradise. From serene beaches to historic culture, it’s easy to see why moving vans fly across the St. Johns County line every day. But for thousands of locals, living in paradise has a high price. Following the 2008 economic collapse and last year’s devastating hurricane, St. Augustine’s struggle with homelessness has become a full-blown affordable housing crisis. No one is more familiar with the situation than Judith Dembowski, Executive Director of the St. Francis House. Since 1984, the nonprofit St. Francis House has provided emergency shelter, hot meals, and critical services for the local homeless population. “Our goal is to get our homeless population to functional zero,” says Judith. “That means anyone who becomes homeless can get back into housing in thirty days or less.” In 2016, through the soup kitchen, advocacy programs, job training, and other assistance programs, the organization provided

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19,401 points of service to 3,134 people in the community. "What our community really needs," says Judith, "Are long term solutions.” Under Judith's direction, the St. Francis House will soon extend its services. Hurricane Matthew devastated their primary facility in Lincolnville, but once repairs are completed, St. Francis House will double its space for women and families. A new location specifically for youth services is also in the works. Judith began her career assisting homeless youth in her native Maine. She was a college student balancing the demands of classes and her two young children when she saw a former classmate on TV who was running a homeless youth shelter. “Growing up I knew kids who were without a home, but to think about that as an adult with children of my own, the weight of the situation really hit me,” says Judith. “I called right away and asked how I could help.” Following two decades of work in Maine, Judith moved to St. Augustine in 2014 and took a case management position with St. Francis House. Four months later she was named interim director, a position later made permanent by the St. Francis House Board of Directors. Since then, Judith has www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

led the organization in helping thousands of St. Johns County residents. “There are a lot of misconceptions about our homeless population,” says Judith. “A lot of our clients have jobs, but maybe lost a roommate or broke up with their significant other, and they can’t afford to live on their own.” St. Johns County has the highest median household income in the state, but some of the lowest wages for blue collar workers. Coupled with high rental rates, this leaves many individuals and families just one car breakdown, prolonged illness, or hurricane away from homelessness. “Our clients just want to be self-sufficient," said Judith. “They want to feel good and feel productive. They want to be part of our community. They just have nowhere to live affordably.” Judith spends every day advocating for her clients and asks the community to support the cause. Donations, volunteers, and advocates are always welcome at St. Francis House. “It’s never felt like a job or a duty to me,” said Judith. “This is just what I do. Some people shop, some people play tennis, I work with kids and families.” 70 Washington Street www.stfrancisshelter.org


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THE HUDSON FAMILY A teacher and a small business owner are raising their kids to love life in the Ancient City. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Hudson family. Stephanie teaches technology at Hartley Elementary and her husband, Tyler, owns Hudson Stone and Tile, Inc. That by itself is a full plate, but somehow Stephanie, Tyler, and their two kids, 10-yearold Skylar and 8-year-old Jacob, are fully immersed in the St. Augustine lifestyle. As a full day of beach-going, food truck-dining, and museum-hopping is coming to a close, the family of four can be found with a board game spread out on their dining room table or with a basketball in hand in their driveway. Don't expect these games to stay friendly, though â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the competitive Hudsons are always keeping score! But life isn't always about the The Hudson Family competition. Sunday evenings are pictured from left: Jacob 8, for family dinners, unwinding, and Tyler (Dad) 31, Stephanie refreshing for a new week; summer (Mom) 29, Skylar 10 afternoons and quiet weekends are for lazy fishing days. Clearly, they've got St. Augustine life figured out.

When we have out-of-town guests, we always take them to... Most of our out-of-town guests

are from up north or don't have the luxury of a beach nearby, so they usually want to spend most of their time in Saint Augustine at the beach and walking around downtown.

Favorite Family Restaurant? When it

comes to a sit-down restaurant we love Cap's on the Water. The food is awesome, the atmosphere is beautiful, and the kids just love playing on the little beach and climbing their famous tree.

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Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? If we're not all cozy at home

watching Netflix, you could probably find us at the Lightner Museum, an art gallery downtown, or Ripley's Believe it or Not! .

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CrĂŠme de la Cocoa is our FAVORITE place for dessert. We use them for all of our special occasions, birthdays, holidays, etc. On Fridays, we try to stop in for an after school treat. We have never had anything that didn't taste amazing!


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TODD WHITTEN & ROMEY MALOY Straight from the Pacific Rim and into the homes of St. Augustine, these business partners travel far and wide to find unique furniture and home accessories that you won’t see in other stores. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Brian Miller

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reasure hunting in Thailand, deal brokering in Indonesia and antiquing in China – just another day at the office for Todd Whitten, owner of T. Gregory Imports! But as Todd and his partner, Romey Maloy, will tell you, the glamour and adventure do not come without a healthy dose of hard work. A step inside T. Gregory Imports offers visual proof of their tireless efforts and pride in their work. The store is bursting at the seams with beautiful handcrafted furniture and home accessories that carry out the mission of the store – to “add some wow factor to any room in your house.” Todd’s retail roots run deep, all the way back the small town in Louisiana where he grew up. Raised in a family that owned clothing and convenience stores, Todd was immersed in the inner workings of retail from a young age. After going to jeweler school, he opened his own jewelry and fine clothing store. His store was successful in his small town for many years, but he suddenly found himself jobless when the store burned down in a fire. So he began traveling on the road, wholesaling clothing and jewelry, and eventually accepted a position with a wholesale sterling silver jewelry company, a position which relocated him to Arkansas. That company was bought by another headquartered in Jacksonville, resulting in Todd’s relocation to the First Coast. Todd

