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The Mini Bar Donuts + Coffee Is Opening This Saturday
The Mini Bar Donuts + Coffee is opening at 1300 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach at 9am this Saturday. The Mini Bar will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 13 and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.
Jacksonville natives Brooke Sams and her husband, Chase, are the owners of the store. They will also offer coffee by Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and beer by local breweries such as Jacksonville Beach-based Southern Swells Brewing Co.
“The donuts are all made to order, so if you come you’ll always get a hot donut,” Sams said. “There will be a set menu you can pick from but you can also come in and build your own donut with any number of crazy toppings.”
The Mini Bar will have 16 donut flavors, including s’mores, peanut butter cup, cookies n’ crème, jelly, birthday cake and a variety of glazes such as vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter and maple. A gluten-free donut also will be available. Their donuts are about a third of the size of a regular donut. This means you get to try more flavors each visit.
The 2,800-square-foot space will have 30 inside seats plus lounge seats and a 1,700-square-foot outdoor courtyard. Sams said she anticipates having a staff of 15. The s... [Read More]
NFL’S FINAL EIGHT TAKE CENTER STAGE IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
And then there were eight. The NFL heads into the Divisional Playoffs with a slate of four key games on tap.
On Saturday, January 13, the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3), who won the NFC East and secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will host the Atlanta Falcons (11-6) at Lincoln Financial Field to kick off the weekend (NBC, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:15 PM ET), the New England Patriots (13-3), who won the AFC East and own the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will host the Tennessee Titans (10-7) at Gillette Stadium.
On Sunday, January 14, the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), the AFC North champions, will welcome the AFC South-champion Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) to Heinz Field (CBS, 1:05 PM ET) and the Minnesota Vikings (13-3), who won the NFC North, will host the New Orleans Saints (12-5) at U.S. Bank Stadium (FOX, 4:40 PM ET), the home of Super Bowl LII.
Saturday, January 13
NFC Atlanta at Philadelphia 4:35 PM ET
AFC ... [Read More]
Teal Beer and Food Will Be Served At Sunday’s Jaguars vs Bills Game
Jacksonville Jaguars fans will get to enjoy teal beer at Everbank Field for Sunday’s home playoff game thanks to the Jacksonville Anheuser Busch Brewery!
The beer will be sold throughout the stadium on Sunday while supplies last. In addition to the teal beer, Delaware North, the official food provider for the Jaguars, will be creating additional teal fare to support the Jaguars first home playoff game since the 1999-2000 NFL season.
Here’s what fans can expect:... [Read More]
City of Jacksonville to Host "Bills Bustin' Bash" This Friday
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the City of Jacksonville will host the “Bills Bustin’ Bash” this Friday, January 5 at 5 p.m. at Daily’s Place to help demonstrate fan support and excitement for the jaguars playoff game. The Jaguars are AFC South Division champions and will host an AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, January 7 at EverBank Field.
The stadium gates will open at 4 p.m. and the festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. Fans can expect remarks by Mayor Curry and Jaguars Owner Shad Khan as well as performances by THE ROAR of the Jaguars and the D-Line. Jaguars alumni from their 1999 playoff team will be in attendance to sign autographs beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Mayor Curry stated "We are incredibly proud of our Jaguars and their tremendous success this season," "This rally is a fun opportunity for fans to rally together to showcase our pride, love and support for our home team. Go Jags! Let's Bust the Bills!"
The fans can register in advance to attend the rally at www.jaguars.com/mayorsbash... [Read More]
THE ALLIGATOR FARM IN ST. AUGUSTINE CELEBRATES ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park this year celebrates its 125th Anniversary. The beloved Northeast Florida destination will mark its century-and-a-quarter birthday with a wide range of celebrations and special events, most notably the opening of a brand-new attraction, Oasis on the Nile.
A History of Crowd-Pleasing and Conservation
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was founded in 1893 as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles, and it soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. In 1937 it was purchased by W.I. Drysdale and F. Charles Usina, who began acquiring additional animals from other alligator farms, zoos, and museums, and by the 1950s, The Alligator Farm had become world famous. In the 1970s, scientists from the University of Florida began research on the premises, and exhibits were improved, with additions including the theater, outdoor amphitheater, and the stunning rookery boardwalk.
Since 1989, The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has extended accreditation to The Alligator Farm, elevating the institution to a select list of zoos, aquariums, and other zoological facilities throughout the nation recognized for the quality and care of their collections.
A ... [Read More]
Articles - Sports
Bragan Field Gets Prepared for Opening Night
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fans will notice some changes to Bragan Field when the Jacksonville Suns open the 2014 season against the Huntsville Stars on Thursday April 3 at Bragan Field.
The Suns will open their season on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:05 and will be home for five games through April 7th against the Huntsville Stars. Don't miss Opening Night and a special ceremony for the unveiling of the Legends of Jacksonville Baseball at 6:00 P.M.
Tickets for all Suns home games are currently on sale through the Suns Box Office at (904) 358-2846, or online at www.jaxsuns.com. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $10.50 for reserved seating and $13.50 for Homeplate Box seating. Limited sponsorships, season tickets and group packages are still available.
In this video from the Suns Baseball Network, changes to the nets and infield surface are examined, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the Suns clubhouse.
The 2014 season is presented by Everbank, official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. The Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins and a member of the Southern League of Professional Baseball.... [Read More]
Russian Gold medalists get $120,000 cash plus a new Mercedes after Olympics
If you were on the Russian Olympic team and you were a medalist at the Sochi Games, you're in the money. The medal winners are given cash and a new Mercedes. All of the Gold medalists in the Sochi Olympics were given $120,000 plus a brand new Mercedes GL SUV. The Silver medalists got $76,000 and a Mercedes ML, and the bronze medalists got $52,000 and a Mercedes GLK. A total of 45 cars were distributed to the Olympic medalists. Russia won a Sochi-leading total of 33 medals, including 13 golds. The Russian athletes who won medals in the 2012 London Games received Audis instead of Mercedes. For comparison's sake, The United States Olympians who medaled received $25,000 for a gold, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. The money won by the United States medalists is then taxed by the IRS. Go Figure! ... [Read More]
Great Urban Race Coming To Jacksonville On March 8th
JACKSONVILLE FL – The national running series Great Urban Race offers a mentally and physically challenging Saturday afternoon that takes participants dashing through their cities to visit local organizations, with an added bonus: runners are competing for a cash prize and potentially their share of $10,000. The urban scavenger hunt has been in existence since 2007, but will hit Jacksonville for the first time on March 8th. In 2014, Great Urban Race will take participants to big adventures in 14 domestic and international locations.
Team members will solve and complete 12 unique clues at local Jacksonville businesses and landmarks. In previous races, challenges have included one teammate lying on a bed of nails, walking on glass, and taking a photo with a live tiger. First, second, and third place finishers will receive a cash prize. The top 25 teams to complete the race in each location will secure a spot in the National Championship race, held in Vancouver on August 9th. The top teams at the Championship will take home a total of $10,000 in grand prizes.
“Great Urban Race offers participants the most exciting Saturday imaginable,” says Event Director Jordan Diehl. “People really have to think to co... [Read More]
Rumors: USA to play final pre-World Cup friendly vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Fl - Rumors and multiple sources have said The US Men's Soccer Team will play its final sendoff match before the World Cup against Nigeria on June 7 at EverBank Field.Photo Credit Gary Bogdon
The U.S. intends to play three friendlies on home soil in late May and early June to get ready for the tournament. The last time the U.S. played in Jacksonville was on May 26, 2012, when Landon Donovan scored a hat trick as the US beat Scotland, 5-1 in front of 44,438 fans Sources say that the game this year, falling in a World Cup year and being the last friendly before the U.S. leaves for Brazil, could make it a 76,000 capacity sellout this time around.
Tickets and more info will be released when available.... [Read More]
Jacksonville Armada - New NASL Soccer Team
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 18, 2014 –The Jacksonville Armada FC has arrived! First Coast sports fans have a new professional soccer team to support today, with the announcement that the city’s North American Soccer League expansion team will be named Jacksonville Armada FC, in a nod to the area’s rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection.
