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Our Favorite Local Picks

picks2From urban Gainesville to our surrounding small towns, the area is full of amazing options for just about anything you can think of. We’ve selected a few of our favorite local picks. To get started, select your category of interest. Let us know what you think!


  • ARTS & CULTURE

    DanceAlive_dancerDance Alive National Ballet is Gainesville’s own professional ballet company. DANB, official Arts Ambassadors for Gainesville and State Touring Company of Florida for 38 years presents a brilliant home series and award-winning educational and outreach programs. The Company features an international roster of award-winning dancers with repertoire ranging from the quintessential classic Nutcracker to cutting-edge contemporary ballet.
    http://dancealive.org/


    ArtisansGuild_logo_squareArtisans Guild Gallery. From traditional baskets to contemporary photography, wood, glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings, textiles, prints and so much more (including the region’s largest selection of artist-made greeting cards) you will discover a wide-range of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts created by more than 50 artist-members of the guild. Browse for art for you, your home, your office and for gifts for babies, children and grown-ups, too. www.ArtisansGuildGallery.com


    OFCAPalm_300pixelsThe 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival the “Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key” is planned for April 12 & 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm. This juried event features 120 fine artists and craftsman on Historic 2nd Street along with delicious local seafood, homemade baked goods, kid’s activities, music and more in beachfront City Park. The friendly island community of Cedar Key is located 60 miles southwest of Gainesville at the end of SR-24 in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Come for the day or the weekend, enjoy art, nature, food & fun in this very special place. www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com


    1 Qtr pg adThornebrook Gallery has been one of north Florida’s premier art galleries and custom framing establishments for more than 30 years. We’re honored to be a part of the personal experience of finding fine art, craft and jewelry that expresses your tastes and personality. Whether you’re looking to collect your next piece of art or fine craft, find an original piece of artisan jewelry, or in need of a framing specialist to beautifully protect your investment, we are at your service with options to suit any taste and budget. www.ThornebrookGallery.com


    DowntownFestivalCelebrate the Arts at Gainesville’s 32nd Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show. Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Presented by the City of Gainesville the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors. On Nov. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine. The festival is nationally recognized and is ranked no. 10 among the best fine art shows in the country. 250 artists will showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Children also have the chance to exercise their creativity, while participating in activities at the Imagination Station, a free hands-on art activity area.  Enjoy live entertainment on three stages. The festival weekend kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with a free Downtown Blues Concert featuring Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini. Gainesville’s premier fall festival is a celebration of art and culture. Start your holiday shopping now, and find unique gifts for family and friends, or purchase artwork to expand your collection. Festivities are free and open to the public all weekend. For information, visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org or call 352-334-ARTS.


    2b9366_f7dcffbdcf6c61180ab984209af5c82b.jpg_srz_295_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The annual GFAA Art Festival at Thornebrook  will be held October 12 & 13, 2013, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5pm, with 125 fine artists and fine craftsmen throughout the shaded park-like setting of Thornebrook Village.  The show enters its 29th year under the auspices of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and Thornebrook Village.  Attendance of more than 25,000 people is anticipated over the two day free event.  Local, regional and national artists and fine craftsmen will display their finest work in various media including painting, photography, mixed media, graphics, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts , clay, jewelry, glass, wood and furniture.Music will be located in the center of the Festival.  Thornebrook restaurants will be providing food along with vendors. thornebrookart.org


    web-site-photos-001McIntyre Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery is a full service stained glass studio, offering custom designs for home, business, or place of worship, plus stained glass lessons and supplies. The gallery is a showcase for fine arts and crafts created by 30 local artists. mcintyrestudio.com


    Paddiwhack offers a unique Gainesville shopping experience for handmade items, furniture, fine art, jewelry, pottery, and items for the home and bath. The quality is amazing and with over 7,000 square feet of show space you can easily spend a day just browsing. Paddiwhack is a member of Craft Retailers of Tomorrow with over 80% of their products made in the USA. As a matter of fact, you will find North Florida’s largest selection of items handmade in America at Paddiwhack–Art for Life. Paddiwhack.com

