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CELEBRATING LIFE & STYLE IN ST. AUGUSTINE

APRIL MAY 2016

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HOME Experts ST. AUGUSTINE

Meet an Environmental Consultant, Artists, Realtors, Kitchen Contractors, a Gardener and Interior Designers. These are the people who make living in St. Augustine something to love.

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An Artist's Touch

Thomas Long's works of art take master-like focus and skill, but this glass blower knows how to have a little fun at the workplace too.

The Alexander Cottage

Display until May 31, 2016

Tucked away in the shadow of the Lighthouse, the Alexander family turned a dark, dreary bungalow into a spacious dream cottage.


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h Spring. You put such a pep in my step. Warmer temperatures. Daylight savings time. Fresh flowers. All things this Florida girl loves. Making this issue was the most fun I've had in a while. I got to frolic in a cabbage field, watch a glass blowing artist at work, taste the most delicious Bananas Foster ever, and finally meet 'Punch Jones.' You are holding our annual Home Issue purposely placed at this special time of year when we get out of our winter slums and get working on our spaces. Following the theme, we've picked a handful of interesting local stories all relative to homes in St. Augustine, in an offbeat kind of way. Read up on The Arc of St. Johns and their housing program we bet you didn't know about. Meet Shelby of Dog Days Gardens (she can help you learn to compost and plant that garden you always talk about). Or Heidi of Punch Jones (no her name is not 'Punch') featured on 72. She's the spitfire decorator and shop owner behind Punch Jones, that gas station turned design shop located just east of the Bridge of Lions you've always wondered about. That woman can turn your home into a designer's masterpiece with some attitude and quirk, no doubt. This town is made up of some seriously cool people and that's why I love living here. There's something to learn on every page in this issue, but pay special attention to The Home Experts on page 36. That's your go-to resource for your next home project featuring the local professionals you will want to know and call upon when it comes time to move, redesign, or renovate your space. Cheers to my favorite time of year in St. Augustine and thank you for welcoming St. Augustine Social into your home.

<< This is the furthest into the woods I've ever been in my life. I sent this selfie to Andrew on the day of the shoot for proof that I can hang in the woods. Or at least, hold a flash in the woods.

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TREE BLVD. & SR 312

Among the busyness of the Cobblestone Village sits this locally-loved plaza intersection.

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LOOKING BACK

Learn just how many paint colors home owners in the downtown historic districts are allowed to choose from – and why.

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PATIO FINDS

Get ready for spring and summer nights under the stars with these locally-shopped outdoor essentials.

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THE ALEXANDER COTTAGE Transformed at the hands of their family, this couple can see the Lighthouse from their master suite.

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RYAN CARTER

Meet the man who relocates wildlife so that St. Augustine's newest homes can be developed.

SECRET SPOTS

We rounded up our favorite hush-hush restaurants around St. Augustine to help you answer the dreaded "what's for dinner?"

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With three boys under the age of four, it's play time all the time for the Conrads. They love to stay active at one of The Oldest City's family-friendly parks.

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Living LERA LYNN St. Augustine Amphitheatre Sunday April 10, 2016, 6pm

Nashville singer-songwriter Lera Lynn will be taking the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this April. A mix of Indie rock, alt country and experimental 'pop-niore,' Lynn’s set will undoubtedly resonate with St. Augustine’s music-loving crowd. Following the release of her most recent album “Resistor,” Lynn will travel the Southeast, with the Amphitheater as her second stop in April, before skipping across the pond to play the United Kingdom tour circuit. Listen for her most loved songs “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” and “My Least Favorite Life” from the HBO Series "True Detective," in addition to new singles like “Shape Shifter” and her take on Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Following Lynn’s performance at the Amphitheatre is Israel Nash, a selfproclaimed 'desert folklore' musician with a cool kid sound. If you’re a fan of Neil Young, put this show on your calendar. 1340C A1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

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Calendar of Events

THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING APRIL AND MAY RHYTHM AND RIBS FESTIVAL Francis Field April 1, 2, & 3, All Day Frances Field will be packed with national BBQ champions, including our very own Smokin D’s BBQ - last year's BBQ champion, and major musical performances by Ivey West Band and The Marshall Tucker Band to name a few. Voted St. Augustine’s Best Festival for 2015, come out and support a great cause in their 21st year. Admission is $10 Friday and Saturday nights, $5 until 5pm Saturday and all day Sunday. Festival days and times: Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm Sometimes a name says it all! 29 W. Castillo Drive www.rhythmnandribs.net

THE 39 STEPS

Limelight Theatre April 15 - May 8, 7:30pm or 2pm Sunday Matinees

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, and add a dash of Monty Python — this whodunit will keep you on your toes and roaring in your seat! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! PG-13 audiences only, please.

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FIRST FRIDAY GARDEN WALKS

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park April 1, 10am and May 6, 10am

Take a guided tour of the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, provided the first Friday each month. Led by a park ranger and lasting approximately 45 minutes, you will be transported to the 1930s when the gardens were a private winter retreat for a former Chairman of the Board of the General Electric Co. Included in the tour is the majestic Washington Oak, estimated to be between 200-300 years old. Cost is $5 per car. Weather permitting. When in doubt give them a call at: 386-446-6783 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. • www.floridastateparks.org

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BILLY CURRINGTON WITH GUEST KELSEA BALLERINI St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 15, 7:30pm A well-respected songwriter and compelling vocalist, Billy Currington has developed a reputation as a maverick, an artist who follows his own instincts and is keenly tuned into his audience. His songs are relatable and his live shows have the feel of a friendly family reunion that turns into a raucous party. He knows how to give the crowd what they want and then amplifies the energy, a feat that will be readily on display throughout 2016 as he hits the road on his Summer Forever Tour. Currington has scored nine No. 1 singles, including such memorable hits as “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” and “We Are Tonight.” Over the years, the self-effacing Georgia boy has amassed an impressive list of accolades. 1340C A1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

RITA WILSON Ponte Vedra Concert Hall April 15, 8pm Musician, actress and producer Rita Wilson has announced her second studio album – self-titled "Rita Wilson," a collection of original songs that she co-wrote – and a headline Spring 2016 tour featuring material from the album. The tour will begin in March and cross more than 20 cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Ponte Vedra Beach. Although Wilson is well-known as an actress ("It’s Complicated," "Sleepless in Seattle," recurring roles on CBS’ "The Good Wife," HBO’s Golden Globe winning series: "Girls," recently starring in Larry David’s sold out Broadway hit: "Fish In The Dark") as well as film producer (discovered "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Mamma Mia!"), few may be aware that her early show biz ambitions were actually musical. 1050 A1A North www.pvconcerthall.com

FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO

OYSTER JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL Metropolitan Park & Marina April 16 & 17, All Day The Oyster Jam is a huge down-home oyster roast and music festival with over 15 bands rocking the St. Johns River. Jacksonville’s first ever Oyster Cook-Off offers locals and area restaurants a chance to showcase their best Oyster creations. Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Admission is $12, free for children and includes admission into Southeast US Boat Show. 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd. www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com

St. Johns County Agricultural Center April 16-17, 9am - 5pm and 10am - 4pm A popular event in NE Florida, the Flower and Garden Expo will delight gardeners of all ages with growers, nurseries and artisans from around the state offering shoppers every item to make your garden all it can be! This year’s show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, anthuriums, bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants and more plus gardening accessories and art. 3125 Agricultural Center Drive www.epicbh.org/flowerandgardenexpo

BETTY GRIFFIN HOUSE 5K St, Augustine Beach Pier April 16, 6:30am In 2015, the Betty Griffin House 5K Run & Walk drew 565 runners and walkers and raised over $27,000. All proceeds raised are used to help end domestic and sexual violence. Betty Griffin House is the only center in St. Johns County that has provided free services to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse for the past 24 years. Last year, Betty Griffin House received more than 1,900 calls to the crisis hotline and accompanied 30 survivors during the forensic rape exam. The primary purpose of the agency is to provide holistic services that directly relate to the victims’ experience of abuse which will increase safety and security for both the victim and the family. Sign up at the website below! St. Augustine Beach Pier • www.bettygriffinhouse5k.org

MINDSPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL St. Johns County Fairgrounds April 16, 10am The inaugural MindSpring Music Festival will feature over 50 live bands and DJs playing an array of musical styles. From rock to reggae, funk to punk, Americana, and more, this ambitious music festival will include food and beverage vendors with an array of locally created merchandise. Primitive camping is allowed to enhance the true music festival vibe. 5840 State Road 207 www.mmfest.com

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REGULAR EVENTS 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 8:00 am to 12:30 pm 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 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 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. 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

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RASCAL FLATTS WITH SPECIAL GUEST JANA KRAMER St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 22, 8pm The best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, Rascal Flatts has sold more than 22.5 million albums, scored 14 No. 1 singles, sold over 28 million digital downloads and earned more than 40 industry accolades, including six consecutive wins as the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year. One listen to "Rewind" and it’s obvious they’ve learned from years in the studio and on the road and have created a landmark album in an already impressive career. Jana Kramer's sophomore album, "Thirty-One," was released in October 2015, and included a duet with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, "Bullet." The album was preceded by two singles, "Love" and "I Got the Boy," the latter cracking Billboard's Country Top 30. 1340C A1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 23, 11am - 5pm The Taste of St. Augustine highlights the culinary heritage and culture of St. Johns County by showcasing new restaurants and established favorites. As you pay your $5 admission (children admitted free and free parking), you will receive a map which indicates the participating restaurants, their location and the dishes they are serving. In addition to local restaurants, local breweries and wineries also participate. You can sit at tables located throughout out the Amphitheatre or sit in the Amphitheatre seats and enjoy the live music festival. You are also encouraged to vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice Award.” Restaurants will also be vying for the coveted TOStA (A Taste of St. Augustine) Awards, judged by a panel of culinary instructors. 1340C A1A South www.epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine

CANADA’S BALLET JORGEN: SLEEPING BEAUTY Lewis Auditorium - Flagler College April 23, 7:30pm - 9pm Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor, and beauty, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen was formed in 1987 by Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie, is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire comprised exclusively of original works. For almost 30 years, the organization has worked to make ballet relevant and comfortable. You’ve never seen Sleeping Beauty like this before. 14 Granada Street www.emmaconcerts.com

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EARTH DAY Washington Oaks Gardens State Park April 23, 10am - 4pm The 27th annual Earth Day festival is sponsored by The Friends of Washington Oaks and celebrates with live music, food, vendors, educational walks, children’s activities, and drawings to name a few. The cost is just $5 per vehicle, so take this chance to welcome springtime at this national treasure. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. www.floridastateparks.org

FEEL THE WHEELS St. Augustine Outlets April 23, 10am- 4pm Bring your little ones and their big imaginations to the Outlet Mall parking lot, next to Bozard Ford, on Saturday the 23rd to experience some seriously cool big boy toys. They’ll be allowed to climb-in, climb-on, and have hands-on fun with fire trucks, monster trucks, cars, boats, and more! The cost is $5 for kids ages 2 and up. Adults are FREE, finally! Proceeds support tag! Children’s Museum of St.. Augustine. 500 Outlets Blvd. www.tagmuseum.org

CULINARY TOUR FUNDRAISER La Cocina International Restaurant May 7, 6:30pm - 9pm The Vienrich Allstate Agency presents an evening of music and celebration with La Cocina Restaurant in support of Home Again St. Johns. Let the music and flavors take you to "A Trip to Mexico" during a five course dinner paired with rich wines from Chile. There will be four events hosted throughout the year to benefit local charities. Seats are limited. Pre-purchase tickets online. 530 A1A Beach Blvd. www.culinarytourstaug.com/w


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TILLY THE TRICKSTER

Limelight Theatre Saturdays in April, 11am

Molly Shannon has created numerous unforgettable characters on Saturday Night Live and in movies such as SUPERSTAR and NEVER BEEN KISSED and now introduces young readers to her latest hilarious creation, TILLY THE TRICKSTER. Tilly is a mischievous girl who loves nothing more than causing a little trouble. From leaking cups to toothpaste-flavored cookies, Tilly has a trick for everyone: her mom, dad, brother, classmates, and even her teacher. But when the tables are turned and her family does some scheming of its own, will Tilly decide to change her trickster ways?

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GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL Colonial Quarter April 29, 30, & May 1 This three day event features national, regional, and local musicians. The 21st annual festival celebrates the life of Gamble Rogers – an artist the Atlanta Constitution called “an American treasure worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian.” For additional information visit the website below. 33 Saint George Street www.gamblerogersfest.org

ALABAMA SHAKES WITH DYLAN LEBLANC

GIPSY KINGS FEATURING NICOLAS REYES AND TONINO BALIARDO

St. Augustine Amphitheatre April 30, 8pm Sound & color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. As they prepare to return to the road, what shines through is a sense of pride and self-assuredness — feelings not often associated with the always-tricky sophomore album. Dylan LeBlanc knows second chances don’t come around often. But, neither do voices like his. Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. 1340C A1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 1, 7pm Now bringing the party back to the United States, The Gipsy Kings will raise the roof with dance-ready furor, returning to their groundbreaking eponymous album and the nomadic spirit that has led them to their latest, "Savor Flamenco" – giving audiences the 'deep shout at the heart of our community'. 1340CA1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

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For The Kids! Music for Minis

May

WILSON PHILLIPS WITH JACKSONVILLE'S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 28, 8pm With five studio albums under their belt and their impressive pedigree as the daughters of two legendary groups: The Mamas and Papas, and The Beach Boys, respectfully, Wilson Phillip’s harmony-rich sound still sets them one notch above the rest. The Jacksonville Symphony, founded in 1949, is a leading cultural establishment in northeast Florida. Since then, the Symphony has performed with a variety of talented musicians, ranging from The Beach Boys and singer Audra McDonald to renowned violinist Joshua Bell. With every note played and sung, the Symphony strives to perform stimulating music in a variety of different styles and settings to inspire its community. 1340C A1A South • www.staugamphitheatre.com

MOTHER’S DAY VITTLES AND VINO VIP CARRIAGE TOUR The Tasting Tours May 6, 7, & 8, 1pm-4pm Step aboard an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage and meander the streets in true southern comfort as you TASTE and SIP through St. Augustine’s historic district with award winning restaurants, boutique wines and inspiring scenery. This group tour experience requires a 6 person minimum. 21 and up, please bring a valid ID. Eat, drink, and experience Mother’s Day as you TASTE your way through St. Augustine. www.thetastingtours.com

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JUST TRI IT! 2016 KIDS TRIATHLON Solomon Calhoun Center May 15, 8am Join the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department for the 2016 Kids Triathlon on May 15, at 8am at the Solomon Calhoun Center! Children ages 5-14 can join in the fun and JUST TRI IT! This is a non-competitive event giving everyone the chance to participate in a Triathlon. Full details and sign up online under Parks & Recreation at: 904-209-0655 1300 Duval Street www.co.st-johns.fl.us

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Limelight Theatre Every Monday and Friday, 10:30am, 11:45am Music for Minis is a music class for babies and children up to 5 years old including songs, dancing, instruments, manipulatives, ASL and more! The cost is $10 per child. For more information and announcements "like" their facebook page at the link below. 11 Old Mission Avenue www.facebook.com/ musicmastersstudios

Toddler Story Time

St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch Every Thursday, 11am, 11:30am Let your littles explore the library and be captivated by creative storytelling. Toddler storytime is held in the large meeting room at Main Library. Join Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia for singing, dancing and great stories. Toddler storytime is aimed at children ages 1-3, but all are welcome to come and join in the fun. www.sjcpls.org 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Open Gym Time

Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-11am Bring your boys and girls for play time and exercise in a safe environment at Ancient City martial Arts at Palencia. Obstacles, slides and toys galore! $5 per child. (904) 806-3128 7440 US Highway 1 North Suite 104

Toddler Jump Time

Rebounderz of Jacksonville Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am A special time where Rebounderz opens for only the littles (children ages 5 and under). Not available during summer break. $8 per child. www.rebounderzjacksonville.com 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville


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SALT-N-PEPA AND KID ‘N PLAY WITH ROB BASE, COOLIO, TONE LOC AND COLOR ME BADD St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 21, 7pm They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-NPepa. Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe Salt-N-Pepa. Rob Base from Harlem, New York (born Robert Ginyard May 18, 1967) first began performing with a group called the Sure Shot Seven while in fifth grade. By the time of high school graduation, being only one of the members left in the group, Rob continued to work on becoming a Platinum artist. Coolio, there’s not much more to say. TONE LOC soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song "Wild Thing" (using a sample from Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin'") a massive hit winning countless other awards. "Color Me Badd" has 3 number 1 singles and 17 top 20 singles. "Color Me Badd’s" hit singles included "I Adore Mi Amor," "All 4 Love,” "Thinkin' Back," and "Slow Motion." 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugamphitheatre.com

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14-15 BALLET OF PETER PAN

Photo by Zach Thomas, Monarch Studio

WOMEN OF VISION - POWER OF THE PURSE Ponce de Leon Hall May 12, 10am The Women of Vision Advisory Board of Flagler College will be holding its second annual Power of the Purse® luncheon to raise funds for scholarships and educational opportunities for deserving female students on Thursday, May 12. The event will take place in the college’s historic Ponce de Leon Hall and is expected to draw a crowd of more than 300 women. It will include a silent auction of beautiful and unique purses and an inspirational keynote address. This year’s speaker will be author Prissy Elrod, a professional speaker, artist and humorist and the author of “Far Outside the Ordinary.” 74 King Street www.flagler.edu/wov

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Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College May 14 & 15, 2pm & 7:30pm The St. Augustine Ballet is excited to present the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, featuring the talent of forty local dancers and twnety area schools. With local pirates and ballet performers, The Ballet of Peter Pan will feature all the characters we know and love with music to delight. A must see performance for all ages. Visit the website below to purchase tickets before they are gone.

14 Granada Street • www.saintaugustineballet.com

ROMANZA FESTIVAL St. Augustine May 6-15 Join us in St. Augustine from May 6-15, 2016 for a celebration of art and music in America’s Most Romantic City featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are free and admission is required for the others. For the full schedule, go to www.romanzafestivale.com

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STYX WITH SPECIAL GUESTS .38 SPECIAL AND THE OUTLAWS St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 14, 7pm The six men comprising Styx have committed to “Rockin’ the Paradise” together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year, with each member dedicated to making the next show better than the last. After more than three decades together; Jacksonville’s own .38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. Now The Outlaws return with new


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CANTUS Cathedral Basilica May 12, 7:30pm Cantus, a nationally known vocal ensemble from Minnesota, features the sounds of nine male singers. The group will perform at 7:30pm. The title of the program is The Four Loves. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students with ID, $5 for children 12 and younger (must be accompanied by adult). For more information visit the Romanza Festivale Website.

38 Cathedral Place • www.romanzafestivale.com/the-four-loves

music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. 1340C A1A South www.staugamphitheatre.com

SURF STATION SURF CAMP Crescent Beach May 30 - August 12 Beginning May 30th and ending August 8th, The Surf Stations Surf Camps are typically held on Crescent Beach and run weekly Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is reserved as a weather day. Half Day camps are 9am - 12pm and $175 for the week. Full Day camps are 9am - 2:30 pm and $245 for the week. All equipment is supplied and more details and sign up at: 1020 Anastasia Blvd. / 6880 A1A South www.surfstationsurfschool.co

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL Cathedral Basillica June 16-18 and June 23-25 Join us in 2016 for the Tenth Anniversary series of concerts in the historic Cathedral Basilica. We will unveil a new piece written just for the St. Augustine Music Festival’s tenth birthday. Our series of six concerts will be June 16-18 and June 23-25, 2016. Concerts start at 7:30pm, and are free – no ticket is required. St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary made 2015 a year of inspiration and celebration for the St. Augustine Music Festival. We presented special concert programs illuminating the Oldest City’s cultural heritage, including the world premiere of a composition commissioned for the occasion. 38 Cathedral Place www.staugustinemusicfestival.org

PIT SURF SHOP SUMMER SURF CAMP 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.

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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. 18 A Street www.thepitsurfshop.com

ST. AUGUSTINE YOUTH SERVICES 17TH ANNUAL INSHORE FISHING TOURNAMENT St. Augustine Boating Club June 11, Safe Light, 11am - 4pm The tournament begins at “safe light” and the weigh in is from 11am – 4pm at the St. Augustine Boating Club, 611 Boating Club Road in Vilano Beach. The mandatory Captain’s meeting will be on Friday, June 10, from 5-8pm at the St. Augustine Boating Club. First, second, and third place cash prizes and trophies go to fishermen for redfish, flounder, and trout. The cost to enter is $30 per angler. 611 Boating Club Road www.sayskids.org

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TREE BLVD

Among the busyness of the 312 corridor is Cobblestone Village and their neighbors to the north. Both home to many local favorites. Pop over for lunch or schedule an afternoon appointment of pampering. This little corner of St. Augustine is chalk full of places worthy of taking note.

Lakeside Ave

Tree Blvd.

THE HYPPO CAFE

SIGNS NOW ST. AUGUSTINE

Pops, juices, joe, sammies, sweets, & freedom - The Hyppo Cafe is located at The Hyppo Headquarters. Up front they feature gourmet sandwiches and salads, Bold Bean coffees and espresso, tea, fresh squeezed orange juice, agave sodas, baked goods, confections, and fresh homemade ice pops.

Tucked back off SR 312, Signs Now of St. Augustine delivers professional modern signage for retail, event promotion, construction, and businesses in St. Johns County. From full or partial vinyl vehicle wraps, to branded promotional products and graphics, the experienced owner and staff will make your vision reality.

1765 Tree Blvd. #5 www.thehyppo.com

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AERIEL ATHLETE Learn to invert, dance, and hold yoga poses, all while floating above the ground, with the support of aerial fabrics. Founders of Aerial Athlete, Laura Atkins and Krystyn Tsagarakis are committed to helping everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regardless of age or size â&#x20AC;&#x201D; practice the art of dancing in the air.

1711 Lakeside Avenue www.signsnowstaug.com

Cobblestone Village

1701 Lakeside Avenue, Unit 1 www.aerialathlete.com PEACE LOVE HOME

FACIAL REJUVENATION CENTRE

Known for coastal design that is original, elegant and comfortable, Peace Love Home has an impressive and ever changing selection of furniture, lamps, rugs, and accessories. On staff interior decorators and style specialists will help you create a cozy nook, master suite, or design and furnish your entire residence.

Dr. Deirdre Leake of the Facial Rejuvenation Centre performs both surgical and non-surgical procedures from facelifts to Botox and everything in between. She is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon.

1750 Tree Blvd., Suite 10 www.frcentre.com

400 CBL Drive, Suite 101 www.peacelovehome.net

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Roundup

HOME STORES Discover The Oldest City’s most-loved treasures by popping into these local antique shops. Snag oneof-a-kind decor of and make your home shine. By Linzy Mara EVERYTHING COOL HOME DECOR Prepare to empty your pockets on the coolest vintage finds when visiting this adorable boutique. Showcasing the most unique items, this store is sure to satisfy all of your sculpture and lampshade cravings. 90 South Dixie Highway THE PAINTED LADY Step into a brick walled atmosphere with dainty chandeliers to scope out the perfect antiques for your home. From rustic mirrors to handprinted glassware, this shop has it all. 72 San Marco Avenue THE HANDCRAFTED LIFE Looking for one of a kind items for your shore home? Add this beachy gift shop to your list. Score on amazing designs and art made by locals. 900 Anastasia Blvd. A STEP BACK IN TIME Browse through rooms full of eclectic furniture and historic home decor at this adorable uptown location. Be sure to check out their antique clocks and pottery. 66 San Marco Avenue

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TAYLOR FINDS TREASURE The search is always on for the sales manager and buyer at dhd Home. Taylor Hilaman, a 2012 Florida State grad, hunts for treasures “in the wild.” This means finding rare antiques and vintage collectibles in unexpected places: beneath years of dust in warehouses, long forgotten in storage units, or haggled over at swap meets, yard sales, estate sales and antique dealer gatherings. Interview by Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Rob Futrell How did this ‘addiction to the hunt’ get started? The first time I went to market, I was hooked. When I found my first Bitossi ashtray, I got really excited. I fell in love with their glazes and made it my mission to find pieces of it wherever I could. I’ve always loved antiques, art and history. This blends all that together perfectly. Every antique is an individual piece of art, because of the limited quantities. Are you the youngest ‘kid on the block’ in this business? Definitely. I think it benefits me to be the youngest sometimes. They

don’t take me seriously at first. I get better deals because they don’t think I could possibly know the value of these things so they don’t jack up the prices. Where do you find the best stuff? Everywhere. I’ve even got relatives around the country sending me things they found while thrifting. You never expect to find something amazing until suddenly you dust it off and there it is. A collector’s item. 56 San Marco Avenue www.debihanksdesign.com

Does your idea of camping involve air conditioning and fresh linens? Fancy Camps offers luxury “glamping” accommodations at three partner sites on the Gulf Coast – Topsail State Park, Grayton Beach State Park and St. Andrews State Park. Look for sites to be added in St. Augustine soon! Luxury camping includes a tent, bed with linens, lighting, outdoor seating and yes – air conditioning. Traditional tents are offered as well, for those who prefer to “rough it.” They can also do special events, anything from weddings to birthday parties. Kids are welcome and even can be provided with their own kid-size tent! Learn more at www.fancycamps.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH

Q&A

DOG DAY GARDENS

St. Augustine businesses are rebranding, relocating, building and brewing up some serious new opportunities for our small town. Here's what we know this month...

Operated by Shelby Stec, Dog Day Gardens is a local, organicallymanaged nursery, market garden, and composting business.

Nettles Fine Jewelry is opening its second location on Palencia Village Drive at The Shoppes at the Palencia Commons. 7458 US 1 Hwy North Suite 106

Interview by Sarah McCartan Photography by Brian Miller What is Dog Day Gardens about? Our demonstration garden and nursery are located on our half-acre homestead here in St. Augustine. The garden supplies us with food, but also acts as a place to experiment with new seed varieties and organic gardening techniques. We sell our organically grown, heirloom or open pollinated seedlings to local nurseries and the public. What services and resources do you provide? We strive to provide all of the resources local residents need to grow their own food through teaching, offering organic seedlings, creating garden plans, and installing gardens. We also help set up home composting systems and collect compost scraps from apartment dwellers to help lift the burden on our landfills. What's one of the biggest growing challenges Northeast Florida residents face? We have no soil and a lot of pests here, which deter many people from growing food. By building beds properly, composting, and dedicating part of your garden to pollinator plants you can be extremely successful. That’s where we can help.

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"We strive to provide all of the resources local residents need to grow their own food"

How long have you been gardening and have you always wanted to have a business of this nature? I started gardening in 2009 when I took over an abandoned community garden in Tallahassee. I went to school to be an anthropologist and planned on working in the nonprofit sector; however, I fell in love with gardening and knew it was what I wanted to do immediately. I’ve worked with community gardens, on organic farms, and in food policy, but I’ve always had a passion for teaching so an educationbased business made the most sense for me. You can address social justice, the environment, animal rights and so much more through the production of good food. Plus, once you eat from a garden, grocery store food tastes awful.

What products do you offer at the Farmers Market? We sell seedlings, plugs (smaller seedlings that haven’t been up-potted), seeds and shrub (a cocktail and soda mixer that we make on the side). Tell us about the shrub you make. Shrub, or drinking vinegar, is something I’ve been making for years for friends and family. It’s great for a hydrating, healthy soda in the summer and makes a delectable craft cocktail. We only use Florida grown, organic produce and make everything in small batches, based on produce availability. I’m assuming dogs might be as much a part of your life as gardening? We have three dogs who basically rule our life. My partner Skyler and I both love to travel and realize that if we hadn’t acquired the pups we probably wouldn’t be here. We honored them in our name for that reason and because when you visit our garden everything is fenced in, blocked off, and covered in dog toys. www.dogdaygardens.com

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Flowers by Shirley has a new location at 2200 US 1 HWY South, nearby Jack Wilson Buick GMC. Flowers by Shirley has been making St. Augustine beautiful since 1973. 2200 US 1 Hwy South Bog Brewing is officially open to all craft beer lovers. Go get a taste of their fantastic brews and see how they transformed the building into The Oldest City's newest hangout. 218 W. King Street Hopcraft & Co. Two companies that decided to merge with one another: Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon and Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist. Hopcraft & Co. is happy to take appointments at their new location. 900 Anastasia Blvd. Unit C Rype & Readi Golf Bistro is a farm-to-fork cafe, located at the St. Johns Golf Club. This bistro is open Monday through Saturday, with a special brunch served on Sundays. 4900 Cypress Links Drive


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THE MARK AND MISSION OF THE ARC OF THE ST. JOHNS Executive Director, Kathy Jackson, provides insights into the outreach and impact of this community-focused organization, dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Interview by Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell How does The Arc of The St. Johns serve and impact our community? My mission is to continually measure the needs of our community concerning people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and do our best to meet the need. St. Johns County has experienced a tremendous about of growth and our organization has grown along with it. How many St. Johns County residents are you typically serving at any given time? The current number of people served in adult services is around 127 and in children’s services we average about 12. What's one program or initiative the public might not know that you offer? In the past couple of years we have expanded services to children and their families in the public school system with after school care so that families can continue to work. This service is probably one that the public doesn’t know about, as well as our children’s program which is a charter school and serves children ages 3-5 with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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How many group homes do you in St. Johns county and how do these homes function? We now operate 10 group homes which are scattered throughout our county and we are one of very few agencies that offer behavioral supports and nursing services. Many years ago zoning was passed that allowed us to open homes in regular neighborhoods. The number of residents are limited to six. This allows our people to spend their lives in home-like settings and enjoy all of the amenities that the general population enjoys.

task. There are lots of needs everywhere, but we try to reiterate that the people we serve came into the world with a disability or acquired the disability before the age of 18. Sometimes families are overwhelmed with their child’s need and have to turn to the government for their support. This is particularly true for aging families where they physically can no longer care for their adult child’s needs. Our friends in the community can help us with this struggle by letting their representatives know of our needs.

How can the community support your organization? Fundraising is a very difficult

2101 Arc Drive www.arcsj.org

Summer is right around the corner and Ideal Protein at Thrive Chiropractic, Nutrition & Yoga may be your answer for weight loss. Patients lose an average of two to three pounds a week on this 8-week diet program. One Thrive patient lost 41 pounds, and improved his cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and vitamin and mineral levels in 8 weeks. This individual said he was never hungry and felt great throughout. Weekly check-ins during the program, followed by ongoing support from Thrive, set patients up for lasting improvement of overall health. Learn more at www.thrivefl.com

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HISTORIC HOMES From the expansive Kirkside Residence, the place the Flaglers called "home," to the paint colors locals are able to use today, there's definitely some history to downtown home-ownership.

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Looking Back

By Matt Armstrong

hances are you’ve heard of Henry Flagler, the railroad magnate and co-founder of Standard Oil. Today he’s entombed in a mausoleum at Memorial Presbyterian Church on Valencia Street, but 120 years ago he lived next door at his winter home called Kirkside (“kirk” is an old Scottish term for church). The house was built for Flagler’s third wife, Ida Alice Shourds. Designed by John Carrére and Thomas Hastings, Kirkside incorporated classical forms to create a southern colonial mansion with grounds that covered 5 acres. The 15 room house was finished and occupied in 1893.

150 paint colors used in St. Augustine history. These colors, used on houses and trim in St. Augustine throughout history act as guidelines for paint jobs today. This takes a lot of guesswork out of making sure a house remains true to the colors of its original time frame. 30 different colors for houses built pre-1840, 58 colors for houses 1840-1890, 79 colors for houses 1890-1940.