The team name was selected following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans across the region to provide suggestions for the new team’s name. Of the more than 1,500 responses, Armada FC was one of the most popular, closely aligning with the new soccer club’s vision of building a passionate, determined and progressive organization.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council President Bill Gulliford, Jacksonville Chamber President Daniel Davis and NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson, along with team executives, unveiled the club’s new name and logo in a press conference in front of media and fans at the Jacksonville Landing.
“We love sports in Jacksonville, and we are excited to welcome our newest professional sports team,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Soccer is a great family-friendly game and it has a growing ba... [Read More]
Articles - Food
Champagne on a Budget:
A Guide to First Class Taste on a Young Professional Budget:
Lux: Dom Perpignan Champagne $150
Dom Perignon is a prestife cuvee owned by Moët & Chandon. DP is aged at least 7 years before release to ensure maximum deliciousness.
Less: Roederer Estate Brut $20
Roederer Estate Brut is a sub $20 sparkling wine from California, it is similar to Dom in the look in feel.
Lux: Veuve Clicquot Champagne $40
Veuve Clicquot’s yellow label is perhaps the most well marketed Champagne on the face of the planet.
Less: J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux $14
A great Cremant de Limoux or Cremant de Bourgogne will be equal to or even beat ‘Yellow Label’ for less that $20. We love Lu... [Read More]
Its A Eggnog Time Of Year
Oh yes, it’s that time of year again… eggnog time! Not that you can’t make eggnog all year round—we actually do—but this is officially the eggnog season.
Here are a couple recipes you might want to try:
The Southern Comfort Eggnog (single serving)Ingredients: 1 oz. Southern Comfort 3 oz. eggnog Garnish: Nutmeg
Or make your own Mix and eggnog (party - 10 servings)
Ingredients:1 quart milk 1 pint heavy cream 12 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pint whiskey 12 egg whites 1 cup white sugar 1 pinch ground nutmeg
Directions:In a large bowl, blend the milk, cream, egg yolks, vanilla and whiskey using a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar while continuing to whip until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, and pour into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Serve in mugs or cups garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
However you plan to spend the holidays - we wish you a Merry Christmas and please Drink Responsibly.... [Read More]
Olio - Downtown Hidden Gem
Jacksonville Fl - If you love great food, you have got to try Olio. The new restaurant which opened mid 2011 is a spot you must check out if you have never been. The culinary team consist of Head Chef: Greg DeSanto & Sous-Chef: Ian Northcutt.
The downtown destination has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" for their Duck Grilled Cheese. The besides the usual downtown lunch rush and diner crowd, they host numerous conventioneers and guests from out of town staying at the Hyatt Downtown Riverfront.
Local's know Olio for their Fish Tacos, Steak & Aged Gouda Cheese, Shrimp Po' Boy, "Deep-Dish" Quiche ant their famous Duck Grilled Cheese. The restaurant has plenty of seating and is very clean. One of the coolest parts of the restaurans is that you can watch their chef's prepare your meal in their open exhibition kitchen.
The food was delicious and we give it a 9/10!!! They are located at 301 E. Bay Street Jacksonville, FL 32202. In a rush, call ahead and order your food by phone: (904) 356-7100
Check in soon and check out their website!!... [Read More]
Bacon S’mores - Oh Dear!!
Just in time for campfire season; here is a treat that you will have to try, that is if you like BACON!!!
Its called a Bacon S’more. This is one of the most delicions treats we have ever tasted - bacon, marshmallows and chocolate!! Love all 3 - Its a match made in Heaven!!!
With that said, it’s easy to make and cooking time and preperation is only about 5 to 10 minutes.
Good luck and Happy Hollidays
-xoxo 904 Happy Hour... [Read More]
Local Beer Superstore - Every Beer You Could Dream Of
Jacksonville Fl - Out on the prowl, we came across a "Craft Beer Emporium" in the King St. Beer District called Beer 30. Beer 30, owned and operated locally, is a must visit.
The store, currently boasts over 650 different kinds of craft beer that can be purchased as singles, 6 packs or cases. They also have a hand picked selection of wines for non beer drinkers. Warren Fryefield - co owner & beer enthusiast opened the shop in June, 2012. Warren got into the business because of his love for a good beer. Warren doesn't have a favorite beer, he has many - " Asking me what my favorite beer is like asking me which child is my favorite".
