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Local Vendor for Granite Brackets

Countertop_Support_Bracket_Flat_Wall_Bracket_by_The_Original_Granite_Bracket_Notch_Install_view_1024x1024If you are remodeling your home and have a need for hidden granite brackets, THE Original Granite Bracket Company manufactures hidden countertop brackets right here in St Augustine.

The Original Granite Bracket was started in order to supply a high grade hidden granite brackets and corbel for the Fabricators of Granite and Installers of granite that needed hidden granite brackets and corbels
Products that they have available online on their website include:
Knee Wall Hidden Countertop Support Bracket
Hidden Countertop Support T-Bracket
Hidden Countertop Support L-Bracket
Calli Hidden Side Wall Support Bracket
Flat Wall Hidden Countertop Support Bracket
Hidden Shelf Bracket
Hidden Free Hanging Shelf Bracket
Hidden Island Countertop Support Bracket
Hidden Wall Bracket
Support a local vendors, local jogs and American made products. Visit their online store at

The Sunday Farmers Market at Marineland

marineEvery Sunday you will find a fabulous little farmers market at Marineland from 10:00AM- 2:00PM, year round. They have an average of 25-30 venders.  It’s located at the Marina and offers plenty of parking. It’s a great place for locals and tourists to pick up all of the essentials for a healthy lifestyle and a few treats as well.  Need a few souvenirs? You can find them here too.


They offer fresh bread & pastries, Greek food, homemade pasta & sauces, muffins, coffee, plants & flowers, popcorn, custom jewelry, homemade handbags, tide clocks, soap, fresh seafood, fresh produce, art, pet adoptions and much more! Check out the website for more information.


Shop local!  Every dollar spent at the market generates $10 to our local economy.



Salt Air Market

101 Tolstoy Lane

Marineland Florida.

Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market in St Johns County – Information

farm1North Florida’s First Mobile Farmers Market Launches May 17th, 2014

Local nonprofit Pie in the Sky’s new flagship program, Farm to Family, is due to make it’s official public launch on Saturday, May 17 from 11 – 1 pm at Bozard Lincoln Ford, 540 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida.

Farm to Family is a mobile farmers market that sources produce from local farmers and sells it to neighborhoods throughout St. Johns County, including neighborhoods designated by the USDA as “food desert” areas.

The program is the first of its kind in the North Florida region, and was developed in collaboration with the University of Florida IFAS extension office and local farmers in Hastings, Florida. The goal of the mobile market is to bring fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods in need with an innovative program that sustainably supports our entire local food economy. The program supports local job creation, sustainable farming practices in our area, nutrition education programming and community health.

When you buy from Farm to Family not only are you getting the freshest possible product available (we load our trucks directly from the farm on the day of delivery), but you’re also supporting local community health and education outreach, which the market is also slated to develop. All proceeds from the sale of produce with Farm to Family are rolled directly back into outreach. The truck will make a total of 10 stops at locations through St. Johns County each week to start, with plans to expand as programming grows. To learn more about market stop locations and hours, visit our website at

Farm to Family’s launch event is open to the public and will feature an official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, plus a blessing of the truck by retired Bishop Edward Chalfant and presentations by guest speakers Commissioner Ron Sanchez and Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron. Afternoon festivities will include live music by local favorite Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizard, tours of the mobile market, drinks and appetizers, and an opportunity to take home bags of fresh-picked produce.

For more information on Farm to Family or the launch event, please contact Malea Guiriba at 904-382-9939 or

Launch Event Information:

Local Fare Farm Bag South Delivers Farm Fresh Vegetables To Your Door

If you have ever said to yourself,  “I need to eat more fresh  fruit & vegetables,”  now’s your chance to make good on it.

Now, there’s no more excuses!  You can have local farm fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs,  fresh baked bread and cheese delivered to your door once a week by a fabulous company called Local Fare Farm Bag South. The delivery areas are divided by North and South. North is owned by South’s sister company.


North services the following areas:

Jacksonville, St Johns, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Middleburg,Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, Florida.

South services:

World Golf Village, Palencia, Vilano, St Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Ormond by the Sea and Elkton, FL

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs


I live in St. Augustine, so my review is of Local Fare Farm Bag South.

