AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2016
THE CITY MAGAZINE FOR ST. AUGUSTINE
Family Matters The Local Influencers Shaping the Future of St. Augustine Families
A+ EDUCATORS TOP DOCTORS PET GUIDE
Display until September 30, 2016
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FAMILY MATTERS Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a motivated team to create the magazine you have before you. While every issue is a collection of our favorite stories around St. Augustine, we're always bound to have a favorite!
-Heather Vreeland Editorial Director
I love celebrating teachers! As the daughter of a kindgergarten teacher I've definitely taken part in my fair share of "behind the scenes" classroom experiences. From early summer mornings spent hanging number lines on bulletein boards (with Dairy Queen as payment for my efforts) to a few late Friday nights spent setting up for the next week's themed unit – it's safe to say my mom taught me what it means to be a thoughtful, hard-worker in the classroom. In this issue you'll meet some of the best teachers in our small town – just in time for this new school year!
-Erin Rapp Managing Editor
If you know me this is old news, but if you don’t… my dog, Billy, is perfect! No, really. He's great. I am so excited about the pet section, everything from where to shop for your pet to local business "Doggie Piles Be Gone" (I wonder if he will walk with me around the neighborhood and help a sister out?). Pets are such big parts of our families and with this being our Family issue, it seemed fitting. Side note, you can also be sure to check out Billy’s adventures through #whataboutbilly on Instagram. I promise you will see lots of breathtakingly cute snaps!
-Kaitlin Kennedy Advertising Director
My favorite part of this issue is hands down the fact that it's the August/September issue. More specifically the word September, which means summer is drawing to an end. Two things happened to me this summer. First, I realized temperatures above 85 degrees are no longer my friend. Second, I believe I finally acquired my "old man strength." It's more of a stateof-mind than anything, and only parents or teachers (see page 66) are able to use it. We've also added an interactive section on page 94 for locals to share their foodie photos. Simply tag your best food or drink photos with #stagusocial and we'll feature our favorites in each magazine. Thanks St. Augustine!
-Andrew Vreeland Publisher
The family issue really gave me a chance to reflect on how thankful I am to be back in St. Augustine with my family! My girlfriend Kim is new to the area so I am really getting to appreciate the beauty of our amazing town for all it's worth. With our two kids, Cameron and Caine (shameless name drop) in Hartley Elementary, the whole experience has a been a whirlwind of educational fun. The teachers who came into the office for the photoshoot really brought to mind the full spectrum of educational experiences we have both in and out of school.
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A day in the life of Andy Calvert, local librarian and epic story teller, is my favorite feature in this issue. I first found Andy at the St. Johns County Main Library when I brought our son Asher to toddler storytime. Andy starts each session by transfixing the tiny-humans with his bass violin and creative songs. He encourages them to jump and dance to get all the wiggles out and it's just the cutest thing you've ever seen. Andy is a great example of someone using their passion for good. In fact, this issue is packed full of peole who have "never worked a day in their life" because they truly love what they do.
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ABOUT THE COVER Just three days after we envisioned the cover shot, Adelaide Pacetti excitedly posed in front of our chalkboard wall!
ur St. Augustine community is lucky to have a range of different schooling options to consider when finding the perfect fit. From a top-knotch public school system, to independent religious and teaching-method schools, options are seemingly endless. While the schools are vastly different in their classroom environments, two things remain the same: a great education and even better teachers! Rather than choose a favorite teacher to put on the cover (because really, who could choose?), we reached out to the Pacetti family to see if their beautiful daughter Adelaide could bring our cover photograph vision to life. Adelaide held steady while she balanced three heavy books and one shiny perfect apple! (In case you were wondering, our editorial director, Heather, spent quite a bit of time in the produce aisle at Publix looking for a flawless red gala... all for the sake of getting the shot!) The picture perfect image was captured by Rob Futrell just in time for print.
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Refined Fare • Casual Chow • Fast "Foodie" The Who, What And Where To Grab The Best Grub When It's Time To Eat.
LONG STORY SHORT
Catholic Charities offers adoption services for St. Augustine families looking to expand.
From mobile vets to local parks, we've rounded up all there is to know about owning a furryfriend in St. Augustine.
Britnye Shore, owner of The Bardot Beauty Bar, shares her favorite beauty and lifestyle picks.
He spent the last four years playing for the St. Augustine High Jackets, now Connor Evans is ready for the next chapter.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
GAME DAY PICKS
Whether you're a Gator or a Nole, shop locally for cute game day fashions and tailgating essentials.
Get to know what it's like to be the children's librarian at the Main Branch. Spoiler alert: story hour includes a stand up bass.
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LIVING ON THE VEG
Take a trip over the Bridge of Lions to the island and enjoy salads, wraps and fresh juice sippers at Creative Juices.
BEHIND THE BAR
Josue Romero is known for his contagious energy at Odd Birds. Not sure what to drink? He'll make something special.
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“It’s like riding a bike,” they say. “You can hop right back on and it’ll all come back to you.” But riding a bike isn’t always the easiest thing to learn in the first place (or teach for that matter!). When it comes time for the training wheels to finally be abandoned, it can take a while for the little ones to be comfortable without mom or dad’s hand guiding them. Enter the Balance Belt.
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Living LOVE YOUR MOTHER ECO FASHION SHOW Volkswagen of St. Augustine September 24, 7pm The Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show will return to St. Augustine this September for its 10th show. The event is a partnership of local businesses and creative minds coming together to design for a good cause. For fans of philanthropy and outlandish fashion, this event is a canâ€™t-miss. Using only recycled materials, area designers craft outfits of many styles and degrees of compelling and outrageous whimsy, taking the vogue and making it environmentally friendly. With everything from old egg and milk cartons to newspaper and plastic bags, hubcaps to electrical cords, the designers show their talents through some seriously upcycled couture worn on the runway by local models. The event is bright, quirky, lively, and unlike any other in the city. The show is hosted by Panache, an Aveda Salon, and Volkswagen of St. Augustine and this year proceeds will benefit Home Again St. Johns, a charity created to combat homelessness in our area. For a night of the charmingly avant garde, secure your tickets online â€“ they go fast!
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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA Downtown St. Augustine Thursdays through September This local favorite returned for its 26th season and will be happening every Thursday through Labor Day. Who doesn’t enjoy listening to some nice tunes outdoors in a place as picturesque as downtown St. Augustine? Come out and enjoy concerts in the St. Augustine Plaza for free each week, open to all ages. www.staugustinegovernment.com
GODSPELL THE MUSICAL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 5-6, 8pm With the talented students from the nonprofit Apex Theatre performing, the lively seventies rock musical “Godspell” will be held at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at 8pm. A contemporary spin on a series of parables from the Bible, the production should be worth watching. Admission is $25 for general reserved seating and $20 for
THE LAST FIVE YEARS (MUSICAL) Limelight Theatre Through August 21, 7:30pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday & 2pm Sunday Featuring a two person cast, this emotionally powerful and intimate awardwinning musical written by Jason Robert Brown tells the story of two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy tells the two main characters' love story from the ending, and her husband Jamie tells the tale from the beginning. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. This production will take place in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre.
11 Old Mission Avenue • www.limelight-theatre.org
St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 4, 7pm
Don’t miss an opportunity to see GRAMMY Award winning country artist Chris Stapleton perform songs off of his breakout album, Traveller. With hit tunes such as “Fire Away” and ACM Awards Song of the Year winner “Nobody to Blame,” this concert is sure to be a highlight of your summer. To purchase tickets, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office or their website.
1340C A1A South • www.staugustineamphitheatre.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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students and seniors. For more information, call 904-209-0399. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com
SUNSET CELEBRATION Vilano Beach Town Center August 8, 7pm Celebrate the beauty that is a Florida sunset. Dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found at the Vilano pier on the first Saturday each month. Watch the sun go down across the bay while enjoying all the different activities this celebration offers. Vilano Beach www.floridashistoriccoast.com
MUSIC IN THE BOX 2016 Limelight Theatre August 28 & September 25, 6-9pm From Limelight Theatre’s concert series, held on the last Sunday of each month from 6-9pm, catch The Gatorbone Band August 28. Described as a mixture of original, traditional, and contemporary music, they’re sure to have a song to please everyone. On September 25, make sure you go out and listen to the Americana/folk influenced tunes of singer songwriter duo The Skinny. For detailed event information, visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call 904-8251164. 11 Old Mission Avenue www.limelight-theatre.org
X102.9 PRESENTS SLIGHTLY STOOPID WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SOJA AND FORTUNATE YOUTH St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 11, 4:30pm If you feel like sitting back, relaxing and listening to some chill, beachy songs then be sure to get your tickets for this concert. Not only will you be able to enjoy a performance by the hit multi-genre band Slightly Stoopid, but the talented musical groups SOJA and Fortunate Youth will be joining them. For more information and ticket details, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office or go online. 1340C A1A South www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
FILLING THE GAP WHITE PARTY Pioneer Barn at Old Florida Museum August 20, 7-10pm Rock the night away while supporting a great cause. This year’s second annual Party With a Purpose is being hosted by Palencia Dental at the Old Florida Museum. Enjoy music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a Silent Auction to benefit the Wildflower Clinic, a health center that provides medical and dental care to those less fortunate in the St. Augustine area. Tickets for this fabulous event are $75 if purchased online, or $100 if purchased at the door. Remember, white attire only at this function! For details and more information, call 904-826-4343. 259 San Marco Avenue www.palenciadental.com
Castillo de San Marcos August 25, 9am-5:30pm A fun and interesting way to spend the day. Make it a family outing and head downtown to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with a free visit to the historic Castillo de San Marcos. For more information visit them online. 1 South Castillo Drive www.nps.gov
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT Uptown San Marco Avenue August 27th & September 24, 5-9pm Want to get up, get out and enjoy the cooler hours of the day? If it’s a Saturday, check to see if it’s an Uptown Saturday Night. On the last Saturday of each month, the shops on San Marco Avenue remain open later than usual to showcase their unique products and offer entertainment to shoppers. With live music, artists, delicious refreshments, and of course the opportunity to buy
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS COLLECTIVE SOUL AND TRIBE SOCIETY GOO GOO DOLLS St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 31, 7pm
Touring in support of their newest album, Boxes, the incredibly popular Goo Goo Dolls will be giving an unforgettable performance. Joined by Collective Soul and newly noticed Tribe Society, a night full of fantastic alternative sounds is sure to be in store. For more information and ticket details visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office or check them out website.
1340C A1A South • www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
AN EVENING WITH RAY LAMONTAGNE St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 14, 7pm With five studio albums under his belt and beautifully written songs like “Beg Steal or Borrow” or “Supernova,” GRAMMY Award winner Ray LaMontagne will surely be providing his audience with a performance unlike any other on August 14. Tickets are available at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office or online. 1340C A1A South www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
REGULAR EVENTS Market at the Pier
yourself something nice, this is certainly a fun way to spend an evening. Gather the For more information call (904)824-3152. Uptown San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org
First Friday Art Walk
Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com
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CULINARY TOUR FUNDRAISER La Cocina International Restaurant September 2, 6:30-9pm The Vienrich Allstate Agency presents an evening of music and celebration with La Cocina Restaurant in support of Habitat for Humanity. Let the music and flavors take you to the Peruvian Inca Trail during a five course dinner paired with rich wines from Peru. You can purchase tickets for this event online. Seats are limited. 530 A1A Beach Boulevard www.culinarytourstaug.com
THE BARDOT BLOWOUT Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park Thursday, September 8, 6pm Come out for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a fun party to showcase The Bardot Beauty Bar’s recently renovated Beauty Bus. Join in celebrating the local companies involved that donated their time and efforts to help renovate the bus and make The Bardot Beauty Bar even more spectacular. It’s also a great chance to check out the Fountain of Youth as a beautiful wedding venue for anyone who may be planning their nuptials in the near future. 11 Magnolia Avenue www.thebardot.com
BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS PET SOUNDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GUESTS AL JARDINE AND BLONDIE CHAPLIN St. Augustine Amphitheatre Saturday, September 10 Referred to as the Mozart of Rock, Brian Wilson will be performing his wildly popular album Pet Sounds for the final time. Joined
TONY JOE WHITE IN CONCERT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 2, 8pm Swamp rock legend Tony Joe White will be live in concert on September 2 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The Louisiana singersongwriter has had a successful career that spans seven decades, and has written songs that have been recorded by multiple talents; from Tina Turner and Elvis Presley to Ray Charles and Etta James. Visit them online for more detailed event information. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com
ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE FESTIVAL
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT: BEETHOVEN AND GLAZUNOV
Various Locations September 8-11
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 4, 3pm The Florida Chamber Music Project will begin its 2016-2017 season with a concert featuring the sounds of Ludwig van Beethoven and Alexander Glazonov. The Florida Chamber Music Project aims to increase awareness of classical chamber music here in Florida, as well as provide educational opportunities to local students on the value of this type of music. For more detailed event information visit their website. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.flchambermusic.org
St. Augustine’s 5th annual Spanish Wine Festival for 2016 is set to occur from Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11. Beginning with the four-course Kick-Off Luncheon and ending with the Grand Tasting, where more than 100 Spanish wines are available for sampling, this festival will have an event for every wine lover. All proceeds from the events go to local charities. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Spanish Wine Festival’s website.
by guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, this 50th celebration of an album that is considered to be one of the most influential of its kind is sure to be an evening to remember. Tickets can be purchased online or at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office. 1340C A1A South www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
FEEL THE LOVE 5K St. Augustine Beach Pier September 10, 8am Come out and get your daily exercise for a great cause. The Feel the Love 5K starts at the St. Augustine Pier bright and early, and its participants will run (or walk) a flat 3.1 mile course through nearby St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods. No sweat. All proceeds from this race will go to benefit a local single mother in need of a heart transplant. For entry fees and other information, visit their website. 350 A1A Beach Boulevard www.feelthelove5k.com
ST. AUGUSTINE FASHION WEEK Lightner Museum September 14-16
St. Augustine Fashion Week will be returning, presenting “MODA Alcazar” at the beautiful and historic Lightner Museum. With SAFW creating the finest platform available to the area, 25 small brand designers will showcase Spring/Summer 2017 Collections. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of St. Augustine’s greatest up and coming fashions.
