By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern Visiting #DTJax is always a fun and exciting experience. However, if you’re looking to include your beloved pet in your adventures, it can be a bit of a hassle when you don’t know where you’re allowed to bring them.

Here are a few of the pet friendly places and activities that #DTJax has to offer and will be open on September 6th for the First Wednesday Pet Walk.

 

Magnificat Café

231 N. Laura St.

Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This Parisian-style eatery is right in the heart of #DTJax. Founded by Chef Benoit, a native to Paris, France, the Magnificat Café boasts classic lunch items such as soups, salads and sandwiches.  The large outdoor seating space is perfect for pets!

Photo by: DVI

Photo by: DVI

 

BARK Downtown

45 W. Adams St.

Tues- Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat – Mon Closed

This fun, unique dog boutique is the perfect stop for your trip in #DTJax! Browse through their extensive collection of novelty treats, toys, designer collars and high-end grooming supplies!

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Photo by: DVI

 

Burrito Gallery Downtown

21 E. Adams St.

Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This Jacksonville staple hosts a spacious front patio to hang out with your furry friend while in The Elbow. Enjoy the tex-mex menu and find out why this is one of the best-rated restaurants in town!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Candy Apple Café

400 N. Hogan St.

Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The large patio space at the forefront of The Candy Apple Café is dog friendly! Stop by and enjoy the specialty craft cocktails, beer and wine selection, as well as the French-inspired menu!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Court Urban Food Park

37 Hogan St.

Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First Wednesday Art Walk 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch outside and enjoy the variety of food trucks! With plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy your food, this outdoor food court is great for your pet to hang out.

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

 

Hemming Park

117 W. Duval St.

Sun – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch and Live Music Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This park is the oldest park in the City of Jacksonville! This park is located right in the heart of #DTJax, which makes it the perfect stop for you and your dog to rest while you’re out and about.  With regular programming such as live music, it’s a great place to enjoy a day outside.

 Photo by: WJCT News

Photo by: WJCT News

 

Bringing your dog out to and about can be a great experience for the both of you to enjoy, if you know where to look! Remember that each and every First Wednesday Art Walk is a pet-friendly event. Just ask a few of the dogs of #DTJax!

Bella, 4 year old Dachsund

Bella, 4 year old Dachshund

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

 

For more information, visit iloveartwalk.com.

By Heather West, DVI Intern

In honor of “Do your pART” eco-friendly Art Walk coming up on April 5, we talked with Nick Zimmer, a vendor at First Wednesday Art Walk and owner of Bluebird Growers, about why he loves Art Walk and providing fresh, locally-grown produce for Jacksonville.

Q: What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
A: They all sound pretty cliche but… I enjoy the freedom of planning a system and seeing it through. It can be overwhelming to deal with all the aspects of running a small business, but it forces you out of your comfort zone and makes you a stronger leader. Owning a business also leads to more confidence and purpose in your personal life.bluebird3

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to Art Walk?
A: Art Walk provides a unique opportunity each month to showcase our artistic side. Our main mission at Bluebird is teaching people how to live sustainability and grow their own food. Getting people excited about plants through our living art pieces and unique natives, like our carnivorous plants, is a logical fit for Art Walk.

Q: I know your grandmother inspired the name Bluebird Growers; what have been some other influences on your business?
A: My grandfather owned a grocery store growing up. He would bring in thousands of small vegetable plants and flowers each spring. Consequently, we always had a huge veggie garden. That basically started me down this path from an early age.

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A: We have a very close relationship with Dave the Plant Man, local garden consultant/coach. We share similar missions and work together on a regular basis to grow our annual crop.

Q: What are some unique methods you’ve created to grow produce?
A: Funnily enough we are unique because we use straight forward traditional methods for growing. We are firm believers in using a plants own physiology and defense systems to produce happy healthy plants sustainably.

Q: What are some sustainable practices you’ve utilized?
A: We use a “lean and mean” growing system. Essentially we give the plants just enough food and just enough water to be healthy. We do this by utilizing slow release organic fertilizer and precise methods of irrigation. This system reduces water usage and runoff while producing healthy, strong plants. Another unique aspect of this system is that all our plants are produced outdoors. This means they are exposed to the same conditions as they will face in our customers’ gardens. It also exposes plants to natural predators which control insects without using pesticides. These are just some of the ways we produce plants in line with our mission.

