In 2009, Melissa Garnier opened a small produce co-op, seeking to save money on her grocery bill while providing her five children with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, that co-op has grown into The Neighborhood Garden, a company that regularly supplies 200 Jacksonville families with fresh meats, local honey, dairy goods, and certified organic produce from Albert's Organics in Sarasota. Patrons can pick up pre-ordered edibles from 17 locations, or opt for delivery service.
Since 1992, American Rubber Technologies has been manufacturing RubberStuff Mulch for landscaping and playground use. Available in 3 organic and 2 designer colors, RubberStuff mulch is perfect for those who like to ENJOY their landscaping without constantly having to spend the time, money and energy doing fixing it.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach houses free art exhibitions, lectures, and events for the edification of the local public, and membership in its hallowed halls allows a household reduced prices on classes, retail discounts, and invitations to openings and events. Seven-week classes and one-time workshops for kids (member prices $72–$120) and adults (member prices $65–$260) instruct the artistically inclined in electives such as acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, and digital imaging. For those who prefer to work in a fleshier medium, yoga and dance classes whittle muscles into works of art worthy of permanently encasing in glass or spandex.
Wanting to fly to the beat of a different drummer, a couple of flight instructors decided in 2009 to start their own training center and teach the skills their unique way. They laid the groundwork for their new business with cutting-edge safety features such as aircrafts boasting airbags and innovative weather and traffic advisories. Additionally, the duo acknowledges that cost often keeps those with sky-bound ambitions grounded, so they work with individuals to find an affordable training plan. Besides their pilot programs, the owners make their Cessnas and bundles of helium-filled balloons available for rent.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
A Social Affair’s rhythmically gifted instructors share the secrets of a variety of ballroom and Latin dance styles with students of all levels. Newbie hoofers can learn the spicy moves of Cuban motion, merengue, and samba or get schooled in the swinging styles of the foxtrot, hustle, chinchilla cha-cha, and more. During each private lesson, students get 30 minutes of one-on-one training time with an instructor with zero left feet and a spring-loaded spine. Private lessons are taught Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop-in group class lessons, held Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., give budding dancers the invaluable experience of practicing with different partners, trying out new routines, and tightening teeth-rose grasps. All of the school’s members can attend practice parties, held on Fridays at 8 p.m., to rehearse moves, sip complimentary refreshments, and mingle.
As a teenager, Henri Landwirth was forced to live in five different Nazi concentration camps. He spent those five years with no clothes, and understands the deep suffering that comes from being stripped of one’s dignity. When he left the camps at the age of 18, he was homeless and promised himself that he would “help other people not to suffer as much as [he] did.”
Having already founded another philanthropic group in the United States, Henri founded Dignity U Wear in 2000. The organization procures new clothing from retailers and sends it to people in need through local agencies and social workers. It focuses on schoolchildren, veterans, and women, to help improve their prospects for the future and combat barriers to success. Since it’s inception, Dignity U Wear has distributed more than 6.6 million pieces of clothing to individuals in all 50 states.