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We ‘re celebrating Culinary month and we wanted to shine a light on some quirky restaurants around #DTJax. Now, what makes a restaurant or cafe “quirky”? The definition of quirky is “strikingly unconventional or unusual in  an appealing way”.  So if you’re craving more variety, are tired of going to the same restaurants and cafes, then check out this list we’ve put together!

Breakfast

 

Nature’s Table| TIAA Bank Center- 301 W. Bay Street

 It’s summertime and we all strive to be healthy and active but healthy doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice great taste. Head over to Nature’s table were they strive for “ a blend of the traditional and the new, healthy and indulgent”.

You and your family can order great food from their menu, like gourmet wraps ,toasted sandwiches, signature salads and flavorful protein bowls. Their food is unique and healthy, but what makes them quirky is that their cups are eco-friendly and they are partnered with a charity called Feeding Children Everywhere. Nature’s table has several locations and for more information about hours of operation,  visit their website.

 

 

Urban Grind| 45 W. Bay Street

 The best way to start off your morning is with a fresh cup of coffee. Urban Grind is a quiet  and quaint cafe where you can relax by yourself or get coffee and catch with friends. Enjoy the rustic vibes and greenery at Urban Grind, that’s open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People mainly go here for coffee but they are also known for their fresh gourmet sandwiches, soups or fresh salads. This place will definitely make you feel happy and relaxed. For more information about the; hours of operation, visit their website.

 

 

 

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By: Be’ijz Smith

I’ve lived in Jacksonville for many years and I’ve only been downtown for academic reasons, like going to a tutoring session at the Main Library. After I graduated high school, I began attending Florida State University and I didn’t see myself coming back to Jacksonville; until I got to a point where I had to start looking for internships. 

To be completely honest, looking for an internship was a pretty difficult process, mainly because I was trying to figure out what I really wanted to do after graduation . Thankfully, I found the Downtown Vision internship through the alumni program at my high school, Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Even though my major is in Retail Entrepreneurship, I applied for the Marketing and Events internship at DVI because  I have always loved the process of planning and creating events. I also wanted to improve my creative writing skills; especially because the internship description said I would be writing blog posts and other writing projects. Even though I lived in Jacksonville, I had never actually explored Downtown Jacksonville for myself. Fortunately, interning at DVI gave me a whole new perspective of #DTJax. Here are five things I’ve learned  while interning at DVI:

  • Community

Many people think that working downtown would be difficult because it seems very big and busy; however, I learned it was just the opposite. While planning  Art walk, I had the opportunity to talk to local businesses and learn my way around. I realized that a lot of businesses knew each other and had made their own little community, making it feel less like a bustling downtown and more of a quaint “small town”. In the past, I’ve  traveled to New York and Atlanta and their downtown is fast-paced; no one is really connecting with each other because they’re only worried about getting to their destination. However, interning at DVI, I saw how people actually cared about each other and the success of their businesses.

  • Event Planning

Downtown has a lot of events going on whether you realize it or not. DVI hosts the First Wednesday Art Walk which is my favorite day of the month. I love seeing all the food trucks, performers, artists, and buying handmade trinkets from local vendors. But behind the scenes was more work than I imagined. 

I was mainly part of setting up tables and lights before the vendors set up, but there are a lot of emails and phone calls that go into event planning. On top of that, dealing with issues that come up during the event. The whole process was a real eye opener for me, which I appreciated. 

I like to be in the field  setting things up for an event and managing other workers. Although I had more of a supporting role in this event, the experience I gained helped me pinpoint what I like- and don’t like- about event planning. 

  • “Hidden” Activities

While being an intern at DVI, I had many tasks to complete, like  writing blogs and finding events for our online calendar. I started to realize that there’s a lot of things to do around #DTJax! For example: art classes at MOCA, yoga in Hemming Park and lots of festivals like Jax Taco Fest and Jazz Fest. #DTJax has a lot of hidden treasures that would definitely entertain you all year long!

  • Food Trucks

I’m the type of person who likes to be outside and explore, so  on my lunch breaks, I had the opportunity to wander around and find new places to eat. My personal favorite spot is the Happy grilled cheese because in the past, every time I tried to get one of their delicious sandwiches, they would run out of important ingredients like cheese, so I’m happy that I finally got to taste one. 

I’ve  also stumbled upon the Urban Food Court, where there are a variety of food trucks lined up. I’m a big foodie at heart, so I am always happy to find quirky and delicious treats anywhere I live.

  • History

I was never a fan of history class, but I’m currently working on a project about Downtown Jacksonville and the history of its buildings. I went on a self guided tour created by  Visit Jacksonville that details unique architect in Downtown, and to my surprise, I found it quite interesting! Reading facts and stories about these historical buildings was fun, and wandering around gave me a better sense of direction in #DTJax.

Overall, this internship was a great experience for me!  I learned a lot about myself as a worker and now, I know a lot more about #DTJax. 

If you’re interested in having an experience like mine, check out Downtown Vision’s open internships here.

 

 

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