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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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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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    7 Moving Tips for a Safe and Smooth Move

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    Save Money. Be Protected. Enjoy a Smooth Move.

    We know everybody’s moving situation is unique. We train our Gainesville movers and Tampa Movers to adapt to whatever special circumstances are needed, however, the more uniform the situation, the more likely the smoothest possible relocation will take place. Below are some tips to ensure that your experience with 2 College Brothers, or whichever mover you choose, is the best move you have ever had!

    1. Book your move as far in advance as you can, as early in the day as possible.

    2. Most movers can only guarantee the start time of the first job of the day. Your mover will shoot to always be on schedule, however, sometimes prior jobs take longer than expected, and inclement weather, particularly afternoon thunderstorms, can become a factor. 2 College Brothers moves close to 2,000 people per year, which means there will be multiple jobs each day, especially during peak season, so keep this in mind!

    3. Provide as many details about your move as you can.

    4. Oftentimes people think they will save money by under reporting the items needed to be moved. Because most local moving companies charge on an hourly basis, this generally results in the price going above the estimated total. By letting your mover know as many details about the move as you can, they can give you the most accurate estimate to budget for, and it ensures that we will be properly equipped with the right sized truck, amount of movers, protective materials, and special equipment or tools that will help expedite the process and protect your items. Details to look for include:

      • List of furniture and number of boxes being moved
      • Anything requiring assembly or disassembly
      • Anything particularly heavy, valuable, or fragile
        • Pianos, pool tables, armoires, artwork, electronics, etc.
      • List any special circumstances such as:
        • Gate codes
        • Long hallways
        • Difficult to find locations
        • Extra stops
        • Extra garage, attic, or storage space
    5. Notify management of any pets or potentially hazardous conditions.

      Some people are allergic to pets and nobody likes their furniture sneezed on! It’s ok if something isn’t clean, that’s part of why you are moving! Just let your mover know so they can bring gloves, masks or anything else to protect the health of their team members.

    6. Have everything packed and ready to go!

    7. Good movers are happy to provide packing services, however this may result in an additional charge. Unless you specifically request packing services, your movers may not know to bring the materials needed to do the job right. Small or awkward items are difficult to stack safely inside of a truck if they are not packed into boxes, and several small items means more trips back and forth to the truck, causing the job to take longer, costing more money!

      Pack the heaviest items like books, canned goods or files into small boxes. Boxes should never weigh more than 50 pounds, as this can jeopardize the integrity of the box. Make sure fragile items are individually wrapped in boxes, and packing paper or peanuts are used to fill in open gaps.

    8. Save money by being organized!

      • If you have all boxes in a central location, your movers can work as quickly as possible
      • If boxes are labeled, your mover will know exactly which rooms they go in
      • Break down beds, dressers, couches, desks, etc. It is no problem if you do not know how, or do not have time, a good mover has the tools to do so, but this will save them time, and save you money!
    9. Transport any small, awkward, fragile and sentimental items yourself.

    10. These items may take extra time and cost securing and protecting. If something small like a laptop, heirloom, or piece of art is extremely important to you, it just makes sense to transport it yourself. Make sure to be very clear with the movers of the item’s significance if you would still like them to transport it. Depending on the item and situation, they may have you sign a release of liability.

    11. If loading a rental truck make sure to provide blankets and tie downs.

    12. Because you will be moving out of the area, you must provide your own pads and tie downs as the local mover you hire will not be able to get their own back. They should still bring out stretch wrap, but you will want max padding for a long distance move. The mover may not be responsible for any damages that may result in transportation of a truck not driven by its team. Once you are satisfied with the load up and sign off, the mover is no longer liable, so make sure the crew has everything they need to pack the truck safely. You can rent moving pads and other equipment from the truck rental facility.

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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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    How to Choose the Best Moving Company

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    10 Things You Must Ask a Moving Company

    Choosing the Best Moving Company

    1. Are you a licensed, bonded, and insured moving company?
      When looking for movers, this question is the most essential. If you hire a moving company that is not licensed nor insured, you run many risks such as: them not showing up (which happens all the time), breaking items, theft, etc. Before moving, do your homework. Research the movers. Call around and investigate.
    2. Is there a number I can call to reach a moving coordinator at any point throughout the moving process to address any question or concern?
      This is always good to have. You want to have a point of contact in case your movers are running late, you want to make a change, or if you just have a question. You will feel more at ease knowing you have someone you can contact directly for anything related to your move.
    3. How long have you been active in the moving business?
      How long a moving company has been in business is a direct reflection of their expertise. This question will be more relevant depending on the size and complexity of your move. Other questions that can help you hire the right movers. 2 College Brothers is going on 5+ strong years in the business.
    4. Will you come out to my property to look at my items for a moving quote?
      When moving locally or long distance, this is probably one of the most important questions to ask. About 80% of miscommunication between movers and clients would have to be on the conditions of the move. If your mover says they can’t make it out to you, or simply want to give you a moving quote over the phone, this should raise an eyebrow. 2 College Brothers will come out to your property free of charge and perform a complimentary in-house estimate to avoid any confusion down the road.
    5. Do you ask for a deposit? If so, how much?
      There is nothing wrong with a moving company asking for a deposit to reserve the date and time. Busy moving companies have a lot of moves and movers all over the place. The moving company wants to make sure you are serious in your decision and putting your move into the schedule. The thing to look out for is if the moving company asks you for a large deposit. 50% is a large deposit. At that point you may need to step back and research a little more. A fair deposit for your move can be anywhere in the ballpark of 5% to 15% of your moving job. So if your move costs $400, anywhere between $20-$60 is a fair deposit.
    6. What happens if something were to break during the move?
      This is a question many movers don’t like to hear or will avoid. But when hiring a moving company, make sure to have this answer beforehand. Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but at the end of the day movers are just people and accidents do happen. Ask your movers about their insurance policy, and if it’s possible to purchase extra insurance.
    7. What happens if the movers arrive late, or simply don’t arrive to the move?
      Make sure you have a time frame for when to expect your movers to arrive at the site. If your movers don’t arrive at all, you should ask to speak to the moving company’s upper level management. If you’re being toyed with over the phone, call the county and report a complaint. Of course, this shouldn’t happen if your mover is licensed and insured.
    8. How do you charge? Hourly or flat-rate? Are there extra fees or surcharges?
      It’s always good to know exactly what your mover will charge you. If it’s a flat-rate, make sure its binding agreement, meaning it cannot go over the calculated moving quote. If given an hourly moving quote, make sure the moving estimate is the final one, and that it will not be altered for any reason. Ask your moving company if they charge extra for stairs, longer hallways, fuel, travel time, etc. Other questions to ask: Do you provide moving pads or blankets, shrink wrap, and other protective materials to accomplish the move?
    9. You provide me with a written document stating all prices, details, inclusions, and exclusions?
      This is highly important for a consumer. You want to make sure that everything about the move is stated on black and white: moving quote, date and time, fees, materials, amount of movers, etc. Require your moving company to provide you with a written estimate with all the details of your move.
    10. What can I do, as a client, to make this move as smooth as possible?
      A moving company’s favorite question. There are many simple yet effective and time efficient things you can do to make it a smooth and affordable move. For example, rather than having clothes scattered all over the place, have your stuff ready to go in plastic bags or wardrobe boxes. This will reduce the labor time and in some cases reduce your final cost. Disassemble items if that’s what is necessary to move them through narrow doors or hallways. The biggest thing is to have everything packed and ready to go so that when the movers arrive they can quickly load the moving truck and be on their merry way.

    Before making any costly choices with an inexperienced moving company make sure to give our moving company a shout!

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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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    Should I Hire a Moving Company or Just Do it Myself?

    Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving Company

    Are you wiling to do the heavy lifting or hire a company?

    Deciding to go with a reputable moving company is usually more cost effective than people think.

    Looking for just ANY Help, Won’t Help

    Here’s an example: Let’s say the Smith family is moving in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Smith calls several moving companies and finds that the average estimate for a one-bedroom move is $250. Realizing that’s more than he wanted to dish out to a moving company, he decides they’ll make the move happen on their own. Mr. Smith thinks to himself, “All I need is a truck and some dudes. Maybe I’ll hire a few guys standing outside of Home Depot.”

    OK, sure, no problem…

    “I’ll buy them lunch and throw them a few extra bucks.”

    Comparing Costs and Benefits

    The Smith family needs to rent a truck; let’s assume the daily rate is $40. WRONG. Don’t forget the mileage rate, mandatory insurance, and refilling the gas. So now we’re looking at $75 at least. Next, unless you’re superman, the Smiths will need to rent a hand truck and dolly to move boxes and furniture around as well as some extras like furniture pads and cling wrap to make sure nothing gets damaged. Another $45 or so in materials. The Smiths are now ready to get moving. Their cost is already between 50%-70% of the initial quoted price for the move, but now they’ll have to worry that the “movers” won’t damage, brake, scratch, or drop your belongings. They have zero experience maneuvering around stairs, narrow hallways, elevators, etc.

    Finding Relief in a Trusted Company

    Eliminate the hassle. If you’re moving near Gainesville, FL or need a long distance moving quote within Florida contact 2 College Brothers. A qualified moving consultant will provide you with a complimentary in-house estimate. Our experienced movers will take it from there providing you, the valued client, with a smooth, successful, and stress-free moving experience.

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