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Focus Stories

Lake Mary Life Focus Stories

Our best clients share their behind-the-scenes stories and give you a glimpse into their companies. It’s always a good idea to do business with people you know, and here is your opportunity to learn about local companies – from the inside.

Home1st Lending 2019

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Respect begets respect. That’s the cultural foundation at Home1st Lending, where an atmosphere of esteem is extremely important.


Skinology Medical Spa

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For many, words like acne, rosacea, and aging skin invoke fear and concern, but to the experienced, licensed estheticians at Oviedo’s Skinology Medical Spa, they represent an opportunity for education and transformation.


The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan

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The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan helps families protect their loved ones by focusing their practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law including Medicaid and VA planning, special-needs planning, pet planning, business creation and succession planning, and real estate.

CycleBar Heathrow

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Brent Zartler admits he was hesitant when his wife Amy suggested they try an indoor cycling class while the two were on vacation in New York City about 13 years ago. But, being a good husband, Brent gave it a try. And he was hooked.

Oviedo Brewing Company

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There’s a new neighborhood hot spot in town, one that delivers a friendly respite for craft-beer enthusiasts and families alike.

Kristin Green-Vogt, Coldwell Banker

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Truth: Buying and selling a home at the same time is a big undertaking, but Realtor Kristin Green-Vogt is known for reducing the stress of the most troublesome part of that process.

Stefano’s Trattoria

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Go ahead, ask owner Alejandro Martinez to name his hands-down, favorite dish at Stefano’s Trattoria. He won’t miss a beat. 


Seminole Leagues 2019

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Dedicated to promoting healthy living and family wellness, Seminole Leagues, an Upward Sports program, is designed to help young athletes grow in skills, character, and faith.

Hunt Eyecare 2019

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Eyecare might be in the name of his practice, but patient care is the top priority for optometrist Dr. Kenneth Hunt, and he is committed to delivering each client the outstanding care they deserve.


Eat the Frog Fitness

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“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Pierce Custom Jewelers 2019

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, is an expression of hope and encouragement, and it’s a mantra many wish to emulate. Among those who try to live by those words as they go about their daily lives is the Pierce family, the jewelers who have been serving Seminole County for the past 25 years.

Sanford Electric Company 2019

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With hurricane season in full swing, generators are on the minds of local residents, and Sanford Electric Company is here to help.

Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly 2019

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As a new school year begins, parents and students prepare. We purchase new, shiny supplies and pack them neatly in fresh backpacks to send our students off for another adventure.


September Celebrates the History and Future of Women in Medicine

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September is the time when many people get caught up in the back-to-school healthcare shuffle with sports physicals, vaccinations, and routine checkups for the kids. September is also the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Women in Medicine Month, which celebrates the history, accomplishments, and future of women physicians.

Redefining Strength: A Mom’s NICU Story

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When the Jolliff family of Altamonte Springs welcomed their daughter, Remi, to the world, she weighed just one pound, seven ounces. With the team of experts at AdventHealth for Children, Remi received the highest level of care and is proving that even the tiniest babies can overcome the toughest obstacles.

Total Sprinkler & Lighting 2019

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Total Sprinkler & Lighting is the result of a perfect entrepreneurial – and personal – union, and the company is making clients happy with its customer-centric and creative approach.

Kiddie Academy 2019

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A focus on the social and emotional growth of its students is what makes Kiddie Academy in Longwood – and coming soon to Sanford-Heathrow – so different.


Swim Life 2019

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“We have been so blessed to have Kelly teach both of our children to swim! Her passion for the work she does, along with her love and compassion for children, makes her truly exceptional! When you are talking about developing skills that will save your child’s life, you want the best, and that is Kelly and her team at Swim Life.” – Keliee Ting


Beers and Gordon, P.A.

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Amazing, fantastic, incredible... these are just a few of the words the clients of Oviedo’s Beers and Gordon, P.A. use to describe their experiences with the local law firm. Celebrating 10 years of service to the Central Florida community, attorneys David Beers and Jim Gordon are well-known for their more than 60 years of combined litigation experience and the extraordinary personal attention they bring to each case.    

Mr. Handyman

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We all know that to properly maintain our residence or commercial property, we need to be handy or find a good handyman. It’s easy, however, to get stuck in a Catch-22. While we can tackle some jobs, many of us lack the necessary skills and tools to handle every project that might surface. But finding a trustworthy, skilled handyman can be a chore in itself... Unless, that is, you call Chad Olson, a.k.a. Mr. Handyman.

J. Douglas Williams YMCA

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On a mission to ensure “not one more child drowns,” Lake Mary’s J. Douglas Williams YMCA is dedicated to offering high-quality drowning-prevention programs and water-safety classes for children as young as six months. 