  • ARTISTS, WRITERS and CREATIVES

    Mary2Mary Bast is a life coach who writes poetry, memoir, and flash fiction. A finalist in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, her work in the past year also appears in 100 Word Story, Bacopa Literary Review, Connotation Press, From the Depths, Six Minute Magazine, The Found Poetry Review, and The Writing Disorder. When Mary’s hands are not on computer keys they’re holding brush to canvas, inspired by North Central Florida’s woodlands, lakes, and prairies. She writes and paints barefoot and has no excuse for owning more than 30 pairs of shoes.  www.marybast.com


    AlfredPhillips2Alfred Phillips: “In 2003, after a successful career as a graphic designer in Louisville, Kentucky, I retired to Florida and began a second career as an acrylic painter. I am known for experimenting and producing in a variety of subjects and styles, but all of my work leans toward contemporary realism. My work is collected internationally and has appeared in Watercolor Magazine. I have been named Best Visual Artist by New Times Magazine and honored with multiple Best In Show awards in South Florida. Currently, I am represented by Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Wilton Manors, Florida, and work out of my home studio in Gainesville, Florida. Contact me through Artisans’ Guild Gallery or direct through my email or web site.” 954.326.3133 (C) • 954.563.6217 (H)

    alfredstudio@att.net | www.alfredphillips.com


    Magnolia-for-Cedar-KeyWoodturner, Sara Eoff, says “I get great pleasure and satisfaction in using wood from local trees and shrubs. Plus, much of my wood is salvaged from storms, new house sites, and tree trimmers. Turning wood is a great joy and spiritually satisfying. It is especially gratifying to expose the wood and see its inner secrets.” Contact: kmse@ufl.edu or 352-372-2802


    Babies-In-Pink_cJoel-B-McEachern_Floridas-Eden-2013Natural Light Studios features the work of Joel B. McEachern. Past the roar of the interstates and the glare of presumption and absolute growth, I photograph Florida’s last wild and open places; places where time appears to stand still; places where ancient creatures once roamed and living ones struggle to survive.
    Contact: 800.642.3312 | naturallightstudios@yahoo.com | Visit Webpage

    Beyond the superlatives and the promotion, my images hope to picture the grace of Florida at first light. It is honest work and a story I hope to soon tell.

  • EVENTS

    OFCAPalm_300pixelsThe 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival the “Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key” is planned for April 12 & 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm. This juried event features 120 fine artists and craftsman on Historic 2nd Street along with delicious local seafood, homemade baked goods, kid’s activities, music and more in beachfront City Park. The friendly island community of Cedar Key is located 60 miles southwest of Gainesville at the end of SR-24 in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Come for the day or the weekend, enjoy art, nature,

    food & fun in this very special place.

    www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com

     


    DowntownFestivalCelebrate the Arts at Gainesville’s 32nd Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show. Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Presented by the City of Gainesville the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors. On Nov. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine. The festival is nationally recognized and is ranked no. 10 among the best fine art shows in the country. 250 artists will showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Children also have the chance to exercise their creativity, while participating in activities at the Imagination Station, a free hands-on art activity area. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages. The festival weekend kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with a free Downtown Blues Concert featuring Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini. Gainesville’s premier fall festival is a celebration of art and culture. Start your holiday shopping now, and find unique gifts for family and friends, or purchase artwork to expand your collection. Festivities are free and open to the public all weekend. For information, visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org or call 352-334-ARTS.


