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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

 

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Arts & Culture

Family Fun
 

Live Music & Nightlife

Sports, Health + Fitness

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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.

 

 

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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:

 

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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

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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.

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.

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The countdown to 2018 is on! Before you make New Year’s Eve plans, be sure to check out all of the events going on in #DTJax! From parties to performances, there’s a celebration for everyone.

  • Dec 30 @ 7:30pm: 2017 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade: The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Each year, more than 200,000 people line the banks of the St. Johns River to celebrate the holiday season. Seafarers and landlubbers of all ages are sure to be dazzled by the area’s largest lighted boat parade. The night is capped off by a dazzling fireworks display featuring the famous sparkling waterfalls on the bridges of the St. Johns River. zz
  • Dec 30 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Warmup at Myth Nightclub: Free entry all night long featuring $25 bottles of champagne.
  • Dec 31 @ 2 pm: VyStar New Year’s Eve Run: “Run for a Child” by making a $10 donation to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Every donor will receive a red arm band for a child who is a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. When you cross the finish line of the Vystar 5k, you will know that every step you ran is helping to raise funds to care for sick and injured children.
  • Dec 31 @ 9pm: A Roaring New Years Eve at The Volstead: Swing on by for the biggest night of the year! NYE 2018 is coming up and The Volstead has got you covered (with FREE COVER), plus signature cocktails, a free champagne toast at midnight and dancing the night away with sweet, hot jazz from The Rub. Celebrate Volstead’s four year anniversary and properly send off 2017.
  • Dec 31 @ 10 am: So Long, ’17 Brunch at Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails: When New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, a special celebration is in order. Send off 2017 in delicious style with the whole family at The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. The restaurant’s daily brunch menu, mimosa flights, mimosa popsicles, and Bloody Marys will be available, as well as other specials.

  • Dec 31 @ 9:30 pm: Toast: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cowford Chophouse: Ring in 2018 with Cowford Chophouse! Join them for fireworks, views and a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration offering a select premium OPEN bar in partnership with Grey Goose, bar snacks and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 5 pm: New Year’s Eve Black Tie Masquerade at Myth Nightclub: 4 Rooms of Sound, international DJs, dancers & performers, full VIP experience, red carpet, photo ops, party favors, noise makers, complimentary Masquerade Masks, $5 Stoli martinis, vodka Redbull & jack sours until midnight, open bar and VIP options available.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: New Year’s Eve Concert & Afterparty hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony: Internationally acclaimed performer Tomáš Kubínek brings hilarity and charm to the Symphony stage in a work of grand music, madcap brilliance, and old-world panache. Stay after the concert for the New Year’s Eve After-Party, featuring the Chris Thomas Band! Dancing, champagne, and the best view downtown of the fireworks at midnight. Party tickets are not included with concert ticket and must be purchased separately.
  • Dec 31: The Art of NYE at Downtown Cigar Lounge: December 31st make plans to bring in the New Year with DCL at the Art of NYE 2018 in the Elbow District of Downtown Jacksonville. Featuring party favors, balloon drop, passed hors d oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Southbank NYE at River City Brewing Company: River City Brewing Company is stepping it up another notch this year with the Southbank New Year’s Eve Bash. Not only will the Bar Lounge and Deck be open, the Main Dining Room will be transformed into multiple bars & DJs, a large dance area and VIP seating with Bottle Service. The best deal in town also includes spectacular views of the fireworks, with the St. John’s River & the Downtown skyline as a beautiful back drop!
  • Dec 31 @ 7pm: New Year’s Eve Karaoke Party at Hourglass Pub: No Cover, doors at 7! Karaoke and dance hits all night with your favorite KJ John Bridges. View Downtown fireworks and watch the ball drop and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: Lex Jax VIP New Year’s Eve Party at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center: Ring in the new year at Lexington Hotel & Conference Center’s VIP rooftop deck event! Enjoy butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a free champagne toast and a view overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River. This event is $50 (parking included). So, come out and kick off 2018 the right way! zzz
  • Dec 31 @ 7 pm: Breezy Jazz Club’s Inaugural New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: Breezy Jazz Club will be bringing in the new year with The Famous Doug Carn playing from 9:30pm – 12:30am. Of course they’ll have the countdown before midnight with a complimentary champagne toast for all! There will be several activities throughout the night, starting at 7pm including a 50/50 raffle, giveaways, and more.
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Jacksonville Landing: Downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this New Year’s Eve and The Jacksonville Landing is where to celebrate and ring in 2017! The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live music, food, drink specials and fireworks! Best part? This event is free!
  • Dec 31 @ 9 pm: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve River Bash at The Jacksonville Landing: presented by The Jacksonville Landing and Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering. Everyone wants to be at the epicenter of the NYE Entertainment and now you can! Private VIP access to Jacksonville’s NYE Bash on the River.  Don’t deal with the crowds and enjoy the best views for the fireworks on our balcony or dance the night away while enjoying picturesque views of the historic St John’s River. Get your tickets here for the all-inclusive NYE party for you and your friends to ring in 2017 with music, food, drinks and fireworks!
  • Dec 31 @ 8:30 pm: New Year’s Eve Bash at Unity Plaza with the band Vox: Ring in the New Year at Unity Plaza with the popular band VOX JAX. HOBNOB will have a full cash bar in the plaza.
    Brixx will be open all night. Eat on their patio or take out to the plaza to enjoy the concert. Ticket includes a champagne toast at midnight and $5 towards a purchase of $10 or more at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.
  • Dec 31: Florida Theatre’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Drawing: Enter to win two tickets to every show in 2018! Tickets are a suggested $20 donation. Buy your ticket online, in the Box Office (904-355-2787 ext 0) or from an usher at a show!
  • Jan 1 @ midnight: City of Jacksonville Fireworks

 

Whether you’re looking to avoid the crazy traffic at the mall or want to find that special gift that no one else will have… #DTJax has everything you need! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to check our directory as well.

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Retail stores:

Wolf & Cub

205 N. Laura St.

Looking for one-of-a-kind vintage finds, tees, jewelry and nicknacks? Wolf & Cub is a reasonably priced boutique with unique finds that make the perfect gifts. From vintage leather jackets to candles, greeting cards, makeup and antique glassware, you can be sure that no one else will show up to Christmas with the same goodies.

Sports Mania

Sports Mania is #DTJax’s one stop shop for official Jags, Gator and Nole gear. Plus, they carry original designs that can’t be found anywhere else. You can find  everything from jerseys to tees, koozies and accessories. If you have a sports fan on your shopping list, you’ll want to swing by Sports Mania.

AJ Reese Clothiers

Easily the most fashionable men’s clothing store in #DTJax, AJ Reese specializes in custom clothing and exclusive designer apparel. Check out their  instagram to see some of their latest styles. If you have a fashionista on your list, pay AJ Reese a visit at the Jacksonville Landing. We don’t blame you if you walk out with a thing or two for yourself.

Aly Cat Gifts

We love Aly Cat Gifts’ personalized gifts for any special occasion… but especially the holidays! Mostly everything in the store is made my Aly herself. Have a wine bottle engraved, customize an engraved sandstone or bring in your own item to personalize. Check out everything Aly can do and some of her past work on her Facebook page.

BARK

Woof! Shopping for a fur child or a crazy dog person? Bark Downtown is the best place to find treats and goodies for pups and humans alike. Pick up some homemade (and adorable) dog treats, a new toy or a t-shirt and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to pet some dogs while you’re there.

Jacobs Jewelers

You can never go wrong with fine jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a ring, necklace, watch or even a clock, the owners are happy to help you find the best gift. Visit the showroom today to view the extraordinary selection of fine jewelry and more.

Lucy’s Gift Boutique

Located inside Brooklyn Station, Lucy’s Gift Boutique is a one-stop-shop for trendy jewelry, handbags and accessories. They carry popular brands like Alex & Ani, Pandora, Vera Bradley and more.

Pink Nickel

Also located inside Brooklyn Station, Pink Nickel has an amazing selection of women’s  clothing. One of the best things about Pink Nickel is that they get new arrivals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so there is always a fresh selection of different options and sizes! The boutique carries regular and plus sized clothing as well as shoes and has a large sale rack. You can even check out the selection online and head to the store to pick up your gift!

Uniquely Soap

Bath bombs, body butter, dog soap, lotion, body oils and more – Uniquely Soap has it all. The store has a unique collection of handmade soaps that you can’t find anywhere else. Browse the shop and discover the variety of fragrances they provide in soap, lotion or body butter form. The owner, Sabrina, can also design special products for any occasion such as weddings, birthdays or other events!

