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Valentine’s Ideas for Everyone

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Make this Valentine’s Day special for everyone with some heartfelt ideas that will make their day brighter.


1. Create a delicious Valentine’s treat

• Make heart shaped muffins, desserts, or a fruit and vegetable tray to share with everyone.

2. Write a note

• Let someone know you care with a short written note. “Thinking about you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day” are a simple reminders you are thinking about someone.

3. Give flowers or a grown gift

• Fresh flowers from a local store always make people smile. Buy a few dozen flowers and attach a small note to each flower. Then give one to everyone you know for a simple gift.

• Also, check out heart shaped fruit for a fun idea for growing or buying fruit you could give to others for Valentine’s Day.

4. Give a compliment or offer to help

• Tell someone you like something about them to let them know you care.

• You could offer to help by pick up everyone’s lunch orders if you are at work, pay for the person behind you’s order at a restaurant, pay for a toll for the next person if you are traveling, hold open a door, pick up dropped items, or say something thoughtful.

5. Spend time together

• Spend time together by going to the movies, taking a walk together, or spending time together just to talk.

6. Do something you have been meaning to

• You planned to go shopping or put together an entertainment center but it was slowly put off. Surprise someone by doing something you planned to do but didn’t have a chance to yet!

7. A thoughtful gift

• Someone you know likes gardening, try bringing them a gardening magazine or something related to their hobby to bring a thoughtful gift.


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Weatherproof Items for Heat, Cold, and Water

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Moving from one place to another or just keeping items in one place has its challenges. Sometimes you could use help packing with a Gainesville moving company.

Weatherproofing items for heat, cold, and water is one of the best ideas if you are keeping items in storage to protect them against damages.

Going through your garage or storage, are your items packed in boxes or plastic containers? How many times do you go to put something out there unpackaged and completely forget it’s there for months to find it eaten, broken, wet, or damaged?

A few quick fixes will save lots of damaged items.

Weatherproofing Tips:


Try keeping a few extra boxes near where you store items. The small space between your washer and dryer is perfect for keeping them close by. Many Gainesville moving companies sell boxes and will deliver them if you request help packing.

Next, keep a roll of packing tape near the boxes to make sure any boxes are sealed completely. The tape helps items from being reached by bugs and better insulates them from temperature.

To make items more water resistant, wrap items that could be damaged by water with plastic wrap. Try using plastic containers for more vulnerable items like books or documents. Boxes are great for more waterproof items and make packing more cost efficient. Mold can be a major problem when the temperature changes, so protecting items with a box and wrap within the container adds resistance from moisture.

Careful consideration of what should go into storage is important for less weatherproof items. Some items don’t handle heat and cold well even in good packaging like paper, fabrics, food, medicine, and electronics. They can be damaged easily by mold, heat, and cold. Try to keep these kinds of items in storage at room temperature. If you are looking for storage, check if they offer temperature controlled units if items are less weatherproof.

Save your favorite baseball cards by keeping them inside to avoid warping from heat. Protect a wedding dress by putting it in a storage bag in a closet with silica gel packs to avoid mold. Last but not least, keep electronics away from the outdoors to keep an air hockey table working.


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11 Gainesville Events to Experience in 2018

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“Basking Alligator” by Reisner Fonseca

1.) Paynes Prairie Preserves Bird Trail Hike

Ever wanted to see the wild side of Florida? Paynes Prairie offers a chance to see Florida’s wildlife up close (but not too close) and personal. A chance of seeing a gator up close shouldn’t be missed! Hikes are held the first Saturday of each month from January 6th through April 7th, with a limit of 20 people per hike. Reserve your spot now at Friends of Paynes Prairie. Hikes are free, parking is $4 per car.

2.) The Royale at The Hippodrome

January 10 through February 11, come see The Royale, a new show at The Hippodrome Mainstage. Follow Jack Johnson’s fight to the top as the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion. Ticket prices range from $30 to $8. Every Tuesday, all tickets are $10.

3.) Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Come visit the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 27th – 28th and February 2nd – 4th. Watch a live chess board, cheer on jousting knights, experience old world activities, rides, and food in a medieval marketplace and event square. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $8 for youth (5-17), and free for children under five. Make sure to visit on February 2nd for Family Friday when tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for youth (5-17), and children under five are free!