I had recently signed up for this service and I was so excited about it I had to find out more. It is owned by two partners, Bryant Loeffler & Laura Gay. They’ve been in business approximately 3 years. I spoke to Bryant at length about the business and decided I wanted to share this information with others who care about their health and the health of their family.

He stressed to me the importance of knowing where your food is coming from. They visit the farms that they source from regularly, so they are confident that your produce and eggs are organic. Fruits and vegetables you are buying from them are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest time. Farm fresh organic eggs are delivered within one week. Not only will your delivery be at the peak of freshness and quality, it will be at the height of its nutritional profile too.


Local Fare South works with farmers who  use only certified non-GMO seeds and organic methods for farming. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. The nutrients in these vegetables are what your body needs at that particular time of the year. For instance, watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene helps protect your skin from the sun.

They have something for everybody. For small families, sign up for a small bag that feeds two to three people. They have small, medium and large bags available. You can sign up for the service weekly or bi-weekly.  Don’t worry if you’re not  home on delivery day.  All you need to do is leave a cooler on your porch with a few ice packs and it and they will do the rest. The bag changes

Sweet Ruby Red Grapefruit

every week, so it’s always a big surprise to see what you’re getting.

It’s so easy to do. Just visit the website and select your location. It will bring you to a shopping cart, where you can decide what size bag you would like  and if you would like it delivered weekly or bi-weekly. From there you can choose add-ons such as organic eggs, artesian cheeses, honey, specialty sea salts, or extra fresh baked bread.

I added a dozen organic eggs to my order. They come from Cow Creek Farms located in Edgewater FL. The hens are fed an all natural feed, organic fresh greens, organic carrots and organic flax seed. This makes the eggs very high in Omega 3’s and vitamins. The hens live in a cage free environment. They may be the best eggs I have ever tasted. Crack one open and you too will be able to see the freshness for yourself.


Every week, they include a loaf of fresh baked bread in your Farm bag. It’s baked the morning of delivery. My husband and I couldn’t wait to tear off a corner and give it a try. It’s fabulous! This particular week it was French Pantry’s “SQUAW BREAD.” It’s made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, molasses, honey, yeast, salt, water, malt, oats, eight grain flour, including seeds and nuts. YUMMY!

I ordered the small bag to be delivered weekly.  The cost is $27.00 plus $4.50 for the organic eggs. This week’s bag consisted of a huge bunch  of  beautiful collard greens, a bunch of cilantro, colorful carrots, sweet onions,

Fresh Baked Bread

deliciously sweet and juicy Ruby red grapefruits, Romanesco Cauliflower, daikon radishes and brussels sprouts on the stem. Fresh baked squaw bread came with the bag and I also added the eggs. All of the pictures shown  here are  from my bag.

If you don’t eat carbs or go gluten-free, “no worries.” You can substitute for your favorite fruit or vegetable that will be in that week’s bag. If you ever need to substitute a fruit, vegetable, or your bread you can shoot them an email on Sunday night and they will make sure they customize the bag for you. Each Saturday, you are sent an email notification reminding you of this weeks’ delivery. At this point you can add anything you’d like to your delivery and check the newsletter under the recipe section to see what fruit and vegetables you will be receiving.  The newsletter has recipes and cooking tips for this week’s bag. They also have a library of recipes on their website and cooking videos on their Facebook page. This is what  the newsletter from my first week looked like.


We love this service. The produce is seasonal, fresh and healthy. They offer great service and organic produce at a reasonable price. It’s a fantastic way to try new vegetables and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It’s a way to support your local farmers and organic, non-GMO farming practices. The best part is, they bring it  to you with no delivery fee. So now you have no excuses not to eat your vegetables.









Santa’s Top 10 Toys List – Shopping for Toys in St Augustine FL

The Local’s Guide asked Santa what his top 10 favorite toys were this year and he gave us this great list. He also asked us to let everyone know about Olde Towne Toys in Saint Augustine, FL. Santa loves Olde Town Toys so much he even has a mailbox there so kids can be sure their letters get to him in time for Christmas.

Santa will be there on December 21st, 2013  from 12 – 2:00 p.m.






