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by Zahni Thuzar, DVI intern

Lemoree

A six-year vendor of Downtown Jacksonville’s Art WalkLemoree remains a popular hot spot every first Wednesday. Named after her childhood imaginary friend, Meredith Arceneaux’s brand “Lemoree” was at first just a creative, fun way to make gifts for her friends and family. However, after a friend suggested she try selling her creations to the public at Art Walk, Lemoree was an instant success.

Vintage-inspired “fun and fancy” jewelry cover the tables of Arceneaux’s shop, creating a warm and rustic atmosphere to draw in the crowds. From cameos to gemstones, button earrings to hair bows, there’s sure to be something to suit anyone’s taste for any occasion or everyday wear.

Art Walk has provided Lemoree with the opportunity to grow from a hobby to a full-time business. “I’ve also made so many connections, which have enriched my business as well as my personal life,” said Arceneaux.

Over the course of her six years as an Art Walk artist, Arceneaux has seen Art Walk – and Downtown – evolve. “Seeing more people come Downtown and embrace the cultural richness our city possesses is so awesome”, she exclaims. “It makes me more proud of Jacksonville every month.”


 

This month, Art Walk brings a Valentine-filled event. With a beer garden ($4/beer for those of age), a hugging booth, “The Art Walk Cabaret”, and much, much more, there’s something for everyone to do Downtown. There are also many artists and vendors, as well as Lemoree, who feature great gift ideas for your special someone (or show some self-love and treat yourself).

“More than most other markets, Art Walk welcomes a great representation of our diverse community here in Jacksonville,” said Arceneaux. “I feel lucky to be able to participate in Art Walk and look forward to what this year brings.”

So do we! Be sure to check out Meredith’s shop on Wednesday, but for those of you who can’t make it to this Art Walk (boo), you can also check out her stuff on Etsy and Facebook until next month!

 

 

by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Shout-outs, Marketing & Promotions No Comments  

Folio Weekly released their list of 100 Things To Do In Northeast Florida Before You Die, and while the list spans from Amelia Island down to St. Augustine, we’re especially proud of the 18 items found in #DTJax (bolded below). From Folio:

“Here’s the deal: ’Round-about this time of year, the holidayitis sets in, and we’d rather be doing just about anything else other than the Serious Journalism™ that usually occupies this space. We figured this week we’d do something fun instead. And so, without further ado, we present: 100 Things To Do In Northeast Florida Before You Die.”

Check out the top things to do Downtown – Oh, hello, First Wednesday Art Walk; fancy seeing you here – and in the urban core, because Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill, Springfield and San Marco are the best neighbors a Downtown could ask for:

  1. Have your engagement photos taken at Treaty Oak Park. Everyone else does.Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 2.03.21 PM
  2. Good: Ride a water taxi to a Jags game at EverBank Field. Better: Go to a game where they actually win. (LOL/JK.) Best: Rock a Speedo at The Clevelander Deck, one of the two in-stadium pools paid for by tax dollars.13731979
  3. Your ears may curse you in the morning, but anyone interested in Jacksonville’s cultural underbelly should spend a Wednesday evening listening — and even joining in — at West Inn Cantina’s Jam Night. Of course, people in the know still call the joint Monty’s (3644 St. Johns Ave., Avondale).

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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

One Spark 2014

It’s been six months since Downtown Jacksonville was flooded with hundreds of excited Creators presenting more than 600 projects during One Spark. The spark has grown, the energy has continued, and the 2014 One Spark winners have been busy. DVI caught up the 2014 winners to see where they are now and how their projects are progressing:

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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

Annie 10.21.14Yesterday evening in Downtown Jacksonville following the opening night of ANNIE: The Musical, smiling kids from 2 to 92 flooded the sidewalks in front of the Times-Union Center holding plush red-headed dolls and singing their favorite tunes like “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street.” The FSCJ Artist Series hosted an hour of face painting, games, crafts, and other kids activities before the show, and then the extraordinarily talented and lovable cast, directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, delivered an exciting performance to hundreds of Jacksonville families.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Vision, Inc., Resident Spotlights No Comments  

The following is from our Downtown column published monthly in EU Jacksonville.

Let’s play a game. How many Google results do you think come up for “Love Downtown Jacksonville” versus “Hate Downtown Jacksonville,” (using quotations for more accurate results)?

Would you guess 780:1? If you did, swing by my office for a gold star.

