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DECEMBER JANUARY 2016

CELEBRATING LIFE & STYLE IN ST. AUGUSTINE

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Shop St. Augustine

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Your Holiday Shopping Helper. Get a glimpse inside St. Augustine's chicest boutiques to see what's in store.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about how to get fit in the first city. New Year's Resolution Headquarters

Wellness Guide

Feeling good about you means getting fit, finding your zen and accentuating what makes you feel beautiful.


The people and places you need to know to organize an unforgettable occasion. Brought together by our team of curators across the country who are particular on style and look with a discerning eye for honest-to-goodness great ideas, great places and great people. We put a face with a business name and a story behind a company slogan so brides, moms and party planners can hire with confidence. We elevate the vendor/client relationship above all. You don’t have to do it yourself and you certainly don’t have to hire a stranger. You can meet them here.

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ife is often measured in milestones. Be it a birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby or holiday, each calls for a celebration to mark the occasion and to gather with friends. This issue - while it may seem no different from the last - is an occasion all its own: It's the anniversary issue! And because of that we're celebrating St. Augustine by bringing together the most seasonally festive issue we've created to date.

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This is the season of gathering, great food, gobs of shopping and getting fit. In the next 112 pages you'll find everything you need to know to make the most of the holidays and the new year in St. Augustine. Like our "Shop St. Augustine" guide on page 48 that gives you an inside peek into the best boutiques you'll want to visit for your holiday shopping lists.

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Planning a special dinner out? Then bookmark page 98 because you'll want to make a reservation after reading about the cuisine at this downtown restaurant. Certainly a favorite of ours. And for your 2016 fitness goals we've outlined the ABC's of exercising locally on page 84.

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Thank you for an amazing first year. While we'll always cherish these anniversary issues, it's our goal for St. Augustine Social to celebrate the spirit of St. Augustine every day. Thank you for helping us tell the most interesting stories and connect local businesses and consumers like you via this chic little book we hope you save and collect over time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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COVER Get every issue first.... These fun letter balloons are 12" tall and are avilable in gold and silver. A clever way to share a message in style, you can get them at Celebrations on San Marco Ave.

The issue you hold in your hand is a piece of work. Hard work that takes lots of big thinking, coordination, money and creative design. So, we like to make sure no single copy is left behind. That's why you don't see stacks of free magazines around town. That's just not our style. Rather - we like to go direct to the source - our readers like you - via direct mail. If you like the magazine and want to see many more in the future - get on that list and subscribe. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE CUT + MAIL SUBSCRIPTION CARD ON PAGE 112 TO: P.O. BOX 3784 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32085 OR, FOR FASTER SERVICE... SIGN UP ONLINE AT WWW.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM

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Shot on location at Monarch Studio, photographer Scott Smith turned our celebratory vision into a real life masterpiece.

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ow do you exemplify the spirit of St. Augustine on the cover of a magazine? We ask ourselves this question every single issue. But it was especially top of mind for this specific issue because it falls at such a special time of year. For starters, it's our anniversary issue. Yep, it's been one whole year since we launched the magazine. Yay! Second, the issue falls during the holidays which means shopping, celebrating and shopping some more. And finally, it's wedding season! Since the ulitimate icon of any good party are balloons we enlisted local business owners Shane and Samantha from Celebrations to inflate a very special message we have for you this season: STAY LOCAL.....or cleverly #STALocal. Whether you are shopping, dining or celebrating supporting St. Augustine means spending your dollars at locally owned businesses run by locals just like you. And when you do - hashtag #STALOCAL to share the movement, encourage others to do the same and we'll feature our favorites in future issues.

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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.

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STATE ROAD A1A & SEA GROVE DRIVE

This corner of shops and restaurants remains a hangout for St. Augustine locals.

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HANDMADE DOLLS

Nora Fretto and her two daughters are crafting local individual-inspired and custom dolls with love.

GIFT LOCAL

Check out our gift guides full of local shop goods for every person on your list (or yourself!).

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CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

We're going behind the scenes to meet the man who's been crafting sweets for 13 years right here in St. Augustine.

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SHOPPING WITH A SMILE

Michelle Vigen-Pruitt rounds up a few of her favorite holiday gifts just in time for Christmas.

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FAMILY FAVORITES

The Murfins, local wedding coordinator and banker with two youngsters, share their goto spots around town.

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Owners Jeff and Genie McNally are driven by conscious eating and committed to the local food community.

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What are your favorite holiday traditions only those living in our beachside town can enjoy? "After we are stuffed with turkey, we go to the carousel for a ride." - Autumn Peterson

"Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum." - Judy Albright

on the beach any time and seeing the Cross on San Marco. No place like home." - Deborah Ann Rose

"We take the latest boat cruise to dock when the lights are coming on. And eat dinner at Harry's!" - Allison Schreiber

"Our tradition is to have dinner at Costa Brava and indulge in Jordan Cabernet and then walk across the bridge and back to check out all the lights downtown." - Chance Bunger

"Attending Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. Celebrating Christmas among the oldest Catholic community in the country is an incredible experience!" - Suzy Jordan

"Every Christmas, we head to the beach to make our annual sandman!" - Leah Stables "Watching the sunrise on the beach on Christmas morning!" - Margo Thomas

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Living NIGHTS OF LIGHTS SUNSET SAILS St. Augustine Municipal Marina

November 22 - January 31, 4:15pm Climb aboard the Schooner Freedom to enjoy a sunset boat ride as well as our sparkling city during Nights of Lights. Sail across the Matanzas Bay on this two-hour tour, with complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate available. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit the Schooner Freedom website, or call 904-810-1010. 111 Avenida Menendez, Slip 86 www.schoonerfreedom.com

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Calendar of Events // Crossroads // Roundup // Q & A // Home Grown


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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING DECEMBER AND JANUARY By Ariel Thomas

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6TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF VILLA ZORAYDA

November 28 - January 2 On select evenings during Nights of Lights, Villa Zorayda offers an incredible candlelit tour of the museum as it’s decorated with lavish Christmas decorations. Experience the historic former home and the opulent Christmas tree at the center stage in the Court of Lions. Tickets range from $15 to $18 for adults and $7 to $8 for children. For more information, visit the Villa Zorayda website or call 904-829-9887.

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December 11 - January 3rd showtimes 11 Old Mission Avenue Get the holiday will 7:30 everyone p.m. Thursdays, St.into Augustine, FL spirit this season with a show 904-825-1164 Fridays, Saturdays enjoy! A couple must produce a church Christmas pageant while limelight-theatre.org 2 p.m. Sunday matinees casting the worst kids in history - the Herdman kids. Mayhem ensues in this family holiday special. Tickets range from $20 to $26. For more information and ticket details visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call the box office at 904-825-1164. Sponsored by Hyundai of St. Augustine. 11 Old Mission Avenue, www.limelight-theatre.org

HOLLY JOLLY NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

St. Augustine Visitor Info Center November 22 - January 3, 6pm

Celebrate St. Augustine’s most gorgeous tradition, Nights of Lights, on a trolley ride that takes guests through the city’s whimsical streets. Each participant receives special magical viewing glasses that enhance the beauty of the thousands of lights. Also included in this trip is a stop at Potter’s Wax Museum, where guests will receive hot apple cider, holiday cookies, and a visit from Santa! Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit the Trolley Tours website, or call 904-829-3800. - 10 West Castillo Drive, www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/holiday-tour.asp

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CHRISTMAS MESSIAH PERFORMANCE

St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 28 - December 12 Community First Credit Union and the St. John’s County Cultural Events Division come together to present a free event with seasonal movie screenings, Santa visits, train rides, face painting and more. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is also participating in the event, offering specially ticked holiday performances leading up to Christmas. For more information, visit the Amphitheatre website for a listing of their A December to Remember Events.

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall December 5, 3pm & 7:30pm George Frideric Handel’s famous composition The Messiah and the UNF Chamber Singers come together in this spectacular seasonal performance, all under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher. Ticket proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the UNF Music Department. Tickets are $20 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

1050 A1A South, St. Augustine www.staugustineamphitheatre.com

LUMINARY NIGHT St. Augustine Lighthouse December 2, 6 pm & 9 pm The St. Augustine Lighthouse opens their grounds to the community for a free night of seasonal entertainment with children’s holiday crafts, warm refreshments and live music. Inside the lighthouse, guests will enjoy a performance by a string quartet and experience magical Christmas decor. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse website, or call 904-829-0745.

81 Lighthouse Avenue www.staugustinelighthouse.org

SAILOR JERRY PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH LUCERO Ponte Vedra Concert Hall December 3, 8pm Memphis-based band Lucero stops in the historic coast to perform songs off their new record All A Man Should Do. Possibly lead singer Ben Nichols’ best work to date, the songs read like chapters from his life as they go through relationships, getting older and finding a place in the world. Tickets range from $28 to $32 and gates open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website.

ST. AUGUSTINE WINTER SPECTACULAR Lewis Auditorium December 5, 2pm & 7pm Watch the St. Augustine Dance Company put on an entertaining holiday production about a young girl’s journey home for the holidays. Tickets range from $20 to $25 at the door, and $15 to $20 if bought in advance. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular website or call 904-471-4946.

14 Granada Street www.staugustinewinterspectacular.com

THE NUTCRACKER Lewis Auditorium December 19 & 20, 2pm & 7:30pm

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The St. Augustine Ballet performs this beloved holiday performance at the Lewis Auditorium of Flagler College. Features dancers Arionel Vargas and Marize Fumero, formerly with the English National Ballet. Tickets are $30, and $25 for seniors and children. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Ballet website or call 855-222-2849. 14 Granada Street, www.saintaugustineballet.com

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

ST. AUGUSTINE CHRISTMAS PARADE Downtown St. Augustine December 5, 10am Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with the 61st Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade, filled with decorative floats, marching bands and horse-drawn carriages. Santa makes a special guest appearance. The parade starts at the Mission Nombre de Dios, goes through the streets of downtown and ends at the Visitor Information Center. (904) 824-4997

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REGULAR EVENTS Market at the Pier

St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org

First Friday Art Walk

Downtown St. Augustine First Friday of the Month Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

Old City Farmers Market

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

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DIVAS HALF MARATHON AND 5K RUN St. John’s County Ocean Pier December 6, 7:15am The Divas Half Marathon and 5k run returns to St. Augustine, and this time with pink tutus. This weekend-long event features the Health & Fitness Boutique and Diva Lounge, a post race party, and a bubbly toast! Runners will also be treated to a variety of goodies, including boas, tiaras, specialized shirts and more. Registration for the half marathon ranges from $110 to $125, and 5k registration ranges from $65 to $80. For more information, visit the Run Like a Diva website.

350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach www.runlikeadiva.com

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES Downtown St. Augustine December 6, 12pm The Garden Club of St. Augustine hosts their annual Christmas Tour of Homes, where guests get to stroll through the historic streets of the nation’s oldest city. Explore homes gorgeously decorated for the holidays. For those with difficulty walking, complimentary transportation will be provided by Old Town Trolley. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit the Garden Club of St. Augustine’s website. www.gardenclubofstaugustine.org

MARINELAND DOLPHIN ADVENTURE ARTS & CULTURE WORKSHOP Marineland of Florida December 12, 9am Marineland Dolphin Adventure and Ocean Art Gallery have come together to host an arts and culture workshop series. Professional artist Stewart Maxcy leads the acrylic paint workshop, teaching students to continue making art without an instructor with his step-by-step painting method. Includes an afternoon critique and art show. The workshop is $149 plus tax. For more information, visit the Marineland website.

9600 North Ocean Shore Blvd www.marineland.net

KEVIN GRIFFIN OF BETTER THAN EZRA Ponte Vedra Concert Hall December 12, 8pm Kevin Griffin of the New Orleans-based band Better Than Ezra has produced, written, and co-written albums and songs with a variety of artists. With a hand in songs such as Howie Day’s “Collide” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” Griffin continues to make music in his newly built studio in Nashville. Tickets range from $32 to $36 and gates open at 7 pm.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III WITH MELISSA FERRICK Ponte Vedra Concert Hall December 11, 8pm After recording songs with Johnny Cash, compositions for NPR and writing music for major motion pictures, Loudon Wainwright continues his non-stop career with his 26th album, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet). Tickets range from $35 to $40 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH JMC Lightner Museum December 11, 8pm Guest conductor Dr. Mark Stallings leads the St. Augustine Orchestra during this spectacular holiday performance. Expect to sing along to holiday favorites in the breathtaking setting of the Lightner Museum. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $5 for children and students with school ID. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Orchestra’s website.

25 Granada Street staugustineorchestra.org

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SANTA SUITS ON THE LOOSE 5K St. Augustine Beach December 12, 8am Race through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods in this 5k, starting and ending at the St. Augustine Pier. All registration proceeds go to the St. Augustine Youth Services. Santa suits available to the first 100 registrants who reserve one. Early registration fee is $25. After November 1, registration is $30, and on race day, registration is $35. For more information, visit the Santa Suits on the Loose Facebook page, or call 904-471-3066. 350 A1A St. Augustine Blvd. www.facebook.com/SantaSuitsOnTheLoose


HOPE OF THE WORLD Crescent Beach Baptist Church December 13, 11am This Christmas program entitled “Hope of the World” will feature the talented Adult Choir and smaller ensembles. A truly uplifting service highlighting hope.

885 State Road 206 East www.cbbaptist.com

“THE MYSTERY OF THE MANGER” A CHILDREN’S MUSICAL Crescent Beach Baptist Church December 13, 6pm Children’s Musical entitled “The Mystery of the Manger” where Jane Blonde, an investigative reporter for the Morning Star newspaper wants the facts…just the facts! Her questions and searching make headline news on Christmas morning.

