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Amy Galvan, AP Amy Galvan, AP, is a Board Certified and licensed doctor of Oriental medicine with over 7 years patient care experience. She was mentored by Leon Hammer, MD, renowned for developing Contemporary Oriental Medicine used in conjunction with western conventional medicine. At her private practice in Haile Plantation Village Center, she treats patients of all ages with a focus on pain management, stress management, internal medicine, and neurological disorders.
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University of Florida German class brought them together twenty years ago. He recalled affectionately, “Kim was the brainy, pretty student; I was the lucky one.” Today, Aaron and Kim Bosshardt are united by marriage, children and their closely related careers in real estate. Aaron, a third-generation real estate salesperson and property manager, is the son of Carol Bosshardt, who grew up in the Midwest and earned a BA in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She learned real estate first-hand from her mother. In 1976, Carol launched her own career, and from small beginnings, grew her Gainesville real estate business to comprise over sixty staff persons and one hundred sales people.
Aaron recalled, “As a successful entrepreneur and the CEO of Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC, my mother raised my sister, Stacey, and me to respect the ethic of hard work and social responsibility. My sister attended the University of Chicago and New York University Law School. She’s currently a senior staff attorney for the Justice Department in Washington, DC.” Aaron serves as president of Bosshardt Realty and oversees the day-to-day operations of their expanding residential and commercial sales business and their property/ association management branch. Aaron commented, “I really enjoy working with and helping people, and I’ve been fortunate enough to assist in building a team of the best agents in this field. They are—along with our entire administrative staff— collaborative, dedicated, and great at what they do. What’s even more special is that they generously and regularly give back to the Gainesville community.” As for enduring the real estate depression of the last five or so years, Aaron summed up his thoughts: “We’ve worked diligently to learn some difficult lessons. We are better equipped going forward now, and will
strive to profit from the collective mistakes of our industry. It hasn’t been easy, but we are stronger for having survived the hardship, and look forward to a full recovery and even more profitable expansion.” A third branch of the family business, Bosshardt Title Insurance Agency, is run by Kim Bosshardt, Esquire. Additionally, she’s in private practice as a partner of the Law Offices of Moulton Bosshardt, LLC specializing in real estate development, lease preparation, business entity formation, landlord-tenant and probate matters. Born in Pensacola, Kim grew up in Miami, Florida. She earned her BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics in 1999 from the University of Florida and her JD with Honors from UF’s law school in 2003. Just after graduation, she and Aaron, who had married in 2000, had their first child, Jack. Daughter TheVillageJournal.com | 23 23
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Cosette followed a year later and daughter Rose, four years after that. All three children are students at Archer Elementary School. Kim noted, “We’ve lived in various homes in Haile Plantation since 1998, and currently have the luxury of having our kids’ grandmother, Carol, just a mile away. She gives them literally a second home – a place where they can go play in rooms of their own and generally just be spoiled. They really enjoy their shopping trips together, too.”
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In their spare time, the Bosshardt children participate in local theatre productions, horseback riding, soccer and golf lessons. Jack, age 10, may also be a future budding politician, having successfully campaigned for and been elected as a member of the Archer Junior City Commission. Kim added, “Jack is representing his school at the city level. He is part of a young educational/leadership program that enables students to learn about democratic processes and to update the city commission on local school needs and issues.” Not only are the Bosshardt’s busy professionals balancing careers and family activities, but they are passionately dedicated to community service. Aaron serves as chairperson on the board of the Children’s Home Society, a large local charity involved in protecting children, creating strong, stable families, mentoring teens, and providing adoption services and parenting classes. Their annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala fundraiser at Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall is an event that the Bosshardt’s enthusiastically support.
LOCAL Kim said, “Next year, Aaron and I will also be acting as co-chairs for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball on Valentine’s Day. This particular organization is personally meaningful to our family, as our son Jack was diagnosed with atypical Kawasaki disease at the age of two – a virus that affects the heart, cutting off blood flow to vital organs. It can be fatal if not caught and treated quickly. We were fortunate enough to have him diagnosed correctly early on, thanks to the great physicians at Shands Hospital.” This fall, Aaron and Kim will be busy organizing Bosshardt Realty’s annual golf tournament at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, to be held in October or November. This event raises money for PALS: Partnership in Adolescent Lifestyle Support Program. PALS golf tournament is a premiere event benefiting the UF Health PALS Program and consists of a golf scramble, lunch, dinner and short program for the golfers and their guests. For the past thirteen years, Bosshardt Realty Inc. has been supporting this tournament by raising funds
and awareness for the PALS Program. PALS provides teen counseling in all Gainesville public high schools and works closely with peer leaders to teach students how to cope with issues such as violence, bullying, drug abuse, diversity and low self-esteem. As Aaron summed up, “It’s an organization that helps young people focus on working together, striving to identify their similarities, rather than dwelling on their differences. Through specific programs and counseling, teens can get beyond exclusion. Anything that helps to create awareness, compassion and understanding is something we need in society, and a goal we wish to support.” As conscientious partners, parents and professionals, Aaron and Kim Bosshardt set a high standard for self-motivated, purposedriven action in their lives. Both strong, capable individuals, they make an impressive team when helping others make important strides in their own lives.
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Haile Market Square welcomes Loosey’s Bar & Table
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implicity is scarce in the restaurant business. It’s a never-ending pleasure cycle where variety can lead to mediocrity and complexity can lead to confusion. The desire for restaurant owners to impress with gimmicky themes and culinary buzzwords can often outweigh their attempt to relate, and it’s that disconnect that owners Danny and Joy Hughes sought to rectify when they opened Loosey’s Bar & Table in the Haile Market Square in December of 2013. “It’s easy to want to be trendy and cool. It’s easy to get caught up in fads and outsmart your customer,” Danny Hughes said. “We’re not interested in being trendy, we’re interested in being good.”
