Bringing Action to the BIG Screen

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with a former business acquaintance and current Hollywood stunt man Nick Loren. Nick Loren has been the long time stunt double of John Travolta and has recently also made a name for himself in the world of children’s literature. Nick and I sat down in the…

Tequila Flights at Neptune Beach

Earlier this month I had the chance to meet with Jayvee VanValkenburgh the general manager at Neptune Beach’s Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar. After talking to coworkers and friends there seems to be a consensus that Flying Iguana is best known for their guacamole which is made from scratch and massive selection of tequila. I had…

Fresh Subs at a Store Near You

Recently I had the opportunity to visit an awesome locally owned sub franchise group that many of you may be familiar with, Larry’s Giant Subs. Prior to doing the interview with the company’s CEO, Larry Raikes, I had visited many of their locations and personally experienced consistent quality and taste in their subs. I wanted…

Bringing Cajun Flair to the First Coast

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Alley the executive chef and co-owner of Gumbo YaYas, a New Orleans inspired dining spot here in Jax. Like many other places I had previously driven by this establishment on several occasions, but on this day I decided to pay them a visit….

Mambo the Cuban way

A few weeks ago I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Raul Arias the owner of my favorite Cuban restaurant in Jacksonville, Mambos Cuban Cafe & Pizzeria. Raul first opened up his restaurant off of Mayport Road after retiring from the Navy in 2007. Raul is originally from Panama but moved to South Florida at…

Prost! At German Schnitzel Haus

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to revisit with one of my favorite German-style restaurant’s in town, German Schnitzel Haus. I had been to this establishment when it was still at it’s original location a block west on Atlantic Blvd past Hodges Blvd. Since my last visit there the restaurant had closed and…

Building Brighter Futures in North Florida

Last Friday I had the opportunity to revisit with a local nonprofit organization that I had volunteered with back in my days of studying at the University of North Florida. During my visit with Beaches Habitat for Humanity I was pleased to see that the organization was still doing well and building brighter futures for North…

Outdoor Living in Style

A few weeks ago I was driving down to visit with a business in St Augustine when I passed by a unique outdoor showroom. This showroom called Backyard Living by Stanley featured all sorts of fantastic exhibits from outdoor kitchens, combination fitness courts, putting greens, and pool enclosures. I decided to find out a little…

Representing Jacksonville’s Women

I’m sure many of you reading this remember a TV show that kicked off in the late 1990’s called The Sopranos. In my opinion this was one of the best TV shows ever created. It starred James Gandolfini and Edie Falco as Tony and Carmela Soprano, the fictitious husband and wife mob couple. I recall one episode…

American Barbecue in San Marco

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with a brand new barbecue restaurant that recently opened it’s doors in San Marco this past April called The Bearded Pig Southern BBQ & Beer Garden. Michael Schmidt and Chad Munsey are the co-owners and operate this new laid back all American barbecue spot on Kings Ave…

Defined as Force of Character

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Sarah Marie Johnston who is also known as “The Handler”. Sarah is the marketing director at one of my favorite local brunch spots in town, MOXIE Kitchen + Cocktails. Sarah and her husband Tom Gray opened up this unique restaurant back in November 2013…

New Auto Dealer in Town

  At the start of the week I had a chance to meet with the owner of a small new car dealership in Jacksonville called AutoMax Motorsports. Jim Campbell runs his shop with a small crew of five employees but has his eyes set on success by doing things the old school way. I asked…