885 State Road 206 East www.cbbaptist.com

EMMA CONCERT SERIES: HOLIDAY POP CONCERT Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium December 16 & 17, 7:30pm Enjoy your favorite holiday songs and carols, as performed by the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Laura Woyasz. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit the Emma Concert Series website or call 904-797-2800.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHT: AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH MATISYAHU Ponte Vedra Concert Hall December 19, 8pm Reggae and hip hop artist Matisyahu revisits his first album Live at Stubb’s through a stripped-back show of his greatest hits. His latest album, Live at Stubb’s Vol. III, features these stripped songs as well as reworked versions of album favorites. Tickets range from $37.50 to $49.5o and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts December 21, 7:30pm Watch as an award-winning cast of Irish dancers put on a performance about Christmas in Ireland, and also celebrate the joy, hope, and friendship that come with this wonderful season. Tickets range from $15.50 to $73.50. For more information and ticket details, visit the Jacksonville Events website or call the Times Union Center’s box office at 904-442-2929.

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HOLIDAY TOUR OF BED AND BREAKFAST INNS Downtown St. Augustine December 12 & 13, 1 pm The 22nd annual festive holiday tradition gives guests an inside look at 24 beautifully decorated Bed & Breakfast Inns. Visitors are treated to food and drink provided by some of St. Augustine's best restaurants. This year, the theme is “Christmas in Toyland.” Though some walking is included, there will also be a free trolley that stops at several locations along the tour route, courtesy of Old Town Trolley. An extensive tour booklet will be included with the purchase of a ticket, featuring a map of each of the Inn’s on the tour, information on the partnered restaurants, and more. For more information, visit the tour’s website. www.staugustinebandbtour.com

300 Water Street, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com

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FLAGLER COLLEGE NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA Flagler College December 31, 8 pm Bring in the New Year like Spanish royalty in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. A cocktail hour in the rotunda kicks off the night, along with portrait viewing in the Flagler room. Dinner, dessert, and open bar follows, along with live music and a ceremonial midnight celebration and dancing until 1 am. Tickets are $200, and attire is black tie. For more information, visit the Flagler website.

74 King Street www.flagler.edu

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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 8, 8 pm John Sebastian is the founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that brought you hits like “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “Summer in the City.” He gives an exciting performance featuring classic hits that tell the entire history of American music. Tickets are $36 and gates open at 7:30 pm.

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1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

BEACH BLAST OFF FIREWORKS St. Augustine Beach Pier December 31, 4 pm

Beach lovers can celebrate the New Year seaside during the Beach Blast Off Festival. This family-friendly event includes a chili cook off, live musical performances, ice sculptures, kid events and a spectacular fireworks show. Admission is free. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Beach website, or call 904-501-4556.

350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach www.sabevents.com/beach-blast-off

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts December 22, 7:30pm This adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol features classic holiday songs like “Wassail Wassail,” “The Boar’s Head Carol,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Perfect for a night out with the family this holiday season. Tickets range from $13.10 to $48.65. For more information and ticket details, visit the Jacksonville Events website.

300 Water St, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com

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Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts January 12 - 17 This musical comedy classic follows young dancer Peggy Sawyer’s journey from her small town to her Broadway debut. Based on Bradford Ropes’ novel and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, this musical includes performances of “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “42nd Street” and many more. For more information, ticket details and times of shows visit the Jacksonville Events website or call the Times Union Center’s box office at 904-442-2929.

300 Water St, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR BALLET Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts January 8, 8pm Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker come together in this spectacular performance put on by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Gorgeous costumes and beautiful athletic ability is shown during this breathtaking act, all strung together through Tchaikovsky’s stunning musical ballads. Tickets range from $22.95 to $87.25. For more information, visit the Jacksonville Events website or call box office at 904-442-2929.

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300 Water Street, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com

FIRST COAST OPERA CONCERT: LA VIE PARISIENNE Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium January 9, 7:30pm Celebrating its 16th season, First Coast Opera puts on Offenbach’s brilliant comic operetta. Conductor is Chris Tucker. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Students with ID is $10. For more information, visit the First Coast Opera website or call 904-417-5555.

14 Granada Street www.firstcoastopera.com

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TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE WITH NEW BREED BRASS BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 15, 8pm New-Orleans based band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue covers from everything from funk, rock, jazz and hiphop. Combined with New Breed Brass Band, whose one goal is to rock each show and entertain audiences to the max, guests are promised an electrifying performance. Tickets are $42 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach www.pvconcerthall.com

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Limelight Theatre January 22 - February 14, 11 Old Mission Avenueclassic novel, this dramatic tale follows the Joads as Based on John Steinbeck’s 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Augustine, FL Fridays, they pack up and move out to California in search of work and a Saturdays new life. Show 904-825-1164 2 p.m. matinees preview on January 21, and Terrific Tuesday on January 26. Sunday Tickets range from limelight-theatre.org $20 to $26. For more information and ticket details visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call the box office at 904-825-1164. 11 Old Mission Avenue, www.limelight-theatre.org

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AIDA Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts January 21, 7:30pm An Egyptian military commander struggles between his love for a captive and his loyalty to the pharaoh in this energetic show. The production includes a full, live orchestra, chorus, and international soloists. Tickets range from $44.15 to $65.25. For more information and ticket details, visit the Jacksonville Events website or call the Times Union Center’s box office at 904-442-2929.

300 Water Street, Jacksonville www.jaxevents.com

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FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS DAVID BRUCE & MOZART

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE!

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 24, 3pm The Florida Chamber Music Project puts on an exhilarating show featuring the classical music of David Bruce and Mozart. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and gates open at 2 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts January 27, 7:30pm Come watch your favorite stars compete against each other in this lively 90-minute show, which will later premiere on ABC! Tickets start at $50.19. For more information and ticket details, visit the Jacksonville Events website or call the Times Union Center’s box office at 904-442-2929.

1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach

300 Water Street, Jacksonville

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ST. AUGUSTINE FILM FESTIVAL Flagler College & The Corazon Cinema January 29-31 Now in its sixth year, the St. Augustine Film Festival brings together the community through a weekend full of art in cinema. Come experience an intriguing selection of film projects in a variety of theaters within the community, like the quaint Corazon Cinema & Cafe. Tickets are $10, $8 for military, seniors and students. Passes range from $70 to $125. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Film Festival website. www.staug filmfest.com

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 28, 8pm Award-winning, international blues guitarist Ana Popovic returns to the historic coast for a night of electric funk, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove music. Tickets range from $28 to $30 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

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MATANZAS 5000 5K & FUN RUN

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 29, 8pm Shawn Colvin has won three GRAMMY awards, released ten albums and has had music featured on television and in major motion pictures all in the span of her career. Experience this singer-songwriter as she guides the audience through songs that sound like spellbinding stories. Tickets range from $43 to $53 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

Downtown St. Augustine January 30, 9am 5k & 10:15am Fun Run Lace up and race for the finish line along the Matanzas River and the scenic streets of downtown St. Augustine in this 5k and fun run. Packet pick up is on Friday, January 29 from noon until 7 pm and Saturday, January 30 from 6:30 am to 9 am at Ketterlinus Gym, 60 Orange Street. The 5k starts at 9 am and the Fun Run starts at 10:15 am. Entry fees range from $20 to $30, with discounts provided for early registration. For more information, visit the Matanzas 5k website or call 904-945-6811.

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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall January 31, 8pm Since his time as frontman of the pop band Men at Work, Colin Hay has moved to Los Angeles, become a solo artist, and made music featured in multiple television programs like Scrubs and Modern Family. His new album, Next Year People, is filled with open-hearted songs with meaningful lyrics and catchy hooks. Tickets range from $29.50 to $39.50 and gates open up at 7 pm. For more information and ticket details, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s website or call the Box Office at 904-209-0399.

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Venture over the bridge and you'll find the Sea Grove Town Center, a beloved business hotspot for Anastasia Island residents and downtown dwellers alike. Spend an afternoon primping or plan an evening dining with loved ones (with a tasty treat to follow!).

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Fresh, authentic northern Italian cuisine right here in Northeast Florida. Bill of fare includes rich handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, fresh caught Atlantic seafood and artfully crafted cocktails. Reserve a table for your next date night or business lunch.

Sea Grove Town Center

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If you're on the hunt for a chic place to get a fresh cut, color, and blowoutâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; look no further. The experienced staff makes the experience intimate and fun, leaving you looking and feeling fabulous.

132 Sea Grove Main St www.londonlookshairdesign.com ST. JOHN'S LAW GROUP

Sea Grove Drive

New kid on the block, St. Johns Law Group recently moved their offices from Anastasia Blvd to a beautiful new building conveniently located right on the corner. You can't miss it. These savvy attorneys serve clients throughout the state of Florida and those right here in our own community, and are dedicated to professionalism and committed to customer service.

HAPPY CAKES CUPCAKES

Beloved by islanders and those across the bridge, this cupcakery and bake shop creates irresistible treats the whole family will love. Be sure to try their donut cake because well, what's better than donuts and cake?

112 Sea Grove Main St www.happycakescupcake.com

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TIM'S WINE MARKET

Carrying over 500 quality brands of wine, Tim's Wine Market is the go-to spot to find the perfect bottle before your holiday dinner party.

128 Sea Grove Main St www.timswine.com

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TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFĂ&#x2030;

Add this smoothie, sandwich and wrap haven to your list of lunch options this week. With the option to mix up the ingredients of your choice, you're sure to love any fruity sipper they create.

112 Sea Grove Main St www.tropicalsmoothie.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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TREAT YOURSELF The holiday season is here and while you love your family, sometimes a big get-together is more stress than joy. Take a load off and find your zen at a local spa with rejuvenating body treatments guaranteed to stimulate the mind and revive the body. Here are a few of our favorites to help you take the stress out of the holidays. By Alyssa Kinsey THE AROMATIC MOOR MUD What it does: Moor Mud, or black magma, is a scientifically proven healing agent, the use of which is dated back to ancient civilizations. Black magma has natural enzymes and vitamins that relieve sore muscles and encourages the body’s circulation. Why we love it: This body treatment takes us back to our childhood when playing with mud was socially acceptable; also, who wouldn’t want to experience the health benefits of black magma? Sounds pretty hardcore to us. The Spa At World Golf Village 955 Registry Boulevard ETERNAL BEAUTY RITUAL What it does: The Eternal Beauty Ritual uses a calming face and body greentea masque after a restoring silk polish exfoliation. This massage gives a youthful look by using warm balancing stones and antioxidants that defy signs of aging. Why we love it: If Ponce de Leon can come all the way from Europe in search of the Fountain of Youth, we can definitely love an age-defying body treatment, especially one that lasts 80 minutes and includes a stressreducing massage. Poseidon Spa At Casa Monica 95 Cordova Street

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THE ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY BODY TREATMENT What it does: This treatment uses a body scrub with argan oil, papaya and macadamia. After exfoliation, guests can choose one of two hydrators: a Macadamia and Olive option that contains a subtle, ecocertified tanning agent or the Cucumber and Watermelon Seed Infusion that cools the newly-exfoliated skin. Why we love it: This body treatment should be beside the definition for “classic” in the dictionary. This time-honored exfoliation and hydration treatment is great for gifting to friends and family. Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon 1829 Old Beach Road BODY FIRMING COFFEE INFUSION WRAP What it does: Skin is exfoliated first with specialty gloves and then massaged with a coffee-infused body butter. The body is then wrapped in sheets that reduce the appearance of cellulite while increasing circulation. Guests can let the wrap do all of the work while relaxing with a neck and scalp massage. Why we love it: 1) This treatment uses coffee as a main ingredient. 2) It reduces the appearance of cellulite. 3) It’s 90 minutes worth of leisure and relaxation. Need we say more? City Wellness 2225 A1A South, Suite B6

RAINDROP THERAPY What it does: The Raindrop Therapy treatment is a healing session that relieves back pain of all types and aids in balancing the nervous system. This 90-minute session uses a variety of essential oils on the spinal column to improve the immune system and encourage healing. Why we love it: This treatment uses allnatural essential oils to promote healing and health, not only in the body, but in the mind as well. We believe that a healthy mind and body are both extremely important, especially for St. Augustine drivers. City Wellness 2225 A1A South, Suite B6 TROPICAL ESCAPE BODY WRAP What it does: This tropical wrap is a nourishing body treatment that fights against sun damage and signs of aging. Extracts of pineapple and papaya are included in a rejuvenating Retinal A, polypeptide and collagen wrap. This wrap gives skin a firmer, smoother and brighter look. Why we love it: The Tropical Escape Body Wrap repairs sun damage and counteracts premature aging. Floridians are all painfully aware of how much damage the sun can do, so this is definitely one of our all-time favorite body treatments. Debbie’s Day Spa & Salon 403 Anastasia Boulevard

Whether you're looking for college test prep workshops or fascinating courses on a variety of subjects, Flagler College has got you covered. Flagler invites the St. Augustine community to participate in exciting seminars through the launch of their Adult and Continuing Education Program. Along with the Lean Six Sigma program and test prep courses, the Office of Academic Affairs introduces the new "Lifelong Learning" initiative, which aims to provide a stimulating educational experience to the adult and retired community. The best part: classes are affordable. For a full schedule and costs, see the Adult Education section of www.flaglercollege.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH

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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...

OLDE TOWNE TOYS MOVES TO NEW LOCATION Locals don't have to travel far to find a great selection of educational, crafty and fun toys this holiday season–just a little farther down US 1 than before. Photography by Brian Miller What was your inspiration for opening a children's toy store? Our family went to a relative's wedding up in State College, PA. Our son was turning three at the time and we heard that we had to go to this toy store in town. We went in there and we saw all these cool toys. It was great! I just wanted everything in there. Then I said 'This is what St. Augustine is missing,' and about a year later I opened Olde Towne Toys. There are a lot of big box retailers out there, is it hard to compete with them? Yes and no. I look for products that are of better quality and aren't always found in the big box. We are also available to help customers find what they need. However, people's perception is that the big box will have everything and be cheaper. I know everyone wants a good deal. I want one too. But that's actually not always the case. I try to price my items very competitively. What types of toys can St. Augustine moms find in your store? A wide variety of toys for little newborns to the adult who enjoys having fun!

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"I opened my store for the locals and I have found that most don't really want to go down King Street to get to my current location." I recently brought in some really nice dress up items from Canada that are adorable! I also have a robotic "ozobot" on the way. Of course we have Lego, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Thomas the Train, Pogo Sticks, Slacklines and zip lines and much more! The categories in our store are science, construction, games, arts and crafts, outdoor games, puzzles, pretend play, dressup, educational, early years, music and we have items for our special needs people. Why did you relocate your store to US 1? Exposure, exposure, exposure! It doesn't matter how much you advertise, if people drive by you all the time, they will remember you and stop in. It is also more convenient. I opened my store for the locals and I have found

that most don't really want to go down King Street to get to my current location. So, what's different about the new location? It has character! I am able to take the rooms and theme them into categories to make for easier shopping. I think customers will really like the feel of the new store. Are toys more expensive at a boutique retailer like yourself? Not always. We check prices around and most of my vendors dictate what the lowest price can be and that keeps us be competitive with the big box. I am usually the same price as anywhere else for the same item. I can't always compete with Amazon. I have a lot more expenses than those retailers; however, most times I am priced the same. Don't forget, a lot of times we have a sample of an item so you can touch and play with it. I try hard to keep all of the pricing reasonable so that people will choose Olde Towne Toys over the big box stores. 300 South Ponce De Leon Blvd. www.oldetownetoys.com

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St. Johns Law Group has built a new law office at the intersection of A1A and A Street in the Sea Grove Town Center. The new space accommodates their growing team of attorneys serving clients across the entire state of Florida. Their new address is 104 Sea Grove Main Street Tré Sebastian is proud to announce that the Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint collection is now gracing their shelves. DIYers can find different colors of Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint, such as Duck Egg, Florence and Primer Red and the store also provides classes on different chalk paint techniques. 304 Anastasia Blvd. The Cheese Wheel and Sandwich Board has moved from their State Road 16 location to 223A West King Street. The Cheese Wheel and Sandwich Board’s new location used to belong to BT’s Beer Garden and is right next door to Ammar Beauty Supply Co. 223A West King Street The Kookaburra has a third location on Anastasia Island at 101 F Street and is perfect for the islanders who don’t want to cross a bridge to experience Kookaburra’s popular AussieAmerican coffee and pies. 101 F Street


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BABES IN OLD TOWN

A modern take on a childhood classic, these dolls are imagined, crafted and sold by a mother-daughter team right here in St. Augustine. By Meaghan Alvarado

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long history of sewing has brought together the family trio that makes up Babbie and Babe. What started out as a heart felt, handmade gift for a new baby in the family has evolved into a new business. Nora Fretto and her two daughters, Meghan Lemine and Amy Armstrong (of The Conservatorie) wanted a feminine business name that was as nostalgic as their ragdolls. Babbie and Babe were the names of two of Nora’s great aunts; two simplistic women with a penchant for collecting and enjoying special little treasures. The three women all started sewing at a young age. With Amy and Meghan’s grandmother’s collection of fabric and each of their creative talents, these women are enjoying fashioning their modern ragdolls. Amy and Nora craft the dolls here in St. Augustine and Meghan handles their

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marketing strategy, social media, and Etsy site from out of town. Each of the one of a kind Babbie and Babe dolls starts from a standard unisex pattern. Nora expertly sews on French knots as eyes, and then the hair and mouth are felted on. The dolls are filled with 100% natural corn fiber, the clothing is made from recycled fabric from their inherited collection, and the hair on some of the dolls is made with natural alpaca or sheep’s wool. Once each doll is created, Meghan is usually tasked with inventing the character and story to go along with each doll. Some of the dolls are named after someone they know,

as a sort of tribute to the friend or family member the doll is inspired by. Babbie and Babe also offer custom dolls; they want children to relate to them, as well as serve an educational value on other cultures. Babbie and Babe dolls are currently sold on Etsy and will soon be entering retail boutiques in St. Augustine. www.etsy.com/shop/babbieandbabe

In 1879, citrus grove workers dug up seven sacred vessels on the west side of Oneida Street. Two silver chalices and other religious artifacts are now on loan from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. The pieces date back as early as the 1600s, placing them among some of the earliest evidence of Christian worship practices in the United States. The Mission Nombre de Dios Museum seeks to educate and inform visitors about the Catholic faith history of the founding of St. Augustine, the missionary effort extending throughout Spanish Florida, and the growth of the Catholic Church to present day. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Style CLEAN AS A QUEEN If you ask us, bath time is arguable the best time of the day. No cell phones, no distractions, hot water and steam - yes please! A sanctuary of sorts. That’s why we love local soapmaker and purveyor or cleaning concoctions for the skin, Antoinette’s Bathhouse. When you walk into the hot pink eclectic boutique on King Street your immediate thought will be “I never knew so many soaps could exist.” Well they do... Each soap is handmade onsite by their team everyday. The store concept is inspired by Marie Antoinette who had her personal physicians create herbal, botanical and medicinal bath concoctions for both therapeutic and beauty purposes… and so should you. Scents range from traditional favorites like "Rosemary Mint" and “Brown Sugar Fig" to some kind of quirky combinations like “Ginger Snapped” and “Cereal Killer.” Whether clever or just down right crazy… every single bar is awesome. Did we mention they have bath bombs, salt scrubs and accessories too? This place is your stocking stuffer headquarters.

111 King Street www.antoinettesbathhouse.com

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GIFTS FOR THE GUYS Think shopping for your guy is an impossible feat? Think again. These manly gifts are sure to put a smile on his face (and your local business owners'!).

COLOGNE & SOAP Finding a full set of scented products in a classic men's scent can be trickyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;this set makes gifting a breeze.

Available at Old City Bathecary

LUNCH BAG Packed lunch never looked so chic. Ditch the plastic bags and bring on the style.

SHAVE KIT Give the gift of a clean shave just in time for a 2016 New Year's kiss.

Available at Old City Bathecary

Available at West to East

CUFF LINKS Sports fans, rejoice! These cuff links add the perfect amount of personalized style to any formal attire.

Available at dhd Home

COCKTAIL SHAKER He'll love impressing guests with his best bartender skills and this trendy tool.

Available at Declaration & Co.

MULTI TOOL Fitting right into any wallet, this all in one tool is the gift he never knew he needed.

Available at West to East

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FOOTBALL MUG Perfect for gameday coffee or brews of another nature.

Available at Market Street Boutique

COPPER CANDLES He'll love the industrial look and room-filling fragrance of these candles.

Available at Declaration & Co.


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GIFTS FOR FRIENDS Whether the ultimate party host, reliable workout partner or go-to gal for a night on the town, these gifts are sure to impress any friend you're looking to shower with appreciation this holiday season.

CHEESE BOARD Serve up holiday party charcuterie on a tray that brings a bit of our home state to the table. Made right here in St. Augustine!

Available at dhd Home

DAILY PLANNER For the superstar mama, scheduled college student or rockstar grandma, this planner goes by the hour to make sure every day goes smoothly.

Available at Market Street Boutique

BRACELET Every lady loves a monogram gift.

COIN BANK Encourage pals to save their spare change until the pot is full and then smash it open, think positive thoughts and spend it on something fun!

Available at West to East

TUMBLER CUP Keeps coffee hot, sweet tea cold and cup holders stylish in iconic patterned style by Lilly Pulitzer.

Available at Market Street Boutique REED DIFFUSER Ditch the classic candle and let your friend freshen his or her home without the fire-induced worry.

Available at Market Street Boutique

Available at Old City Bathecary

BOTTLE OPENER Pop (beer) bottles with this darling tool. The chic design means it's totally acceptable to leave it atop coffee table books or displayed on your bar cart even when the party isn't in full swing,

Available at West to East

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CHEEKY MUG Friends will love getting caffeinated in style every morning with this golden painted mug.

Available at Market Street Boutique


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GET GLAM MAKEUP FOR HOLIDAYS Look no further than our own local salons, spas and retailers for the goods to make you look your very best this holiday season.

NAIL POLISH

FACIAL EXFOLIANT

Shellac Power Polish, Red Baroness

Facial Glow Radiance Peel

ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY

Available at Mon Petit Chou Salon & Spa

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Available at Debbie's Day Spa & Salon

MASCARA

They're Real! Mascara

BENEFIT

Available at Ulta

EYE SHADOW Smoky Eye Kit

JANE IREDALE

Available at Facial Rejuvenation Center

LIPSTICK Film Noir

JULIE HEWETT

LIP GLOSS

Rehydrating Lip Glaze, Raspberry Tea

BLOTTING PADS Blotterazzi

BEAUTY BLENDER

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Available at Philosophie Salon & Apothecary

AVEDA

Available at Panache Salon & Spa

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Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder

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Available at Poseidon Spa at the Casa Monica

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GIFTS FOR KIDS

Shopping for the little ones doesn't need to mean late night big-store trips while grandma babysits. Grab a festive coffee and hit the local spots for a painless (dare we say fun?) experience.

WOODEN TOY Simple style toys are always the chicest.

LIFT-THE-FLAP ACTIVITY BOOK Parents and kids alike will love reading this book full of playful and educational interaction.

Available at West to East ROMPER Boys and girls alike will look adorable and stay comfy in organic cotton.

Available at Philosophie Salon & Apothecary

Available at West to East

CUBEBOT MICRO Getting this wooden action figure back into it's original cube form is a trickier puzzle than one might expect.

HEADBANDS Hold back baby curls with these darling patterned hair accessories. (Adult sizes are available for older girls too!)

Available at Declaration & Co.

Available at Olde Towne Toys

COOK 'N SERVE KITCHEN Chefs-in-the-making will love whipping up their specialties in this play set.

Available at Olde Towne Toys

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CLASSIC STORY BOOKS Traditional fairytales and literary classics get a chic update by Rifle Paper Co.

Available at Philosphie Salon & Apothecary


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SHOPPING WITH A SMILE Michelle Vigen-Pruitt

Spanish Dutch Convoy is known best for their extensive collection of fashionable handbags and leather goods, but the selection doesn't end there. We asked store owner Michelle Vigen-Pruitt to roundup a few of her favorite items just in time for the holiday season. We can't get enough of the cheeky designs sure to make you giggle while you shop.

Whether picking up a last minute gift on St. George or seeking a gem for yourself on San Marco, Spanish Dutch Convoy is a local's go-to. We love following along with Michelle on Instagram (@ spanishdutch) for a good laugh!

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SAINT AUGUSTINE 'Tis the season of gift giving where our wallets get a workout filling our hearts with joy. We can't think of anything more meaningful than shopping local at some of St. Augstine's chicest boutiques during the holidays. Photography by Ed Taylor


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Gifts + Home Accessories

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique Gifts Baby Gifts Candles Modern Artwork Furniture Home Decor POPULAR BRANDS... Rowe, Robin Bruce, Four Hands, Johnathan Adler, Ushamama, Vinotrek, Aspen Bay, Milk Barn, Freakers PRICE RANGE $$ - $$$

WEST TO EAST F U R N I T U R E • HOM E AC C E N TS • GI F TS

West to East is a true lifestyle shop that specializes in a variety of unique merchandise ranging from specialty gifts, home accents and furnishings. Located in the Uptown, this beautiful store is home to a curated collection in which West Coast and East Coast design comes together. Inspired by the things and objects that make people happy, this is a place where you can walk in, fall in love, and find that perfect piece for your home or that special person. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Rachael and Brian moved to St. Augustine from Southern California almost 2 years ago. Rachael's background in design and Brian's in residential building make them a great team. West to East Builders coming soon!

(904) 458-8180 77 San Marco Ave #2 www.shopwesttoeast.com

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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Delightful Stocking Stuffers for All Gorgeously Fragrant Scented Candles Gourmet Edible Delights Luxurious Men's Grooming Fine Fragrances for Women & Men Sumptuous Bath & Body Collection POPULAR BRANDS... Floris London, Penhaligon's Geo F Trumper, Roger et Gallet, Crabtree & Evelyn, Yardley Pre de Provence, Annick Goutal Fragonard, Caswell-Massey Santa Maria Novella PRICE RANGE $ - $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... “We have a passion for fragrance, bath & body, men's grooming and home fragrance and scour the world to bring you the best. Our goal is to transform the ordinary rituals of daily life into extraordinary experiences.“

(904) 679-3339 74 San Marco Avenue www.ShopLondons.com

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OLD CITY BATHECARY F I N E F R A G R A N C E • B A T H & B O DY • M E N ' S G R O O M I N G

Ensure a decadent bath time with our sumptuous collection of soaps, shower gels and body lotions. Formulated with skin nourishing ingredients and scented with the world’s most loved fragrances our collection is superb alone or to enhance the longevity of perfumes and colognes. Fragrances for him and her are the finishing touch to judiciously chosen clothing, and our collection includes historic and brave new scents. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Gifts + Home Accessories

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique gifts for men, women, children and pets, Stunning Lighting, Soy Candles, Modern home furnishings and accessories, Interior Design POPULAR BRANDS... LEE Industries Noir Furniture Illume Soy Candles Brackish Bowties Bla Bla Dolls Arteriors Home PRICE RANGE $ - $$$

DHD HOME U N IQU E GI F TS • HOM E F U R N ISH I NGS • I N T E R IOR DESIGN

DHD HOME, located in Uptown San Marco is the locale to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Pick up a quirky tea towel, funky home accent, elaborate stainless steel and leather handbag, or a bow tie made entirely of feathers! Plus, find a unequaled collection of clean line, classic home furnishings. Let the accomplished staff at dhd HOME assist you in curating your own personal style. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Debi Hanks, ASID is founder and principal of local Interior Design firm d. Hanks Design, Inc. and retail boutique dhd HOME. She lives in Vilano Beach and has over 25 years of experience in Commercial & Residential Design.

(904) 547-2884 56 San Marco Ave www.shopdhdhome.com Lic. # ID0004593

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Grooming & Gifts

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Tools for the woods Tools for the bathroom Tools for the kitchen Tools for the office Tools for a night out on the town POPULAR BRANDS... Oak & Adze Beard Oil, Proraso, Marvis, Duke Cannon, Opinel, K-Bar, Shwood, Two Guys Bow Ties, Fulton & Roark, Condor Tools, Tokyo Bay, Eone, Theory 11, Misc Goods, SturdyBrothers Hella Slingshots, Owen & Fred PRICE RANGE $$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Stephen DiMare is a bearded lover of life and exceptionally well made stuffs; passionately crafting and curating fine artisan goods. As a 4th generation St. Augustinian he is passionate about the city and has high hopes for its ever evolving streets.