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After years of working in food service and bars, the couple has seen nearly every type of concept come-and-go with varying degrees of success, but it’s their unwavering belief in quality that’s led to the success of their first bar, Loosey’s Pub Downtown; a bar quickly gaining respect for its homemade food, extensive beer selection and great live music from Gainesville’s best original artists. For Loosey’s Haile, they’ve partnered with their longtime friends Erin Adamson and Tim Hutchens in the finance and operations portions of the business, who, like Danny and Joy, are a couple and have spent most of their lives in food service management. The years of long hours, late nights, faulty gimmicks and just about every type of customer one could
LOCAL encounter has given the group the type of experience necessary to open a restaurant in a neighborhood with high expectations. “The biggest challenge in opening a new restaurant is finding your place,” Adamson said. “I think Loosey’s can become one of the neighborhood’s ‘go-to’ restaurants, the kind of place where you can grab a craft beer after work, enjoy a romantic evening with a special someone, listen to live music with a group of friends—the fact that anyone can find a reason to call Loosey’s their favorite spot is so important.” At Loosey’s Downtown, the slogan is “Beer, Burgers, Live Music” and some of the straightforward, down-home charm is making its way to Haile Plantation. Its distinguished burger, which has received high marks from Gainesville’s Burger Club and The Gainesville Sun, is still on the menu and suitable for lunch or dinner; but Danny has been in the kitchen transforming the menu from excellent bar fare to upscale, New American dining. With menu items like braised pork shank with garlic whipped potatoes and Brussel sprouts, Cajun Atlantic snapper with a warm citrus vinaigrette, dirty rice and roasted broccoli and Buccatini pasta with a housemade sunflower pesto and cherry tomatoes, you’ll find a small, but distinct, menu that is predicated on satisfaction, not variety. “We use fresh ingredients, not frozen. We’re constantly trying out new recipes in the kitchen and behind the bar, and we have cooks and bartenders that are truly passionate about their role in this business and you can taste it in their craft,” Adamson said. Carving out a niche is important to a restaurant’s success, and beer and cocktails are a couple of ways Loosey’s stands out. It specializes in American craft beer, a revolving menu of four seasonal and signature cocktails and great wine. “I think the U.S. is making the best beer in the world right now, and we’ve had the opportunity to taste a lot of beers and we feel there’s no reason not to support domestic breweries,” Joy Hughes said. “We focus on Florida beers first, then regional and West Coast after that. But this is also a place where you can get a great $50 bottle of wine. We offer that flexibility to be a casual hangout or something more.” Opposite page: Joy and Danny Hughes
Live music is also an important aspect of the Loosey’s concept, where any given weekend you can find Gainesville’s best artists playing original music born and bred in town. While the staple at Loosey’s Downtown is rock & roll, more folksy, lighthearted artists like Ricky Kendall and Michael Claytor will be regulars at the Haile location. When Danny and Joy first bought Loosey’s in downtown Gainesville when the old Market Street Pub closed, they had the tall task of juggling their first business together, along side a new marriage. Both self-described work-aholics, Joy said it made it an easier transition, but gray areas arose and solid communication was the only chance they had to survive both as a couple and small business owners. “One day it’s really hard, the next day it’s really nice. Sometimes we are each other’s employees, and we have to live by that,” Danny explained. “I used to close Saturday nights in the kitchen just so we could have a drink together.” With Erin Adamson and Tim Hutchens in the mix, there are more minds, personalities and schedules to navigate, but the foundation of friendship and love make Loosey’s Bar & Table a new, exciting adventure for the group. “I’ve been quasi-involved with Loosey’s since the very beginning. I was there to help clean and paint the original downtown space, and I’ve always felt like Loosey’s doting aunt,” Erin said. “When Danny and Joy presented me with this opportunity, it was a pretty easy decision. The idea of owning a piece of a business I love so much was something I couldn’t pass up.” TheVillageJournal.com | 29 29
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n December 2013, Tioga Town Center welcomed the opening of a dazzling new gift store called Agapanthus (from the Greek, meaning “flower of love”). Featuring bath and body products, accessories, jewelry, tableware and home accents, with an in-store and online wedding registry, a trip to this beautiful boutique reminds us that life can be made elegant through our everyday surroundings. With an extensive background in business and management, co-owner and manager, Paula King offers women from 25 to 65 a visual feast of personal accessories, items to accent their homes and workplaces, and to give as gifts for special occasions. “Shopping is a social and sensory experience,” she explained. “What we provide is an evolutionary combination of an exciting brick and mortar setting, as well as a user-friendly 30 30 | TheVillageJournal.com
online service. Our choice of merchandise is geared to enhance the quality and enjoyment of daily life, without necessarily going to huge expense.” Agapanthus represents a business expansion for Paula. She and her business partner in Ocala, Carmen Greiner, started the highly successful Ocala Traditions in 2007. Paula said, “We’ve developed a wonderful, loyal clientele in the Ocala area where we are fortunate to share our ongoing celebration of life, beauty, family and friendship.” What makes Agapanthus unique in the Gainesville market is that it carries some lines for accessories and jewelry, for instance, that haven’t been available in the area before now. Lines like John Medeiros and Crislu costume jewelry have the look and feel of fine jewelry with each gem prong-set, fashioned by diamond cutters and guaranteed for life. The Rowallan
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accessories line features amazing leather travel jewelry cases and handbags at affordable prices. In terms of tableware, Juliska offers freezer to oven to table stoneware that’s practical as well as elegant. Other featured brands include Vietri, Good Earth Pottery, Kate Spade, Simon Pearce, Waterford and Vera Wang. The store also features a baby corner and a special line of dog collars for man’s best friend. Paula commented, “Our line of recycled aluminum serve ware by Mariposa exemplifies what we call ‘relaxed elegance.’ It’s versatile, skillfully designed and made by hand using ethical practices. Plus, it’s on trend with the women of today who may be looking for a more casual, no-polish style of decorating and entertaining.” Agapanthus offers the versatility that families need these days, providing an insightful response to customers’ desires. “Today, TheVillageJournal.com | 31 31
L OC A L consumers are much more attuned to where and how things are made, and they insist— rightly so—on quality and relevance, along with value,” Paula explained. “We want them to have a ‘feel good’ experience in our boutique– even if they’re just browsing.” The emphasis on customer service is genuine at Agapanthus, where staff members are knowledgeable and attentive. Paula added, “Once we’ve established a rapport with customers, we go to great lengths for our customers to maintain their satisfaction over time through excellent customer service. We earn their trust by finding beautiful solutions for them, doing many little things, such as keeping their enclosure cards on file, shipping, gift wrapping and customizing their choices with monogramming. It’s important to us that a gift from Agapanthus is one that leaves a lasting impression.” For those with a marriage ceremony on the horizon, Agapanthus has Aggie Lane, a wedding gift registry within the boutique, where couples can register for gifts and tableware in both the store and online. Paula noted, “We feel it’s essential to see, touch and understand the quality of things you’ll be living with for years to come, but combined with the convenience of online ordering.” Paula and husband Charlie King have been residents of Ocala for over twenty-five years and have two grown children, Chris, 30, and Caroline, 26. Paula has been actively involved as a volunteer in the community, serving on many charitable boards, including being the founding chairperson of the Marion Cultural Alliance. In her early career, she worked in manufacturing, sales, and licensing in a variety
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of products. After managing a medical practice for 18 years and her children were grown, she decided to follow her passion into the retail setting with Carmen Greiner, whom she met through her volunteer work. She commented, “I was raised in a modest but beautiful home by a mother from a European (Greek) background and a southern dad, so the combination meant a lot of family traditions and wonderful hospitality. That’s where I learned the importance of beauty, everyday. Using your beautiful things adds that accent of elegance that takes entertaining with family and friends to another level. If they’re not for you, then who are they for?” That particular care and attention to detail is more than evident in the lovely, eclectic setting of Agapanthus. From contemporary-chic to time-honored formal, there are treasures sure to tempt the most discerning consumer palette.