4.) Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival

Try a variety of strawberry dishes for a good cause! Celebrate spring with strawberry shortcake, entertainment, a 5k run, car show, and more at the 5th annual Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival on March 3rd. Admission to the event is free but they would like a donation for parking, food can be purchased at the event.

Tickets for the Strawberry Jam 5k race are $30 per person before the event and $35 on the day of the event. Use the promo code HABITAT for $5 off your 5k registration ticket here in January.

5.) Gator Nationals

Visit the Gainesville Raceway on March 15th – 18th to see the world’s best NHRA drag racers in action. Ticket prices range from $17 to $69 for adults and free to $24 for juniors (12 and under). Tickets include the opportunity to meet your favorite drivers and recieve autographs.

6.) Festival of the Sea

Sample a variety of different seafood dishes at the Festival of the Sea on March 24th. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, $20 on the day of the event. There is a small additional event fee and tax added to the price of the ticket, food is sold separately. A Beer and Wine Garden ticket can be purchased for $40 plus event fee and tax, which includes access to sample a selection of beer and wine and admission to the event.

7.) Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Walk through a one and a half mile walkway with around 150 vendors for plants and gardening supplies while being surrounded in a spring garden. A great place to have a picnic! No need to bring the picnic supplies, they have a picnic area and food vendors. Tickets for the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival are $8 for adults, $5 for children (3-13 years old), parking is free. The event is held from March 24th through March 25th.

8.) Butterfly Rainforest & Florida Fossils

Watch live butterflies, birds, turtles, and fish in The Florida Museum‘s Butterfly Rainforest and experience ancient discoveries of Florida’s past in the Florida Fossils display. Admission to Florida Fossils and all other Florida Museum displays are free except the Butterfly Rainforest. Tickets to the Butterfly Rainforest are $13 for adults, $11 for Florida residents, college students, and seniors, and $6 for juniors (3-17 years old). They are open year-round (weather permitting), Sunday through Saturday.

9.) Roger’s Farm

Join Roger’s Farm for Octoberfest from September 30th through October 29th. Walk through a spooky trail, 12 acre corn maze, and events for kids and adults. Admission is $10 for the attractions or the corn maze, or $14 for both. Children under the age of three are free.

10.) Alachua County Fair

Visit The Alachua County Fair in October for big and small attractions for kids and adults. Enjoy fair food, games, and rides! Prices vary by day, check back in October for current prices per day. The Alachua County Fair usually offers Midnight Madness from 9pm to 1am for $20 including gate admission and activities.

11.) Pond Lighting

See Christmas lights and activities on December 1st at the North Florida Regional Medical Center’s annual Pond Lighting ceremony! Previous events have included a real snow sledding hill, ornament decorating, letters to Santa, carriage rides, cookie decorating, music, food trucks, and the pond lighting ceremony. Entry to the event is free.


See Gainesville Eventbrite for more events!


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Moving Tips: Fill Out Your Move-in Condition Report Like A Pro

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Moving into your Gainesville apartment can be an exciting new experience. But before you begin moving in your furniture and decorating your new home, it’s important to make your Move-In Condition Report your first priority. When you move into your new apartment, the leasing office will provide you with a Move-In Condition Report, or what we like to call a “Not My Fault Report.” You will be given a time limit to fill out this form and return it to the office with any damages or issues you may find in your new Gainesville apartment.

This report’s first purpose is to protect you as The Renter, so it’s important to note or write down anything you may find! Following the tips below will ensure that you can return your report back to the office and rest easy knowing that you thoroughly checked your apartment and will not be charged for any previous damage.

