St. Augustine Social - Feb/Mar 2016

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Pages Celebrating Locally Owned and Operated Businesses in St. Augustine and the Entrepreneurs Who Took the Leap


Driving a Legacy

Selling used cars never looked so cool. Meet this Flagler Alumnus and family guy selling dreams one car at a time.

Waterview on Water Street

Display until March 31, 2016

Channeling her artistic and architectural expertise, a local artist transforms the worst house on the best street into a dream home for her family.

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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ou'll notice every single issue of St. Augustine Social has a theme. We do that for two reasons - it fits seasonally and well, it makes running this machine a tiny bit easier. And when it comes to running a business - we're all about getting any break we possibly can get. That's why we love this time of year. Coming off of the post holiday excitement we seem to all come out of the glitz and glamour with just a little bit more energy than we had early December. Whether it's the New Year's resoutions, tax time or year end reporting that makes the fresh start feel so good - we don't know - but we love it.

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Whether you are running a business or running your family, we're pretty certain both take a lot of working parts to work right. So that's why we bring to you this issue full of stories about locals running interesting businesses, a slew of experts in the field of accounting, law, finance and insurance to help you with your own matters, and great news of grand openings and growth. All around things are looking up for St. Augustine in 2016. PS - Do you love this magazine as much as we do? We'd certainly love to hear how it fits in your life. Shoot us a quick email at our addresses below, it would make our day to hear from you!

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For the Year

Just your average Flagler Alumnus, family guy selling dreams one car at a time.


f you ask us, we'd say it takes one cool cat to make the business of selling used cars... well cool. That guy is Rhys Slaughter. Brother to Breck Slaughter whose beach billboard business we're certain you've seen. Cleary the cool factor runs in the family genes. Either way Rhys is a genuinely nice guy with an authentic style we saw fit to be cover worthy. You'll read more about how he got here in our new extended column "Person of Interest" on page 84. Shot on location by Rob Futrell at Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars at their new location on U.S. 1 South. It was peak of the Christmas selling season when we took over the showroom for this issue. Rhys really does make car buying simple. In between takes he stepped away to close a deal and was back in 20 minutes. Simple dimple. Right?




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Walk inside one of the most beautiful homes on Water Street.

This plaza, just North on US 1, is a haven for small shops, tasty eats and salon-pampered afternoons.


Take a look inside St. Augustine's only comic and used book shop.






Conveniently located on Cathedral Avenue, The Matanzas Theatre hosted showings for just a quarter until the early 1960s.



Shop around town and stock up on all the bathing suits, accessories, toys and gear you'll need for this year's trip.


Owners Stephen and Lindsey Hutson are striving to bring fresh, local seafood to the community in both classic and creative dishes.



The Schmidts, local hospital COO and yoga instructor, with four active kids, share their goto spots around town.




Comfort food you won't feel guilty about. Local brews. Responsible, charitiable efforts. This place has it all.



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What's your go to spot to grab a beverage or bite while watching the tourists go by? "Ann O'Malley's is my top pick, followed by Kookaburra." - Alicia Cowan "Hot Shot Bakery across from Lightner Museum. The sandwiches are AMAZING (with handmade pickles on the side!), and people watching is delightful!" - Renee Unsworth "Bull & Crown deck on St. George Street." - Cindy Stavely "Tinti Martini on the Bayfront!" - Theresa Mathis


"A1A Aleworks, perfect spot." - Michael Kelly

"Local Heroes, Adam is the best!" - Barb Wamsley

"Sangrias!" - Tanya Weeks

"From the water!" - Liz Laine

"Pizzalley's on St. George Street." - Candi Woodbury

"Harry's!" - Shannon Cook

"Tini Martini and A1A Aleworks." - Christine Holleman

Frances CalcaĂąoCommunity cafe to feed low income families and the homeless.


"JP Henley's or Tini Martini" - James Turner

"Cellar 6 outside." - Beverly Snyder

"Kookaburra" - Tiffy Stinson

"Pizza time and taking it to the fort and just enjoying the views." - Wendy Denmark

"Kookuburra! I love sitting in the window, sipping a latte and watching the tourists go by!" - Alyssa Kinsey

RV Wills A driving school...I want to own it and be the head instructor! Teach everything from cars to heavy equipment and trailer pulling. Gin Butler A good Mexican restaurant! Megan Pariseau Go karts. This town needs a little more adventure!


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Living CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL The Mission of Nombre de Dios Friday – Sunday, February 26 - 28, 2016 Come one come all to St. Augustine’s very own three day pop-up carnivalstyle festival. Entering into its 31st year, the Cathedral Festival provides local and visiting families the opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly night just north of downtown. Those looking to relive childhood memories won’t be disappointed – the festival will be home to a ferris wheel, carnival game classics and crowd-favorite fair food selections. Kids will love face painting stations and mid-way rides while moms and dads can settle into their own night of fun to the tune of this year’s line up of live music acts. Proceeds from the Cathedral Festival benefit Cathedral Parish School and Cathedral Parish Early Education Center. The Knights of Columbus-hosted nightly Bingo games will run every evening of the festival. Be sure to turn out Saturday night to catch the spectacular fireworks show. Raffles and Silent Auctions will close out the weekend on Sunday evening. 101 San Marco Avenue


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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING FEBRUARY AND MARCH UNDER THE STREETLAMP Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 5 & 6, 8pm Take a trip back in time to the ‘50s in this lively performance given by cast members of the “Jersey Boys.” For two nights, Under the Streetlamp puts on a lively show featuring American classics and their favorite rock and roll songs. Tickets range from $49 to $59, and gates open at 7pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

A FACILITLY FOR LIVING Limelight Theatre March 4-26

A comedy that dares to confront the issue of aging in America. By Kaite Forgette and Directed by Margaret Kaler, this dark comedy features Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and the election of Dick Cheney as President. Show runs from March 4th to the 26th on the Matuza main stage. 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,


Limelight Theatre through February 14

Based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, this dramatic tale follows the Joads as they pack up and move out to California in search of work and a new life. Show preview on January 21, and Terrific Tuesday on January 26. 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. 11 Old Mission Avenue,


CHARACTER COUNTS! ST. JOHNS COUNTY 6 PILLARS 6K/3K Palencia Elementary February 6, 9am The Character Counts program changes the culture of the environment it’s taught in through the 6 pillars: citizenship, responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness and respect. This race supports this innovative program, as well as the adults who teach it. Race starts at Palencia Elementary School at 9 am. Registration ranges between $20 to $30 for the 3k, and $25 to $35 for the 6k. For more information, visit the RaceSmith website, or call 904-547-7504. 355 Palencia Village Dr

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 9, 8pm Having just released the most mesmeric album of their career, the Yonder Mountain String Band comes to the historic coast to deliver a redefined bluegrass performance. The show utilizes all instruments used in bluegrass, including the guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass. Expect a rhythmic, fun performance! Tickets range from $27 to $32, and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 11, 8pm Upbeat, up-tempo, and great guitar riffs are how Robert Randolph describes his band’s music. Their soulful grooves are sure to inspire some dancing during this funky show. Tickets are $35 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-2093744. 1050 A1A North


FLIGHT TO FREEDOM Fort Mose Historical State Park February 13 The Flight to Freedom trail shows how 17th century slaves traveled to Fort Mose for freedom. Meet various characters who helped along the journey, as well as get a better understanding of the trip to Spanish Florida. This event is free, with a $2 admission fee to enter inside the museum. For more information, visit the Florida State Parks website, or call 904-823-2232. 15 Fort Mose Trail

Ponte Vedra Beach February 14, 7:30am DONNA is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from breast cancer. With a mission to have fabulous events to raise funds for cancer research and the women living with it, this race is worth participating in. Registration for the marathon ranges from $125 to $135, and the half marathon ranges from $100 to $110. Start line is at the Players Championship Parking Venue, and the finish line is at the Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit the Breast Cancer Marathon website, or call the Race Line phone at 904-355-7465. THE PLAYERS Championship Parking Venue, Ponte Vedra Beach

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Times-Union Center February 10-21

Critics rave that this revamp of the Broadway classic The Phantom of the Opera is bigger and better than ever before. With scenic designs from Tony award winners to experienced production managers directing the show, this beloved story is sure to be unforgettable. For ticket prices, show dates and times, visit the Artist Series Jacksonville website, or call the box office at 904-442-2929. 300 Water Street, Jacksonville -

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 13, 8pm Noted in Rolling Stone and the New York Times for his soulful singing, James Hunter takes over the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for a night of rhythm and blues. Experience the sounds of the saxophone, organ and drums paired with the meaningful lyrics of Hunter and his band. Tickets range from $35 to $45 and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

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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.

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.

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.

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ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 19, 9pm St. Paul & The Broken Bones have hit the road to promote their debut album, Half the City. Witness this high voltage performance featuring gritty sounds, elemental rhythm and extroverted playing by the newest members of the soul band scene. Tickets range from $25 to $28, and gates open at 8 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-2093744. 1050 A1A North

YMCA MARDI GRAS BEACH RUN St. Augustine Beach Pier February 20, 12pm Celebrate Mardi Gras while also benefiting the community in this fun beach run. Proceeds from this race help individuals and families with membership and participation fees at the YMCA. Registration for the 1k Fun Run ranges from $15 to $20, and for the 5k ranges from $25 to $35. Race start line is at the Pier. For more information, visit the Active St. Augustine YMCA page. 350 A1A Beach Blvd


classic hits, right here in the historic coast. Tickets range from $49.50 to $150, and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

35TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Francis Field March 4 - 6 Delicious seafood, toe-tapping live music and hundreds of arts & crafts exhibits are all part of this year’s annual seafood festival. Family-friendly stations include the Kidz Zone, Spanish Landing, and Pirate Village. Stick around until nightfall to experience live jazz and Americana music. All proceeds go to the St. Augustine Lions Club Charities. For more information, visit the Lions Festival website, or call 904-829-1753. 25 W Castillo Drive

Pioneer Barn February 21, 12-3pm A fit fundraiser hosted by Now and Zen Yoga & Pilates Studio of St. Augustine benefitting Made By Survivors, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping the millions of women and children who are trafficked every year. The Pioneer Barn is located within Fort Menendez. 259 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine

GARY CLARK JR. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall February 21, 8pm Gary Clark Jr. has sparked the interest of thousands since his debut in 2010, some of his most notable fans being Beyonce, Barack Obama, and Keith Richards. He brings his talent in blues to the historic coast and performs songs off his first worldwide album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Tickets are $38, and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

THE ZOMBIES FT. COLIN BLUNSTONE AND ROD ARGENT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall March 3, 8pm The English pop group the Zombies reunite after three decades with new songs and an energetic, sonic stage performance. Revisit their reworked ‘60s album and timeless,

CULINARY TOUR FUNDRAISER La Cocina International Restaurant March 4, 6:30pm - 9pm The Vienrich Allstate Agency presents an evening of music and celebration with La Cocina Restaurant in support of the Alpha Omega Miracle Home. Let the music and flavors take you to "A Trip to Espańa" during a five course dinner paired with rich wines from Rioja. There will be four events hosted throughout the year to benefit local charities. Seats are limited. Pre-purchase tickets online. 530 A1A Beach Blvd.

