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Cultivating Cascades Volunteer “catalysts” put their heads together to assure the new downtown park has something fun for everyone.

114 Best of Tallahassee 2012 Our readers voted. Ballots are counted. Results are in. Here’s your chance to learn about Tallahassee’s favorite restaurants, shops and service providers.


Off the Field Just in time for the fall football season, we catch up with Florida State University quarterbacks from years past. Plus, a look at the quarterback of the future.


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Andy’s Corner The names may have changed, but the address — and the reputation — for Andrew Reiss’ downtown restaurants have stayed the same for 40 years. September–October 2012


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30 H ere to Help A little R&R

66 TRENDS Prep style

172 SPOTLIGHT Mickee Faust has


38 CHAT Living the life of


176 ON THE TOWN Smile, you’re

233 Deconstruction Keep

180  SNAPSHOT It’s easy to find

234 On Your Table Oysters are


life for local wildlife in distress.

Marsha Doll.

40 F IELD GUIDE Getting to know the deer who live with us.

42  CLICK Make an iPhone fashion statement.

44 Parenthood A helpful gift for moms and babies.

48 The Numerator Boo! Fun factoids about Halloween.

50 LOOKING BACK The year FSCW went co-ed.

56 Urban Update Planning for fun at Cascades Park.

65 Agenda Movin’ and shakin’ in the Capital City.

been poking fun for 25 years.

heads south.

on Live! In Tallahassee.

dangers of meningitis and how to avoid them.

70  A BETTER YOU Stand up

art in public places.

for your right to be healthy at work.


72  The Great Outdoors

210 SOCIAL STUDIES Cool pho-

The joys of one-personpowered paddling.

tos from hot summer nights.

delicious, any time of year.

237 ON THE MENU Cooking

grandma-style at Geraldine’s.

239 DINING GUIDE Eat, drink … and then do it again!

around town.

the tailgate.

85  HABITAT When Do It Yourself is a good idea.

in every issue 20 Publisher’s Letter 24 Editor’s Letter 27 Contributors 28 Feedback 242 The Last Word

90  HABITAT Extra Vampire appliances put the bite on your electric bill.

92 FIRST CLASS Grab your

100 GETAWAYS Ann Arbor is waiting to welcome you.

On The Cover

109 MS. Grow-it-all Advice for picking your perfect tree.


your salad days healthy.

221 THE BUZZ Heard and seen

82  Decor Taking the party to

girlfriends and enjoy Naples.

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CALENDAR Save the date for

good times.

FLAVOR Enjoy good food on

the go.

After four decades as a restaurateur on the same corner in Tallahassee’s Downtown, Andy Reiss, shown here at Andrew’s 228, has something to celebrate. Photo by Scott Holstein

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As much as I love living in Tallahassee and working in the Northwest Florida region, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to travel and experience new people and the way they live. Several things happen — it is a learning and mind-broadening experience when you put yourself in other people’s shoes and experience the day-to-day as they do. Most importantly — it reaffirms my opening sentence, that life in Northwest Florida and Tallahassee offer a level of quality of life that is most difficult to top. Recently, I had a four-day experience in Ann Arbor, Mich. — population 115,000, home to the University of Michigan, a town of middle-income workers and a retirement town of well-to-do folks that are involved in the community. Because Tallahassee also is home to colleges, my first impression was this place would not be much different than our hometown. WRONG. I was taken aback by the vibrancy of their downtown, which is a virtual hub of activity from noon to night. Ann Arbor offers a plethora of quality restaurants, retail, theater and art galleries — a place where the community and the energy of college life merge to create a very unique atmosphere of human activity for 18 hours a day. We have a population of more than 181,000, the bones of a solid infrastructure and a canvas that could easily transform our downtown to a place much like I saw in Ann Arbor. So I think, “Now, what are we missing?” First of all, more street-level doors should be retail or restaurant. I think our city leadership missed the boat decades ago by NOT requiring by code that associations, banks, law firms set aside these street-level spaces for these specific usages. Secondly, we need to develop more programs and activities that will hold the professionals after 5 p.m. and draw students to the city center. Third — and this is no fault of any person or group — is to have housing opportunities. The residential units were built, however the tanking economy has left a huge building empty and broke, just waiting for a bailout. I do feel that with Cascades Park, Gaines Street and CollegeTown the economy is beginning to return and the assets are in place. Downtown Tallahassee is just at the cusp of moving to the next level. Much could be learned from Ann Arbor’s footprint and the way the many layers of business and life intertwine to create something very special — an economic engine for sustained growth and increased quality of life. You’ll see a travel story in this issue about Ann Arbor, written by my other personality, Jack Macaleavy. I urge city planners, leaders and consensus makers to visit there and experience what Tallahassee could be. Also in this issue, we profile one of the long-term supporters of downtown Tallahassee and a 40-year veteran of the downtown restaurant industry — Andy Reiss.

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Scott Holstein

Creating a Downtown is an Evolution

I have had the privilege of knowing Andy, and for 35 of those years serving as his account representative for Tallahassee Magazine. I started in 1981 and still work with him directly. Andy is the definition of a restaurant success story — hands on day and night, working behind the scenes and greeting his customers most every day. He has kept his establishments on the cutting edge by changing names and food styles many times over the decades, all of which found success during their tenures. I am proud to know Andy as one of Tallahassee’s leading restaurant ambassadors. Also, on the page across from this letter is a surprise gift for Mike and Lauren Teal, the next generation of ownership of My Favorite Things. The original owner, Judy Teal, came to me with an idea — which morphed into a secret, two-day photo shoot and resulted in the colorful presentation you see here. Both Andy and Judy are founding entrepreneurs of locally owned and operated businesses. In these challenging economic times, I hope you will decide to “spend local” this fall.

Brian Rowland, Publisher

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Living La Vida Online

editor’s pick

kay meyer

I do love me some Facebook. I wrote about it within a year after Mark Zuckerberg started “The Facebook” and signed up as soon as you didn’t need a dot-edu at the end of your email address to join (which my then-college age son marks as the day the world’s most popular social network started its downhill slide). Today I have nearly 1,000 Facebook friends. Yes, I understand that many of these people are in no way, shape or form what constitutes a “real” friend, but within that horde are several gems with whom I would never have had what I consider a treasured connection if it weren’t for the site. Some are blasts from my past — the first cousins I left behind in Virginia when I moved to Miami, my junior high best friend, a cadre of high school pals, sorority sisters and people I’ve worked with in the many jobs I’ve had over the past 35 years, for starters. Sure, we didn’t keep up over the years, and our “contact” may be limited to me reading about a new grandchild or graduation or anniversary, but it gives me great pleasure to read about others’ triumphs and tribulations (and to see how they’ve held up after all these years). Some are people I never knew before our Facebook introduction, but I have come to know and enjoy. Some I have ended up meeting in the real world; others I know will be friends when we do finally meet. Some make me laugh and some have opinions that aggravate me to no end, but I think it’s great to mix up my acquaintances a little. Where’s the fun in surrounding yourself with people who think just like you all the time? And in my job, Facebook is straight up useful. I may be writing a story about butterfly collectors. I don’t know anybody who’s a butterfly collector and I don’t know anybody who knows a butterfly collector. But I’ll betcha if I tossed it up on my personal profile or the Tallahassee Magazine page, somebody knows somebody who’s an expert on the subject. All of which is just the long way of getting around to what I really want to say: There’s a great Internet innovation in our backyard. Now, when you visit, you’ll find a new, dynamic and dramatically improved website. It’s prettier and easier to navigate, with more photo galleries and bonus online-only content: Even those not lucky enough to get printed copies in their mailboxes will have access to the well-written stories and beautiful photography in a format that more closely resembles the original magazine. There’s also a new interactive feature you’re going to love: Now it’s possible for you to upload your events to the magazine’s calendar. That’s right, no need to send your requests through my forgetful, ADD-addled brain. Just sign in and type in the information for all the world to see. Take a look. Tell your friends. Let us know what you think.

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Thinking Pink While we shine a bright light on the subject of breast cancer by “pinkifying,” well, just about everything, we need to remember that the disease causes challenges and sadness all year long. That being said, I’d like to give props to the technicians of Best of Tallahassee award-winner Benson’s Heating and Air Conditioning for supporting the cause by driving around town this year in pink repair trucks. They sure got my attention. Searching for a Better Burger I’m considering doing a story next year on finding the best hamburgers in Tallahassee and, even before it opened, I knew Vertigo was going to be a contender. David and Elizabeth Gwynn, the restaurateurs who brought us some of the area’s best fine dining at Cypress, have branched out into the casual lunch biz with their new restaurant, located on Lafayette Street in the location that was once home to Loopers, one of Tallahassee’s favorite sandwich shops in years past. September–October 2012


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PHOTOs BY Scott Holstein (simpson and becker) And courtesy of lee Gordon


Lee Gordon, writer Lee didn’t graduate from Florida State University (Illinois State actually), but he might as well have. Lee has covered FSU for the past 12 years in Tallahassee and Jacksonville. He has 15 years of experience in journalism and has become a true ’Nole at heart. Lee is currently the Vice President of Corporate Communications at 180 Communications where he is all things media. Lee is married and has two children, Aubrey and Cole, who have already begun their FSU initiation.

Kayla Becker, writer A college

student and Rowland Publishing intern, Kayla loves to get to the bottom of a good story. She made several contributions to this issue on myriad subjects — plans for the new Cascades Park, a local shop that tricks out iPhones and both health articles. A passionate journalist, her work also has been published on the USAToday College website and Swatch fashion magazine. Kayla is also the News Editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau.

Chuck Simpson, writer and photographer Host of the popular radio

talk show “North Florida Fish and Game Report,” Captain Chuck spends his spare time on the water or in the woods when he’s not working as an account executive at Rowland Publishing. He’s worked in the saltwater industry as a professional fishing guide, outdoor journalist, photographer and publisher, while promoting his passion for angling and sound conservation initiatives throughout Florida. September–October 2012


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I have enjoyed the days when the Tallahassee Magazine arrived in my mailbox. The magazine has been entertaining and informative and has captured a charm unique to Tallahassee. The new format is terrific! More showing in addition to telling is a perfect way to connect with your audience. I recently made a comment that the older generation communicates by telling and the younger generation communicates by showing, so your changes have struck a chord with me. Thank you for improving an already great magazine. Great job! Jennifer Fishback


Shout Out to Another Olympian

In the story about filmmaker Fred Rabbath, “The Fixer,” which appeared in the July/August issue, there were two mistakes. Rabbath has visited 34 countries but has only lived in five. And his films have had 10 million views online, not necessarily that many fans.

I love your magazine, however (in the July/August issue) you missed one of the most-decorated athletes in the Olympics. Tracee Talavera Kent (was a) Silver Medalist and the No. 1 U.S. woman gymnast the year the president banned the U.S. participation in the Olympics. David Dunbar

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Where the Wild Things Are Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary’s Mission is Rescue and Rehabilitation By Linda Kleindienst // Photos by Scott Holstein


oni Beck sits in her car, waiting. It’s dark, but her eyes stay focused on three baby raccoons left behind by their mother hours earlier, when a downed tree disturbed their nest. Under the cover of darkness, the mother raccoon gingerly approaches her young. She gently picks up one and carries it away. Then she cautiously creeps back for a second baby. Minutes pass. Beck waits for an hour in hopes that mama will come back a third time. No luck. “Unfortunately, that’s kinda normal,” says Beck, the wildlife rehabilitator at Tallahassee’s Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, which was founded in 1988 by a small group of environmentalists and wildlife advocates. “When we brought this baby in, she had a broken leg from when she was little. It was healed, but it was crooked. That may be why she didn’t get picked up. Maybe mama was just making sure that somebody survived.” As she talks, Beck cradles the three-week-old that is hungrily sucking on a bottle filled with a special formula for raccoons. She stands next to a cage holding a four-and-a-half month old raccoon that is busily pawing her to get attention. Songbirds chirp in nearby cages. A black bird decides to take a bath and water sprays in all directions. And a week-old baby deer, found lying in the middle of a dirt road, shakily gets to her feet and starts on her inspection tour of the room.

(Left) Wildlife rehabilitator Noni Beck bottle-feeds a baby raccoon left behind by its mother. (Above) A week-old fawn found in the middle of a dirt road begins her recovery at Goose Creek. September–October 2012



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»life HERE TO HELP “We get a little bit of everything,” Beck says with Songbirds are the most labora laugh as the fawn nuzzles intensive group to a purse sitting on the floor. care for. Volunteers Squirrels, raccoons and help hand feed songbirds always fill the them from sunup sanctuary. Other animals to sundown. come in spurts. One year there were 12 baby foxes to care for. Another year there were 14 fawns. A few types of animals come just for emergency treatment before they are shipped to another rescue group. “We don’t do otters because we don’t have the caging for them. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to triage a baby otter that comes, get him stable and then transport him to someone else,” Beck explains. “We can do baby bobcats, but then I need to transport them to a bigger facility. We’ve had several bobcats. People just come across them.” A lot of animals arrive severely dehydrated and in shock. They’re put in crates with heating pads, given fluids and put in a dark, quiet place to begin their recovery. Injured birds stay for up to six months, giving them time to heal and then time to spend in a flight cage to rebuild their strength. Raccoons stay until they’re about eight months old, a time when Beck says they naturally seem to “get smart — they hear a noise and go into hiding.” Goose Creek tries to release adults back into the area where they were found, particularly

Good Stuff, Sold ‘Cheep’ In the past, Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary’s operating costs came in at around $50,000 annually, with food as the biggest single expense at about $20,000. But halfway through 2012, the group had already taken as many animals as they did in the entire year of 2011. The Cheeps Boutique is an annual thrift sale held in late August to help defray some of those costs. Organizers target college move-outs in the Help Green the Streets drive to try and keep still useable items from being dumped on the curbs or into dumpsters. “We are a new alternative for those who may not know where or how to donate unwanted items,” said Cheeps Boutique event coordinator Shelby Bush. In 2010, Cheeps Boutique (formerly called The Resale Event) brought in $729 and in 2011 it raised $1,039.32. To donate items or office/retail space for next year’s event, or to arrange for pickup, contact Bush at (850) 574-0852. September–October 2012


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In the past few years, the number of animals and birds needing help at Goose Creek has grown by a couple of hundred each year. The increases are due mostly to a growing awareness that there is a place close at hand where the injured critters can get help. “Years ago, people didn’t know there was anything they could do, but now they realize there is something they can do, someone they can call,” says Susan May, the longtime treasurer for Goose Creek. For example, one day Beck got a frantic call from someone who said a hawk had been lying in the back yard all day. On arrival, she said it was evident the hawk was “freaking out.” As she picked him up, she saw what appeared to be a rope that had gotten twisted around his body, pinning his wings. Then she realized it wasn’t a rope — it was a snake. “Apparently, he went after the snake and they were in a Mexican standoff,” Beck remembers. “The snake’s not letting go and the hawk isn’t doing anything.”

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If you find an injured animal, call Goose Creek’s Animal Hotline at (850) 545-3491.

She unwrapped the snake, a non-venomous black racer, Opossums are just one of a wide then treated the hawk for variety of animals shock. He was soon released nursed back to back into the wild. health before they While most animals are are returned to released, a few become perthe wild. manent residents at Goose Creek or are found permanent homes. One of those is Perky, the death-defying Canadian ring neck duck that brought international fame and attention to Goose Creek — and probably a contributing factor to the growing number of rescues brought in each year. Perky survived three brushes with death. She survived being shot and then lived two days in a refrigerator, where she was discovered by a hunter’s wife. Dr. David Hale of Cross Creek Animal Hospital performed surgery to repair gunshot damage to her wing — and had to perform CPR on her when she stopped breathing during the operation. Now Perky is a happy resident at the Tallahasee Museum. Housing and feeding all these extra mouths isn’t cheap. May says the food bill runs up to $21,000 a September–October 2012


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only mammals capable of true flight.

Source: Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

year — and fundraising is the biggest challenge the organization faces. “These are not the cute, cuddly pets like puppy dogs or kittens that people can come in and play with,” she says. “We don’t have adoption fees to help cover the costs. And we legally can’t be open to the public. We’re trying to get these animals back into the wild, and they have to be skittish of people.” Traditionally, the group depended on its annual fall Wild Thing Auction to raise dollars. But that isn’t being planned this year. “People have to put more of their time into work and they need to focus on family first,” says May. “Plus we lost a couple of our hands-on people.”

A Long Day

Beck, who comes home from her day job at noon for feedings, has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1993. She was running a day care center, a job she had for 17 years, but was admittedly starting to get burned out on that when she turned to rescuing injured wildlife. First she helped at the St. Francis Wildlife Association in northern Gadsden County, then she shifted her attention closer to her home, at Goose Creek. Beck’s day starts at 5:30 a.m. She gives bottles, cleans cages, starts hand-feeding the songbirds and then leaves a note for the volunteers that will start arriving about 8 a.m. There are about 10 core volunteers that come in during the day to help feed. The most labor-intensive group is the songbirds, which get fed “pretty much sunup to sundown.” When Beck comes home from her day job with the state, she starts again on the bottlefeeding and keeps up with the songbirds until about 7:30 p.m., when she covers their cage “so they’ll think it’s night.” Several volunteers in the area take care of specific types of animals or birds in their own homes. And one volunteer does all the shopping — plus the cooking of chicken for some of the animals. Biology students at Florida State University can also earn individual study credit for volunteering. The extra help takes some of the burden off Beck’s shoulders — and more volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested, contact Noni Beck at (850) 508-7587. n September–October 2012


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1. You’re always dressed to the nines. Isn’t being casual

one of the advantages of working from home? I dress up every day; that’s one of the things I teach. Women especially, if they work out of their homes they get in that rut of going downstairs in your nightgown. Getting dressed and putting on my makeup makes me feel more powerful, even when no one’s here. It’s for me.

Dishing With Marsha Doll

2. Have any hidden talents? I can twirl a baton and ride a unicycle. Once, I did both at the same time up and down the street. People thought I was absolutely bonkers.

She’s a Southern-Style Modeling Agent With a New York Attitude

3. Tell our readers the story of Louie. I’m in the middle of cancer, I’ve got my nightgown on, I’m looking out the kitchen window and I’m just crying hysterically. All I can think about is that I need my mom, who had died a few years earlier. I look up and a bright red cardinal is just staring at me. I named him Louie — my mother’s name was Louise. Now, three years have passed and he comes when I call. I can’t wait to get up in the morning and see Louie every day.

With a spiky golden blonde hairdo, short skirt, sky-high heels, blinged-out jewelry and energy to spare, Marsha Doll is easy to pick out in a crowd. For 35 years, the modeling agent and coach has had entrée to agencies around the world — particularly in the center of the modeling universe, New York City. Doll, 52, also judges modeling competitions and, several times a year, holds weeklong “boot camps” in New York for aspiring models. Her latest endeavor is serving as a cohost for The Greg Tish Show airing Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on FOX 49. Doll grew up in Perry, the adored child of parents who owned a department store started by her Jewish Lithuanian grandfather that’s now run by her husband of 17 years, Dean Faulkenberry. (The name Doll is for real, from her first marriage.) Her “perfect little Cinderella life” ended with her mother’s death and the loss of her only sibling a few years later. In 2007, Doll was stricken by cancer, first in one breast and then a completely different type a few months later in the other. At the same time, her lucrative side business in professional staffing dropped precipitously with the recession; but her tribulations have given her a new attitude. “I love money, I love nice things, but you know what? I’m just kind of over it,” she said. “I’ve had a great life. I’ve learned a lot through quite a bit of adversity, but I’ve been very fortunate and I want to share that with the world.” // By Rosanne Dunkelberger

4. Do you have to be tall, young and skinny to be a model?

There’s room for anyone in this business. I don’t care what age, I don’t care what size you are; you can do this business. Turn on the TV and what do you see? You see real people, and that’s what modeling is all about. It’s not who’s the prettiest in a beauty pageant; it’s selling a product. So if you’re selling Geritol, you need a 60-, 70-year-old person … not some hot blonde that’s 19 and tall and skinny. High fashion? That’s another story. If you’re not five-foot-nine or above and have 36-inch hips or smaller you can forget it in high fashion. It’s not going to happen.

5. Where do you recruit candidates for your makeovers? Walmart. Because everybody has to go to Walmart for some reason or another — and usually you don’t dress up.

6. Do you have a favorite place to be?

I love to go to my condo on the beach in Panama City Beach. It’s a beautiful wraparound unit.

7. What’s your splurge?

I don’t blink at $500 dinners at Daniel Boulud’s in New York City. That’s my thing. We eat our money, no doubt.

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Oh, Deer

Stats and facts about white-tailed deer » White-tailed deer are the most economically important big game mammal in the U.S. and Florida with an average expenditure of $1,500 for each deer harvested. More than 100,000 deer are harvested annually in Florida — 94 percent are bucks.

» Florida’s white-tailed deer tend to be

A Guide to Getting to Know the Deer Who Live Among Us By Gibby Conrad

Spotting a deer grazing on the side of

the road tends to elicit a mix of emotions. On the one hand, there’s the thrill of seeing a beautiful, wild animal; on the other, fear the animal will suddenly bolt out in front of your car, causing an accident. It’s a fear that’s not unfounded. As deer populations grow, human/ deer encounters are on the rise as well. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), which can be seen in and around Tallahassee, prefer habitats providing wooded areas for cover during the day with adjoining, open areas for grazing during the early evening and predawn hours. Cleared roadsides, as well as farms and suburban gardens, fit these criteria nicely. These grazing habits can be costly — from a ruined suburban flowerbed, to acres of destroyed crops; and from a costly auto repair, to loss of life. As is the case with all human/wildlife issues, the onus to find solutions to problems lies with us. Deer crossing signage on highways has proven to reduce accidents significantly when people slow down and pay attention. Local county extension offices may be able to offer some suggestions to make your garden a little less attractive to the deer. But it is important to remember the deer are doing what comes naturally: finding the easiest and most abundant food source in their habitat.

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smaller than those in northern states. An average Florida buck weighs about 125 pounds while northern bucks can weigh more than 300 pounds.

» There are estimated to be more than

700,000 whitetails in Florida, up from a low of 20,000 in the 1930s.

» The NHTSA reports there are about a million

deer/auto accidents in the U.S. annually. These accidents result in about 200 human deaths, 10,000 injuries and $1 billion in vehicle damage. Most accidents occur in late fall when the animals are in their mating season.

» The USDA identified deer damage as the

most widespread form of wildlife damage to crops, with some states reporting tens of millions of dollars of damage annually.

» When alarmed, they will raise their tail in

a response called flagging. The flash of white silently alerts other deer nearby of the danger.

» White-tailed deer are primarily brown, with the namesake white on the bottom of the tail, rump, stomach and inside the ears.

» White-tailed deer are one of

171 species in the taxonomic order Artiodactyla which means “even-toed.”

» There are 30 subspecies of white-

tailed deer distributed throughout North, Central and South America, with three subspecies in Florida.

» Deer are crepuscular — most active around dusk and dawn.

» Bucks have deciduous antlers, not true horns, which are shed and regrown each year.

» Their hooves are actually the toenails of the third and fourth toe on each foot.

When you’re a kid,

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Young Entrepreneurs Create Fashionable Fixes for Your Phone Serendipity was how his business came to be, 27-year old Justin Black says. The Philadelphia native was studying psychology and finishing up his associate’s degree at Tallahassee Community College, looking for a way out of the food service industry he’d been part of for 11 years. That’s when he dropped his phone. “I kept breaking my iPhone — we have stone tile in our house — and I’m just a firm believer that anyone can do anything anyone else can do, so I started doing research, found these green iPhone backs … and started changing out the parts,” he says. It took Black about six hours to change his first screen. Two more broken parts and $500 later, he learned how to fix an iPhone. “Once I saw the colors … I just thought, ‘This is so dope’ — related to fashion — and thought of iDope,” Black says. “Within about six hours, I went and bought the license for the name.” And so iDope was born. Since opening in January 2012, the store has made its mark as a business for the customization and repair of iPhones and iPads. iDope replaces broken or boring back glass, screen colors, frames and home buttons with genuine OEM Apple Hardware (Original Equipment Manufacturer means the companies creating the parts for Apple, also create these) in just about every color. Black estimates more than 20 million color combinations are available, more than any other phone repair store in the U.S. What they replace is not a protective case or a cover, it’s the glass that’s on the phone already, just in a different color. “It’s funny how a customer will get their finished iPhone and say, ‘This is so dope,’ and we’re like, ‘Exactly. That’s what we mean,’” says 23-year-old Madisen Rard, iDope’s co-owner. The Pensacola Street store gives off the impression of a clothing boutique, but the outerwear isn’t for you, it’s for your phone. Rows of colorful rectangular glass line the royal purple walls, offset in the center by a mural of fractured screens, a compendium of frustrating broken phones past. “It gives people a chance when they break their screen not just to have to put white or black back

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on there,” Black says of the only two color options Apple sells. In addition to myriad colors, iDope offers glass with motifs such as Hello Kitty, camouflage, Disney, three leopard prints and more. The store offers cheaper prices than the Apple store, too. If you break your phone and send it to Apple, for example, the average repair costs about $200, while iDope averages $89. Even better, instead of waiting seven days to get your phone back, it takes an hour. Black says besides repairs his primary goal is to merge technology with fashion, joining the ubiquitious smart phone — Apple says thus far, 217 million have been sold worldwide — with a touch of personality. “If you have an iPhone, you probably have the same exact white or black replica as the

rest of the … (millions of) people who Justin Black holds some own one too. You of the broken iPhones his shop has repaired. may have a case on Co-owner Madisen Rard your iPhone, a little show off some of the something to differdecorative possibilities entiate it from the for Apple products at rest of the world, but iDope, their customizing when it comes down and repair shop on to it, it’s just a mask Pensacola Street. of the same black or white replica as the … other people who own one. “For people with iPhones and tablets, it becomes an extension of their being,” says Black, who changes his own phone’s colors weekly. “You always see it in their hand. In this manner you

can personalize it, customize it to your liking … and it’s easier to find in your purse.” And they don’t want to be limited to repairs. “We even make jewelry, like the home button earrings, artwork and I want to start getting into fashion-related technology, so not only color customizing your iPhones and iPads but also clothing that works with technology. So we’re working on some other designs,” Black says. Despite the location close to campus, the business isn’t just frequented by college-aged students. Black estimates that 80 percent of his clientele is older than the Millennial generation. “It’s really cool to see the trend starting to catch on and see the niche in the market start to get bigger and bigger,” he says. Business is booming. Black and Rard spend almost 10 hours a day, six days a week in the shop because of the business they’ve unexpectedly gotten in their first year. And they get calls from repair companies around the U.S. asking for advice. “We just had a guy from Texas call for our midframes (a piece that includes the metal bevel around the sides of the phone), because he couldn’t find them anywhere,” Black says. “I


as defined by Urban Dictionary

A word that describes something that is extremely cool, such as music, clothes, people, etc. Ain’t nobody dope as me, I’m dressed so fresh so clean...Outkast

just think it’s really cool that we’ve only had the business for the last six months and we already have all these different companies from all over the U.S. asking what we do and how we do it.” Despite his insistence that the name’s terminology relates to fashion more than anything else, customers do get addicted to iDope. “It’s like tattoos. Once you start it’s hard to stop. We have a lot of repeat customers,” Rard says. “One of our customers comes in here for full customizations every three weeks maybe.” To make it easier on wallets of frequent shoppers, the owners instituted a buyback program and discounts. “It’s an expensive habit to have,” Black says. “The average a person will spend is about $110 for a new colored screen, then if it’s

in good condition we buy it back for around 60 (dollars) and sell it as used.” Rard says she believes the phone repair and customization industry as a whole is growing quickly. “Before, you used to have the little Nokia phones and when they broke, you threw them away,” Rard says. “But with the smart phones, they’re so expensive and you can get them so personalized, if anything happens to them you don’t want to get a new phone. The parts are replaceable now.” The shop can do any sort of iPhone repair, not just screen replacements. Their specialty is repairing water damage. With plans to open a new Tallahassee storefront by January 2013 to accommodate their rapidly expanding business, the future looks bright for the young company. “We want iDope to develop into its own brand, we want it to be a culture,” says Black. “It changes who you are in a way, it makes life easier or more colorful. The fact that it’s been smooth since we started and just keeps rolling, I feel like it’s meant to be.” n iDope ► 2401 Pensacola St. Ste. C / (850) 574-2650 / September–October 2012


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Pura Kiki

Fashion Meets Function



Love.Read.Learn! Journal Florida’s First Lady Introduces A Colorful Keepsake Florida First Lady Ann Scott teamed up with the Volunteer USA Foundation in May to unveil the scrapbook-style Love.Read.Learn! Baby Journal to parents and newborns at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Pavilion. About 200,000 of the colorful keepsakes will be provided to Florida hospitals to give to new parents free of charge with the hope of inspiring an early dedication to literacy and health. Filled with sunny artwork from children around Florida, the journal

Tips to Help Kids Connect with People from Different Cultures // By LIZETH GEORGE

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includes space for baby photos, healthy recipes and immunization records. “I felt being a mom was one of my most important and rewarding jobs, and I wanted this to be a way to give other new families in Florida a positive start in being their child’s first teacher, sharing the joy of reading with them and instilling healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their lives,” Scott said during the unveiling.


// By Kayla Becker

Get out of your comfort zone. Your kids aren’t going to be able to experience and accept different cultures if you’re scared to do it yourself, so take a step in the right direction by engaging yourself in multicultural activities.

have to be rocket science. BPA, wha? PVC, who? Toxic plastics; oh my!? One product on the market keeps it safe and simple. Super hip, colorful Pura Kiki bottles are a safe, reusable option backed by a lifetime warranty. Made from food-grade stainless steel and medical-grade silicon, Kiki bottles are 100 percent plastic-free, spill-free and transition with your child's growth from infant to toddler with the quick switch from nipple to spout. I let my busy, plastic-bottle-drinking 14-month toddler put it to the test. Initially Kiki’s stainless steel body was tricky for him to hold onto. With cold liquid inside the bottle, or with messy hands, it slipped and fell onto the floor. So I added a colorful silicone koozielike sleeve (in the provided purple; although blue, pink, green and orange are options as well) and … voila! He was able to grip the bottle and the lightweight, sleek design allowed him to lift, drink and roam around, carrying it with ease. As with glass or plastic bottles, the stainless steel body does not insulate its contents, so the liquid inside slowly warms to room temperature. All of the bottle’s parts are dishwasher safe and can easily be sterilized in boiling water. As a mama on a budget the $16 price point is high, but given its durability, I plan to invest in a few brightly colored Pura Kiki bottles (with blue sleeves).


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Can You Spare Half a Penny? November Ballot Includes Initiative to Extend Sales Tax for School Improvements

While the presidential election is on the top of people’s minds — and at the top of the ballot — this year, the Leon Alliance for Better County Schools (ABCs) is calling for voters to look a little further down on Nov. 6 and approve extending the decadeold half-penny sales tax for another 15 years. If approved, backers say it would raise a projected $265 million over the 15-year period. According to the website leonabcs. com, the money would “finance construction of new schools, several classroom wings, multi-use centers, gymnasiums, cutting-edge technology, energy efficient equipment to reduce electrical costs and transportation needs, including vehicles that run on cleaner, less expensive compressed natural gas.” Leon County voters initially approved the half-penny tax, which passed overwhelmingly, in 2002. If no action is taken, it will expire at the end of this year. The current tax raised $184 million for capital improvements, including construction of the new Bond Elementary School and portions of Montford Middle and Conley Elementary schools. The money was also used for upgrades to and refurbishing of existing buildings and to add “smart” board technology to schools, among other projects. The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce heard a report from the volunteer Capital Improvements Review Team (CIRT), which examined the school district’s needs and its recommendations for how the money raised by the tax would be spent. In June, the Chamber, usually not inclined to support taxes, voted to endorse the extension. “The Chamber took a detailed and independent look at plans for the half-penny tax revenues so Leon County residents can be certain the funds would be used to meet the most important needs,” said Chamber President Sue Dick. “Without this revenue, our schools’ ability to produce the leaders of the future will be seriously at risk.” n September–October 2012


»life THE Numerator


Enjoy these frightfully good facts and not-so-spooky stats relating to Halloween:

distance of the world record for Pumpkin Chuckin’ (shot out of an air cannon).

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number of Halloween cards Americans send each year.


calories in 85 roasted pumpkin seeds.

Jack o’ Lanterns were carved and lit in Highland, Ill., to set a world record in 2011.

4.57 $116.5 million pounds of pumpkin are consumed annually by every American.

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the worth of U.S. pumpkins harvested from 48,500 acres in 2011.



after Christmas, Halloween is the most commercially successful holiday.

840pounds record for largest pumpkin ever grown in Florida (New Smyrna Beach). The world record, held by a Canadian, is 1,818.5 pounds.

No. 1 271 41 population of Skull Creek, Neb.

million potential trick or treaters in the U.S. (children aged 5 through 14).



adult costume in 2011: witch.

year Harry Houdini, the great escape artist, died on Halloween in Detroit.

m lbs. on

$7B 4,424.28 ft. how much Americans spend on Halloween, including $2.52 billion on costumes and $2.2 billion on candy. The average person spends $72.32 on costumes, candy and decorations.



of candy corn is bought by Americans each year, making it the top-selling Halloween candy. The sweet, waxy treat was invented 132 years ago by George Renninger.

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“TBUF” the


Tallahassee’s Postwar Gator Invasion Led to the Start of FSU By Virginia Newman

In 1946, Jim Tippen came to college in Tallahassee — head brimming with visions of a classic campus straight out of central casting, excitedly expecting ivy-covered walls surrounded by rolling green lawns. That idyllic notion couldn’t have been further from the stark Tallahassee scene that greeted Tippen and more than 500 other guys who came to enroll in the once-in-a-lifetime “Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida” for the 1946-47 school year — blazing a trail that turned Florida State College for Women into the coed Florida State University. For the record, the University of Florida and Florida State University are now and always have been fierce rivals, competing to top each other in every way. But for one almost-forgotten postwar academic year 66 years ago, a reluctant University of Florida grudgingly agreed to share a campus in Tallahassee. The result was establishment of the Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida, or TBUF (pronounced TEE-buff), as that phenomenon immediately became known. Its sole purpose was to accommodate the flood of ex-GIs overwhelming Gainesville after World War II. The TBUF students — mostly veterans mustering out from the war — were lodged at a makeshift campus forged on the fringes of FSCW from the old abandoned Dale Mabry Air Force Base west of Tallahassee. Euphemistically designated “West Campus,” it was a conglomerate of temporary wooden buildings and a couple of runways out at the end of Jackson Bluff Road.

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Bus routes on regular schedules were set up to shuttle students the five miles between the ragtag West Campus and the sedate brick buildings on the main FSCW campus, which was referred to as “East Campus.” The “dorms” greeting the TBUFfers were remnants of rickety barracks that had been thrown up hurriedly to house soldiers going to war. Some had no running water or toilets when they arrived. Flimsy walls were erected on the spot to make dorm rooms. Steps were cinder blocks. Although the facilities left much to be desired, the TBUFers were happy to be there. After World War II, hordes of GIs impatient to get their college education underway after fighting the battles of war rushed home to Florida to take advantage of the benefits of the GI Bill of Rights, which paid tuition and living expenses for any veteran who wanted to attend college. At the time, the University of Florida was for male students only (e.g., “We are the boys from old Florida”) and there was no FSU yet — the Tallahassee school was still Florida State College for Women (FSCW). As soon as the war ended, While the newly arrived men of UF was swamped with a record TBUF enjoyed number of applications. There the all-female was space for 6,000 students and campus of Florida 8,000 had applied. Overloaded, State College for the male applicants were asked if Women, from this they would attend the all-female photo it appears FSCW in Tallahassee until the ladies had an eye for their new housing facilities in Gainesville classmates, too. were completed.

