Go local. Two small words packed with big meaning. Every time you buy from a locally owned business, no matter how big or how small a purchase, you are giving back to your community. Small business owners drive our economy. When you choose to go local, on average 48 percent of that money spent stays on the First Coast, compared to only 13.6 percent of each purchase from a large chain. That is almost three times the return on your investment. Shopping locally has a direct impact on raising employment in our region, and indirectly leads to lifting our community in a variety of ways through its re-circulation. It is a gift to our region to support its small businesses.

We celebrate local every day here at First Coast Magazine, and this year we decided to make it easy for you to enjoy some of the most fabulous boutiques in our region in one place. Forget the mall. Celebrate the spirit of the season with craft beer and cider by Engine 15, live music and a fantastically curated shopping experience designed just for you to relax and enjoy while going local and giving back to your community.

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Bay & Bee

Neighborhood: Jacksonville

Bay & Bee is a Montessori inspired play space and shop. It is home to carefully selected unique eco-friendly products that are made in the USA or in sustainable facilities ranging from pregnancy to toddlerhood.

Marketplace Wares: Wood toys, blankets, tethers, soft baby toys, books, baby carriers and products for mom and baby

baynbee.com

 

Congaree and Penn

Neighborhood: Northside

Congaree and Penn is a rice farm that practices organic and sustainable growing methods. It specializes in heirloom varieties of grains and through the support and encouragement of local restaurants, chefs and foodies, the farm has flourished and continues to grow.

Marketplace Wares: Varieties of rice and seasonal shrubs for cocktails and sodas

congareeandpenn.com

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Couture Jems

Neighborhood: Neptune beach

One-of-a-kind handmade boutique jewelry by Julianne Elise Marie designed for every woman is the foundation of Couture Jems. Her nature inspired jewelry is the perfect accessory for the woman on the go, whether at work or at play.

Marketplace Wares: Necklaces, cuff bracelets, wrap bracelets and more

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Eighteen32

Neighborhood: Jacksonville

Eighteen32 is a Jacksonville-based design studio that specializes in handcrafted, heirloom quality leather and canvas goods. It is a company dedicated to celebrating the art of American craftsmanship.

Marketplace Wares: Leather and canvas bags, wallets, key chains accessories and more

eighteen32.com

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Ellie Bing

Neighborhood: Jacksonville Beach & Avondale

Ellie Bing is a nifty jewelry and clothing boutique offering a unique blend of jewelry, clothing and accessories for all ages and styles.

Marketplace Wares: Vintage and fashion jewelry, accessories and clothing

elliebing.com

 

Fish Lips Paper + Fabric

Neighborhood: jacksonville

Fish Lips Paper + Fabric started in 2007 with the goal of proving that luxurious quality, designer aesthetics and environmental responsibility can coexist beautifully. The aesthetic for Fish Lips’ products is inspired by a love of bold colors, architecture and life on the coast.

Marketplace Wares: Eco-friendly bags, pillows, gift wrap and stationery

fishlipspaperfabric.etsy.com

fishlipspaperdesigns.com

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the Grindstone

Neighborhood: St. Augustine

Purveyors of single origin teas, the world’s first traceable and single origin olive oil, artisanal salts, single origin organic spices, gift baskets and much more.

Marketplace Wares: Single origin and organic teas and spice blends, single origin and traceable olive oil, olive oil soaps, non-GMO rice blends and gift packs

thegrindstone.us

 

Gypset and Pearl

Neighborhood: Jacksonville Beach

Gypset and Pearl is a women’s lifestyle boutique for daydreamers and jetsetters alike. It offers a highly curated mix of luxe skincare, resort wear, and accessories that come from all over the world! They get their customers ready for trips whether their next destination is around the corner or across the globe.

Marketplace Wares: Highly curated mix of all things fabulous for the face, body

and home

gypsetandpearl.com

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Jax Surf & Paddle

Neighborhood: Neptune Beach

Jax Surf and Paddle is a surf and paddle boutique with gifts, swimwear, clothing, and gear for everyone, as well as a school offering spring and summer youth surf camps, surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons, and rentals year round.