ROGER MCGUINN Ponte Vedra Concert Hall March 4, 8 pm Industry icon Roger McGuinn has been making history since his vocals were featured in hits like “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” He’s been changing the music scene since the ‘60s, but his performances are still as magical as ever. Tickets range from $40 to $50, and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North

STEVE MILLER BAND St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 4, 8pm Steve Miller was a staple in the San Francisco music scene back in the ‘60s, where he perfectly blended the psychedelic blues genre with American roots-style music. Since then, he’s released several albums and performed with the likes of Buddy Guy and Howlin’ Wolf. Now, he’s bringing his talent to the historic coast for a soulful, exhilarating performance. Tickets range from $39.50 to $89.50, and gates open at 7 pm. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website, or call 904-209-3742. 1340C A1A South

JASON ISBELL St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 5, 7pm Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has just released his album Something More than Free, and is starting to tour for this sonically diverse album. With special guests Shovels & Rope, the performance will be filled with authentic Americana music, honest lyrics and hypnotic sounds. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50, and gates open at 6 pm. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website, or call 904-209-3742. 1340C A1A South



LIGHTHOUSE ANNUAL 5K & FUN RUN St. Augustine Lighthouse March 5, 4:30pm Lace up and get ready to run through the scenic Historic Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores during this 5k & Fun Run. Start and finish lines are at the lighthouse, and registration includes a free race t-shirt! The proceeds benefit The Junior Service League of St. Augustine and will provide financial support for local non-profit organizations. The event has divisions for 10 and under through 70 and over. Awards will be given out at the Post-Race Celebration along with refreshments. The top overall male and female runners will be awarded $100. The top three participants in each age group will receive awards. Online registration is open until Friday the 4th with walk up registration the day of from 2-4pm. 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine





For The Kids! Music for Minis

Every Monday and Friday, 10:30am, 11:45am Music for Minis is a music class for babies and children up to 5 years old including songs, dancing, instruments, manipulatives, ASL and more! The cost is $10 per child. For more information and announcements "like" their facebook page at the link below. 3149 N Ponce De Leon Blvd. musicmastersstudios

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DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE'S DOORWAY TO MAGIC Times-Union Center March 5th, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm

Disney fans, get ready: Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings this magical show to the Jacksonville Times-Union Center, featuring your favorite characters brought to life. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and many more are part of this production, unlocking your imagination to all things Disney. Three shows are performed at 1, 4, and 7 pm For more ticket and show information, go online. 300 Water St, Jacksonville

SEARLE’S RAID RE-ENACTMENT Plaza de la Constitucion March 5, 4:30pm This exciting performance recreates the 1668 sacking of St. Augustine via Captain Robert Searle and his pioneers. Searle’s reenactment starts at 4:30 pm at the Plaza de la Constitucion. A 17-Century style military encampment will be set up at the Fountain of Youth Park from 10 am to 5 pm. Here, guests can watch the Raiders perform drills and demonstrations. Admission is free. Plaza de la Constitucion and 11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine


FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT PRESENTS HAYDN & BRAHMS Ponte Vedra Concert Hall March 6, 3pm Haydn & Brahms perform live classical music in the intimate music chamber of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Music featured will be Haydn’s String Quartet in B flat Major, Opus 76 No. 4 “Sunrise” and Brahms’ String Quartet Opus 51 No 2 in A Minor. Tickets range from $25 to $100, and gates open at 2 pm. For more information, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904209-3744. 1050 A1A North

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

Open Gym Time

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

Toddler Jump Time

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


ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Downtown/Bayfront March 12, 10am The 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Francis Field and follows the usual parade route along the bayfront, through the town square and north on Cordova. Come out and celebrate the arrival of Spring and St. Augustine’s celtic heritage with a parade! Register to participate at: or call 904-535-6853

THE MOODY BLUES St. Augustine Amphitheatre March 11, 8pm The Moody Blues have had their songs featured in a wide range of media, and were even immortalized in pop culture in an episode of The Simpsons. Their 2016 tour Fly Me High celebrates the 50th anniversary of members joining the band, as well as their long reign as head of the classic rock music scene. Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50, and gates open at 7pm. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website, or call 904-209-3742. 1340C A1A South

THE JOHNNY CLEGG BAND Ponte Vedra Concert Hall March 18, 8pm South African artist Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and musical activist, plus much more. This multi-talented performer masters the art of crossing music genres with his eccentric blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. Tickets go from $35 to $45, and gates open at 7pm. For more information, visit the the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North


March 19, 7pm & 9:30pm This Beatles Tribute band is so precise with their performances of the classics that you’ll think that you’re watching the real thing. Relive hits like Hey Jude, Here Comes the Sun, and much more during this uncanny, ultimate tribute show. Tickets are $47.50, and gates open at 6pm. For more information, visit the the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website, or call 904-209-3744. 1050 A1A North



11-13 CELTIC FESTIVAL Francis Field March 11-13 Did you know the founder of St. Augustine, Pedro Menendez, was from the Celtic region of Spain? Celebrate this unique culture with what is arguably the best collaboration of Celtic musicians assembled in the U.S. Indulge in the best Celtic food and local favorites, including whiskey tastings and a full complement of beer and wine all while watching traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions. Caution, there will be kilts, everywhere..



St. Augustine Shores March 19, 8am ReAnna Green was a practicing nursing student when she died this past April due to domestic violence. This race will raise funds for a scholarship going towards a Pedro Menendez student who plans on studying nursing and wishes to speak out on domestic violence. Race start line is at the St. Augustine Shores Riverview Club. Registration ranges from $25 to $35. 790 Christina Dr

Community Park March 19, 4pm This scenic route over the Vilano Bridge and through beachside neighborhoods is sure to make this 5k a memorable one. After the race, enjoy the Party in the Park celebration, where there’ll be food trucks, refreshments, and entertainment! Registration for the 5k ranges from $25 to $35, and fee for the Fun Run is $10. For more information, visit the 1st Place Sports website.


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RHYTHM AND RIBS FESTIVAL Francis Field April 1 - 3 Bring your appetite to this year's BBQ and music-fueled festival featuring reginal and national BBQ champions at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the weekend long event. Performances by Marc Broussard and The Corbitt Brothers Band and more. Tickets are $5 for adults; free for kids 13 and under. For festival time and more information go online.

16TH ANNUAL USA 5K University of St. Augustine March 26, 8:30am Help the Wildflower Clinic raise funds to benefit community individuals and families in the 16th annual USA 5k. This course starts behind Flagler Hospital, goes along the breathtaking intracoastal waterway, and finishes in front of the University campus. Registration fees range from $10 to $30. For more information, visit the RaceSmith USA 5k website, or call 904-826-0084. 1 University Blvd.

ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER PARADE Uptown/Downtown/Bayfront March 27, 3pm A family favorite tradition, the St. Augustine Easter Day Parade begins Easter Sunday at 3pm. Loretta Swit will be the grand markshall of the parade. Swit is a two-time Emmy Award winner and best known for her role as Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H. Swit, a frequent St. Augustine visitor, animal activist and honorary board member of the local non-profit Ayla's Acres, will lead the historic St. Augustine Parade from the Mission Nombre de Dios down San Marco Avenue to Avenida Melendez and through the historic district downtown. Bring


the family and celebrate Resurrection Day with local marching bands, the Royal Family, drill teams, floats, and of course the Easter Bunny. For more information call 904-8293800 or go online.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY Times-Union Center March 31, 6pm This Jacksonville Symphony performs Sibelius No. 2 during this classical music show. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks following the performance with Courtney Lewis and the musicians. For more

information, visit the Jacksonville Symphony website, or call 904-354-5547. 300 Water St, Jacksonville

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Francis Field March 28 - 29

Jewelry, sculpture, photography and more are all part of this year’s spring Old Town Art Show. Outstanding artists and craftsmen come together to display their work, giving guests the opportunity to meet the craft-makers behind the art available for purchase. Admission for this event is free. For more information, visit the Holiday Art Show website. 49 West Castillo Dr





While one may simply think of this stop for it’s popular coffee chain, this St. Augustine shopping destination has all the factors for a full-day visit. Enjoy top-notch shopping, expert dental care, luxe hair and makeup styling, and even a sweet treat or two.

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Modern dental practices are the best. Palencia Dental, led by Dr. Stephanie Kinsey, uses the latest technology to perform a wide range of dental procedures from family and cosmetic to Implants, Migraine Solution, Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Veneers, and Invisalign.

159 Palencia Village Drive


Palencia Village Drive

With the best brands in home furnishing, candles, and one-of-a-kind hostess and birthday gifts, Market Street Boutique has the hottest brands from around the country. You will find them conveniently located at the entrance to Palencia.

159 Palencia Village Dr, Ste 103 THE EVENTFUL GALS

Sometimes a name says it all. Wedding planning is a skill, best left to professionals and The Eventful Gals offer event planning services from the start. From your guys' proposal to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and the big day with 150+ guests, the modern bride can have a cohesive trip to the altar.

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The Luli’s Cupcakes you know and love on San Marco opened a second location in Palencia with a sweet boutique cafe vibe. New additions served daily include a pressed panini roast beef sandwich with roasted red peppers and mozzarella.

601 Market Street

a Nettles Jewelery is openoning second location here so too!

JEN SHANNON PHOTOGRAPHY A chic studio specializing in portraits for women. Jen’s mission is simple: to lift up the women holding everything together through a beautiful portrait.

601 Market Street



571 Market Street


We absolutely adore this brand new style studio, serving up brides and party goers with print worthy results in a big city way. Host a Glamour Girl Party in studio and learn the hottest tricks for applying perfect lashes, smoky eyes, and pouty lips.

520 Market Street

Northeast Florida’s Trusted Tax Professionals The success of our clients is the foundation of our firm’s success.

2825 Lewis Speedway, Ste. 104 | St. Augustine, FL 32084 | Phone: (904) 829-0082 |



DATE NIGHT February is upon us, which means Valentine's Day is drawing near. Whether you're a romance-fanatic or prefer a low-key celebration, St. Augustine has plenty of options for a progressive date night on the town. DRINKS Settle into your night on the town with carefully crafted cocktails at Odd Birds. This quaint setting, with indoor and outdoor seating, boasts a quiet and intimate atmosphere. Cozy up with your date and try the boubon-based "Canario." 33 Charlotte Street DINNER Stroll through the plaza hand in hand while making your way to Costa Brava at The Casa Monica for a glamorous dinner experience. Start with the "Hunt Platter" for an expertly curated charcuterie selection. Splurge on the "Filet of Beef Tenderloin" for a truly special date night meal. 95 Cordova Street DESSERT After enjoying a feast for two, finish out the night by treating your sweet tooth at Cousteau's Waffle and Milkshake Bar. Try the "Life on Mars" for a decadent chocolate-heavy nightcap. A walk along the bayfront after dessert will most definitely be in order – just don't forget your jacket. 15 Hypolita Street

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Big Picture

SKATEBOARDING AT THE BEACH A new skate park is in the works for St. Augustine Beach and the committee leading the efforts is calling for your help.


here is a group of very instrumental members of our community banding together all in the name of skateboarding – and they could use your help too. Lenny Byrd is a member of the Citizens for Ron Parker Park, a non-profit organization formed to raise money to bring a skateboarding park to St. Augustine Beach. He says "I joined his effort late fall of 2015 and have been a skater for over 40 years." While the concept of the park was originally the idea of Chief Rob Hardwick of the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, he is joined by many others, like Byrd, who would like to see a place for kids (and adults) to

skate in a safe, designated location. The proposed 15,000 sq. ft. skate park will be a part of a redevelopment master plan for Ron Parker Memorial Park located off Pope Road. In an effort to use zero taxpayer dollars, the non-profit was formed to fundraise for the project. The group is made up of several committees that are helping with the fundraising, land planning, and general organization of the project If all goes as planned they will break ground on the park in mid 2017. To get involved by donating or volunteering your time to support the efforts, contact Lenny Byrd at (386) 986-8565.

For 15 years the goal of the St. Johns Riverkeeper has been to advocate for and help to bring awareness to the Save the St. Johns Campaign. Recently, the campaign received a grant from the Dolores Barr Weaver foundation that challenges the community to aid the Riverkeeper in raising a total of $300,000. To kick off the fund raising, the Riverkeeper team will be embarking on 12-day, 310 mile paddle/boat tour. Along the way, the Riverkeeper team will stop at local communities to raise awareness about the importance of keeping the St. Johns River safe. The tour kicks off on March 30. Call 904-256-7591 for additonal information.






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...