Make sure to “do your pART” and bike to the First Wednesday Art Walk and check out Bluebird Growers’ demonstration of carnivorous plants; the Green Lion Festival on Laura St, and take advantage of the free bike valet in Hemming Park.

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By Julianna Rosano, DVI Intern

We talked with Viktor Lazarev, local artist at First Wednesday Art Walk, about his Art Walk experiences and diverse artwork.

Q: What initially drew you to display your paintings at the First Wednesday Art Walk?love 022

A: I wanted to display my artwork to people of all different walks of life. Art Walk gave me the opportunity to sell my art to create a living and support my family.

Q: What aspects of Art Walk make you keep coming back as a vendor?

A: There are a few aspects that keep me coming back, but the number one reason is my friends and new customers. The atmosphere overall is great and it’s exciting, vibrant and inviting. It’s the kind of place you want to be.

Q: At what age did you find your love for oil painting?

A: I was a young kid and there was just something about it that allowed me to sink deeply into it. From the beginning, I had a feeling, an inspiration and I knew God was behind it. It was that simple.

acrylic vikQ: Where do you find your inspiration for your artwork?

A: I like to observe the world around me, even the little things can inspire me to create new artwork and there is a little piece of my soul in every painting. Mother Nature is the best inspiration for my art and being able to create something from that is a gift.

 

Q: What is your painting process? Do you mentally create the images first or just begin to paint and see where it leads?
A: Most of the time I think about the piece first and create a plan. Other times, it’s spontaneous and I like to create as I go.

Q: How long does it usually take you to create one of your paintings?

A: When I have a piece envisioned, it usually takes a few days to finish. But when it’s spontaneous, or as the Italians would say “a la prima,” I can finish within a few hours or so. Sometimes those pieces turn out better than the ones I try to plan.

Q: Where can people find your artwork?jax.fla.

A: Being a local, you can see me and buy my artwork at the First Wednesday Art Walk, North Beaches Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, the Orange Park Arts Market and the Jax Beach Art Walk. You can also find my art online at viktor-lazarev.pixels.com or saatchiart.com/viktorlazarev.

Q: What impact do you hope to have on those who view your artwork?

A: Love. I want to impact people with love. I want to awaken love in the hearts of those who see my work, regardless of race or religion.

Q: What advice would you give to other local artists?

A: Be yourself, have good basics and constantly learn from your favorite artists. Be original and show people something they have never seen before.

Make sure to #ShareTheLove and stop by the First Wednesday Art Walk on February 1 to see more of Viktor Lazarev’s artwork.

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For more than 15 years, Downtown Vision has had the privilege of serving #DTJax by creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown Jacksonville and by promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. DVI is closely aligned with the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority in a public-private partnership and we focus on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the last fiscal year, our Downtown Clean & Safe Ambassadors logged 22,000 hours to make #DTJax clean and Downtown a better place.
  • Marketing: The #DTJax hashtag reach exceeded 24 million people reinforcing Downtown as the City’s unique epicenter for business, history, culture and entertainment.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: Our produced events drew more than 200,000 people to #DTJax creating lively streets and supporting our small businesses.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments, special projects and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016. Click here to download the PDF.

 

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By Je’Nisa Waugh, DVI Intern

It’s that time again to raise spirits high and glasses even higher for the 4th Annual Oktoberfest at Art Walk on Oct. 5th. Oktoberfest is an autumn festival traditionally held in Munich, Germany that features beer-drinking and cheerful festivities. With thousands of people enjoying live oompah-pah music, German-inspired dishes and a biergarten block party brewing with German culture, things can get a bit hectic.

Here are a few tips to remember while enjoying your time next Wednesday:

 

Tip #1 – Get There Early

 

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An extended Art Walk event filled with beer?! One can only imagine that #DTJax will be filled with over 20,000 people trying to enjoy drinks, local art, live music and other activities. If you want to get a good seat and don’t feel like waiting in line for an hour or more, then you should get there early.