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Talk to Todd Whitten (right) about his business and he’s sure to tell you what he loves best is the hunt. Not one item sold in the store is mass produced – everything is unique and hand-selected by Todd himself from “mom and pop” shops. You won’t find these pieces in any other stores. Todd is always traveling and the inventory is always changing.

soon realized it was time to part ways with his employer around the same time that his partner, Romey Maloy, was retiring from a nursing career, so the starts aligned – the two decided to open their own store and T. Gregory Imports was born.

the three countries, Todd finds his time in Thailand the most enjoyable. The country is clean, easy to traverse, and beautiful to see. The Thai people are known for their friendliness, and Todd loves to observe how they can take raw materials and make beautiful things with them.

Talk to Todd Whitten about his business and he’s sure to tell you what he loves best is the hunt. His treasure hunting takes him primarily to Thailand, China, and Indonesia. Generally speaking, he goes to Thailand for home accessories, China for antique and reclaimed wood pieces, and Indonesia for the larger furniture pieces. Not one item sold in the store is mass produced – everything is unique and hand-selected by Todd himself from “mom and pop” shops. You won’t find these pieces in any other stores.

Todd and Romey take pride in the fact that their store carries pieces you will not find anywhere else. Todd is always traveling and the inventory is always changing. In addition to unique furniture, antiques, and home accessories, you can also find an extensive offering of art. Some of the art is imported (namely large abstract pieces hand selected from China), but the store showcases the work of Kathy Frozio, a local artist based in Jacksonville Beach. Kathy keeps the walls of T. Gregory looking vibrant with her coastal “beachy” impressionism paintings.

Todd embarks on his treasure hunting trips three or four times per year, for two to three weeks at a time, depending on the need. Of www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

2000 N. Ponce de Leon Boulevard www.tgregoryimports.com


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Three Dog Night, The Monkees, Cinderella, and John Cougar Mellencamp. A pretty impressive resume. Walt’s two great passions are music and cars and, as much as he has become a musical staple in the Ancient City, it was the car business which first brought him to Florida in 1989. Walt says, “I didn’t tell anyone I was a musician but word just kind of got out.” Walt remembers playing at The Crab Pot in Jacksonville Beach where, within six months of arriving on the First Coast, he would be jamming with Southern rock heavyweights like Artimus Pyle and Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Banner Thomas of Molly Hatchet, and Barry Dunaway of .38 Special. “You play Southern rock way too good to be a yankee” was the comment he most often heard. In the summer of 1992, along with longtime musical partner Chris McVey, Walt started the group with which he is now most commonly identified – Those Guys. Originally a duo, the resulting band has seen a number of personnel changes over the years, including Artimus Pyle on drums for a time. Their current line-up, though (which includes drummer Oleg Shkolyar and bassist Banner Thomas), is the group which now keeps St. Augustine audiences entertained with a song list that stretches from Steely Dan to The Beatles to Neil Young.

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Few musicians enjoy the musical pedigree that Walt Kulwicki does, and it's a pedigree he's willing to share all along the First Coast. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

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alt Kulwicki was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Because his father worked in the paper box industry, however, the family was slightly nomadic. He’s called Massachusetts, New York City, New Jersey (twice), and Illinois home. Walt took his first guitar lesson when he was eight years old and he’s had a guitar in his hands ever since. In the late 1960s, while living in New Jersey, he jammed with a band that played in the house across the street

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from his. “I would go over and play along with ‘Gloria,’" says Walt, "That was the only song I could play with them.” Shortly thereafter his family moved to the Quad Cities in Illinois. “It didn’t take me long to meet up with a drummer to just kind of jam," he says, "Nothing real serious.” But four years later, Walt found himself in New Jersey again and it was during this time in New Jersey that his musical prowess began to take center stage in his life. He had the pleasure of opening for acts such as Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Along with performing with the band Those Guys, he also performs with Chris McVey as a duo called The Original Those Guys and even has time to hold down some solo gigs. That would likely be enough for most musicians, but not Walt Kulwicki. He’s also on the staff of Eclipse Studio in St. Augustine, where he’s a session guitarist. He estimates he’s performed on some 60 albums to date. Clearly, Walt plays all over and is an easy act to find. As a solo act, with the duo or with the band, he performs at Shaughnessy's, Tradewinds, Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach, Hurricane Pattie's, Ann O'Malley's, and JT's Seafood Shack in Palm Coast. When asked for some little known fact about him, Walt says he was once offered a spot to play John "Bowzer" Bauman's little brother on the variety show Sha Na Na. He doesn’t know where he’d be had he taken that gig, of course, but he seems pretty content with how his life and career has progressed without ever finding that out. The grass he's standing on is plenty green. You can find out everything you'd ever want to know about Walt Kulwicki at www.thoseguys.com.


