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COMPLIMENTARY

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018

SUSIE BUSCHTRANSOU THAT’S SO

TALLAHASSEE!

A BUYING GUIDE

In the Lyme-Light Lyme Disease Defined

BE STORMSCAM SMART!

MONEY-SAVING TIPS

A SOULFUL STYLE

The Next Generation Young Women on the Move

WHICH TYPE OF LEADER ARE YOU?

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Big or small, emergencies are stressful for you and your child. But, at our Children’s Emergency Center you can put your mind at ease. Our affiliation with Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville means access to board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians and resources from one of the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospitals. AS LONG AS K IDS WILL BE KIDS, WE’LL BE RE ADY.

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contents tallahassee woman magazine

august/september 2018

On the Cover

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Susie Busch-Transou— A Home-Brewed Style By Heather Thomas

About the Cover: Photography by Kira Derryberry | Makeup by Jamee Wright Clothing and accessories provided by Hearth and Soul

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Embracing Tallahassee Style

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Business

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Style

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Wellness

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Family

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Food

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She Says Social: Tallahassee Style | The Comeback Kid Knowledge: Five Tips for Capturing Picture-Perfect Sunrises and Sunsets Shopping: Faves and Raves: That’s So Tallahassee!

Living Local

Women We Admire: Meet Rhonda Lloyd: A Tallahassee Treasure Organizations: Burning Bright: Women in Science at Tall Timbers Special Events: 2018 Cards for a Cure: Honoree Betsy Burgess Around Town: Women on Fire! WWMB Networking Luncheon What Women Should Know (Sponsored): Aging Gracefully Haute Happenings: A highlight of local events not to miss!

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On the Move—The Next Generation: Julia Marshall, Cristi McKee; Cynthia Paterson; and Jewel Strawberry

Women to Watch: Highlights of business and career women Money Talks: Avoiding Storm Scams Work Life: Great Leadership Isn’t One Size Fits All

Fashion: Fall Fashion Preview Home: Become Your Own Florist

Healthy Living: In the Lyme-Light Bodies in Motion: Overcoming Exercise Obstacles

Real Life: How to Talk to Children About Disasters

The Dish: Bradley’s Country Smoked Sausage

5 Reasons I’m Singing the Back-to-School Blues

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contributors OUR

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August / September 2018 Volume 13 | Issue 4

WRITERS Ali Campbell is a Florida State graduate and Certified Fitness Professional who divides her time between personal training clients and coaching group fitness classes at Premier Health & Fitness Center. With a genuine passion, love and enthusiasm for all things fitness, Ali strives to motivate her classes and clients by engaging them with her excitement inspiring them to be the BEST that they can be.

Jenny Cherry is a native Floridian, full-time professional and single mom. She is a writer and public speaker and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in communications.

Michelle Nickens is a vice president at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and Leadership Florida and a local actor, blogger and author of the novel Precious Little Secrets.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Lydia Bell, owner of elleBelle Photography, is a member of COCA, PPA, Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild, FPP, PPA Charities, NPPA, NAPCP, ASMP, APA Atlanta Chapter, IFPO and Fotolanthropy. She has been commissioned by many local and national publications, organizations, businesses and events. You can find an online portfolio of Lydia’s work at ellebelle.pics.

Kira Derryberry is a Tallahassee-based portrait photographer specializing in families, headshots and boudoir and commercial photography. She books locally in Tallahassee and is available for travel worldwide. View Kira’s portfolio online at kiraderryberry.com.

PUBLISHER Kim Rosier EDITOR Heather Thomas ADVERTISING SALES Jennifer Stinson, Ad Sales Manager Michelle Royster Hart, Ad Sales Associate GRAPHIC DESIGN Christy Jennings INTERNS Jordan Anderson | Madison Manley Teaghan Skulszki

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thoughts Embracing Tallahassee Style

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n 1988, with a U-Haul, two cats, no job, but joy and optimism in my soul, I moved to Tallahassee so my husband could finish his degree at Florida State University. What was supposed to be a two-year stint of living in the capital city, evolved into something much greater than I ever imagined. Here I am 30 years later, with three decades of living in Tallahassee. I raised my family here, started a business, and have made an incredible group of friends who are like family. Over this time I have embraced Tallahassee’s style of living and I’m amazed at the changes and growth we have experienced. This issue is all about Tallahassee style, and while the word, “style,” can bring visions of fashion to mind that is only one small part of it—style is so much more. The culture, people, and way of living is an integral part of what gives a community its own voice, and Tallahassee has a style unique to other cities and appreciated by those who call it home. On our cover is Susie Busch-Transou, who embraced the Tallahassee lifestyle, becoming a successful entrepreneur who values the importance of giving back to the community. We also feature several up-and-coming young women, who, as the next generation of Tallahassee women, give us joy and hope that the vision for Tallahassee will continue to evolve and shine as we grow as a community. And, thanks to feedback from some local style trendsetters, as well as social media responses, our “She Says

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Style is joyful if you allow yourself to have joy. —Stacy London

Social” section shares local women thoughts on what Tallahassee style means to them.

Ultimately, the beauty of our community is the variety of people who share their styles, voices, talents, knowledge, leadership and the generosity of their spirits. However we choose to define our style, as long as joy and love are in the mix, Tallahassee will be a place where everyone can be proud to call home. Have a style-filled and joyful fall!

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his issue we are all about Tallahassee style. We asked our readers on Instagram and on Facebook to describe how they see Tallahassee style. One reader said that, to her, Tallahassee is energetic and on the move in business and the arts. Another commented that Tallahassee is tightly woven and has a lifting spirit, and that success abounds in Tallahassee. We couldn't agree more! So what is Tallahassee’s style? When it comes to fashion and home décor and design, Tallahassee has a flavor all its own. TWM reached out to Tallahassee trendsetters for their thoughts on the ingredients that create our city’s style, and how it continues to evolve from a unique blend of Southern charm and modern vibes.

Juli Downs

Narcissus—Women’s Fashion “Tallahassee style is not unlike its mix of residents—bold, special, and individual. Their distinctive looks and personalities are what inspires us at Narcissus to look for the perfect fashion pieces for Tallahassee. Bold color is a yearlong must. Individuality is key— not every person in the South fits into one category. Tallahassee dressing can call for a sophisticated, big-city blogger look, a preppy country club look, or a beach bohemian day-tonight look. The possibilities for diverse and beautiful fashion are endless.”

Paulette Everett

Terra Palmer

“Tallahassee is becoming ever more involved with fashion trends, and has a heightened sense of what is means to be Southern, yet also evoking a modern flair that is evolving into a style all of its own. This can be seen with the many fashion and style events that follow trends, local storefronts, and innovative approaches to bygone areas, such as ’60s and ’70s floral and bohemian styles, to ’80s fun and whimsical accessories.”

“The Tallahassee style vibe gets its origins from the collegiate and university atmosphere, being the state government seat, and mixed with the northwest Florida, and South Georgia hospitality. It’s a melting pot of multiple influences and cultures—the arts/performing arts, sporting events, history, and nature. With this unique mix comes a vibrant fashion and design scene with a lot of Southern charm! Tallahassee brings out everyone’s own identity with a dash of laid back chic.”

Clothing Designer and Owner of Gwen Everett Fashion House— Women’s Fashion

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etro fashion trends once considered “outdated” or “old-fashioned” will often return to the racks. We asked our social media followers to tell us their favorite comeback styles trending right now. Based on the responses, there is a lot of love for these comeback styles! • • • • • • • • •

Wide-brim hats Scrunchies Fanny packs Colored-lens sunglasses Denim skirts Scarves as headbands Bell sleeves Longer hem lines (midi dresses) Embroidered jeans

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TWM'S TUESDAY TALKS ON FACEBOOK LIVE: TWM Tuesday Talk guests included June/July cover woman Mikaya Warren, Kanvas Beauty, and Southeastern Plastic Surgery. Collectively, over 4.8K views! Join Tallahassee Woman every Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Facebook Live as we talk about hot topics, chat with guests or let you hear from local businesses around town. /tallahasseewoman /tallahasseewomanmag

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TRENDS || knowledge

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ou notice the most gorgeous sunset, and naturally, you grab your phone to snap a photo of the transient scenery. You anticipate a social media-worthy shot, only to find that your picture didn’t turn out as picturesque as you hoped. Don’t fret—anyone with a smartphone can master photography during the most magical hours of the day or night.