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In her column, the DIY expert shares innovative, approachable projects to spice up everyday items. For more, visit her blog: TrimmedAndTailored.com
Decorating or redecorating an area in your home is a fun and, if planned carefully, inexpensive way to bring new light to an otherwise bland space. For this quick and easy project, I focused on my bedroom and brought in a new bedside table,
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lamp and picture frame to liven the room. All together, these three simple weekend projects add up to a cheerful accent to a neutral and serene space.
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LIFE MATERIALS LIST For the Picture Frame:
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The dressers from IKEA are solid raw wood, and have three drawers to provide additional storage space (A). To add some personality to the bland piece, I decided to paint it dark grey with a teal accent. I did a few good coats of dark gray paint, allowed it to thoroughly dry (B), and then using painters tape, created a guideline A for painting the teal accent (C). I happened to have a few drawer knobs on hand, so I spray painted them a flat gold to give the piece a little extra glitz, but you can also purchase any knobs that best compliment your color scheme. Once dry, I brushed on two coats of polyurethane to give the table a little shine and to ensure durability.
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LIFE To counter the small stature of the dresser, I brought in a large picture frame to add some height (D). For this quick update to the stark white frame and mat, I added gold dots to the mat using paint and the eraser end of a new pencil. The eraser provides the perfect circular stamp and ensures consistency throughout.
Lastly, I added trim to the lampshade using ribbon and hot glue (See main image on page 39). Since the lamp has detail in the base, I wanted to keep the accent rather simple. I decided on a ribbon that is the same color as the shade with delicate navy blue stitching, just to add a little interest to the shade. This small accent also brings an additional layer of dimension to the bedside vignette.
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What is your home’s IQ? Making your home a smart home By Blair Smith
As our lives become busier, technology enhances and the pressure to be environmentally friendly grows, the idea of creating “smart homes” is quickly gaining popularity. While the name may sound unattainable or expensive, it is actually a simple concept. Creating your own smart home is something that can be personalized to fit your needs, capabilities and budget by selecting technology to upgrade your home and simplify your day.
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Not only does Nest know how to keep you and your family safe, but it also knows how to keep them comfortable and your house energy efficient. The Nest Thermostat, also deemed the “learning thermostat,” helps make your home a smart home in a variety of ways. It learns your schedule by tracking the times of day you adjust it, and can also sense when no one is home in order to avoid wasting energy. It works to dehumidify your home, notifies you when it has adjusted to optimal energy efficient settings and provides you with details on your energy use. Similar to Belkin’s WeMo products, it also allows remote access via mobile app. The most beneficial feature – it knows how to save you money on your energy bill using two services Nest offers, Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings. Details on these services can be found on support.nest.com.
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Nest’s smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is better than your average smoke alarm, and for good reason. It gives warning signs such as lights and a “Heads Up” pre-alarm with a human voice, which can be silenced with a simple wave of the hand. In the event it’s a real emergency, Nest uses a voice alarm, alerting you of the location and nature of the problem. Should carbon monoxide be detected, the alarm goes off while simultaneously communicating with Nest Thermostat to turn off the gas furnace, which could be the source of the leak. Nest Protect also knows when its batteries are running low by running a check each night when the lights are turned off. If a change is needed, the light indicates an issue and sends a message to your phone so you know to change them. You will also receive a message whenever an alarm goes off, so you always know what’s going on, even when you aren’t home.
Kevo’s technology allows you to enter your home with the installation of the app on your Apple phone. If another user, such as your child, doesn’t have a phone, all they need is a Kevo Fob to grant access. For those needing temporary access to your home, such as visiting family or a service worker, users can send eKeys, or a digital key. The keys can be assigned and reassigned, and all key activity is tracked using the app. eKeys can also be disabled and users can be deleted from the system. With awards such as CES’s Last Gadget Standing of 2014 and 2014 Innovations Award, Kevo eliminates the need to hide or provide keys to your home.
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rends move fast in the fashion world, and it is especially true in the world of nails and nail art. Last spring, intricate nail art was everywhere from runways to fashion shoots, using complicated techniques to create looks that could stand out in a crowd. This season’s trends are much more simple, with the focus being on detail with bright and bold colors. Sheer pinks and whites with simple sparkle and dimension have taken the place of detailed design work in both manicures and pedicures, giving the classic, simple look a new and interesting twist. Updates to the classic French manicure are also showing up with varying tip colors and half moon shapes. Interesting new shapes in clothing designs can be seen throughout spring fashion lines, which draws more attention to nail art bringing a look together.
Along with the rising popularity of ombre hair color comes ombre nail art – bright, bold color that gradually transitions into a muted tone as you move down the nail – has popped up on the fashion scene to give a simple, but artful look to any manicure. Ombre nails can be done with any shade of spring colors and incorporate anyone’s taste in shades. Bright and bold colors in polish and gels have arrived to ring in spring. While red usually dominates nail work, oranges and pinks are the biggest colors for the season, in both bright and muted shades. Other on-trend colors vary from vibrant yellow to deep greens and browns.
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Test Your Wisdom By William C. Storoe IV, D.D.S., P.A. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
What are wisdom teeth and why am I getting them now? Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth. They are called “wisdom teeth” because they usually appear during a person’s late teens or early twenties, which has been called the “age of wisdom”. The normal position of wisdom teeth is behind the upper and lower second, or 12-year molars. Many times the jaws of modern humans are not normally large enough to accommodate these extra wisdom teeth. This is why wisdom teeth oftentimes cause more problems than any other teeth. In fact, nine out of ten people have at least one wisdom tooth remain under the gum tissue due to lack of space in the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth.
What does “impacted” mean? When a wisdom tooth is blocked from erupting or properly coming into the mouth, it is termed “impacted”. A wisdom tooth may be partially impacted or totally impacted.
What is the best way to identify an impacted wisdom tooth? The best way to identify an impacted third molar or wisdom tooth is by a panoramic x-ray and an examination by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
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Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause me trouble? Pain, infection, crowding and damage to adjacent teeth are some of the serious problems that can develop from impacted wisdom teeth.
How are wisdom teeth treated? Treatment of impacted wisdom teeth often involves their removal using special surgical techniques appropriate for each individual case. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons best treat wisdom teeth.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed? Proper evaluation of your wisdom teeth is best performed in your late teens to early twenties with timely panoramic radiographs of the mouth. With this specialized x-ray, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon can often predict if the wisdom teeth are going to cause trouble, either in the near future or later in life. If so, chances are the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will recommend their removal rather than wait for trouble to occur. Removal is easier in younger patients because the roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. In older patients, removal before complications develop is key to a shorter recovery and healing time, minimizing discomfort after surgery.
Planting the Seed ——for——
FUTURE By Dante Lima | Footstone Photography
Ed Poppell isn’t running for public office, but he is campaigning for the city of Gainesville every single day on America’s economic playing field. As one of the dreamers of Innovation Square, Poppell’s mission is to make Gainesville a destination for the best and brightest start-ups in America, and to make Gainesville a better place to live, work and play.