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»life LOOKING BACK The Florida Legislature was resistant, with UF legislator loyalists using as an excuse that there were legal ramifications to men attending a women’s college. But UF officials found themselves in a quandary about these veterans. Finally, a legal compromise was reached. Gov. Millard Caldwell, UF President John Tigert and FSCW President Doak Campbell (yes, that Doak Campbell) agreed that a temporary Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida could be established at the former Dale Mabry Field, which the federal government had given to the City of Tallahassee. So, grudgingly, the Florida Legislature authorized TBUF. It became the cornerstone of legal maneuvering by Secretary of State R.A. Gray and others to permit men to attend “for women only” FSCW. The men who enrolled for the 1946-47 academic year not only broke that gender barrier, they also broke ironclad traditions to do it. Earle Bowden, editor emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal, later wrote of his time as a TBUFer: “Tallahassee, liquor-dry, home of Florida government then controlled mainly by a rural political faction known as Porkchoppers, would never be the same. Nor would we … the

campus was suddenly, unofficially co-educational …. Suddenly ex-GIs, single and married, occupied wooden barracks; baby clothes waved like flags from clotheslines. Then there we were, hanging out at the old Dale Mabry officers club — now the student ‘O’ Club. “These first male students were not stereotypical Joe College in a frat beanie and navy blazer,” he added. “They sat in classrooms wearing combat boots and field jackets. They were building their war-delayed future.” The tide of coeducation was inexorably underway. TBUF was the spark that spurred state legislators to legally dissolve the separation of genders in the state’s two main universities in May 1947 — which, in turn, eventually dissolved TBUF because the behind-the-scenes legal maneuvering paid off, and FSCW became the coeducational Florida State University (FSU) for the 1947-48 term. Over the years, almost all traces of where this historic transformation happened have disappeared. And the corps of trailblazers who made it happen is dwindling with the passage of time. But the hilarious TBUF tales told by alums are still going around. And the lucky guys who were there say their heads were full of “If I’m

dreaming, please don’t wake me up,” to be on a campus of so many beautiful women. The Tallahassee Democrat headline announcing TBUF proclaimed, “500 Men Come to FSCW” — and the 2,300 FSCW students were glad to see them after years of slim male pickings when most young men had marched off to war. With TBUF, inevitable changes had to come about in housing, rules, regulations and student government. Barracks and officers’ headquarters were converted into dorms, classrooms and other administrative buildings. Housing was the pressing necessity, and the converted WWII barracks actually would continue to be utilized by FSU into the late 1950s. Housing on the ad hoc campus was far from ideal. Jim Tippin, one of the overflow from the University of Florida, was a true freshman, not a veteran. He wrote a humorous memoir titled “A True Obligation” about his experiences there, remembering that on the day he arrived, “Dale Mabry Field had been closed for months and was now under reclaim by the rust, rock, weeds and vines of nature’s own recycling system. Just a matter of days prior to our arrival, bulldozers, chain saws, rakes and shovels had first been deployed against a six-year accumulation

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of military litter and more recent pollution. On the John H. Patterson (climbing the horizon was a sprinkling of stairs) enters barracks held together by his makeshift that which my new veteran dorm. He was the friends called ‘eye-easefirst student to green’ asbestos shingles.” register for the One redeeming quality TBUF program for the 1946-47 of the ex-barracks dormischool year. tory setup was that the cost was less than that of the dormitories on “East Campus.” Tippin described his dorm, former Building No. 641, as a “typical, generic U.S. Army structure, sitting high in the air atop cinder block pylons. Two-tiered wooden steps gave access.” The walls of the ramshackle buildings had been hastily divided into rooms propped up with beaverboard “made of pressed sugar cane.” Although most TBUFers were older and experienced from their war years, any ideas that they were war-hardened men who introduced rough language and manners into the delicate world of an all-girl school would be somewhat exaggerated, according to Sandy Boyer. Now chairman of the TBUF reunion group, Boyer was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and

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was all set to go to Gainesville when Gov. Caldwell sent him a letter explaining that all veterans living west of the Suwannee River would go to the TBUF campus at FSCW. “Sure, there was an attraction because of the girls,” he said. “However, the simple truth is, the guys came because of the G.I. Bill. They wanted a good life, and they realized a college education was the way to achieve it. But, let’s be honest, all those women didn’t hurt.” He admitted the veterans smoked, drank and cussed with a nonchalance not seen before at FSCW. He recalled a veteran in one of the classes who was asked a routine question by a middle-aged female instructor who expected a “Yes ma’am, no ma’am” response. She was taken aback by his “Hell, yeah” answer and, Boyer said, “She didn’t call on him again that semester.” But overall, the veterans were polite and serious. Their military training had instilled discipline and a respect for superiors such as professors. And the G.I. Bill gave the men, many who never dreamed of getting to go to college, a chance at a better future. Furthermore, no misbehavior was tolerated by the administration. Dr. Otis McBride was TBUF dean of men, and a “notice from Otis” was much feared. Changes came quickly at the newly coed campus. A major difference was men’s sports, at first just intramural, then against small colleges. As sports crept onto the scene, the former military gymnasium was re-opened, actually managing to be held together to service FSU men’s intramurals and intercollegiate sports for the next 10 years. It was constantly on the verge of collapse. The late Don Veller, who went “Sure, there was on to become FSU’s first head football coach and a physical eduan attraction cation instructor, was quoted as because of the jesting, “ … the only reason the gym was still standing was that girls. However, the termites were holding hands.” the simple truth Those first pick-up teams were called “Bufs.” They argued about is, the guys came athletic names from a long, widely because of the G.I. circulated list sponsored by the student newspaper Bill. They wanted a Flambeau — Crackers, Rebels, Statesmen, good life, and they Tarpons, Fighting Warriors … and Seminoles. Seminoles won realized a college by 110 votes. Meanwhile, while veterans education was the were changing the ambiance of way to achieve it. FSCW, on May 15, 1947, a bill was But, let’s be honest, pushed through the Legislature establishing Florida State all those women University. Campbell was named FSU’s first president. didn’t hurt.” When UF built more facili— Sandy Boyer ties and TBUFers were given the chance to leave the new Florida State University to attend the University of Florida, few did. They stayed at FSU and proudly graduated from their new university. Now those TBUFers have organized into a reunion group, getting together at FSU Emeritus functions. A historic plaque sponsored by the FSU Emeritus Alumni Society and the Florida Department of State is slated to be erected on campus. Earle Bowden wrote of the experience: “Each fall, amid the autumnal atmosphere of falling leaves and the thud of football in the air, I think of how a time-honored woman’s college suddenly found its destiny as Florida State University … A cherished moment when we were present at the creation.” n September–October 2012


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The Catalysts of Cascades Park Reinventing One of Tallahassee’s Historic Landmarks Was No Walk in the Park. But Then, Maybe It Was.

Scott Holstein

By Kayla Becker

Out of the public eye for more than 20 years, Cascades Park has left a colorful mark since the earliest days of Tallahassee’s history. Back in 1821, the new territorial government was looking to pick a spot for a capital city between the two largest cities on the east and west, Pensacola and St. Augustine. Upon seeing a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the two locations — at what is now Cascades Park — Territorial Governor William Duval’s commissioners from each city chose a hill nearby as the location of the capital. Since that time families have enjoyed the park, catching baseball games for half a century at the location’s once-vibrant

Centennial Field. Yet the fairytale came to an end when decades of coal-tar contamination closed the historic site. After years of neglect, Blueprint 2000 resumed efforts in November 2009 with a $40 million project to remediate the site. The project was partially funded by a one-cent sales tax extended by Leon County voters in the fall of 2000. The purpose of the tax was to take on critical community projects such as storm water and flood control, green space acquisition and parks and recreation improvements. It’s no surprise then that Cascades serves a dual function — a park, yes, but one that also is cleverly used

This photograph from 2009 shows the area near downtown that would become Cascades Park before site work had begun. September–October 2012


as a stormwater facility. The park will be able to hold 32 On the facing page, the million gallons of water. rendering shows a bird’s-eye view of Cascades Park’s Funding for the more user“Discovery and Adventure friendly features of the 24-acre Garden.” Shown on this page park has been donated by are play stations similar local entities. Capital Health to what will appear when Plan donated $660,000 to construction is complete, create walking and biking the Grass Dune (above, trails, Mainline Information No. 8 on the drawing) and Cypress Climb (right, No. 1 Systems pledged $200,000 for on the drawing). an elaborate fountain to reinterpret the once-magnificent waterfall and Pittman Law Group offered $100,000 for the construction of the Smokey Hollow, a plaza honoring a black community that existed in the area until the 1950s. Other notable features are an amphitheatre and garden. With so many projects aimed at enlivening Tallahassee’s historic downtown, plans for the environmental remediation and rejuvenation of the area begged for the community’s input.

Enter Cultivate Cascades

Each year, community members are invited to apply for positions in the Knight Creative Community Institute (KCCI), founded in 2009 with a five-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The volunteer organization pioneers service projects to improve the quality of life in Tallahassee. In the past, KCCI groups have launched projects

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such as the Tallahassee Film Festival, Midtown improvements and Get Gaines Going. With 16 volunteer members, Cultivate Cascades is one of three service groups comprising the 30-member KCCI group for 2011–12. The other two are Gateway Tallahassee, responsible for transforming North Monroe Street into a welcoming corridor to the city, and Tallahassee on Two Wheels, tasked with making Tallahassee a more bike-friendly city. The local leaders in Cultivate Cascades, called “community

catalysts,” are the fuel of the projects — the makers behind the madness. The name, they say, is particularly suited to their role. “We want our work to become a catalyst — to start the movement for creative solutions to further the quality of life and bring new jobs to Tallahassee,” says Betsy Couch, co-chair of Cultivate Cascades. So, the group made it a yearlong passion to make Cascades Park user-friendly. A survey asked people in the community what they thought the amphitheatre — one of the major features of the park September–October 2012


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— should be used for. Among the 1,605 completed surveys, the No. 1 Top photo, left to right: Several request was for a concert venue folpeople involved in its planning gathered to celebrate the unveiling lowed by art festival, cultural fesof the Discovery and Adventure tival and theater performance. Garden. They are Margie Quillman of “Because of the survey, we’re conBlueprint 2000, Cultivate Cascades fident the park will reach the entire committee member Melanie Carr, community in a way both young and garden sponsor Debbie Dantin, City old will enjoy,” says Couch, whose Commissioner Nancy Miller, designer group examined world-renowned of the space Meghan Mick, Dave Bright, Cultivate Cascades co-chairs parks for ideas. Berneice Cox and Betsy Couch and Plans for proactive programming Dave Snyder of Blueprint 2000. will ensure constant activity in what Above, left to right: Jan Sheffield and is hoped will become a downtown Cecilia D. Homison of First Commerce hotspot. The amphitheatre, for Credit Union, the presenting sponsor example, won’t just be used for confor the garden, are greeted by City certs — park-goers can expect mulCommissioner Gil Ziffer. tiple community uses and a renaissance of Shakespeare in the Park. “Our goals for this project were four things: to help communicate to people the best utilization of the park resources, marketing, programming and advocating,” Couch says. Besides offering a dynamic attraction to Tallahassee, KCCI is hoping a side benefit will be to draw more business to the


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area by attracting young people to stay in Tallahassee for jobs. “One of our main goals is to attract and retain young professionals and develop a more adaptable workforce in Tallahassee,” says Berneice Cox, co-chair of the Cultivate Cascades group. For the past months of the park’s remediation, Tallahassee Director of Parks and Recreation Dee Crumpler met with Cultivate Cascades and Blueprint 2000 to work through proposals and issues. “Anytime we can have a public-private partnership is a win-win for the community, who will hopefully use the park for the next 100 years,” Crumpler says. “The park was initially a stormwater facility disguised as a park, so it was going to be a passive park, but then not only the city but also KCCI realized its potential. We worked on proposals and came to a consensus on what is going to be a center of the community of Tallahassee and our premier park.” While working on the project, Cultivate “We want our Cascades also found a work to become a hole in the original plan — there was nothing catalyst — to start planned in the park for the movement for children. Group members began planning a creative solutions kid-friendly play area to further the — and raised more than $100,000 to do it. The quality of life and resulting “Discovery bring new jobs to and Adventure Garden” is a nontraditional play Tallahassee.” area that will encourage — Betsy Couch, children’s healthy develco-chair of Cultivate opment and imaginative play in natural surCascades roundings. “This is not a playground — instead of monkey bars, for example, there are logs. A child will have to actively think about their surroundings during interaction,” Couch says. “They will be encouraged to investigate and interact with their natural surroundings.” Catalyst Julz Graham said working to bring the people to the park planning process was rewarding, especially when the KCCI group was met with support from the government and community. “Working with a community service group, you’re surprised how much people actually listen to you,” Graham says. “This group has shown me that you really can make a difference, no matter who you are.” Cultivate Cascades’ involvement with Cascades Park won’t necessarily stop after the park opens in the spring of 2013, however. The group has expressed hopes of continuing on as an advisory board after its tenure as catalyst is complete. “The time frame for the KCCI project was allotted for one year — from October to October — but we’ve come to find the passion doesn’t stop after one year,” Couch says. n 62 September–October 2012 September–October 2012



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»life agenda Drink up! ▪ The City of Tallahassee has released its 2012 Water Quality Annual Report and, as expected, results show that the quality of the city’s drinking water far exceeds all regulations set by state and federal agencies. That speaks volumes, considering the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the bar pretty high for drinking water safety. “We’re blessed to be able to access the Floridan Aquifer, one of the largest and most pristine sources of water in the world, for good, clean drinking water,” said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the Environmental and Energy Resources Target Issue Committee.

Heard on the Street ▪ Capital City Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer J. Kimbrough Davis has been named 2012 “Banker of the Year” by the Florida Bankers Association (FBA). The annual award, which Davis recognizes an individual who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to the banking industry and service to his or her community, was presented in June at the FBA’s 124th annual meeting in Boca Raton. ▪ Barbara Ray, former deputy secretary at the Department of Management Services and general counsel to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, is now the vice president and new local office leader for the Ray Tallahassee office of North Highland, a global consulting company. ▪ Althemese Barnes, founding director of the John Riley Center/Museum, recently received the 12th Annual APEX Distinguished Service Award from Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine for her numerous years of service to the travel industry and outstanding contributions to the community. During the 2012 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) 10th Annual Conference, held in Denver, Colo., Barnes accepted her glass trophy honoring her positive impact on heritage tourism.

▪ Cynthia Wright, MAI, was recognized recently as the Appraisal Institute’s June “Volunteer of Distinction” for Region X. The Appraisal Institute is the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers; Region X consists of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She served as Government Relations Committee chair of the Northwest Florida Chapter in 2002, became a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1990 and received her MAI designation in 1993.

Red Cross Lead Health Services Nurse Alberta Duffee and honoree Pat Kitchen holding her granddaughter

Easterwood Drive. The special gift was made by Pat’s husband, Deeno Kitchen, who called her “an ultimate caregiver.” Pat is an experienced disaster scene responder and the lead volunteer nurse at the Capital Area Chapter. ▪ The Florida League of Cities has honored City of Tallahassee Economic & Community Development Director Michael Parker with the Home Rule Hero Award. Legislative Advocate Amber Hughes presented the award to Parker. This prestigious award was presented for his efforts during the 2012 legislative session to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities.  ▪ The McDonald Fleming Moorhead law firm announced recently that Jan Gaston has joined the firm as a real estate closing assistant. Jan has 20 years of experience in the real estate title business and six Gaston years in lending. The firm was established in 1988 and has provided legal counsel and representation throughout Northwest Florida for more than two decades.

▪ In a bid to open up regional territories, Florida Commerce Credit Union has changed its name to First Commerce Credit Union. The name change was approved by the State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation in May. In its first step towards regional expansion, the credit union plans to open a financial center in Thomasville. The credit union employs around 120 professionals and currently serves 39,000 members, overseeing more than $360 million in assets with seven full-service financial centers, six in Tallahassee.

▪ Capital Regional Medical Center recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated by the group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, which used publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. ▪ TALCOR Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc., has become an official member of the NAI Global network and has changed its name to NAI TALCOR. NAI Global manages a network of 5,000 professionals and 350 offices in 55 countries around the world.

▪ Randy Esponda has been named the Head Bar Manager of Level 8 Lounge at Hotel Duval. Esponda will be responsible for overall operations with an emphasis on customer service and creative promotions and execution. Since joining the Hotel Duval team, he has been instrumental in designing many successful promotions, including the popular Level 8 Lounge Sky High Cigar Club and the return of Little Black Dress Night. ▪ Longtime Red Cross volunteer Pat Kitchen was recently honored by having a training room named after her at the Red Cross Headquarters on

Randy Esponda (center, in suit) and the Level 8 team September–October 2012



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Trends Southern Style Preppy

While the prep school look has its roots in the Northeast, Tallahassee artist and designer William Lamb has collaborated with the iconic Brooks Brothers store and others to create products that bring a Southern sensibility to the classic style. In Wm Lamb & Son’s world, those little whales give way to more plantation-oriented designs, such as pointers, camo, quail and guns. In November 2011, Brooks Brothers debuted a Limited Edition Social Primer Tailgate Blazer with Wm Lamb & Son’s Hunt Scene design as the jacket liner. That navy blazer sold so well, Brooks Brothers and The Social Primer introduced another Tailgate Blazer in navy and red in 2012, both featuring Wm Lamb & Son Fox Hunt Scene as the jacket liner.  // Terra Palmer and Calynne Hill, TUTU Divine

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“Southern Plantation” designs to The Southern Proper, an Atlantabased company, for their Fall 2012 Line of ties and bowties. All the designs are offered in bow tie and necktie in several different colors. The models in this photo are William Lamb and his son, Will. All are sold on The Southern Proper and Wm Lamb & Son websites and locally at Cole Couture. ($60, bowtie; $75, necktie)

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by hand here in Tallahassee and sold on the website and at Cole Couture. ($75)

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William Lamb sports a pair of pants made from his Hunt Scene fabric at the launch party for Brooks Brothers’ Tailgate Blazers in Atlanta.

Brooks Brothers jacket looks like a traditional blazer on the outside, it definitely shows its Southern roots with the Wm Lamb & Co. designed lining. All Tailgate Blazers are available directly through Brooks Brothers, both online and in retail stores ($448).

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tarpon for a quick picture and measurement often ends with the removal of a tarpon scale for a perfect and beautiful souvenir before releasing the fish back into the water. With this in mind, Lamb designed and created the Tarpon Scale Belt Buckle inspired from an original tarpon scale. These pewter belt buckles are poured September–October 2012



A Dangerous Infection

By Kayla Becker

Jenny Mayfield Blackstone

Knowing the Symptoms of Meningitis and Getting Vaccinated Can Save Lives

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Run for Lawson To celebrate her daughter’s memory and raise awareness and funds for the National Meningitis Foundation, Cathy Mayfield organized “Run for Lawson,” an event open to the community that features a 1-mile fun walk/run, along with 5K and 10K races. Last fall’s inaugural event was a success, earning $35,000. “We were absolutely overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support and involvement,” said Cathy Mayfield. The second annual Run for Lawson will be held Oct. 6. “We are thrilled to again offer a fantastic cross country course, beginning on the athletic fields of Holy Comforter Episcopal School and running through the beautiful Welaunee Plantation grounds,” she said. For more information about the race, visit

In the fall of 2009, 18-year-old Lawson Mayfield was rushed to the hospital with what she thought was a migraine. Twenty-four hours later, the vibrant young woman and accomplished equestrian was dead. The culprit: bacterial meningitis, a rare and contagious central nervous system disease characterized by inflammation of the membranes (the meninges) around the brain or spinal cord. “I thought she was having a horrible migraine and was hoping for pain relief at the hospital,” said Cathy Mayfield, Lawson’s mother. Because Mayfield had migraines previously, she was not immediately tested for meningitis in the hospital — critical hours that made a difference with the aggressive disease. “Lawson literally deteriorated in less than 24 hours from a dull headache into full-blown bacterial meningitis, which is why it is so important for people to be aware of the disease, the symptoms, the treatment and the availability of safe and effective vaccines,” Mayfield said. There are two types of meningitis: viral, which is easily cured, and bacterial, the more dangerous of the two. According to the National Meningitis Association, one out of seven bacterial meningitis cases among adolescents will result in death. Dr. Philbert J. Ford, a specialist in infectious disease internal medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, said there is a triad of telltale symptoms to be on the lookout for: fever, headache and stiff neck. Though infrequent, the disease is not a stranger to Tallahassee. “It’s relatively rare, thank goodness, but we do see it,” Ford said. The disease affects those with compromised or weak immune systems, hitting the very young and very old age groups the hardest. “My previous knowledge about meningitis was, unfortunately, not much,” Mayfield said. “I had heard of both bacterial and viral meningitis but mostly associated the disease with babies. I knew it was very

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An avid equestrian, Lawson Mayfield (facing page) was suddenly struck with meningitis and died. The inaugural run in her honor was held in 2011 (far right) and participants included her grandmother (right).

dangerous but again thought it was limited to very young children.” Many young adults contract the contagious disease from living in close quarters like dorms, which increases the chance of the spread of bacterial fluids from coughing, sneezing and kissing. “There is no real predisposition made on age; the deciding factor is predominately environment, so it’s important to maintain cleanliness and take precautions by sneezing into your arm and washing your hands,” Ford said. Alarmingly, the bacteria can colonize in anyone at anytime — your neighbor on the plane, a friend at a bar, your dorm roommate — and there are no signs telling who has the bacteria until it causes an infection. Luckily, a safe, FDA-approved vaccine can help prevent the majority of meningitis cases. College students are usually encouraged to receive the vaccine before their freshman year, but the Leon County public health department also offers the meningitis vaccination to 11 year olds. Despite the fact that the meningococcal vaccination can effectively prevent cases and is available to people from age 9 months to 55 years, Florida’s current vaccination rate is a dismal 55 percent for those between the ages of 13 and 17, according to the Florida Medical Association. “In many cases it is a preventable disease,” Mayfield said. “The fact that only 55 percent of our young adults get vaccinated is a perfect example of why this information is important.” Ford also hopes the community will recognize the symptoms and be wary of the disease. “This disease is something the community needs to be aware of,” Ford said. “Being informed, knowing the symptoms and getting help as soon as possible is the key.” n September–October 2012


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Beware the Office Chair Stand Up for Your Health at Work

Clients and colleagues who pass Shannon Colavecchio’s office door are sometimes surprised at what they see — she’s standing up for most of the day, eye-level with her computer screen which sits on an elevated desk. Colavecchio, a director of Moore Consulting Group as well as an avid fitness instructor and blogger, didn’t just misplace her chair. As part of the office’s in-house Wellness Program, she opted for a healthier lifestyle by switching to a stand-up desk. A new phenomenon in the workplace, the stand-up desk is an easyto-assemble attachment that sits on top of the normal desk surface, making sitting a bad habit of the past. “If you think about it, we sit everywhere, all the time,” Colavecchio said. “We never walk anywhere, we drive. Compared to 50 or even 20 years ago, we are just not moving enough.” In fact, sitting could be killing you. According to an eye-opening infographic from Medical Billing and Coding, people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs. Though most Americans continue to sit on average 9.3 hours daily both at home and in the office, research has shown there are severe health consequences to lounging for too long. As soon as you sit down, electrical activity in your leg muscles shuts off, calorie burning drops to one per minute and enzymes that help break down fat drop by 90 percent. Just by standing during office hours, workers who use the stand-up desk see improved circulation and core strengthening, increased energy, productivity and brainpower, and less back pain. “It actually started to help in terms of taking pressure off of my back, and I had more energy,” Colavecchio said. “You also burn more calories when you stand than if you sit. It’s minimal, but if you do it for eight hours a day, it adds up.” So far, the stand-up desk is catching on. Another colleague, Jaime Fortune, started doing her own research on the benefits of standing. When she came across “Drop Dead Healthy,” a book detailing author A.J. Jacobs’s quest for a healthy lifestyle, Fortune was convinced. “What really got to me is even if you work out consistently, you don’t reap any benefits of exercising if you sit for eight hours,” she said. To test out the benefits, Fortune fashioned a makeshift stand-up desk out of copy paper boxes, and after just a couple of days, she was hooked. Now she always keeps a pair of comfy shoes under her stand-up desk. “It’s funny because I don’t get tired of standing for long periods, but now when I sit for more than 30 minutes I do get lethargic,” Fortune said.

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By Kayla Becker

Not long after, Jim Hunt, vice president of Moore Consulting, also ordered a stand-up desk to help with tense shoulders and uncomfortable muscles that resulted from sitting. “Before, I swapped chairs and did everything I could to get comfortable, but standing makes the difference,” Hunt said. “I leave here with more energy at the end of the day.” With two other employees in the process of ordering their desks, Colavecchio is glad that the company’s Wellness Program is paving the way for a healthy office lifestyle with stand-up desks. “I’m excited that we’re doing it, and if we can be an example to other people in the office or to people in Tallahassee, I think it’s great.” n 



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Close-up encounters with nature are not uncommon when taking a kayak out on the river or in the Gulf. Relax and enjoy the sounds of the wild.

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Paddle Crazy New Equipment Turns Age-Old Activity into the Hot New Sport for Adventurers

Scott Holstein

By Chuck Simpson

The silence of the morning was only slightly interrupted by the sound of birds chattering behind a veil of marsh grass and the distant drone of an outboard motor. With each stroke of my paddle, the kayak I was sitting in glided silently across the water. Sunrise was just beyond the horizon. I was caught up in the peace and tranquility of being alone. With no particular destination in mind I paddled farther away from the sandy shore where I had launched only minutes earlier. Following Apalachee Bay’s pristine shoreline, I headed for a shallow bay I was familiar with. The whole time thinking to myself how easy this kayaking thing is — no big boat, no trailer, no gas, no oil … just slide it out of the truck, launch and go. This was my first solo trip — not to fish, I do that professionally — but to kayak onto the waters where I have spent thousands of hours plying my trade as a lighttackle flats fishing guide. On that particular morning I rapidly began to understand why so many of my friends were paddling around in small plastic boats. Nationally, the sport of paddling has undergone a surge in popularity over the past decade. The Tallahassee area is no exception and, with plenty of unrestricted access to public water, it’s understandable. Pretty much every day you’ll see some type of kayak or stand-up paddleboard (sup board) secured to a vehicle. September–October 2012



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In today’s climate, paddling has given our healthconscious, environmentally aware population an economical way to venture out on the water. Whether you enjoy the benefits from the physical exertion involved, getting close to nature, spending quality time with family and friends, or wetting a line, you’ll find paddling a worthwhile activity. The sport offers a peaceful escape from the rest of the world along with the benefit of being on the water. Unlike a watercraft propelled by a combustion motor, which requires continual maintenance and overhead, a paddle propulsion watercraft requires a nominal upfront cost to get going — your vessel, personal flotation devices (required by law) and a paddle. Pretty basic! The rest of the outfitting is up to you. The sky is the limit in paddle sports when it comes to accessorizing, especially for gear-heads like myself.

But, as a professional outdoors person, I will suggest that the lighter you travel, the better off you will be; less is more. Paddling is about simplicity.

New Age Designs from an Age-Old Concept

Manufacturers offer a variety of choices for those who want to begin paddling, but they probably won’t be what we’ve been used to seeing in past decades. The traditional canoe is almost a relic and there aren’t too many of the unstable whitewater kayaks in our region. In the past, kayaks were used for many different purposes: transportation, exploration, hunting, fishing and by thrill and pleasure seekers. Now, they have evolved into sleek, specialized hybrid models. Processes like rotomolding — creating strong, seam-free molded plastic and plastic-composite products in a rotating September–October 2012


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mold — allow manufacturers to mass-produce lighter, tougher, more versatile craft designed with stability in mind, and at affordable prices. Do you like to paddle or pedal? Do you want a single-person, tandem or touring kayak? The verdict is out on which is best — it’s all up to your personal preference. Manufacturer offerings vary, but several companies offer the versatility to pick up a paddle or for the operator to propel the craft by pedal power. Most people using pedal-propelled crafts are those who fish because it allows the legs to do the work — leaving their hands free to focus on the important task of casting. Some kayaks are fitted with a mast and can be sailed. I guess the wind is the simplest way to go.

The Latest Rage

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I can remember daydreaming a little about riding the waves off Hawaii. Today you see plenty of long boards but not the kind used to shoot the curl. The new version of the sport is called “stand up paddle boarding.” The long board from days of old has a new design and is riding a tall wave of popularity, gliding silently down rivers, across lakes and hitting the ocean. Unlike kayaking and other paddle sports where the majority of time is spent sitting on one’s posterior, stand up paddleboards give you exactly what the name implies: an opportunity to stand up and paddle. A few models are designed to allow a person to either stand or sit, but for the most part paddleboarding is a stand-up sport. Stand up paddleboards offer a different perspective for the paddle enthusiast. Instead of an eye-level, water surface view, the person on the long board can actually look across and down into the water. The mechanics of this sport have some phenomenal health benefits and provide a great total body workout. Paddle fitness exercise classes are starting to pop up all along our coastal regions. This type of exercise class is definitely taught in a unique setting. Can you imagine practicing your yoga poses while floating on the water? The versatile paddleboard is impressive; glide silently across the water’s surface, ride a wave in the surf, stalk fish on the shallow flats of the Gulf or view nature’s wild and aquatic life in a way you’ve never seen it. The possibilities are endless; all you need is an adventurous spirit.

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A host of companies manufacture a variety of stand up boards. Some boards are custom built and others are manufactured on a larger scale to keep up with the growing popularity of the sport. A board’s design and the materials used in construction are what determine weight, stability, performance and durability. You can get started with just a board and a paddle, or you can have it customized with additions such as a cooler and leaning rail. The choices are up to you. Do some research, attend a demonstration day; benefit from some professional advice before making a purchase. Most paddle sport shops will offer you a chance to “test paddle” a board before you purchase one. This is the advantage of shopping and buying from a locally owned business.

How Do I Get on the Water?

The Tallahassee area and North Florida are an outdoor person’s wonderland, and for the adventure-minded who like to spend time on the water; it’s a virtual Eden. Numerous public access points to lakes, ponds, rivers,

beaches and the shallow bays of the Gulf of Mexico, give us miles of unlimited water to paddle on. Regardless of the paddle craft, there’s water for all occasions and, due to our relatively mild climate, many people enjoy the sport year-round. If you’re unfamiliar with the area and interested in paddling, but you’re not sure how to get started, visit one of the local paddle shops, or go with a tour operator. Locally, several shops provide sales and tours with guides who are certified, experienced and know the local waters well. Local and regional specialty paddlesports shops allow customers the opportunity to benefit from their professional advice. Most of them sponsor demo days, giving people a chance to use different brands and styles firsthand before making a buying decision. I strongly suggest speaking with a dealer to determine your needs. In Wakulla County just south of Tallahassee, two wellknown area businesses cater to paddlers and are dedicated to paddle sports: The Wilderness Way and T-n-T HideA-Way, the latter located on the banks of the Wakulla

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River. Both businesses have been around for many years and specialize in sales, rentals and tours. Georgia Ackerman, owner of The Wilderness Way for more than a decade, offers guided tours on many rivers in the region. She and her staff are experienced paddlers, hold certifications, are very knowledgeable, offer instruction and are able to assist you with choosing and purchasing the proper equipment for paddling. As a full service shop, The Wilderness Way carries multiple kayak lines and sup boards, along with all the necessary accessories. On the banks of the Wakulla River, Jackie Youngstrand and her son, Robert Baker, operate T-n-T Hide-A-Way, a family business that has been in operation more than 30 years. T-n-T specializes in canoe and kayak rentals as well as sales and instruction. Their certified guides offer tours on many of the local rivers. Instructional classes are offered on a regular basis and you can book a kayak fishing trip with a Wilderness Systemsendorsed kayak-fishing guide. T-n-T has a launch onsite so there is no need for shuttle service. You can leave the premises and head up or down river. Franklin County is a paddle craft paradise. Island Outfitters, located on St. George Island, is owned and operated by Capt. Larry Troy and his wife, Angela. He has been fishing the area for more than 40 years and he and Angela are both very knowledgeable paddlers. Island Outfitters handles kayaks suited especially for fishing and paddleboards. They provide sales, demos, rentals and instruction. St. George Island presents the perfect place to paddle on the gulf, bay or surfside, and Capt. Larry will be more than happy to tell you where the fish are biting. Paddlin’ Around offers stand up paddling to the Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Ann Hudgins teaches basic lessons on “How to Paddle” at Lake Hall along with fitness classes on the boards focusing on your core muscles. The company also offers hourly rentals of boards as well as arranging outings to different local watering holes such as the Wakulla River, Alligator Point, St. Teresa Beach and more. Plans for SUP races are also in the works. Search “paddlin around” to find their Facebook page. So, if you have ever wondered about those little boats and boards secured to a vehicle and thought you might like to give it a try, now’s the time to get out and go paddle crazy. n 

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Tailgating is enjoyed today more than ever, often becoming more important than the games themselves! For most sports fans, the tailgating experience is centered around the back of a truck or under a tent in the parking lot. It is a pre- and post-game social event, often commencing many hours before the game itself and lasting well after the time clock has wound down — no matter who wins or loses! Typical tailgating fare usually includes some kind of alcoholic beverage (mainly beer), grilled burgers or hotdogs, barbecue and other assorted pick-up foods. Paper plates are fine, but many fans take it up a notch, creating a home-away-fromhome with china and glasses. It’s also a great opportunity to embrace the preppy look, so pop your collar and break out the plaid blankets. Games such as beer pong, ladder toss and corn hole are frequently played. Some fans go tailgate hopping, meandering through the parking lot from party to party. And there’s no need to limit tailgating parties to sporting events; they’re also fun at weddings, graduations and concerts. This year bring your tailgating A-game and do it “Tutu Style” using some of the great ideas shown here.

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Home Improvement Knowing Your Limitations, and When to Call in the Experts, Can Save Time, Money and Even Prevent Serious Injury By Jason Dehart

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Reality TV makes “do-it-yourself” look

Homeowner and DIYer Tina Reason (right) and her friend Joyce Olaves pose with some of the tools they used to paint the door they’re standing in front of and other projects throughout her home.

so easy. Hang a door? No sweat. Knock down a wall? That’s easy. Install a new kitchen sink complete with new countertops and fixtures? Done and done, all within the allotted hour-long running time. Inspired by this example, the typical homeowner (someone who’s level of actual experience is minimal) may jump up and say, “My gosh, if they can do it, I can too!” A mad dash out to the neighborhood hardware mega-store results in the purchase of a $600 miter saw, or a Skil Saw, or a chainsaw. At best, our plucky wannabe do-it-yourselfer could end up spending a lot of cash on something that may be used once, then put on Craigslist. At worst, they’ll end up in the hospital. According to, in 2009 home power tools caused 83,202 trips to the emergency room. Falls from ladders sent a staggering 246,733 people to the hospital, while chainsaws injured 26,593. Even paints and chemicals can get you in trouble. Accidents involving paints, solvents, lubricants and cleaning agents caused 53,907 injuries. Accidents can happen even to seasoned professionals. But if you’re not comfortable with your tools, or just don’t want to mess with a certain aspect of a project, then you should call in the experts. Knowing when to call for help is the key to staying safe — and to having a satisfactory result that adds something of value to your home. “You have to get contractors to do certain things,” said Paul Peeples, a Chaires homeowner who has experienced his share of do-it-yourself projects, from total remodeling to building homes from scratch. “I know where my talents are and where they aren’t. You hire people to do certain September–October 2012


»style HABITAT things that you can’t do or don’t want to do.” Sometimes, though, an expert may not do the job to your satisfaction. Arbor Hills resident Tina Reason took over the job of painting her Knowing guest bathroom when she wasn’t happy with when to call work done by a hired for help is painter. She and friend the key to Joyce Olaves deterstaying safe — mined to take it on as a project. and to having do-it-yourself “We started all this a satisfactory because I was embarrassed for anyone to result come into the guest that adds bathroom,” said something of Reason, a case manager for Tallahassee value to Veterans Village. your home. With a little help from classes taken at Home Depot, they not only texturized and repainted the guest bathroom but added new towel racks and took on more complicated projects such as adding a new faucet and new lighting. Inspired and encouraged, they went

and installed a new sink, toilet and faucet in the master bath as well. With each project their confidence grows, Reason said. “You get more brave thinking you can tackle bigger projects and it seems to grow,” she said. “Of course, we started painting the baseboards in the hallways, kitchen, bathroom, and are going to do the bedroom. We painted the front door, garage door, and the big project we have coming up is we’re going to re-do the cabinetry in the kitchen.”