Marketplace Wares: Men’s and women’s clothing and swim wear, hats, sunglasses, accessories, rash guards, sunblock, surfboards, paddleboards, gifts, gear and more

jaxsurfandpaddle.com

 

Lott’s Furniture

Neighborhood: Amelia Island

Lott’s is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated furniture store for both the high end and middle of the road shopper. They’re a one-stop shop also offering design services, a variety of accessories and artwork, bedding, flooring and window treatments.

Marketplace Wares: Home furnishings, such as furniture bedding and accessories

lottsfurniture.com

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MOMNI Boutique

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

MOMNI Boutique believes in one simple idea — All Bodies Are Good Bodies. Their inventory is meant to make everyone who shops with them feel confident, valued and perfect just as they are.

Marketplace Wares: Clothing, handbags/clutches, hats and jewelry

momniboutique.com

 

Old City Brew, Coffee Roasting Co.

Neighborhood: St. Augustine

Artisan Coffee Roaster focused on serving the local community of St. Augustine and Jacksonville with only the finest selection of specialty coffee.

Marketplace Wares: Cold brew coffee drinks, roasted coffee beans, cold brew concentrate and gift baskets

oldcitybrew.com

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Olive My Pickle

Neighborhood: jacksonville

Give the unforgettable, delicious and fun gift of pickles and olives this holiday season. Olive My Pickle products make a beautiful and delicious gift that your loved ones will love. They’re also offering gift certificates, and they ship pickles and olives anywhere in the US.

Marketplace Wares: An assortment of different types of pickles and olives

olivemypickle.com

 

Pawfection Bakery

Neighborhood: Riverside / The Beaches

Grain free dog treats made in Jacksonville with 100 percent human grade ingredients. Their delicious all natural flavors will have your dog asking for more.

Marketplace Wares: Dog treats and deer antlers

pawfectionbakery.com

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Penelope T

Neighborhood: Jacksonville Beach

Penelope T is a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that has a curated selection of merchandise from both big and small contemporary designers. They showcase quality, creative merchandise with great design and offer pieces customers never knew they needed but can’t live without.

Marketplace Wares: Women’s clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, bags and candles

penelopetboutique.com

 

Reina Cookies

Neighborhood: jacksonville / Baked in Jacksonville Beach

Reina Cookies are the most decadent chocolate chip and brown sugar oatmeal cookies you’ve ever experienced. Handcrafted with love, sharing grace one cookie at a time they give back a portion of their proceeds to two local Jacksonville companies, Rethreaded and Coaches Honor.

Marketplace Wares: Handcrafted chocolate chip and brown sugar oatmeal cookies

reinacookies.com

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Rethreaded, Inc.

Neighborhood: Downtown

Rethreaded is a social entrepreneurship that is breaking the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable and creative work to those affected by the sex trade (i.e. prostitution, drug addiction and human trafficking.)

Marketplace Wares: Scarves, t-shirt jewelry, metal jewelry, leather handbags, quilts, wooden trivets, journals and pet toys

rethreaded.com

 

Sailors Siren

Neighborhood: Neptune Beach

Sailors Siren is salt air goods and gifts with a Southern accent. Entertaining, home and gift essentials for your salty Southern life.

Marketplace Wares: Cards and paper, home décor and accessories including: art, barware, baskets, books, candles and so much more

sailorssiren.com

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Sidney Cardel’s

Neighborhood: Jacksonville Beach

The go-to place for all your home shopping and accessorizing needs, Sidney Cardel’s is sure to help you enjoy a cozy, beautiful space that is distinctively you. At Sidney Cardel’s, you get one-of-a-kind fabulous!

Marketplace Wares: Various lines including home décor, decorative accessories, gifts, jewelry and Old Gringo Boots

sidneycardels.com

 

Skin Spa Eco-Luxe Beauty

Neighborhood: Jacksonville Beach

Skin Spa supports the shift in skincare towards chemical, toxin, and cruelty free products with sustainably sourced ingredients and ecologically sound manufacturing practices. It is known for its fabulous facial experiences.