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d Poppell never wanted to be a farmer, but now he’s devoted his life to helping Gainesville grow. While he does love to garden, he isn’t interested in potatoes or fresh herbs. Instead, the fruit of his labor will be a community with a thriving economic landscape built for the future. If Gainesville is a piece of land ready for cultivation, then Ed Poppell is the guy you want on the job. After 43 years in this town, he’s experienced the allure of North Central Florida first hand, partly because Gainesville is a place he really never intended to be his home. The town has that “come for the food, stay for the pie” mentality you might use to describe a roadside diner. Most come for the University of Florida, but stay for a small, tight-knit community, the burgeoning art and music scene, the quaint downtown, the food, the excellent healthcare, the climate and the ever intangible spirit that you can only know by living here. Well, after Poppell graduated from Florida State University he came to Gainesville in 1971 to take a job with the University of Florida, claiming he ‘didn’t know what was gonna happen.’ He’s been here ever since, working his way up through administrative jobs at the university, with his career culminating as Vice President of Business Affairs and Economic Development. It’s the kind of career he said started with an early promotion and ‘went from there.’ “I knew I didn’t want to be a farmer like my dad, I knew I wanted something a little bit different like business,” Poppell said. “I saw how difficult it could be to run a farm so I knew I wanted to get involved with part of a larger corporate structure, and I was lucky enough to find that in Gainesville.” By the time Poppell retired in 2011, he had his fingerprints all over the University of Florida, from the development of the UF East Campus, to campus-wide energy efficiency, increased student use of the Regional Transit System, an IT system which eased student financial aid and bill pay, and an accredited University Police Department. Most would call that a phenomenal career, punch their time card and go hunt, or fish, or golf, or do whatever it is that a man in his early 60s with nothing but time would want to do. Not Ed Poppell. 54 54 | TheVillageJournal.com
There’s always a bigger plan in the works. Maybe that thought process comes from his church, Trinity United Methodist, which he attends every Sunday, the same church where he met his wife Sharron, now a retired teacher who Ed says is ‘naturally kind and easy going.’ Maybe it comes from his childhood in Havana, Florida, a small town 16 miles outside of Tallahassee, on a poultry farm his father owned where ‘anyone under my father’s roof worked seven days a week’ and ‘the work was never done.’ In Poppell’s case, the bigger plan today is Innovation Square, a development in the former Shands at AGH site and the 40 surrounding acres intended to facilitate and house companies that want to root their business in Gainesville. For success, an endeavor of this size and scope needs a group of people who are willing to put in the daily effort it takes to size up with the rest of the country when it comes to economic competition. For a guy who’s a self-described type-B personality who loves woodworking, cycling, gardening and golf, you can sense that underneath his calm, inviting exterior, there’s a passion to elevate Gainesville. “I think we have to remember that economic development is an everyday activity,” Poppell said. “You’re not only competing for the new companies, but you’re competing to keep the companies you already have.” For years, the struggle amongst graduates in Gainesville was to find a career in the town they grew to love during their tenure. In many ways, the struggle continues. As Innovation Square develops, the job market for graduates and professionals will offer more opportunities in a variety of industries, Poppell said. “We want this [Gainesville] to be a destination for a career, not just a destination for a degree,” Poppell said. “There’s too many instances where kids would love to stay, but they leave to pursue their careers and spend their whole lives trying to come back.” Ideally, Poppell sees the future Gainesville as an environment that produced a life similar to his. He built a career here. He built a family here. He built a life here. His son, Adam, who
LIFE is now 30 and lives in Clearwater, comes back home quite often. The companies out there looking for prospective headquarters are very thorough in their research of Gainesville. They aren’t just looking for a cool place; their search is deep and all encompassing, he said. They’re looking at everything. What will they be able to guarantee their employees?” Poppell said. “They’re looking at our school systems for their children, our political structure, our parks, our landscape, our food, our culture, our cost of living. A lot of times people representing a prospective company know more about Gainesville than the people who live here.” What’s at stake in this competition for economic development? A rising skyline in downtown Gainesville, thousands of new jobs, a direct connection between our economy and University of Florida, a growing urban area better suited for pedestrian traffic, and an economy that not only lures new talent, but retains the best of what Gainesville already has to offer, Poppell said. Typically the influx of thousands of jobs and larger, more broadbased companies in an area like Gainesville would mean good things for Alachua County as a whole. Towns like Jonesville, Newberry and Alachua could all see the benefit from increased economic activity in the region. Currently, there are many potential companies slotted to take root in Innovation Square in the information technology, health care and engineering industries. It’s a broad collection that will bring a diverse new job market to the area. When Poppell speaks, you can hear the sense of pride in his voice. His normal mid-tempo drawl quickens. The volume of his voice rises. The thoughts come quickly from his brain, like they’ve been stockpiled, discussed and dreamed for ages. It’s refreshing to have such an individual as Gainesville’s unofficial ambassador. And as Poppell said himself, Gainesville is an easy sell. “For me, my work has always been simple; leave it better than you found it,” he said. “That would be my hope, that we planted a seed.”
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here was a time when street food could only be found in America’s biggest cities, where populations are constantly on the move and time is of the essence. The old food truck model still exists in places like New York, L.A., Boston and Philadelphia, but the food truck culture in the U.S. is morphing from on-the-go hot dogs and pretzels to mobile restaurants, especially in Gainesville and across Central Florida. More and more trucks are parking on street corners, outside of bars and gathering at food truck rallies with the intention of serving fresh, made-to-order gourmet food from a tiny kitchen on wheels. Food trucks are just one more way the culinary landscape of Gainesville is growing, and the portability and manageable start up costs of food trucks present new opportunities for food-based small businesses to thrive. Pelican Bros. started parking outside of High Dive (formerly Common Grounds) over three years ago. As one of the first trucks in Gainesville, it set a high standard for the scene in general with a delicious rotating menu and friendly service. Patrons of High Dive had the luxury of walking up to the window and ordering wonderfully fresh sandwiches, tacos, hand-cut French fries and more, without leaving the front patio. Before the emergence of Pelican Bros., locally sourced late-night food was scare outside of Flaco’s Cuban Bakery in the downtown area. New owners Stephanie Norman, 25, Charlie Brown, 25, and Pattee Green, 36 carry on the Pelican Bros. tradition every Wednesday through Sunday at High Dive.
TASTE businesses to work together and support each other, especially since there’s something for everyone. Food trucks, unlike the traditional restaurant business, benefit from the collective, which is why rallies, or large gatherings of trucks, have become the norm in many cities in America. The most recent Food Truck Rally in Gainesville, hosted by Pelican Bros., featured real pit barbecue from Black Beard’s BBQ, shaved ice from Charlie’s Snow Shack, woodfired pizza from Humble Pie, Cuban-style quesadillas from Go Go Stuff Yourself, pulledpork mac & cheese from Soup To Nuts and even gourmet treats for pets from Earth Pet’s Doggie Treat Truck. The rallies are designed to get as many different vendors in one place and show the variety of food community. Families and students alike all flock to the rallies to get a sampling because food is a wonderful way to bring people together. Local musician Ashley Wilkinson, 25, loves the idea Gainesville’s mobile eateries. “Food trucks are crucial when you are hanging out with friends,” he said. “They serve a purpose in the sense that for me, a complete day of enjoying yourself must include a drink, good music and great food. Now that more and more food truck
“We’ve tried to bring our own spin to the truck,” Norman said. “We have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends that support the truck, so we’ve included more of those items on the menu, as well as gluten-free items. We’re not a themed truck, so we’re able to cater to our customers.” The Chicken Waffle slider is the signature dish on the menu, and guests can find other decadent items like Bacon Grilled Cheese, Sausage and Artichoke Bolognese and a Black Bean Burger made from scratch. Norman says with the food truck culture is expanding thanks to shows like Eat Street on the Cooking Channel, a show that highlights truck owners and their sometimes-outlandish recipes. Food truck culture encourages small TheVillageJournal.com | 59 59
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events are happening around town, all those things come together.” In the culinary world, upward mobility is often a slow-moving process complete with long hours in a kitchen. For many young cooks and chefs, the capital and experience required to open a restaurant the old-fashioned way can be a daunting mountain to climb. However, Norman, Brown and Green were just three roommates following different academic and professional endeavors before they bought the Pelican Bros. Truck. Now, they work nights together and instead of working under corporate restaurant structures, they are operating a small business.
restaurants for almost five years. He says food trucks around the country are sort of in a “wild west” phase. Outside of urban areas, food trucks are new and fun, and the trucks that stand out the most and deliver the best products will survive. Garrick believes that eventually legislation and permitting will reduce the mobility and visibility of food trucks, but for now it’s an opportunity that most young chefs relish.
“Food trucks are a great way for younger chefs to discover their place in the culinary world, to cook the food that inspires them” -Joe Garrick
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“Food trucks are a great way for younger chefs to discover their place in the culinary world, to cook the food that inspires them,” he said. “They [food trucks] represent liberation from the status quo, and that spirit is carried into the cuisine.”
Many of Gainesville’s trucks are active on social media and post regularly to Facebook and Twitter about upcoming events. Seekers can also count on Cymplify Market, which hosts a food truck rally the first Friday of every month, where food, music, craft beer, wine and ice cream are available for families to enjoy.
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By Ryan Casey
Ryan Casey is the mastermind behind the highly sought after drinks coming across the bar of Charleston’s fine dining mecca, McCrady’s Restaurant. Named Charleston’s Bartender of the Year by Eater.com and among the top 25 in The Daily Meal’s Bartenders in America, Casey makes everything from the classics to his own original concoctions. Here, he shares the essentials you’ll need to have on hand for a proper bar set-up, and some basic recipes to make classic cocktails.
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hen it comes to setting up your home bar, stick to the classics. These cocktails have stood the test of time for a reason, and almost all new drinks are based on classics like Old-Fashioneds, Negronis and Manhattans. Most modern drinks and “mixology” involves making syrups and extracts that involve added time, space and energy.
The Essentials For a basic bar set-up, you’ll need the following utensils, all of which are available at cocktailkingdom.com: 1 cobbler shaker 1 mixing glass for stirring 1 bar spoon for stirring 1 Hawthorne or Julep strainer 1 jigger (Measuring is one of the most important steps of making a proper drink) 1 btl Angostura bitters (the standard of the world) 1 muddler A cocktail book for reference (The Savoy Cocktail Book is the original published in 1930. The PDT Cocktail Book is the best book published since the 30’s.) Along with the proper tools, you’ll of course need the right type of liquor. The recommended basics to always keep on hand include: 1 btl Bourbon or Rye whiskey 1 btl London dry gin 1 btl Sweet Vermouth (recommend Carpano Antica) 1 btl Dry Vermouth (recommend Dolin Dry) 1 btl Campari
The Drinks FRENCH 75 1.25oz Gin .75oz lemon juice .5oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, bring to boil, cool, store for up to 1 month) Champagne Combine, shake, rest, strain into coupe. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon twist.
MARTINI 2.5oz Gin .75oz Dry vermouth Combine, stir, rest, strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist. (Note: A martini is a specific drink, as opposed to a type of drink.)
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MANHATTAN 1.5oz bourbon/rye 1.5oz sweet vermouth 1 dash angostura bitters Combine, stir, rest, strain into coupe. Most people use a maraschino cherry to garnish, however the original recipe calls for a lemon twist, which, in my opinion, is better.
3oz Bourbon 1 sugar cube 2 dash bitters
1oz Gin 1oz Campari 1oz Sweet vermouth
In a double old-fashioned glass, combine sugar cube with bitters. Muddle until the sugar is very fine and combined with bitters. Add the bourbon and fill with ice. Garnish with orange peel and maraschino cherry.
Combine in mixing glass. Add ice. Stir for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange twist.
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6 TRAILS TO GET YOU
On the Move By Mike Carrillo
Whether you choose to walk, stride or ride, Gainesville boasts some of the best hiking, running and biking trails in the state. Fitness enthusiast and owner of Gainesville Running and Walking, Mike Carrillo shares some the top trails in the area to get you out and on the move.
GainesvilleSan Felasco Trails Hawthorne State Trail Location: San Felasco Hammock Preserve Location: Boulware Springs Park Distance: 16.5 miles of paved asphalt Time to Complete: 8 hrs round-trip on bike Best for: biking, running, walking and family outings Admission: Free Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate
The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is great for training. This wide paved asphalt pointto-point rail/trail goes from Boulware Springs Park to the city of Hawthorne, with some nice rolling hills and tons of wildlife along the way. It is relatively quiet and peaceful as well and primarily shaded. There are restrooms along the way, a water fountain at the trailhead and is wheelchair-accessible.
State Park Distance: Southside trail, 2 miles; North side trail, 2.8 to 9 miles Time to Complete: 30 minutes to 3 hours depending upon chosen section of trail Best for: walking, running, hiking or mountain biking Admission: $4 (If you plan on going often, the Florida State Park Annual Pass is great option that grants access into every state park for a $60 annual fee.) Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate
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WE L L N E SS the ability to challenge themselves or take it easy. Wildlife including turkeys, bobcats, whitetailed deer and many species of songbirds can be found along the trails, making it a great destination for any nature enthusiast. The shade provided by the many species of hardwood trees makes this one of Gainesville’s best hiking and running trails. It’s also great for a quiet and peaceful hike as the southern two-thirds of the park is restricted to hikers. For those who enjoy mountain biking, there are more than 30 miles of trails in various lengths and elevations.
The Rock Trail Location: West Newberry Road directly across from NW 109th Drive Distance: 5-8 miles Best for: Mountain biking Time to Complete: 1-2 hours Admission: Free Level of Difficulty: moderate
This trail is owned by The Rock Church and has some of the best mountain biking trails around. The beginner to advanced trails are well maintained with manmade obstacles, jumps and bridges in select areas of the coarse. It is a great place to run or walk through the woods, but the real treat is mountain biking on the course. Being close to town makes the Rock Trail a convenient option as well.
La Chua Trail Location: 4801 Camp Ranch Road or Boulware Springs at 3500 SE 15th St Distance: 3 miles round-trip Best for: Walking and hiking Time to Complete: 1-2 hours Admission: $2 Level of Difficulty: easy
The La Chua Trail is a three-mile round-trip trail within Paynes Prairie, from the North Rim of the Prairie to the observation tower. This trail is the
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perfect destination for any nature and wildlifelover, spotted with alligators, cranes and other marsh animals. Birds won’t be in short supply either, as it’s also recognized as one of Alachua’s best birding sites. La Chua will also guide you past Alachua Lake and Alachua sink.
Paynes Prairie Hiking Trails Location: U.S. 441, 10-miles south of Gainesville Distance: 2.5 to 8 miles Best for: Hiking and biking Time to Complete: 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on trail Admission: Main entrance is $4-6, and an additional $2 depending on the trail Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate Paynes Prairie is a local favorite because you get away from the sounds of cars and the city. It has many great options for routes, with a total of eight trails, including the aforementioned Gainesville-Hawthorne State trail. There are a few shorter loops around 1 mile in length, as well as some longer trails including Bolen Bluff (2.6 miles), Chacala (6.5 miles) and Cone Dike Trail (8.25 miles). Cone Dike Trail has the flattest of the terrains, but is also open and exposed to the most sun and travels into the center of the prairie waterway. Bolen Bluff
and the Chacala trail are mostly hardwoods and shaded, and Bolen Bluff gives visitors a scenic view of Alachua Lake. All three aforementioned trails allow for biking as well.
O’Leno State Park Trails
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Location: 410 S.E. O’Leno Park Road, High Springs Distance: Trails vary between 0.6 – 4.25 miles Best for: Walking, hiking, biking and canoeing Time to Complete: 2-4 hours Admission: $2-5, canoe rentals $3/hr or $15/day Level of Difficulty: moderate
O’Leno State Park has multiple trail option, however the most popular are the River Trail and Limestone Trail. Any nature-seeker can take a trip along the River or Limestone Trails, where they can see natural wonders such as the disappearing “river sink” or a limestone outcrop. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as turtles basking in the sun and an occasional alligator. There are an additional 13 miles of marked and maintained hiking and biking trails for those feeling adventurous. For those who want to get an even closer view of the “river sink,” take a canoeing or kayaking trip along the Santa Fe River. Both canoe and bike rentals are available.
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A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO
hen most of us begin to feel pain or discomfort, whether it’s in the back, leg, head or somewhere in between, for many, the go-to remedy comes in some form of medication. While this can sometimes be quick fix, there are many natural alternatives that are not only just as effective, but can also prevent or curb other problems you may be experiencing. Physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture are all wonderful alternatives to taking medication when pain arises. While they can be viewed as treatment for someone who is severely injured or as a luxury or extraneous service, these three techniques are actually beneficial for overall health and wellness, in addition to helping combat pain.
evaluating an athlete’s movement patterns for running, jumping or throwing.
By Dr. Melissa Cere, PT, DPT
Physical therapy includes a variety of treatment interventions including hands-on techniques to improve soft tissue and joint mobility, specific exercise to improve flexibility and strength and posture and body mechanics education to move more efficiently and safely. Based strongly in the sciences of anatomy, physiology and physics, physical therapy has evolved to treat not only orthopedic conditions, post-surgical impairments, balance and dizziness, but specialty practice may also include treatment of temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction, pelvic pain, pelvic floor weakness and cancer-related impairments.
Why Physical Therapy?
Why is it great for you?
Each treatment is not only helpful on its own, but can be combined to achieve an even greater benefit. Determine which treatment or combination of treatments sounds like the best option for you. The next time you have a headache and are about the reach into your medicine cabinet, remember there are great alternatives to choose from that will last much longer than four to six hours.
Physical Therapy Physical therapists have extensive education, now through doctorate level training, on how to evaluate and treat movement dysfunctions and pain related to the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Physical therapists conduct a complete medical history and thorough physical examination, including an evaluation of functional movement, specific to a patient’s needs. Functional assessments can range from getting in and out of bed to 68 68 | TheVillageJournal.com
Physical therapists can serve in a primary care role to evaluate and treat your joint and muscle aches, sprains, strains, neck and back pain, imbalance and difficulty walking and even vertigo related to head movement. By going directly to a physical therapist for these conditions, you can more quickly access the treatment you need to help you move better with less pain and more safely, often resulting in overall fewer healthcare dollars spent.
The goal of a physical therapist is to not only help resolve an individual’s current symptoms and movement difficulties, but also to give them the tools to help manage their symptoms long-term and hopefully prevent injury or surgery. Over time, this can also result in better management of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis with less medications and disability. Early intervention by a physical therapist can also help prevent progression of a condition, such as with treating pelvic floor weakness after pregnancy to prevent urinary leakage or pelvic organ prolapse over time. When specifically looking at injury prevention with athletes, a groundbreaking study in the August 2008 American Journal of Sports Medicine found that female soccer players who participated in a physical therapist-developed prevention program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than the group who did their regular training regime. For children to elderly adults, physical therapists can be key players in developing a healthier lifestyle, as well as preventing injury and disability.
session begins, and ask if your therapist has experience with your specific need. A good experience can lead to a healthy partnership with your therapist and a healthier, happier you.
Why is it great for you? The overall benefits of massage therapy include increased circulation, increased flexibility and range of motion of joints, decreased insomnia and anxiety and decreased pain. Massage can be used for a variety of health conditions and is especially good at treating problems related to movement. Neck, back, shoulder discomfort and pain associated with repetitive motions are all common reasons people seek massage therapy. Massage is also beneficial for headaches, TMJ disorders, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia.
By Mary Kennedy, LMT
Why is Massage Therapy? Massage has long been considered a luxury item for pampering the body. However, massage is now also being viewed for its’ therapeutic benefits, especially when used in conjunction with other modalities such as physical therapy, or PT. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 found that massage therapy, in conjunction with PT for back pain, can reduce the severity of pain and keep people pain-free for longer. The medical community is beginning to embrace massage, as licensed therapists are seeing increased referrals from physicians. If you haven’t tried massage before, don’t be nervous. Ask your physician or a trusted friend for a recommendation. You don’t need a prescription, but it may help your therapist know what your physician would specifically like to address. Interview your therapist and discuss your health concerns before the TheVillageJournal.com | 69 69
WE L L N E SS Preventive Benefits Many athletes use massage therapy to increase performance and prevent injuries. By increasing flexibility and helping muscles track correctly, the chance of injury is lessened and performance is increased. In one case, a competitive fitness athlete improved her squat weight from 195 to 235 lbs. after one session of working on her hamstrings. A new concept emerging in massage therapy is “pre-hab” massage, or massage therapy before surgery. This is performed usually in conjunction with physical therapy to help keep the affected joint mobile and improve the muscle tone around the joint. Massage can help loosen the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joint, thereby allowing the person to continue to exercise and remain active through the time of surgery.
Acupuncture is most often practiced by inserting ultrafine, sterile, surgical-grade stainless steel needles into acupuncture points on the body or ear. Unlike medical hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are as fine as a man’s whiskers, and they are microengineered to bypass nerves in the skin so patients don’t feel pain. Stimulation of these points creates a healing cascade in the body for reasons science is just beginning to validate using modern technology such as functional MRIs and nanotechnology. Acupuncture has been used as an effective natural form of healing for over 2,500 years. Today, in the U.S., acupuncture is the #1 modality chosen by Americans seeking complementary health.
Why is it great for you?
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used for three main reasons: to address a health problem; to prevent a health problem; and to optimize health. The later is used mostly by professional and amateur athletes who desire a competitive edge. Women who seek to become pregnant also use acupuncture to optimize health by encouraging healthy baby development.
According to Florida law, acupuncture is defined as a form of primary healthcare that employs diagnosis and treatment based on traditional Chinese medicine concepts for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, as well as the prevention of disease.
In addition, acupuncture restores your body’s ability to heal itself. A healthy body naturally heals itself, but an unhealthy body needs a little help. It’s a safe, effective, and affordable solution to most healthcare problems, as most
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major medical insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has no side effects, no drug interactions and can be performed without breaking the skin if done using laser light, electromagnetic stimulation or pressure stimulation. It can be used independently or in conjunction with conventional medical interventions such as drugs and surgery. Acupuncture is the only complementary and alternative medicine that’s still growing in the U.S. with its use in the U.S. tripling over the past 10 years. If you’re looking to resolve nagging health problems, prevent disease and achieve your highest level of sustainable health, then you should consider acupuncture.
Preventive Benefits Doctors of Oriental medicine use acupuncture to treat and prevent a wide spectrum of conditions. In the United States, one in 10 adults and seniors use it to relieve pain, anxiety, insomnia and head colds. It can be a safe, adjunctive therapy for patients with troubles ranging from ear, nose and throat problems to neurologic, respiratory, cardiovascular or even emotional problems such as depression. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with herbal medicine and with more conventional medical treatments. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture gave a boost to acupuncture by concluding that acupuncture is safe and, for some conditions, proven effective. These include reducing nausea and pain associated with chemotherapy, anesthesia or pregnancy. More evidence supports its effectiveness in treating migraines, depression, constipation, lower back pain and infertility. Chinese herbal medicine has clinical efficacy in managing “diseases of modern living” such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and cardiovascular disease – without side effects. Ask around– acupuncturists treat many satisfied patients recovering from allergies, asthma, IBS, sports injuries and more. With so many clinical applications, NIH and universities such as University of Florida continue to fund a variety of research projects every year relating to the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture for animals and people.
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No longer a sleepy town lined with green benches, St. Pete has offerings worthy for a weekend escape. By Kendal Norris
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ature endowed St. Petersburg, Florida with an embarrassment of riches: a peninsula setting between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, over 350 days of sunshine a year, a sub-tropical climate, and in the 1920s, some far-sighted city planning that gave its residents the third largest public waterfront park system in the US. All of these assets, combined with dozens of cultural, recreational and culinary attractions, make “St. Pete” one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southeast, and a terrific weekend getaway for Floridians. For art enthusiasts, the wondrously designed, recently-constructed Dali Museum houses the largest body of work outside of Europe of Spanish artist, Salvador Dali (1904-89). Famous for his early Surrealistic style and themes, the museum features over 2000 Dali treasures: oil paintings, original drawings, prints, sculptures and archive documents. The building’s interior houses a helical staircase, spacious exhibit rooms, research library, theater, store and Café Gala (named for Dali’s wife). The Dali Museum’s educational workshops, lectures, and family events add another layer of interest to the stunning permanent and visiting exhibits. Music aficionados will be happy to know that St. Pete is home to the world’s largest record (vinyl) store called Banana’s Music & Movies. Three million Lps, 45s, 78s, along with CDs and movies can be found in an unpretentious downtown neighborhood.
Dali Museum There, two warehouses comprising 17,000 square feet of space contain everything from old movie soundtracks to early John Lee Hooker recordings, to Elvis 45s. Entire rows of Frank Sinatra can delight fans of Old Blue Eyes. Owners Doug and Michelle Allen offer a service of copying Lps onto CDs that are not currently in the more modern format. They also do a whopping online business from their site at www.musicfinder.com.
New Zealand hops can be sampled, along with a caramel malt named Ryerish Red Irish ale. And finally, there’s 3 Daughters Brewing where the Mike Harting family has roots in the Kentucky brewing industry. In their tasting room at 222-22nd Street South, beer fans are treated to such exotic drinks as Beach Blonde Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter and Summer Storm Stout. They also offer tours to explore their brewing process and craft beer culture.
After taking in an art and retail treat, visitors can whet their whistles at one of St. Petersburg’s many bold, innovative craft breweries. St. Pete Brewing at 544 - 1st Avenue North is owned by Tom and Michele Williams, and features Orange Wheat Beer that can be sampled— along with other originals—in their 15-tap tasting room. Green Bench Brewing Company, located in a renovated 1920s warehouse in the Edge District, is owned by Nathan Stonecipher and Steven Duffy. Visitors can enjoy stout, brown ale, IPA (India Pale Ale) or wheat ale in their tasting room or in their outdoor beer garden with bocce ball courts and cozy fire pit. Cycle Brewing at 534 Central Avenue is the brainchild of Doug Dozark. At Cycle, his straw-colored Freewheel Pale Ale made from
Friday nights in St. Pete offer an unusual bit of fun: free shuffleboard games at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club. Recently celebrating its 90th anniversary, this local landmark is the largest shuffleboard club in the world. The 52-feet long, 6-feet wide courts keep 300 serious members in happy play every day of the week. Evenings and weekends also see a number of musical and food events taking place at this fun, wholesome community gathering site. Saturday mornings, visitors to St. Pete are in for a treat of the senses at the thriving, diverse Saturday Morning Market with both summer (for shade) and winter locations. Starting at 9 am and lasting until 2 pm, 200 vendors sell
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E X P L OR E everything from fresh Aricauna (hormone and antibiotic-free) eggs to Buffalo Mozzarella to homemade chocolates to kingfish steaks, crab cakes and homemade jambalaya. Artisans display their unique crafts alongside food vendors, so the morning and early afternoon are a veritable festival of delights for hungry and curious visitors. There’s also a Story Time venue where families can sit and be entertained by literary readings for children. For those interested in period architecture, St. Pete is home to Craftsman House in the Grand Central District. Built in 1918, this fully-restored arts and crafts bungalow contains American craft artwork from several hundred local and national artists. Moving from room to room, visitors are treated to a beautiful showcase of blown glass, jewelry, turned wood, and useful pottery in the form of mugs, bowls and plates. There’s a delightful café to relax with a cup of espresso or a smoothie before taking in the carriage house/pottery studio. The Craftsman House is also a local venue for musical events.