(904) 217-8661 112 B St. George St. www.oakandadze.com

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OAK & ADZE H A B E R D A S H E R Y • G R O O M I N G • A DV E N T U R E G E A R

Oak & Adze is a store for the "Gentleman Adventurer" in us all. We are admittedly man-centric but we offer a little something for everyone. We have scoured the globe to offer the most rugged and handsome grooming, clothing, tooling, camping, and household gear to equip any modern day explorer on their day-to-day exploits. Please visit us in person on St. George street or online at oakandadze.com. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Jewelry

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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Custom Jewelry Engagement Rings Unique Designs Pearls POPULAR BRANDS... Scott Kay Benchmark Belleair Watches PRICE RANGE $$$- $$$$

MADALYN'S JEWELRY PE RSONA L IZED E X PE R I ENC E • EL EGA N T J E W EL RY • C L ASSIC

Celebrating 30 years this year, Madalyn's Jewelry is truly a cut above the rest. With her award winning custom designs, elegant style and specialized education, Madalyn is sure to create the perfect piece for you or your special someone. Madalyn's Jewelry provides an intimate experience, so while you're choosing a beautiful piece, you're gaining a lifetime jeweler and friend. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... A native of Florida and a former dental hygienist, Madalyn Mussallem shifted gears 30 years ago to become a jeweler after finding her love for art and design. When she is not designing jewelry, you will find her relaxing at her beach condo or redecorating it! Her Yorkie, Reagan never leaves her side, so be sure to bring him a treat when you visit the store!

(904) 797-9445 2510 US Highway 1 S www.madalynsfinejewelry.com

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Clothing & Gifts

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Sexy, Cool, & Confident Outfits, Graphic Tees & Cutoffs, Fancy Dresses, Jeans, Jewelry, Shoes Panties & Bralettes, Gifts POPULAR BRANDS... Free People, Mink Pink, One Teaspoon, Cleobella, Flynn Skye, Jen's Pirate Booty, Hanky Panky, Amuse Society, Quay Australia, Project Social T, Knot Sisters, Herbivore Botanicals PRICE RANGE $ - $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Since graduating from Flagler College, Bri and Tara have been toiling away at creative gigs, honing their skills and cultivating their personal style. Magnolia Supply is the culmination of their passion for fashion, art, design and shopping!

(904) 547-2218 58 San Marco Avenue, Suite B www.shopmagnoliasupply.com

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MAGNOLIA SUPPLY FA S H I O N A B L E A P PA R E L • L U X U R I O U S A C C E S S O R I E S • Q U I R K Y G I F T S

THE destination for women seeking an expertly curated mix of clothing, accessories and gifts. Owners Bri and Tara strive to create an environment that reflects casual luxury with a sense of humorwhile maintaining a fantastic roster of the most coveted brands, many of which are produced in the USA or ethically abroad so you can feel great about shopping local. Enjoy a glass of champagne, free gift wrapping and all around great customer service! www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Jewelry

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Engagement Rings Estate Jewelry and Watches Personalized Jewelry POPULAR BRANDS... Tacori, Pandora Raymond Weil, Tissot Pyrrha, Heather Moore Forever 10 Diamonda Timeless Designs Parle , Yael Seiko, WEWOOD Metalsmith, Benchmark Fredric Duclos PRICE RANGE $ - $$$

NETTLES FINE JEWELRY SH I N Y J E W ELS • U N IQU E H E I R LOOMS • T I M EL ESS T R E ASU R ES

We are a down to earth, locally owned jewelry store that has been a part of St. Augustine since 1983. We feature 20 designer lines, have an in-house GIA Graduate Gemologist, 2 in-house master jewelers and specialize in custom designs. But most importantly we love our town and pride ourselves on being the store "where St. Augustine gets engaged!" www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Clay and Megan Nettles took over the family business of 32 years in July. They have 5 kids ranging in age from 8 years old to 6 months old affectionately known as the Nettles' Zoo.

(904) 824-5145 1811 US 1 south www.nettlesfinejewelry.com

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Gifts + Home Accessories

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... The PERFECT gifl POPULAR BRANDS... Spartina 449 Bourbon & Boweties Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade Mud Pie, Lollia, Capri Blue Candles Rifle Paper Co, Simply Southern Lily Grace, Barefoot Dreams Uttermost Decor, S'well Bottles Emily Ley Lenny & Eva PRICE RANGE $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Kimberly Patalano, newly wed to Joseph Patalano, have 3 amazing children, Brayden, Brionna, and Cameron and reside in Palencia. Their family is fully run around sports! From golf, football, cheer, and baseball, they do it all!

(904) 800-9591 159 Palencia Village Dr. Suite 103 www.marketstreetb.com

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MARKET STREET BOUTIQUE UNIQUE GIF TS • ECL ECT IC JE W EL RY • CH A R M ING ST Y L E

Market Street Boutique is your one stop gift emporium offering everything from one of a kind jewelry pieces to sweet candles, beautiful decor and even furniture. Located at the front of Palencia, next to Starbucks, the boutique stocks your favorite brands like Simply Southern. Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Lily Grace, Lollia, and more! Hurry over, start your wishlist, find the best gifts, and enjoy! www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Jewelry

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W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Diamonds, Engagement Rings, Complimentary Bar, Wine and Beer, On Site Jewelry & Watch Repair, Friendly staff and fun environment, Black Lab Maggie, the Store Mascot, Fashion Diamond & Gemstone Jewelry, Gifts under $100, Custom Design POPULAR BRANDS... Breitling Watches, Forevermark Diamonds, GIA Diamonds, Simon G, A. Jaffe, Dora Wedding Bands, Alor, John Hardy, Denny Wong, Alex and Ani, ELLE PRICE RANGE $ - $$$$

BLUE WATER JEWELERS R A RE GEMS • IMPECCA BL E JE W EL RY • MEMOR A BL E GIF TS

Blue Water Jewelers has been serving the St. Augustine area community with affordable prices and unique jewelry design. It is our mission to provide fine quality jewelry and the best possible service to everyone. We are a family owned operation, and we are known for offering the world's most beautiful cut diamonds directly from Antwerp, Belgium. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Robert and Nicole are both from St. Johns County. They love the water, fishing, and feel blessed to raise their little girl, Lillian "Lilly," in such a fantastic environment.

(904) 829-5855 500 Anastasia Blvd. 24 Cathedral Place www.bluewater-jewelers.com

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Gifts + Home Accessories

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... A unique gift for the bartender or wannabe bartender Books by local authors Locally made honey Specialty chocolates Distillery memorabilia POPULAR BRANDS... Morris Kitchen, Fever-Tree, Royal Rose, Shrub & Co., Bittermens, Fee Brothers, Strong Tonic, Tovolo, Stubbees PRICE RANGE $$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... St. Augustine Distillery is owned by a group of local investors with Philip McDaniel and Mike Diaz at the helm. Both are longtime Floridians and family men with a passion for community involvement, historic preservation, and the arts.

(904) 825-4963 112 Riberia Street www.staugustinedistillery.com

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ST. AUGUSTINE DISTILLERY GIFT SHOP S M A L L - B A T C H S P I R I T S • O L D -T I M E Y B A R WA R E • L O C A L LY M A D E

Discover hard-to-find items for the casual home bartender to the most serious of mixologists. From shrubs, bitters, and tonics to muddlers, shakers and copper mule mugs, there is something for everyone. Housed in a renovated ice plant from the turn-ofthe-century, take a tour of our working distillery and learn about handcrafted, small-batch spirits like bourbon whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka. Free tours and tastings seven days a week. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Gifts + Home Accessories

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Trendy clothing & accessories Hair, Nail & Skin Care products Jewelry Gift Certificates- Spa & Boutique POPULAR BRANDS... Goldwell, Pureology, Moroccan Oil Ouidad, KMS, Cezanne, Physiodermie, Pevonia, Circadia, Endless Jewelry Gingersnaps, Periwinkle Jewelry, Coco and Carmen, Noelle PRICE RANGE $$$

DEBBIE'S DAY SPA & SALON T R E N DY A C C E S S O R I E S • FA B U L O U S F I N D S • A F F O R D A B L E G I F T S

Located on the Island, an award winning spa and salon that has been a part of St. Augustine since 1992. We moved to our current location in 1999, from just over the bridge! With a staff of 38 people we offer you a full spa experience, great hair and nail care and a beautiful boutique. Large enough to have group events, 6 spa rooms, 7 hair chairs, 5 pedicure and 6 manicure stations. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Debra Kresge began her career at Patchougue Beauty School in Long Island, N.Y in 1984. After many years as a nail technician, she relocated to Florida with her family to open her own salon. Debbie has three children and six grandchildren, when she is not at the spa, you can find her with them!

(904) 825-0569 403 Anastasia Blvd. www.debbiesdayspasalon.com

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BRIAN SULLIVAN When Brian Sullivan opted for some extra credit for a class at Flagler College, little did he know it would lead him to a full time career. Known to some as the chillest DJ in St. Augustine, you can find this guy spinning his favorite tracks at weddings and events all over town every weekend. Photography by Brian Miller Most Interesting People I'm Following on Twitter I'm not into tweeting much at all, but I'm always trying to keep up with latest trends and technologies. So I'd have to say @DigitalDJTips and @DJTechTools. Current YouTube Session YouTube is great. I think you can pretty much learn how to anything by watching it. I tend to watch videos by DJ Brian S Redd and AGI Pro DJ the most. They both truly share their knowledge in hopes of raising the bar in the DJ and entertainment industry. Last Great Movie I Watched I have two small children, so I don't get to watch movies much these days. Favorite Magazine Surfer Magazine and Florida Sportsman. We all need to escape from the daily grind, so surfing and fishing are my escapes. If I can't get out and do it, I might as well read about it. Guilty Media Pleasure DJ bloopers

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LILY CLINGAN-DARACK Pay a visit to Abella's School of Dance on any given night and you'll find this high school senior working hard to perfect her turnout, at the barre strengthening her technique, and now, preparing for an iconic holiday performance role. Photography by Rob Futrell

How long have you danced? Since I was 10 When did you discover your love for performing? The first time I danced onstage, I realized how much I loved performing roles and feeling completely free when I dance in front of an audience. I was dancing the role of Snow White and when I stepped onstage and felt the music and knew that I wanted to do this forever. What's your favorite style? Classical ballet and pointe What keeps you passionate about the sport? Continually learning variations and improving my technique during class time and performances. I love to learn new choreography, it keeps me interested. What's up next? Applying to dance programs in colleges! Right now, I'm in the process of completing applications and scheduling auditions at places like Boston Conservatory - which is my top choice at the moment.

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How do you feel about playing the iconic role of Clara in the Nutcracker? I feel so honored to be given the role of Clara! She is such a famous character for Christmastime and I think her braveness and joyous spirit is something to admire. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to dance as Clara. What advice would you offer to aspiring dancers? I would advise young dancers to always strive to improve your artistry and technique, because that is what will look best when you are performing onstage in front of an audience. Also, make sure that you love what you're doing because if you don't have passion for the art form, it won't be enjoyable- and that's what it's all about. When you're not dancing...... I'm normally hanging out with friends or doing homework (senior year can be very tough!) I also have a love for fashion- I'm always trying to piece together outfits and styles that look different and trendy. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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GREG MORRIS There are no Oompa-Loompas in sight and you’re probably not going to find a Golden Ticket hidden inside a candy bar, but Whetstone Chocolates certainly has its very own Willy Wonka. Greg Morris, Production Manager at the well-known local chocolatier, works tirelessly to make all of your sweet dreams come true. By Kara Pound | Photography by Rob Futrell

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orris is responsible for the longtime, familyowned St. Augustine confectioner’s facility as well as producing more than a dozen flavors of fudge, nearly threedozen kinds of gelato, chocolate covered pretzels, truffles and a large assortment of specialty chocolates and caramels. “I have orders that I have to fill and deadlines that I have to meet,” Morris says from Whetstone Chocolate’s factory located on King Street. “I’m just a very hands on person and I can’t help but get involved in every facet of the business.” Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Morris moved to St. Augustine at the age of 10. Today, he commutes from his home in Satsuma by the St. Johns River. Arriving around 8 am and staying until 5 pm every Monday thru Friday, Morris oversees a production crew of four. He’s also responsible for the factory’s inventory – making sure there

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are enough ingredients, finished goods and packaging on-hand – as well as placing orders, organizing the production schedule and maintaining the building and machinery. “I make sure that all of the equipment is running smoothly,” says Morris. “We have the caramel depositor, which dispenses hot liquid caramel over pecans and cashews and then gets covered in chocolate for our ‘stone crabs.’ Then there’s our gelato machine, which makes fresh frozen gelato.” If you’ve ever taken a tour of the Whetstone Chocolate factory, then you know the machines Morris is referring to. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out. Depending on the season, the chocolatier offers four to eight guided tours per day for up to 25 people in a group. It begins with a history of the company, educational segment on the quality of and health benefits of chocolate and then a journey through the factory for a first-hand look. “Tours go through the factory and see what www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

is being made. They get to taste the fudge and artisanal wrapped shells,” Morris says. “Ultimately, the best thing about my job is that I’m everybody’s hero. It’s nice to be appreciated.” A stop on the trolley and train tours, the Whetstone guided tour takes about 55 minutes. “I like to put on a show,” says Morris. “I make sure that there are things to see and that the tourists enjoy their time in my building. The best thing about this type of work is that we’re never making the same thing two days in a row. There’s a lot of variety.” Founded in 1967 by Henry and Esther Whetstone, Whetstone Chocolates has become one of St. Augustine’s most successful businesses. Today, with daughter Virginia at the helm, the company boasts three chocolate retail stores including St. George and King Streets and just over the bridge on Anastasia Boulevard. There’s also Tedi’s Olde Tyme Ice Cream, which is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) continuously occupied businesses on St. George Street. Morris joined the Whetstone family in 1989 as a production manager running the retail


side of the business at its old factory space on State Road 312. He spent 12 years with the company overseeing contract work for Nestlé and Hershey before leaving to explore other career opportunities. Fast-forward to the beginning of 2014 when Morris returned to his role as St. Augustine’s own Willy Wonka. “I have more responsibility this time around,” he explains. “But of all the things I’ve done, this has been my absolute favorite.” As Whetstone Chocolate’s go-to for day-today operations, Morris is up to the challenge. He oversees full production Tuesday thru Saturday and helps develop seasonal and holiday items such as Easter bunnies, a one-pound hollow football and even custom items like port wine truffles for San Sebastian Winery. “I found that what I enjoyed doing the most was making lots of different types of candy on a small scale rather than one type of

Whetstone Chocolates has satisfied St. Augustine's sweet tooth for nearly 50 years. For 13 of these years, Greg Morris has been behind the scenes, perfecting his craft and growing in his role with the candy manufacturing team. His favorite part of the job? Taste testing the confections, of course.

candy on a large scale,” Morris says of his second life at Whetstone. So whether it’s keeping an eye on the wrapping of thousands of pieces of chocolate per day or making sure the chocolate blends such as Aviles milk and De Leon and Menendez dark are just right, Morris enjoys every facet of his job. “I have a sweet tooth that is unquenchable,” Morris admits. “When I’m at home, I’m always making cookies and cakes. And, of course, I eat chocolate every day. That’s part of my job; tasting a piece of candy that comes off every line.”

