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Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably feel a little anxious about moving to a new area. After all, It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Gainesville and Tampa that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond neighborhood is beloved by its residents for its history and Old Florida charm.

Duckpond’s old, Colonial style homes, scenic beauty and proximity to downtown make it a favorite neighborhood for many. It’s worlds away from university life – making it a favorite among professors – and it has a unique and warm atmosphere, making it a great neighborhood to live in.

Here are some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning to move to Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond.

Culture

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Nestled in the heart of Duckpond is the Thomas Center. Built in 1928 as a Mediterranean-Revival style hotel, the Thomas Center now reflects Gainesville’s history and culture through permanent galleries, period rooms, and other historical exhibits.

Make sure you take time to enjoy the serene beauty of the Thomas Center Gardens, which make up the Center’s grounds.

The Thomas Center also serves as an events hall and venue.

History

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Throughout Duckpond you’ll find the neighborhood’s most iconic features (and maybe the reason you’re moving here): historic, Colonial-style homes. Residents lovingly care for their homes and take great pride in them.

They represent Gainesville’s rich and vibrant history as a city – even before it was known as a college town.

Recreation

Outdoor Activities

Duckpond is a great neighborhood for recreation. Duckpond’s bounty of majestic, Live Oaks and historic homes provide a scenic backdrop for most any outdoor activity.

Sweetwater Branch Creek, which flows through Duckpond, provides an idyllic setting for a walk, jog, or bike ride. And yes, there are ducks in the pond…

You’ll also quickly find that residents of Historic Duckpond are incredibly friendly! If you’re out and about, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with smiles and waves. You should probably be ready for be ready to make some friendly conversation too.

Convenience

Another plus for living in Duckpond is its closeness to downtown Gainesville. You’re just a short walk away from most great downtown shops, restaurants, and bars.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Duckpond Neighborhood Association for more info on living in Historic Duckpond and other community events.

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Tampa’s Housing Market Ranks Healthiest in the Nation

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The housing market has rebounded since the 2008 economic recession and it’s safe to say that Tampa’s housing market has rebounded right along with it. In fact, the Tampa Bay area is enjoying some of the healthiest market ratings in the nation, according to Investopedia.

The past couple of years have been good to Tampa real estate, especially single family homes.

The reason? Tampa Bay is becoming a major economic generator for the state, with major growth factors contributing to its success

The Facts on Tampa’s Housing Market

Here are some of the current figures highlighting the strength of Tampa’s housing market right now:

  • Job Growth
    • Year-over-year, job growth in the metro-area is up 3.1%
    • Consistent 2-4% growth over past 5 years
  • Housing Market
    • Home values for existing homes in the Tampa Bay area have increased to 13.1%
  • Population Growth

Moving to Tampa?

If you’re considering a move to Tampa, there really isn’t a better time. Strong job growth and population growth have made Tampa Bay a stable market and allowed home values to rebound. Right now, every economic factor is in alignment to position Tampa’s housing market as one of the strongest in the nation.

Plus, the Tampa Bay area has tons to offer residents in terms of recreation, entertainment and culture. Geographically, Tampa is well-positioned within the state. With major highways and interstates connecting through Tampa, it is easy to get anywhere in the state. Plus rail lines, an international airport and a shipping port, it is a great travel hub.

Want to Know More

We’ve got a great archive of attractions and things to do in Tampa on our blog. Check it out! If you’re interested in finding out more Tampa’s housing market and stats, check out this Metro Study report.

 

 

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Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

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Moving to Tampa Bay?

Tampa is a great city to be in. Every year Tampa sees continued growth as industries, families and young professionals move to the bay area. In addition to great weather year-round, Tampa and the bay area feature some of the biggest area attractions in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Here’s a list of some of the top area attractions that make Tampa Bay bay one of the coolest places to live in Florida.

Sports

Tampa has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR professional sports teams!

  • Baseball:
    • The Tampa Bay Rays play their home games just across the bay, in St. Petersburg
  • Soccer:
    • Tampa Bay’s own USL team, The Rowdies, have their stadium in downtown St. Petersburg

Nightlife

Tampa is home to a fantastic and evolving food, drink and entertainment culture. With tons of great breweries, bars and restaurants on either side of the bay, Tampa Bay enjoys a well-known reputation as a cultural hub.

