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Pepine Realty Named Finalist in Business of the Year Awards

Pepine Realty has been named a finalist of the 2015 Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards in the Leading Women’s Enterprise category. Local businesses are honored annually by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce for their role in helping Alachua County become the global hub of talent, innovation and opportunity. To become a finalist, an organization must stand out in excellence and innovation in business practices and community involvement.

The Realtors at Pepine Realty are committed to providing buyers and sellers with the highest quality of professional real estate services. In addition, Pepine agents are committed to being active in the community, having donated significant time and money to helping those in need in Gainesville. “We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce for selecting us as a finalist for this Business of the Year Award,” says broker-owner Betsy Pepine. “We are vested in this community and are excited about the future it holds.”

View all finalists here. 

2015 Gainesville Area Fall Festivals and Events

Looking for something to do this weekend? It’s the time of year for Fall festivals, craft shows, and enjoying the change in weather! Get outside and spend some time with family and friends at these exciting upcoming events!


The 41st Annual McIntosh 1890s Festival

Every year in the small town of McIntosh, Friends of McIntosh, Inc. hosts a festival celebrating the spirit of the 1890s. This year they plan to have nearly 300 vendors who boast art, antiques, and craft items for sale. There will also be seasonal treats and activities available for children. Take a stroll under the oaks and enjoy browsing through the booths, and with any luck you might even bump into someone wearing an outfit of true 1890s style clothing!

When: Saturday, October 24th 8:00AM-5:00PM

Where: Historic District, McIntosh, FL


The 11th Annual Florida bat Festival

Lubee Bat Conservancy’s 11th Annual Bat Festival will be an educational, fun event for the whole family. Visitors will get the rare opportunity to have an up-close encounter with live fruit bats. This is a treat in itself, but there will also be food and bat themed merchandise available for purchase. There will be educational presentations and booths, games, and other activities throughout the grounds. Admission is free and any donations go to benefit the Conservancy in their year-round work saving bats!

When: Saturday, October 24th, 10:00AM-4:00PM

Where: 1309 NW 192nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609


Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party

Your pup may not be interested in a craft show, but he won’t want to miss this one! Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department invites Gainesville’s dogs out to swim and play at the H. Spurgeon Cherry Pool. Well behaved dogs who bring proof of vaccination are encouraged to attend, and if you arrive 15 minutes early you can enter your furry friend in their costume contest!

When: Saturday, October 24th, 11:30AM-1:30PM

Where: H. Spurgeon Cherry Pool (Westside Pool) 1001 NW 31 Drive, Gainesville, FL 32605


The 41st Annual Micanopy Fall Festival

The Annual Micanopy Fall Festival is a great Fall event and it will surely be a lively day full of art and music.  They expect to have over 200 vendors who will have a variety or art and craft items for sale. There will be live music on the main stage and an old-time auction on Saturday afternoon. Spend the day in beautiful, historic Micanopy for their Fall Festival!

When: Saturday, October 31st from 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, November 1st from 9:00AM-4:00PM

Where: Downtown Micanopy, FL


Boo at the Zoo

If you’re looking for a safe place to trick-or-treat this year then the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is the perfect place to go! There will be 16 different booths where kids can collect candy. Each booth will be decorated with its own fun theme! Admission is simply one canned food item per person, and donations will go to local food banks. Entertainment is provided and refreshments will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, October 31st from 3:00PM-7:30PM (zoo will be closed until 3:00 on this day)

Where: Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606


Gainesville’s Downtown Festival and Art Show

A classic Gainesville event, the Downtown Festival and Art Show is sure to have something for everyone! This year there will be stunning art of many different mediums displayed by over 240 artists, who hail from all over the nation! Kids will have an activity area to make their own art, and there will be food vendors with a wide variety of fare. There will be live music from local bands on four stages throughout the event, and the weekend will kick off with a free Downtown Blues Concert starting at 7:00PM on Friday!

When: Friday, November 13th (Blues Concert Only) 7:00PM-10:00PM. Saturday, November 14th and Sunday November 15th, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: 200 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601


Exterior Remodeling

remodelRemodeling recently reported the results of their 2013 study that showed exterior projects yield the most return on investment. This is primarily because such projects instantly increase curb appeal and most projects are relatively inexpensive. Both nationwide and in the South Atlantic (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware), the two projects that yielded the biggest return were front door replacement and a deck addition. In fact, upgrading the front door with a 20-gauge steel entry door yielded 85.6% return on investment, while a deck addition added a 77.3% return on investment. A garage door replacement and minor kitchen remodel came in third and fourth place at 75.7% and 75.5%, while adding an attic bedroom came in fifth at 72.9%.