CareNow Urgent Care 2019

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Feeling unwell or have a minor injury that needs attention and can’t wait to see your doctor? Simply visit Lake Mary’s CareNow® urgent care clinic and be on the road to recovery in no time.

The Pet Bow-Tique

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Take a drive down South Central Avenue in downtown Oviedo, heading south past West Broadway Street, and it is impossible to ignore the adorable, colorful murals on the north side of the small yellow building that houses The Pet Bow-Tique.

The Estates at Sweetwater Country Club

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For the first time in decades, Ashton Woods Homes is giving buyers the opportunity to purchase luxury townhomes in the original, 18-hole golf course community of Sweetwater. 

Alafaya Family Dentistry

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Dr. Karen Schmitt and Dr. David Ross at Alafaya Family Dentistry are dedicated to both preventative and restorative dentistry. They think of oral health as a critically important part of whole-body health, and with that in mind, the doctors believe the best way to be healthy is to stay healthy.

Kapadia Orthodontics

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Dr. Ajay Kapadia knows a thing or two about the power of an all-new look. At Kapadia Orthodontics, he’s been transforming smiles in our community (his hometown, by the way) for years, giving patients young and old a new, more confident outlook on life thanks to a bright, picture-perfect smile.

StarChild Academy Lake Mary 2019

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“Creating a foundation for success,” is not only the motto of StarChild Academy Lake Mary, it’s the mission. And that foundation is based in a rigorous academic curriculum that starts at infancy and continues through elementary school. 

Vascular Vein Centers

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At Vascular Vein Centers, care is more than just skin-deep. The medical staff at Vascular Vein Centers, founded in 2001 by Dr. Samuel Martin, recognizes that unsightly spider and varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue, they are a medical condition that can affect more than just appearance. And, Dr. Martin is pleased to say, more of his patients are recognizing it, too.

Marty’s Auto Works 2019

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Regardless of the make, model, mileage, or matter, Marty’s Auto Works can fix what’s broken on your car. Recognized in 2018 by the Orlando Sentinel for providing Central Florida drivers the “best auto repair” for more than 24 years, Marty’s ASE Certified technicians provide customers complete auto therapy for all domestic and foreign vehicles.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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Coldwell Banker’s® Winter Springs/Oviedo office supports area charities to make a positive difference in the community

Advanced Endodontics

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Thanks to advances in technology and anesthesia, root canals are actually no longer painful, and the doctors at Advanced Endodontics in Lake Mary are doing their part to change the procedure’s reputation from a bad thing to a good thing.

Jeffrey B. Campbell, State Farm Insurance

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There is a real threat to most of our population – one that is costing Americans tens of billions of dollars a year – but it may not be what you think when you consider insurance coverage.

Trés Jolie Medical Spa 2019

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Time brings many things – wisdom, experience, and, well, the visual signs that come with age. Fortunately, Trés Jolie Medical Spa in Lake Mary can help with the latter, rejuvenating faces, hands, or bodies that don’t appear as youthful as they once did. 


Sanford Verticals

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When local businessman Joe Deeds met David Summers, Sr. more than three decades ago, David had no idea he was literally holding his family’s future in his hands. As he installed vertical blinds in Joe’s home, the two struck up a conversation that quickly developed into a friendship and ultimately a business partnership. Within days of their first meeting, based on a solid hunch and a healthy dose of faith, Joe presented David an offer he could not refuse – the startup funds to open and operate a new business – Sanford Verticals.

Lake Mary Preparatory School 2019

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Since 1999, Lake Mary Preparatory School has offered students a personalized approach to learning that inspires critical thought, personal and academic achievement, a global perspective, and strength of character.

Laser Lifestyle

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Aymara Del Pino is passionate about her work as a laser hair-removal specialist, and with good reason. About 15 years ago, bothered by the inconvenience of having to shave her legs daily, Aymara had her hair permanently removed, and it changed her life.


Artisan Dental

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There is a new dentist in Winter Springs, one who brings youth, talent, and exuberance to Artisan Dental, a practice already well-known for its high standards, forward-thinking approaches, and                                     family-friendly atmosphere.

It Suits Me

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If fashion is a reflection of one’s passion, it’s easy to see that no one wears it better than Lawrence (Larry) Mason, owner of downtown Lake Mary’s newest menswear boutique, It Suits Me.

Venus Nails & Spa

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Being busy is good. When Terry Le’s Heathrow salon, Elite Nails & Spa, became too busy, he opened an additional salon off Lake Mary Boulevard to make sure every client in the area could enjoy the glamorous experience they deserve.

Sunshine Pharmacy 2019

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These days, convenience often comes at the price of personalized service, but Sanford’s Sunshine Pharmacy is quite literally delivering both.


