Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Five: Five more locally owned places we love

Sweet Dreams
If you like ice cream and you've never been here, get off your computer right this second and get over there! I mean, come on. Who can resist chocolate chip cake flavored ice cream? I can't even finish this post now, I have to go get ice cream.

A great spot downtown to get a cup of coffee and a slice of cake (Annie Lennox carrot cake, anyone?) before or after seeing a show at The Hipp.

Gator Beverage
You would probably drive right by this place without stopping unless we told you that you can find some great things inside. From the outside, it looks like a scary 7-11, with only three or four parking spots. Inside is one of the only locations in town where you could find Kay cider, or pear Woodchuck cider. So if you're looking for something obscure, they might have it!

Alachua County Farmer's Market
Besides getting fresh fruit, veggies, and plants, we think their website gives you the best reason to shop here:
Everything sold at our market is grown within 50 miles of the Market, by the local farmers you see selling the produce.
It's hard to get more local than that! The Market is way down on 13th Street near the Sheriff's department, and is the place to be on a Saturday morning.

George's Hardware
This is the last of a dying breed - a locally owned hardware store. Remember buying nails by the pound? Miss having someone greet you by name when you walk in, or want someone to ask you how that home repair is going? Need one of those things? That does that thing? And you can use it to fix... that thing? They won't laugh at you for not knowing. George's is the place to go to.

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