Story and Song, Indie Bookstore, Opening in Fernandina

You’ll find the new bookstore located in the heart of the island at 1430 Park Avenue in Amelia Park’s commercial district (former home of Artistic Florist, and before that, KP’s Restaurant.)

A general interest indie bookstore, “Story & Song” will offer nearly 10,000 new books for all ages with a variety of interests, the best selection of unique greeting cards in Nassau County, fun toys, and gifts for the reading lifestyle.

You’ll discover books, music, art, wine, coffee, and fresh food in a lively, friendly space – making Story & Song a favorite destination for friends and neighbors, especially those who understand the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses.

The peaceful neighborhood setting offers a relaxing, refreshing escape from ‘screen fatigue’ and the busyness of our lives.

Upstairs, “The Second Story for Arts & Creativity” will showcase art books and art by local creators and will be a place to come for programs and performances, story time and discussions. Area book groups and non-profit community groups will now have a mid-island gathering space.

Find them on facebook for the latest details.

Local Company Waxhead Energy Bars to be Sold at Omni AIP

Amelia Island, FL – Amelia Island’s Waxhead Sun Defense Company announced a retail agreement with the island’s premier luxury hotel, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, to offer resort guests Waxhead sun defense energy bars at various locations throughout the property, including the Omni’s Marché Burette market and deli, its state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities, and its nationally ranked tennis resort. Read more

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Brian Henning Wins Spirit of Partnership Award

Brian Henning of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Fernandina Beach/Yulee recently won the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2015.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Henning a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve.

“Brian has demonstrated unyielding dedication and enthusiasm for his business of serving individual investors,” Weddle said. “Brian has reached a benchmark in his career that deserves recognition, and the Spirit of Partnership Award provides that recognition. I am proud to call him an Edward Jones financial advisor.”

Henning said he is honored to receive the award.

“Edward Jones is a partnership. That structure is not just financial, it’s a philosophy,” Henning said. “We work together, help each other and all share in the rewards of working with long-term individual investors. That brings out the best in everyone.”

Henning was one of only 1,108 financial advisors out of the firm’s more than 14,000 to receive the award.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2016, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Live in Flip Flops, an Amelia Island Company

Live in Flip Flops, a Northeast Florida, woman-owned company, has launched their fourth calendar in the Flip it series; Flip it… for God’s Glory – Faith-filled Messages to Flip Your Day!

Unlike a tear-off calendar, Flip it is a “perpetual” calendar to be enjoyed every day, year after year. Each calendar measures approximately 4″ x 3″ and weighs just under a pound, then bound with a durable spiral coil and a built-in easel stand. Flip it… for God’s Glory is bursting with 366 faith-inspired quotes, powerful Scripture verses and uplifting prayers certain to brighten your day!

• Your ordinary story bears the fingerprints of an extraordinary God.
• “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
• Faith is not believing that God can; it is knowing that God will.
• Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are!
• If God is all you have, you have all you need!
• Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you realize that God is The Rock at the bottom.
• Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
• If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you have forgotten… You Are One!

Visit LiveinFlipFlops.com to view additional decorative items, as well as the growing collection of Flip it calendars; Flip it… Inspiring Messages to Flip Your Day, Flip it… for Dog Lovers, Flip it… and Get Organized, and upcoming editions, Flip it… for New Parents, Athletes, Caregivers, Couples and more!

Live in Flip Flops is a registered trademark with corporate offices in Amelia Island, Florida.
All products are created and manufactured in the U.S.A.

Four New Stores Opening in Yulee

Four New Stores Opening in YuleeYULEE, Fla. – Four stores are opening this summer at The Villages of Amelia Island, located at 463855 E. State Road 200 in the fast-growing area of Yulee.

Sleiman Enterprises is pleased to announce new tenants:
Ulta Cosmetics
Dunkin’ Donuts
Mattress Firm
Tropical Smoothie

“Yulee and Amelia Island residents deserve great stores near them,” Sleiman Enterprises partner Toney Sleiman said. “Nassau County is growing rapidly. Opening these stores will create local jobs which will benefit the entire community.”

Sleiman Enterprises owns, develops and manages this shopping center as well as more than 100 other properties across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The Villages of Amelia Island shopping center opened in 2012 and has more than 134,000 square feet of retail shopping space.