7 Tips for Filling Out Your Move-In Condition Report

  1. Keep your condition report for the maximum allowed amount of time. This will give you plenty of time to ensure that everything is working properly and look for any damages you might not have noticed before.
  2. Get there early! This report is a lot easier to fill out in an empty apartment. Pick up your keys a day before you schedule your movers or arrive to your apartment early so you can finish the report while the apartment is still empty. You’ll be able to fill out the report with limited distractions so you’ll be less likely to miss any small damages you may have overlooked otherwise.
  3. Check every single window and door. Thoroughly examine the cabinets, front and back doors, and every window screen. Don’t forget to lock and unlock every window to ensure that they’re all working properly. Additionally, be sure to look for any damage on the walls where doors open. Damages can be very common in these areas so it’s extremely important not to overlook even the smallest mark or scuff.
  4. Make sure all appliances are in working order. Keeping the report for the maximum amount of time allows you to cook dinner and do a load of laundry before you hand in the report, ensuring that any issues with your appliances are noted and on record.
  5. Highlight any items on the report that need maintenance’s attention so that the office can submit work orders. If any of your appliances aren’t working properly, just make a note of it and maintenance should be by soon to fix any issues you may be having.
  6. When in doubt, just report it! Not sure if a stain is significant enough? Note it on the report anyways. It’s much better to be safe rather than sorry. There is no limit to how much you can put on the report, so making note of any stain, mark, or scuff will ensure that you’re not charged for the damages later.
  7. When you return the report, have a person in the office sign off on it with the date and time and retain a copy for your records. Once this is finished, congratulations! You’ve officially finished your Move-In Condition Report like a pro.

This is a guest blog post from the team at Swamp Rentals, a local Gainesville apartment guide that helps renters connect with apartments that meet their lifestyle and budget.

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Why We’re Thankful to be Your Gainesville and Tampa, Florida Moving Service

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time to visit with friends and family… and overload on food.

It’s also a time to think about the things that are important in our lives and give thanks.

That’s why we’re putting this list together of why we’re so thankful to live and work in Florida. As a Florida moving service serving Gainesville and Tampa Bay, we get to be a part of two of the greatest communities int the world! There’s a lot to love about these communties. From the people to the sights, here’s why we’re thankful to be YOUR Florida moving service for Gainesville and Tampa Bay!

The People

We’re a homegrown group. Starting small as student movers-for-hire, we helped friends, neighbors and others in our community. It’s because of them that we’re where we are today. Bringing that same mindset towards community involvement to Gainesville, we were able to grow along with the community. Now we’ve brought that same commitment to Tampa. We’re so happy to be a part of these two great areas.

We’ve made so many great connections with the people of these communities and we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all who’ve helped us grow.

Things to Do

Living in Gainesville or Tampa, you’ve got access to tons of awesome things to see and do. From outdoor recreation, to sports, entertainment and nightlife Tampa and Gainesville both have a lot to offer. We are so thankful to live and work in a place that offers the best of what Florida has to offer plus the history and culture to add vibrancy.

In fact, there’s so much to do in both Gainesville and Tampa that we’ve got an entire recurring segment devoted to it in our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segment features the best of Tampa and Gainesville culture and entertainment, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Thank You!

We’re so happy to be a part of these vibrant, growing communities. Our focus as a Florida moving service is to provide professional, personalized support for your move. We believe in being a part of the communties we serve because they are our communities too. We want to thank our clients for welcoming us in and allowing us to grow along side you.

Happy Thanksgiving from 2 College Brothers!

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4 Reasons to Love Living in Gainesville, Florida!

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Living in Gainesville

There’s a lot to love about living in Gainesville. From the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, to cultural events and of course, Gatornation, living in Gainesville has got a lot to offer.

Here are just a few reasons why we love living in Gainesville!

The Gators

How could this not be first on anybody’s mind? In Gainesville, Gator spirit runs deep. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find Gator pride infectious. Sooner than later you’ll end up at a game at the Swamp packed with 90,000 other fans and realize why.

Gatorade

The brand now synonymous with with the term “sports drink” got its start right here in Gainesville. Originally invented as an effective thirst quencher for UF athletes, the drink has grown to dominate sporting culture.

Tom Petty

That’s right, Gainesville’s #1 son is none other than the birthplace of the legendary rocker and much of the original Heartbreakers. While we were all saddened by his sudden passing earlier this year, Tom Petty remains a beloved hometown hero.

Natural Springs

By far, one of the most iconic features of Gainesville and the surrounding area is the high density of natural, freshwater springs. Offering scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters at year-round temps of 72 degrees, the springs are a favorite among residents. Its also a popular spot for tourists visiting Florida.

Check out our list of the top five natural springs near Gainesville!

More Reasons to Love Gainesville!

Of course, these are just a few reason why we love living in Gainesville. With always something happening, there’s so much to see and do!

If you’re considering a move to Gainesville check out our moving blog. Our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ segments provide a breakdown of everything Gainesville has to offer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. We also offer moving tips and hacks to make your move easier.

 

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Where to Find Fun and Frights This Halloween in Gainesville

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Looking for Halloween Fun?

