Business

Jacksonville Landing Gives Art a Riverfront Home

It always struck me oddly when the bubbled up as a suggestion of where to take out-of-town company. The view is picturesque, and it’s one of the most prized pieces of commercial real estate in the area, but it has never really had a cohesive cultural offering. There have always been restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment, but not really anything that struck me as a unique, wholly Jacksonville experience. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with a pitcher and wings at Hooters, it certainly isn’t essential on the things you have to see in Jacksonville tour. However, the tide is changing, …

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Riverfront East: Northbank Grows

The span along Bay Street along the riverfront from Liberty Street to the Sportsplex is mostly open acreage waiting for development. It’s a stunning jewel in Jacksonville’s riverfront crown just waiting to be polished. SHIPYARDS For over 140 years, East Bay Street was home to one of the largest shipbuilding operations on the east coast. Since 1992, this site has become known as a field where revitalization dreams come to die. Renamed the Jacksonville Shipyards, Inc. (JSI) in 1963 by , shipbuilding operations on this site dated as far back as the 1850s. For decades, JSI was one of Jacksonville’s …

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Jacksonville’s First Klutho: The Dyal-Upchurch Building

Eco Relics, Dyal-Upchurch, Klutho designs

The morning of May 4, 1901, a young architect named opened his New York Times to discover that a great fire had burned downtown Jacksonville nearly to the ground. In June, Klutho left his two-year-old New York City architecture practice to board a steamer bound for Jacksonville. He arrived to find the debris and rubble already nearly cleared, and local imaginations captivated by the blank canvas presented to builders and developers. Newly elected mayor declared a cease-fire for partisan politics, insisting that “the one all-absorbing idea now is the restoration of Jacksonville.” The city council quickly authorized the fire marshal …

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An Insider’s Guide to St. Augustine, Florida

El Galeon at Sunrise in St. Augustine, An Insider's Guide to St. Augustine, photo by Stacey Sather

SO THIS IS WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW Around St. Augustine you’ll see bumper stickers that call us “a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.” That’s cute and all, but the truth is living in is not as charming as outsiders think. Trolleys are constantly in your way, the whole place smells like horse piss, and sometimes when you live here you feel like you live in Disney World. There are always more tourists than locals. But a New St. Augustine is rising. The abandoned and forgotten Lincolnville neighborhood in Downtown’s backyard is being rejuvenated by hipsters, and it’s starting …

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If Strange Is Your Thing: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

“I have traveled 201 countries and the strangest thing I’ve seen is man.” – Robert Ripley Believe it or not, one of the most storied and diverse collections of oddities and human curiosities started as a single exhibit in 1933 at Chicago’s famed World’s Fair before famed curator took his across the country as a traveling trailer show. Today, the is among the most popular attractions in historic St. Augustine and one of 95 museums attractions on four continents. It’s location at 19 San Marco Avenue is the site of the former and was purchased by Ripley’s estate shortly after …

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A Toast!: St. Augustine Distillery Co.

  is relatively new in name, but their ethos, practices, and location have roots that reach far into the area’s past. The business operates with a tenacious sense of place, an exacting emphasis on quality, and a circuitous conscience that results in their distillers grains getting turned into soil or when they are fresh, fed to livestock. The concept is multifaceted and is one that is meeting the challenge of creating a celebrated entity among locals and a sought-after attraction for tourists. The only thing that , Co-Founder and CEO, talks about as glowingly as the distillery, is . “I …

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Howlin’ On The Bay: Wolf’s Museum of Mystery

On Charlotte Street, amongst the idyllic charm of St. Augustine’s historic downtown district, Wolf and live in a lovely two-story Victorian with a wide front porch and quaint backyard. But while many merchants have converted these historic homes into welcoming bed and breakfasts, Wolf and Ali have transformed their home into a museum of curiosities and collectibles with as much history as the oldest city itself. A small chalkboard on the porch next to a hand-painted Bigfoot banner announces the live mermaid performance from 6-7pm in the courtyard. It works to draw people in from the narrow side street. The …

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Sbraga & Company to Open in Brooklyn Neighborhood This Fall

Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga & Company coming to 220 Riverside, Brooklyn, Jacksonville, FL

Sbraga Dining’s new restaurant will celebrate the harvest of the South July 30, 2015 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Celebrated chef is expanding his eponymous restaurant group to include , a new restaurant that will open this fall at in Jacksonville’s . The restaurant will offer shareable small plates and entrées, an innovative bar program, house-made breads, and a raw bar. 220 Riverside With approximately 50 percent of the menu dedicated to Southern crops and grains, the restaurant will showcase the versatility of regional ingredients and Sbraga’s passion for modern American culinary techniques. “The harvest of the South offers a bounty of …

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Native Sun Natural Foods Market Announces Opening Date for New Store in Jacksonville Beach

Native Sun

, North Florida’s leading organic grocery retailer, expects to open its Jacksonville Beach location at the corner of 3rd Street and 15th Avenue North on September 4, 2015. With the opening date set, Native Sun owner addressed his decision to bring Native Sun to Jacksonville Beach, saying that, “the location was an easy choice for the new store because of the passion for healthy living that already exists within the beaches community.” For Native Sun, healthy living is about achieving balance. As Jacksonville’s local organic grocer, that balance starts with proper nutrition and expands to include anything that encourages a …

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Downtown Vision, Inc. and The Elbow Partner for the Elbow Bender

Kicks off with The Elbow Bender Party on July 9 Jacksonville, FL (June 16, 2015) – Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) and the bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and promoters collectively known as The Elbow have come together to promote authentic entertainment destination, beginning with the launch of the new TheElbowJax.com website to provide Jacksonville and visitors with a snapshot of the scene. In addition to the site, the partnership will launch a number of initiatives this summer to create new entertainment experiences. An Ocean Street Alleyway Clean Up Volunteer Day will give the community an opportunity to help clean up this …

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