New Bus


Did you hear about the new bus coming to town?  RTS is teaming up with the Florida Department of Transportaion and the University of Florida to test out a “Driverless” bus.  It will hold 12 passengers and will go from downtown Gainesville to Innovation Square.  There are future plans to add an additional route from Depot Park to UF.   The city has teamed with the Florida Department of Transportation who is funding the project for well over $2 million.  The cost will cover the shuttle and operation for three years.



Spotlight Community: The Laurels Apartments

The Laurels

This week’s spotlight community is The Laurels Apartments. This beautiful community is a sanctuary located in desirable SW Gainesville just minutes from the University of Florida, Shands, VA Hospital, and the bustling Butler Plaza.  This property is 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds offering tranquility while only being minutes from everything you desire.

The Laurels offers one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. These luxurious apartments are well-appointed with granite countertops, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, private patios, wood inspired flooring, washer and dryers, and cable with HBO just to name a few.

Speaking of amenities, you will love all that The Laurels has to offer.  Gated entry, beautiful swimming pool, recently renovated 24- hour fitness center, sauna, clubhouse with billiards and Wi-Fi, Business center with free printing, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball court, tanning bed, valet trash pick up and free parking.  What more could anyone ask for.  You will definitely want to stop by The Laurels Apartments and see for yourself how you can call this Home.  352-335-4455. 4455 SW 34thStreet, Gainesville, FL 32608.


Got a craving for chicken? One of Gainesville’s newest restaurants, PDQ, may be just the place for you. Located at 3403 W University Ave, PDQ emphasizes that their fresh, juicy chicken is unlike any other in town. You can get their chicken tenders crispy or grilled with any of their seven homemade sauces. Not in the mood for chicken tenders? Try one of their sandwiches from grilled turkey breast to spicy buffalo. On top of that, if you really wanted to stick to the healthier side, pick any of their hand-tossed salads that will be sure to please. Open every day from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm, stop on by to get your chicken tender on!

PDQ Website 

Tatu Sushi

If you have a craving for something Eastern, Tatu Sushi at 1702 W. University Ave, in Gainesville is a perfect place to have an amazing Asian meal. Whether you are in the mood for a light salad or a filling entrée, you will find it at Tatu Sushi. Tatu’s menu includes cucumber pasta, seaweed salad, pad-Thai, spicy seafood noodle soup, chicken teriyaki, salmon steak, sushi rolls, edamame and so much more, all nicely priced so you can have a delightful night out with a price that won’t break the bank. Open from 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday and 5 pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a meal and a sake bomb at Tatu Sushi soon!

Check out more about Tatu Sushi here.


Animal People, Inc.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help the community and give in the best way possible, then volunteering for a local organization is the perfect way to do so. Everyday dogs, cats, and other animals are abandoned and left to fend for themselves in the streets of Gainesville. Most of the animals who end up in pet shelters will end up being put down if they don’t get adopted in a set time or even if the pet shelter just doesn’t have room for them. One pet shelter in Gainesville is out to make sure that they help as many animals as possible in finding new homes. Animal People, Inc., a non-profit animal rescue organization, is committed to helping all animals, but especially the animals with extreme health issues that probably would have never found the help they need otherwise. Animal People, Inc. never euthanize their animals and they showcase their animals every week at PetsMart on Archer Road on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5 pm to get as many of them adopted as possible. If you have a desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself and helping the animals that can’t speak for themselves, check out the Animal People, Inc. website to donate money or even volunteer your time.


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.


Kung Fu Tea

A trending drink seems to be Boba and milk teas, and a store has opened up that offers a variety of teas for you to enjoy. Kung Fu Tea, located at 3102 SW 34th Street, in Gainesville offers a variety of teas such as lychee punch, white gourd milk tea, taro milk tea, coconut milk tea, and even honey lemonade. With spring among us, and summer right around the corner, what better way to enjoy a sunny day than a cool drink? Open from noon to midnight, Monday through Sunday; come by for a delicious and refreshing drink.

Paramount Grill

For fresh food and a cozy dining experience, one local restaurant you will be sure to want to check out is Paramount Grill. Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville at 12 SW 1st Ave, Paramount Grill is known for their delicious menu, which is constantly changing due to them only using the freshest and most locally grown ingredients possible. Some menu items that you may come across include coconut and sesame breaded crab cakes, grilled duck Panini, and sesame Mahi Mahi.

The crisp, clean look of the restaurant as well as the warm and inviting yellow walls will tempt you to stay for hours while you enjoy their deliciously prepared meals with one of their many choices of wine. Check their website for their hours and be sure to satisfy your hunger over at Paramount Grill.

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.

Manuel’s Vintage Room

If you adore authentic Italian cuisine accompanied with delicious wines but you don’t have the time or money to book a trip to Italy, I can assure you that you will find the next best thing at Manuel’s Vintage Room.  Located at 6 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, this menu will be sure to have your mouth watering. From Tuscan bean soup,  to goat cheese pizza,  to lobster ravioli, this menu will not disappoint you.  You can even opt to have Manuel’s cater just about any special occasion you may be hosting, from a graduation party to a wedding party.  Manuel’s even host monthly wine dinners.  For just $85, you can enjoy 5 wines with a 5-course meal on the last Monday of the month.  Open from 5 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays, stop by soon for a remarkable meal like no other!