Black (Thursday) Friday: Shopping hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As you plot your shopping for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday, here's a list of shopping hours at major retailers across the First Coast News.


Avenues Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12am - 9pm

Best Buy:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday Open 12AM to 10PM

Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 1PM

Orange Park Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 10PM

First Coast readies for Small Business Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's an area that has seen shops come and go in the last year. These business owners say they are hoping to stay, and make more money.

It's a day that can make or break a local business: Small Business Saturday.

"People are aware of small businesses and what we do for the community, and for each other," said Ana Hernandez of the All Spiced Up shop in San Marco.

Ana Hernandez just moved her All Spiced Up shop to San Marco in June.  Just as major retailers live for Black Friday, she's been planning for this day for a very long time.

"We don't have the advertising dollars to do that kind of promotion," Hernandez said.

While small business Saturday doesn't have nearly the draw of Black Friday, it's picking up momentum.

Last year, more than 100 million people hit local shops during the one day event.

Jax Cash Mob to celebrate 'Local Friday' instead of Black Friday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jax Cash Mob is renaming Black Friday "Local Friday" this year as they take to San Marco Square to encourage holiday shoppers to spend their dollars at a locally owned small business.

Cash mob members will meet up outside Maple Street Biscuit Company at 11 a.m. Friday.

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That's where mobsters will find out the group's target store.  The idea is to have each member of the cash mob spend between $10 and $20 at the small business, according to a release from the group.

Clifford the Big Red Dog to appear at MOSH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Clifford the Big Red Dog will be part of a presentation taking place at the Museum of Science & History to educate children about gardening and composting.

Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children of all ages can come meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. The children's book character, who celebrated his 50th birthday this year, will teach children about gardening and composting to protect the environment.

His appearance coincides with MOSH's new exhibit, Green Revolution.

Included in the event will be story time sessions and a chance to have your picture taken with Clifford.

All of the activities are included with the price of museum admission.

Young Black Republicans cross state lines for Florida election

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Two dozen young black Republicans from South Georgia are making the trip to Jacksonville to promote their beliefs in a battleground state.

The teens are part of the Gold Isle Minority Republican caucus and are crossing the state line for a lesson in civics and politics by working to get out the Republican message.

They will work in and around the San Marco business district. 

"I personally believe in a hand up, not a hand out," said 17 year-old Anntwan Jones, who is one of the teens making the trip. "I believe you have to work for everything you need, whatever you want."

Ken Adkins organized the political trip that he said had not been without challenges.

"We've had some notes left on our door. I received some calls, I've been told not to do it," said Atkins.

Spreading hope through 'Hope Squared' in San Marco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are traveling through the San Marco Square this weekend, don't be surprised if you see several businesses flying pink balloons.  Those balloons mean the shops or restaurants are taking part in "Hope Squared."

The idea behind "Hope Squared" is the 22 businesses participating Friday and Saturday will be donating a portion of their proceeds to The Donna Foundation.

The Donna Foundation was started in 2003 by First Coast News former anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor, Donna Deegan.

Her foundation uses the money to exclusively help Jacksonville women who are fighting breast cancer and need help making ends meet.

MOSH After Dark to help discover Jacksonville architecture

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People looking to learn more about the architecture of Jacksonville will have the chance October 25 during the Museum of Science and History's "After Dark" program.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

According to a release from the museum, one of Jacksonville's leading historians, Dr. Wayne Wood, will present a tour of 38 architectural wonders found in Jacksonville.

Dr. Wood's lecture will feature a number of illustrations to reveal little known facts about some of the city's most recognizable landmarks, in addition to other lesser known buildings.

Reservations for the lecture are required and can be made by calling 396-6674 or online at, and clicking on the MOSH After Dark image on the homepage.