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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

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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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, if just half of the employed population in the U.S. spent $50 every month at local businesses, they would generate more than $42.6 billion in local revenue.

Lucky for epicureans, Eat Up Downtown, Downtown Jacksonville’s two-week dining promotion, is back for those who love spending money locally yet still save a buck. Aug. 12-25, more than 20 restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe menus. These locally owned gems feature cuisine from around the globe. At Indochine and Basil Thai & Sushi, you can enjoy Thai meals, while down the street you can stop by Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub for Irish cuisine. If you want to take a trip to Brazil or Mexico, you have the opportunity to try Brazilian Corner and Cinco de Mayo. You can get a taste of Italy by visiting Casa Dora, Vito’s Italian Café or Big Pete’s.

And new this year you can even dine on the St. Johns River aboard the Foxy Lady Cruises for only $45 on Friday, Aug. 16.

Last year, Eat Up Downtown welcomed more than 20,000 diners from all over Jacksonville and the region. These types of promotions encourage residents and visitors to spend their money locally, helping the local economy revenue grow during a traditionally slow dining season.

This year, make plans for a night on the town! For two weeks, you can grab dinner and drinks for less than $50 and help boost the local economy.

Support local, dine global – all in one night Downtown.

For participating restaurants, menus and more, visit

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If you’re a regular to Downtown, you may already know some of the best bets for finding parking: tucked away lots or open meters along less traveled streets. And you certainly know that metered parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends, right? But, if your daily life doesn’t bring you Downtown often, well… parking may seem a little intimidating. (Or so we’re told.)

The City of Jacksonville is looking to make it easier to find parking Downtown, but how successful they will be comes down to all of us.

The Office of Public Parking has teamed up with Streetline to bring us a three-month trial run of Parker, a free mobile app to help people find parking faster. (Available on both Android and iPhone platforms.)

Street-level sensors have been installed along Laura Street between Monroe and Water streets, and on one block of Adams, Forsyth and Bay streets east of Laura for this demonstration. Sensors feed the app real-time information on where you can find the most available parking meters. The app also provides:

  • Pricing information
  • A timer help you track remaining time on the meter, and
  • Voice guidance so you won’t have to take your eyes off the road.

Whether you’re Downtown daily or only once in a while, download Parker. Use it. Tell your friends. Share your feedback.

Parker has the potential to improve the experience of coming downtown and chip away at the perception that parking Downtown is difficult. Public participation during the three-month trial run will be key if we want to see this type of parking information provided throughout Downtown.

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Downtown is home to several holiday shopping options, including the stores of The Jacksonville Landing.

That perfect vintage book from Chamblin’s Uptown. A gift card to delicious Indochine. The latest high-tech toy for your little one from The Toy Factory.

Downtown Jacksonville makes holiday shopping easy.

With dozens of retail options all offering great gift options, Downtown can be your one-stop-shop for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Not only will you find perfect, unique gifts for your loved ones, but you’re shopping locally and supporting our growing Downtown.

According to a article, shopping local not only supports small businesses, it supports the community as a whole – all while boosting the economy. “The small business might be the backbone of the community but the customers are the heart that keeps it vibrant,” writes contributor Deborah Sweeney.

Moreover, in 2010, the Institute of Local Self-Reliance released the Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses, which include increased competition, job creation and community well-being.

If you don’t know where to get started with your Downtown shopping plans, let our Downtown shopping directory be your guide. And don’t forget to think outside of the box for gift ideas, from sports and concert tickets to museum memberships, bar tabs and kayak tours.

Our Downtown also offers several opportunities to buy local art and crafts projects for your gift-giving: tomorrow’s Art Walk, Friday’s Holiday at St. James’ craft bazaar; and every Saturday this month at the Riverside Arts Market. Also, wreaths will be available for purchase in Hemming Place every Thursday and Friday through Dec. 21 from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Do you plan to shop Downtown this holiday season? How do you think shopping locally benefits our Downtown?