    2b9366_f7dcffbdcf6c61180ab984209af5c82b.jpg_srz_295_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The annual GFAA Art Festival at Thornebrook will be held October 12 & 13, 2013, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5pm, with 125 fine artists and fine craftsmen throughout the shaded park-like setting of Thornebrook Village. The show enters its 29th year under the auspices of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and Thornebrook Village. Attendance of more than 25,000 people is anticipated over the two day free event. Local, regional and national artists and fine craftsmen will display their finest work in various media including painting, photography, mixed media, graphics, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts , clay, jewelry, glass, wood and furniture.Music will be located in the center of the Festival. Thornebrook restaurants will be providing food along with vendors. thornebrookart.org


  • FOOD & FARMS

    BlueHighwayLogo_RegisteredVrs_wSloganThe food at Blue Highway never fails to be fresh, tasty and satisfying. The unique flavor combinations feel just right. Each of Blue Highway is also a local gathering spot and a cornerstone of the community. Check out this family owned business at one of three locations in Micanopy on US 441, at Tioga Town Center, or in Ocala. www.bluehighwaypizza.com


    image002The Conservation Trust for Florida‘s mission is to preserve Florida’s natural and rural communities. We work with farmers, ranchers and foresters, helping them protect the natural, recreational and economic value of their land. These partnerships preserve natural habitats and family legacies while ensuring the longevity of healthy ecosystems for people and wildlife. CTF, founded in 1999, has assisted in protecting over 10,000 acres of private lands for conservation purposes.

    Celebrate with the Conservation Trust for Florida at the 9th Annual Farm to Fork Gala. Sunday, October 27th. For more information: www.conserveflorida.org


     

    041Since 1970, Garden Gate Nursery has been Gainesville’s and North Central Florida’s premier retail garden shop, botanical service center and gift shop. We specialize in all your gardening, horticultural, and floral needs. We provide various Fountains, Statuary and Pottery along with locally grown Trees, Shrubs, Annuals, Perennials and Houseplants as well as Fertilizers, Soils, Garden Related Gifts and Accessories.

    Garden Gate Nursery provides all outdoor gardening and landscaping plants available for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 10. Our garden center is divided into 9 sections, including: Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Bonsai, Houseplants, Roses, Vines Aquatics and Xeric plants.

    Whether you’re an avid Master Gardener or part-time weekend novice, we have you covered with reasonable prices and unmatched customer service. Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to offer information about plant placement, watering needs, nutrient requirements or any particular idiosyncrasies a particular plant may have. Impress your neighbors and friends by having the best garden and yard in the neighborhood.


    Citicitizenscoop-logo-squarezens Co-op is a member-owned + worker-run grocery store specializing in local, organic and bulk foods. From composting food waste to supporting local farmers, the co-op is Gainesville’s “greenest” grocer. Shopping at the co-op keeps dollars in our community and helps strengthen our local food system. Membership shares are sold at $100 and membership entails democratic control of operations, voting rights, discounts on bulk orders, member-only sales and annual patronage dividends. You don’t have to be a member to shop at the store–We’re open to the public, 7 days a week. To learn more: visit our website, follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, or come into the co-op and see it yourself. We’re located at 435 South Main Street, right in the heart of Downtown Gainesville. www.citizensco-op.com

  • HEALTH & WELLNESS

    6-16-12  logo smallFloating Lotus Spa is an all organic spa that provides wonderful anti aging treatments, natural face lifts, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, relaxation, and rejuvenation for the body, mind, and spirit.  We feature the Far Infrared Biomat treatments for pain management, weight loss, anti aging, health issues and pre and post athletic events.  Come try a complimentary session!

    In addition, we offer detoxification services for your over-all health. We will provide luxury treatments with state of the art technology in a relaxing Zen atmosphere.  Take care of yourself today call 352-378-8125  and look and feel years younger!

    www.thefloatinglotusspa.com


    GvilleMensCenter_LogoThe Gainesville Men’s Center (GMC) offers powerful learning and growth experiences to men. Our men’s groups and retreats provide safe, supportive places for men to open up new potentials, examine and change their lives, feel and express emotions and discover true brotherhood. Men have been gathering in truth-telling circles since the dawn of time. Every man carries deep soul wisdom, and the capacity for passion, purpose, and healthy personal power. These truly beautiful qualities in men can be activated and refined in the caring and supportive presence of other men, with experienced leaders who have walked the road themselves. The Mission of the GMC is to help men become more soulful, alive, and effective in their lives, by offering powerful learning and growth experiences.