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The world around them is a constant source of inspiration to make even the most ordinary piece of furniture become beautiful,“Taking something from beginning to end and watching it transform into something complete and polished is rewarding,” Jesse says about his inspiration, “I like making something unique that can be passed on for years.”

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Of Wood and Steel From the sawdust-covered floors of their fathers' workshops to the workbench of their own burgeoning business, Jesse LaPrees and David Woodside are artists of wood and steel. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell

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rt can be found in the imaginative and skillful blending of texture, contour, and color. This creative expression is seen in many types of media, but David Woodside and Jesse LaPrees have chosen to forge metal and nature. This skill and artistry is unveiled in their business Moonshine Wood and Steel.

on creating handmade furniture and a variety of other custom goods. From large cabinets and tables to wall clocks and four-beer carriers, Jesse and David utilize a combination of practice and natural skill to create unique pieces for homes and businesses. Both men began their journey toward becoming craftsmen as young boys idolizing and carefully watching their talented fathers.

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eleven, David Woodside began learning his trade under his father’s tutelage in Washington. “My dad was a carpenter, not by trade, but he had the skill,” says David, “He was very knowledgeable about carpentry and building in general. I helped him with projects growing up and that really got me into it.” Across the country in Tennessee, Jesse LaPrees gained an appreciation for diligence and hard work from his father

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as well. “Growing up, my dad was always a do-it-yourself kind of guy,” Jesse insists, “He built a log cabin that we lived in for years. It was awesome! Learning from him that whole idea of doing things yourself taught me to work with my hands.” Many years after learning those childhood lessons from their fathers, Jesse and David’s talents came together. “I’ve been making furniture for about fifteen years now,” David shares, “I was just tinkering with it through the years. I met Jesse about four years ago through a friend. He was interested in metalwork and making furniture, so we decided to collaborate on some things and start a business. I was doing wood and he was doing metal and it just fit.” Jesse and David started their brand with artistry of mind and labor of skillful hands. Their combined creative genius – as evidenced by every piece created at their workshop– separates them from many large chain stores. Focusing their attention on one project at a time, David and Jesse are able to fuse creative vision with quality workmanship to craft masterpieces. Each product that reaches the hand of a client is a one of a kind creation. Distinctive knots and gradation in colors on the wood, as well as the bend, shine, and texture of the steel adds to its individual character

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and beauty. The world around them is a constant source of inspiration for David and Jesse to make even the most ordinary piece of furniture become a beautiful, interesting conversation starter. When asked about carpentry and the things that inspire his work, David said, “I just really enjoy doing it. I get inspired by a lot of things. Inspiration is everywhere. Whether it be other people’s work or something I see on a trip, inspiration is just all around. But I really like a lot of modern styles and Art Deco.” Their dedication to their clients and to their craft helps Jesse and David create some truly uncommon pieces. Their attention to detail and respect for the natural and rustic look of wood and steel is on full display in their work. Some types of wood, such as cypress, walnut, and cherry, reveal their rich colors and marbling in the form of conference tables, benches, and cutting boards while the dexterity of polished steel adds both form and function to outdoor kitchens, cabinets, and bar stools. David and Jesse’s ability to coalesce their individual talents to produce such practical and eye-pleasing work has given them opportunities to provide their goods for many local homes and businesses. The owners of Moonshine Wood and Steel were asked to build a thirty-five foot long counter,

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Their dedication to their clients and to their craft helps Jesse and David create some truly uncommon pieces. Their attention to detail and respect for the natural and rustic look of wood and steel is on full display in their work.

bar, and stools for Nettles Fine Jewelry. The beautiful counter is made of cherry, walnut, and maple. With its vintage inlays and polished hues and lines of the married woods, the Nettles counter is stunning. Another example of Jesse’s and David’s fine work is not at a public location but rather in the private confines of a client’s home. The two artisans made custom sliding barn doors accented and secured with rustic steel hardware. The sliding doors function both aesthetically and practically as an impressive divider separating a kitchen and a family room. David and Jesse hope to continue to provide high quality furniture and unique creations for years to come from their downtown St. Augustine workshop. Their reputation as artists and craftsmen and their beautiful array of products draws interest to their business. Their workshops also finds itself situated in www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

an area that is experiencing a renaissance in unusual, but functional art. This reinvigorated artistic life brings new foot traffic from locals as well as curious tourists to Moonshine. It’s all taken very humbly and with much appreciation from David and Jesse as they continue making customers happy with their crafts. Maintaining good relationships with both new and repeat customers is something that they desire for the lifetime of their joint venture. With a mind for business and tremendous talent, the pair is moving forward. When asked what would be the key for the continued success of Moonshine Wood and Steel, Jesse answered, “Stay small and focus on meaningful good work.” 134 Riberia Street www.moonshinewoodandsteel.com

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SUGARCANE-SKEWERED SEA SCALLOPS Photography by Brian Miller The art that graces the walls of Blackfly the Restaurant is vibrant, colorful, and perfect for its nautical atmosphere. It’s hard to believe that something could distract attention from the artwork, but the menu gives Vaughn Cochran’s paintings a run for their money. Chef Matt Brown’s culinary mind is clearly artistically inclined. Choosing a standout dish on the mostly Bahamian-inclined menu is no easy task, but as far as originality and flavor goes, the Sugarcane-Skewered Sea Scallops are hard to beat. As the name suggests, before the Diver Caught scallops are pan-seared, they are skewered with a length of Florida Sugarcane that infuses a sweetness into the dish that you might not expect from seafood. The scallops are served over a cauliflower puree with a corn, bacon, almonds, and shishito pepper succotash that undercuts the sugar with a little bit of heat. If all this flavor wasn’t enough, the dish is then garnished with lemongrassscallion oil for a delicate, but distinctly tangy essence.

