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[nggallery id=16 images=1]Is it hot in here, or is it just us? Summertime inches closer with each passing day. How will you beat the Northeast Florida heat this season? Perhaps more important, what will you wear while doing it?   Photography, Art Direction & Layout  |  Natalie McCray Makeup Artist  |  Kimtasha Armstrong Styling  |  Anya Kovalenko Photo Assistant  |  Dawn Matthews […]

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Bali Wood

[nggallery id=14 images=1]One of a kind home brings the tropics to the beaches. Michael Smith’s Atlantic Beach home may be a custom build and based on tradition, but there’s nothing customary or traditional about it. Not by American standards anyway. Designed and built by Mike Phillips of Phillips Builders, the three-story, 3,800-square foot abode was […]

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Getting to Know

Mike & Tera Barz Action News Team members are co-anchors on air—and in life. It’s a wonder Tera and Mike Barz ever went on one date, let alone became a couple. At WFLD-TV in Chicago, they worked opposite schedules: she as a nightside anchor and reporter and he a morning news anchor. Then there was her […]

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My Big Fat Greek Dinner

[nggallery id=13 images=1] From the piped-in music to the white-and-blue décor, everything about Taverna Yamas! feels Greek and casual, even on a slow Monday night. Upon entering the Souhside restaurant, our party was greeted with “Opa!” as the host led us to a cozy corner booth. Seating is ample in this relatively new dining spot, […]

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Arts & Culture

Planet Pottery Painting Studio (1108 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-1112) is the area’s Best Place to Get Crafty, where guests are encouraged to unleash their inner artist on unfinished pottery pieces. Each painted piece is glazed and fired to create a food-safe work of art that you take with you. Artists and art lovers […]

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Bars & Nightlife

Pull up a bar stool at the Best Happy Hour in town at European Street Cafe (four Jax locations), where two-for-one drink specials are offered from 2 to 7 PM every day. Enjoy the discount all weekend long at the Jacksonville Beach restaurant, and cheer on the Jags with happy hour prices from 10 AM […]

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Things to Do

Cosmic bowlers and experienced kingpins with league teams all frequent Beach Bowl (818 Beach Blvd., 249-9849). A full-service bar offers beer and liquor to lessen the pain of a gutter ball or to toast a Turkey, making it the Best Bowling and Beer spot in the city. And they throw in use of the cool shoes […]

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Beauty & Health

Colorful couture in the form of eyeshadows, lipsticks and eye-liners pack the shelves at MAC (Regency Square Mall, 805-8958; St. Johns Town Center, 564-4224; Avenues Mall, 538-0677). The area’s Best Makeup Seller has the expertise and all the products to bring every set of eyes, cheekbones and lips to life. Solé Spa (1112 Third St. S., […]

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Shopping

Prom, weddings, black-tie dinners or whatever the occasion, the Best Affordable Party Dresses can be found at Dillard’s (various locations). Ahhh, remember the prom? Vintage-style bandeau tops, fun polka dots and classic solid-color board shorts are often found in the swimsuit sections of Target (various locations), whose shelves boast the Best Bathing Suits for Jacksonville’s (seemingly) […]

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Services

Birthday, baby shower, wedding, anniversary—whatever the gift occasion, Things Very Special Stationers (5816 St. Augustine Rd., 733-4820) in Lakewood provides the Best Gift Wrapping. Wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and bows stand ready to adorn any package with a personal touch. Looking for stronger tires or a new chain or crank for your bike? Ride on […]

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