75 King Street • www.stafashionweek.com
FOUNDING DAY COMMEMORATION Mission Nombre de Dios September 10, 10am-12pm Presented by Florida Living History Inc., a commemoration in honor of Founder’s Day 2016 will take place at the Mission Nombre de Dios on Saturday, September 10. A reenactment of the landing of Pedro Menéndez and his crew will definitely be a fun event for family members of all ages. Not to mention, it’s free admission for everyone. 27 Ocean Avenue www.floridalivinghistory.org
JAKE SHIMABUKORO IN CONCERT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 14, 8pm
The first ukulele player to be signed with Sony Music, Jake Shimabukoro will take the stage with his signature instrument at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. You can expect him to perform not only original tunes, but on the spot improvisations of popular songs as well. Tickets for this fun and unique show are available for purchase at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices, or over the phone by calling (904) 209-0399.
1050 A1A North Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com
FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College September 15-17 For writers and readers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, this event is a must. Over the course of this three day festival, workshops, presentations and readings take place, along with special events such as critiques of submitted manuscripts and free author presentations. Book signings, hourly drawings, and a daily marketplace will also occur. Pack up your favorite notebook and pen and be sure to bring a coffee, this is a definite power writing weekend. 50 Sevilla Street www.fhbookfest.com
MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES St. Augustine Beach Pier August & September Enjoy the 14th season of the annual Music by the Sea concert series, every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm. Each week features different musical entertainment along with a local restaurant pairing. Concert guests are welcome to bring a cooler, lawn chair, and blankets. Dogs are permitted and welcome but must be on a leash. Due to limited parking at Pier Park, attendees are encouraged to ride the Trolley, which runs continuously from City Hall. The first trolley runs at 5:45pm and the last trolley is at 9:45pm.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 23 and September 24
Going on 30 years since their original formation, Widespread Panic will be giving two back to back performances at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this September. With the goal of “feeding people through music,” non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted at both events. In addition, St. Augustine Amphitheatre will be partnering with Anastasia State Park to offer multiple camping packages for concert-goers during that weekend. For more information be sure to visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website, or head over to their Box Office.
Spanky the Band
Amy Alysia & Soul Operation
AUGUST 24 Chillikaya
1340C A1A South • www.staugamphitheatre.com
FIRST MUSTER St. Francis Barracks September 16, 4-5pm In order to commemorate the 451st anniversary of the first mustering of America’s original citizen soldiers, The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs will collaborate with Florida Living History Inc. This annual event will take place from 4-5pm and will be held at the St. Francis Barracks. With free admission, this is definitely a fun family event to attend. For more information 904-823-0629. 82 Marine Street www.floridalivinghistory.org
11TH ANNUAL WOMANLESS BEAUTY PAGEANT
National Guard Armory September 16, 7-10pm With a catwalk bigger than ever before, this event is something you won’t want to miss. Come out and have a night that you will to never forget. Supporting local St. Johns County charities, and with an open bar and great food, this beauty pageant is one for the books. Wacky costumes and hilarious performances by some brave local men make this event one for the books. For more event information visit their website. 190 San Marco Avenue www.staug ypo.com
JW Gilmore Blues Band
SEPTEMBER 14 Ain’t 2 Proud
Rob Peck & Friends
MBTS All Star Band
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ZAC BROWN BAND Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena September 17, 7pm As part of their sixth headlining tour, hit country group Zac Brown Band will be performing at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena September 17. Their “Blackout the Sun” tour will feature many songs off of their newest album, Jekyll + Hyde, and will be joined by Drake White and The Big Fire. For ticket details and more information visit them online. 300 A Philip Randolph Boulevard, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com
ENDLESS SUMMER RUN 2016 Anastasia State Park September 24, 7:30am-12pm The Endless Summer Run 10K and 5K 2016 will be the 13th annual race sponsored by Don’s Friends and the Friends of Anastasia State Park. The best perk of this event (besides benefitting local causes)? The iconic sea turtle t-shirts. Not a runner? You can donate $10 and get a shirt of your own, no grueling race required. Call Jim Wauldron, race director, at 904-687-5939 for more information. 300 Anastasia Park Road www.donsfriend.com
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OKLAHOMA! THE MUSICAL Limelight Theatre September 23 - October 23 PINK UP THE PACE Francis Field October 1, 8am Celebrate life by participating in St. Augustine’s largest 5k. Diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at the age of 28, Cindy Chaconas founded the cause and has been supported by amazing volunteers and the community ever since. Along with the hopes of raising awareness about this illness, the race is designed to raise money to assist the uninsured and underinsured in the early detection of breast cancer, as well as provide support to survivors and their families. Open to children and adults of all ages, this race is a great activity for family and friends to participate in together. Registration fees vary. For more detailed information and purchase tickets, visit their website. 14 West Castillo Drive www.pinkupthepace.org
Set in the wild Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, two handsome cowboys compete with a hired farmhand and a heartbreaking peddler for the hearts of the girls they love. Set to fun and engaging music, this romantic production is sure to capture the hearts of the audience. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call 904-825-1164 for more information.
11 Old Mission Avenue • www.limelight-theatre.org DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL
BOOT SCOOTIN’ BAR-B-Q
St. Johns County Agricultural Center October 1-2 This fun festival focuses on celebrating the cultivation of the datil pepper in St. Augustine. There will be a tasty Datil Pepper Cook-Off featuring some of St. Augustine’s best known restaurants and food joints, as well as local vendors selling various Datil-Pepper related products. Entry to the festival is free, with a $1 per ticket tasting fee. 3125 Agricultural Center Drive www.stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/datilfallfest
St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club October 1, 6:30pm Grab your cowboy boots and get ready to have some fun at this western themed charity event. The event will benefit Investing in Kids (INK), an organization that supports teachers and students in St. Johns County. There will be delicious BBQ, cold drinks, desserts, live music, and games that will make it a fun time for all. For more information visit their website. 401 Gun Club Road www.ink-stjohns.org
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Local hospital gains a different kind of attention for St. Augustine.
Photography by Ed Taylor
t the epicenter of St. Augustine, (that infamous 312 & U.S. 1 intersection) sits one of the most awarded community hospitals in Florida – Flagler Hopsital. Established in 1889, the medical center is currently the oldest hospital in Florida still in operation and with nearly 2,000 full time employees, Flagler Hospital is St. Johns County’s largest private employer. Specializing in typical hospital-type treatments in the ER and Labor and Delivery, the team is also recognized as 'One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care and Orthopedic Surgery' by Healthgrades. Flagler Hospital has garnered worldwide attention from patients who have traveled from as far as Tokyo and Alaska just to have their weight loss procedure here in St. Augustine. Whether you are sick, suffering or celebrating new life, suffice to say Flagler Hospital has your back – in more ways than one.
1st Magnet Recognized Hospital in Northeast Florida
256 Community Physicians
25 5-Star Ratings from Healthgrades
14,000 Inpatient Visits Per Year
58,000 ER Visits Per Year
16,000 Surgical Cases Per Year
1,100,000 Lab Tests Per Year
1,400 Babies Born Per Year www.flaglerhospital.org
LOCAL CAMPING Take advantage of the last days of summer by venturing into nature. So grab your sleeping bag, roast some marshmallows, and layout under the stars. ANASTASIA STATE PARK Conveniently located only a few minutes from downtown, this beautiful beachside park gives you the best of city and nature. Each of the 139 sites is equipped with electricity, water, and a picnic table. 300 Anastasia Park Road
FAVER-DYKES STATE PARK This charmingly untamed park is situated on Pellicer Creek and is a popular site for birdwatching enthusiasts. The 30 campsites have electricity, water, and a fire pit. 1000 Faver-Dykes Road ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH KOA Only a short trek from the beach and equipped with a pool, convenience store, fishing, WiFi, and cable (if you’re not a hardcore camper), this Anastasia Island campground is a great choice for anyone who needs a little extra entertainment. 700 A1A Beach Boulevard NORTH BEACH CAMP RESORT This nearly luxury campsite is the home of two St. Augustine restaurant favorites: Aunt Kate’s and The Reef. Enjoy the outdoors without having to skip out on delicious meals. 4125 Coastal Highway
MAKE EVERYONE WEIRD
St. Augustine oddities institution wants to help students embrace differences. By Matthew Shaw
n the early 2000s, the slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” began popping up on t-shirts and bumper stickers in the notably hip and artistically vibrant Texas city. By reframing a formerly disparaging word, “weird,” the mantra poignantly and playfully advocates for commitment to diversity and acceptance for all. While our neighbors to the north in Jacksonville have reworked the phrase to read, “Make Jax Weird,” St. Augustine’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not has come up with its own way of conveying a similar message. Through a curriculum called “Odd Is In,” Ripley’s hopes to encourage young people to celebrate what makes us all different. Designed primarily for elementary and middle school children, the curriculum combines lessons about bullying and DNA science with introductions to some of the Museum’s most famous historical figures,
Kim says the curriculum has been well received and hopes to introduce it to more students when school starts back up in the fall. “Most kids want to help. They want to accept each other. I think this gives them good tools to help them do that.” 19 San Marco Avenue www.ripleys.com
Heartbreak led Lee Ann Kendall to start “sunrising” on the beach every day. On July 30th she took her 1,000th consecutive sunrise photo walk. This daily peaceful connection to nature led to soul-healing and an unexpected new venture. Transformed, renewed and inspired, Kendall shared her photos on social media and made connections with people from all over the world. Now she sells prints of the specific sunrise of special days, like children's birthdays, wedding days and anniversaries. Find your sunrise at High Tide Gallery or online, www.sunnystaugustine.com
By Sue Bjorkman
like the 8’11” Robert Wadlow and Ching Shoo who was born with a blue face. Kim Kiff, General Manager at Ripley’s, says the idea for the curriculum originated from a paper written by her eight-year old son. “The paper was about bullying and it made us think about Ripley’s and what some of the people featured [at the museum] must have gone through,” Kim says. Ripley’s founder, Robert Ripley, famously banned the word “freak” from anything associated with his work.
LOCAL WRITERS BAND TOGETHER
BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH
Local author Nancy Quackenbush founded the League of Extraordinary Authors to inspire, encourage and support the talented literary community of St. Augustine.
Nancy (left) and Christina (right) met at a writer's conference and after realizing they share so many similarities, they immediately connected.
Photography by Brain Miller What is the League of Extraordinary Authors? LEA is a small group of authors who are dedicated to helping one another achieve greatness through pooling resources to sharing events like book signings, conventions, school visits. We decided that instead of looking at other authors as competition, we wanted to look at each other as support. Being an author was a lonely business until I found Christina Benjamin and Jaimie Engle, two amazing authors who shared the same zest and passion for sharing literature. Tell us about the curriculum and your involvement with local schools? My books, The Rocket Ship Bed Trip, The Afternoon Moon, The Pirate Ship Bed Trip and The Children’s Horrible House, share a common educational thread through astronomy. The picture books introduce young readers to outer space and the middlegrade books, The Children’s Horrible House takes them further into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum. They learn about astronomy, meteorology, horticulture, The Farmer’s Almanac, and how they are all dependent on one another through a really fun and engaging mystery. The Children's Horrible House has been called Goosebumps meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The goal for all of my books is to educate
"We decided that instead of looking at other authors as competition, we wanted to look at each other as support." children without them even knowing that they are learning about advanced subjects in a way that makes it entertaining and tangible for their amazing minds. How did this idea come about? It came about when Christina Benjamin and I won gold medals for our books. The Rocket Ship Bed Trip won the award for Best Children’s Picture Book 2014 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and Christina’s book, The Geneva Project: Truth, won best young adult book. We met at a local coffee shop and found out that we really liked one another and we had a lot in common in general. We were both very new to the business and both had experienced different ups and downs. We decided to share the things that worked and the things that were a waste of energy. This way we were able
to get further, faster than if we relied only on our own limited experiences. Is this group only in St. Augustine or do you work with writers and schools in other communities? Our other associate, Jaimie Engle is in Titusville, Florida and we have met many other authors since and have brought them in to help them on social media by sharing their new releases and encouraging one another when we need a boost. What advice do you have for young writers who have aspirations of being a published author? Stay focused and want success as much as you want to breathe. There is nothing easy about this business. It’s hard and can be lonely, but if you look at every achievement big and small and don’t expect too much, you can make it. At times, like most artists, you feel like giving up, but I learned that this is something I can’t just shut off. I have to be writing or creating constantly and if that ever went away, I would be devastated. So if you have it in you, get it out while it’s there!
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... The Rosy Cheek- Beauty Bar + Apothecary opened for business on San Marco Avenue. The bright little shop boasts natural beauty and skincare products sold under the guidance of a trained esthetician and makeup artist. 77 San Marco Avenue Oyster Creek Outfitters opened its doors on US 1. A one-stop-shop for all your fly fishing desires, this retailers offers SWFT products, a large range of apparel, and all the fishing advice you’ll ever need. 314 S. Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Unit C Crème de la Cocoa opened to the public in their larger San Marco Avenue location on July 19. Satisfying your insatiable sweet tooth just got a lot more fun too. Inquire about chocolate and macaroon making classes for your next birthday party or girls night out. 299 San Marco Avenue City Wellness is moving to Sea Grove Plaza, with a grand opening event in their new location on August 27. The beloved yoga studio & spa offers a range of spa services, yoga classes, acupuncture, physical therapy, and health counseling. Look after your mind, body, and soul. 120 Main Street, Sea Grove Plaza
ECO FASHION SHOW
AT VOLKSWAGEN ST. AUGUSTINE • 3235 US HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH A BENEFIT FOR
Join us for the exciting return of PANACHE SALON’S ECO FASHION SHOW featuring amazing fashions made from used and recyclable materials. Proceeds from the show go to HOME AGAIN ST. JOHNS, a local organization that coordinates services and support as part of a long-term and humane approach to adequately addressing homelessness in our area.