The Villages of Amelia Island stores mark the first location for both Tropical Smoothie and Ulta Cosmetics to open in Nassau County. It will be the fifth Northeast Florida location for the cosmetics chain, which sells a variety of beauty, skincare brands, men’s and women’s fragrances and hair care products. This Ulta Cosmetics location will include a salon.

This is Nassau County’s second Mattress Firm and its third Dunkin’ Donuts location.

These four new stores join tenants Aspen Dental, Barberitos, Eye Envy Optical & Sunglasses, Great Clips, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, Kohl’s, Luxy Nail Spa, Panera Bread, Publix, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Vivia Wireless.

Fernandina Walmart Awards Grant to Micah’s Place

Fernandina Walmart Awards Grant to Micah's PlaceNassau County, FL – We are pleased to announce that the Walmart Fernandina Beach, Florida location has chosen Micah’s Place as the grateful recipient of a $1,500 grant to help support life saving domestic violence programs in Nassau County.

Pictured is Fernandina Beach store Manager, Carolyn Whitecloud, who expressed a keen interest in the services of Micah’s Place and of keeping such grant donations serving the Nassau County Community.

Micah’s Place is a certified shelter, and outreach services, providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children in Nassau County.

For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364, ext. 102.

Pictured: (Left) Carolyn White Cloud, Manager of Walmart Store, Fernandina Beach, FL and (Right) Heather Jones, Chef Executive Officer of Micah’s Place, Inc.

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November 2015 at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

November 2015 at the AIFBY Chamber of CommerceAmelia Island, FL – Here is what is coming up in November at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, November 4th, 8:30 am • Island Council • The Mustard Seed Café • 833 TJ Courson Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Tuesday, November 10, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks • 463360 SR 200, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members.

Friday, November 13th, 8:00 am •NetPerks • First Federal Bank of Florida- Yulee • 463845 SR 200, Yulee, FL 32097 • Free for Chamber members

Tuesday, November 17th, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • AIFBY Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd. Ste 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Monday, November 23rd, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • The Chamber of Commerce Public Officials Reception • Walker’s Landing• 1 Walker’s Landing, Amelia Island, FL 32034• $75 for Chamber members, $250.00 for Non Chamber Members • Register through www.islandchamber.com

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Edward “Ted” Jones Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Edward "Ted" Jones Inducted into Hall of Famous MissouriansThe late Edward “Ted” Jones, the visionary behind the Edward Jones’ one-financial-advisor-per-branch office business model and a conservationist who turned an abandoned railroad into a state park, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians recently at the state’s capitol in Jefferson City.

Jones’ achievements and contributions of one of Missouri’s most successful businessmen and dedicated conservationist were recognized at the ceremony on Oct. 9 in the Missouri state capitol.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jones recognized an opportunity in the financial-services industry to serve individual investors throughout Missouri and across the United States. He created a branch office business model that set Edward Jones on the path to become a Fortune 500 firm with more than 12,000 branch offices serving 7 million clients across North America.

Jones also was a conservationist who recognized the potential to turn a 225-mile stretch of abandoned railroad into a magnificent state park. He was a generous donor and force behind the creation of Missouri’s Katy Trail, which is now a segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail, and was inducted into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Because of his efforts, the trail now attracts 400,000 hikers, cyclists and joggers each year.

“Ted was a visionary – always able to see things as they could be,” Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle said.

Jones is the 45th inductee into the Hall of Famous Missourians, which opened in 1982. The Hall, which is located in the third floor rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol, includes bronze busts of all inductees, including famous Missourians such as Harry Truman, Mark Twain and Walt Disney.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Dollar$Market Opening in Nassau County

Dollar$Market Opening in Nassau County
Dollar$Market is a new, smart way to shop and they are putting their first store in Nassau County, Florida. The first location is estimated to open at 813 S. 8th Street (Pelican Palms Shopping Center) in Fernandina Beach on September 22, 2015. Other planned openings in 2015 include Pensacola and Cantonment, Florida. Size of the stores range from 7500 sq. ft to 10,000 sq. ft.

Dollar$Market was founded in 2015 by retail experts who wanted to enhance the dollar store industry by adding class and value to the traditional mix of products.

They plan to:
-Sell a broad range of products at ultra-competitive prices
-Focus on the everyday needs of their customers
-Provide a fresh mix of produce and healthy food items
-Proved for the satisfaction of 100% of their customers
-Be an active member of the community
-Encourage customer and employee input.

Dollar$Market stands above the competitors by introducing fresh produce, health food items, fresh on the go, and hot-n-ready items.

For more information, like them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/dollarsmarket, or visit their website.

Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County Schools

Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County SchoolsNassau County, FL – Brian Henning, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fernandina Beach/Yulee, is supporting the teachers and students of Nassau County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Henning. “We’re proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.

The items needed for the school supply drive include: copy paper, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, dry erase markers, index cards, band-aids, pencils, white board cleaner, letter size file folders, ziploc storage bags (quart and gallon size) and 3 prong pocket folders.

The branch address is 95766 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach (before you reach North Hampton).

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.

FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.

The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates Art

Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates ArtFernandina Beach, FL – Townies Pizzeria announces a “Bike Wall” community outreach. Coordinated by popular local artist Lamar Miles, a bicycle wall has been created at the Amelia Island restaurant. Recycle your bicycle and eat dinner on the locally owned pizzeria.

(If you are not familiar with Lamar Mile’s artwork, visit Townies and check out the murals he has already painting at the Pizzeria.)

Townies is dedicated to providing great food and fresh food that is prepared to order. They make their own sauces and dough daily from fresh ingredients. Using fresh local produce, you will taste the difference!

Remove the chain and bring your bicycle to Townies, located at 819 TJ Courson Road (the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building).

Your bicycle will become part of a permanent art wall at the restaurant!

To thank those donating bicycles Townies will offer a free 18″ cheese with two toppings and a two liter soda. Bicycles need to be in good shaped to be used as art.

The locally owned pizzeria is about fun and good pizza and is committed to community projects.

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Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award for Outstanding Performance

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award for Outstanding PerformanceBrian P. Henning of Edward Jones recently won the firm’s coveted Zeke McIntyre Pioneer Award, which recognizes new financial advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers with the financial services firm. Henning was one of only 247 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, said the award is a strong indicator of a financial advisor’s future success.

“We recruit and hire our financial advisors from among the best, so we expect them to do well,” Weddle said. “But to achieve such success early in his career with Edward Jones is outstanding, and I commend Brian for his performance and dedication.”

The award is named after Edward Jones legend Zeke McIntyre, who opened the firm’s first branch office in 1957 in Mexico, Mo.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Hola Cuban Cafe Now Offers Gourmet Ice Pops

Hola Cuban Cafe Now Offers Gourmet Ice PopsOne of Fernandina Beach’s favorite local restaurants, Hola Cuban Cafe, is now offering all-natural gourmet ice pops!

Flavors include watermelon, mango, guava hibiscus, coconut, strawberry, pineapple and passion fruit.

A very satisfying way to cool off while enjoying a tasty treat on a sunny day!

Hola Cuban Cafe is located at 117 Centre Street (on North 2nd Street behind the Palace Saloon), in historic Fernandina.

Their phone number is (904) 321-0163, or simply visit www.holacubancafe.com for more information.

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Edward Jones Named One of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials

Edward Jones Named One of the 100 Best Workplaces for MillennialsFinancial-services firm Edward Jones was recognized as one of the “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” in the country by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine, according to the three Edward Jones financial advisors in Fernandina Beach.

Edward Jones ranked the No. 10 best workplace for millennials, a generation defined from the early 1980s through 2001. This ranking comes from an anonymous survey of associates administered by the workplace culture experts at Great Place to Work.

“As we grow our firm to serve succeeding generations of individual investors, we know that attracting and developing millennials is key to our long-term success,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “We offer a career destination and a business model that allows them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients.”

Edward Jones and the 99 other winning companies were selected based on the evaluations of nearly 90,000 millennial-aged employees who were surveyed using the Trust Index, Great Place to Work’s employee assessment survey. The “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” is part of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based entirely on employee surveys from published Great Place to Work Reviews.

“Companies focused on solid growth understand that it’s critical for senior leaders to have an in-depth understanding of all their employees’ experiences, regardless of their age, role in the organization, or any other demographic profile,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work United States. “Great workplaces are constantly monitoring and analyzing their employees’ workplace experiences and then taking action to improve them. Ranking on this list is a great indicator that these companies’ efforts to create great workplaces are resonating with millennials.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.

FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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