Gainesville Fashionista

If you want to be up to date on all the latest trends in fashion and have everyone asking where you got your amazing outfit, then you may want to consider visiting Henri Girl at 1800 W University Ave. The first Henri Girl was opened in Tallahassee in 2008, the owner later opened a store on the west coast and now a Henri Girl is finally open and available to the fashion lovers here in Gainesville.  With everything from cute and casual to flirty and sexy, Henri Girl will have something that is sure to catch your eye.  Henri Girl also knows that the best way to make any outfit better is to add amazing accessories like belts, handbags, jewelry and hair accessories.  For your next amazing outfit that will be the talk of the town, check out the Henri Girl website or visit the store in person today.

http://www.henrigirl.com/

Boca Fiesta

Boca Fiesta directly translates to “mouth party” and with one look at this restaurant’s menu, you will know exactly why that is their name.  If you are particularly in the mood for some exotic meats that you may not have been able to try at many other places, then you should be sure to give Boca Fiesta at 232 SE 1st St a try. This Mexican style restaurant has your traditional tacos, empanadas, nachos and much more, as well as their more interesting meats including elk, kangaroo, snake, and gator.  If you are not in the mood for such exotic meat or no meat at all, they have several vegetation and vegan options as well.  Not only is their food sure to please you, but Boca Fiesta has a full bar that is absolutely going to quench your thirst.  To top it all off, almost everything on the menu is under $10 so you can have all the fun of eating out and having a good time, while maintaining a budget.  Open from 4 pm to 2 am on Monday through Thursday and 11 am to 2 am on Friday and Saturday, visit Boca Fiesta for a tasty party today!

http://www.bocafiesta.com/boca

Calling all art lovers

Full of history, culture, and creativity, Gainesville always has something to offer for those of you who enjoy the arts. University Galleries, in collaboration with the University of Florida, consists of three galleries: University Gallery, Focus Gallery, and Grinter Gallery that offer art shows and exhibits of all types from Persian textiles to ceramics and graphic designs of internationally known artists to students of the University. All exhibits are free and open to the public, however you always have the option to donate or get a membership so that you can do your part in supporting a community of creativity and expression. University and Focus gallery are located at the Fines Arts complex at the University of Florida and Granter Gallery is located in the lobby of Grinter Hall on the east side of campus. Check the University Galleries website to find out more and what time the exhibits are to enjoy a night of culture and beautiful art.

http://www.arts.ufl.edu/galleries/Default.aspx

Main Street Bar and Billiards

After a long day of classes or work, all you probably want to do is unwind and relax with friends, and one place where you can do just that is Main Street Bar and Billiards on 108 S Main Street. Open every day from 3pm to 2 am, this poolroom and bar offers affordable fun in a casual setting. Main Street Bar & Billiards offers 15 pool tables, a 12 foot Giant screen in the poolroom, ping pong, darts, pinball, air hockey and so much more. On top of that, there is a full bar and nightly specials from $2.00 Bud and Bud Light bottles, $2.00 wells and $4.00 doubles, and $5.00 pitchers. You do not even have to worry about drinking and driving, since there are several buses that take you to the downtown area and there is a designated cab stand right outside the bar, so feel free to enjoy a few drinks and a nice night out with friends.

https://www.facebook.com/MSBarBilliards

Horseback riding in Gainesville

The West End Equestrian Center at 22914 W Newberry Road, Newberry, FL  is the perfect place to learn to ride a horse, take lessons or train your own horse. If you have your own horse, there are special offers in your training sessions and there are a variety of boarding and housing options for your horse such as regular boarding, full board, and full training board. If you don’t have your own horse, you can still take lessons from beginning to advanced. The center also offers a variety of horses for different prices and different breeds for lease and for sale if you are serious about having your own horse. For a special event, you can attend the center’s pony party or you can have a pony brought to your own location. Be sure to check out the website for more information about what the facility has to offer so that you can get started on riding a horse like a pro today.

Bowling

If you enjoy a nice evening out bowling with friends, then Splitz on 1301 NW 76th Blvd will have just what you are looking for. Its hours vary: Monday from 5 pm to 2 am, Tuesday from 2 pm to 2 am, Wednesday through Friday from noon to 2 am, Saturday from 11 am to 2 am and Sunday from noon to 11 pm. Prices also vary according to what kind of lane that you would like, so be sure to check out their website to see what fits you best. Aside from the usual bowling that you can participate in, there are nightly promotions such as Monday Madness, Two-4 Tuesday, and Live Team Trivia. On top of that, there are daily deals, sports events, and a Sunday Buffet to go along with watching sports games from any of their Hi-Def screens and TVs. Splitz is also associated with Lazer Runner, a laser tag arena that is fun for people of all ages! Also at Splitz, you can book a birthday party, group event, or fundraiser to have a special night of fun for everyone involved!

