Mike & Melissa Akey: Spirit of Gainesville nominees

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

The Dynamic Duo, Mike and Melissa Akey, have been in the food and entertainment industry almost all their lives. Mike and Melissa managed several restaurants prior to their turning point in 2002. At this point in their lives, the Akey's and their partner acquired the Purple Porpoise, and changed the name to Gator City.


Mike Akey


Category: Entrepreneurship

About Mike & Melissa Akey

Occupation: Restaurants & Entertainment

Years in Gainesville: 20

In September 2008, Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza was established in Hunter’s Crossing, and in June 2011, a second Piesanos was opened on Tower Road, officially making it a Gainesville-born franchise. The Akeys, along with their partners, employ over 200 people in the Gainesville community. Mike and Melissa dedicate most of their time working. Any spare time is spent mainly with there two young boys, close friends and family.

From the word “paisanos”, meaning compatriot or buddy, Piesanos is more than just good pizza. It is a great place to get together with friends and family. Please vote for Mike and Melissa Akey as they are truly an integral part of the Gainesville Community.

Submitted by Denise Mongiardo

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