By Ari Sinudom, DVI Intern

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we put together a list of some of the best places in #DTJax for treating your valentine.

SWEETS

Photo Credit: Peterbrooke

Photo Credit: Peterbrooke

Sweet Pete’s Candy
400 N. Hogan St.
Monday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stop by Sweet Pete’s Candy for the sweetest handcrafted chocolates and candies! Receive a free candy cube of passion fruitini on orders of $55 or more, plus get free local delivery on Valentine’s Day. They are also offering an in-store special – spend $50, receive a $15 gift card!

 

Peterbrooke Chocolatier
100 W. Bay St.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For Valentine’s Day, the “neighborhood chocolatier” shop offers special deals- spend $50 on V-Day gifts and receive a Peterbrooke teddy bear and chocolate rose! Peterbrooke is also partnering with Barnett Jewelers for a special- with Barnett Jewelers purchase, spend $30 and get $10 off! They also offer gift baskets, multiple types of European chocolate and a variety of gelato flavors made right here in Jacksonville.

Mocha Misk’i

Photo Credit: Mocha Misk'i

Photo Credit: Mocha Misk’i

209 N. Laura St.
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Looking for customized treats? Head to Mocha Misk’i on 209 N. Laura St. for your brownie needs! Order delicious brownies with custom messages and décor. Plus, check out their flavor of the month: nutella with strawberries. Yum!

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DINING

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails
400 N. Hogan St.
Tuesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is offering a Valentine’s Day pre-fixe option during dinner service on February 10, 11 and 14. The three-course dinner includes a glass of champagne and costs $45 per person. Call 904-353-9717 or visit their website for reservations.

Photo Credit: The Candy Apple Café

Photo Credit: The Candy Apple Café

Benny’s Steak & Seafood
Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr.
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Treat your valentine to Benny’s Steak & Seafood’s couple’s menu. For $79.95 each couple receives a 3-course gourmet dinner with choice of salad, Steak Dianne, choice of dessert and champagne. The full menu will also be available on Valentine’s Day. Call 904-301-1014 or visit their website for reservations.

bb’s
1019 Hendricks Ave.
11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Bb’s is introducing a new private menu exclusively for Valentine’s Day. With items such as braised lamb, octopus and more, you are guaranteed to impress your valentine. This evening at 1019 Hendricks Ave. is reservation only, so call 904-306-0100 or head to their website to reserve a space.

The Volstead
115 W. Adams St.
4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Get your drink on at #DTJax’s premier prohibition style whiskey lounge! With special drinks like Chicago Valentine, Comfortably Rum and Love Me Tinder, The Volstead is sure to get you in the Valentine’s mood.

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EVENTS

HOBNOB
February 13-14, 2017
220 Riverside Ave.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday two ways over two days! On February 13, enjoy live music by Chris Thomas with an outdoor dance area on the patio. On February 14, treat you and your significant other to dinner including a live jazz duo and a babysitting service across the street at the Winston YMCA. Both nights are from 5 to 9 p.m. and include a special Valentine’s Day menu. Visit their website to make reservations and view the full menu.

Photo Credit: HOBNOB

Photo Credit: HOBNOB

NOLA MOCA
February 14, 2017
333 N. Laura St.
5 p.m. –  10 p.m.

Treat your special someone to a Valentine’s dinner at NOLA MOCA! Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu with a first course, entrée, a half-bottle of Champagne and a shared dessert. Finish your romantic evening with a leisurely stroll through the MOCA Jacksonville galleries on 333 N. Laura St. At $59 per person, call 904-224-0113 for reservations and look at their website for a more detailed menu.

Ritz Theatre
February 14, 2017
829 N. Davis St.
6:30 p.m.

Live smooth music, romantic dinner, tour of the museum and national celebrity comedy act – the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy the Valentine’s Day Love Show at the Ritz Theatre, featuring comedians Chris “The Mayor” Thomas and Shuckey Duckey! Tickets are available at 1-800-745-3000, the Ritz Theatre box office and online on Ticketmaster’s website.

