High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.

The ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER BONNET BRIGADE to Make 10th Anniversary Appearance

The ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER BONNET BRIGADE to Make 10th Anniversary Appearance

For the tenth year, the ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER BONNET BRIGADE will take to the streets of the nation's oldest city this Easter to amuse and delight the crowds with their one-of-a-kind, hand-made, incredibly imaginative and fanciful Easter bonnets.

"We began doing this on a whim ten years ago," says Bonnet Brigade spokesperson Drew Edward Hunter, "and it just caught on.  People were so entertained by our colorful creations that we figured we'd keep dreaming up crazy ways to make themed hats year after year."

Belk Charity Event and a Good Reason to Go Shopping!

Belk Spring Charity Sale - Belk will hold its annual Spring Charity Sale this Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

A $5 charitable donation gains customers admission to a private sale with merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders, triple Rewards points) for card purchases.

Great Cloth Diaper Change Event, April 23

Great Cloth Diaper Change Event, April 23

Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past ten years. An event, called the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011, already creating a buzz not only in North America, but all over the world, will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in locations all around the globe. The Great Cloth Diaper Change ( will set a world record for the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously.

Jacksonville Dining, Nightlife & Shopping, Spring 2011

The historic Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach has opened their Penthouse Lounge with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean for lunch service.  Lunch is now available 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Previously the lounge opened at 4 p.m. for cocktails and appetizers.


Chef Aaron Webb has designed a New Beach Cuisine menu for the penthouse luncheon that includes appetizers such as polenta sticks, salads including a goat cheese salad, sandwiches such as the chicken caesar wrap in herb tortilla and the mahi calypso. Sandwich prices start at $7.95 and entrees start at $11.95.


Standard Pacific Homes Launches New Samara Lakes Neighborhood

Standard Pacific Homes Launches New Samara Lakes Neighborhood

Today Standard Pacific Homes announced their newest community, Samara Lakes in North West St. Johns County, offering ENERGY STAR homes with top-rated schools, great amenities and lush surroundings.

Samara Lakes is a 245-acre serene community near the World Golf Village, with a tranquil environment of beautiful lakes and wooded home sites. This community also features the Stone Brook Park amenity center, which includes a pool, cabana, playground, basketball courts, and sports fields. Samara Lakes is located in close proximity to highly rated St. Johns County schools, incredible golf courses, shopping and beautiful beaches and only minutes from Interstate 95, the St. Augustine Outlets and a short drive to historic downtown St. Augustine and the beaches.