Recreation

There’s lots of great things to do in Tampa and the bay area:

  • Florida State Fairgrounds
    • Concerts and events happen here year-round, and, of course, the State Fair!
  • Busch Gardens/Adventure Islands
    • One of Florida’s biggest attractions, Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands offer up a hefty dose of roller coasters, water slides and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    • You can get your gambling fix or enjoy a world-class show at this popular resort and casino located in east Tampa.
  • Swimming/Boating
    • The bay area boasts some of the best swimming and boating spots in Florida. With miles of beautiful coastline in St. Pete Beach, stunning vistas on Tampa Bay or serene intimacy of the Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay is a great spot for water activities.
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Holiday Nutrition 80/20 Principle

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Moving in Gainesville or Tampa is a very exhausting experience for all those involved regardless of the time of year. It can be especially taxing during the holiday season when pressured with shopping, catering to friends and family, and trying to prepare dishes for all of those holiday parties, particularly if all the cookware is packed up in boxes!

Even so, it is important to keep proper nutrition in mind in order to avoid putting on the extra pounds and to stay energized throughout the whole process. With food on the minds of so many of our clients who may be moving this time of the year, we have decided to team up with our friends at Eat the 80, a healthy meal delivery service, to get some advice on good eating habits!

What you put into your body has a direct impact on how you feel, both mentally and physically. You may be tempted with sweets, casseroles, alcoholic beverages, and all the other comfort foods associated with the season. And sometimes, it is ok to indulge! Eat the 80 recommends keeping in mind the 80/20 principle when moving in order to feel great, and be productive throughout your move.

What is the 80/20 principle?

Carlee Marhefka, co-owner of Eat the 80 says:
“The 80/20 principle is not a diet. It’s a real lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss, and improvements in your health. The breakdown is simple: 80 percent of the time you focus on eating clean and good for you foods. 20 percent of the time you have the freedom to indulge as you please.

May people I know force themselves to sustain these unrealistic and restricting diets. However, the 80/20 rule is actually about balance and moderation. When you practice 80/20, you have the space to go out socially and enjoy a meal, or a cocktail with friends. But most importantly, it makes the whole clean-living thing feel doable for the long run.”

A few commonplace holiday foods that would fall into the ‘20’ category:

  • Alcohol (Yes, eggnog, alcoholic or non)
  • Grandma’s Famous Pies
  • Stuffing
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sweet Potato Casserole loaded up with sugar and marshmallows (Allow plain sweet potatoes, or those with grass fed butter are fine)
  • Candied fruits
  • Bread rolls
  • Baked or Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy with a flour base
  • Eat the 80 suggests that contrary to popular belief, carbs like sugar and starches can actually decrease energy levels, weighing you down and making you feel sluggish. The reason behind this is that they cause blood sugar levels to spike, which causes the body to produce insulin and other hormones that may give you a quick jolt, but ultimately cause you to feel tired. For this reason, frequent indulging in the ‘20’ can lead to health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Whether you are packing or moving yourself, or coordinating with Tampa or Gainesville movers like the trained and experienced movers at 2 College Brothers, you will want to feel sharp throughout the whole process.

    Holiday favorites you will want to try and eat 80 percent of the time:

  • Baked turkey or Chicken
  • Salads (watch the dressing!)
  • Green Beans (be careful what goes into casseroles though)
  • Ham (shoot for uncured, and minimally processed)
  • Coffee (black, in moderation)
  • Red Wine (1 glass)
  • Plain Sweet Potatoes
  • Grass Fed Butter
  • Other Tips Include:

  • When cooking, use healthy oils like olive, coconut, or avocado (these taste way better than hydrogenated and processed vegetable or canola oils anyway).
  • Bake your turkey rather than fry it.
  • Use vinegar based salads dressings.
  • Serve water with lemons in it (this helps balance PH levels in digestion, and contains the cancer-fighting anti-oxidents found in citrus, without the extra sugar from juices
  • Think of fruit based desserts like cranberries or date balls coated with pure cocoa
  • Add walnuts and almonds to salads instead of croutons
  • Eat the 80 Holiday Recipe:

    Paleo Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

    Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Roughly Chopped Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk (light is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Chives (optional)
  • Directions:

    1. Bring a large pot to a light boil.
    2. Add the cauliflower and simmer on low for ~10 minutes.
    3. Drain and blend the cooked cauliflower in a food processor or blender until smooth.
    4. Add some of the coconut milk to help liquefy in the food processor.
    5. (Note: you may need to blend in batches.)
    6. Stir in the spices and coconut oil.
    7. Top with chives and serve!

    Credit to- Fed+Fit

    If you are moving and have all of your cooking essentials packed up, Eat the 80 offers pre made, healthy meals available to pickup or delivery. Use Code MOVEBRO at check out at Eatthe80.com to save 10% on your order!

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    2 College Brothers Student Scholarship Program

    Masters Degree in Moving Scholarship Spring 2016

    Our Gainesville Movers and Tampa Movers are proud to announce the 2 College Brothers, Masters Degree in Moving Scholarship Program. This $500 scholarship is offered each semester, and goes to students who embody the entrepreneurial spirit, and will one day lead an organization. Scholarship requirements are:

    1. Be a current High School, College, or Graduate Student
    2. Currently own, or plan to start a business
    3. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average

    Applicants who meet these qualifications must submit an essay of not more than 2000 words, explaining what their business or idea is, how they plan to grow it or start it, and what makes them a great entrepreneur. Names will be omitted from essays once qualifications are verified, and they will be judged on eloquence, feasibility, purpose, and the individual’s self described character traits.

    Please email copies of transcripts, and essays to scholarships@2collegebrothers.com by May 1st at 11:59 pm. Finalists will be notified by June 1st, 2016, and winners announced shortly thereafter.

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    Gainesville Moving Company Teams Up With Student Maid

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    Your Favorite Gainesville Movers and Cleaners Now Work Side by Side

    What happens when two similarly branded companies founded by students, each taking a different spin on traditionally blue-collar services, move in together? Did you guess state-of-the-art technology, integrated work-study stations, a full kitchen featuring a juice and coffee bar, golf practice range, X-Box gaming area, chalkboard covered walls, and the full functionality of an office for two of the fastest growing moving and cleaning companies in Gainesville, FL and in the state of Florida?! We are proud to announce that we have actually moved ourselves, as well as our friends over at Student Maid, into a brand new, completely remodeled office for the 2015 moving season!

    Moving in with another like-minded company has created a culture coined as “Gainesville’s Google of the service industry”. 2 College Brothers, Inc , as well as new office mate Student Maid, only hires current students and graduates.

    By hiring intelligent and motivated employees, and being surrounded by others with the same motivations, we are able to offer a moving experience second to none in an industry populated by traditional movers.

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    The energy we feel when we step foot into the office each morning is filled with fast flowing ideas: anything from creative marketing approaches and unique scheduling applications to more comprehensive training methods and sustainable growth strategies. Maid Suite, a scheduling app developed by Kristen Hadeed, Student Maid’s founder, reduces scheduling time from ten hours to ten minutes. 2 College Brothers has also developed a scheduling system that allows movers to see all jobs on a cloud-based calendar and then actually pick which ones they are able to work based on their class and social schedules. Both methods eliminate the headaches and conflicts so often experienced by our competitors. The result? Movers on time and eager to work without the confusion otherwise brought on by traditional scheduling techniques, thereby ensuring a smooth start to every client’s new home transition.

    Having other entrepreneurs and managers down the hall allows us to bounce new ideas off one another and share solutions to the problems that every business faces. We are now able to feed off one another and support each other when times get tough. There is also an element of fun in the air. Birthday and holiday parties, office competitions, and spontaneous acts of silliness create such an enjoyable climate that many of our employees actually come to the office when they aren’t working! Employee happiness creates client happiness, and client happiness is what has allowed us to explode in growth over the past five years!

    Both companies previously incubated at the Santa Fe Center for Economic and Innovative Development, or CIED. The CIED is an area for start-ups to establish systems and drum up business when resources and capital are otherwise scarce. A Gainesville moving company and cleaning business would sound like unlikely inhabitants in such an environment typically dominated by tech-based firms; however, the founders had big plans: plans to revolutionize an industry! Student Maid moved out of the CIED four years ago. Five hundred employees and two locations later, they were ready for an upgrade from their previous seven hundred square foot office.

    Student Maid approached our moving company about the possibility of sharing a cooperative mega space at the beginning of 2014 while we were still at the CIED. Our moving company was just then starting to outgrow the CIED, unaware of the breakthrough summer that lay ahead (where we more than tripled in sales from the previous year). Back and forth negotiations between the moving and cleaning companies, as well as landlords and contractors, delayed the move-in until the start of 2015. Agreements were reached, and now the companies share the incredible four thousand square foot space both had only dreamt about just a year before.

    Even though we were still able to operate as one of the highest quality moving companies in the state of Florida in our previous work environment, we were stifling our growth potential by not having private space, storage, or 24/7 building access, and we were only able to offer a limited number of cultural benefits to our employees. Now we have it all! The new space allows us to take our moving company to different heights. With eight private offices, an open shared work-study space, a conference room connected with Apple TV, lounge area equipped with X-Box, a full kitchen and cooking area, dining area, storage rooms, washer and dryer, coffee bar, backyard with practice golf range, dumping access, and a five minute tour to the interstate, we will be fully prepared for our biggest moving season ever this summer!

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    As our Gainesville moving company continues to grow locally, we have begun to seek out options for growth into other markets. Our short-term goal is to open a second location by inserting our model into a big city. Once proven successful, we hope to use it as proof to prospective franchisees that it can work in two completely different markets. The office in Gainesville would serve as a call center for each location, as well as a call center for future franchises! Down the road, we want our Gainesville moving company to serve as a cultural hub and corporate headquarters for a national franchise organization attracting several types of jobs and talented people from across the country! We envision a place where we can try out different cultural ideologies as well as new products or services.

