With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide to the shops, restaurants and venues that you can ONLY find in Downtown Jacksonville.

FORGE 3D Printing Studio

forgeWhen the founders of FORGE first experienced 3D printing on YouTube, they were immediately inspired by the potential of that technology. Having little access to the materials and machines necessary to begin their creations, they traveled 200 miles to Tampa to bring custom manufacturing to Jacksonville. Founded in 2013, FORGE made 3D printing technology accessible in Jacksonville by offering simplified digital manufacturing technologies to inspire innovation locally. This technique is changing the world and is capable of bringing the joy of creation to everyone. FORGE is an attitude sharpened by the challenges and passion that innovation creates.

FORGE does great things in and around the community, such as showcasing their works at events like First Wednesday Art Walk and One Spark, and helping create 3D printed parts for displays in the Florida Museum of Natural History. Here are a few noteworthy things about their work:
 

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For all of your tech needs: FORGE designs modeling for manufacturing, prototyping and creates digital presentation assets for web or video. 3D modeling (the product of design) is the process of developing a representation of any surface of an object in 3D using specialized software. FORGE also specializes in 3D scanning, such as full color 3D printed miniatures of loved ones, pets and special occasions. It brings your images to life! Something you didn’t know you needed, but now you do. You can even book appointments here.

 

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Since the beginning, FORGE has been using 3D printing to provide on demand, custom manufacturing solutions. They’ve had samples created from every current technology and design around those limitations. They create fast prototypes of your innovations and inventions, and can produce trophies that will become sentimental souvenirs.

 

 

Product Design and Creation product development

Have a project that needs more than printing? They design logos, websites and promotional services and can support your product as it enters the market. Plus, FORGE offers branding and development services, too!

Stop by FORGE 3D today and check out their studio and works! #FORGEyourFuture.

Chocolate Blog Graphic (fun)Everyone’s favorite sweet treat is chocolate; that’s why we celebrate it for an entire week. In 2018, March 18-24 is American Chocolate Week and what’s a better excuse to cheat on your diet? #DTJax is overflowing with options of decadent chocolate snacks at every turn, from Laura Street to the Jacksonville Landing! We have chain stores and small businesses that have become a staple of #DTJax that offer a unique taste of our beautiful city.


Coastal Cookies 2 Independent Dr., Suite 136 (Inside the Jacksonville Landing)

Founded in 1977, Coastal Cookies offers fresh, handmade cookies with delicious flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal and more that you don’t want to miss out on!

 

 

 

Mocha Misk’i Brownie Shop | 209 N. Laura St.

Described as “Possibly the best brownies in Jacksonville” by Jax Restaurant Reviews, Mocha Misk’i was founded in 2015 by sisters Helga and Pilar on 209 N Laura Street in #DTJax. Their brownies and signature brownie sushi rolls are handmade from scratch, with vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options. You can also order boxes of their deliciously crafted brownies with messages on them for birthdays, holidays and other special events!

 

Peterbrooke Chocolatier | 100 W. Bay St.

You can find one of the largest arrays of chocolate treats around on 100 W Bay Street. Baskets of chocolate covered popcorn, oreos, almonds, blueberries, cherries, pretzels, and graham crackers await you at Peterbrooke! Whether you’re a fan of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate, you can find it all here.

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N. Hogan St.

Sweet Pete’s manufactures handcrafted, quality chocolates and over a thousand different candies at 400 N Hogan Street since 2010. You can host birthday parties, attend interactive activities like Sweet Pete’s Science Class and candy-making classes. Create a box of signature chocolates and candies to give as a gift (or keep for yourself), as well as gift baskets and more!

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth and discover new places in #DTJax during American Chocolate week. Check out our full directory here for tasty restaurants, lively bars and unique cafes.

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Whether you’re a seasoned runner or are looking for a good “starter race”, #DTJax’s race schedule has a race for every level! Check out what’s scheduled so far in 2018.

ffac-greet-inset17Fight For Air Climb | February 3

The Fight For Air Climb will be held on February 3 at 8 am at the Bank of America tower! Participants will climb 42 doors (838 steps) to benefit the American Lung Association! You can register to make strides for healthy lungs and clean air here.