15 home colors were sampled in 1987. The city undertook a study to research paint colors used on Spanish colonial homes. The study showed

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most houses were lime washed white, but some had color: earthy hues of ochre, tan, and mustard, but also pink and coral colors!

Paint colors changed with time. White and light colors were common until the onset of the Victorian era (1870s) and then things started getting colorful. Rich earthy colors were common, and sometimes contrasted starkly between the house, decorative trim elements, and shutters. Colors blossomed into brighter hues and pastels in the post-WWII period (19451970).

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The Model Land Co. acquired The Kirkside Residence in 1950 and the house was demolished. An article in the Record on March 11, 1951 noted that for a time the four columns had remained and stood among the rubble like the ruins of the parthenon, but lamented that “the columns were being knocked down yesterday.” The land from the house and grounds were subdivided into 13 lots, which created the Kirkside subdivision.

There are 7 Historic Districts in St. Augustine; The city contains 7 Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places full of houses that utilize these colors: St. Augustine Town Plan (“Old Walled City”); Abbott Tract; Model Land Company; Lincolnville; North City; Fullerwood Park; Nelmar Terrace

1,542 historic buildings “contribute” to these districts collectively. This means they meet the criteria to be integral to the historic character of the area.


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LUNCH IS SERVED LA COCINA RESTAURANT

This luxurious little restaurant on the beach packs a powerful, flavorful punch – you've just got to check it out. Located at the Castillo Real Hotel on St. Augustine Beach, you'll find an international menu with a Latin twist. Bonus – they're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In our case, it's a favorite for official lunch meetings or an extra special mid-day break. 530 A1A Beach Blvd. www.lacocinarestaurants.com

Editor's Choice

OF OUR FAVORITES

Whether you're craving a quick bite of something healthy or a long luxe lunch - we've rounded up our top 5 favorite local eateries for a mid-day break.

BREWZ | N | DAWGZ

The classiest, good-for-you hot dog you will ever eat in your life. We promise. Brewz | n | Dawgz makes the American classic comfort food of hot dogs no longer a guilty pleasure. Paired with the best french fries we've ever tasted and a cold Florida brew equals quick lunch perfection. Inside you'll find a chic, laid-back atmosphere which is a great escape for your office cubicle. 1974 U.S. 1 South www.brewzndawgz.com

THE MUSEUM CAFÉ

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A classic cafe with a menu to impress. Located adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame gift shop, The Museum Café offers in-house dining and take-out service for lunch. An extensive menu includes an assortment of burgers, deli-fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. Dine inside or sit outside on the lakeside patio and enjoy the sounds of the fountains.

Break up your day with a visit to the beach... or close to it. Stir It Up features positive food in a positive environment on A Street. They're known for their laid back style and delicious wraps, burritos, pitas and smoothies. A fresh treat to get on the go or sit in the sun for a bit. Try the Sushi Burrito or Rainbow Wrap!

1 World Golf Place www.worldgolfhallfoffame.org

18 A Street www.stiritupstaug.com

Catch the freshest lunch at this quaint spot on Charlotte Street. Their fish, shrimp, and clams are caught in Florida waters, delivered fresh every day. The selection varies from snapper to sheepshead, mahi mahi to triggerfish, and flounder to black drum. Sea folk and landlubbers will all find something they'll enjoy. The perfect mid-day break. Sit inside or lunch al fresco in their courtyard. 40 Charlotte Street www.catchtwentyseven.com

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THE HOME

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

Photography by Ed Taylor


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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 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 www.noahbaileyrealestategroup.com

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.

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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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THE HOME EXPERTS

Builder

GENERATION HOMES

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. What type of experience can we expect from your business? A lasting relationship with your home builder that neither you, your family, friends or co-workers have ever experienced before.. Tell us about your business. We are a small family owned and operated building company. Much like most families today, we are very 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.

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Not only do we all listen to our customers, we hear what they want.

What motivates you in the workplace? New ideas is what motivates all of us. We become 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 have cohesive and interior designed homes that are unique, even when a home comes to us already designed, it is our job to interpret the intent of the owner and architect and we build it with the integrity as it was designed. What is your competitive advantage? Not only do we all listen to our customers, we hear what they want. Every home built is as unique as the person or family we build for.

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

5860 U.S. 1 North

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Heating & A/C

THE HOME EXPERTS

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

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

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

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

We've brought together a group of full-time, ambitious, and highly talented professionals who are excited to pave the way for real estate.

ANCIENT CITY REAL ESTATE DJ DellaSala & Lindsey Skye Maguire KNOWN FOR: Being an aggressive marketing firm that happens to sell a lot of real estate

(904) 217-3768 900 Anastasia Blvd. www.ancientcityhomes.com

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Tell us about your business. Ancient City Real Estate is a boutique real estate brokerage and lifestyle brand where our chief goal is to not only get the most value out of every home, but to provide ethical, professional, and resultsdriven services to every property owner and prospective buyer. We are able to do this through innovation, collaboration, and artistry. What type of experience can we expect from your agency? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something remarkable about the kind of work that comes from people who love what they do. To be truly innovative, you have to have both strategic and creative thinkers, and we feel like our team has a perfect mixture of the two. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought together a group of full-time, ambitious, and highly talented professionals who are excited to pave the way for real estate.

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What is your competitive advantage? The combination of intentional design and technology merge with world-class social media and is executed with a marketing strategy at the highest level of precision. We are opening the doors to the new world of luxury real estate, with not just a price tag, but a committed level of service that pours into everything we do. What are your company's core values? From the very beginning, ACRE was built to be a company that is invested in the success of our people - not because it would increase our profits, but because we truly care. A community of professionals and dreamers, who have come together to change an industry, make a difference in local communities, and support our employees.


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D. HANKS DESIGN, INC. & DHD HOME Debi Hanks, ASID 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. What type of experience can we expect from your store? When you enter our furnishings store, dhdHOME, our goal is to provide an experience for all of the senses. Our knowledgeable staff will help you explore the color and textures for a completely unique shopping experience. You are sure to find the perfect gift or home furnishing to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come. What do you consider to be your specialities? Modern, timeless design and furnishings with an unexpected design element- it could be as simple as a "pop" of color, or the use of antique and vintage objects for contrast.

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

What is your competitive advantage? With over 25 years of experience as a licensed interior design professional, I have been provided with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to be able to visualize a design concept into reality. How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? I create interior environments that are functional and aesthetically pleasing to enhance the quality of life for the users of the space. What impact do you hope to make on our community? We strive to contribute positively to our community by being actively involved in community service and local charities. We are also involved in promoting neighboring local businesses to enhance the Uptown Shopping District of St. Augustine through various monthly events.

(904) 547-2884 56 1/2 San Marco Ave. ww.shopdhdhome.com license # ID0004593

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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 Janel Asplund, Tina Boutros, Crystal Harris KNOWN FOR: Top selection of granite and quartz, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms

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

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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. What is your competitive advantage? 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's completed. What do you consider to be your specialities? Our granite yard is stocked with the largest selection in town. We cut and fabricate our granite and quartz in house, which cuts down on the cost.

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How do you deliver exceptional care to your customers? Open communication. Renovations can be a trying time in customers homes, everything is out of place, your normal routine is changed and it can be very frustrating. We keep open communication with our customers to make sure they know what is happening on a daily basis. What motivates you in the workplace? Building relationships with our customers. 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 finished project together.


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HOMESTAR FINANCIAL CORPORATION Donna McGee, Allison Barlow, Josh Jimmerson KNOWN FOR: Being your local Homestar Mortgage experts. What do you consider to be your specialities? Our goal is to provide the best mortgage program option available to meet the specific needs of each client. We offer a variety of home mortgage solutions including USDA, FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo, and Construction programs. This enables Homestar to provide a competitive loan that meets your unique needs. Homestar's local, professional, and courteous staff is waiting to make our client's next transaction easy, worry-free, and successfully CLOSED! What are your company's core values? We embrace the privilege and responsibility of helping our customers attain the American dream of homeownership by following these core principles: we always communicate effectively, we provide our customers an efficient mortgage origination process, we do not tolerate dishonest or unethical behavior, and we understand the impact our decisions have on our customers. We exist because of our relationships. Trust, honesty, and integrity guide every interaction with customers, builders, realtors, and business partners. What motivates you in the workplace? We strive as a company to meet the needs and wants of our customers ensuring their arrival at the “easiest way home.” We love to help families achieve homeownership. It’s one of the biggest investments you can make and we want to make sure you are comfortable, understand the decision you’re making, help you get there and then we sit back and smile because we know you are happy.

Standing left to right: Wendy Powell, MLO Assistant/ Processor, Josh Jimmerson, Amy Matthews, Processor Seated left to right: Allison Barlow, Donna McGee, Kelly Hunter, Jr. Loan Processor

(904) 515-2470 1965 Old Moultrie Road www.homestarfc.com/ branch/st-augustine Branch NMLS #1146125, NMLS #415418, NMLS #448258, & NMLS #1205242

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Builder

People trust us because we consistantly create their vision on time, within budget and error-free.

CORNER CONSTRUCTION Ryan Cornelison KNOWN FOR: Quality construction. We specialize in custom homes, renovations and commercial projects.

(904) 342-8475 21 Marion St. www.cornerconstruction.net

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Tell us about your business. We've been operating in the St. Augustine area since 2007. Our construction projects range from the simple to the extraordinary. People trust us because we consistantly create their vision on time, within budget and error-free. What do you consider to be your specialities? We do a lot of projects for clients that work and communicate with us remotely. We're also flexible with architects and designers. The client is not limited to an in-house designer with us. How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? We are a servant to our client. Whatever vision they've created with whatever design; we're able to bring it to fruition.

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What is your competitive advantage? Our transparent approach to each client's construction budget. Every project is unique and each client has different needs and wants. We take time to understand those details and build an itemized budget to reflect their vision. All costs associated with construction are included in their budget, both direct and indirect costs. It's important for our clients to understand all of the costs involved in building. We don't want anyone to be surprised by an unexpected expense. What type of experience can we expect from your business? A client could expect professionalism, innovative building methods, quality, timeliness and an outstanding warranty service.


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We are service oriented, so if you can't plant it yourself, our outstanding landscapers can!

LEONARDI'S NURSERY & LANDSCAPING Kevin & Kimberly Leonardi KNOWN FOR: A vast selection of flowers and plants, and customized landscape work.

(904) 829-5909 902 Anastasia Blvd. www.leonardisnurseryinc.com

Tell us about your business. We have a large nursery and greenhouse filled with lush tropicals, colorful flowers, hardy shrubs, large palms, fruiting citruses and much more. We also have the largest collection of pottery in town, with thousands stocked in inventory- in all shapes, colors, and sizes to fit all your pottery needs. We also have a large landscaping operation that can give you the yard of your dreams. Kevin has been designing landscapes for almost forty years. His passion for the project and keen insight merges ideas and experience into every landscape plan. What are your company's core values? Leonardi's Nursery was established in 1961 by Harold and the late Winnie Leonardi. They had the vision to create a thriving nursery in

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a beautiful location. Just over 30 years ago the wand was passed to their son, Kevin, as the 2nd generation owner. Kevin and his wife, Kimberly's core values include focusing on providing continuous, superior quality and customer service. We take great pride that we are a family owned and operated local business- Kevin II now working at the helm as well and the lanscape crew is under the supervision of David Leonardi. What do you consider to be your specialities? Garden Center! Landscaping! Pottery! We have it all and we love to beautify St. Johns County, and outlying areas; whether it's pavers, palm trees, mulch, irrigation or seasonal plantings, we have the skills and resourses to bring your dream yard to life!

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Realtor

Long after the ink on the deed has dried, I continue to provide a 24/7 response kiosk for all to tap for matters social, mechanical, philosophical, culinary and cultural.

SALTWATER PROPERTY GROUP Irene Arriola KNOWN FOR: Leading successful safaris through the jungles of the St Johns County real estate market.

(904) 669-0691 81 King St., Suite B

What motivates you in the workplace? Every day I run into people who are happily ensconced in properties I delivered, and it gives me deep satisfaction to witness that and to hear how their lives have grown around the seeds I helped them plant. People come and people go, and helping them in that transition is immeasurably gratifying. How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? Buying and selling real estate is a serious endeavor and all participants should go into it with eyes wide open. My candor and direct approach is key in providing comprehensive information sellers and buyers need to make informed decisions under constantly changing market conditions.

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What is your competitive advantage? Longstanding mutual knowledge and trust with professionals, administrators, local governments and tradespeople allow me to work through transactions as smoothly and seamlessly as possible for buyers and sellers. Every problem has an answer and the search for it is the job. No matter how small the detail or how daunting the challenge, I refuse to quit until everything is attended to, all obstacles are overcome and satisfaction rules. How do you stay up-to-date in your industry? A self-admitted information junkie, I immerse myself in all manner of news sources and I read between the lines. Everything moves at lightning speed these days so an open mind and ability to adapt are key factors in my paradigm.


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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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Artist

I love to take the things that I appreciate most and share them with others.

TRIPP HARRISON STUDIO & GALLERY Tripp Harrison KNOWN FOR: Coastal and tropical paintings of Florida and the Caribbean.

(904) 824-3662 22 Cathedral Place www.trippharrison.com

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Tell us about your business. Everything in the gallery is designed to evoke an emotional response. I feel that artwork has to touch a person emotionally. Art has to be more than just fitting in with a decor theme. If it touches you in some way then I've done my job. What do you consider to be your specialities? Certainly my love of the ocean has played a large part in the subject matter I chose. Most of my paintings feature Florida and the tropics, but I've been known to paint up and down the east coast. At the gallery, we try to offer a wide range of choices for our customers. Everything from original works of art in oil, acrylics and watercolors to varying styles of limited editions.

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Tell us about your training. I am a self taught artist. I love what I do and I've poured my heart and soul into creating the very best artwork that I am capable of. As I was attending business school in my twenties, I decided to take an art class at a community center and from then on I was hooked. I devoured everything I could find on artists like Andrew Wyeth and John Stobart. It's my passion. What motivates you in the workplace? Creating beauty. I love to take the things that I appreciate most and share them with others. Being able to take the feeling of crossing the ocean at midnight or easing around a bend to spot a hidden cove and transferring that experience onto a canvas is a thrill.


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Pool Contractor

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PARKER POOLS Bobby Parker KNOWN FOR: Professional pool and deck construction and renovation Tell us about your business. Due to our wealth of experience and years in the business, our company is well known as a respectable and competent pool construction firm. The person who sells you the pool will be the person supervising the construction. What is your competitive advantage? We use technology to make us a better pool company, incorporating state of the art CAD software for designing projects in 3D, and a website that is updated in real-time to give our customers information on the construction process. How do you deliver exceptional service to your customers? I am a "people person" and really, really listen to my customers. I get great satisfaction in providing my families with a year round entertainment area. What motivates you in the workplace? My motivation comes from the joy I get from interacting with my customers and their families. What impact do you hope to make on our community? A successful, stable business provides the community with lucrative employment opportunities. We offer all levels of employment from the initial excavation and deck work to the intricate fields of electric and tile work. What type of experience can we expect from you? Our customers can expect a job well done in a timely manner.

My motivation comes from the joy I get from interacting with my customers and their families.

904-797-2010 71 South Dixie Highway Suite 2 www.parkerpoolsinc.com

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St. Augustine Social Community Partners do more than just advertise... their investment gives way to new conversations, supports charitable and community events and unites a city by helping us tell interesting stories and faciliate an environment where no one is a stranger.