    www.gainesvillemenscenter.com


    YvonneWoodsonYvonne Woodson, R.N., A.P., Dipl.O.M.. (NCCAOM) specializes in Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL and is licensed in the State of Florida as a registered nurse specializing in women’s health. She offers a refreshingly holistic approach to health and healing that comes from over 30 years of experience in the healthcare profession. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who is trained in as many disciplines of acupuncture in the Gainesville area. Yvonne is trained in the classic art of Five Element acupuncture, Non-Invasive Toyohari acupuncture, Trauma acupuncture, Orthopedic acupuncture, and the latest approach to cosmetic acupuncture known as the Mei Zen™ Cosmetic Acupuncture System. www.gainesvilleflacupuncture.com


    IMG_2280Stephen Schachter, A.P., Dip.L.Ac had been in practice over 31 years, treating all ages and problems. He is highly skilled in treating acute or chronic pain, internal diseases and maximizing health. Steve also teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He brings experience, sensitivity and intuition to help you to heal. Steve uses Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, sound healing and health counseling in his quest for healing. Steve has lectured at the University of Florida, been a teacher at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, created and produced a local cable tv show on alternative medicine and spoke at many groups around town. He offers workshops on advanced acupuncture techniques to the profession. Feel free to ask for a mini-consultation at no charge.  http://StephenSchachter.com


    DrRickAbsolute Health Center offers high quality hands-on health care focusing on correction of spinal misalignment for the preservation of health and well being. Additionally treat neck and back pain, car accident injuries, headaches, and other ailments.  healthabsolutely.com/site/

     

  • OLD FLORIDA HERITAGE

    front yard picture perfect bloomsListed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a pioneer farm established before the Civil War. One of the best documented authentic working pioneer farms in the nation, Dudley covers 325 acres and a homestead of 18 buildings with all of their original furnishings, including  the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880′s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a cane syrup complex. Park staff, in period clothing, perform daily chores, raise crops, and tend to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, 7th Florida Regiment Muster, Quilt Day, Plow Days with draft horses, Reconstruction, Antique Tractor & Car Day, Dudley Kids with children’s activities, and more. Dudley Farm is a living laboratory where Floridians can step back in time, and like the Dudleys, call a place home. The Friends of Dudley Farm website www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org


    OFCAPalm_300pixelsThe 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival the “Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key” is planned for

    April 12 & 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm. This juried event features 120 fine artists and craftsman on Historic 2nd Street along with delicious local seafood, homemade baked goods, kid’s activities, music and more in beachfront City Park. The friendly island community of Cedar Key is located 60 miles southwest of Gainesville at the end of SR-24 in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Come for the day or the weekend, enjoy art, nature, food & fun in this very special place. www.cedarkeyartsfestival.com


  • OUTDOOR RECREATION

    For nearly 20 years Bike Florida has been conducting its mass spring bicycle tours around the state to help support bicycle safety and education programs in Florida. Registration will open soon for our 20th anniversary tour, BF 20: Magical History Tour, to Palatka, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. Bike Florida is also introducing a new line of small-group inn-to-inn tours.

    www.BikeFlorida.org


    front yard picture perfect bloomsListed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a pioneer farm established before the Civil War. One of the best documented authentic working pioneer farms in the nation, Dudley covers 325 acres and a homestead of 18 buildings with all of their original furnishings, including  the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880′s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a cane syrup complex. Park staff, in period clothing, perform daily chores, raise crops, and tend to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, 7th Florida Regiment Muster, Quilt Day, Plow Days with draft horses, Reconstruction, Antique Tractor & Car Day, Dudley Kids with children’s activities, and more. Dudley Farm is a living laboratory where Floridians can step back in time, and like the Dudleys, call a place home. The Friends of Dudley Farm website www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org


