It looks like this new-normal (excuse the cliché), however temporary, is going to be a tough stretch for local businesses. Of course, your first order of business should be to take care of yourself to ensure the safety of those around you–wash your hands, practice social distancing, stay home, stay sane, etcetera.
Second order of business: support local businesses. Here are a few items we included in our recent Feel Good Issue‘s Support Local Guide. Some we think you’ll need to stay sane, healthy, or just to treat yo’ self. The purchase of others will help us all weather this thing together.
Virtual Yoga Classes
Nama-stay-at-home with your favorite yoga classes brought right to your living room from MBody Yoga. Classes are FREE! Just head to their website, browse the class schedule and sign up.
Mini Bar Donuts
One of our fave purveyors of outsized deliciousness (in miniature form) is still fulfilling to-go orders from their main Jax Beach storefront, as well as drive-thru orders at their convenient kiosk. Order a gift card for your friend or a takeaway treat for yourself via their website.
$10, $15, and $20
Jax’s contemporary art museum is a freakin’ gem, housing one of the coolest permanent collections in the Southeast–nay, the entire USofA! Membership includes free general admission all year, invitations to members-only exhibition preview receptions and special events, as well as free admission to more than 100 regional museums, and more. If you’re hardcore about supporting the arts, you need a CORE membership to MOCA Jacksonville
Monthly Coffee Subscriptions and the Roaster Sample Box
Bold Bean Coffee Roasters
Never run out of coffee again! Decide the frequency and your bag size and you’re all set to have your favorite coffee shipped straight to your door, direct from the folks who’ve led the third wave coffee charge in Northeast Florida. Can’t decide? Try the Roaster Sample Box with four of Bold Bean’s single origin offerings.
Subscriptions (from $46), Roaster Sample Box ($24)
boldbeancoffee.com (or ask your Bold Bean Barista)
TacoLu (AKA TA-GO-Lu)
As much as we miss elbowing up to the bar, or scoring a primo patio spot at Jax Beach’s Taco Lu, we’re thankful we can still enjoy their insanely good tacos. You (and maybe somebody you care about) can do the same, with a Taco Lu gift card. Redeemable for to-go orders for the time being, and certainly worth holding onto until the doors open again… good luck resisting. Those tacos are damn good!
Coronavirus Sucks Hard T-Shirt
1904 Music Hall
With tours halted and venues closed it may seem like music itself has been cancelled. But until they can put on a show again, you can help the people who bring beautiful noise to your earholes with this radical shirt. Produced by Grindtime Clothing, 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the staff of 1904 Music Hall, the unimpeachably cool music venue in Jacksonville’s Urban Core.
Cummer Museum and Gardens
With groundbreaking exhibitions year-round, plus those gorgeous award-winning gardens that look as good in the temperate fall as they do under the hellacious summer sun, you might as well just spring for a yearly membership to the Cummer Museum and Gardens–you’re bound to be there anyway.
Cocktail 2 Go
San Marco craft cocktail staple Sidecar has the recipe to help you cope (responsibly) with this coronavirus chaos. Offering premade cocktails from a rotating menu of perfectly crafted classics and imaginative new ones, Sidecars got your next gathering (of ten or less) covered.
Small (serves 2): $20
Large (serves 6-8): $60
Blossom + Paradise + Coconut Bracelets
Coast & Cove Co.
A fresh jewelry line that embraces the idea of simple living that we love, Coast & Cove’s designs remind us of better days. Designed locally and made by artists in the US, these dainty stretch bracelets with glass tila beads are easy to layer and easy to love… something we could all use right now! Use the code void20 and receive a 20% discount.
blossom + sand + paradise (or build your own set of 3): $68
Individual bracelets: $26
Boozie & Co.
The Forty 8 Duffle
With plenty of room to store several pairs of shoes, a few outfits, your favorite bathing suit, and all your toiletries, the Forty 8 Duffle by Boozie & Co. is the perfect bag for a quick getaway whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile. Complete with high-quality interior lining and several pockets on the inside to store your important or quick-access items, this bag is ready to roll whenever you are. Hurry and use code VOID for 30% off.
Stitches & Screens Service Industry Relief Fund
In order to raise money for local bar and restaurant employees most affected by the recent shut down, Stitches and Screens created this super cool S.I.R.F. T-shirt. Ten dollars of every sale goes toward the purchase of Publix food gift cards to be claimed on a first come first serve basis with proof of employment.
Cycles of Jacksonville
It’s the 2020 Honda Grom, and it’s ready to make the most boring parts of your day the most fun. The Grom sports a 125cc engine that delivers loads of usable power.
$3399 (call for quote)
This feature originally appeared as our Support Local Guide in Void Magazine’s April 2020 issue. It’s all digital, and chalked full of FEEL GOOD content. Click the mag below to check it out.