Support Local Businesses
Information on how to support local businesses and restaurants, artists, and culture during uncertain times (if you're able).
If you want to suggest a business, restaurant, artist, or cultural organization that needs support (or has a new way for folks to support them during social distancing), or if you see something that's broken or incorrect, please submit your suggestion or correction using this form.
“As Downtown Vision monitors the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus, we want to ensure our business owners, residents, students, and visitors are informed about the ways in which this is affecting the #DTJax community. Check back regularly for more information on ways to support small business, who’s open, who’s closed and more. We appreciate your continued support. Stay safe!”
- Open for Business - find local businesses and how to support them, such as ordering a gift card, picking up meals/drinks to go, shopping online, and sharing them on social media.
- Local Closures - learn what’s temporarily closed in Jacksonville due to COVID-19 and how you can support them.
- Virtual Experiences - “Our Arts, Culture and Entertainment sector has new offerings to accommodate our homebound state. Show them some love and honor their hard work by enjoying live performances, virtual museum experiences (#MuseumFromHome), fun at-home activities and more!”
- List of restaurants open for curbside, takeout, drive-thru or delivery.
- Help Local Thrive Again - buy a gift card, purchase merchandise, or donate to local restaurants and businesses. “Each participating location will match its first $500 with a $500 gift card donation to our brave first responders and medical community.”
Arts, Culture, and Attractions
Riverside Avondale Preservation has temporarily closed RAM. “RAM is a primary source of income for more than 100 artists, farmers, and makers, and an important source of fresh food for many families. RAM is also our main source of revenue. We are a nonprofit organization that is solely supported by our community, which is a wonderful thing. Now we are calling on you - our neighbors - for help.”
- Donate to Riverside Avondale
- Find and Support RAM Makers
- Find and Support Riverside Avondale Restaurants and Merchants
The Jacksonville Art Walk
The First Wednesday Art Walk in April and May were canceled. For each Wednesday in June, the Jacksonville Art Walk will be doing two digital “Art Scroll” installments, one at lunchtime and one in early evening. They’ll be on the Art Walk Facebook page.
- Support Hemming Park Artists and Art Walk performers.
- Social Media:
The Jacksonville Symphony
The Jacksonville Symphony has canceled the rest of the 2019/2020 season, but they’re streaming pre-recorded ensemble and full orchestra performances online every Friday at 8 pm. Catch the streams at jaxsymphony.org/live, on the Jacksonville Symphony YouTube ChannelYouTube, or on Facebook. You can also watch past performance streams on YouTube and Facebook, as well as other shorter videos.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has reopened with new social distancing guidelines and somewhat limited attractions. Check their website regularly to see the most up to date information.