Santa’s 2013 Favorite Toys List:

Simon – Ages  8-99











Rainbow Loom – Ages 6-99







Mini Gliders Balance Bikes – Ages  18 months- 10 yrs












Stuffies – Ages  3-99

Sing along Mic –  Ages  3-99















Rody’s – Ages 3+











Quadrilla – Ages  4-99
















Water Dancing Speakers –  Ages 6-99












Sumo Bumper Boppers –  Ages 4+











Mobo Cruisers –  Ages 18 mo- 14










Explorer Go Cart by Y bike – Ages  5-11                   











All of these great toys can be found at Olde Towne Toys in Historic Saint Augustine. The Locals’ Guide and Santa love this store. They sell a wide variety of fun, unique, educational and hard to find toys at reasonable prices. They even have a play area there too.

Go check them out. If you are buying a gift,  just tell them the age of the child and they will guide you into the right toy. They even do gift wrapping.

They are located on King street and they have plenty of free parking.  Tell them Santa sent you.

Olde Towne Toys

Address: 113 King St.  St. Augustine, Fl. 32084

Phone: (904) 814-8710

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10-6   Fri-Sat: 10-8    |   Sun: 11-4


Unique Gifts and Where to Find Them -Shopping in St Augustine FL

The Locals’ Guide loves shopping local!  Saint Augustine has some of the best places to shop for unique and one of a kind gifts.

If you are shopping for men, women or kids, you don’t have to fight the crowds at the malls, we have it all here.




Here is a list of some of Santa’s favorite spots & some great gift ideas:



Cigar Ash Tray -$22.00 or $35.00 with Three Cigars

Girlfriend Clutch $39.00 The Bangle Bracelet Makes it Hands Free. Variety of Colors.


The gifts above are available at Retail Therapy out on the Island at  1017 A1A Beach Blvd. in the Publix Plaza. They have clothing,  jewelry, shoes & gifts.


Lifetime Paraffin Oil Candles. $32.00- $265.00


Chillsner – $30.00 for Two. Drink Through Beer Chiller.


Exotic Sands. Beautiful Ever Changing Sand Art. $90.00

These gifts are available at

 Tre Sebastian just over the Bridge of Lions headed South. They have the most beautiful gifts here for everyone on your list. They  have a few cool gifts  for guys including the Grand Band Money Band. A classy replacement for the rubber band around his cash. They start at $40.00 for stainless steal and go up to $200.00 for Sterling Silver.  304 Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, FL 

 (904) 824-0095







The perfect Bottle

Tim’s Wine Market on the Island are experts in picking out the perfect bottle. Here are three great options. From a Hostess gift to a gift for your best friend, you’ll find it here.      128 Sea Grove Main St, St Augustine, FL
(904) 461-0059

 Lone Birch Chardonnay Yakima Valley Washington $14.  Crisp, dry and refreshing with vibrant acidity, a round mouth feel, and flavors of zesty citrus fruit with lingering nuances of apple and pear.


The Auctor, California $19.  Red blend of 35% Barbera, 18% Grenache, 17% Counoise, 14% Mourvedre, 9% Zinfandel, and 7% Tempranillo.  A nose of blueberry, raspberry and black currant jam oozes out the glass, made complex with hints of sage, white tea, dark leaf tobacco and dark chocolate.  In the mouth this wine shows a big pop of up-front fruit, then settles down into a smooth, soft glass of wine.

Pierre Moncuit Grower Champagne  France $59.  Known for steely elegance and minerality.


Teak Cutting Board $49.00


Hand Carved, Hand Painted Jointed Animals



 Coastal Traders  –  56A San Marco Ave.

This store has unique gifts imported from Indonesia. They also have beautiful furniture.

We love the Jointed Animals, so cool.




Jointed Animals- $12.00-$35.00









For the creative one you love you can get a cute ceramic gift certificate at Puddy Mud in Davis Shores. There you can paint on a variety of beautiful ceramic pieces and create your own masterpiece. Another great idea is to bring in a special occasion bottle and have it melted into a cheese tray. 852 Anastasia Blvd. 904-810-5603

Ceramic Pieces to paint









Spanish Dutch Convoy is a great place to go for gorgeous bags and stocking stuffers too. We love the quality of   the bags here. 58A  San Marco Ave. 904-808-8538  They have great Stocking Stuffers, wallets, coin purses, hair clips candles and more.