Rules to Live By

Everyone is different and will have different capabilities. But there are certain guidelines to follow, according to local experts. “It’ll depend on the individual’s knowledge and what type of dexterity they have,” said Marvin McPhate of Vanguard North. McPhate is a custom home remodeling expert from Monticello who has worked on projects in and around Tallahassee for more than 20 years. “I’d say do what you think you are capable of doing, provided it has nothing to do with the structural integrity of the house.” Some home improvement projects may call for more information than you can get down at the DIY class. Ed Dion of Dion Builders said you

might have to ask the local building department for helpful hints and advice. You might need to apply for some permits as well. “Once you’ve decided on what the project is, the building department might be a helpful place to start,” Dion said. “They can tell you what permits you’d need, where you can find the codes that need to be adhered to online and what inspections will be required.” Reviewing building codes can be a daunting task, even for the professionals. Dion said that 600 significant changes to the state’s building code just went into effect. He himself recently sat through seven hours of continuing education classes to learn what they are. “It’s mind-boggling. I keep a hard copy of the code around, and when I suffer from insomnia I don’t get past a page and a half of it,” he said.

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There’s really no such thing as a “simple” DIY project. Dion said the prospective DIY type could start small with a cabinet, but can you do it in a way that makes you happy and adds something to the home? “Cost and level of expertise will vary with each individual, but in the end, the only time it matters is

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when you try to sell the home. Is someone going to see it as an asset or a distraction?” he said. Steve O’Connor, a licensed contractor and owner of Handyman Matters of Tallahassee, cautions that you certainly don’t want to do anything that will take away from your home’s value. “If you’re making the improvements to sell the house, you need to have enough knowledge to have your finished project look professional,” he said. “Buyers are looking for defects and they’ll find them and it will drive your value down.” O’Connor said that thanks to a down economy, more and more private individuals who aren’t necessarily qualified are starting to venture into the DIY realm to save some cash. In the long run, it may not be a good decision. “People are doing more DIY stuff as a costdriven decision,” he said. “And most DIY projects don’t turn out professional quality work. They’re making a compromise that as long as they’re living in the house they’re fine with it, but when they sell the house it has a good chance of not being a good economic choice.”

Safety Foremost

Probably one of the biggest questions you have to ask yourself when confronted by a

Hiring A Contractor Observing due diligence is essential to not getting ripped off, according to the Federal Trade Commission. For starters, get a grip on the size and scope of your project before picking up the phone book. There are different types of contractors for different jobs, depending on the complexity of your project. General contractors manage all aspects of the job, and that includes hiring and supervising subcontractors; pulling permits and scheduling inspectors. Specialty contractors install specific items like cabinets and bathroom fixtures. Architects design homes, add-ons and major renovations. You may want to hire one of these guys if your home improvement project involves making structural changes. Design/Build contractors provide one-stop service. They handle the project from start to finish. Sometimes they’ll have on-staff architects or use certified designers.

Once you’ve singled out the type you need, proceed to the interview process. Ask them how long they’ve been in business. Look for a well-established company and check into their history. See if there are any unresolved customer complaint issues. Determine if the company is licensed and registered with your state. The FTC said that while most states license electrical and plumbing contractors, only 36 states have some kind of licensing and registration laws affecting contractors, remodelers and/or specialty contractors. Understand your payment options. If it’s a large project, do you want to get your own home improvement loan or ask the contractor to arrange the financing? Get a written contract, keep good records and have a job completion “punch list” on hand to make sure payment has been made, the job site cleaned up and all work is inspected and approved. For more information, go to September–October 2012


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DIY project is, can I do this safely? O’Connor said that should be the very first consideration. “There are some tools that are deadly, even to the people who know what they are doing,” O’Connor said. “The (tools) that stand out to me being the most dangerous tools that are readily available are Skil saws, chainsaws and tablesaws. Unless you are trained in (the use of power tools), or have somebody to help you, that’s a red flag to me.” Sometimes, not using a power tool is the best choice, because that can get you in trouble. When Peeples and a friend went to New Orleans to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, people there were astonished that they could do the work without a nail gun. “They asked us where our nail guns are, and we said we don’t need them,” he said. From a safety standpoint, it can be a bad thing if your hand is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Inexperienced users need not apply. Power tools aside, O’Connor said that ladders, gas leaks and electrical projects are other areas where safety has to be Job One. “Unless you have the safety devices for it and have good help holding ladders, it is an area of concern,” he said. “Gas and gas appliances of any kind, leave that to a professional. Gas leaks and ignition can be fatal. A grey area is electrical, but if you have to ask a question about it, you shouldn’t be doing it.” Whatever you do, don’t modify a tool. For any reason. “Example is you buy a side grinder and you need to take the guard off to get to a corner. You just committed a major sin,” O’Connor said. “Don’t modify tools. If you have to do that, you got the wrong tool for the job.”

After a botched painting job by a professional, Tina Reason texturized and painted her guest bathroom and then replaced towel racks, lighting and the faucet.

Self-improvement via home improvement may be a worthy goal, and O’Connor said if you want to take on a certain project, by all means go for it. But if your primary reason for DIY is saving money, you have to ask yourself some questions. “The first is, if I get in over my head, can I afford to have it straightened out? I see a good bit of that,” he said. “I get calls from that standpoint, people starting it themselves and getting over their head and then somebody is forced into the situation.” Peeples said he can understand that sinking feeling some might have when faced with a complex project. You just have to make sure you have the resources to fall back on to help you through. Unanticipated problems can make any project challenging and trying. “Just about any project can turn into a real challenge when you encounter the unexpected,” O’Connor said. “That is what differentiates the pros from the novices. If you are trying to change out faucets and your tools are a pair of Channellocks and a pair of pliers, you can make a mess in a hurry with all that. You have to ask: If I foul it up, can I afford to straighten it out?” Dion said there’s really too much at stake, financially and emotionally, to screw up a DIY project. “Many think ‘It’ll cost me less if I do it myself’ but if it’s done wrong it could end up costing twice as much or more,” he said. “There are unfinished projects all over town, but we usually don’t see them ’til the bitter end. Home renovation work can be tedious and emotionally draining for homeowners, especially when added on top of a full-time job that is draining as well.” Many people relish being a do-it-yourselfer. There’s a great sense of accomplishment at the end of each project. “To me, it’s a gratifying thing,” Peeples said. “You learn from what you’ve done. You build on prior experience and knowledge. I wouldn’t feel you’re insufficient because you can’t do certain things; if people get frustrated that typically makes them stop trying. You find what you’re good at and work around the rest. The bottom line is common sense and doing your research.” n  88 September–October 2012

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During this Halloween season, residents should not only be aware of the sneaky creatures creeping outside on All Hallow’s Eve but the ones lurking inside their homes as well. Even though vampire appliances won’t put the bite on you or invite you to dinner at the Cullen’s, they do suck money right out of your pocket. “Vampire” appliances plug into the wall to operate and use small amounts of electricity even when they’re not being used. For example, if a televi“When you turn sion or blow dryer is plugged into off your television, the wall but is switched off, or if a cell phone charger is plugged into it’s not off, dead. the wall but there is no phone attached to the other end, each still It’s designed so uses electricity. that it consumes Richard Stephens, former AP Environmental Science teacher at tiny amounts of Lincoln High School, describes electricity, but it’s it this way: “When you turn off a light switch in your home, that’s still energy.” off. It breaks the circuit. When — Richard Stephens, you turn off your television, it’s former AP not off, dead. It’s designed so that it consumes tiny amounts of Environmental electricity, but it’s still energy. It Science teacher at still took a fossil fuel, or a nuclear power plant, or a dam, or a windLincoln High School mill to generate the electricity.” Aside from helping the environment by conserving energy, unplugging vampire appliances when they are not in use can also save money for individual households. Annually, a household will probably only save about $10. Relatively insignificant when considered individually, but if calculated nationwide, it would conserve a tremendous amount of money and energy. “If you took all the homes collectively over the country, it would equal something like the power generated by six coalpower plants, typically,” Stephens explained. Companies such as Brookstone have created a solution called the Smart Strip Automatic Power Controller, which only uses energy when the power strip is turned on, even if it’s plugged in. It also accommodates appliances that have their own on/off switch, so that if the individual appliance is turned off, it immediately stops sucking electricity even while the strip is turned on. The best way to get in the habit of conserving money and energy with the Smart Strip is by switching it off immediately after the user is finished with the appliances. Residents who are electric customers of the City of Tallahassee Utilities can also schedule a free energy audit, where a representative checks the energy usage in a home and offers tips to conserve. The city offers rebate programs for purchasing certain Energy Star plug-in appliances, such as a $75 rebate for a refrigerator or $100 for a washing machine. “Anybody with a 10 or 15-year-old refrigerator should definitely take advantage of these rebate programs,” Stephens said. “Just don’t take the old one and put it in the garage and plug it back in … then you have two refrigerators. You’re using more energy.” n 












Fifth Avenue Enjoy the Posh Life in Historic, Happening Old Naples

The Inn on Fifth is located in the heart of Naples’ historic district, an easy stroll away from great restaurants and nightlife. Or, opt to stay inside and enjoy a treatment (inset) at the boutique hotel’s Asian-inspired Spa on Fifth.

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Now, I’m no mathematician, but here’s an equation even I can solve: Boutique hotel + spa + beach + great shopping = what? Girlfriends’ weekend, of course! And if you’re willing to take the crew on a bit of a road trip, you’ll find the perfect answer waaaaay down Florida’s west coast in Naples. It’s about a six-and-ahalf hour drive from here (plenty of talk time!), but at the end of the trek you’ll find a city that’s chic, luxe, historical and easy to take in during a long weekend. The metro area is about the size of ours, but after spying a Maserati dealership on the way to the hotel, I knew we weren’t in Tallahassee anymore. Naples has the highest median household income in the state and many of the manses you’ll see there are actually second and third homes. In the peak winter season, the population can jump by 35 percent. It’s not flashy money, but if you look around there are signs of wealth and a populace used to the finer things in life.

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A great jumping-off point for a few days of enjoying the finer things along with them is the elegant Inn on Fifth, located in the heart of Old Naples, which has garnered fourand four-plus-star rankings from Tripadvisor, Expedia, and Yelp. The original building used to be a bank, but it reopened in 1998 as a boutique hotel with luxury amenities, including a spa and rooftop courtyard pool. The Inn has several package deals, including a twonight Ladies’ Choice package that includes breakfast for two, dinner for two and a deluxe spa treatment (Pinot Noir Vino Therapy Detoxing Wrap, anyone?) priced at $294 a night through October 31. There are plenty of opportunities for fabulous food within walking distance of the Inn, but two are actually attached to it. For casual fare, there’s McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill. The food is the usual soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, but the ambiance is one-ofa-kind. The bar itself is about as authentic as it gets — it was handcrafted in Dublin, then shipped to Naples and reassembled at the restaurant. For grins, your group could chose to dine in The Wine Vault, which was the actual vault during the building’s incarnation as the First National Bank of Naples. Just around the corner is a not-to-be-missed fine dining experience at Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House. While the food is first class, the atmosphere is more relaxed. You can get just about any crab you’d like, but the hands-down favorite are the stone crab claws, available during the season that lasts from Oct. 15 through May 14 (Monday nights are all-you-can eat.) The tasty delicacy is actually harvested about 18 miles south of the restaurant from a fishery owned by the restaurant. Truluck’s also boasts an expansive wine list, with more than 100 available by the glass.

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Naples’ Fifth Avenue is a beautiful promenade that ends at the Gulf of Mexico. The wide sandy beach is just a few blocks away from the Inn on Fifth, allowing you to stroll past — or drop into — upscale boutiques, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, sidewalk cafés, art galleries and grand homes along the way. A walk along the beach will take you past waterfront mansions, including the one owned by Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott. By day, you can enjoy the shops and dining, but the avenue comes alive after the sun goes down as people and music spill out of restaurants, most of which have sidewalk dining, and rocking nightspots. But our favorite activity was the shopping, and we enjoyed many retail experiences you can’t find in Tallahassee. A few miles down Tamiami Trail North are the Waterside Shops, a beautiful semi-outdoor mall anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue (where we spotted a tiny dog being carried around in a Louis Vuitton tote) and Nordstrom. In between, we oohed and ahhed over the wares to be found in more than 60 shops, including Anthropologie, St. John, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Hermés, lululemon and Kate Spade.

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But even if your wallet can only take a few hits from the pricier stores, there’s great discount shopping to be had in the area. Just north of Naples on Interstate 75 you’ll find Miromar Outlets, with more than 140 stores featuring just about any name brand you can think of. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are an excellent variety of secondhand shops where you can find quality merchandise at reasonable prices. (Hint: The Inn’s concierge can give you a list of nearby thrift shops.) Wear in the World, just behind the Inn on Fourth Avenue South, has a posh look and racks of high fashion, but it’s all gently used and on sale for consignment. Not cheap, but you could take home an haute couture $7,000 Balenciaga leather jacket for $1,000, or a rainbow of colors of never-worn Tory Burch flats for $35 each — a great deal if your shoe size is 6½. It was lots of fun to get a close-up look at the fashion, from red-soled “Loubie” shoes to a classic Chanel suit we had only seen before on the runway and the red carpet. Less pricey were a cluster of shops around 10th Street South that call themselves the “Trail of Treasures.” Our favorite was a shop called Options, a thrift store supporting the local shelter for abused women, which included tons of brand-name clothes (including a $99 rack of St. John wear) and home furnishings and accessories. There are several Goodwill stores in the area. We’d suggest the one on Pine Ridge Road, which we agree had the best selection of name brands. Naples was a very remote spot until the late 1920s, when the railroad came to town and the Tamiami Trail connected it with Florida’s east coast (before that time, in order to get across the state, one had to drive up to Jacksonville and back down to Miami!) Naples is still within shouting distance of the Everglades — although that’s an adventure that will have to wait for our next visit. And, rest assured, we will be back! n 



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Ann Arbor An Artsy, Academic American Beauty By Zandra Wolfgram and Jack Macaleavy If Ann Arbor were a movie star she would be Jennifer Garner — earthy, smart and as approachable as the-girl-next-door, but with an unexpected artsy edge. She makes everyone feel at home. She is an authentic American beauty who is just as comfortable debating the Wolverines’ season in a pub as she is at a gallery opening. And once you are charmed, you can’t help but think there is so much more to her. Founded in 1824, Ann Arbor was supposedly named for the wives of the two men (John Allen and Elisha Rumsey) who founded the town and for the lovely trees — 50,000 varieties — that give the town such a lush, fresh feel. Ann Arbor is found just 30 miles west of Detroit. It is a threehour jaunt from Cleveland or four hours from Chicago. The town centers around the University of Michigan (UM), which has drawn some of the best minds in science and art since 1817. There are four hubs where most of the hustle and bustle centers: Kerrytown, Main Street, State Street and the university campus. Nearby Chelsea, an artsy village minutes west of Ann Arbor, and historic-site-filled Milan just 20 minutes southeast, are also must sees. Ann Arbor is savvy and sophisticated: the Aveda Institute, Google Ad Words and Domino’s are headquartered here. Avant-garde in nature from its early founding days, it’s no surprise that the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art (UMMA) is home to one of the first formal art collections formed in the country. UMMA boasts the largest collection of Whistler paintings as well as stunning decorative pieces by Tiffany. The exterior of the museum is home to several amazing public art sculptures created by artists all around the globe that have greeted passersby since the 1960s. Though illustrious, the university is only the beginning of what’s impressive about Ann Arbor.

A Taste of Ann Arbor It doesn’t surprise that Midwest Living voted Ann Arbor as one of the “Top Midwest Food Towns” in 2010. What is a pleasant surprise is the diverse range and caliber of the cuisine. From flavorful falafel sandwiches at Jerusalem Garden to heaping helpings of shepherd’s pie at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, from pirogues at old world Amadeus to traditional Italian dishes at upscale Gratzi Ristorante and carefully prepared sea bass at the popular Common Grill. Within its 28 square miles, Ann Arbor dishes Scenes from up every imaginable kind of cuisine with care and Ann Arbor include the University it tastes like it. of Michigan The Midwest loves its suds, and Ann Arbor Museum of Art, doesn’t disappoint. According to the Michigan Beer which boasts Guide, there are 83 brewpubs and microbreweries an impressive in Michigan, and 30 of those are located in the Ann collection of Arbor area. If you love fresh, flavorful ales, belly up outdoor sculpture (bottom left). to the bar at Original Gravity Brewery. Operated

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An Eventful Fall Sept. 8, 2012

5th Annual Homegrown Festival

Sept. 15–16, 2012 Ann Arbor Antiques Market

Sept. 27, 2012

UMS Presents: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Ghoultide Gathering – original Halloween art festival

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MI Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival

Oct. 27, 2012

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by 35 year-old Brad Sancho, formerly a mechanical engineer, this no-frills bar is filled with locals filling their growlers to the brim with a half-dozen delicious microbrews on tap. We recommend the Belgian Orange Peel Wheels and the Mason Brewer, a peppery ale named for the brewmaster’s son. Wine lovers need not despair. Vinology, operated by the Jonna family out of a historic building on Main Street, is just one memorable example of the many wine bars in town. It boasts 100 wines by the bottle and 50 by the glass. You can enjoy them by the glass, by flight or purchase a bottle from the retail shop to take home with you. When you dine here, be sure to peek in the Bubble Room to see the display of 400 beautiful hand-blown glass orbs.

Just about any night of the year, you’ll find live musical performances at The Ark, just one part of Ann Arbor’s vibrant entertainment scene.

Soulful Arts Scene They say the soul of a town is measured by its art scene. If so, Ann Arbor is soulful. The town is known for its music offerings, namely The Ark, an intimate 400-seat club on Main Street showcasing local, regional and national artists performing acoustic music 300 nights a year. On this particular visit, Rickie Lee Jones sold out the house for a 90-minute set of her classic high-pitched balladeering. Other art gems are The Purple Rose Theatre Company, found-

ed by actor Jeff Daniels in 1991. The colorful, mod, 168-seat house in Chelsea employs local actors and has staged 39 world premieres. Performance Network, another small, professional theater conveniently located downtown on Huron Street, begins its 12th season in 2012. The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, in operation for more than 80 years, anchors the town’s art scene with a full season of musicals, drama and children’s plays. The visual arts in Ann Arbor also thrive. Dozens of art museums, galleries and studios dot the tree-lined streets. Interestingly, the Ann Arbor Center for the Arts is housed in an airy centuryold building that used to be a carriage factory, mortuary and Sears store. The gallery showcases the work of more than 200 Michigan artists a year; features an impressive gift shop; and hosts adult art classes and creativity camps for kids year round. The Chelsea River gallery, owned by Deborah Greer and Patricia Schwartz, is well worth a visit, too. This modern, inviting space located in an 1898 brick building features an eclectic range of select established and emerging artists — from painters and sculptors to fiber and mixed media artists. A labor of love, the gallery has become an important part of the local community by frequently hosting music, dance and art fundraising events. A trip to Ann Arbor wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Gerald Ford Library — a place where the papers of his presidency are stored and catalogued for the researcher or just an inquisitive mind. The lobby display changes on a regular basis and on September–October 2012



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University of Michigan (UM) Fun Facts The Big House, aka University of Michigan Stadium, hosts behind-the-scenes tours led by 78-year-old Bill Austin, who says he has not missed a home game since he began attending at age eight. Needless to say, he brings the place alive with detailed memories of players, coaches and plays. The tour ends with a visit to the locker room and a walk down the runway to emerge on the field, where you can walk or run around and imagine what it would be like to be in front of 111,000 screaming fans on a Saturday afternoon.


As early as 1861, students and alumni began referring to themselves as Wolverines. Though there are many theories on why the ferocious animal became the university mascot, the definitive answer remains a mystery. Michigan Union is where President John F. Kennedy announced the formation of the Peace Corps.


The university is home to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, one of the nation’s finest, featuring a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the JFK announces Near East. the Peace Corps Graduates of UM include James Earl Jones, President Gerald Ford, playwright Arthur Miller and Olympian Michael Phelps.


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this trip, showcases many of the outfits worn by his loving wife, Betty, at milestone occasions. The level of documented detail of every meeting and presidential movement is amazing.

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Zingerman’s Deli is an Ann Arbor landmark. But if you can’t make it there, they also offer their bakery treats, cheeses, coffee and other foodstuffs via mail order service.

Put your hands together for Ann Arbor — where you can learn to make custom books, artisan cheese and ceramic tile. Hollander’s is the Mecca for paper hounds. With 1,500 papers, Hollender’s boasts the largest collection of decorative papers in the United States. But the real page-turner in its story is what’s upstairs: the School of Book & Paper Arts. Led by Cindy and Tom Hollender, it offers a range of printing, paper making, paper marbling and bookbinding classes under $95 per person, year round. The classes are open to the public. A schedule is available at Paul Saginaw and Art Weinzweig began Zingerman’s Deli in 1982. Their success led to a mail order business, a bake house, online sales (, a creamery and the Roadhouse restaurant featuring Alex Young, one of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs in America. The big cheese at Zingerman’s Creamery is … you! As cheesy as it may sound, we thoroughly enjoyed our turn as a cheese maker. Individuals or groups can don white aprons and hats and head to the back of the Creamery to master mozzarella. We made three kinds: plain mozzarella, mozzarella infused with myrtle, and burrata, a delicate mozzarella cheese filled with, what else? — shredded mozzarella and whipping cream! Detroit may be the Motor City, but Motawi Tileworks looked to Toyota titan Jeffrey Leitner’s best business practices to rev up its efficiency. Known to be unconventional, owner Nawal Motawi partnered with a local college student interested in taking on the 17,000 square-foot art factory as a case study. Within three years, Motawi revamped its entire business operation and is now an official “lean manufacturer,” transforming 9,000 pounds of local clay into thousands of decorative tiles each week. You can tour Motawi’s impressive plant and see first-hand the involved process for creating custom clay tile. And with the help of stencils, sticks, stamps of all sorts, you can design a ceramic tile of your very own. Motawi will dry it, fire it, glaze and fire it again, and then ship it home to you. Browse the gallery’s extensive collection at From its sophisticated academic and art scenes to its upbeat vibe and offbeat factories (think: “Jiffy Mix” and teddy bears), to know Ann Arbor is to love Ann Arbor — especially the unexpected. n 

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Properly Chosen and Sited, Trees Add Pleasure and Value to Your Home Q: What are the best trees to plant in the home landscape? We recently bought a newly constructed house on a large lot in an upscale subdivision, but it’s pretty wide open with just a couple of pine trees. Also, are there any tips on how to plant a tree? Good for you! Trees enhance property both aesthetically and financially, so they’re a smart addition to your yard. Proper planning and planting will give you years to enjoy your trees and help you avoid problems that can cost additional time, labor and money. They can also help reduce your energy bill. In the South, trees planted on the west and northwest sides of houses have the most impact on your energy consumption. First, you need to check to make sure there aren’t any restrictive covenants on your property or in your neighborhood that would limit your choices. Those should have been spelled out when you closed on your home purchase, but check your paperwork. The next step is to figure out why you want trees. Seriously. Most people have a function in mind when they want to add trees to their yard, and the best trees for them are the ones that fulfill that function. Do you want shade for the house? Would you like a privacy screen from the neighbors’ view? Do

you want to provide a haven for wildlife? Do you envision trees that bear fruit as well as provide visual interest? Once you know why you want trees, and you’re not limited to just one answer, you’re better prepared to select and site your trees. If you want a screen, you’ll probably want evergreen trees. While some people like the look of a double row of the same kind of tree, you’re better off planting a variety of trees within your screen. If a tree is hit with a disease and you have all the same kind of trees grouped together, the likelihood of that disease spreading is high. If you mix things up, you’ll get a mix of disease resistance and that will help contain any problems. Plus, a mixed screen is visually interesting. Do you want to shade your family room in summer but let in the light and warmth in winter? Then you want a deciduous tree, or one that sheds its leaves. But you need to make sure you plant that tree far enough from the house and nearby power lines

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that it has room to reach its full height and width. Otherwise, you’ll be sawing off limbs to keep the tree in its place, ruining the look of the tree and your serenity. The “right plant, right place” axiom of gardening applies especially to trees. If you plant a tree in the wrong place, it likely won’t thrive and could eventually have to be removed. Place trees well away from paved areas such as driveways, sidewalks and patios. Tree roots will extend well past the tree canopy, so make sure those roots have enough room to support the tree. When you plant your tree, make sure you don’t plant it too deeply. Dig the hole twice as wide as the root-ball and almost as deep. Set the tree in the planting hole so that it’s just a bit higher than the surrounding soil. It will settle. Create a basin around it to hold water so it can soak directly into the root zone. You’re going to have to water it regularly to get it established. That means every day for at least two or three months, maybe longer, and two or three times a week for the rest of the first year. Also, you need to make sure that the soil around the root ball is loose and crumbly, so oxygen can get to the roots through the tiny air pockets in the soil. September–October 2012



Butterflies Grace Notes in Your Garden AH! The sight of a butterfly flitting through the garden — silent, gentle and colored like a jewel — always evokes an exclamation and a smile on even your worst day. You can attract these magical critters into your garden by planting the flowers they love. And, fortunately for us in the Tallahassee area, these same flowers are easy to grow and colorful all summer. Most butterflies prefer to feed in open, sunny areas, but some will come to flowers in mottled shade. You can interplant the flowers among existing shrubs or prepare a separate bed just for flowers. Plant them in masses of three or more plants for a great display of color. Lantanas, Pentas and any flower shaped like a Daisy (Zinnias, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, Melampodium, Gaillardia, Coneflowers, etc.) are sure-fire winners and an easy first choice. There are many other kinds of plants, however, that attract butterflies and serve as food sources for the caterpillars. Remember, there are no butterflies without caterpillars first, so don’t spray pesticides! As you learn more about butterflies and the flowers they like, you will be rewarded every day in your garden.

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»style GARDENING “Water and oxygen are the two major limiting factors,” said Stan Rosenthal, Leon County forester. “You have to water that root-ball regularly so it can do enough photosynthesis to feed itself. And for the tree’s root system to use the energy produced by photosynthesis, it has to be able to carry on respiration, which requires oxygen.” I recommend starting with native trees, because they’re proven to succeed in our climate if properly sited and planted. Some of the most popular small trees that are either native or have acclimated to North Florida are redbud (Cercis canadensis), Southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) and Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria). Dogwood (Cornus Florida) does well as an understory tree, meaning it should be planted in the shade of a larger tree. There are new varieties of dogwood that have been developed by the University of Florida that can tolerate our extremes of heat and humidity. For large trees, take a look at American holly (Ilex opaca), Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), live oak (Quercus virginiana), Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii), river birch (Betula nigra), red maple (Acer rubrum), tulip tree, also known as yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) and Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). n © 2012 Postscript Publishing, all rights reserved. Audrey Post is a certified Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Leon County. Email her at or visit her website at msgrowitall. com. Ms. Grow-It-All® is a registered trademark of Postscript Publishing.

Gardening Calendar for September & October » September 7: “Orchids,” noon–1 p.m., Carriage House at Goodwood Museum and Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. The program, featuring speaker Harriet Wright, kicks off the 2012–2013 First Friday Brown Bag Lecture Series. Free. Bring your lunch.

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» October 6: Gardening Friends of the Big Bend Annual Fall Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy.

» October 18: Free Monthly Plant Exchange

Exchange and Horticulture Program, Tallahassee Garden Club, 9:30–11 a.m. Free plants, as well as ergonomic garden tools, pecans and garden gloves for sale, followed by a program on “Honey Bees and Honey Tasting.”

» October 3: Sixth Annual Plantaholic Preview Party and Silent and Live Auctions, 6–9:30 p.m., University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy. Sponsored by Gardening Friends of the Big Bend. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Email Jill Williams at for tickets.

» October 5: First Friday Brown Bag Lecture Series presents “Tree Diversity in the

Landscape” with Stan Rosenthal, Leon County Forester, noon–1 p.m., Jubilee Cottage at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Free. Bring your lunch.

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» October 27: Goodwood Fall Plant Sale, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, Virginia McKee Greenhouse at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Sale features hundreds of heirloom perennials and annuals, winter vegetables and herbs, shrubs and groundcovers. No admission.

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From Day Spas to Fish Markets, Our Readers Select Tallahassee’s Finest Politics and football may be the heart and soul of Tallahassee, but it’s the local businesses that drive the everyday economics of the town we call home. And if you live here long enough, you’re bound to find the right people with which to do business. Sometimes, though, you need a little help to get pointed in the right direction. That’s why we’ve asked our readers to cast their votes for their favorite businesses, in almost 100 different categories. Here are the results — the Best of Tallahassee for 2012. Some of the winners here are long-time favorites while others find themselves in the first-place spot for the first time. Either way, these entities have stepped up their game to become the best at what they do. Give them a try. We’re sure you’ll be pleased with what they have to offer. //Compiled by Kayla Becker, Jason Dehart, Rosanne Dunkelberger, Lizeth George, Chelsey Germani and Linda Kleindienst September–October 2012


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Chic. Daring. Exotic. Seductive. This luxury rooftop lounge puts you on top of the world with its upscale sophistication, comfy couches and signature cocktails served by some of the most alluring waitresses in town. And the sunsets aren’t bad, either. Cheers! Honorable mention: Midtown Filling Station 116 September–October 2012

bonefish GRILL

On a night out at Bonefish Grill, enjoy fine wines and seafood under dim lights and an upscale atmosphere. The tangy Bang Bang Shrimp alone packs a punch that draws crowds, and for just $5 on Bang Bang Wednesday, it’s no wonder Bonefish landed best appetizer honors in Tallahassee. Honorable mention: Level 8

asian restaurant


Whether you like your seafood cooked or raw, Masa’s perfect fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines is what keeps readers voting it as a perennial Best of winner. Conveniently located in the Midtown area, Masa is the perfect place to go for lunch or dinner with family or friends. Honorable mention: Azu


THE Cake Shop

For the third consecutive year, The Cake Shop has snagged “Best Bakery” — and Tallahassee’s sweet tooth. With an assortment of cakes, cookies, brownies and 18 flavors of cupcakes, this Capital Circle bakery and coffee shop indulges every dessert craving. Honorable mention:

Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery

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The egg café and Eatery

Fresh, nutritious food, affordable prices and an elegant atmosphere to sit and talk. Whether you come for breakfast or lunch, and have a craving for beignets or English muffins, The Egg stands out as a uniquely upscale café that’s definitely worth checking out. Honorable mention: Village Inn


Mockingbird café

From traditional Ham and Cheese Omelets to downhome Southern Chicken and Waffles, Mockingbird Café has a mid-morning menu that will make you too restless to wait for lunch. Served only on the weekends, brunch at Mockingbird is the getaway you need after a long week. Honorable mention: The Egg Café and Eatery

Cajun Restaurant

Po’ Boys

You can find the good times rolling daily at Po’ Boys’ three Tallahassee locations. Daily specials include Muffuletta Monday — just one bite of this Cajun delight and you’ll be transported to N’awlins. From beignets to fried Gator tail, Jambalaya and Bayou Gumbo, get a taste of Louisianna without the eighthour drive. Honorable mention: Coosh’s Bayou Rouge

Casual Dining

Red elephant pizza and Grill

Few places are like “the Elephant.” It’s laid back, friendly to family and co-workers alike, and can accommodate your taste buds without emptying your wallet. Walk in, sit down and start out with hot boiled peanuts, have a pizza and finish off the meal with a tasty Elephant Ear pastry. Honorable mention: Kool Beanz Café


Klassic Katering


Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q

Call it “comfort food, Southern style.” You can always count on Sonny’s to offer consistently mouthwatering ribs, chicken and beef with all the side dishes you come to expect: coleslaw, barbecue beans, corn nuggets, sweet potatoes and, oh yes, don’t forget the sweet tea. Sonny’s never fails to fill you up. Honorable mention: Piggy’s BBQ

Kustomers are going krazy for Klassic Katering’s unique way of turning a ho-hum event into a customized catered experience. Whether you are having a small get-together or a large event, Klassic Katering — a Best of winner nine times in a row — shines by providing quality service and unforgettable celebrations. Honorable mention: Black Fig

Special Occasion Restaurant

Cypress Restaurant

At Cypress Restaurant, cooking reaches high art. And whether it’s graduation, a birthday, an engagement, an anniversary or “just because,” this sophisticated Southern-style restaurant is the place to celebrate. With their ever-changing menu, there is always something new to try. Just sit back, sip a glass of wine and celebrate with friends and family. Honorable mention: Shula’s 347 Grill


Level 8

Whether it’s a birthday celebration or just because it’s Wednesday, Level 8’s martinis provide a reason to go out with friends for any occasion. Their combination of a rooftop bar and an elegant drink is one of many reasons why Level 8 is always at the top of our list. Honorable mention: One-O-One Restaurant

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Get a cup of java at RE3EYE, and you make a difference not only in Tallahassee but half a globe away. RE3EYE products are socially and environmentally responsible, and all their net profits go toward humanitarian efforts in the capital city and Guatemala. Who knew a simple cup of coffee could go so far? Honorable mention: Starbuck’s


Hopkins’ Eatery

This perennial Best of winner knows exactly how to take traditional lunch items and give them a twist. Whether it’s potato salad in your sandwich or chicken tetrazzini on your salad, the genius combination of flavors will leave any customer wanting to try more. Honorable mention: Jason’s Deli


Tie: Lucy & Leo’s, Food Glorious Food

When it comes to a post-prandial sweet, head on over to Midtown. Lucy & Leo’s offers delicious cake bites in creative flavor combinations, while for decades FGF has been offering a variety of delicious desserts. Our readers split evenly on which one of these was the best. Why not try both!? Honorable mention: The Cake Shop

Fine Dining Restaurant

Cypress Restaurant

Dinner at Cypress includes your choice of fresh seafood, delicious aged meats and gourmet cheeses. With a menu like this, what more could you ask for? Maybe their Southern Pecan Pie Turnover … if you’ve saved room for dessert. Honorable mention: Shula’s 347 Grill

Food Truck


This restaurant on wheels has an ever-changing menu ranging from Asian barbeque to Spanish-inspired dishes and everything in between. Open for lunch every Wednesday Downtown and for Food Truck Thursdays in Midtown, make sure to catch them before they ride away. Honorable mention: Cravings September–October 2012


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If you want a fast food burger, you won’t find it at Five Guys. But if you want a good burger fast, there’s no better place to try one of eight mouthwatering burgers with a choice of 16 different toppings, all made with fresh ground beef. Honorable mention: Wells Brothers Bar and Grill (Monk’s)

Happy Hour

Level 8

Atop Hotel Duval, Level 8 offers a panoramic view of Tallahassee, spectacular sunsets and the comfiest couches in town. The locale is even sweeter during the lounge’s daily happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. with discounted prices on beers, wines, wells, snacks and martinis. Honorable mention: One-O-One Restaurant


Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Hibachi at Osaka is a dining experience all Tallahassee natives know and love. Not only do customers enjoy a meal fit for kings, but they get a show while they’re waiting. Osaka is now serving hibachi items on the sushi side of the restaurant as well. Honorable mention: Mori

Italian Restaurant

Bella Bella Italian Restaurant

A repeat winner, this locally owned bistro serves homemade Italian cuisine for lunch or dinner in a cozy Mediterranean atmosphere. Freshly made salads and hearty pasta meals like Sicilian Lasagna dot the menu. Start your meal with Bella Bella’s yummy signature Bubble Bread, topped with garlic, gorgonzola and mozzarella and baked until bubbly. Honorable mention: Carrabba’s Italian Grill


Fickle Pickle café AND CATERING

When Mad About Food left the building a year ago, Fickle Pickle carried on their tradition of good food. With a menu as light and playful as its name, the restaurant offers an array of fresh sandwiches and salads, ensuring you’ll never be fickle about where to head for lunch. Honorable mention: Paisley Café 118 September–October 2012

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Paisley Café

With Paisley’s mantra of seven ingredients or fewer in every meal, flavors don’t get much purer than this. Lunch items like an Apple Brie Panini and a Chicken Salad Croissant will make you feel like royalty, so it’s easy to forget the humble beginnings of this new local favorite. Honorable mention: Kool Beanz Café

Mexican/Latin American Restaurant

El Jalisco

Craving a chimichanga and the best frozen margarita in town? Stop in at El Jalisco, home to authentic Mexican cuisine and an upbeat, welcoming atmosphere that feels good after a hard day at the office. Relax and enjoy their two-for-one margaritas, huge portions and great prices. Honorable mention: Morelia’s

Outdoor Dining

Food Glorious Food

Cars zip along nearby on Thomasville Road, but you’ll never hear a thing when you’re noshing at FGF under the big oak tree surrounded by the vine-clad brick walls of Betton Place. And if the surroundings aren’t enough to distract you from the traffic, the “Mackin” Cheese certainly will. Honorable mention: Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar

Pizza Momo’s You’ll never have to settle for chain pizza again with Momo’s “slices as big as your head.” Recently, the Market District location introduced a brewery serving up ice-cold beer. This come-as-you-are pizza joint only uses fresh ingredients, so stop in for a pint and a pizza. Honorable mention: Decent Pizza

Seafood Market

Southern Seafood

Can’t always take the time to go catch your own fresh fish? Try a Southern sampling of the freshest fish, crab, shrimp and shellfish. Southern Seafood has the ability to move large quantities of seafood every other day, ensuring the freshest in snapper, grouper, tuna, scallops, salmon and more. It’s the next best thing to catching it yourself. Honorable mention: Mike’s Seafood

Seafood Restaurant

Bonefish Grill

Whether it’s the Bang Bang Shrimp or the Mussels Josephine, there’s always a reason to go to Bonefish. With fish baked, fried, grilled or sautéed, the options are endless and the tastes are to die for. Honorable mention: The Seinyard Seafood Restaurant

Sports Bar

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

With walls full of television sets, sports are definitely on the menu at Beef’s. But you’ll certainly want to try out the highly praised wings and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere (check out the local school memorabilia on the walls) at one of the franchise’s three Tallahassee locations. Honorable mention: AJ Sports Bar & Grill


Marie Livingston’s Steak house

Dining at Marie Livingston’s Steak House is always a special treat. It’s not just a steakhouse that serves up savory cuts of prime rib or marbled beef, it’s a Tallahassee tradition wrapped up in a low-key, dignified setting that is perfect for any occasion. Honorable mention: Shula’s 347 Grill



Sushi lovers, rejoice; you’ll find more than the average California roll at this modern Japanese fusion restaurant. Choose from a selection of artfully crafted, authentic rolls, and you’ll see why this restaurant’s blend of Eastern and Western cultures have landed Masa honors as the No. 1 sushi restaurant year after year. Honorable mention: Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Wine List

The Wine Loft

This chic, comfortable lounge in Midtown specializes in an eclectic list of wines, liquor and beer and has won this category three years running. There is a downstairs lounge and an upstairs balcony bar — the only one in Tallahassee — where you can order more than 50 specialty wines by the glass or more than 120 wines by the bottle. Cheers! Honorable mention: Shula’s 347 Grill



Wingstop can’t stop being Tallahassee’s top spot for wings. The chain has served more than two billion wings nationally and won best wings in Tallahassee six years in a row. Wingstop offers 10 unique flavors for their wings and a variety of homemade sides, including Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries made from Idaho potatoes. Honorable mention: Hobbit Hoagies September–October 2012


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S erv i c e PRoviders Accounting Services

Carroll & Company

You won’t have to a-count for anything with Carroll and Company’s trusted service. Since 1990, the firm has helped more than 1,300 clients with all of their accounting concerns. This small firm takes pride in having quality customer service and detail-oriented employees. Honorable mention: James Moore & Company

Air Conditioning/heating

Benson’S HEATING & Air Conditioning

When it’s summertime and the AC goes on the fritz, you want that unit serviced NOW. No worries, Benson’s is on call all day, every day — and has been for 30 years. This perennial Best of winner features service plans, polite and knowledgable technicians and a satisfaction guarantee. Honorable mention: Keith Lawson Company



Whether it’s a dragging pants hem or a wedding dress, Helga’s is the place to go when you’re looking for the perfect fit. And for those who can’t find something to wear on the rack, the independently owned shops also specialize in creating custom-made clothing. Honorable mention: Alterations Etc.

Assisted Living Facility

Westminster Oaks

With living spaces from separate homes to small apartments, fabulous facilities (including the new Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning), myriad activities and some of the most interesting retirees in Tallahassee, you’ll definitely want to “come for the lifestyle and stay for a lifetime” in this 130-acre community. Honorable mention: St. Augustine Plantation

Auto Repair

Newman’s AUTO AIR

That radiator won’t fix itself, so drive on over to Newman’s Capital Circle Northeast location for all of your auto repair needs. Family owned and operated, Newman’s is on hand to address your air conditioning and other foreign or domestic car troubles. Honorable mention: Perdue’s Automotive Center

Automobile Dealer

Proctor Group/Honda

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experiences. The Proctor group has a sales staff that’s as dependable as their product — a brand that’s earned national and international awards for best fleet fuel economy, low-emission vehicles, hybrid technology and outstanding reliability. Honorable mention: Champion Chevrolet


Renegade Barber Shop

Renegade has won over voters by being No. 1 in Tallahassee again. Each of the nine locations takes pride in keeping good old-fashioned barbershops thriving. Renegade can help you go from alarming to charming with friendly service and affordable prices. Honorable mention: Tony’s Hairstyles

Carpet Cleaner

Stanley Steemer

Get rid of those unwanted stains with Stanley Steemer, the carpet cleaner that keeps your carpet fresh. Serving Tallahassee for 30 years, Stanley Steemer doesn’t just clean carpets, hardwood and tile; they specialize in upholstered furniture and auto interiors as well. Honorable mention: Extreme Carpet Care

Phone Service Provider


Can you hear me now? Good. As well known as their slogan, this Best of Tallahassee veteran is known for upholding the best standards in service and coverage for all phone needs. Three locations in Tallahassee make it easy to stay connected. Honorable mention: AT&T


Fenn Chiropractic

Dr. James Ryan Fenn doesn’t just adjust your back, he adjusts your life. At Fenn Chiropractic, they take a personal interest in the well-being of their patients by encouraging healthy lifestyles to reduce toxin intake and increase muscle tone. Honorable mention: Tallahassee Spine Center, Dr. Joseph Miller

Computer Repair/Service

On Call Computer Solutions

Computer on the fritz? Who you gonna call? On Call, of course. They’ll send a highly trained technician to your home or office, or you can bring your computer in to them. They guarantee to fix your problem without losing valuable data — or there’s no charge! That’s an unbeatable deal. Honorable mention: Aegis Business Technologies

Dance Studio

Sharon Davis

Established in 1977 from Davis’ dream of owning a studio, the school has come a long way since starting out with just two teachers. Now a beloved Tallahassee business, the studio is a great place to send the kids to learn ballet, en pointe, tap, hip-hop and lyrical dance. Honorable mention: Tallahassee Dance Academy

Day Spa

Millennium Nail and Day Spa

Enter the world of Millennium, and enter a world of relaxation. Here, it’s really “all about you.” Enjoy some time away from the kids with a comfy mani-pedi; or, maybe you and your significant other need a couples massage. Either way, Millenium is there to provide the relaxation and pampering you need to face everyday life. Honorable mention: So Pure Salon and Spa

Dentist office

Russell B. Rainey, DMD

If you’re not smiling when you are welcomed into Dr. Rainey’s office by his friendly staff, you sure will be when you walk out. And whether you’re getting a no-stress cleaning or a total smile makeover, it’s sure to be beautiful! Honorable mention: M. Darrh Bryant, DMD

Dry Cleaner

Dermatology Practice

For more that 15 years, this locally owned and operated dry cleaner has been making sure Tallahassee stays spotless. Blue Ribbon has three locations, the most modern equipment, a satisfaction guarantee and a 15 percent discount coupon you can download from their website, Honorable mention: Shamrock Cleaners

When you live in the Florida sunshine, you’re obliged to find a good dermatologist. You find that and more at Dermatology Associates, which offers quality care and a friendly staff dedicated to filling all your skin care needs. Honorable mention: Southeastern Dermatology

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Lawson & Lawson electrical Services

The good folks at Lawson & Lawson have more than 200 years combined experience in the electrical trade (that’s a lot of wiring). They’re also the biggest contractor in the Tallahassee area. When they arrive on site you can be sure they won’t leave until the job is not just done, but done right, and in a cost-effective manner, too. Honorable mention: Seminole Electric 122 September–October 2012


M&M Monogramming

Looking for that special gift for someone or even yourself? Make it personal with a monogram. Leave your mark on towels, jewelry, tote bags or just about anything you can name. A repeat winner, M&M’s shop is located in Glendale Square on Thomasville Road. A little browsing will provide you with plenty of inspiration. Honorable mention: That’s Mine!

Family Physician/Practice

Patients first

While it would be nice to schedule our minor medical emergencies on weekdays from 9 to 5, invariably the fever spikes or the hard fall happens during the off hours. With extended hours, seven Tallahassee locations and no appointment required, Patients First is a great choice for family and urgent care. Honorable mention: Tallahassee Primary Care

Financial Institution

Capital City Bank

For a whopping 117 years, Capital City Bank has been part of Tallahassee, not just as a financial institution but as an integral part of the community. It may have 70 offices in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, but Capital City’s bankers pride themselves on the personal service they provide their customers. Honorable mention: Premier Bank

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Blossoms flowers

You can say just about anything with flowers — “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” “Get well” — and Blossoms knows just how to send the right message. The florist supplies gestures for every occasion with trademark flower arrangements and custom gift baskets. Honorable mention: Designs By Darrin

Gym/Health Club/Fitness Facility

Premier health and fitness center

There’s no better place to exercise the workday away than Premier, a workout haven that offers Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, spinning and aqua aerobics classes in addition to its huge variety of exercise equipment. Play care for kids and Tropical Smoothie Café make the gym a fitness lover’s one-stop spot. Honorable mention: Gold’s Gym

Hair Salon

Green Peridot

The best spot to get a Brazilian blowout in Tallahassee, the Green Peridot (now called Dream State Salon) boasts in-style cuts for women and men alike. Their talented team will have you breaking away from your usual, “I’ll just have an inch trimmed, please.” Honorable mention: Haute Headz


Hotel Duval

OK, Hotel Duval didn’t singlehandedly bring the vibe back to Tallahassee’s downtown. But this midcentury-yetmodern establishment is attractive to visitors who enjoy its high-style, yet comfortable, rooms as well as to locals, who flock to its eateries, Shula’s 357 and LeRoc Bistro, and unique rooftop bar, Level 8. Honorable mention: Aloft

Insurance Agency

Demont Insurance Agency and Financial Services

Flooring (carpet/tile/etc)

Brian Barnard’s Flooring America

Looking to spiff up your home? The specialists at Brian Barnard’s are trained to help you find the perfect floor for the way you live. Choose from wood, carpet, ceramic and tile. This locally owned business, where two generations of Barnards work with clients, is a repeat winner that has served North Florida since 1976. Honorable mention: Southern Flooring

When you’re buffeted by the winds of fate, Demont is there to help you get back on your feet with policies covering all your insurance and financial needs. Family owned and operated for 46 years, the agency has earned six Best of awards. Honorable mention: McKee Insurance Agency

Interior Design Firm

Julian Mathis Interior Design

With more than 30 years of experience designing residential and commercial properties in Tallahassee, Julian Mathis is the one to call for any decorating needs. Voted as a Best of for the eighth year in a row, he strives to evoke the personality of the customer in order to make any house feel like your home. Honorable mention: Design & More

Landscaping/Lawn Services

Esposito lawn and garden center

Having a perfectly manicured lawn doesn’t come naturally, but Esposito’s sure makes it look that way. With 40 years of experience, the garden center has everything you need to build your yard from the ground up. Spruce it up with colorful Belgian garden mums for a late September-October bloom. Honorable mention: Green Sweep

Limo Service

Mike’s Limousine

When you want to get where you’re going in safety — and in style — give Mike’s a call. They have a fleet of classic limos, as well as other head-turning possibilities such as a pink stretch Hummer, a Rolls Royce and a 40-foot-long “Land Yacht” party bus. Honorable mention: Top Hat Limo and Sedan Service

Moving Company

Mike’s moving

Planning a move? Don’t hassle with loading and carrying heavy boxes or trying to shoehorn them into your SUV. Leave the job to Mike’s, a repeat winner and the largest independently owned moving company in North Florida and South Georgia. Commercial or homes, Mike’s does it all, providing local and longdistance services. Honorable mention: AMWAT

Nail Salon

Royal Nails and spa

Relax by watching flat-screen television and sipping on a complimentary cocktail during your mani/pedi. Try a classic pedicure with a sugar scrub for a pampered spa treatment that’s sure to leave you feeling like a queen. Honorable mention: Millennium Nail and Day Spa

Obstetric/Gynecological Practice

North Florida Women’s Care

Located conveniently alongside Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the compassionate doctors at North Florida Women’s Care are eager to assist each patient with respect and tenderness. Honorable mention: Azalea Women’s Healthcare

Optometry/Opthamology Practice

Eye Associates of Tallahassee

The opthamologists of Eye Associates have been setting the standard for eye care in Tallahassee, dealing with serious vision issues as well as vision correction services, including a full-service optical center and same-day contact lenses. And you’ve gotta love their address: 2020 Fleischmann Road. Honorable mention: Southeast Eye Specialists September–October 2012


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Superior Painting

This father-and-son owned business guarantees a “superior” experience for all of your paint, repair, staining and removal needs. Voted best painter for five consecutive years, customers “expect the best” from Superior Painting. Honorable mention: Custom Painter

Pediatric Physician/Practice

Tallahassee Pediatrics/ Tallahassee Primary Care Associates

Look no further than Tallahassee Pediatrics for medical professionals who can help your child grow up happy and healthy. An affiliate of Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, the trained pediatric staff focuses on the growth and development of each child.

Pest Control Service

Paul’s Pest Control

In business for more than 40 years, Paul’s knows how to rid your home of pesky intruders. This North Florida favorite for pest control in residential, commercial and real estate areas offers a top-notch, eco-friendly treatment plan. Rest assured, if you call Paul, he’ll get ’em all. Honorable mention: Massey Services


Dina Ivory

Family photos are the tapestry that weave our lives together. Master Photographer Dina Ivory is the artist who sews it all together by creating timeless vignettes of life’s special moments, from your baby’s first toothy smile to an elegant family portrait. Honorable mention: Terri Smith

Plumbing Service

Keith McNeill Plumbing

When the toilet’s sprung a leak at midnight, McNeill Plumbing will answer the call, 24/7. This family firm offers a full array of residential and commercial plumbing services combined with good, old-fashioned promises, like polite technicians, fair prices and a big “thanks for your business” when the job is done. Honorable mention: Keith Lawson Company

Pool Repair/Service Company

Terry’s Pool Service

Keep that pool looking clean and clear with Terry’s Pool Service. Receiving Tallahassee’s first Pool Repair/Service Company award, Terry’s is a locally owned company that specializes in pool maintenance, repair and leak detection. With trained specialists and personalized service, countless customers keep coming back to get pool perfection. Honorable mention: Pro Pools

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Real Estate Agency/Agent

Gary Bartlett Real Estate

WCTV news anchor turned full-time broker, Bartlett knows the ins and outs of the Tallahassee area. A 2011 Best of Tallahassee winner, he’ll make sure homebuyers find their dream property in the upturning Leon County market. Honorable mention: Keller Williams

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Roofing Repair/Services

Rowe Roofing

Whether you are at the office or at home, Rowe Roofing keeps the roof on and the rain out. With Rowe Roofing’s 24/7 residential and commercial repair services, they can handle any repairs, replacements and installation. Honorable mention: Tadlock Roofing & Solar

Security System

Safe Touch security systems

The bumbling thieves in the Safe Touch commercials have learned their lesson well: Stay away from homes with the Safe Touch signs! Safe Touch features a 45-second guaranteed response time, radio back-up system, 96-zone monitoring system and other features that spell doom to the bad guys who trigger the alarm. Your home and office are in safe hands with Safe Touch. Honorable mention: ADT

Surgical Practice

Southeastern Plastic Surgery

Specializing in facial, body, hair and reconstructive surgery, the physicians at Southeast Plastic Surgery have the special touch to make anyone feel beautiful, inside and out. Honorable mention: Tallahassee Plastic Surgery

Tanning Salon

WolfF Tan

With six locations, Wolff Tan is a convenient choice to get that sun-kissed summer radiance without the unsightly tan lines. When sun just isn’t cutting it, the tanning salons offer both traditional and UV-free spray tanning as well as wallet-friendly monthly deals. Honorable mention: Planet Beach

Tree Service

Miller’s Tree Service

If there’s a tree leaning just a little too close to the roof for comfort, Miller’s can put your mind at ease with a team of professionals who can take down problem trees, whisk away debris and leave nothing but a pile of sawdust when you get home that night. Honorable mention: ArborWorks

Veterinary Clinic

North Florida Animal Hospital

Pets enrich our lives and are part of the family. When they’re sick or hurt, it’s comforting to know that the best care for them is close by. North Florida Animal Hospital provides a wide range of hightech services, from digital radiology and microchipping to dental care and nutritional counseling. Honorable mention: Northwood Animal Hospital

Weight Loss/Control Program

F.I.T. Weight Loss and More

With a customized program unique to each individual looking to slim down his or her figure, F.I.T.’s weight loss regimen will leave you feeling healthier and happier in body and mind. Honorable mention: Weight Watchers

Antique Shop

Good Finds

If there is a heaven for vintage collectibles, Good Finds is it. You never know what kind of treasures you’re going to find at this 3,000-square-foot antique mall. There is vintage furniture, art, lighting, clothing, jewelry, used books and even musical instruments. Honorable mention: Sally Rude Antiques


Green Peridot

Carrying all Aveda products that keep your hair glossy, your body shimmery, your skin smooth and your face refreshed, what more could a girl ask for? The salon is now known as Dream State Salon but the people, place and service are the same! Honorable mention: Sephora

Furniture Store

Turner’s Fine Furniture

Classic. Contemporary. Elegant. Inviting. The perfect combination for the comfortable home of your dreams. Turner’s may not be in Tallahassee proper, but it’s conveniently located just north of the state line between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Ga. Honorable mention: Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Gift Store

My Favorite Things

This local business has the perfect gift for any holiday or special occasion. Shop through the largest selection of china, crystal and silver gifts in the Southeast, including many designer brand items. Honorable mention: Sweet Patina

Jewelry Store

The Gem Collection

Since 1977, Don and Dorothy Vodica have been bedazzling us with the area’s best collection of fine jewelry. Whether you’re looking for that oncein-a-lifetime engagement ring, a Rolex that says “I’ve arrived” or a charm to add to her Pandora bracelet, Gem Collection is your one-stop shop. Honorable mention: Robert’s Jewelry

Kids Clothing

Pink Narcissus

This Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store has the perfect outfit for everyone — even your little one! With adorable print dresses, every little girl can be a Lilly girl. Honorable mention: Gap September–October 2012


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Locally Owned Shop

E n t ertainment


Don’t let the name fool you, the women of Narcissus are far from self-absorbed. These classy gals help you stimulate the economy while styling the latest trends. The local shop rivals posh New York boutiques and offers something they don’t — a touch of Southern charm. Honorable mention: Cole Couture

Art Museum/Gallery

LeMoyne Center for the visual arts

Men’s Clothing

Named for Jacques LeMoyne, the first artist to visit the New World in 1564, this center for the visual arts is the easel on which Tallahassee paints its culture. The center is locally famous for its year-round art classes, special events and displays. Also, a quiet sculpture garden provides visitors with a venue for a relaxing stroll. Honorable mention: Signature Art Gallery

Community Event

Nursery/Garden Center

Tallahassee Nurseries

Shady arbors, soothing fountains, brick pathways and beautiful gardens greet the customers who frequent Tallahassee Nurseries, one of Tallahassee’s oldest garden centers. Whether you’re a budding novice or have the greenest of thumbs, everything you need to make your yard come alive with color and scent-sations can be found right here. Honorable mention: Esposito Lawn and Garden Center

Springtime Tallahassee

Every spring, Tallahassee’s ode to civic pride consumes the downtown area as thousands of joyful residents come out of the woodwork to prove this town is home to more than just college students and politicians. The Grand Parade and Downtown Jubilee are vibrant crowd pleasers, and the corndogs and funnel cakes make tempting tummy pleasers. Honorable mention: Downtown Getdown

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Eyeglass Store

The Hour glass

When you’re looking for new glasses, choices abound at locally owned The Hour Glass, the region’s leading optical dispensary. One of the nation’s top 40 optical retailers offering more than 2,000 frames, it has been voted the Best of Tallahassee nine times. And most glasses are made in about an hour! Honorable mention: Hatcher Opticians

Women’s Accessories/Shoes


Buying a dress or separates is just the start of a fashion adventure at Narcissus. The fun really begins when searching for the accessories and shoes to finish off your fabulous look. With names like Tory Burch, GCBG, Susan Shaw, Milly and so many more, heads will turn when you walk by. Honorable mention: Cole Couture

Women’s Clothing


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Southwood Golf Club

It didn’t take long for local duffers to discover the joys of playing this Fred Couples-designed course in the heart of the SouthWood community. It’s been lauded in national golf magazines and is a perennial Best of winner, too. It’s semiprivate, so you can join the club or just golf when the spirit moves you.

Live Music/Entertainment Venue

5th Ave Tap room

A new Midtown hotspot, the Tap Room didn’t get its name for nothing. With more than 30 kinds of beer on tap and frequent live bands, the nightlife attraction brews up a good time for a diverse crowd of social bon vivants. Honorable mention: Bradfordville Blues Club

Place to be Seen

Green Peridot

Offering Aveda color, styling, hair spa treatment and facial hair removal, Green Peridot (now named Dream State Salon) has something for everyone to feel a little rejuvenation. Whether it’s a new hairstyle or scalp therapy, you’ll be ready for the paparazzi to snap a shot of you out on the town after leaving this salon. Honorable mention: Level 8

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Nic’s toggery

For 60 years, Nic’s has been the haberdasher of choice for men seeking classic style and personal service. While the suit selection is spectacular, the shop also has a wide selection of sportswear and formal wear in its three locations. And Nic’s staff of in-house tailors won’t quit until you’ve gotten the perfect fit. Honorable mention: Jos. A. Banks

Place to Take the Kids

Tallahassee Museum

It’s not just a “museum.” It’s a place where history and nature combine to tell the story of Florida. Tour an 1880s homestead and then walk on the wild side with Florida’s only zoological collection devoted to native wildlife. Or, take to the treetops with the new high-flying adventure course and zip line. Honorable mention: Fun Station

Local Best New Business

Paisley Café

Tallahassee foodies are rejoicing that Kiersten Worrell decided to leave the banking business. Since it first opened, her café has been a hotspot in Midtown for the lunch crowd to enjoy her simple recipes made with quality ingredients sourced from near and far. Treats like the Nutella Bread Pudding keep ’em coming back for more. Honorable mention: Fickle Pickle Café and Catering

Local Charity/Not-for-profit

Children’s home society

Some kids need more help than others if they’re going to have happy, nurtured lives. Children’s Home Society provides that help through healing wounded souls, breaking the cycle of abuse, protecting kids from harm and helping them find warm, loving and stable families. Honorable mention: United Way of the Big Bend n September–October 2012


The After-Life Former Seminole Quarterbacks Tell Us What They’re Up to Now

By Lee Gordon Florida State has long been known as “Linebacker U” — and for good reason. But through the years, the Seminoles have had a Who’s Who of quarterbacks under center at Doak Campbell Stadium, including two Heisman Trophy award winners and, most recently, a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. From Danny McManus to Casey Weldon, from Charlie Ward to Chris Weinke, Christian Ponder, and now E.J. Manuel, the Garnet and Gold have been blessed with some of the best signal callers in the country. But once these guys leave campus, unless they’re in the national spotlight, it can be hard to keep tabs on where they are. Social media helps but doesn’t always give details on what some of the former ’Noles are up to. So on the eve of the 2012 football season, Tallahassee Magazine went on a search to find out what some of FSU’s greatest players are doing these days.

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Charlie Ward (1990–1994)

From Heisman to the NBA Fsu Sports Information

Charlie Ward will go down as one of the best college quarterbacks to never play a down in the National Football League. He will most likely be the only player in college football history to win a Heisman one year and be drafted into the NBA the next. It’s been almost 20 years since Ward won his straight-arm statue and National Championship ring with the ’Noles, and still people ask him why he never played in the NFL. But after an 11-year career playing in the NBA and another few years coaching, Ward returned to the gridiron as the head football coach at Westbury Christian School in Houston, Heisman Trophy Award: 1993 a job he’s had now for five years. Consensus All-American: 1993 “After I finished playing, I wasn’t quite National Championship: 1993 sure what God had in store for me,” Ward ACC Player of the Year: 1993, 1994 said. “All I knew was coaching or sports, so College Football Hall of Fame: 1996 I ended up getting into coaching and this Other Awards in 1993: Maxwell Award, opportunity where I am was presented to Walter Camp Award, James E. Sullivan, me after my coaching career in the NBA Sporting News Player of the Year, was over.” Davey O’Brien Award, Unitas Award, Despite living in Texas, Ward continues Touchdown Club of Columbus College to stay close to his roots, spending a good Football Quarterback of the Year ▲ Charlie Ward (17) stands tall in the pocket as he deal of time in his hometown of Thomleads FSU to the 1993 national championship with asville mentoring kids and teaching both an Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska. basketball and football. His professional playing career may be over, but the Heisman winner said he knew very quickly that teaching was his calling. “Getting a chance to be a mentor more than anything else is what I love,” Ward said. “A lot of the kids are searching and in need of men being able to have an influence on young people through sports. Like a lot of people that I’ve come in contact with over my years of being an athlete, I’ve had great men help get me where I am today — and a lot of those guys were coaches. That’s one aspect; also being able to facilitate and bring guys on to be mentors to our kids as well.” Ward says his defining moment at Florida State would have to be the 1993 National Championship, but he had so many great memories in Tallahassee that it’s hard to pinpoint one over another. “All of my playing days, the good and the bad, they all go hand-in-hand,” Ward said. “My first few games from a turnover standpoint (were) disastrous, but it gave me great experience and I’m grateful that I could continue to play after those experiences. Having an opportunity to be there for my teammates during my years, growing together from freshman to senior year was great. It was all a great experience with football and basketball. Go to the NCAA Tournament, ACC Tournament, win a Metro Championship … there are a lot of great experiences that make me smile.” “Getting a chance These days, Ward lives in Houston with his wife, Tonja, and three children, Caleb, to be a mentor 12; Hope, 9 and Joshua, 3. His team at Westbury isn’t where he’d like them to be. After more than anything else four seasons, Ward’s record is 18-22, but his value to the school reaches far beyond is what I love.” wins and losses. Charlie Ward’s legacy will always be remembered at FSU with his retired jersey, his retired locker and the highlight reel that plays on televisions across the country. September–October 2012


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Chris Weinke (1997–2000)

Teaching Quarterbacks of the Future

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If Charlie Ward is the No. 1 most-famous quarterback in FSU history, then Chris Weinke is 1A. At 28 years old in 2000, Weinke became the oldest Heisman Trophy winner in the history of college football; he also took FSU to the team’s first wire-to-wire No. 1 ranking, winning the 1999 National Championship against Virginia Tech. From FSU, Weinke spent time in the NFL, first with the Carolina Panthers and finishing up with the San Francisco 49ers. These days, Weinke, who is married and has a son, is back in the game as the director of the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton. The 39-year-old is using his knowledge from Bobby Bowden and seven NFL seasons to teach some of the nation’s top quarterbacks, building them from the ground up. “The words ‘quarterback guru’ kind of scare me,” Weinke recently told USA Today. “I know this: I love what I do. It’s one thing to say you’re a college or NFL quarterback coach/coordinator. But there’s no job in the world that compares to this. We have an opportunity to change lives.” Weinke’s No. 16 jersey is retired at Florida State and his legend has been cemented as one of the best quarterbacks in FSU and college football history. His experiences at FSU give him the credibility to train quarterbacks like Panthers star Cam Newton, who had one of the best rookie seasons of any quarterback in the history of the NFL. Newton’s coaches and even John Madden give Weinke a lot of credit for what he’s done while at IMG.

National Championship: 1999 Johnny Unitas Award: 2000 Davey O’Brien Award: 2000 Heisman Trophy: 2000 Sporting News Player of the Year: 2000 Sammy Baugh Award: 2000

“But there’s no job in the world that compares to this. We have an opportunity to change lives.” ◄ In his final home game, Chris Weinke (16) guided FSU past Florida 30-7, securing a Heisman Trophy and a spot in the Orange Bowl national championship game. September–October 2012


Drew Weatherford 2005–2008

Drew Weatherford has never been one to sit for very long. As the CEO of Strategos Public Affairs, the former Seminole quarterback is constantly scrambling for new business. Weatherford’s career in professional football was short lived, but his business acumen is on the rise. Shortly after giving up the game after the 2010 Arena football season, Weatherford started his own public affairs firm and before long found himself using his quarterACC Championship: 2005 back skills in the business world. “There are a lot of correlations in sports of any kind and business,” Weatherford said. “Those lessons I learned during my experiences and especially having such a great head coach in Coach Bowden. We are advocates on behalf of other companies, so it’s extremely important for us to represent them and ourselves in high regard. You don’t win every deal, like you don’t win every game, and you have to wake up every day similar to football; you have to focus on what you can control and work as hard as you can. Preparation is huge, especially when you represent clients. You have to be schooled on their business strategies and how to make them successful. It’s pretty interesting; people hire our firm because we fit in the role of quarterback — strategic organization of sales strategies, implement them and accelerate their sales cycle.” Weatherford’s football cycle was not a successful one at Florida State. After winning the job early on from Xavier Lee, Weatherford was never able to win over the fan base and was subsequently replaced by Lee and eventually as a senior by Christian Ponder. Ironically enough, it was his disappointment during his senior campaign that stands out as his defining moment as a Seminole. “The things that I learned about myself during that very difficult time of sitting on the bench and dealing with that circumstance was a difficult and humbling one,” said Weatherford, “But at the same time a very beneficial one in many ways. When I look back on it, I’ve been out long enough to realize the way I handled that situation and what I learned will go far beyond any touchdown I threw or any game that I won. I’m very grateful for having had that opportunity.” Shortly after graduating, Weatherford had a tryout with the Chicago Bears, but ended up back in Florida working for the Seminole Boosters. It was his job to help open the South Florida division, and it was during that transition that Weatherford was bitten by 132 September–October 2012

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▲ FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford (11) led the Seminoles to a 13-10 road win at Miami in the 2006 season opener.

“You don’t win every deal, like you don’t win every game … you have to focus on what you can control and work as hard as you can.”

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the business bug. So he returned to the Tampa area to begin his venture into the public sector — but not before giving football one last chance. “I worked for a development company working on a large energy park in Brandon, which is home for me. So I ended up doing a combination of things,” Weatherford said, “I had an opportunity to give football another shot and the company was kind enough to let me work for them and play Arena Football. I gave it a shot, played a season with the Tampa Bay Storm and worked on this project. Soon after the season I started my own business development and public affairs firm.”

Weatherford, who is single, says he is still recognized from time to time, but less and less every day. But no matter where he goes or what he does, his memories of playing football at Doak Campbell Stadium will never go away. “Whenever someone plays at a high level like an FSU, there’s a certain level of respect that people have because you had to work extremely hard and diligently to get to that level. It validates you in terms of your work ethic. I was an avid FSU fan so it’s hard to view myself like I viewed them, but it’s an honor and I’m proud of the work that I put in and the fact that I was able to live out what I would call a dream of mine to put on the Garnet and Gold; it’s very special.” September–October 2012


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Casey Weldon


Building a Business After Football For all the talk of Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke winning the Heisman, many people forget Casey Weldon was the runner-up in 1991, finishing second to Michigan’s Desmond Howard. Weldon’s career at Florida State has always been lumped in with both Ward and Brad Johnson, because Coach Bowden was fortunate enough to have those three on the same team at the same time. A bonus to Bowden and the staff; a minor problem for Weldon. “If you had Brad Johnson and Charlie Ward on the bench, you’d keep getting up too,” joked Weldon of his tough nature. “I might get more credit for that than I deserve, but they were ready to take over so it keeps you hanging on to that opportunity.” As a senior in 1991, Weldon threw for 2,527 yards and 22 touchdowns. He led the Seminoles to a 10-2 record and a win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl and was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. In addition, he was named first team All-America by Walter Camp and the Football News among others. “For me, when I came to Tallahassee in the third grade it was Jimmy (Jordan) and Wally (Woodham) and I was going to wear 15 or 12,” Weldon remembers. “So at an early age to watch those guys made an impression on me. Now, to be spoken of in the same breath as those guys and the ones that came after is something I am very proud of.” From FSU, Weldon was picked in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL draft and played professional football on and off for 10 years before calling it a career. After a short stint as the head coach at his alma mater, North Florida Christian High School, Weldon went into the family business as the vice president of Allstate Construction. He also moved his family from Tallahassee back to Tampa. “I’m the VP of Allstate Construction — my dad’s company — doing commercial work,” said Weldon. “I also own Advanced Drying Systems. We dry out homes and businesses that flood and have water damage. “I thought I’d play ball forever and do what I wanted, but it didn’t quite work out. I’m in the business development side with Allstate now and I enjoy selling. My dad built a great company so

Unitas Award Winner: 1991 Touchdown Club of Columbus College Football Quarterback of the Year: 1991 FSU Hall of Fame Inductee: 1999

it’s an easy product to sell. Working with Dad and the water business kind of fell into my lap.” Selling is a lot easier when your name is Casey Weldon, but it’s been more than 20 years since he last wore the Garnet and Gold — a fact that, while true, makes the young Weldon feel rather old. “It’s amazing because I haven’t done a lot since 1991 but that era when the run began at FSU, ESPN was just coming on strong and it made such a lasting impression the time I was there. It was the perfect time to be a part of it.” These days, Weldon is enjoying his family, teaching them to do things the right way — lessons he learned from his own father and Coach Bowden. He and his wife, Lori, have four children, Kendal, 22; Lexi, 19; Logan, 16 and Cade, 14. “My oldest is in Gainesville working for the family company and going to school. Lexi is a volleyball star at Pepperdine. I finally got a state champion in the family: Logan, the sophomore at Berkeley, they won the state championship, first ever in the Weldon family. “My son is playing football and wrestling. My son and I have a great relationship. I’m very hard on him because I see a lot of potential and I want him to be great and he knows that. Sometimes I need to ratchet it back, but he knows where the heart is.”

