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

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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

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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.

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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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By Lindsay Forrest, DVI Intern

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we put together a list of some of the best treats and places to eat for lovers, friends and even families in #DTJax.

Photo Credit: Sweet Pete's

Photo Credit: Sweet Pete’s

SHOPPING

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Chocolate-covered popcorn. Need we say more? For Valentine’s Day, the neighborhood stop shop on 100 W. Bay St. offers a special deal – buy one 24 ounce popcorn container, get one free! Famous for their European handcrafted chocolate, they also offer 12 different flavors of gelato, gift baskets, and roses made of chocolate.

Mocha Misk’i

Looking for customized treats and brownies? Need to ask your significant other that special question? Try out the brand new Mocha Misk’i brownie shop for customized treats located on 209 N. Laura St. They also offer vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free brownies and desserts with high quality, all-natural ingredients. Yum!

Sweet Pete’s Candy

Stop by Sweet Pete’s chocolate shop for the sweetest valentine’s gifts on 400 N. Hogan St. Choose between sea salt caramels, chocolate rose petals and baskets full of a variety ofdelicious treats. They are also offering a Valentine’s Week in-store special – spend $55, receive a $15 gift card with no coupon required!

Photo Credit: Mocha Misk'i

Photo Credit: Mocha Misk’i

Hemming Plaza Jewelers

Visit the Valentine’s Day sale at Hemming Plaza Jewelers to buy that special someone sterling silver pendants, earrings, or a ring at an affordable price. Check out their website or stop by 231 N. Hogan St. to find what you are looking for.

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DINING

Photo Credit: The Candy Apple Cafe

Photo Credit: The Candy Apple Cafe

The Candy Apple Cafe

Attend the “Love is Sweet” Prix-Fixe Dinner on February 13 at The Candy Apple Café at 6 p.m. Enjoy a wide array of courses ranging from she-crab soup to herb-grilled filet mignon to toffee flavored brownies. Only $75 for a three course meal and an additional $25 for wine or alcoholic beverages. Call 904-353-9717 or visit their website to make a reservation.

Benny’s Steak & Seafood

Treat your valentine to “Romance on the River” at the Jacksonville Landing. Benny’s Steak & Seafood offers a gourmet dinner for two for $89.95 plus tax. Overlook the beautiful sunset while indulging in Florida lobster tail, scallops and chocolate-drizzled pound cake. Check out the full menu on their website or call 904-301-1014 to make a reservation.

NOLA MOCA

Photo by The Candy Apple Cafe

Photo Credit: The Candy Apple Cafe

Start your day off with a Champagne Brunch at NOLA MOCA on Sunday February 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $35. Enjoy a mimosa or a glass of champagne followed by a buffet of salad, pastries and many other options until you receive your full entrée. Finish the day off with a free admission to MOCA Jacksonville to stroll through the galleries with your significant other.

Sbraga & Co.

Through February 12-14, stop by Sbraga & Co. located in Brooklyn Riverside for a unforgettable prix-fixe dinner. For only $65 a person, enjoy chittara pasta, lobster, and expresso triple chocolate ice cream to compelte the meal. Check out the full menu here or call 904-746-0909 to book your reservation!

Indochine

Looking for authentic Asian, Thai, or sushi rolls? Indochine located upstairs on 21 E. Adams St. will open their doors on Sunday, February 14 for a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner! Check out their website for the full menu or call 904-598-5303 to make reservations.

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EVENTS

Mavericks LIVE

Saturday, February 14

Need a night out on the town? Celebrate with friends at Mavericks LIVE for the 8th Annual BrokenHeartsVille event on Saturday, February 14. First 100 ladies in the door receive a rose and a free glass of champagne. Find out more info on the website.

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant & Pub

Sunday, February 14

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebrate at the The Walking Dead – drink your heart out party at Fionn MacCool’s on the waterfront starting at 5 p.m. on February 14. Happy hour includes $4.00 Wells, House Wines and Domestic Drafts and $4.50 Premium and Craft Beer. Check out their website for more info and events.

Sweet Pete’s Candy

Sunday February 14

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring the whole family to The Apple of My Eye Valentine’s Brunch + Sweet Pete’s Family Day on February 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy three specialty entrees for brunch. Who can say no to buttermilk chicken and waffles, heart-shaped chocolate chip pancakes or decadent French toast bread pudding? Family activities begin at 11 a.m. including card making, dipping chocolate goodies and other crafts. To make reservations call 904-353-9717 or visit their website for more info.

 

Photo Credit: Sweet Pete's

Photo Credit: Sweet Pete’s

The Candy Apple Ca

Thursday February 11

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate with friends at the “Love Bites” Candy and Cocktails event on Feb. 11 at The Candy Apple Cafe. Enjoy delicious appetizers and sip on drinks all while creating your own chocolate-dipped strawberries. The $45 admission price includes two drink tickets – redeemable for beer, wine, or chocolate-strawberry martinis. Purchase tickets here.

 

 

 

 

 

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By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

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Along with “Best Place to Meet New People” and “Best Artsy Event” in Jacksonville Magazine’s Best of Jax 2012, the First Wednesday Art Walk can now add “Best Art Walk/Festival” to its honors from the magazine.

Jacksonville Magazine’s Best in Jax 2015 issue is out and Downtown Art Walk was named the best in town!

Hana Ashchi, Downtown Vision, Inc.’s Art Walk manager, leads the way for each month’s Downtown Art Walk.

“It is a great honor to know that after 12 years, Art Walk is still a Jacksonville favorite,” Ashchi said.

We’ve got a great summer planned kicking off with next month’s Art Walk. On June 3, Downtown Vision, Inc. is partnering with Bold City Brewery to host the 2nd Annual Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale Summer Release Party.

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By Matthew Winship, DVI Intern

Part four of our Downtown Itinerary series provides some fun ways to get the whole family acquainted with all Downtown’s amenities. 

Downtown Jacksonville is a happening place for kids! Check out this chronological itinerary, packed with kid-friendly activities available every day Downtown.

MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON

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Museum of Science and History (MOSH) visit (1025 Museum Circle)

Parking: Museum visitors can park for free in the parking lot across from the museum entrance at the opposite end from River City Brewing Company. Admission is only $6 for children and free for toddlers age two or younger with a $10 cost for accompanying adults. An annual family membership starts at only $80.

About the museum: The popular Museum of Science and History (MOSH) on the Southbank opens 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays at noon. The museum is packed with interactive exhibits just for kids, from the anatomy of a life-size blue whale replica in “Atlantic Tails” to experiencing a talkies movie theater in the “Currents of Time”. Included with admission are amazing MOSH science shows, where fun experiments are demonstrated with audience help! For “Creature Features” kids can interact up close with snakes, birds, turtles and more in the museum’s Naturalist Center.

The Brian Gooding Planetarium screens kid’s favorites daily. Each planetarium show is an additional $5 per person and lasts about 30 minutes. The first Friday of every month also brings Cosmic Concerts. At just $5 a person per show (and just $1 for laser glasses), you can enjoy a collection of laser lights and images. What better way to spend a Friday with your kids, especially with the $5 Friday admission and extended hours (10a.m. – 10:30p.m.)

When you’ve wrapped up your visit at the museum, head out back to the beautiful Friendship Fountain, which leads to the start of the new Southbank Riverwalk. If you stick around Downtown until nighttime, the fountain will glow in multiple colors for its music and lights program everyday from dusk to 11 p.m.

 

Ride a River Taxi to the Northbank

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Just past beautiful Friendship Fountain behind MOSH is the deck for the Jacksonville River Taxi, where you and the kids will get a kick out of riding across the St. Johns River to the Northbank. One-way fares will cost adults a mere $5 and the kids just $4. Rides begin daily at 11 a.m Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays.

If you and the kids are tuckered out from the museum visit, stay on the river taxi and take it for the entire loop around the riverfront area for a fun water ride around Downtown, getting back off where you parked at MOSH. If you’re up for more Downtown fun, disembark at The Jacksonville Landing.

Hopping off the river taxi at The Jacksonville Landing will put you and the kids in the Northbank core of Downtown, ready to explore the stroller and pedestrian-friendly core for lunch.

Kid-friendly lunch Downtown

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Visit to The Jacksonville Landing (2 Independent Dr.)

Lunch at the Jacksonville Landing is easy. Choose from American GrillFionn MacCool’sChicago PizzaCinco de Mayo and even Hooters – all with kids menus and both indoor and outdoor seating.  Be sure to visit their website for a full listing of stores, dining, events and concerts.

Besides The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown is teeming with great places to grab a bite to eat. For the kids, don’t miss Burrito Gallery (21 E. Adams St.), Chamblin’s Uptown Café (215 N. Laura St.) or Candy Apple Café (400 N. Hogan St.)

Of course, after lunch comes dessert!

Downtown houses a number of places to grab something sweet. Start with Peterbrooke Chocolatier (100 W. Bay St.) , then work your way up to Mocha Misk’i (209 N. Laura St.). Then tour Sweet Pete’s (400 N. Hogan St.) and see where all the magic – erm..chocolate is made.

 

Things to do Downtown

Get educated at The Main Jacksonville Public Library (303 N. Laura St.)

Kids can get in touch with their inner scholar at the Main library, which is located right around the corner from Sweet Pete’s near Hemming Park. The library opens Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. It offers a children’s department packed with books and other activities as well as regularly programmed events. Their kids section is overflowing with awesomeness, right down to the aesthetics. There’s a lounge area that’s created to look like a pond, complete with an alligator couch. The fourth floor map room is also an amazing feature of the library, especially for those future world travelers.

View contemporary art at MOCA Jacksonville (333 N. Laura St.)