Style HEIRLOOMS MADE NEW By Megan Pariseau If you're conquering your first DIY project or refurbishing an entire home, Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan will turn a tired, outdated piece of furniture into something new and fresh with just a few easy steps. This unique style of paint probably is not what you have in mind – Chalk Paint® takes a new approach to painting. It is a decorative paint that can be applied to any surface with hardly any preparation. That means no sanding or priming, a huge time saver for any DIYer! Annie Sloan uses a color palette inspired by 18th and 20th century decor and design. Her paints allow you to mix the colors together, make them smoother by adding a dash of water or easily thicken it up by simply leaving the lid off. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® will help you revitalize even the most drab piece of furniture sitting in your basement. So grab some Chalk Paint®, skip the sanding and get to painting! You can pick up an array of colors at Tré Sebastian.

304 Anastasia Blvd. www.tresebastian.com

Inside: Arbiter // Mother's Day Picks // Patio Finds // The Alexander Cottage


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COASTAL COZY Kelly Green

Peace Love Home is known best for their extensive collection of chic furniture, but the selection doesn't end there. We asked store owner Kelly Green to roundup a few of her favorite items just in time for your spring home update. We can't get enough of the breezy colors and coastal accents, perfect for our beach town. When you stop in Peace Love Home, you'll be greeted by a friendly owner and an even friendlier pup. Spencer, Kelly's loyal canine companion is typically there during normal business hours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; don't forget to say 'hello,' he's very social!

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1 - Winthorpe Light by Gabby Home, 2 - Patina/Green Bowl Raku by Paragon, 3 - White Coral & Crystal by Elk Home, 4 - Abalone Jar by Go Home, 5 - Acrylic & glass Bar Cart by Interlude Home, 6 - Seahorse on Stand set of 3 by Cyan Design, 7 - Mermaid â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nerissa by the Sea by Cool Nauticals/ Hot Tropicals. - All items available at Peace Love Home, 400 CBL Drive Ste 101, www.peacelovehome.net

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cananlaw.com Our Newest Location: 2245 CR 210 West, Ste. 116 • St. Johns, FL 32259 • 904.342.8340

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FOR MOM St. Augustine's shops offer the perfect gift for any woman this Mother's Day. Let her relax with local spa products or give a meaningful momento she's sure to love. Whatever you give, be sure to spread the love!

BODY SCRUB Treat mom to a sweetlyscented DIY sea salt scrub made from local organic ingredients.

Available at Hickory Ridge Organics

PERFUME A tried a true classic, this fragrance is perfect for moms of any age.

GAME Gathering the family at the dinner table and having meaningful conversation has never been easier.

Available at Old City Bathecary

Available at TrĂŠ Sebastian

PLUSH BLANKET Give mom the chance to snuggle up with her favorite kids in an ultra-plush Barefoot Dreams blanket.

Available at Market Street Boutique

BUBBLE BATH Faintly sweet and ultra luxurious suds for a mommy-approved spa night at home.

Available at Poseidon Spa

CHARM NECKLACE Custom engraved Heather B. Moore Jewelry makes for a meaningful gift she'll treasure for years to come.

Available at Nettles Fine Jewelry

WOODEN SIGN Remind mom she's your favorite with every passing glance Perfect for her work desk. Available at Dragonflies

Handcrafted Jewelry

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Four generations of helping families. Maybe ďŹ ve.

Justin Craig

Funeral Director

(904) 824-1672

CraigFuneralHome.com

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Funeral Home(904) â&#x20AC;˘ Crematory 824-1672 & Memorial Park

Come visit our new Palencia location!

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For the Home

PATIO FINDS Entertain in style right on your back patio! Decorate with durable stylish accessories and enjoy the sun!

MELAMINE SERVEWARE Serve up your favorite spring time salads and locallysourced vegetables in a new set of coastal-inspired melamine serveware.

HAMMOCK Kick back and enjoy the springtime sunshine in a bright hammock strung up in your backyard. Available

at Old City Hammocks

Available at Old City Bathecary

PILLOW A bright pop of color to any space, this pillow is ideal for our seaside town.

Available at Peace Love Home

STAINLESS TUMBLERS Shatter-proof never looked so stylish. Enjoy your happy hour sipper without worry in these metal tumblers.

THE GREEN EGG Raid the grocery store, call your friends and host a backyard bash for the ages. Available at Ace

Hardware

Available at West to East

CITRONELLA CANDLE Light this chic outdoor bug-repelling candle and enjoy a crisp floral fragrance. Available at

Spanish Dutch Convoy

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OUTDOOR FURNITURE Lounge in style on your porch in an updated patio chair (or splurge on the whole set!).

Available at A1A Patio


IIIIIIIII BBBBBB in the Oldest City to commemorate a birth, retirement, anniversary, or loved one.

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CHALK ÂŽ PAINT CLASSES OFFERED

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SEASIDE HOME No matter what the temperature is outside, your home can be a constant reminder that beach weather is just around the corner. These coastal picks are perfect for a beach house or year-round family home!

CANDLE HOLDERS Starfish-inspired tapered candle holders are an easy coastal addition to any room.

FISH DECOR Ideal for any bookshelf or end table, this neutral seaside decor adds a finishing touch.

Available at Sea Cove Gifts

SHELL MIRROR For a major statement, add a shimmering oyster shell mirror to your space.

Available at Tré Sebastian

Available at Tré Sebastian

PICTURE FRAME Find your favorite family portrait and place it in a rustic coastal frame fit for any room.

Available at Fresh Produce

METAL WALL ART Created by local artist Larry Devall, this metal wall art is a great way to bring the sea into your home.

Available at High Tide Gallery

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CANDLE & TEA TOWEL Add a beachy scent and a nautical tea towel to your coastal kitchen.

Available at Declaration & Co.


Please Join us For the Second Annual

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Grand Dining Hall Ponce De Leon Hall, Flagler College For more information and to register, visit:

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The Alexander Cottage Home Style

Tucked away in the shadow of the Lighthouse, Za and Jenna Alexander turned what was a dark, dreary bungalow, into a bright, white spacious dream cottage. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Ed Taylor

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t. Augustine residents Za and Jenna Alexander knew they wanted to purchase their first home together in an area convenient to downtown, in close proximity to the beach, and in a prime spot for raising their son Jensen. Thanks to the suggestion of one of Jenna’s clients, they were introduced to a 1950s bungalow in the Lighthouse Park neighborhood, before it went on the market. The location checked all of their must-haves. The only challenge — it had to be completely flipped. Though in rough shape, Jenna knew her mother Annie and stepfather Brandy Holland of East Coast Design & Construction, could put their interior design and construction expertise to the test, and work their home renovation magic to turn what some might consider a nightmare into what is now the inviting Alexander Cottage. FAMILY EFFORT “Can We?” This two word question rolled off the tongues of Jenna and Annie repeatedly when they first stepped foot in the house. The question was pointed at Brandy, the construction master.

In this case, not only could they do it. They did. “We didn’t have a crew or anything — it was just our family,” said Jenna. The renovation was a family effort every step of the way, beginning with Za walking through the home with a tape measurer and delivering specs to Annie, who then mapped out everything on paper. Though they had the vision of tearing down interior walls to open up the floor plan, due to extensive rotting and termite damage, they ended up taking out far more than they had originally bargained for. There were vines taking over both the inside and outside of the home that had to be cleared out. Brandy took down what he considers the hardest plaster walls he has ever conquered, weaved and bound with chicken wire. The floor had to be made level. And the house demanded new plumbing, new electric, and a new roof. MAKING SPACE Once they were out with the old, then came the creative part — design centered around making space — down to the inch.

Details Residents: Za and Jenna Alexander,

and their son Jensen (age 2) Amenities: 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, open concept living Size: 1200 sq. ft., plus 700 sq. ft. deck Originally Built: 1950s Renovated & Remodeled: March Nov. 2015; design by Jenna’s mother Annie Holland and construction by Brandy Holland of East Coast Design & Construction

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Shelves in the kitchen built by Brandy help give Jenna the open feel she longed for. A set of french doors allows for direct access from the kitchen to the back deck, an expansive space the Alexanders consider to be their second home.

comfortable within a space. Thanks to her functional approach, what was once a closed off space, became an open concept area that flows seamlessly between living, dining, and kitchen space, one that answers Za and Jenna’s request for a place of gathering. “Za and I love hosting and gathering and we really wanted a space that offered that opportunity — a space that makes our guests feel comfortable,” explained Jenna. A SUITE RETREAT What originally was an outdoor breezeway leading from the main house to a detached art space for the former resident, is now a walkthrough and entryway to the Alexander's master bedroom suite. Here, a second set of french doors opens directly to the deck. From this vantage point, they can see directly to the Lighthouse —

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making out all the details, even the people standing top. “When Za and I are in bed, we can literally see the Lighthouse,” said Jenna. Beyond the sleeping quarters, the master bathroom addition includes a rain shower head, and custom vanity crafted by Brandy. ARTISTIC INTENTION The color palette for the Alexander Cottage largely consists of gray, white, gold and camel tones. In many ways, the bright, simplistic and clean approach Jenna takes to her paintings and photography carry over into her home, with splashes of deep green foliage present throughout. As for design inspirations and details, it was a mother-daughter effort, through and through.

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“Za and I love hosting and gathering and we really wanted a space that offered that opportunity — a space that makes our guests feel comfortable,” explained Jenna.

“We have this open mother-daughter relationship. It’s really fun working with her. She’s humble. She did all of this and is really good at what she does,” said Jenna. “She pulled my style out of me.” “Jenna knew some things she wanted like industrial lights and brass fixtures. Then it’s just a matter of finding the right ones,” added Annie. For Jenna and Annie, usually the creative visioning process starts with a text, or a Pin. “So mom and I, we text each other all the time, asking, ‘What do you think about this?’ ” explained Jenna. Not only do they share ideas back and forth constantly via text, they even catch themselves posting the same photo on their shared, secret Pinterest board. OUTDOOR LIVING The day the Alexanders purchased their home,


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Sources Designer + Contractor East Coast Design and Construction Annie + Brandy Holland Plumbing Pacetti Plumbing Decorative Pillows West to East Cow hide bench Moonshine Wood + Steel French Press Yield Design Company Flooring Floor Factory Outlet Electrician Jimmy Stansel Doors BS Manning Supply Pavers Jeff Granger Artwork Jenna Alexander

they were greeted by all of the surrounding neighbors. “Everyone’s outside,” said Jenna. "It’s open door policy around here. Everyone’s like a big family.”

overhauled and refreshed. The addition of gray pavers lends space for both walkways and parking, while landscaping adds a fresh contrast of bright green.

Much of the neighborhood gathering takes place on the Alexander’s deck addition, connected to a back alleyway and neighboring homes. “The deck has become like our living room. We hang out there all the time,” said Jenna.

JENNA'S ART Though Jenna is known for using Jensen’s nap times to create naptime botanicals and makes the most of the deck for painting, she is primarily keeping her creative space at home designated for play and family. For a look at what’s happening beyond the home, in her studio, visit www.jenna-alexander.com.

The deck is now home to the neighbors and has become a place of community, be it watching an outdoor movie on a screen projected on a neighbor’s home, or having everyone over for a night of playing music. FRONT YARD The front of the home became another clean slate that was taken all the way down to nothing. This space has recently been

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TOM BROCK Ever take an epic photo and wish you could have it hung on your walls like professional work? Well, you can and you can get that professional grade printing done right here in St. Augustine. Photography by Brian Miller Meet Tom Brock, owner of Imagine Fine Art Printing. Tom takes your photos and mounts those memories for you to cherish for the rest of your years at his studio on King Street. You don't have to be a professional photographer to gain access to professional printing. Tom's clients range from local photographers, up and coming amateurs, to regular ol' moms and dads. The process is pretty simple. You meet with Tom, send him your files via email or thumb drive, pick out the format your want your photo in (like canvas wrapped, metal, fine art papers or glossy photos). You can even order gifts like stationery. You can catch him at 125 King Street next to Flavors Eatery for a few more months and then he's off to 64 South Dixie Hwy where he'll be expanding his studio. Don't let your memories be forgotten about on your computer hard drive. Instead, dress the walls in your home or office with every experience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you'll be glad you did! 64 South Dixie Hwy www.imaginefineartprinting.com

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RYAN CARTER The great outdoors beckoned to Ryan Carter at the tender age of 17. A friend’s family owned an 80,000-acre ranch, and he spent hours exploring that property. Simply put, he fell in love with Florida – the land drove his curiosity to an eventual career. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Rob Futrell

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ifelong curiosity led him on a journey that developed into his position as an environmental consultant and owner of Carter Environmental Services (CES), established in 2012. The Clean Water Act was expanded in 1972, which had a tremendous impact on how development initiated, particularly in North Florida, which is teeming with delicate wetlands. It’s a complicated process to navigate the federal, state and county regulations, and this is where CES comes to the table. The role of CES is to assess land based on all regulations and assist clients in obtaining permits. “The finesse is being able to compromise between what the developers want and a balance of regulations to hopefully yield a resolution that is fair and equitable to each side.” HOW IT ALL STARTED Once Ryan made the decision to pursue a career in ecology, he diligently put together a plan to reach his goals. While still a senior in high school, he became an intern with the Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management. In this arena, he learned about the field of

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environmental consulting, and he had the opportunity to be involved in the establishment of the Brooker Creek Preserve, which is 8700 acres of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. In 1997, he received his B.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. After working with ESI, another environmental consulting agency for nine years, Ryan was ready to make the jump into opening his own firm. THE DELICATE BALANCE This job is not just about obtaining permits, it is about achieving a balance of development and preservation. A typical day for Ryan may be relocating gopher tortoises along with the commensal species, which are dependent on tortoise burrows. Or perhaps, he will build a platform for an osprey nest. A current project is creating a wetland on an existing 640-acre farm by stopping the pumping and planting 220,000 trees. This restoration or creation of a wetland or habitat conservation area is called mitigation banking and is a vital aspect of his profession. THE TECHNOLOGY OF IT ALL Ryan recalled his early days in the field, www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

“Back in 1996, our equipment was inside a backpack with an antenna sticking out of it. Back at the office base station, there was another large antenna that went through the roof and all the data had to be correlated with the base station.” Ryan grew up in a home with the latest technology, so he had a bit of an edge. He laughed as he recalled his coworkers saying, “Let Carter figure it out.” Today, equipment includes a sub-meter accurate hand held GPS unit, which is used to mark the wetlands. They also utilize geographic information system mapping software, which has turned the field into a near exact science. THE BUSINESS SIDE Even though this passion began from a love of the outdoors, Ryan now finds himself inside the office walls much of the time. At this moment, he has 70 projects on his desk, which include single-family homes, docks, a 1000-unit subdivision and even a state road extension. He stays busy just coordinating this vast assortment of projects. His business is a family affair, and his wife handles the administrative office


management at home, while she raises their two children. COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY Ryan has always been committed to the community of St. Augustine, in which he has lived for the last 14 years. He has been involved with multiple organizations, including the Rotary Club and Young Professionals Group. Currently he is offering significantly discounted fees to Habitat for Humanity and Home Again for assistance in obtaining permits for new developments. TODAY’S CHALLENGES “When you’re dealing with raw land in North Florida, you have wetlands, particularly in St. Johns County. A lot of investigation goes on with the analysis that we do because every stitch of land in Florida has been touched at one time or another.” Ryan considers himself an ecologist, not an environmentalist. “An

Ryan still makes a point to get out of the office. “The unique part of the job is going outdoors and essentially hiking through the woods in all conditions and all habitats and mapping the forest habitat types. I always love being in the field and sometimes I’ll take my 10-year old son, and we’ll camp on a property I am working on.”

environmentalist is someone who has opinions based on passion, and an ecologist has opinions based on scientific facts,” Ryan explained. Ryan's passion for both the environment and factual analysis are two components that facilitate him to create the balance required to be successful in his field. 7 Waldo Street www.carterenv.com

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THE CONRAD FAMILY With three boys under the age of four, it's play time all the time. This young family of five stays active close to home or in any one of St. Augustine's family-friendly local parks. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Conrad family. Hunter and Jane met in at their alma mater, North Greenville University, during undergrad. Jane, a mathematics major, and Hunter, an accounting and pre-law student, tied the knot after graduation. Today, the two celebrate their eighth anniversary while raising their young sons in The Oldest City. Jane is a stay at home super mom and piano lesson instructor Turning Point Academy of the Arts. Hunter is the Clerk of Court & Comptroller for St. Johns County. On any given sunny day, you can find this family obeying the golden Conrad house rule â&#x20AC;&#x201C; "If there isn't a cloud in the sky, there isn't The Conrad Family a person in the house." Their two pictured from left: Collins oldest boys, Collins and Chandler, 4, Hunter (Dad) 29, love to explore the land around their Chandler 2, Jane (Mom) 29, home off Wildwood Drive. Newborn Caleb newborn baby Caleb isn't quite up for the adventure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; yet.

