It took us a few days into the new year before we recovered our equilibrium following the holidays – and we suspect we’re not the only ones. January is a weird month, when it’s sort of an exhale after the previous year and then a big inhale as we jump into the upcoming one. For us here at Showcase, it was a busy one getting back into the work groove and finishing final plans on a truckload of events that are coming up in the next few months.
It’s probably not too much of a generalization to say that staff meetings can be mundane and, dare we say it, boring – but not ours. Not only do we have snappy repartee (usually) provided by our Director of Real Estate Lee Kerr, but we also frequently go off the beaten path and have our meetings in much more interesting locations than your average conference room. February’s meeting saw us all trundling out to gorgeous Tamarian Farms, where we were graciously hosted by owner Tami Fratis alongside transaction coordinator Mary Ann O’Grady.
Not only did they welcome us with piping hot coffee and some extremely tempting bagels and pastry, but they also gave us some great information about the Farm and its amenities. Tamarian Farms is where 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed was born, bred and trained. His jockey’s colors are set in a stained glass window on the second floor of the former foaling barn, which is now Tami’s home.
If you missed our January column in Gainesville City Lifestyle, we talked about all the lovely, weird places in our home that can get a little dirtier than we think, and which are often forgotten or neglected. It was an extremely useful and educational piece for us to write, although from now on we may be cleaning our devices with the same exacting and obsessive paranoia as Niles Crane. You can read our January piece here, and if you’re curious about previous pieces we’ve contributed, you can access back issues online, too.
If you’re interested in checking these events out, click on the hyperlinks to find out more and see if you’d like to come out and join us, and check back on our blog and Facebook page for daily and weekly updates.