Wine Decadence

The name says it all. If you have a wine lover on your list, Wine Decadence is a must. Their wine selection is unparalleled; you can’t find anything quite like it anywhere else in #DTJax. You can buy it by the bottle or as a collection with multiple bottles. They also sell accessories like wine growlers, electric corkscrews, t-shirts and more. The best part about shopping at Wine Decadence? You can sample wine while you’re in the store!

 

Gift shops:

Having so many office towers and museums in #DTJax also means we have so many gift shops! Check out these gift shops for cute nicknacks, cards, souvenirs and accessories:

Gift Emporia – Omni

MOSH Gift Shop

MOCA gift shop

Tower Gifts

 

Spa services: 

NAIWBE

Natural As I Wanna Be (NAIWBE) is a hidden gem making big strides in organic based spa treatments in Jacksonville. NAIWBE is dedicated to providing the most natural path to wellness and relaxation. Receive Spa treatments such as massage, facials, manicures and pedicures with products that are 100% organic and free of harmful chemicals. Grab a gift card or pick up some all natural skincare products and give the gift of relaxation!

Daniel James

Daniel James is Downtown’s only Aveda salon and is known for their quality hair color, cuts and styling. Surprise a special someone with a gift card for a day of pampering. They also sell Aveda hair and skin products which make great gifts and stocking stuffers.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire staff at Downtown Vision! We are extremely thankful every day for all of the people who share and support our passion for Downtown Jacksonville; for every one who visits, works, or lives Downtown. Thank you for making it the great place that it is.

Though there are countless things to be grateful for in Downtown, our CEO, Jake Gordon came up with a list of some of the things we have been especially thankful for this year

Jake Gordon, CEO: 

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 8.44.53 AMI’m thankful for my kids and all the awesome experiences we have in DTJax. They are 7 yrs old & 4 years old.

In just the last year, we:
  1. Saw Santa at HobNob & had a great brunch afterwards
  2. Cheered on the Jumbo Shrimp!
  3. Got healthy & tired in the Gate River Run & Junior Gate River Run, then drank chocolate milk.
  4. Had sunset dinner at River City Brewing Company
  5. Watched awesome The Little Mermaid by FSCJ at Times Union Center
  6. Cheered on the Gators at SEC Gymnastics Championships at Jax Arena
  7. Ran the Donna 10K and the Donna Family Fun Run
  8. Played with so many legos at MOSH
  9. Ate SO much candy at Sweet Pete’s
  10. Caught Odd Squad from WJCT at Historic Florida Theatre
  11. Walked in lots of pink in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10K by American Cancer Society starting at Metro Park
  12. Trick or treat’ed on the street, in places like Peterbrooke, Wolf & Cub, Urban Grind and Chamblins Uptown
  13. Witnessed a home win at EverBank Field by the rejuvenated Jacksonville Jaguar
And that doesn’t even count First Wednesday Art Walk, the incredible kids section at the Main Jax Public Library, JazzFest, Intuition Brewery Family Game Night, Riverside Arts Market and so much more!
Jacksonville is a great place to raise a family. And when you need to have fun with the kids, there’s ALWAYS something in DTJax.

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 8.47.55 AMKat Hardwick, VP of Marketing:
It’s going to sound cliche, but working and spending time in DTJax has brought so many incredible people into my life – people who are passionate about making a difference in the City, people who have become the best of friends, people who just brighten my day each time I see them – I even met my husband here in Downtown. Of all the things I love about DTJax and all the things I’m thankful for my DTJax community is number one, no contest.

 

Elizabeth Odom, Communications & Research Manager:
I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Vision team, to work among a group of passionate people, and for all of the great people I have met so far Downtown. I’m thankful for our hardworking Ambassadors and all of the work they did in the aftermath of Irma to get Downtown back in tip-top shape. I’m thankful for all of the people who support Downtown Jacksonville and it’s development – it’s an exciting time to be Downtown and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

 

Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, Events Manager:
Definitely the Ambassadors, great food options, coworkers and everyone who attends and supports First Wednesday Art Walk every month!

 

Ari Sinudom, Marketing & Events Assistant:
I am incredibly grateful to become part of such an inspiring, hardworking and passionate team at DVI, both as an intern and a marketing assistant. These men and women are best role models, mentors and co-workers I could hope for. Outside of DVI, I’m thankful for the ability to work in Downtown and make a difference in the community, as well as all the sports teams, restaurants, art galleries and other small businesses who make DTJax well… DTJax. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.