When we think of childhood, what we often visualize is images of riding bikes, family events and birthday parties. But there are too many kids in our community that see none of these things – only years filled with pain and loneliness. This is where St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) steps in, provides therapeutic care and love, and changes lives every day.

Founded in 1989 by Carl Simone, SAYS is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides three therapeutic residential homes for First Coast area boys ages six to 18 who have suffered from physical or sexual abuse, or extreme neglect. “Our goal is to build self-esteem in these boys and young men to help them lead positive, meaningful lives,” said Executive Director Schuyler Siefker, who was honored as 2014 Administrator of the Year by the Florida Coalition for Children.

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When it opened its doors in November 2007, Blackstone Grille set a new precedent for excellence in American Fusion cuisine for all of Northeast Florida. Since then, it has earned distinctions from Jacksonville Magazine as one of the area’s best eateries, and continues to gain traction as a top dining destination for Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Blackstone’s executive chef and principal Charles Wang has been an integral part of the bistro’s success by utilizing his uniquely diverse culinary background. A more than 30-year restaurant veteran, Charles earned 1st Place honors at the 2002 TBS Superstation Dinner and a Movie, an invitation-only cooking competition held in New York. He has also been a cooking competition judge.

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The business of food trucks has taken off in recent years and, thanks to the passionate dedication of food truck owners, people all over Northeast Florida have come to enjoy the delicious convenience of these eateries on wheels. Passion and dedication define the owners of S.O.S. Diner, who are in the process of taking the food truck movement to the next level – from the roads to the water.

Co-owner Jesse Dowling recently found a moment to let us in on the history of S.O.S. Diner, its scrumptious food, and the meaning behind its name.

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If you’ve accidentally bought eggplant out of season, wondered what chemical they’re spraying on your broccoli, or watched your store bought tomatoes wilt within a couple days, rest assured there is better way! Many Villagers have discovered a more convenient and healthier way to get their produce with Local Fare Farm Bag South.   A St. Augustine-based produce delivery service, Local Fare Farm Bag South harvests produce from local farms each Wednesday and delivers “farm bags” to its customers from St. Augustine all the way to Daytona and Port Orange within 24 hours!

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Jan
 
29
 

Spring will be here before we know it – and with it the need to clean, landscape, and spruce up the lawn for warmer weather.

This year, the name to know is Hibbard Lawn Care. Serving all of St. Johns County, the family owned company offers full scale yard services including mowing, trimming, edging, landscaping, mulching, weeding, sodding, and clean up. Owner James Hibbard Jr. recently answered some questions about his company and its services.

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What are your top requirements for choosing an auto repair shop?  Some might say the company has to be reputable, others would probably mention trust and honesty, and most all of us would include unwavering customer service as a must.  World Golf Village residents can find each of these qualities in Feldman Auto Repair, plus so many more.

Owner and Master Technician Gary Feldman is dedicated to ensuring each customer leaves completely satisfied with their experience. He is also a World Golf Village resident, having lived in the Isles of the World for two years.

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Oct
 
9
 

Throughout his professional life, Bo Strange has strived to fulfill a need and his more than 30-year career has centered on providing much needed public services. Today, Bo stays true to his passion by delivering a very important service that most of us take for granted – portable restrooms. His company Lovely Loo provides facilities for a wide range of events throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Clients of Lovely Loo, a small family owned business, have come to expect refreshingly personalized service as well as top quality amenities that flush away the typical preconceptions about portable restrooms. We’re talking wood floors, fresh mints, and event-coordinated flower arrangements. Lovely Loo offers it all. We recently caught up with Bo to learn more.

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If you are like many us and suffer from allergies or sinus problems, you well know the value of an Otolaryngologist – also known as an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor. One of the premier ENT physicians in Northeast Florida is Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO.

Dr. DePasquale and her staff at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat have garnered a reputation for stellar personalized care from highly trained and experienced professionals. With a staff of nine full-time employees, St. Augustine ENT serves St. Augustine, South Jacksonville, northwest St. Johns County, Palm Coast, and Palatka.

We recently caught up with Dr. DePasquale to learn more about her and her practice.

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There is no question having a trusted title company as a guide while you navigate one of the biggest investments of your life can be invaluable. With Landmark Title, clients have the added benefit of working with an attorney-owned organization that is known for delivering demonstrated expertise, superior customer service and unwavering integrity throughout the closing process.

Serving the entire Northeast Florida area, Landmark is constantly expanding its presence as a resource for more and more home buyers throughout our community. In fact, the title company is now a valued resource for Davidson Realty. William Li, Esq., recently launched a new Landmark Title location in Davidson’s World Golf Village headquarters, and they’re thrilled to welcome him!

Amidst his busy schedule, William recently slowed down to answer a few questions about his experience and Landmark Title.

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Aug
 
16
 

For Tasha Peters and her husband Marshall, presenting beautiful, mouth-watering cuisine with personalized service is of the utmost importance. In fact, it’s the cornerstone of By Design Catering, the business that the couple owns and operates in St. Augustine.

The evolution of By Design Catering, which provides catering and personal chef services, began with a passion shared by the couple. Both graduates of Johnson & Wales University, the Peters’ bring a strong restaurant background, impeccably planned menus, delectable dishes, and a natural attention to customer service that sets the company apart from competitors.

Having grown up in a southern household, Tasha began cooking from a young age and developed a passion for creating great food experiences for guests that parallels her joy in making the business work. “As a chef and caterer, the smile on clients’ faces when we have exceeded their expectations is wonderful,” says Tasha with a smile.

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