Why We’re Shopping Small This Year

What sounds better: waiting in a lines during Black Friday for hours or spending a beautiful Saturday in #DTJax shopping without the crowds?

We picked #DTJax and so should you!

1. Shopping local helps the economy.


If buying coffee can help the economy, then bring on the chai!

2. Trying new things is fun!


#DTJax and Small Business Saturday are pet-approved!

3.  You’ll strengthen your community.


And you’ll make new friends along the’s a win/win.

4. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!


Did you know when you shop at small businesses you are helping create jobs? Look at you helping the economy!

5. And…Ryan Gosling wants you too!


If Ryan’s in, so are we. 

There is a common misconception that holiday shopping consists of hectic trips to the mall or fights with the Internet to order a gift before it sells out. Don’t worry, Downtown has your ticket to a stress-free gift-giving season!

This year Downtown Vision, Inc. has partnered with American Express to bring #SmallBizSat to #DTJax! Small Business Saturday began 5 years ago in the hopes of attracting customers and making an impact on neighborhoods across the country. We are joining the efforts again this year because, everyone wins when we support the business that make are thriving Downtown special. The perfect gift is right at your fingertips whether it’s a sweet treat or something that sparkles, even your toughest critics are sure to be pleased! What a great time to show love to the businesses at the heart of our community.

This year we have 15+ businesses open for business on Saturday Nov. 28, including:
Chamblin’s Uptown | 215 N Laura St.
Hemming Plaza Jewelers | 231 N Hogan St.
MOCA Jacksonville | 333 N Laura St.
Monroe Galleries | 40 W Monroe St.
Super Food & Brew | 11 E Forsyth ST.
Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N Hogan St.
The W Studio 121, Inc. | 121 Bay St.
Urban Grind Coffee Company | Online orders only
The Jacksonville Landing |2 Independent Dr.
Adams Class Naval Ship Museum
Alycat gifts
Art by mouth
CoLab Jax
Ink Junkies Tattoo
N.A.i.W.Be Organic Day Spa
Sports Mania

Small businesses in Downtown are doing big things for our community! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our local flavor and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

For even more unique and handmade gifts, check out First Wednesday Art Walk on Dec. 2! Get in the spirit of giving this month as we support our local charities for the holiday season. Join Mayor Lenny Curry as the City of Jacksonville kicks off the holiday season in #DTJax with a special tree lighting ceremony. Throughout the night, enjoy live music by Evan Michael and the Well Wishers on the Hemming Park main stage, a holiday beer village and shop local by browsing handmade arts and crafts that make great holiday gifts throughout #DTJax.