Marketplace Wares: Candles, skincare, lip care, fragrances, natural soaps and locally made soap dishes, coffee scrubs and so much more

ecoluxeskinspa.com

 

The Admiral’s Daughters

Neighborhood: Atlantic Beach

The Admiral’s Daughters is a mission-driven, women’s apparel company catering to the local Jacksonville community through its comfortable and whimsical, ocean-centric designs. With every purchase, they donate part of their proceeds to support their Sea Services and Oceanic Environmental Charities Giving Program.

Marketplace Wares: Graphic tees & apparel that give back to our military and ocean-conservatory charities

theadmiralsdaughters.com

 

The Write Touch

Neighborhood: San Marco

The Write Touch specializes in stationary, wedding invitations, greeting cards, leather products fine pens and gifts.

Marketplace Wares: Stationary, invitations, greeting cards, leather products, fine pens and gifts

thewritetouch.com

 

Topsy Toffee

Neighborhood: Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

Topsy Toffee is a homemade specialty toffee made in small batches from a family recipe book to keep the integrity of freshness and flavor. Topsy Toffee, made in Jacksonville, is a fresh treat that one can take on an adventure around town.

Marketplace Wares: Milk, White, and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Toffee

topsytoffee.com

 

Underwood’s

Neighborhood: San Marco /avondale / beaches

Underwood’s is a family owned jewelry store that has operated since 1928 using a “Quality Philosophy” that fine quality will bring customers back and create new customers because of the satisfaction quality gives. Their quality is defined not just by materials and craftsmanship but also by design, presentation, service, integrity and the customer experience while in their store.

Marketplace Wares: Local jewelry designer, Dao Fournier products in silver, gold and 18.kt gold with one-of-a-kind gems

underwoodjewelers.com

 

watts juicery

Neighborhood: jacksonville beach

Watts proudly serves the Jacksonvlle community with delicious and organic cold-pressed juice.

Marketplace Wares: An assortment of different types of cold-pressed juices

wattsjuicery.com

 

 

GO LOCAL MARKETPLACE

When: November 5, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: The Glass Factory, 601 Myrtle Ave N, Jacksonville

Make a Day of It, and Check Out Jacksonville PorchFest

After you have knocked out some fabulous holiday shopping on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Go Local Marketplace, and knocked back a few delicious craft brews, swing by PorchFest in Springfield. Over 20 performers are playing music on the porches of the homes in our urban core’s most historic neighborhood. It is the perfect way to spend the day!

Visit Jacksonvilleporchfest.org for more info.

 

Our Founding Partners and Their Good Works

Our partners St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Key Buick GMC are two organizations that give back to our community by supporting a number of charitable initiatives, year round. Here are a few happening this holiday season!

 

Key Buick GMC

During the holiday’s Key Buick GMC does a “Fill up the Truck” food drive to support B.E.A.M. (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry). Employees and visitors fill the beds of pick up trucks in the showroom with dry and canned goods which are delivered to the organization, along with a financial charitable donation. The company also hosts a department competition between its employees to see who can collect the most gifts for Toys for Tots. Giving to our most vulnerable is a mission Key Buick GMC supports year round by giving to organizations like L’ARCHE Jacksonville and Daniel, the oldest child-serving agency in Florida.

 

St. Vincent’s HealthCare

In November, for over 20 years, St. Vincent’s HealthCare provides Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of families in need. Last year, they provided nearly 600 warm meals delivered by taxi driver volunteers to Meals on Wheels clients.

For youth, Read & Romp is celebrating its 10th year on December 3. Created by Dr. Sonya Domgues, this event is designed for children 8  and under to enjoy an afternoon of books, crafts and games. For our elders, on December 6, St. Vincent’s HealthCare will be hosting two Christmas parties for seniors through the Mobile Health Outreach Ministry.  Also, departments and associates of St. Vincent’s HealthCare adopt a family for Christmas in partnership with JP Hall and Community Connections. They gather gifts and items for those in need and bring hope during the holidays.