Photos give us perspective on life, solidifying our memories from birth through childhood and into adulthood. As a mother, Rebecca Harvin understands the importance of documenting a family's development. With Rebecca Harvin Photography, she travels throughout the Jacksonville area using natural lighting to capture candid moments for families and loved ones. She then immortalizes the shoots with digital images and glossy prints.
D&R Sewing Center nurtures sprouting stitchers with classes designed to teach the fundamentals of the craft. During a beginning sewing class, students learn to operate a sewing machine's complex systems of pulleys, crankshafts, and supercolliders. Instructors instill positive sewing practices in students, whether they wish to learn to use a machine they already own or want to explore the craft before making a financial commitment by practicing on a classroom machine. After grasping the basics of straight stitching, classmates craft their own pillows, ideal for incubating sweet, self-satisfied dreams or a flock of miniature sheep eggs. Classes are currently offered once a month, with the next session from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, and additional sessions may be added according to demand.
Liberty Tax Service's armada of certified public accountants swoops in to rescue taxpayers from the onslaught of numbers, paperwork, and quadratic equations that overwhelms during tax season. Beyond computerized tax preparation and electronic filing during the months preceding April 15, clients can count on the company's expertise during an audit, through a correspondence with the IRS or state agencies, or while finding the best games living inside their graphic calculators. Liberty Tax Service also benefits community members outside of the office by sponsoring Relay for Life, a race benefitting the American Cancer Society, and by collecting unwanted cell phones and sending them to soldiers overseas.
Blue Bamboo sits on Jacksonville’s south side, spinning hip Asian flavors with Southern comfort food inside their fresh, inviting space. Considered one of the best restaurants in town, you’ll find dishes like red curry shrimp & grits, honey-seared ahi tuna and peppercorn beef filet on offer at Blue Bamboo, which also holds cooking classes and does the occasional catering gig. Known for their dim sum Sundays and exotic cocktails like Thai-garitas and hand-muddled mojitos, the cream colored walls, white linen tables and red hanging paper lanterns give the place a comfortable feel. Don’t leave without trying the dragon whiskers (fried zucchini).
The staff at J.T. Vinson Clothiers craft dapper duds that have been sported by such notable men as Billy Donovan, Urban Meyer, and seven other NCAA head coaches. Consult with a professional stylist with 17 years of experience while designing a Super 120s wool house-made suit, and choose from coat and trouser style options, including 30 types of fancy interior linings and several pocket variations. Shirts receive a monogrammed cuff treatment, allowing the owner to display the initials of his name or help him remember his ATM pin number. Shipping and handling can also be added for $15 per order.
At Kona Skate Park, smooth concrete undulates, dips, and banks like a frozen ocean. Skaters navigate those contours armed with helmets and bags of tricks such as kickflips and ollies. After zigging and zagging around cement bowls and valleys, they grab some air on the ramps and half-pipes. Street skating obstacles such as low wooden boxes and steps provide opportunity for slick grinds and rail slides.
The park opened in the late 1970s, and all of its elements, including the verts protruding from the concrete basins, are infused with history. Kona Skate Park was the original meeting place for legends such as Tony Alva and Rodney Mullen, and today it's the site of burgeoning skateboarders. To nurture the talents of those future stars, instructors lead lessons and camps geared toward kids of all skill levels.