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 

 

Photo by @chromodrone

 

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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12

 

Live Music & Nightlife 

Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Monday, May 13

 

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#DTJax News

 

 

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Downtown Vision Updates:

 

YMCA Group Workout Classes at Corkscrew Park
Just in time for the summer fitness crunch, we’re partnering with the Winston Family YMCAand City of Jacksonville to bring you FREE group workouts at The Corkscrew – #DTJax’s new outdoor public gym located on the Northbank Riverwalk in the shade of the Acosta Bridge.
Starting on May 14, these certified personal trainer-led classes take place each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. so bring yourself and a friend and get your sweat on. (Bathrooms & water fountains on site.)
Downtown Vision’s Jake Gordon on Completely Booked Podcast!
Jake sat down with Jacksonville Library’s Completely Booked to talk about what DVI is currently working on, and some updates on big projects like the future of the Jacksonville Landing and the Laura Street Trio renovation. He also shared some book recommendations from his kids!
Listen to the podcast here.
Thanks for going on A Journey Through Jacksonville at #ArtWalkJax!
Thanks to everyone that came Downtown for #ArtWalkJax!
Check out next month’s Art Walk: 6th Annual Bold City Brewery Summer Sizzle on
June 5 featuring the release of Bold City Brewery’s Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale, Green Makers Market by Jacksonville Main Library and Trash Panda, live music, local art, 35+ participating venues and more! Details.
NEW! Adam Street Eats: Visit featured restaurants on Adams Street during Art Walk like Breezy Jazz Club, Gili’s Kitchen and Kazu Sushi Burrito. Pick up discount coupons at participating venues as well as the Art Walk tent on the corner of Laura and Monroe St. at Hemming Park.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

 

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About Downtown Vision:

 

2017-2018 Annual Report
 
Have you ever wondered, “what exactly does DVI do in a year?” From expanding the Ambassador program by 50% to installing 80,000 LED lights for the “Lights on Laura” installation to topping 100,000 followers on @DTJax social media, check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2017-2018. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
2017 State of Downtown Report
 
It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville! As we watch Downtown potential turn into action, we have a lot of successes to celebrate. Read about current development, employment, and residential trends in this 12-month look at Downtown Jacksonville’s progress. Read or download the PDF here.
 
 
 
 
 
2019 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Downtown’s signature monthly event, First Wednesday Art Walk attracts 5,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 35+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses. In its 15th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers, and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

 

 

By: Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision

You can find this article in current issue of J Magazine and online at Jacksonville.com

We all know them. Our friends who live at the beach. We get it, it’s beautiful out there. It’s a great part of our city. But why no love for Downtown? Many people who live in Jacksonville are Downtown pessimists. Feet in the sand, looking out at the waves, they say, “I never go there! Downtown doesn’t matter to me!”

They’re wrong. Like it or not, Downtown Jacksonville matters to every single one of them. Even if they never cross the ditch. But don’t smack your beach-side buddies with a frisbee, hit them with these four simple reasons why a better Downtown means a better Jacksonville for all of us!

It’s simple: Downtown is the primary economic engine for our region.

Investing in our “engine” makes it run stronger, creating more jobs and more tax dollars for essential community needs like roads, parks, police and replacing dunes on the beach.

Sure, we know Downtown is the epicenter of Jacksonville’s culture and entertainment. The Jaguars. The Jumbo Shrimp. Concerts. Museums. Festivals. Fireworks. But perhaps more importantly, it’s where business happens. It’s where the skyscraping office towers contain millions of square feet of jobs and commercial activity, investment capital and taxable value.

It’s a proven model

Across the U.S., downtowns remain the greatest generator of tax dollars. And with more money to invest, cities better themselves.

Investing in downtown is rewarded with economic prosperity. In 1996, the city of Minneapolis committed to $2 billion of investment in its downtown. In 2011, it renewed that pledge with another $2 billion. Today, the three square miles of downtown Minneapolis accounts for 36 percent of all property tax revenues in the city. Even more impressive, more than half of all jobs in Minneapolis are now downtown. This story is not unique: Tampa, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Nashville and many others have drastically improved their economic outlook with significant downtown investment.

If we grow our Downtown tax base, the funds raised will be spent in all neighborhoods, all the way to the beach.

The numbers don’t lie

This all works because healthy Downtowns deliver so much value and a much higher return on investment than sprawling suburbs.

Here’s a real-life example: A suburban Walmart in Jacksonville on 20 acres pays roughly $280,000 in taxes. The Wells Fargo Center skyscraper in Downtown on just three acres pays more than $1 million in taxes. In cost per acre, Downtown is almost 25 times more valuable.

Here’s another: Duval County averages $74 million in taxable value for each of its many square miles. But in Downtown, our half-square-mile business improvement district averages $1.9 BILLION in taxable value per square mile, again over 25 times more valuable!

For a city, a dense, healthy commercial urban center is almost impossible to duplicate. Even the most expensive residential homes can’t compare to the tax-generating value of commercial office buildings. In Duval County today, commercial real estate parcels make up only 11 percent of the total parcels, but already account for more than 40 percent of total taxable value.

Our face to the world

Even with the economics tipped heavily in favor of Downtown investment, its most important value might be something more intangible: our civic identity.

More than a profit center, a Downtown embodies the image and character of a city to the rest of the world. A strong downtown indeed helps power a city — not just in tax revenue, but also in civic pride and recruiting talented people. When you think of a city, you usually think of its downtown first. City reputations are made on their skylines.

Downtowns are truly unique in that they are the only neighborhood shared by the entire community. At Downtown Vision, we want everyone to enjoy Downtown. (We even built a website — DowntownJacksonville.com — to help.) So tell your beach-loving friends: Even if they never come to #DTJax for a Jaguars game or MOCA Jacksonville or the Museum of Science and History or the Symphony or the Florida Theatre or the Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Downtown matters!

Jake Gordon has been CEO of Downtown Vision since 2015. He lives in San Marco.

Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday–they’re HUGE shopping holidays after Thanksgiving that offer large discounts and take all of our money (unfortunately)—but few know about Small Business Saturday, which isn’t surprising. To clear up any confusion, let’s break down what Small Business Saturday is and why you should care (and you should!).

A Holiday for the Underdog

Small Business Saturday has been around for eight years (eight years!?) and was born out of a need to represent small, local brick and mortar shops during the largest shopping season of the year.

With successful holidays like Black Friday—which capitalized on corporate shopping opportunities—and Cyber Monday—which focused on e-commerce—there was a gap (literally between Friday and Monday) that small businesses could fill; that’s where American Express saw an opportunity.

In 2010, American Express launched Small Business Saturday with support from Amex and other non-profit organizations. For the last eight years, Small Business Saturday has become a nationwide event and has even become popular overseas. Now, you might be thinking, “this is all great, but why should I care?” Well, here’s why…

Investing in your Community

It’s convenient to purchase items online. We all do it! Amazon and other giants are pioneers on that front; however, this convenience has caused a domino effect in communities around the nation.

We don’t realize that every time we buy something from a corporate business, we take away the opportunity for the owners of local, small businesses to pay their bills and even realize their dreams; Downtown Jacksonville is no different. That’s why Small Business Saturday’s a big deal.

Since Small Business Saturday started,U.S. customers have reported spending
an estimated total of $85 billion, according to American Express. That’s $85 billion in 8 days! If we want to see downtown improve economically, then we have to invest our time, our money and our passion to make it happen.

If we want to shape the culture of our city, we have to support the local shops that define our character and values, which larger corporations simply can’t do. This year, we should all strive to support our local businesses and in turn, we’ll help shape a vibrant and thriving community. Here’s what you need to know to #shopsmall in #DTJax:

The Main Event

The team at DVI is proud to support Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018 (that’s only a WEEK away!). It’s an all-day event that encompasses all of Downtown, from Brooklyn to the Urban Core. There are 15 participating businesses this year including fan-favorites Chamblin’s UptownHyppo Ice Pops, Riverside Arts Market and Wolf & Cub.

To add a cherry on top, we have an AMAZING giveaway for the ultimate #DTJax fan: a swag bag including a Visit Jacksonville tote, $25 gift card to Mocha Misk’i, $10 voucher for Breezy Jazz Club, tickets to see a show at The Ritz Theatre and Museum and 5  & Dime, A Theatre Company. Do I have your attention now? Here’s how it works:

  1. Start at any of the participating businesses and receive your passport.
  2. Get a stamp from at least SIX of the locations listed below.
  3. Turn in your completed passport with at least SIX stamps at any of the participating venues.
  4. You’re DONE. It’s that simple (I wish everything was…).

The winner of the giveaway will be selected at random and notified on Monday, November 26 via email. Please make sure to provide your contact information because passports with incomplete/missing information will not be considered(sounds harsh but #SorryNotSorry).

Stop by these participating businesses in Downtown Jacksonville to show your love and try your hand at the prize:

  1. Bay Street Bar & Grill | 119 E Bay St.
  2. Bellwether | 100 N Laura St.
  3. Bold City Brewery Downtown | 109 E Bay St.
  4. Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W Adams St.
  5. Burrito Gallery Brooklyn | 100 E Adams St.
  6. Chamblin’s Uptown | 215 N Laura St.
  7. Duval Mercantile | 205 N Laura St.
  8. Hyppo Brooklyn | 90 Riverside Ave. #605
  9. Jacobs Jewelers | 205 N Laura St.
  10. Mocha Misk’i | 209 N Laura St.
  11. Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Ave.
  12. The Carling | 31 Adams St.
  13. Visit Jacksonville | 208 N Laura St.
  14. Wolf & Cub | 205 N Laura St.

If you want more details (‘cause if you made it this far, you MUST be interested), make sure to visit DTJax.com/shopsmall to chart your course and discover all that downtown has to offer.

I don’t think I need to remind you to share your favorite Small Business Saturday moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ShopSmall (let’s be honest, you were going to do it anyway).

 

We hope to see you out and about in #DTJax on Saturday, November 24 (probably in your ONE winter coat since it might be below 80 degrees). There’s so much to do and see in our city and it would be a shame if you missed out on this.

While you’re in the neighborhood, check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy. And of course, if you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful information (‘cause we’ve got your back!).

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Halloween in #DTJax

This time of year is always so busy with one holiday after another, but I’m most excited for anything remotely Halloween-themed, which is just around the corner (plot twist: it’s next Wednesday)!

Put on your costume and get ready for a haunting Halloween Downtown! Whether it’s walking with the dead, singing along to a Halloween classic, surviving the night, or trick or treating on the street, there’s something worth sinking your teeth into. Check out the top nine ways to celebrate Halloween in #DTJax

Halloween Celebration at Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Avenue

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with the Riverside Arts Market artists, makers and farmers! Dress in your favorite costume and bring the kids down for Trick or Treating and hands-on activities. Vote on your favorite decorated booth; enjoy live music, local arts, local produce and much more! Details.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Florida Theatre | 128 E. Forsyth St.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is considered one of the most popular cult movies of all time. Wear your costumes, bring your props and come early for the live music. Details.

 

The TreeHOUSE at Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Enjoy a special Halloween edition of this monthly showcase featuring the regions best House, Tech House and good vibe sounds including a $500 costume contest and more! Details.

 

Union Arts District Haunted House | 700 E. Union St.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m.

Join Union Arts District for a night of fun and frights. Several art studios open their doors to visitors (both alive and not). Don’t miss the fun! Details.

 

Halloween at Hemming | 135 W. Monroe St. 

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Friends of Hemming this Halloween during Trick or Treat on the Street at Hemming plaza! There will be music, a food truck, costume contests and much more fun for the whole family! Be sure to stop by their tent for tricks and treats and to snap a picture with a surprise mascot! Details.

 

Halloween Spooky Lau at Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Dos Gatos Presents – The First Annual Halloween Spooky Lau! Enjoy live music by DJs Nick Puzo and Paten Locke, BBQ by Mojo #4, cocktails, beer and spirits! This is a 21+ event. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

PURGE – Official Halloween Party at Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Visit Myth Nightclub for the official Halloween Party in Downtown! Presented by Social Academy, enjoy live music, contests and drink specials. Details.

 

Spookeasy Halloween Party at The Volstead | 115 W. Adams St.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Volstead’s Spookeasy has risen from the dead for a haunted outing. Featuring music by DJ Mas Appeal, Dos Vatos Tacos, a photo booth, themed cocktails and more. Details.

 

 

Trick or Treat on the Street | Downtown Jacksonville

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grab your costumed coworkers or dress up the kids and come out for a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating your way through the streets of #DTJax from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with food trucks, live music, games and a costume contest at Hemming Park until 3 p.m. Details.

 

If Halloween-type festivities aren’t your thing (hardcore judging you), check out our Events Calendar for everything going on in #DTJax as well as our Directory to learn more about all the fantastic restaurants, shops and nightlife spots to enjoy! And of course, if you’re coming downtown and don’t know where to park (over 43,000 parking spots!), don’t worry! Check out parkdtjax.com for helpful informa

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

 

Arts & Culture

Family Fun
 

Live Music & Nightlife

Sports, Health + Fitness

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Get Involved

 

City Council Meeting
 
When: May 8, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Where: City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
Council Chamber

The City of Jacksonville will hold a public council meeting Tuesday evening addressing land use and zoning in downtown. Find more information on the topic agenda here.



DIA Urban Arts Project
 
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Art in Public Places and the Downtown Investment Authority announce a Call to Artists for a Request for Qualifications for Phase II of the DIA Urban Arts Project. The call solicits artists who can address streetscape aesthetics with functional and interactive public art that serves to draw attention to an outdoor urban area utilized during both daytime and nighttime. Sign up here.
 




Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk
 
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.

 

 

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#DTJax News

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

20West

FSCJ’s 20West Cafe
20 W. Adams St.




 

 
Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.






 

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Island Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.

 

 

Justice Pub logo


The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.







 

Live Bakery

Live Bakery
327 E. Bay St








Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com


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DVI Updates:

 

DVI in the News











Downtown Vision announces expansions for its Downtown Ambassadors program, including several new members and a brand-new street cleaner joining the clean and safe program. Read more here.


2016-2017 Annual Report

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Have 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 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

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It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.


2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

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

 

Photo by @jaxlanding


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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Family Fun
 

Live Music + Nightlife

Sports, Health + Fitness

 

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Get Involved

 

2018 Give and Go Kickoff
 
When: May 3, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: EverBank Field
The Give and Go program has raised over $750,000 for local nonprofits. Building on the momentum of the incredible 2017 Jaguars Season, Give and Go is back to help you raise even more money! You can find more information here.
 
 




DIA Urban Arts Project
 
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Art in Public Places and the Downtown Investment Authority announce a Call to Artists for a Request for Qualifications for Phase II of the DIA Urban Arts Project. The call solicits artists who can address streetscape aesthetics with functional and interactive public art that serves to draw attention to an outdoor urban area utilized during both daytime and nighttime. Sign up here.
 





Volunteer Opportunities: First Wednesday Art Walk
 
Help us make #ArtWalkJax a success and support Downtown’s signature monthly event! Sign up here.

 

 

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#DTJax News

 

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New businesses in #DTJax:

 

Now Open!

20West

FSCJ’s 20West Cafe
20 W. Adams St.






 
Gili's Kitchen Logo
126 W. Adams St.







Justice Pub logo


The Justice Pub
315 E. Bay St.









Live Bakery

Live Bakery
327 E. Bay St








Coming Soon:

Burlock and Barrel logoBurlock & Barrel Distillery
417 Magnolia St.






 

Island-Girl_Logo-3x_wh

Island Girl Cigar Bar Downtown
11 N. Ocean St.

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Stories From BlogDTJax.com

 

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DVI Updates:

 

First Wednesday Art Walk – Crossing Bridges with the Jacksonville Symphony









Enjoy live performances by the Jacksonville Symphony throughout the evening at three exclusive locations. Pick up a passport at any of these three locations and attend all three spots for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming performance!

Jacksonville Main Library, Jax Makerspace – Jacksonville Symphony Woodwind Quintet at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

MOCA Jacksonville, Atrium – Jacksonville Symphony Double Bass Quartet at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Candy Apple Café & Cocktails – Jacksonville Symphony Bass Quintet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Visit iloveartwalk.com for more information.

 

2016-2017 Annual Report

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Have 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 2016-2017. Read or download the PDF here.

2016-2017 State of Downtown Report

State of Downtown thumbnail

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Jacksonville. Since the beginning of 2016, Downtown has seen more than $80 million in completed development projects, such as the Winston Family YMCA and Daily’s Place Amphitheater. More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or proposed. Read about currently development, employment and residential trends in this 18-month look at the progress in Downtown Jacksonville from January 2016-June 2017. Read or download the PDF here.


2018 Art Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

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Downtown’s signature monthly event, First WednesdayArt Walk attracts 8,000 people each month, spans 15+ blocks with 30+ galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses. In its 14th year, Art Walk celebrates the local art scene by featuring hundreds of artists, performers and live music acts. Be a partner today! Download the kit here.

Another year has come and gone and as we leave 2017 behind, it is exciting to welcome in a new year of growth and development – not only for Downtown, but for ourselves as well! Some of the biggest resolutions made each year are to become healthier, more active and to get in shape. If you’re like the majority of us and share this goal for 2018, there’s good news: just within Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, there are so many resources to help keep you on track. Here are a few places to consider visiting, joining or contacting in #DTJax to help you get started and stay on track in 2018.

 

Anytime Fitness

100 N. Laura St. (2nd floor) | 904.723.1766

anytimeGet to a healthier place at Anytime Fitness! The friendly, professional staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. Membership includes a free, no-pressure fitness consultation, global access to more than 3,000 gyms, and always open 24/7 convenience. All in a welcoming club and supportive member community. Visit during staffed hours or call for an appointment today

What we love most: The class schedule! Nothing pushes you harder than group exercise and Anytime Fitness has a class for just about anything that you want to work out. Whether you just have 15 minutes to spare for an ab class or want to take up kickboxing, Anytime Fitness has a class that fits your needs. Stay up to date with class schedules and specials on their Facebook page.

Current special: Until, 2pm this Friday (January 12), new members can enroll for just $1 and absolutely no hidden fees.

 

First Coast YMCA

Bank of America YMCA: 50 N. Laura St. (Bank of America Tower) | 904.356.9622 | Winston Family YMCA:  221 Riverside Ave | 904.265.1775

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First Coast YMCA stands for much more than just being in shape. The YMCA is an integral part of our local community and advocates for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Working out at “the Y” helps much more than just yourself, when you pay for a membership or services, you are supporting the youth and the future of our community. However, when it comes to fitness, both locations in Downtown have top of the line equipment, personnel and resources. Both locations also offer a wide variety of group fitness classes that are no extra cost. Check out the class schedules here.

 

What we love most: The focus on healthy living as a whole! The Winston Family YMCA offers more than just fitness classes. There is also a variety of cooking classes, support groups and family programs. Their class and program offerings are always changing, check out what they have coming up here.

 

Current special: First Coast YMCA almost always has a new-member special or a referral special going on. It changes often and they will sometimes hold one-day sales. Your best bet is to give them a call and find out what great deals they have at the moment.

 

New Jax Gym

2 Independent Dr, Suite 200 | 904.707.8276

newNew Jax Gym is a locally-owned gym in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville – located at the Landing. They offer just about everything that you can find at the larger gyms in town but the pricing structure is more flexible and competitive. Here you can find the best in free weight equipment, personal training and FitCamp, yoga and Body Blast classes. The best part? An inspiring view of the St. Johns River – no matter where in the gym you are.

What we love most: Other than the view… the pricing! New Jax Gym is extremely affordable and offers options like one-day passes and other buildable packages customized to exactly what you want and nothing more. Check out the price list here. Also, their Facebook page is always full of fresh content with helpful tips for healthy living, like their page to get updates.

Current special: There aren’t any specials currently listed but feel free to give them a call or pop in to see if there are any upcoming deals.

 

Dance Trance

100 N Laura Street | 904.390.0939

danceEasily the most fun way to work out in #DTJax, Dance Trance is more than just a dance fitness program. It’s a way of life centered around music and dance that helps you stay physically fit. You can tone and shape, build your cardiovascular endurance, and loose weight all while picking up “off the chain” dance moves! Though we are devastated for the loss of their San Marco studio to the hurricane, we are thrilled to now have them in the heart of Downtown in the beautiful newly renovated 100 N Laura building. If the simple dumbbell and treadmill workout bores you, Dance Trance is a great, unique and exciting way to keep your 2018 resolution alive and well.

 

What we love most: The culture! This is more than your average workout group… “Dance Trancers” are passionate and excited to work out, which is hard to come by. Not to mention, there are all types of class-goers – old, young, male, female, tenured and brand new – the classes are diverse, speaking to just how universal the workout actually is.

 

Current special: 30 days for $30 trial pass. New local residents that have never been in a Dance Trance class before can now get a 30 Trial pass for $30! 

 

Run, run, run!

#DTJax is constantly hosting races that benefit different organizations. Here are a few that are coming up:

 

January 13, 2018 | The Jacksonville Landing
The 4th Annual Best Damn Race Jacksonville features a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K on January 13, 2018. Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.

 

January 20, 2018 | Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn/Riverside | $20 – $40
Reach out and feed someone! The Color Me Fed Run/Walk will start/finish at Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn running down Riverside Ave. to Water Street headed to toward the TImes-Union Performing Arts Center. As runners pass the CSX building they will turn (RT) on S. Pearl Street for 2 blocks to the Northbank of the Riverwalk where they will head South along the riverbank passing the YMCA turning (RT) on Forest St. for one block. They will then take a (LT) on Riverside Ave for 1 quick block turning (RT) on Edison Ave. to Park St. where they will go (RT) proceeding toward the Prime Osborn Convention Center. At which time runners will take a (RT) on Waters St. toward Riverside Ave taking a (RT) and head back to Burrito Gallery for a Color Bomb AFTER PARTY till 12 noon.

 

February 10, 2018 | Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center | $15 – $30
5K participants earn the signature Running Ribbon medal and experience the best Downtown Jacksonville has to offer! The 5K will be a timed event. The Family Fun Run will be a FREE family friendly up to 1 mile run or walk. The course starts and finishes at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, home of the DONNA Expo.

 

March 3, 2018 | Cowford Chophouse | $25-$45
This family friendly event will consist of a one-mile fun run to begin at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K, which will start at 10 a.m. There will be a post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets, which will include music, beer, and food. Additionally, they will be honoring our generous sponsors with a VIP rooftop brunch reception. Medals will be given to all finishers and an award ceremony will follow the race completion. Each participant will receive a race bag with specialty items from sponsors.