Business

New Executive Director of the Beaches Museum & History Center

The Beaches Museum & History Center is pleased to announce that Maarten van de Guchte, Ph.D. has been appointed as their new Executive Director.

Dr. van de Guchte is a veteran museum professional. His previous appointments include the directorship of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida and the Kennert Art Museum of the University of Illinois.

Springfield Area Merchants & Business Association Set to Launch New Website

Springfield Area Merchants & Business Association Set to Launch New Website

The Springfield Area Merchants & Business Association (SAMBA) is expected to release its new website in the next few days. SAMBA has been working hard to not only reinvigorate the Springfield commercial corridors, and area businesses, but also reinvent itself in recent months.

Marine Veterans Elect First Female President

Marine Veterans Elect First Female President

Sharon Leahy, local Prudential Network  real estate agent and Marine has been elected as the first female president of the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society.  The Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society is a nonprofit military auxiliary organization and a War Veterans Organization established in 1999 for honorably discharged U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsman, Chaplains and Surgeons that served with the Fleet Marines.  Ms. Leahy hopes to use the Marine Corps values she learned during her service with the Marine Corps to lead the society into the new decade.   

IHOP’S Free Pancake Giveaway Returns March 1, 2011

Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia families can be a part of pancake history as IHOP serves up FREE pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on March 1, 2011!  From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at IHOP restaurants across the country, families and friends can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes, and in turn, make a donation to IHOP’s national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  All of the funds raised locally will benefit the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, both of which are Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

A Spark on Main Street

A Spark on Main Street

For economic reasons and reasons of being just plain smart, people are shopping and using less more consciously.  Living sustainably, going green, recycling, and re-purposing are today's buzz words.  There was a time when shopping at a thrift store was only for the poor, or at least that is what the stereotype held.  Now, it has become "hip" to shop thrift and vintage, and those of us who allow it to encompass our spare time, know there are great deals to be had, in addition to making our footprint on this earth less large.  Trendy stores are popping up all over the nation, run by individuals in a "mom and pop" type fashion. 

Roll forward to today, Main Street, Historic Springfield.  The proprietors of Team Recovery Thrift Store, on the 1700 block of Main Street, decide to turn their energies elsewhere and opt to close the store.  But wait!  Close quickly becomes the wrong word, and literally overnight&nbs

A Best Kept Secret: AA Auto Repair

A Best Kept Secret: AA Auto Repair

In November I bought a 1959 Ford pick-up truck from a neighbor, great condition and running, just lacking (albeit very important,) brakes.  I called Mike, owner of AA Auto Repair of Springfield, and he agreed to come and take a look at the truck sitting in the back of my neighbor's yard.  He arrived within 20 minutes, gave some information about the condition of the truck, but wanted to look at it at his shop where he could lift it up and see underneath better.  The owner of the truck (who is also my neighbor,) drove it to the shop, and I ran ahead of him and checked intersections for safety; it was a rather comical sight. 

Downtown Vision Launches Coworking Initiative for Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI), the Downtown Improvement District, has formed a Downtown Coworking Committee to evaluate the need for and interest in establishing a coworking space in Downtown Jacksonville. 

Coworking involves shared office space but the work is independent and can be any combination of professionals and industries.  Coworkers come together based on the mutual need for physical work space and desire for an office environment.  Advances in technology have helped the coworking trend grow and reduced the dependency on the traditional office environment.  Many that work from home or in the local coffee shop want to escape the isolation and crave the synergy of working in a shared environment with others.