Jersey Boys

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Jersey Boys
February 14, 2017
300 W. Water St.
7:30 p.m.

End Valentine’s Day with the Jersey Boys musical! Go through the life and time of The Four Seasons at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available here.

Anytime Fitness
100 N. Laura St.
Open 24/7

Anytime Fitness has an offer you cannot refuse! If members refer a friend, they receive either 15% off a personal trainer or a free two-month membership! So find a gym date and get your workout on. Offer ends on Valentine’s Day.

Intuition Ale Works
929 E. Bay St.
Monday – Thursday: 3 – 10 p.m.
Friday: 3 – 11 p.m.
Saturday:  11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Jacksonville’s very own Intuition Ale Works has released a limited edition brew for us! Called the Sweet Little Thing, this cherry chocolate stout is available for growler fills only on Valentine’s Day. Intuition also has a new brew titled Underdark, which is available for purchase.

Photo credits: The Hyppo

Photo credits: The Hyppo

St. Johns River Taxi
February 14, 2017
5:30 p.m.

St. Johns River Taxi is hosting a Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise this Tuesday! The cruise leaves from Friendship Park at 5:30 p.m. and returns by 6:45. Cruisers will enjoy live music by Stephen Quinn and are welcome to bring any food or beverage on board. Tickets are $20 per person and are available for purchase here.

The Hyppo
February 14, 2017
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
The Hyppo is celebrating Valentine’s Day with free chocolate dips all day! Plus, with every pop purchase you’ll receive a free letterpress valentine by M.C. Pressure. Hurry! The offer is only available on Tuesday.

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DVI Updates 

 

Buy your tickets to the #DTJax Gala: River of Dreams!

 


 
Join us for the 2nd Annual #DTJax Gala!
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 6-9 p.m.
Friendship Fountain, 1015 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207
(35 and under and must show ID)
Early bird pricing ends February 19.

 

 

Take our DTJax Employee & Resident Surveys!
 
Each year Downtown Vision evaluates the state of Downtown Jacksonville and collects data on how to improve the Downtown experience. If you live or work in DTJax (Northbank, Southbank, Brooklyn/Riverside Avenue, LaVilla or the Stadium District) we want to hear from you.Respondents will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to the Downtown restaurant or retailer of their choice. A winner will be selected in January 2017 and contacted via the email provided.

 

 

Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center Public Meeting:
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will be hosting a public meeting on the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC), a regional multi-modal transportation facility. The JRTC, as we like to call it, will be located in the heart of the LaVilla area. The state-of-the-art complex will integrate key local, regional and intercity services in one location. Please join us to hear more about this iconic facility.
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: FSCJ Downtown Campus Room A1058 – 101 W. State St. Jacksonville, FL 32202

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

 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
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DVI Updates 

 

DVI’s Stakeholder Meeting:
 
Mark your calendar to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting.

When: Tuesday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Ed Ball Building, 1st Floor Training Room

This fall is shaping up to be an exciting one in #DTJax! Learn about event details, schedules, street closures and more on key CityJAXSPORTS andSMG events, such as: Georgia vs. FloridaNavy vs. Notre Dame, theVeterans Day ParadeSmall Business SaturdayTaxslayer BowlLight Boat Parade and more.

To attend, please RSVP to our Director of District Services, Jennifer Hewett-Apperson, at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or via email.

Special thanks to the City of Jacksonville for hosting this meeting!

 
Oktoberfest at Art Walk:

Given the hurricane watch for Hurricane Matthew and the state of emergency, Downtown Vision made the difficult decision to cancel all outdoor festivities scheduled for last week’s Oktoberfest at Art Walk.

The First Wednesday Art Walk will return in its entirety on November 2with “Salute to Service,” featuring The Navy Band and a kick of to the Navy vs. Notre Dame Game festivities.

Mark your calendars for November 2, we’ll see you then!

Amplified Vol. 2 CD: 

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Still available is your free copy of Amplified Vol. 2! Download here.