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ADOPTION IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Augustine assists local families looking to welcome a new child into their home across St. Johns County. By Amanda LaConte The idea of adoption can be very overwhelming at first for prospective adoptive parents. There are so many questions, so many stories from others (good and bad!), and so many choices. It is difficult to know where to even start! Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Augustine is a licensed and accredited child placement agency and a local leader in the adoption field, located right here in St. Augustine. Catholic Charities provides several services to families looking to adopt, including general information, personal home studies, adoption, and post placement care. The agency has over 70 years of adoption experience and can provide guidance to interested families at any stage in the process. Offering both domestic and international home study service, Catholic Charities social workers are familiar with the various requirements for both types of home studies and work closely with families to ensure they are prepared for parenting and meet the legal adoption requirements at a reasonable price. Catholic Charities specializes in infant adoption, so their services are offered to both pregnant women and prospective
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The first step for many adoptive parents is finding an adoption agency. An agency helps couples fulfill legal requirements, screens and provides counseling to both birth mothers and prospective parents, and facilitates the matching process.
adoptive parents. Pregnant women who choose an adoption plan are given a choice from a variety of waiting adoptive parents with the agency. All adoptions require post placement visits and reports; this service is also offered by the agency in accordance with legal requirements. Local adoptive mom Lindsey M.* used Catholic Charities of St. Augustine for her daughter’s adoption six years ago. “I have one adoptive child and one biological child. Adding to your family is difficult any way you look at it, but the most rewarding experience in the world. Adoption can be a very stressful
road but Catholic Charities was responsive and caring with our every concern. I loved that even while they were on our side, they were also very caring and respectful to our birth mother as well.” Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Augustine is ready to assist local families looking to welcome a new child into their home, or birth mothers looking for pregnancy counseling. 3940 Lewis Speedway, Suite 2103 www.ccbstaug.org *name has been changed to maintain confidentiality
St. Augustine is a city teeming with musical ability, but it doesn’t just come out of nowhere. Stephen Marr and the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra are right in the middle, cultivating the seeds of young talent. After a scheduled audition, students from ages 7-18 are invited to play orchestral instruments under the tutelage of a conductor with years of musical experience. Teamwork, musicianship, and technique are developed in these young musicians through weekly rehearsals and regular performances throughout the city. At the hands of a master, this gifted group of kids have a unique opportunity to be exposed to classical music. Learn more at www.staug youthorch.org www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
UFHSA Government House Research Collection
The Benet House and family on St. George Street, ca. 1870.
KINGS AND POETS OF THE BENET FAMILY
Most people are duly familiar with the story of the Minorcans refugees who came to St. Augustine in 1777, but when Esteban Benet (pronounced Ben-ay) first stepped ashore in St. Augustine the other Minorcan families had an eight year head start on him.
steban and his brother left directly from Minorca, fleeing a stepmother they were at odds with, as legend has it. His brother stayed in Cuba and joined the navy. Esteban married another Minorcan, Catalina Hernandez, and had a son named Pedro. Pedro lived and flourished in a dramatic period of change: he was 23 years old when the United States purchased Florida from Spain. Pedro was so accomplished in his social and professional life that he was known locally as “King Benet,” and had quite the resumé. Starting as a police officer, within 16 years he was Justice of the Peace for St. Johns County. He was elected alderman from 1840-1843, served as interim mayor in 1843, and County Commissioner in 1859. He was federally appointed to the positions of Collector,
By Matt Armstrong Assistant Surveyor, and Surveyor of the Port of St. Augustine. In addition to his life of civil service, he owned a liquor store on St. George Street, which eventually expanded into a grocery and “provisions” store, and was Director of the St. Johns and St. Augustine Canal Company. Pedro’s youngest daughter, Ysabel, followed in her father’s footsteps in terms of influence. She often had Henry Flagler’s support, as well as funding, for local projects that enhanced the community. Pedro’s eldest son, Stephen Vincent Anastasius Benet, was the first cadet from Florida admitted to West Point, eventually attaining the rank of Brigadier General and position of Chief of Ordnance. The apple did not fall far from the tree with his son, James Walker Benet, who attended West Point and www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
worked in the Ordnance Department from 1886-1921, eventually obtaining the rank of Colonel. His three children with wife Frances Neill Rose are perhaps the best known of all the preceding Benets: Laura, William Rose, and Stephen Vincent were all accomplished writers and poets. Stephen Vincent won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry twice, among other literary accomplishments. William Rose Benet won the Pulitzer Prize for The Dust Which is God, an autobiographical poem set partly in St. Augustine (in which datil pepper sauce gets a shout out). Of course, this is only one fraction of the Benet family tree here, as many descendants still live in St. Augustine, but the story of the Ancient City would certainly be less interesting, and a lot less poetic, had Esteban Benet not stepped ashore 231 years ago.
Your ultimate guide to all things furry-friend related. From local rescue resources and charitable foundations to petfriendly restaurants, we've gathered all the important information every St. Augustine pet-owner ought to know.
FOR PETS Stock up on luxurious treats and everyday essentials for your beloved furry friends.
1 - FISH BOWL Make a new marine friend feel right at home. Available
at Pet Supermarket
2 - CAT TREATS Reward your pet with this all-natural and delicious treat. Available at Paradise
3 - DOG LEASH Your pooch is sure to be the talk of the dog park.
Available at The Pet Shop at St. Johns
4 - PET WASH Scrub away the dirt for an all-natural clean. Available at
The Pet Shop at St. Johns
5 - DOG BED Give your furry friend a welldeserved rest in a wacky bed. Available at Faux Paws 6 - CHEW TOY These toys are sure to become your petâ€™s new favorite. Available at The Pet
Shop at St. Johns
7 - PET STROLLER Confirm the royal status of your pet with some luxury transportation. Available at
8 - TUG OF WAR TOY Playtime has never been so vogue. Throw, tug, and toss these quirky toys! Available
at Paradise Poochie
9 - SHOE TOY Thse cheeky toys pack a seriously stylish punch.
Available at dHdHOME
RESCUE RESOURCES Sometimes, even in St. Augustine, pets need to find a new home. These local resources lend a hand to those looking to surrender their pets or adopt a new friend for their family.
MOBILE PET SERVICES For busy families that are always on the go, these local pet care providers make it easy to keep up with your pets' needs. MOBILE GROOMING Stress-free grooming has come knocking! Portable Pooch Spa gives your pets an in-house pampering that will keep their tails wagging. 904-461-1422 www.portablepoochspa.com MOBILE VETERINARIAN For your furry friends that have trouble moving or just stressed by trips to the vet, the Southeast Veterinary Hospital comes straight to your home to ensure the ordeal is a little more relaxed. 904-823-1270 www.southeastveterinaryhospital.com MOBILE EUTHANASIA Dr. Jennifer Vencil of Laps of Love is a trained veterinarian offering inhome hospice and pet euthanasia care to make hard goodbyes a little more comfortable and a little more peaceful. 904-468-7846 www.lapoflove.com MOBILE YARD CLEANUP Shayne Lewis of Doggy Piles Be Gone created an easy solution to an ever-dreaded task. Opt for weekly, biweekly or monthly services and they'll come remove all the pet waste from your home's yard. The best perk? Your busy family doesn't even have to be home when they visit. 904-671-3535 www.dogg ypilesbegone.com
By Desiree DeMarco
he Humane Society of the United States has been “Celebrating Animals and Confronting Cruelty" since 1954. As the nation’s largest animal protection program, more than 10,000 animals are cared for each year across the U.S. Locally, the St. Augustine Humane Society strives to reinforce the longterm human-animal relationships in the community. Their main focus is to “eliminate the need for families to relinquish their pets to shelters, enabling pets to live happily and healthfully in their homes.” Several issues are addressed by our local humane society daily, including overpopulation due to unsterilized animals. While the employees work vigorously to ensure every pet is placed in a safe and loving home, they do participate in euthanasia. When the time comes for an animal to be euthanized, the HSUS staff firmly believes that every procedure ought to be performed with the same skill and compassion that one would expect to see if they brought their own suffering animal in. There are a number of ways to get involved with our local humane society. In St. Augustine, you can volunteer each week at the wellness clinic, participate in fundraisers, donate, or bring in food to the pet food drives. You can visit the St. Augustine Humane Society online or in person to get more information about either giving back or adopting a pet.
n September of 2008, S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, Inc. began with one goal in mind: to save adoptable animals from euthanasia in Northeast Florida. Hundreds of healthy cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies are euthanized weekly due to overpopulation in shelters. At S.A.F.E., they focus their efforts on rescuing pets from such facilities – within their first year of operation, they saved over 500 animals. Since then, they have saved over 7,000 furry lives. There are two S.A.F.E. locations in St. Augustine Beach with animals ready to love. Apprehensive about adopting a rescue for fear of illness? Fret not. Each animal is already spayed or neutered and every cat is previously tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS. All animals older than 12 weeks received their rabies and first distemper/upper respiratory vaccines. Any neccessary deworming has already taken place too. There are adoption fees to rescue a pet at S.A.F.E., so bring your wallet. Fees range from $50 for cats to $100 for dogs, which help cover the veterinary expenses to keep pets healthy before their adoption date. Since S.A.F.E. is run entirely by donations, the simplest to give back is through writing a check. You can also become a foster parent – after all, a house isn’t really a home without a pet. If you don’t have any room to spare, you can also lend a hand at adoption events, assist in fundraising, or sign up to by walk and play with the animals.
Whether you're helping an elderly relative surrender the pet they can no longer care for, actively looking to welcome a new furry friend of your own, or seeking medical care for the pet your currently own, the St. Augustine Humane Society is there to assist.
The only requirement when adopting one of these four-legged furballs is to provide a home full of love and compassion. All these animals want is food to eat, a warm place to sleep, and a family to protect, so if you’re looking for a pet for the kids to play with this summer, check out S.A.F.E. before you go to a local pet store.
1665 Old Moultrie Road, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm www.staugustinehumanesociety.org
1250 Old A1A & 6101 A1A South, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm www.safe-pet-rescue-fl.com
FOSTER A PET
Give the kids some summer responsibility and take in a friend who is in need of a little affection. Local nonprofit Swamp Haven Rescue takes in death row dogs, matches them with a foster family and provides their veterinary and training care before sending them off to be adopted by other loving families. The foster family only needs to offer love and care – Swamp Haven Rescue provides for all food and veterinary services.
PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS READ TO ROVER Eliminating the stresses of criticism or judgement, the St. Johns County Public Library provides a safe (and cuddly!) environment for children learning to read. By Emily Goldthwait
f you were to try and imagine the most adorable method you could think of to aid in the process of teaching a child to read, this program would be what you’d come up with. Read to Rover will melt your heart, and the best part is that it truly is helping children here in St. Augustine learn to do something very important to their every day life: read! For the past five years, the Southeast Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library has hosted Read to Rover on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. On these designated days, children in the St. Augustine area can show up to the library and practice their reading skills in a no pressure, quiet environment by reading to sweet, four-legged furry friends (not all of whom are named Rover). Generously provided by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, kids are allowed the time and patience they need to practice their reading skills without having to worry about being embarrassed or having judgement passed on their progress. If a child isn’t at the level where they’re reading words or full sentences, the library encourages even preschool aged children to come and spend time with these therapy dogs, emphasizing that they have plenty of picture books for kids to show off to the appreciative pups. In an effort to serve the visually-impared, the library also has books with braille, so that blind students can come out
and utilize the Read to Rover program as well. Of course, all of the readers' hard work does not go without recognition. Every child receives a “frequent reader card" and the chance to win fun and motivating prizes like stickers (and even bigger prizes are available for children with more visits under their belts!). Participants can even get a free t-shirt, and who doesn’t love those? Not only does this program give local kids the option to enhance an important skill that they will use forever, but as the director of the program Alex Phillips pointed out, it also “allows them the opportunity to become more comfortable with animals.” Is the South East branch of the library a little too far from home? You’re in luck. Because Read to Rover has been so successful, the Anastasia Island Branch of the library has also begun hosting the program, making it even more available to everyone. A genius idea that has definitely proved to help those that take part in it, this program almost makes you wish you were still learning to read!
6670 US 1 South www.sjcpls.org
Since there are too many pet friendly restaurants in St. Augustine to include here*, here's a short list of a few of our faves. By Matt Shaw CAFÉ ELEVEN Your post-beach jaunt choices are many on Anastasia Island. Sunset Grille and Salt Life Food Shack are good options, but we recommend letting the sun set behind you from Café Eleven’s dog-friendly front stoop where the options range from high quality tea and coffee drinks to beer and wine, which is halfprice during happy hour (3-7pm everyday). 501 A1A Beach Boulevard MOJO OLD CITY BBQ Pair some of the best tasting (and smelling) brisket with a roomy outdoor patio and you’ve got an ideal setting for a dogdate. (Tip: the brisket ends are great to share with your pup if his or her diet allows). 5 Cordova Street BEACHES AT VILANO Again, nothing beats the beach, except the beach and a cocktail with man's best friend close by. Overlooking the Tolomoto River, Beaches is the perfect spot to kickback after some fun in the sun. 254 Vilano Road *For a complete and updated list of dog friendly eateries in St. Augustine checkout the Facebook group "Dog Friendly St. Augustine."
ST. JOHNS COUNTY DOG PARKS PAWS DOG PARK @ TREATY PARK With fenced-in areas for both small and large dogs, this leash free park features watering holes, a shaded area with benches, and a mock fire hydrant. 1595 Wildwood Drive
K9S FOR WARRIORS In a society that often forgets about military men and women once they return home from war, K9s for Warriors is fighting for their healing, independence, and dignity. By Molly Wilson
9s for Warriors is a local non-profit organization that first rescues dogs then provides them as companions for military men and women battling PTSD, disabilities, and the hardships of returning to civilian life – all at aboslutely no cost to the veteran. K9s for Warriors trains both the service dogs and their soldiers for life with their companion. A three week program in which the warriors stay at the organization’s facilities teaches the new owner how to finish up the training of their service dog, provides veterinary care, equipment, and food, and offers a chance to bond with their new dog. Before they even meet their soldier, the dogs have been trained by the organization’s professionals as well as socialized by foster families in the community. By the time they run into their new owner’s arms, the dogs are fully prepared to love, care, and assist in healing.
pets of St. Augustine
Ninety-five percent of the canines trained by K9s for Warriors have been rescued from local shelters. Through this program, both dogs and soldiers are “getting a new leash on life.” All operation costs and programs are funded by donations from the local community and local corporate sponsors, but writing a check isn’t the only way to help out. Before they reach their warriors, the rescues are raised by individual families to get them used to a home environment, socialize them, and assist in their service training. These families commit to raise the puppies from the age of eight weeks to around twelve months before they meet their veteran. Foster families commit a shorter period of time – up to around 4 months – for dogs that need either medical assistance or more socialization training. 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Vedra www.k9sforwarriors.org
CANINE CORRAL @ JOE POMAR PARK This beautifully wooded park is sponsored by the local Kids Care 4-H Club and has lots of water and fenced in space to keep your furry friends entertained. 1600 Masters Drive DOG PARK @ VETERANS PARK This three acre playground, with water fountains, a picnic shelter, and lots of open space for catch or frisbee, is sure to please any pooch. 1332 Veterans Parkway PAWS PARK @ RON PARKER MEMORIAL PARK Well shaded for those hot Florida afternoons, this mulched park has benches, plenty of water, and is located in a park with lots of fun amenities (the whole family will be entertained!). 607 Old Beach Road PAWS PARK @ DAVIS PARK For the pups that love to swim, look no further! Fully fenced and off-leash, this park has a pond that they can cool off in on a blistering afternoon. 210 Davis Park Road
WHERE TO GET A PET Pets are a wonderful addition to any family, but choosing a pet is a big decision. Each family’s needs are different, so peruse these local options and find your perfect companion. By Molly Wilson
When you want a guard dog
When you want a cute dog
When you want a rescue
INTERNATIONAL CANINE NARCOTICS DETECTION FOUNDATION
ANCIENT CITY BULLIES
WAGS & WHISKERS PET RESCUE
Sometimes you just want a puppy that will spark an “Aww” in everyone you meet. A bulldog is just the breed you need.
Give yourself a new family member and give a pet a new lease on life. Nothing feels better than giving a deserving pet a place to live.
Trust us, we know that wrinkles and squished faces are hard to beat. And we’re not alone – Susan and Joel Langdon of Ancient City Bullies are passionate about their wrinkly, furry friends. Their family’s first bulldog filled them with so much joy that they wanted to spread the love around.
There are far too many pets without loving homes, far too many pets populating shelters, so sometimes the best option is to give a dog or cat a second chance with your family. Cue Wags & Whiskers.
Being bred for protection doesn’t mean they’re all business. These tough dogs will win your heart. Don’t let such an official name intimidate you – the International Canine Narcotics Detection Foundation has been providing wonderful German Shepherds to the loving families of St. Augustine since 1986. Their abundance of experience means that each puppy in each litter is of optimum quality and comes home welltrained. The family of dogs from which the puppies are bred were carefully selected for their temperament, sociability, physical soundness, and working ability. The family of fourteen beautiful German Shepherds live with the breeders and are well adapted to children.
After learning about the breed and how to best care for them, the Langdons became top quality bulldogs breeders, breeding from healthy and solid bloodlines (including a direct line from the UGA mascot, football fans!). Each of their bulldogs is AKC certified and health is their first priority.
Wags & Whiskers is a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue made up of eager volunteers taking in pets in need. It is not a shelter – the workers offer foster homes until the pets are adopted. Many of the pets come to the organization sick or handicapped, but that won’t stop the love. They are given veterinary care and put up for adoption.
To ensure that you are getting the best of the best, the pricing of each puppy includes obedience training, a microchip, training collar and leash, health certificate, puppy vaccinations, and a 2-year warranty. There’s no better way to guarantee that you get a well-behaved, family-friendly guard dog.
After you take your new baby home, Susan and Joel are fully available for any questions you might have. The breeders’ extensive knowledge and strict care means that these happy, healthy puppies are utterly precious and a perfect addition to your family.
Right now, Wags & Whiskers has over 60 cats or kittens and 40 dogs or puppies looking for their forever home. For those who want to be a savior for the unadoptable and a blessing to the forlorn, look no further. Your new pet is waiting for you.
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Style BALANCING ACT By Molly Wilson “It’s like riding a bike,” they say. “You can hop right back on and it’ll all come back to you.” But riding a bike isn’t always the easiest thing to learn in the first place (or teach for that matter!). When it comes time for the training wheels to finally be abandoned, it can take a while for the little ones to be comfortable without mom or dad’s hand guiding them. Enter the Balance Belt. Brainchild of St. Augustine local, Travis Smuckler, the Balance Belt is a device designed to steady your child and alleviate their fears of falling while learning to ride. The sturdy fabric belt goes around your child’s waist while you hold either end (say au revoir to back pain from bending over!), keeping them upright when they first begin to ride and over time, loosening the hold. It prevents the little one from falling over, so fear doesn’t get in the way of their learning. They’ll be balancing the bicycle themselves, so soon enough they won’t need to rely on the belt and will be able to speed off on their own. Since its launch earlier this year, moms and dads all over have been singing its praises. The Balance Belt is the easy way to get your kiddos riding in no time! The Balance Belt will allow your kids to learn to ride a bike quickly and without the fear-inducing falls. It doesn’t take much to save their scraped knees and your backaches, just this handy little invention.
Inside: Trendsetter // Labor Day Essentials // Game Day // Beauty Buys // Home Style
7 1 - KIDS PUZZLE
My husband and I love to travel and this puzzle is such a fun way to include our kids in our adventures.
USA Puzzle from Petit Collage, available at West to East 2 - DOS COFFEE
The perfect spot to brainstorm on new business ideas while sipping a beautiful cappuccino.
3 - HAIR TREATMENT
I live to be outdoors and underwater, so my hair takes a beating.
Nounou Hair Mask, available at Philosophie Salon
4 - RUMOURS VINYL
This is my favorite album, I play it on the gorgeous antique record player in our dining room.
Owner of local on-site beauty services company, The Bardot Beauty Bar, Britnye Shore's the go-to-gal for hair and makeup recommendations. But if you ask us, her expertise extends far beyond beauty products â€“ she's one of the most stylish moms and business owners in St. Augustine. We tapped her for some of her favorite home and style products that make her life Bardot-beautiful.
Fleetwood Mac, records available at Hornski's Vinyl Lounge 5 - LIPSTICK
The perfect combination of moisture and stain.
Julie Hewett Cosmetics, available at Philosophie Salon
Photography by Jenna Alexander
6 - JEANS
Finding a brand of jeans that fits you like a glove is like finding a best friend, once you find them it is like instant chemistry.
Flared High Jeans from H&M 7 - HAT
Easiest way to hide a bad hair day!
Mt. Warning Hat from Connor Hats available at Magnolia Supply 8 - BEDDING
I am a strong believer in amazing bedding, it is the one place that I get to dive into at the end of a long day and feel like I have accomplished something great.
Zocalo Embroidered Quilt from Anthropologie
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LABOR DAY ESSENTIALS As the "official" summer season comes to a close, we'll be enjoying warm weather for a few more months. Stock up on all the goods to make your pool, beach and boat days even sweeter.
LOTION Set a tube of festive hand cream out in your bathroom to keep guests feeling spoiled and thought-of.
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BATHING SUIT Sport a colorful bathing suit on Labor Day (or anyday!) and get noticed.
DRINK DISPENSER Trendy and convenient, kids won't need any help getting their own lemondade from this serveware.
Available at Tré Sebastian
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POOL FLOAT Days at the pool will never be the same with these wacky pop-star approved pool floats.
SPARKLERS Add a little shimmer to your weekend celebration with these adorable gold sparklers.
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YETI COOLER Keep your snacks and drinks cool all day long on the boat or in your backyard.
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COOKBOOK Full of tried and true favorites, this Southern cookbook should be your new cookout go-to.
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GAME DAY GOODS Show your favorite team some game day love. Stock up on UF and FSU gear for your home, tailgating time and fashion closet. Gators or Noles, there's something for everyone in our local shops.
NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS Can't make it to the game? Add a festive pop of team spirit to your livingroom couch or entryway bench.
Available at Artsy Abode
VERA BRADLEY BAGS Add a personal touch to your school day accessories or game day satchel.
Available at Artsy Abode
LEATHER SANDALS Every Florida girl knows a pair of stiched leather sandals are an essential. Game day sandals? A necessary addition to your shoe closet.
Available at Seaside Sandbox
TERVIS CUPS Keep your morning coffee hot and your poolside sipper cold with your team's patch readily displayed.
Available at Tervis Store
ALEX & ANI BRACELETS An easy gift for any college-mom or recent grad, these popular bangles are available in an array of colors and teams to build the perfect stylish stack.
Available at Blue Water Jewelers
ONE SIZE FITS ALL KOOZIE Whether you love tailgating with a can of beer, a bottle of chardonnay or a even bottle of the harder stuff, keep it cold in a sweater-like koozie complete with your team's mascot.
Available at West to East
OUR FAVORITE BEAUTY BUYS Stock up on everything from SPF-laced makeup to restoring lotions and potions for a healthy glow. The "no-makeup" makeup look is hot right now, so we're spilling our natural beauty secrets.
1 - BEAUTY SUPPLEMENT
Mix it into your morning almond milk and start your day off with a superfood boost (your skin and hair will thank you!).
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Restore your self confidence in one spritz. This gorgeous blend of essential oils makes for a midday pick me up like none other.
Available at Panache
3 - FACE WASH
This superhero face wash delivers exactly what it promises â€“ brighter, smoother skin after every wash.
Available at Facial Rejuvenation Centre 4 - SKIN CREAM
Protects and replenishes skin after a chemical peel. Available at
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5 - SPF POWDER FOUNDATION
Balance your complexion while simultaneously protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.
Available at Fountain of Youth Spa
6 - NAIL POLISH
The ideal pale pink to keep your fingers and toes looking polished.
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7 - VOLUMINIZING MOUSSE
Add a boost to your curly or straight locks to get that beauty pageantworthy bounce.
Available at Debbie's Day Spa 8 - FELT TIP EYELINER
Add a thin line to define your eyes for that "no-makeup" makeup look... perfect liner is easier than you think!
Available at Ulta
9 - NIGHT CREME
Restore your skin's natural balance with a soothing and moisturizing night creme.
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Mid-Century Minimalism Transformed from the worst house on the block to the most stylish, this Davis Shores dwelling packs a major minimalist punch. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Ed Taylor
ast summer, when Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant set out in search of a house to call home, it was a humble 1950s house tucked away in the winding streets of Davis Shores that caught their attention, and sparked their vision. As designers, these co-founders of St. Augustine-based independent design house, YIELD, saw well beyond the cosmetic renovations needed. They simply let themselves fall for the elements — the vaulted ceilings, the native trees and shrubbery, and the strong bones of this concrete house. “This house had the most potential even though it was in the worst shape,” said Rachel. “And this house kind of opened up this neighborhood to our budget.” Together, they turned this shell into their own interpretation of a “minimal, bright space with accents of warmth and greenery.” The fact that the time period of the house aligns with their design-style meant appreciating the character of the house and building upon what was already in place
came naturally. “You can dream anything up, but I think it’s important to consider what exists already, and work with that in some ways,” said Andrew. Although they moved in just two weeks after closing, they had to do some serious legwork to make the house liveable. After wearing a hazmat suit and removing asbestos tile, they refinished the concrete floors buried underneath to leave raw for both functionality and a cool, clean look. By knocking down a single wall, they were able to open up the kitchen and redefine it as illuminated and open, rather than small and dim. While the interior walls were given a clean coat of white paint, they made the bold move to give the exterior of the home an unconventional refresh by painting it black. “Black is beautiful with greenery — it makes the green pop — and since we had so much greenery around, we thought it would be a nice combination,” said Rachel. Since settling into the space, they’ve turned what was once a Florida room used as a storage and workspace into what they feel aesthetically is the most pleasing room in their home — the dining room. With white
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Details Residents: Andrew Demming and Rachel Gant
Amenities: 3 beds, 2 baths Size: 1,521 sq. ft. Year Built: 2000 Remodel Year: 2015
Andrew and Rachel both agree living in Davis Shores is full of perks. “We love being in walking distance to the Bridge of Lions while still being plenty close to the beachside.”
floors, and two exterior walls of windows, light beams throughout every inch of this room.
blend of pieces made in house and vintage mid-century thrifted finds collected by the pair over time.
“Our favorite room visually is the dining area because of the windows and all the green,” said Andrew. Leading into this room is open shelving, where interior windows once stood — an example of working with an existing element of the home, and finding a new way to appreciate it and give it a new purpose.
Since housewares and furniture are a focus of what YIELD designs and makes at their manufacturing headquarters, (formerly San Francisco, now based here in St. Augustine), it only makes sense their collection would find a home within their own dwelling space.
Though aesthetically the dining room might be hard to beat, Andrew and Rachel spend the majority of their time in the open kitchen and living area. “Since the spaces are mostly connected, we find ourselves relaxing on the couch with our dog Clover or making meals in the evening,” they said. Made In House As for furnishings, the house represents a
“It’s nice to be able to make something and then immediately have a place for it here, to try it out,” said Andrew. “We wanted our home to be a place to gain inspiration for types of products we can make and see them in place.” The house isn’t just a place for the products to live and be tested. Their experiences at home helps drive ideas for new products. “The house has really inspired a lot of our
â€œWe use minimalism to help celebrate the lush surroundings and moments of color and pattern in the decor" says Andrew and Rachel.
Sources Patio Furniture Vifah Sunroom Table West Elm Kitchen Barstools Restoration Hardware Leather Couch Articles Copper Planters YIELD Design Living Room Artwork Sara Pedigo Sunroom Lighting YIELD Design
new products,” said Rachel. Needs are discovered through daily living — a simple example, making the decision to powder coat their planters to make them suitable to weather the Florida outdoors. “The outdoor planters are a situation where I don’t know if we would have thought of them if we didn’t have the house,” said Andrew. Making Minimalism Feel Warm Thoughtfulness and good clean design can be found in every corner of Andrew and Rachel’s home. The warmth comes from both the intentional use of greenery in the form of plants, and the feeling of liveability — the lack of excess, the richness of purpose of everything seen in its place. Andrew and Rachel’s home, just like their products, was created to be enjoyed and lived in, and that’s just what the two are doing. Thanks to a newly completed back patio area, throughout the summer months, and even more so as the weather cools, you can expect to find Andrew and Rachel taking advantage of this extended living area.
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RUSTY HALL According to Benjamin Franklin, there is only certainty in this world when it comes to death and taxes. Needless to say, Rusty Hall has ample job security as Funeral Director of Craig Funeral Home. By Kara Pound | Photography by Brian Miller Growing up on Granada Street, across the street from the funeral home’s original locale, Rusty worked for the Craig family doing odd jobs like washing cars and pulling weeds for extra spending money. Little did he know it would eventually turn into a full-fledged career. “When I was a senior in high school, Mr. Gus Craig sat me down and asked what I was going to do after graduation,” says Rusty. “I had no quick answer and he offered to send me to school to become a funeral director.” After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Hall moved back to St. Augustine to return to work at Craig Funeral Home. That was nearly 34 years ago. “There are two things I like most about my job,” says Rusty. “Foremost is the sense of helping someone in what has to be their darkest hour, guiding them through the process of caring for our dead and celebrating that person’s life. The second would have to be the people I work with. We are like one big family.” 1475 Old Dixie Highway www.craigfuneralhome.com
Inside: All Star // A Day in the Life // Musical Chair // Persons of Interest // Top Doctors
CONNOR EVANS For some, this August marks the beginning of another high school football season – and with it that undeniable sense of community that comes with every kickoff. For Connor Evans, former St. Augustine High School middle linebacker, it's the start of a brand new chapter just a few hours from his St. Augustine home. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Brian Miller
alancing work and play can be difficult for even the most diligent person. Add to that mix the daily pressures of being a teenager and suddenly that balance begins to teeter. However, for eighteen-year-old Connor Evans, perseverance and a commitment to excellence help keep the scales in check. Evans, a recent graduate and former star football player at St. Augustine High School, shined brightly on and off the field. The middle linebacker, now on his way to bring his talents to the collegiate level, shares his thoughts on his journey to the next exciting stage of his life.
and long hours of grueling practice in the sweltering Florida sun. However, where some faltered, Connor thrived.
“I began playing football when I was about eight-years-old,” says Connor, “I loved the game right away, but I also played baseball. It wasn’t until my freshman year that I really started to focus on football and weightlifting.” And focus is exactly what Connor did.
Racking up ninety-seven tackles and three interceptions, his senior year served to only solidify Connor’s proof that hard work and focus yields great results. Connor's magnificent feats were just as prevalent under the fluorescent lighting of the classroom as they were under the bright lights of Brumley Stadium. “I graduated with a 3.5 GPA. During football it's a lot harder to keep up those good grades.”
Playing for the Yellow Jackets football program demanded a lot of hard work
Throughout his high school football career, Connor dug deeply into his reserves to excel on the field and in the classroom. His self-determination and discipline were rewarded with notable titles and awards. The most noteable decorations? First Team All-County for the last two years, First Team All-First Coast, Second Team All-Area, Team Defensive Captain, Male Athlete of the Year for St. Augustine High, Top Jacket Award, and invitations to play in the All-Star Game.
Exhibiting such great attributes in football and academics garnered Connor attention from many colleges and universities. The character of this humble, easy-going young man certainly added to the interest of schools eager to have the talented player on their team. Colleges like Penn State, Dartmouth, Florida Tech, and Sacred Heart are just a few of the schools that eagerly recruited him, however, Southeastern University stood out above the rest. “I loved the nice campus, and it was awesome and it’s only two hours away from home here in St. Augustine. They offered me a full scholarship. I just knew I wanted to go there, because they really wanted me. If someone wants you, they're going to treat you better.” Southeastern has not only gained a great athlete. They have also gained a student who is respectful, courageous, welldisciplined, and kind. Southeastern has gained Connor Evans, a true All-Star.
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ANDY CALVERT A stand-up bass, a pound of patience and a sprinkle of crazy all blend together as the perfect recipe for Andy Calvert to captivate the children who attend his story telling sessions at the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Library. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Rob Futrell
The local library is one of the most important resources that families and schools depend on in a small community. In particular, the children’s librarian must be tuned in to school curriculums, new authors on the horizon, and of course the needs of parents. It is a juggling act and requires left and right brain skills. Andy’s left-brain skills keep things organized, researches materials, and designs programs while his right-brain side dresses up, plays music, and reads stories with the flair of an actor. THE JOURNEY Andy graduated college with the idea of becoming a radio personality and started on that path at a local St. Augustine radio station. At the time radio was undergoing significant challenges and soon Andy realized that he may not survive a corporate takeover. He started to think about other options. With a baby on the way, he felt he needed stability, so he accepted a job at St. Johns River State College in the library. This ignited a passion for the field, so he pursued a Master of Library and Information Science degree. Once completed, it was time to discover what type of librarian he would become. Fate stepped in at this point as the opening came up for a children’s librarian. Andy thought, “I have children, I can do this. So I went for it, and got lucky.” THE PROGRAMS Parents depend on the library as a free and
A children’s librarian is probably the most in-theknow person to quiz about children’s authors. Andy’s favorites are Oliver Jeffers and Mo Willems. He also loves the seek-and- find aspect of Benjamin Chaud’s books.
accessible resource offering activities for their children. One of the most important aspects of the position of children’s librarian is designing a curriculum. “It’s a lot of listening to the community and making sure we are filling their needs with the budget we are given,” said Andy. He said his biggest challenge (yet, a fun one) is finding new and interesting ways to educate and entertain the children.
reading program. Last year 900 children signed up and this summer started off with a bang with 300 children signing up the first two weeks. In this program a reading log is stamped each day a child reads a book. When the child receives five stamps, he/she gets a free book and toy. Last year they gave away over 1600 books and toys. The Friends of the Library are a big help in ensuring the success of this program.
One of the most successful summer programs at the library is the summer
THE STORY TELLING Storytime happens on Tuesdays and
“THE MUSIC IS THE CRAZY PART AND THE BOOKS ARE THE CALM DOWN PART. I’M ALWAYS PUSHING MY LUCK GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE TWO.” Thursdays all summer long. Sessions are available for babies, toddlers and elementary age children. Andy and his assistant Marsha start out with a stand-up bass and ukulele duo. Within seconds, the children, even the shy ones, have pulled themselves away from the grasp of their parents and are jumping up and down on the “Hungry Caterpillar” rug. “The music is the crazy part and the books are the calm down part. I’m always pushing my luck going back and forth between the two,” explained Andy. The bottom line is that the children love it, the weekly turnout is huge, and most return weekly. THE KIDS Summer is a time when many grandparents are taking over the care of their grandchildren while parents work. Storytime is a welcome
addition to their summer activities. Patty Hunt, there with her four-year-old grandson, said, “Andy is awesome with the kids and he has tons of patience,” and Tammy Grab, with her three-year-old grandson, said, “Andy has a knack for incorporating fun and education.” Lisa Compton, with her five-year-old granddaughter, said, “I think he’s awesome. I love the bass as it adds to the cultural enrichment. Her granddaughter, Kayden added, “His art projects are great and I can always do them.” Cheryl Piscopo has been a regular for a year and said, “My grandson loves the bass, the singing and the dancing.” HOME LIFE Andy has two children at home, an eight and a ten-year-old. Interestingly, his wife is also a librarian. No doubt the love of knowledge is an important element of their home life. Andy credits his mom for his love of reading.
She brought him to the library weekly and checked out stacks of books just as the children visiting his library do now. Music is another important aspect of Andy’s life. You may see him around town with his group “The Wobbly Toms” playing at places like the Colonial Quarter or up in Atlantic Beach. He enjoys getting out his bass whenever possible. STORIES TO COME From the look of the crowd waiting in front of the library doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is evident Andy Calvert has endeared himself to the children, parents, and grandparents of the community of St. Augustine. Be on the lookout for Fall storytime, returning on September 1, 2016. 1960 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard www.sjcpls.org
DESIGNING THE PERFECT TEAM It takes a dedicated and immaginative team to pull off St. Augustine's most creative charitable event. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
ove Your Mother Eco Fashion Show is an eccentric, fluorescent, green affair that will again benefitting Home Again St. Johns, a local homeless charity. The event (where area designers create over-the-top outfits strictly out of trash) has a goal of $50,000 to raise each time the event is held. This is certainly no meager feat, so the faces behind the show are veritable superstars of St. Augustine fundraising. At the helm is Kristy Weeks, owner and founder of Panache Salon. Ten years ago, Kristy began the fashion show as a way to give back to the community. “As a small business owner, the community gives us so much. This was a way to not just take from, but give to St. Augustine,”says Kristy. In the realm of fundraising, however, a recycled runway is not a common platform for philanthropy. But Kristy says that she and her family have always been environmentally conscious so this was a
Standing (left to right): Jay Ruditis, owner of Fuel Pro AV. Ari Sufalko, owner of Studio Zinc. Christine Cousart, owner of Cousart Photography. Juliana Koutouzakis, Panache stylist. Sitting (left to right): Austin Weeks, owner of Old Town Timber and Coldwell Banker Agent. Donna Guzzo, RSVP Coordinator for St. Johns County school system. Kristy Weeks, owner of Panache. Sway DiFeo, Volkswagen of St. Augustine. Luis Vienrich, Allstate agent.
natural path to take. “We waste so much. This is a fun way to show what we can do with things we might just throw away.” Kristy is not alone in her efforts, however. Alongside her in this gargantuan task is a dream team of community pillars, donating time and services to bring this event together. Luis Vienrich, husband of Panache stylist Angie, assists Kristy in the overall organization of the event and Juliana Koutouzakis, who has been involved since the beginning, is the event’s creative director. Donna Guzzo, Kristy’s “woman on fire,” organizes all social media while Ari Sufalko designs all advertising graphics. Kristy’s son, Austin Weeks, works with designers to find music that suits the style of their pieces and Jay Ruditis provides creative audio and lighting. Sway DiFeo, of Volkswagen of St. Augustine, is the host of the fashion show. “It takes a village to pull this off,” says Kristy. Everyone behind the scenes of Love www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Your Mother donates all their time and professional skills to a cause they believe in – namely, combating St. Augustine’s growing homelessness problem. The homelessness issue sparks heated emotions for many residents, but all seem to agree something has to be done. “Home Again St. Johns treats a homeless person’s entire being,” Kristy insists, “and since they’re still in their beginning phases, we all saw a need to help out.” There are still tickets available for September’s delightful and spirited event. “We just want the audience to be shocked by the fabulous creations,” says Kristy, “And we want them to appreciate all the hard work of everyone involved.” Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show is September 24. Buy your tickets online today. www.loveyourmotherstaug.com 3235 U.S. 1 South
LOCALS grocery stores, video stores and delivering pizza – Billy considers himself fortunate that he hasn’t had to work outside the music business for the last 16 years. “It’s nice to wake up and not have to worry about anything other than playing music.” His musical journey has certainly been a colorful one. He’s had the pleasure of playing and/or touring with the likes of the Four Tops, Chaka Kahn, P.O.D. and The Time. And, while he's had some memorable times on stage, Billy says his favorite musical experiences have actually come while off stage. "One time I was in a band called Skin Deep and we were in Los Angeles playing a competition called the Yamaha Music Showcase. We came in second place to some band you've never heard of. Robin Zander from Cheap Trick was one of the judges and he saw me. He runs up to me and says ‘Mate, you guys shoulda' won!’ The show stuff is cool, but it's those moments that mean the most to me." His biggest horror story? On stage at the Cotton Club in Atlanta. Billy says, "I was rockin' out on stage and there's this chasm thing between the stage and the audience. So I'm rockin' out and playin' bass and I just fall into this great big hole. I go falling back, the bass goes flying. It was bad. Bad, bad, bad. You could hear the gasp from the audience. But I got back up and my leg was hurtin' but I finished the show."
Aside from playing guitar (and bass, which is his main instrument), Billy also landed a gig with Flagler College radio while pitching an idea for the Limelight Theatre two years ago. He was being interviewed on air and someone who heard him suggested he would be perfect as on-air talent. He’s had his own jazz show WFCF 88.5 FM ever since.
It’s been said “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” If that’s actually true, then musician (and educator) Billy Buchanan is the busiest unemployed man in St. Augustine. Written and photographed by Steve Parr
orn and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Billy’s musical web extends to several different musical endeavors. He’s working on his degree in music and communications, teaches music and hosts his own radio show. Oh, and add to all of that his performance schedule, which has him playing in venues from the Renaissance Hotel to the rooftop of the San Sebastian Winery, and you’ve got someone who’s in a position to have a unique perspective on the St. Augustine music scene. Billy arrived in St. Augustine in 2007, having moved here from Nashville, TN. His musical influences are varied, but he cites Prince as
the primary influence behind his picking up a guitar. “I can remember seeing the ‘Little Red Corvette’ video and saying alright, that’s what I’m doing.” Billy says. Although he talks of his grandfather and his uncle playing guitar, he says of Prince “When I saw him? It was over.” Growing up, he was raised in a home with a diverse musical playlist which included everything from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to Crosby, Stills & Nash and Janis Joplin. He once counted how many non-music related jobs he’s had: 26. After having so many jobs (admittedly, none of them for very long) – which included working in www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
When asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t able to play music full time, Billy's initial reaction is a pause followed by a heavy sigh and “Gosh, that’s a horrible thought.” He enjoys teaching music at University Christian High School in Jacksonville, and figures teaching would be his calling if he wasn’t playing music professionally. After school hours, Billy can be found playing gigs across St. Augustine and performing further north in Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville. Whether you see him performing solo or with his band Free Avenue, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who’s more musically inclined and talented than Billy Buchanan. And, if you think about it, that’s not a bad life for the busiest unemployed guy in town. www.billybuchanan.org
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This school year, we're celebrating educators. From elementary school teachers to college professors, St. Augustine is full of men and women paving the way for our community's students.
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What do you love about your method of teaching? In fourth grade, at meet the teacher, I walked into my new classroom with quite an attitude. I had been given the "mean" teacher, Mr. Barnwell. I had wanted Ms. Bryant. I remember letting him know this and his witty reply, "I wanted her too, but they said I was too old." He never missed a beat and it was my favorite year yet. He played volleyball with us at recess, he invested in us and really got to know us! I'm a local. Born and raised here. This county and its schools gave me the tools I needed to be successful, so I find myself back in this county that educated me, how could I not want to teach with those great minds? Teaching at Palencia feels like a second home. The teachers I work with are friends. Our kids have play dates, we support each other in times of need, we laugh together, cry together, and play together! I love that I get to teach students I worked with for after school and summer camp when I first returned home from college. I also get to teach the kids of friends. This city is all about community and teaching in the public sector allows me to give support in a small way to that community. Some of these kids will move far away, some of them will take over family businesses and some of them will open new local spots. I love the saying, "It takes a village," when referring to raising kids, I am happy to be a part of that village. What sets your classroom apart? I think what sets my room apart the most, is that it is not mine. I spend a lot of time getting the room ready at the beginning of the year. I put a lot of thought into a "theme," decor, seating, bulletins, celebrations, but that room is nothing without the kids. They have to own that space. They need to be able to run it. We develop expectations together, they tell me what they need from a teacher, we develop our boundaries. The stuff in the room becomes theirs. They are the leaders of the classroom. They are just as important, if not more important, than I am. While I am the teacher, it does not mean I am not also the student. Every year you are presented with another set of students and each student brings with them a chance for you to learn something; whether it be about you, about them or about the curriculum. My classroom is that space where we learn together. What type of impact do you hope to make on your students? A banner in my classroom reads, "Shake it off." I want my students to remember that each day is a new beginning and they shouldn't let the mistakes of yesterday hold them back. I want them to start each day with a clean slate remembering that they are capable. I want them to know that I believe in them, they are valuable and they are loved. I want them to know they matter.
What do you love about your method of teaching? I love everything about Montessori! Montessori looks at education from the perspective of human development and what is needed to become a strong, contributing member of society. Montessori education offers the best chance a child has to achieve his or her full potential â€“ this is because this type of education works from the inside out. It is a whole organization of the child physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually that allows the child to become his or her very best self. Because the method is based on developmental phases, the children are grouped accordingly in classes that cover a three-four year age span. This is similar to family and social life. The primary goal of the child through age six is functional independence. So, they are given many opportunities to do things for themselves. Once they have been given a lesson, they may practice on their own as much as they like. This develops independence, selfesteem, and a growing sense of who they are and their place in the world. Children six through twelve are working towards intellectual independence. They want to know everything about the world and wonder about big questions such as, "How did the world begin?" They are given the opportunity to explore various topics through research, as well as delving deeper into geometry, mathematics, history and culture. What sets your classroom apart? I think the most noticeable thing about Montessori classrooms is that they are active and busy and simultaneously peaceful. Children are engaged with their environment. They are working to develop themselves. This creates contentment and openness to others. What type of impact do you hope to make on your students? The mission of our school is to create an environment where the spirit of the child is nurtured and where children develop knowledge, skills, and values that prepare them for life. My hope is that they will discover themselves through meaningful work. I know that I am successful when I see that they do not need me.
What do you love about your method of teaching? We chose to homeschool our children because we believe we are the most equipped to give them the best Christ-centered education possible. We aren't teaching to a test, and have the freedom to assess and address each individual learning style. The power of the question has been our focus, and we are very question-and-conversation based, loosely following the classical model of education. We school at home four days of the week, and one day we spend in a Classical Conversations Community. At home my kids are spread out in different rooms, outside, inside, in pajamas, bathing suits or clothes. My older girls are in the upper level challenge programs with Classical Conversations (CC), so they are pretty independent. Most of my time will be spent with the boys this year.At Classical Conversations everyone is in their own class from 9am-3pm, and I tutor the Challenge A class (12-14 years old). What sets your classroom apart? Reality. I wanted to say golden nuggets of knowledge and wisdom blossoming in a nurturing environment of p assion for learning and a love for God and each other... but as many honest home educators will tell you, this is not the norm but an exception. When it happens it is beautiful, but for the most part I think what sets us apart is reality. My kids don't get along with each other all the time. They are at different maturity levels, struggles and interests, which gives them opportunities to work through hard areas in relationships. They sometimes see me being really impatient, rude, angry and selfish; we discuss the things happening around the world, even the really dark things. We have conversations about ourselves and others on this blue planet, apologize to each other, and learn that the real world is not what it looks like in movies, books, Facebook or Instagram. What type of impact do you hope to make on your children?I want my kids to know God and make Him known. I want them to learn about all of the beauty and sadness this world has to offer and not to run away from either. I want them to learn in a safe place, where any question at any time is acceptable and good. I want them to embrace their faith as their own. I want them to never lose the wonder of it all. God's creativity, mystery, mercy, grace and sovereignty. If in 30 years, regardless of their position in life, my children know and love Jesus, and aren't afraid to do hard things that help others, then somehow by the grace of God I have fulfilled my calling as a homeschool mom.
What do you love about your method of teaching? My first teaching job was at a large, open-admission state college in Louisiana where I had classes with over 100 students. At Flagler College my classes have 12-25 students in them which allows me to get to know them. I learn their strengths, weaknesses, and interests which allows me to assist them when looking for an internship or their first job. Flagler College is also fairly selective when it comes to admission so I get motivated students who make my job easy! Teaching at Flagler College is a great gig in a beautiful city! What sets your classroom apart? Three words: relevancy, application, and evolution. All forms of media are present and relevant in my students' lives. Each of my classes has a direct impact on their lives. My video and audio production classes are 75% hands-on experiential learning where students apply classroom concepts to create content. My media law class covers everything from the First Amendment to how the legislative response to the Pulse nightclub murders may impact privacy rights. The media landscape is constantly changing and a challenge to keep up with which makes my job very interesting! What type of impact do you hope to make on your students? I tell students in every class "use your powers for good, not evil!" My job is teaching students to tell stories and shape them into what we call a "civic professional" which is a graduate who applies their skills to create social change. I am so proud when they use what they learned at Flagler College to make a difference in the world! They can create a powerful video message which acts as a beacon to illuminate social injustices. They have the power to inform people about a plethora of important issues on every level from local to global. I give them the chance at the end of each semester to go tell stories â€“ to use their skills to make a difference and motivate change. I know of so many alums who are doing amazing things all over the globe! To think that I may have had a tiny influence on the direction they took after college is incredibly rewarding.
What do you love about your method of teaching? I am a product of public education and believe in the value of education. In 1991, I started the first career academy in Northeast Florida at Wolfson High School (National Academy Foundation Academy of Finance). I taught and ran that program for 18 years. In St. Johns County School District, my team supports 19 career academy programs in our high schools. A career academy provides an opportunity for a group of students to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area. Students will be taught by teachers with expertise in the career field and excitement to engage learning. Students may earn more college credit or earn an industry certification through their enrollment as well as become more involved in local businesses. What is a day-in-the-life like for you? Every day is different for me and my team. At times, we are in schools supporting teachers, attending advisory board meetings, researching new workforce trends and needs, or collaborating with economic development, post-secondary partners and workforce development partners to ensure alignment. At other times, I serve on regional, state and national committees regarding career academy work. At other times, we are working on grant funding, setting up internships, field trips, competitions, guest speakers, etc. What sets your classroom apart? The best parts of being in a career academy are the project-based learning, field trips, mentoring, guest speakers, internships, competitions in which students can participate. What type of impact do you hope to make on your students? We would hope that students are able to make a wise choice about their future after being in a career academy. Finding out what you want to do for a career and finding out what not to do are equally informative. Over time, 30% of students nationally stay in the career area where they were enrolled in a career academy. Students from career academy programs over time have higher earnings and higher post-secondary completion rates than their non-academy peers!
What do you love about your method of teaching? I originally had no plans to teach in a private school, but God had different plans for me and led me to exactly where I am called to be in life. The goal of most teachers, myself included, is to help their students become happy, well-rounded, and productive members of their communities. Most schools have to do this without mentioning Christ. As a part of a Catholic school, I get to help students develop their faith. I have personally seen the power of prayer in the classroom. I have witnessed ten-year-olds praying for a friend's sick grandmother, asking for a blessing for those who are lonely, gazing at our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, and giving comfort to a friend who has lost a loved one. These examples of students sharing Christ's love bring tears to my eyes and strengthen my faith in Catholic education in a profound way. Nothing can bond us with each other like faith can. I am proud to be a part of it at Cathedral Parish School. What sets your classroom apart? I strive to create a classroom that fosters independence and critical thinking. I am honest with my kids. It's not "sit down and follow the rules because I say so!" While they know I'm in charge, we make school a group effort. My students know that they create the classroom too. It's our class. I encourage creativity. I like giving student options in their learning and assessments. For example, instead of a written book review, students choose from options like making a video trailer for the book, putting on a puppet show, or making a playlist of music for the book. I also try and have students move as much as possible in class. We stand up a lot in class and most students have bands on their desks to have something to do with their feet. Music has a special place in my class. If I can still remember all of the words to every one-hit-wonder and commercial from '97, then music can help students remember too. I take a lot of catchy pop songs and make them about things like rocks, matter, and moon phases. I also have a pretty impressive classroom library - 500+ books that I'm always willing to share and talk about with students. What type of impact do you hope to make on your students? Teaching is especially difficult, in that often I don't know if I'm having a positive effect on my students. Teachers plant the seeds and do the best they can with their students in the time given. I pray that I inspire my students, not only to achieve academic success, but to be kind, hard-working, and generous people.
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TOP DOCTORS St. Augustine is home to some of the best physicians in Northeast Florida, treating everything from your feet to your face with the help of medical advancements, modern technology and a whole lot of heart.
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Dentist TOP DOCTORS
PALENCIA DENTAL Dr. Stephanie Kinsey, DDS EDUCATION: Signature services feature family and neuromuscular dentistry, dental implants, porcelain veneers, TMJ relief, dental surgery, cosmetic rejuvenation and sleep apnea treatments, routine cleanings and prevention. YEARS PRACTICING: 20 Tell us about your practice... Dr. Stephanie Kinsey specializes in Neuromuscular Dentistry and has just finished a course at the Center for Occlusal Studies TMD/Occlusion 2015, as well as attending the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies for Comprehensive Aesthetics. Plus, Dr. Kinsey offers the All on 4, a highly-customized, permanent denture and implant system for qualified patients. Our practice is probably not like any dental practice youâ€™ve ever visited. What distinguishes you from others in your field? Â Our practice offers the most up-to- date and technologically-advanced dental health and aesthetic plus restorative techniques. We are patient-centered with a boutique practice environment and all team members and staff provide precise, personalized attention. All patients receive customized assessments and suggested phases of care to meet their lifestyles and individual needs.
Signature services feature family and neuromuscular dentistry, dental implants, porcelain veneers, TMJ relief, dental surgery, cosmetic rejuvenation and sleep apnea treatments, routine cleanings and prevention.
How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? We treat our patients with respect in a non-judgmental environment. And, we focus on timely care, service and treatments in a relaxed atmosphere. Many of our calming methods are unique to the local market with natural supplements and safe sedation, among others. Our labs and technical support teams are renowned in the dental industry. Also, the office files all insurance for patients with a clear explanation of benefits.
(904) 826-4343 159 Palencia Village Drive, #107 www.palenciadental.com
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DENTAL DOCTORS OF FLORIDA Dr. Christine Trunk, DDS Dr. Merlin Ohmer, DDS, MAGD COMBINED YEARS PRACTICING: 49 EDUCATION: Dr. Trunk earned her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005. She also attended advance training in General Dentistry in 2006 at Marine Corps Base Parris Island. Dr. Trunk attended a year long Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi-Course receiving over 300 hours of continuing education in implant dentistry. Dr. Ohmer earned his dental degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1979. He received specialty training in Oral Surgery in 1983 at Naval Dental Center Great Lakes. He has also earned Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry and over 3000 hours of dental continuing education. Mastership status is held by under 2% of practicing dentists. He has also participated in an Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi-Course receiving over 300 hours of implant education. Tell us about your practice... Our practice is located in a beautifully renovated Victorian home built in 1895 by Henry Flagler. We are a small boutique-style office. Dr. Trunk is known for her gentle disposition and small hands. Dr. Ohmer is known for his wit and love of oral surgery. We have a welcoming team who enjoys keeping our patients comfortable every step of the way.
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What distinguishes you from others in your field? We are a small, family owned, local business. We believe in honesty and full disclosure. We keep most procedures in house, therefore our patients are not shuffled between offices. Our patients experience a relaxing home environment with a dental family just like them, normal regular everyday people. You will feel welcome when you walk through our door.
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Cardiologists TOP DOCTORS
We provide cutting edge cardiovascular care in the field of cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and endovascular medicine.
FIRST COAST HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER David Grech, MD, FACC Vincent Caracciolo, MD, FACC Neil Sanghvi, MD, FACC, FHRS Dinesh Pubbi, MD, FACC Kevin Hayes, DO, FACC Michael Seawell, MD, FACC Van Crisco, MD, FACC, FSCAI (904) 342-8300 1000 Plantation Island Drive Suite 9 www.firstcoastheart.com
Tell us about your practice... First Coast Heart & Vascular Center has seven boardcertified cardiologists, interventional/invasive cardiologists and electrophysiologists all in-house and on-staff. Our physicians can address all cardiology and vascular needs from sophisticated diagnostic tests, to treatments of all conditions and complexities including cardiovascular medicine, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and endovascular medicine. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? In our practice, delivering exceptional care is a team approach. From our front desk, to our technologists, to our medical assistants. We all have to have the same mission and we all want our patients to do well. In addition we are a practice where we are able to provide the entire range
of cardiovascular medicine from general cardiology, clinical medicine, hospital-based care, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, endovascular medicine, to simple and complex procedures. What is your competitive advantage? From the physicians to our staff, we strive to work as a team to provide the best patient care to our patients. We have one of the few fully accredited, state-of-the-art, free-standing Cath Labs in Northeast Florida. This provides patients with high-quality care in a more patient friendly atmosphere at a significant cost savings. What impact do you hope to make in the community? We want people to live happier, healthier, longer and enriched lives.
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CHILDREN DENTISTRY AND ORTHODONTICS
Dr. Luis Cruz, DMD EDUCATION: Dr. Luis Cruz received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) in 2004 from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. After dental school, Dr. Cruz moved to New York to pursue a pediatric dentistry specialty program at New York University, where he finished in the summer of 2006. YEARS PRACTICING: 9 Tell us about your practice... Little Smiles is a state-of-the-art pediatric and orthodontic dental practice, with offices in St. Augustine and Palm Coast where your child will receive personal attention and compassion with quality care in an at-home environment. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Luis Cruz, strives to make this journey a fun and rewarding experience for infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs. Our aim is to provide a positive atmosphere for you and your child, and make our office your dental home.
Little Smiles is a state-of-the-art pediatric and orthodontic dental practice where children receive personal attention and compassion with quality care in an at-home environment.
What distinguishes you from others in your field? At Little Smiles, Dr. Luis Cruz emphasizes a preventive approach to keeping our patients cavity-free with beautiful smiles. Superior oral health is vital for a child's development. We are comprehensive with many services such as fluoride monitoring and supplementation, homecare instructions, dental sealants, sedation, orthodontics, digital radiography, frenectomy, and restorative dentistry. All at a stress free and fear free environment. We strive to make this journey fun and rewarding experience for infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs. What motivates you in the workplace? The innocence and high energy children bring to our practice, keeps us motivated and makes our day more enjoyable. We have a team committed to give every child the best experience and keep each other motivated with that goal in mind.
(904) 471-8500 1301 Plantation Island Drive Suite 305 www.littlesmilesfl.com
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Gynecologist TOP DOCTORS
Providing personal, comprehensive healthcare to women, by women, through all stages of life.
MAETOZO TOTAL WOMAN'S CARE Sherri Maetozo, MD
University of Pittsburgh Hahnemann University School of Medicine Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Amy Swiatkowski, BSN, ARNP DeSales University, University of Cincinnati Board Certified in Women's Health
(904) 461-5330 1301 Plantation Island Drive Suite 103 www.sherrimaetozo.com
Tell us about your practice...Â We specialize in wellness and problem focused care for women of all ages. We offer routine wellness care, contraceptive counseling, infertility evaluation, evaluation and treatment of breast abnormalities, sexually transmitted diseases,abnormal pap smears, abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause and perimenopause symptoms, pelvic organ prolapse, osteoporosis screening and treatment, sexual dysfunction, evaluation of pelvic masses, bladder dysfunction and incontinence, and treatment for vaginal pain, painful intercourse,and vulvar pain. We also offer Mona Lisa Touch fractional CO2 laser treatment for vaginal restoration for the treatment of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, vulvar pain, and bladder atrophy symptoms. This procedure requires no
anesthesia and restores the normal vaginal tissue without the need for estrogen treatments. What distinguishes you from others in your field? We provide personalized care in a comfortable and warm environment with an all female staff. We are uniquely qualified to diagnose, treat, and understand our patients concerns. What motivates you in the workplace? We have a wall in our office covered with letters and thank you cards from our patients that inspire us daily. We are honored to be a part of their lives, that they trust us with not only their health care but their most personal thoughts, experiences, and struggles.
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Facial Plastic Surgeon
FACIAL REJUVENATION CENTRE Dr. Deirdre Leake EDUCATION: The University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. YEARS PRACTICING: 12
Tell us about your practice... My practice consists of Facial Plastics- Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures including skin cancer reconstruction. I believe in customized patient care focused on natural looking results. My staff and I educate patients on skin care and skin health. We provide a professional caring environment for patients to voice their concerns. What distinguishes you from others in your field? I do not believe in a one size fits all approach. I educate patients on which procedures will lead them to their goals and provide the best result. Building trust between me and my patients stems from setting expectations on what will and will not work.
My practice consists of Facial Plastics - Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures including skin cancer reconstruction.
How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? I set realistic expectations for procedure outcomes and stress the importance of maintenance. I offer many different tools to treat the concerns of my patients and I have great attention to detail. I enjoy getting to know my patients and delight in being able to achieve their goals. What is your own personal key to success? My faith has given me strength and I stay focused on keeping a balance between family and work.
(904) 810-5434 1750 Tree Boulevard, #10 www.frcentre.com
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BAILEY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jason Bailey EDUCATION: Life University, Marietta, GA.Doctor of Chiropractic, Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science YEARS PRACTICING: 19 Tell us about your practice... Dr. Bailey has been in practice for 19 years and Bailey Chiropractic has been open one year in the nationâ€™s oldest city. Our practice is based on using the latest in new technology to adjust our patients at a reasonable price. Customer service is very important here. Our team believes that giving love and caring for others is part of the healing process. What is your competitive advantage? We don't view anyone as competition. We believe that if we do a great job with the patient then good things will come our way. This means coming from a loving and compassionate place, listening to what the patient is saying and feeling, giving the patient choices in their care, and having as many different types of therapies as possible since every person and situation is different. What are your practices core values? We believe in exceeding people's expectations at a reasonable price. We understand people who are intimidated to call our office expecting treatment to be too expensive. Therefore, we are currently offering a special price of $65 for anyone to get a consultation, exam, any necessary x-rays, two adjustments and a relaxing one hour massage.
We provide the latest in new technology to facilitate your healingâ€?.
What do you consider to be your specialties? At Bailey Chiropractic, we are great at helping people who have been injured in automobile accidents. Our office has a lot of experience as well as gentle therapies that can be used in treating car accident victims. Dr. Bailey utilizes advanced diagnostic testing that may reveal conditions such as ligament, brain, and disc injuries that are often overlooked by traditional MRI or CT studies.
(904) 342-4941 224 Southpark Circle East www.baileychiropractic.com
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Dr. Ryan Pereira DPM, FACFAS, FAENS EDUCATION: Medical School: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Residency: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT. Mini-Fellowship: Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center/ Restorative Traumatology and Orthopedics Russia. Board Certified in Foot Surgery, Board Certified in Rearfoot/Ankle surgery, Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, Fellow of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, Member of the American College of Phlebology YEARS PRACTICING: 13 Tell us about your practice... Dr. Pereira is dual board certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. His practice focuses on the treatment of varicose veins, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, advanced wound care, complex diabetic limb salvage and peripheral nerve microsurgery. How do you deliver exceptional care to your patients? My practice offers the newest and the most innovative of procedures that provide the best patient outcomes. We are a progressive medical facility where you are the heart of our mission. What motivates you in the workplace? Personal satisfaction through validity and value are what motivates me. I am able to do something special that has value and improves the lives of my patients. My philosophy has always been to make a positive impact on the life of one so they may in turn make an impact on the life of another.
Focusing on the treatment of varicose veins, reconstructive foot & ankle surgery, advanced wound care, complex diabetic limb salvage and peripheral nerve microsurgery.
(904) 461-0821 1301 Plantation Island Drive Suite 203 B www.anastasiamedicalgroup.com
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We hope to provide the community with veterinarians that owners can trust who will always have their best interest at heart.
SOUTHEAST VETERINARY HOSPITAL Dr. Britany Timberlake
Ross University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Chad Timberlake
Major, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
(904) 823-1270 1885 State Road 207 SoutheastVeterinaryHospital.com
Tell us about your practice...Â At Southeast Veterinary Hospital, we offer the highest quality pet care including annual physical exams, vaccinations, dental cleaning, microchipping, nutrition counseling, urinalysis blood screening, ultrasounds, blood pressure monitoring, in-house radiography and same-day in-house blood analysis. For your convenience we offer drop-off appointment services, in-room check out and mobile services for dogs, cats, and smaller animals. What distinguishes you from others in your field? The doctors have the same goal in mind, but often approach cases with different views. Dr. Chad has a more no-nonsense approach to his cases which his clients appreciate for his candor and honesty. In contrast, Dr. Britany likes to talks through every
case scenario with patients. You will usually see Dr. Britany in a white coat but if you see Dr. Chad in anything but a button down shirt and blue jeans it should be cause for concern. What are you specialities? Our doctors are equally skilled and experienced, but Dr. Chad prefers cases that most other veterinarians would consider to be difficult, he appreciates the challenge these cases offer. Dr. Britany is a board certified surgeon which allows for fewer referrals and more procedures in-house. What type of experience can your patients expect? You will not leave our office without the feeling of having made a new friend! Most of the time, unless they are with a patient in a room or performing a procedure, both doctors are up front talking with clients.
GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN By Kara Pound You know the scene all too well; the kids have been dropped off at grandma and grandpas or the babysitter just arrived at your house. You go through the entire spiel that encompasses teeth-brushing instructions and who gets what vitamin at bedtime. Date night has officially begun. The Balefire Brasserie on Anastasia Boulevard is the perfect setting; intimate with a menu that reads like food you wish you knew how to cook. There’s only one more choice to make for the night (besides which bottle of wine to order). The answer is easy; you ask for the Grilled Beef Tenderloin medium-rare. Starting with an eight-ounce choice filet grilled to your personal taste, this entrée features a shitake mushroom gratin with local potatoes from Black Hog Farm in East Palatka and Blue Sky Farm in Elkton thinly sliced and layered with shallots, shitake mushrooms and herbs like thyme, rosemary and oregano. The gratin is then baked for 45 minutes. Next, the filet is topped with foie gras butter from Hudson Valley, New York and a balsamic reduction, as well as grilled asparagus. The finale, if you will, includes a collection of microgreens from the restaurant’s own on-site living garden of corn shoots, sunflower microgreens, cabbage and daikon radish. 113 Anastasia Boulevard www.thebalefirebrasserie.com
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FAMILY DAY OUT While kid-friendly restaurants are a valuable asset to our community, a family day out extends to much farther than just where to eat. Eat, drink, and play at any one of these local hang outs.
THE DISH Super Salad Bowl with Tempeh
Living on the Veg
CREATIVE HUNGER FIX Fresh fare in a relaxed island locale, Creative Juices Natural Cafe is sure to be your new favorite go-to spot.
By Sarah McCartan
y own personal rules for meal selection when dining out are fairly straightforward: use of fresh plant-based ingredients, hearty portions, thoughtfulness in flavor, and perhaps most importantly, something I wouldn’t typically make at home that leaves me feeling fully recharged, and satisfied. Creative Juices Natural Cafe on Anastasia Island meets all of these rules, and then some. Of course, when choosing to dine with another person for breakfast, lunch, or any meal for that matter, it’s not just about your rules, but consideration of their preferences, tastebuds, and dietary needs. Although one can’t look past what Creative Juices is known for — being a cold-pressed juice and smoothie shop — the cafe presents a selection of breakfast and lunch plates, served all day, made suitable for all, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Though a salad might seem like a rule-breaker of mine — something that can readily be made at home — the Super Salad Bowl with tempeh is anything but ordinary. It’s a game-changer
that feels as cleansing and energizing as a juice. This packed salad combines a blend of greens and quinoa lentil salad, with cucumbers, tomato, avocado and root vegetables, and is served with a house tahini dressing, or vinaigrette. A sandwich winner is the Tempeh Reuben, readily made totally vegan by request. A simple slice of tomato layered with the signature sauce and kraut adds a sweet punch to this savory bite. It feels almost wrong to dine at Creative Juices without making it a combo. Here, that means ordering a juice or smoothie to sip with your meal. If you have fresh juice on the mind and it happens to be after-hours, Creative Juices has a vending machine out front with a few favorite 16 oz. juices in stock. Though the cafe seating at Creative Juices is pleasingly small and intimate, there’s the opportunity to dine outdoors if you have a larger group with you, thanks to the newly added backyard picnic-style seating area. Creative Juices is open 8 am-4pm, MondayFriday; 9am-3pm, Saturday; and 10am-2pm, Sunday (for smoothies and juices only) 846 Anastasia Boulevard www.creativejuicesnaturalcafe.com
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Become a member of the zoo and get in for free 365 days a year. Skip the gators (if you choose) and head right to the playground and let the kids run free. Swing by the Tucan Tina snack bar for a cold beer, $5 for the first pour and $3 for drafts after that. Post up at a picnic table under the shelter for relief from the heat. Kids and parents alike will be begging to go back. 999 Anastasia Boulevard Nalu's Tropical Takeout & St. Augustine Ampitheatre Grab your tacos, quesadillas and iced teas to go and hop back in the minivan and enjoy them at the neighbooring Ampitheatre. After you eat, explore the arboretum and enjoy the shade. Don't forget, if there's a concert taking place that night, you'll want to get out of there early! 1020 Anastasia Boulevard & 1340C A1A South The Museum Café & King & Bear and Slammer & Squire The Juniors Play Free program allows parents to bring up to three children (17 and under) to play for free during twilight hours (approximately 4 hours prior to sunset). Before heading out on the course, be sure to fill up on soups, salads and sandwiches. Our pick? A crowd-pleasing BLT or Steak Philly (because 18 holes requires plenty of fuel). 1 World Golf Place & 2 World Golf Place
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FIRST COAST TECHNICAL COLLEGE A delicious foodie future awaits students at First Coast Technical College’s Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts Program. Meet Chefs Kit Keifer and Sherry Gaynor. By Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Rob Futrell
hether boiling an egg or making a gourmet meal, there’s an order to cooking. Gather the right ingredients, follow (or create) a recipe, apply heat, time it perfectly and serve it graciously. This same process applies to culinary students at First Coast Technical College. Motivated learners and instructors are the main ingredients, the curriculum is the recipe, and the heat and timing come from being tried and tested in the classroom (and the kitchen). For the past year, Chef Kit Kiefer led the program as Culinary Arts Coordinator. Much of Chef Kit's career was spent as Food Science and Research and Development Chef for mega-chains Ruby Tuesday, Applebee’s, Dunkin Donuts and many more. You know that blueberry pancake bite treat at Dunkin’ Donuts? That tasty little now-I-have-to-go-running indulgence was Chef Kit's idea. Just one of hundreds over the years. Chef Kit's vast knowledge and experience made him the ideal go-to guy to help build up the program in 2015. FCTC has been a tech school for 50 years and has operated as a Charter School since 1999,
but this year will transition to merging with the St. Johns County School District. With this change, Chef Kit is moving on but has helped set the table for the program’s continued success. LUCKY TO BE A LOCAL Both adults and high schoolers can get cooking at FCTC but younger students have two options now. They can do dual enrollment at the technical college or study at the Culinary Career Academy ProStart program at St. Johns Technical High School. The two programs partner together like peanut butter and jelly. “There is such a wide interest in the culinary programs. They really propel students to get out there and get going in great careers,” says Culinary Arts instructor Chef Sherry Gaynor. Even the location is like the cherry on top of the sundae. Chef Kit says living and studying in St. Augustine’s “sky-rocketing culinary scene” is a huge benefit. “There are some very, very talented chefs in this town. I think St. Augustine is well on its way to becoming a culinary mecca, I really do.” Local chefs are invited to speak and teach specialty lessons. He rates the FCTC chefs on staff as “phenomenal,” too.
ACADEMIC APPETITE "What is your goal? Your dream?" That’s the first thing Chef Sherry asks students. “There is a lot of interest in food trucks, being a personal chef, catering or even being a sous chef in a Michelin Star Restaurant. Some want to open a gourmet specialty shop or a restaurant. Others don’t even want to be a chef. They want to be food writers or photographers. There’s a lot of diversity and opportunity in this career.” "Whatever goals students enter with, the program gives them a unique competitive advantage when they join the workforce," says Arleen Dennison, director of College Advancement. Dreams are like dessert, but finding a niche in the workforce is the real goal. Work being the operative word. When it comes to mastering the chores and challenges of being a chef – not to mention all that chopping – FCTC students take the cake. ”One of our best features is our curriculum aligns with the kitchen in a real time, real world setting,” says Chef Sherry. The students run Walter’s Reef Café, a fullservice restaurant open to the public on campus. While school is in session, it’s open from 11-1 Tuesday through Friday.
