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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

 


Family Fun 

 

Live Music + Nightlife
April 25: Sorority Noise
April 29-30: Welcome To Rockville
April 29: Bianca Del Rio

 

Sports + Fitness
April 27: 2017 Draft Show

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates 

 

First Wednesday Art Walk:

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Celebrate ImagiNATURE with the Jacksonville Symphony in Hemming Park with two free shows, an art presentation by Will Dickey and David Montgomery, art installation from MOSH, performance by Mal Jones and the unveiling of artist Kathy Stark’s interpretive signs of National Parks in North Florida. Plus, explore 15+ blocks of Downtown and visit local artists, businesses and more from 5-9 p.m.

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Art Walk After Dark:

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The fun continues in The Elbow during Art Walk After Dark from 9 p.m. to late! Hangout
in Downtown’s entertainment district with live music, award-winning cuisine and
great memories.

TheElbowJax.com/ArtWalkAfterDark

 

Career Opportunity:

DVI is looking for a Director of District Services to join our team! The Director of District Services manages our Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassador program, oversees projects improving Downtown’s public realm, and acts a direct liaison to property owners and district members. Learn more

Internship Opportunities:
DVI is looking for summer interns. If you’re a college student in your junior or senior year of college, we want you! Learn more


Volunteer Opportunity:
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support all of your favorite local artists, performers, musicians, food trucks and businesses! Learn more

 

2015 State of Downtown Report:
2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.




DVI Annual Report Available:
Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 2.03.20 PMHave you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016.




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At the 2017 #DTJax River of Dreams Gala, we took the opportunity to present #DTJax Awards to the individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact on Downtown Jacksonville. The Downtown Project of the Year award recognizes a project that has significantly enhanced the economic revitalization of Downtown through the activation of underutilized resources, job creation or leading design practices.

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First Coast YMCA CEO Eric Mann, CFO Penny Zuber, and DVI CEO Jake Gordon

Our 2017 winner is an organization that has been a presence in Downtown Jacksonville since 1908, when the YMCA opened on the corner of Laura and Duval streets to serve 12 members. This past August, the Y opened its newest facility in Downtown — one in the works for 25 years: the Winston Family YMCA on Riverside Avenue for its 6,500 members to much acclaim. The Y now has 14 membership facilities, one resident camp, one charter elementary school, 40 school-based child care sites, two facilities for people with development disabilities and two youth development campuses on the First Coast.

The new 72,000-square foot location is one of the best YMCA designs in the country and serves as an attraction destination for Downtown while providing important health and social services for Jacksonville residents of all backgrounds. The new family-friendly facility includes an indoor running track, a spiritual wellness center, a kids’ zone and an aquatic center. It also takes advantage of its premier location to offer spectacular views of the St. Johns River and a connection to the Northbank Riverwalk. The new Winston Family YMCA not only promotes a healthy Downtown, but connects diverse populations through community service and its focus on building a kid friendly facility has provided families with a place to go where there is something to do for everyone.

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The Winston Family YMCA has made the Brooklyn neighborhood a better place to live and visit while providing fundamental services for the Downtown Jacksonville community. By choosing to invest in a new facility Downtown, the Y has given residents and tourists a new reason to visit the Downtown Riverwalk.

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Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22 and while #DTJax is home to plenty of green and eco-friendly business and vendors on a regular basis, tomorrow is a special day to go out of our way to honor our earth! Join us Downtown tomorrow for fun ways to celebrate, educate and make a difference in our environment.

 

The Jacksonville Landing’s Earth Day Celebration



17390649_1248460485209477_3776923771482525624_oWhat better place to celebrate Earth Day than on the water? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Jacksonville Landing will be hosting what is probably #DTJax’s biggest Earth Day celebration! Here are just a few of the exciting things going down:

  • Earth-friendly vendors
  • Artisans Market
  • Kids Play Zone sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Vision
  • Animal Encounters
  • Rocking Climbing Wall
  • Jax Kid’s Mural Festival Painting
  • River Walking Tours by AdLib Tours
  • Riverfront Dining

There is also a stacked schedule of live entertainment:

11 a.m. Earth Day Welcome with DJ Kevin Tos
11:30 a.m. Special Performance by Showtime USA
12:10 pm. Special Performance by Kalani David
1:00 p.m. Earth Day Celebration Performance
1:25 p.m. Special Performance by Kalani David
2:00 p.m. Entertainment with DJ Kevin Tos
3:00 p.m. Closing of the event

And the only thing that could have made the event any better… pets are welcome! So gather mom, dad, the kids, your neighbors and Fido to come celebrate the earth with us! Get all the details here.