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His favorite piece of candy, you might ask? Well, that would be dark chocolate caramel squares with sea salt. 139 King Street, www.whetstonechocolates.com

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THE MURFIN FAMILY This family of four loves spending time outdoors, soaking up the endless adventure Northeast Florida has to offer. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Murfin family. When Emma and Andrew met during their sophomore year at Flagler College, sparks flew. Fast forward just over a decade later, they've married, moved back to St. Augustine and started raising two kids where it all began. Emma, a wedding coordinator at First Coast Weddings and Events, and Andrew, a corporate banker for Deustche Bank, enjoy discovering outdoor adventures around the Oldest City with their The Murfin Family young son and daughter in tow. When the sun is shining, you'll find pictured: Andrew (Dad) 33, the Murfins relaxing at St. Augustine Emma (Mom) 31, Noah 4, Beach, a short bike ride from their Harper 2 Anastasia Island home.

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Head to downtown Saint Augustine. Our favorite restaurants are all downtown and we love having picnics at the Fort where there's plenty of room for the kids to play!

When there's not a cloud in the sky, you can typically find us... Checking out a local state park. We love the outdoors!

The Floridian We love the atmosphere, the locally grown food and delicious menu.

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During the week you'll find us at the library for story time or grabbing a coffee or cupcake at Happy Cakes on Anastasia Island.

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beach. We are lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty! There is nothing better than listening to the sound of the waves and watching your children build sand castles! (We follow up beachtime with dinner at Beachcomber.)


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The couple go beyond just supplying party goods - they get involved. Like creating custom garlands and tassles from plastic table covers or hand stamping confetti from their tissue paper stock. Whatever the request , they go beyond what you'd expect from a traditional retailer to bring a new level of hands on service you'd get from a consultant.

remembers Samantha. “And within two weeks, we quit our jobs and the store was ours. It was meant to be.” Originally established some 22 years ago by Earl and Cindy Long, Celebrations, has remained St. Augustine’s go-to retail party store for decorations, balloons, rentals, catering supplies and so much more.

How We Got Here

SHANE & SAMANTHA GIPSON Determined to redefine the party supply scene in the Oldest City, this young couple is breathing life back into decorating for many a special event at St. Augustine's oldest party store. By Kara Pound | Photography by Rob Futrell

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little less than two years ago, Shane and Samantha Gipson were living in Orange Park raising two small children. Shane owned a tile and trim company and Samantha managed investment programs for real estate investment portfolios. The two northeast Florida natives were stressed out and overstretched. Visiting St. Augustine since they were

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both kids, the Gipsons had a dream. They wanted to move to the nation’s oldest city, own their own business, and raise their kids, Ansley (now three) and Jackson (now five) by the beach. So Samantha started looking on Craigslist for a business opportunity. The second listing was an advertisement for a familyowned party supply store located on San Marco Avenue that was up for sale. “We came down the next night to see it,”

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“Our passion for occasional décor started back on Memorial Day weekend in 2013 when we went to a friend’s wedding in Costa Rica,” says Shane. “They hadn’t planned any decorations, so I built an arbor out of driftwood and Samantha made a bouquet from found flowers.” Fast-forward to today and the Gipsons are just getting their feet wet as party supply storeowners. They readily admit that the first year was spent learning the ins and outs of the business including how to run a cash register and blow up balloons. “Now, we’re focusing on how to make Celebrations our store,” says Samantha. “We’ve started to make changes to the layout and are trending towards more custom items; less commercial products and more the kinds of things that you would find on Pinterest or Etsy.” Walking through the aisles of Celebrations, it’s obvious why this store has enjoyed such longevity. There is, simply, something for every occasion from luau-themed


“WE’VE STARTED TO MAKE CHANGES ...LIKE TRENDING TOWARDS MORE CUSTOM ITEMS; AND MORE THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU WOULD FIND ON PINTEREST OR ETSY.” paper goods in every color imaginable and dozens of items for baby showers to celebrating milestone birthdays and retirement. “Our clientele is mostly locals,” Samantha explains. “We’ve started to really branch out to reaching out-of-towners and helping to put on annual events such as Pink Up The Pace, The Kiwanis Club’s Boots & Bling fundraiser, and Pedro Menendez High School’s prom. Networking is a huge part of what we do.” The couple has been working on garnering a bigger social media presence including Facebook and Pinterest. They’re adding customized services like personalized invitations as well as tent, table, and linen rentals. Recently, Shane’s been building custom arbors and arches out of bamboo and other natural materials.

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so that we could take turns spending time with the kids. That was our biggest motivation.” On a busy Saturday, the Gipsons fill as many as 500 balloons, which makes for sore hands, and run around town fulfilling custom requests and organizing events. Not to mention manning the store for customers purchasing last-minute party goods. “We’ve started offering one-of-a-kind signs, banners and cake toppers,” says Shane. “Whether you’re looking for a hundred miniature dream catchers or 200 fancy plates, we can get them. We are a one-stop shop.” 162-1 San Marco Avenue www.partystaug.com

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FIREFIGHTERS FOR FAMILIES What began as a simple initiative to lend a helping hand to a few locals in need is now a reaching out to over 225 families this holiday season. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Jason Green

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hile best known for putting out fires and saving lives, St. Johns County Fire Rescue goes a step beyond each holiday season to ensure local children and families in need have ample clothing, warm meals, and toys, through a non-profit program, Firefighters for Families (FF4F). Firefighters for Families began in a grassroots format in the 1980s under the lead of Karin Wisnovsky, a Ponte Vedra resident with a passion for helping families in need. In 1999 it officially became Firefighters for Families. Although Firefighters is a foundational part of the name, a number of other community members are rooted in this initiative. For the past 16 years, local firefighters from St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine, along with countless St. Johns County employees, Flagler Hospital employees, residents and private business

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owners have worked together to provide a holiday meal, essential clothing, and toys to hundreds of local children. The St. Johns County School District and social service organizations help to identify the neediest of families. “We are privileged to live in such a vibrant and generous county whose residents help out their neighbors. This year we are expected to assist approximately 225 families and over 500 children,” said Deputy Chief Stephanie Whaley. According to Whaley, once families are identified, FF4F makes contact and provides the family with the opportunity to create a Christmas list for their children that meets program guidelines. “Once we receive this completed list which usually includes: clothing, toys, educational supplies and sporting equipment, representatives of the charity get busy shopping to make every effort to complete the lists for the families,” said Chief Whaley. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

The community is able to contribute by donating new items or adopting a local family. Donated items are sorted through and placed appropriately with the selected families. Those wishing to adopt a family receive a specific shopping list, which adds an extra personal touch to the process. Unlike a typical gift distribution program, FF4F passes off gift giving to the involved parents. Not only do the parents partake in wrapping the gifts, they get the joy of watching their children’s eyes as they unwrap. “Our hope is that through this process, we empower the parents and give them the ability to give the gifts to the children instead of the charity taking the credit,” explained Chief Whaley. HOW TO HELP The program operates year after year with the support of the community. Those interested in wrapping and toy sorting can volunteer on the following dates and times. Dec. 7-11, 8am - 3pm, Dec. 12, 10am - 2pm, Dec. 14-18, 8am - 3pm, Dec. 19 10am - 2pm. FF4F also is in need of volunteers to assist parents in picking up wrapped gifts. Dec. 21, 7:30am - 2:30pm St. Johns County Fire Department 3657 Gaines Road (904) 209-1750


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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ST. AUGUSTINE ANNUAL GALA St. Augustine’s Junior Service League hosted a masquerade at the Lightner Museum on October 17, 2015.

Kim, Katey & Don Anderson

Images by Steve Parr Photography THE OCCASION This annual gala is held to finance the Junior Service League’s volunteer community projects throughout the year. With over 75 years of service, the St. Augustine JSL is a non-profit organization where local women encourage volunteering for community projects. Tickets to this event included a live auction, dinner, dancing and live entertainment. This event is and was a great excuse to go shopping in downtown St. Augustine and pick up that mask you not-sosecretly want.

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Ready to get your active game on? You’ve come to the right place— St. Augustine. Between a number of health and fitness-focused facilities, our warm, temperate climate, proximity to the water and natural landscape, St. Augustine is a goldmine for athletic opportunities. No matter what type of activity you’re interested in, most will agree, exercise should involve something you enjoy. Whether you’re looking to gradually shape up and build strength, or are in the market for a daily rigorous workout to kick off 2016, here is a roundup of fitness opportunities in the St. Augustine area— one (or more) for every letter of the alphabet.

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A Ancient City Road Runners

Founded in 1982, St. Augustine’s official running club brings runners of all levels, ages, and paces together for a time of socialization and running, multiple days every week of the year. The group meets at the crack of dawn for the early risers, as well as evening hours across several locations. For those who’ve never run with ACRR, the Saturday morning 7:30am group run, beginning and ending at Publix on Anastasia Island, is a prime place to start. Individuals are invited to show up and partake in any of ACRR’s free group runs. Optional paid ACRR membership gives you special perks and discounts for local races. Although group members are seriously serious about running hard, they are equally serious about playing hard, with monthly birthday socials and happenings like HASH runs. ACRR hosts a Beach Loop, Lighthouse Loop and Fort Run; www.ancientcityroadrunners.org

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Body-Sculpting at the Bar Method “Meet you at the bar!” This phrase takes on a whole new meaning thanks to the Bar Method. Owner Gayle Gallagher and her daughter Kaitlin brought the barre trend to St. Augustine at the beginning of 2015. If you’re wondering whether bar involves an actual bar or not, the answer is yes. This aerobic activity combines a ballet bar dance conditioning routine with rehabilitative therapy techniques. The exercises target specific muscles, working and stretching them to make you feel longer, stronger and more graceful with improved posture. THE BAR METHOD

1000 S. Ponce De Leon Blvd (Hwy 207 intersection) www.staugustine.barmethod.com

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Community Yoga with Caryn

Dance with Sara at Abella

Yoga is designed to be the opposite of stressful; however, walking into a studio cold as a total newbie can be intimidating for anyone. Donationbased, community yoga classes provide an open invitation to both aspiring and experienced yogis. Caryn of Breathe. Smile. Yoga leads pay what you wish karma classes at Downdogz on Sundays at 9 am and Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm. On Thursdays, she teaches a class at City Wellness at 7:15pm. Both yoga studios located on Anastasia Island offer drop in rates and class packages for those interested in other paid classes throughout the week. www.facebook.com/ Breathesmileyogacaryn

Dance classes aren’t just for kids. Adults looking to get their dance moves on beyond the comfort of their living room can hone their skills at Abella’s School of Dance under the instruction of Sara. Classes include belly dance, jazz, and tone and stretch. All contain a fitness component. ABELLA’S SCHOOL OF DANCE

1711 Lakeside Avenue www.abellaballet.com

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While St. Augustine might not have its very own rock climbing facility, The Edge Gym, just south of Jacksonville, has a rock climbing arena ready and waiting for you to conquer. Although it might seem like a bit of a drive, it’s way closer than your nearest mountain range. The Edge offers top rope, lead climbing and a bouldering area, totalling over 8,000 square feet of edgy adventure. THE EDGE ROCK GYM

3563 Phillips Hwy. www.theedgerockg ym.com

DOWNDOGZ YOGA

Davis Shores Plaza 804-A Anastasia Blvd. www.downdogzyoga.com CITY WELLNESS

2225 A1A South www.citywellnessfl.com

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Groovy Group Fitness

If you’re looking for a way to get established with a high energy, fast paced group-centered workout, Go HQ’s Fit Camps are a popular option. Not only will you get your sweat on, FitCamps will help you build workout buddy friends that will hold you accountable. >> Go Solo: Go offers more than just Fit Camps. If one-on-one personal training is more your pace, this just happens to be what owner Brandon Rahe and his team are best known for around town.

Funkytown Fitness offers a chance for you to find your groove by way of busting a move in group fitness—from a Retro Remix aerobic dance workout great for beginners to a Pump up the Jam class, designed to help you build strength and endurance with the help of weights. Of course, it’s called Funkytown Fitness for good reason. All classes are set to motivating tunes. FUNKYTOWN FITNESS

296 SR 312 www.funkytownfit.com

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What’s hot, steamy and involves a sequence of poses and movements designed with the health of every organ, vessel and muscle in your entire body in mind? Bikram of course, commonly known as hot yoga. If you love a good sweat and you could use a bit more steam in your yoga regime, Bikram yoga’s 26 posture sequence was designed to systematically work every inch of your body to its fullest potential. Best to hydrate well prior to class, and arrive dressed minimally.

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1741 Dobbs Road, www.brandonrahe.com

700 A Anastasia Blvd. www.bikramyogastaug.com BIKRAM YOGA NORTH ST. AUGUSTINE

10440 US-1 North www.bikramyoganorthsa.com

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Ice or Inline Skating

Ice skating may look graceful, but don’t be fooled. It’s a tough sport—one that requires balance, core and controlled leg movements and strength. In nearby Jacksonville at Jax Ice, the public is invited to try ice skating year round. JAX ICE & SPORTS PLEX

3605 Phillips Hwy; www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com >> Street Skate: Rumor has it street skating is making a comeback. If you’d rather stick to the street, get your own pair of inline skates (rollerblades), and head out to the Palatka to St. Augustine paved trail on Hwy 207, or Mickler Road on Anastasia Island for some smooth straightaways.

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Kilos & Kraft

What could be better than deadlifts and ice cold locally crafted beer enjoyed with like-minded folks? Anastasia Fit hosts a Kilos & Kraft class, taking place select Saturdays at 5pm. Upcoming dates include: December 19, January 16, February 20, March 19. Anastasia Fit also offers a packed schedule of group fitness opportunities every week to help individuals STA fit, in between times, including action-packed Kickboxing classes Wednesday mornings at 9:15am. ANASTASIA FITNESS

1045 Anastasia Blvd www.anastasiafit.com

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If you’ve had the desire to exercise your upper body strength by way of swinging on a trapeze or gliding through a lyra (hoop), Krystyn and Laura of Aerial Athlete will show you the ropes at their beginner class for adults, held Wednesdays at 7:45 pm. No experience is required.

Jiu Jitsu

Gracie Relson Jiu Jitsu brings this ancient martial art form to the ancient city. For newcomers, a basic class introduces foundational elements of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jistu not only builds strength, it embodies a way of life. Gracie Jiu Jitsu also offers more advanced options, and even class geared specifically with real world self defense in mind. RELSON GRACIE ST. AUGUSTINE

50 S. Dixie Hwy www.mma4florida.com

AERIAL ATHLETE

1701 Lakeside Avenue www.aerialathlete.com

Lap Swimming

While open water swims in the Atlantic Ocean are always an option, so are swimming laps in an enclosed pool, where you aren’t exposed to all the elements. Swimming helps you quickly build endurance and challenge yourself, while going easy on your joints. During the fall and winter months, check out Anastasia Fit’s heated pool for lap swimming in a climate controlled environment. ANASTASIA FITNESS

1045 Anastasia Blvd. www.anastasiafit.com

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Calling all mamas out there! Fit Mamas Boot Camp is designed to help moms build strength and muscle tone and have fun working out with fellow moms. This class is geared toward all fitness levels, including new moms who have been cleared to workout. Classes include strength training, cardio, core and stretching for a complete total body workout. SALAMON SERVICES . 1100 Plantation Island Drive South (off 312 on Anastasia Island near Gate) www.salamonservices.com

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Attention all men 30 and up! Dribble and shoot with the St. Johns County menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball league, from December through March. All games are played at the Solomon Calhoun Gym. For details and schedule email bjames@sjcfl.us.

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On-Ramp Program at DRiV Fitness

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8 LIMBS YOGA

235 SR 207 www.drivfitness.com

600 Anastasia Blvd. www.8limbsyogastaug.com

From mat pilates, to soul sweat yoga, Now & Zen Yoga and Pilates offers a wide range of classes to help you get your blood pumping and find your zen. They also take the zen outside the studio, with opportunities including yoga at DOS Coffee and Wine Bar, and full moon yoga at Vilano Beach. NOW & ZEN

224 San Marco Avenue www.nowzen-studio.com

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Although quad building can happen with the help of a number of workouts, for this particular case we’re talking crossfit. At The Academy, and The Exchange, both Crossfit Atlantic Affiliates, a number of classes are offered to help you build your quads and get your WOD (workout of the day) on. Both offer free consultations so you can get acclimated with Crossfit if you’re new to the fitness regime.

A total stranger to CrossFit but interested in getting your deadlift on and seeing what all the hype is about? DRiV Fitness’s On-Ramp program walks you through everything you need to know before diving into CrossFit. On-ramp includes two classes designed to introduce newcomers to the foundational movements, standards and methodology. Upon completion, athletes are ready to safely enter into DRiV’s Group Conditioning or Crossfit Classes.

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THE EXCHANGE AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE

Whether you’re looking to power through on your own or work with a partner, consider 8 Limbs Yoga. Couples yoga allows you to combine a strength workout with deep connection and focus. The experience helps you build trust and awareness and allows you to connect through touch and breath as you move through a vinyasa flow and partner yoga. If you’d rather push through a powerful flow on your own, 8 Limbs offers power yoga classes.

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Grab a friend and head to one of these racquetball courts for some non-competitive fun that will help you practice your agility, speed, hand-eye coordination, and fancy footwork. Depending on the weather and time of day, choose from an indoor or outdoor experience. Outdoor Courts TREATY PARK

1595 Wildwood Drive 1605 Old Moultrie Rd. www.theacademy.fitness

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We can’t pass over the letter S without acknowledging a form of exercise many might not recognize as a sometimes brutal and always beneficial total-body workout— surfing. Paddling, using your core to balance, stand, and ride a wave is just the half of it. It’s a lot of work for the thrill. If you’re interested in getting your feet wet so that you’re ready to take on the waves by the time the water warms up, check out these surfing resources:

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SURF STATION

ANASTASIA FIT

1020 Anastasia Blvd. www.surf-station.com

1045 Anastasia Blvd. www.anastasiafit.com.

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www.theexchange.fitness

18 A Street www.thepitsurfshop.com

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Did someone say, frisbee? Local group ULTIMATE of St. Augustine plays every Saturday from 2 - 3pm next to the Skate Park on Anastasia Island, one block due north of The Surf Station at R.B. Hunt Field. All are welcome. If you aren’t super familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, close your eyes and picture a non-contact version of soccer played with a flying disc.

Team up with fellow runners or outdoor enthusiasts and give any of the following trails a test run. MOSES CREEK SR 206

With two access points, Moses Creek Conservation area is located on the north side of SR 206. Make it all the way to the bluff and you get yourself a view. Maps are available at the entrances. GUANA RIVER TRAILS

A1A North of Vilano Beach Guana River State Park is home to nearly 10 miles of scenic trails to run. Stay on the lookout for wildlife in this remote area. TREATY PARK

A one mile dirt trail winds through the trees and surrounds the perimeter of the park, offering a wellpopulated option to traverse by foot. Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive WASHINGTON OAKS GARDEN

In addition to the paved pathway leading visitors through the gardens, this scenic locale offers off road trails to run. The Bella Vista trails (a 1.7 mile trail system) includes the Timucuan hiking trail, Jungle Road hike, and bike trail; plus Old A1A hike and bike trail. 6400 N Ocean Shore Blvd. Palm Coast

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Bump. Set. Spike! Although it’s not quite the season for beach volleyball to flourish, St. Johns County coed volleyball kicks off in January and is played through April at Ketterlinus Gym with both an "A" and "B" division. Beach Volleyball season kicks off in May and is played at the sand courts by St. Augustine Beach pier. For details and full schedule email, bjames@sjcfl.us.

Water Sports

In a city where the water plays a prominent part of daily life, it’s only fitting that water sports make the list. At Anastasia Watersports, get your arm workout on with canoes or kayaks available for rent. Although canoeing and kayaking might seem like more of a leisure activity, if you’re paddling against the current, this can result in a total upper body workout. If you want even more of a challenge, you can even get your sail on with the help of a sailboat rental. ANASTASIA WATERSPORTS

850 Anastasia Park Road www.anastasiawatersports.com

ANASTASIA STATE PARK TRAILS

Located just before the entrance to Anastasia St. Park are the Quarry Trails. Deeper inside the park is the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail. 300 Anastasia Park Road

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If you’re looking to combine an extreme workout with a bit of water-driven adventure, Ocean Extreme Sports offers SUP opportunities along with Kiteboarding lessons. Private pilot and group training options are available. If you’d rather stick with SUP, Ocean Extreme offers SUP surf and pilates lessons, adding some extra strength and skill to the activity. OCEAN EXTREME SPORTS

3930 A1A South www.oceanextremesports.com

It’s fun to play (not just stay) at the Y-M-C-A. Although a resource that can tend to get overlooked, YMCA has opportunities for everyone, including: adult leagues, recreation opportunities and classes for multi-generations. If you’re looking for a great place to work out with your entire family, hit the Y. One amenity the Y is known for is its child care program. This means if your child is too young to partake in the Y’s active offerings, you can workout resting assured he or she is in safekeeping.

This latin-infused dance workout made its mark on the workout world a few years ago and has yet to lose its zest or mass appeal. Here are a few places around town you can get your Zumba on. NOW & ZEN

224 San Marco Avenue www.nowzen-studio.com FUNKYTOWN FITNESS

296 SR 312 www.funkytownfit.com ANASTASIA FITNESS

1045 Anastasia Blvd. www.anastasiafit.com.

ST. AUGUSTINE YMCA

500 Pope Road www.firstcoastymca.org

ST. AUGUSTINE YMCA

500 Pope Road www.firstcoastymca.org WORLD GYM

1650 US 1 South www.worldg ym.com/staugustine

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d o u o o y t g u o l b e a e f BEAUTY • SPA • FITNESS

Going into the new year, it's the perfect time to feel good about you and that means getting fit, finding your zen and accentuating what makes you feel beautiful. We've rounded up the finest treatments and fitness programs to help you find the ultimate state of well being in 2016. Photography by Ed Taylor


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AMANDA HOPCRAFT MAKEUP ARTIST BEAUTY TEAM

Amanda Hopcraft YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY: 5 TIMELESS, LUXURIOUS & EASY-GOING

(904) 217-4002 1829 Old Beach Road www.amandahopcraft.com

How did you get into the business? From Amanda, the owner: "I've always had a love of makeup and the beauty industry, a friend asked me to do her wedding makeup 11 years ago and the rest is history. Since then I've curated a team of the best hair, makeup and nail artists in the area to form the current face of Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist." As a team, we collectively have over sixty years of experience in the beauty industry. What is your competitive advantage? We go above and beyond to make our clients not only look their absolute best but, also feel relaxed and as though they are spending time with friends. It's our goal to have the relationship we establish with them on the most important day of their lives, transition into a lifelong partnership. These relationships,

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combined with an expertise in our craft, is what sets our team apart from others.. How do you help clients balance the stresses of everyday life? We are very accustomed to working with clients who have a lot on their shoulders. We feel that by having our team as a part of their event is one less thing that they have to worry about. Our team has a vast knowledge of all things related to beauty, as well as, other areas of the wedding industry. How do you stay up to date on the ever changing trends in your industry? We're all pretty obsessed with Instagram and constantly share inspiration from our biggest influences. We enjoy taking our inspiration and creating something new.

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We have a wonderful staff and an array of specialties to compliment one another, which allows us to meet many of our clients' health and wellness needs in one place.

CITY WELLNESS Dr. Allyson Sunderman, Chelsea Conard, HHC

DPT, PYT-C

YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY: 4 HEALING WELCOMING & REJUVENATING

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What certifications do you have? Allyson has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and is working towards her Medical Yoga Therapy Certification and a Women’s Health & Nutrition Certification. Chelsea is a Board Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor, accredited by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners and is working on a Women’s Health Herbalist course. Our staff is certified in acupuncture, reflexology, Ayurveda, cupping, trigger point therapy, and Lymphedema. What role do you think beauty plays in a person's well-being? Beauty takes many shapes, but we find that more often than not, the healthier a person is on the inside – their body as well as their thoughts, the more

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energetic and vibrant their outer appearance becomes. Healthy is the new beautiful. How do you help clients balance the stresses of everyday life? Yoga is one of our best offerings to help our clients find balance in their lives. Whether it’s a gentle therapeutic class or a strong power flow, yoga combined with breath work is an amazing way to keep your body and mind in balance. What is your competitive advantage? We have a wonderful staff and an array of specialties to complement one another, which allows us to meet many of our clients’ health and wellness needs in one place. Patient care is not just from the doctor; it’s a team approach.


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You can maintain a good diet, exercise regularly, and live a healthy lifestyle... but when you look in the mirror and see a beautiful you it all comes together with great satisfaction.

DEBBIE'S DAY SPA AND SALON

Debbie Kresge YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY: 32 PROFESSIONAL INVITING & ADVANCED

(904) 825-0569 403 Anastasia Blvd. www.debbiesdayspasalon.com

How do you stay up to date on the ever changing trends in your industry? All of our staff are required to continue their education in their specialty. With the constant changes in health and well-being, we have to stay up to date on trends and be aware of what the media hype is currently and in the future. Continuing education is part of my mission statement. Taking classes and continuing educations has always been my focus for my staff.

How do you help people find their zen? By having a refreshing day spa to enhance our clients well-being. We offer the very best in care and personal attention. The management and staff believe that each client is the most important person at all times.

What role do you think beauty plays in a person's well-being? A very large one! You can maintain a good diet, exercise regularly, and live a healthy lifestyle...but when you look in the mirror and see a beautiful you it all comes together with great satisfaction.

What are your specialties? We feature deep tissue, swedish and couples massages, Cellutox Ocean Wrap, salt glows, Hydrating Moroccanoil Wrap, Tropical Escape Body Wrap. European Facials for all skin types, Microdermabrasion, Light Therapy, Micro-current, Peels and SWiCH.

What is your competitive advantage? We have everything you need for your day of beauty under one roof and a highly educated and trained staff.

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Zen lies within and yoga helps you discover that.

BIKRAM YOGA NORTH YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY: 6

What are your personal wellness goals? I often remind my students (mostly so I hear it too) that, "The most important person in your life is YOU"! We must first take care of ourselves and through yoga I continue to work toward connecting my body, mind and soul. The harder I work on myself, the more help I can be to others.

HEALING POWERFUL ENERGIZING

How do you help people find their zen? They find it themselves, I just teach yoga. Zen lies within and yoga helps you discover that.