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An unquestioning love for bacon has been a pretty big fad, there's no denying it. But as far as fads go, it's losing no momentum. And there's one reason why...it's delicious.

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VEGETABLE BOWL AT SOUTH BEACH GRILL

Located oceanfront in Crescent Beach, South Beach Grill offers a sweet curried veggie dish appropriate for almost every palette.

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By Meaghan Alvarado | Photography by Ed Taylor

wned by Flagler College alumnus, Ted McLemore, South Beach Grill is known around St. Augustine for their variety of fresh, local seafood and unbeatable oceanfront view. But seafood isn't their only specialty. Yup, if it’s veggies you’re looking for South Beach Grill has plenty to offer – everything from a few salads to three vegetarian bowls, and some vegetarian-friendly appetizers. At the top, though, sits their Crescent Beach Vegetable Bowl – your fill of fresh veggies smothered in a sweet red coconut curry sauce. Don’t let the curry scare you off if you have a sensitive palette, though. It’s a very pleasant, mild sauce. If you’re a fan of Indian spices and a little heat, ask them to bump up the curry flavor when you order. Be sure to squeeze on the lime wedge for a burst of citrus too; it really brings out the coconut flavor. The menu lists broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bell pepper, and onion as the vegetables in the Crescent Beach Vegetable Bowl, but every time I’ve ordered it, I’ve had other welcome surprises like mushrooms and kale. Served in a large bowl

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on top of yellow rice, you’ll likely be leaving with half of your order in a box. Their bowls are quite a substantial portion (as are many of their other entrees). Adding chicken, fish, or shrimp to this bowl for a few extra bucks is an option for the meat-eaters looking to find a little more protein. The red coconut curry sauce makes a nice compliment to seafood. Even if you're a devoted carnivore, it’s a good idea to check the vegetarian options for something a little different. Oftentimes vegetarian menus are more outside the box than standard menu items. If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, take half the bowl home and leave room for dessert. South Beach Grill’s Peanut Butter Tower is a stack of sweet delight. The bottom is graham cracker crumbs, topped high with peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache. South Beach Grill is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday. 45 Cubbedge Road www.southbeachgrill.net www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Classic Okay, let's start with nothing less than just classic bacon. There are a lot of places that will serve the delicacy day or night, but for thick cut, crispy, old fashioned bacon, you can't get better than Jaybird's Restaurant. Get bacon as a side for any delicious homestyle breakfast or, frankly, get some all by itself. 2600 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Appetizer The classic breakfast item isn't just for mornings anymore! Prohibition Kitchen offers it as an appetizer, day or night. Their Candied Bacon appetizer is piled high and served crispy with a brown sugar candy glaze. Satisfy your sweet tooth and your bacon cravings all in one fell swoop. Sashay your way to late night snack food heaven. 119 St. George Street

Drink That's right, you read that right. Bacon has made its way boldly into the beverage world without a moment of hestitation. Bull and Crown Publick House serves up a Bacon Bloody Mary. Bacon vodka, Absolut Peppar, and a house Bloody Mary mix are garnished with bacon (naturally), okra, celery, and olives. Spicy, savory, and utterly thirst-quenching. 53 St. George Street


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TAKE ON TUNA Tuna is something this town does right. Casual or gourmet, this seafood staple is a St. Augustine must-eat. Photography by Brian Miller

Seared Tuna Melt Aviles Ahi Tuna

THE FLORIDIAN If you’re looking for a good dose of tuna on your lunch break or for a lazy Sunday afternoon, this is the spot to check out. A combination of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients will make your palette and your heart happy. For this delicious melt, a hearty portion of Atlantic tuna is seared and placed on artisan ciabatta bread from Jacksonville’s Boutique du Pain Bakery. The sandwich is then broiled with Sweet Grass Dairy’s Tomme and Lil Moo cheeses and finished with a lemon aioli and a rainbow carrot and beet slaw – veggies grown in Hastings by Ben Wells Produce.

CELLAR 6 Craving tuna around dinner time will inevitably lead you to the Asianinspired and stunningly elaborate Aviles Ahi Tuna. The Yellowfin is crusted in tuxedo sesame seeds and seared to a beautiful rare that highlights the bright color of the fish. The tuna is then sliced and served with a zesty Asian calamari and seaweed salad before being finished with traditional soy sauce and wasabi for some heat. It’s a dish that starts out so pretty, you’ll be hesitant to eat it. But try to move past that aesthetic appreciation because the flavor and freshness will not disappoint.

The rich, full-bodied flavor of the melted cheeses is a perfect match for the refreshing, smooth flavor of the tuna. An amazing combination of all the area has to offer.

It’s a dish that offers a little bite, but never distracts from the flavor of each individual ingredient. The tuna is on the menu as a starter, but once it reaches the table, you probably won’t feel like sharing.