 

Running of the Bulls 5k | February 18

The Running of the Bulls 5k begins at Intuition Ale Works (929 E Bay St.) on February 18, at 8:30 am! The 5k borrows its theme from the The Running of the Bulls held in Spain every July. With the Jacksonville RollerGirls as bulls, participants will be chased throughout Downtown Jacksonville! Participants will also be treated to an after-party with race awards, beer, live music, and complimentary food and drinks from BlkShp! You can register for the event here.

 

MOO-VE IT 5k | March 3

The MOO-VE IT 5k will begin at 10 am on March 3, hosted by the Cowford Chophouse! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and the Open Doors Outreach Network! Open Doors administered by Voices for Florida to improve the care, coordination, and outcomes for commercially trafficked children during their recovery process. You can register for $35 until February 25, and then prices increase, so register today here!

 

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The Gate River Run will begin on Gator Bowl Blvd. on March 10, at 8:30 am. For directions, parking information, and registration information, click here.

 

Run 13.1 | March 25

On Sunday, March 25, at 7 am, come out to the Run 13.1 held at Confederate Park! You can register here for the half marathon ($40) or the 5k ($27).

 

Montoya Associates  Corporate Run 5k | April 19

Join Montoya and Associates for the Corporate Run 5k on April 19, at 6:30 pm. The run/walk is open to all individuals, and benefits Duval County High School Cross Country and Track Programs. For pricing information and registration, click here.

 

Run For The Pies | June 10

On Saturday, June 10, join the Jacksonville Landing at 7 pm for Run For The Pies! 200 pies will be given away at the finish line to men who break 20 minutes, and women who break 24 minutes, until they run out! This event also includes a post-race celebration and a huge raffle giveaway! You can register for the fun here.

 

vestcorVestcor Bridge Run | July 21

On Saturday, July 21, come out to Water Street for the Vestcor Bridge Run! After the race, runners can enjoy free food, drinks, live music, and giveaways!

 

Lung Force Run/Walk | August 25

Join the Jacksonville Landing at 8 am on August 25, for the Lung Force Run/Walk. The support funds key lung cancer research and provides impacted people with necessary resources and assistance. The cost of registration is $25!

 

Zero Prostate Cancer Run | September 15

The Zero Prostate Cancer Run will be held at Intuition Ale Works at 9 am on Saturday, September 15. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Jacksonville are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. Registration not yet available.

Monster Mash Dash 5k | October 19

The Monster Mash Dash will be held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds on October 19. Costumes are encouraged for this wacky 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun and live entertainment. It’s the perfect way to feel better about all those delicious Halloween goodies you’ll enjoy the next day at Halloween Doors & More.  Your registration helps support quality care for medically complex children in Northeast Florida! Registration not yet available.

Military Half Marathon and Freedom 5k | October 20

The Military Half Marathon and Freedom 5k will be held at Metropolitan Park on October 20. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the bond between the civilian and military communities, promote sound physical health and fitness, and to raise money for charities. As a non­profit event, proceeds from this race are donated to numerous charities such as United Service Organizations (USO), America’s VetDogs, Homes for our Troops, Care 4 R Troops. veteran and local youth leadership charitable organizations. Registration not yet available.

Vystar New Year’s Eve Run | December 31 

On Monday, December 31, at 2 pm, the Jacksonville Landing is hosting the Vystar New Year’s Eve Run! You can register here for only $40!

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.36.48 PMWolf & Cub established themselves as a brand in 2014, but opened in Downtown Jacksonville in June of 2016. The owners, Varick Rosete and Emily Moody-Rosete, are described as “entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural instigators that set out to create a lifestyle brand that epitomizes one’s unique style and individuality”. They commit themselves to this by offering hand-screenprinted T-shirts, jewelry, decorative items, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds to name a few. They proudly offer that the interesting styles found in their boutique can brighten your day and boost your self-esteem.

After their start, Wolf and Cub spent a successful trial as a pop-up shop in Brooklyn Station and soon after, they opened in the Historic Elks Building at 205 North Laura as one of the only boutiques in #DTJax.

 

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In addition to the unique-to-the-boutique screenprinted T-shirts found in Wolf & Cub, they also specialize in small-run custom orders of shirts for events like wedding parties, orteam-building trips. On their website, you can find a form that allows you to inquire about information for a prospective order.