They also work alongside chefs to create elaborate feasts in the campus banquet hall. “In this industry one of the biggest complaints about culinary grads is they’re knowledgeable but they’re not ready to work. You have to move in the kitchen, it’s very physical. Our students are prepared for the hard work,” Chef Sherry says. In the restaurant, they gain valuable cooking experience while also learning the front end of the hospitality business by serving local diners. “Their creative abilities come to life as they are part of a team that designs menus, organizes catered events and develops unique dining experiences,” adds Arleen. Those already working in the food service industry can earn while they learn by taking part in FCTC’s Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program. It takes about 2-3 years of working with FCTC Apprentice Coordinator and a Mentoring Chef to complete training and
There’s no “Hell’s Kitchen” mentality here. The emphasis is on getting along. Comparing it to an orchestra, Chef Kit says each instrument is played individually and differently but together they make beautiful music. So it is in the kitchen. Each chef is doing a different job, from prep work to garnishes, but they need to harmonize to make scrumptious food.
earn the highly regarded Certified Sous Chef certification with the American Culinary Federation. After successfully completing 1200 hours of full-time courses, students earn a “Certified Culinarian,” and with additional testing can attain “Certified Pastry Culinarian” and national certification from National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. 2980 Collins Avenue www.fctc.edu www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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JOSUE ROMERO If you've ever snuck into Odd Birds for a late nightcap, chances are Josue was behind the bar mixing up a your boozy delicacy. Photography by Brian Miller Bartending since: 2009 What is Odd Birds best known for? Odd Birds has such a good vibe; from its friendly and relaxed atmosphere to their tasty concoctions. I see Odd Birds as the neighborhood bar where the locals mingle, musicians hangout, and the industry staff go for a nightcap after their work shift. It is one of the few places downtown where you can get food after 11pm, along with a great cocktail. The drink menu changes often, so there is always something new and exciting to try. All the glassware is vintage and so unique, and there is live music playing every night.
"To fully experience Odd Birds is to be open to experience a different cocktail and let the bartenders surprise you with their creations. There are infusions, syrups, tinctures and shrubs always in the making, and we are always looking for guinea pigs. I always encourage guests to enjoy the culinary aspect of the bar â€“ the arepas are really tasty, made from scratch with fresh ingredients!"
Part of your job that keeps you coming back night after night? I love taking a classic cocktail and making it something else, bringing a different aspect of the spirit itself. I am adapting the cocktail to the season while keeping it balanced. At Odd Birds we have the resources to create new cocktails all the time, in so much that management encourages it. We want to bring craft drinking and the appreciation for it to our community. What is the most challenging part of your job? Introducing a new spirit or brand to a newcomer. At Odd Birds, we focus on crafted libations and that includes the spirits used. Deviating from the mainstream brands, we find small distilleries, small batches, limited editions, and mom-and-pop's brands that are not so well known, however, have quality. So, when a patron comes to Odd Birds and already has a brand set in the mind and such brand is not on our shelves, we proceed to dig up the qualities and flavors the customer wants and
Josue's Signature MEZCAL LAST WORD: DEL MAGUEY VIDA MEZCAL LUXARDO IL MARASCHINO GREEN CHARTREUSE LIME JUICE HELLFIRE BITTERS pair them with a different brand. More than often this "challenging" part of my job comes with a smirk on the face. What are you best known for? Customizing drinks. I start by asking a few questions and create a sure-to-be loved cocktail. 33 Charlotte Street www.facebook.com/OddBirdsBar www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
EDITOR'S NOTE: THE SMOKEY SECRET IS IN THE MEZCAL. FINISHED WITH A FEATHER FOR A SIGNATURE ODD BIRDS TOUCH, THIS DRINK IS AN EXPERIENCE.
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THE BLACK MOLLY GRILL Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, you'll find The Black Molly Grill, a distinctly "St. Augustine" eatery with a delightfully surprising dining experience. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr Located in Cobblestone Village on State Road 312, owner Ryan Torboli opened The Black Molly Grill in June of 2011. After working at another area restaurant, Ryan decided it was time to strike out on his own and he brought chef Pat Giblin with him. Together, Ryan and Pat serve up a variety of dishes to please the palette. To get your meal started, try the “Shrimp Snaps,” an original appetizer priced at $9.99, are lightly breaded and tossed in The Black Molly Grill's own red chili aioli before finding their home atop a bed of fresh crunchy cabbage. This unconventional dish gets a big thumbs up as a lead into any entree.
Location: 504 W Geoffrey Street Claim to Fame: Fresh seafood, plentiful seating & parking, kid-friendly Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
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The Datil Chicken ($15.99) is topped with goat cheese and served with The Black Molly Grill's signature sweet and spicy datil jelly. It has the right amount of bite without being overpowering. If your tastes lean towards pasta dishes, try the Flamingo; a corkscrew pasta served in a tomato cream sauce with sauteed shrimp, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil and Romano cheese. Don't feel bad if you need a take-home box for this. Your $15.99 can easily feed you twice. The assortment of available entrees run the gamut from steaks and seafood to hearty pastas, each flavorful and filling. All dishes, though seemingly familiar, pack an unexpected punch.
Fare: Steaks, seafood, and classic American with a twist
Favorites on the Menu: Shrimp Snaps, Datil Chicken, Creme Brulee Details: www.theblackmollygrill.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.
Delicious food in a fun creative environment.
Pizza, Gluten Free
SETTING: Family friendly,
fun environment, outdoor dining patios
ON THE MENU
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
Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: 2-for-1
Happy Hour daily from 3pm to 6:30pm.
410 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 11AM - 1:30AM MONDAY - SUNDAY (904) 826-4040
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
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:
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
3945 A1A SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 8AM - 10PM MONDAY - SUNDAY (904) 471-4799
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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.
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. ENTERTAINMENT:
Guitar and vocalist on the patio sometimes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:
Downtown St. Augustine
ON THE MENU STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS
Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Ceviche and Fried Oyster Deviled Eggs, Minorcan Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad 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.
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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On the Menu STARTERS
Gator Tail, Crab Cakes, Ahi Tuna Stcks, Catfish Fingers CHEF SPECIALTIES
Shrimp & Grits SautÃ©ed 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
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:
KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: North of
11AM-9PM MONDAY- SUNDAY
612 EUCLID AVE. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 829-1105
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Salt Roasted Beet Salad, Marinated Manchego, Gambas CHEF SPECIALTIES
Vieras Scallops with leek risotto, vegetables, passion fruit vinaigrette El Jefe N.Y.Strip with roasted marrow, caramelized pearl oniions, forest mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, minzuna and garlic confit
Spanish Tapas, Seafood Gluten Free, Low Carb SETTING: Historic District,
MTR Burger House Ground Angus Beef, Crispy Serrano Ham, Cabrales Blue Cheese, Truffle Fries
Music on Sundays KID'S MENU: Yes
SUN-THURS: 5PM-9PM FRI-SAT: 5PM - 10:30PM
25 CUNA STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 810-2400
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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.
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.
8AM-9PM* MONDAY- SUNDAY 530 A1A BEACH BOULEVARD (904) 461-8288
RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:
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*Please refer to website for complete hours of operation. zClosed inbetween dining shifts.
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Fritto Misto, Grilled Octopus, Special Recipe Meatballs, Tre Mozzarelle CHEF SPECIALTIES
Tagliatelle Boscaiola Housemade pasta, pancetta, porcini mushrooms, plum tomato sugo & cream Pappardelle Cernia Local grouper ragÃ¹, housemade pappardelle pasta, citrus gremolata
Modern Italian Dining
Double Pork Chop Fontina & prosciutto stuffed pork chop served with roasted cauliflower & asparagus
restaurant with patio dining SPECIALS: Monthly
Community Table and Wine Dinners KID'S MENU: Yes
MONDAY - SATURDAY LUNCH 11AM - 2:30PM, DINNER 4-9PM, 4-10PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Grove, St. Augustine Beach RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:
134 SEA GROVE MAIN STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080
Large parking lot
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Sourhern Pie, Beer Battered Dawg Bites
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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!
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!
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
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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
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
World Golf Village
RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:
ONE WORLD GOLF PLACE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32092 (904) 940-4000
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Gluten Free Corn Chips, Fresh Salsa, Fruit Smoothies, Coffee Drinks, Protein Smoothies, Warm Pitas and Homemade Hummus' CHEF SPECIALTIES
Pita Tosh Made with hummus, cheese, Boars Head Salsilito Turkey, onion, tomato, carrot, avocado, & fresh greens The Nutty Mother mixed greens light cheese, diced tomato, cucumbers, avocado, carrots, toasted almonds, & a side of pocketless pita The Good Karma Cooked sprouted grain tortilla, filled with layers of hummus, carrots, onions, broccoli & avocado
Health food, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free
SETTING: Window service,
KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:
St. Augustine Beach
11 AM-5 PM 7 DAYS A WEEK
TO-GO ORDERS: Yes
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18 A STREET ST AUGUSTINE BEACH (904) 461-4552
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Seared Rare Blackened Tuna, Home-Made Blue Cheese Chips, Tender Fried Calamari, Ragtime Shrimp, Blue Crab & Artichoke Dip CHEF SPECIALTIES
Grilled Seafood Paella Split Lobster Tail, Fresh Fish, Shrimp, Chicken, Calamari, Mussels & Chorizo Simmered in a Savory Saffron Court-Bouillon CUISINE SPECIALTIES:
Lobster and Shrimp Tacos Crisp Blue Corn Tortillas, Wrapped in Soft Flour Tortillas with Pepper Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce & a Lemon-Lobster Citrus Sauce
Made from Scratch Menu and Fresh Seafood SETTING: Historic District
overlooking the bayfront SPECIALS: Fresh Fish
KID'S MENU: Yes
1 KING STREET, SUITE 101
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084
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JRâ€™s Pretzels with a homemade mustard cheeze sauce CHEF SPECIALTIES
The Back It Up Reuben homemade corned beef, aged Swiss cheeze, homemade sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on deli style rye bread Mr. Raulerson Turkey Sandwich Fresh Roasted Turkey, Monterey Jack Cheeze, with Homemade Cole Slaw & Cranberry Aoili on Deli Style Multigrain Bread
All fresh all the time. All meat roasted in house. Hand rolled burgers. Now serving beer and wine.
Terrie's Tantalizing Western Burger Onion rings, bacon, BBQ sauce and cheddar cheeze on a Kaiser roll
SETTING: Casual ENTERTAINMENT:
Occasional live music NEIGHBORHOOD:
8AM-6PM: MON-TUES 8AM- 8PM: WED-SAT 918 SANTA MARIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32086 (904) 679-5008
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Homemade onion rings, Blue Crab Bites, Smokin' Fish Dip, Oysters Castillo and Florida Gator Tail CHEF SPECIALTIES
Shrimp....So Many Ways Fried, Coconut, Stuffed, Blackened, Grilled, Matanzas, Steamed Salmon Sensation Seasoned with a zesty sauce of sun-dried tomatoes and topped with feta cheese, served with 2 sides. Hickory Crusted Pork Ribeye Flame grilled 8 oz pork ribeye coated with a savory hickory rub, served with 2 sides and roasted garlic bread brushed with herb butter
Southern Sytle Seafood and a whole lot more SETTING: Coastal, casual
family restaurant with a full bar KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:
RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:
SUNDAY- SATURDAY 11AM - 9:00PM
Onsite parking lot and public parking garage located directly across the street
14 W. CASTILLO DRIVE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-3663
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'N Grits Florida shrimp, grilled fresh catch or tofu over pan-seared cheesy polenta cakes, topped with seasonal salsa and house made herbed ricotta cheese, served with sautéed seasonal veggies Brisket Posole Slow-smoked beef brisket, simmered in a roasted tomato, black eyed pea and pepper stew. Served over creamy stone-ground grits and topped with a fried egg and green tomato relish N Waffles Slow-smoked BBQ pulled pork served with our crunchy cornmeal waffles. Topped with bourbon-brown sugar glazed fruit, local honey, buttermilk ricotta and candied pecans
Innovative Southern, Plentiful Gluten Free options
SETTING: Casual Old
South meets funky Florida vibes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:
Downtown St. Augustine
11 AM-9PM: SU,M,W,TH 11AM-10PM: F,S
72 SPANISH STREET (904) 829-0655
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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 Boulevard (904) 201-6300
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
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
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
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
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 www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Latin and Mediterranean 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.
58 Charlotte Street (904) 824-3282
LA COCINA INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT Latin and Mediterranean
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.
530 A1A Beach Boulevard (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 Avenue (904) 829-1105
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.
102 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-7211
Seafood / Mediterran 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.
1 King Street, Suite 101 (904) 829-2977
THE BACK 40 URBAN CAFE
Caribbean, New American An eclectic mix of flavors from around the
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 Highway (904) 824-0227
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 Road (904) 829-0589
A1A ALE WO RKS DISH: HOUSE SPECIALTY GRILLED SEAFOOD PAELLA Grilled split lobster tail, fresh fish, shrimp, chicken, calamari, mussels and chorizo simmered in a savory saffron court-bouillon.
4100 Coastal Highway (904) 824-8008
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 Boulevard (904) 471-3177
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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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.
STIR IT UP (On Left) DISH: PULLED PORK TACO SPECIAL. Soft shell toacos served with fresh red onion, slow simmered pulled pork and topped with salsa verde and served with a side of crunchy corn chips. (On Left) DISH: BEET ROOT HUMMUS WRAP SPECIAL. Heavenly wrap stuffed full with spring mix, beet root hummus, carrot, cucumber, avocado and fresh salsa and served with a side of crunchy corn chips.
2420 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 Boulevard (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
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
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 Boulevard #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
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 Boulevard (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
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 Boulevard (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 Boulevard (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
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
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
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 US 1 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.
CATCH 27 DISH: RUSTIC FISH. Local catch, seasoned with salt and cracked pepper and served with rice and a vegetable medley. Topped with a lemon garlic compound butter.
1092 S Ponce De Leon Boulevard (904) 824-7064
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 Boulevard www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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TERRA & ACQUA DISH: DOUBLE PORK CHOP. Heritage Kurobuta double pork chop stuffed with rich fontina and salty prosciutto. Served atop a bed of oven roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus. Paired with Botromagno Gravina, a tangy Italian white wine with strong aromas of green apples and pears are underscored by notes of white peaches and apricots.
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 Boulevard (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 Boulevard (904) 217-3256
TERRA & ACQUA
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
For a quick, flavorful bite; you may or may not find table service at these places, but you'll always find the freshest ingredients.
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
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
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
Tuesday - Sunday from 8AM-3PM. There is nothing the local foodie wouldn't want to
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 Boulevard (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
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
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 Boulevard (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 Boulevard (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
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
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
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 Boulevard (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
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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Published on Jul 29, 2016
The city magazine for St. Augustine. Inside: The local influencers shaping the future of St. Augustine Families, A+ Educators, Top Doctors,...