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Culinary Character

RENEE SPADARO With Crave Food Truck, Renee Spadaro spreads positive vibes, a passion for healthy living, and, often, homemade hummus on each wrap. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Rob Futrell

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n a typical humid, Florida morning in front of Rembrandtz Art Gallery on King Street in downtown St. Augustine, as Andrés Guardiola slid open the window from inside the Crave Food Truck and waited (smiling patiently as he’s known to do) for customers to arrive, Renee Spadaro was frantically chopping fresh veggies like spinach, cabbage, and red peppers for the various wraps on offer, mixing up hummus and healthy dressings for salads, and racing to finish the prep work for the day’s menu. It was Crave’s first day in operation and the energy was positive (as always) but anxious. “It was really nerve wracking,” Renee remembers. “We were freaking out just a little bit.” If the anxiety of seeing if years of

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hard work and an investment of virtually all of her and Andrés' savings would pay off weren’t enough, minutes before Crave was set to open for business, their power supply failed. Renee and Andrés remained calm and, luckily, an electrician had them juiced up in less than twenty minutes. According to Renee, the rest of the day went by like a blur. “We were flooded with friends and family who came to see us on our first day,” she says. “I just remember being nervous, then working really hard, and then all the sudden the day was over.” Nearly four years later, as much as things have changed for Crave and its proprietors –Renee and Andrés since established two permanent locations and the couple www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

was married in March – they’ve stayed the same. Andrés still mans the window, greeting the food truck’s loyal customers with the same positive, chatty demeanor, while Renee handles the menu and the bulwark of prep. While Crave is praised by locals for its healthy, delicious offerings, a quick appraisal of the food truck’s Yelp reviews reveals that the business is nearly as well known for the cheerful air with which its owners carry themselves. “It’s really just the way we are,” Renee says. “We are just appreciative when people come to our place to eat. We love that they enjoy the food.” Renee is the mastermind behind Crave’s eclectic, salubrious menu. Although she


Crave’s is an entrepreneurial success story in its purest form: two dreamers with relatively humble ambitions turn an idea into an Ancient City stalwart. “We honestly did not think we would ever get to this point,” Renee says, reflecting on Crave’s success. “We thought we could only hope to be this little food truck. But here we are, growing still. We are so happy we decided to do this.”

has no formal culinary training, Renee spent years perfecting the recipes and techniques that would eventually make Crave so popular. Growing up in New York, Renee learned a lot about cooking from her Italian grandmother. The two spent most Sundays preparing sumptuous family meals and Renee carried that love of cooking with her as she moved from New York to Atlanta and then to St. Augustine. But as she saw her grandmother struggle with diabetes and other family members develop health issues, Renee started researching and experimenting with healthier recipes. “I fell in love with the healthy lifestyle," she says, "I loved how food could make you feel really good and change your whole mindset.” It was about this time that Renee met Andrés. The two were working together at the Casa Monica Hotel “doing banquets and wedding stuff,” Renee says. Andrés, who holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and has worked as a personal fitness trainer,

shared Renee's passion for healthy living. Renee, all the while, was fine-tuning her cooking techniques, challenging herself to rethink traditional recipes in favor of more healthful ones. It was unclear at this point, however, if Renee would be able to more fully combine her passion for healthy lifestyle choices and her actual lifestyle. “I was eating at the Present Moment Café and I was telling my friend about all the recipes I’d come up with,” Renee says. “She suggested I open a food truck. I came home and told Andrés about it. We just got really excited. We felt like we had a good idea and we were kind of over working for other people. We were ready to do our own thing.”

“We really wanted to make a place where the average person could go, have an introduction to healthy food, but not feel overwhelmed,” Renee says. “One of our main goals is to show that you can eat healthy and it’s still going to taste good.”

The couple poured their savings into the project. They purchased a truck from Georgia and equipped it with a full kitchen themselves. When they finally opened the doors, so to speak, at their temporary location on King Street, it was immediately clear that Renee and Andrés were fulfilling a need in the community.

“We try to only be positive and treat people well,” Renee says. “We are so thankful that people have been supportive of us. When you walk up to Crave, I think you can feel that. Everybody is happy to be there.”

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Crave was soon offered a permanent location in the Marina on Riberia Street. Since then Crave has expanded, while continuing to build relationships in the community by using products from local farmers, supporting other local entrepreneurs, and consistently treating its customer base with the gratitude and kindness they were shown on day one.

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Behind the Bar

BRIAN BATEMAN Mellow Mushroom bar manager Brian Bateman brings experience, beerknowledge, and an unflappable demeanor to the popular pizzeria’s Anastasia Island location. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Brian Miller

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hough it’s a nearly 50-yearold franchise with something like 140 locations across the U.S., people like bartender Brian Bateman allow each Mellow Mushroom to maintain a funky, community-specific flavor (no pun intended). The 46-year old Ocean City, Maryland transplant’s been a smiling face behind the Mellow bar since the Anastasia Island location’s grand opening nearly four years ago, slinging cocktails and pulling tasty pints from the pizzeria’s vast and locallyfocused selection of taps. Brian landed his first bartending job nearly two decades ago when he was a member of the University of Virginia Wesleyan's golf team. Needing a summer job to maintain his residence in the coastal vacation community of Virginia Beach, Brian's bar backing gig at a night clubstyle joint turned into a steady bartending job. Since then he’s been behind the bar off and on from Pittsburgh to Virginia until his arrival in St. Augustine 15 years ago. The experience at a high-volume establishments primed Brian for the large and eclectic crowds of revelers and diners that Mellow tends to pull in on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights he tends bar. “My strength has always been volume,” Brian says. “I’m able to handle a really crowded bar, efficiently and accurately.”