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Nicky Beaudry

(904) 342-2056 10440 US 1 North, #105 www.bikramyoganorthsa.com

How did you get into the business? I moved to St. Augustine in 2009 and was looking for something to help me adjust after leaving a 10 year relationship. I bought a month pass to the Bikram studio on the advice of a friend and started to attend class daily. I

loved the healing effect it had on me both physically and emotionally and I knew almost immediately that I wanted to become an instructor. I attended teacher training in the Fall of 2014 and took ownership of the studio this past summer. What do you love about your business? Everyone who comes to yoga is searching for something. Every yoga class is tailored especially for you. We all do the same postures but each of us takes away from it what we need. Whether it's physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, everyone who develops a regular practice experiences benefits. That's what keeps us coming back.

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PIE-FECTION Photography by Brian Miller 'Tis the season to eat pie. And, if you’re going to indulge in the extra calories, you’d better make sure the taste is out of this world. Enter Creme de la Cocoa. Led by Chocolatier and master pastry chef Nils Rowland, this boutique bakeshop is located with DOS Coffee and Wine on the north end of San Marco Avenue. These are not your average grocery store pies. Nils has masterfully remade your holiday favorites with a kick into the Smashing Pumpkin, Apple of My Eye and Southern Belle. Whether you’re busy or just want a shorter to-do list for your holiday cooking, pre-ordering pies is the modern way to do the holidays. All pies are $25. www.cremedelacocoa.com 300 San Marco Avenue

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Culinary Character

PETER KENNEY At Purple Olive, Owner and Chef Peter Kenney dazzles diners with a blend of international cuisine that is equal parts rustic and refined. By Sarah McCarten | Photography by Rob Futrell

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estled in the Seaside Shopping Plaza on the south end of St. Augustine Beach is Purple Olive. Since 2004, this family-owned and operated eatery has provided fresh, signature dishes to the community. This intimate bistro highlights owner Peter Kenney’s top-notch culinary skills, while inviting patrons to bring their own creativity and preferred tastes to the table when dining. A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCES Born in Cape Cod, Kenney’s culinary story begins when he was a child, picking raspberries in his grandparents’ yard, and then using these berries in the kitchen to make preserves. At age 14, he found himself working in a kitchen washing dishes. “I looked on as the line cooks went through service like they were some kind of gods in motion. They had a rhythm of organized chaos I was attracted to,” said Kenney. All it took was them inviting Kenney to fry one day when they were short handed. That was it. He was hooked. Following a move to Northeast Florida with his family, Kenney continued on to work at a mix of notable local restaurants soaking up experiences. He first worked

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as a saucier in Florida’s renowned La Parisianne, learning the French way of cooking. While working at the vegetarian Manatee Café, Kenney began exploring the relationship between food and health, and went on to team up with Jacksonville’s Native Sun to deliver meals to sick homebound patients. Then, at Gypsy Cab Co., Kenney not only worked in an environment where the menu changed constantly, it was here he met his wife Deidre. Together these experiences served as driving forces in Kenney’s culinary journey, and in turn, helped inspire the food that graces his restaurant’s tables today. “Marianne Poncet at La Parisianne was very patient with me and taught me the basics of classic French Food. Cheryl Crosley at Manatee Café taught me the importance of food and health. Last but not least, Ned Pollock of Gypsy Cab was the one who got me going in my own direction and pushed me harder to become a better cook under pressure. He made me realize I could do something more,” explained Kenney. For Kenney, this “something more” took the shape of opening his own restaurant— an infusion of his experiences. Prior to opening, he traveled to Italy with Deidre and her family during olive and grape season. During this trip, while dining at www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

a series of unpretentious and authentic, family-owned restaurants, the concept for the eatery took its form, and the name “Purple Olive” was decided. “There was something magical in Tuscany in early fall, with all the food. We were heavily inspired by our experience,” said Kenney. EAT PURPLE At the core of Purple Olive’s menu is food Kenney describes as approachable and handmade. “We try to be refined in our cooking methods, but purposely rustic. This is to make sure people know that our food is handmade,” he said. “We try to do as much from scratch cooking as possible, so we can tell people exactly what the ingredients are in our food.” The menu selections at Purple Olive are as diverse as the flavors and cultures represented on the menu. And menu ingredients are sourced locally and regionally when possible. “I


"WE TRY TO DO AS MUCH FROM SCRATCH COOKING AS POSSIBLE, SO WE CAN TELL PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THE INGREDIENTS ARE IN OUR FOOD.”

think our food offerings are unique because of the combination of experiences we have as a team in our kitchen. My cooks have a long list of experiences that provide us with the knowledge and ability to prepare a wide variety of cuisines,” said Kenney. At Purple Olive, options abound. Rather than choosing from a set menu, if they so choose, diners can mix and match from the Chef’s Grill selections and build their own dinner entirely—be it Herb Rubbed Tofu with Ginger Soy Sauce or Duck Breast in Blue Cheese Garlic Butter, served with a choice of sides, such as Kale with Garlic and Golden Raisins or Potato and Vidalia Onion Gratin. “We try to incorporate menu items for all people. We know dining out is hard when there are different diets going out to eat. At Purple Olive, diners can expect to order and enjoy a steak, tofu, and fish entrée all in one spot,” said Kenney. In addition to a full dinner menu with options ranging from plant-based to carnivore,

Prior to opening, Kenney traveled to Italy with his family during olive and grape season. During this trip, while dining at a series of unpretentious and authentic, family-owned restaurants, the concept for the eatery took its form, and the name “Purple Olive” was decided.

Purple Olive offers a Gluten-Free menu. And if you opt for an early dinner, you are granted access to a special Early Bird menu available nightly. Along with the intimate brick-and-mortar restaurant on the island, with the help of a catering operation, Purple Olive is able to host guests’ special moments beyond the bistro, and by doing so, has only continued to build upon its strong reputation within the community. Going forward, Kenney’s outlook includes maintaining the high quality he has set for Purple Olive, and remaining inspired. Ultimately Purple Olive doesn’t just tell his

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own culinary story, it tells the story of food from around the world. It’s only natural Kenney continues to seek inspiration everywhere he goes, be it another country, or simply having a bite of a home-cooked meal, close to home. “I am inspired by traveling—seeing how other people interpret food,” he said. “Still, I am most commonly inspired by home cooks making do with limited resources to provide for themselves and their families.”

Seaside Plaza, 4255 A1A South www.purple-olive.com

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Behind the Bar

JULIE STOPPELLI A lifelong love for the artform of specialty coffee preparation led Julie Stoppelli to open a shop fueled by adventurous clientele and innovative menu items. Photography by Brian Miller Been a Barista since: I guess since age eight. I think I bought a Hamilton Beach espresso maker from Walmart for my mom for Christmas. Secretly, it was a "self gift." I wanted it, I loved the smell, hated the taste, but was fascinated by the flavor syrups. My parents were great sports who probably (hopefully!) never actually consumed anything I made them but made me feel good for trying.

Serving a regular clientele something new and different each visit isn't an easy task Julie and her team at DOS work to curate new menu items and introduce customers to drinks outside their comfort zones each and every day.

Serving up Coffee at DOS since: April 2013 What is DOS best known for? Pour over coffee and espresso. People love our lattes (especially the pumpkin!), but customers are often surprised how sweet our straight espresso or black coffee can be. People get a lot of single origin regular ole' pour over cups of coffees. Don't get me started on the Nitro cold brew! It has developed somewhat of a cult following. We brew constantly to keep kegs of cold brew on tap. Part of your job that keeps you coming back day after day? We are slightly off the beaten path and the local support has been wonderful. We appreciate our regulars and they, I think, appreciate that we are constantly working to improve and bring new offerings. Favorite drink on the menu... (currently) Coffee: Nicaragua Don Francisco Pour over black; Wine: Spann Vinyard Betsy Bachacher Lot 11 Red blend; Beer: Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout

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What do you enjoy most about the DOS clientele? They are a fun, interesting, and diverse bunch that seem to be thankful we opened up way over here out in the boonies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but we should be thanking them for their constant support!

What are you best known for behind the "coffee" bar? I'd say I'm probably known as the lady that makes coffee with one arm because there is a baby in the other....it's kind of unique, a skill that can't be taught.

Most challenging part of your job? Craft coffee and craft-anything requires a dedication to consistency and quality. All the winetastings I do can be tough (...okay, I'm lying about that one).

Skill that makes you a top notch barista? A palate that loves new, interesting, and subtle flavors. Plus attention to detail, and cleanliness...a great barista is a tidy barista.

300 San Marco Avenue www.dosbar.com

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A Tale of Two...

CATERING COMPANIES

Catering is a celebrators secret weapon. We say don't stress over what to serve, instead strategize with a culinary expert. Be it a big reception or subtle revelry - these two St. Augustine caterers will help you bring the wow to your party table so you can socialize and not stress over the details. By Meaghan Alvarado

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By Design Catering

Culinary Outfitters

Location: 900 Anastasia Blvd, Unit F Owners: Marshall and Tasha Peters www.bydesigncatering.com

Location: 9E South Dixie Highway Owner: Mary Pritchard www.culinaryoutfitters.org

POPULAR DISH: Among the mouth-watering entrees By Design Catering can whip up for you, their Espresso Tenderloin with Gorgonzola and Onion Confit is a favorite that they’ve been offering since business inception 10 years ago. Depending on the style of event you’re hosting there are different versions available, varying from a plated dinner option, buffet, sliders, and even canapés. SPECIALTY DESSERT: Creating a bite-sized version of Black Forest Cake on one couple’s request was no problem for By Design Catering. Their decadent creation consists of a brandy-infused dark chocolate mousse with cherry sauce and cream. Is your mouth watering yet? CATERING OPTIONS: Based on the type of event you’re catering, By Design Catering offers a plethora of catering options to fit your needs, including a personal chef service. Their customized menus vary to include hors d’oeuvres, dinner items, and dessert options. INSPIRATION: Co-owner, Tasha Peters explained, “Our clients are our inspiration!” Their elaborate menus and dishes are conceived through speaking with each client. Getting to know them, instead of an elementary Q&A, encourages a conversation that allows for new ideas to come to fruition. LOCATION: In addition to housing their commercial kitchen, their location on Anastasia Boulevard consists of a 1,000 square foot space available to rent for private parties. It’s also used for client meetings and tastings. ABOUT THE OWNERS: Marshall and Tasha Peters, a husband and wife duo, moved to St. Augustine in 2011 and finally feel like they’re home. Marshall is a graduate of Johnson and Wales, and the two have a combined 45 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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POPULAR DISH: A well-loved dish that has stuck with Mary Pritchard, the owner, for 17 years is her Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream. The salmon is brined, hot-smoked, rubbed with black pepper and honey, and then served with house-made dill cream, capers, red onion and flatbread crackers. SPECIALTY DESSERT: A staple to any Florida menu, Culinary Outfitters’ Key Lime Pie is the perfect blend of tart and sweet. Another option if you’re looking for sweetness only is their Coconut Cream Cake. CATERING OPTIONS: Culinary Outfitters also has a diverse set of catering options, including weddings, corporate luncheons, brunches, multi-course dinners with wine pairings and backyard barbecues. If you’re looking for a last minute dish, call or stop by to pick-up something sure to impress from their attached restaurant. IDEATION/INSPIRATION: Mary’s creativity stems from her deep love of food, family and fun. She’s inspired by the changing seasons and enjoys incorporating seasonal fruits, vegetables and colors into her dishes. LOCATION: Situated on South Dixie Highway, Culinary Outfitters catering facility includes their commercial kitchen, rental space and a 9-table restaurant, The Bistro. Wedding tastings, monthly multicourse wine dinners, and private functions are all carried out on-site. ABOUT THE OWNER: A St. Augustine resident since 1972, Mary Pritchard is an active individual who enjoys gardening, kayaking, water skiing and traveling. Experimenting with new foods and spending time with her family are also a few of Mary’s favorite things.

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Spot Check

MICHAEL'S TASTING ROOM Gather your loved ones and celebrate the year's end at this haven of wine and tapas right downtown. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

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owntown St. Augustine can easily induce sensory overload. There’s so much of everything that it’s easy to go right past something that, frankly, you really don’t want to miss. Nestled on the edge of the historic district, at 25 Cuna Street, is one such place: Michael’s Tasting Room. Executive Chef Michael Lugo, who’s getting ready to celebrate his 10th year in business, opened his eatery in 2006. In those ten years, his restaurant has received Wine Spectator’s “Award Of Excellence” eight years in a row; an honor for which Lugo is rightly proud. As you step through the door, you’re immediately aware that Michael’s Tasting

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Michael's Tasting Room has perfected the art of Charcuterie with their artisan meat and cheese boards. It is the perfect complement to a tall glass of wine to get your dinner started. We suggest making a reservation in advance at this downtown hot spot - the intimate setting is sought after and fills up quickly. Left: Michael Lugo, Executive Chef Right: Allison Crowling, General Manager

At Michael’s Tasting Room, there’s never a risk of options becoming dated or passe. The menu is ever-evolving, getting a complete makeover every three months, keeping things interesting for staff and diners alike. The restaurant can comfortably seat 50 people, providing an intimate dining experience, perfect for a date night or small celebratory gathering. Additionally, the space boasts a small patio and private dining room. There are some 1,200 bottles of wine on hand at any one time, from some 350 separate labels. Beer and non-alcoholic drinks are also available, including cappuccino and espresso.

Location: 25 Cuna Street Claim to Fame: Wine Spectator’s “Award Of Excellence” eight consecutive years Hours: 12pm-9pm Tues - Fri, 5pm 9pm Sat - Sun

Running the day-to-day operations of Michael’s Tasting Room is General Manager Allison Crowling, who’s been with the restaurant for four years. As she walks through the dining room, stopping to speak with guests, it’s evident she enjoys her job. Her enthusiasm is an important aspect of making guests feel comfortable and welcome. You don’t go to Michael’s Tasting Room just to eat a meal, you go to enjoy an experience. Whether you’re entertaining a client or enjoying “date night,” you’ll be subjected to an elevated level of dining and service that’s all too rare these days, courtesy of some people who truly enjoy offering you the best possible dining experience they can.

Fare: Seasonal spanish tapas, seafood, fine wine

Favorites on the Menu: Pesto Crusted Lamb Rack, Vanilla Creme Brulee Details: www.tastetapas.com

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Room is someplace special. The decor of inviting–tables and chairs sit atop richly hued wood floors, vibrant paintings hang along the walls and a fireplace graces one end of the dining room. It’s all indicative of a “high end” fine dining experience while, at the same time, being very accessible.

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Delicious food in a fun creative environment. ON THE MENU

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Pizza, Gluten Free

Bruschetta, Funguys, Mushroom Soup, Stuffed Portobello, Greek Salad,

Family friendly, fun environment, outdoor dining patios SETTING:

Live entertainment on various nights ENTERTAINMENT:

KID'S MENU:

Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD: Just

over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite, Street Parking 2-for-1 Happy Hour daily from 3pm to 6:30pm. SPECIALS:

410 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080

CHEF SPECIALTIES

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.

11AM - 1:30AM MONDAY - SUNDAY

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

ON THE MENU

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Domathes, Cold Gracian Relish Plate, Oysters Rockefeller, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Mushrooms, Greek Salad, Parthenon Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

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

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

ENTERTAINMENT:

Friday and Saturday nights KID'S MENU:

Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD: Beach RESERVATIONS:

Yes

PARKING OPTIONS:

Onsite

SPECIALS: Happy Hour Daily from 3pm - 7pm 3945 A1A SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080

8AM - 10PM MONDAY - SUNDAY

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REFINED FARE

Shorter more refined menus, with an atmosphere and service worthy of formal attire although not required. Costa Brava When you first enter Costa Brava, you can’t help but notice the lavish antiques, silk textures and hand-painted gold leaf ceilings. You are surrounded by artful décor, then you discover the Mediterranean influenced cuisine is also celebrated as an art form of its own. Delicious.

95 Cordova Street (904) 810-6810 Cellar 6

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. Offering a wide selection of wines by the bottle and glass, specialty martinis and cocktails, as well as beer from around the world. Come and join them for daily happy hour, live entertainment and weekday promotions.

6 Aviles Street (904) 827-9055

Blackfly - The Restaurant If you're looking for a seafood restaurant in St. Augustine, Blackfly is one of St. Augustine's newest and most unique seafood restaurants. Opened in June 2012, Blackfly has won favors with the local community and tourists alike. Known for their daily fresh fish specials using local caught fish that you usually don't see on most restaurant menus, along with select fillets of Wahoo, Mahi, Hog Snapper and other specialty fish.

108 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 201-6300 The Floridian

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. Their emphasis on, and use of, local and sustainably-produced meats, seafood, vegetables, as well as artisanal breads and cheeses, lay the foundation for a dining experience you won’t soon forget.

72 Spanish Street (904) 829-0655

Ice Plant Bar and Restaurant Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, the idea is to reintroduce guests to a time where the

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experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable. Fresh, house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of bitters and specially developed syrups, result in stunning cocktails. Attention is paid to the smallest of details with three different kinds of ice, including a nod to the building's original use as an ice plant, with a 300lb block of ice and custom cubes.

110 Riberia Street (904) 829-6553

Michael’s Tasting Room 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.

25 Cuna Street (904) 810-2400

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Purple Olive 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.

4255 A1A South (904) 461-1250

Raintree Restaurant

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 finished in a Japanese-style panko crust. Oh, and the Beef Wellington is a favorite dish with the St. Augustine locals. As is their dessert bar.

102 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-7211


Featuring... CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Southern Fare, Local Seafood

Intracoastal Water View, Outdor Seating SETTING:

ENTERTAINMENT:

Music

KID'S MENU:

Live

Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD:

North of Vilano Beach RESERVATIONS:

Yes

PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking

612 EUCLID AVE. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084

11AM-9PM MONDAY- SUNDAY

STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

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

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

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(904) 829-1105

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Historic District, Outdoor Dining

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

Spanish Tapas, Seafood Gluten Free, Low Carb SETTING:

Live Music on Weekends ENTERTAINMENT: KID'S MENU:

Yes

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown

RESERVATIONS:

Yes

PARKING OPTIONS:

Street, Self-Park

25 CUNA STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084

11AM-9PM MONDAY - SUNDAY

SALADS

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Roasted Monkfish Loin “Tagine” Fennel, Chick Peas, Cracked Olives & Fingerling Potatoes Pasture Prime Farms Berkshire Pork Chop Braised Gigante Beans, Grilled Scallion, Savory Pork Jus MTR Burger House Ground Angus Beef, Crispy Serrano Ham, Cabrales Blue Cheese, Truffle Fries

TASTETAPAS.COM

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Featuring... STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

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

Grouper Oscar Sautéed fresh grouper topped with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise Slow-Roast Prime Rib Chef cut to order, slow roasted, with au jus and horseradish sauce Roast Duck Breast Duck breast roasted, sliced and served over blackberry demi glace sauce

Aunt Kate's Restaurant

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

Continuing over 100 years of serving the finest in local seafood, Aunt Kate's pleasures both the eye and the palate. Sited 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.

1097 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-3177

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

1935 A1A S (904) 461-9190

CASUAL CHOW

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

612 Euclid Ave. (904) 829-1105

A1A Ale Works 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.

1 King Street, Ste 101 (904) 829-2977 Barnacle Bill's

Oceanview, Outdoor Dining SETTING:

SPECIALS: Happy

Sunday Brunch KID'S MENU:

RESERVATIONS:

Yes

PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking

4100 COASTAL HIGHWAY ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084

LUNCH: MON-SAT 11:30AM-3PM DINNER: MON-SUN 4:30PM-9PM SUNDAY BRUNCH 11AM-2:30PM

coolest new outdoor deck and bar. Join us for great food, spectacular sunset views and live music all weekend. Enjoy beaches the way it was meant to be – dining on the beach, the patio or inside with college and pro football games on every screen.

254 Vilano Rd (904) 829-0589

Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q Bono’s has been serving Real Pit Barbecue since 1949. They invite you to come join them whether it is your first time ever or first time this week. And 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. They are committed to their team, customers and community to offer a sense of pride at every level.

2420 US 1 South (904) 794-9424

Beaches at Vilano

53 St. George Street (904) 342-2869

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Yes

North of Vilano Beach

Bull & Crown Publick House

14 W. Castillo Drive (904) 824-3663

Hour,

NEIGHBORHOOD:

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

Get away from it all at St. Augustine’s

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Fresh, Local Seafood

(904) 824-8008

THEREEFSTAUGUSTINE.COM Ripe Bistro

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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.


Cap’s on the Water 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. For the occasional days that the weather is not filled with sunshine, they have covered and heated seating on their deck.

4325 Myrtle St (904) 824-8794

Conch House 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 Ave (904) 829-8646

Coquina Beach Surf Club 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. Casual and comfortable outdoor dining, cool and cozy bar, clean and crisp drinks, interesting wine list and classic local décor creates the perfect setting for dining with friends.

452 A1A Beach Blvd (904) 471-2434

Creekside Dinery 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 Rd (904) 829-6113 Fusion Point

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 Serving Fresh Local Food You Want To Eat. The menu aims to offer something for everybody by serving classic comfort food elevated to something new with our creative twist and superior ingredients.

9 Anastasia Blvd #C (904) 217-0326

828 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 824-8244

Gypsy Cab Company

Hurricane Patty’s

Gypsy Cab Company 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, Gypsy has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Trend”, “Silver Spoon”, and “Best of St. Augustine” and, in 2011, was selected for the Jacksonville Magazine Hall of Fame!

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.

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69 Lewis Blvd. (904) 827-1822

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Haszard's at the Beach 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 bestseller, Maryland Crab Cakes. It’s a unique combination at Haszard’s at the Beach.

5633 A1A South (904) 461-4201

Kingfish Grill 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

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

3290 US1 South (904) 794-1610

Mikato Japanese Steak House & Sushi 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. The speed and dexterity of the chefs will dazzle you and the exotic, elegant atmosphere will delight you.

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

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. Located steps from the beach on the corner of A1A and A Street.

700 A1A Beach Blvd (904) 461-1077

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. The first store was created out of an old liquor store on Spring Street near Georgia Tech. To accommodate the long lines and gaining popularity, more Mellow Mushrooms sprung up around Atlanta, and now St. Augustine.

410 Anastasia Blvd (904) 826-4040

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Mojo Old City BBQ

Jaybird’s Restaurant

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. Bringing together regional barbeque specialties from all over the country and giving them the Mojo spin, Mojo offers the most unique barbeque experiences in N. FL.

We are pleased and excited to introduce Chef Mark Langston as the new head chef at Jaybird’s, bringing 30 years of experience with exciting culinary favorites and creations for you to experience. "Using the best local products and fresh to the table ingredients is important", says Chef; "we want our guests to experience great food."

5 Cordova Street (904) 342-5264

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


(904) 797-8989 Redfrog & McToads 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. Whether you’re interested in regional foods, or more diverse dishes, their lunch and dinner entrees are sure to satisfy.

5545 A1A South St. (904) 814-8430

Saltwater Cowboys Just a short pelican glide south of St. Augustine Beach, you'll find Saltwater Cowboys perched above wildlife-laden salt marshes flanking the Intracoastal Waterway. 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 Rd. (904) 471-2332

South Beach Grill For more than 15 years, South Beach Grill has been winning customers, awards and friends from around the country. They provide a casual, oceanfront dining experience you will not soon forget. 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 inhouse, fresh from the loin.

45 Cubbedge Rd. (904) 471-8700 The Reef

OC White’s Seafood & Spirits 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

Pizzalley’s Chianti Room A Mediterranean jewel complete with an open kitchen, gorgeous dining areas and expansive veranda. Start out with appetizer favorites such as bruschetta, calamari and

crab cakes in a roasted garlic and red pepper sauce or their Caprese and Antipasto salads which are a perfect starter to pair with their superb wine selection. Then settle in for the real treat and savor Chef Dees' Marsalas, Lasagnas, and Parmesans dripping with mouth-watering flavors.

117 St. George Street (904) 825-2627 Romano’s

There are few remaining true oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, and of those, The Reef, which reopened in 2002 under the direct ownership of the Usinas, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at the ocean, you listen to it as the waves break and the birds cry.

4100 Coastal Highway (904) 824-8008

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

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

Independently family owned, Romano’s on the Beach has an authentic Italian lunch or dinner ready for you!

4010 US1 South

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Salt Life Food Shack Salt Life Food Shack offers a carefully crafted eclectic menu to cater to all tastes and personalities. The chefs provide the perfect locale for beach goers to enjoy great dishes, cool drinks and the opportunity to catch up writh family and friends. The casual yet trendy open-air space will accommodate all types from the avid seaman to land lovers looking for a taste of the Salt Life. It'€™s your choice of flops over loafers and soon to be your ideal choice for lunch or dinner!

312 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 217-3256

Theo’s Restaurant Open for breakfast and lunch, this traditional family restaurant will make you come back for more. The nautical inspired interior will get you ready for your afternoon beach trip. Theo’s Restaurant is known for their delicious homemade bread, cinnamon bread, gyros and fried shrimp.

169 King Street (904) 824-5022 Zaharias

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

3945 A1A South (904) 471-4799

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

draft and “99 bottles of beer on the wall.”

The Bunnery

Cheezees Grill

Talk about hot buns! You can smell what’s in the oven all the way down St. George Street. The Bunnery’s little kitchen will make whatever you’re craving - breads, cookies, pastries, muffins and cakes - the chefs will be sure to meet the need!

121 St. George Street (904) 829-6166

Brewz n Dawgz 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/grassfed meats without any of the funny stuff. On the wall they keep 24 FL craft beers on

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

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 pick-me-up, savor our seasonal selections of coffee, lattes and homemade baked goods.

918 Santa Maria Blvd. (904) 679-5008

The Cheese Wheel and Sandwich Board St Augustine's oldest sandwich shop. We serve breakfast and lunch; open MondaySaturday 6:30-3:30 and Sunday 6:30-2:30.

252 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-8286

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Crave Food Truck 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. Andreas will make you a wrap, salad or smoothie with whatever combination you can dream of. Picnic tables line the water with covering, for rain or shine.

134 Riberia Street (904) 297-1885

Flavors Eatery 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

Stir It Up

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.

Specializing in healthy lunch cuisine and smoothies, once you try it, you will see how quickly Stir It Up becomes less of a stop to get a bite to eat and more of a lifestyle. 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.

81 St. George Street (904) 829-0397

Hazel’s Hot Dogs Fresh hand cut fries and dogs any way you take them, Hazel’s is convenient, fast and fresh! This little restaurant is a quintessential roadside stop, beloved by locals and visitors alike! There is a large assortment of toppings to choose from, including favorites like chili, slaw, and sauerkraut.

2400 N Ponce De Leon Blvd (904) 824-8484

Hot Shot Bakery n’ Cafe Hot Shot Bakery n' Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Join them for their freshly-baked 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

Mojo’s Tacos Mojo's Tacos is locally owned and motivated 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, & nachos. The best kept secret of locals is their breakfast tacos. Everything made to order served fast and fresh.

551 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 829-1665

Nalu’s Tropical Take-Out Nalu's specializes in serving the very freshest of ingredients and only homemade sauces, salsas, pestos, soups, fish jerky and more. They're all about buying fresh from the local farmers market and produce stands and only selecting the highest grade and all WILD CAUGHT Mahi Mahi, Ono (wahoo) and Ahi (yellowfin tuna) to create their tacos, burritos, burgers, sashimi and more.

1020 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 501-9592

Smokin' D's BBQ 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.

18 A Street (904) 461-4552 The Spot

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.

4508 US1 Highway North (904) 824-8212 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 Blvd. (904) 471-7350

Taberna Del Caballo Step back in time into our candlelit 18th century-styled 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

Wildflower Cafe Whether you stop by for a hearty breakfast, a business lunch or an evening with family and friends, you’ll enjoy American cuisine that pleases your palate and your wallet. When you choose the Wildflower Café, you’ll experience creatively presented meals of the highest quality at a great price..

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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 try!

45 Cubbage Road

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117 King Street (904) 217-3777

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050

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