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St. Patrick's Day - Blog

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for a good way to celebrate? Here’s a list of events happening this St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown!



Ball-N-Brawl: St. Patrick’s Day Edition at Bay Street Bar & Grille | March 17

NOVAteam Entertainment will host the 3rd “Ball-N-Brawl” installment of 2018. Start off St. Patty’s Day with some good drinks, good games, and good company at Bay Street Bar & Grille. The night includes $10 entry, $10 tournament fee with one free drink included, and games all night!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub & Restaurant | March 17

Party all day long at Fionn MacCool’s at The Jacksonville Landing! From 9 a.m. until midnight, enjoy live music, food and drink specials, shamrocks and shenanigans!

St. Patrick’s Day Food Truck Takeover at Hemming Park | March 17

Jax Food Truck Food Court and Friends of Hemming Park team up to present the Second Annual St Patrick’s Day Takeover! Join on March 17 for Jacksonville’s most delicious St. Patrick’s Day party, with cold beer and premiere food trucks serving up all your favorite foods. This event is kid and pet friendly.

St. Patrick’s Day Specials at The Volstead | March 17

Give your St. Paddy’s Day a little twist at The Volstead! Enjoy live music by The Rub form 9PM-12AM and drink specials: Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 12.00.27 PM

  • $5 Jameson
  • $5 Sexton
  • $6 Irish Car Bombs
  • $6 Irish Mule
  • $8 Tullamore DEW XO Rum Cask Finish Irish Old Fashioned

Southbank Saturday’s with Neil Harris at River City Brewing Company | March 17

Dance the night away at River City Brewing for this special St. Patrick’s Day edition of Southbank Saturday’s! Enjoy drink specials and music from Neil Harris from 7:30pm to 11:30 at this late night dance event.

yappy-st-997794960St. “Paw”ty’s Day at The Landing | March 18

Enjoy festive drinks and treats, raffles, and activities to keep you and the pup busy at The Jacksonville Landing! Dress your pooch in their best GREEN attire to take home the title of “King or Queen of Green”. Plus, sign up for the beer drinking contest (dog and owners), pups will drink Bowser Beer and parents will drink green beer! Also, there will be a coin toss to win a pot of gold!


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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


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.



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.


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!


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.



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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If you’re looking for a little luck this St. Patrick’s Day, #DTJax is the place to be. Irish or not, come out and celebrate the month of March with St. Patrick’s Day events and more.


St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans:

Kick off the celebration at “Shamrockin’ Downtown” First Wednesday Art Walk on March 4. You’re all in luck, because with Irish brews, bagpipes, music performances, a sneak preview of the new upcoming Jacksonville Zoo exhibit and much more, March’s Art Walk will be nothing less than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Check out full details and download a printable map at


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What better way to ring in the New Year than attending the very first First Wednesday Art Walk of 2015? This month’s Art Walk theme is “New Year, New Hobby” and will feature dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and many other activities that will help inspire your new hobby.

Here are some other reasons why you should attend Art Walk 5 – 9 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 7:

1. Need another chance to start the New Year fresh?



 From martial arts to quilting to gymnastics and dance, there are plenty of performances, art, vendors and food to choose from.

2. New Year, new coffee shop!



 Check out the grand opening of Urban Grind Coffee Co.’s new location on Bay Street, featuring live music, smoothie samples and new menu items. Be sure to stop by their neighbors, Daniel James Salon, for a beauty tips and yoga demonstrations by Yoga Den.

3. Because you can’t watch all of Friends in one sitting.

 Don’t worry, Friends will still be on Netflix when you get back. Why not hangout with your real friends at The Jacksonville Landing? During Art Walk, The Landing will feature local artists performing on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage, and Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub will host Spade McQuade for Whiskey Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.

4. Why not support local artists doing what they love?



 Don’t forget that all of your favorite Art Walk artists – new and existing – will set up in Hemming Park with all of your favorite pieces of artwork.

5. Put that diet off for another day.



 From Humble Pie, Nomi’s Island Girl, Vagabond Coffee and the Food Truck Village – plus, more than 15 restaurants open for dinner – there will be so much deliciousness to enjoy.

Whatever the reason is, be sure to kick off the new year with a visit to Art Walk’s “New Year, New Hobby.” For more information, visit

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By Hana Ashchi, DVI Intern

Photos by The Jacksonville Landing.

Photos courtesy of The Jacksonville Landing

Downtown Jacksonville is going to fire up your nights with three Downtown Lights Up Your Summer Nights.” In an effort to bring even more people Downtown, The Jacksonville LandingPyro Shows, and the City of Jacksonville are sponsoring a spectacular fireworks show on the St. Johns River every month this summer.

Two men, 12 hours of manual labor and 450 pounds of explosives with more than 3,000 effects is what it will take for these fireworks to light up the skies.

The first fireworks show is set to blast off at 9:45 p.m. this Saturday, June 7, and will be launched from two barges on the St. Johns River. One will be located in the front of The Jacksonville Landing and the other will be east of the Main Street Bridge. Viewers can watch this beautiful back drop along the Northbank Riverwalk, as well as Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank.Fireworks over the bridge

“We look forward to hosting thousands of people at each event and hope they will explore Downtown and experience it,” said Samantha Collins, marketing and public relations manager at The Jacksonville Landing.

Be sure to head Downtown for an evening of fireworks on these upcoming summer days as well: Friday, July 4, and Saturday, August 2. This month jam to I Love Music Tour until 9:30 p.m. followed by a performance by Something Distant.

“At The Landing, we have over 600 events a year and fireworks are by far our favorite,” said Collins. ” The atmosphere for a fireworks show is filled with excitement, anticipation, laughter, and people have fun. Everyone loves fireworks and we love being able to bring joy to our visitors summer nights.”

Make a night of it and plan to come before the show to have a nice dinner with a scenic view. Be sure to try out any of these restaurants that include the riverfront view at no extra cost:

End the night with a nightcap by experiencing Downtown’s nightlife scene. You can catch additional shows in The Elbow at:

Don’t let parking keep you from enjoying a night out on the town, it’s free after 6 p.m and on weekends.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Business Spotlights, Developments, Placemaking (5) Comments  

“Downtown has been frozen, we need to thaw it out,” said developer Toney Sleiman, owner of The Jacksonville Landing.

And Sleiman is looking to do just that. Last month, the Downtown Investment Authority held a public workshop in conjunction with DVI, the Haskell Company, AIA and Sleiman Enterprises to explore ideas about revitalizing The Landing. Approximately 200 people came out to voice ideas ranging from the importance of market-rate housing to incorporating art and local flavor to pedestrian and vehicular access.

Sleiman Enterprises and Haskell Company incorporated that feedback into a proposed design presented at the January 15 DIA Board meeting. The plans incorporate two towers–one to house a boutique hotel, the other to house residential units–with space for small business and retail below and throughout the site along with ample parking built into the proposed structure. A substantial setback from the river will allow for a wider Riverwalk and art promenade for pedestrians to enjoy and last block of Hogan Street will become a public plaza. Finally, the plans call for elimination of the ramp leading from Water Street to the Main Street Bridge on the western boundary of The Landing site.

The DIA will now begin its due diligence on the market demand for residential and hotel space Downtown, and will make sure that these plans are included as part of the redevelopment strategy its currently drafting.

Here is a look at the presentation shared with DVI this month, republished with permission.

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Oliver Barakat Profile JBJ 2013 ListRecently released, the Jacksonville Business Journal’s annual list of top movers and shakers spotlights local business, civic and government decision makers of 2013. It’s no surprise that one major unifying thread joined many of named–20 of the 30–together: Downtown Jacksonville.

Some based in Downtown, some cultivating Downtown and some championing Downtown, DVI would like to thank the following Downtown-minded movers and shakers for their commitment to enriching the fabric of Downtown Jacksonville. Leading the list is DVI’s very own Board of Directors secretary, Oliver Barakat.

1. Oliver Barakat is senior vice president at CBRE Group, Inc. and chairman of the Downtown Investment Authority.

2. Lori Boyer, City Councilmember, District 5, is an outspoken advocate for Downtown in policy-making.

3. Alex Coley, principal at Hallmark Partners Inc., is a driving force for 220 Riverside, a new mixed-use development in Downtown set to launch this summer.

4. Daniel Davis, president and CEO of JaxChamber continues to make Downtown a priority for the Chamber.

5. Renee Finley was head of public-private partnerships for the City of Jacksonville and is a vice president with Florida Blue.

6. Bill Foley III is Chairman of Fidelity National Financial, one of Downtown’s Fortune 500 companies.

7. Mark Frisch is CEO of Sunshine Sports Soccer Group, a new entertainment advocate group located in Downtown – and we’d love to see a soccer stadium Downtown!

8. Pat Geraghty is CEO of Florida Blue, a longstanding tenant in Downtown’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

9. William Gulliford, City Council president, is a major supporter of Downtown revitalization, including efforts to secure private management for Hemming Plaza.

10. John Keane is the executive director of the Police and Fire Pension Fund, which owners properties in Downtown.  

11. Jacques Klempf, CEO of Dixie Egg Co. and Ovinte Wine Lounge, is a key party interested in the rehabilitation the Bostwick Building.

12. Sherry Magill, president at Jessie Ball duPont Fund, is leading the charge to renovate the Haydon Burns Library for a major nonprofit center.

13. Hope McMath, executive director of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, is a major supporter of connectivity between Downtown and Riverside/Avondale.

14. Matt Rapp, executive director of THE PLAYERS Championship, was instrumental in expanding TPC into Downtown in 2013.

15. Elton Rivas, co-creator of One Spark and KYN, helped bring more than 100,000 people Downtown for the inaugural crowdfunding festival with a spinoff business incubator program.

16. Peter Rummell, immediate past chair of Jacksonville Civic Council, is a key advocate for Downtown revitalization and a major backer of One Spark.

17. Toney Sleiman is CEO of Sleiman Enterprises, which owns The Jacksonville Landing, and is working toward public-private investment to re-imagine this major landmark.

18. Hap Stein, is chairman and CEO of Regency Centers, a major developer, owner and operator of commercial property, is developing develop a Fresh Market-anchored shopping center in Downtown’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

19. Alan Verlander, COO of Gator Bowl Sports and Entertainment, is working attract major sporting events Downtown and community-wide.

20. Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority, is leading the update of Downtown’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) strategy to drive short and longterm economic development and revitalization.

View the full JBJ list here.