    It is said that when Mark Cuban bought the struggling Dallas Mavericks, he outfitted the arena with state-of-the-art locker rooms and other amenities, purchased a private jet for the team to travel on, and made sure they had the coolest “swag” to take with them. Shortly thereafter, they won a national championship! Not to say we will be supplying our movers with a private jet any time soon, but there is something to say for improving working conditions and how it relates to performance. Being next to an innovative and acclaimed company like Student Maid will no doubt increase our positive energy and enthusiasm in the workplace, and having comfortable and outstanding facilities in this collegiate-minded atmosphere will also exponentially magnify this response!

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    Since moving into the new office about a month and a half ago, we have started to work on a myriad of new projects and company objectives. These projects include:

    • Our first ever eight week class of the Master’s in Moving ™ Leadership Development Program
      • This program is designed to mold interested management candidates into company leaders as we enter our busy season. We currently have six members in the group and meet Sunday evenings.
    • Box Sales
      • We are getting into the box business baby! This summer we will begin to sell boxes as add-ons to moves, offering free delivery before the move and free recycling pick-up afterwards.
    • Improving our storage for summer
      • Last summer was our first run at offering storage. We have worked out the kinks, and our new office location has allowed us to establish a partnership with a much closer location!
    • Improved customer feedback
      • Moving into a new office has allowed us to become more organized, and in doing so, we can improve client demographics and optimize feedback data. Ultimately, this helps us build a better Gainesville moving company!

    So there you have it! A virtual look into our new office with another amazing company. Curious as to what it actually looks like? Stay tuned for an announcement of our OFFICIAL ribbon cutting coming a bit closer to moving season when you can get the inside scoop on “Gainesville’s Google of the service industry”!

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    How to get a moving job with 2 College Brothers.

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    Jobs for Movers in Gainesville & Tampa

    With a busy summer season right around the corner, we will be looking to take on a large number of seasonal employees as movers in Gainesville, FL. and movers in Tampa, FL. What this means is that 10 to 15 outstanding students at any one time will be given the opportunity to put their strength, people skills, and work ethic on display for the myriad of Gainesville, FL customers looking to move. Read through the list of qualities below we look for in our student movers and if you think you fit the bill and are looking for a job for movers in Gainesville contact us:

    1. Appearance
      Our movers are the face of our company. Like the rest of our brand, we want them to be clean-cut, good looking, and well put together. We take pride in offering an image people trust with their belongings and in their homes. Additionally, because the job is physical by nature, our movers must appear strong enough to handle the responsibilities handed to them.
    2. Honesty
      Our movers have a lot of freedom. More so than other jobs. Because they get to go out to job sites on their own, we have to be able to trust them to not cut corners. Theft is never tolerated and has never been an issue because our movers are pre-screened to avoid it.
    3. Personality
      Our entire moving company is a team. We need our movers to get along with one another, and respond well to management. This is also very beneficial to our customers, because they often have to spend a few hours with them. It helps make the overall moving experience a little bit easier when movers and customers become friends!
    4. Work Ethic
      We expect all of our movers to work each job as if it were their own, and then some! This means doing things as carefully and efficiently as possible, without cutting corners. We expect them to be on time, have a great attittude, and sweat a little bit until the job gets done. A great way to determine this is to see how well they do in school a it often carries over into other aspects of their life. Our superior work ethic is why we are better than other moving companies in Gainesville!
    5. Intelligence
      This one is the easiest to find because we hire only students as movers! Problem solving is a part of the job and having an intelligent workforce allows things to get done as smoothly as possible. It also carries over in training once the movers get to apply what they learn.

    This about sums up what we look for in our movers. Bottom line, we want exceptional students with a desire to work hard! If you think you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Now Partnering with Gator Domino’s

    2 College Brothers, Gainesville's movers have team up with Gator Domino's Pizza to bring you a free pizza after your Gainesville move.

    Gator Domino’s Pizza Gainesville

    We wanted to simplify the moving experience just a little bit more – that is why we are proud to announce that our Gainesville, FL moving company has teamed up with the number one Domino’s Pizza franchise in the country! Nobody likes to cook the night after a move, so don’t worry about unpacking all those pots, pans, and plates!

    Enjoy a large Domino’s Pizza – ON US!

    Upon completion of your move in Gainesville, one of our clean-cut, professional student movers, will present you with a FREE large pizza voucher available for carry out from any Gator Domino’s location in Gainesville and surrounding areas as our way of saying thank you!

    No strings attached, no hidden clauses or additional purchases necessary! Just free pizza 🙂

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