On the move:

Wendy Tatter of WB Tatter Gallery on San Marco Avenue has moved downtown!  She will be joining the Georgia Nick Gallery at 11A Aviles Street and everyone is excited about the news.  Wendy wants to thank everyone who has supported her for the past seven years in her uptown location and to say how much she will miss all her friends on that wonderful “avenue.”

Claude and Nicole Franques have relocated their downtown “Claude’s Chocolate” to the Market on Granada at 6 Granada Street.  Now when you stop in for a baguette or some other tasty tidbit, you can indulge yourself with Claude’s famous bon-bons, bark, biscotti and all the other amazing chocolate offerings you’ve come to crave.  His “popsicles” are also available and you’ll want to try one no matter what the weather.

Things to do:

This Wednesday the 9th there will be a public open house at the Willie Galimore Center where representatives from Applied Coral Technologies will be sharing their information and proposed plans for a new facility in the area on the point at the southern terminus of Riberia Street.  Starting at 5pm the program runs till 7pm and questions will be welcome and members of city staff will also be on hand.

Julie Dickover of Flagler College invites everyone to the opening reception of “Planning and Painting in Paradise:  The  Art and Architecture of the Hotel Ponce de Leon” which will be held between 10am and 2pm on January 11 at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum located at 48 Sevilla Street.

For a list and schedule of events surrounding the 125th Anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon now home of Flagler College, please visit

Martha Brennan wants you to know that the St Paul School of Excellence will be participating in the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration by sponsoring its inaugural “Dreamers to Doers” 5K Run/Walk.  The goal of the race is to begin a tradition of promoting activities that bring awareness to Dr King’s dream and turning a day off into a day of doing.

The race will benefit the school and will be held on January 21st at 8:30, starting at the Willie Galimore Center.  The course will showcase the historic neighborhood of Lincolnville.  For more information and to register, please visit


The winners of the first annual Uptown Lights Competition are the Baya-Munro family at 58 Osceola Street who took the overall winner award with their gingerbread motif trimmed in holiday lights.  Other winners include Jason Fort and Ginnie Gallagher of 68 Water Street who won the Innovative Category;  the Recycled Category went to Jenna Thorpe and Philosophie Salon at 48 San Marco Avenue; the Schirmachers of 27 Locust Street were awarded best in the Traditional Category; the Hodges of 14 Rohde Avenue shone in the Bright Lights Category; Andrea Smith and Meredith May’s home at 56 Abbott Street aced the Floridian Category and Dave Brezing and Rhey Palmer of 5 Cincinnati Avenue took the Tacky Category by storm. Honorable mentions went to 50 Water Street, 26 Rohde Avenue, 72 Abbott Street and “the Skip” on East Lane.

Many thanks to the St Augustine Uptown Neighborhood Association and the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association who sponsored the contest and a big note of gratitude to Firestone Tires, Le Pavillon Restaurant, Florida Olive Press, DHD Home Designs, Philosophie Salon, Solano Cycle Inc, Declaration Boutique and Events, Luli’s Cupcakes, WB Tatter Studio Gallery, Amistad and the Raintree Restaurant for their contributions of prizes and finally to Leila Lohr or Etc Furniture and Art for hosting the awards ceremony.  We’re looking forward to next year already!

We’re well into 2013 and I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the good things in our city.

Irene Arriola Real Estate, Inc.
81 King Street, Suite B Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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