Winter Springs Roofing & Repair 2019

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Bill Sumner, owner of Winter Springs Roofing & Repair, has a warning for local homeowners: “Don’t get caught off guard by door-to-door salesmen offering free roofing services.”

AdventHealth Altamonte Springs

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Meet AdventHealth Altamonte’s care coordinators, your health concierge service in Seminole County

Stevens Kitchens

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Stevens Kitchens in Oviedo is best known for – yep, you guessed it – designing and remodeling the area’s most talked-about kitchens.


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The grand opening of AdventHealth’s new stand-alone emergency department in Oviedo is getting closer! The brand-new, high-quality option for emergency care will likely be a game changer for the community, increasing healthcare access and bringing new jobs to the area.

Weeks Orthodontics

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As a youngster growing up in late-1970s Tuscawilla, Travis Weeks remembers riding his bike from Keeth Elementary School to make his dentist appointments. 

AdventHealth Lake Mary ER

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Excellent emergency care in your neighborhood

Debbie Kantor, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 2019

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According to real-estate expert Debbie Kantor, “luxury is an experience, not a price point.” And she should know. The daughter of a land developer and homebuilder, Debbie learned the art of buying and selling homes as a young girl. When her family settled in Central Florida in 1959, she began working with her father as he planned home designs and started building local residential subdivisions.

VITAS Healthcare 2019

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Advance Care Planning: It’s Never Too Soon

Edward Jones Investments Casselberry & Winter Springs

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Bringing Wall Street to Main Street isn’t just a motto for financial advisors at Edward Jones Investments, it’s a business philosophy. From its training programs to its commitment to inclusion and diversity, the brokerage firm is setting the standard for female advisors in the financial services industry, and Seminole County’s Maria Fair and Madison Wilkinson are leading the way. 

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2019

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In 1984, the brand-new Holy Cross Lutheran Church hosted a Preschool Story Time program for the community. Parents cherished the chance to bring their little ones to a safe, nurturing environment where their minds could blossom, and those same parents encouraged the church to launch a full-service preschool.

LumaDoc Health

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Physicians are known to have notoriously busy schedules. Oftentimes, patients may feel like their doctors are too busy to spend any more than the minimum amount of time with them before moving on to their next patient.

Lake Mary Dental

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Stress is bad. We all know that. But did you know that stress could be creating problems with your teeth and preventing you from having a beautiful smile?

Wekiva Children’s Academy

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Students at Wekiva Children’s Academy (WCA) are getting their hands dirty... in a good way! Thanks to the school’s recent installation of three custom-built, raised flower and garden beds, WCA kids are mastering the gardening process from beginning to end and even trying their little hands at some garden-to-table dining.

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

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Expert Emergency Care in Seminole County

Beers and Gordon, P.A.

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The list of personal injury attorneys in Central Florida is long, but there may be none who match the level of experience and community focus at Oviedo’s Beers and Gordon, P.A.

Knight Dermatology Institute

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Knight Dermatology Institute has recently expanded to include a second office in Lake Mary, bringing its established, highly skilled dermatology expertise to north Orlando for the very first time.

JCC Preschool

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Our own Samantha Taylor recaps her family’s invaluable early-learning experience at the J

Kim Coburn RE/MAX Town & Country Realty

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Education is the stock-in-trade of school teachers... but can the same be said for real-estate professionals? Absolutely, according to Kim Coburn of RE/MAX Town & Country Realty in Winter Springs. The education Kim provides about area home values, community trends, and the market in general is invaluable, honed over nearly four decades in the business. Every day, Kim still strives to learn as much as she can, ensuring the information she offers clients is relevant, timely, and wise. In an ever-evolving market, she says, nothing less will do.


A&G Marketing Group Powered by Proforma

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When you think of a promotional item, a standard key chain or pen probably comes to mind.

Citizens Bank of Florida 2019

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There’s a new bank coming to DeLand, one that brings with it 70-plus years of treating local residents just like family. Citizens Bank of Florida, a true community bank originally founded in Oviedo, will be making its first expansion into Volusia County this spring.

Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida

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Every month for the past two years, The Burke/Cox Group takes time out of their busy schedules to serve meals in Sanford at the Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, the only emergency homeless shelter in Seminole County.

SERVPRO of North Seminole and West Volusia Counties

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Fire, mold, and water – simple words that have the ability to send home and business owners into a state of panic. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Seminole and West Volusia Counties are equipped to handle all cleaning and restoration emergencies, 24 hours a day. 

Lake Emma Animal Hospital

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With a 30-year history of outstanding service, Lake Emma Animal Hospital is always determined to deliver the very best care for the cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles, and more that might cross its threshold. 

Paramount Urgent Care – Casselberry

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Unexpected emergencies can send families into a state of panic, but the team at Paramount Urgent Care – Casselberry is prepared to deliver the calming compassion needed to ease their minds.

Advanced Mobile Vet

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Horse stables, chicken coops, and goat corrals are common sights in communities throughout Oviedo and Winter Springs. And many Seminole County hobby farmers are turning to the experts at Advanced Mobile Vet to ensure the health and well being of their animals and property. 

Rich Hippie Boutique

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Rich Hippie owner Kim Sketo doesn’t have to brag about the clothing at her boutique. Kim’s customers do it for her.

House Cleaning Experts

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Having someone inside your home to clean is extremely personal. You must be able to trust, communicate, and feel comfortable with the hardworking people involved. Paolo Carvalho, owner of House Cleaning Experts, takes all of those important feelings to heart.

Budget Blinds

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“It was a breeze,” says Sheila Kramer, Lake Mary Life’s own publisher and owner.

The Dr. Phillips Center For Wellness

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It’s a new year, and Dr. Lane Phillips is doing a lot more than just making a list of resolutions. The Lake Mary-based physician is expanding his impressive portfolio of services to include a new clinical research center and releasing a private label of vitamin and mineral supplements – all while running two medical practices: The Dr. Phillips Center for Wellness and Heathrow Urgent Care in Lake Mary.

The Bar Method – Lake Mary

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There’s a new workout in town that merges the best elements of dance, strength training, and stretching techniques to produce powerful and poised physiques. It’s found at The Bar Method – Lake Mary.

The Flooring Center

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A family business founded in 1985, The Flooring Center has opened a new, convenient showroom right in our backyard on International Boulevard directly across from Heathrow.

RSM Plastic Surgery

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Honesty, integrity, and trust – these are the principles upon which Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez of RSM Plastic Surgery has built his concierge-style practice, and they are the reasons he is quickly becoming one of Central Florida’s most renowned aesthetic surgeons.

Rossellinis Italian Restaurant

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At Rossellinis Italian Restaurant, just outside Heathrow, Chef Paolo has turned his attention to the discerning palates of our community.

Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow

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At Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow, learning happens inside and outside the classroom and in the hearts and minds of eager, young learners.

Gail Williams, State Farm Insurance

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There’s a simple reason Seminole County residents have turned to Gail Williams, CLU, and her State Farm Insurance team for more than three decades for their auto, home, and life insurance needs.

Little Greek Fresh Grill

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It’s all Greek to me... and it’s all for Altamonte Springs! As for Curtis Harper, well, he knows more than a bit about food. And that bodes well for local fans of Mediterranean cuisine as Curtis recently opened Little Greek Fresh Grill in Altamonte Springs.

River City Catering

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Retirement might be on Troy Neeley’s mind, but it won’t happen anytime soon – there’s far too much to do at River City Catering.

Central Florida Eye Specialists

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Central Florida Eye Specialists offers a wide variety of services including cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and Botox, surgical and laser treatments for glaucoma, and LASIK surgery.

Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall

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Stefan and I visited a handful of popular Central Florida venues before discovering the ideal setting for our wedding day: Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall. The moment we saw the venue’s magnificent, red brick exterior and walked into its spectacular chandelier-lit foyer, we knew right away that this was the one.

Accurate Hearing Technology

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We all know that hearing aids can help remedy hearing loss – whether it’s caused by aging, injury, medication, or heredity. But what you might not know is that hearing aids can also indirectly save marriages and relationships.

Medical Arts Laboratory

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You don’t need an appointment, you won’t have to wait, you can get your results the very same day, and it doesn’t matter if you have the right insurance or no insurance at all. All you have to do is visit one of Medical Arts Laboratory’s six Central Florida locations, including the convenient location right here in Lake Mary.

Vintage Home Estates

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New construction on half-acre homesites in Central Florida? Yes, it is possible at RedTail, Heathrow Country Estates.

David Weekley Homes

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Mowing the lawn. Weeding the flowerbed. Trimming the bushes. These are all things you won’t be doing with the low-maintenance, high-beauty, quality-customized homes at Griffin Park in Lake Mary.

Walk on Water Boutique

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Roxane Mann holds many titles: Christian, daughter, wife, mother, friend, mentor, spin instructor, and nutritionist, just to name a few. And many Seminole County residents know her as a boutique owner, but the title she humbly holds closest to her heart is philanthropist.

BeFIT Health Studio 2018

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Fitness goals are unique to the individual. The challenges faced by one body might seem effortless to another. And, according to BeFIT Health Studio Certified Personal Trainer Dom Calpe, working with an experienced professional who understands the intricacies of this concept is essential to achieving quality, long-term health. 

The Principal Law Firm 2018

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For many of us, our homes and families are the center of our lives. They are the principal priority. The same is true for attorney Shivon Patel, and it’s why she founded The Principal Law Firm more than eight years ago in Sanford.

Nostalgia Family Medicine

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When you meet Dr. Brandon Fletcher for the first time, the name of his new practice – Nostalgia Family Medicine – suddenly makes perfect sense.

Marquee Concierge Care, Inc.

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There are telltale signs that a loved one may have some degree of dementia, and these signs can be more visible around the holidays. 

Amazing Lash Studio

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Are you feeling like your beauty routine has become a bit drab?

Park Jewelers 2018

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It’s been just more than a year since Park Jewelers moved into its expanded showroom in the FishBones plaza off County Road 46A. What has Tony Tsirigotis managed to do with this luxurious new space? Quite a bit, as it turns out, much to the benefit of the Lake Mary community and those within it who love all things beautiful.

This and That Studio

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Are you looking for a cool and creative way to have some fun? This and That Studio in Longwood makes creating your own custom wood signs fun and as easy as 1-2-3. 

CenterState Bank 2018

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CenterState Bank is the #1 bank in Florida according to the Forbes magazine America’s Best In State Banks List for 2018. The prestigious honor confirms the bank’s strong financial standing and signature customer service.

Lake Forest Dentistry

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The team at Lake Forest Dentistry excels in endodontics, restorations, cleanings, cosmetic procedures, and periodontics. But the quality of the practice’s work – plus its early investment in a 100-percent solar-powered office and high-technology equipment – have truly set it apart.

Advanced Mobile Vet

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She puts pigs on weight-loss plans, ropes and sedates donkeys, treats kangaroos, and bottle-feeds a rhinoceros named Valentino. When it comes to veterinary services, Dr. Ariel Smith can do it all (dogs and cats, too!), and her mobile practice makes it easy for patients of all species, large and small, to get the care and treatment they need in the comfort of their own environment. 

Oakmonte Village 2018

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Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary offers its residents a balanced, healthy lifestyle with a particular focus on social wellness and being active. Residents enjoy a variety of programs and events at Oakmonte Village to keep them engaged with others and keep their minds and bodies healthy.

The Legacy Life Project

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When his father passed away this year, Jim Hobart was left with a lingering pang of regret. Jim – a world-class photographer and videographer by trade (and a storyteller at heart) – always intended to capture his father’s story. Make a mini-documentary, of sorts, to preserve his legacy and create a priceless memento for his family.

La Imperial Dance

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A professional ballroom dancer, well-respected teacher, and world-renowned competitor, Vard Margaryan, owner of La Imperial Dance in Lake Mary, credits two reasons for his success: family and hard work.

Florida Retina Institute

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Some doctors may prefer keeping their profession separate from their personal lives, but that’s not the case with the physicians at Florida Retina Institute (FRI). Most of the doctors who work out of FRI’s Lake Mary office – located on Primera Boulevard, next to the Tax Collector’s office – live in the Longwood/Lake Mary area, and they actually like having that sense of community both in and out of the office.

DCS Commercial Cleaning

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Over the last four years, DCS Commercial Cleaning has grown significantly, doubling its employee base, revenue, and profit every year and expanding its impressive portfolio of clients to include large corporations like Jeunesse Global in Lake Mary and others in the Orlando area.

Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly 2018

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The Law Office of Mary Beth Kelly welcomes members of the community for free initial estate-planning consultations. The appointments give Mary Beth an opportunity to meet folks in the area and hear their stories. She especially encourages meetings with people who sometimes feel they are not quite ready for the world of wills, trusts, estates, or end-of-life directives — such as people in their 20s and 30s, for example.

Orlando Health Physician Associates

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Growing Healthcare Services for a Growing Area


Mako™ Total Knee Replacement a New Option for Joint Surgery

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Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 12 percent of the U.S. population and about half of all seniors over the age of 65. As cartilage is worn away by this condition, the most commonly affected area is the knees. To address knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, you may find some relief with treatments such as physical therapy, knee braces, anti-inflammatory/pain medications and injections. As time goes on, however, these treatments may no longer be enough.

Global Mattress

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With more than three decades of expert mattress craftsmanship and direct-sales experience, Global Mattress, a popular Puerto Rican manufacturer and retailer, recently expanded to the continental United States with the opening of its Lake Mary showroom this summer. 

Sanford Electric Company 2018

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In addition to assuring his customers receive professional workmanship, Sanford Electric Company owner Jim DePoy takes pride in providing a reliable and fulfilling livelihood for his team members. Half of Jim’s team of skilled Journeyman, Master Certified Electricians, and administrative employees have been with Sanford Electric for more than a decade.

Pierce Custom Jewelers

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Master jeweler Lance Pierce is the creative genius behind the custom designs you’ll find at Pierce Custom Jewelers. He and his team have created a mecca for jewelry lovers at their Colonial TownPark showroom, and fans of Lance’s work now have an entirely new way to discover – and purchase – his latest creations. The store’s sparkly new website,, launched this past February.