Who doesn’t love Halloween? From candy and costumes, to scary movies and parties, Halloween is a fun time for everyone.

If you live in Gainesville, you’re lucky enough to be in a town that loves its Halloween festivities. With parties and events for both the college crowd as well as family-friendly, Halloween in Gainesville offers fun for all ages.

Halloween in Gainesville

With events going on all weekend leading up to Halloween, there’s tons of stuff to do. Here’s a list of this year’s events and festivities going on in Gainesville!

Zombie Safari (10/27-10/31)

Got a sharp eye and strong resolution? You’ll need both if you’re gonna join the Zombie Safari at First Strike Paintball this Halloween!

The charity event, put on by Charity Nerds, takes zombie hunters on a train tour through zombie-infested woods and its up to everyone on board to defend the train and clear the woods of the undead horde!

If zombie-hunting isn’t your thing, they’ve also got  family-friendly games, food and entertainment.

Boo at the Zoo (10/31)

Family fun abounds at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo! With 7 “candy zones”, games and animals, Boo at the Zoo has been a family favorite for over 20 years.

The best part is admission only requires one (1) canned food item! Cans are collected and donated to local charities.

Fun4GatorKids Playgroup @ Buy a Pumpkin Feed a Child Pumpkin Patch (10/31)

Join the Fun4GatorKids (F4GK) Playgroup for a day of fun and games at the Buy a Pumpkin. Feed a Child. Pumpkin Patch. This free will feature games, food and a costume contest, with all proceeds going to charity.

The pumpkin patch has also been open to the public since Oct. 1.

Halloween Party at Brass Tap (10/31)

Looking for libations to help celebrate Halloween? Head over to Brass Tap for adult Halloween fun. Make sure to wear a costume – there will be a contest for the best one. In addition to the costume contest, they’ll also have weekly trivia going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

One of the great things about living in Gainesville is how much access you have to North Central Florida’s natural attractions. The area’s unique geography and temperate climate provide for some of the greatest outdoors recreation in the U.S.

One of the area’s most treasured features is the extensive natural springs system. These freshwater springs pump crystal clear water up from the ground year-round. Several springs feed into rivers, offering a variety of water recreation. At 72 degrees any time of the year, the natural springs are beloved among locals and tourists alike.

North Central Florida is choc full of springs, and there are tons open to the public! From Gainesville, you’re just short drive from many of the finest natural springs the area has to offer. If you are moving to Gainesville, be sure to check out these top-rated springs!

Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

Ginnie Springs

natural springs near GainesvilleGinnie is one of the most popular springs in the area, especially among the college crowd. The privately owned site features several impressive springs that all empty into the Santa Fe River. You can swim in the springs or meander down the river on tubes. The more adventurous (and properly trained) explore the extensive underwater cave system

Ginnie Springs is a popular camping spot year-round and at a roughly 30 min. drive from Gainesville, it makes a perfect day trip too.

Ichetucknee Springs

tubing near GainesvilleFor some serious floating, you’ve got to hit Ichetucknee Springs. Tubers can choose from either a 3 1/2 hrs. float or a roughly 1 hr float down the Ichetucknee River. Crystal clear waters, scenic foliage and abundant wildlife make this one of the most relaxing, enjoyable floats in the area.

Ichetucknee State Park is about a 50 min. drive from Gainesville.

 

Blue Springs

things to do in GainesvilleYou wouldn’t expect to see a beach in North Central Florida, but at Blue Springs, that’s exactly what you’ll find. These natural springs feature a stretch of white sand beach in addition to boardwalks and nature trails along the Santa Fe River. With four natural springs on-site, Blue Springs is a popular recreation spot year-round.

Blue Springs offers day access as well as camping and is about a 40 min. drive from Gainesville.

Otter Springs

natural springs FloridaNestled along the Suwanee River sits Otter Springs. The springs site and sprawling park offers ample options for tent and RV camping. They also offer cabins. You can swim in the springs, or float or paddle along the scenic Suwanee River.

Otter Springs is about an hour drive from Gainesville.
 

 

Alexander Springs

freshwater springs near GainesvilleOne of the few first-magnitude natural springs in the area, Alexander is a favorite among families. The large, sloping spring pool provides ample wading and splash pad-type activities for younger children.

Alexander Springs is located in Ocala National Forest, about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from Gainesville.

 

 

 

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The 5 Best Gainesville Trails for Hiking and Biking

One of the biggest perks to living in Gainesville is the abundance of natural beauty. Living in Gainesville, you have access to some of the most scenic vistas in Florida. Gainesville’s unique geographical make-up provide for some of the best outdoor trails.

Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or just enjoy the outdoors, you’re going to love Gainesville trails.

Here are the five best Gainesville trails for hiking and biking:

Paynes Prairie

Gainesville trailsThe first on our list also happens to be the largest of our list. When we say Paynes Prairie is big, we mean big – the 22,000 acre park is bigger than the city of Gainesville itself! Paynes Prairie features an extensive network of paved and off-road trails winding through some of the most beautiful scenery in Central Florida.

If you’re up for a long haul, you can ride the entire Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail; a 30 mi. stretch of paved bike trail that runs through the prairie!

Archer Braid Trail

things to do in GainesvilleRunning six miles from Archer towards Gainesville, Archer Braid is a nice, leisurely paved path cruise. Future construction on the trail plans for the path to extend east towards UF.

 
 
 
 
 

Newnans Lake

Gainesville bike trailsNewnans Lake is located just east of Gainesville. The 1.2 mi. lake is an ecological hotspot and supports a diverse wildlife. As a designated conservation area, its undeveloped surroundings provide a scenic backdrop for outdoors lovers.

Newnans Lake offers several hiking and biking trails to enjoy.

 
 

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

hiking trails GainesvilleOne of Gainesville’s most notable geological attractions, Devil’s Millhopper State Park extends out of one of Florida’s largest sinkholes.

Descending into the sinkhole, you can find many different forms of vegetation as well as trickling streams of water winding through the rocks and plant-life. At the rim of the sinkhole, you can choose to hike the .9 mile nature trail for a more traditional bout.

Depot Park

recreation GainesvilleIn the heart of downtown Gainesville, you’ll find an unlikely trail location. Dubbed “The Central Park of Gainesville”, Depot Park offers a dedicated park and recreation area in the urban center. Located on the site of an historic train depot, Depot Park offers many outdoor activities for children, families and couples.

A paved path meanders along ponds and through a scenic conservation area on an easy loop.

 

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Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd

Another semester is starting and Gainesville is bustling with students moving in. If you’re just starting at University of Florida, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. Starting college can be a big experience, and stressful. Between moving, finding your classes and getting to know the place where you’ll be spending the next four years, it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we want to make it easier for you to get adjusted.

The great thing about living in a college town like Gainesville is the awesome variety of eating and drinking options. Within walking distance from campus especially, there’s tons of great Gainesville restaurants and eateries that are popular among the college crowd.

Here is a list of the Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd:

places to eat in GainesvilleCaribbean Spice

This place brings the taste of the islands to Central Florida. Caribbean Spice has been serving up homestyle Caribbean/Jamaican favorites in Gainesville for over 20 years.

Their beef patties and coco bread is made fresh, daily. Trust us, one bit of a beef patty from Caribbean Spice and you’ll be hooked. But you better get in quick if the craving hit, because those things go quick!

restaurants in GainesvilleLeonardo’s by the Slice

A UF mainstay, Leonardo’s by the Slice has been serving up hot, delicious pizza to Gainesville’s college crowd for years. Whether you’re preference is a thick slice or thin, you’re gonna love these pies!

You better make this place a priority stop though; we are saddened by the news that Leonardo’s will be closing within a year from now following a purchase of the property by UF. In the meantime, soak up your tears with some garlic knots.

Vietnamese food GainesvilleBagels & Noodles

As their name implies: they’ve got bagels and they’ve got noodles. But it’s really so much more than that.

From American comfort foods to Vietnamese comfort foods, you’ll always find something to satisfy your appetite. The moderate decor and insanely reasonable prices make this one of the most popular Gainesville restaurants for students.

food GainesvilleFlaco’s Cuban Bakery

Located just on the outskirts of downtown, Flaco’s original location is a little more than an quick walk from campus – but that never stopped this Cuban bakery and cafe from being a favorite among the college crowd. They are so popular in fact, that Flaco’s has opened a second location in Midtown and that is an easy walk!

The flavors coming out of this place are just irresistible; you can find everything from Cuban sandwiches to empañadas and pastelitos to settle all your Cuban culinary cravings. They also offer a variety of rice bowls. Don’t forget the coffee!

eating in GainesvilleThe Swamp

A collegetown staple, especially on game days, The Swamp has been a university favorite since 1994. Their menu is classic American fare and the spirit is 100 percent UF. Gators memorabilia lines the walls and you’re bound to see a lot of people wearing blue and orange.

The Swamp’s casual vibe makes it a great spot for any occasion.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. 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 Tampa and Gainesville 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: Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville is a great place to live. It’s hip and happening but that’s not to say it’s not without the small town charm that for which Gainesville is known. There’s tons of great food and drink options and it’s well-connected to UF and business district.

Your going to love living in Downtown Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

Downtown is most recognized as Gainesville’s cultural center. With theaters, outdoor events venues it supports a burgeoning art scene. Downtown is also home to a bevvy of bars, restaurants and cafes that cater to students, families and professionals alike. You’re going to love the urban vibe!

Food

restaurants downtown gainesvilleThe Top

A downtown Gainesville favorite… especially for brunch! The Top offers up modern takes on classic American comfort food. With an extensive menu, you’re bound to find something you love, but to be honest, you could really pick just about anything and be happy with it!

The Top is popular among the younger crowd for its great beer selection and signature cocktails. They’ve also got a revolving calendar of music and events.

eating in downtown GainesvilleCrane Ramen

This isn’t anything like the microwave ramen you’ll find in a college dorm! With a reliance on local ingredients and a focus on traditional cooking methods, Crane Ramen is serving up some of the finest noodle bowls this side of the Pacific.

In addition to out-of-this-world ramen, the menu also offers a smattering of traditional Japanese appetizers as well as sake and cocktails to whet your appetite.

Entertainment

things to do in downtown GainesvilleBo Diddley Plaza

Part community park, part music and events venue, Bo Diddley Plaza is a popular, family-friendly downtown destination. The plaza is home to variety of weekly, monthly and yearly events. From concerts to farmers markets, Bo Diddley Plaza always has something happening.

Check out their events calendar for more info!

arts downtown gainesvilleThe Hippodrome

The Hippodrome is more than a theater. Founded by artists, the Hippodrome serves as a theatrical and artistic anchor. It’s had a long-running series of mainstage productions that continues to be enjoyed today. It also screens foreign, independent and cult films year-round.

You can even get a taste of Florida’s vibrant arts culture when you visit the Hippodrome’s art gallery.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in downtown Gainesville is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

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Know Your Neighborhood: Northwest Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. 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 Tampa and Gainesville 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: Northwest Gainesville

Northwest Gainesville is a great place to live. It has the perfect balance of natural beauty and urban connectivity. If you’re moving to Northwest Gainesville, you’re going to find Old Florida charm within convenient distance to downtown Gainesville’s cultural and culinary scene.

Your going to love living in Northwest Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

This because of its balance of aesthetics and convenience, Northwest Gainesville attracts a diverse, blended group of residents. You’ll find historic and modern homes and a mix of families, young professionals, students and workers.

living in Northwest GainesvilleConvenience

Northwest Gainesville is conveniently located near most major centers. It’s an easy, 15 min. drive to UF campus, shopping centers and I-75.

 

 

The Oaks Mall

Gainesville’s primary shopping center, Oak Mall is just a short drive from just about anywhere in Northwest Gainesville.

Northwest GainesvilleRecreation

If you love the outdoors and exploring Florida’s great natural bounty, Northwest Gainesville is the right place for you. There’s tons of great parks and walking trails in the area, with several featuring scenic water views.

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Hyde Park is awesome. There’s tons to do, its family-friendly and the location is tough to beat. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Gainesville’s Innovation District

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. 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 Tampa and Gainesville 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: Innovation District

Founded on the principle of bringing the innovative studies at UF to practical application in the community, Innovation District was born. A place that exists in between academic and professional pursuits, Innovation District serves to establish a creative, communal space for students, professors, businesses and residents.

Expanding on the existing Innovation Square, the neighborhood is now a bustling hub in Gainesville’s midtown area.

There’s lots to offer if you’re moving to Gaineville’s Innovation District from walkability and convenience, to community events and cutting edge research, here’s some of the great things that Innovation District has to offer!

Location

Straddling UF’s campus to the east and University Dr. to the north, the neighborhood is incredibly convenient in terms of accessibility. It’s location is very walkable, whether you’re heading to campus or checking out the nightlife in midtown.