Besides being know for having lots and... lots of beer, the store also has local craft beer like Bold City & Intuition for the "CHEAPEST IN TOWN - GUARANTEED"! They truly have something for everyone. If you are looking for local, regional or international craft beers, this is your new favorite shop. The most obscure beer they carry is Enistok imported from Iceland. Most popular beer choice are beers from Intuition and Bold City.
Hours: Weekdays are 11-11, Saturday 10-12 & Sunday 12-6. Their address is 1... [Read More]
Articles - Entertainment
Jax July Bucket List
Summer isn’t over, were just getting started! Time to grab your friends and family and check out all that Jacksonville has to offer, especially during the summer months. The month of July features all sorts of events, concerts, festivals, and of course plenty of sunshine in the 904 area. Check out 904 Happy Hour’s Bucket List of the top things to do and see before summer comes to a close!
1. Spend a Day on the Beach
What better way to spend a day off then sitting in the sunshine and catching some rays? From reading a book to taking a swim, you can’t go wrong with a day at one of Jacksonville’s beaches. Check out Atlantic Beach or Neptune Beach right along the Atlantic Coast, each with plenty of public beach access points and white sands perfect for relaxing. Heading a little further south? Right down A1A you can find Mickler’s Beach in the beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach.
2. Learn to do Yoga
Getting in shape for beach season is a must do! With studios new and old all over Jacksonville, yoga is a great workout for both the body and the mind. Places such as Big Fish Power Yoga and Yoga Mix offer classes for every skill level and specials for new customers as well! Namaste![Read More]
Clash of the Country Music Festivals
(June 21, 2015 Jacksonville, FL) Summers in Jacksonville have always had a lot of events happen from concerts, summer camps, beach festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and, of course, The Florida Country Superfest. Last year’s Country Superfest was our first annual festival that sold out due to the artists who performed last year. CMA Fest last year was a week before Florida Country Superfest which worked out well. It at least gave the fans a chance to go to CMA Fest before they went to Florida Country Superfest. This year’s festival, however, was in competition against Nashville’s own CMA Fest, which is a really bad idea. The consequences for this could be low ticket sales, a lineup that may be a hit or miss line up, and frustration with the promoters who scheduled the Superfest event. So, here is a comparison or “clash” of the country music festivals……It’s time for CMA Fest vs Florida Country Superfest.
Let’s talk about crowds. Each festival brings in a lot of people; some of them come from all over the state, even some people from outside the country. CMA and Superfest brought in a lot of crowds last year by having the best choices for headliners. When performers were announced who would be clo... [Read More]
Top 20 Events This Weekend - June 18-21 2015
Back by popular demand, the weekly top 20 events are back for the summer! There is a lot happening around town this weekend from a skate day in riverside to a family free movie in St. Augustine. Here is the list:Thursday:
1. DJ Unk Performs "Walk it Out" and other hits at Suite – Doors open at 9pm
2. Maverick’s at the Landing hosts their weekly Ladies Night - Ladies drink Free from 8-10pm– Doors open at 7pm
3. Jaxsons Night Market @ Hemming Park from 5:30pm-9pmFriday:
4. Party Down South's Daddy Ryan will be @ Mavericks at the Landing for a special meet and greet event from 8pm -midnight
5. Jenni Reid Album Release Show feat. Ashleigh Davis @ Jack Rabbits - Doors open at 8pm
6. Archnemesis W/ Mzg, Damballa & Cat Party will be performing @ Freebird Live – Doors open at 8pm
7. Chuggington - The Great Rescue – Musical Adventure will be at the Times-Union Center - Moran Theater – Show starts at 7pmSaturday:
8. Clear Coast Festival - An International Surf Day Clean Up & Concert @ Lynch’s – All Afternoon
9. Bourbon & Bow Ties, a charity fundraiser for Best Buddies will be happening ... [Read More]
King Sunny Ade Coming To PV Concert Hall On Friday, July 31, 2015
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 8, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes the king of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, to the stage on Friday, July 31, 2015. Tickets for King Sunny Ade & His African Beats will go on sale to the public this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.
Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no artist has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966, following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own 10-piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which earned him a Gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.
