Celebrating Independent Gainesville
Happy Lupercalia/Valentine’s Day. Read just some of the juicy details of this day’s history here. Or read about how “Valentine’s Day has become the ultimate symbol of the relationship between love and economic interests” here.
From time to time, a business sponsor sets such a wonderful example that we must sing their praises. Today, Alachua Conservation Trust received an unsolicited contribution from Satchel’s Pizza for $2327.50, which is what the cash-only business received in ATM fees for a month or two. Satchel returns these funds to the community through donations to numerous charities. He does this without fanfare and in the context of just another way in which this iconic eastside business is affirming the values that make Gainesville-grown entrepreneurs so special. We hope that the next time you enjoy one of Satchel’s awesome pizzas or giant salads, or you bump into Satchel Raye, thank him for doing his part to make Alachua County just that much better.
And now, let’s direct our attention to Paynes Prairie and the gentle creatures that roam the prairie. We encourage you to take a stand about the proposed removal of bison from the prairie.
Indiegainesville friend Duane wrote:
I moved to this area in 1965 the one most unique thing about the Gainesville area of Florida. Has always been the presence of “wild” bison on paynes prairie. The lazy park staff of the Prairie has betrayed their trust by recommending the removal of the males. Everyone who is for this removal should be removed from payroll.
We couldn’t agree more that the bison of Paynes Prairie add a special uniqueness to the area. Educate yourself on the issue, and if you feel so motivated, take action here.
We love our local businesses, but we also love the uniquenes-such as Paynes Prairie, such as bison in Florida–that makes Gainesville so exceptional and one of a kind.
Speaking of local businesses, we’re delighted to share the news that Thrive Handicrafts is now at Ward’s.
Armadillo Chocolates is featured in this video:
And check out local Aimee Anderson’s (of Dragonfly Graphics) kickstarter project! Support her if you can. She’s an incredible person who does so much for the community while staying in the background.
I will offer a personal reading from my newest story (fiction…called “Paradise”) to all the Indie Gainesville folks who back my project. Now, I know to some that going to a “reading” sounds soporific, however, I am very dramatic as a reader. I’m not suggesting I will pull out props, but I promise to entertain. So, if you back this project, and you want a reading by yours truly, spread the word.
We love Aimee, and of course, we love Dragonfly Graphics!