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Dennis Thomas with his TIkis.

From tropical mugs and bars to torches and totem poles, Tikis are timeless. They have been around for ages yet they never fail to make us feel like we’re on an island vacation whenever we’re around them.

Local artist Dennis Thomas started carving Tikis when he realized it helped him relax from corporate stress. When he started getting a great amount of people admiring his work, he turned his hobby into a business. Living a few blocks off the ocean in Atlantic Beach, a few more of his hobbies include surfing, biking on the beach, racquetball and all things tropical. His purpose through Surfbuddha is to promote a beach lifestyle and live that “Jimmy Buffet carefree way of life.”

As a Jacksonville native, Thomas enjoys selling his pieces at the First Wednesday Art Walk because the event brings in a great mix of the community. Thomas started selling his Tikis at Art Walk in spring 2014. He enjoys hearing from his customers who appreciate the novelty of Tikis. “I get a lot of positive feedback from the art shows with many compliments which motivate me,” he said.

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  Live Music + Nightlife

July 22: Saliva
July 23: The Elbow Social (Every Thursday!)
July 24: Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow
July 24: Kasey Musgraves
July 24: Jazz Discovery Series presents Brianna Thomas

Fall 2014 DVI intern Amy Pittman with Oktoberfest @ #ArtWalkJax costumes.

Fall 2014 DVI intern Amy Pittman with Oktoberfest @ #ArtWalkJax costumes.

By Amy Pittman, Contributing Writer, Fall 2014 DVI Intern

When I landed an internship, I received responses like, “Awww, I hope you have fun getting coffee and getting the mail!” It’s sad to me this is the common attitude about internships, but after five months in the DVI office, I was pleased to say I didn’t make a single cup of coffee for anyone but myself, and I never even touched the mail. In fact, my time with DVI was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life! If you’re wondering if you should apply for an internship at DVI, here are five reasons why I think you should:

  1. Networking: Looking to expand your network and meet some of the top leaders in Jacksonville? DVI is the place for you! DVI staff is more than willing to connect you to important contacts, give you opportunities to attend exclusive events, and write you fantastic letters of recommendation.

  2. Fun: Whether you’re exploring Downtown with a camera in your hand or decorating Hemming Park for the holidays, every week you’ll have the freedom to be creative in your work. Being a part of the planning, preparation and execution of the First Wednesday Art Walk is one of the best parts of working in such a creative environment, and it will give you a great understanding of hard work and event management. In my opinion, you won’t find another internship with such a great balance of professionalism and fun!

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By Madelene Skinner, Contributing Writer

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A band performs during FNL.

Jacksonville’s got talent – and there’s a local music competition ready to showcase it again this fall.

Registration is underway for the third-annual Friday Night Live Music Festival – back and better than ever at The Jacksonville Landing this September and October. For year three, Jasmine Rhey and I (Madelene of MadFab Media), are bringing five nights of even more entertainment, celebrating music, arts and culture  – everything that makes Downtown Jacksonville fabulous.

FNL will take place this year in The Landing’s courtyard every Friday from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. This FREE event has created a family-friendly atmosphere in Jacksonville’s Downtown for five consecutive Friday’s each fall since 2013.

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June 27, Downtown Vision, Inc., The Elbow bar and restaurant owners, friends, family and community members gathered in the Ocean Street alleyway for a volunteer clean up. With more than 40 people lending a hand, the alleyway was transformed in just a few hours.

Tasks included: picking up trash, weeding, shoveling rocks and painting. After about three hours of work, volunteers were treated to pizza thanks to Downtown Cigar Lounge and a free beer from 1904 Music Hall (for those 21 and up). Thanks a million to our incredible volunteers for helping make #DTJax even more beautiful!

Take a look at this cool video from Kumar Pictures recapping the cleanup: