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J Magazine Fall 2017

The magazine of the rebirth of Jacksonville's downtown

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LEFT: The sculpture “Showing the Way” — a memorial to Tillie Fowler — lights up the Northbank riverwalk near the Winston Family YMCA. RIGHT: Mosaic artwork by RouxArt can be found in a variety of locations in Hemming Park. This pillar is near the park’s north entrance. the back of your hand. And yet I still find surprises almost every week. Put on your most comfortable shoes for this walking tour of the core. 8 A.M. | The Riverwalks 1 Take a morning stroll or speed it up and get your workout along the Southbank and Northbank riverwalks and the Main Street and Acosta bridges. The whole circuit is about four miles. I always admire the sails that cast shade along the Southbank Riverwalk and the memorial to Tillie Fowler titled “Showing the Way,” which depicts the spirit of the former U.S. representative and Jacksonville attorney as an oak tree, the state tree of her native Georgia. Along the way, you’ll see many regular walkers and runners who usually greet you with big smiles — unless they’re struggling up the long incline of the Acosta. 9 A.M. | Urban Grind 2 Downtown’s premier coffee shop has two locations — 45 W. Bay St. and 50 N. Laura St. I order a large iced honey latte and an egg casserole stuffed with the day’s fresh ingredients. I deserve it after a major walk. 3 9:30 A.M. | Hemming Park I enjoy my coffee during a stroll to Hemming Park to check out a mosaic by RouxArt. “Flight of the Butterfly” involved the public in its construction — including my sister — and is situated directly across the street from City Hall in the old St. James Building. Head back toward the St. Johns River on Hogan Street to see Skyway pillars, electrical box coverings and streetscape artwork from the Art in Public Places DIA Urban Arts Project. 10 A.M. | Jacksonville 4 Walking Tours Head to the escalators at the Jacksonville Landing to take a Top to Bottom Walking Tour. Hear the stories of the River City from the Great Fire to Jacksonville’s time as the original Hollywood. Head to the top of the tallest building in Jacksonville, and explore secret underground tunnels beneath Downtown. Tuesday’s tour includes a stop inside The Florida Theatre. Thursday’s tour features a behind-the-scenes look at the Jacksonville Symphony. NOON | Wolf & Cub 5 Browse this boutique at 205 N. Laura St. that celebrated its first anniversary in Downtown in July. Owners Emily Moody Rosete and Varick Rosete select independently produced products, distinctive goods for the home and funky wearables for women and men. Wolf & Cub offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-screenprinted clothing and vintage curiosities that stand out in a crowd. I bought my father a T-shirt that proudly states “Jacksonvillain, Consolidated 1968.” 1 P.M. | Bellwether 6 Choosing a place for lunch in Downtown Jacksonville is often excruciating. Too many places compete for my taste buds: NOLA MOCA, Super Food & Brew, Olio, Indochine, The Court Urban Food Park ... the list goes on. On this occasion, I visit one of the newest spots, tucked into the tower at 110 N. Laura St.: Bellwether, created by the pioneers behind Orsay and Black Sheep. Start with the boiled peanuts and pimento cheese, then try the Bellwether Salad or the shrimp and grits, which is made with Jacksonville’s own Congaree and Penn middlins. Follow it with a cold brew and some soft serve ice cream, because this is Florida. 2:30 P.M. | Main Library 7 The first floor of the Main Library has been transformed into Jax Makerspace, a collaborative space for artists, musicians, hobbyists, techies, writers and more. It’s a great place to explore, JEFF DAVIS (4); MAP: JEFF DAVIS 46 J MAGAZINE | FALL 2017

LEFT: Marisa Yow’s painting “Lone Sparrow” is part of the art exhibit “Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence” at the Main Library through Oct. 22. RIGHT: A steak taco with chips and salsa waits to be served at the original Burrito Gallery location in Downtown. create, meet new people and access the library’s many resources. “Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence” features works by Margete Griffin, Hope McMath, Princess Simpson Rashid, Jim Smith and several others. The exhibition is open through Oct. 22. Then head up to the Lovett Courtyard on the second floor and relax with a book while overlooking the center of Downtown. 8 4 P.M. | Sweet Pete’s No Downtown Jacksonville outing is complete without an excursion to this sweet spot. Peter and Allison Johns Behringer opened the sweetest destination on Earth at 400 N. Hogan St., catty-corner from Hemming Park. The destination attracts busloads of school children Downtown for tours of the candy-making empire. Do not miss the salted caramels, or you will be sorry. Beyond the candy store and The Candy Apple Café on the first floor is a second floor with even more retro candy offerings and an old-fashioned ice cream shop. 12 HOURS IN DOWNTOWN 8 Monroe St. Adams St. Forsyth St. Water St. N Bay St. Hogan St. THE LANDING ST. JOHNS RIVER FRIENDSHIP FOUNTAIN San Marco 6 Laura St. 3 4 2 7 5 Main St. MAIN STREET BRIDGE 1 1 Coastline Dr. Riverplace Blvd. Mary St. Flagler Ave. Ocean St. 9 10 Newman St. Prudential Dr. Market St. 11 10 6:30 P.M. | Burrito Gallery Play a round of Thursday trivia on the back patio of this Downtown mainstay. The original location has been open on Adams Street for 13 years. It has since added locations at Jacksonville Beach and in Brooklyn. Order a margarita to wash down a blackened shrimp burrito with black beans and guacamole while you try to answer questions on current events, ’80s culture, sports and more. Don’t miss Shaun Thurston’s mural “Raccoon vs. Armadillo Magic Taco Standoff” behind the back wall of the patio. 11 8 P.M. | The Hourglass PUB & Coffee House Arrive at 345 E. Bay St. just in time for the weekly Mad Cow Improv Comedy show with high-energy, fast-paced improvisation games reminiscent of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Based on suggestions from the audience, this talented group of players provides an evening of entertainment that is never dull and never the same show twice. Kipp Ave. 9 5 P.M. | Bold City Brewery After nine years operating its tasting room in Riverside, Jacksonville’s original craft brewery opened its Downtown location at 109 E. Bay St. Taste one of several Jacksonville-themed craft beers made in the Rosselle Street brewery, or try a specialty beer brewed on location in a three-barrel system. Denise M. Reagan is senior PR manager at Brunet-García Advertising, a longtime journalist and a frustrated Downtown enthusiast. FALL 2017 | J MAGAZINE 47