“I thought I’d play ball forever and do what I wanted, but it didn’t quite work out. I’m in the business development side with Allstate (Construction) now and I enjoy selling.” ◄ Casey Weldon (11) rolls out during a 1991 game. Weldon was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in his lone season as the starter. September–October 2012


Chris Rix (2001-2004)

Combining Careers in Coaching, Sportscasting and Ministry You never want to be the guy that replaces “The Guy,” but Chris Rix had no choice. He was thrust into the starting role immediately after two consecutive national championship appearances and a Heisman Trophy winner in Chris Weinke. “Rix for Six” was the battle cry upon his arrival, but the California kid never could win over the fan base. In fact, his popularity has grown a decade after his departure, but his time in Tallahassee was marred by off-field issues and on-field disappointment. But no matter what the case, Chris Rix always met the media, always admitted fault and has used those lessons in his “new” life as the director of ministries for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Los Angeles and founder of Champion Football Academy, which is now in its eighth year. He’s married, and Rix and his wife, Anita, have two sons, Luke, 3, and Bobby, 1. The former ’Nole credits both Bowden and his pastor, Ron Miller, for his success after football and says he’s had a lot of time to think about what could have been at FSU. “I hope it wasn’t parking in a handicap spot or missing an exam and bowl game, which still hurts to this day,” Rix said of his legacy at FSU. “That’s the lowest point of my career; more than losing to Miami, it was letting my team, coaches and fans down. The bottom line is, I missed a test and I had to miss a game. “It’s about balance. It’s not always easy to balance everything, but I’m very blessed to be doing things that I’m passionate about that involve sports and ministry as well as relationships,” Rix said. “Over the years I have learned to value relationships more and am fortunate to be involved in things that all focus on relationships, whether it be coaching through Champion, sportscasting, ministry with FCA. I never thought I’d be a coach because I wasn’t the most coachable player, but as you grow, learn and mature, you wish you would have listened to more of your coaches and the things that they teach you.” When he’s not working with kids, or playing with his own son, you can find Rix on the sideline for ESPN or on the radio for FOX Sports. In an ironic twist, Rix was on the sideline for the Florida State-Notre Dame Champs Sports Bowl in December. “Right before the game, when I was in the press box with Gene Deckerhoff, Gene said he was so proud of me and (wished me) good 136 September–October 2012

▲ Chris Rix (16), a four-year starter for the Seminoles, drops back to pass at home against Georgia Tech in 2003.

“I do more homework now and watch more film now than I ever did as a player. It’s frustrating because I know now what I could have done as a player.”

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luck calling the game on ESPN radio. It hit me then that this is a legend here, a guy that called the games I played in and he’s looking at me as a colleague. That’s when it hit me; I’m doing an ESPN broadcast of a Florida State game. “I never would have thought that FOX or ESPN would compensate me for my opinion or analysis. But I do more homework now and watch more film now than I ever did as a player. It’s frustrating because I know now what I could have done as a player.” Rix never won a national title at FSU, but he was a part of three ACC Championship teams and four bowl games. He’s also the answer to a trivia question: Who is the only 4-year starter in Bobby Bowden’s career? The answer: Chris Rix. n









Other Seminole Quarterbacks From Years Past 1. Danny McManus: Scout For CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats 2. P.T. Willis: Industrial buyer for Commercial Metals of Tampa 3. Brad Johnson: High school coach in Athens, Ga. 4. Thad Busby: Assistant football coach at Daytona Seabreeze 5. Christian Ponder: Starting quarterback for Minnesota Vikings 6. Adrian McPherson: Backup quarterback for CFL Montreal Alouettes 7. Xavier Lee: Living in Tempe, Ariz. 8. Danny Kanell: ESPN Analyst September–October 2012


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Quarterback in Waiting

Tallahassee’s Clint Trickett Learns From the Best to Be Ready for His Star Turn By Justin Sparks

He threw for 336 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Despite solid play that kept FSU in the game, he made some freshman errors that quickly turned into teaching points for the Seminoles’ coaching staff. This season Manuel will again garner all the local and national attention as FSU continues to try re-establishing itself as a national contender in Fisher’s third season as head coach. However, in sports and certainly in football, you’re only as good as your depth chart. Manuel has proven to be injury prone in his collegiate career due to his style of play and this time around — given the opportunity — Trickett might not relinquish the starting spot. Ross Obley

Spring practices have come and gone. Summer practices continue to fine tune tactics the Seminole Nation hopes will deliver a third crystal football to Tallahassee. And as the 2012 football season edges ever so close, with anticipation building throughout the Seminole Nation, the tribe should take notice of one up-and-coming leader: Clint Trickett. E.J. Manuel enters his final season as a Seminole this year and will have one last chance to prove that his high-profile status coming out of high school remains warranted. Sitting behind him in the ranks will be Clint Trickett, who has patiently waited for his opportunity to prove that, yes, the former state champion North Florida Christian quarterback — whose father coaches for Florida State — can make an impact at the college level. The “main thing” that brought Trickett to FSU was not his father and it was not being close to home. Instead, “it was a business decision” — specifically Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s offense, a system that best suits Trickett’s playing style. Although Fischer ran his offensive system during the last years of the Bowden era, Manuel and Trickett clearly bring different strengths to the table. Manuel remains one of the few big names left from the Bobby Bowden era. His mobility, physique, pure athleticism and strong arm give him the tools to be a playmaking quarterback and a game changer. Trickett is a more prototypical pocket quarterback who will scan the field, plant his feet, absorb the hit and get the ball out to the best option. He has a lot riding on his shoulders. Trickett became the first quarterback in Fisher’s first recruiting class as head coach of Florida State. Last season, Trickett took over for Manuel after he was sidelined by an in-game injury in arguably the most anticipated game to come to Tallahassee in over half a decade. Call it baptism by fire. The slender Trickett stood in the pocket, took the necessary hits and tried — albeit to no avail — to steal a landmark victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. He gave us our first glimpse of his promising abilities by going 7-of-15 for 134 yards while tossing one touchdown and one interception. Trickett started the following week when the ‘Noles traveled to Death Valley to face a surprisingly explosive Clemson Tigers football team.

▲ Rick Trickett, FSU Offensive Line Coach and Father of Quarterback Clint Trickett (Opposite)

His maturation from being thrown into the fire last year and how he fits properly into Fischer’s offense was on display during this spring’s Garnet and Gold game. Trickett ended the day 12-for-23 with 173 passing yards and two touchdowns as he led the Garnet to a 35-20 victory over Manuel’s Gold. His desire to prove that he’s capable of taking the reins showed in his on-field display. He also sent a warning to Manuel and all the other players on the roster. After the game Trickett sent a clear message: “I’ve never really been a backup in my life, nor do I want to be.” The will and determination are evident, but will he be able to seize his chance in 2012 if an opportunity presents itself? He believes being raised as a coach’s son gave him “advantages

that most people didn’t have” when learning the game of football. A big part of the growth for a player in college is the adjustment from the speed of high school ball to college ball. Everyone has the strength, speed and athleticism at the college level, but most players don’t have the field vision. Trickett developed his keen eye for the game while he and his family followed his father from campus to campus across the country. He learned from West Virginia’s Pat White, Auburn’s Dameyune Craig and his former high school coach, Casey Weldon. All three were collegiate All-Americans and Weldon was a Heisman runner-up in 1991 during his playing days for FSU. The redshirt sophomore remains cognizant of this, which is why he has reached out to former FSU great and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke to help build on his existing foundation of knowledge. The current and former FSU quarterbacks “text back and forth” and he talks with Weinke “almost as much” as he does with Weldon. Weinke mentored Trickett during last season as he took over for Manuel and after Manuel returned as the starter. “He helped me a lot through this season (2011) when things were good, when things were bad,” said Trickett. That’s an encouraging sign for a proud program that has struggled over the last decade to reclaim its former glory. Things that may seem arbitrary to outsiders could lead Trickett to the tipping point that allows him to develop into the next Seminole great behind center. His “love” for the program, a team of “best friends” and the mentorships indicate that not only Trickett but also the entire program has progressed under Fischer. He may have to wait one more season to receive the keys to the offense; however, he has already taken the appropriate steps off the field to be a starter. Trickett will be the defining player of Coach Fischer’s inaugural recruiting class. Whether he succeeds or fails will be determined going forward. What the Seminole Nation can expect is that he will be ready and prepared to become FSU’s next great quarterback. All that remains is going out on the field and proving he can “follow in the footsteps of a great like Chris Weinke by using the “advantages” that have been provided to him. n September–October 2012


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40 Years With

Andy Birthdays and anniversaries. Prom dates and proposals. Power lunches and a quick cocktail before the concert. Weddings and awards ceremonies. Restaurateur Andrew Reiss has presided over four decades of happy memories for Tallahasseeans. “I love it because it’s social,” he says. “People are here to have a good time.” By Rosanne Dunkelberger Photos by Scot t Holstein September–October 2012


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In the beginning,

there was The Deli. Which begat The Brass Rail, which begat Andrew’s Second Act, which begat Maxin’s, which begat Tutto Benne, which begat Epicurean Catering, which begat Andrew’s Upstairs, which begat Andrew’s North, which begat Trio, which begat Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar, which — finally — begat Andrew’s 228. And it was all good. And that, friends, is the genesis of Andrew Reiss, who this year celebrates his 40th anniversary as a restaurateur. At 63, Reiss isn’t quite as old as Methuselah, but he does have the distinction of running Tallahassee’s longest lived restaurant business in the same location on Adams Street in the shadow of the Capitol. “Why am I still here? In my opinion, No. 1 is me — my kid calls me a lovable pain in the ass. I never give up. I’m dogged. I’m still fussing if that’s not clean enough or that’s not right. I’m determined,” he explained. “No. 2 — location. Thank God for the Florida Legislature and what that brings to our community and that I have really been able to take advantage of it.” Local public relations guru Ron Sachs has known Reiss since their days at Miami Norland High and has “worked for food” promoting the restaurants ever since starting his communications firm in Tallahassee 17 years ago. In addition to having a “calm” personality, Sachs said he attributes his friend’s business longevity to always being willing to improve and change. “Forty years into this stellar career, he is as engaged in the business today as he was when he started,” Sachs said. “Andy’s secret is that he’s never complacent. He’s always proactive in looking ahead to what should the menu be, what should the service be, what should the ambience be. And that’s why he’s been willing to start from scratch and completely change the formats of the restaurants.”

What Made the Man

Reiss always begins a discussion about the start of his career by going back — way back to the life of his late father, Hans Reiss. Hans grew up the only child of older parents in Vienna and was spirited out of the country when Hitler invaded Austria. In an adventure that sounds like the plot of a novel, Hans Reiss went on an odyssey between continents, married his German wife when they were refugees in China and ended up in the United States. An accomplished pianist, the elder Reiss made a living as an entertainer, splitting his time between Cleveland in the summer and Miami in the winter. “My father was like Victor Borge. He could entertain people in German or in English, telling jokes for hours and playing the piano,” Reiss recalled. When Andy and his brother were school aged, the family settled in Miami and Hans Reiss made a career as a maitre d’ at the luxury Carillon Hotel in Miami Beach during its mid-century glory. “By the time I was 7 (or) 8 … my father started dragging us to the hotel. He was running the nightclub and we started washing dishes 142 September–October 2012

and busing tables, and by the time we were old enough (worked as) front desk Andy Reiss is surrounded by his staff at Andrew’s Capital clerk and cabana boy and valet parker,” Grill & Bar, a stone’s throw Reiss recalled. “I was hanging out the in from the Capitol. Almost the kitchen all the time watching the chefs 300 former employees have work. My grandma said I was going to be joined a Facebook page called, a chef one day.” “At Some Point in My Life, I In addition to being introduced to the worked for Andrew Reiss.” On hospitality industry at an early age, Reiss the previous page, Reiss is surrounded by members of his was also raised in a “continental” housesenior staff, General Manager hold where “food was big” and white wine Jack Penrod (left) and Executive was served with dinner. “My dad was alChef Glen Mayer. ways the kind of guy who wouldn’t go to a restaurant that didn’t have a white tablecloth,” he said. Even with his food-centric roots, Reiss initially attended the University of Florida with thoughts of becoming an accountant. That only lasted two

years before he changed majors and transferred to the hospitality program at Florida State University. But his time at UF wasn’t a total bust. Two of his frat brothers at Tau Epsilon Phi have become lifelong friends — Sachs and attorney Steve Uhlfelder. “I pledged TEP … and we had a housemother that must have been 75 or 80 years old. And everybody complained about the food, including me,” Reiss said. Uhlfelder, who was a senior and the fraternity president, “said ‘I’m tired of you bitching, Reiss. If you think you can do better, why don’t you do something about it?’” He put in a salad bar, at the time a novel concept, updated the menus and chalked up his first food service success. (When Reiss left, Sachs, who was a year behind him in school, took over his position as headwaiter). At the time, he was dating Maxin Munchick, who he would convince to transfer with him to FSU and later wed after graduation. Reiss first espied his wife-to-be when they were both teenagers as she arrived at a North Carolina summer camp where both were counselors. “She came off the train, a bleached blonde with pigtails and a guitar on her back,” Reiss

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He was born in Qingdao, China. “You know, where the (Tsingtao) beer comes from,” he says. His mother, from Berlin, and his father, from Vienna, were refugees there after escaping Hitler. His wife, Maxin, is a leap year baby. They were hoping for another leap year baby when their first grandson was born this year, but his daughter “couldn’t hold out any longer” and Jonah was born Feb. 23. Before they were married, Andy and Maxin traveled to Woodstock. Andy was the “sixth man” on the basketball team at Miami Norland Senior High School.

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recalled. “You know how you are at that age; everybody at the beginning of summer is looking for their summer fling.” There were a few years of off-and-on dating — they went to different South Florida high schools — but that “fling” has lasted 45 years, including 42 years of marriage.

The Early Days

After Andy and Maxin (it’s pronounced max-inn) were married, “we were hippie types … and used the money that we got for our wedding to go to Europe for a year.” They worked at a restaurant in Switzerland to extend their stay. When they returned to the U.S. they moved to Aspen “to feel what being a ski bum was like” and then moved north of San Francisco.

One of Andy Reiss’ favorite pictures (top) was taken in Salzburg, Austria, in the summer of 1971, when his father took the newlyweds on a tour of his homeland. About a year later, Reiss would be working the line in his new restaurant, The Deli.

While in California, Reiss got the call that would set him on his career path. A local businessman named Winn Simpson owned an Adams Street building and some of his tenants were moving “out to the suburbs,” Reiss recalled. The state capital was staying put as construction began on a new Capitol building and Simpson told Reiss he would give him a start in the restaurant business if he would move back to Tallahassee. Reiss said yes and knew just what kind of restaurant he was going to open. After sorely missing the foods he was used to as a Jewish kid from South Florida while an FSU student, he wanted to introduce the capital city to a true, New York-style delicatessen. “We were Tallahassee’s first corned beef sandwich, Tallahassee’s first lox, bagel and cream cheese, we brought knishes and blintzes and all that kind of stuff to Tallahassee,” Reiss said of The Deli, which opened in November 1972. Reiss thought Tallahassee needed an introduction to continental fine dining and, when the lower floor of the building became vacant three years later, he opened Andrews 2nd Act, that white-tablecloth restaurant his father was so fond of. In 1977 he took his business upstairs, opening the jazz bar Maxin’s — another first locally — and two years later brought Northern Italian cuisine to town with Tutto Bene. In the early ’80s, he started his catering business and for years was the contract caterer for the Leon County Civic Center. “It was so easy to come up with new concepts for Tallahassee, because there weren’t any concepts,” Reiss said in a 2008 retrospective story in Tallahassee Magazine. In that same story, Reiss said the secret to his success was evolving to meet changing tastes, including offering menus with lighter, less expensive entrees, and catering to a younger clientele that lives nearby rather than trying to lure patrons back to downtown from their homes in the northeast. In 1986, he would revamp Maxin’s and Tutto Benne into a 185-seat restaurant, Andrew’s Upstairs, and add outdoor dining at his streetlevel restaurant. Reiss did have two brief forays off of his downtown corner. He moved his restaurant to a location in the northeast part of town for a year in the mid ’90s, while a top-to-bottom renovation of his downtown building was underway, and he opened a family-style restaurant called Trio in Market Street that lasted five years. Reiss was operating Andrew’s North during and after construction of the Interstate 10 flyover, in the same location as Lucy Ho’s Chinese restaurant. “Construction was completely obliterating their road visibility, their curb appeal,” recalled Sachs. “He hired a hydraulic lift gondola, invited Lucy Ho along and had himself lifted above flyover traffic … a big banner was hanging off the lift’s basket that said ‘Don’t Fly Over Us. Andrew’s North and Lucy Ho’s’ …. He’s just not the guy who is ever going to take something lying down.” Reiss would return to downtown in 1998 with the newly revamped Andrew’s Capital Grill and, after significant renovations, would open the former 2nd Act space as Andrew’s 228. In addition to promoting his restaurants, throughout the years Reiss has devoted much time and energy to promoting Tallahassee’s downtown. He has served on the Downtown Improvement Authority since 1978, with several stints as chairman, and started the organization that has become Visit Tallahassee. In 1997, he was instrumental in creation of the wildly popular Downtown Getdowns, which now attract 5,000 to 10,000 people continued on page 146

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Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a U.S. Navy veteran, is on-hand for the unveiling of her signature “Admiral” Chicken Club sandwich. Also pictured, left to right, Andy Reiss, former Republican Party Chairman David Bitner and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Winner in a Landslide No Recount Required, Politicians Agree Andrew’s is a Dining Favorite In these polarized political times, it’s nice to know there’s something partisans can reach across the aisle and agree on: eating at Andy Reiss’ restaurants. Proximity makes his Adams Street corner “probably the most coveted location in this region to have a restaurant,” said public relations heavyweight Ron Sachs. “He’s pretty much a paper airplane flight away from the Capitol, City Hall, the county courthouse and all these downtown associations, law firms and lobbying firms. He picked exactly the right place to be.” And meeting up with the high flyers as they break bread on neutral turf can also make Sachs’ job a little easier. “I can remember more than one time during Jeb Bush’s years

seeing he and (Lt. Gov.) Toni Jennings lunching together,” he said. “And while you would be reticent to approach them at the Capitol if they were having a private meeting, sitting in Andrew’s they’re just another patron and people would go by and say ‘hello’ to them.” Bob Graham, former U.S. senator and Florida governor from 1979 to 1987, commented on the value of Reiss and his eateries. “Andy has been a stable, consistent leader-by-example of the importance of the downtown in Florida’s capital city. He has provided a place where people interested in state government could come together in a non-partisan environment to try to understand each other,” Graham said. “One of my concerns with Washington is that it doesn’t have enough places like Andy’s, so Republicans and Democrats have few opportunities to get to know each other on a personal

basis — and that has contributed to the dysfunction of Congress.” A longtime tradition at Andrew’s Capital Bar & Grill has been the naming of sandwiches and salads — sometimes using tortuous puns — in honor of politicos and local VIPs. It’s an open secret that Sachs helps Reiss with names such as Jackie “Super Pons” Pittsburgh Pastrami or Mayor Marks’ Pesto Chicken and that there is intense lobbying for a spot on the lunch menu. But, said Sachs, the final decision about who makes the cut is Andy Reiss. “They love it. I can’t even believe they love it so much,” said Reiss. “And boy, they get mad at me when they’re not reelected and I pull them off the menu. I thought it was a really great idea years ago, now I have some misgivings. It’s like I’m taking something away from them. I’m sorry; you lost!” Although long gone from their governorships, the “Graham” Burger and “Jeb” Burger live on, on the menu at Andrew’s.

Jeb Bush, who served as Florida’s governor from 1999 to 2007, recalled meals at Andrew’s two restaurants. “I enjoyed both eateries; Andrews for lunch was the best. I think I ordered the Graham Burger rather than the Jeb Burger, but I didn’t take offense,” he said. (A version of Bush’s burger without the bun was named for Tom Gallagher, who served in Florida’s cabinet at the time.) “Andrews was a wholesome meeting place, unlike its neighbor to the North,” said Bush, referring to Clyde’s & Costello’s, the rowdier bar located next door. As for Bush’s comment about eating more Graham burgers than the sandwich that bore his name, Graham couldn’t resist a quip: “It’s perfectly understandable that Andy would have made a better burger for me than Jeb. It’s nice that Jeb validated that!” // Rosanne Dunkelberger and Linda Kleindienst September–October 2012


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during football game weekends. This year’s Oct. 12 event is planned as a “Happy Birthday” party for his restaurants.

Get ting Personal

Maxin and Andy Reiss are a mutual admiration society, and both have great admiration for their two daughters, Alyson, 33, and Dana, 28. In the beginning, Maxin Reiss did work in Andy’s restaurant. “I can recall the days when I was in graduate school and I was either going to classes or in schools being mentored in my field and then running to the restaurant over lunch and making pastrami sandwiches — which I didn’t like at all,” she said. After receiving her Ph.D. in psychology, having children and starting her own business, Maxin’s active role in the restaurant tapered off, but “that doesn’t mean she doesn’t play a big role because Max is a perfectionist and very sharp,” said Andy Reiss. “She’s my center. She’s the person I bounce off big decisions. Her perspective is valuable.” In 1980, Maxin Reiss started her own business, Behavior Management Consultants, which provides applied behavior analysis to individuals, school districts and other institutions. It employs about 60 people and serves much of North Florida and parts of Georgia. “My wife runs a company as big or bigger than mine,” he said. “She is a really quiet, low-profile person, but if you have a child with autism, you bless the ground she walks on. She’s brilliant.” Both of their children worked in Reiss’ restaurants as they were growing up, but neither is interested in inheriting the business. Aly Goldman is a doctor working with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. She recently gave birth to the couple’s first grandchild — and sends photos and videos of the baby daily. Dana Reiss did follow her father’s footsteps in the hospitality business, although her career is on the hotel side of things. She’s currently sales manager at the Gaylord National hotel in Washington, D.C. “I don’t know that you could be a better father than Andy,” said Maxin Reiss. “He was a very engaged father, despite the fact that he was building a business, and always made time for them. He loved his time with them. He’s much more of a game-player, let’s-have-fun kind of dad than probably I am as a mom.” Friends and coworkers agree that Reiss’ fatherly attributes are what make him a good boss to the estimated 7,000 people who have worked in his businesses over the years. Jack Penrod, general manager of Reiss’ restaurants who has worked with him for 12 years, calls his boss “firm but fair.” “He’s got a very kind of cool way about him — but at the same time, he’s very driven, tenaciously driven about details,” said Penrod, who Reiss calls his “heir apparent.” “He holds on to his ideals that make a restaurant successful and he pushes them over and over and over again. But at the same time, he’s a very fair person and a very firm person. People respect that and listen to him.” Sachs agrees: “He’s a very demanding boss, but I’ve known the guy a loooong time and I’ve never seen him raise his voice. He’s one of the calmest people you’ll ever meet in one of the most stressful of businesses … it almost seems counterintuitive, I think that’s one of his secrets to success.” When pressed to name one bad thing about her husband, Maxin Reiss could only come up with one thing: “He’s an abysmal driver.” On a typical day, Reiss goes to work in the morning, comes home after lunch and then returns to the restaurants in the early evening — a total of 12 shifts a week. During his afternoon down time, he’s not taking it easy; every day includes time for exercise. “Parts of the year I swim, parts of the year I go to the gym, parts of the year I walk or take jogs,” he said. “I mix it up, but I do something every afternoon. It’s kind of my time out.” While his career has spanned four decades, Reiss sees retirement in his not-to-distant future. “I think Max and I are good for three to five more 146 September–October 2012

»Feature Andy Reiss years,” he said as he knocked on the wooden tabletop. “I still enjoy it, but it’s tiring, every day.” The couple invested in a fractional ownership condo in the 30A town of WaterColor, where they spent several weeks over the past three years. “We’re like a normal couple there. We take bike rides, we play tennis, we hang out and read books,” Reiss said. They’ve bought some property in the nearby Seagrove community, and the future plan is to build a home where they can bring their dogs and go any time they please for as long as they please.

Success Secrets

Why did Reiss’ restaurants succeed when other local icons such as the Silver Slipper and Chez Pierre fell by the wayside? For starters, when the winds of change blew, Reiss changed with them. For example, when the Legislature enacted a law banning lobbyists from giving legislators any meals, trips or gifts, many local restaurants were decimated by the loss of business. To compensate, Reiss moved his catering division away from government jobs to more weddings and locally based work. Reiss said buying the building that houses his restaurants after Simpson’s untimely death in a car accident as well as a contiguous building when it became available, also gave him another advantage. “In tough times in the late ’70s and early ’80s I think if I didn’t own the building I would have folded it up,” he said. “The restaurant business is a penny-pinching, fine-margin business.” When you own the building housing your restaurant “instead of lease payments, you got mortgage payments, but so many years later you own it and you have something to go to a bank with and say ‘I’m going through tough times, lend me some money.’” While he is proud of his foresight throughout the years and success with different restaurants, Reiss grows wistful when he talks about what might have been. “I think if I regret anything it’s that I should have just stuck to one concept and gone to different markets with it,” he said. Reiss had been in business more than 20 years when the Sorensen brothers started Firehouse Subs in Jacksonville in 1994, a restaurant business that has grown to a 500-unit franchise in 31 states. “I make a mean sandwich. I think my biggest mistake in business was when I had The Deli and then I opened up the Second Act. I really wanted to be a

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PAM BONDI ATTORNEY GENERAL “Andy, your restaurant is a landmark in Tallahassee and I know where I can always get the best BLT salad. Happy 40th Anniversary.” The “Bondi” (BLT) Club Salad

MIKE HARIDOPOLOS SENATE PRESIDENT “Andrew’s IS Tallahassee! I’ve been eating [OLYL^P[OHZTPSLVUT`MHJLZPUJL0^HZÄYZ[ elected in 2000. Happy Anniversary, Andy!” “Haridopolos Metropolis” Gorgonzola Burger

DON GAETZ SENATE PRESIDENT DESIGNATE “The real political epicenter of Florida isn’t the rotunda of the State Capitol. It’s the tables at Andrews. And the food is great, too.” The “Gaetz” Greek Chicken Wrap

ADAM PUTNAM AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER “Andy, you have kept it fresh for 40 years. You are a great Floridian who continues to lead in your industry. We are proud your menu features “Fresh from Florida” items.” Putnam’s “Fresh From Florida” Grouper Sandwich

JEFF ATWATER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER “Congratulations on 40 years, Andy! Your hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit is evident in the success you’ve achieved and serves as an inspiration to us all.” Atwater’s “St. Louis” BBQ Burger

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Golden Spoon Award winner. And I accomplished that. And then two years later I opened up Maxin’s and we were successful and then two years after that, I opened up Tutto Benne and we were successful. Had I put my energy (into one) instead of multiple different concepts, if I would have just taken my deli or my love of sandwiches, I could have been the guy ... ”

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A New Role

In addition to his career as a restaurateur and service to the downtown community, Reiss has also taken a leadership role in the hospitality industry. He was instrumental in the decision to relocate the industry’s trade association, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, to Tallahassee. In fact, the group partnered with Reiss, paying for needed upgrades to the building relating to fire safety and accessibility, and their offices now occupy the floors above Reiss’ restaurants. In January, Reiss will be inducted as chairman of the statewide association during an event at Miami Beach’s renowned Fountainebleau Hotel. “There is no question that Andy is an industry icon, not only for the exceptional food and service he brings to the table, but also his community involvement and association leadership throughout our great state,” said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the FRLA. “He has been an active member of our association for decades and that is truly unparalleled among other independent operators. To me, Andy is so much more than a board member and future chairman, he is a personal friend,” said Dover. “We have shared memories in watching our children grow, and I really look to him as a mentor. I am so proud of Andy for reaching such an incredible anniversary, and I am thankful to have been able to experience so much of it with him.” Reiss will be the first independent restaurant owner to lead the association, a position usually held by organizations with a high profile statewide. But Reiss said he has no doubts he’ll be an effective advocate. “I don’t want to say this in an obnoxious way, but there is no restaurateur or hotelier that’s on a first-name basis with every governor since Reubin Askew. I’ve known all the senators and all the representatives for 30 years. I don’t have to go (to the Capitol) and lobby. I lobby when they come to lunch.” He plans on being surrounded by family — including his 90-year-old mother — for the event and views it as a homecoming of sorts as well as a tribute to his father, who died 23 years ago. When Hans Reiss worked there, as a “professional courtesy,” staffs of the Miami Beach hotels would host each other for nights out. “My dad would get us all dressed up and we would see Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. I have unbelievably great memories … gorgeous women, gorgeous gowns, dripping jewelry … and now I’m going to be at the Fountainebleau accepting this position. It’s going to be really touching. It’s going to be awesome.” n

Andrews in the News Reviews, Raves and Recaps from 40 Years in Business Andrew’s 2nd Act, Tutto Bene, Maxin’s and Brass Rail were cited in an issue of Gourmet magazine for “the best eating in Tallahassee.” Dec. 14, 1975 The Tallahassee Democrat announces the opening of two new downtown restaurants, Sun and Moon and Andrew’s 2nd Act, both open for lunch and dinner. Jan. 11, 1976 Democrat reporter Lorrie Guttman writes, “Downtown now has an international flavor, thanks to restaurateur Andrew Reiss, who recently opened Andrew’s 2nd Act. Chef James Larry is helping Reiss put life into the previously fading inner city with a restaurant many say is reminiscent of New York or Europe.” August 1978 Andrew’s 2nd Act is named Best in the Northwest by Florida Trend. 1979 A story by UPI reporter Barbara Frye quotes the press secretary of newly elected Gov. Bob Graham: “He doesn’t feel uncomfortable about walking to work, stopping to talk to the garbage man and eating at the Deli.” Sept. 9, 1979 In a Tallahassee Democrat story about downtown, Reiss pointed out two major problems that

would continue to plague the area for years afterward — limited parking and a lack of attractions to keep people downtown after working hours. 1980 Andrew’s 2nd Act earns a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award for “Best in the Northwest” and is named one of Robert Tolf’s Top 100 Florida restaurants. He calls it “the class act, the place in the capital for civilized dining.” 1980 The Eat Beat’s Lorrie Guttman gives Andrew’s 2nd Act four forks for food and five for ambience. On the menu was Steak Diane and Grouper Diablo.

April 27, 1981 Miami Herald columnist Michael Putney reports Gov. Bob Graham has a standing order for corned beef on rye, while Senate President Dempsey Barron, D-Panama City, always orders a Caesar salad (prepared only by the head waiter) and a steak. Feb. 19, 1981 The Eat Beat gives The Deli four-and-a-half forks for food, four for service and four for ambience, even after given the worst seat in the house. Dinner for two was $17.80. June 1981 Reiss is featured as one of The Achievers in Florida Trend magazine, which reported that his four restaurants generated about $1.2 million each year, employed about 100 people and drew between 800 and 1,200 people a day to Tallahassee’s downtown. Aug. 16, 1984 The Brass Rail gets a four-hat review from Ashby Stiff, who praises the Shrimp and Crab Martinique and authentic key lime pie, but is not impressed by the “medication-sized” gin-and-tonics. March 21, 1985 The Northern Italian food at Tutto Bene garners a four-hat review. High points, according to Stiff, included the plum and gray décor, the marinara sauce, Veal Scallopine Marsala and Pollo Fiorentina. » September–October 2012


»Feature Andy Reiss Dec. 12, 1985 Andrew’s 2nd Act garnered a four-anda-half hat review from Stiff, who described it — in his own, grandiloquent style — as “celebrat(ing) a decade of creative, Greenwich Villagechic foodmanship on the Adams Street Commons.” Nov. 16, 1986 Reiss embarks on a $250,000 renovation project that created sidewalk dining at his street-level restaurant and an 185-seat restaurant, Andrew’s Upstairs.

legislators were supposed to adjourn across the street to Andrew’s. But when it became clear that they might be at it all night, Reiss brought the party to them, laying out a spread in the Capitol outside the House and Senate chambers, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

April 3, 1987 Four-hat review for Andrew’s Upstairs, housed in what was formerly Tutto Bene and Maxin’s. After a dozen years in business, Ashby Stiff calls Reiss “the dean of downtown restaurateurs … food intuitive, trend sensitive and long on creative energy.”

July 26, 1987 Kathy McCord’s “Around Town” column praises Andrew’s Upstairs as “the late-night place of choice for Tallahassee’s baby-boom generation.” There was a standingroom only crowd for the band Riverbreeze, which included former Allman Brothers Band member Butch Trucks. Later in the evening, popular local chanteuse Pam Laws sang “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Spring 1987 On the final night of the 1987 session,

Nov. 9, 1988 The Democrat’s Business Wednesday

reports “Reiss’ restaurants still rolling after 15 years.” His restaurant and catering company grossed $2 million a year, the story said. May 7, 1989 Craig Crawford and Donna Blanton of The Orlando Sentinel report that Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton “lived up to his reputation as a party animal” with an after-midnight jam playing saxophone with the Herb Harris Quartet. “Clinton, a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for president,” the writers noted. March 9, 1990 After six years and two reviews, Andrew’s 2nd Act gets a fivehat review from Ashby Stiff. Here’s how he describes the menu staple Tournedos St. Laurent: “The dish featured an 8-ounce filet mignon topped with asparagus in a

butter sauce containing garlic, scallions and parsley.” Dec. 14, 1990 Stiff suggests three restaurants that serve a great brunch. Bascom’s at the Wedge and Wineglass and Charley Mac’s are long gone, only Andrew’s survives. Dec. 28, 1990 Stiff’s fourhat review of Trio in The Gallery at Market Street mentions the restaurant is smoke-free, “throw(ing) a cost-free bone to the health cult” and the noise that “reminds us of a coach-class restaurant in a Scandinavian train station.” The new restaurant features an $18,000 imported oven and a noontime buffet. May 10, 1991 With a menu trending toward Mexican dishes, Andrew’s Upstairs gets a three-and-a-half hat review. “It is a refreshing

(and increasingly a rarity) to dine where servers pride themselves on the professional quality of their work.” June 14, 1992 In her column, McCord reports that, for the seventh year, Andy Reiss has donated “all the fixings” for a celebrity waiter dinner to benefit the Dick Howser Center. Jan. 25, 1994 Reiss wins a Leadership and Achievement award from Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority. April 25, 1997 After 11 months and a $4 million remodeling investment, Reiss opens his homage to “sports and politics,” Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar. During remodeling, he moved his 40 employees to Andrew’s North, a restaurant in the Oak Lake Plaza.

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Capital Grill & Bar gets a four-hat review, with praise for Cedar Plank Salmon and T.K.’s Meatloaf with Brown Mushroom Sauce.

Dec. 13, 2000 A USA Today story about the U.S. Supreme Court’s final ruling on the Bush-Gore election case sets the scene with a description of the politicos watching the event as it played out on television sets at Andrew’s. In the story, local sources estimated that the dispute benefited the city to the tune of $1 to $2 million per week.

October 2003 Reiss is celebrated in the Tallahassee Democrat’s business section for 30 years in business as “Mr. Downtown.”

Feb. 7, 2003 Calling the subterranean reincarnation of Andrew’s 2nd Act “a knockout,” reviewer Stiff gives Andrew’s 228 five hats. He describes the “Urban Tuscan Villa” design of the restaurant with seating areas that are loud and energetic as well as quiet and classic.

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Feb. 4, 1999 Ashby Stiff gives a five-hat review to Andrew’s 2nd Act. “Andrew’s gets better as Andrew’s gets older,” he says.

Stiff also tells of a bar with a menu of 200 martinis.

Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar. They include Rep. Loranne Ausley’s “Lorrane’s Linguini with Plum Tomato Sauce,” the “Jeb Burger” and “Crinkle Fries to Sine Die For.”

Sept. 5, 2003 Political columnist Nancy Cook Lauer announces the newest batch of movers and shakers to get a dish named for them at

Oct. 17, 2003 Andrew’s

March 7, 2004 A photo of the lunchtime crowd on the patio at Andrew’s is played large in a feature story about lobbying in the St. Petersburg Times by investigative reporter Lucy Morgan. March 7, 2005 The Miami Herald’s Business Monday section says Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar “may give new meaning to the term power lunch. It’s the place to rub shoulders, literally with the state’s chief financial officer, legislators and well-known lobbyists like Van Poole or

Al Cardenas.” Reiss was quoted, saying, “the session for me is what Christmas is for the malls.” Nov. 3, 2007 The legislative gift ban imposed on lobbyists costs downtown Tallahassee businesses $500,000 a week during the 2007 session, according to a study released by the Tourist Development Council. February 2009 Menu includes Akin’s “Akinyummy” Hot Roast Beef, T.K. Homemade Meatloaf and John Dailey’s Daily Soup and Salad. January 2011 At the 16th menu unveiling at Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar, the “Let’s Get to Work” salad bar is named after Gov. Rick Scott. Other items include the “Marco Rubio Cuban Sandwich” and the “Haridopolos Metropolis Gorgonzola Burger.” n


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Find your Perfect Beach in South Walton The seasons are changing and the weather is getting nicer every day. So why wait any longer to take that break you’ve dreamed about all summer? The time is right to find a coastal getaway that is relaxing, invigorating and speaks to your inner beach bum. The good news for Tallahassee folks is we don’t have to go far to make dreams come true. South Walton is close to home, yet decidedly far from the every day. Located along the shimmering emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you will find 15 beach neighborhoods that have their own distinct flavor. But that’s not all South Walton has to offer. Here, you can enjoy “chill-laxing” back at the house, ride the waves of adventure or just go shopping. True, summer may be the first thing you think of when planning a beach vacation. But don’t overlook autum. The Gulf breezes are cooler, clear skies mean spectacular sunsets and, best of all, the seasonal rates are outstanding. Autumn is the destination’s signature season of culinary, cultural and artistic events set against a stunning backdrop of breathtaking bluegreen water and sugar-white sand. If you love the outdoors, South Walton has just the thing for you with 26 miles of sandy beaches, more than 25,000 acres of preserved land and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. This is the place for “enviro-tourism.” Sure, you can catch some gentle rays and do a little swimming, but if you crave adventure, try stand-up paddle boarding,

kayaking or fishing on the gleaming Gulf of Mexico. Charter trips launch straight from Grayton Beach. If shopping is your passion, prepare to be awed. Serious bargains await you at Silver Sands Factory Stores, the nation’s largest designer outlet. For offbeat, yet sophisticated, browsing check out the boutiques and galleries of Gulf Place, The Shops of Ruskin and the Merchants of Rosemary Beach, just to name a few. South Walton is no slouch when it comes to food, either. A world-class fusion of flavors is created daily by awardwinning chefs using local ingredients and fresh Gulf seafood. Many fresh veggies are delivered daily by local hydroponic grower Mac Farms. Tummy full, wander around the local live music scene at the famous Bud & Alley’s, the iconic Red Bar or The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Or, simply take in a romantic dinner for two and a quiet beachside stroll. Be sure to check out the local events calendar before making reservations. South Walton’s fall season is famous for its great outdoor festivals and events like the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival in

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We’re Sweet on ‘Salty’ Franklin County The Disarming Charm of Apalachicola, St. George Island and Carrabelle By Zandra Wolfgram

One thing destination promoters like to say is that Franklin County is “salty.” Though our visit made us “sweet” on these cozy coastal towns, with their rich history, maritime adventures, famous oysters and plucky townsfolk, we couldn’t agree more.

A trip to Apalach wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the John Gorrie Museum to learn about the remarkable physician, scientist, humanitarian and inventor whose “ice machine” revolutionized life in the South, if not the world. An up-close look at Gorrie’s simple invention and its indelible impact will leave you thirsting to know more about this modest 19th century pioneer. Descended from a long line of Southern boat builders, George Kirvin Floyd recently launched the Apalachicola Maritime Museum on the riverbank to preserve,

celebrate and promote the maritime heritage of Apalachicola with hands-on experiences such as sailing, boat-building, restoration and educational displays. Explore the river via a rowboat, canoe or kayak. Or opt for a guided tour aboard an airboat, sailboat, catamaran or Floyd’s pride and joy — the Heritage of Apalachicola, a 58-foot wooden ketch, which embarks on one to seven-day adventure trips with all meals included. A visit to the newly restored Cape St. George Lighthouse is the perfect way to get some perspective on the island. Scoot up the 92 heart pine steps and shimmy through the scuttle hole for a breathtaking view. Be sure to ask about reserving a spot to see the next “moon rise” ($15 per person). Venture to Carrabelle to explore the Carrabelle History Museum, the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum and the Crooked River Lighthouse. This little village is not all that sleepy. One longtime local told us, “Carrabelle is a little drinking town with a fishing problem.” We have it on good account that these

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Strolling the wide, tree-lined streets of Apalachicola will take you back in time. And you don’t have to go too far into town before finding several must-visit museums. The Orman House — built in 1838 from cypress and long leaf pine shipped in from Syracuse, N.Y. — was home to Thomas Orman, a resourceful entrepreneur and one of the region’s most successful businessmen. The tour of the house and the animated tale of what transpired there before, during and after the Civil War, given by Park Ranger Mike Kinnett, was a stageworthy performance.

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locals will celebrate nearly anything without much provocation. One of the most popular events is a Lantern Festival held at the lighthouse each October. This year is the 117th anniversary of the famed lighthouse, and it will be marked by art, music, storytelling and a lantern workshop. If you can pull yourself away from the pristine beaches and charming shops, you’ll find no shortage of things to do throughout Franklin County for all ages. Water lovers will find no better guide than Capt. Chester Reese with Natural World Charters operating out of the Carrabelle Boat Club to explore the Carrabelle River, Dog Island and Gulf waters. We hopped aboard The Eagle for an eco-tour and spotted dolphin, jellyfish and scores of shore birds on our excursion, while hearing several salty tales. One of the most memorable points of interest is the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Nestled in the pines of East Point, this state-of-the-art facility captivated our entire family. Informative National Geographic-style films, interactive wall murals, walls lined with artifacts and indigenous species, touch tanks and loads of great literature on the natural phenomenon of the estuary made us thirsty for more, and we ventured back for a second visit before our stay ended. Apalachicola is filled with characters, and a few of them are in the spotlight at the Dixie Theatre. This gem of a space seats 180 and showcases nearly 20 dramatic, music and dance performances each year. This year marks the theater’s 100th anniversary for what is now one of the few family-owned and operated professional theaters in the country. At Boss Oyster you can certainly enjoy the bivalves au natural, or 21 other ways, including St. George-style: with asparagus, garlic, shallots and Colby cheese. There is dining beyond oysters in Franklin County. Head to Harry A’s Restaurant & Bar for fresh seafood, burgers and salads dished up in a casual atmosphere. Tamara’s Café Floridita serves up Florida flavor with South American flair. The Owl Café is known for its extensive wine list, pasta and homemade desserts. Dining in the comfort of your vacation rental home or condo? Be sure to stop by the Sometimes It’s Hotter Seasoning Company on St. George Island for a huge selection of homemade seasonings and sauces that are sure to spice up any meal. Visit Northwest florida beaches


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As we say goodbye to the hot summer months, now is the ideal time to kick it up or kick back in Panama City Beach. The air is cooler, the beaches are less crowded and the worldclass resorts and hotels are more affordable. And it’s all just a short drive away. If fun events are what you’re looking for, fall is a great time to experience the festivals, special events, shopping, food and other enjoyable activities Panama City Beach has in store, just for you. Pier Park is a shopper’s paradise. Stroll through beautiful landscaping and endless boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues amidst colorful Caribbean architecture. And after dinner or a movie, you can also take a carousel or Ferris wheel ride at Miracle Strip Amusement Park.

Without a doubt, Panama City Beach is packed with restaurants featuring top chefs and unique, mouthwatering delights. The seafood is fresh, and ocean views and sunsets are second to none. Dining out in the city is an experience all its own. Operating since 1967, Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant & Waterfront Market has served innovative classic Gulf Coast cuisine to millions, many of them return visitors. And for an on-the-water dining treat, one of North Florida’s premier dinner cruise experiences can be had on the Lady Anderson Dining Yacht.

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Want to take a walk on the wild side? ZooWorld is a zoological and botanical conservatory that is home to more than 200 animals, including exotic and endangered species. At the Wolf Encounter you even get a rare chance to have your photo taken with a wolf. Exotic animal encounters at Gulf World Marine Park let you go nose-to-nose with a variety of animals, from sea lions to dolphins. For more of a hands-on experience, sign up to swim with the dolphins or try your hand as a trainer for a day. The park even has an overnight program for the more adventuresome who want to learn about the animals’ nighttime habits. Shipwreck Island is a 20-acre, tropicalthemed water park filled with wet adventures, from curving flumes, dual slides and rapid river rides to a treetop drop into a 500,000

What to do in PCB Sept. 13–16 Lobster Festival and Tournament Schooners is hosting the 23rd annual event, known as “The Largest Lobster Festival in Florida.” Lobster Tournament divers will be competing in a variety of categories including Spiny lobster, Shovelnose lobster and Big 6. Weigh-ins begin Saturday and end Sunday, when grand prizes will be awarded and spectators will enjoy a Lobster Feast. The popular Sand Sculpting Contest is now in its 14th year, taking place on the beach behind Schooners on Saturday. For more information, visit

gallon pool. At Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, there are two 18-hole mini-golf courses and the first of its kind in America — the Gran Maze, a giant labyrinth about the size of a football field that will test your navigational skills as you find the four checkpoints before you exit. At the Cobra Adventure Park, you can try out the Vertical Accelerator for a heartstopping ride, or if you feel like you want to channel your inner buccaneer, enter a fantasy swashbuckling world aboard the 85-foot pirate ship The Sea Dragon. Looking for some indoor fun? Try lying on a bed of nails or experience hurricane-force winds at the “upside down house,” a quirky, four-story building known as WonderWorks. You can test your skill and sense of reality with mind-boggling, head-scratching virtual, mental and physical challenges. Or, just a

a tournament held on successive weekends. Beginning at midnight Friday mornings through Sundays at 5 p.m., anglers can compete to catch four species: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, flounder and pompano. A winner at each pier will named in each fish category every weekend, and a prize will be awarded to the overall winner who catches the heaviest fish between the two piers in each of the four categories during the 2012 challenge. For more information, go to

Oct. 4–7 Pirates of the High Seas Festival Columbus Day weekend will bring a wave of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach at this four-day event. Taking place throughout the coastal community, the festival will include an ensemble of parades and swordswinging showdowns, culminating with a dueling fireworks display reenacting The Battle of the Seven Seas. For more information, go to

Oct. 24–28 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival: UNwineD 2012 This five-day festival features coastal cuisine, live music, regional artisans and a fishing tournament. It will be held at the Grand Lagoon Marina, situated between two of Panama City Beach’s most iconic local restaurants — Capt. Anderson’s and Boatyard. This year’s event promises to showcase the flavors of the area’s most celebrated chefs, who will prepare local favorites, and feature award-winning wines and beers from around the world. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Beach Chamber Education Fund, FRLA Educational Foundation and Bay County ProStart Schools. Further information can be found at

Oct. 5–Nov. 4 The Fall Fishing Challenge The twin M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell Fields Pier (City Pier), both prime fishing spots, go head to head in

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short walk away, you can see some of the more bizarre wonders of the world during a stroll through Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum. If you love to golf, you may know that Golf Magazine has recognized Panama City Beach as one of America’s top three golf towns. The Hombre Golf Club, annual host to the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, is also located in Panama City Beach and has earned a reputation for scenic and challenging play. Want to get closer to nature? Panama City Beach is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and is often referred to as “The Last Undiscovered Florida Coast.” Pack a picnic lunch and escape to St. Andrews State Park or Shell Island for a truly serene natural experience. The 1,260-acre park has more than 1.5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico and the Grand Lagoon along with rolling, white sand dunes separated by low swales of pinewoods and marshes. Grab the shuttle or rent a pontoon boat from St. Andrews State Park and set off for Shell Island, a pristine, 700-acre undeveloped barrier island and wildlife sanctuary situated just across the ship’s channel from the mainland. Shell Island is a great place for dolphin watching and is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins. There’s still time to capture the carefree summer feeling this fall. So many special memories are waiting to be created. The Fun Never Sets in Panama City Beach.

world. The Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. The Florida edition of the challenge serves as one of the most popular races on the circuit. For more information, visit Dec. 31 The Biggest Loser Half Marathon and 5K RunWalk and Beach Ball Drop Visitors and locals will be able to put their dieting and exercise resolutions into motion at the inaugural event in Panama City Beach. The REAL.FUN.BEACH destination has partnered with Dan and Jackie Evans, former contestants on NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser,” to offer the RunWalk as a non-intimidating environment with longer course time limits to allow walkers to complete the race at their own pace. Participants will walk, jog and run the course with the Gulf of Mexico serving as a backdrop. Then they can celebrate at Panama City Beach’s Fifth Annual Beach Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve. In this yearly tradition, which takes place at Pier Park, an 800-pound glowing beach ball descends to ring in the New Year. Earlier in the evening there will be a family ball drop, consisting of 10,000 inflatable beach balls dropped from the sky and a fireworks display. For more information or to book a stay in Panama City Beach, please visit

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Spotlight 25 Years of Mickee Faust, Known Homo Sapiens and Practicing Thespians

For a quarter of a century, a merry band of self-proclaimed misfits has taken to the stage to educate and enlighten audiences to the diversity of humanity — often in shocking but always in the most slyly clever manner that members’ twisted imaginations could conceive. Mickee Faust, the cigar-chomping namesake of the troupe, claims to be the sewer-rat sibling of that wildly popular mouse of cartoon and amusement park fame. Alas, family discord abounds. (Are you beginning to get the picture?) This self-described “community theater for the weird community” welcomes all, particularly LGBT people and the disabled. Its rollicking, raucous and occasionally randy cabaret shows blend the serious message of inclusion with hilarious skits and song and dance. The yearlong 25th anniversary celebration continues at Railroad Square with the Best of Faust Film & Video on Sept. 29; the Best of Shakespeare & Shakesparody on Oct. 19 and 20 and on Oct. 25, 26 and 27; and Faust Radio’s Award-Winning “War of the Worlds” on Oct. 31. Perhaps George Smathers was having visions of future Faustkateers when, in the 1950 U.S. Senate campaign, he supposedly called incumbent Claude Pepper “an extrovert,” his brother a “known homo sapien” and his sister a “practicing thespian.” Visit for more information.


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Hosts Ann Howard and Joel Silver (facing page) are always on the lookout for good times to highlight in their “Live! In Tallahassee” television show. Silver gives intern Sara Wasserman (above) instructions for taping him against a green screen.

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“It’s time for ‘Live! In Tallahassee’ — local events, local businesses, local groups, your friends and neighbors on TV!” Sound familiar? You hear it every Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. on FOX 49 — when “Live! In Tallahassee” spends a half hour telling you about the good news happening around Florida’s capital city. A recent show heralding the grand opening of Backwoods Bistro began with the camera zooming in on a lively bar scene. Locals wave at the camera. One lifts up a beer and gives a nod. And then the lens catches many doing something they normally wouldn’t do on a news show — they laugh. When two familiar faces appear on camera, it signals that the party has started. Co-hosts Joel Silver and Ann Howard lean in, microphone at-theready, with all the charisma of seasoned news anchors, to capture the smiling face of a new local business owner. “I’ve heard way too many times people say, ‘Nothing happens in this city,’ so it’s my mission to go out each week and show our viewers what it is that is happening in Tallahassee that’s fun and positive,” Silver says. For co-host and producer Ann Howard, who started working for the show three years ago after being an anchor at WCTV, there’s nothing more rewarding than supporting a new business. “My favorite shows are the ones that really help out local businesses,” Howard says. “I always have a great time with it, I work with great people and it’s just a great town to do this kind of show.” The upbeat 30-minute program is designed to capture the good news and fun events around town each week in four segments: the big story of the night, quick shots of other events around town, a feature story and a preview of future events. Airing 50 out of 52 weeks in the year, “Live! In Tallahassee” has covered some of the town’s most exciting happenings, including Tallahassee Museum’s new zip lining adventure, the Red Hills Horse Trials, Miller’s Ale House events and the Pints for Paws benefit to help the local animal shelter, to name just a few. One of the main reasons producer and co-host Silver created the popular show nearly three years ago with his production company, Silver Productions, was to support local businesses by showcasing their talents. “When you’re trying to find new people in the community to join your group or attend your event, it’s hard to do,” Silver says. “You can stick flyers on phone poles and things like that, but there’s no real way to get out and share with people what you’re doing, so it’s one of the big reasons I created the concept.” Jesse Rice, the owner and executive chef of Backwoods Bistro, was happy to get a boost from the show. “What Live in Tallahassee is doing is absolutely fantastic,” says Rice. “Promoting small business owners like myself helps jumpstart the economy. Joel and (Director) Nic (Christie) care about Tallahassee so much, and their work shows it.” Silver was also out to provide an alternative to the relentless recounting of crime stories on the evening news by showcasing the positive side of Tallahassee life. September–October 2012


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“When you watch other news programs, the big story is the worst thing that happened that day,” says Multi-talented Director Nic Silver, who has worked for local TV stations. “But in Christie shoots our world, the top story is one of the most exciting and edits the events held by a group in town that did something weekly “Live! good or achieved something or opened a new business.” In Tallahassee” As it turns out, people in Tallahassee like good program. news. The show quickly moved from its status as an on-demand-only program to FOX channel after a year. After its wild success, FOX moved the show’s slot to Thursday, which — as television devotees should know — is the biggest night in the business. When LIT first went on the air on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m., FOX aired two nationally syndicated programs — “Everybody Loves Raymond” and then “Two and a Half Men” — on the other weeknights. Viewership for “Live! In Tallahassee” consistently beat out both. “For LIT to do better than a nationally syndicated program is a testament to how well the show is done,” said Dan Mecca, general manager of FOX49-WTLH and Tallahassee’s CW station. “Our goal, whenever we can, is to provide viewers the best available local sports and entertainment programming possible. When we first got into talks, there was never a hesitation. We all have prime time, we always have national sports, but the key is local.” The show’s local coverage was something that made The Moon, a longtime Tallahassee night spot, take note. After hearing a buzz about the show around town for several months, Marketing Director John Summers decided it was a great program to support. “The show is very well produced and Joel has covered many of our events at The Moon. It just seemed like a natural decision to make an investment in ‘Live! in Tallahassee,’” Summers says. The pull for Tallahasseans, Howard claims, is that locals love seeing familiar faces on the big screen. “I think it’s just really fun to see yourself on television,” she says. “We have little business cards we hand out that say ‘See yourself on Live! In Tallahassee’ and folks love it. We get people at their best — it’s always fun to see yourself laughing and smiling on television.” Yet the group is also smiling behind the scenes. “We have a great team dynamic,” Silver says. “Director Nic Christie is a genius with the camera, doing amazing recording and editing of stories that draws people in. He has a lot of fun recording visually; we have a lot of fun telling the stories.” Meanwhile, the LIT team is not just covering but also beginning to participate in public events, which includes partnering up with Miller’s Ale House to provide entertainment for major sporting events (in the form of 8-foot projection screens for the biggest games of the year). “Together we’ll provide the big screens outside where people can have a good time,” Silver says. “We’re always looking for more events like that to do, and we’re going to have a good old time out there.”  n

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We’ve Got Art in Public Places Public art is all around us in Tallahassee. You just need to look up from whatever

you’re doing long enough to see and appreciate it. It’s in our parks and on our sidewalks. It decorates City Hall and the airport. It enlightens us, gets us to ask questions and brightens our world. “It’s a local treasure, having this much artwork on display,” said Amanda Thompson, education and exhibitions director for the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), the local arts agency for Tallahassee and Leon County. “We’re all so busy getting to work and doing our jobs and Art for All. sometimes we forget to stop and look Go to around, because art is everywhere and app for a complete listing of outdoor is for all of us to enjoy.” art around town, Around town there are more than including descrip140 sculptures, murals and windows, tions and maps. You memorials and monuments. For the also can download first time, all these different forms have a printed brochure been collected into an online guide. from the website. “No single organization has had all this information all in one place,” Thompson said. “It’s one reason we are so excited about it. It took a lot of time, energy and attention to pull all of these pieces of info together in one resource for our community.” The guide offers views of art that range from the quirky (the Tallahassee Fire Department’s Hydrant Memorial Garden) to the historical (the Seminole family sculpture outside the R.A. Gray Building) and the reverent (the bronze boots of the Daniel Chaires Memorial). The stories behind each piece of art were painstakingly gathered over time, Thompson said, and with the creation of the online listing, their history will be preserved for generations. “This is really the story of our town,” Thompson said. “The story of our time, the story of all the people who live here. And if someone isn’t recording it, it goes away.”


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The JLT Impact Dear Tallahassee Community, As we embark on our 52nd year of community outreach, I’m amazed not only by the diverse group of women that make up the Junior League of Tallahassee, but also by the incredible nonprofit organizations that seek and rely upon our support. While our more than 500 members have raised and returned an astounding $120,000 and donated thousands of volunteer hours in our community in the past two years, many residents do not know what the JLT is today. I hope after reading through this report, you will have a better understanding of who the JLT is, how we are impacting those in need, and most importantly, how you can be a part of this impact. The face of the Junior League may be changing through the years, but the dynamic remains. Nationwide, we are hundreds of thousands of women strong — some as young as 23-years-old, just beginning our paths into adulthood; others, a bit older, well-established in our careers; some of us married, some not; some with children, others not. We all come together seeking volunteer opportunities, a place to learn leadership skills, a group with which to network and socialize. Though we each joined the JLT for our own personal reasons, and while we work on separate committees and projects, we share a common goal under one umbrella — to better prepare the children in our Tallahassee community to succeed in school. With that spirit in mind, the JLT was thrilled to have the honor of awarding a special grant to a Big Bold Idea … iGrow - Whatever You Like. The pages of this insert provide a closer look at JLT community projects, including the Big Bold Idea Grant Program. It also outlines how you can get involved and support our mission and the community through sponsorship and donations. The JLT members are the fabric of this community. We are your mothers, your daughters, your neighbors, your co-workers and your future community leaders. Join us in our efforts of raising awareness and improving school success in Tallahassee. In the months ahead, the JLT is committed to do our part in this community with trained volunteers who all have a passion in “improving the lives of women and children.” It is our pleasure and honor to serve the Tallahassee community and we will continue to do so for years to come. Warmest regards,

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Bringing Ideas to Life with the JLT Big Bold Idea Grant In May 2012, the Junior League of Tallahassee was proud to present the Big Bold Idea Grant to iGrow — Whatever You Like, the Tallahassee Food Network’s youth empowerment and urban agriculture project. Nonprofit organizations with projects designed to fill a major community need that fit within the JLT’s focus area of school success were eligible to apply for this $21,300 grant. This was the first offering of the Big Bold Idea grant, with the grant money available as a result of a strong year of fundraising in 2010-11. Twenty-five applications were received from a wide variety of community nonprofits. The JLT grant review committee short-listed a total of six applicants, each of whom gave a detailed presentation on their project to the committee. The top two applicants then proposed their projects to the JLT membership, who selected the winner by vote. Members were impressed with iGrow’s emphasis on health and self-esteem coupled with the fact that the youth themselves planned and executed most aspects of the project. The iGrow youth are responsible for building and maintaining the community garden at Second Harvest Food Bank and for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of iGrow Garden Buckets. Through their work at Second Harvest, the food bank was able to distribute 97 pounds of fresh produce to area families last year. Thanks to the JLT’s Big Bold Idea Grant, iGrow will be able to expand their program, including starting a 1,000 square-foot, youth-run urban farm in Frenchtown and extending the iGrow Garden Bucket fundraising program. Most recently, the Florida Department of Agriculture placed an order for 300 iGrow buckets to be used in one of their summer camp initiatives. iGrow youth worked hard to fill the order and were excited to see their Big Bold Idea blossom into reality. YOUTH MARKET (top photo) iGrow’s youth sells iGrow Garden Buckets to help fund their community garden. For more information visit MEMBERS OF THE JLT (left) proudly present $21,300 in grant funding to iGrow.

becoming a community partner Does your nonprofit organization have

goals similar to those of the JLT? Would your organization benefit from the financial, leadership and manpower support of the JLT? Applications are available year-round on the JLT website at For additional information, please contact the JLT headquarters at (850) 224-9161.


Junior League of Tallahassee’s 2012 Community Report PRESENTED BY SOUTHEASTERN PLASTIC SURGERY

Community Outreach Partnering with Nonprofits to Help Our Community Children Succeed in School The Junior League of Tallahassee’s projects focus on providing at-risk children with opportunities to succeed in school. An emphasis is given to projects that teach and promote healthy lifestyles, build self-esteem and provide basic needs. The JLT’s 2012-2013 Community Projects include:

Kids’ Boutique The end of summer means a back-to-school shopping event with the JLT’s annual Kids’ Boutique, now in its 16th year. The JLT works directly with guidance counselors at Leon County elementary schools to identify children in need of essential school clothes and shoes. In partnership with local retailers, the JLT purchases back-to-school items for more than 100 local children and provides each child with a backpack filled with school supplies, not only giving the children much-needed tangible items, but also a sense of self-esteem and pride to start the school year off right. This year, Kids’ Boutique will include a new winter shopping event, where the JLT will provide coats and cold-weather clothing to more than 50 additional at-need children. Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend Family Night In a new project

this year, the JLT is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend to implement a monthly Family Night event at the Greg McCray Boys & Girls Club. Each month, the JLT will plan and provide dinner to more than 50 Club members and their families. After preparing dinner alongside the children, JLT members will provide the families with a fun-filled activity focusing on topics such as workforce development and self-esteem, as well as health and fitness. The project is aimed at strengthening the family unit, while also providing basic nutritional, self-esteem and workforce education to children and families.

Operation Prom Dress Each year, Operation Prom Dress allows young

women in the Tallahassee community and surrounding areas to shop for

a prom dress, shoes and accessories at no cost. Designed to instill self-confidence by providing an amazing prom experience, this one-day shopping event gives local teens the chance to shop in a boutique-like atmosphere, complete with dressing rooms. During the 2012 event, nearly 300 teens enjoyed a selection of more than 1,500 new and gently-used prom dresses, shoes and accessories.

Second Harvest BackPack™ Program This year, for the first time, the JLT is partnering with the Second Harvest BackPack™ Program to help meet the needs of children in our community that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch during the school year. To help fight childhood hunger, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend provides backpacks filled with child-friendly, nonperishable and vitaminfortified food for children take home on weekends. America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend currently serves more than 350 children through its BackPack™ Program. Through an $8,000 contribution, the JLT will provide an additional 67 children with backpacks for the entire 20122013 school year. In addition to this contribution, JLT volunteers will also help fill and distribute backpacks each month. The JLT will also partner with Second Harvest to help develop food pantries at local high schools and train high school students in a variety of areas such as how to solicit funds in order to create a sustainable food pantry project for the school. Done in a Day Through the JLT’s Done in a Day program, members orga-

nize community events to benefit local organizations. The goal of Done in a Day is to execute a day-long event that will have a significant impact on our community. In the past, organizations such as Grace Mission, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Pediatria, Leon County Public Libraries, PACE and the Refuge House have benefited from the presence of trained JLT volunteers through this program.

MEMBERS OF THE JLT make a lasting impact on the lives of countless children in our community.


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Engaging the Community to Support the League and Our Mission Since it was established in 1960, the Junior League of Tallahassee has contributed more than $2.5 million, directly benefiting thousands of residents in need. The JLT owes its years of success to the continued support of the Tallahassee community. By attending our fundraisers, sponsoring events and supporting our membership, Tallahassee’s residents and local businesses play a vital role in helping the JLT improve the lives of local children and families. Fundraisers during the 2012-2013 year include:

Jingle Jubilee The JLT will be hosting its fifth annual Jingle Jubilee fundraiser Nov. 2-3, 2012, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Jingle Jubilee is a boutique-like holiday shopping market featuring both local merchants and merchants from across the country. This year’s Jingle Jubilee will include a Girls Night Out event on Friday night, complete with a signature martini, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth and raffles. Also, join us Saturday morning for Breakfast with Santa, a popular holiday storytelling event complete with a pancake breakfast and performances from local groups such as The Tallahassee Ballet. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this one-of-akind holiday shopping event. Whale of a Sale The Whale of a Sale, a

signature JLT fundraiser since 1974, is the community’s largest garage sale event. Each year, thousands of people attend the Whale of a Sale, which features furniture, housewares, toys, sporting goods, appliances, books, music, DVDs and much more. Items are collected year-round and stored at AMWAT

Moving and Warehousing, The Whale of a Sale’s title sponsor and a valued partner of the JLT. The Whale of a Sale functions both as a community project and fundraising event, providing gently-used, high-quality items to the community at a low cost while also raising funds for JLT projects. Many items are purchased by individuals, day cares, community centers and homes for the elderly. The event also helps those in need furnish homes and dress in quality career wear. The 2013 Whale of a Sale will take place March 1-2, 2013, at the Tallahassee Mall.

‘A Thyme to Celebrate’ Cookbook The second installment in the JLT cookbook series, A Thyme to Celebrate contains more than 230 recipes generously shared by local residents, restaurants and notable Tallahasseeans. This award-winning book has been proclaimed the official cookbook of Tallahassee, and represents the diversity of our Southern community. A Thyme to Celebrate was designed to remind us to celebrate life at every moment. From appetizers to entrees, drinks to desserts, you can have a little piece of Tallahassee while helping to train volunteers to serve and better the lives of local children and families. This year, be on the lookout for special events celebrating our city’s official cookbook, particularly during September, which is Cookbook Month in Tallahassee. Visit for a list of retailers carrying the JLT cookbooks or purchase directly through the website.

Feta Black Bean Dip Serves 30

Ingredients » 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed » 3 (15-ounce) cans Shoe Peg corn, drained and rinsed » 1/2 cup sugar » 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar » 3/4 cup vegetable oil » 1 bunch green onions, sliced » 1 bunch cilantro, chopped » 1 (8-ounce) block feta cheese, crumbled Whisk the sugar, vinegar and oil in a large bowl. Add the black beans, corn, scallions, cilantro and cheese and mix well. Chill until serving time. Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

how can you support our efforts?The success of the JLT depends upon the continued generosity of the

local business community and individual supporters. If you are interested in supporting JLT through a sponsorship or donation, please visit or call JLT headquarters at (850) 224-9161.


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Interested in serving the greater Tallahassee community in a meaningful way while meeting great new people? The Junior League

A Snapshot of How JLT is Helping Meet Needs in Our Community

of Tallahassee is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.

Benefits of Membership »C  onnections — we connect our

community to people we serve and to those we serve with.

»T  raining — our “on-the-job” training

through volunteering provides new skills for lifelong use.

»P  ursuit of Interests — opportunity to

engage with like-minded women and pursue common interests.

»L  eadership Development — opportunities to serve on community Boards of Directors and chair committees that make an impact in the community.

»C  ommunity Impact — we take pride

in being the tools that make a positive impact in the community.

»M  embership Transferability — League

membership is transferable throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and England.

Requirements for Admission into the New Member Class » Proposal and endorsement by two active or sustaining JLT members in good standing.

»A  ttendance at a new member interest meeting.

»A  ge 23-45 at the time of proposal. »R  esidence in the JLT admissions area

(defined as Leon County or a 40-mile radius from the intersection of Tennessee and Monroe Streets) by January 1st of the year of proposal OR at any time for 10 years or more.

»M  embership applications are accepted every spring.

If you are interested in joining the JLT, please visit or call the JLT office at (850) 224-9161.

By the Numbers

$120,000 The amount of funding raised and returned in the past two years by the JLT’s members.


The value of school clothing, shoes, backpacks and supplies provided to deserving children each year through the JLT Kids’ Boutique project.


The number of Boys & Girls Club members attending the monthly JLT Family Night event.


The weekly cost for one child to receive a Second Harvest BackPack full of nourishment for weekend meals. More than 7,000 students in our community need Second Harvest BackPacks to provide meals over holidays and on the weekends.


The number of dresses available to 260 young women who attended the 2012 Operation Prom Dress project.


Number of hours volunteered by the JLT in 2011-2012.


The number of fresh and delicious recipes the JLT’s A Thyme to Celebrate cookbook offers.


The number of community partners who help the League achieve our mission each year and improve the lives of children and families in the Tallahassee community.


The number of shoppers who enjoyed Jingle Jubilee — JLT’s holiday shopping extravaganza in 2011.

$21,300 The amount awarded to iGrow to help combat hunger in Tallahassee through the JLT’s first-ever Big Bold Idea Grant.


The number of community organizations to which the JLT donated items from the 2012 Whale of a Sale.


The percentage of the JLT’s 500 members who are involved in other volunteer opportunities in Tallahassee.


Children assisted by the JLT in 2011-2012.


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New Leaf Market Farm Tour October 20–21 If you’ve ever wondered what

was really going on at Old McDonald’s farm, here’s your chance to explore for a weekend. See more than 30 local farms in action at the fifth annual farm tour, organized by the local co-op and presented free of charge.

Each North Florida or South Georgia farm will offer an array of activities ranging from workshops on microfarming to visiting barnyard animals. Families are encouraged to reconnect to their natural food sources by learning about organic farming and, of course, snapping up some of the freshest wholesome goods the South can offer. With the abundance of fast-food chains out there, there’s never been a better time to see where your natural food comes from. // Kayla Becker To find the full brochure and to see how you can support local sustainable development, visit farm_tour.

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Moving Day September 29 The National Parkinson Foundation of

North Florida (NPFNF) will host Moving Day, a fundraiser to benefit NPFNF and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Parkinson Awareness Choir.

Along with food, entertainment and prizes, the event will include the annual Tulip Trot 5K Walk, Run, Roll. Each year Tallahassee athletes show their support for NPFNF by participating in activities like the Tulip Trot. Moving Day is from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and admission is free, but donations are always accepted. For more information call (850) 364-0230 or visit

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Airport Funfest

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to the Tallahassee Regional Airport. The event will feature aerial demonstrations, military and general aviation displays, aircraft rides, regional food and beverage concessions, sensational kids’ activities and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Live music will be performed by Crooked Shooz, N’Spire and The Swingin’ Harpoon Band. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 445, will provide free introductory flights for students aged 8 to 17. A variety of aircraft and safety vehicles, including helicopters, fire engines and historic airplanes, will also be on display for families to explore. Admission is $2 per person and is free for kids 12 years and under. Attendees (18 years or older) may purchase raffle tickets at $1 each to be entered into a drawing to win prizes. For additional information, visit or call (850) 891-7802.

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14th Annual Stone Crab Festival October 26 The Ronald McDonald House of

dates back to the 1830s, Goodwood Museum & Gardens is opening its doors for a party over 170 years in the making. Enjoy three nights of good times, good music and good food at the first-ever Goodwood Jams Benefit event. All proceeds will go to preserving the idyllic grounds of the Tallahassee treasure, located at 1600 Miccosukee Road. On Thursday night, Oct. 11, get dolled up for the festive Carriage House Rocks Gala Dinner, a night filled with food, dance and blue grass entertainment. On Friday night, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and jam on the front lawn to live performances by North Mississippi Allstars, and Tallahassee groups The Potlickers and Tishamingo (below). Top off the festivities at Sunday Fun Day with a gospel brunch on the lawn.