Coin Purses $14.95



Big Brahmin Tote, $292.00- Hobo Mocha Bag, 222.60










These gifts are from dhd Home.  We love the pad of paper placemats.  The candles smell divine in scents such as Balsam & Cedar and Citron & Basil. The Bla Bla Dolls are the cuddliest creatures we’ve seen this year. They even have something for the dog!

56 San Marco Ave.  904-547-2884


Plate de Jour- 50 Placemats for $25.00



Bla Bla Dolls Made in Peru

Bla Bla Dolls $23.00 – 60.00









Drum Man Charters – Saint Augustine, FL

If you have a special someone in your life who loves to fish, we recommend a gift certificate for a fishing trip with Drum Man Charters. We think Capt. James is the best around.

  You can reach them at  904-687-9498          

  We asked Capt. James for some great fishing related gifts and here is what he had to say:

Drum Man Charters wrote: ” A great stocking stuffer is my favorite soft plastic lure. Z-Man bait and they are sold at Avid Angler and West Marine. Gamakatsu hooks are also a great stocking stuffer. Most bait shops will carry them. I like Strike Zone in Jacksonville for just about everything . They have TBS jigs, Some great fishing reels. They carry my favorite fishing line, Spiderwire Invisibraid. It will increase your casting abilities greatly. If you are looking to buy somebody the ultimate Christmas gift, try out the Dragonfly Paddle Boards. Strike Zone also will have those in stock. If you have a fly fisherman that was good this year there is a shop in town called Saltwater Flytyers. They have everything that is needed to tie up any fly that we use in our area. Blackfly up in Jacksonville will carry all of the fly tackle. I love using my temple fork outfitters BVK rod and reel. And the best gift of all would be a gift certificate from Drum Man Charters. Whether they are young or old you will definitely receive a smile. Have a great Christmas.”

Plastic Lure – Z Man Bait







Know somebody who needs to relax? Give them the gift of health. Pick up a gift certificate for a massage by Kathleen Tanner. You can find her and her magic hands at Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon out at the beach. We highly recommend her. She is the only one who can do deep tissue and have me relaxed at the same time. 1829 Old Beach Road, St Augustine 386-546-3102







Isabela’s Fine Cigars has some great gifts to be had. You can get some mighty fine cigars there ranging in price from $9.95 – $32.95. Check out these other great gifts too.You can find them in the historic district at 19 Cuna Street. 904-824-3053

Pot Lighter $49.95


Waterproof & Windproof Lighter – $19.95


The Starving Artist has original & affordable art from over 50 different artists. You can find them at 28 Cuna Street in historic downtown. Check out some of these gift ideas. 

Twisted Sister Jewelry – $12.00 – 95.00

Jan Berlepsch. Pulled Wool Dolls



Tom Walters Wind Chimes



How about a great swing from Country Cottage. We love these swings for a bedroom or porch. So comfortable too. You can get them in a variety of patterns. They have great flags here too. You can find them on St. George Street. They are number 7o














All of these stores are local approved. We hope we have given you some new spots to find that perfect gift. We want you to relax and enjoy all that St Augustine and it’s spectacular Christmas lights has to offer. If you are shopping for toys, check out Santa’s Top 10 list here.

Flower Works-Flowers for Every Occasion

I have worked with a lot of florist in my years while doing the hair of brides.

My favorite is Becca Cady from Flower works. She has always been so innovative in her design and how she captures the brides every wish for her bouquet. Whenever I’m in the mood for an arrangement for the house or special engagement her creativity is always right on the mark. I’m always amazed at how she knows what colors I’m in the mood for, also her arrangements last a very long time. She has been in business since 1982. When I first moved into town in 1989 the big thing to do was go to one of her classes on how to make a wreath for your door or a swag for over your fire place. I was never good at arts and crafts but with her easy going, yet professional personality and the ability to teach people,  I created quite a few center pieces for the Holidays. I find her very easy to communicate with, even with the most intricate designs she help me pull off what I was thinking. She has really blossomed in this community as to being a leader in the wedding industry.

Prom season is here and we are always busy at the salon, some times the girls forget the Prom etiquette. All we have to do is put in a call to Flower Works ask her for a boutonniere, tell her the colors. More than likely they already have them made up. Last year I needed a camouflage boutonniere and wrist corsage believe it or not they had four made up. David the designer said there is always that one in the crowd. My mother moved to Jupiter last year  Flower Works is my go to when I need to send that last minute Mothers day or Anniversary gift. She also carries unique gifts such as candles, sconces, vases, bowls and other unique gifts. It’s always a pleasure visiting the shop to see what new inventory she has.

