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Local Folks: Sarah Marshall

Local Folks: Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall is the spearhead of JAX Story Art Studio for homeschool families, where a team of three teachers offers classes and workshops all based around stories—reading them, writing them, and depicting them in visual art. The downtown classes and workshops are meant to help local homeschoolers grow a community, to connect with other kids […]

Local Folks: Lisa & Scott Lofton

Local Folks: Lisa & Scott Lofton

Lisa Lofton is a known artist around town. She is on the boards of two local nonprofits, serving as president of the Art Center Cooperative and as vice president of the Jacksonville Artists Guild. She’s also a member of the Art League of Jacksonville. She met her husband, Scott, at the University of Florida. On […]

Local Folks: Loree Gurr

Local Folks: Loree Gurr

By day, Loree Gurr is an insurance professional at Cam Anderson State Farm; she has been there for the past 18 years. By night, some might be surprised to know, she’s a KJ/DJ. Gurr began in 2009 as a KJ — karaoke jockey — working mainly at Rascal’s on Confederate Point Road or other similar […]

Local Folks: Audrey and Sean Mangum

Local Folks: Audrey and Sean Mangum

Meet the Mangums! Newly wed. And new to San Marco. Audrey and Sean both grew up in Jacksonville, but in different parts—Audrey in Ponte Vedra and Sean in Mandarin. They met in middle school at Providence, a Christian college prep school. According to Sean, they saw each other five times before they liked each other. […]

Local Folks: Stacey Steiner

Local Folks: Stacey Steiner

Stacey Steiner is a native of Chicago, Illinois who has been a Jacksonville resident for more than two decades. She said of the area, “It’s a beautiful community.” She especially appreciates the camaraderie among the neighbors. She moved here immediately following her 2001 graduation from Purdue University in Indiana. For the past two years, she […]

Local Folks: Fitz Pullins

Local Folks: Fitz Pullins

When not designing the interiors of homes and commercial environments throughout Jacksonville or directing fashion spreads for magazines and national cosmetics brands, “I love entertaining and cooking,” said seven-year Avondale resident Fitz Pullins. Pullins takes pride in the cooking skills he acquired from his mother and from his paternal grandmother while growing up in East […]

Local Folks: Jon Singleton

Local Folks: Jon Singleton

Jon Singleton is a San Marco resident. He’s known by many as a successful Watson realtor. But Singleton has a much higher calling than this. He spent eleven years in the Navy Reserves, following ten years of active duty. He retired a decade ago and is a civilian now. In 2006, while a Reserves member, […]

Local Folks: Evan Tucker

Local Folks: Evan Tucker

Evan Tucker is a Lakeshore man who works throughout Jacksonville as a tangible asset manager of estate properties, boats, and airplanes. In fact, he’s an aviation expert, serving as a private pilot and an aircraft mechanic. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Cowford Conservation, which represents sportsmen in the Jacksonville area. The mission is […]

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