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Little Mice VS. Little Men

Words By Carmen Macri, Ambar Ramirez and Tysen Romeo   We arrived at the quaint neighborhood of Whispering Oaks around 9 a.m. and were greeted by one of the many friendly residents. After a quick introduction and a few firm handshakes, we were escorted on a quick walk across A1A Beach Boulevard to Ocean Hammock Park Walkway. The walkway is located on a city-owned, 18-acre parcel of wetlands and dunes leading directly to the beach, one of the few public accesses in the area. It is about one-third of a mile long, and the sights along the way are what …

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You Got Served: Wine & Dine

Best Ramen: Domu There are only a few of its kind: two in Orlando and one in Jacksonville near St. Johns Town Center. With homemade sake and unique dishes like Cheezus (that, quite literally, tastes like it was sent from the heavens), it’s no wonder Domu is so popular. But it’s those homemade ramen noodles that made it Jacksonville’s choice for Best Ramen. The homey, neighborhood restaurant started in the year 2016 in Orlando by chef/owner Sean “Sonny” Nguyen. His goal was to provide a restaurant and bar that combind traditional Japanese techniques with modern-day methods. Needless to say, he …

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Best Vintage Clothing Store: Disco Dolly

Best Vintage Clothing Store: Disco Dolly What else would you expect from a vintage clothing store called Disco Dolly than a wardrobe full of outfits you would definitely wear to Studio 54 (or on any night out in the city)? The locally-based online vintage store is owned and operated by Alexis Dillard whose personal Instagram page looks like it came straight out of a Dolly Parton music video. Disco Dolly has all your vintage clothing needs with pieces inspired by the one and only Dolly Parton (of course) and Cher. As one might expect, all of the pieces are funky …

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Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Müv

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Müv At this point, we all have at least one friend with a medical marijuana card. Maybe you even have your own. And more likely than not, you or your “friend” (wink, wink) are shopping at Müv for all of your medical marijuana needs. And really, who can blame you since Müv was voted “Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary.”  Müv’s goal is to provide its customers with the best cannabis and cannabis-infused products, and they have the knowledge, research and resources to do just that. With an R&D team made up of scientists, Müv is constantly looking …

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Best Local Crusader: Hope McMath

Best Local Crusader: Hope McMath A crusader is someone who campaigns vigorously for social, political or religious change. And when Jacksonville was asked to name its “Best Local Crusader,” they resoundingly voted for Hope McMath. A graduate of Jacksonville University, McMath is the founder and director of Yellow House, an art gallery more accurately described as “a place where art + action creates change” and oversees the student gallery at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Prior to opening the doors to Yellow House, she worked at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for more than 20 years, including …

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Unforced Error

Unforced Error Diana Greene jumps the shark Words by Shelton Hull Quick history lesson: Jacksonville’s first Black mayor was Alvin Brown, whose political career was all but ruined with a single critical mistake: the role he played, behind the scenes, in helping to block passage of the city’s initial attempt to pass a Human Rights Ordinance designed to extend traditional anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment, etc. to the LGBTQIA+ community. It was a rare case of almost unanimous consent within the local power structure, something that usually only happens in matters related to football, turtles and, occasionally, public works.  The …

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Jacksonville: River City? Or Gotham City?

Jacksonville: River City? Or Gotham City? Words By Ambar Ramirez and Carmen Macri   Dubbed the murder capital of Florida, Jacksonville is no stranger to crime. In 2020, Jacksonville saw the highest homicide rate since 2003 with 177. But with a brief glimpse of hope in 2021 in which homicide rates dropped to 130, the city of Jacksonville may be getting a grip on violent crime. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office website, as of publication, there have only been 116 homicides reported. But with a few weeks left still left in the year, that number is expected to rise. …

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The Apartment Con

The apartment con Words by Molly Britt So you’re moving out of your old place and find what you think is the perfect apartment for you. You put down the deposits, fill out the paperwork and find yourself all moved in. Then, right after getting comfortable property management is giving you one reason after another to really want to break that lease.  It’s not uncommon to hear horror stories from former residents of apartment complexes promising their best behavior. Whether it’s not getting responses for repairs that are needed or unwelcome intruders looking to “fix what’s broken” in the early …

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Local Artist Creates Treasure Hunt Mural for City’s 200th Anniversary

Local Artist Creates Treasure Hunt Mural for City’s 200th Anniversary Words By Kevin Cramer You may have seen the puzzling teasers around town—a cryptic message that says “JacksInJax.com.” From Downtown to 5 Points to Jax Beach, the phrase is popping up all over Duval County. Those of you who have been curious enough to visit the website learned it’s the home of First Coast’s First Treasure Hunt Mural. The JacksinJax project is the brainchild of Murray Hill resident and muralist Jason Tetlak. Recently while in Iowa painting the facade of a large theatre, Tetlak, who received international acclaim when his …

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Deck the Halls… Jacksonville Beach Style

Words by Molly Britt A look into the annual Deck the Chairs exhibit in Jacksonville Beach As a Floridian, I can tell you, I know how it feels to hope for the dreamy white Christmas. Snow falling, lights up around the house, and hot chocolate without sweating while we drink it because our families needed the heat on in 69 degree weather. Well, we may not have the ideal winter weather, but we definitely have lots of fun lights and hot chocolate – we just ignore the heat. Some of Northeast Florida’s greatest Christmas lights exhibits happen here, and thankfully, …

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