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“I’m kind of a ‘hop-head’ so I like to keep a lot of IPAs on tap,” Bateman explains. “Our menu can be overwhelming, but I’m really good at pointing people toward something new that fits their tastes or expands their understanding of beer. We have goses, sours, stouts, reds, porters, you name it,” he continues. “We also get a lot of rare and special beers from breweries like Funky Buddha and Cigar City.”

understanding of beer.” “We have goses, sours, stouts, reds, porters, you name it,” he continues. “We also get a lot of rare and special beers from breweries like Funky Buddha and Cigar City.” Though Mellow offers a variety of creative cocktails and a pretty righteous daily happy hour ($1 off drafts!), most of Brian's regulars – who hail from all over the city – come in looking to expand their hop-oriented pallets. In response to his customers' highdemand for variety, Brian has become a student of beer. “I’m kind of a ‘hop-head’ so I like to keep a lot of IPAs on tap,” Brian explains. “Our menu can be overwhelming, but I’m really good at pointing people toward something new that fits their tastes or expands their www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Aside from his shifts behind the bar, Brian serves as Mellow’s bar manager. With such a busy bar under his charge, Brian says he’s heavily dependent on his team of five bartenders. “It’s a great team and we are all interchangeable,” he says. “I’ve tended bar in places all over the country and this is the hands-down the best atmosphere I’ve ever worked in.” 410 Anastasia Boulevard www.mellowmushroom.com/store/saint-augustine


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Location 525 State Road 16, Unit 101 Claim to Fame Freshly baked bread, an eclectic menu Hours Monday-Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday: 11am-8pm

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THE PRESS Kevin and Simone Boose's recipe for success must have found the secret ingredient because fresh bread, house-made desserts, and an imaginative menu keep the crowds coming back. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Rob Futrell

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early a year and a half ago, Kevin and Simone Boose decided to abandon corporate America and return to their culinary roots. Kevin had managed restaurants and worked as a chef for most of his life, so the departure wasn’t entirely out of the blue. He had always been intrigued by the food world and after high school had even applied to the Culinary Institute of America. Opening his own restaurant was a natural next step.

table is already full and it stays that way. Professionals hurry in for a quick lunch, groups of friends linger over their appetizers, couples on vacation sit at the bar and chat.

Pinning down The Press as far as food inspiration is no mean feat. The couple knew that appealing to a large audience was important in insuring a restaurant’s success, so the menu boasts everything from the Asian and Mediterranean-inspired to more traditional American fare.

Despite already nearing our limit on delicious cuisine (even with one thing on our plates), no one could resist digging into the cleverly named Cuffed & Stuffed Burger ($13), a cheat day favorite topped with bacon, onion rings, and chipotle mayo.

When we wander through the door in the early afternoon, nearly every

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The Mediterranean Flatbread ($11) made it first to our plates, a dish we were surprised to find was vegetarian. Their housemade dough is topped with generous portions of marinated roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, then garnished with a balsamic cucumber salad.

The meal then took a left turn into the dinner menu and the Roasted Rosemary Pork Tenderloin ($16), clear evidence of www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Kevin’s culinary experience. The cabernet demi-glace finished tenderloin is bursting with flavor and served on on top of garlic mashed potatoes and the vegetable du jour. Just in case the veritable cornucopia of delicious dishes doesn’t overwhelm you, dessert is a can’t-miss. The White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($5.50) – saturated with caramel sauce and créme anglaise and topped with whipped cream – will tempt you to lick the plate. Though that’s probably frowned on. If you do end up licking the plate, it’s perfectly understandable. This St. Augustine gem will quickly become your date night, lunchtime, guests-are-in-townand-we-don’t-know-where-to-eat essential. 525 State Road 16, Unit 101 www.thepressstaugustine.com


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FAMILY FRIENDLY PIZZA JOINT FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE HANDTOSSED, OVEN BAKED PIZZAS ALONG WITH BURGERS, SALADS, HOAGIES AND A FULL BAR.

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CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Pizza, Gluten Free

SETTING: Family friendly,

fun environment, outdoor dining patios

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ENTERTAINMENT:

Live entertainment on various nights KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Just

over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island

STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Bruschetta, Pretzel Bites, Mushroom Soup, Stuffed Portobello, Capri Salad, Pretzel Bites Fresh Mellow dough - baked to golden brown - Baste with garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan Served with beer cheese and a side of red sauce. CHEF SPECIALTIES

PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: 2-for-1

Happy Hour daily from 3pm to 6:30pm.