 

March for Science



Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 9.17.17 AMThe March for Science is a Global Movement. People all over the world will be participating for Earth Day and we are lucky enough to be holding our very own here in Downtown Jacksonville! The march celebrates the vital role of science in our every day lives and all of the hard work that goes into advancing science and education in science. The march will begin with speakers from The Jacksonville Landing stage from 10 – 10:45 am. Then the march will continue down Water Street and across the Acosta Bridge using the pedestrian walkway to MOSH. At MOSH there will be remarks and a science demonstration to conclude the event. Put on your walking shoes and come be a part of an important and exciting global movement! For details about the event, visit the event page. To learn more about the movement, visit MarchForScience.com

 

5th Annual Earth Day Cleanup 



EARTHDAYHelp the environment and keep Downtown Jacksonville beautiful! The 5th Annual Earth Day Cleanup is a great way to celebrate our planet as well as help our community. The event will begin at  The Jacksonville Landing at 8 a.m. and will cleanup of areas inside of Liberty, Water, Jefferson and Church streets. This event is a great opportunity for students who need community service credit, local groups and organizations looking for a short-term community project, and citizens wishing to clean up downtown. Check out the details here.

 

 

While Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet, every day is a great day to preserve and take care of it! Here are a few easy tips from our friends at Northeast Florida USGBC about how to take care of our environment:

  • Purchase non-toxic cleaning products.  Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free and unscented.
  • Reduce paper use.  Use rags instead of paper towels; cloth napkins instead of paper ones.  Buy post-consumer recycled paper and recycle it when you’ve used it.
  • Refurbish responsibly.  Use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains, and varnishes.  Don’t wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil or pesticides down the drain or pour them on the ground; use them up, give leftovers to friends or a charity, or dispose at your local toxic waste disposal center.
  • Repair instead of replace.  Reupholster furniture.  Resole your shoes.
  • Replace disposable goods with renewable ones.  Buy rechargeable batteries.  Use dishes instead of paper plates.
  • Plant for the planet.  Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones.

 

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Instagram of the Week

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 


Family Fun 
April 22: Healthy Kids Day
April 23: Yappy Hour

 

Live Music + Nightlife
April 19: ROCKTOPIA Live
April 20-23: MJ Live!
April 21: Migos & Friends
April 22: Tower of Power

 

Sports + Fitness
April 18-20: Free Yoga
April 20 & 24: Y-Fit Bootcamp



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DVI Updates 

 

Career Opportunity:

DVI is looking for a Director of District Services to join our team! The Director of District Services manages our Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassador program, oversees projects improving Downtown’s public realm, and acts a direct liaison to property owners and district members. Learn more

 

Internship Opportunities:
DVI is looking for summer interns. If you’re a college student in your junior or senior year of college, we want you! Learn more

 

Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 25th, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Ed Ball Building, 1st Floor Training Room
Downtown Vision will host its second 2017 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting with an update from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Cultural Council Art in Public Places. Downtown Vision will also provide updates on upcoming Downtown events.

 

 

2015 State of Downtown Report:
2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 2.03.20 PMHave you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016.

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At the 2017 #DTJax River of Dreams Gala, we took the opportunity to present #DTJax Awards to the individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact on Downtown Jacksonville. The Downtowner of the Year Award honors an individual who has demonstrated inspirational leadership and has made strides to create and support a vibrant Downtown.

 

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Intuition Ale Works Founder Ben Davis and DVI Board Chair Terry Durand-Stuebben

The 2017 Downtowner of the Year Award was presented to a pioneer of Jacksonville’s vibrant craft beer scene that now includes eight breweries. Ben Davis, owner and brewer at Intuition Ale Works, made his first mark on the Jacksonville business community when he converted San Marco’s The Grotto from a coffee shop into a successful wine bar before opening Intuition Ale Works in Riverside in 2010. For four and a half years, Intuition’s Riverside location was producing and serving great craft beer as a part of their mission to create quality, flavorful and creative beers in a wide range of styles. As the first brewery in Northeast Florida to distribute its beer in cans, they created what is now a statewide trend for craft breweries.

 

A long-time friend of the urban core, Davis made the jump into Downtown last year when he bought the 12,000 square foot Bay Street building that had been empty since 2002. The new state-of-the-art brewing facility can host up to 400 people and features a new 30 barrel brewing system that will produce 25,000 barrels a year, a 17,000 barrel increase. Davis chose to open up the new taproom across from EverBank Field in an effort to be the catalyst for more development in the area.

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By bringing his well-known brewery to a long-vacant area of Downtown, Davis has established himself as a leader in the Jacksonville business community that is unafraid to take risks in an effort to help revitalize Downtown Jacksonville. Davis’ bold move Downtown has already inspired Manifest Distilling to open in the same building, and has brought local favorite Black Sheep Downtown to serve food at its new location. Davis contributes to Downtown not only in his efforts to revitalize the area, but in his partnerships with organizations such as the Arc Jacksonville, Community Connections of Jacksonville and AIGA Jacksonville.

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naiwbeYou may have seen NAIWBE®  featured in our “Relax in #DTJax” blog just a few days ago. We were so intrigued by this successful woman-owned, built-in-Jacksonville business that we wanted to learn more. I was lucky enough to pick Sylvia’s brain about her spa, products, business in Jacksonville, the industry and the road to success. Sylvia is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in her industry and we are so lucky to have her here in Downtown Jacksonville.

