As a nonprofit organization, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events?pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties?that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens. Pledge 5 is dedicated to increasing the number of volunteers in the community and encouraging the community's public service participation.
The Pledge 5 Foundation, in addition to working with charitable partners to inspire others to give back to their communities, also hosts a bargain shop known as Thrift 5, providing gently used and brand new goods to the denizens of Gainesville. The store stocks everything from brand name clothing to home decor and many other products. Patrons may also make tax-deductible donations to the store and volunteer at the shop. Thrift 5 also features local artist showcases.
It might be surprising that out of a team of surgery, cardiology, neurology, and dentistry specialists, not one has ever performed a procedure on a person. That?s because these board-certified medical professionals prefer their patients to be covered in fur or feathers. Dr. David Menard leads Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center?s team of vets and vet techs in medical services that range from standard vaccination and sterilization procedures to more specialized treatments such as cancer therapy and acupuncture consultations. To perform each treatment as effectively as possible, the veterinarians call on a high-tech trove of medical technology that includes digital radiography equipment, camera-mounted endoscopes, and laser surgery devices. Meanwhile, an onsite pharmacy vends prescribed medications for all animal ailments, including tennis ball jaw. For pet parents going out of town, the center?s boarding resort houses cats, dogs, birds, and exotic pets in their own separate, climate-controlled facilities.
Though Jeff and Sabrina Williams come from very different backgrounds—Sabrina grew up in urban Rio de Janeiro, and Jeff hails from a rural area of Memphis—they share a mutual love for photography that ignited their personal and professional relationship when they first met in 2000. The award-winning duo developed this passion through eight years of formal education, which led to their MFAs in photography as well as the creation of JS Photography.
As the parents of two young boys, Jeff and Sabrina have a particular interest in family, newborn, and maternity photography. Combining the best aspects of fine-art and commercial photography, they strive to capture timeless images that are both classic and contemporary, while avoiding outdated trends such as drawing handlebar mustaches on each subject. Together, they've also immortalized more than 1,250 weddings across their careers and have also enjoyed imparting their talents and knowledge of Photoshop, lighting, and black-and-white film to other aspiring shutterbugs while serving as part-time teachers at the University of Florida.
Up to 22 gas-powered go-karts at a time can hug the twists and turns of Skate Station Funworks' more than 800-foot track. While the go-kart course is the park's longest attraction, it's not the tallest?that honor goes to the indoor rock-climbing wall. Besides climbing and driving, fun at Skate Station ranges from hitting homers in batting cages to putting balls past a landlocked airboat on the swamp-themed mini-golf course. Children aged 10 or younger can explore the three levels of the Kid's Adventure soft play space, whereas guests of all ages can compete in classic games such as air hockey at the arcade. All these attractions share a home with Skate Station's namesake, an indoor roller-skating rink where visitors can groove to Top 40 hits or learn skating fundamentals during lessons.
For more than 30 years, the staff at the family-owned Leonard's Furniture has helped homeowners make their dwellings more livable by stocking a 14,000 sq. ft. showroom full of décor and furnishings from more than 150 vendors. The team makes the shopping process easier by delivering and assembling any in-stock items free of charge. Those items include furnishings for dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms from brands such as Ashley, Lane, FlexSteel, and Tempur-Pedic. The store's comprehensive stock includes home office staples including desks, chairs, and mirrors that come in varying sizes and opinions on Snow White. Shoppers can also find equipment to furnish home-entertainment rooms, such as theater seats that eject anyone who takes out their cell phone during a movie.
"Take care of your customers and they will take care of you" has been the standing credo of Wood You Furniture’s owner, Tom Bolton, for nearly three decades. Today, the solid-wood-furniture purveyor and his two sons, TJ and Andrew, still espouse this customer-first mentality as they meander the floor to aid customers with their expertise. The store sources sturdy furniture made solely from solid woods, both finished and unfinished. The selection ranges from traditional to contemporary with bedroom, dining, and child-specific furniture capable of withstanding generation upon generation of Play-Doh-related messes and indoor firework shows. The store also offers custom design and finishing services, as well as delivery services.