In Brief: Arts and Entertainment

City Coffee starts Friday night karaoke

By Paige Garrity |

City Coffee of downtown St. Augustine is now hosting a series of karaoke contests which began on Sept. 16. This event is for people of all ages, but was designed to bring young people of St. Augustine into the coffee shop.

“We are working hard to possibly conduct a presentation of our event at Flagler College, to show students, faculty and staff that karaoke at City Coffee is a fun, great way to have a good time with friends in a clean atmosphere on a Friday night,” said owner Ron Junod.

City Coffee offers a variety of organic coffee blends, smoothies, sandwiches and pastries, with portions large enough to share at a table with family and friends.

Several Flagler students have already tried to show their skills at the City Coffee karaoke night.

“I’m not really the singing type, but it was fun to watch my girlfriend and her friends have a great time,” said Flagler College student Adam Correia.

Winners could receive a variety of prizes such as coupons, merchandise and City Coffee Company gift cards, and have a great time with family and friends. For more information, updates and special promotions and events, call (904)-209-6810 or visit the City Coffee Company website.

St. Augustine Trolly’s Party Express

By Erica Carothers |

Former taxi and limo driver Sonny Ludwig, originally from New York City, is the man when it comes to driving around the newest edition to the trolley family. The Party Express houses bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties. This 20-seat party bus includes all the accommodations that any limo party bus does. From the casino carpet, to the disco balls and 300 watt music system, the party bus could go all night, Ludwig said.

The going rate per hour is $125, along with a mug from the St. Augustine trolley Company. St. Augustine Trolley provides each customer on board with a mug that gives them discounts at select local bars downtown and beachside.

Coming soon to the trolley family is the Black Rave, a new experience which allows customers to take part in the rave of St. Augustine bar hopping.

Getting fresh at The Groove Cafe

By Kellie Westfield |

The Groove Café is a new restaurant in St. Augustine Beach that that offers fresh and affordable food with an “American flare and Asian flare,” owner Marshall Peters said.

When opening the Café this May, Peters and his wife Tasha wanted to make the restaurant, “Miami Beach chic but with a homey menu” and to create a “kick back and relax atmosphere,” said Peters.

The Groove Café is a “café bistro” and the menu includes “anything and everything,” Peters said. The food is made fresh everyday and at the Groove Cafe, “freshness is the key.”

The resteraunt has live music on every Friday and Saturday that “has a Dave Mathew’s Band, Jack Johnson kind of feel,” said Peters. The Groove Café wants to “bring some funk to the island,” said Peters.

The Groove Café is open Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m until 9 p.m, and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m until 10 p.m. Sunday brunch is offered from 9 a.m until 2 p.m.

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