Q: Why did you choose NAIWBE® as the name of your spa and what does it stand for?

A: NAIWBE® (Natural As I Wanna Be) is something I created 20 years ago. I was what we called a “greener” before organic was cool. It was all about finding eco-friendly products. Whether it was beauty products or cleaning products, we were always looking for something environmentally friendly. My concern has always been about preserving and sustaining everything around me – recycling and up-cycling, not creating waste.

Q: When did the spa open? Give us a little bit of history about how it all started.

A: I’m a registered nurse and a certified health coach and in 2010, I was brought to Jacksonville by a company for these skill-sets. I created products for my own skin issues and once I realized that I could help other people and their skin issues with these products as well, I wanted to get the word out. We did some research into the landscape and layout of Downtown Jacksonville and realized that neither the Omni or Hyatt hotels had spas! I figured a spa would be the best way to demonstrate the products and spread word about the brand. I opened the spa in October of 2013. Since then, I’ve gotten my products into Sam’s Club and JAXPORT. It wasn’t easy getting my products into Sam’s Club but I was assertive and persistent and I think that they liked that fact that I’m a registered nurse and that I didn’t create these products to smell good, I created them to perform well and be effective because of my own skin issues. Now I’ve been in Sam’s Club for two years.

Q: April is National Stress Awareness Month, how would you say your products and services help relieve stress?

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Leila – Nail Technician

A: I’m so excited that you ask that! April being stress awareness month is great because it’s also the time that we start exposing more of our skin. You know, in Spring and Summer, you want to feel your best because you’ll be showing more skin. A good thing to do is have your natural nails taken care of. We have a very experienced nail technician. When you have services performed by someone who is very experienced and knowledgeable, you see benefits like increased circulation and cell turnover. These things make you feel more confident and better all over.

Q: Why did you choose to open your business in Downtown Jacksonville?

A: First of all, Downtown Jacksonville is beautiful. There aren’t very many places where you have a mall and revitalization of a city that is surrounded by water! I’ve lived in a lot of places like Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Jefferson City. When my husband and I got here, we were so elated about how beautiful Downtown Jacksonville was. We realized that in most places, residents don’t get to experience the city like tourists do and we didn’t want to take that for granted. It was really a natural choice to be located in Downtown Jacksonville, Natural As I Wanna Be!

Q: Tell us a little bit about the products you sell, are they made locally or all natural?

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Lemongrass Hands, Feet & Body Moisturizer

A: The products are made in Florida and what makes them unique is that they are Certified Organic. One of the best products for this time of year is the Lemongrass Hands, Feet and Body Moisturizer. You can use it all over your body and it’s a great aftercare product for after being out in the sun. This product is great because it’s also an insect repellant and we’re at the point in the year where we’ll be outside, maybe heading to cookouts. Dry skin affects most people. A side effect of most medications these days is dry skin and if you work in an industry like entertainment, hospitality or nursing, your hands are dried out from washing them so frequently. Most products sit on top of the skin but this lotion penetrates the surface of the skin to heal, protect and moisturize.

Q: Lastly, what advice can you give other women who dream of running their own business?

A: I’ve been through and learned a lot in 7 years. You really gotta keep dreaming your dream, nourishing your dream until it becomes your reality! That’s the best advice I can give any woman. You gotta see yourself making it. Just achieve one goal a day, then you’re getting closer. Take baby steps. Find out top trends in your industry and capitalize on them – that’s why I created my app. I was chosen out of thousands of businesses to appear on the producers of Shark Tank’s show “Hatched.” They didn’t choose to invest but I kept moving forward. Now, they called and asked if they could re-feature me. This is really my second chance so I’m fortunate for that. It’s already been filmed and will air in May.

Be sure to download the NAIWBE® app to receive insider-only deals and specials!

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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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Tag your Downtown photo #DTJax 
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Things To Do Downtown

 


Family Fun 

 

Live Music + Nightlife
April 11: Bruce Hornsby
April 13: Chris Botti
April 15: Periphery
April 15: Easter Keg Hunt

 

Sports + Fitness
April 12: Free Yoga
April 13: Y-Fit Bootcamp

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com



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DVI Updates 

 

Career Opportunity:

DVI is looking for a Director of District Services to join our team! Learn more

 

Internship Opportunities:
DVI is looking for summer interns. If you’re a college student in your junior or senior year of college, we want you! Learn more

 

Quarterly Stakeholders Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 25th, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Ed Ball Building, 1st Floor Training Room
DVI will host its second 2017 Quarterly Stakeholders Meetings with an update from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Cultural Council Art in Public Places. DVI will also provide updates on upcoming Downtown events.

 




2015 State of Downtown Report:
2015-State-of-Downtown_v3-for-print_lowres_Page_01Downtown Vision, Inc. released an 18-month summary on the state and growth of Downtown Jacksonville. This report provides details on development successes and  announcements, office and employment trends, residential growth, retail mix, arts and culture, tourism, transportation and more. Read the report in it’s entirety on our blog or visit dtjaxreports.com to download the PDF.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 2.03.20 PMHave you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016.