 

 

 

 

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Not only do they offer interesting fashion-finds, but they curate unique floral arrangements for occasions as simple as lighting up your living room coffee table, or as special as your wedding day. You can find the form for an arrangement request here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf & Cub is open for business from 12-5 Tuesday-Friday, and from 12-4 on Saturday, but they stay open to participate in DTJax’s First Wednesday ArtWalk every month, setting out their staple $5 vintage sale bins. In addition to this special sale, they often offer normal business-hour deals on their screenprinted T-shirts and vintage clothing items, that can be found promoted on their Instagram and Twitter accounts, or on the chalkboard that sits outside the boutique.

They commit themselves to maintaining a large presence in Jacksonville, a city that means so much to them. Emily, a Jacksonville native, works in the shop full-time and continuously works to positively affect the downtown culture skills acquired through years of fashion and sales experience, and experience owning and running not only Wolf and Cub, but Five-Points boutique, Anomaly, and the live music venue, Underbelly. Additionally, Varick’s experience as former president of AIGA Jacksonville, co-founder of One Spark, co-founder of nGenWorks, and current Art Director of Tigerlilly brings a vast and varying knowledge of branding and design to the boutique and to Jacksonville. To keep their momentum going, they plan to expand their selection of artists and designers and begin hosting monthly workshops. You can follow the blog on their website that offers in-depth details about current promotions, ArtWalk experiences, and, of course, style.

 

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.

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.

 

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

 

October edition: Sweet Pete’s Candy

 

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Sweet Pete’s Candy opened in Downtown Jacksonville in 2010 in the historic Seminole Club, a building that dates back to 1903. The notable location, which hosted a number of well-known visitors such as Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, sat vacant for ten years until Sweet Pete’s and Lemonis renovated the property. This new confectionary emporium is a vast 23,000 sq. ft., making it one of the largest candy shops in the United States.

Today, Sweet Pete’s manufactures a line of handcrafted quality chocolates and sells over a thousand different types of candies. The new location boasts a fully functioning factory with an interactive gallery, two large retail areas, a full restaurant and bar, rooftop patio and dessert bar. Sweet Pete’s also features an event center that offers space for children’s field trips, catered events and parties. Peter also finds joy in sharing his expertise with others by teaching the art of candy making. The fun-filled educational environment includes Sweet Pete’s Sweet Science Classes, hands-on interactive candy making sessions and birthday parties. Sweet Pete’s is run by a group of naturally fun people who are committed to creating the Sweetest Destination on Earth.

Sweet Pete’s is more than just your average candy shop, they host events, classes and more. Here are a few notable things to check out:

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Classes

Ever wanted to know how your favorite candy is made? Embrace your inner Willy Wonka and attend a candy making class

at Sweet Pete’s! Learn how to make chocolate bars, candy canes, taffy, lollipops and more. Classes are a great idea for a date or an affordable family outing. Check out all of the classes and register here.

 

Birthday Parties

A Sweet Pete’s birthday party is every kid’s dream! Treat your special birthday boy or girl to a magical party in a real life Candy Land. Standard parties include:

  • Candy making Experience: Kids go home with the candy they made!
  • Tour of facility including our Candy Kitchen
  • Ice Cream for each participating child
  • Sweet Pete’s To Go bags for the kids’ candy to go in
  • Lemonade and water for the children
  • Downloadable invitations to send out
  • Other goodies and games can be added on while finalizing party
  • Private, decorated room, including set up and clean up of room
  • All plates, cups and decorations are Sweet Pete’s property.  Any cups or plates that are taken will be charged to guest.

There are also plenty of add-ons and upgrades available for purchase! To see all of the options and pricing details, visit their birthday parties page.

 

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Candy Apple Cafe’s delicious drink and food menu will make you feel like a kid in the candy shop. Located inside Sweet Pete’s, the Candy Apple Cafe is exactly what you’d expect to find at a restaurant inside a candy shop. Their menu includes treats like Bourbon Pecan Waffles, Mayport Shrimp Crepes, Country Fried chicken and more. You can find drinks like Sweet Pete’s Watermelon Sour and Pop Rockadopolis on their mouth-watering drink menu. Check out the menu and happy hour info here.