Food and Drink

Being in such a great location means there’s plenty of great food and drink options! From student haunts to casual and upscale options, there’s a little something for everybody. Here are some of our favorites:

Bistro 1245/Leonardo’s 706

These two restaurants make up some of the best of the Innovation District’s food scene and they both have the same owners!

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Dining area of Bistro 1245

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Bar area at Leonardo’s 706

Bistro 1245 is serving up gourmet sandwiches and modern takes on classic American dishes.

Leonardo’s 706 brings you tastes of Italy and the Mediterranean with fresh, modern flavors.

 

 

 

Mothers Pub & Grill

 

innovation district barsMothers is not your average sports dive. It may seem dingy from the outside, but Mothers is a Gainesville mainstay for a reason.

For starters, they’ve got a great selection of beers – for the craft connossieurs as well as the college students on a budget. Plus, a full liquor bar.

They’ve also got a killer menu of all your favorite pub food favorites. And they’re famous for their signature hamburgers.

Collaboration/Innovation

The Innovation District was founded on the concept of collaboration in order to stir innovation.

Innovation Hub

Centered around that concept is Innovation Hub at UF. Innovation Hub is a tech-startup incubator. It exists to provide start-up businesses and professionals in the technology industry a communal resource to learn, collaborate and grow.

The Innovation Hub provides work spaces, mentoring, and educational resources for tech-startups to grow their business.

Starter Space

Sharing the same values as the Innovation Hub, Starter Space serves to provide creative professionals and entrepreneurs with a collaborative business incubator.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Gainesville’s Innovation District is awesome. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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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

moving to gainesvilleThe Thomas Center

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

homes in historic duckpondArchitecture

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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10 Life-Hacks to Make Moving Easier

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Moving… It’s something no one likes to think about, let alone do.

Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or a life-long renter, moving is never fun… and it never seems to get any easier. First, there’s going through the house and taking inventory of what we need and don’t need – if you’re like me, then the need pile always seems to get bigger. Then there’s the packing and loading, and inevitable house cleaning that follows – and let’s not forget having to schedule a move or organize truck pick-up…

As professional movers, we’ve seen the stress that moving can cause on people. In an effort to save people some of the aggravation associated with moving, we’ve put together this list of 10 life-hacks to make your next move easier.

Moving Life-Hacks

  • Create a Schedule or Timeline
    • Make it as strict or loose as you like, but having a written plan in place really really helps to cut down on the amount of stuff to keep track of.
  • Get Your Supplies Together
    • A week or two before your move, start getting together the packing supplies you will need. Make sure you have enough boxes, tape, plastic wrap, moving blankets, etc. before your moving day.
  • Take Pictures of Your Electronics
    • This will save you the headache of trying to remember how your stereo, cable box and television were all plugged-in.
  • Use Your Drawers as Moving Boxes
    • Instead of emptying all the clothes out of your drawer or bureau and putting them in a box, you can save time and space by keeping everything in them and wrapping them completely in plastic wrap.
  • Keep Your Packing Organized
    • Don’t start throwing things from your bedroom into boxes for the living room. You’ll go insane unpacking after the move trying to find where you put everything. It may help to label, or list the contents of your box
  • Put Screws and Bolts in Bags
    • If you need to dismantle anything, make sure to keep screws and bolts organized in clearly labeled bags so you don’t lose them.
  • Use Soft Padding Around the House for Packing
    • Instead of buying bubble wrap or saving up newspaper, you can use soft items around the house for packing, like towels, jackets, blankets and pillows.
  • Use Paper Towel Rolls to Prevent Tangling
    • You can string electronics cords and wires through paper towel rolls to keep them from tangling during moving. Toilet paper rolls can also be used for necklaces and jewelry to prevent tangling.
  • Update Utilities and Addresses
    • Switch over your internet and turn on utilities for your residence before moving. Make sure any mail subscriptions or online accounts are updated with your new address.
  • Pack a 1st Day Box
    • Pack a dedicated box of items you will need immediately after moving: clothes for the week, toiletries, quick meals.

An easier move.

While moving is never totally stress-free, these tips will definitely make your next move a lot easier. Don’t forget, professional movers are here to help. We take the utmost care in moving our clients, whether it’s a residential or commercial move. Let us handle the stress, contact us before your next move.

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