Downtown

The Effects of Redlining and Food Deserts in Jacksonville 

  Words by Kelila Ritchie In a city where Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market can amicably exist within a three-mile radius from each other; just on the other side of a connecting bridge, an entire community struggles to make ends meet daily.     This is the situation in District 7. One of the largest districts in Jacksonville and arguably, the most underserved community in Jacksonville, District 7 includes northwest Jacksonville (also known as the Northside) historic Eastside, Downtown and surrounding areas. It’s also the result of redlining, which leads to food deserts, among other things.   REDLINING During the …

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Welcome Aboard

Shipyard Social takes the concept of a party to uncharted waters. Words by Ambar Ramirez   My weekend nightlife routine has consisted of going to the beach bars, Silent Disco at Rootdown or simply staying in, so when I got an extended (and slightly vague) invite to a party on a ship, I have to admit I was intrigued. And not that it takes much to convince me to try something new, as I am an Aquarius after all, but when I learned that this wasn’t just any ordinary party on a boat, but Shipyard Social — a Halloween-themed party …

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 Raising the Bar: Hardwicks

Words by Kelila Ritchie   “Refreshing, welcoming and different.”   These are three words Sarah Merritt used to describe her new gig as a bartender at Hardwicks Bar. Located in the Elbow District Downtown (in the old London Bridge space), Hardwicks is the perfect place to go if you want to feel like you’re in an ’80s film with disco balls and strobe lights. And with a full liquor bar, beer, wine, seltzer, cocktails and shots are all on the menu.   My favorite thing, for sure, about this establishment is the freedom it holds. It’s a place where people …

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Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams New multi-purpose field inspires change in Northwest Jacksonville Words by Carson Rich There has always been something to do in Jacksonville, and now you can add one more thing to that list. The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast opened a new multi-purpose field at their location at Moncrief Road and Golfair Boulevard. This presents a second home for many young kids in the neighborhood and a wide range of opportunities for events to be hosted in the future. The introduction of this new location is part of an expansion plan taking place, which is bringing 11 …

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The Land of the Free… and Designer Drugs. 

The Land of the Free… and Designer Drugs.  “One pill can kill”    Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    A novel synthetic substance is rapidly spreading through Jacksonville — with potentially deadly consequences. Known as “N” for N-Dimethyl Pentylamine (hydrochloride), this drug falls under the category of cathinone, which are natural stimulants derived from Khat, a plant that is illegal in the United States. However, the version of the drug surfacing in Jacksonville is entirely synthetic, combining a hazardous blend of chemicals designed to imitate the effects of the natural stimulant.    The narcotic is a white or …

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Best Cheap Thrill When You’re Broke: Keg and Coin

Best Cheap Thrill When You’re Broke: Keg and Coin Listen, we’ve all been young and broke. Well, some of us still are. So living in an up-and-coming city where the price of living can’t seem to slow down, finding a fun AND affordable place to hang out is a rarity. Keg and Coin, located in Riverside, checks off all of the boxes for a cheap thrill. Creating a nostalgic atmosphere with old-school arcade games, themed party nights and kitschy decor, Keg & Coin also appeals to all ages, especially those who appreciate an awesome happy hour. Draft beer for $3? …

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December Nightlife Listing

Arlington Cliff’s Bar and Grille Live music, Friday and Saturday cliffsbarandgrill.com   Beaches/Ponte Vedra Gusto Live music throughout the week gustojax.com   Lemon Bar & Grille Live music throughout the week lemonbarjax.com   Lynch’s Irish Pub Live music all week lynchsirishpub.com   Mango’s Karaoke, Sunday and Wednesday mangosjaxbeach.com   Mavi’s Waterfront Bar & Grill Live music, Friday–Sunday mavijax.com   Monkey’s Uncle Tavern DJ, Tuesdays; live music, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; karaoke, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday monkeysuncletavern.com   Palm Valley Outdoors Bar and Grill Live music, Friday–Sunday palmvalleyoutdoors.com   The Ritz Lounge DJs and dancing, Friday–Sunday theritzlounge.com   The Shim Sham …

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Bar Brawl

Words by Carmen Macri Spirits were high during the third quarter of the Bar Brawl at The Volstead downtown.  The bracket-style competition calls for the best bartenders in the city to show the people what they’re made of, only it comes with a twist. The bartenders are given a spirit and a list of secret ingredients… though, they aren’t allowed to choose freely. There is a Plinko-type board with unique ingredients at the bottom and the fate of the bartenders’ drinks being left to gravity. The broad spectrum of components ranges from fresh pineapple to carrot turmeric puree.  Two bartenders …

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Skyway Surfers

Words & Photos by Janie Day As a kid growing up in Jacksonville, the Skyway always intrigued me. Zooming through the sky, twisting and turning between all the buildings of a city that was so large to a little girl—the ride had me captivated. One of my earliest core memories was my younger sister’s 6-year-old birthday party. The party was at the Treaty Oak Park, but my parents took me, my sister, and all of her friends on a Skyway ride to get there. My sister had wanted to take the Skyway for her birthday because it fascinated her and …

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