Something we probably all grew up with is your mom making you a delicious grilled cheese sandwich after school. The fond memories of that ooey-gooey cheese melted in between 2 crispy, crunchy slices of bread. To you, there was no better meal. Luckily, a new restaurant has opened that promises to let you relive those delicious memories with more types of grilled cheese sandwiches than you can probably imagine. Cheese Daddy, located at 16 NW 18th St #105, Gainesville, is a short walk from midtown or a quick ride from downtown Gainesville. Their menu is full of options that will leave your mouth watering, from the Plain Jane and the Italian, to a grilled cheese pizza and even a grilled cheese donut! Finish off your meal with a bowl of creamy tomato bisque and soft drink. Open every day from 11 am to 10 pm, be sure to stop by today…your mother would be proud.
If you are a supporter of locally grown goods and fresh produce then you may want to try shopping at the Alachua County Farmer’s Market located at 5920 NW 13th Street, in Gainesville. Everything sold there is grown within 50 miles of the market, so purchasing your goods there is supporting your local farmers, while ensuring that everything you get is fresh. The market is open every Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, but many of the vendors will have sold out by then so prime time shopping is before 11 am. The Alachua County Farmer’s Market is a farmer’s only market, meaning that the vendors have to have grown everything they are selling. New vendors are always welcome, so if you would like to be a part of the farmer’s market community, visit the website.
A big part of caring about your community is caring about the people in it, especially children. One of the ways to help the children in your community is to be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Florida. The BBBS’s mission is to “change children’s lives for the better, forever” by working with parents, children, donors, and partners in the community to find solutions to the challenges that youth, especially disadvantaged youth, face. BBBS hopes to prevent detrimental activity like alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, theft, and skipping school. You can have an impact by volunteering your time and being a big brother or big sister to a child in need or even just donating. Check out the website to see how you can really give to your community.
Living in Gainesville, it would be crazy to come across someone who has not heard of Leonardo’s Pizza by the Slice. Their pizza is so good, that most days during lunch hour, the line goes out the door and around the corner of the building. But one place that you may not have been to is Leonardo’s 706. Located at 706 W University Ave, you’ll have an abundance of delicious choices from their brunch menu to their dinner menu that includes California pizza, pastas, fish, and salads. Have your meal with one of their martinis, beers, liquors on the rocks, or one of their many, many wines. End your meal with a perfect dessert like their specialty cheesecake, chocolate mousse pie, honey apple pie, peanut butter pie, or raspberry tart. You can even call ahead and make arrangements for private dining or special events. Open from 5 pm to 9:30pm on Monday through Thursday, 5 pm to 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10:30am to 3pm for Sunday brunch and 5 pm to 9:30 pm for Sunday dinner, stop by for your delicious dining experience today.
For those of you who have a passion for breakfast, lunch, or the beloved brunch we all love, you will want to go to Peach Valley. Peach Valley’s menu includes delicious buttermilk biscuits, Belgian waffles with your choice of toppings, pancakes any way you like them, French toast, omelets, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. You will be sure to find something that you will love. Have your meal with a delicious beverage, such as their peach Bellini, mimosa, gourmet hot tea, sweet tea or just a nice tall glass of orange juice. Located at 3275 SW 34th Street in Gainesville and open from 7 am to 2:30 pm on Monday through Friday, and 7 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come by and please your tummy with a delicious meal today!
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.
This week’s featured apartment community is Hunters Run Apartments. Located at 2600 SW Williston Road you will find yourself close to just about everything, while still having the feeling of seclusion and quiet. Hunters Run is only minutes from the University of Florida, Shands, The VA, Archer Road, as well as I-75 and the Oaks Mall.
Hunters Run is unique in that they are a very warm, welcoming, and pet friendly community. There are a large variety of amenities and residents. Many activities are hosted each month to get residents together. The maintenance team is hardworking and super-efficient, and the office staff always offers a helping hand displaying their top notch customer service skills.
Hunters Run is a community of professionals, grad students, and families young and old, but they do lease to anyone that qualifies. Their maintenance crew and office staff are a group of hardworking individuals who work well as a team. They are committed to making Hunters Run a great place to call home.
They love to get to know their residents and are always up for a friendly chat if anyone wants to just drop by. The amenities and the apartment interiors and exteriors are well kept by a large team of people including the former residents who have alway taken great care to leave everything in great condition.
Some of the most popular amenities are the sparkling blue, expansive swimming pool with a lap lane and the 24/7 work-out facility. Residents love the gorgeous pool as it is well kept and very tranquil. It is the perfect size for the community. There is a lap lane for those who want to swim laps, and a hot tub close by for relaxation and therapy to aide sore muscles or stress after a long day at work.
Stop by and take a look for yourself. Or call and schedule a tour. 352-745-3903. 2600 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32608
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.
Gainesville has plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from where you can eat a variety of food from Italian to Asian to good old fashioned juicy burgers. However, another café specializes not in food, but in unique Asian drinks known as Boba or bubble tea. Lollicup at 3550 SW 34th St, in Gainesville offers several different milk teas like almond, coconut, coffee, honey, jasmine and so many more with Boba, which are small spherical packets of juice, at the bottom of the cup. If you don’t want Boba, you can have a milk latte in flavors like lavender, papaya, or banana, a fruit tea or juice in flavors like honey lemon, mango, peach, or sour plum, or a slush or smoothie in flavors like blueberry, grape, or vanilla. The café’s variety of flavors ensures that you can choose something unique and exciting with every visit. Open from 1 pm to 12 am on Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 11 pm on Sunday, come to Lollicop soon to get a refreshing taste of Asian flavor.
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.