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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

November edition: Manifest Distilling

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Founded in 2016, Manifest Distilling is located in Downtown Jacksonville’s Sports District, home of the Everbank Field and other sports venues.

Manifest prides itself in utilizing American-made distillation equipment, as well as using grains sourced from a network of co-ops throughout North America. The distillation process for their spirits is greatly influenced by the Siebel Institute, a brew school that is famous for its techniques.

 

A few noteworthy aspects of the distillery include:

 

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The Standard- A guided tour that gives an overview of the production area, with the chance to view and learn about spirits. Tours end in the tasting room, with free samples of spirits and cocktails.

Distiller’s Tour- A more detailed tour of the production process that provides a look into the science of distillation and what goes into making the spirits you love to drink. This tour ends with tasting as well, but with sensory perception, nosing and blind tasting.

Private Tastings- Private guided tastings are available for groups of 10+.

 

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The distillery’s 9,000 square foot space boasts a modern, upscale design and consists of three versatile spaces: the bar, the tasting room and the distillery. Each space connects with rolling glass doors allowing for a range of private or semi-private events.  The bar can host 60 people, the tasting room can host 30 people and the distillery can host 167 people. The selection of spaces allows them to host a variety of different events, such as weddings, birthday parties and business functions.

 

 

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Currently, Manifest offers five different spirits: Potato Vodka, Gin, Rye, Barreled Gin and Florida Citrus Vodka, with several of them earning awards from events such as the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

Manifest spirits can be purchased in their tasting room, ordered online through EZRA’S shipping to 36 states in the U.S. or found in select stores all over Jacksonville.

 

 

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October edition: Sweet Pete’s Candy

 

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Sweet Pete’s Candy opened in Downtown Jacksonville in 2010 in the historic Seminole Club, a building that dates back to 1903. The notable location, which hosted a number of well-known visitors such as Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, sat vacant for ten years until Sweet Pete’s and Lemonis renovated the property. This new confectionary emporium is a vast 23,000 sq. ft., making it one of the largest candy shops in the United States.

Today, Sweet Pete’s manufactures a line of handcrafted quality chocolates and sells over a thousand different types of candies. The new location boasts a fully functioning factory with an interactive gallery, two large retail areas, a full restaurant and bar, rooftop patio and dessert bar. Sweet Pete’s also features an event center that offers space for children’s field trips, catered events and parties. Peter also finds joy in sharing his expertise with others by teaching the art of candy making. The fun-filled educational environment includes Sweet Pete’s Sweet Science Classes, hands-on interactive candy making sessions and birthday parties. Sweet Pete’s is run by a group of naturally fun people who are committed to creating the Sweetest Destination on Earth.

Sweet Pete’s is more than just your average candy shop, they host events, classes and more. Here are a few notable things to check out:

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Classes

Ever wanted to know how your favorite candy is made? Embrace your inner Willy Wonka and attend a candy making class

at Sweet Pete’s! Learn how to make chocolate bars, candy canes, taffy, lollipops and more. Classes are a great idea for a date or an affordable family outing. Check out all of the classes and register here.

 

Birthday Parties

A Sweet Pete’s birthday party is every kid’s dream! Treat your special birthday boy or girl to a magical party in a real life Candy Land. Standard parties include:

  • Candy making Experience: Kids go home with the candy they made!
  • Tour of facility including our Candy Kitchen
  • Ice Cream for each participating child
  • Sweet Pete’s To Go bags for the kids’ candy to go in
  • Lemonade and water for the children
  • Downloadable invitations to send out
  • Other goodies and games can be added on while finalizing party
  • Private, decorated room, including set up and clean up of room
  • All plates, cups and decorations are Sweet Pete’s property.  Any cups or plates that are taken will be charged to guest.

There are also plenty of add-ons and upgrades available for purchase! To see all of the options and pricing details, visit their birthday parties page.

 

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Candy Apple Cafe’s delicious drink and food menu will make you feel like a kid in the candy shop. Located inside Sweet Pete’s, the Candy Apple Cafe is exactly what you’d expect to find at a restaurant inside a candy shop. Their menu includes treats like Bourbon Pecan Waffles, Mayport Shrimp Crepes, Country Fried chicken and more. You can find drinks like Sweet Pete’s Watermelon Sour and Pop Rockadopolis on their mouth-watering drink menu. Check out the menu and happy hour info here.

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By Ari Sinudom, Marketing and Events Assistant

Jacksonville is proud to be home to this fierce rivalry and welcome back the Gators and Dawgs on Oct. 28! This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know about festivities, entertainment and travel options during Florida-Georgia weekend. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #UGAvsUF and #DTJax!

Official post

 

The Main Event

 

Visit here for the official Florida vs. Georgia event page where you can buy tickets and learn more about RV City, rules and restrictions, game day FAQs, weekend guide and maps.

FL-GA Game Day Map 2017

 

Florida-Georgia Weekend of Events

 

Friday

 

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Oct. 27 | 11:30 a.m.

EverBank Field – US Assure West Club

Cost: $60 per seat

In recognition of the nation’s premier collegiate rivalry, the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Board created the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame to acknowledge the many great records, performances, career highlights and outstanding memories that have made the Georgia-Florida game one of college football’s great traditions. With their induction, the 2017 inductees become permanently etched into the historical fabric of this storied rivalry.

Florida-Georgia 2017 Celebration

Oct. 27 | 12 p.m.

The Jacksonville Landing

Cost: $10 at the door

The Jacksonville Landing welcomes the University of Georgia and the University of Florida fans for a weekend celebration surrounding one of the most infamous rivalry football games. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages.

Live music on the Sleiman Riverfront Stage:

  • 12 – 5 p.m. Southern Rukus

  • 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. DJ Kevin

  • 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Austin Park

Entertainment on the Hogan Street Stage:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Wes

Entertainment in Courtyard Lounge

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Davin

Live Music at Fionn MacCools:

  • 5 – 8 p.m. Firewater Tent Revival

  • 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Boogie Freaks

FL/GA Pre-Party at Mavericks Live. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Brand New Poster

 

Brand New

Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m.

Daily’s Place

Starting price: $40

Don’t miss Brand New and guests at Daily’s Place as they start Florida-Georgia weekend on a rockin’ note.

Florida vs. Georgia Pigskin & Whiskey Night
Oct. 27 | 7 p.m.

NOLA MOCA

Cost: $35

Kick off Florida-Georgia weekend with a whole hog roast and bourbon craft cocktail party! NOLA’s Chef Kathy Collins is roasting a pig with all the trimmings streetside at MOCA, while Sommelier Mico Fuentes mixes innovative bourbon cocktails paired perfectly with pork. Ticket price includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, gallery admission and live music. $7 for most cocktails, except for a few featured premium whiskeys. Come in your Florida/Georgia gear and your first drink is on the house. Must be 21 years or older to attend.


Saturday

 

Florida/Georgia Watch Party
Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.

Manifest Distilling

Cost: $10

Join Manifest Distilling for this year’s Florida/Georgia watch party and tailgate! There will be a cash cocktail bar with proceeds going towards The USS Adams Foundation, and El Mariachi Loko food truck outside the door. Must be 21 years or older.


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Oct. 28 | 10 a.m.

Metropolitan Park 2 along the St. Johns River

Join in on the ultimate pre-game fan experience! This free, interactive attraction will feature sponsor activations, food, and more. Get competitive with various tailgating games like Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, Jenga, Bucket Ball and darts.

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Fans can stop by to enjoy games, make personalized #SweetTalk posters and create video confessionals to show that good can happen when differences are put aside. While there, register for the helmet sweepstakes to receive a free prize and be entered to win a team helmet.

MILLER COORS
Visit the Coors Light Football Toss Game to find out how fast your throw is compared to other famous football players! Also find out how to download the Coors Light XP app in order to collect points for amazing Coors or pledge to get home safely for a chance to win a trip to Rose Bowl Stadium! Prizes and points available to fans while the Coors Light promotional team is on-site!

ADAMS STREET EXPERIENCE
Located on the west side of the stadium between Lots J and M.

GEICO
Visit the GEICO display for free giveaways, interactive games, a unique photo op and a chance to win your team’s replica helmet!

IKEA
Visit the IKEA Jacksonville Open House to learn more about the new IKEA store, tour an interactive pop-up showroom, and a chance to win fun prizes.

Florida Georgia VIP Hospitality presented by Mayor Lenny Curry

Oct. 28 | 11:30 a.m.

Daily’s Place Flex Field

Cost: $300 all inclusive, game ticket not included but required for entry

Pre-game with lavish food and desserts, a full bar, live music, interactive games, photo booths and more at this new addition to the annual game.

Gator Nation Tailgate

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

Cost: Free to attend, $15 buffet ticket

Join the Gator Club of Jacksonville to tailgate and celebrate the Orange and Blue before the game! Admission is free and open to the public, and buffet entry will be available for purchase. You can pre-order buffet tickets here.

Florida-Georgia 2017 Celebration

Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

The Jacksonville Landing

Cost: $10

The Jacksonville Landing welcomes the University of Georgia and the University of Florida fans for a weekend celebration surrounding one of the most infamous rivalry football games. The Landing has scheduled a variety of entertainment to appeal to fans of all ages throughout the property.

Live music on the Sleiman Riverfront Stage:

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. WildFire Rising

  • 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Lonely Highway

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Wes

Entertainment on the Hogan Street Stage:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ James

Entertainment in Courtayard Lounge:

  • 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. DJ Shawn

Live music at Fionn MacCool’s:

  • 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Austin Park

Game Watch Party and After-Party at Mavericks Live. Doors open at noon.

Georgia Bulldog Club of Jacksonville Pregame BBQ Tailgate Party
Oct. 28 | 11 a.m.

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Before the game, The Georgia Bulldog Club of Jacksonville will gather for the annual tailgate party. The tailgate party will feature UGA Pep Band, UGA Georgettes, UGA Cheerleaders, Hairy Dawg and live entertainment by the band Rhythm Oil. The Rhythm Oil Band starts around 11 a.m. Food service starts at 11:30 a.m. The Redcoats, Georgettes, cheerleaders, and Hairy Dawg will show up around noon.

Getting Around

 

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Boat Docking

Metropolitan Park Marina Boat Docking – SOLD OUT

1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Northbank Riverfront

Docking fee determined by boat size. Three-day minimum charge.

30-minute parking for unloading on Thursday and Friday only. No parking on Saturday.

For more information, call the City Dockmaster (904) 630-0839.

River City Brewing Company Boat Docking – SOLD OUT

835 Museum Circle, Southbank Riverfront

Friday Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28

Marina facilities, fuel and overnight docking available.

1 night minimum. $3 per ft., 30 ft. minimum

For more information, call (904) 398-7918.

Traffic Patterns

Message boards will be placed throughout the entertainment footprint, displaying parking information during the event weekend. Please refer to these boards, not your navigation systems, for specific instructions on parking.

Bay Street: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, the lane indicators will shift to pre-game pattern of three eastbound lanes and one westbound lane on Bay Street from Ocean Street to the Sports Complex Area.

JTA Game Day Xpress

Saturday, October 28 | 12:30 p.m. – one hour post-game

Downtown locations: (Single game shuttle pass $8)

Located at the Convention Center Lot stop at 1005 Forsyth St., patrons have complimentary parking, paying only to ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium. JTA offers continuous shuttle service throughout the game from this lot only.

In the San Marco area, the Kings Avenue Parking Garage at 1003 Kings Ave. offers convenient parking facilities. Patrons can access this location from I-95 and numerous other arteries. Enjoy complimentary parking and ride round-trip, non-stop service to the stadium.