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• Avoid tilted horizons. Enable grid lines in your phone settings to correct your photo’s composition. • Darken or lighten your picture before you click. Tap on the camera screen to set the focus point, then drag the sun icon up and down to adjust the exposure. • The sun doesn’t need to be the subject. Incorporate your surroundings to give your photos a personal touch, whether it’s landscape photography of trees or a body of water (the ripples can add a painterly effect) or a portrait of a family member. • Go for high-contrast scenes. Silhouettes and falling shadows can bring drama to your photo. Create this effect by placing your subject(s) in front of the sun and lowering the exposure. • Timing is of the essence. If you want to stray away from harsh lighting and strong contrasts without sacrificing the vivid colors of an early morning or evening sky, wait till the sun is setting low. The soft, diffused lighting is ideal for portraits. Sunsets and sunrises are everyday occurrences, but remember to not take them for granted. Keepsake these beautiful, fleeting and often underappreciated moments. Getting in touch with the serenity and wonder of nature can improve

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TRENDS || shopping

Faves & Raves THAT’S SO TALLAHASSEE!

Ever hear yourself saying, “That’s so Tallahassee!”? Well, we do too. These fashion and homestyle finds from local stores will help share your love for the “star” of the state of Florida—the city we call home.

Pillow $28 Longitude and Latitude of Tallahassee Necklaces Gold $32 | Silver $34 Available at Walter Green Boutique 1817 Thomasville Road Waltergreenboutique.com (850) 999-6105

Tallahassee Hat $20 Available at Garnet & Gold 1400 Village Square Blvd (850) 391-9143 Vintage T-Shirts $32 each Available at ElleBelle 2708 Power Mill Ct. A Ellebelle.pics (850) 228-5435 Coffee Mug $10 Bird Decoration $3 Available at Tallahassee Nurseries 2911 Thomasville Road Tallahasseenurseries.com (850) 385-2162 Tallahassee Print $69 Available at Loli & the Bean 1400 Village Square Blvd (850) 567-5654 14  tallahassee woman • august / september 2018


Experience The Beauty And Luxury You Deserve

Tumbler $12 Logo T-Shirt $20 Caboose Ornament $25 Available at Tallahassee Museum 3945 Museum Drive Tallahasseemuseum.org (850) 575-8684

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LIVING

LOCAL Women We Admire RHONDA LLOYD A Tallahassee Treasure By Michelle R. Nickens | elleBelle Photography

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.” —C. Joybell C. Have you asked yourself, “What can I do? What difference can I make? I’m just one person.” Your power to change lives, empower others and encourage people cannot be underestimated. Think about the number of people you encounter each day as opportunities to make a difference. One of Tallahassee’s treasured women, Pastor Rhonda Lloyd, is taking those opportunities and making a difference by honoring women in our community, bringing families together and increasing community awareness. Although she started on a different path, her journey has led her to her calling to help and inspire others. Rhonda moved to Tallahassee in 1988 to pursue a degree in pharmacy at FAMU. She soon met and, in 1991, married her husband, Edward, and had two children. “We have been married 27 years,” Rhonda said. “I am so grateful for my family.”

As a student at FAMU, Rhonda fell ill and was diagnosed with Grave’s disease, which is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. It became so challenging, Rhonda explained, that she had to make some life changes, including shifting career paths. “Although it wasn’t what I had planned,” she said, “it led me to different things and opportunities.” For sixteen years, Rhonda has worked at FAMU with several federally funded grants and activities as an administrative assistant. Beyond her work at FAMU, Rhonda is Senior Pastor and Director of Ministries and Administration at the church she and her husband launched in 2014, Oasis Christian Center. “When we started women’s ministries,” Rhonda explained, “it was something for us, to enjoy fellowship with each other. We had a banquet, dressed up and celebrated. But it grew into a vision and led to the idea that we could have fun and honor women in our community. It was an opportunity to mentor, to encourage and to showcase their stories. The Treasured Women’s Gala was born.” The gala recognizes single women and students in the surrounding area who have shown extraordinary work and success in the midst of difficult circumstances. The gala is held on the Friday after Mother’s Day. “This year,” Rhonda said, “we had three recipients from the student category (Rise Above

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Award) and three from the women’s category (Oasis Sapphire Award). Company donations, advertising and sponsorships support the gala and the women honored.” Photographer Lydia R. Bell covered the gala. Her words describe Rhonda’s style, design and influence on our community. “Every seat in the room was filled,” Lydia described, “and attendees listened intently as Ms. Rhonda spoke. I read through the program and saw little snippets of each lady in the room and her accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Rhonda celebrated each woman that evening in the finest way. She put together an eloquent event that spoke to her respect for them. She was able to keep everyone entertained as she ended the night by pulling their names out of a bowl and awarding each of them with a beautiful piece of jewelry to celebrate them. Rhonda may be honoring treasured women in our community, but she is a treasure, inspiring and encouraging all of us to grow and evolve.” In addition to the gala, Rhonda is helping coordinate the Oasis Fun Fest. “It is a shoe drive for low-income children. We are hoping for at least 100 pairs. We wanted to do something meaningful and encourage children to be active.” Rhonda also organizes the Breast Cancer and Wellness Expo in October. “We bring in doctors, wellness professionals, survivors and others to talk and share their stories.” Rhonda is also a graphic artist and is expanding her graphic design company. “I am creating a parent company, Oasis Management Group 5, to help people launch a new business. It can be overwhelming. I have learned so much and want to share that with others.”

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LIVING LOCAL || organizations

Burning Bright Women IN ScienCE AT Tall Timbers

Contributed By Tall Timbers Research Station

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all Timbers is a research center for fire ecology, game bird research, vertebrate ecology and land management. The 2800-acre plantation, originally purchased by Edward Beadel in 1895, is located in what is referred to as the Red Hills region of north Florida and south Georgia. Henry Beadel purchased the land from his uncle Edward in 1919, and having no heirs, bequeathed the property and an endowment in 1958 to establish a private research facility—Tall Timbers Research Station—to study the effects of fire on plants and animals in the region. Tall Timbers, now 4000 acres, is known as “the home of fire ecology,” and has continually worked to promote and protect the right to use prescribed fire not only in the Red Hills region but throughout the Southeast. In addition to its rich history, what helps make Tall Timbers so special are its passionate and skilled women scientists who study the ecology of the area and advocate for using fire to preserve it.

Kristen Malone and Diana McGrath

Through their research and hands-on nature at Tall Timbers, Kristen Malone and Diana McGrath are two of the go-to women for wildlife. Kristen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida investigating the role of predation by snakes, mammals and raptors (owls and hawks) on bobwhite quail and Bachman’s sparrows after hardwood reduction on two sites: Tall Timbers and Dixie Plantation. Additionally, she is Tall Timbers’ snake handler, although she admits she had never worked with them until coming into this job but now enjoys it. “None of this feels like work to me—I’m passionate about conservation.” According to an economic analysis conducted in 2012, working rural lands, including quail hunting properties, generate about 147 million dollars in expenditures in the Red Hills. Quail management includes using frequent prescribed fire, which maintains the habitat for this fire-dependent species.

Diana McGrath’s role in monitoring and studying quail is vital for effective quail management. One of the most interesting forms of research that Diana performs is radio telemetry. Quail are trapped in the fall and winter and Diana attaches a tiny necklace radio transmitter that allows researchers to follow the birds by tuning into each radio and listening to the beep that the radio transmits. Radiotelemetry sheds light on habitat use, nest success and quail survival, providing valuable information to managers and landowners.

