As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to take time to reflect on the first year for Grand at Florence! From our short time at the Florence Mall in January to our Gift Wrapping Social in December, there was never a dull moment at Grand at Florence. Here are some of the highlights from 2016!
In January, we started the year pre-leasing at Florence Mall and officially opened the doors to residents on the 19th. We were so excited to have our first residents move into their new apartments!
In February, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with our residents and welcomed more residents to the community! It was definitely an exciting month for Grand at Florence!
In March, we held our “Luck of the Irish” Bingo on Facebook! Each day, we posted a St. Patrick’s Day image that corresponded with residents’ Bingo boards. Our winners were Donna and Bob (below), and Ryan!
In June, we held our first pet donation drive! Our residents helped out the residents of Boone County Animal Shelter by raising different items such as food, toys, leashes, collars, litter, and paper towels, just to name a few.
We also opened our community garden! Featuring 34 plots, the community garden provides our residents who were blessed with a green thumb a space to showcase their gardening skills and to grow vegetable plants, fruit plants, flowers and spices.
The first Grand at Florence pizza party was on June 30, and boy was it a blast! It was great to meet everyone who attended and it was just the start for the fun ahead!
In July, the pool opened for the first time! We were so excited to get the pool open for the residents to enjoy during the dog days of summer. We even had a Snapchat filter to celebrate summer with. Now that was cool! (Pun intended).
In August, we added our fine billiards table to the game room! It was such a nice addition to the variety of classic games at the clubhouse.
At the end of August, we had our first annual pool party to celebrate the end of the summer. This year it was Olympics-themed to celebrate the end of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics!
In October, we launched our virtual tour of Grand at Florence on our blog. If you haven’t seen it, check it out HERE!
We also decorated our clubhouse just in time for Fall! We had scarecrows, hay and pumpkins greeting guests at the front door to our community!
At the end of the October, we hosted our first annual “Pooch Plunge” at the pool! It was great to let our 4-legged residents take a dip in the pool before we drained it for the winter.
Our Community Manager, Jessica, passed out candy to all of the young Grand at Florence residents during Trick-or-Treat on Halloween! She was the Community “Vampager” 😉
In November, the Grand at Florence staff was all ready for Election Day and made sure that all of our residents remembered to vote!
The weekend before Thanksgiving, we hosted our first Chili Cookoff with great success! We had many residents enter the contest with all of their own spin on the classic dish. Second and third place went to David, Aravind and Ramya, and first place went to Martijin and Laura (below), who took home the GAF Golden Bowl!
In December, we had a very special guest at Grand at Florence. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus made a special appearance at our first annual Holiday Extravaganza. We had snacks, drinks and vendors galore for those last minute gifts!
2016 was such an exciting year for everyone here at Grand at Florence and we’re excited for what 2017 has in store for our community! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more news from Grand at Florence!