http://bowlsplitz.com/

For Batman Lovers

Not many places offer an event as unique as UF’s Bat House and Bat Barn located on the north side of Museum Road between Village Drive and Radio Road across from Lake Alice. Spend the afternoon strolling along Lake Alice or even by the Baughman Center, but once the sun sets the bats emerge from the Bat House and Bat Barn and for 15 to 20 minutes they make for a fantastic sight that is like no other. The best time to catch a glimpse of these unique creatures is on warm Spring or Summer evenings where the bats will fly overhead in search of insects or water to drink. The bats will not bother you, unless disturbed so just take a seat and watch as they flutter into the evening sky. The Bat House and Bat Barn have a capacity for 700,000 bats and the present population is estimated at 300,000 bats, so be prepared for an amazing sight!

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/bats/

 

For the Lover of the Arts

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument, better your skill in an instrument you already know how to play, or create your own beautiful pieces of artwork? The Academy of Music and Art & Gainesville Guitar Academy offers a variety of classes from Banjo, Bass, Drums, Guitar, and even Vocals as well as Art classes. Classes are offered for both children and adults and you can customize your lesson to meet your own personal goals. For those of you who want to further your understanding of music, you can even take classes in music theory, composition and song writing. You are more than welcome to even participate in competitions or club festivals that are located all over the US. The annual registration fee is $20 and the prices for monthly lessons varies as to how many classes you take, or whether you are taking art or music lessons. With a large number of professional instructors you will be sure to get an exceptional lesson in the area that you choose. Located on 1128 NW 13th Street, be sure to call to set up a free 30 minute session and see if the Academy is the place for you!

http://www.academyofmusicandartgainesville.com/

Bouncin’ Big

Fun for people of all ages, and a true delight for kids in particular, Bouncin’ Big at 821 NW 250th  Terrace, Newberry, FL  is a day of big bounce house entertainment that just can’t be passed up. This unique recreation center is unlike many others. Yes, you can be sure that you will get in hours of fun and exercise not just for you, but for your young loved ones as well, but the whole concept of Bouncin’ Big is to enjoy your day in the huge inflatable bouncer structure or slides. Open from Wednesday through Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm, Saturday from 1:30 pm to 6 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm be sure to come in for Open Bounce for unlimited bouncing, running, and leaping fun that will get your heart pumping. Bouncin’ Big is also a great place to go to if you are on a budget since parents and children under one year old are free, children under 2 are $7.25, and children 3 years old and up are $9.25. If you have a great time, there is even the option to make a reservation for a party at the center or even rent a bounce house to have an event at a location of your choice. Bounce on over to this amazing center today!

http://www.bouncinbig.com/

Museum Gift Shops

Amazing gifts at three area museum shops will delight those special friends and family on your gift list for year round shopping. Many of these items are offered only in museum gift shops. A gift of a museum membership may also be appreciated. No entry fee to the museums to access the gift shops.

The Florida Museum of Natural History – two gift shops – the Butterfly Rainforest shop has a broad selection of butterfly related items including fashion accessories and colorful tees, wind chimes, home décor and attention getting butterfly jewelry. An enticing selection of beautifully illustrated books and games, Native American themed gifts makes learning fun for children of all ages.

Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. –     Monday – Saturday & 1 to 5 p.m. – Sunday

Phone: 352 846-2000      www.flmnh.ufl.edu/visit/shopping/gift-shops/

Parking: free in garage Tues – Fri and all day Saturday and Sunday

3215 Hull Road – Gainesville, FL 32611

 

The Harn Museum of Art gift store – Handmade says, I care, and the museum art shop offers wonderfully handmade international items that can only be found in a museum shop. Many art related one-of-a-kind items from art and fine craft items, to books, toys, stationery, games, puzzles and the ever popular jewelry.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sun 1 to 5 p.m.

Phone: 352 392-9826      http://www.harn.ufl.edu/museumstore

Parking: free in garage Tues – Fri and all day Saturday and Sunday

3259 Hull Road – Gainesville, FL 32611

 

Kanapaha Gardens’ gift shop – offers breathtaking selections of beautiful and unusual gift items for home décor in clay, glass, stone, metal, art and photography, gardening,  books, and personal adornment of apparel, scarves, and head-turning jewelry.

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri – 9 am to 5 pm – Sat & Sun – closes dusk – closed Thursday

Phone: 352 372-4981      http://kanapaha.org/about/gift-shop/

4700 SW 58th Drive (off SW Archer Road, west of I-75) – Gainesville, FL 32608