Monica Rother, Casey Teske and Cinnamon Morrison

Tall Timbers’ scientists Monica Rother, Casey Teske and Cinnamon Morrison study fires. They can be found in the spring being “burn bosses,” among their more traditional roles as scientists. This involves setting fires under acceptable weather conditions to achieve objectives. Monica Rother is a fire ecologist who studies the different plants and vegetation throughout the region. One of the most interesting things Monica studies is tree rings. “By looking at the rings, I find fire scars that show the history of fires throughout the years. And by collecting different samples throughout the region, I can determine whether the fires were human-made or lightning-made, as well as whether the fire took place in winter or summer.” As another specialized fire ecologist, Casey Teske researches fire history through prescribed fire records in Florida in an effort to understand when and where fires occur. Casey also works with satellite data to identify fire locations and sizes to help with this project. This information will help managers understand where and how wildlife and their habitats are impacted by fires (or lack thereof ) in Florida. Another part of Casey’s job is to bring scientists and fire managers together to work in collaboration doing research on prescribed fires. Early in April, Casey helped bring 80 managers and scientists together to work on a burn at Tall Timbers for research purposes and

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LIVING LOCAL || organizations replicated the effort on another burn in Montana in May. “The more we can get everyone working together in a concerted effort, the better we can help understand and convey the importance the role fire plays in the preservation of our ecosystem.” Overseeing the ecosystem services project (which is an ecological process that benefits humans), Cinnamon Morrison also works in the field for a large part of the year to focus on plants. She studies the old field pine savanna, or areas that were formerly used for agriculture, and looks to see what services or benefits are gained by restoring old fields compared to services provided by other land uses. The primary method used to restore old field pine savanna is the use of prescribed fire. Tall Timbers advocates burning every two years because it allows for

the greatest plant diversity and the best habitats for wildlife—food and cover.

Kim Sash

Kim Sash is a conservation biologist at Tall Timbers. In 2003, Kim started at Tall Timbers as an intern and then a master’s student working on snake ecology in the Red Hills. After graduating, Kim was a land manager for Tall Timbers—at that time the only female tractor driver in the Red Hills. Next, she worked as a biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for five years and then returned to Tall Timbers to work for the Land Conservancy. Kim works with private landowners to help them permanently conserve their land through conservation easements. “As a wildlife biologist, you frequently observe the decline in species. Working in land conservation is a positive experience since we are always adding protected acreage.” To aid landowners putting

their property under conservation easement, Kim produces maps of a landowner’s property and informs them of the conservation values of their land. Through the Land Conservancy’s effort, there are over 130,000 acres in the Red Hills region and Albany, Georgia, area protected by conservation easements in perpetuity. Through state-of-the-art fire research at Tall Timbers, the conservation of the Red Hills region (and for all the creatures who call it home) is headed in a promising direction. There’s still much more to learn, but the passionate, burning effort by these women scientists to understand and advocate for such a unique place is one fire that we hope will never be put out.

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was 36 years old and in the prime of my life when my breast cancer story began. I had a great job as a shareholder at Carr Allison law firm, three precious little kids, a loving husband, a big boisterous extended family and fun, hilarious friends. I had just returned from a football-filled weekend in September 2016 when I found the lump in the shower. I broke into a cold sweat. I asked my husband to check as well, to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating—he felt it too. Despite my fear, I sprang into action and went through all the proper testing, concluding with a biopsy. I got “the call” at work. It was the most devastating moment of my life, yet looking back, it was just the beginning of a life-changing journey. My medical team was spearheaded by both Shelby Blank, M.D, and Karen Russell, M.D. Both physicians helped me decipher my early test results, strategically working out a surgical and treatment plan with me. Dr. Blank assured me my prognosis was good, comforting me with “This is just part of your story now.” I felt empowered— my team had a plan and I knew we could do this. However, the toughest part of this whole adventure was telling my loved ones the news—enduring their own scared reactions and initially not having any answers for them. At the time, my daughter was six and my twin boys were four. They accepted the news and, to my astonishment, handled my hair loss and physical changes like champions. From reassuring me that I looked pretty when I nervously wore my scarves and wigs to fanning me with the nearest object whenever I had a hot flash from the treatment, they were my biggest cheerleaders. My loved ones have often asked why this happened to me. I had no family history and had always been in good health, so my belief is that it is because I’ve been equipped to fight this since day one. I am now navigating the next phase of life as a cancer survivor. I am different but better. My hair is curlier, and my perspective is much broader. I find fulfillment in reaching out and helping current patients through their journeys, answering questions, accompanying them to treatments or just being a sounding board for venting.

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The Women Who Mean Business (WWMB) Community gathered for their Women on Fire! quarterly luncheon and networking event. Guest speaker Dr. Asha Fields Brewer of Temple Fit Co., presented strategies on how to manage and enjoy worklife. The event was sponsored by Kia of Tallahassee, Royster’s Storage Trailers and Accenture.

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LOCAL haute HAPPENINGS 2018 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer September 15, 2018 | SouthWood Town Center

Be a fearless fundraiser for the kids of St. Jude during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by registering for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Invite your family and friends to put on their running shoes to help St. Jude Research Hospital continue its mission to find cures and save the lives of children who battle cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Registration is $10 for walkers and $20 for runners. Children five and under are free. For more information, including event times, or to register your team, visit fundraising.stjude.org.

First Friday Sip and Stroll August 3, 2018 and September 7, 2018 Thomasville, GA

Take a trip to the quaint town of Thomasville, Georgia, the first Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a night of shopping, dining and entertainment. Downtown Thomasville will be scattered with musical acts and fun entertainment while you stroll the local shops, which will be open with late hours. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to experience an outdoor concert under the stars at the Amphitheater. For more information, visit online at thomasvillega.com.

2018 Sundown Summer Series

August 18, 2018 | Cascades Park Be sure not to miss the last event of the season of the Sundown Summer Series. The Randall Bramblett Band and Rachel Hillman Band will perform at the final concert of this year’s lineup. On top of

live musical entertainment, the whole family can take advantage of all the amenities that Cascades Park offers. The event is free and open to all ages, and no tickets or advance registration are required. The event is from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, visit online at tallahasseedowntown.com.

14th Annual ParrotHead Phrenzy August 18, 2018 | The Moon

The Moon presents the 14th Annual ParrotHead Phrenzy, featuring Florida’s Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band: Jason Webb & The Caribbean Chillers. When you enjoy the happy hour buffet, costume contests and wine toss, you’ll also be supporting the the Alzheimer’s Project and caregivers in the Big Bend area. Tickets are $30 each. To donate to the silent auction or find out more information, including event times, e-mail pennyj14@gmail.com or call The Moon at (850) 878-6900.

Courage Through Cancer Walk

August 25, 2018 | Tom Brown Park Come alone or with a friend or family member to support the inaugural “Courage Through Cancer Walk.” Everyone has the opportunity to participate as either a walker or a sponsor of another walker. There is no registration fee and no per mile pledge. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. To register and for more information, visit CourageThroughCancer.com.

Northtown Getdown at Bannerman Crossings

August 31 through November 23, 2018 6668 Thomasville Road Head to Bannerman Crossings the Friday night before every home FSU football game for food, drinks, live music and vendors. There will be plenty of activities that kids will love, including mini golf,

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bounce houses and video games projected on giant screens. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., and the concerts run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. While Northtown Getdown is free, be sure to register on eventbrite.com. For more information, visit online at bannermancrossings.com.

5K for Sickle Cell Anemia September 8, 2018 St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail

The Gulf Winds Track Club and the Sickle Cell Foundation is host to the 37th annual Sickle Cell 5K and the Tim Simpkins One Mile Fun Run for All. This event is an opportunity to show support for Sickle Cell Awareness Month and benefit the Sickle Cell Association. This year, participants will run alongside the beautiful St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail. The entry fee for the 5K is $22, and there is a fee of $15 for the Tim Simpkins one-mile race. Teams who sign up in August will get an early-bird discount. For more information, including event times, and to register, visit online at sicklecellfoundation.org/5k-runwalk.

9th Annual Wine and Cheese Tasting Reception A Taste of Spain with Paella & Tapas

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live auctions. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and proceeds will provide scholarships to youth who have lost a parent or sibling to violent crime. Purchase tickets in advance for $25 or reserve a table for eight for $300. Tickets are available at the door for $30 each. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit online at peyton.tuthill.org.

