Welcome To Beaches Town Center!

Beaches Town Center is the heart of Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, where Atlantic Boulevard meets the ocean, twelve miles east from downtown Jacksonville. The inviting, pedestrian friendly area offers many boutiques, fitness centers, restaurants and two oceanfront hotels in close proximity - a destination appealing for both tourists and locals! It’s all right here: a wealth of choices to shop, dine, relax and simply enjoy the beautiful courtyards and bricked walkways, outdoor seating and the beautiful ocean breezes.

Rona BookmarkAn Interview with BTC’s local legend, Rona Brinlee

We are all feeling it - the unrelenting weight of the world as we wade through COVID-19, confront social injustice, debate the state of the world and brace for the holidays (reminder to breathe...). But what’s cool about the mind is that it is ever-present. We are in control of the information we feed our imagination. Now more than ever, books have been a refreshing escape - a portal into our own intimate, parallel universes where we can challenge our perceptions or stoke our nostalgia. Rona Brinlee - owner of The BookMark and written word connoisseur - points out:

“Reading is such a personal activity, and what will help one person may not be appealing to another.  Some people want to read about the science or history of pandemics, while others want to escape with a good novel or mystery.  The trick is to match the right book with each person.  That’s our challenge and our skill.  We love it!” 

In this article, we dive into the magnificent mind of Rona Brinlee. Rona has been the owner of The BookMark for the past 25 years and a renowned member of this community accredited for her thoughtful insights, book recommendations, and author-oriented events that engage and uplift the vibrant Beaches Town Center. Get to know Rona and The BookMark below.

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“You will never be bored or lonely 

if you have a good book to read.”

- Rona Brinlee

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