That’s some pretty positive, if unscientific, insight into the passion for Downtown these days. And why not? Downtown is the source of community identity, culture, history and pride. It’s everyone’s neighborhood and now there is a membership program for everyone who wants to get involved and feed the flames of a Downtown on fire. (Metaphorically, of course.)

Home---Discover-Downtown-Jacksonville_webresJust launched, The Alliance (or more formally, the Downtown Vision Alliance, Inc.) is a group of Downtown residents, employees, business owners and Jacksonvillians from all walks of life who are tired of saying, “Downtown has so much potential.” This is a group of funders, doers, networkers and advocates taking action to make a difference Downtown.

Alliance socials and events connect like-minded members. Networking opportunities open doors and allow members to share or gain professional expertise as well as insight into the issues that shape Downtown. Ideas are formed, nurtured and launched when passionate people come together.

Volunteer opportunities are varied to allow members to chip in wherever their strengths lie. If you’re creative or have a green thumb, clean and green projects may be up your alley. If you’re the life of the party, event volunteering may be for you. If your gears are always turning on projects to turn potential into reality, help lay the framework for something new.

It’s true, Alliance members are asked to put their money where their passions are. All members receive a Discover Downtown card, a small and useful key to unlocking dozens of Downtown deals and discounts. Art and cultural aficionados will appreciate offers when they frequent MOCA Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The Artist Series, and the Maritime Heritage Center and Adams Class Museum. Using the card at participating local businesses not only provides discounts on books, clothing, jewelry, toys, spa services and, of course, tasty meals, it allows members to support one-of-a-kind businesses that enrich the character of our community.

While it’s hard to put a price tag on the benefits that members receive, the benefits that members provide are invaluable.

The annual membership fee, beginning at $20 for individuals, supports a wide range of programs through Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) targeted at making Downtown more beautiful, more exciting and more welcoming. These range from cleaning and greening endeavors, like replanting the landscape beds in Hemming Plaza, to extending hospitality and safety services through the Downtown Ambassador program to placemaking and programming projects including great new experiences at Art Walk.

Dialogue with Alliance members helps drive decision-making for Downtown. Ideas and feedback from this tuned-in target group inform City and civic leaders.

Lastly, there is no better marketing for Downtown than word of mouth. Alliance members are advocates for all of the places to go, things to do and reasons to love Downtown Jacksonville. Whether it’s sharing a Downtown experience around the water cooler, taking a friend out for one of the Discover Downtown buy-one-get-one offers, or leading a volunteering project Downtown, it’s easy to make a difference in Downtown.

Visit discoverdtjax.com to become a member today.

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First of all don’t be thrown off by the title. There are more than five reasons to party in October but for the sake of blogging rules I picked five.

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Waste no time and kick off the month, October 1 with The Florida Theatre’s Blues, Brews and BBQ. This fundraiser for the theatre features local craft beer, local live blues music and tours of the theatre.

Save some energy because the very next day, yours truly (DVI) is hosting the inaugural Oktoberfest @ Art  Walk benefit. Hemming Plaza and Laura Street will transform into a biergarten block party featuring Dan Witulcki & Mein Heimatland Musikanten, an oompah-pah band that will get the crowd going with contests and dancing. Dress to the nines in lederhosens, gorge on eating German-style food and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars (that means no rain is allowed). The party, featuring local, seasonal and German beer, has extended hours until 11 p.m. All proceeds from beer sales benefit future First Wednesday Art Walks.

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Give your liver a break from the drinks and the food you just consumed and your body a treat. Stop by Community First Saturday, it’s the second one of the season!

Though outside of the official Downtown boundaries, the week of partying wraps up with our neighbors over in Riverside at Memorial Park for Intuition Ale Works’ third Oktoberfest celebration. The party features tapping of their Oktoberfest brews, games, contests, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the Memorial Park Association.

The first week of October sets the precedent for the rest of the month. Catch up on some sleep and be prepared for the three-day Jaxtoberfest at the Shipyards. Jaxtoberfest features a 5k, live music, kid activities and of course German food and beer.

So what I’m trying to tell you is that there is no reason to have a boring October. Grab your friends, attend these events and have a ball.

For more Downtown events visit DVI’s event calender.

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DVI, you, your friends and thousands of other locals aren’t the only ones roaming around Art Walk – so is The Florida Times-Union‘s Matt Pittman. Check out his latest video below, featuring a cameo by our very own Angela Bruno: