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    PDQ Plans to Open 30 More Locations By The End Of 2018




     

    Tampa-based PDQ was founded by Bob Basham, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, and Nick Reader, former CFO of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2011, They opened the first PDQ in Tampa, Florida. They plan to open 15 more stores in 2017 and another 15 stores in 2018.

    PDQ was founded on a concept that high-quality food, memorable service and genuine hospitality are the basis of an excellent restaurant. PDQ values genuine customer service, whether dining in or picking up at the drive-thru. They are committed to doing the things they do the right way.

    PDQ stands for "People Dedicated to Quality" or "Pretty Darn Quick" and its menu has just nine primary items: Chicken tenders (crispy or grilled), five types of made-to-order chicken sandwiches (crispy or grilled) and three hand-tossed salads with homemade dressings.

    PDQ currently has 3 locations in the 904 area. The first opening was at 3260 Hodges Blvd. followed by 13702 Old St Augustine Road and 194 State Road 13 near Racetrac Road. Coming soon they will be opening at The Town Center. They have said that there will be 10 PDQ restaurants in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties within five years and 20 within the decade.

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    Beaches Freedom Festival




    Fourth of July may be over, but the party at the beaches is just getting started. Get ready for Jacksonville Beach’s largest festival of the summer. The Beaches Freedom Fest will be held on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Seawalk Pavilion. It will run from noon till 10pm. Music, food, games, Beer Garden, will be provided at the festival. For local bike riders, there will be free bike valet presented by Velofix located on the North Festival Entrance on 1st Street. 

    A Hot Dog eating contest will take place at the Main Stage from 2-4. Ten brave and hungry men and women will be selected to face off to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. Women’s Division will begin at 2:15 and Men’s Division will begin 3:45. 

    The following food trucks will be at Freedom Festival: Bubba Burger, Son of a Butcher BBQ, Wingin It, Delish Kebabs, Rite On Que, Best Burger, Wurstburger, Guanabana, Rocco’s Pizza, Daddy Boyz BBQ, Wrap It Up, Treemendous Sea & Soul and Zoe’s Shaved Ice. 

    This year’s music line up will include Sidereal, Ray Fulcher, Split Tone, The Firewater Tent Revival, Tad Jennings, Lane Pittman, Ramona, Sol Ryder and more.

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    intoGo Partners with 904HappyHour to reinvent the local event scene




    Jacksonville locals are always interested in the local event scene. For far too long we’ve heard the cries of locals who complain that there is no easy to use, all-inclusive event resource in Northeast Florida. Let alone one that can be accessed from a phone. Often times consumers have to scour the web and print publications, going calendar to calendar to see what’s featured. To ensure our city never has to go searching for events again and to bring them all into one place, we have partnered with 904HappyHour to make it easier than ever to find local events.

    “intoGo thrives on creating disruptive technology and we believe this new event platform is a big step towards disrupting the way events have previously been found in our community. We want to make it easier for people to simply see what’s happening this weekend.” said Zachary Schwartz, CEO at intoGo, the cities Official Destination App.  

    The new event platform within the intoGo app offers users ‘Top Events’ - a curated list of the biggest upcoming events in town, ‘This Week’ & ‘This Month’ – all local events happening in the next 7 and 30 days respectively, ‘Live Co...   [Read More]




    The Jacksonville IceMen Announce Their NHL/AHL Partners




     

    The Jacksonville IceMen welcomed their first ever NHL/AHL partners, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, to the River City at a press conference today at the JAX Chamber of offices. When the IceMen take the ice on October 14, their roster will contain some of the top prospects from the Winnipeg organization.

    The Winnipeg Jets  finished the 2016-17 season with 87 points (40-35-7),  fth in the tough Central Division, just behind eventual Stanley Cup  finalist, the Nashville Predators. In recent days, the Jets have boosted their roster adding defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (from Buffalo) and goaltender Steve Mason (from Philadelphia) – two highly rated free agents.

    The Winnipeg Jets began their history in the former World Hockey Association featuring one of hockey’s greatest superstars – Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. The team entered the National Hockey League in 1976. In 1996, the team, with- out an NHL quality arena was sold and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2011, with a new building, the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment and moved to Winnipeg-the Jets were reborn.

    The Manitoba Moose began as the Minnesota Moose and moved to Winnipeg for the 1996-97 Interna...   [Read More]




    Flour And Fig Bakehouse Will Open Soon In Historic Springfield




     

    The Flour & Fig Bakehouse is planning on opening in November and will be a bakery and restaurant located in Historic Springfield at 1715 North Main Street. The storefront will include inside and outside seating, bakery cases full of creative products, an innovative menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients, and a retail area offering locally grown produce. They will also have a coffee bar, local beer, wine, kombucha on tap, and craft cocktails.

    Flour and Fig Bakeshop will be run by Allison and Kurt D’Aurizio. Allison has built a loyal following with her artisanal bakery business, My Grandmother’s Pie. Kurt has been working in restaurants for most of his career and has won numerous awards for his work including two AAA four diamond awards. Kurt has also been making and selling pestos, cashew cheese, marinades, and granolas at the Riverside Arts Market and at the Beaches Green Market where you can continue to find our bakery and specialty items.  

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    They changed the business name because they did not it to just be a bakery and are hoping to attract customers from outside of the Springfield area to their storefront. The owners plan to source from local far...   [Read More]



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    Rebelution is coming back to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, June 27.




    St. Augustine, FL (March 27, 2014) – Rebelution returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, June 27 along with Iration, The Green, Stick Figure & DJ Mackle. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, April 3 at 3PM.

    Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, Rebelution’s strong DIY mentality, relentless touring and deep connection to their fan base via social media, has led them to being one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet. Since the 2007 release of Courage to Grow, the band’s first full-length album, Rebelution’s music has been praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship. Courage to Grow was selected as the iTunes Editors Choice for Best Reggae Album, went to #4 on Billboard’s Reggae charts, and the track “Safe and Sound” was in rotation at powerhouse radio stations such as San Francisco’s Live 105, San Diego’s 91X and KROQ in Los Angeles. Bright Side of Life, the band’s second album (2009), took the #1 spot on iTunes in the Reggae music genre, charted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums, and #54 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums charts.

    With the band’s 2012 album havi...   [Read More]




    Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson are Coming to the St. Augustine Ampitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (March 24, 2014) – Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson have announced their co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour. They will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, July 31. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, March 28 at 10AM. 

    Fans can expect to hear DeGraw perform songs from his acclaimed fourth studio album, MAKE A MOVE, including the hit single “Best I Ever Had” and his latest smash “Make A Move.”  The album has garnered rave reviews since its October 15th release with People Magazine describing the album’s first single “Best I Ever Had” as “the kind of switch-up that brings fresh energy…”  while Entertainment Weekly raved about DeGraw’s “intricate piano hooks and seductive, gravelly voice.”  DeGraw is also scheduled to open a number of dates this summer for legendary performer Billy Joel. Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts.  He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: &ldq...   [Read More]




    Counting Crows Are Coming To The St. Augustine Ampitheatre On June 14th




    St. Augustine, FL (March 17, 2014) – California native Rock group Counting Crows will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 14 with special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21 at 10AM.

    Counting Crows are one of those bands you follow for the long haul. For those that first heard them opening for Bob Dylan long ago, or subbing for Van Morrison one memorable night at the rock and Roll Hall of Fame, much of the soundtrack of our times comes from the Crows – from their vivid musical landscapes as well as the feverish brilliance of singer/songwriter Adam Duritz. Counting Crows hails from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), and Millard Powers (bass). Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut release August and Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones.” The band recently hit #1 with the song “Accidentally In Love,” which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, as well as nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the track. Counting Crows has sold over 20 million records worldwide.

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    Goo Goo Dolls Coming To St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (March 11, 2014) – The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will hit the road in June for a summer amphitheatre and arena tour. The Plain White T's will be the special guests. The tour kicks off on June 12th and crisscrosses North America through the end of the summer. The tour will stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 19. Tickets go on sale next Saturday, March 22 at 10AM.

    Many artists have performed at both the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall including Art Garfunkel, Robert Cray, JJ Grey and Steep Canyon Rangers. However, the Goo Goo Dolls will be the first to play at both venues in the same year. The group will perform The Otis Midnight Sessions, An evening of Acoustic Music to a sold out crowd on April 17 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

     "We are excited to finally be teaming up with Daughtry," says Goos vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik. "Not only are we big fans of Chris, but we think this is going to be a huge party for the fans of both our bands. The combination of the two will make for an awesome summer night of great American rock music." 

     "We are huge fans of the Goo Goo Dolls and have wanted to tour with them for a long ...   [Read More]




    DIERKS BENTLEY COMING TO ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (March 3, 2014) – Country artist Dierks Bentley to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

    Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project due early 2014 that stands as his most personal to date.

    Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination. “I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal recommitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley.

    Accepting change – and growing from it – is a key theme in RISER, and it’s reflected by the tone of the album, which demonstrates a new artistic depth and an extralevel of intensity for Bentley. It evolves from track to track, exuding a range of emotions, all the while impressing upon the listener that Bentley’s instinct for a hit is stronger than ever. Bentl...   [Read More]



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    Jacksonville Celtic Festival This Saturday




    Jacksonville Beach, Fla - This Saturday, join us for upbeat music, lively dancing, rugged Highland games, and cuisine of the colorful Celtic culture. Vendors include a variety of traditional Celtic food, beer and memorabilia. Entertainment includes internationally known musical groups, local fife and drum corps, Irish and Scottish dancers and Kid's Zone.