When there's not a cloud in the sky, you can typically find us... Since we have been blessed

to have a little bit of land we will often go outside and play baseball or football in the yard, or as our boys say we will go on "bear hunts." Other times we load up and go to the park for a few hours.

When we have out-oftown guests, we always... We love to go down to Crescent Beach to enjoy lunch or dinner at South Beach Grill. We also always try to make a point to take guests downtown to walk around and enjoy the city charm and dining options.

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Favorite Family Restaurant?

It's by no means a "hometown" restaurant, but we absolutely love Chick-fil-A! With three little boys under the age of four, we love to go where the kids can play for a while as soon as we are done eating.

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Favorite Free Thing to Do in St. Augustine... We love to pack a

lunch and head to the beach for a few hours. Being near the beach is truly a treasure that so many forget to enjoy here!

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Cold Cow, hands down. Jason and Laura are wonderful individuals who give back to the community in so many ways and we always like to support local businesses. Also, they almost always have a bouncy house set up for the kids to play on while eating.


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How I Got Here

HEIDI HALL-JONES First of all, let’s clarify a common misconception: the owner of Punch Jones Interiors is not named ‘Punch.’ Punch Jones is actually the name of the largest diamond of gem quality found in the United States. Punch Jones, the antiques and interior boutique, is a gem, too. And so is Heidi Hall-Jones, its owner. By Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Brian Miller

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rom Punch Jones’ rooftop patio, Heidi Hall-Jones has one of those “wow-effect” views of downtown St. Augustine. The boutique shop is on the island side of the Bridge of Lions, in a 1930s building that once housed a gas station. “St. Augustine has really begun to find its footing. It’s a whole different vibe now,” said Heidi. “I’ve seen many changes since I’ve come here and all of them good." Heidi has seen many changes in her life, too. She’s been a print maker, a rock-nroll photographer in Paris, a metalsmith, jewelry maker and designer. And then there were those days in the corporate world in Chicago. It was that latest chapter that inadvertently led her to St. Augustine. Reeling from a divorce and yearning to start over, she and her young daughter struck out from Chicago to visit a friend in Melbourne, Florida. The road got long and they grew weary and stopped where they happened to be – St. Augustine. They ate at Gypsy Cab and found a nearby hotel. In the morning, they were intrigued by their new surroundings and didn’t want to leave. They ended up staying a week. And never made it further south. That first night Heidi had a very specific dream about a butteryellow house. In her wanderings, she discovered Summer Haven where a house – yes, it’s butter-yellow – was up for sale.

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While admiring the spectacular rooftop view, Heidi contemplates the future. “We’re just one piece of this larger fabric here, all of us just trying to make a difference. I’m excited about the next piece of the Punch Jones journey. I’m excited to see where it goes.”

One look and Heidi was sold. Welcome home. This was 1992. A CONSTRUCTIVE CRUSH Two months later when she returned to sign the final real estate papers, Heidi saw a ‘For Sale’ sign at an old garage building on Anastasia Blvd. “It was love at first sight. I just loved the lines, the shape. It was what the French call a ‘coup de foudre,’ – a thunderclap. I thought ‘Oh my God,’ I’m going to buy this building.” So she did.

The circa 1935 building that now houses the elegant Punch Jones shop was formerly a Gulf gas station, then a radiator shop and then Captain’s Used Cars. The structure was still good, but Heidi describes it as a “disaster” when she first bought it. “There was 50 years of grime and junk in here. When I cleared it out, the magic started. The building started revealing itself,” she recalls. It took 18 months to renovate. Eradicating nearly 70 years of an

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“I HAVE ONE EYE ON TRENDS, BUT I’M NOT DRIVEN BY THEM. IT’S IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN EYE AND TRUST YOUR OWN INSTINCTS.” automotive past, the pressure-washer pummeled the walls. Decades of turquoise paint were swooshed away. Like a face with smile-lines hinting of a youthful past, the newly uncovered vintage bricks revealed faint 1920s-30s art deco style lettering. Stucco was blasted off walls in the adjoining room. The result now roughly resembles a mottled mosaic not unlike Venetian plaster. On the concrete floors, Heidi added a compass point out of inlaid steel. It’s like a “poor man’s terrazzo,” she laughed. A BUSINESS IS BORN AND REBORN She’s always been a ‘ junkyard dog,’ digging around for treasures and antiques, so the space was perfect for an antique store. Then she began to weave these funky goodies into her own home interior. Then into her friend’s houses. Then you know how it works – excellent work gets noticed. A new business

was born. Now in addition to antiques, Punch Jones offers an interior decorating service with a custom design component. Her design library is bursting with dozens of books filled with swatches, samples and inspiration.

trust your own instincts. I look for what I think others will enjoy but it also has to be things that please me. I like textural things, strong shapes, vintage craftsmanship,” she said. Interesting juxtaposition is her hallmark.

“It kind of unfolded naturally. I don’t have a degree in design, but I’ve been trained by life and everything I’ve done. I have an eye for how things go together.”

A curved object next to a cube next to a tower. Hard next to smooth, textured next to flat. She’s building a brand, a recognizable Punch Jones “look” around this concept. “It’s a combination of the old with the new, the high and the low. Mixing in one or two elegant items with something found on the side of the road. It’s an edited, thoughtful experience. It’s about building an unexpected, eclectic relationship between juxtaposed items. It’s about enlarging your visual vocabulary.”

OFF THE LEASH This “ junkyard dog,” continues to go offleash on her search in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, everywhere. Twice a year Heidi sells her fabulous finds at the furniture markets in Atlanta and High Point, North Carolina. With the impending launch of the Punch Jones website, she believes her new e-commerce business will soar. “I have one eye on trends, but I’m not driven by them. It’s important to follow your own eye and www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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KASSY GUY-JOHANESSEN Dedicated to serving the homeless of St. Johns County, Home Again St. Johns provides housing, food services and care to those looking to get back on their feet. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Rob Futrell

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f there is one word to best describe the philosophy of Home Again St. Johns, it is likely “collaboration.” This small nonprofit organization in St. Johns County is making great strides in their efforts to alleviate our county’s homeless challenges. From its inception, Home Again has been based on the concept of Coordinated Services – utilizing the combined efforts of professional providers, government agencies, individuals, and community organizations toward a common goal. In May of 2015, approval was granted to build a united service center to co-locate all of Home Again’s services at one site. Development of this center, to be known as the One Stop Homeless Service Center, is currently underway. Kassy Guy-Johanessen is the Director of Development at Home Again St. Johns. According to Kassy, St. Johns County has a larger problem with homelessness than most realize due to a lack of affordable housing. She asserts that alleviating this

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issue can be done, but not without the support of all of our community members. Kassy invites St. Johns County residents to join the “Home Team” by making an investment in the creation of this muchneeded resource in our community. SERVICES One Stop Homeless Center, a common service location for the homeless population, was envisioned early in Home Again’s planning stages and is now coming to fruition. The project includes construction of a large multi-use building to house offices, a dining hall and a commercial kitchen; and two housing structures. Home Again’s existing programs will co-locate at the facility with professionals from their Provider Network, offering health care, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, technical service training, basic education, job placement, and homeless prevention services. The "Drop In Center," located at the Home www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Again offices on State Road 207, provides a place for the homeless to take a hot shower and wash their clothes. Volunteers at the center assist guests by signing them in, showing them how to use the washer and dryer, providing toiletries and towels for showers and offering snacks. SUCCESS STORIES Just in the past year, Home Again has helped over 700 homeless men, women and children with targeted access to vital services focused on ending homelessness. Kassy tells of one such success story, an 18 year old girl kicked out of her foster home at age 17 before she could earn her high school diploma. Due to assistance from Home Again, she is now living in an apartment, working on her GED and preparing to go to college. HOW TO HELP Volunteers and generous donations from the community are a vital part of the success of Home Again St. Johns. Please visit the Home Again website to contribute a financial donation and to see lists of volunteer opportunities and needed supplies. 1850 State Road 207 (904) 687-6043 www.homeagainsj.org


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BANNER THOMAS The original bassist for Molly Hatchet, Banner Thomas is now taking a break from the 80s rock band lifestyle and enjoying all there is to do (and play!) in St. Johns County. His go-to-gig? Shredding bass at Tradewinds. Written and photographed by Steve Parr

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ack in the late 1970s, “southern rock” was starting to fade. As some of the more popular southern rock bands of the 70s began to find their way into a slow retirement, a new crop of bands, southern born and bred, were starting to gain popularity. There were a lot of bands and a lot of musicians who were practitioners of this new southern

rock genre. One such band, hailing from Jacksonville, was the venerable Molly Hatchet and one such musician was bassist Banner Thomas. Born in Savannah, GA, Thomas moved to Jacksonville at an early age, and played his first professional gig at the age of 15. He’s been a professional musician ever since. As the original bassist for Molly Hatchet, he played an integral role in shaping the hard rock southern boogie sound that came to define the band. He was also responsible for what is arguably the biggest hit off their debut album, the song “Gator Country.” That debut album, entitled “Molly Hatchet,” was certified Gold on June 28, 1979. It went Platinum a year and a half later. As if that wasn’t enough, he co-wrote the band’s biggest hit, the title track off their triple platinum second album “Flirtin’ With Disaster.” Fast forward 36 years, and Banner Thomas is now living a quieter life than the one he had in the past, opting to stay outside the glaring spotlights of arena stages and the uncomfortable bunks in tour buses. Although he lives in Jacksonville, he flexes

his musical might in St. Augustine, playing with some of the more popular bands in the area. When asked what his biggest challenge as a musician is today, his answer is thought provoking: “I’m 61 years old and I’m trying to keep up with the me of 20 years ago. It’s hard.” After spending years on the road, it would fit that he has some amazing stories to tell and incredible memories to relive. He was quick to share his two most memorable musical moments. First was meeting bassist Billy Cox. Cox, who was the bass player for Jimi Hendrix, was Banner’s earliest idol. The second was opening for The Who in Nuremberg, Germany, in front of a crowd 150,000 strong. Banner Thomas is a bass player’s bass player. You can watch him work his four string magic with the Dewey Via Band on Monday nights and Those Guys on Tuesday nights, both at Tradewinds. Find Dewey at: www.facebook.com/ BannerThomasHungerForce


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INTERNATIONAL CULINARY TOUR Gathered in the spirit of raising money for a worthy cause, locals enjoyed "A Trip to Espana."

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Images by Steve Parr This culinary happening was the brainchild of La Cocina owner, Norberto Jaramillo and local business owner, Luis Vienrich. Together with Peruvian-born Chef Marcel Vizcarra, they designed a spectacular evening with a Spanishinspired menu. In fact, Chef Marcel designed four exquisite menus, which reflected a Latin fusion style of cooking, something he learned while studying at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Lima. Proceeds raised by this intimate dinner party-esque event went to help the women and children at Alpha Omega Miracle Home. www.culinarytourstaug.com

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His works of art take master-like focus and skill, but that doesn't mean this local glass artist can't have a little fun at the workplace. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell

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In a modern, artistic space at 25 Palmer Street, beautiful colors of sun-drenched citrus, aquamarine, and indigo glisten and dance with other hues of nature. On palettes of twisted and stretched glass, patterns of brilliance weave and coalesce. This is the stunning blown glass art found on the walls and shelves of Thomas Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio. The glass art of Thomas Long is truly something special to behold. Each piece is unique with its own story, contour, and size. Pieces range from the size of a small apple to the size of a dinner table. Glass marvels reminiscent of gorgeous lily pads and flowers floating on the still waters of exotic locales are testimonies to the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision and mastery of his medium.

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Electric furnaces raging at over 2100 degrees hold Thomas' supply of molten glass. The fluid material burns in brilliant glory like miniature suns waiting for the brazen touch of the artist’s blowpipe. Thomas manipulates the golden ooze much as a conductor controls the tempo of an orchestra. With strategic twists of his wrists and controlled breaths through the blowpipe, Long shapes hot, colored glass into the radiant vision of his imagination. Long says, “I get a picture in my head of what I want to make, and then my body just does it.” His comfort and familiarity with the medium and tools of his trade make his difficult task seem quite casual. However, this connection and control over searing liquid glass was years in the making. “Over the years, my hands have become accustomed to heat,” said Thomas. “I have these hands that don't burn.” Laughing, the artist adds, “My kids call them asbestos hands! I was born to play with fire. Glass blowing is a perfect profession for me.” Though blowing glass would come later in life, Thomas' journey as an artist began at an early age. “I have always enjoyed art and always wanted to be an artist,” said Thomas. Art was never something foreign to him. He grew up in Texas where his mother was a commercial artist for a furniture company in Houston. Thomas' mother drew furniture designs for her employer that were featured in the newspaper. Her skill of drawing and mixing shapes and patterns to compose a complete room were not lost on the young Thomas. As a child, he would imitate his mother’s craft. “To this day I can draw some really incredible sofas,” Thomas jokes. But there was more driving the budding artist. There was another more dangerous calling in his young soul that begged to be released. “I had this fascination with fire. I was obsessed with it,” said Thomas. This love of flames led to some rather trying experiences for Thomas and his parents. “I set the carpet of my parents’ house on fire,” said Thomas behind a guilty smile. “I used to light pieces of paper on fire in the house and try to time the flame to go out before the paper hit the floor. I set the woods behind my house on fire once, and I set my neighbors roof on fire too!” Eventually, to the relief of his parents and neighbors, he grew out of his fire-starter stage. He was able to rein in the need to tempt fire but the desire to harness it lingered in his mind for years. A passion for art and composition lead Thomas to study architecture and engineering at the University of Texas from 1982-1985. Following his studies at

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the University of Texas, Thomas began school at Texas Tech University. It was at this university where the fires of his past would greet his destiny. “At that time there was a glass blowing studio in the basement of the architecture building of Texas Tech,” said Thomas. “I walked past it for like the first six weeks of my classes. I always heard music coming out of it. So one day I went in to check it out.” Upon entering the studio, he was immediately struck by its sights and sounds. Gas furnaces thundering like jet engines meshed with the rolling rhythms of the blasting stereo resonated in the inquisitive artist’s ears. Students manipulating hot viscous glass with strange tools dazzled his vision.

Music is an intricate part of his creative process. “Music seems to be a common theme for glass blowers,” said Thomas. “If you go by a glass blowers studio and they’re not playing music something is wrong. If it doesn’t have music it doesn’t have soul. We never work without music.” With its rhythm, emotion, and choreography, music enhances those same attributes in the glass blowing process.

The beauty of the art, the urgency of the craft, and the orchestra of stimuli to the senses was enough to secure Thomas' attention. As he watched the glass blowers shape and mold their art, his need to try the medium grew. “It blew my mind that people were taking this molten stuff and putting it on a pipe and making beautiful art,” said Thomas. “I wanted to try it.” He studied the artists and their process, keeping a close eye on every step and motion. As he watched, he continued to ask questions and beg the artists to let him try glass blowing. Eventually, after using the ploy of telling them that the day was his birthday, Thomas was granted his wish of trying his hand at glass blowing. To the amazement of the artists, Thomas proved to be a natural talent. His innate abilities for the craft and the very short time that he had to study the artists work came together in a few moments that clearly showed Thomas' incredible potential. Those youthful years of a fascination with fire and a lifelong love of art finally found common ground. Glass blowing was what Thomas Long had been searching for. “The immediacy of the process appealed to every part of me. When I visualize something, I don’t want to wait to see it. I want it done as soon as possible. I want it now! Glass blowing gave that to me.” Thomas continued his art education beyond the campuses of the University of Texas and Texas Tech. Between the years of 1989 and 1992, he went on to study courses at The Penland School of Crafts and Tyler School of Art. During that time his skill and passion for glass blowing increased. In 2001, Thomas opened Creative Studios in St. Augustine, his first full time studio. Located in downtown St. Augustine on San Marco, Creative Studios welcomed onlookers with its open shutters that www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

The little boy who loved fire has become a man who can harness its power to create wondrous art. The inquisitive and bold college student has become a master of his craft. Thomas' dedication to his talent and the sheer splendor of his art have made him a highly sought-after artist. “No matter what, I will continue blowing glass,” said Thomas.


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allowed many pedestrians the opportunity to see Thomas and his staff blowing glass. The studio was a big attraction for both tourists and locals. People couldn't pass up a chance to see him craft his art of mesmerizing patterns and astonishing colors. In 2005, Thomas moved into his current and much larger studio in West St. Augustine. The increased space of the new studio triggered even more creativity and opportunities for the artist. “We moved into a bigger space and began getting bigger jobs. When I’m working in a big space I think bigger,” said Thomas. Those grand designs of spectacular colored glass can be found all across the country. One design, "Coral Wave," boasts a width of over twelve feet and a height of seven and a half feet. The art piece, now residing in a home in Brigantine, NJ, is a marvel of precise composition and compelling colors. In various hues of blue, green, and red, Thomas' "Coral Wave" captures the essence of the ocean with hypnotic patterns on lustrous circular shapes. Another one of Thomas' ambitious sculptures is "Wellspring." The piece spans 100 feet of wall space in the Biological Sciences Building of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. "Wellspring" exhibits his familiar gift of color with the added elements of some of its components being made in the shape of biological cells.

“No matter what, I will continue blowing glass,” said Thomas. “It will always be a part of my life. There are other things that I want to do in the next season of my life, but glassblowing will always be a part of it.”

Actually, while standing before Thomas' art in his studio, it is easy to see why so many people have commissioned his work for private and public areas. The 4000 square foot space gives a feeling of openness and yet the art is not swallowed up by it. The exquisite glasswork is properly showcased in the space. People who visit Thomas' studio gain a scale for both the small and large pieces. They can visualize how their very own unique commission will look in their homes, offices, and restaurants. By giving his blown glass art such poetic titles as "Sunset Lotus," "Autumn Gold," and "Water Wisp," Thomas evokes a yearning for his work to be seen and shared with others. Mounted on walls, above fireplaces, or even as chandeliers, his creations enhance spaces with their translucency, composition, and color just as they do in his studio.

not playing music something is wrong. If it doesn’t have music it doesn’t have soul. We never work without music.” With its rhythm, emotion, and choreography, music enhances those same attributes in the glass blowing process. Both glass blowing and music share a sense of timing and personal connection. Thomas appreciates different styles of music. It is not uncommon for him and his assistants to work to the sounds of The Clash, Bootsy Collins, Led Zeppelin, or Devo. With a music selection as diverse as his color palette, Thomas creates the right atmosphere for each piece. After 30 years of blowing glass, Thomas is now at a place in life where he can reflect on his journey and ponder his future. The little boy who loved fire has become a man who can harness its power to create wondrous art. The inquisitive and bold college student has become a master of his craft. Thomas' dedication to his talent and the sheer splendor of his art have made him a highly sought-after artist. “It’s an amazing feeling to be at a point where people actually want my work,” said Thomas. With sculptures in places like the Arribas Brothers Gallery in Downtown Disney of Orlando and the Atlantis Casino and Resort of Reno, NV; it's enough for a less ambitious person to shut down the furnaces and relax. However, Thomas Long is not that kind of man. He is driven and he is an artist down to his very core. “No matter what, I will continue blowing glass,” said Thomas. “It will always be a part of my life. There are other things that I want to do in the next season of my life, but glassblowing will always be a part of it.” This is the kind of thinking and passion for his art that has brought him to his present state of being. It’s an example of determination, ingenuity, and big dreams that should inspire others to chase their own destinies. It’s also what Thomas addresses light-heartedly as his “30 year overnight story.” 25 Palmer Street www.thomaslongglass.com

It’s not only the adequate space of Thomas’ studio that inspires the creation of great art. Music is another intricate part of his creative process. “Music seems to be a common theme for glass blowers,” said Thomas. “If you go by a glass blowers studio and they’re

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CALICHE'S POKE BOWL As the weather warms up and our outdoor dining urges increase, we say opt for something fresh while you dine al fresco. Nothing could be more fresh than Caliche's Poke Bowl from Salt Life Seafood Shack. Straight from Wishbones in Playa Jaco â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fresh tuna seasoned with Calicheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secret marinade. Served with steamed spinach over sticky rice and finished with diced avocados, green onions and sesame seeds, this dish is delicious and filling for both lunch or dinner. 3 21 A1A Beach Blvd. www.saltlifefoodshack.com

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SECRET SPOTS Packed with delicious restaurants, it can be a challenge to narrow down a spot to eat in St. Augustine. Next time you hear your stomach growling, be sure to check out these exclusive, undercover places. By Linzy Mara

THE DISH Falafel Sandwich

Living on the Veg

ALL HAIL THE FALAFEL QUEEN This local eatery serves up veg-friendly sandwiches, including the signature Falafel.

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ocated in the South end of the Winn Dixie shopping center, at the intersection of U.S. 1 and State Road 207, is a diamond in the rough by the name of Falafel Queen. Going on five years of business, this unassuming, hole in the wall eatery serves up authentic Mediterranean cuisine that rivals that of larger, international cities — at least, so says my own tastebuds. The queen herself is owner and chef Eva Larocque. Larocque prepares her fresh sandwiches, platters and salads in front of her customers, while welcoming them with conversation. Customers have the option of dining in, and eating at the bar or one of Falafel Queen's handful of tables, or ordering take-out, and grabbing it to go. Although the Queen serves up a number of halal meats, there are also plenty of plant-based options that are entirely vegan. Though her cauliflower and eggplant wraps are hard to beat, it’s no surprise that one of the winning entrees on Falafel Queen’s menu is in fact, the signature falafel sandwich. For those unfamiliar, falafel is a fried patty of chickpeas. Historically made from fava beans,

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chickpeas or a blend of both, falafel is an ancient dish that is eaten throughout the Middle East and beyond. Today, falafel patties are enjoyed around the world, both as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food. At Falafel Queen, these patties are moist and full of flavor. The falafel sandwich consists of pita bread, loaded with enough falafel for every bite, plus lettuce, tomato, radishes, and tahini (sesame) sauce, then wrapped up and served. Would you like your falafel on the spicy side, with jalapeños or hot sauce? You will be asked when ordering. Filling in size, the falafel sandwiches are priced under $6 bucks a pop. If you’re extra hungry, ask for a side order of hummus with chips. New to falafel? If you would prefer to try falafel in a more familiar form, the queen recently added a falafel veggie burger option to the menu, both vegan and kosher. Falafel Queen is open 11am - 8pm Monday Saturday. 1080 S. Ponce De Leon Blvd. (904) 217-4886

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180 Vilano Offering casual dining by the water, this hideaway has it all from crispy pizza to fresh seafood. Stuck on what to order? You can't go wrong with their savory Lobster Mac & Cheese, arguably the best in St. Augustine. Sip on a cold glass of wine and a hot meal after a long day at the beach. 180 Vilano Road Drake’s Deli Craving a meaty sandwich? Head beyond uptown San Marco and fill up on big subs full of flavor from this deli. Try their marvelous Pizza Panini and be sure to save room for a big chunk of homemade cake. 138 San Marco Avenue Red Rabbit Eatery Grab a quick, delicious meal at this lunch joint. Be sure to check out our staff favorite, the Falafel Bomb. Stuffed with extra veggies and finished with a killer dressing, it's everything we could ever ask for in a wrap. Serving vegetarian and gluten free options, their sandwiches, soups and salads are a guiltless choice. 2233 State Road 16 The Press Drop by this cafe for a fresh feast of burgers and craft beer. Start with their Gingered Calamari tossed in a garlicy house-made sauce and grilled pineapple. Come back for happy hour to enjoy major deals on the region's best local brews. 525 State Road 16, Unit 101


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MATTHEW BROWN Chef Matthew Brown is positively poetic with the culinary creations he designs for the patrons of Collage in downtown St. Augustine. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Rob Futrell

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ne afternoon when Chef Matthew Brown was nine years old, his parents sat him down with a stern look on their faces. Apparently, one third of a bottle of their Cognac was missing, and they wanted answers. He sheepishly explained to them he had used it to prepare a recipe he had seen on Julia Child that week. Now the executive chef of both Collage and Blackfly, self-taught Chef Brown has turned his childhood passion into a brilliant career. Collage is a quaint 15-table global fusion restaurant, with just 49 place settings and often fully booked by lucky epicureans. Chef Brown has been their executive chef since 2012. His culinary expertise has put Collage on the map, winning the top 100 Restaurants in America on the reservation website, Open Table, two years in a row. EARLY INSPIRATION The early interest in food began innocently. Chef Brown’s mom was an intensive care nurse, working nights. It was important to her that her family of four children had a home cooked meal every evening. He quickly realized that the person who cooked was not required to do dishes or take out the trash. As the passion ignited, he began watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin cooking shows. He would take notes and then recreate gourmet dishes for his siblings. THE JOURNEY Chef Brown challenged himself continuously as he climbed the culinary ladder. He left a high-paying position

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It’s a great idea to know what a chef adores about his menu. He has recently created a cutting edge dish called Popcorn Scallops. It is a butter popcorn puree and a salted caramel Valencia almond crust on seared diver’s scallops. Even though he felt he was taking a risk with this dish, it has been very well received.

at Stonewood to accept a bottom level cooking position at One Ocean. This resulted in a 20,000 decrease in pay, but he felt he would expand his knowledge by starting at the bottom with Chef Ted Peters and working his way up. “I had all these cookbooks and I went through the Professional Chef Eighth Edition that they use at CI New York. I remember going to Publix and asking the butcher to save me veal bones, so I could learn to make demiglaze.” One Ocean was a sea of culinary greatness. “In addition to Chef Peters and Chef Nate Lindsay, there were two sous chefs, and an executive pastry chef. Then you had constant interns coming in from places like the Philippines and San Salvador, so there were so many influences coming in. One day you would be searing www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

off a piece of pricey foie gras, and next be making a grilled cheese sandwich.” His position at Collage was the result of a Craigslist ad. Owner Mike Hyatt wanted to expand his menu to a more artful global fusion style, in order to attract a more diverse clientele. He knew he had to find the right person to make this transition, and soon Chef Brown was immersed in a new position. CHALLENGES An executive chef position does not come without challenges. One large issue is finding staff that share the dedication and passion that Chef Brown and owners Mike Hyatt and Cindy Stangby insist upon. “When a young culinary comes in and his first question is about the salary


of an executive chef, he knows that they most likely don’t possess the passion they will need to get them through,” said Chef Brown. “People underestimate the anxiety that is involved in creating a dish, as you would think it would become easier with experience, but as you grow you have a reputation to live up to, and there becomes so much more to lose.” THE PHILOSOPHER Chef Brown possesses a calm philosophical temperament unlike what one might expect from a high profile chef. He recalled a recipe that his mentor Chef Peters had gotten from Gordon Ramsey, which had been passed down for generations before, starting with the famous chef, Escoffier. “It kind of hit me at that moment in some sort of metaphorical way that we were all through Chef Ted the culinary children of Escoffier.” And when asked what he loved most about his profession, the answer was a simple, “Instant gratification.” He compared his calling to other fields and said, “If you are an architect, it may take you five years to build a bridge. It takes so long to see the fruition of you work. As a chef, I get to experience that on multiple levels on a nightly basis.”

SECRET TO SUCCESS Humility is one of the secrets to Chef Brown’s success. With every new creation, he passes out samples to all kitchen and wait staff. And most importantly, he listens to what they have to say. In addition, he maintains personal relationships with all his vendors. He quizzes them daily about what their freshest ingredients are and what is in season. He uses local produce and always has a fresh fish on the menu. CHEF FAVORITES When asked what his most important ingredients were, Chef Brown replied, “Butter, salt, vinegar and tomatoes.” Clearly the Julia Child influence remains, as she often talked of butter being the Holy Grail of the culinary trade. He commented, “Use less salt and finish the dish with a splash of vinegar, and it will brighten and elevate everything in the dish.”

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SCOTT DINGLER Introduced about six months ago to The Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge, Scott's 50 States Cocktails allow guests to take a crosscountry trip of libations. Photography by Brian Miller Tending bar since: Off and on his entire life Bartending at The Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge since: January 2015 Where did the idea for the 50 States Cocktails come from? The 50 States Cocktails were created as a way to start conversations amongst patrons. It gets people talking to each other about where they’re from and where they’ve been. If guests are talking amongst themselves they’re occupied, and the bartender doesn’t have to be their source of entertainment. It also encourages the purchase of more than one drink because they’re involved in a conversation, or maybe they want to try the cocktail from their new friend’s state. The 50 States menu also brings people back in that want to taste other state cocktails. The bar is located inside of the Double Tree by Hilton, how does this affect the demographic of your guests, locals versus tourists? It’s usually fifty-fifty, but on Friday and Saturday nights we have light jazz music from 7-11pm and we often see more locals then. Many of my previous regulars from Cortesse’s have followed me to The Oak Room and come in for wine or my infamous Espresso Martinis. We have a full bar and guests are not restricted to ordering off of the 50 States Cocktail menu. Are any of the 50 States Cocktails more popular than others? Yes, often guests will order drinks that they recognize. So, the Florida Citrus Drop Martini (similar to a lemon drop, but with citrus) and the California Mudslide are commonly ordered. I also get frequent requests for the Bloody BLT. I add

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"The 50 States Cocktails were created as a way to start conversations amongst patrons. It gets people talking to each other about where they’re from and where they’ve been ... It also encourages the purchase of more than one drink because they’re involved in a conversation, or maybe they want to try the cocktail from their new friend’s state."

a smoothie, 99 Virgins. I’ll also ask people what they like to get a sense of their taste and then recommend something to them that way.

beef bouillon to make it a little hardier and it even comes with two slices of bacon, lettuce and tomato. Do you make any non-alcoholic versions of the 50 States Cocktails? I can make nonalcoholic versions of many of them. We’re also starting a similar set of drinks soon for each of the 196 countries. One of those is Saudi Arabia’s drink, which is basically www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

What is the most challenging part of your job? Staying organized. With more than one bartender behind the bar, it’s easy for things to be moved around and not put back where they belong. The best bartender is a master of setup and has a sociable personality. 116 San Marco Avenue www.oakroomrestaurant.net


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Spot Check

THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFE Off the beaten downtown path, this veg-friendly hot spot will convince you to indulge (without the guilt). Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

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t’s been said that variety is the spice of life. Even when there’s no shortage of great restaurants with various cuisines to choose from, it’s easy to fall into a groove of always opting for what’s become the most comfortable. Some folks like a great steak, while others will opt for seafood at every opportunity. There’s no shortage of either in St. Augustine. Far less prevalent, though, is vegetarian and vegan fare. It’s certainly out there, but you have to look a bit harder for it. And, when you go looking for it, odds are you’re going to find The Present Moment Cafe. In its almost tenth years in business (they'll celebrate their ten year anniversary in September), The Present Moment Cafe prides itself in "providing only the highest quality gourmet raw, organic food in an environmentally aligned, calming, down-to-earth-at-home atmosphere." It's

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The Present Moment Cafe prides itself in "providing only the highest quality gourmet raw, organic food in an environmentally aligned, calming, down-to-earth-athome atmosphere."

clear that owner Yvette Schindler, along with her staff, are dedicated to this philosophy. Going along with this philosophy is that everyone pretty much takes an active, and equal, role in running the restaurant on a daily basis. Kristin Amamczyk, one of the folks who helps see to the day-to-day operations likens it more to a family than a restaurant staff. The restaurant itself offers plenty of seating, both at tables and at a bar, and is bright and airy. Housed in a small, funky building on West King Street, The Present Moment Cafe offers a varied menu of vegetarian and vegan choices that can (and did) satisfy the staunchest of carnivores. For a nice light entree option, go for the nachos. Romaine lettuce tossed with a jalapeno vinaigrette and topped with taco pate, tomatoes, scallions, red pepper, guacamole, cashew sour cream (more on cashews in a minute), all served with their house-made tortilla chips. For $12, it’s difficult

Location: 224 W King Street Claim to Fame: Plentiful parking, cozy seating, takes reservations, delivery available Fare: Vegan/Vegetarian

to imagine not needing a “to go” box. Of course, you can’t be expected to enjoy a meal like this without enjoying something tasty to wash it all down with. Along with their extensive menu of notable plant-based drinks, The Present Moment Cafe also offers beer and wine selections for those wishing to imbibe. If you’re the type of person who can’t leave a restaurant without having dessert, the cashew vanilla ice cream is amazing. Made without a cow in sight, this ice cream will rival anything you can find in any grocery store. Whether you're a strict vegetarian or an old-school meat eater looking for something different, The Present Moment Cafe should definitely be on your short list.

Favorites on the Menu: Grilled Cheez, Pad Thai, Nachos, Chashew Ice Cream Hours: 11am-9pm daily, closed Sundays Details: www.thepresentmomentcafe.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.

Featuring...

Delicious food in a fun creative environment.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Pizza, Gluten Free

SETTING: Family friendly,

fun environment, outdoor dining patios

ON THE MENU

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, Funguys, Mushroom Soup, Stuffed Portobello, Greek Salad, Pretzels Fresh Mellow dough twisted into pretzels: • Garlic butter and Parmesan, with a side of red sauce • Butter and Kosher salt, with a side of mustard • Cinnamon sugar and honey CHEF SPECIALTIES

PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: 2-for-1

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

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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 Chicken and Cheese Calzone Grilled Chicken, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, and Mozzarella Cheese. Mushroom Club Hoagie Ham, Turkey, 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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CASUAL MEDITERRANEAN EATERY SERVING BREAKFAST TO DINNER IN A PLEASANT ROOM OR OUT ON THE PATIO.

Family friendly dining in a relaxed environment with an expansive menu. CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Greek specialities, classic Italian, steaks, chops and ribs setting: Family dining, outdoor covered gazebo

ON THE MENU

ENTERTAINMENT: Friday

and Saturday nights STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Domathes, Cold Gracian Relish Plate, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Mushrooms, Greek Salad, Parthenon Salad

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Beach

Oysters Rockefeller six fresh oysters heaped with creamed spinach, bacon and cheese then broiled to perfection

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Fish Pesada Parmesan crusted fresh filet served with garlic butter. Spanakopita Spinach, onions and feta cheese seasoned with resh dill and baked in a flaky phyllo crust. Veal Parmesan A breaded veal cutlet topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, served with a side of spaghetti wtih meat sauce. Eggplant Parmesan Breaded eggplant with marinara sauce and mozzarella and served with a side of spaghetti with marinara sauce Captain's Delight Three stuffed shrimp, a stuffed mushroom, broiled flounder, scallops and a deviled crab. Lamb Shank Two juicy and tender lamb shanks with gravy, served with choice of side

SPECIALS: Happy Hour

Daily from 3pm - 7pm

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Catch 27 stands in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida.

WE BELIEVE IN PREPARING AND SERVING FRESH, LOCALLY CAUGHT SEAFOOD FROM THE NATION'S 27TH STATE. WE COOK EVERYTHING FROM SCRATCH WITH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AND LOCAL PRODUCE.

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CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

The selection varies from Snapper to Sheepshead, Mahi Mahi to Triggerfish, and Flounder to Black Drum. Sea folk and Landlubbers will all find something they'll enjoy.

ON THE MENU STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

ENTERTAINMENT:

Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Hummus, Minorcan Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad

Guitar and vocalist on the patio sometimes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp & Grits Six cheddar and bacon grit cakes, topped with lightly blackened shrimp and sherry cream sauce. Rustic Fish Local Florida fish seasoned with salt and cracked pepper. Served with farmers market vegetable risotto with lemon herb butter.

PARKING OPTIONS:

Any of the downtown parking lots SPECIALS: Bring your

own wine for a $5 corkage fee,

40 CHARLOTTE STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 11:30AM - 8:30PM SUNDAY-THURSDAY 11:30AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Blackened Fish Local Florida fish, lightly blackened and served with angel hair pasta, bacon-brussel sprouts and a sherry cream sauce. Florida Picatta Local catch, seasoned with salt and cracked pepper and served over angel hair pasta, tossed in a light, white wine lemon-caper butter sauce. Minorcan Clam Chowder Spicy red chowder with locally grown datil peppers and spices.

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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

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Southern Fare, Local Seafood

North Beach Chicken Twin breasts basted with our homemade Southern Comfort barbeque sauce, topped with ham, provolone, shredded cheddar and tomatoes

SETTING: Intracoastal Water

View, Outdoor Seating ENTERTAINMENT:

Live Music

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: North of

11AM-9PM MONDAY- SUNDAY

Vilano Beach

RESERVATIONS: Yes

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

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Self-Parking

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Beet Salad, Burrata Salad, Shrimp in Escabeche, Marinated Manchego CHEF SPECIALTIES

Roasted Monkfish Loin “Tagine” Fennel, Chick Peas, Cracked Olives & Fingerling Potatoes Pasture Prime Farms Berkshire Pork Chop Braised Gigante Beans, Grilled Scallion, Savory Pork Jus

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

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

Outdoor Dining

MTR Burger House Ground Angus Beef, Crispy Serrano Ham, Cabrales Blue Cheese, Truffle Fries

ENTERTAINMENT: Live

Music on Weekends KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown

RESERVATIONS: Yes

11AM-9PM MONDAY - SUNDAY

PARKING OPTIONS:

Street, Self-Park

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On the Menu STARTERS

Escargot, Baked Brie, Cabot Tuna, Seafood Crepes CHEF SPECIALTIES

Lobster & Spinach Ravioli 6 oz Maine Lobster Tail accompanied with Spinach and cheese raviolis topped with our signature Pink Vodka sauce Rack Of Lamb Roasted to perfection and drizzled with a Tangy Rosemary Demi-glace sauce.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

International Cuisine with a Latin flair SETTING: Located at the

Chilean Sea Bass Over Vegetable Rissoto and Asparagus with Tomato Hollandaise Sauce, Garnished with Shrimp

Casillo Real Hotel

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: St.

Augustine Beach

8AM-9PM* MONDAY- SUNDAY 530 A1A BEACH BLVD. (904) 461-8288

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking

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On the Menu STARTERS

Grilled Scallop Tostadas, Reef Conch Fritters, Datil Lime Shrimp CHEF SPECIALTIES

Grouper Oscar Sautéed fresh grouper topped with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise Slow-Roast Prime Rib Chef cut to order, slow roasted, with au jus and horseradish sauce

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Fresh, Local Seafood

Roast Duck Breast Duck breast roasted, sliced and served over blackberry demi glace sauce

SETTING: Oceanview,

Outdoor Dining

SPECIALS: Happy Hour,

Sunday Brunch

LUNCH: MON-SAT 11:30AM-3PM DINNER: MON-SUN 4:30PM-9PM SUNDAY BRUNCH

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: North of

Vilano Beach

RESERVATIONS: Yes

11AM-2:30PM 4100 COASTAL HIGHWAY

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Sourhern Pie, Beer Battered Dawg Bites

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CHEF SPECIALTIES

Chili Dawg Farm-fresh beef dog topped with our grass fed/housemade meat sauce and organic 3 bean chili with Non-GMO Irish cheddar cheese!

Saint Augustine est. 2015

Breakfast Dawg Farm-fresh pork brat and bacon on a garlic butter toasted organic bun and topped with a fried egg* and organic hash fries!

450th est.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Organic Hotdogs

SETTING: Casual & friendly

'Eh, What's up Dawg?' Organic Carrot‫ ‏‬Dawg marinated in cider and spices then grilled and topped with organic sauerkraut and house-made datil sauce!

ENTERTAINMENT:

Classis board games KID'S MENU: No NEIGHBORHOOD:

Business District near corner of US1/312

11AM-12AM TUESDAY- SUNDAY

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:

1974 US1 SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32086 (904) 429-7149

Plenty of self-parking!

S E E M O R E >> B R E W Z N D AW G Z .C O M

On the Menu STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Tomato Salad, Classic Caesar, House Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Traditional Club Black Forest ham, Turkey pastrami, Havarti and Muenster cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, garlic herb aioli, and honey mustard on five grain wheat bread

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches, Weekly Specials

Philly Steak Seasoned filet of beef or chicken, peppers, onions, Provolone, and smoked gouda, with our Parmesan peppercorn sauce on a hoagie roll

SETTING: Cafe ENTERTAINMENT:

Across from IMAX and Hall of Fame Museum KID'S MENU: No

MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-6PM SUNDAY 12PM- 6PM

NEIGHBORHOOD:

World Golf Village

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:

ONE WORLD GOLF PLACE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32092 (904) 940-4100

Self-Park

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REFINED FARE

Shorter more refined menus, with an atmosphere and service worthy of formal attire although not required.

BLACKFLY - THE RESTAURANT Seafood Grill

Known for their daily fresh fish specials using local caught fish that you usually don't see on most restaurant menus, along with select fillets of wahoo, mahi, hog snapper and other specialty fish.

108 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 201-6300

MICHAEL'S TASTING ROOM PESTO CRUSTED LAMB rack with grilled Moroccan sausage, sautéed vegetables, PX reduction, and paprika oil. Perfect with a glass Rioja like their Campo Viejo Reserva Temranillo by the glass or their Wine Spectator award of excellence winning wine list.

COSTA BRAVA

Mediterranean When you first enter Costa Brava, you can’t help but notice the lavish antiques, silk textures and hand-painted gold leaf ceilings. You are surrounded by artful décor, then you discover the Mediterranean influenced cuisine is also celebrated as an art form of its own. Delicious.

95 Cordova Street (904) 810-6810

CELLAR 6

Seafood, Steakhouse, Martinis St. Augustine's premier Wine and Martini Bar. Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, Cellar 6 is a full service restaurant featuring a fresh and new dinner menu composed of popular urban cuisine dishes as well as weekly dinner specials.

6 Aviles Street (904) 827-9055

CATCH 27

Local Seafood & Seasonal Fare Catch 27 stands in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. They believe in preparing and serving fresh, locally caught seafood from the nation's 27th state and cook everything from scratch with seasonal ingredients and local produce.

40 Charlotte Street (904) 217–3542

COLLAGE

Fine Dining Collage is a small eclectic fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown. Plan for a date night and enjoy a five course meal prepared by their expert culinary team.

60 Hypolita Street (904)829-0055

THE FLORIDIAN

Modern Southern Grub The Floridian is proud to offer St. Augustine’s locals and visitors regionally authentic, fresh from the source cuisine: a clever synthesis of down home Southern comfort foods and lighter, healthier dishes, with many vegetarian options.

72 Spanish Street (904) 829-0655

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LA PENTOLLA

LA COCINA INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT

La Pentola Restaurant offers Latin and Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting in historic downtown. Their culinary team offers seafood, prime steaks, and innovative pasta paired with unique wines and housemade desserts. Lunch is served Tuesday to Saturday 11-3; dinner is served Tuesday to Sunday 5 until close; and Sunday Brunch 10 to 3.

You'll find this classy restaurant located at Castillo Real Resort on St. Augustine Beach featuring intimate fine dining with a Latin flair in a casual atmosphere. Start your day with fresh, cooked to order a la carte breakfast, enjoy a business meeting, or a casual lunch with friends and family and finish a perfect day with an amazing culinary experience in a fine dining romantic candle lit setting for your evening meal.

Latin and Mediterranean

58 Charlotte Street (904) 824-3282

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Latin and Mediterranean

530 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 461-8288


MICHAEL'S TASTING ROOM

AUNT KATE'S RESTAURANT

They change their menu every month to bring you the most innovative dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. Chef Michael Lugo believes in organic and sustainable ingredients, and uses local or meticulously sourced products throughout.

Continuing over 100 years of serving the finest in local seafood, Aunt Kate's pleasures both the eye and the palate. Sit in a grove of live oaks on the bank of the Tolomoto River, you can dine on the outside decks under the trees or inside in either the main dining room or the Victory Bar.

25 Cuna Street (904) 810-2400

612 Euclid Ave. (904) 829-1105

PURPLE OLIVE

A1A ALE WORKS

Family owned and operated since 2004, the Purple Olive offers a creative full dinner menu, nightly dinner specials, freshly baked artisan breads, and all homemade soups, sauces, signature salad dressings and desserts.

Located in historic St. Augustine, their dining room and private function facilities overlook the scenic Matanzas Bay. A1A Ale Works’ passion for fresh seafood has been a hit since day one. The menu features a variety of Caribbean, Cuban and Florida influences.

Spanish Tapas & Wine

Mediterranean / New American

4255 A1A South (904) 461-1250

RAINTREE RESTAURANT Upscale American

Their intercontinental menu blends Mediterranean, American and Asian cuisine. You’ll enjoy the finest ingredients in the food prepared just for you, from the Canadian Lobster to the Chilean Sea Bass.

Southern Seafood

American Seafood

1 King Street, Ste 101 (904) 829-2977

THE BACK 40 URBAN CAFE

Caribbean, New American An eclectic mix of flavors from around the

102 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-7211

world, including vegetarian and vegan dishes, at an affordable price. Be sure to stop in an enjoy one of their famous "wet burritos" with a cold brew.

40 South Dixie Hwy (904) 824-0227

BARNACLE BILL'S

American Seafood Featuring a variety of grilled, broiled, steamed, blackened and fried seafood items. Steaks, pasta, chicken, alligator, homemade desserts and creative entree salads.

14 W. Castillo Drive (904) 824-3663

BEACHES AT VILANO

American Grill / Seafood Get away from it all at St. Augustine’s coolest new outdoor deck and bar. Enjoy beaches the way it was meant to be – dining on the beach, the patio or inside with college and pro football games on every screen.

254 Vilano Rd (904) 829-0589

THE MUSEUM CAFE AT THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE

THE REEF

Seafood / Mediterran

DISH: TRADITIONAL CLUB Black Forest ham, Turkey pastrami, Havarti and Muenster cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, garlic herb aioli, and honey mustard on five grain wheat bread

There are few remaining true oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, and of those, The Reef, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at the ocean, you listen to it as the waves break and the birds cry.

4100 Coastal Highway (904) 824-8008

DISH: TOMATO SALAD Tomatoes, micro greens, aged blue cheese, candied walnuts, balsamic basil vinaigrette

RIPE BISTRO

Healthy, Local Seafood, Italian Ripe Bistro is a unique combination of fresh, healthy, locally grown food combined with gourmet cooking to provide the perfect dining experience.

1097 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-3177

CASUAL CHOW

You'll find a family-friendly and casual environment at these restaurants with all around great food. Expect your typical sit and be served dining experience here.

AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian

Serving authentic Italian cuisine that's both innovative and traditional, their menu includes delicious seafood, meat, homemade pastas, chicken, salads and homemade desserts and a carefully chosen wine list to complement your meal.