  • SHOPPING

    ArtisansGuild_logo_squareArtisans Guild Gallery. From traditional baskets to contemporary photography, wood, glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings, textiles, prints and so much more (including the region’s largest selection of artist-made greeting cards) you will discover a wide-range of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts created by more than 50 artist-members of the guild. Browse for art for you, your home, your office and for gifts for babies, children and grown-ups, too.

    www.ArtisansGuildGallery.com


    CFOPCentral Florida Office Plus is Gainesville’s art supply headquarters, with a full-service art department and trained staff ready to advise you on products and make special orders. The framing department excels at meeting your specific needs, from framing a gift to creating museum-quality presentations.  CFOP offers a complete line of office supplies, office furniture, and printing services. Check out the changing art gallery exhibits. www.cfop.biz


    Alternatives-05_SquareAlternatives Global Marketplace is Gainesville’s only fair trade gift and clothing store offering a unique selection of artisan crafts from around the world. Located in the Millhopper Shopping Center, Alternatives offers traditional folk art, unique handmade jewelry and handbags, home décor, art and sculpture, textiles, tabletop, meditation aids, body care and home fragrance. We build partnerships with artisans, cooperatives, and fair trade organizations worldwide to develop and market products that are economically just and environmentally sound. The artist receives a fair return for their effort, and you in turn obtain a hand-crafted item of beauty and originality that is sure to be cherished. With the purchase of these items, you are supporting a process that brings dignity to a people’s struggle for economic independence. www.alternativesglobalmarketplace.com


    1 Qtr pg adThornebrook Gallery has been one of north Florida’s premier art galleries and custom framing establishments for more than 30 years. We’re honored to be a part of the personal experience of finding fine art, craft and jewelry that expresses your tastes and personality. Whether you’re looking to collect your next piece of art or fine craft, find an original piece of artisan jewelry, or in need of a framing specialist to beautifully protect your investment, we are at your service with options to suit any taste and budget.

    www.ThornebrookGallery.com


    web-site-photos-001McIntyre Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery is a full service stained glass studio, offering custom designs for home, business, or place of worship, plus stained glass lessons and supplies. The gallery is a showcase for fine arts and crafts created by 30 local artists. mcintyrestudio.com


    Citicitizenscoop-logo-squarezens Co-op is a member-owned + worker-run grocery store specializing in local, organic and bulk foods. From composting food waste to supporting local farmers, the co-op is Gainesville’s “greenest” grocer. Shopping at the co-op keeps dollars in our community and helps strengthen our local food system. Membership shares are sold at $100 and membership entails democratic control of operations, voting rights, discounts on bulk orders, member-only sales and annual patronage dividends. You don’t have to be a member to shop at the store–We’re open to the public, 7 days a week. To learn more: visit our website, follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, or come into the co-op and see it yourself. We’re located at 435 South Main Street, right in the heart of Downtown Gainesville. www.citizensco-op.com


    Paddiwhack offers a unique Gainesville shopping experience for handmade items, furniture, fine art, jewelry, pottery, and items for the home and bath.  The quality is amazing and with over 7,000 square feet of show space you can easily spend a day just browsing. Paddiwhack is a member of Craft Retailers of Tomorrow with over 80% of their products  made in the USA. As a matter of fact, you will find North Florida’s largest selection of items handmade in America at Paddiwhack–Art for Life.  Paddiwhack.com


    20130525_112259Gifts of Avalon Beads & Jewelry Store is a full service bead store with a great selection of seedbeads, glass and gemstones as well as all the parts to put it all together. We offer many classes, from basic stringing and earring making to cold connection, multi-media, advanced seedbead work, wire-wrapping and more! We also carry a beautiful line of jewelry made from local artists.  www.avalonbeadstore.com

  • SUSTAINABILITY

    atlantticdesignAtlantic Design Homes is one of the most highly regarded builders in the area, offering design, construction, renovation and interior design services. Atlantic Design isn’t new to “green” or energy–efficient construction. In 2000, Atlantic Design was awarded the highly prestigious Environmental Protection Agency’s “National Builder of the Year,” presented for our pioneering work in building energy-efficient homes.  Among many regional awards are the Grand Aurora Award for “Best Community in the Southeastern United States,” a local “Ethics in Business,” award and Alachua County’s only designated “Clean Builder of the Year.” www.Atlanticd.com