The late 60s found Ade searching for a credible sound identity that tended to fuse the influence of Tunde Nightingale with the techniques of his mentor, Moses Olaiya, in ... [Read More]
Jim Lauderdale Coming To The PV Concert Hall on August 14, 2015
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 8, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and Flying Saucer Presents proudly welcome GRAMMY-award winning Americana musician Jim Lauderdale & His Band on Friday, August 14, 2015. Tickets for Jim Lauderdale & His Band will go on sale to the public this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.
“Few current acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good...” - All Music Guide
Jim Lauderdale is a multiple GRAMMY and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record, Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Americana Album category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002.
Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels. He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter. He has helped pave the w... [Read More]
Articles - Community
Sneak Peak Of Vision For Shipyards Development Presented By Shad Khan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17, 2015 – The eagerly anticipated vision to transform the Shipyards riverfront downtown property into a vibrant entertainment and leisure district was presented today by Jaguars owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping on behalf of Iguana Investments, a new development entity created by Khan specifically for the Shipyards project.
The vision was presented at the Jaguars’ annual state of the franchise event, where updates involving the Jaguars were shared with City leaders and news media in attendance, and online with the public via live streaming.
The property, which encompasses approximately 48 acres of City-owned property on the north bank of the St. Johns River, is central to Khan’s long-stated vision to bring new life and positive economic impact to Jacksonville’s urban core. By creating a year-round destination that bridges EverBank Field and the Sports Complex to Downtown Jacksonville, Khan said the Shipyards project – should it become reality – promises to serve the entire region for generations to come.
“The Shipyards would give Downtown Jacksonville the kind of iconic identity that many downtown districts in the United States enjoy an... [Read More]
2015 Monster Trucks on Display in Jacksonville
Thursday, February 19 - Monster Trucks on Display in Jacksonville
For fans, it's a chance to see and take pictures with eight of the show’s biggest stars, the enormous trucks, and meet the race teams, before these beasts roar in to EverBank Stadium for the show. Best part, it's all free to the public at these times and locations:
Best Bet Poker Room
455 Park Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
9770 Atlantic Blvd –
Jacksonville , FL 32225
2784 Sadler Rd.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Grave Digger Ride Truck
6400 Blanding Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32244
3pm – 7pm
Monster Mutt Rottweiler
Mike Davidson Ford
9650 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Monster Mutt Dalmatian
AutoNation on the Ave
10720 Ph... [Read More]
Castillo De San Marco Free Admission on Presidents' Day Weekend
The Castillo de San Marcos will celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend by offering free admission on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 14, 15, and 16, 2015. On Monday, February 16, the Castillo will honor African American History Month with some special programs.
On Monday, February 16, at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Ms. Bernadette Reeves will present, “Unsung Heroes,” a dynamic tribute to prominent local African Americans who have contributed to the ongoing struggle for dignity and racial equality in St. Augustine.
The presentation will include dance, music, and spoken word to honor these great men and women. Also on Monday, February 16, Janiyah Jackson, of West Augustine’s Kids Safe Zone, will present a dramatic recitation of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Info Via augustine.com... [Read More]
2015 St. Augustine Record Fair will be held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 22
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (January 15, 2015) – The Spring 2015 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will be held Sunday, March 22 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.
On Sunday, March 22, music lovers and collectors can shop over 35 tables featuring thousands of new and used vinyl records, CDs, music memorabilia, collectibles, turntable supplies, posters and other unique music-related items. This year’s Record Fair will be the largest ever held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with over 20 dealers from across the Southeast.
The Spring 2015 St. Augustine Record Fair will also feature live music by several local bands, live DJ sets by Jake Brown of Hear Hear DJs and children’s activities including a bounce house, art activities and face painting. Food and drinks will be available for purchase onsite and there will be ample free parking in the Amphitheatre parking lot.
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is owned and operated by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, under the leadership of General Manager Ryan Murphy. Upcoming events for the 2015 season include... [Read More]
Baby Lion Cubs At The Jacksonville Zoo
3 new fur-babies greeted guests at the Jacksonville Zoo to kick off the New Year. Jennifer Kifer Joined us at the zoo and took some amazing photos of the cubs out in the exhibit playing and enjoying 2015 while their momma kept watch.... [Read More]
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