We’re Looking for Interns!

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship this Fall or Spring, DVI may be the perfect fit! We are looking for marketing, events and research interns so if you love Art Walk, want to get to know Downtown better or are looking to find out how an organization like ours works, apply today! Read our blog to hear about an internship experience at DVI.

More information on the internship positions can be found here, and if you’re interested please email your cover letter and resume to haleigh@dtjax.org.

2015 State of Downtown Report:

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

 

 
 

DVI Annual Report Available:
 
 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.

 

 

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DVI Updates 

 

DVI’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Next Week:
 

Mark your calendars to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting. Our featured speaker at this quarter’s meeting is Mayor Lenny Curry. He will discuss the pension referendum that will appear on the ballot August 30. The meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Training Room in the Ed Ball Building.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the many things happening Downtown. To attend, contact Jennifer Hewett-Apperson at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or Jennifer@downtownjacksonville.org.

 

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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Downtown Event Signage:
 
Special Events has updated its signage & banner application to be more inclusive. Anyone wanting to put up street pole banners, lay down side walk stickers, spray chalk, or any other things will need to have the “Special Event Signs” application filled out. The application is on the City of Jacksonville’s website under “permits,” or can be found here.


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 and buy your tickets today!


DVI Annual Report Available:
 
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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

With the school year coming to an end and summer approaching, summer camp registration is underway! Downtown offers fun ways to entertain your camp-ready kid through science, art and more. Find out where you can send your little happy campers this summer:

Main Library Summer Learning | June, July, August

Ages: Varies | The Jacksonville Main Library is full of library programs, activities and prizes this summer for children, teens and even adults. Every Hero Has a Story, Unmask! and Escape the Ordinary are the themes of this summer’s programs. Summer Learning has magic shows, balloon shows, zoo animal shows, Ronald McDonald, Tree Hill Nature Preserve with JEA shows, arts and crafts, stories and more.

Pic: MOCA Jacksonville

ArtCamp@MOCA | June 8 – August 21

Ages: 4-14 | Grow your child’s creativity at MOCA Jacksonville as experienced art educators provide a variety of art-making activities. Your child will learn about contemporary art and grow a visual vocabulary all while having fun and being creative though this unforgettable full-immersion art experience.

Jacksonville Giants Basketball Summer Camp | June 8-12, June 15-19, August 3-7

Ages: 5-15 | Kids can train like a pro this summer with the Jacksonville Giants! Campers will be in an air-conditioned gym to escape the summer heat. Basketball camp features tournaments, contests, t-shirts and more.

LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Camp | June 15 – July 24

Ages: Varies | Have fun this summer at LaVilla School of the Arts! They offer classes in a variety of cool activities for beginning and experienced campers. Basic Camps are offered in visual arts, dance, drama, “Top Chef” science, comics, historical re-enactment, guitar, piano and percussion. Specialty Camps include Storytellers Camp, which is available for campers ages 3-4, Explorers Camp is for ages 5-6, and Jr. Counselors Camp is available for rising 9th and 10th graders. Intensive Film Camp is available for ages 10-14. Camps are available in week and entire-summer durations.

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mothers day

Whether you’re shopping around for that special gift or taking your mom out this Sunday for Mother’s Day, Downtown Jacksonville is the perfect place to treat that wonder woman you call “Mom.”

If you’re still in search for that perfect gift, check out these places in #DTJax to find a gift your mom would surely love:

Hemming Plaza Jewelers | Shop their wide range of selection including gold, silver, colored gems, pearls and diamonds.

Linda Cunningham | This boutique offers several high-end brands as well as Linda’s signature couture collection of ready-to-wear outfits and accessories.

Lucy’s Gift Boutique | Find cosmetics, hats, jewelry, wallets and bags perfect for your mom.

NAIWBE Organic Day Spa | Give the gift of wellness with organic skin care, spa products or a relaxing day at the spa.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier or Sweet Pete’s Candy Co.| Someone so sweet deserves a great treat.

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