    SolarImpactSolar Impact is a local leader in residential and commercial solar installation, providing professional design, construction and engineering every step of the way. Gainesville, Florida, was the first city in the nation to offer a solar feed-in tariff. The explosion of solar panels across the county is a natural for the Sunshine State!  Many installations produce power invisibly from hidden rooftops on parking garages, stores and office buildings. The welcome signs of solar panels on homes old and new is evidence of Solar Impact at work.

    www.SolarImpact.com


    image002The Conservation Trust for Florida‘s mission is to preserve Florida’s natural and rural communities. We work with farmers, ranchers and foresters, helping them protect the natural, recreational and economic value of their land. These partnerships preserve natural habitats and family legacies while ensuring the longevity of healthy ecosystems for people and wildlife. CTF, founded in 1999, has assisted in protecting over 10,000 acres of private lands for conservation purposes.

    Celebrate with the Conservation Trust for Florida at the  9th Annual Farm to Fork Gala.  Sunday, October 27th.  For more information: www.conserveflorida.org


    041Since 1970, Garden Gate Nursery has been Gainesville’s and North Central Florida’s premier retail garden shop, botanical service center and gift shop. We specialize in all your gardening, horticultural, and floral needs. We provide various Fountains, Statuary and Pottery along with locally grown Trees, Shrubs, Annuals, Perennials and Houseplants as well as Fertilizers, Soils, Garden Related Gifts and Accessories.

    Garden Gate Nursery provides all outdoor gardening and landscaping plants available for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 10. Our garden center is divided into 9 sections, including: Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Bonsai, Houseplants, Roses, Vines Aquatics and Xeric plants.

    Whether you’re an avid Master Gardener or part-time weekend novice, we have you covered with reasonable prices and unmatched customer service. Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to offer information about plant placement, watering needs, nutrient requirements or any particular idiosyncrasies a particular plant may have. Impress your neighbors and friends by having the best garden and yard in the neighborhood. www.gardengatenursery.net

  • WELCOME NEWCOMERS: SERVICES

    GatorMoving_favoriteGator Moving and Storage is your trusted partner for Local and Long-Distance moves, offering: Affordable storage for personal items or vehicles; Professional, proficient staff, highly trained in all aspects of moving; Licensed and insured. www.GatorMoving.com

  • WELCOME NEWCOMERS: HOME & GARDEN


    041Since 1970, Garden Gate Nursery has been Gainesville’s and North Central Florida’s premier retail garden shop, botanical service center and gift shop. We specialize in all your gardening, horticultural, and floral needs. We provide various Fountains, Statuary and Pottery along with locally grown Trees, Shrubs, Annuals, Perennials and Houseplants as well as Fertilizers, Soils, Garden Related Gifts and Accessories.

    Garden Gate Nursery provides all outdoor gardening and landscaping plants available for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 through 10. Our garden center is divided into 9 sections, including: Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Bonsai, Houseplants, Roses, Vines Aquatics and Xeric plants.

    Whether you’re an avid Master Gardener or part-time weekend novice, we have you covered with reasonable prices and unmatched customer service. Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to offer information about plant placement, watering needs, nutrient requirements or any particular idiosyncrasies a particular plant may have. Impress your neighbors and friends by having the best garden and yard in the neighborhood. www.gardengatenursery.net


    SolarImpactSolar Impact is a local leader in residential and commercial solar installation, providing professional design, construction and engineering every step of the way. Gainesville, Florida, was the first city in the nation to offer a solar feed-in tariff. The explosion of solar panels across the county is a natural for the Sunshine State!  Many installations produce power invisibly from hidden rooftops on parking garages, stores and office buildings. The welcome signs of solar panels on homes old and new is evidence of Solar Impact at work.

    www.SolarImpact.com