When Amber Aultman is concentrating on a project at work, she doesn’t have to worry about her dog Boston being bored and cooped up at home. Because Boston goes to work... | read more |
The co-founders of the 5 & Dime Theatre have a mission: they want to assemble “a high quality, culturally relevant, diverse and integrated collection of artistic... | read more |
Downtown Jacksonville is thriving, full of creative people doing new and exciting things. Everywhere you look, there’s a new restaurant opening its doors, a new bar... | read more |
Downtown Jacksonville has been feeling somewhat of a resurgence recently which I think is partly because of the hugely successful area known as The Elbow. Starting at... | read more |
Last April, Jacksonville hosted One Spark, the world’s first crowd-funding festival.
The four-day inaugural event drew 130,000 people downtown and showcased... | read more |
Leaving home for the first time — it's most often when a person goes off to college, gets married or makes a major life change. My new life began as the old one ended.... | read more |
Many of us didn’t know exactly what it was the first time around: a festival of ideas? A place for creators? What did that mean? Before One Spark’s inaugural event... | read more |
Gene Bednarek was born and raised in Florida, and is a Neptune Beach-based photographer and designer. He teamed with Michael Singleton to create a sketch... | read more |
Eighty years ago, restoration was not a buzz word – it was a way of life.
My kids and I gather around their great-grandma often for depression-era... | read more |
One Spark is just around the corner- and downtown is buzzing with the excitement of innovation and invention!
The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville... | read more |
Permaculture gardening is a relatively new concept to aspiring green thumbs, but its principles have been in existence since the beginning of time.... | read more |
The core lesson in permaculture gardening is do not try to outsmart Mother Nature. Alexander Ojeda teaches a nationally recognized permaculture design course that is... | read more |
A solidly engineered roof protects the home and can provide a space to add brilliant color and texture with flowering plants and succulent vegetables. Common... | read more |
Northeast Florida has two growing seasons; plant tomatoes now and in the fall.
Plant tomatoes in dark, rich soil (compost or potting soil) in a container that is 15... | read more |
Take a look at these eclectic mailboxes found on the First Coast.
Mailboxes serve as an opportunity for homeowners to showcase their creativity and individual... | read more |
The way we work is changing and it’s mandating a change in what the workplace looks like too. To be competitive in today’s technology and idea driven... | read more |
Heart & Soul
The Water Taxi
Boarding the Jacksonville Water Taxi one recent day at The Jacksonville Landing felt a little like being on vacation. As I watched the... | read more |
The East Coast Greenway is a 2,900 mile long traffic free route that is being developed between Key West, Florida and Calais, Maine, a town at the Canadian border. When... | read more |
If you are in the market for a kayak or a stand up paddleboard, check out these options from Aqua East Surf Shop and Kayak Amelia.
1. Stand Up Paddleboards... | read more |
Brett Bass met Jon Murphy through a Craigslist ad. Brett and Jon met Mike Coker at a bluegrass jam. Brett, Jon and Mike got together, “made it happen”, and... | read more |
Grandma's Cough Medicine, local bluegrass extraordinaires, prepared for Jacksonville's Second Annual One Spark, the biggest crowdfunding event in the nation, for the... | read more |
This “outlaw bluegrass” trio’s nonconformist attitude blends harmonic vocals with acoustic pickin’ sounds. A flatpicked guitar, banjo and upright bass... | read more |
Jim Alabiso was standing on a dock in Mandarin one day in 2007, looking out at the St. Johns River. From where he was standing south of the Buckman Bridge, he... | read more |
Check out this video shot September 7 on the water. The event was Up the River Downtown 2013 where swimmers swam from Jacksonville University to Riverside Arts... | read more |
There are plenty of unique options when it comes to exploring the waters of the First Coast. Whether kayaking a maze of creeks along the Matanzas River, taking... | read more |
Muvmnt is a local, community-minded company, that makes an array of lightweight, comfortable watches that come in a variety of fun colors.
Visit us on Facebook to win... | read more |
Remember the ABC television series Lost? Don’t worry; I won’t attempt to explain the entire 121 episodes here, but I do want to touch on an important... | read more |
A Jacksonville native, Cindy Platt was volunteering downtown at last year’s One Spark, when she felt a fire in herself. Inspired by the energy and excitement... | read more |
With so much going on in our city, you need a wardrobe for day jaunts and night life. Downtown is on fire, so you better look hot next time you head to the... | read more |
look #1 -
on her: black striped shirt with pleather sleeves - Sanctuary ($59), yellow neon skirt - models own, grey recycled leather clutch ($28) and... | read more |
Fresh Local Flavor
I’m a St. Augustine gal. We wear sandals everywhere, always stop to chat with other locals and can walk across town any time of day or night for a... | read more |
Start with 16 local farms. Add a couple dozen artisans and farm partners. Sprinkle liberally with supportive restaurants and spread over the First Coast. Serve... | read more |
In the heart of Avondale you’ll find restaurant Orsay, where the food is delicious, the staff is friendly, and time seems to slow down. Orsay is a sister restaurant to... | read more |
The paleo diet encourages you to eat like a caveman. That means eating anything you could hunt or gather – meats, fish, greens, veggies, seeds and nuts. Here is a... | read more |
A friendly smile, a sitting area with a touch of whimsy, fresh local brews and a lovely array of hand crafted treats greet every person fortunate enough to... | read more |
The combined creativity and out-of-the-box inspiration that is One Spark The World’s Crowd-funding Festival spreads to its Food Village presented by San... | read more |
“Fail to prepare; prepare to fail.”
That motto describes Up in Smoke’s food prep philosophy, and it is a quote that Jennifer learned from her dad when she was... | read more |