Five Jacksonville Creatives You Can Support from Home Right Now

Jacksonville, FLA. August 17 -- These challenging times have not stopped Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial spirit, as the destination’s creative makers continue to offer exciting “Made in Jax” products that can be purchased online for everyone across the nation to experience a piece of Jacksonville from home.

Here are 5 local makers you can support right now:

Congaree and Penn: This is what Jacksonville tastes like: southern roots with an innovative twist! Congaree & Penn began as a rice farm in the heart of Jacksonville and is now producing restaurant quality grits, brown and white rice, jelly, pecan oil, flavored shrubs and honey that can be shipped all over the nation. Their story is a truly Jacksonville one, a young, empowered couple takes it upon themselves to honor their family history by creating a unique farm experience where food and conservation lead and where the community can learn about urban farming and enjoy fine dining, great drinks, farm tours and special events. Their products are not only sold online but are used across Jacksonville by some of the destination’s best restaurants. Get a taste of Jax on their online shop: www.congareeandpenn.com/shop.

Rethreaded: Sex trafficking survivors become creative powerhouses at this Jacksonville nonprofit and local boutique shop. Rethreated creates beautiful women fashion products from up-cycled materials including leather purses, scarves and now cotton masks. Their products are shipped across the nation. Their story is one of on empowerment and awareness as Rethreaded provides employment for survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville and distributes products from like-minded businesses from across the globe. August 2020 marks the 9th anniversary of Rethreated and they are launching a new line of products. Shop with a purpose here: www.rethreaded.com/collections/new-products

Social Grounds Coffee Company: Enjoy a cup of delicious coffee that is changing the world. A homeless veteran’s world. This locally owned coffee roaster has been serving great coffee with an even greater mission: employing and empowering transitional veterans in their time of need. Jacksonville is one of the nation’s largest military towns and this vet owned shop is positively impacting our community by providing resources and training to the less fortunate. Social Grounds ships their coffee all over the nation, the Warrior Blend is a popular option with dark chocolate, mild cherries, and caramel undertones. Check their shop out https://socialgroundscoffeeco.com.

SurfearNEGRA: Let’s bring color to the ocean! The mission of this Jacksonville organization and surf camp is to diversify the waves by providing girls of color the funds and confidence to learn to surf. Jacksonville is one of the top destinations in Florida for surf beginners and SurfearNEGRA is making sure girls feel empowered to ride our waves! This August, you can help their mission when you buy their locally made, limited-edition Black Lives Matter tote bag. The bag features a photo of a Black surfer at the historic American Beach in Northeast Florida. All proceeds from the sale will be used to send more girls of color to surf camps across the nation. Shop the tote HERE.

Wolf & Cub: This finely curated concept shop in Downtown Jacksonville is packed with independently produced products, interesting goods for the home and beautiful things to wear for women and men. The Wolf & Cub brand proudly offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, local hand-screenprinted clothing, unique vintage finds and curiosities that stand out in a crowd. Their Jax branded products, including face masks, are beautiful and can be purchased all across the nation on their website www.wolfandcubjax.com.

To learn more about the Makers of Jacksonville and other great stories in the city, connect with Patty Winters at pwinters@visitjacksonville.com.

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