Many people are surprised to hear that, for the past few years, I’ve bought most of my Christmas presents for friends and family Downtown. What could be easier than walking out of the office and loading up on children’s toys from the Toy Factory, jewelry from Hemming Plaza Jewelers, gift certificates to Daniel James Salon, hard-to-find books from Chamblin’s Uptown, and tickets to great shows and sporting events? The numerous options make my shopping as easy as can be. Plus, I get to support Downtown and Downtown’s more than 100 retailers. Here are some ways you can support Downtown and go local this holiday season:
Shop Downtown: Cash in on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. Where else can you shop, dine, and enjoy the Main Library and museums before finishing the day with a riverfront holiday tradition? Black Friday shoppers can head to The Jacksonville Landing for the 27th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Small Business Saturday shoppers can top off the day with Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks Spectacular. More on holiday discounts and deals below.
Walk Downtown: Stroll down to the First Wednesday Art Walk to celebrate the holidays in Downtown. With hundreds of artists and nine galleries, you’re sure to find quirky and artsy gift ideas while supporting local artists. Visit iloveartwalk.com for the skinny.
Play Downtown: There’s still time to book your office holiday parties Downtown. DVI keeps an ongoing database of more than 100 places you can host an event Downtown, from historic buildings to rooftops to riverfront venues. We have options to suit every need.
-A message from the executive director, Terry Lorince
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