SAVE THE DATE Cards for a Cure

October 6, 2018 Donald L. Tucker Civic Center The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation hosts the annual Cards for a Cure to honor a member of the Tallahassee community who is courageous in his or her battle against cancer. This year’s honoree is Betsy Burgess, who has been fighting breast cancer while raising three young children since 2016. Not only will you enjoy an evening filled with food, friends and entertainment, but you’ll have the opportunity to benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center through live and silent auctions. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Purchase your ticket online at tmh.org/giving/cards-for-a-cure.


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A HOME-BREWED STYLE Susie Busch-Transou By Heather Thomas | Photography by Kira Derryberry

What is Tallahassee’s style and how does that add into the alchemy that makes a city a home? Perhaps you start with a dash of Southern twang, add a pinch of country, with a touch of comfortable jeans, and a splash of hip hop, and mix with the branches of a whole lot of trees. Next, throw in the sounds of legislators debating and college fans cheering, along with the prayers of the faithful. Then, let it all simmer under the heat of Florida’s humidity and sunshine… Just like any secret, sought-after recipe, you may not ever know all of the ingredients, but whatever goes into it, you know that it’s good. Susie Busch-Transou, Vice President and Co-Owner of Tri-Eagle Sales and Founder and CEO of Hearth and Soul, knows a lot about making an excellent brew and what makes a home—well, a home. With a last name that includes Busch, she is a part of an iconic, American business family. A search to find her own identity helped hone a keen sense of business and style and is a testament to a journey that drives us all— discovering who we are and finding, enhancing and celebrating the place where we belong.

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rowing up as one of the great-great-granchildren of the founder of the company Anheuser-Busch and having a father, August Busch III, who led the company for 32 years gave Susie Busch-Transou an instant business legacy, but in true Susie form, it is one that she has never taken for granted. This has a lot to do with the influence of her parents, as they managed to keep Susie and her three siblings grounded. Also, time with her father often meant trailing after him as he toured each and every brewery, greeting everyone by name. Sometimes you could find her, “Xeroxing my face in the copy room—you know, the usual things that kids do at their parent’s place of work,” Susie laughs, remembering. Admittedly, this wasn’t just any place of business, but even though it was a global brewing empire, it retained the intimacy of a family. When Susie reflects upon her father’s hard work ethic and dedication to that family which included the employees and the community of St. Louis, Missouri, she says, “Family and community are everything to dad. He taught me the importance of integrity and teamwork—that every decision made shouldn’t be about what is best for our individual family, or the bottomline, but what is best for the staff, the community and the customer.” It is here, in the early aspect of a life beginning to be brewed, that the soul—the soul of a person, place and even a business—was defined as what truly matters. And then, being able to discover and apply the passion that stirs the soul is the key ingredient to a meaningful life. “My father was passionate about his job. I wanted that same passion in my own life. You have this one opportunity to work hard to find the thing that you love doing and then able to use that to benefit others.” tallahassee woman • august / september 2018 29 


ON THE COVER In 1994, Susie and Tripp’s first son, Tripp, was born, and as life got busier being a new mom traveling to St. Louis and back to Florida, Susie’s father recommended becoming a wholesaler. “We started looking into which wholesale businesses were even available to purchase and in which markets (most wholesalers are family-owned for generations) when Tallahassee (Tri-Eagle Distributors) drew our attention—it was the capital city, the economy was stable and Florida had Anheuser-Busch breweries and, of course, Sea World and Busch Gardens. We fell in love with the trees, the people and the Southern hospitality.” They would later purchase Tri-Eagle Distributors in 1996, and change the name to Tri-Eagle Sales to represent the expanded and enhanced customer service mission that is built into every aspect of the company.

This search, as well as the spirit behind it, goes into everything Susie has ever done. You can find it in her first humble job feeding the goats at her family’s farm, being a hostess at a restaurant, working as an event planner at the St. Louis Civic Center or exploring the public relations and marketing fields in entrylevel internships in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, DC. “I’ve always been open to new experiences where I can learn and grow.” After graduating from Duke University in 1987 with a degree in public policy, Susie decided to give the beer world a try. She never assumed that she would be given a job just because of her last name. She applied for an entry-level position as a regional representative for Anheuser-Busch, which meant 4 a.m. truck runs and traveling to different wholesalers around the country. From

there, she moved on to various positions within the company, gaining insight and experience along the way. “I was never treated differently because of my last name, nor because I was a woman in a predominately male world. I didn’t know any other way except to be an extremely hard worker—I never thought that a woman couldn’t do what a guy could.” Eventually, with her drive for excellence, she realized that she would need to go to business school to advance her career and best help the company. While working for Anheuser-Busch, she was also dating Tripp Transou, and they married in 1989. Attending Kellogg business school together, Susie and Tripp graduated in 1991, and then filled various roles at Anheuser-Busch, with Susie jumping right into the entertainment and public relations side of the company related to Sea World and Busch Gardens.

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This vision of teamwork and community investment has clearly forged a path of growth over the last 22 years—from 12 brands of beer and 50 SKUs (stock keeping units) to thousands of different kinds of beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages; from 64 employees to 210 current team members; and from 800 customers to the current 2,000. Echoing her father from years ago, “We let the consumer drive our decisions, and it has guided our strategies. We’re not just a beer company—we want to be your go-to beverage and beverage hospitality expert, not just because of sales, but because we are a part of your community. When you thrive, we do too.” Over the years, Tri-Eagle Sales has given back to Tallahassee in countless ways— from thousands of donated products to hosting or sponsoring hundreds of community-wide events. Susie herself has served on numerous nonprofit and community boards—The United Way, the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, the Florida State University Board of Trustees and many others. She became financially and spiritually invested in the well-being of the community. She put down serious roots and even bought and renovated


“No matter where I’ve come from, and how many places I travel, it’s in Tallahassee where I can truly be myself. Here, I’m mainly known by my first name.” Rhea and Lawton Chiles’ weekend home. “I grew up on a farm and in a city. So when we walked into the house and experienced the serenity of the property that still felt close to town, it was like coming home—I could see myself growing old here.”

Eagle Sales, with an innovative approach to retail that aims to help customers create their own welcoming style. “I want it to be a gathering place where people can truly be comfortable in their own skin or maybe even discover what that means for their lives.”

When their son Tripp was in college, Teddy, their second son, was getting ready to leave for college and Sophie, their daughter, was in high school, Susie found herself in a different season of life. In the midst of this time, she went to a friend’s 50th birthday party get-away and spoke at length to a life coach who was also in attendance. “She shared that she envisioned a storefront for my future. This was something I had never thought of before, and it grabbed ahold of my heart. I kept asking myself and my friends that weekend two questions: ‘What makes you happy?’ and ‘What feeds your soul?’” The women answered, “Coffee and wine dates, bonfires at the beach, finding a beautiful outfit that gives me confidence and other simple pleasures that all connect us back to whom and what we love.” When she returned to Tallahassee, Susie created a lookbook/store concept book and worked on a business plan, and 10 months after the weekend get-away, Hearth and Soul opened in the Market Square District on Market Street in September of 2015.

This is exactly what makes Tallahassee’s style unique and special in Susie’s eyes. “Tallahassee is a blend of the traditional and the modern, so in the store, we like to keep things classic but also push a bit towards different patterns or concepts that come from other parts of the country and the world. We also only carry items that are durable and stand the test of time. If you have lived in Tallahassee long enough, this can be reflective of the people who make up our great city.” Susie and Hearth and Soul celebrate those people and the nonprofits in the community by donating 100 percent of the net profits from a designated candle to a monthly, rotating charitable cause. “Our people make up the ‘heart’ of our hearth. We are all connected to one another.”

It is truly “more than a store,” as its slogan shares. It mirrors a home’s layout, with different “rooms” that assist a customer in creating a sense of individual style through clothing, furniture, home décor, books and even experiences, such as cooking demos in the “kitchen,” book club discussions and author signing in the “living room library” and exercise workouts on the patio. It is the ultimate in openness and generosity, which are at the core of Susie’s business and personal mantra—a blend of the hospitality history she grew up with and helps sustain at Tri-

And so, Susie has found herself exactly where she has wanted to be—following in her father’s footsteps doing work that she is passionate about and nurturing the community by helping us discover and celebrate our own sense of style and what feeds our souls, giving us a clearer picture of where we belong and who we aspire to be. “No matter where I’ve come from, and how many places I travel to, it’s in Tallahassee that I can truly be myself. Here, I’m mainly known by my first name.” Maybe that is the closest we can get to defining and bottling up the unique brew that makes up Florida’s capital city—where a woman with an internationally recognized family name, who is a business owner twice-over, a wife, a mother, a sister, and a friend can just be herself—where she can just be Susie.