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Tallahassee will host the 14th Annual Stone Crab Festival to benefit the nonprofit’s dedication to families in need. The Ronald McDonald House helps children with medical problems by providing a home-away-from-home and a support team for each family. In order to benefit “The House that Love Built,” this festival will include cocktails and appetizers, all-you-can-eat stone crab claws, dinner and dancing, a live and silent auction and live entertainment by ENCORE. All proceeds will go directly to The Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee to serve local deserving families. Space is limited, so don’t forget to crack a crab for charity. // Lizeth George

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Destin Beer Festival October 13 High-end craft and microbrews will be on display along

the main street of Destin Commons from 1–5 p.m. Local brew masters and specialty breweries will be on hand, including Pensacola Bay Brewery, Terrapin Beer Co., Dogfish Head Brewery, SweetWater Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company. The event will also offer various culinary stations, a VIP Tent in Center Plaza, live entertainment by Hotel Oscar and a merchandise booth. Culinary samplings will be provided by Wine World, Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar, The Back Porch, Fisherman’s Wharf and more. Admission is $30 per person for advance tickets and $35 day of the event. VIP Access is $50 per person. Destin Commons is located near the Mid-bay Bridge in Destin at 4300 Legendary Drive. For more information, call (850) 337-8700 or visit

Rosemary Beach Uncorked October 20 Visit Rosemary Beach for the annual food and wine

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News of Freedom: African Americans and the Emancipation Proclamation This exhibit features memorabilia from the period of slavery including artifacts on President Abraham Lincoln, slave chains, Civil War muskets, bullets and cannon balls, anti-slavery documents, newspapers, photographs and other publications dating back to the 1860s. The exhibit also features memorabilia on African American soldiers including the famous 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, Florida’s two Civil War battles at Olustee and Natural Bridge, and historical regalia from the period of Reconstruction. FREE. Parking available on site. Union Bank of Florida, 219 Apalachee Pkwy. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 561-2603

Sept. 7, Oct. 5

First Friday Gallery Hop On the first Friday of every month almost all of the art galleries located in the Railroad Square Art Park open their doors to visitors for a night of refreshments, exhibitions and entertainment. FREE. 567 Industrial Drive. 6–9 p.m. Call (850) 224-1308 or visit for more information.

Sept. 7, Oct. 5

First Fridays in Downtown Thomasville Come enjoy the local scene as Downtown Thomasville shops, boutiques and restaurants stay open late with specials, entertainment and more. The event is scheduled the first Friday of every month. 7–9 p.m.

Sept. 8

Beach Blast Triathlon Get your fill of exercise while enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches of Northwest Florida. Participants can choose among four types of races: the Spring Triathlon, Spring Duathlon, Olympic Triathlon and Olympic Duathlon. $60–$180 registration. Beacon Hill Park (between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on U.S. Highway 98). All events start at 7 a.m. Visit beachblasttriathlon. com for registration forms and event information.

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‘The Merchant of Venice’ Capital City Shakespeare presents the Bard’s classic tale of greed, deceit and love. $15, students/seniors $10, high school $5. Young Actors Theatre, 609 Glenview Drive. Thurs, Fri, Sat showings 7:30 p.m., Sun showings 2 p.m. (850) 386-6476,

Sept. 15

6th Annual ‘Hello to Some Good Buys’ Art Sale Take a piece of Tallahassee home with you as local artists place their original works of art on sale during this Downtown Marketplace event. FREE. Ponce de Leon Park (Monroe St. at Park Ave.). 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 224-3252,

Sept. 15, Oct. 20

3rd Saturdays at Railroad Square Art Park On the third Saturday of every month, Railroad Square hosts live music and tasty food from Tasty Treats Restaurant in the Square. There are often children’s activities, vendors and live music. FREE. 1–5 p.m. Railroad Square Art Park, McDonnell Drive. (850) 766-1257,

Sept. 22

Art & Soul Celebration The fourth annual member appreciation and fundraising event is presented by LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Themed “Hot & Saucey,” patrons can enjoy a bowl of Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton’s famous gumbo as artists present their works for auction. Goodwood Museum & Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. 6–9 p.m. (850) 222-8800,

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A Walk to End Alzheimer’s One of many in the nation’s largest Alzheimer’s event, the walk not only raises funds to support research, but also to bring awareness of the disease to the public. Lewis Park in Downtown’s Chain of Parks. 9 a.m. (800) 272-3900

Sept. 30

Fight for Air Stair Climb Promote lung health and lung illness prevention by joining the American Lung Association as they climb up the stairs at Kleman Plaza. $25. Brogan Museum at Kleman Plaza, 350 S. Duval St. 8 a.m.–noon. (850) 386-2065,

Oct. 4

An Evening with Mark Shriver The son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver will discuss his book “A Good Man Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” during this benefit for Catholic Charities in Tallahassee. In this poignant memoir, the author shares insights into the man who founded the Peace Corps, the Job Corps and Volunteers in Service to America, and who taught his children how to lead a life of service. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. CoCathedral of St. Thomas More, 900 W. Tennessee St. 7 p.m. (850) 980-5155

Oct. 5

Oktoberfest The 14th annual Oktoberfest is back and there will be tons of activities, including traditional German food, a biergarten, beer tasting and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Elder Care Services, best known for Meals on Wheels. $50. 6–10 p.m. Carriage House at Goodwood Museum & Gardens, 1600 Miccosukee Road. (850) 921-5554,

Oct. 6

Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day Children and adults with Down syndrome, along with their families, friends and hundreds of supporters will take part in a one-mile advocacy walk around the SouthWood Lake. In addition to the walk, there will be a variety of things to see and do in the SouthWood Town Center including special performances, carnival games, food, art and music activities, and more. SouthWood Town Center. 9 a.m.–noon.

Oct. 6

Cards for a Cure Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation is having their 7th annual Cards for a Cure benefit to support breast cancer services. Cancer survivor Darcy Cavell is the night’s special honoree. There will be silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and a live band. $100–$125. 7 p.m.–midnight. Tallahassee Automobile Museum, 6800 Mahan Dr. (850) 321-7533,

Oct. 6

8th Annual Jewelry Show Presented by Downtown Marketplace, more than a dozen quality jewelers will have their pieces on display to view and purchase. FREE. Ponce de Leon Park (Monroe St at Park Ave). 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 224-3252,

Oct. 8

‘Rock of Ages’ The first installment of Leon County Civic Center’s Broadway Series is a blastfrom-the-past love story between a small town girl and a big city rocker who fall in love to 28 of the best songs from the 1980s. Season tickets are available for the entire series and range from $155–$310. 505 W. Pensacola St. 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (800) 322-3602 or visit

Oct. 11

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5th Annual Woodstork Musical Festival and Silent Auction Hosted by the Florida Wild Mammal Association, enjoy a day of live music, a giant silent auction, games, contests and local artists, all to benefit sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in our area. $5 per person, children 12 and under FREE. Harvey Young Farm, 195 Harvey Young Farm Road, Crawfordville. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Oct. 18–21

Ghost Walking Tours Visit a scarier side of Downtown Tallahassee this Halloween season as groups tour the streets of our historic city, stopping at ghost sites with characters from the past, begging to tell renditions of their deaths. $15 per person, $5 per child 5 and under. Proceeds from T-shirts sold during the tour will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. The Governor’s Inn, 209 South Adams St. Tours start at 6:30 p.m. and depart every half hour until 9:30 p.m. (850) 212-2063,

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Wish Upon a Star Enjoy dinner, drinks, live entertainment and silent and live auctions all while benefiting the Children’s Home Society of Florida, an organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. 6–10 p.m. Shiloh Farm, 1500 Benjamin Chaires Road. (850) 219-4206

Oct. 20

Harvest Festival Downtown Tallahassee’s Downtown Marketplace presents fall fun for the whole family, including a pumpkin giveaway. FREE. Ponce de Leon Park (Monroe St at Park Ave). 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 224-3252,

Oct. 20

Fall Fever Festival This “Welcome Back” party features local and national music acts, art galleries, food trucks and plenty of unique finds at the Railroad Square Art Park. FREE. 567 Industrial Drive. 1–5 p.m. (850) 224-1308,

Oct. 26–27

18th Annual Halloween Howl Enjoy a haunted weekend for the whole family at the Tallahassee Museum with activities including ghost trails, a costume contest, a zombie maze, spooky farm and much more. 3945 Museum Drive. 6–10 p.m. both days of event. Members: $8 adults, $6 children. Non-members: $10 adults, $8 children. (850) 575-8684 or visit for a nightly schedule of events.

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Big Bend Highland Games & Scottish Festival Celebrate the Celtic culture and heritage in Marianna this fall including musical entertainment and dancing, hands-on activities and plenty of Scottish-themed competitions. One-day ticket $10, weekend pass $15. Citizen’s Lodge Park, 4574 Lodge Drive. Events begin at noon on Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oct. 27

Owl-o-Ween The St. Francis Wildlife owls will be at the Downtown Marketplace — the perfect opportunity to shake wings with four of your favorite feathery friends. Unique owl art will also be on display by acclaimed nature photographer James Valentine. FREE. Ponce de Leon Park (Monroe St at Park Ave). 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 224-3252,  n

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Cancer Services Now More Convenient Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Opens Office for New Doctors, Treatment Center

The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center recently opened its second story, expanding to create space for five new physicians and provide patients more convenient access to care. The new Cancer Center opened in January 2011, offering the region’s most technologically advanced radiation therapy treatments. Now there is a spacious chemotherapy infusion area and new exam areas to house both Outpatient Infusion and Tallahassee Memorial Physician Partners Cancer & Hematology Specialists, which were previously located within Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. “What this means for our community and specifically for patients is that they can come here for all outpatient cancer care services,” says Matt Sherer, Administrator, Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. “Going to multiple locations can be time consuming, and, when you have a condition like cancer, challenging, as well. This expansion simplifies the journey for patients by centralizing all outpatient cancer services under one roof.” “Our patients can see the Cancer Center as the place to go for any need that arises related to their care,” adds Tim A. Broeseker, MD, noting a full-time dietician, full-time social worker, patient navigators, an onsite laboratory, designated pharmacy, nurses, nursing assistants and support staff as offerings available at the Center. In addition to making more services available in a single location, the new space has allowed TMH to welcome a number of new hematologistoncologists who will be practicing alongside Dr. Broeseker, including Jeannine M. Silberman, MD; Janice Lawson, MD; Amit Jain, MD, M.P.H.; and Iman Imanirad, MD.

The Cancer Center’s radiation oncologists are also enthusiastic about the level of collaboration the new arrangement will promote. “The addition of the medical oncologists supports continuity of care, and most patients like receiving their care through one center. We are enjoying working more closely with our medical oncologists,” says Dale Wickstrum, MD. “We are tremendously excited to begin this new era of care for our patients,” concludes Dr. Broeseker. All inpatient cancer care remains in the hospital on the Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit, Floor 7A, where patients and their families benefit from the multimillion-dollar facility renovation and technology advancement that occurred in 2008-2009.

Tim Iman Broeseker, M.D. Imanirad, M.D.

Amit Jain, M.D.

Janice Jeannine Lawson, M.D. Silberman, M.D.

“The addition of new oncologists expands the level of cancer services in our community and increases access for patients in our region,” explains Matt Sherer. With special expertise in the area of hematology, these physicians will treat malignant blood disorders, as well as benign blood disorders that can develop in conjunction with cancer, often proving life-threatening for patients. “Blood clots are the second leading cause of death in cancer patients. Being part of a team that understands and appreciates that point was a key reason I came to TMH,” asserts Dr. Lawson, one of the physicians new to Cancer & Hematology Specialists.

The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center has expanded, bringing new physicians to the area and increasing treatment space for patients.

19th Annual Tee Off for Tots The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation will present the 7th Annual Cards for a Cure on Saturday, October 6, from 7:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; midnight at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. This event beneďŹ ts the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, its patients and programs. Cards for a Cure guests will enjoy heavy hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, beverages, casino entertainment, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the music of the Darcy Cavell, Honoree popular band â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bobby & the Aristocats 2012 Cards for a Cure from Atlanta. Each year, Cards for a Cure honors a woman in the community who has shown courage and valor in her ďŹ ght against breast cancer. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honoree is Darcy Cavell. Darcy is a breast cancer survivor, the mother of Ryan, 24 and Blake, 18, one of the owners of Haute Headz Salon in midtown and an interior designer. But, she is so much more - an inspiration to all who know her with a story of faith and resilience. Darcy was married for 16 years to a wonderful man, Brian Cavell. In 2006, Brian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lost his ďŹ ght to that disease. Darcy and her sons lost a husband, father, and to all three, a best friend. Drawing on the loving spirit of husband and father, the family weathered this loss together and created an incredible bond. Two years after Brianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, in 2008, Darcy was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. She was scared, not so much for herself, but for her two boys who had just lost their dad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is one thing I have tried to teach my boys,â&#x20AC;? said Darcy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is to ďŹ nd the silver lining in all circumstances.â&#x20AC;? During this time, Darcy and her boys held their collective breaths until she got the scan back that indicated the cancer was nowhere else in her body. It was the silver lining she had been looking forâ&#x20AC;Śshe was going to live. Darcy lost her mom around the same time and that in itself was hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going through my momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, my surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation were tough,â&#x20AC;? Darcy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I drew on the strength of my friends. I knew what great friends I had because they rallied around me when my husband died, but for them to show up again for me was amazing!â&#x20AC;? Friends brought dinners, drove her to appointments and checked on the boys. Once again Darcy saw the silver lining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I was loved and that gave me the strength to carry on,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I know for sure is that I am right where I am supposed to be in my life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being chosen as the 2012 Cards for a Cure Honoree is such an incredible privilege, and being loved through all of the journeys in my life inspired me to give back the same way, by loving. I know it was God who led me to this position of Honoree,â&#x20AC;? Darcy declared. Darcyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle with breast cancer has instilled a passion in her to support other breast cancer survivors with love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decorating their home, a shoulder to lean on or even putting on a fashion show, my love is endless in this endeavor,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First and foremost, I want to thank TMH for being part of my cancer treatment, the TMH Foundation, through Cards for a Cure, and all of Tallahassee for letting me shine my light on breast cancer survivors.â&#x20AC;? Darcy says she learned to cherish the relationships she has and to love with not just part of her heart but ALL of itâ&#x20AC;Śand to always look for the silver lining.

PURCHASE TICKETS Cards for a Cure $100 each

Cards for a Cure tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at or by either calling or e-mailing Janet Borneman, Director of Planned Giving, TMH Foundation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 850.431.4048 or

Golf Tournament, Dinner Carnival and RaďŹ&#x201E;e Presenting Sponsor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Proctor Dealerships

Please express your commitment to the health and well being of children in the TMH service area through your gifts and sponsorships. All proceeds will be divided equally between the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes and the Proctor Pediatric Care Fund. Documentation of your allowable income tax charitable deduction will be provided by the TMH Foundation. Please sign up today to participate in the golf tournament, the dinner carnival and rafďŹ&#x201A;e. If you cannot play in the tournament or attend the dinner carnival, please consider making a gift to TMH for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and education.


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Levels of Participation are outlined below. RafďŹ&#x201A;e tickets are $75 and include admission to the Dinner Carnival. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. You do not have to be present to win. RafďŹ&#x201A;e winners or winners of other prizes are responsible for all applicable taxes.


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The tournament format is Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Scramble with the opportunity to participate in Games within Games for $25 per player.

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Levels of Participation Major Sponsor: There are multiple opportunities. Please call the TMH Foundation at 850.431.5389 for details and associated beneďŹ ts.

Gold Team of 4 Players: Name on Tournament Board, Tee and Green, 4 Games Within Games Tickets, 4 Tournament Gift Bags and 8 Tickets to Dinner Carnival ....................................$2,000 Team of 4 Players: Name on Tournament Board, 4 Tournament Gift Bags .....$1,200 Individual Player: 1 Tournament Gift Bag.....................................................$ 300

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WELLNESS SPONSORS Linda Alexionok Big Bend Transit, Inc. Bike SAG Boar’s Head - Clements Provisions Fresh Market GU-Sports Street Mkt. Inc. Higher Ground Bicycle Co. Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company Pathway Wellness Centre, Inc. Pepsi Cola Company Peter Mitchell Associates, Inc. Silver Productions Sunshine Cycles Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee Surgical Associates JERSEY SPOT SPONSORS Capital City Harley Davidson Forms Management, Inc. John C. Kenny Law Firm PATLive Tallahassee Ear Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, P.A. Tallahassee State Bank

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WATER STOP SPONSORS Capital City Cyclists Capital Eurocars, Inc. Gulf Winds Track Club Jimmy Martin PATLive SunTrust Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic Giles C. Toole, III ADVOCATE SPONSORS Cabot Lodge Sandra and Joseph Darnell Earth Fare Tori and Brian Haley Jeb MacVittie Laurye and James E. Messer, Jr. North Florida Fair Association Safe Kids Tallahassee Chapter Nita and Matt Sherer Sodexo Tri-Eagle Sales

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FRIENDS OF HOPE American Karate Studios B.F.T United States Stores Deborah Bass Bath Fitter Big Bend Area Health Education Center Brueggers Bagels Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Capital Ice Company Catalina Café Complete Nutrition Costco Tina and Jeff Darnell Kathy Barnett and Lonnie Draper ElectroNet Broadband Communications First Commerce Credit Union Mary and Teman Gandy Gold Mine The Great Bicycle Shop Blair and Kevin Gregg HIE Networks LLC Howdy’s Rent A Toilet LIMU PPG Porter Paints Quality Water Supply, Inc

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Abyla Rene Jean and Grover Rivers Betty Ann and Jim Rodgers Sally and Mark Rosser Sam’s Club Smith Family Chiropractic Starbucks Tallahassee Spine Center Tasty Pastry Catering TMH Federal Credit Union Mary Turner Ultimate Image Auto, Inc. Verity Health Center PA SUPPORTERS Katherine and David Anderson Linda and Scott Bergman Body Art Fusion Chelsea’s Salon & Day Spa Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend Patricia and George Erdman FastSigns In-Tents Events Anastacia and Robert Keller Naples Zoo Steven Reed

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Advocating, Leading, Caring “Often described as both an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions and that’s what it takes to accommodate the many roles the profession offers – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher,” said Barbara Alford, RN, BSN, Interim Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Tallahassee Memorial.

poignant and humorous stories. Barbara Gill MacArthur, RN, MN, FAAN, then Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Tallahassee Memorial, presided. The occasion was bittersweet for the assembled nurses, physicians and TMH colleagues as they bid a fond farewell to Mrs. MacArthur, who has accepted a position at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

During its celebration of the 2012 National Nurses Week, Tallahassee Memorial paid tribute to its own along with the nation’s other 2.9 million practicing nurses. The national theme – “Advocating, Leading, Caring” – was underscored through a series of presentations and programs that culminated with an awards banquet replete with rich,

Tallahassee Memorial’s 2012 National Nurses Day honorees were selected by the nurses of TMH. Each award recipient is deemed the embodiment of Tallahassee Memorial’s ICARE Values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.”



Patricia GarrisonMetzger, RN, BSN Internal Medicine Unit

Jessica Bahorski, ARNP, MSN, PNP-C Pediatrics

According to her fellow colleagues on the night shift, Patricia is someone you want to have as your nurse. She regularly double checks orders to make sure nothing was missed. She will research the medications she is giving so no side effects or contraindications are overlooked. She also takes extra time to fully assess patients she feels are “not quite right.” She does all she can to assure that patients receive the best possible care and experience optimal outcomes. Patricia is a shining example of the Integrity ICARE value.

Compassion Clarke Lee, RN, BSN Vogter Neuro Intensive Care Unit Clarke’s colleagues say he is their “anchor on the weekend night shift.” One particular occasion stood out in their minds as a testament to Clarke’s compassion for patients. A young patient was admitted to the unit with a fatal injury. The family’s only wish was to get to the hospital to say goodbye. Clarke worked with the VNICU team and physicians to sustain the patient until the mother arrived. The conversation between Clarke and the patient’s mother was a heartfelt, life-altering moment for both, with Clarke’s empathy noted through the tears in his eyes.

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As the Clinical Specialist on Pediatrics, Jessica has made an ongoing and outstanding contribution to the department and the organization as a whole. She participates on the Ethics Committee, assists with the hospitalwide orientation of new employees, and provides pediatric clinical expertise throughout the organization. Jessica also spearheaded a study on technology for pain-free IV starts and actively supports involvement in other research opportunities. TMH is very fortunate to have someone of Jessica’s knowledge, education and values as a member of its family.

Respect Katie Mann, RN, BSN Behavioral Health Center In demonstrating a deep respect for others, Katie has earned the high esteem of those she cares for and works with at TMH. One colleague shared the following personal story to relay how Katie exemplifies the Respect ICARE value. “During the time I have been working at the Behavioral Health Center, Katie has taken a considerable amount of time to communicate with me, teach me, and explain nuances, all while exercising patience and calmness as I continued to grasp the concepts of behavioral health. Her dedication, passion and knowledge are demonstrated through her keen ability for effective communication, education and leadership.”

TMH Honors Its Own and the Nation’s

9 Million Practicing Nurses Excellence Kathy Glombowski, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Kathy routinely goes above and beyond the expected. She serves on multiple Shared Governance councils, has participated in many unit and house-wide audit projects and is also a leader in the NICU, serving as a charge nurse on a regular basis. Her dedication to advancing the NICU setting and its outcomes has led to improvement in admission temps, breast milk feeding prior to discharge, and appropriate chart sign-offs. Through her many diverse roles at TMH and her tireless devotion to each one, Kathy demonstrates excellence in every aspect of the nursing profession.


DONALD LOUCKS, MD Internal Medicine

At Tallahassee Memorial, physicians are also guided by the ICARE values. Nursing thanks them for their dedication to providing patient-centered health care. The following five physicians are exemplars of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.



STEPHEN QUINTERO, MD CHRIS WILHOIT, MD Family Medicine Anesthesiology


A.D. BRICKLER, MD Family Medicine



Distinguished Contributor Award for Outstanding Support of Nursing Paula Fortunas, TMH Foundation President/CEO TMH Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer Each year the nurses of Tallahassee Memorial identify an individual who outstandingly champions the profession of nursing both in word and in deed. The 2012 recipient, Paula Fortunas, is described by TMH nurses as “smart, energetic, forward thinking and dedicated. She addresses every situation and encounter with dignity and grace.” One TMH nurse manager noted, “Even when her answer must be ‘no,’ she explains ‘why’ and that is truly value added.” Another nurse concluded, “Paula insists that each and every project results in a direct benefit to Tallahassee Memorial’s patients and their families.” Paula Fortunas, center, is cheered by (left to right) Becky Burnett, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager; Dorothy Graves, RN, Nurse Manager, and Barbara Alford, RN, BSN, Interim Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.

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Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit

Paula S. Fortunas President/CEO TMH Foundation

Throughout its distinguished and rich history, Tallahassee Memorial has been acclaimed for its provision of comprehensive cancer care. This tradition of excellence has been repeatedly underscored by the philanthropic spirit of dedicated individuals, businesses, professional associations, corporations, foundations and organizations whose gifts represent key success factors for both the Cancer Center’s outpatient services and the Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit’s inpatient care.

Tallahassee Memorial and the TMH Foundation are eager for you to be among those who contribute toward the lifesaving work of the Cancer Center and the Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit. Your gifts can be made in memory or in honor of family members, friends, teachers, colleagues or to recognize organizations or businesses. Beyond making an honor or memorial donation, you may wish to consider the “naming” of a specific location. The “naming” of a care, treatment, administrative or common area is a distinctive way to experience the joy of giving while paying tribute to the journeys of those affected by cancer. The names of the donors who have secured named locations — and those whom they honored -- appear in this article’s sidebar. Between the Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit and the Cancer Center, ninety-six (96) locations remain to be named – including the Cancer Center Building. There is an unlimited number of honor/ memorial bricks in the Center’s Healing Garden that can be engraved with your name and that of the honoree. The TMH Foundation offers a variety of gift planning options, including outright gifts of cash, securities, real and personal property, employer matching gifts, corporate and foundation grants and special events. Further, the Foundation welcomes contribution pledges spread over a scheduled period of time, deferred gift provisions under wills, living trusts, designations of retirement plan assets, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, pooled income fund trusts and personal residences or farms with a retained life estate. Contributions of life insurance policies and charitable lead trusts are also accepted. Representatives of the TMH Foundation will be happy to visit with you personally as you consider your gifts to support the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and the Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit. Please contact the Foundation to schedule a visit in your home or office. The Foundation will also provide you with gift and financial planning literature to consider with your own professional advisors.

You can reach the TMH Foundation by: Telephone: 850.431.5389 Facsimile: 850.431.4483 E-mail: Letter: 1331 East Sixth Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 If you prefer to make a secure on-line donation, please visit and click on Make a Donation followed by a click on Secure Credit Card Donation. Select “Other” and then enter either Cancer Center or Angie Deeb Cancer Unit as the gift designation.

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TMH and the TMH Foundation Salute and Recognize “Naming” Donors and Honorees The Angie C. Deeb Cancer Unit Donors


Angie C. Deeb Family....................................Angie C. Deeb Cards for a Cure Committee.......................Cards for a Cure Committee Chase & Michelle Dickson ..........................Laura LaPorta, Jeannette Sobczak & Robyn Ceballos Patricia Hyler Family.....................................Amos House, Sr. IFS Business Interiors & Kelly Kearney........Elizabeth Ann Kearney & Marolyn Davidson Cooper Leon High School...........................................Marsha Click Leon High School...........................................With love, support and hope for ALL cancer patients Marcia & Robert Thornberry.......................Angie C. Deeb

The Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Donors


Carina Beaudoin-Tate....................................Michael J. Beaudoin Lou Bender .....................................................Betty Plescia Bender & Dr. Lou Bender Fancheon Boone ............................................The Fancheon & Shelley Boone Family Harold A. Brock ..............................................Carol & Harold Brock Larry & Ingrid Buck & Friends....................Family & Friends of Chip Buck Heather Burch................................................Dr. Heather & Allen Burch Cards for a Cure Committee.......................Cards for a Cure Committee Jack E. Crow Family & Friends....................Jack E. Crow Catherine L. Dowling .....................................Catherine Lee Dowling Kimberly Ellison .............................................Kimberly Loebel Ellison & Luke Henry Ellison Jenny, Jason & Jeffrey Farrah......................The Farrah Family — Lou, Jenny, Jason & Jeffrey, Ride for Hope Founders Debby & David Fonvielle ..............................Ruth Caulley Sukys The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation .........The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Virginia Glass..................................................Virginia Glass Randy Guemple .............................................Irene Guemple Walt & Carolyn Haley ...................................Walt & Carolyn Haley & Family Christy Harrison .............................................Edna & James Noel, Christina & Michael Harrison Leila Hittinger .................................................John J., Sr. & Leila A. Hittinger Howard Huff....................................................Beverly &Howard Huff Joe Hughes......................................................Peggy W. Hughes KWB Pathology Associates .........................KWB Pathology Associates Nicole & Michael Koski ................................Nicole & Michael Koski Gary Landrum ................................................Gayle McKenzie Landrum Leon High School...........................................Leon High School 2010 Student Body, Family & Friends Leon High School...........................................Leon High School Lady Lions Leon High School...........................................Leon High School 2012 Student Body, Family & Friends Roger Luca ......................................................Brenda E. Luca Charlotte Edwards Maguire, M.D................Charlotte Edwards Maguire, M.D. Barbara & John Mahoney, M.D. ..................Margaret Z. Dozier, R.N. Jean & Al McCully, M.D. ................................Jean & Al McCully, M.D. Jimmy & Coleen Minor & Electrotech, LLC ....... Jimmy & Coleen Minor & Electrotech, LLC Jackie & M.T. Mustian..................................Jackie & M. T. Mustian Steven & Wendy Rogers ..............................Steve & Wendy Rogers Cherie & Brian Rowland ..............................Cherie & Brian Rowland Robert Scott ...................................................Margaret “Margie” Bliven Scott Waymon & Lucy Sewell................................David Sewell & Steven Sewell Michael & Judy Sheridan .............................Michael & Judy Sheridan Ray & Mary Solomon ...................................Ray & Mary Solomon Southeastern Dermatology .........................Joyce Marie Ford Joan & Gary Stout .........................................Joan & Gary Stout James Stockwell, M.D. ..................................Saskia Soler Stockwell TMH Auxiliary..................................................TMH Auxiliary Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary .........................Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary Renee Tucker..................................................William C. Cook Leon C. Tully Family .......................................Leon C. Tully Laurie & Claude Walker ...............................Laurie & Claude Walker Maye & John Walker .....................................Maye & John Walker Sally & Dale Wickstrum, M.D. .....................Sally C. Wickstrum & Dale A. Wickstrum, M.D. Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2012


»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Hotel Duval’s Vintage Vegas benefiting the Leon County Humane Society, June 15, 2012 Guests caught a midcentury casino vibe as they mingled with celebrity lookalikes from Marilyn Monroe to the Rat Pack. Lovely ladies presented cigars and signature cocktails while high rollers played poker, blackjack and roulette. Entertainment was the sweet jazz sounds of the Zach Bartholomew Trio. // PHOTOs Tirone Wiggins and Adrianna Juran

Ashley Reese, Michelle Gusman, Amy Maletsky and Rachel Hardin

Chad Kitrell, Pam Bauer and Dan Scantlan

“On behalf of the Leon County Humane Society, we are thankful to Hotel Duval for hosting this wonderful event.” — Dan Parisi, LCHS Board Chairman

Sonya White, Amy Raddar, Rachel Williams and Monica Turner

Amy Forman and Chris Green

Doctors Day Celebration Award March 29, 2012 The Celebration Awards Dinner was held in recognition of Doctors Day. Two local physicians, Dr. James Geissinger and Dr. Charles Williams, were honored, along with physicians who retired last year. // Photo courtesy of Betsy Barfield Photography

Charles Moore and Charles Williams

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Artopia benefiting Big Bend Cares, June 23, 2012 It was an art-full evening at Artopia, where the more than 1,200 participants could bid on the work of local and regional artists in live and silent auctions. The annual event raised nearly $52,000 for the work of Big Bend Cares, a nonprofit organization providing AIDS services and education in Leon and surrounding counties. // Photos Rosanne Dunkelberger

Ryan Dailey and Caitlin Clark

Randy Nicklaus and Lloyd Dunkelberger

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Murder Mystery May 24, 2012 Tallahassee’s Damayan Garden Project held its inaugural murder mystery fundraiser, “A Slice of Murder at the Dogwood Fair,” at the Dogwood House. The event raised over $5,000 for local gardens providing food for those in need and a good time was had by all. // PHOTOS CAROLINE CONWAY

“With this kind of help, Damayan will continue to sow the seeds of ecological awareness and healthy living by installing community gardens, creating edible schoolyards and providing hands-on gardening activities in our community.” — Kathy Weiss, Damayan Educational Coordinator

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Don Angelos and David Lachter

Caroline, Bob and Kathy Weiss

Tallahassee Ballet Midtown Barre Crawl to benefit The Tallahassee Ballet, June 2, 2012 Friends of the Tallahassee Ballet kicked off summer with the tastes of Midtown while enjoying live music from Houston Deese, a silent auction and sponsor expo. Then, they headed out bar-to-bar to toast good times with good friends … all while supporting the local arts community.

Jill Chandler, Kaitlin Harris and Lisa Futch


Sarah Roberts and Erika Desimone

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»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Tallahassee Top Singles July 21, 2012 The third annual Top Singles event was a sold out success and raised more than $53,000 for local charities. Kudos to our 18 wonderful Top Singles and all those who came to the event. A special thanks to the event sponsors: The Hour Glass, Hotel Duval, The Gem Collection, Andrew’s restaurants, Cole Couture Boutique, Skin Therapy, Fuel a Salon, Capital Eurocars, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, 107.1 Hit Music Now, Live in Tallahassee and The Greg Tish Show. // P  HOTOs Chuck Simpson

Halley and Chris Van Asten

Yva Evans and Alaina Walker

“All of the hard work and support from the sponsors, the 18 Top Singles, the Tallahassee community and the Rowland Publishing team made the preliminary stages of the planning process through the night of the event a memorable experience. With each year, this event grows in size and stature and is sure to continue in this pattern for years to come.” — Marjorie Stone, Event Coordinator

Sherry Reese and Jack Kelly

Erin Wilder, Carrie McNeill and Darica Smith

Sara Keister, Rachel Sebree, Laura Brewer, Brian Clark, Sherrie Clark, Chryssi Tank and Rachael Tank

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Mark and Janice Powell, Roberta and Eddie Mitchell, Lynn and Tommy Pipkin

Jamie Turner and Tony McQuade

Tony Kidd and Robin Songer-Warmack

Whitney Hough and Catherine Bach

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3rd Annual Tallahassee Top Singles Event July 21 I Hotel Duval

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Tallahassee’s Hottest Event, Tallahassee Top Singles attracted more than 400 attendees to bid on 18 Top Singles and other luxurious trips and packages to raise money for local charities. This year, $55,000 was raised and donated to benefit the following charities: Big Bend Homeless Coalition, Boys Town of North Florida, Society Foundation, Pyramid Center, Tally Ties, The Pregnancy Help & Information Center, Ronald McDonald

House, Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Leon County Humane Society, Bill Childers/Jimmy Everett Scholarship Foundation, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Kidz1st Fund, The Magdalene Project, Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc, Wisdom Ticket Foundation, The Character Center and the ABA Difference for Autism. This is the only event in Tallahassee that benefits so many local charities in one night.


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The singles, the bidding and the weather were hot, hot, hot for Tallahassee Magazine’s third annual Tallahassee Top Singles event, held July 21 at Hotel Duval. Presenting sponsor was The Hour Glass. The Pyramid Center will be getting a hefty check thanks to “We Want to See Ya in a Kia” Melanie Lee, who got the top bid of the night, $11,500. Cliff Englert put on quite a show for the crowd, and Brandi Young had a cheering section complete with signs. WCTV anchor Gina Pitisci brought a guy on stage with her during her bidding, but no one seemed to care. The shih tzu puppy named Wally had his own auction and found his forever home with Monique Batchelor and raised an extra $1,000 for the Leon Country Humane Society. Perhaps having the best time were singles from years past. Those spotted included Lance Lozano, Amy Foreman, Caroline Conway, Casey Walton, Lori Wilkey, Stephen Loebeck, Cal Brooks, Johnny Devine, Tracy Grant, Sarah Duncan and the night’s emcee, Greg Tish. The live and silent auction items earned bids of more than $9,000, and a portion of this will go to benefit Maxin Reiss’ charity, the ABA Difference for Autism. In addition to the night’s bidding, many Top Singles held mini-fundraisers prior to the event to raise money, including Bill Wilson, Leslie Connell, Lisa Barclay and Karen Smith. Before their star turn, the singles bonded during a Happy Hour event at Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Supporters of The Gadsden Arts center in Quincy recently traveled to New Orleans. The tour included visiting various museums and art galleries and tours of collections in private homes. Some of the art tour participants were Betty and Jim Rogers, Mark and Patsy Bates, Nan Nagy and Claire Nagy Kato, Beverly Frick, Paula Davidsen, Mart Hill and Gadsden Arts’ Director Grace Malloy and Curator Angie Barry. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Shrouded in secrecy, Tallahassee’s newest nightspot had a VIP invitation-only secret grand opening Aug. 7. In the spirit of the speakeasy, Alchemy has a very low profile in Midtown and aspiring customers vie for entry via the online reservation system at Alchemy is the brainchild of Hunter & Harp, a company with a penchant for turning a business golden, just like the name of their bar implies. On hand to greet guests were owners and operators Chad Kittrell, John McNeill, Marc Bauer and Alex Beltrami. Among those attending were Les Akers, Lee Daniel and Carrie McNeill. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Once again Tallahassee’s artistic community and supporters of Big Bend Cares joined together for the Artopia art auction. Nearly 400 artworks by 96 artists were up for bid in a silent auction, as well as other goods and services donated by local businesses. The crowd enthusiastically bid for the live auction items, which included the evening’s top three winners. Antonio Perez, Joe Kotzman and Neil Abell. September–October 2012


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»culture THE BUZZ Attendees were invited to choose their favorite artwork, and longtime supporter Dan Taylor won the People’s Choice award for the second year in a row. Mail Meds was Artopia’s presenting sponsor and the company was represented by Mark Theobald, Cindy Richardson, Valerie Mincey and Cynthia Albert. Others spotted in the crowd of more than 1,200 people were Alex Bello, Marlene Lalota, Kevin Hattaway, Tony Archer, Ann Taylor, David Poole, Edward Marti Kring and new mom Perry Snead. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

It was Sin City at Hotel Duval, all in support of Leon County Humane Society. Guests of “Vintage Vegas,” a ’60s style soiree, mingled with celebrity look-alikes and enjoyed sounds of the Zach Bartholomew Trio, as they tried their hand at poker, roulette and blackjack. While sipping signature cocktails and savoring cigars, gamblers played for big-time prizes. Dan Gilbertson won a luxury vehicle lease, while Chris Brown hit the jackpot with a trip to Las Vegas. Other high rolling guests included JT Burnette, Chad Kittrell, City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, LCHS Board Chair Dan Parisi and Marilyn Monroe. The real winner of the night was the Humane Society, which was presented with a donation of $2,500 from Hotel Duval on Aug. 2. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


A contingent of Tallahassee oenophiles went all the way to McMinnville, Ore., to enjoy the International Pinot Noir Celebration. Wine legend Jancis Robinson describes the event as “one of the most enjoyable wine weekends in the world.” For three days, Lori and Bill Mattice, Nan Nagy and Ken Kato, Calynne and Lou Hill, and Su and Steve Ecenia sampled the wine from vintners worldwide, toured Willamette Valley wineries and enjoyed northwest cuisine, including a salmon bake.