Located right next to the Jacksonville Public Library the MOCA Jacksonville is great fun for kids. In addition to multiple floors of contemporary art the fifth floor is dedicated to the Art Explorium and contains 16 different stations for kids to learn about contemporary art. The museum also houses NOLA MOCA. This contemporary restaurant serves seasonal entrees as well as hand crafted grilled cheese, flatbread and pasta. MOCA Jacksonville opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon on Sunday with an admission charge of $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children age 2 and younger. NOLA MOCA is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and offers limited dining hours.

Get some fresh air in Hemming Park (303 N. Laura St.)

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The new and improved Hemming Park is a great place to have fun with the family while taking in the city.

Food trucks are available and the park features live music every weekday from 11a.m. to 2p.m.  The Imagination Playground Kids Station is open daily from 10a.m. to 6p.m. and offers a space for kids to explore and play.  Every Monday there is a chess meetup from 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. for newcomers and experts alike.

There are also other weekly and monthly activities. The first Wednesday of every month artists fill up the park for Art Walk from 5p.m. to 9p.m. Every third Thursday is Jaxson’s Night Market; featuring local farmers, local art and crafts, local beer and food trucks. Make sure to check out the events calendar to stay up to date on everything Hemming Park has to offer.

During the week take the free Skyway back to San Marco Station or hop back on the river taxi to return to the Southbank any day of the week.

REMEMBER:

  • Parking meters are free every weekday after 6 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. Or if you prefer, check out the parking garage and lot options here.
  • The Skyway, free, operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and during special weekend events. For more information, click here.
  • The Jacksonville River Taxi hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; closed on Mondays. For a one-way ticket, fares are $5/adult and $4/children ages 3-12. Children younger than age 3 ride free. For more information and special events fare, click here.
  • If you need assistance Downtown, our Downtown Ambassadors are here to help. Look for them in their orange polo shirts and pith helmets or call 904-465-7980.

For more information on Downtown destinations, check out our online directory. Many Downtown destinations also hold various special events throughout the year. Be sure to check our events calendar often, or sign up for our weekly events e-newsletter.

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unnamedI’m going to let you in on a little secret. Regardless of what your lady-friend says, every woman appreciates thoughtful gestures even OR especially on Valentine’s Day.

You love her because she’s one-of-a-kind, so show her with a gift that celebrates her unique style and a night on the town she’ll always remember. Trust me, you’ll get points for planning ahead.

Gift Ideas

  • Keep it simple and shower her with a bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers from Fresh Market OR make her laugh with a gift of Poo-porri “before-you-go” toilet spray from Grease Rags Clothing Company.

Plus, on Valentine’s Day between 1-3 p.m. Chamblin’s Uptown is offering a Book Lover’s discount. Purchase a book …or ten and get a Mimosa on Chamblin’s!

And for those last-minute shoppers, don’t miss spoiling your Valentine with local chocolates from the new Peterbrooke pop-up shop on Bay Street. No surprise we recommend the super-cute Downtown skyline chocolate bars!

by Zahni Thuzar, DVI Intern 

New Year; better you. If you read our previous post about nailing your New Year’s resolutions Down(town), you learned a bunch of ways to help stick to your plans. Alas, it’s about that time that most of us start jumping ship to join the other 60% ditching their New Year’s resolutions.

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Not this time!

The rise of young professional groups here in #DTJax has never been better, and they’re all great opportunities to help you get involved in the community, support the arts and/or gain a new hobby.

To save you some trouble, here’s just a few of the tons of organizations based here in Downtown Jacksonville:

The Contemporaries of MOCA

MOCA JaxYoung professionals between the ages of 21-40 are encouraged to connect with their artistic side and join The Contemporaries. The main goal of this organization is to encourage the cultural activity in this city and to bring awareness of the Museum to the public. With monthly happy hours occurring every fourth Friday of the month (from 5-8 p.m.), there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and connect with like minds. Every meet-up is held at a different location, which allows you to visit plenty of local venues all while discussing the newest trends in the contemporary lifestyle.

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Our Downtown column as printed in the January issue of EU Jacksonville:

Whatever 2014 threw your way; a new year means new possibilities. It’s a chance to start something new, to be a better you. Maybe that’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. According to the all-knowing Wiki, about 40% of us make them.

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Whatever your ideas of self-improvement might be, Downtown Jacksonville will deliver.

“In 2015, I will support the arts.” If you hashtaged #istandwithmoca in 2014, put your resolution where your quick-typing fingers are and spend time perusing MOCA’s contemporary art, then pop over to the Spark District’s Sculpture Walk Jacksonville at Main Street Park. Take in a show at the historic Florida Theatre or at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts where you can see a Broadway show or listen to our world-class Symphony (soon to be led by the Specktator’s sexiest man in Jacksonville, Courtney Lewis). Relive the glory days when Jacksonville was Harlem of the South at the Ritz Theatre, or enjoy one of the many free concerts at Friday Musicale often held, you guessed it, on Fridays.