Hunt Eyecare 2018

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"When my son, Bobby, read the 20/20 line on Dr. Hunt’s eye chart for the first time, he had been working with Dr. Hunt for six years to improve his vision. Dr. Hunt’s expertise paid off, and we can’t thank him enough! And his staff is AMAZING! If you’re looking for an optometrist who truly knows what he’s doing, stop searching and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunt today!” – Edith DeCourcy

Home1st Lending

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Whether they are helping someone financing their first home or their 100th property, Home1st Lending believes homebuyers deserve competitive rates and first-class service – and they deliver both.

Seminole Leagues 2018

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"Helping young athletes to grow in skills, character, and faith” is the goal of Seminole Leagues, an Upward Sports program. The faith-based developmental sports league currently offers soccer, basketball, flag football, and cheerleading for children in pre-K through fifth grade.

Total Sprinkler & Lighting

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When Total Sprinkler & Lighting co-owners Ron Zadwarny and Jessica Davis met nearly 10 years ago, while working for the same commercial landscaping company, it was a match made in entrepreneurial heaven. 

Ladybird Academy 2018

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Staying connected during a busy work and school day can be a challenge for local parents and their children, but Ladybird Academy is utilizing advanced technology to provide families real-time updates about their kids’ academic achievements and activities.

Trés Jolie Medical Spa 2018

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Susan Leskanic, a board-certified nurse practitioner, specializes in helping clients look and feel their best, and this past Mother’s Day, she set out to celebrate moms in a very special way at Trés Jolie Medical Spa.

Winter Springs Roofing & Repair 2018

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As Central Florida nears the peak of hurricane season, Bill Sumner and the team at Winter Springs Roofing & Repair are working overtime to restore faulty roofs to the level of perfection homeowners deserve.

Vascular Vein Centers 2018

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At Vascular Vein Centers, care is more than just skin deep. The medical staff at Vascular Vein Centers, founded in 2001 by Dr. Samuel Martin, recognizes that unsightly spider and varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They are a medical condition that can affect more than just appearance.

The Enclave at Altamonte

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Steps away from the energy and activity of Altamonte Springs, with easy access to all the Orlando area has to offer, The Enclave at Altamonte is attracting the attention of homebuyers who are seeking low-maintenance, spacious townhomes in a safe and distinctive community.

Tipsy Nail & SalonBar

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Ladies, take note. A new Tipsy Nail & SalonBar has just opened on Lake Mary Boulevard in Griffin Farms at Midtown.

CareNow Urgent Care

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Medical problems don’t always happen during doctors’ office hours, and sometimes when you need to see a doctor, it’s hard to get an appointment right away. That’s where CareNow Urgent Care comes in.

Lake Mary Preparatory School 2018

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Lake Mary Preparatory School is gearing up to celebrate its 20-year anniversary during the 2018-2019 school year.
Offering pre-K3 through 12th grade, the school has a lot to celebrate. A 525-student population ensures small classes that are student-centered and tightly focused, says Rachel Freeman, marketing and admissions specialist.

Grace Glavin Law

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"The apple never falls far from the tree.” 

StarChild Academy Lake Mary 2018

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It was a happy day this spring when StarChild Academy in Lake Mary received the scores for the nationally-recognized Iowa Assessments it administered to students in February. 

Florida Health Care Plans Care Center

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Let’s list some healthcare hassles: Scheduling an appointment days or weeks away to see a doctor. Going somewhere else to pick up your prescription. Traveling yet again for lab work or to get blood drawn. Now, imagine being able to do it all quickly and conveniently under one roof.

VITAS Suites

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Now Open in Longwood: 10 private rooms for VITAS patients and their families at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Swim Life

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According to Kelly Whittemore, president of Swim Life, children are naturally attracted to water, especially when bath and pool time are associated with toys, laughter, and parental attention.

Kiddie Academy 2018

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There are several good reasons why so many local parents trust the early education of their children to Longwood’s Kiddie Academy. Of course, there’s the significant academic jump-start that Kiddie Academy students receive. There are the fun activities and caring staff, too, and the social and emotional boost the children enjoy. Then, there’s the future-ready focus on STEM learning that really sets Kiddie Academy apart.

The Burke Cox Group

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The Burke/Cox Group, based in Lake Mary, has built its reputation on helping clients grow and preserve their hard-earned money.

Q Boutique Specialty Realty & Medical City Brokers

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Whether you need extra help getting ready to sell your home or could really use a specialty selling solution, Laura Diss has you covered. Over the past 10 years of selling residential and commercial real estate in Lake Mary, Laura has seen a need for providing concierge personal service in addition to providing specialty real-estate programs. In January, she opened Q Boutique Specialty Realty (residential brokerage), Orlando North Medical City Brokers, Inc. (specialty medical brokerage) and Bliss Renovation Project Management Co. to help clients manage renovations and remodeling.

J. Douglas Williams YMCA Family Center

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Summer is in full swing, and there is no better place to spend a hot, sunny day than poolside at the J. Douglas Williams YMCA Family Center in Lake Mary. The sparkling, six-lane swimming pool went through major renovations earlier this year, and now it’s bustling from sunup to sundown with members enjoying a workout, taking swim lessons, or simply relishing a cool break from the summer heat

El Paso Mexican Grill

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In 2016, Beatriz Gilmore moved to the Sanford area to open the family-owned El Paso Mexican Grill. Ironically, Sanford wasn’t her first choice, but it has become her best choice.

Camp J

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Camp J, established in 1973, is your one-stop shop for all things summer camp.

F&D Kitchen & Bar and the F&D Cantina

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Right here in Lake Mary, you can find two completely unique dining experiences, each with its own distinct personality and culinary flair, but with the same commitment to impeccable service and top-quality cuisine. The only question is, which epicurean adventure do you want to embark upon today?

Rich Hippie

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You’ll recognize Kim Sketo, owner of Rich Hippie boutique in Longwood, as soon as you enter her store. She’s the one smiling and laughing, asking customers about their recent vacation or family event, and helping them choose an ensemble for their next occasion.

Debbie Kantor, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

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Realtor Debbie Kantor is packing up her knowledge of real estate and bringing it back to the Lake Mary/Sanford area which will, once again, be home.

SofTouch Dental

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SofTouch Dental on Lake Mary Boulevard is more than just a dental office. It’s a comprehensive dental practice offering patients a broad range of services with their long-term oral health in mind.

The Vineyard Wine Company

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What does it mean to be an award-winning restaurant? Take a walk down the hallway of The Vineyard Wine Company at Colonial TownPark, and you’ll find out. For the local siblings who own the eatery, Erin Jones Caneza and Robert Jones, keeping the award wall up-to-date is a challenge. The Vineyard usually receives several new awards every year, both locally and nationally. The restaurant did well in both of the Orlando Sentinel’s competitions in   2017, the 19th annual Foodie Awards and Best Bets. The Vineyard has also been consistently awarded a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. In fact, it’s the only restaurant in Seminole County to receive the magazine’s coveted two-glass award.

A.P. Accounting and Tax Services, P.L. 2018

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Late last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, enacting one of the most significant changes to the United States tax code in more than 30 years. The passage of the new bill has left many businesses and individuals wondering how the changes in the law will affect them and what they should do to prepare.

Fitworks Perfect Posture

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At Fitworks Perfect Posture in Lake Mary, Gary and Sherry Rumel are proving every day that growing older doesn’t have to be painful, and you shouldn’t have to give up doing the activities you love because of joint and muscle pain.

Gleman & Sons Custom Woodworks

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There is something wondrous about wood. Whether enjoying an old-growth forest or admiring an antique piece of wood furniture, we are somehow transported back in time. If you have ever been in a classically appointed home with quality wood furniture, each piece tells a unique story. You can sense it and even smell it. Wood is warm and inviting.

Lake Mary Pediatric Dentistry 2018

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Step into the office of Lake Mary Pediatric Dentistry, home to board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Nicholas A. White, and your kids will feel like they’ve entered a theme park of sorts.

Chocolate Compass

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Extreme milkshake ingredients are at the ready. Round, glossy macarons and flat pieces of chocolate bark beckon from their cases. If the treats taste half as good as Chocolate Compass smells inside, you’re in for something special.

Lake Mary Dental 2018

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Call it a tale of Dental Devotion... Longtime patients and staff of Lake Mary Dental are celebrating a timeless love story that played out right before their eyes.


Axiom Bank, N.A.

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Axiom Bank’s strong internal culture translates to exceptional customer service for its clients. It’s a relatively flat organization without competing agendas within its ranks. This leads to a superior banking experience for customers. 

Green Flag Services

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If your home has a pest problem, Geffry Gorman at Green Flag Services, LLC is the man you should call. Not only has Geffry been your Lake Mary neighbor for the last 14 years, he’s called Seminole County home for the past 40 years. Plus, Geffry has 25 years of expertise in pest control solutions.


Soma Plastic Surgery

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At Soma Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary, you’ll find the office of Dr. George Papanicolaou, a respected practitioner with 20 years of medical expertise under his belt. He serves patients seeking both cosmetic enhancement and reconstructive assistance.

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy 2018

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One of the most important choices you must make as a parent is the school your child will attend. Holy Cross Lutheran Academy (HCLA) remains a popular choice for parents of Seminole, Volusia, and Lake counties, and it’s easy to see why. The academy’s three campuses cover preschool to high school to prepare students for college and for life.

JCC Preschool

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JCC preschool director Carol McNally has seen this scenario so many times, she’s lost count: A family moves to a different side of town, pulls their child out of The Roth Family Jewish Community Center’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, and registers them at a top-rated preschool closer to their new home. A year later, they call Carol asking if there’s room for their child to come back. They liked the new school, but something was missing... they just couldn’t put their finger on it.

HLC Wellness

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HLC Wellness of Lake Mary – which began as a smoking-cessation laser treatment facility 12 years ago – always strives to offer its clients more. Since Mark Marino, Ken Marino, and Melissa Morgan started the business, they have taken the time to research, seek feedback, and look for new, effective ways to help clients with goals like quitting smoking, losing weight, rejuvenating their skin, and improving their health. 

Southeast Fraud Investigation Services

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If you think your business is immune from fraud and embezzlement, think again. Without the right deterrents in place, theft can come from within when the owners least expect it.

Lake Emma Animal Hospital 2018

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Pets are part of the family, and the staff and doctors at Lake Emma Animal Hospital understand that. They also know not every pet is a dog or a cat. People love their birds, reptiles, snakes, and goats just as much as any other dog- or cat-parent. That’s why Lake Emma Animal Hospital has branched out to include treatment of exotic animals.

My Gym Lake Mary 2018

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"Best birthday party ever thanks to My Gym Lake Mary! Olivia had the very best time on her special day! All of her friends’ moms have told me that their children had an awesome time! Thank you for making Olivia’s birthday full of fun, laughter, and love!” – Joel Hendrickson, a very satisfied My Gym birthday party customer 

Sunshine Pharmacy

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Sometimes our high-tech, digital world can be a little impersonal, and that’s not a good thing when it comes to your prescription medications. Unlike traditional pharmacies at chain discount stores, drugstores, or supermarkets, Sunshine Pharmacy – which opened in Sanford’s Dunwoody Plaza on State Road 46 in February – provides a personal touch and ensures that your prescriptions will be filled accurately and promptly at a lower cost than most of their competitors.

Dr. Christopher K. Quinsey

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Dr. Christopher K. Quinsey of Lake Mary, a gynecologist and obstetrician who has been practicing medicine in the area for two decades, opened his own practice on Lake Mary Boulevard in 2011. Having his own medical office allows Dr. Quinsey to deliver the kind of care to women that he would want for his own family – personal service in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere where women feel at ease.

Healthy Smiles of Orlando

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Dr. Akmal Ahmed is an artist... which, he admits, isn’t a word most people associate with dentistry. Offering an array of services from implant reconstruction and cosmetic work (whitening, bonding, etc.) to preventive care for entire families, Dr. Ahmed truly does create masterpieces in the form of healthy smiles.

Greene, Dycus & Co., PA 2018

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As Sanford’s longstanding accounting experts (for income tax preparation and planning, bookkeeping, audits, and payroll services), the team at Greene, Dycus & Co., PA also offers assistance with QuickBooks, financial statement preparation and review, estate tax preparation and planning, and nonprofit tax returns.

Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow 2018

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The team at the Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow shares its expertise, leadership, and ideas so other schools may also succeed. And people are  taking notice.

Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Mary

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The Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Mary is the most successful of the company’s locations across the state of Florida, and the reason is simple: community. The center, located in the heart of downtown Lake Mary, is directly connected to local families. It is also up-to-date on the curriculum of the schools within the community, allowing the center’s instructors to apply the strategies that are familiar to students while imparting techniques that target each learner’s individual needs.


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MassageLuXe in Lake Mary is the perfect place to start. Here, therapists offer all manners of massage.

Accurate Hearing Technology 2018

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Audiologist Lisa Ballinger of Accurate Hearing Technology and her staff ensure that hearing aids are properly tuned to each individual’s needs.


Gail Williams, State Farm Insurance 2018

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Serving Sanford and Lake Mary for 38 years, The Gail Williams State Farm Insurance agency is home to an engaging, well-trained, knowledgeable staff that is eager and qualified to answer questions about auto, home, life, disability, commercial insurance and State Farm banking products.

Citizens Bank of Florida

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With a new location in downtown Sanford, Citizens Bank of Florida sits on the corner of First Street and Laurel Avenue ready to serve its customers and become an integral part of the Sanford/Lake Mary community.

Pierce Jewelers 2018

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Revered for its fine jewelry and impeccable customer service, Lake Mary’s Pierce Jewelers has changed the game again, this time through state-of-the-art technology. With several pieces of modern equipment in the full-service store, customers are the fortunate recipients of even greater service.

Orchid Thai Cuisine

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Orchid Thai Cuisine is the perfect place to awaken your taste buds and try something new.