Sarah Symons started this charitable organization after seeing a moving documentary. 10 years later, Made by Survivors is a world wide organization helping individuals escape the chains of abuse. Photography by Brian Miller What inspired you to start Made by Survivors? I was inspired to start Made By Survivors after seeing a documentary film about child trafficking called "The Day My God Died." This film showed people who were standing up against slavery, putting their lives on the line to fight it – with limited resources, and with emotional and physical scars from years of indescribable abuse. After seeing their example, I believed that if they could find the courage to fight slavery under those circumstances, I had to find a way to support them. How did you hit the ground running? I started by contacting one of organizations featured in the film and was invited to visit their shelter in Kathmandu. It was there that I learned of the need for job opportunities for rescued survivors. We train and employ survivors in traditionally male professions, such as goldsmithing, that tend to more highly paid and respected than traditionally female professions. We started by selling survivormade goods at home parties in our St. Augustine community,


"My husband and I have modeled the conviction that love can change the world. That is a legacy I am proud to leave my children." and on our website. What types of outreach does Made by Survivors offer? We focus on employment, education and entrepreneurship, giving rescued survivors the tools they need to become and remain free forever. Since poverty and the low status of women were root causes of trafficking for all the girls in our program, we address those issues, giving them well-paid employment and increasing their status in society as well as changing the way they view themselves, helping them to value themselves and to know the laws about human rights and trafficking. Where are your artists located? Our artists and other program participants are in Asia,

which is the region hardest hit by trafficking. What types of products do you sell? We sell handmade sterling silver jewelry, and unique accessories such as bags and scarves, all exquisitely handmade by survivors, with a strong commitment to quality and design. What brings you the greatest joy working with this organization? I was emotionally devastated when I first learned about this issue of trafficking. There were many hard times as I researched it further, going deeper into the world’s darkest places, seeing the suffering of children up close. Of course I felt depressed and overwhelmed at times. However, once I had made the commitment to work on this issue, there was no turning back. There is much more joy and love in my work than sadness and suffering. The survivors in our programs are some of the most joyful, loving and grateful people you could ever wish to meet. Available at Amistad

Catch 27 moved to a new location at 40 Charlotte Street. Just in time for their third anniversary, Catch 27 is excited to start reserving tables for their customers. Also, stay tuned for the new concept that has yet to be announced! 40 Charlotte Street Maple Street Biscuit Company is officially opened at 39 Cordova Street. The former spot of The Floridian underwent an extensive renovation. This restaurant offers breakfast and lunch options with their specialty biscuit, sandwich and coffee options. 39 Cordova Street Hornsky's Vinyl Lounge is open for business at 106 Anastasia Blvd. This Anastasia Island location is not only a record store, but they also serve alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. This is a great place to play pool, listen to great music and sip on whatever you’re in the mood for. 106 Anastasia Blvd. DRiV Fitness and The Yoga Box will be relocating to One News Place, Suite D. If this address sounds familiar it's because it's The Record Building on the corner of 207 and SR 312. They will be open February 1st, 2016. One News Place


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THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM The town was abuzz with the announcement of the children's museum concept. So, what is the latest? Executive Director Kim MacEwan gives us the scoop. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Brian Miller In what stage of development is the museum? We’re so excited that our office has just relocated to the site of our new home at the St. Augustine Shipyard, located at 76 Dockside Drive. Besides being the new home for tag! Children’s Museum, the new Marine Merchant Community located off US1 behind Target will include dry boat storage, wet slips and a pedestrian “promenade” offering a variety of shops, restaurants and lodging. When is tag! expected to break ground? We are currently making architectural adjustments to our design to plan for future growth and hope to be breaking ground in a matter of months. It is imperative to make sure we are looking at every aspect before we break ground on a facility that will provide innovation and creativity for the generations. We expect construction to begin by October and be open before the end of 2017 pending any unforeseen construction delays. What are some development activities happening now? This is an exciting time for us and we’re very busy! The design team is working diligently on the exhibits

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to create a fun, unique and educational experience for everyone. We are also putting the finishing touches on architectural plans as we continue to get input from our national experts on growth and innovative exhibit design, curriculum and program development as well as green building and safety guidelines. Are there any community events going on? Yes! Workshops aligned with our five areas of focus – 1) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), 2) Environmental Stewardship, 3) Culture and History, 4) Health and Wellness, and 5) Citizenship and

Compassion – began in December of 2015 at our new office location. The tag! Team continues to provide community outreach through school and community events. How can locals help? Volunteers and community support are vital pieces of what it takes to bring tag! Children’s Museum’s vision to life. Check the tag! website and Facebook page to learn about their ongoing community events, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate. 76 Dockside Drive, Suite 105

We've all been there. You drop your phone, your kids play a little too rough with their tablet, a giant scratch appears over night on your brand new technology's glass screen. But you're in luck. The people at iTech Smartphone Repair are here to the rescue. In under an hour and for under $100, they managed to repair a staff member's iPhone 5S screen to look as good as it did straight out of the package. Customers can opt to run errands as they repair phones, tablets or computers, or kick back in their newly rennovated waiting area (televisions, magazines and comfortable seating aplenty). Visit them at 1797 Old Moultrie Road or 3400 US1 South, no appointment necessary.


Looking Back

MATANZAS THEATRE Nestled on Cathedral Place, this quaint theater was home to St. Augustine's movie go-ers until the early 1960s.


By Matt Armstrong

he Matanzas Theatre is the backdrop for many cherished memories for St. Augustinians. Date nights in the dark auditorium, watching cartoons in the cool AC on a hot summer weekend, days collecting RC bottle caps around town to go see a Saturday matinee with pals; they all revolve around the Matanzas Theatre on Cathedral Street. Although the ticket area and entrance still stands (it exists as the Tripp Harrison Gallery these days), the auditorium was demolished for parking spaces after the Exchange Bank purchased the property in 1967.

888 seats in the auditorium section. 231 in the balcony section.

Construction began in 1938.

The theater was (mostly) demolished in 1968. The ticket area and foyer were left standing, but the auditorium was razed.

10 of 28 theaters for which Roy A. Benjamin was the architect still stand. He was a notable architect in Jacksonville, who moved to the city after the 1901 fire to take part in the rebuilding. You may have visited one


of his theaters in Jacksonville - he was the architect for the Florida Theatre, the Riverside Theatre (although this has been substantially remodeled), and the San Marco Theatre. The San Marco opened the same year construction on the Matanzas started, and still operates as a movie theater - probably the closest you will get to visiting the Matanzas Theatre these days.

Tickets for a movie cost .25, although a Saturday Matinee would only set you back just 6 RC Cola Bottle Caps.

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Crowds gather outside the Matanzas Theatre, spilling out into the plaza, to catch a glimpse of the film’s stars Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon and Richard Webb. Filmed here in St. Augustine at the historic Castillo de San Marcos, the 1951 film Distant Drums, dubbed a “Florida Western” was the first production ever to use the famous “Wilhelm Scream,” a sound effect later used in over 225 movies and television shows including Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

December 22, 1951 - The Matanzas hosted the world premier of the film Distant Drums, a “Florida Western” film set in the Everglades during the second Seminole War, but many scenes were filmed in St. Augustine, and some locals (including a young Sidney Capo) served as extras in the film.

July 22, 1965 - An attempt by 21 black youths to integrate the auditorium seating area ended in confrontation and arrests. Black patrons were restricted to seats in the balcony section of the theater.




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

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


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




When your belly is craving something southern and something from the sea - this is the place you go. Aunt Kate's is hidden on the interacoastal waterways of Vilano Beach and features a mouthwatering menu with nearly every edible option. We suggest sitting on the porch and watching the waves roll by and enjoy appetizers of gator tail, conch fritters and some of their delicious datil pepper bread.

Sometimes a salad, pizza slice and a cool soda is all you need for lunch. We agree. You can find that combo at Mellow Mushroom on Anastasia Island for just $6.99 from 11am - 2pm, Monday through Friday. If you love the cool atmosphere of this place, but aren't up for pizza they've serve up burgers, salads, soups, hoagies, and calzones too.

Oceanfront meetings are the best meetings in our book. Enter The Reef. The classiest eateries on the ocean in St. Augustine. The menu is expertly prepared by Chef Bob Henle and features primarily fish and seafood balanced with beef, poultry, pasta and creative specials, always fresh and sourced locally whenever possible. Sit at any table inside and we promise, the view will be dynamic!

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THE LAW STATION Melissa Sarris Kauttu, P.A. KNOWN FOR: Personal Injury, Criminal, Family, Trusts, Estates & Business Planning

What is your competitive advantage? We listen to our clients and we help them find realistic solutions. We are cognizant of the spirit that runs through us, that gives us direction and strengthens us. We have over 65 years of combined law firm experience between me and my staff, and we understand every case is unique and will need specific attention to detail. What are you known for? Our firm represents clients throughout all of North Florida on a wide variety of issues, providing legal services to our clients in the following areas of law: personal injury, criminal defense, business, estate planning, probate, family law, civil litigation, discrimination, and contracts. We are experienced in handling complex cases, yet small enough to have direct relationships with clients and agility in the courtroom. We listen to our clients and effectively communicate options and case status. Ours is a results-driven mentality and we care about your success. What motivates you in the workplace? Helping folks understand their cases and the system and how the law affects them. We defend the constitution, for which our forefathers, our veterans, and our military continue to fight. We endeavor to find common sense strategies to solve problems in an efficient manner.

There's usually more than one way to solve a problem. An attorney who values his or her clients is seeking to find the most effective and efficient solutions for them.

What has been the most rewarding experience in your job? The many clients who come in because someone we helped said, "Go to The Law Station." It is a blessing to know we have done our job and done it well.

(904) 810-2410 1510 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite B





Modern solo practice delivering effective and affordable legal services to a broad range of people.


MARCUS THOMPSON, PLLC Marcus Thompson KNOWN FOR: Modern solo practice that delivers affordable legal services to a broad range of people.

(904) 342-8262 320 High Tide Drive Suite 101A


What motivates you in the workplace? What I love about my job as a lawyer is that I learn something new everyday. Every person that walks through the door has a unique situation that I try my best to understand and help them find a solution. Being a solo practitioner allows me to be more flexible in the cases that I take on and I enjoy the process of researching new or complex issues. What is your competitive advantage? The main distinction between my firm and other local firms is that it is a true "solo practice," meaning that I handle each and every aspect of every case. Some of my clients have expressed frustration with lawyers who they have worked with previously, explaining that they often had a difficult time reaching their lawyer directly. At my firm,

there are no buffers as I answer all the calls personally and I provide my personal cell phone number to each of my clients so that they can reach me directly anytime that they need to. What has been the most rewarding experience in your job? Some of the most rewarding experiences so far in my practice have been with helping clients plan and form new businesses or sell existing businesses. The excitement that clients bring when they meet with me the first time to discuss their ideas for a start-up is very motivating. I enjoy seeing these businesses grow from a dream to a reality. Best work related advice given? "The harder you work, the luckier you get."




There is no client too big or too small. We handle all personal and commercial lines of insurance.

VIENRICH ALLSTATE AGENCY Luis Vienrich KNOWN FOR: Auto, boat, motorcycle, renters, home, umbrella, life and commercial insurance.

(904) 201-8090 559 W Twincourt Trail Suite 605

What are you known for? Keeping all your insurance needs under one roof, with a dedicated team that will make sure you are always properly protected and backed up by the "Good Hands" of Allstate, a company ranked #1 in customer satisfaction and with a top notch claims department. There is no too big or too small client, we handle all personal and commercial lines of insurance. What's the most rewarding part of your job? Being there for our clients when they need us the most and when I hear them say, "My prior agent never did this for me." We are not your typical agency, we work for you and we never forget about that. What is your competitive advantage? Our energy and desire to become the #1 agency in St Johns county. That is a commitment that I made to our staff, our

community, clients and my family. We know that to get there we have to make our clients always a priority. We have a diverse staff, fully bilingual and with a combined customer service experience of more than 100 years. How do you serve your community? Serving our community is something that we take very seriously. Our agency has participated in and created events that give to many non-profit organizations such as: Home Again, March of Dimes, The Humane Society, The Betty Griffin House, St Augustine School of Performing Arts, St Johns Cultural Council and others. In 2016 we are adding new and creative approaches that will continue giving to existing and new organizations in need. We are here to stay and grow with our local community and collaborate on the prosperity of all its members.





Shown here: (standing) John King, Scott Patrou, John Ginn (sitting) Sharon Maguire and Sunshine Dillard-Andriano

Seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

GINN & PATROU, P.A. John Ginn Scott Patrou KNOWN FOR: Being local Christian attorneys who operate with honesty and integrity

(904) 461-3000 770 A1A Beach Boulevard Suite D


What are you known for in your industry? Personalized service in the areas of Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Business Law. What's the most rewarding part of your job? Working alongside our clients to ensure that their legal goals are accomplished. Estate planning is particularly rewarding because we are able to give our clients comforting guidance, and provide peace of mind to those left behind. How are you involved in the community? Both John Ginn and Scott Patrou are members of Rotary International and frequently volunteer with the Anastasia Baptist Church's Youth Program. Scott Patrou is a board member of the St. Johns County Young Lawyers Division, and John Ginn is a Board

Member of the Hope for Haiti Foundation, a locally founded organization which supports an orphanage in Haiti. Sunshine DillardAndriano is a member of the St. Johns Association of Women Lawyers, and the Historic Coast Real Estate Counsel. What do you do to stay on the cutting edge of your field? As a firm we frequently attend continuing legal education courses in our areas of practice and receive periodicals keeping us up to date with changes in the law. What is your competitive advantage over others in your industry? Using a team approach to every case which provides clients with creative solutions to solve legal problems, and staying up to date with cutting edge technology.






KNOWN FOR: Offering choices for Homeowners, Auto, Flood, Business, Umbrella and Boat Insurance What motivates you in the workplace? I'm motivated simply because I absolutely love this business and the challenges Florida presents from an insurance perspective. The Florida insurance marketplace is very different from the rest of the country. I enjoy educating our clients on these differences and coming up with effective solutions to deliver a great customer experience. What is your competitive advantage over others in your industry? We simply have more choices than other agencies. Our agency is basically a retail insurance shop with numerous carrier options for each product which gives our clients a true shopping experience. Clients deserve choices and we give them that. How do you stay up-to-date in your industry? We have our pulse on the industry by meeting with the companies we represent, talking with our association in Tallahassee about upcoming changes, and understanding the complexities facing FEMA and their numerous challenges. We also have great relationships with other Brightway agencies which allow us to share ideas and develop new strategies for our challenging marketplace. What has been the most rewarding experience in your job? The most rewarding experience in my job, is seeing firsthand, the culture we have created in our agency to deliver our clients the best possible customer experience. Our team is composed of amazing, unselfish people who go the extra mile for our clients and it is truly inspiring to watch them in action.

(904) 217-7547 1975 A1A South, Suite B

Our agency is basically a retail insurance shop with numerous carrier options for each product which gives our clients a true shopping experience.





ANCIENT CITY ACCOUNTING Kim Fader KNOWN FOR: Bookkeeping services, QuickBooks training and tax preparation for both businesses and individuals.

What is your competitive advantage in your industry? Our competitive edge is being able to communicate with our clients. Accounting and taxes are very personal and sometimes make people uncomfortable. We work hard at putting our clients at ease by answering their questions and helping them to understand the things they want and need to know. Many of our customers, are first time business owners; Ancient City Accounting is here to get them started off on the right foot. If a personal tax client receives a letter from the IRS, that can be very scary so we help put them at ease. What has been the most rewarding experience of your job? When I see my clients succeed. I've watched a young lady go from having a small shop downtown to now owning her own building where she and her husband run a very successful retail store and also have a line of wholesale items they sell to other retail shops. This is what makes our community shine, and I enjoy being part of it. What is the best work related advice you were ever given? My first boss in the accounting field told me, "if you make a mistake admit it and correct it." Nobody is perfect, so if we do make a mistake we own up to it and make it better. What are your long term business goals? To provide quality, dependable services to our clients while continuing to help our staff grow and achieve their goals.

(904) 342-7171 200 Malaga Street Suite 3

We provide our clients with Bookkeeping Services, QuickBooks Training and tax preparation for both businesses and individuals.





Our goal is to educate clients by identifying problem areas, discussing affordable protection, and helping them maintain and grow the solutions they have established with us.


STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENCY Perry Unwalla KNOWN FOR: Whether it's insuring your car or home, starting a life insurance plan, or looking at better mortgage options, we can do it all!

(904) 461-5400 3791 A1A South Suite A

What are you known for? Our company, State Farm, is well known as the industry leader in insurance and financial services. They provide us with a platform of products that can assist, protect, and grow a client's household. Where we differentiate ourselves is by providing the personal service that is so lacking in today's world. Most people think of insurance as a commodity, but we see it very differently. We view insurance as part of your overall financial plan to protect and enhance your life and lifestyle. What is your competitve advantage over others in your industry? We have something that is unique in today's world: the ability to connect with clients on a personal one-on-one basis AND still offer the benefits of tremendous financial strength, convenience, and the latest in technology and on-line convenience. We offer an array

of products that go beyond just insurance... into banking, financial services, and retirement planning. The beauty is we can offer all of these through one office, with one agent, and an array of specialists to individually cater to a client's needs. What motivates you in the workplace? Plain and simple, every day I am driven by a passion to be with and to assist people! There is something special in helping a client protect those they love and the things they own, but also in helping them achieve their goals. With our agency we have power to protect, influence, and positively impact others. We often tell clients, that outside of an emergency room doctor, one of the most important people in your life is your risk advisor. His or her advice can protect you from the ill effects of a large loss, guide you through a claim, and help you achieve the financial goals you've set for your family.





Helping those in need is our external motivation, but internally we are motivated by the belief that hard work is the keystone for success.

TAYLOR & TAYLOR Brad Waldrop Clyde M. Taylor, Jr. Clyde M. Taylor III Dedicated to helping our community with hard work and integrity.

(904) 687-1630 2303 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd. Suite L St. Augustine, FL


What are the firm's core values? We genuinely care about our clients regardless of the legal dilemma that pushed them through our doors. We identify our clients' best interests after a complete evaluation of all legal options and a thorough costbenefit analysis. We firmly believe in zealous advocacy and uncompromising commitment to our core value--integrity. How has your experience helped your practice? Our litigation experience in cases where a human life is literally at stake has shaped our approach to all cases. We represent accused persons that are facing lengthy potential prison sentences and even the death penalty. This responsibility has trained us to examine the fine details of every case, develop complex litigation strategies,

and appreciate the nuances of any legal predicament. How are you involved in the community? Clyde M. Taylor III has coached high school football for the past 8 years. He also serves on the City of St. Augustine Code Enforcement and Appeals Board and the Lincolnville Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board. Brad Waldrop is an Advisory Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Augustine. Our attorneys also regularly volunteer with St. Johns County Legal Aid and provide pro bono services to those in need. What has been the most rewarding experience in your job? Obtaining justice for those who need it most.




The success of our clients is the foundation of our firm’s success.

W.H. O'CONNELL AND ASSOCIATES, P.A. Henry O'Connell, CPA KNOWN FOR: Being a no-nonsense, direct and to the point CPA to all my clients and peers.

(904) 829-0082 2825 Lewis Speedway Suite 104

What are you known for in the industry? Our firm provides services to a vast array of clients that includes Governmental Entities, Non-profits, Individuals, Estates, Trusts, Limited Liability Companies and every form of Corporation. The one resonating fact about me with all my clients and peers is that I am a nononsense, direct and to the point CPA. What motivates you in the workplace? There are many things that motivate me in the workplace. Seeing our clients continued success, seeing the growth of the firm, and the drive to be the best firm for our clients and our community are the driving force behind who I am and who we are as a firm at W.H. O’Connell & Associates PA. What are your long term goals as a business? As a firm I would like to see to a continued expansion of our practice and client base while maintaining the small firm feel. In addition, we

are moving towards opening a second location in Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville in the next few years. What are your competitive advantages over other businesses in your industry? Because we are a smaller firm, the partners have direct contact with our clients through all aspects of their accounting and tax needs. Based on our client’s feedback they really feel more comfortable with the smaller firm and the efficient and direct contact with the partners versus the interaction they have received at a larger CPA firm. Therefore I believe our smaller size gives us an advantage over the larger firms in our industry. What is the best work related advice you were ever given? Years ago I was told by my father, in a business, “always remember you are there for the clients and without the clients you won’t be there.” I have always acted that way and have that expectation for my staff.


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Channeling her artistic and architectural expertise, Sylvi Herrick transformed the worst house on the best street into a marsh-side dream home for her family. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Ed Taylor


Moroccan cement tiles line the entryway and the master bath. These unconventional tiles are representative of the Spanish influence in the area, and are made of sand and cured outside in the sun. Hand-chiseled Moroccan tiles also add a creative backsplash touch to the kitchen. Tile work by Josh Eberling at Eberling Designs.



ight years ago, California dwellers Sylvi Herrick and Matthias Herzog were itching for a change of environment and scenery, and quickly found themselves fixated on St. Augustine. “We wanted to move to a small town, on the water, where the water is warm, and where there’s a college [I could teach at]. Plus, I wanted to ride my bike to work. St. Augustine is kind of it,” said Sylvi. And so, they set out across the country with a lofty ambition. As if their move from Oakland wasn’t a daunting enough undertaking, they decided to do something monumental — transform what they considered to be the worst house on the best street into their family dream home. Together, utilizing Sylvi’s artistry, fashion design background, interest in 3D arts, and Matthias’s engineering background and solar technology savvy, they executed what is now their Water Street estate along the marsh. “We knew we wanted to find an old house that we could update with everything technologically forward, but keep all the old elements and character,” said Sylvi.


At the time of their purchase, the home was in such a poor state, those who knew it assumed it was left for dead and bulldozerready. After some waiting, this property that had been in the same family for 100 years, became Sylvi and Matthias’s. And so began the transformation of this two-story, vacant shell. Because the home had no preexisting architectural detail, Sylvi was given a blank canvas to work with. ARCHITECTURAL ARTISTRY As a child, Sylvi received hands-on building experience working with her carpenter grandfather. “I grew up banging nails with him,” she said. This seed planted early on found its growth through Sylvi’s interest in 2D and 3D design, and her experience in fashion school. “A house is really like clothing. All the seams are on the inside. I actually think fashion is more complicated than houses because clothes have to move,” she said. Architecturally speaking, Sylvi has spent time working directly alongside an architect during her 15 years of teaching. And having previously renovated a California bungalow, Sylvi developed an innate understanding of what it takes to bring a project of such

Details Residents: Sylvi Herrick and Matthias

Herzog; their daughters Noora and Siena; pets: Lucky the pug (dog) and Luna (cat) Amenities: 5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms Size: 3,000 sq. ft. Features: sunroom, master bath, and art studio additions; marsh view Originally Built: late 1890s Remodel Year: 2008 Architectural Design: Sylvi Herrick Structural Work: A.D. Davis Landscape: stone work by Country Scapes; grass and irrigation by Southern Horticulture

We knew we wanted to find an old house that we could update with everything technologically forward, but keep all the old elements and character.

The kitchen countertop was a piece created locally using coquina and select shells. It was brought into the home and installed in a single piece.



Light fixtures and other eclectic finds have been collected from the range of places Sylvi has inhabited, be it a piece sourced from afar, or a thrift store down the street from her house in Oakland.

magnitude to life. “If you’ve done these projects before, you know what’s possible,” she said. “I know how long it takes to put in five toilets. And I know how long it takes to tile a certain amount of space.” As a result, the revival time was a rapid-fire six months, start to finish. A CONSCIOUS TRANSFORMATION When they acquired the home, the rooms were closed off, and the space as a whole was compartmentalized. “We changed the shape but not the footprint, building up, and around,” explained Sylvi. Walls were were ripped out. Elements were exposed. A popcorn drop ceiling was removed. Barn-style beams were revealed. Original heart pine floors were unearthed, and finished by simply coating in beeswax. “Everything is about trying to keep things chemical free and natural,” said Sylvi.


In addition to installing new electrical, new plumbing, and swapping out windows to meet hurricane protection standards, one of the biggest advances in the home is the use of solar energy. Ninety percent of their home is powered by solar energy, thanks to Matthias’s background as a solar engineer. For the two, the use of solar is a no brainer decision. OPEN DOWNSTAIRS DWELLING Throughout the downstairs dwelling space, interior walls were opened up, allowing for a natural, uninterrupted flow from one room to the next. An expansive kitchen supports Sylvi’s love of cooking and entertaining. A back-pantry baking area turns into a bar when they host parties. In addition to the open living, kitchen, and dining space, the first floor includes a library, and an added Florida (sun)room, serving as an art oasis for Noora and Siena.

American Clay products line the walls of the first floor dwelling space, utilizing materials including oyster shells and natural plasters that not only breathe with the humidity, but add character. Plaster work throughout the home executed by Matt at Traditional Finishes.

INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONS The home tells a collective story of heritage and the places Sylvi and Matthias have experienced. Matthias is from Switzerland, while Sylvi has Estonian roots. Collectively and individually the two have traveled intensively, sourcing inspiration from around the world. Sylvi’s visual inspirations come from places she’s not only lived, but cultures she’s fully immersed herself in, such as Los Angeles, New York, and Japan. VOGUE-INSPIRED MASTER BATH Upstairs, situated directly above the Florida room is the addition of a master bath— a different type of oasis. The space blends classic touches like a sleek, free-standing bathtub, with an open, glass walk-through shower. The space incorporates Moroccan cement tiles and Venetian Plaster. Here, floor to ceiling windows mean not only an uninterrupted view of the marsh — on nights with a full moon, bath by moonlight is a reality.

STYLE ART SANCTUARY Climbing up a ladder takes you from the second floor sleeping quarters to a third floor addition — Sylvi’s art studio. This studio concept was a dream she had for her last home, and was finally able to bring to life. This is her spiritual place where all of her deepest and profound moments occur, and where she is creating work she considers her poetry — her paintings. Now that she’s finished with this dream home renovation, becoming known for her paintings is the last thing remaining on Sylvi’s bucket list. In her latest body of work she’s setting out to explore subjects including feminist issues, sexuality, and race. View her work here:




When you live on the waterways of St. Augustine where the marshgrass meets the land, its the perfect place to hop on a paddle board and explore.

Above: The View from the backyard looks directly out to what locals call "bird island" and the mouth of the St. Augustine Inlet. Right: For a downtown property, this home features plenty of land. In the front yard a stone path leads from the main residence to a guest house where Sylvi's parents stay when visiting.

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BRITTANY ALPHONSO Never did this St. Augustine native think motherhood would lead to achieving her childhood professional dream. Brittany Alphonso, owner and designer at children's brand Banana Bread Baby is the founder of the much anticipated St. Augustine Fashion Week happening this March. Photography by Brian Miller Most Interesting People I'm Following on Twitter I'm personally an Instagram fan! I love seeing the images shared that inspire artistry and like minded creatives. I really love following @charmschoolvintage! Bookmarked Blogs Keiko Lynn and The College Prepster Last Great Movie I Watched Star Wars the Force Awakens - great movie! Favorite Magazine Vogue, DISfunction Magazine (based in Miami!), Glamour, Martha Stewart Living, People Guilty Media Pleasure Checkout-line gossip magazines... especially the super cheesy National Enquirer. Reading Now I unfortunately don't make time to read full length novels, horrible I know. My brain just needs constant hands on creativity. I am a fan of magazine interviews, biographies, astrology and real life events. Current YouTube Obsession BuzzFeedVideo keeps me in stitches! Plus any funny cat video, really.

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Rising Star

AYLA GRAY Assisted by her family, seven-year-old Ayla Gray is already a business owner taking steps to give back to the community. Walking on the beach with her four dogs, Alya’s mother, Molly Cones, taught her “treasure was meant to be found by a creative eagle eye.” The first necklace Ayla made was with a simple nut strung onto a ball chain. Shortly thereafter, Ayla’s Industrials was born.

With a clever eye for design and a helping hand from her supportive family, Ayla is able to create original, one of a kind pieces. Through her business, this young entrepreneur is learning the act of generous gift giving. Ayla, in addition to her expert creativity, holds an enormous amount of love in her heart for animals. Fifty percent of every purchase goes to local animal shelters – Ayla's way of ensuring deserving dogs find new homes in our community.

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Where do you find the items you use in your jewelry? Ayla: On the ground at the beach, mostly I find them in parking lots. Molly: Since Ayla was two, she and I spent a lot of time collecting sharks teeth at the beach and walking our dogs. On numerous dog walks, Ayla would find “treasure” on the ground. What made you decide to start making jewelry with the treasures you found? Ayla: Because no one ever did it before. And, some people like old, rustic nuts and bolts, and never had the idea to make them into jewelry.


Molly: One day, her stepmom had on a ball chain necklace with a simple nut as the charm. I asked her right away where she got such a cool, industrial piece and she said Ayla made it for her! She found the nut on the ground, found the chain in her Dad’s garage toolbox and her first piece was born. Not too long after that, Ayla found me a large rusted nut buried in the ground and I too put it on a ball chain. Her stepmom and I layered her pieces and more and more people asked where we got them. That’s when Ayla’s Industrials formed. What is your family’s role in Ayla’s Industrials? Ayla: They help with the

stamping and putting the tags on. Sometimes they help with making the jewelry if we have a lot of sales. Molly: Both Amber Seay, her stepmom, and myself are actively involved with the marketing and photo productions. Her Dad makes all the stands for the boutiques that carry her collection. 50% of each $32 necklace goes to the animal shelter, which one? Ayla: We split the money with the animal shelter that my dog Nikko came from. You can find Ayla's Industrials at Anchor Boutiquey on


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VANESSA STARLING A magical, welcoming atmosphere ushers in customers through the door of All Books and Comics. Rows of plastic-sleeved pulp fantasies with flashy, colorful covers draw in potential readers. The aroma of fresh ink and crisp pages meanders from classic novels and heroic fiction. This small store, the only one of its kind in St. Augustine, hosts the likes of Batman and Superman. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell


omic books certainly are the focus of All Books and Comics, however, that was not always the case.

According to Vanessa Starling, the store owner, the shop was not always the showcase for mutants and super-powered people. “I opened the store in 1986 with just books, no comics,” says Starling. “The store was originally named the Book Exchange and was located downtown near the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.” The store offered more traditional books and novels. It was only by a stroke of fate that comic books were introduced into the store’s stock. It all began when an elderly lady entered the store carrying a small bag of comics that had been left behind by her children. The woman brought the books to the Book Exchange, but at that time, the store didn’t carry comic books. “I didn’t really have a place for those books at that time so I just


put them away. The books sat in that bag for six months before I looked at them again,” says Starling. Deciding to make a small profit from the used books, she placed the previously stored comics on the front counter and charged 50¢ each. To her surprise, the comics were a huge hit and sold quite easily. “One day a customer told me that although he appreciated the price of the used comics, they were worth a lot more than what I was selling them for,” says Starling. “And something that I have seen even to this day, is that comic book readers are typically very honest and intelligent people.” Heeding the advice of her customers, Vanessa Starling researched the price of the used comic books and raised the prices accordingly. The increased price did not deter the book sales nor the demand

for more selections from eager customers. Motivated by the call for more comics, Starling immediately ordered a few select titles. By 1988, the increased number of comic book clients caused Starling to add more comics to her shelves. That year the Book Exchange became All Books and Comics. Perfect timing too. The 90’s ushered in an explosion in comic book readership. “There was a huge boom for all comics across America!” states Starling. In 1992, readers were shocked by the death of one of the most iconic of all comic book heroes, Superman. “The Death of Superman made mainstream America aware of comics,” says Starling. That awareness brought about a surge in comic book sales from those wanting to read and or collect the unimaginable story arc. The demand for the Death of Superman also led readers to buy other new and exciting titles from DC, Marvel, and the newly-founded Image comics. All Books and Comics profited greatly during that time, which pleased Starling immensely. Sadly, with the rise of a thing must come the eventual fall.

Spurred by speculation, the market was flooded with the Death of Superman and other monumental story arcs from other publishers. Values in these books dropped drastically toward the end of the 90s, and a great decline in readers soon followed. The comic book boom was over, but it would not see the end of Starling’s book store. Long after the 1990’s comic eruption, All Books and Comics is still the lone comic book store of St. Augustine. “I have seen several comic book stores come and go during my time,” says Starling. “Many were started by some really nice people who loved comics. However, to be successful one must first be a good business manager.” With a welcoming smile, she listens to and advises her customers and she makes their satisfaction a priority. That charisma and dedication to the customers have aided in the survival of All Books and Comics when many similar stores have vanished. When

With a welcoming smile, Vanessa Starling listens to and advises her customers and she makes their satisfaction a priority. That charisma and dedication to the customers have aided in the survival of All Books and Comics when many similar stores have vanished. Good thing, too. Today, a new surge in comic related media is emerging.

asked how it’s been for the only comic book store in St. Augustine, Starling replies with a chuckle, “Well, it’s been great!” A new surge in comic related media is emerging. Blockbuster movies and highlyrated television shows like The Avengers, Man of Steel, and The Flash renewed interest in the comic book format. When asked if comic book-based shows and movies have affected her business, Starling says excitedly, “The Walking Dead trade paperbacks have been huge! I’ve sold hundreds because of that show.”

many readers are still hungry for the tales of fists, aliens, and invincible heroes. Luckily, Vanessa Starling and All Books and Comics will be there to deliver the Pow! and the Bang! to readers across St. Augustine.

While technology seems to reign supreme,

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Family Favorites

THE SCHMIDT FAMILY This busy family of six loves family fitness, watching college football in their Pelican Reef home and kicking back from their active lifestyle to relax on the beach. Photography by Bethany Walter Meet the Schmidt family. Chris met Jules in 1990 at Florida State University through mutual friends. Instant attraction sparked a fairytale romance leading to their marriage just 11 months after their meeting. Jules, owner of Blue Fire Yoga Teacher Training School, and Chris, Chief Operating Officer at Flagler Hospital, traveled the world during Chris' military career before eventually settling down in St. Augustine in 2014. After a long period of heart-breaking infertility, the couple had their first two children before eventually adopting a third and The Schmidt Family fourth. Their eldest kids, Raya and Ryan, attend St. Augustine High pictured from left: Cali School, where they are active in the 12, Ryan 16, Jules (Mom) music, theatre and arts programs 45, Chris (Dad) 47, Raya while Cali and Leah make their mark 17, Leah 12 in middle school.

On Sundays you'll find us...

Attending Celebration Church in Jacksonville mid morning. We always have a family meal on Sunday evenings. We like to grill or we order sushi (reminder of our days we lived in Okinawa during Chris' military career.)

When we have outof-town guests, we always... Take them to

the beach of course! Also, we always head to Cap's on the Water for dinner – they have such a great atmosphere. Downtown is a must for unqiue shopping.


Favorite Dessert Spot...

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops. With a family of 6, we need plenty of options. Their variety of popsicles do the trick!

When we're not at home, we're usually...

Favorite Place to Let the Kids Loose... We really take advantage

of the beautiful beaches in the area. The kids enjoy boogie boarding, surfing and fishing from our boat.

Active aroud town. Jules teaches yoga and barre classes at The Yoga Box while Chris, Ryan, Raya and Leah get their work out on at DRiV Fitness. Cali loves afterschool Tae Kwan Do at North Florida Martial Arts.


Every wall in Andy and Joy’s Ponte Vedra Beach home is adorned with his oil paintings. His remarkable artistic talent might lead to the assumption that Andy is a career artist. Instead, it is a self-taught hobby. Only since retiring – at age 90 – has he had time to truly surrender to it.

he had time to truly surrender to it. For 60 years, this highly-esteemed retired medical doctor specialized in internal medicine and chest diseases in private practice in Jacksonville. He didn’t retire earlier because he loved what he was doing. So he just kept going. Now he feels the same about his passion for painting. “I’ll paint as long as I’m able. It’s my therapy.”

How I Got Here

ANDY ANDERSON St. John’s County provides endless inspiration for this doctor-turned-artist. Surrounded by beauty, why would Dr. Andy Anderson live anywhere else? By Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Rob Futrell


t 92, artist Andy Anderson has painted just about every subject – except a nude. His wife Joy says she’s not volunteering to be

are brought to stunning life by his photorealism style. His paintings of roses are so lifelike it’s as if you could reach out and catch a dewdrop before it drips from a petal.

his subject.

“When he paints, he’s too good; too precise with every detail,” she laughs. That’s truly an understatement. While some blurriness may be more flattering for a portrait au natural, other subjects


Every wall in Andy and Joy’s Ponte Vedra Beach home is adorned with his oil paintings. His remarkable artistic talent might lead to the assumption that Andy is a career artist. Instead, it is a self-taught hobby. Only since retiring – at age 90 – has

The Art of Medicine Andy was born Augustus E. Anderson, Jr. in Jacksonville on Dec. 28, 1923. When he graduated from high school, he was still too young to enlist for WWII, so he worked in a shipyard building wooden decks on minesweepers. But he had bigger dreams. Getting accepted into the U.S. Navy’s V12 program enabled him to attend Emory University to study pre-med. He then earned his Medical Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. This eclectic locale proved inspirational for his later paintings of jazz and blues musicians such as Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong and John Lee Hooker. He remained in New Orleans for his internship and residency, but returned to Jacksonville to practice medicine from 1953 to 2013. Just a few highlights of his illustrious career include more than 65 published scientific articles in prominent medical

“OILS ON CANVAS TAKE A LONG TIME TO DRY, SO I HAVE TIME TO GO BACK AND GET IT RIGHT... I’LL PAINT AS LONG AS I’M ABLE. IT’S MY THERAPY.” research journals, and serving as a Consultant to the Surgeon General Advisory Committee on “Smoking and Health” in 1964. His family has always enjoyed a strong connection to St. Augustine. Andy’s parents, Gus, Sr. and Alma, lived in St. Augustine in the 1920s. When Andy’s kids were young, they loved visiting the Old Jail, the merrygo-round and feeding the fish at the Santa Maria Restaurant. After the death of his wife Sandra, he married Joy in 1998. Between them they have eight children, 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Natural Talent Growing up, Andy knew he had some natural artistic talent, but never had any formal instruction. Turns out he didn’t need it. He first tried painting in the 1970s, inspired – or dared – by Sandra.

“Sandra was the artist. But I’d watch her work and tell her,’ you should do it this way or that.’ Finally, she said,’ then why don’t you do it yourself,’” recalls Andy. So he did. Through trial and error, and the forgiving medium of oils, he discovered and developed his talent. “Oils on canvas take a long time to dry, so I have time to go back and get it right,” Andy says. Now he paints daily. Sometimes all day long. His daughter Robin Anderson, a St. Augustine resident, takes many of the photographs he uses for inspiration. “He’ll ask me to take a photograph for his next painting and he’s very specific of what he wants,” she says. “There isn’t anything he hasn’t tried to paint that he doesn’t wind up doing well. There’s just so much richness in his paintings. So

much amazing detail.” Her brother Bill also takes photo assignments from their father. Robin handles her father’s website, painting and book sales, and gallery showings. She is currently working on finding the right art gallery in St. Augustine’s historic district to display the art collection. Roses and Reflections Andy says he paints “most anything.” If he had to name one specialty, though, it is roses. Joy used to grow magnificent roses and Andy has painted every variety. Even with so many medical and artistic accomplishments, Andy says that’s not what completes the portrait of his life. His heart and pride belong to his “wonderful wife and incredible children.”




MEGAN WALL Spending every day as a friend and advocate to the elderly, poor and disabled in St. John's County keeps this attorney busy and smiling. By Amanda LaConte | Photography by Brian Miller



awyers are advocates by definition (a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or cause), and St. Johns County Legal Aid particularly embodies the spirit of advocacy. St. Johns County Legal Aid is the St. Augustine branch of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), an exclusively pro-bono firm that has been handling general civil cases for the poor, elderly and disabled in the community since 1937. In addition to the full time attorneys employed by JALA in their three locations – Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Green Cove Springs – numerous local private attorneys use JALA to administer their voluntary pro-bono work. Megan Wall is a full time lawyer employed by St. Johns County Legal Aid who chose her career because she wanted to “walk the walk,” not just “talk the talk.” She explained that she is most happy when she feels like


she’s being of service to others saying, “I want to be on my deathbed looking back at my time on Earth and say at least I did my best to help those I could – as that is what I think we are all here to do.” Types of Cases St. Johns County Legal Aid handles cases involving community development, consumer issues, education issues, family law, elderly law, employment and unemployment, housing and fair housing, health issues, public benefits, mental health and immigration. Their work has had a direct positive impact on the community in many ways. One example occurred during the downward economic spiral, when Legal Aid worked with other volunteer lawyers and the St. Johns Housing Partnership to save more homesteads from foreclosure than any other community. Per Ms. Wall, the partnership between Legal Aid and local social service agencies is a being used as a

model in other communities. Who is Eligible for Legal Aid? Clients must meet financial eligibility guidelines to be considered for JALA’s probono legal services. The general income range for consideration is within 125% to 187.5% of the poverty line, although clients below 125% can be considered as well. Program units that are not based on income level are the fair housing unit, the Ryan White (HIV/AIDS) unit, the immigration unit and the Title III (elderly) unit. How is it Funded? Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is funded by a combination of federal, state, city and county grants in addition to generous donations from private and corporate donors. Interested supporters can donate funds or property, create an endowment for one of JALA’s programs or leave a bequest in their will. More information on these opportunities can be found on the Donations page of JALA’s website. Attorneys interested in donating their time and talent can contact the office for more information. 222 San Marco Avenue, Suite A (904) 827-9921

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DEWEY VIA Playing an average of seven shows in St. Augustine each week, this musician's decade-long Oldest City music career isn't slowing down anytime soon.


o matter where you go, if you find yourself someplace with a vibrant live music scene, like we have here in St. Augustine, there’s always one performer who seems to be attached at the hip to the town. There’s always that one guy who everyone knows and who always seems to be playing somewhere. In St. Augustine, that guy is Dewey Via. Originally from the small town of Ettrick, Virginia, Dewey first found his way to St. Augustine about ten years ago. For the last ten years he’s played countless shows in an impossible number of venues in town, always with a guitar in hand.

Written and photographed by Steve Parr Dewey first got interested in music around the age of eight, and that interest has never waned. He made his living as a plumber in Virginia until 2005 and also served as a worship leader at his church for 13 years. He decided to move to St. Augustine and throw caution to the wind to pursue music full time. The pace he keeps as a performer isn’t an easy one; his typical schedule has him playing as many as seven shows in five days (he treats himself to Tuesdays and Wednesdays off). His biggest challenge, he says with tongue planted firmly in his cheek, is being tired all the time.

When asked about his most memorable gig, Via says, very matter of factly, “The last gig I did”. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that it’s hard for him to pick out a favorite after performing so many. His current performance schedule is as diverse as it is enjoyable, and you can find him in all corners of town. While Dewey most often performs solo, he also fronts two bands which perform a mix of Dewey’s original songs and covers. The Dewey Via Band (affectionately known a “The DVB”) and Moses Creek Band can be found at Tradewinds on Sunday and Monday nights, respectively. Of course, that Sunday night gig is after his Sunday afternoon show at Mi Casa on St. George. The most enjoyable thing about watching Dewey Via perform is that there’s probably no one in town with a repertoire as deep and expansive. Go ahead and feel free to throw out a request. Chances are he knows it. Ask him what he likes most about being a musician in St. Augustine and his answer comes quickly: “I love the fact that there’s quality music and art around every historical corner, and I’m honored to be a part of that scene”. When you watch him perform, it’s pretty evident that there’s nothing he’d rather do more. Dewey’s interaction with his audience is natural and comfortable, like hanging out with a buddy on your front porch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. “I perform with the hopes of making someone feel what they need to feel”. It’s difficult to find anything wrong with that. Find Dewey at: DeweyViaSingerSongwriterMusician





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Driving a Legacy This small business owner and family man is carrying on the family legacy by simply doing what he does best — buying and selling unusual, fine cars. By Sarah McCartan | Photography by Rob Futrell

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The showroom at Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars is the opposite of what one might expect of a car dealership. Dim lighting sets a relaxed mood. Reclaimed wood touches and a metal roof add a classic feel. A handful of fine cars are intentionally positioned around the room, including a Corvette with the hood open, allowing for a look at the nuts, bolts, and the force that drives this machine. Music plays in the background. Surf paraphernalia lines the walls. Out front is a collection of less than 30 select cars for show and sale. It’s approachable and unassuming here. It’s anything but over the top. And it’s everything one could hope a car buying experience would be. It’s a setting and an ambiance that embodies the personality and character traits of owner Rhys Slaughter, a down to earth family man committed to the thing he loves to do, and has proven to do successfully.


“I do one thing really well — buying and selling really nice cars,” said Rhys. Rhys has been going to car auctions since he was 10, and buying cars since the ripe age of 16.

the footsteps of his family, Rhys’ grandfather Lee F., started his own new car franchises in small-town Smyrna, Delaware in 1948, selling Ford, Chevrolet, Lincoln, and Studebaker.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, this Flagler alumnus is carrying on the family legacy, putting his own spin on the business of supplying the local community with a selection of unusual, fine used cars. Think Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Land Rover, all with low miles, minimal changing of hands between owners, clean records, and representing a range of price points.

“It was a small town. He sold everyone their cars. Even the police officers were driving around in his Studebakers,” said Rhys. Factory warranties weren’t exactly a thing of the time period. And as a result, Lee F. eventually found himself in the position of fixing as many cars as he was selling.

IT’S IN HIS BLOOD Cars are in Rhys’ bloodline, and have been since long before he was born. Following in

“He would sell them, and then he would fix them,” said Rhys. “He built his reputation this way, but it was breaking him to continue selling new cars when he was spending his time fixing them.”

The Legacy of Lee F.

Perfect for company branding and a true reflection of his personal style, you will often spot Rhys driving around town in this classic Falcon Club Wagon complete with fuzzy dice. It may not be the most practical family mobile, with its missing modern safety features like airbags and head rests, but it's the ideal beach mobile. And that'll due.

After a long period of success in the new car business, Lee F. shifted his focus to used cars, a move that seemed a bit taboo. Then, a car was considered disposable by the time it reached 80 or 100,000 miles. Nowadays, they are just getting started. Much like the cars Rhys buys and sells today, Lee F. had an eye for unusual, low mileage cars. The shift to selling such vehicles was a move that paid off and kick-started the fine, used car buying and selling empire his son Mark — Rhys’s father — would build upon. Though it was Lee F. who built the foundation and reputation, it was Mark who really put the family business on the map and took it to the next level.

In the 1970s, when Lee F.’s health left him unable to continue to run the show, Mark stepped up and took over the business, and moved it to Dover, Delaware. Here he erected a new, iconic dealership, specializing in Corvettes, muscle cars, and vehicles that are now almost untouchable money-wise. “He was really immersed in the whole car culture and was looked to as an authority,” said Rhys. “Everyone in the area knew the name for years and years, and for miles and miles. The caliber of cars went up. He built a huge business. As a result, he worked ding to dong, nine to nine, seven days a week. He went at it very hard.”

Although Rhys wasn’t able to get to know his grandfather to the level he hoped during Lee F.’s lifetime, he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hear stories from his grandfather’s best friend who lived well into his 90s. The stories suggest that Rhys is living out his life in a similar fashion to Lee F., from what he likes to wear to the cars he chooses to drive. Rhys attests to the fact that Lee F. was the epitome of a daredevil. “He was far more of a loose cannon than I am,” said Rhys. He regularly flew his private plane under powerlines, landing on back roads. He once drove a motorcycle off a dock into a lake and left it at the bottom. Beyond his adventurous nature, Lee F. was a reputable business man. Though the car industry has shifted leaps and bounds since Lee F.’s time, today Rhys keeps the emphasis on family, quality, and running an upstanding business. The result? A trusted, no gimmicks kind of operation.



At one point during college, Rhys returned to Rehoboth for a time, to help his dad manage the business. At that point, the operation had grown to once again include a number of employees. As a result, Rhys found himself putting in more than 80 hours a week, which was enough to help him determine that if he ever ran his own business, he would keep it small and have a lean crew.

COASTING SOUTH Since he was a kid, Mark loved surfing as much as he loved cars. This love took Mark and his family to the coast of Delaware, and then eventually all the way to the East Coast of Florida. When Rhys was late into his elementary school years, his dad’s love of surfing and longing to be near the water led their family from inland Delaware to Rehoboth Beach. Here Mark bought a farmhouse that had been used as a fruit stand. He turned this newly acquired rental space into a modest dealership, starting by placing a handful of classic cars out front with for sale signs on them. “It was a 100-year-old place with a couple of garage doors,” said Rhys. “He would leave a sign on the door that said something like “in Dover - be back by appointment after 6pm’” The cars went like hotcakes. As they sold, he continued to add more, and as those sold, came even more. Within a month he decided to close Dover and opened full-time in Rehoboth. It was surfing that led the Slaughter family to Rehoboth. And it was surfing that ultimately destined them for another coastal town, this time farther south — St. Augustine. When it came time for Rhys to consider colleges, he embarked upon a father-son surfing trip. First along the West Coast.


Then down the East Coast. “The College of Charleston was supposed to be the last school I looked at, until dad said, “We haven’t looked at Flagler. I responded, ‘ Where’s St. Augustine?’ ” As soon as they arrived in St. Augustine, Rhys felt at home. “It felt just like the town I grew up in, but warmer. I fell in love right away.” Where Rhys led, his family eventually followed. Immediately after graduating from Flagler College in 2008, Rhys put his knowhow and love for surfing to use, working for Pit Surf Shop. His parents’ desire to be where it was warm, drove them to follow Rhys to St. Augustine and retire here. Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars was put to rest — at least temporarily.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rhys may look like a natural in these photos but he was as bashful as a boy could be. For someone that doesn't like having their picture taken and not showy at all, the camera sure does love him! We're super appreciative he let us take over his space and put him on the cover of this issue. Thanks Rhys!

Despite his newfound retirement, Mark went ahead and obtained his Florida business license, in case he decided to buy and sell a car here and there. A NEW GENERATION All it took was Rhys returning to auction with his dad just once, and the rush of the car buying experience came back. “It came out of nowhere. I thought it was in the past,” admitted Rhys. “As soon as I got there, I felt that adrenaline — getting pumped up about the cars. I came home that night and was like, shoot...I think I want to do this again.” A partnership opportunity opened up at a location on San Marco in 2013. “We were just going to sell a couple of cars on the lot,” said Rhys. Once it grew to be more than a couple of cars, Rhys was all in. “I only know how to do it one way. If I’m going to do it that way and sell that way, I knew it had to be Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars.” By 2014, Rhys decided to run the show. A

“I always saw Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars as what it was in Delaware. To start something here and watch it take off has been really neat. We’ve been in the green since day one which is really hard to do with a small business,” said Rhys. As of late summer 2015, Rhys made the move over to a new location on U.S. 1 which allows for a showroom and a space that is entirely his own. KEEPING TRUE & STAYING SMALL Throughout the multiple generations of Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars, although the preferences of the buyer has shifted generationally, the characteristics of the cars bought and sold remain the same. “I always look for the one and two owner cars, low mileage, no paintwork, no accidents, and clean history. Every car on my lot is going to meet these guidelines,” affirmed Rhys. As for the types of cars, “It’s cars people want to buy, not that they have to buy.”

We have a really cool community here where everybody does the support local, go local thing. People are willing to go out of their way to shop with the small business owner and eat with the small business owner..... I am very happy to be able to do business here, live here, work here, and have my family here. They would have to drag me out kicking and screaming. I’m not going anywhere.

new generation of the family business was born. And Rhys has been defying the odds of being a third generation business, ever since. “If you consider this a third generation business, statistically, I have a high rate of failure. Second generation businesses fail 60 percent of the time. Third generation businesses fail 90 percent of the time,” said Rhys. “Even though I am a third generation business, it’s a totally different state, business, and set up.” Immediately after introducing the St. Augustine community to Rhys’ own interpretation of Lee F. Slaughter Fine Cars, people wanted to do business with him, liked the cars, and the business organically accelerated.

Though Rhys certainly sells vehicles that can and do function as the sole car for transportation, the bulk of what he sells are considered toys. “I feel like I have a niche in the toys. I am selling a lot of people their third, fourth, and fifth fun car,” he said. Rhys still goes after many of the same types of cars as his forefathers, including Mercedes, Jaguars, BMW, Land Rovers, and Porsches. Though he keeps a couple of high end cars on hand, rather than stocking and selling toy cars with price tags upward of $50,000, Rhys would rather appeal to the middle market of individuals who are able to pay between $10,000 and $40,000 for a vehicle, and forgo having millions of dollars worth of inventory. He also makes a point to offer a handful of automobiles in the highly



Though Rhys certainly sells vehicles that can and do function as the sole car for transportation, the bulk of what he sells are considered toys. “I feel like I have a niche in the toys. I am selling a lot of people their third, fourth, and fifth fun car,” he said. On the day of our interview the showroom was full of classic cars waiting for their new homes.

accessible sweet spot — between $5,000 and $15,000. These decisions align with Rhys’ priority of keeping things manageable and staying small. “I saw dad do small, medium, and large. And to me, small makes the most sense. “I just want to keep the tiger by the tail and keep things controlled,” he said. “I know what I want to do — how I want to do things, and it works.” Ultimately, for Rhys, his idea of success includes low stress and the ability to lay his head down at night peacefully. “I am not looking to buy a yacht. I want to go home at 5pm and see my kid and experience the lifestyle St. Augustine has to offer. I like


being outside and doing things with my family.” His small-scale business approach means keeping a small inventory and small overhead. Rhys’ inventory typically includes between 25 to 30 automobiles, increasing as needed to keep up with demand. “If I sell five cars a month I’m happy; 10 I’m stoked, 15 then Merry Christmas, it’s wonderful.” Rather than running a rapid-fire car selling model, Rhys doesn’t haggle or hassle his customers, he simply sells cars in a straightforward manner.

work together and I try to keep it as low stress as possible. That’s why I’ve set it up the way I have.”

With the help of his dad, Rhys remains virtually a one-man show. Though Mark is still technically retired, he remains a valuable part of the business, and is part of the buying and selling with Rhys. “He helps me, but it feels more like we are hanging out together. Now it’s just fun we get to

Rhys is playing for keeps here in St. Augustine, that is, he considers this a forever kind of home. Today, Rhys and his immediate family, along with his parents and brother, all live on Anastasia Island. His immediate family now includes his wife Kelly, whom he met the second day

In addition to his dad’s involvement, Rhys’ “lean crew” as he refers to it, is a single, highly valuable employee — Jesse. “I’m happy with the lean crew I have right now. I was like that at the surf shop too. I would rather have someone like Jesse who works with me six days a week who is on his game and a jack of all trades.”

This cream puff teal Chevy Impala was on display inside the showroom of Lee F. Slaughter cars and was the perfect backdrop on the day of our photo shoot. It's a beauty like most every other car on the lot at the dealership. While vintage wheels could be considered a thing for the company, modern day "toys" like Jeeps, Mini Cooper and convertibles are a plenty.

of school at Flagler, and their seven-monthold son Gray. Rhys’ brother Breck also owns a notable small business on the island — Breck’s Beach Billboards. In addition to the support the Slaughter family has provided each other over the years, they’ve received the same support from the St. Augustine community. “We have a really cool community here where everybody does the support local, go local thing. People are willing to go out of their way to shop with the small business owner and eat with the small business owner,” said Rhys. “I am very happy to be able to do business here, live here, work here, and have my family here. They would have to drag me out kicking and screaming. I’m not going anywhere.” 2575 US 1 South

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THE REUBEN 'Tis the season for corned beef. Irish families around town will break out their slow cookers and stock up on cabbage. Not so in touch with Celtic roots? Enter Meehan's Irish Pub – everyone's Irish here, no brogue necessary. Looking to get your fill of homemade salty, cured meat goodness this St. Patrick's Day? Partner up with a classic Reuben: Cured Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, 1000 Island dressing, Swiss Cheese all on marble rye. With all the fixings, this dish is nothing short of a perfect lunch. 20 Avenida Menendez

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THE DISH Hummus Wrap + Fruit of Life Smoothie

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rave: a verb used to communicate the intense longing or hunger for a specific something. No matter what someone is referring to when they use this word, my thoughts and tastebuds immediately whisk me away to Riberia Street—the home of the one and only Crave Food Truck—a downtown lunch hotspot I couldn’t possibly stay away from even if I wanted to. Tucked away in the San Sebastián Marina, this lively, blue stationary food truck serves up a seemingly endless supply of local produce in the form of healthy, hearty wraps and salads, day in and day out. Crave’s menu takes on a build-yourown approach, meaning you are sure to end up with everything you could want in your dish — nothing more, nothing less. Because the menu is rooted in plants, no special accommodations or extra effort for vegetarians or vegans is needed here. Most Crave options are not just veg-friendly, they’re what I refer to as veg-ready. When it comes to ordering, Crave’s ever-changing “specials” chalkboard is meant to help guide your decision-making process. Spring for a daily special and swap ingredients to your liking, or start from scratch, selecting from ingredients


like greens, carrots, beets, beans, and seeds (oh my!). For under $10, enjoy your fill of a wrap large enough to share or save for seconds. Wash it down with one of Crave’s signature almond milk or coconut water-based smoothies, like The Funky Monkey (peanut butter, banana, and cacao nibs), or the berry-licious Fruit of Life. At Crave, show up to sit and stay in the covered picnic area situated directly alongside the water (my personal preference), or grab your food to go. All meals are served the same way — box-style. There’s something to be said about consistency, simplicity, and freshness, not to mention having the opportunity to talk to the upbeat, personable Andrés (owner) every single time you walk up to the window and order your food. Did I mention Andrés and his team always get it right? Added bonus. Feeling adventurous or just can’t make up your mind? Let Andrés and his team surprise you with a wrap of their choosing. Simply tell them if you’re vegan, vegetarian or have any food allergies and they will work their magic and leave you craving a repeat ASAP. 134 Riberia Street, (305)297-1885

Maduro Brown Ale Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL This roasty English brown ale features notes of chocolate and coffee. Pair this darker brew with rich cheeses like gouda and gorgonzola – they can hold their own. Available at Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House. 200 Anastasia Blvd. Matanzas Red River Ale Ancient City Brewing St. Augustine, FL A local take on a beer lover's favorite, this crowd-pleasing red ale should be on your radar. We're adding bonus points for the clever name on this hometown variety. Available at Ancient City Brewing Tap Room. 3420 Agricultural Center Dr, Ste 8 Stump Knocker Pale Ale Swamp Head Brewery Gainesville, FL An easy drinking ale with an extra dose of hops. Pair this kickin-the-pants beer with robust grilled meats or spicy dishes to balance flavors. Available at Salt Life Food Shack. 321 A1A Beach Blvd. I-10 IPA Intuition Ale Works Jacksonville, FL If you prefer an all out hoppy experience, this is the brew for you. Go for a hearty dish to balance the bitter flavor. Available at Gas Full Service Restaurant. 9 Anastasia Blvd, # C