410 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY 11AM TO 12AM THURSDAY - SATURDAY 11AM TO 1AM (904) 826-4040

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Thai Dye Pizza Olive oil & garlic base, all natural grilled curry chicken, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, onions. Topped with fresh basil, cucumbers, & a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce. Kosmic Karma Pizza Red Sauce base pizza with Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Feta, Roma Tomatoes, and a Pesto swirl Veggie Supreme Calzone: Roma Tomatoes, Spinach, Mushrooms, and Seasoned Ricotta Cheese. Mushroom Club Hoagie Ham, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Provolone, Caramelized Onions, and Grilled Mushrooms. Enlightened Spinach Salad Fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, homemade candied pecans, and feta cheese. Philosopher's Pie Olive Oil and Garlic base pizza with grilled Steak, Portobello Mushrooms, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Provolone, Feta, and Mozzarella Cheese.

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Gator Tail, Crab Cakes, Ahi Tuna Stcks, Catfish Fingers CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp & Grits Sautéed shrimp served over cheddar cheese grits, topped with bacon and mushroom country gravy Baby Back Ribs Slow smoked and glazed with our homemade Southern Comfort barbeque sauce North Beach Chicken Twin breasts basted with our homemade Southern Comfort barbeque sauce, topped with ham, provolone, shredded cheddar, and tomatoes

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Southern Fare, Local Seafood

SETTING: Intracoastal Water

View, Outdoor Seating ENTERTAINMENT:

Live Music

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: North of

11AM-9PM MONDAY- SUNDAY

Vilano Beach

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

612 EUCLID AVE. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 829-1105

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Baby Gem Salad with black pepper buttermilk dressing, shaved Parmesan, and marinated tomatoes Sautees Local Shrimp with basque piperade and chorizo in cast iron skillet Goat Cheese Terrine with olives, pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes CHEF’S SPECIALTIES

Braised Beef Short Ribs with yucca mofongo and roasted baby carrots in savory broth Seared Sea Scallops with carrot ginger puree, crispy Brussels sprouts, preserved lemon brown butter

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Spanish Tapas, Seafood Gluten Free, Low Carb SETTING: Historic District,

Outdoor Dining

ENTERTAINMENT: Live

Music on Sundays KID'S MENU: Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown SUN-THURS: 5PM-9PM FRI-SAT: 5PM - 10:30PM 25 CUNA STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 810-2400

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Street, Self-Parking

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La Cocina is an approved caterer at several local venues. Call about our catering menus for weddings, corporate events and parties.

ON THE MENU STARTERS

Baked Brie, Seafood Crepes, Ostrich Steak, Spanish Octopus over Chorizo Ragu CHEF SPECIALTIES

FINE DINING • CATERING

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

International Cuisine with a Latin flair

Rack of Lamb New Zealand Lamb Rack, Rosemary Mint Demi Glace, whipped potatoes, and vegetables. Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon Lemon basil cream sauce, sautéed Kale, and whipped Potatoes.

SETTING: Located at the

Castillo Real Hotel KID'S MENU: Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD:

St. Augustine Beach RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking

CATERING: Yes

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Seafood Paella Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Scallops and Green Peas in Tomato Saffron Rice. 8AM-9PM* MONDAY- SUNDAY 530 A1A BEACH BOULEVARD (904) 461-8288 *Please refer to website for complete hours of operation. Closed inbetween dining shifts.

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Fritto Misto, Grilled Octopus, Special Recipe Meatballs, Tre Mozzarelle CHEF SPECIALTIES

Tagliatelle Boscaiola Housemade pasta, pancetta, porcini mushrooms, plum tomato sugo & cream

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Modern Italian Dining SETTING: Beautiful

restaurant with patio dining SPECIALS: Monthly

Community Table and Wine Dinners KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Sea

Grove, St. Augustine Beach RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Large parking lot

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Pappardelle Cernia Local grouper ragù, housemade pappardelle pasta, citrus gremolata Double Pork Chop Fontina & prosciutto stuffed pork chop served with roasted cauliflower & asparagus MONDAY - SATURDAY LUNCH 11AM - 2:30PM, DINNER 4-9PM, 4-10PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY 134 SEA GROVE MAIN STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080

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'N Grits Florida shrimp, grilled fresh catch or tofu over panseared cheesy polenta cakes, topped with seasonal salsa and house made herbed ricotta cheese, served with sautéed seasonal veggies Brisket Posole Slow-smoked beef brisket, simmered in a roasted tomato, black eyed pea and pepper stew. Served over creamy stone-ground grits and topped with a fried egg and green tomato relish N Waffles Slow-smoked BBQ pulled pork served with our crunchy cornmeal waffles. Topped with bourbon-brown sugar glazed fruit, local honey, buttermilk ricotta, and candied pecans 11 AM-9PM: SU,M,W,TH 11AM-10PM: F,S 72 SPANISH STREET (904) 829-0655

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Innovative Southern, Plentiful Gluten Free options

SETTING: Casual Old

South meets funky Florida vibes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine PARKING: Self-Parking,

Street

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Seared Rare Blackened Tuna, Home-Made Blue Cheese Chips, Tender Fried Calamari, Ragtime Shrimp, Blue Crab & Artichoke Dip CHEF SPECIALTIES

Grilled Seafood Paella Split Lobster Tail, Fresh Fish, Shrimp, Chicken, Calamari, Mussels, & Chorizo Simmered in a Savory Saffron Court-Bouillon Lobster and Shrimp Tacos Crisp Blue Corn Tortillas, Wrapped in Soft Flour Tortillas with Pepper Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce & a Lemon-Lobster Citrus Sauce