1915 A1A South (904) 461-0102 www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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EATS EAT LOCAL GUIDE CATCH 27

THE BLACK MOLLY GRILL American Seafood Grill

The Black Molly Grill, a family-style, full-service restaurant specializing in seafood, steaks, chops and chicken, is in the Cobblestone Village Shopping Center on State Road 312.

504 W Geoffrey Street (904) 547-2723

BONO'S PIT BAR-B-Q Barbeque

Bono’s has been serving real pit BBQ since 1949. Remember, if you don’t see a Pit, it ain’t Legit. That is why they cook all of their award-winning BBQ fresh everyday and finish it on a live pit, the way real BBQ is supposed to be cooked. 2420

SHRIMP & GRITS Three cheddar and bacon grit cakes stacked and topped with lightly blackened shrimp and sherry cream sauce. BYOB: Apart from the selection of drinks that Catch 27 offers, allows and encourages customers to bring their favorite bottle of wine to enjoy with their awesome food.

US 1 South (904) 794-9424

BULL & CROWN PUBLICK HOUSE Casual Pub

Join them for an historic adventure in the heart of St. Augustine for great food, fun and full bar in a casual pub atmosphere. Cheer on your favorite team with a cold beer and an overstuffed sandwich or tackle tasty wings watching the crowds go by from St. George Street.

53 St. George Street (904) 342-2869

CAP'S ON THE WATER

Mediterranean / Seafood At Cap's On The Water, they prepare new coastal cuisine, pairing fresh local seafood with traditional Southern, as well as Mediterranean flavors. A large outdoor deck, a sunset oyster bar, a full bar and an intimate indoor dining room, all offer breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

4325 Myrtle Street (904) 824-8794

THE CONCH HOUSE Seafood

This full service award winning casual restaurant features the finest seafood, steaks, salads and Caribbean style cuisine. Sit down under a palm tree on the outside deck or dine in one of the unique Jamaican styled grass huts out over the water. One of the most unique dining experiences in the area.

57 Comares Avenue (904) 829-8646

COQUINA BEACH SURF CLUB Island Style Grill

Coquina Beach Surf Club was created to bring customers the best in seasonal seafood, select beef entrees, seasonal produce, killer burgers, unique sandwiches and creative specials.

452 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-2434

CREEKSIDE DINERY Down Home Eats

Creekside Dinery and marshside deck are nestled among beautiful magnolia trees beside one of St. Augustine's oldest boatyards on Gonzales Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway. Creekside has its own

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distinctive style of southern cuisine with special emphasis on plank cooking - baking fish, chicken and steak on a 1" thick oak plank which seals in the juices and imparts a subtle wood flavor to the meat.

160 Nix Boat Yard Road (904) 829-6113

FUSION POINT Sushi

A local favorite for delicious sushi and a variety of Asian fusion cuisine, Fusion Point has been a constant since 1997.

237 San Marco Avenue (904) 823-1444

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GAS FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT Casual New American

Serving fresh local food you want to eat. The menu aims to offer something for everybody by serving classic comfort food elevated to something new with our creative twist and superior ingredients.

9 Anastasia Blvd. #C (904) 217-0326

GYPSY CAB CO.

European Fusion Gypsy Cab Co. has a reputation for being a casual restaurant with exceptional food that offers a unique dining experience. Located on Anastasia Island just over the Bridge of Lions


828 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 824-8244

(904) 461-1077

HURRICANE PATTY'S

Funky Pizza

Seafood Shack

Hurricane Patty's offers fresh seafood dishes to delight any appetite. From award winning clam chowders to live Maine lobsters and sashimi ahi tuna to beer battered cod, they have it all and bring the ocean to your table.

69 Lewis Blvd. (904) 827-1822

HASZARD'S AT THE BEACH Open Pit BBQ

Owners Tim and Sharon Hazard have brought the taste of Baltimore’s delicious open pit beef sandwiches and the South's love of slow-cooked pulled pork, loin and ribs together with a side of the restaurant's best-seller, Maryland Crab Cakes.

5633 A1A South (904) 461-4201

ICE PLANT BAR AND RESTAURANT

Farm-to-table Dining Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, the idea is to reintroduce guests to a time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable.

110 Riberia Street (904) 829-6553

KINGFISH GRILL

Casual Seafood and Sushi Located right at the docks of Camachee Cove Marina, they offer spectacular waterfront views with both inside and outside dining. Enjoy the freshest seafood and casual cuisine served in a relaxed setting. "Bring the Family."

252 Yacht Club Drive (904) 824-2111

MELLOW MUSHROOM Locally owned and operated with a fun groovy vibe, Mellow Mushroom sees baking as an art form, and seeks to bring joy to others by perfecting the art of pizza.

410 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 826-4040

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ Barbeque

MOJO refers to blues song lyrics describing a good luck feeling or vibe and, with a cool clientele and a relaxed atmosphere, the blues filled space at MOJO’s offers a vibe that doesn’t resemble any other barbeque joint in town - and that’s just the way Mojo likes it.

5 Cordova Street (904) 342-5264

JAYBIRD'S RESTAURANT American Eatery

This locally owned new-American restaurant offers a casual atmosphere with breakfast, lunch and dinner served in their spacious dining room or outdoor patio and happy hours from 4-7 pm.

2600 N Ponce de Leon Blvd. (904) 429-7153

OC WHITE'S SEAFOOD & SPIRITS American Grill

Enjoy mouth-watering, fresh Maryland Blue Crab Cakes to bruschetta to a Florida style Bucket O' Steamers. Top it off with one of their frozen specialty drinks such as a Banana Cabana, captivating Coladas or traditional Margarita.

118 Avenida Menendez (904) 824-0808

LA COCINA MEXICAN

PIZZALLEY'S CHIANTI ROOM Italian

A Mediterranean jewel complete with an open kitchen, gorgeous dining areas and expansive veranda. Enjoy favorites such as bruschetta, calamari and crab cakes in a roasted garlic and red pepper sauce, Chef Dees' Marsalas, Lasagnas, and Parmesans.

117 St. George Street (904) 825-2627

ROMANO'S Italian

Independently family owned, Romano’s on the Beach has an authentic Italian lunch or dinner ready for you! Their menu has plenty of options for everyone – pizza, salads, subs, wraps, and delicious dinner entrees like chicken marsala and eggplant parmigiana.

4010 US1 South (904) 797-8989

REDFROG & MCTOADS Grub-n-Pub

Redfrog & McToad’s is the first Grub-N-Pub in Northeast Florida. Stop by today and enjoy the casually cool eating and drinking establishment. With 25 flat screen TVs, you can be assured that you’ll have a great seat for the big game.

5545 A1A South Street (904) 814-8430

SALTWATER COWBOYS

Southern Seafood & Grill A very popular mainstay of the First Coast's restaurant scene for over 50 years, Cowboy's present owners have been serving up their own brand of fresh seafood, BBQ ribs, chicken, steaks, gator tail and frog legs to locals and tourists alike for 35 years.

299 Dondanville Road (904) 471-2332

Mexican

Featuring traditional dishes like Molcajete, Sopa de Mariscos, Veracruz style red snapper, Carnitas, Chiles Rellenos, Beef Tongue and a lot of other great choices, making dining at this restaurant an experience that everyone talks about and can't wait to come back to.

3290 US1 South (904) 794-1610

MIKATO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI Steak House & Sushi Bar

Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by master teppanyaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill.

1092 S Ponce De Leon Blvd. (904) 824-7064

MANGO MANGO'S

PURPLE OLIVE Shown here: Macadamia encrusted salmon with vanilla mango rum butter. Photographed with Asparagus and mashed potatoes but sides may vary. Also try: Espresso Rubbed Gorgonzola Crusted Pork Loin over marsala glazed onions with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Caribbean American Mango Mango’s combines the best of classic American fare with flavors from the Caribbean and the Southwest. There are over fifty unique menu items to choose from including award-winning appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken entrees and desserts.

700 A1A Beach Blvd. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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SAIGON PHO BISTRO Vietnamese

Authentic Vietnamese fare with vibrant modern decor and bistro style dining.

1935 A1A South (904) 461-9190

SOUTH BEACH GRILL

Easy-going Seafood Eatery Regarded as one of the best local restaurants for fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and crab legs! South Beach Grill is proud to serve only fresh, local seafood. All of their fish is hand cut in-house, fresh from the loin.

45 Cubbedge Road (904) 471-8700

SCHOONER'S SEAFOOD HOUSE Classic Seafood

Celebrating 20 Years in the Nation's Oldest City! Home of award winning Minorcan Clam Chowder and other local favorites. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.

3560 N Ponce De Leon Blvd. (904) 826-0233

SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK American Seafood

Salt Life Food Shack offers a carefully crafted eclectic menu to cater to all tastes and personalities. The casual yet trendy open-air space will accommodate all types from the avid seaman to land lovers looking for a taste of the Salt Life. It'€™s your choice of flops over loafers and soon to be your ideal choice for lunch or dinner!

312 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 217-3256

TERRA & AQUA

Italian Seafood Bringing modern, northern Italian cuisine to sunny Florida – Terra & Acqua’s chef/ owner, Simone Parisi, is creating something to experience. Terra & Acqua is a restaurant inspired by the beautiful Atlantic ocean and the freshest of locally-farmed ingredients .

134 Sea Grove Main Street (904) 429-9647

THEO'S RESTAURANT

BREWZ |N| DAWGZ BREAKFAST DAWG: Farm-fresh pork brat and bacon on a garlic butter toasted organic bun and topped with a fried egg* and organic hash fries! GREEK DAWG: Chicken Feta Sausage w/organic spinach, tomatoes, olives and greek dressing on a garlic toasted organic bun!

FAST "FOODIE"

For a quick, flavorful bite; you may or may not find table service at these places, but you'll always find the freshest ingredients.

Greek American

Open for breakfast and lunch, this traditional family restaurant will make you come back for more. Theo’s Restaurant is known for their delicious homemade bread, cinnamon bread, gyros and fried shrimp.

169 King Street (904) 824-5022

ZAHARIAS

Greek / Italian / American Since 1987, Zaharias Restaurant has been serving a legendary variety of Greek, American and Italian cuisines. Begin the day with an equally complete breakfast menu served til 2pm and recharge at night under the cities largest privately owned pavilion and bar.

3945 A1A South (904) 471-4799

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BREWZ |N| DAWGZ

Healthy Dogs & Sausages With a guilt-free, no junk menu this tucked away spot in the plaza of US-1 and 312, is calling to the locals avoiding downtown. A hangout with only fresh, local ,organic/non-gmo ingredients, and all their meats coming from real farms that are trusted to provide the best humanely raised/ grass-fed meats without any of the funny stuff. On the wall they keep 24 FL craft beers on draft and “99 bottles of beer on the wall.”

1974 U.S. 1 South (904) 429-7149

THE BLUE HEN

Southern Breakfast / Lunch Southern charm, with a hint of lime is their claim to fame. This cozy breakfast place is open

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Tuesday - Sunday from 8AM-3PM. There is nothing the local foodie wouldn't want to

try!

117 King Street (904) 217-3777

CHEEZEES GRILL All American

Cheezees Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With delivery, hand crafted sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups there’s no reason to deny a tasty meal. For a quick pickme-up, savor our seasonal selections of coffee, lattes and homemade baked goods.

918 Santa Maria Blvd. (904) 679-5008

THE CHEESE WHEEL & SANDWICH BOARD Classic Sandwich Shop

St Augustine's oldest sandwich shop. We serve breakfast and lunch; open Monday-Saturday 6:30-3:30 and Sunday 6:30-2:30.

252 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-8286


CRAVE FOOD TRUCK

Healthy Salads & Wraps Located in a food truck at the San Sebastian Marina, you will order the healthiest lunch filled with dates, hummus, kale and any other colorful vegetable you can think of. Andrés will make you a wrap, salad or smoothie with whatever combination you can dream of. Picnic tables line the water with covering, for rain or shine.

134 Riberia Street (904) 297-1885

FLAVORS EATERY

Ecclectic Smoothies & Wraps Looking for something quick, delicious, humongous and adventurous? Flavors is the place for you! Open for lunch and dinner, there is something for everyone - salad, wraps and nachos are their claim to fame. Stop by for a drink and open mic night!

125 King Street (904) 824-4221

FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE Southern Casual

Located in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district directly on St. George Street, this cafe offers outside dining on the garden patio, or you can enjoy your meal in the contemporary dining room. Perfect for a quick lunch or laid back dinner.

81 St. George Street (904) 829-0397

HOT SHOT BAKERY N' CAFE Breakfast & Lunch

Hot Shot Bakery n' Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Join them for their freshlybaked goods and a coffee. Come eat a chocolate-dipped Datil pepper and make it on the Wall of Flame!

8 Granada Street (904) 824-7898

THE KOOKABURRA

Hipster Coffee & Aussie Pies Stop by for a filling handmade Aussie meat pie (for lunch or dinner!) or grab a coffee and pasterie in this hometown favorite.

1835 US HWY 1 South 904-209-9391

THE MUSEUM CAFÉ AT WGV Classic Cafe

Located adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame Gift Shop, The Museum Café offers inhouse dining and take-out service for lunch. An extensive menu includes an assortment of burgers, deli-fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. The Museum Café also offers a variety of delicious desserts.

One World Golf Place (904) 940-4100

MOJO'S TACOS Simple Tacos

& nachos. The best kept secret of locals is their breakfast tacos. Everything made to order served fast and fresh. Cash only.

551 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 829-1665

NALU'S TROPICAL TAKE-OUT Tropical Wraps & Burritos

Nalu's specializes in serving the very freshest of ingredients homemade sauces, salsas, pestos, soups, fish jerky and selecting the highest grade and all wild caught Mahi Mahi, Ono (wahoo) and Ahi (yellowfin tuna) to create their tacos, burritos, burgers, sashimi and more.

1020 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 501-9592

SMOKIN D'S BBQ

Grab-n-Go Barbeque It takes 6 to 15 hours to make authentic fresh smoked BBQ. So, these folks get up real early to sell bbq at it's perfect moment.

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050

STIR IT UP

Trending

Healthy Wraps & Salads Specializing in healthy lunch cuisine and smoothies. The food is simply divine, made by caring hands with fresh ingredients including mixed greens, fresh ripe avocados, homemade hummus, and Annie’s Goddess salad dressing. All food is made to order, so be prepared to wait a little while if the porch is jammin.

18 A Street (904) 461-4552

THE SPOT

Classic Cafe Family friendly cafe! Serving bountiful breakfasts and daily lunch specials. From traditional breakfast meals to the deep Southern belly busting flavors, there will be something that will catch your hungry eyes! A full lunch menu is also available.

KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS Casual, comfortable restaurants where your kids can be kids and you can enjoy a nice meal out. MELLOW MUSHROOM 410 Anastasia Boulevard

4508 US1 Highway North (904) 824-8212

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ

SEA OATS CAFFE

THE BEACHCOMBER

Diner

Tucked in the St. Augustine Beach Publix, this little breakfast joint will have you coming back for more! Sit at the bar or outside and enjoy over 30 different flavors of pancakes. Check out the daily lunch specials.

1075 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-7350

TABERNA DEL CABALLO Spanish

Step back in time into our candlelit 18th centurystyled taberna. Enjoy savory tapas, flatbreads, sangria and cold beverages in an intimate atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

37 St. George Street (904) 342-2867

Mojo's Tacos is locally owned unique taco experience featuring an east coast restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, serving fresh mahi, shrimp, chicken, beef, vegetarian & vegan options like tofu & tempeh. Although known for their tacos, they also have burritos, salads,

5 Cordova Street

2 A Street

BEACHES AT VILANO 254 Vilano Road

ZAHARIAS RESTAURANT

3945 A1A South

SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbage Road

CAP'S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle Street

CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Road

AUNT KATE'S 612 Euclid Avenue

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