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The Next Generation of Tallahassee Women By Jordan Anderson, Madison Manley and Teaghan Skulszki | elleBelle Photography

What do these young women have in common, besides building strong roots in Tallahassee? They are all on the move—moving past obstacles, inspiring those around them and going forward with confidence and courage toward their dreams. No matter their ultimate destination after college, their vision and strong voices help all of us imagine a brighter future that keeps our city moving ever onward.

Julia Marshall A Resilient Spirit MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

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he first three years of college at Florida State University (FSU) have been both a challenge and a blessing for 20-year-old Tallahassee native Julia Marshall. As she set out on an adventure to find her comfort zone in the halls of FSU as a freshman, Julia was also forced to come face-to-face with an illness that would, unfortunately, affect her life tremendously—Celiac disease. However, this diagnosis would only prove to make her stronger and even more inspiring. “It was extremely difficult to push through,” says Julia, “but it has taught me a great deal about life in general.” Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. As a marketing major, Julia has been able to use her disease and growing knowledge of the field to help communicate with others who are also struggling with Celiac and to raise awareness. Julia began writing a blog, called “Glutenfreejules,” to communicate with other young women with Celiac and provide them with helpful tips and resources that they can use to benefit their journey through this complicated diagnosis and help them communicate their challenges to their families and communities. The blog has more than one hundred frequent readers/followers, and the interest is growing. Along with being a Celiac awareness advocate, Julia has been heavily involved with Dance Marathon during her

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years at FSU. As a captain for the past two years, she has assisted FSU in raising nearly $3,000,000 for kids struggling with serious illnesses.

connecting with prospective students before they come to the university in order to best help them have a positive collegiate experience.”

Bringing together her passion for marketing and communications, along with her love of FSU, Julia is a marketing intern with Hatch & Fly marketing firm and is an ambassador for the university. “I really enjoy marketing because it teaches me how to create a meaningful connection with someone individually and professionally.” She uses her marketing and social skills to guide incoming students around FSU’s campus. “I love being a tour guide for FSU and

When Julia graduates in 2019 from FSU, she will take her passion and inspiring attitude with her. Her enthusiasm for helping others and being her own definition of successful shows her strength and willingness to never give up. No matter where she goes after leaving Tallahassee, Julia will be giving others hope to keep moving forward amidst the challenges of life.

Cristi McKee

Writing for Her Generation EDITOR AND WRITER Cristi McKee has known since the age of eight that she wanted to write. She turned that dream into a reality at Tallahassee Woman magazine. Cristi is the founder and editor of Tallahassee Teen magazine and has accomplished so much as a journalist at such a young age. Cristi started off writing for Florida Virtual School Newspaper where she attended high school. She came to Tallahassee Woman in 2015, and pitched an idea for an article and ended up creating a new magazine—Tallahassee Teen. Cristi remembers that day fondly, saying, “I’m so thankful the staff at Tallahassee Woman took a chance on a 15-year-old.” She goes on to exclaim, “It’s amazing seeing my writing and editorial planning in a real-life publication. Young women everywhere are reading it and seeing what teenagers have to say and how much they desire to share with one another.” Cristi founded Tallahassee Teen so that teenage girls would have a voice in the community. She uses the magazine to emphasize to teenagers that they can have an impact on their community and the world. She goes on to say, “Tallahassee Teen has allowed other people to share their experiences, opinions and accomplishments. By sharing their stories, they inspire others, giving them hope and encouragement.” Cristi plans to double major in editing, writing, and media and marketing and will continue to develop her writing and editing skills. After graduating from FSU, she hopes to attend law school. No matter where she goes, she will

continue to share the message she started out with at Tallahassee Teen—“I think everyone is gifted with a unique ability, and it’s our obligation to use what we’re good at to help other people in whatever way we can.”

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Feature

Cynthia Paterson Call to Service

FUTURE PHYSICIAN She’s a scholar. She’s an altruist. She’s a leader. Above all, she’s a young woman who is relentlessly driven to succeed. Meet Leon High School graduate Cynthia Paterson. The story begins when Cynthia joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten. For the past 13 years, the organization has shaped Cynthia into the leader she is today. Now a Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient and Girl Scouts summer camp counselor, Cynthia has become the person she once looked up to. “I’ve always wanted to be a counselor. Hopefully, I’m giving back to the younger girls what I received when I was their age.” Though her roots are in Tallahassee, Cynthia is preparing to leave home to study microbiology and psychology at the University of Florida (UF) with the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. If her decorated high school career is any indication, Cynthia will adjust to the transition the way she knows best: getting involved. In high school alone, she was

Jewel Strawberry Bump, Set, Succeed

FUTURE BUSINESSWOMAN Balancing a social life, athletics and extra-curricular activities can be challenging at times, but somehow Jewel Strawberry makes it look easy. Having a father who played professional baseball, a mother who played college sports and a stepfather who played professional football (not to mention all of her siblings are involved in team sports), Jewel was always encouraged to push the limits and succeed. In high school at Maclay, when Jewel flourished in volleyball, her family cheered her on. “When I started getting really good at volleyball, my family was constantly encouraging me to believe in myself.” This perseverance not only made her one of the best volleyball players at her school, it also contributed to Jewel’s impressive grades and leadership skills, which she put to work by being involved in an abundance of school activities, such as the Athletic Advisory Committee, Red Cross Club, Yearbook and Dance Marathon. She was the advertising editor for the Maclay Yearbook and was an executive director 34  tallahassee woman • august / september 2018


president of Latter Day Saints Youth Group and Leon’s Anchor Club, a member of five honor societies and student government and a cross country athlete. She was also selected as a winner of the National Merit Scholarship. With Cynthia’s affinity for leadership and service, medicine is a natural career choice. In part, she owes her passion for the field to Dr. Chris Sundstrom, as she recently externed at his OB-GYN clinic. Dr. Sundstrom’s wife, Beth, has not only been a source of support and guidance in church but a strong female influence in her personal life. Now, Cynthia models the initiative she wants other girls to have towards their own passions, whether they lie in STEM or any other field. For years, her dream of pursuing medicine seemed unattainable––until she made it a reality. “I want other girls to be confident enough to take risks in working towards their dreams.”

for Dance Marathon, where she aided her fellow classmates in raising $47,000 to benefit Shands Hospital, which treats children with serious illnesses such as cancer. When she’s not busy spiking balls on the court or helping Red Cross victims who have been involved in natural disasters, Jewel dedicated the majority of her time to academics and remaining an Honor Roll student. With her excellent grades, leadership skills, dedication and passion for volleyball, she is the recipient of a Boston College athletic scholarship. “I visited Boston College when I was in my sophomore year of high school, and I was taken aback by the beauty of the campus and was impressed by the volleyball program. I was also looking for a school that would challenge me athletically and academically, and Boston College seemed like the perfect fit.” Jewel will be joining the Carroll School of Management pursuing business. While she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her degree yet, her heart, dedication and enthusiasm—on and off the court—will set her up for a winning future. tallahassee woman • august / september 2018 35 


WOMEN TO WATCH N E W S | A W A R D S | M I L E S T O N E S Melinda N. Coonrod was appointed by Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet to a second sixyear term as Commissioner and was designated as chairman and agency head for the Florida Commission on Offender Review for a second twoyear term. Melinda is a member of the Florida Bar and Tallahassee Bar Associations, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Association of Paroling Authorities International, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Big Bend Law Enforcement Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association. Melinda received a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University College of Business and a doctor of jurisprudence from Nova University. Paula Allen of Capital City Bank has received the officer title of assistant vice president. As Fair Lending Manager of the bank, she specializes in ensuring adherence with fair lending laws and creating a culture of compliance that flows through the entire organization. Paula began her banking career in 1997 as a lender and came to Capital City Bank with nine years of compliance experience. She holds the designation of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, as well as a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business. Amy Zubaly, Executive Director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, received the American Public Power Association (APPA) Harold KramerJohn Preston Personal Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their exceptional service to APPA. Along with being a member of the APPA Advisory Council and Legislative and Resolutions Committee, Amy also helped coordinate the largest preplanned power restoration effort in U.S. history by lining up more than 2,000 public power line workers from 26 states and 200 public power utilities to respond in Florida following Hurricane Irma.