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Made from Scratch Menu and Fresh Seafood SETTING: Historic District overlooking the bayfront SPECIALS: Fresh Fish

Specials Daily

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Downtown

RESERVATIONS: Yes CATERING: Yes

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Pictured here: Rising Sun Smoothie & Charlie Chicken Wrap

ON THE MENU CHEF SPECIALTIES TUSCAN SUN SALAD

Kale, romaine, carrots, cabbage, sundried tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, goat cheese, candied nuts, sweet potato hummus, honey dijon dressing SUPERFOOD SALAD

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Wraps, salads, smoothies SETTING:

Waterfront food truck, covered outdoor seating, to-go orders SPECIALS:

All Specials are Locally & Seasonally Inspired NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown, Lincolnville and St. Augustine Beach PARKING OPTIONS:

Plenty of self-parking!

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Trio of greens, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, red peppers, goji berries, scallions, hummus, yeast dressing TERMINATOR WRAP

Spinach, romaine, carrots, cabbage, sundried tomatoes, candied pecans, black beans, goat cheese, chicken, peanut dressing

MONDAY - SATURDAY 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM 134 RIBERIA STREET (904) 293-6373 647 A1A BEACH BLVD (904) 827-3199

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Homemade onion rings, Blue Crab Bites, Smokin' Fish Dip, Oysters Castillo and Florida Gator Tail CHEF SPECIALTIES

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Southern Sytle Seafood and a whole lot more SETTING: Casual family

restaurant with a full bar KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS: Onsite

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Shrimp....So Many Ways Fried, Coconut, Stuffed, Blackened, Grilled, Matanzas, Steamed Salmon Sensation Seasoned with a zesty sauce of sun-dried tomatoes and topped with feta cheese, served with 2 sides. Hickory Crusted Pork Ribeye Flame grilled 8 oz pork ribeye coated with a savory hickory rub, served with 2 sides and roasted garlic bread brushed with herb butter OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM - 9:00PM 14 W. CASTILLO DRIVE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-3663


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ON THE MENU STARTERS

Black Bean Hummus, Jerk Chicken Nachos, Cajun Shrimp and Black Bean Quesadilla, Three-Bean Chili and Chips

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CHEF SPECIALTIES WET BURRITO

A fully loaded black bean, rice, and veggie burrito smothered in a mild chili sauce and cheese CUBAN SANDWICH

Sweet smoked ham and roasted pork shoulder with swiss cheese, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. pressed on a hoagie roll SHRIMP CURRY SALAD

Cajun grilled shrimp over romaine, red cabbage and carrots, tomatoes, marinated cucumbers, toasted coconut, cashews, house made croutons, coconut curry dressing 11AM-9PM DAILY 40 OLD SOUTH DIXIE HWY ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-0227

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Vegetarian and Vegan options SETTING:

Casual

SPECIALS:

Tostada Tuesdays and Daily Happy Hour, Wine Down Wednesdays: 50% off wine bottles starting at 4pm. NEIGHBORHOOD:

Old South Dixie

PARKING OPTIONS:

Plenty of self-parking!

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ON THE MENU STARTERS

Fried Gator, Steamed Clams, Conch Fritters, Minorcan Conch Chowder, Caribbean Chop Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Sunset Shrimp Tacos Local shrimp lightly fried and tossed in our sweet & spicy sunset sauce. Marley Burger Char grilled, seasoned with a blend of Caribbean spices, fried onions and jalapenos. Datil Pepper Shrimp & Grits Local shrimp sauteed with bacon, garlic and scallions. Caribbean Jerk Chicken Marinated boneless chicken breasts served with Caribbean rice, steamed broccoli and fried plantains. SUNDAY - THURSDAY: 11 - 9 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11 - 10PM 254 VILANO ROAD

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Seafood, gluten free options

SETTING: Toes in the sand,

Caribbean, Sunset view, live music SPECIALS: Football

Specials, Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-7pm KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Vilano

Beach

PET FRIENDLY: Yes

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ON THE MENU SIDES

Fries and Tots Fried Pickles, Beer-Battered Onion Rings, Totchos, Truffle Parmesan Fries

CHEF SPECIALTIES M BURGER

Simple and Classic - American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Shack Sauce SUNRISE BURGER

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Fresh casual, from scratch kitchen, gourmet milkshakes SETTING:

Family friendly, full bar SPECIALS:

Monday-Friday 3-6, 9-cl $2 off select draft, $2 off house wine Saturday $4 well cocktails NEIGHBORHOOD:

Nocatee

PARKING OPTIONS:

Private lot

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American Cheese, Bacon, Shack Sauce, topped with a Sunny Side Egg INSANITY BURGER

Two signature Beef Patties in between two Grilled Cheese Sandwiches SUPER KALE SALAD

Local Kale, Apple, Avocado, Raisins, Candied Pecans, Sesame Seeds, House-made Garlic Ginger Dressing MONDAY - THURSDAY 11AM-9 PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY 11AM - 10PM SUNDAY CLOSED 641 CROSSWATER PKWY PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL 32081 (904) 395-3575

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