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Another landmark occasion was celebrated Feb. 25, the 20th anniversary of the founding of Mission House. Since 1997, the Jacksonville Beach facility for Beaches area homeless men and women has been providing meals, showers, clean clothing and—most important—hope to people living on the streets of Jacksonville Beach. “Last year we helped 79 men and women get off the street,” executive director Lori Anderson told guests gathered at the champagne and cake celebration. She praised the more...

Author Abby Vega was traveling down the long stretch between Ponte Vedra Beach and Huntsville aboard a colorful snow cone truck just minutes before one of the most affirming moments of her life. She’d been called with a mission for one of her first ventures as a snow-cone truck driver from someone in New Jersey. Her destination: a drug and alcohol treatment center for the 21st birthday of the caller’s nephew, a man she knew only by...

Moducomm Construction owner Chris Taylor started his construction company in 2007 — not the best economy in which to launch a business, he noted recently. But he was able to build his company through the global recession of the late 2000s starting with contracts worth a few thousand dollars. This year, the general contractor has landed multimillion-dollar contracts and has seen growth of more than 300 percent over the past two years. Taylor sat down with the Jacksonville Business Journal...

Abby Vega found happiness through a Sno-Cone truck. The Ponte Vedra Beach resident retired from her sales and marketing vice president position for good a few years ago to run the Sno-Cone truck. The next eleven months running the business was a process in reinventing herself. That experience led her to write her second book- titled Sno-Cone Diaries-and become a motivational speaker to women between the ages of 40 and 60 also transitioning out of motherhood. “I just...