Architect Elizabeth Lewis, AIA, LEED AP, Professor of Architecture at FAMU, recently published the book Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms. The book was written for those wanting to know about sustainability and the terminology of environmentally friendly and resource-efficient design. The publication provides a current guide to sustainable design strategies, terms and practices needed for the next generation of community and government leaders, designers, planners and students or those with a new-found interest in sustainability. The book addresses strategies needed to design a healthy, environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral world for future generations. Jenna Box Sarkissian of Sachs Media Group has been announced as the gold winner in the prestigious Women World Awards® in the Female Professional of the Year category. The coveted annual Women World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services and milestones from every major industry in the world. Though only in her third year at Sachs Media Group, Jenna has demonstrated such excellence as a communicator, strategist and manager that she has been promoted three times, most recently to Deputy Director of Public Relations. Dr. Amanda Matthews recently joined the practice at Palmer Eye Center. Previously, she practiced at Eye Center South in Albany, Georgia. Dr. Matthews was trained at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a degree in biology, Dr. Matthews attended the Medical College of Georgia, where she earned membership into Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society.

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MONEY TALKS

Avoiding Storm Scams By Madison Manley

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t’s hurricane season, and as we’ve learned in Tallahassee, any storm with high winds is something to take seriously. However, while everyone is rushing to get canned goods and water and to prepare for a power outage, we must also take into consideration what will happen if repairs are needed to our homes. Unfortunately, price gouging and scams are much too common before and after storms. Some companies will try to take advantage of the stressful situation and orchestrate money-theft scams, making the price of their services much too high.

the cheapest, solicit door-to-door or give a post office box instead of a street address.

treatment scams are also popular during times of a natural disaster.

3. Avoid paying cash or full payment in advance.

Following are additional tips consumers need to know:

4. Avoid any contractor who tries to convince you to personally obtain building permits or to accept that building permits are not necessary for the project.

1. Watch for any solicitors who approach you about tree removal or charitable organizations.

5. Do not sign off on work that is not completed or according to your contract.

2. Check for proof of insurance and verify with that insurer that the tree removal company has a current policy with them.

6. When offeried a bid on a project, contact referrals and ask them these questions: • Were you satisfied with the work, and was it completed on time? • Were you surprised with any unexpected costs or problems that occurred? Would you recommend the contractor or use him/ her again?

3. Research the tree service company or contact (866) 9NO-SCAM to check to see whether there are any complaints about the company.

According to the Tallahassee Builders Association, one of the main reasons that consumers will risk doing business with an unlicensed contractor is the anxiety that accompanies deadlines surrounding construction. While being hurried and unfamiliar with the process could be stressful or scary, here are some helpful tips that will guide you through avoiding scams and price gouging when dealing with your home:

How to Verify a License or File a Complaint:

5. If someone claims to be a representative of your city, county or utility provider needing to inspect your water line or well, ask for proof of identification.

1. Ask to see a state-issued license. An occupational license does not qualify as a contractor.

In addition to these helpful tips, according to myfloridalegal.com, unlicensed contractors should not be your only worry during hurricane season. Tree service scams, charity scams and water testing and

Last year, Hurricane Irma took down trees, flooded houses and caused power outages all over Florida. Seeking aid after a natural disaster such as Irma should not result in an overly expensive fix that leaves people stressed about finances and the shelter of themselves and their loved ones.

2. Beware of contractors who claim to be

Call the Department of Business & Professional Regulation toll free at (866) 532-1440 or go online to the website myfloridalicense.com. The Tallahassee Builders Association highly recommends also contacting them at (850) 385-1414 for any further questions or concerns about your contractor.

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4. Be wary of charities with similar sounding names. Some phony charities may attempt to capitalize on disasters by using names similar to legitimate, well-known charities.

6. If you doubt the safety of your water, contact the local health department or utility provider. Local water utilities are required to test water quality on a regular basis. Set your mind at ease with these useful tips that will ensure safety in your home and guide you in avoiding scams and price gauging. For more information, visit online at myfloridalegal.com or contact the Tallahassee Builders Association.


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Great Leadership Isn’t One Size Fits All By Jordan Anderson

What makes someone a great leader? Is it the ability to set and meet goals? Communication skills? Decisiveness? The truth is that good leadership isn’t “one size fits all” because it’s not defined by a single personality type or trait. Leadership is a fluid composition of approaches and characteristics. It’s not as important to know what the “ideal” leadership is as it is to know when to use one style over another. Transformational Leadership If your workplace gets stuck in a rut, don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo. Transformational leaders take their companies to the next level by working with colleagues to inspire positive change. They are innovators in the true sense of the word and motivate their staff to bring creative ideas to the table. Just be careful of the high risk taking this kind of leadership requires and the way it may stir conflict among staff members who are resistant to change. Laissez-Faire Leadership Laissez-faire management is about monitoring performance, rather than being directly involved in the action. This style is most effective when you have full confidence in your team’s ability to handle the tasks you delegate to them. The result? You’re able to make better use of your time and award your staff greater autonomy and creative freedom. Teams who work remotely or in several locations may depend on laissez-faire leadership more heavily. This style does rely on selfmotivation, which means that you will need to instill accountability in your staff or else productivity could suffer. Authoritative Leadership When you face an urgent deadline or crisis, use authoritative leadership to tackle the problem head-on and get the job done. Overusing this approach can hinder your workers from developing their own leadership skills and curb creativity. This doesn’t mean you should

be intimidated by hands-on management— it might be the only way you can deal with a financial, legal or a human resources crisis. However, the authoritative leader should be open to input and avoid underestimating his or her staff’s capabilities. Coaching Leadership At times, you need to break down the workplace hierarchy and take the time to exchange knowledge and expertise with coworkers. Coaching leadership is all about exploring individual strengths and weaknesses to help staff members realize their potential. This leadership style is built upon individuality, so it may be ineffective in large businesses. The lines between micro-managing and coaching can also become blurry, so you’ll want to be wary of dissuading your staff from working independently. Charismatic Leadership If your personality is your power, you may lean towards charismatic leadership. This approachable and friendly style of leadership boosts team morale and builds strong relationships. Those who use charismatic leadership are the activators of the workplace, but they don’t always see their ideas through. Don’t neglect the technical and practical details of a project when you devote all this time and effort into your work relationships. Charismatic leaders thrive off their charm and influence, and while self-confidence and success go hand in hand, remember to believe in your team too.

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STYLE

Fashion

Fall Fashion Preview

By Madison Manley and Teaghan Skulszki

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all is all about family, fun and friends. It is a time when the leaves are changing, which means that your fashion should change too! This fall, we are revisiting the past and seeing a number of trends from the ’80s that designers such as Michael Kors, Gucci and Saint Laurent revealed during New York’s Fall 2018 Fashion Week. Here is a sneak peek at what to expect in fall fashion for career clothing and in casualwear.

Fall Fashion for the Office Animal prints: We know this trend comes and goes, but it is on the comeback this time in the form of using unique animal prints such as leopards and tigers. An animal print will leave you looking fierce and give the confidence and energy to make it through your work day. Plaid: Not just any plaid but ’70s plaid! We’re talking about bright plaid prints that stand and certainly allow you to make a statement. Pair a bright plaid pencil skirt with a simple blouse or bright plaid trousers that can be worn at brunch or at the office. Ruching: Ruching is gathering of a strip of fabric that then causes a ripple effect, giving depth to an outfit. This can change a simple blouse into a textured fashion phenomenon—an essential for your fall closet.

Fall Fashion Casual Looks The Jumpsuit: Jumpsuits are a statement style that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Add a pair of heels and hoops for date night or sandals and bangles for a backyard barbeque. Ripped Jeans: These jeans are perfect for a day at the park or a day of shopping. They are airy and will keep you cool while looking chic. Dress them with a simple top and sneakers or sandals and you’re ready to go! White Sneakers: If you want to stay comfortable while still looking fabulous, white sneakers are the way to go. They are simple and match everything, so don’t be afraid to add a pop of color into your top or bottoms while wearing these.

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STYLE Home

Become Your Own Florist By Teaghan Skulszki

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taking time out of your busy schedule to creatively destress, alongside family, friends and other flora enthusiasts.

With flower-arranging classes becoming a trend, TWM looked into the phenomenon. We found that learning how to arrange flowers has creative, health and relationship benefits since it involves

If this seems like something you would like to try, there are a growing number of places in Tallahassee that offer flower-arranging classes. Hearth and Soul offers a wide variety of classes, including a “Mommy and Me” class, which allows you to spend quality time with your

lowers are an easy way to brighten up a room in a matter of minutes. They leave a house smelling fresh and provide a great flash of color to your coffee table or counter.

children, while bringing home artful flower décor that you both can be proud of. Floral-arranging classes are held each quarter, so keep an eye out for their seasonal offerings. Tallahassee Nurseries also offers a flower-arranging class that focuses on the “thriller, filler and spiller”—three very important factors that are foundational to arranging flowers in a vase, a pot or an urn. Check their website for more information.

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wellness healthy living

In the Lyme-Light By Jordan Anderson

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yme disease is a quiet epidemic, and it’s widely misunderstood and underreported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne illness in the United States. But what has driven the spike in Lyme disease? As suburbanization sweeps the nation, Americans are living in close quarters with animal populations that carry Lyme disease. Another culprit is the environment’s rising temperature. Longer, warmer summer seasons breed ticks and allow them to spread to other parts

of the country. Other factors such as deforestation and hunting protections, have also played a role. Fortunately for Floridians, infected ticks are not as common in the South––they’re much more common in the Northeast, North Central states and the West Coast. Although Lyme disease cases have tripled in Florida, 77 percent of these cases were acquired in a different state or country. Southeasterners are more likely to come into contact with the “lone star” tick. These ticks do not cause Lyme disease, but they can spread other illnesses. It is the bite of an infected black-legged

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tick that transmits Lyme disease. While black-legged ticks exist in the southern states, they are less likely to carry Lyme disease. The telltale sign of Lyme disease is a bulls-eye rash. You might expect that the irritation would occur at the site of the infection, but it can appear on other areas of the body. The problem is that most people don’t recall having such a rash. This is where the challenging process of getting a Lyme disease diagnosis begins. There are 30,000 known cases each year, but the CDC estimates that the number is actually ten times higher due to underreporting.


Physicians have difficulty diagnosing Lyme disease because it is multisystemic, meaning that there aren’t symptoms unique to the disease. Symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches are found in other conditions. For this reason, Lyme disease is known as “The Great Imitator.” It can mimic the symptoms of diseases such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The good news is that antibiotics can treat the majority of cases in weeks. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to longterm health issues. The infection can spread to the brain, heart, joints and muscles and even cause neurological complications. However, these symptoms may not be noticeable until months or even years after someone has been infected. To further complicate the diagnosis, there isn’t a reliable test that determines if you’ve contracted Lyme disease or have been cured of it. Lab tests check the immune system’s response to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, not the bacteria itself. It takes a few weeks for these antibodies to develop, so premature testing can produce a false negative result. False positive results are also common. This doesn’t mean that the test is inherently ineffective, but it needs to be administered at the right time. Some studies indicate that ticks must be attached between 24 to 36 hours to transmit the infection, which is why it is critical to remove a tick as soon as possible. Folklore remedies such as painting the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly can be more hazardous than helpful. Reach for finetipped tweezers instead. If you find yourself in the medical maze of Lyme disease, the National Institute of Health offers resources on choosing the right doctor for you. Before heading to the office, you can document your exposure on LymeDisease.org and bring a printed report to your appointment. The best thing you can be is informed, shining a light on a rising health problem for yourself and others.

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wellness bodies in motion Overcoming Exercise Obstacles W

hen it comes to exercise, have you ever found yourself making these statements?

“I don’t have time.” Or, “It’s TOO hot, cold, rainy, _____.” And, “I don’t have the money,” or, “I feel guilty taking the time for me.” If you have felt or said any version of these reasons (excuses) when referring to exercise (or your lack thereof) then you are not alone. While we all have the same 1,440 minutes in a day, most of us are unsure as to how to balance family, work, friends, household chores, pets, volunteer and social obligations in order to make time to take care of ourselves. We battle these obstacles on a daily basis, and all of that juggling can be downright exhausting, sometimes even causing us to feel selfish should we choose to go on a run, versus starting dinner after a long day at work. With a bit of planning and a can-do attitude, you will turn those, “I cant’s” into “I cans” and find a healthier version of you.

Prioritizing Your Exercise Time

If time is what is standing in the way, then try reprioritizing your day. We typically find time to do the things that we want to do, so if you want to watch the latest episode of The Bachelor, watch it while on the treadmill or the exercise bike. Planning is the key, so blocking out the time to exercise, or setting it as an appointment for yourself may be one way to get your sweat on. Waking up earlier, working out at lunch, or during that hour that your child has activities are also great options, even if it means that you end up with two, or three shorter workouts, versus one longer one. Keeping your tennis shoes and gym clothes packed in your car ensures that you have them with you should you find that you can jump into the 4:45 p.m. class at the gym because your last appointment of the day canceled.

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Another scenario: You’ve planned to meet a friend for an early morning walk. Your alarm is set, your clothes are laid out and then you wake up to a rainstorm. Your first thought is to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep because clearly it wasn’t meant to be…but wait! If you don’t have a gym membership, then this may be the perfect time to try an on-demand video or utilize all of the great resources on the internet. This would also work for the beginner looking for ideas and/or for the budget conscious.

Battling the Guilt Gremlin

Still can’t find the time, or is “guilt” keeping you from taking another hour away from the family? Find ways to include your children and family in your exercise routine. Walks and bike rides are great for all ages and spending quality time together makes it a win-win. Going to the park doesn’t mean you have to sit while your child plays. Be the mom that plays with them! Chase them, do some step-ups, push-ups and dips on the park bench. Throw the football with them or kick a soccer ball. Not only are you fitting in your exercise, you are setting a positive example for your child.

Try New Things

Like most things in life, exercise is not a one-size-fits-all. Finding the activity that you really enjoy doing will dramatically increase the chances of you not only starting an exercise regimen but sticking with it. If you despise running try Pilates, yoga or a barre class. If the thought of a gym makes you cringe, sign up for tennis lessons or try rock climbing. Don’t like “group” anything? Go swimming or biking. If fitness bootcamp isn’t your cup of tea, then dance may be. The idea of trying something new, and alone, is scary for most, so ask a friend or family member to accompany you, then hold each other accountable. No matter the obstacles, your health should be a priority. Make a plan, get moving, and know that you are worth it.

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family life

How to Talk to Children About Disasters By Jenny Cherry

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n recent months, our world has experienced major natural disasters involving tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, floods and landslides. Additionally, we have seen media coverage concerning acts of terrorism, virus outbreaks, civil unrest, school shootings and accidents involving all modes of transportation. Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by a recent natural or man-made crisis. So, how do we talk to children about these difficult issues?

Limit Media Exposure

The 24/7 news coverage results in graphic and immediate images of major national or world calamities being broadcast into our homes. It is becoming more and more difficult to prevent children from experiencing such disasters indirectly and vicariously through the media. Limit what your children can see and hear.

Ask, Listen, Assure

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children can cope more effectively with a disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do to help protect themselves, family and friends. No matter what age, start by asking children what they already know and what questions they have, and use that as a guide for the conversation. Often they have fears based on limited information, or because they misunderstood what they were told. Very Young Children: Provide concrete explanations of what happened and how it

will affect them (e.g., a tree branch fell on electrical wires and that is why the lights do not work). Let children know there are many people who are working to help them and their community to recover after a disaster (such as repair crews for the electric company or firefighters, police, paramedics or other emergency personnel). Share with them all of the steps that are being taken to keep them safe. Encourage young children to draw their feelings on paper, and then discuss what they drew. Identifying a list of people at home and school whom they can call or go to for help is also comforting.

school shooting at your school, it is not probable due to the security procedures in place, the gate, locked doors, police presence and drills the teachers and students practice.”

Older Children: They will likely want and benefit from additional information about the disaster and recovery efforts. Limit media coverage. While children may seek and benefit from basic information about what happened so that they can understand what is happening in their world, they (and adults) do not benefit from graphic det​ails or exposure to disturbing images or sounds. Encourage older children to journal, and discuss what they share with you.

Relying on your family’s faith when facing a crisis can improve stress management. According to the Mayo Clinic, spirituality has many benefits for stress relief and overall mental health. It can help children and adults find a sense of purpose and release control of the situation. Whether you find faith in a church, a mosque or a synagogue or in nature walks with a friend, recognizing spirituality and including others can also expand your support network.

According to Tallahassee family therapist Karli Flatt O’Neal, LCSW, “When you listen attentively to a child’s fears and validate their concerns, you can then provide age-appropriate feedback to clarify the facts and empower children to cope with the event. It is also helpful to discuss possibility vs. probability with children when they fear a crisis will happen to them. For instance, while it is possible that there could be a

We cannot prevent all disasters and crisis from happening. We can, as parents, grandparents, guardians and the community at large, be prepared with calm, honest, age-appropriate responses that can build strong, confident children who learn to cope with whatever comes their way.

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Identify the Heroes

The Center for Parenting Education teaches us to point out the extraordinary things the police, firefighters, emergency rescue teams and everyday heroes do in the face of tragedy—those who respond to the disaster and help get the situation under control afterward.

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THE TASTE OF TALLAHASSEE Bradley’s Country Smoked Sausage By Jordan Anderson

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nder a canopy of Spanish moss and oak trees sits Bradley’s Country Store, where visitors are greeted with good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality. As much as Tallahassee has urbanized, the city has an old soul, and that’s exactly why Bradley’s Country Store evokes Tallahassee’s style. The “plain and simple” country-smoked sausage that customers have grown to love is the same sausage that Grandma Mary Bradley sold right out of her own kitchen over a century ago. The store had humble beginnings, opening in 1927 in the backwoods of Tallahassee. That same modest building has lived through four generations. Though the store serves thousands of customers all over the Southeast, the family continues to pride themselves on “doing it the Bradley way.” For many, Bradley’s Country Store is a taste of home. With these recipes, you too can share the taste of Tallahassee at your dinner table.

SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Recipe by Mary E. Bradley Jones

Directions: What You’ll Need: • Preheat oven to 350 degrees 1 lb. loose hot sausage • Cook small noodles in salt water until tender; drain 1/2 green pepper  • Crumble and cook sausage until brown 1/2 onion  • Sauté onion and peppers in oil until glossy 1 TB fat or oil  • Mix sausage, noodles, peppers, onions, tomatoes, 1 #2 can tomatoes  bay leaves, and Worcestershire sauce 6 bay leaves  1/2 TB Worcestershire sauce  • Put in greased casserole dish; top with cheese. • Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes 4 oz. small noodles  (This can be frozen and cooked later)  1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 48  tallahassee woman • august / september 2018

STUFFED PEPPERS Recipe by Helen Dull

What You’ll Need: 2 large green peppers (or color of choice) 1 8 oz. can tomatoes (undrained) and chopped  1-1/2 cups cooked rice  1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese  2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce  1/2 lb. mild bulk sausage  1 small onion, chopped Parsley  Directions: • Core peppers • Parboil peppers in salted water for 5 minutes; drain • Season cavity of each pepper with salt • Brown sausage in skillet; add onion • Cook until tender • Pour off drippings • Add tomatoes, rice, cheese and Worcestershire sauce • Season to taste with salt and pepper • Simmer 5 minutes • Stuff peppers with sausage mixture • Place in 1-quart casserole dish • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes • Garnish with parsley For more recipes and information on Bradley’s Country Store, visit online at bradleyscountrystore.com.


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By Lisa A. Beach ’m singing the back-to-school blues— but it’s not what you think. I’m not one of those moms who wants to be around her kids 24/7 and dreads when they go back to school. In fact, I’m not one of those humans who want to be around other humans 24/7. I need my space.

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You can easily notice when the first day of school begins, because on that glorious, bird-singing, sunshine-filled morning, Panera Bread needs a bouncer for crowdcontrol with all the exuberant moms on coffee dates. I am one of those moms. Now that summer is over, I am thrilled that I no longer have to listen to my two teens fight with each other all day or rouse them from their screen-induced coma and force them outside to inhale some fresh oxygen and soak in some sunshine. Nevertheless, as happy as I am that school is back in session, it does bring its share of hassles that drive me crazy. Supply lists. I agree that teachers are underpaid and that education is underfunded and we all need to do our fair share. And I don’t mind chipping in for classroom supplies of tissues and hand sanitizer so my kids don’t haul home some awful virus from school and infect the whole family quicker than the latest Zika outbreak. However, the level of detail that goes into these lengthy, very specific supply lists borders on insanity. One teacher required an oddly over-sized notebook that even Office Depot didn’t carry. I could have hunted down a first edition of Beowulf quicker than I found this 10" x 12" spiral-bound, collegeruled, acid-free, archival-quality notebook— for middle school geography. Another teacher listed “2 calculators and 4 three-ring binders” on her required supply list for algebra. When I questioned her about this,

she replied, “I’ve found that the students often lose their calculators half-way through the year, so I recommend buying a backup. Also, the students need to bring 1 three-ring binder to class and keep the other 3 at home to store their work after each quarter.” So just because a few irresponsible, disorganized 13-year-olds can’t get their act together means all parents until the end of time need to overbuy specialty graphing calculators at $50+ a pop? Uh, not gonna happen, even if this means deducting 20 points from my son’s “classroom participation grade.” Fundraisers, football games and food service accounts, oh my! I need a full-time job just to pay for the onslaught of walletdraining expenses in a typical school year. From extra lab fees to uniforms, from art supplies to testing fees, from field trips to coaches gifts, from game tickets to lunch accounts, school fees add up quicker than a two-year cell phone contract. And if, on top of all these extra fees, schools still decide to do a few fundraisers, why don’t they sell things that parents might actually use, like a Wine of the Month Club? Crazy-early start times. I could almost hear the collective snore of my neighbors when we leave the house for school in the dark at 6:45 a.m. Does anyone on the school board know anything about teens, adolescent development, brain functioning or sleep patterns? Teens don’t do mornings, but hey, let’s just throw them into literature analysis first period. Drop-off/pick-up lanes. From the get-therefirst parents who park in the carpool line two

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hours before school lets out to the parents who double-park their cars, block all thrutraffic and run into the front office “for just a sec,” this free-for-all drop-off/pick-up process simply stinks on all levels. (And no, rebel mom, that safety rule doesn’t apply to you— you just drop your kids off on the main highway in busy morning traffic so you don’t have to weave through that safe, slow-moving car line like everyone else. It’s all about you.) While I’m still working on a danger-free, beat-the-system drop-off procedure that could shave 15 minutes off my morning, I did finally wise up for the after-school pickup plan by arriving 10 minutes after classes end in the back of the school. Backpacks. In 6th grade, when my son weighed about 80 pounds, his backpack weighed 22 pounds—about the size of a small toddler. The brilliant architectural planners of his newly built middle school decided not to put in any lockers, so the kids must carry around a quarter of their body weight on their backs all day long with oversized notebooks and collegesized textbooks for every class. Throw in a jacket, umbrella and lunchbox and the kids practically tip over in a gentle breeze. So, while I’m thrilled with seven teen-free hours of quiet, uninterrupted writing time five days a week, these public school hassles are almost enough to make me yearn for summer break. Almost. Lisa Beach is a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, USA Today Back to School, Parents, Edible Orlando and more. Check out her website at LisaBeachWrites.com.


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