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Instagram of the Week

 

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Things To Do Downtown

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Arts + Culture 

 

 

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Family Fun 

 

 

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Live Music + Nightlife
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve @ 1904 Music Hall
Dec. 31: Swamp Radio “New Year’s Eve”
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve @ Dos Gatos
Dec. 31: Dancing New Year’s Eve Party @ Hourglass Pub
Dec. 31:New Year’s Eve @ The Volstead
Dec. 31: Mark’s 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Party
Jan. 1: SOJA

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Sports + Fitness
Dec. 30: SEC/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge
Dec. 31: Core Values 5K benefiting The First Tee
Dec. 31: Vystar New Year’s Eve Run
Jan. 2: TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia vs. Penn State

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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 News of the Week

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DVI Updates 

 

We’d Love to Hear From You:

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s Inaugural Gala

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Come and celebrate Downtown at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19, 2016! There will be cocktails, dining and dancing – with live music by the Chris Thomas Band – and live and silent auctions all leading up to the Downtown awards. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program. Khaki and safari attire encouraged.The gala will last from 6:00-10:30 p.m. and take place at the Jacksonville Bank Building, 9th Floor, 100 N. Laura Street. Register today.

The Elbow releases Episode 2 of The Alley Sessions
The Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s entertainment district, has launch the second installment of The Alley Sessions, featuring Tambor. The videos are produced in conjunction with DVI and the Downtown Investment Authority to highlight the cultural diversity in Jacksonville’s music scene.  Watch the video.

 

 

 

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

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Live Music + Nightlife
Dec. 22: SWIMM

 

 

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Arts + Culture 

 
 

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Sports + Fitness

 

 

 

 

 

For a full list of Unity Plaza holiday events, click here.

 

Check out the Events Calendar on our website, which features more than 60 events Downtown this week.

From candy classes to karaoke, any given day Downtown, there’s something going on. Check out our Ongoing Events list.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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 News of the Week

 

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DVI Updates 

 

We’d Love to Hear From You:

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s Inaugural Gala

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Come and celebrate Downtown at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19, 2016! There will be cocktails, dining and dancing – with live music by the Chris Thomas Band – and live and silent auctions all leading up to the Downtown awards. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program. Khaki and safari attire encouraged.The gala will last from 6:00-10:30 p.m. and take place at the Jacksonville Bank Building, 9th Floor, 100 N. Laura Street. Register today.

The Elbow releases Episode 2 of The Alley Sessions
The Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s entertainment district, has launch the second installment of The Alley Sessions, featuring Tambor. The videos are produced in conjunction with DVI and the Downtown Investment Authority to highlight the cultural diversity in Jacksonville’s music scene. Watch the video.

 

 

 

 

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It’s that time of year again.

You’ve had 365 days to prepare, but you’ve waited until the last second to start your holiday shopping – again.
This year we’ve got your back! #DTJax is full of businesses with fun gifts to please even your toughest critics. This season step away from the mall craziness and find something a little different to put under your tree.

 

 

Below, is our no-fail gift giving guide to help out our fellow holiday-shopping procrastinators and ease the pressure of finding the perfect gift.

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Candy Apple Cafe

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For the fun loving fashionista: Any of the unique accessories at Accentuate
For the fitness junkie: A membership to Anytime Fitness
For the friend that loves upscale dining: A Gift Certificate to enjoy dinner at The Candy Apple Cafe

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For your one and only: Something sparkly from Hemming Plaza Jewelers
For the friend that loves to be pampered: All natural and oh-so-aromatic Aveda products from Daniel James Salon
For your furry friend: Any of the treats available at the new Bark Downtown

 

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For your sweet-toothed friend: An assortment of chocolate dipped treats from Peterbrooke
For the friend that’s always on the go: A gift card to BurgerFi
For the kids: A trip to MOSH and stocking stuffers from the gift shop

 

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For the art lover: Local art and accessories from Monroe Galleries
For the person who has everything: A membership to MOCA Jacksonville
For readers of all ages and interests: Books from Chamblin’s Uptown

 

Bark Downtown

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For your “Tony Hawk” friends: A cool, new beanie from Block Skate Shop
For the coffee-loving hipster: A gift card from Urban Grind Coffee Co.
For the park lover: A membership to Hemming Park

 

 

For even more one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, come out to First Wednesday Art Walk on Jan. 6! This month we’re going to party like it’s 1866 as we celebrate 150 years of Hemming Park. Throughout the night enjoy the beer village, live music, a historic photo booth with Tin Can Photo Lounge and browse local handmade arts and crafts that are perfect for everyone on your list!

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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week

 

Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax for a chance to be featured.

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Check out the Events Calendar on our website, which features more than 86 events Downtown this week.

From candy classes to karaoke, any given day Downtown, there’s something going on. Check out our Ongoing Events list.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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 News of the Week

 

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DVI Updates 

 

We’d Love to Hear From You:

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s Inaugural Gala

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Come and celebrate Downtown at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19, 2016! There will be cocktails, dining and dancing – with live music by the Chris Thomas Band – and live and silent auctions all leading up to the Downtown awards. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program. Khaki and safari attire encouraged.The gala will last from 6:00-10:30 p.m. and take place at the Jacksonville Bank Building, 9th Floor, 100 N. Laura Street. Register today.

The Elbow releases Episode 2 of The Alley Sessions
The Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s entertainment district, has launch the second installment of The Alley Sessions, featuring Tambor. The videos are produced in conjunction with DVI and the Downtown Investment Authority to highlight the cultural diversity in Jacksonville’s music scene. Watch the video.

 

 

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We sat down with owner of Monroe Galleries (previously 44 Monroe Art Studio and Gallery), Jami Childers in her new studio to talk about what to expect in early 2016.

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Q: What’s your favorite thing about owning a business so close to Hemming Park? 

Hemming Park is alive with fun happenings and events. We will be expanding our hours and hope to tap into all that is going on.

Q: What do you love about owning a business Downtown?

It’s so much fun to be a part of a community that is growing. There is so much support here!

Q: Describe Downtown’s progress since you opened 44 Monroe Art Studio & Gallery and have now relocated to your second location (formerly Grease Rags Clothing Co.)?

I think that there are many people moving into the heart of Downtown and they are ready to support it. We just have to give them what they need. Being open on the weekends like some of the newer restaurants is what is changing things here. We decided to move (two doors down) so we could offer our clients a wider range of local art and design elements. In our newly renovated location, patrons can find all they need for their home and one-of-a-kind gifts.

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Q: Why did you decide to relocate your business?

Honestly, we were really busting at the seams in our smaller location. We have a year’s waiting list of artists that want to show in our gallery. Now we have the space to allow for more artists to display with us. We are also bringing in local craftsmen and their wares. Dustin Bradley (our designer) will take all these elements and create beautiful displays, just like he has for the past year designing our windows.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about owning an art gallery?

My favorite thing about owning an art gallery has been providing a cool spot for artists to show their work. There is nothing like seeing the look on the faces of the artists when they sell a piece of work and the collector walks away with something they will forever cherish. An artist paints for the joy and release of creating and when someone relates to that and wants to take it home and enjoy it forever, that’s what it’s all about. I am lucky that I get to see that when I do my portrait commissions. This last year I had the privilege of painting a portrait of a beautiful young girl who had passed away. Her parents were so greatful to have her portrait painted. It just makes my job so fulfilling.

IMG_0207Q: What are you most excited about with Monroe Galleries?

Being able to bring all of us together under one roof so we can all do what we love is what I am excited about. It will be awesome to provide a place for customers to find all they need to fill their home with unique items. We want to be that place where you go to purchase things you can’t find anywhere else. We are making Downtown the place to be!

 

To learn more about Jami and all of the other artists exhibiting at Monroe Galleries, be sure to visit them at 40 W. Monroe St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are also open during the First Wednesday Art Walk with live entertainment, food and lots of local art and gifts.

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Ring in the New Year right in #DTJax! Where else can you run for a cause, have a ball in-style, or share a New Year’s kiss among the fireworks? Thats right, no where. So come down, have fun and party hard.

Happy New Years

Just not too hard…

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Here’s the fine print:

  • Most events are 21 and up. 
  • Metered parking is free after 6 p.m. Drive safe!
  • Farah & Farah offers free cab rides New Year’s Eve. Sign up for this offer here or call 1-800-533-3555.
  • Moreover, you can download the Uber app or ask your bartender/host to call a cab if need be.

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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.

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Instagram of the Week

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Live Music + Nightlife
Dec. 13: Brian Regan

 

Business and Networking
Dec. 12: MOB Fest

 

 

Sports + Fitness

 

 

Check out the Events Calendar on our website, which features more than 86 events Downtown this week.

From candy classes to karaoke, any given day Downtown, there’s something going on. Check out our Ongoing Events list.

 

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates 

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DVI works with Spark District partners to launch SparkDistrict.com

A compact geographic region in the heart of the urban core, The Spark District offers numerous resources and amenities for the growing business, arts and culture community. For more information, visit: sparkdistrict.com
The Elbow releases Episode 2 of The Alley Sessions
The Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s entertainment district, has launch the second installment of The Alley Sessions, featuring Tambor. The videos are produced in conjunction with DVI and the Downtown Investment Authority to highlight the cultural diversity in Jacksonville’s music scene. Watch the video.
 Downtown Vision Inc.’s Inaugural Gala
Come and celebrate Downtown at DVI’s Urban Oasis Gala Saturday, March 19, 2016! There will be cocktails, dining and dancing – with live music by the Chris Thomas Band – and live and silent auctions all leading up to the Downtown awards. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the Downtown Parklet Program. Khaki and safari attire encouraged. The gala will last from 6:00-10:30 p.m. and take place at the Jacksonville Bank Building, 9th Floor, 100 N. Laura Street. Register today.

DVI is hiring a Research & Communications Coordinator
Work closely with DVI’s CEO, Director of Marketing and Director of District Services to oversee DVI’s online presence, track, manage and analyze data and help prepare a range of research reports about Downtown Jacksonville. Learn more about the position here and submit your application and cover letter to katherine@dtjax.org.