Contributed by, Joan Salisbury 

Flower Works 510 N  Ponce De Leon Blvd St. Augustine Florida 904-824-7806

Jewelry Store in the Historic District

Thirteen years ago I had a jewelry artist remake a ring for me. I had met him getting a cup of coffee downtown his name is Rex, he has a store off of Cuna street. I had some gold jewelry from my travels through the years and decided I wanted to have Rex melt it down and  design me a cigar band type ring. I wanted it to be contemporary and yet nautical. He showed me the design and how he was going to place the stones in the setting. When he showed me the finished product I was thrilled. I was so pleased with the results I had him make several other rings.  Mine are one of a kinds but he can recreate anything. He reminds me of a cross between Einstein and Geppetto with a Jersey accent.  He is a character for sure, his shop is easy to get to and well worth the trip downtown. He carries a wide range of jewelry anything from Platinum, gold, white gold, sterling silver. You can find pearls of every kind and precious and semi-precious stones. I  love visiting him to see what he is working on and looking at all of his new inventory.

Contributed by, Joan Salisbury


Rex Jewelry 27 Cuna Street

Saint Augustine, Fl 32084

Grilling in Saint Augustine

When growing up in Florida cooking on the grill becomes natural for most people.  I would like to share with you a few of my favorite markets to get the best value for your dollar and enjoy some delicious fare along the way. First of all on Anastasia Island we have the Seafood Shoppe on A1A South, those folks are so knowledgeable, it’s always so nice to  shop there. Their fish is always fresh and reasonably priced .

I like to make fish taco’s a lot and they have an” everything tray” which is a variety of fish that they may have left over from the fish they filleted earlier that day.  It has nice chunks of fish ready to go  for about $7 or 8 dollars a pound that is right up my alley. I also like to make Wahoo steaks on the grill with Béarnaise sauce, it is so amazing. That’s a South Florida dish. I used to go out fishing with my Dad off Jupiter inlet, he always caught a Bonita first for good luck and then  the real fish would hook on afterwards…  never failed. When king-fish are running I always ask to see if they have any in and if they would steak them up for me, because its time to get the grill going. I like to grill salmon, in fact that’s the only way I’ll eat salmon is on the grill with just a hint of blackened seasoning on it , yummy, it gives it the best flavor .  You will find a lot of fresh fish choices here in St. Augustine .

The next best place to get your grill on, is Stewart’s Market on Anastasia Blvd. Luther is a native of Saint Augustine and the owner. His home made  datil  sausage is very good, perfect for Perlau. My friend Rex  turned me on to this Awesome  place to get steaks , the best New York strips starting from$ 5.99 a pound and up. You can’t beat those prices and get such quality steaks anywhere else! I can get two potatoes and two  New York strips for under $15.00 dollars easy.  The beef steak tomato’s are the best and the cherry clams or great when in season. Plus if I don’t have time to run to the fish Market and I want a little surf and turf its a one stop shop, they have a selection of fish and poultry that can’t beat. Stewart’s Market also sells our local shrimp. The shrimp around here are fantastic. I Support our local shrimpers, they work hard to bring in the supply to our city and Stewart’s Market . All the locals shop at Stewart’s market BUT bring your cash and leave your debit at home because “that’s how they roll “


whether you are visiting charming St. Augustine or have set your roots down here you must go to the local outdoor markets.  The Wednesday market takes place at the pier out on the beach.  The Saturday market takes place at the amphitheater. Our Sunday market takes place in Lincolnville just on the outside of historic downtown.  You can find so many great deals on veggies, coffee, plants, local honey, local arts and crafts and so much more. if the fish lady happens to be there pick up the tuna, its delicious on or off the grill. these markets will give you a sense of our community and the experience is priceless.  Happy Grilling!

Contributed by, Joan Salisbury

 Stewart’s  Market  311 Anastasia Boulevard St. Augustine Florida   904- 824- 5637

Seafood Shoppe  2125 A1 A South St. Augustine, Florida  904-471- 0410