The Villages - December 2008 - (Page 54)

R.J. GATOR’S OFFERS EARLY EATING If breakfast with views of scenic Lake Sumter sounds like a great way to start your day, head to R.J. Gator’s. They’ve added a full breakfast menu that is available daily from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes five omelets with a choice of toast or biscuits and home fries or the Southern favorite — grits. Four pancakes are offered, topped with glazed strawberries, cooked with blueberries, filled with sweet nuts or plain. Freshly cooked waffles are offered the same way. A la carte items include deli bagels, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, fruit salad, meats, toast and a breakfast sandwich. Beverages include hot coffee, tea, juices, milk, mimosas and bloody marys. A kids’ menu is also offered for guests age 12 and under. Don Graham, owner of the Lake Sumter Landing dockside restaurant, said that the breakfast menu came about simply to please their loyal customers. “Our customers requested it,” he said. “A lot of people were interested in breakfast in Lake Sumter Landing, so we decided to give it a try.” Don noted that among the customers’ favorite menu Go & Do Retail Briefs items are the spinach asiago omelet, with spinach, onion and tomatoes with asiago cheese. He also said the breakfast platters were well liked with a choice of meat and side items. “The response has been great, with the weekends being our busiest,” Don said. “We’re still trying to get the word out about our new breakfast menu, so we invite people to come out and eat breakfast with us.” RECYCLED BECOMES FASHIONABLE Handbags and jewelry made from Earth-friendly materials prove that going green and being fashionable do go together. Merle Norman at Colony Plaza announces the addition of two lines of recycled fashion accessories, jewelry made by the Recycled Planet Store and handbags from Ecoist. The store’s owner said the decision was easy after seeing the products and hearing about how they were made. “We liked the idea of going green. Plus, they really catch people’s attention. They’re wearable art and conversation pieces,” said Debby Ahaus, owner of the store and resident of the Village of Sabal Chase. The colorful necklaces and bracelets made from paper materials provide fun fashion with a funky edge. “We have necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from recycled magazines and bracelets made from subway maps and comic books,” Debby said. “The jewelry is really unique and so colorful. They add vitality and vibrancy to any outfit.” Not only can you wear Earth-friendly accessories, you can carry them, too. Merle Norman at Colony Plaza also offers Ecoist handbags in three sizes of five styles made from candy-bar wrappers, magazines, Coca-Cola bottle wrappers, bar codes and NYC subway maps that are produced in fair trade, sweatshopfree environments. Ecoist also plants a tree for every handbag sold. “People get the biggest kick out of seeing these handbags. They’re really unique, and people also appreciate the tree that the company plants for the handbag sales. We’ve had a lot of fun with it,” Debby said. DECEMBER 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - December 2008

The Villages - December 2008
Looking Back on 2008
Havana Bursts on Scene
Sports and Recreation
Bears for Children
Brain Exercises
Go & Do: Shopping & Dining Guide
Retail Briefs
Entertainment Briefs
Major Events

The Villages - December 2008