Vibe Hair Co. opened July 5 in St. Augustine as a certified Green Circle salon.
Raised in St. Augustine, Sam Stark lived in California for a few years where she learned about Green Circle salons. She had dreamed of opening up a salon and giving back to the earth. She returned to St. Augustine to be close to family and now owns an eco-friendly salon.
“I had always dreamt of owning my own salon, but didn’t think that it would happen this quickly,” Stark said.
Green Circle salons repurpose and recover up to 95 percent of the resources that were once considered waste — such as hair, leftover hair color, foils, color tubes, aerosol cans, paper and plastics, according to Vibe.
The salon’s grand opening also raised funds for the nonprofit Her Song Jax that works against human trafficking.
Vibe is at 2730 S. U.S. 1, Suite M, across from the Nissan dealership in Southgate Square. It is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Jax Federal earns designation,
acquires new branch location
Jax Federal Credit Union has been recognized with the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence, one of seven credit unions and 11 banks nationwide, according to the company.
It’s also the third year in a row to receive the recognition and the only Northeast Florida-headquartered institution, Jax Federal said. The award is presented each year to financial institutions that succeed in getting people to open and add to wealth-building accounts.
In addition, Jax Federal’s newly purchased 5,150-square-foot building at 9802 Old Baymeadows Road is its ninth location in Northeast Florida and the beginning of its branch expansion plan.
The building previously was a Fidelity Bank branch, which closed in April 2019. Jax Federal officials said renovations are expected to begin in July with an estimated opening in October 2019.
It will be staffed with nine full-time employees, as well as dedicated office space for mortgage loan officers and investment advisers to meet with members.
First Florida opens new branch
First Florida Credit Union opened a new Jacksonville branch on July 1 at 11467 San Jose Blvd. Suite. 2.
It is First Florida’s sixth branch in Northeast Florida and 16th location statewide, the company said.
“The new location offers close-to-home convenience for our members in Mandarin while providing valuable new banking opportunities to all,” said Brent Lister, president and CEO.
First Florida Credit Union offers a range of products and services that include: no-monthly-fee checking, mortgage and auto loans, digital banking, and a free auto buying service, as well as a self-serve coin counter. The credit union has about 53,000 members and assets of nearly $1 billion.
1900 Olevia St., new construction of two parking garages and new 196-unit, 186,670-square-foot apartment building for San Marco Apartments, $26.91 million combined. Live Oak Contracting LLC. Separate parking building for complex at 1810 Bertha St., $11.60 million. Live Oak Contracting LLC.
357 Oak St., new seven-story, 136-room Residence Inn by Marriott for Larry Rojas, $10 million, 120,185 square feet. Pinkerton & Law Construction of Orlando Inc.
9309 Merrill Road, construction of new Popeye’s restaurant, $4.75 million, 2,265 square feet. Venture Construction Co.
76 S. Laura St., tenant buildout on the eighth, ninth, 16th and 22nd floors of the VysStar Tower (formerly SunTrust building) for VyStar Credit Union, $4.3 million. Dana B. Kenyon Co.
7965 S. Old Middleburg Road, construction of new fire station No. 61 for the city of Jacksonville, $3 million, 8,563 square feet. Auld & White Constructors LLC.
1093 W. Sixth St., construction of new Malivai Teen Center for the city of Jacksonville, $2.78 million, 13,190 square feet. Kendale Design Build General Contractors Inc.
14670 Duval Road, interior renovations of public areas of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, $2.5 million. Pecan Tree Development LLC.
1223 New Berlin Road, foundation for new office building for Murphy Pipeline, $1.9 million. Tim Young Construction Inc.
1190 San Jose Blvd., tenant buildout for MadMen San Jose, $1.47 million. JTM Construction Group Inc.
4500 S. San Pablo Road, renovation of existing rehabilitation gym and administrative spaces for Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, $1.2 million, 2,840 square feet. Batson-Cook Co.
4124 Blanding Blvd., office remodeling and bathroom upgrade for Thayer Holding LLC, $107,751, 5,053 square feet. SNL Construction and Design Inc.
6440 Southpoint Parkway, tenant buildout for Advanced Merchant Service LLC, $120,235, 4,065 square feet. Adams Interior Contractors Inc.
11111 San Jose Blvd., remodeling of retail areas and storefront for Bath and Body Works at Riverplace Shopping Center, $557,902, 3,091 square feet. Horizon Retail Construction.
7077 Bonneval Road, interior renovation for Principal Financial Group Jacksonville, $392,000, 4,040 square feet. Dav Lin Interior Contractors.
6757 Atlantic Blvd., construction of walls at the Knight campus entry monument for Jacksonville Episcopal High School, $185,000. Scherer Construction of Northeast Florida LLC.
9555 R.G. Skinner Parkway, interior renovation for Celebration Church of Jacksonville, $201,412. Brasfield & Gorrie LLC.
Jennifer and Ronald Wingate paid $1.55 million for a 1,952-square-foot home at 704 Ocean Front in Neptune Beach. It was built in 1920 and last sold for $1.2 million in 2019.
Claudia Campos and Tomas Fernandez paid $1.08 million for a 2,981-square-foot home at 102 N. 19th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach. It was built in 2017 when it sold for $935,000.
Permits and sales are compiled by Drew Dixon. Send business notebook items to editor email@example.com.