Know Where Coffee

Being in a college town, one thing that most every student runs on is coffee. Even if you are not a student, coffee keeps you running and ready for whatever challenges the day has in store for you. Know Where Coffee, located at 1226 W University Ave, offers a variety of coffees and teas that are perfect to get you started for a long day. Know Where Coffee is not just your average coffee shop… they truly put the “art” in Artisan coffee. Each of their coffees has their own special brewing process for superior taste development and flavor quality, and what a selection of coffees and teas they have. Their coffee blends include Brazil- Fazenda Santa Lucia, Colombia- San Sebastian, Costa Rica- Finca El Alto, and Ethiopia Borana Gelana Abaya while their tea blends include chia, chamomile, mango tango, jasmine petals, and chocolate peppermint. Open on Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4pm. Go ahead and leave your Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts at the door and head over to Know Where Coffee to get a taste that you will find nowhere else.  Find out more about Know Where Coffee.

 

The Daily Green Restaurant

For healthy, organic eating in Gainesville, look no further than the Daily Green.  Located at 436 SE 2nd street, this restaurant offers a plethora of vegan and vegetarian meals that also happen to be delicious.  From kale-avocado salad, banana and walnut waffles, to the legendary tarragon yogurt chicken salad sandwich, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying healthy food is.  Wash down your meal with one of their organic fresh juices, fruit smoothies, or water grass and ginger shots.  Open seven days a week from 9:30 to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays and 11 am to 4pm on weekends, stop by today to get your healthy fix!

http://www.dailygreendowntown.org/

1982 Bar Music and Arts Cafe: A bar with a twist

What better kind of a bar to put in a college town than a bar that lets you play video games?  1982 Bar offers an extensive menu of vegetarian, vegan, and straight up carnivore options from BBQ pulled pork tacos, to veggie wraps, coffees, shakes, and of course, beers.  After guzzling down some tasty beers, play any of their Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, or Nintendo 64 games and get super nostalgic.  On top of that, there are shows ranging from stand up comedy to theater as well as an art exhibit.  Located at 919 W University Avenue, in Gainesville and open from 6:30 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 pm to 2 am Saturday through Monday, come by to get your drink and video game on like it’s 1982 at 1982 Bar.

http://www.1982bar.com

Brass Tap

If you are looking for a night of relaxed fun accompanied with some drinks of the 21 and over variety, then you definitely want to check out Brass Tap. Located at 3833 SW Archer Rd., Bldg. 2, in Gainesville, this beer, wine, and cigar bar offers 40 beers on tap and over 300 different bottle beers. Brass Tap will introduce you to delicious and refreshing beverages that you may not have found anywhere else, in a relaxed environment away from the loud clubs and bars along midtown and downtown.  Open from 2 pm to 3 am Monday through Friday and noon to 3 am Saturday and Sunday, you will come for the drinks, but you’ll stay for the live music and bands that often play at Brass Tap, just be sure to check out their website to see what band will be playing next.

http://brasstapbeerbar.com/

Development in University Corners

University Corners, a development  of 500 new apartments and condominiums,  a 250-room hotel and retail shops and restaurants on the first level of the project, is to be built at the intersection of West University Avenue and Northwest 13th Street, just across the street from the University of Florida.  The development has taken on new management, as plans for the development have not progressed much since 2006.  Swerdlow Group, a Miami-Dade based group has transferred over the development to Landmark Properties, a student housing developer based in Athens, GA.  Ideas for building University Corners were first proposed about a decade ago, but with the lack of progress taking place, the city commission is eager to see development. Check out the link below for the full story about the future of the development.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140522/ARTICLES/140529849/0/FRONTPAGE?p=1&tc=pg

The Sequential Artist Workshop

In Gainesville, you can never get enough beauty and if you have an appreciation for the arts, The Sequential Artist Workshop offers a variety of classes from adult classes, to teen classes, to online classes. Unlike other art classes or craft stores, Saw has an application process and an expensive fee for a year long membership to pick out the people who show a real desire and commitment to learn more about comic book and sequential art. Classes and workshops are less expensive, but times and costs vary so be sure to check out their website to find out which class you would like to sign up for. The classes will be sure to help you develop and further your interest in comic art and teach you skills that you many not have been able to pick up otherwise. It is a unique and fun learning experience for people of all ages, so check out their website to learn more and see testimonials of participators of the classes and programs.

http://sequentialartistsworkshop.org/wordpress/

 

The Jones B-side

If you have an appetite for natural, delicious food and like to support locally sourced foods, then a restaurant that has just that can be of service to you here in Gainesville. The Jones B-side located at 203 SW 2nd Ave, offers a variety of dishes from blueberry stuffed French toast and provolone, salami, and tomato omelets for breakfast or pan seared snapper and balsamic and honey glazed duck for dinner.  A great place to have brunch or dinner and a few drinks with a couple of friends. Visit the Jones B-side Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 am or Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 am for a relaxed dining experience.

Gourmet popsicles

What’s better on a hot, Gainesville, Florida day than a refreshing popsicle? Not much. One store has caught on to that idea and you may want to go check them out right now. The Hyppo, located at 214 SE 2nd Ave, is a popsicle store that offers not just your classic popsicle flavors like strawberry and orange cream, but also wild and unique flavors like watermelon mint, pineapple cilantro, avocado cream, champagne mango, cucumber lemon mint, and even sweet potato crunch. They have new flavors coming in every day, so you will be sure to have a flavorful adventure every time you go. The Hyppo only uses fresh fruit, fresh herbs and spices, and low process cane sugar. No chemicals, no added color, no preservatives… just fresh, natural, deliciousness. Open from 11am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 am to 11:59 pm, Friday through Saturday, visit The Hyppo today for your refreshing treat.

https://www. thehyppo.com

Shopping in Gainesville

If you are a Shopaholic and you are always in the mood to explore new stores and find new styles, then ETC…Boutique should be next on your list of stores to check out.  Located at 2441 NW 43rd Street, you will find jeans, chic tops, perfect dresses for your night on the town, and the jewelry to match all at this store.  Whether your style is bright and bold or calm and simple, ETC…Boutique will not disappoint. Visit the store website to check out what new pieces they have coming in and visit their store to expand your closet today!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/etc-boutique/174653852776

Sunday Brunch

If you are in a lazy kind of mood on a cool Sunday morning and want to sit down to a full breakfast, or you made plans for a  fun lunch out with a few of your friends,  a Gainesville favorite that you may want to check out is The Jones Eastside Eatery located at 401 NE 23rd Ave. Open from 8am to 3pm every day, you have to go in to try their biscuits and gravy,  breakfast burrito or sautéed potatoes.  For lunch they offer homemade falafel burgers on a toasted bun, drizzled with ginger dressing. Or maybe you can try their BLT with 5 full strips of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.  If not that, then maybe a Jones Panini with their slow-roasted pulled pork.  Even then, if none of their meat options impress you, The Jones Eastside Eatery is vegan friendly sandwiches and salads. No matter what you get, your stomach will be sure to thank you.