    The festival gates open on November 16th  at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 12 noon. Performer Lineup(Main Pavilion Stage): 12 p.m. Spade McQuade 1:15 p.m.    Fear Buile 2:30 p.m.    The Gothard Sisters 3:45 p.m.    Colm Kirwan 5:00 p.m.    The Willis Clan 6:15 p.m.    Searson 7:30 p.m.    Rathkeltair 8:45 p.m.    Enter the Haggis The Pipers, Scottish and Irish Dancers will perform 15 minute sets between bands on the Pavilion Stage. The Highland Games and Rugby exhibition will take place on the beach between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    The Scottish Highland Games are Sponsored by the Northeast Florida Highland Games! Sign up and Registration will be on the beach (1p-4p). Caber Tossing, Stone Throwing, Weight for Distance, Hammer Throw and Tug of War. You can also pre-register on our web site:&nbs...   [Read More]




    Photo Card Gets Make Over




    Jacksonville Fl - Just about a month ago, 904 Happy Hour launched a updated and rebranded website. Along with the new website, the creative team released a contest for local artist and graphic designers to have a chance to add their very own touches to the 904 photo card. There were many submissions and the decision was tough but the design chosen was by local graphic designer Meredith Hughes. 

    "We chose her design because it but was sleek, simple and straight to the point. We were very happy with how the card came out and applaud Meredith graciously for her time she took to create the design."  The 904 photo card is distributed every time a photo is taken. Each month, our photographers distribute between 25,000 and 35,000 cards. Besides Meredith's design being chosen and used as the new photo card, she also won a prize pack valued at over $500. 

    Meredith Hughes is an award winning creative professional and freelance graphic designer that specializes in branding and social media. She is available for graphic design and social media consulting, and enjoys working with small and boutique businesses. She can be reached at www.meredithfordham.com or followed on Twitter @mercreative....   [Read More]




    November Artwalk Info & Map




     

    Jacksonville Fl - This month, First Wednesday Art Walk celebrates a decade of art and culture! Join Downtown Vision, Inc. and the participating artists and venues as we all celebrate 10 years of Downtown’s signature event. HIGHLIGHTS: Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Celebrate with a cheers to 10 years toast at 6:15 p.m. on Laura Street, including an Art Walk retrospective, announcements, performances and more. Enjoy public art installations by Episcopal High School's National Art Honor Society and The Temporary Solution with live music by Mikey's Imaginary Friends and the Episcopal High School Jazz Band.  Grease Rags Clothing Co.: New location – Shop for unique clothing, shoes and accessories.  JAX Chamber - Features artwork by Chip Southworth and Keith Doles.  Mr. Mince Productions, Inc.: New location – Enjoy artwork by Overstreet Ducasse, Brian Bernard and Noel Scotsfield.  Southlight Gallery: Celebrate four years of Downtown’s largest fine art gallery in its new location.  Main Library: Features artwork by Episcopal High School students presented by Bergmann Associates.  Chamblin’s Uptown & Café: Enjoy “Knowvember” featuring spoken word show fr...   [Read More]




    No Shave November Events




     

    Jacksonville Fl - Fall not only brings us amazing holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving but, it gives us the funny holiday known as No Shave November. I'm not sure when this began but I have seen people participate in this for so many years now. It is crazy the different, out there things people are willing to do when it comes time to grow out/design their beards and mustaches! Heres a list of events we have compiled that will be a blast!! 

    Art Walk Downtown Mustache Meetup

    Description: Movember Jax will be at Artwalk Downtown with the Jacksonville Jaycees. We will be in the lobby of the Carling selling a fresh new batch of Intuition Ale Works Movembrew! Swing by and register for Movember, enjoy some fantastic beer, and visit with your Movember Jax team and the Jacksonville Jaycees!

    Start: November 6, 2013 5:00 pm

    End: November 6, 2013 9:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Venue: The Carling

    Address: 31 West Adams St. 

     

    Movember Beaches Moonlight Benefit

    Description: Sport your stash or make one here! Come help Movember, Bella Vida Yoga & Rockaway Garden Center raise money for this great cause! Yoga for Love 6-7pm - Benefit 7-10pm[Read More]




    Wine Event Sunday Nov 10th




    Jacksonville Fl - Join us for the Grape Escape, the ultimate wine tasting experience presented by Premier Beverage Company. Proceeds benefit the CHILD Cancer Fund – a local non-profit organization that helps children and their families through the challenges of childhood cancer. The inaugural Honorary Chair is Susan B. Towler – Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation.

    The Grand Tasting will be hosted by Ovinte at the St. Johns Town Center and feature wine selections curated by world renowned Master Sommelier Andrew McNamera. View him on a WJCT Segment explaining the process of choosing the best wine.

    General Admission $60

    3pm to 6pm

    General Admission includes: Souvenir wine glass Access to wine courtyard for food and wine tastings

     

    VIP Admission $120

    2pm to 6pm

    VIP Admission includes: One hour early admission Souvenir wine glass Access to Ovinte for Food and Exclusive Luxury Wine Tastings Access to wine courtyard for additional food and wine tastings

     

     

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