  • Jacksonville Landing: Hogan St. between Water and Bay

No parking provided.

Passes can be purchased in advance at www.jtafla.com, via the MyJTA app or in person at the JTA Administration Building at 121 W Forsyth St., Suite 170. Fans can purchase single-game passes at any Game Day Xpress lot on game day or via the MyJTA app. All JTA shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to park at the Convention Center lot where JTA paratransit vans are available. For more information, visit www.jtafla.com or call JTA’s customer service line at (904) 630-3100.

Suburban locations: (Single game shuttle pass $13)

  • Armsdale Park-n-Ride, 3191 Armsdale Rd.

  • Beaches: Wingate Park, 277 Penman Rd. S.

  • Southside: Philips Hwy./JTB Park-n-Ride, 7020 Philips Hwy.

Skyway Service

The Skyway is a FREE fully-automated, non-polluting, state-of-the-art monorail transit system operating on an elevated and electrified dual guideway, serving six locations on both sides of the St. Johns River.

Hours:

Thursday, October 26: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 27: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Saturday, October 28: 9 a.m. – midnight

Stops:

  • Rosa L. Parks Transit Station (Hogan and State Streets)

  • Hemming Park (Monroe and Hogan Streets)

  • Central (Bay and Pearl Streets)

  • San Marco (San Marco Boulevard and Mary Street)

  • Riverplace (Flagler Avenue)

  • Kings Avenue (Prudential Drive and Kings Avenue)

The JTA Skyway, Trolleys and Stadium Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

JTA Customer Information: (904) 630-3100 or visit www.jtafla.com

St. Johns River Taxi

Take a convenient River Taxi to your Florida-Georgia weekend destinations.  River Taxis loop every 30-40 minutes during the service hours listed below. Tickets can be purchased on board all River Taxi boats. Cash payments only.

Hours

Thursday, October 26: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 27: 11 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, October 28: 9 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 29: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Service Fares:

  • $10 round trip for a game-day pass (valid to/from stadium for all Downtown stops)

  • $20 Unlimited River Taxi pass on game day

  • $30 two-day unlimited pass, valid Friday and Saturday

  • All other days will be $10 for an unlimited River Taxi pass.

  • Infants (2 Years and Under) ride free

Stops:

For questions, please call (904) 860-8294 or visit www.rivertaxiandtours.com.

Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

 

Drop-off:

A designated drop-off location has been created at Gate 1 to allow those with a disability to be dropped off as close as possible to EverBank Field. Drivers dropping off disabled patrons should enter Lot M and tell the parking attendant and the police officer that you are dropping off a guest with disabilities. After drop-off, the driver must exit Lot M unless he/she has a parking pass for the lot.

Pick-up:

Post-event traffic will flow away from the stadium for 30-45 minutes after the game. Disabled patrons can use the postgame Golf Cart Shuttle Service by Gate 1 or wait at the closest gate location until the traffic pattern returns to two-way.

Ride Share providers such as Lyft and Uber must be staged on Georgia Street by half-time in order to provide services.

Important Numbers to Know:

 

Georgia Florida Weekend Hotline: . . . . . . . . . .1-800-985-FLGA (3542)

Sideline Safety Zone Hotline: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (904) 630-SAFE (7233)

JTA Stadium Shuttle & Skyway: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (904) 630-3100

RV City Parking: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-985-FLGA (3542)

Water Taxi: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 860-TAXI (8294)

EverBank Field: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(904) 633-6100

Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds: . . . . . . . ..(904) 353-0535

Downtown Ambassadors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 465-7980

Visitor and Hotel Information: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-733-2668

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 630-3600

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena: . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(904) 630-3900

The Jacksonville Landing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 353-1188

Pop-A-Lock: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(904) 354-8566

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (Non-emergency): . . . . . . . .(904) 630-0500

No matter what team you’re rooting for, it’s going to be another exciting and fun FL/GA in #DTJax! For more information on parking, where to stay, dining and more, check out dtjax.com or download the intoGo app.