Big changes to One Spark 2016 mean smaller crowdfunding festival
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:01:02 +0000
One Spark organizers say the 2016 crowdfunding festival is going to be significantly reduced in size and duration compared to the first three years of the event which engulfed downtown Jacksonville.
The group’s board members and administrators Monday outlined their new plans for the festival which they say is also making strides to reduce the money pumped into the event by the main patron Peter Rummell, local developer and chairman of the One Spark board.
Sunday Business Notebook: Land clearing on Beaver Street for expressway
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:53:26 +0000
Several readers have asked about the large amount of land being cleared on West Beaver Street between Halsema and Otis roads. That’s being done for the First Coast Expressway, which will eventually run from Interstate 95 in St. Johns County all the way up to Beaver Street. The stretch from Blanding Boulevard to I-10 is under construction and expected to be completed next year.
The clearing north of Beaver Street is for the cloverleaf ramps for the extension from I-10 to Beaver. That’s expected to be done in 2018.
Call Box: Cola sign painted on restaurant building has residents intrigued
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:35:51 +0000
Dear Call Box: When they tore down the building at Dancy and Park streets, you could see an old painted sign on Restaurant Orsay next door. It says Royal Crown Cola with Park St. Market or Grocery above it. Wonder when this was? Does (owner) Jonathan Insetta plan to restore the sign? Will the new restaurant block the sign?
Pressure looms to deepen St. Johns River as JaxPort works to remain viable
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:39:29 +0000
A parade of 18-wheelers, all quite naked without their containers, idle bumper to bumper in the shadow of diesel cranes on a steamy Thursday afternoon. This is their first step in a voyage that soon will take them to distribution centers throughout the Southeast.
To the west, teams of drivers race shiny, factory fresh Ford Fusions and Lincoln Navigators onto a vehicle-carrier ship that is two football fields long. The ship is destined for Barcelona.
St. Vincent's in Jacksonville announces Michael Schatzlein as new CEO
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:26:20 +0000
St. Vincent’s HealthCare in Jacksonville has named Michael Schatzlein as its new CEO.
St. Vincent’s officials announced Schatzlein will replace Moody Chisholm, who left the health care facility in March when he became regional vice president of Intermountain Healthcare’s central region in Salt Lake City.
Schatzlein is taking over the St. Vincent’s executive post after serving as president and CEO of St. Thomas Health in Nashville, Tenn. He was CEO there for five years.
U.S. stocks rise after Chinese market surges
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:03:49 +0000
U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, extending their recovery from a sharp sell-off that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.
Investors were encouraged by a surge in Chinese stocks as China's main stock index logged its biggest gain in eight weeks. In the U.S., a report showed that the economy expanded at a much faster pace than previously estimated in the second quarter.
Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers as oil climbed back above $40 a barrel.
St. Augustine approves plans for inn; appeal possible
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:31:06 +0000
While the St. Augustine City Commission approved plans for developing an inn at the former Dow Museum of Historic Houses, the project is not in the clear yet.
The time frame for challenging the matter in court is about a month, and some residents might fight the commission’s decision.
“An appeal is fairly certain on behalf of the HP residents that have engaged in this process since the beginning of the year,” said Jane West, an attorney representing nine residents of the Historic Preservation District-One neighborhood, where the development is planned.
Maple Street Biscuit Company finds location for new St. Augustine restaurant
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:34:31 +0000
The owners of Maple Street Biscuit Co. have been looking for a location in St. Augustine for months. On Wednesday, they signed a lease for one.
When The Floridian moves from 39 Cordova St. to Spanish Street, Maple Street will move into the vacated space. The Floridian’s move will take place next month, and Maple Street could open before the end of the year, said Scott Moore, co-founder of the quickly growing chain.
The St. Augustine restaurant will be a little smaller than the San Marco one, but Moore said it’s got the advantage of outside seating in front and back.
Jacksonville's Metro Diner planning big expansion in next year
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:01:56 +0000
Metro Diner has seven locations in the Jacksonville area, including two that it opened this year. So co-owner Mark Davoli thinks that’s probably enough for now.
But there are plans for a lot more Metro Diners.
Davoli said the company is looking at opening as many as 11 new restaurants in the next year. He only named the most immediate ones:
■ Gainesville at 20th Avenue and 34th Street in October.
■ Altamonte Springs in December.
■ Palm Coast in Island Walk shopping center in January.
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:52:42 +0000
Arlington Breakfast Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, Southside Connector, across from Lowe’s. (888) 545-7342 or jaxreia.org.
Fall Opening and Hiring Fair, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Markets at Town Center, 4850 Big Island Drive. apply.chwinery.com
Burrito Gallery plans new location in Jacksonville Beach
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:08:05 +0000
Burrito Gallery plans to close its express spot on Third Street in Jacksonville Beach, but not before it replaces it with a full restaurant 13 blocks farther south.
John Valentino, who took over as CEO of Galley Restaurant Group last year to help the company grow, said he’s signed a lease to open the new Burrito Gallery at the southwest corner of Beach Boulevard and Third Street.
Jacksonville's first Aldi grocery store opens Thursday
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:33:37 +0000
Jacksonville’s first Aldi grocery store opens Thursday. The store at 9041 Southside Boulevard is the chain’s third in the area.
The German-owned discount chain, one of the world’s largest grocers and owner of Trader Joe’s, opened last year in St. Augustine and in May in Middleburg.
The Southside store opens at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, followed by a drawing for free produce for a year.
The store is 21,025 square feet, less than half the size of a typical Publix or Winn-Dixie. But it is a little larger than many of Aldi’s stores.
U.S. stocks move higher after six-day slump
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:04:50 +0000
U.S. stocks veered higher in morning trading Wednesday, recouping some of their losses after a six-day slump. The market is rebounding from a deep slide that was prompted by worries about a slowing Chinese economy. Investors were also following the latest corporate deal and earnings news. Technology stocks were among the biggest gainers.
U.S. stocks reverse in final hour; Dow falls 205 points
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:43:41 +0000
Last updated at: 8/31/2015 5:58:10 PM ET
Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again.
A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days — the longest such stretch in more than three years.
Where the market might bottom out is anyone's guess — not exactly comforting news to anyone whose retirement savings or down payment on a house are tied up in stocks.