#DTJax Oktoberfest will showcase artists, dancers, musicians, brewmaster’s and so much more. With live music, enjoy a jam session at the Front Porch of the Jacksonville Landing, Hourglass Pub and 1904 Music Hall. Compete in interactive games such as a brat-eating contest, giant jenga and yardzee. Enjoy local art & artisans such as Leon Bradley and exhibits in the Southlight Gallery. Besides Oktoberfest being centered around beer, this event is also super kid-friendly with a kid zone, a carnival zone, a balloon artist, a pumpkin patch, painted pasta jewelry, face painting and more.

 

Tip #2 – Become a VIP

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Did someone say free #DTJax swag?!

If you are looking for unlimited beer, less crowds and delicious food then becoming a VIP is the way to go. You’re already a very important person we just want you to have the experience you deserve. Get your VIP tickets today!

 

Tip #3 – Pace Yourself …It’s a marathon, not a race 

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Attempting to chug a liter of beer for a world record sounds pretty exciting, but finding yourself sleeping on a bench or having your friends leave early to take care of you is not a great look. Plan ahead for transportation, have a designated driver or take an Uber.

Local brewing companies like Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works and River City Brewing Company will be in attendance and some will be unveiling new Oktoberfest beer. You don’t want to pass out on this experience.

 

Tip #4 – Stay Hydrated

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Yes, we realize there will be tons of beer. However, drink lots of water and other beverages to stay hydrated and hopefully minimize the upcoming hangover. Stop by the food truck village and drink water to quench your thirst.

 

Tip #5 – Eat Often 

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Common sense, right?

There’s going to be German beer, craft beer, domestic beer and there’s even a chance to encounter some VIB’s (Very Important Beers). Trying all the different “liquid gold” can be exciting, but you can easily forget to eat.

No worries, there’s plenty of food from brat-eating, weiner dogs, giant pretzels and more, food is everywhere. Check out food truck village at the Regions Bank lot and the entire #DTJax restaurant directory.

 

Tip #6 – Have a Great Time

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Photo credit: priproductions.com

 

This one is pretty simple to achieve, you would have to try really hard not to enjoy yourself. Remember these tips, put a little polka in your step and enjoy an event that is filled with good food, art and drinks.

Remember parking is free Downtown after 6 p.m. at the parking garage on the corner of Clay and Adams St. on Art Walk nights. Thanks to JTA, we have even more parking at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. If you feel far away from all the action, the Skyway is free with extended hours till 11 p.m. during Oktoberfest, so you can stay later and experience a little Art Walk After Dark, which is celebrating its one year anniversary in #theelbowjax!

For more information check out iloveartwalk.com. #ProstDTJax!

 

 

 

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DVI Updates 

 

Red, White and BBQ Art Walk:
 
Just a few days until First Wednesday Art Walk – Red, White and BBQ. Continue the celebration with live music by The Band Be Easy, local art, delicious brews and more! Plus, don’t miss the Front Porch at The Landing and Art Walk After Dark in The Elbow. For more information, check out our website. So get on your most patriotic garb and we’ll see you July 6!

 

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We Have an App! #DTJax
 
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!

 

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We need to hear your opinion! Please take just a few minutes and fill out this survey. In doing so, you’ll be helping to shape our #DTJax parklet program!

 

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St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
 
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.

 

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Running every thirty minutes, the river taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here.

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 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 2014-2015.

 

Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? DVI is aligned closely with the vision, mission and priorities of the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), and as part of this public-private partnership, DVI focuses on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the latest fiscal year, our team of 11 hardworking Ambassadors provided more than 18,000 hospitality assists and removed more than 27 tons of litter.
  • Marketing: We were honored to be recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal’s for Best Use of Social Media and the International Downtown Association for the #DTJax Twitter Promoter Campaign.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: We brought more than 125,000 people Downtown to the First Wednesday Art Walk and coordinated efforts for The Elbow, Downtown’s Entertainment District.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015. Click here to download the PDF.

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