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Before dining at one of St. Pete’s many firstclass restaurants, there’s a special setting for pre-dinner drinks. It’s the Canopy Rooftop Lounge at the Birchwood Inn located in the center of the waterfront district. Replete with living room seating, private cabanas, fire pits and spectacular views of Tampa Bay and downtown St. Petersburg, the Canopy features a colorful variety of specialty cocktails like the Vintage Blackberry Mint Julep or Lavender Dream Martini made with fresh, seasonal fruits. If hunger strikes, there are tempting entrees such as Oysters of the Day, Cape Canaveral Shrimp and Crab Salad, or Duck Confit Crispy Tacos. To top off a glorious day of entertaining sites and events, consider having dinner at Rococo Steak. Not your traditional steakhouse, Rococo’s setting is a 1920s historical brick building with eighteenth-century art theme décor. Chef Richard Pott creates contemporary cuisine combining Sicilian and Cuban influences. Some examples from the innovative menu include Incan Red Quinoa, Grass-fed Filet Mignon, Apple Cheddar Onion Soup and Truffle Fries. There’s also a gluten-sensitive menu and corn-fed and grass-fed steak options. The “Sunshine City” with its beautiful vacation setting is sure to tempt the most discerning cultural and culinary palettes. From its inception as a fishing port of 300 souls to its current vibrant population of a quarter of a million, St. Pete has come a long way and grown in rich complexity. What’s great about a visit to this destination is that its many attractions are just a short meander down the road from Gainesville.
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Golf Courses By Tripp Isenhour
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hose of us who live in Florida and love golf are fortunate to have many great courses throughout the state, and to have so many of those great courses available for public play. Asked to name my five favorite courses in the state, the challenge was to narrow my favorites to only five. Here goes, with the idea in mind to confine the list to those courses within easy reach of Gainesville and readily accessible. My top five:
5. Pine Barrens Course at World Woods Golf Club Brooksville
World Woods is a massive golf facility in the beautiful countryside just outside Brooksville and contains two championship courses, a 9-hole “short course,” a 3-hole practice course and a 36-hole putting course in addition to a 23-acre practice facility. Plan to spend the day! The Pine Barrens Course is my favorite of the two championship courses at the 2100-acre complex. This beautiful piece of property allowed golf course architect Tom Fazio to design one of his favorite layouts. There are many challenging holes with amazing similarities to Pine Valley. Unlike most Florida courses there is very little water to contend with other than on the fun par-3 third, which plays over the only lake on the course. The par 71 design has only one par-5 on the back nine but it is a challenging 580 yards, so one is enough! Be sure to play the Rolling Oaks Course as well. It is not as challenging as Pine Barrens, but still fun to play. Book it for 36, but play the Pine Barrens first while you’re fresh.
4. Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort Palm Coast I love the hotel and looking out towards the ocean, and I especially like the challenging finishing holes at this beautiful golf resort on perhaps the least developed stretch of the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. The six holes along the ocean will take your breath away, but make sure you pay attention because any errant shots are going to cost you. The final four holes create a great finishing challenge, and it’s no wonder they call that collection of holes the “Bear Claw.” In my opinion, this layout is some of Jack Nicklaus’s best design work in Florida.
Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort
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1. Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach
The Valley Course, which opened in 1987, was designed by and named for Pete Dye, who designed the Stadium Course at TPC five years earlier, and it shares the impressive clubhouse and amenities at TPC Sawgrass.
What more do I need to say – this course, and its signature 17th hole, is one of the best known courses in the country, let alone Florida. No list of favorites would be complete without this one on it – or at least not mine!
All the attention goes to the Stadium Course, rightfully so, yet many of the pros that play in the annual Web.Com Tour event on the Dye’s Valley Course say this one is equally as difficult. If the rough is up and the small greens are up to speed, you better have all facets of your game in gear.
The Stadium Course has gone through many changes over the years, but the overhaul to the clubhouse and the greens in 2007 have been a huge hit for the PGA Tour and its signature event. The biggest purse on Tour and the memorable 17th are part of the allure that is the Players® Championship. I think every golfer should have a go at 17, then try to par the long and demanding 18th. After being there, you will realize that those that play on the PGA Tour really are highly skilled and those Champions have earned something special in their careers.
Note: The Dye’s Valley Course is closed for renovation until September 21, 2014, but book ahead of time and plan to be among the first to play it when it reopens. 2. Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort Palm Harbor
The Copperhead Course is the gem of the four 18-hole courses at the Innisbrook resort that sits just north of Clearwater near the Gulf of Mexico. This is definitely one of my favorite courses in the whole state of Florida. The terrain is not like you are in Florida at all. Some of the holes remind me of Pinehurst. The narrow fairways and tiny greens give the best players in the world fits every March during the PGA Tour event, Valspar Championship, played on this course. Usually, scoring in single digits below par has you in contention late on Sunday, which is unusual for a Tour event. Copperhead is a fair but stern test with plenty of length, even though a par 71 with three par-3s on the second nine. Put this one on your bucket list for sure.
While 17 and 18 are the best-known holes, I think it’s fair to mention a few less well known, but excellent, holes at the Stadium Course to look forward to playing as well. Some of my other favorites:
• Hole 4 – not a long par-4 but fun and challenging. Accuracy off tee is a must and then a very accurate second is required to a green protected front and left by a bulk headed water hazard. Be very cautious reading your putt after you do arrive there! • Hole 10 – a par-4 that might look a little familiar so pay attention as it was designed to be a mirror image of hole 1. So are you better playing to the right or left? • Hole 13 – difficult but fun par 3 that is not long but with the 2-tiered green and water along entire left side, be careful. So go play! Find the tees that best compliment your game at these outstanding courses and enjoy this wonderful game on some of Florida’s best.
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MUSSELS MARINARA —cozze alla marinara—
This dish is a great example of how combining simple, fresh ingredients can yield a quickly prepared and very flavorful, nutritious and economical meal. My grandmother prepared cozze alla marinara and when I first learned the difference between Marinara Sauce and “Italian Gravy”. Marinara sauce, which means “sailor’s sauce” in Italian, is a very simple sauce prepared with white wine, crushed canned tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Marinara sauce cooks fairly quickly, resulting in its bright, reddish-orange color. The gravy, on the other hand, is a heavier tomato sauce that is simmered for hours and has a thick, deep-red consistency.
Buon Appetito! INGREDIENTS
• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed and peeled • 4 1/2 pounds mussels (preferably cultivated), scrubbed and beards removed • 1 cup dry white wine • 2 T of soft unsalted butter • 1 pound tomatoes, quartered, seeded and roughly chopped • Coarse sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley • 1 baguette, cut on the diagonal into ½-inch slices and lightly toasted
In a heavy pot with lid, heat oil and garlic over medium heat until warm and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add mussels and wine, then stir in tomatoes, and pinch salt and pepper. Cook mussels, covered, stirring occasionally, until opened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Discard any unopened mussels. Add parsley and butter to mussels and stir to combine. Serve with baguette.
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