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Culinary Character

SIMONE PARISI At Terra & Acqua, Owner and Chef Simone Parisi creates a casual, modern dining experience with authentic Italian cuisine inspired by land and sea. By Kara Pound | Photography by Rob Futrell


ocated in Sea Grove Town Center in St. Augustine Beach, Terra & Acqua (translation “land and water”) is one of the area’s newest additions to an ever-growing and refining restaurant scene. Opened in the spring of 2015, this family-owned and operated 200-seat eatery plus outdoor courtyard offers fresh, locally-sourced ingredients transformed by chef and owner Simone Parisi into authentic New World flavors. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Born in Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Parisi’s culinary creations have always been heavily influenced by his familial roots. His father’s side hails from Tuscany while his mother grew up in Emilia-Romagna, a region in Northern Italy. “My mom had three sisters,” Parisi explained. “I grew up with this authentic pasta making experience from one side and then the influence of cooking with seafood, steak and wild boar from the other side. It was the best of both worlds.” As a medical student on his way to becoming a dentist, Parisi was called on by his homeland for a one-year mandatory military service. During that time, he worked in a firehouse kitchen under a Michelin starred chef. It was there that Parisi abandoned his dreams of dentistry and began exploring a career in cuisine. “My mom was a marketing director for Conad grocery chain,” said Parisi. “Part of


Left: The Dining Room at Terra & Aqua is soaked in natural sunlight and warm with natural textures of wood and brick.

my training in Florence was that I worked in every department. I would do six months with a butcher in town, six months in produce and so forth. I also took smaller baking and pastry courses in Italy and eventually owned my own delicatessen.” Following a move to the United States in 1997, Parisi settled in Denver, Colorado and opened two restaurants. The first, appropriately named Parisi, was established in 1998 and has been regularly named as the best pizzeria in the city. The second, Firenze a Tavola, which translates to “Florence at your table,” was opened in 2006 and has made a name for itself as one of the area’s top fine dining locales. “I know Italian cuisine like I know my Italian wine,” Parisi explained. “This is what I know how to do. Over the past 18 years, I’ve been

exposed to a lot of different cuisines and techniques. Cuisine is always evolving. I like to create the traditional with a twist.” After visiting St. Augustine in 2010 while on vacation with his family, Parisi knew it was time for a change. Less than a year ago, Parisi and his wife, Monica, and two young sons, Matteo and Luca, chose a large restaurant space in the Nation’s Oldest City with an emphasis on catering to the locals. “I fell in love with this city at first sight,” said Parisi. “Coming from Europe where everything is old and people are always on the street walking, St. Augustine is the perfect place for our family. We’re 45 minutes from the airport, 50 minutes from horse country and right by the ocean.” During their trips, the Parisis would dine

A native to Italy, Parisi grew up with an authentic pasta making experience. You may have noticed a window into the kitchen at Terra & Aqua as you passby on A1A. Here the chefs make pasta fresh daily.

regularly at eateries like Cap’s On The Water, The Floridian, Culinary Outfitters and Casa Maya. And while they fell in love with each and every restaurant mentioned, it was evident that the area was in need of a “really good, modern Italian restaurant” as Parisi likes to put it. “We had bought a house in Sea Grove, and during one of our visits noticed a sign on the building where The Groove Café had been,” the chef explains. “We weren’t ready to open a restaurant yet, so passed on the opportunity. Then Mermaid Café opened in the space for a few months.” After that eatery closed, it was time for Parisi to make his move. “I was a bit nervous about their being so many restaurants that had closed in the same location,” he admits. “But I trust our concept as we’ve been really succcessful in Colorado, and decided to go for it. Today,

Terra & Acqua has become a fusion of everything I’ve learned up until now.” KEEPING IT LOCAL Though he still owns his two restaurants in Denver, Parisi’s focus over the past 10 months has been building Terra & Acqua into a St. Augustine favorite. “A lot of locals come here,” said Parisi. “I picked this location as a place for families to get together with large portions and an ever-changing range of specials.” Parisi buys from local seafood and meat purveyors and even allows them to dictate what specials he’ll be serving that night. From regional wild boar to his signature double stuffed pork chops to grouper pappardelle, the menu is an explosion of authentic flavors refined from decades of Italian tradition. “I still get to Italy at least once a year for

food and wine shows and to visit friends and family,” explained Parisi. “I consider myself self-made. School is really important, but the passion for learning is more.”

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Behind the Bar

ROGER LIM With a focus on healthy eats and local drinks, Roger Lim and his team at Brewz |n| Dawgz are committed to bringing new and exciting takes on American classics to St. Augustine. Photography by Brian Miller

Tending bar since: 1994 Opened up Brewz n Dawgz: July 2015 When did you get a taste for craft beers? I've been drinking European/Craft Beer since before I was supposed to be doing so legally. I really got a taste for the American Craft Beer movement in 1999 when my roommate at the time brought some beers back from Oregon and introduced me to Rogue!

Serving up clean eats and local brews isn't all this restaurant owner does. Roger and his team are dedicated to raising funds for charitable efforts, recycle appropriate restaurant waste, and offer local military, fire and police men and women discounts for their service.

Why all the local brews? Our entire concept is focused on offering locally and regionally as much as possible. So, why not introduce people to a wide array of beers from their own backyards that they may or may not have been aware of or able to get hold of? With 24 Florida crafts on draft, there is something for everyone!

hasn't had a good one that's right for them! I can narrow it down to taste by what they normally drink and then start the process of elimination by styles of beer and mood.

What's your favorite beer on tap? Radegast (Czech Pilsner) on tap is one of my all time favorites, but has not been available locally for many years. What kind of food can we munch on while trying all those beers? We focus on American comfort food specializing in a variety of gourmet style Franks, Brats and Sausages, as well as organic chili, organic french fries and house-made organic coleslaw, and everything we offer is as 'clean' as possible. We only use fresh or local organic/non-gmo ingredients and all of our meats are from real farms that are trusted


to provide the best humanely raised/grassfed meats without any antibiotics, hormones or nitrates/nitrites (except those that are naturally occurring from celery salt). We also offer many vegetarian/vegan and glutenfree options! How do you introduce the non-beer drinker or classic brew drinker to the new stuff? Anyone who says they don't drink beer, just

Most challenging part of your job? Being a business owner is always challenging and time consuming. Keeping up with the constantly changing draft line up and making sure it is up to standards. This usually means I have to test each beer we bring in. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it!

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Spot Check

CATCH 27 This downtown haven is a local favorite for seafood, cozy dining and its BYOB (wine, that is) policy. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr


here are fewer more satisfying experiences than finding some unearthed jewel of a restaurant in your own backyard. Just when you think you know about all of the “go to” places, another pops up. Well, that’s exactly what happened with Catch 27. If you're wondering about the name, it's actually pretty clever. "Catch", on a sign with a fish pictured on it, tells you it's a seafood restaurant first and foremost. The "27" tells us that the seafood they serve is all caught in the waters of Florida. Florida, you see, was the 27th state to join the union. "Catch 27". A clever mystery solved. The husband and wife team of Stephen and Lindsey Hutson first opened Catch 27 on


Beyond the menu, Catch 27 signature small dining room is what their followers have always loved them for. The new location right around the corner on Cuna Street, while a bit bigger, still delivers that cozy feeling everyone loves.

Left: New Location on Cuna Street Hypolita Street three years ago. Their success at that location has allowed them to move to the current Charlotte Street location at the beginning of December, opening the doors on December 4th. The Hutsons are very "hands on" as owners, and they take a very active role in interacting with their guests. In a time when it seems that so much emphasis is put on volume; moving through as many customers as possible, it's comforting and encouraging to see owners who respond to more than just the bottom line. In a town that suffers no shortage of restaurants, they truly appreciate that people choose to dine with them. Believe it or not, getting fresh ingredients is a bit more challenging than you might think. Stephen has to call his local seafood supplier at 2 o'clock in the morning to put in his order, and the fish, already cleaned and filleted, arrives at the restaurant later that morning after the fishing boats unload their catch. Unless you're standing on the dock when the

Location: 40 Charlotte Street Claim to Fame: Parking nearby, takes

reservations, BYOB (wine only) Fare: Local seafood Favorites on the Menu: Minorcan Clam

boats pull in, your seafood just isn't going to get it any fresher. Of course, having the freshest ingredients is only part of the equation. It takes a magician in the kitchen to bring it all together and, in the case of Catch 27, there are two: Mallory Byrne and Joshua Smith. Byrne has been with Catch 27 since 2013 and Smith is the former head chef at The Ice Plant. Catch 27 offers a quiet, comfortable dining atmosphere in historic downtown St. Augustine that would be perfect for either "date night" or for a group of friends. Everything about it says "Welcome, and thanks for dining with us." It's hard to ask for much more than that.

Chowder, Florida Piccata Hours: 11:30pm-8:30pm Mon - Thurs, 11:30am - 9:30pm Fri - Sat, 11:30am 8:30pm Sun Details:





e d i u g WHERE TO EAT

in St. Augustine 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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Delicious food in a fun creative environment.


Pizza, Gluten Free setting: Family friendly, fun environment, outdoor dining patios



Live entertainment on various nights Kid's menu: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Just

over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island


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


Onsite, Street Parking SPECIALS: 2-for-1

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

410 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 11AM - 1:30AM MONDAY - SUNDAY (904) 826-4040



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





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

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



and Saturday nights STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

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


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




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


SPECIALS: Happy Hour

Daily from 3pm - 7pm

3945 A1A SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 8AM - 10PM MONDAY - SUNDAY (904) 471-4799




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


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

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



On the Menu STARTERS

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


Southern Fare, Local Seafood

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

SETTING: Intracoastal

Water View, Outdor Seating ENTERTAINMENT:

Live Music


11AM-9PM MONDAY- SUNDAY 612 EUCLID AVE. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 829-1105


Vilano Beach


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

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


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


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

Outdoor Dining

Music on Weekends KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:



11AM-9PM MONDAY - SUNDAY 25 CUNA STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 810-2400


Street, Self-Park

S E E M O R E >> TA S T E TA PA S .C O M




On the Menu STARTERS

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

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


International Cuisine with a Latin flair SETTING: Located at the

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

Casillo Real Hotel


Augustine Beach

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



S E E M O R E >> W W W.L A C O C I N A R E S TA U R A N T S .C O M

*Please refer to website for complete hours of operation. Closed inbetween dining shifts.


On the Menu STARTERS

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

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


Fresh, Local Seafood

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

SETTING: Oceanview,

Outdoor Dining

SPECIALS: Happy Hour,

Sunday Brunch



Vilano Beach






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(904) 824-8008

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

1097 A1A Beach Blvd. (904) 471-3177

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

1935 A1A S (904) 461-9190


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

Aunt Kate's Restaurant 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.

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

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

14 W. Castillo Drive (904) 824-3663

Beaches at Vilano Get away from it all at St. Augustine’s 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

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

53 St. George Street (904) 342-2869

Cap’s on the Water 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

Gypsy Cab Company 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!

828 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 824-8244

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

69 Lewis Blvd. (904) 827-1822

Haszard's at the Beach 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


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

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

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

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.

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. 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

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

4010 US1 South (904) 797-8989

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 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


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

117 King Street (904) 217-3777

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

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

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 Cheezees Grill

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 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


sashimi and more.

Florida Cracker Cafe

Smokin' D's BBQ

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.

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.

125 King Street (904) 824-4221

81 St. George Street (904) 829-0397

1020 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 501-9592

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050 Stir It Up

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.

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.

Hot Shot Bakery n’ Cafe

The Spot

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!

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.

Hazel’s Hot Dogs

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

8 Granada Street (904) 824-7898

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

1835 US HWY 1 South 904-209-9391 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,

18 A Street (904) 461-4552

4508 US1 Highway North (904) 824-8212


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

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.

MELLOW MUSHROOM 410 Anastasia Boulevard

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 5 Cordova Street




37 St. George Street (904) 342-2867

3945 A1A South

Wildflower Cafe

45 Cubbage Road

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.

4320 A1A South (904) 471-2691


CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Road

AUNT KATE'S 612 Euclid Avenue


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