Friends of Pam Forrester anxiously await invitations to her semi-annual “Girl Party.” Her latest ladies’ night was August 1, and her beautiful home on Lake Jackson was full of her pals from Red Hills Horse Trials, soccer moms, coworkers from VISIT Florida and other random folks. There was a sumptuous feast of salads, beautiful to look at and wonderful to eat. Mary Jo Peltier, who combs the New York Times for recipes, prepared quinoa-black bean salad with smoky lime dressing. Carolyn Horwich, Barbara Ash, Jan Dobson, Linda Fuchs and Virginia Newman sat at one table, discussing book club favorites (“Cutting for Stone” got two thumbs up) and the newly relocated and renamed Marinated Mushroom (now Wild Greens Café) restaurant on Railroad Avenue. There were two generations of Atkins there. Carol Atkins Goughnour brought her two daughters, Mary Linville Atkins and Courtney Atkins. Longtime friends, Christine Reker, Denise Redd and Elizabeth Smith Barranco still enjoy coming to ‘Girl Parties’ even after more than 20 years. Karen Cox was spotted reading tarot cards and others who attended included Becky Liner and Ann Shahaway.

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Drs. Selina and Saleh Rahman celebrated their recent successes with a joyful multicultural gathering of more than 60 people at their Summerbrooke home. They had traditional Bengali festive foods such as mutton biriani, mixed vegetables, lentil curry, chicken korma and several other ethnic dishes. The exquisite pool-side gathering of close friends included Drs. Debojoyti, Abdul Hatim, Abdul Hafiz, Rifat Fatema, Farzana Khan and neighbors Larry and Gina Davidson. Both Saleh and Selina are trained physicians with PhDs in public health. Recently, Selina joined FSU’s College of Medicine and the TMH Internal Medicine residency program. Saleh, an associate professor of



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»culture THE BUZZ public health at FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Clinical Research Faculty at the FSU College of Medicine, recently received (along with team-members) a $6-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help prevent cancer in Leon and Gadsden County. Also an acclaimed international author and musician, Saleh and others entertained the group with music as the celebration of their achievements continuted well into the night. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sam Solomon celebrated his birthday at Publix’s Aprons Cooking school. Hosted by his wife Lynn Solomon, guests were treated to a crab cake cooking demonstration by Chef Tony and included guests Ann Jolley and Bobby Byrd, Ann Gabor and Jay Payne, Reynolds Arrington, Suzanne Wilson and Matt Solomon. Delicious Moroccan fare was also served and the wine flowed! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Kristin Klein and Sidney Bigham are engaged and are planning a November wedding at a family farm in Georgia. In other good news, Florida Trend reported that Sid was named as an up-and-coming young attorney for 2012. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Wilbur Jones celebrated his 100th birthday in style, greeting his guests in a bright red jacket. The event was hosted by his sons and their wives, Doug and Stevie Jones and Bruce and Julie Ann Jones. Guests included longtime friends Mart Hill, Evie Hutchinson, Susie and Murray Wadsworth, Almena and Brooks Pettit and Nan Cherry. An oyster bar was the main attraction. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Goodwood reigned once again as the political salon of Tallahassee when the second annual Senator Hodges Dinner was held July 26 in the great hall of the Main House. Goodwood opened its doors to 40 generous supporters for a six-course meal prepared by a la Nella’s Nella Schomburger, a member of Goodwood’s board of directors, and her crew of volunteers. Among the guests were Goodwood board Chairman Rick Barnett and his wife, Martha Barnett, Laurie and Kelly Dozier, Lamar and Anne Rowe, Al and Laura Lang, Robert Ervin and Mart Hill, Tillie Allen, JoAnn Bixler, Frank and Elizabeth Langston, Mac Langston and Robin Boyle, Dr. Charles Moore, Fred McCord and Flecia Braswell, William and Miriam Rodgers, Cindy and Douglas Sessions Jr. , Mike and Marty Sittig, Dennis Tribble and Vanessa Anderson, Susie and Murray Wadsworth, Dubose Ausley, and interim executive director Andy McLeod, dashing in his tartan kilt, and his wife, Kathy Baughman McLeod. Other board members in attendance were Evie Hutchinson, Fred Gaske, Jim Ashlock, Susan Thomas (with husband, John Thomas) and Anne Phipps (with husband, Colin Phipps). Board member Kathryn Travis helped coordinate the dinner, and her husband, Joe Travis, joined Ben Gunter, Betsy Gray, Bill Jones and Ruben Milan in providing musical entertainment. Sen. Hodges was portrayed by Goodwood’s Mike Herrin. His lovely legal client was played by Amanda Street, while Marcy Palmer played reporter Kitty Lorgnette. n

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The New To-Go

Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicles — AKA Food Trucks — Are the Fastest Growing Business in Florida By Kathleen Haughney


The Street Chefs food truck is one of a growing number of businesses delivering meals on wheels throughout Tallahassee. Here, Lauren Manders takes an order from a customer.

t’s a Thursday night in Tallahassee and Rebecca Kelly is making a lot of grilled cheese. The 38-year old is assembling the classic sandwich using four kinds of cheese, fresh basil, tomato and sourdough bread — plus bacon if you want some meat on it. “It is cheesy goodness in your hand,” she said. Kelly is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs who are starting new eateries across the state. Except, there is one thing that sets Kelly’s roadside café apart from other dining hot spots in the region. Her restaurant is on wheels. It’s a food truck she bought in 2011. She calls it “Stella.” “It was every penny I had,” she said of her purchase. And Kelly’s business, Street Chefs, is not unique to Tallahassee. According to the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, food trucks were the fastest growing business in the state in 2011, outpacing their brick and mortar brethren. From November 2010 to November 2011 there was a 10.5 percent growth in the number of food trucks, or as the state calls them, mobile food dispensing vehicles. But the trucks are hardly the little hot dog stands you might see on the beach or on a city street corner. They’re full-scale kitchens on the move. In Tallahassee alone, there are grilled cheese specialists, Asian fusion/ barbecue culinary whizzes and cupcake experts. Local foodies can find wood-fired pizza, a Cuban sandwich or a pulled pork wrap topped with mac ‘n’ cheese. Kelly, who unveiled her truck in May 2011 after nine months of planning and quitting her job as a manager at Bruegger’s Bagels, focuses on comfort food. Mac ‘n’ cheese, and a shepherd’s pie wrap with garlic mashed potatoes are on the menu. Sometimes she cooks her grandma’s pirogues. Prices are typically in the $6 range. “There’s a lot of creativity that goes into these things,” said Steve von Bodungen, deputy bureau chief of inspections for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which has worked to promote the burgeoning businesses. And it’s a business that has flourished in a down economy where September–October 2012



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would-be entrepreneurs can’t get funding to open a traditional restaurant. The 18-county region covering the Panhandle from Escambia to Madison County saw the number of food trucks grow from 173 to 205, an 18.5 percent growth from November 2010 to November 2011, said DBPR. In comparison, traditional restaurants only saw a 2.1 percent growth in that area. “As the economy has struggled, people are looking for more inventive ways and different ways to start a business,” said von Bodungen. “And this is probably the purest form of that.” And they have blossomed in Tallahassee over the past year. Every Thursday night, you will find several parked in a lot on Tharpe Street across from the Lake Ella Publix. A few also gather there at lunch on Tuesdays, serving up meals to those who stop by. And the All Saints Hop Yard, off of All Saints Street, invites trucks to set up in their lot every Friday night. The state is trying to promote them too. DBPR has held two food truck fairs in their Tallahassee office parking lot, inviting the region’s food truck operators to showcase their cuisine in the state’s capital city and promote the new type of business. Many of the trucks have a niche, whether it’s focusing on a particular type of food, local ingredients or only offering organic food. Some of the new entrepreneurs crisscrossing the region with their movable diners want to own full-scale restaurants one day. Some simply were looking for the best way to start a business and make money in a down economy. Others were intrigued by the idea and spurred on by the success of food trucks in other cities across the country and the popularity of the show “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network. One of the newest entrepreneurs trying to make a go of it is 27-year-old James Cullen. A South Florida native, he

moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State and never left. But after graduating in 2010 with a criminal justice degree, he said he only found “part-time, deadend jobs.” “I decided if I didn’t find work, I’d make work,” he said. For about a year, Cullen stewed over the idea of starting a food truck business, and finally decided to take the plunge. He decided to focus on making several different types of grilled cheese. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking,” he said. One sandwich, the DanI, has goat cheese, gouda, sautéed onions, fresh basil and tomatoes. Another, Momma Lambdin, has artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, pepper jack and mozzarella. You can add on items such as prosciutto or grilled onions. He also has dessert grilled cheeses that feature fruit and Nutella. Sandwiches are all less than $10. “Grilled cheese is almost an endless possibility,” he said. “Everyone remembers grilled cheese from when they were little, their mom making it.” The hardest part for Cullen was getting the financing, he said. Banks wouldn’t even look at him. “I never envisioned it was that difficult to start a business from that standpoint,” he said. “It’s a cold system.” In addition to putting some of his own money toward it, Cullen hooked up with a Las Vegas group called Seed Capital that focuses on helping start-ups get cash. The group helped him get the business credit lines to pay for his bright yellow and orange truck.

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From there, he said, he hit the ground running, setting up a website and social media networks to promote himself, even months before its March debut. “As my dad would term it, it’s getting the real life MBA,” he said. He’s now trying to get into a regular pattern, showing up at events around the city as much as possible to showcase his food. After his first few weeks, he announced he would be outside Lucy and Leo’s, a midtown cupcakery, every Friday and Saturday night to take advantage of the late-night crowd frequenting the bars in the area. “I want my food to be accessible to everybody,” he said. He sets up at about 10 p.m. and tries to attract bar hopping 20-somethings as they wrap up their nights at Waterworks, Midtown Filling Station and other area watering holes. Social media has been a crucial part to both Cullen’s operation so far and to the food truck movement across the country in general. Kelly and several other food truck operators were the force behind Food Truck Thursday. There’s a pizza truck, which has outfitted its vehicle with a full brick oven, plus another that serves Filipino cuisine. The popular Cravings Truck serves up plates of chicken and waffles, its specialty. They dish out meals while customers sit at picnic tables or mill about from truck to truck, listening to whatever music group is playing there that night. And they rely on social media and word-of-mouth to help spread the word about other food truck events. Most of the trucks have both Twitter and Facebook accounts where fans can track their movements. Kelly’s account over the past month has alerted hungry customers that she’d be at Food Truck Thursday, Railroad Square, the corner of College Avenue and Adams Street and Boulevard Park. “Social media is the food truck’s best friend,” Kelly said. Luckily for the new businessmen and women, the state and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association are trying to secure their future too. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has had its two events, which Von Bondungen said not only lets people sample the food but also lets them know that the trucks are just as safe as restaurants. They must undergo inspection just like a restaurant, and the trucks must really have a full-scale kitchen. They are required to have a three-compartment sink, fresh water, plus storage for wastewater as well as proper refrigeration and a power hookup. The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is trying to help them, too. Carol Dover, president of the association, said her organization’s membership staff is working on bringing in food truck chefs as members of the group. The group isn’t worried about food trucks taking away business from traditional restaurants, she said. “Some of them are amazing,” she said. “We showcased them at our food show this year. It was just unbelievable.” But their future success is still somewhat in doubt. It’s still not easy to start a business, cautioned Kelly. Many are still in the stages of paying off their loans and hoping that their entrepreneurial gamble will be huge successes. “It’s not gone as spectacularly as we’d hoped, but it’s not gone as terribly as we’d feared,” she said. Kelly said she and other food truckers are constantly seeing new

faces at their gatherings, but they are also starting to get regulars. At first it was mostly a younger crowd she said, a lot of college students and hipsters. Now, as the trucks have become a regular presence at lunchtime in downtown Tallahassee, they’re starting to see more families at events like Food Truck Thursday and First Friday as well. In 2009, 148 miles from Tallahassee in Seaside, Jenny and James Murphy were one of the first food truck operators in Florida to break the mold of the traditional hot dog or ice cream truck. They now get Follow your asked regularly for advice on how to start up a food truck. favorite James had been toying with the trucks on idea of opening a restaurant, but saw a picture on Google of a man Twitter to who had converted an 18-wheeler find out into a barbecue joint. Jenny said where she doubted the ritzy coastal town would go for that, but suggested an they’ll be: Airstream trailer as an alternative. Food Truck Hub A $250,000 loan, one Airstream @foodtruckhub trailer and DBPR approval later, Street Chefs they were in business, setting up @streetchefs Barefoot BBQ on 30A in an area Sir Cheezy that would later be frequented by additional food trucks and trailers. @Sir_Cheezy At the height of the tourism Tacos Gringos season, they employ 17 people. @TacosGringos And the couple has been thrilled Big Easy Snowballs to see the growth in Seaside and @SnowballsTally across the region in the food trucks. MoBi “The great thing is many other @MobiStreetFood businesses have gotten on the bandwagon,” she said. Fired Up Pizza Murphy said she thinks that @FiredUpTally though other cities have embraced Lucy and Leo’s the food truck trend as well @lucyleo — Orlando, Tampa and South Tallahassee Food Florida also have large food truck Truck Association gatherings — it’s a natural fit for @TallyFTA this region. “It fits so well in the Panhandle The Cravings Truck because there’s such a sense of nos@CravingsTruck talgia here, so the food trucks and Great American the Airstreams are so well received,” Sandwich Station she said. @G_A_S_Station In Tallahassee, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Status Liquors on Tennessee Street has also started hosting weekly food truck block parties Tuesday nights. And other local bars, businesses and even the city’s kickball league have begun inviting some of the trucks out to their events. Kelly, who is certified through the American Culinary Federation and has worked in the food industry more than a decade, isn’t sure how long the trend will last or if her relatively new business will simply be a stepping stone to something else. “Owning your own business is like having a tattoo,” she said. “Once you have one, you start thinking about the next one.” n

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‘R’ You Ready for Oysters? No Need to Wait, Florida’s Bivalves Are Good Year Round By Justin Timineri

Oysters have a long history as a favored food dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, coveted throughout the millennia by lovers and romantics for their aphrodisiac properties. This was certainly true at a time when diets were deficient of many crucial vitamins and minerals, and eating oysters would improve aspects of overall health. Now we also know oysters contain dopamine, a chemical that influences desire in men and women. But another myth associated with oysters needs to be cleared up. We’ve all heard the rule saying we should only eat oysters in the months that end with “R.” This was true before widespread use of refrigeration, when oysters would spoil in the heat. Today, there’s no real “season” for harvesting — Florida oysters are available year round and are tested and regulated to keep them safe for consumers. Oysters feed mainly on single-cell plants and flourish in Florida’s estuaries where nutrient-rich freshwater rivers meet coastal saltwater. With this plentiful food supply, Florida’s Eastern oysters grow rapidly and can reach market size in less than two years. Chefs and gourmet cooks alike have created many different recipes to showcase the slightly salty flavor of oysters. The extra lean meat that is tender-to-firm-textured can be baked, broiled, fried, grilled, sautéed or just served raw as nature intended. n Timineri is Florida's executive chef and culinary ambassador.

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served like you remember at Grandma’s house, Geraldine’s Originals fills the bill. And your fried chicken and country-style breakfasts will be served by an honest-togoodness grandma, 85-year-old Geraldine Rudd. The breakfast and lunch shop isn’t easy to see, tucked in the furthest corner of the Canopy Lane shops at 2522 Capital Circle N.E. There are just six oilcloth-covered tables, but they’re often full of patrons enjoying what has to be the most reasonably priced breakfast in town. The special (pancakes, bacon and coffee) is just 99 cents and nothing on the menu costs more than $2.50. The cheap eats continue through the lunch hour, with a $3 chicken salad sandwich — the creamy version — and a lunch plate that includes a meat such as chicken-fried steak or pork chops, two vegetable sides, bread and a drink for $8. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, Rudd was the proprietress of The Blackberry Patch, a business that cooked up jams, jellies and syrups from her Tallahassee home. That business was sold, but her restaurant includes

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displays of a wide array of her new line of products under the name “Geraldine’s Originals” for home use or boxed up to give as gifts. If the service isn’t speedy enough, you can shout your order to Mike Travis in the kitchen, but you’re always assured of a warm welcome from Rudd and her peekapoo named Honey. “I just enjoy visiting with everybody that comes through that door. If we’re not already friends, we’ll be friends.” She says her regulars, “tell me it’s just like being at home — and that’s the way I like it.”  DINNER  Twice this year, I’ve done a two-week detoxification program that required me to eat tons of organic vegetables, which meant several trips to Earth Fare and the New Leaf Co-op to stock up. There must be something in the (purified) water, but the nicest people seem to work in both places. Before the detoxing began in earnest, I enjoyed Earth Fare’s Prime Rib Tuesday and the meat and sides (mashed potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables) were restaurant-quality delicious. For $8.99, you get meat sliced to order, along with sides. n September–October 2012


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A LA PROVENCE French. A rich décor and graceful atmosphere create a memorable dining experience, offering French-Mediterranean cuisine, including Crepes De Mer and Escargot de Bourgogne. A complimentary amuse bouche, a bite-size appetizer, allows chefs to show off their culinary skills to guests. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 329-6870. $$$ L D

The restaurants that appear in this guide are included as a service to readers and not as recommendations of the Tallahassee Magazine editorial department, except where noted.

Andrew’s 228 American and Italian. A chic urban restaurant serving signature blends of creative American and Italian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida three years in a row by Florida Trend. Private rooms are available for banquets and meetings. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444. $$$ D Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill American and Italian. After 26 years in Betton Place, restaurateur Dick Anthony has returned in a new location with a new menu featuring grilled chicken, steak, fish and hamburgers. Italian favorites that made the original Anthony’s so popular have returned on the “First Loves Second Chances” portion of the dinner menu. 1355 Market St. (850) 224-1447, anthonyswoodfiregrilltallahassee. com. $$ B L D Avenue Eat & Drink American Fusion. A chic restaurant offering a melting pot of flavors fresh from the South, served in scrumptious dining presentations. Sunday brunch is a notto-be-missed treat. 115 E. Park Avenue. (850) 224-0115. $$$ B L D Cypress Restaurant ★ New Southern. Voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Special Occasion” by Tallahassee Magazine readers in 2012. Sophisticated Southern regional dining in a contemporary, metropolitan setting. Menu features chef-cut fish and aged meats, fresh in-house preparations, a comprehensive wine list and full bar. Valet parking available at night. 320 E. Tennessee St. (850) 513-1100. $$$ D Food Glorious Food ★ American. Choose from several savory soups, nearly a dozen salads and a great selection of sandwiches and pastas with hot entrées that represent a variety of world cuisines. Heavenly dessert concoctions — voted “Best Dessert” 2nd “Best Outdoor Dining” in 2012 by Tallahassee Magazine readers — will please even the most discriminating diner. 1950 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-9974. $$$ L D Georgio’s American. If George Koikos is in the house, you can count on a visit to your table from him during your meal. His hands-on commitment to quality, food, service and a personal touch have kept his restaurants in business for more than 45 years. 3425 Thomasville Road and 2971 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 877-3211. $$$ D Kitcho Japanese Restaurant Japanese. The specialty here is sushi, but you’ll also find other Japanese specialities, including noodles, tempura and box combinations. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 893-7686. $$ L D


Best of Tallahassee 2012 Winner Breakfast Lunch Dinner Outdoor Dining Live Music Bar/Lounge $ Inexpensive $$ Moderately Expensive $$$ Expensive ★ B L D

Liam’s Restaurant American. Located in historic Downtown Thomasville, Ga., Liam’s serves delicious sustainably sourced, natural, organic foods. The menu changes based upon what the owners find to be the best available ingredients from small artisanal producers. 113 E. Jackson St. (229) 226-9944. $$$ B L D The Front Porch Southern, Seafood. Formerly the home of Chez Pierre, the newly renovated Front Porch is known as much for its fresh Florida seafood as it is the extensive outside dining. The locally owned restaurant has a casual, contemporary Southern vibe. Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you slurp the mouth-watering oysters at the raw bar. 1215 Thomasville Road (850) 521-5821. $$ L D The Melting Pot Fondue. This restaurant offers a variety of fondues including cheese and chocolate dessert. The Melting Pot earned two “Best of” awards in 2010, for “Best Romantic” and “Best Celebration/Special Occasion” restaurant. 2727 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-7440. $$$ D Mockingbird Café Fusion. Enjoy hand-cut steaks and Gulf seafood along with American regional, Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes in an upscale refined atmosphere. Food is fresh, locally purchased and seasonal, made from scratch by talented in-house chefs. 1225 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-4956. $$ B L D

Specialty Andrew’s Capital Grill and Bar American. Andrew’s, a Downtown landmark for nearly 40 years, is an energetic, casual, see-and-be-seen spot. House favorites include a popular lunch buffet, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. Downtown delivery. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444/Fax (850) 222-2433. $$ B L D The Egg Café And Eatery ★ American. Made-to-order items using the finest ingredients, cooked to your liking. Voted Tallahassee’s best nine times, including the 2012 awards for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch.” In Evening Rose at 3740 Austin Davis Ave. and 3500 Kinhega Drive. (850) 907-3447. $$ B L AZu — a Lucy Ho’s restaurant Asian. Serving Tallahassee since 1970, Lucy Ho’s offers Japanese-style cooking

Join us for lunch and dinner at our beautiful location on Apalachee Parkway. Our steaks are not only the best in Tallahassee, but USDA choice midwestern corn-fed beef, specially selected, aged to our specifications and cut daily. We also serve fresh jumbo shrimp and fish – grilled, blackened or fried. So please join us for lunch and dinner or just meet up for drinks at our fully-stocked bar.



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»food DINING GUIDE with Cantonese, Sichuan, Hunan, Peking and Taiwanese influences. Diners will also find a full bar and the freshest sushi. 3220 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 893-4112. $/$$ L D


Backwoods Bistro Italian. After five years of business in its historic Sopchoppy locale, Backwoods Bistro now has a second, equally appetizing restaurant in the Capital City. The hip restaurant/bar offers live music until 2 a.m. on the weekends and a rich array of food that’s a little bit backwoods, a little bit bistro. Enjoy the bold Italian flavors of the Backwoods pizza (pesto, chicken, artichoke, tomato, mushroom and feta) or Eggplant Parmesan. 401 E. Tennessee St. (850)-320-6345. $$ L D Bella Bella ★ Italian. Cozy home-like atmosphere and authentic homemade traditional Italian food made this Midtown dining hotspot the “Best Italian” winner in 2012. Try their famous Bubble Bread and delicious pasta specials. Catering available. 123 E. 5th Ave. (850) 412-1114. $$ L D

1847 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, FL


EL JALISCO ★ Mexican. With two-for-one margaritas most nights of the week, where can you go wrong? And the food, named “Best Mexican/Latin American” in 2012, is great too. Endless chips and salsa complement any menu item; the chicken quesadillas and beef tamales will keep you coming back for more. 2022 N. Monroe St. (850) 878-0800; 2915-301 Kerry Forest Pkwy. (850) 668-1002 and 6497 Apalachee Pkwy. (850) 402-0733. $$ L D Jonah’s Fish & Grits American Southern. Soups, salads, pastas and specialty sandwiches focused on fish and seafood with a Southern twist are featured in an alcohol-free, familyfriendly atmosphere. Dinner also includes a more extensive selection from their wood-burning grill. 109 E. Jackson St., Thomasville, Ga. (229) 226-0508. $$ L D Kiku Japanese Fusion. With a wide selection of sushi rolls and traditional Japanese dishes, Kiku caters to a variety of tastes. 3491 Thomasville Road Suite 12. (850) 222-5458. $$ L D




THANK YOU TALLAHASSEE FOR VOTING OUR WINE LIST THE BEST IN 2012! HOURS: Mon–Thurs 5pm–2am I Fri & Sat 4pm–2am Located at the Orleans@Midtown 1240 Thomasville Rd. The corner of 6th Ave & Thomasville Rd. 850.222.9914 I

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Kool Beanz ★ Fusion. This colorful and casual spot has been serving up gourmet dishes since 1996. Diners can expect delicious modern American cuisine, as well as dishes influenced by the worldwide travels of the kitchen staff. Menus change daily so guests can expect something new with each visit. 921 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-2466. $$/$$$ L D LUNA’S ITALIAN FOOD Italian-American. Gourmet deli sandwiches and pasta dishes to take home. Large selection of imported wine, cheeses, sauces and Italian grocery items — plus Italian gelato. 1122 Thomasville Road. (850) 421-5862. $ L Masa ★ Asian Fusion. This sister restaurant to Lucy Ho’s serves up a creative menu with items such as Chilean Sea Bass with

mango salsa, Tropical Fruit, Sweet and Sour Chicken and a Fried Cheesecake Roll. In 2012, Masa repeated its win in the “Best Asian” and “Best Sushi”. Enjoy an extensive selection of wine, beer and sake in a dark, original and casual dining setting. 1001 N. Monroe St. (850) 847-0003. $/$$ L D Moonspin Pizza Pizza. Moonspin offers gourmet pizza and calzones, salads and desserts. Its toppings are fresh from local farms in the South Georgia and Tallahassee area. 113 N. Crawford St., Thomasville, Ga. (229) 226-4488. $ L D Old Town Café American. Southern hospitality is embedded throughout this family-owned restaurant. Mom’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans makes you feel like you’re home, not to mention their world famous prime rib, which slowly roasts all day. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 893-5741. $$ L D Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ★ Japanese. Knives flash and patrons gasp as talented hibachi chefs “play” with your food while creating delicious chicken, steak and seafood dishes in front of you. Voted “Best Hibachi” by readers of Tallahassee Magazine. 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. (850) 531-0222. $$$ D Paisley Café ★ American. Guilt-free lunch has never been easier since this “Best locally owned new business” has served up food with seven natural ingredients or less. Where Plantain chips replace greasy potato chips and the tea is sweetened only with Florida cane sugar, this new Midtown spot boasts a fresh bakery and garden full of wholesome treats. 1123 @ Midtown on Thomasville Road. (850) 385-7268 $ L Sakura Japanese. Sleek interior design mixed with amazing dishes equals a spectacular meal experience. This new and exciting Japanese cuisine rewards not only your taste buds but also your eyes with its beautifully prepared dishes of sushi and other traditional Japanese fare. 1318 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-9991. $$$ L D THE WINE LOFT Wine Bar ★ American. Enjoy delicious items off the small plate menu and a vast selection of wines in a chic, sophisticated atmosphere. The Wine Loft boasts a generous array of more than 50 wines by the glass and more than 70 by the bottle that earned it “Best Wine List” honors in 2012. 1240 Thomasville Road, Suite 100. (850) 2229914 $$ D

Family/Casual Beef O’ Brady’s ★ American. A 2012 Tallahassee Magazine winner for “Best Sports Bar,” this neighborhood pub serves up a wall of prime TV coverage for the biggest games and some killer hot wings. With three Tallahassee locations, the family-friendly atmosphere is never far away. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy. #A-7: (850) 668-8580; 1800 Thomasville Road: (850) 222-2157; 1208 Capital Circle S.E.: (850) 504-2333. $L D

Coosh’s Bayou Rouge ★ Cajun. Voted “Best Cajun,” Coosh’s offers the best of Louisiana with its signature crawfish, po’boys, gumbo, muffalettas and jambalaya. 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway. (850) 894-4110. $$ B L D The Crepevine French Fusion. Delicious signature crepes are stuffed with fillings that make them savory or sweet. You can order from the menu, or create your own. Breakfast-style crepes are served all day long. The menu at this casual bistro also includes salads and yogurt bowls. 2020 W. Pensacola St., (850) 562-7373; 1304 N. Monroe St., (850) 329-6754. $ B L D Earley’s Kitchen American Southern. For 33 years, Earley’s has been dishing up “good ole Southern” country cooking for breakfast and lunch. The SouthWood restaurant also serves a Sunday brunch buffet. 1812 S. Monroe St. (850) 224-7090 and 3196 Merchant’s Row Blvd. (850) 692-3491. $B L Fickle Pickle ★ American. If you’re in a pickle about where to head for lunch, the 2012 “Best Lunch” winner is a perfect spot for some "fickling" good salads, sandwiches and desserts. Located in the heart of Tallahassee's medical community, this Mad About Food successor offers a refreshingly playful atmosphere and good service. 1605 E. Plaza Drive (850) 561-3663. $L D five Guys BURGERS & Fries ★ Burgers. Five Guys was a quick hit with the readers of Tallahassee Magazine, who named its burgers the best three years in a row. 1872 Thomasville Road (850) 597-7514 and 3499 Thomasville Road (850) 894-1490. $ L D Hopkins’ Eatery ★ American. Sandwiches, salads, delicious sweets and more. Voted “Best Deli” by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine in 2012. 1660 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-4258; 1415 Market St. (850) 668-0311; and 1208 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 325-6422. $ L MOMO’S ★ Pizza. Boasting the largest pizza you’ll find in Tallahassee, Momo’s offers big flavor that’s gotten a “Best of” award in 2012. Fill yourself up with a slice for yourself or order a pie to share. 1410 Market St. (850) 412-0222 and 1416 W. Tennessee St. (850) 224-9808. $ L D Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Mexican. It’s a fiesta every day at Pepper’s. Enjoy mariachi music as you chow down on fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and other Mexican specialties served with their homemade sauces. 1140 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 877-2020. $L D Po’ Boys ★ Cajun. Voted “Best Cajun,” Po’ Boys brings a little bit of New Orleans to Tallahassee. Take a bite out of the Big Easy at three locations and enjoy bold flavors with their Louisiana jambalaya, gumbo, po’ boys and mufflettas. 224 E. College Ave.: (850) 224-5400, 1425 Village Square Blvd.

850.906.0020, 1944 W. Pensacola St. (850) 574-4144. $ L D Red Elephant PIZZA AND GRILL ★ American. Enjoy a fresh, fast and filling meal that will satisfy your taste buds and your wallet. The casual atmosphere is perfect for social gatherings with friends and family, say readers of Tallahassee Magazine, who voted Red Elephant “Best Casual Dining” restaurant. 2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy. Suite C-3 (850) 668-7492 and 1872 Thomasville Road Suite A. (850) 222-7492. $ L D Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q ★ Barbecue. Enjoy Sonny’s “feel good” barbecue and special sauces. Voted “Best Barbecue” in 2012. 3101 Dick Wilson Blvd., (850) 878-1185; 2707 N. Monroe St. (850) 385-2167 and 1460 Timberlane Road (850) 906-9996. $ L D TOMATOLAND ★ American. This takeout only deli offers comfort food staples for breakfast and lunch such as quiches, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and a daily blue-plate special. Pick up some chicken tetrazinni or eggplant Parmesan for dinner. 1847 Thomasville Road (850) 425-8416. $ L D Wing Stop ★ Wings. Named “Best Wings” winner in 2012, Wing Stop offers freshly made wings sauced and tossed in a choice of nine flavors. 1964 W. Tennessee St.. (850) 574-9464; 3111 Mahan Drive (850) 942-9464 and 6668 Thomasville Road (850) 219-9464. $ L D

Steak/Seafood BONEFISH GRILL ★ Steak/Seafood. Although a chain, Bonefish works hard to make each restaurant — and each meal — unique with an array of seafood and sauces that can be mixed and matched to diners’ tastes. The restaurant earned 2012 “Best of Tallahassee” honors for its appetizers (Can you say Bang Bang Shrimp?) and the star of its menu, seafood. 3491 Thomasville Road. (850) 297-0460. $$$ D

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Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill Cajun. A New Orleans dining experience you won’t soon forget! Delicious Creole cuisine, fresh seafood and steaks, rich pastas, sensational salads and more. 301 S. Bronough St. (850) 222-3976. $$ L D Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse ★ Steak. This restaurant specializes in steak — named Tallahassee’s “Best Steakhouse” once again in 2012 — but also serves seafood. Marie Livingston’s has moved to a new location with a sophisticated decor, but the quality and value remain the same. 2705 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 562-2525. $$ L D Shula’s 347 Steak. The legendary Miami Dolphins’ head coach brings his philosophy for winning football games — the quest for perfection — to the dining table at his namesake restaurant, located in Hotel Duval. Keep it light and casual with Premium Black Angus Beef burgers or a gourmet salad or opt for one of their signature entrées — “Shula Cut” steaks. Reservations are suggested. 415 N. Monroe St. (850) 224-6005. $$$ D

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»the last word

An Ode to My Hair Once It Was Long. Now It’s Long Gone.

The long and short of it is, you’ve been there through thick and thin. When I was young, you hung in there. A little dirty, as blondes go, still, even through the worst of pulls you didn’t split, you were there to face it all with me. I was in kindergarten when I took things into my own hands. Though I was hoping to channel Cindy from the Brady Brunch with her flaxen ringlets, when my reflection greeted me, it wasn’t a chic short coif a la today’s Natalie Portman, Emma Watson or even Twiggy circa 1960s. It was 1971, and all I could think of was: “I look just like Carol Burnett!” A handsome woman to be sure, but not a good look for a 5-year-old. Perhaps it was then that the trusty “bob,” became my standby ’do. Despite my failed frenetic attempt at fashionable fringe, you were there. When summertime brought liberal amounts of Sun-In, lemon juice, vinegar rinses and other mysterious beauty concoctions made from the side door of the refrigerator, you simply shined. When I couldn’t dislodge the metal barrette on picture day, when the stuck teasing comb wasn’t funny, when someone mistook you for a bubble gum wrapper, you weren’t harried at all. And even when infestations of “rats” plagued us upon occasion, we combed through it all until we were back on the straight and narrow. I clearly exercised a woman’s most coveted prerogative: changing of the mind. Trends certainly caught my eye over the years: Hamill’s bowl, Farrah’s feathers, Rachel’s shag — you allowed me to experiment and … eventually … grow through the experience. Now, perhaps I’ll remember this as the G.I. Jane phase. When the tough get going, sometimes the hair gets going, too. It’s been a close shave, but we’re going to pull through. Like a diamond, I underappreciated your cut, color, luster and, yes, strength. I simply tossed you aside all too often. Oh, to have you back, running down my back. To twist, curl and pin you up. You were such a doll to work with. Bring on the humidity most women hate; you just rolled with it. So, “hairs” to you, my favorite frame through which to view the world. Though it seems slow “growing,” I know you’ll be back, maybe even better and stronger than before. Until then, I’ll try to enjoy having a blank pate to reflect on what is to come. And like Princess Rapunzel, dream of living happily ever after — one joyous bad hair day at a time. Our author completed her chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer in May. We wish her a speedy re-growth!  n

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By Zandra Wolfgram

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