Shop Downtown: Bling in the holidays
Roy Thomas at Jacobs Jewelers offers fine jewelry, timepieces, china and gifts including Waterford crystal. The store has been open Downtown since 1890.
Michelle Rhoades-Jones opened Hana & Her Sister at the Jacksonville Landing more than 20 years ago. “Shop before Christmas and tell me you live or work Downtown and get up to a 60 percent discount on your purchase,” she said.
Barnett Jewelers is an original tenant at Wells Fargo Center. It has a selection of sterling silver jewelry as well as diamonds, wristwatches and gifts.
Hershey Kisses jewelry is the spotlight item Tuesday in Hemming Plaza Jewelers’ “12 Days of Christmas.” A different item is offered daily through Dec. 24. For the list, visit hemmingplazajewelers.com.
One way to continue the "shop local" and "shop small business" initiative that was encouraged on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is to visit Downtown's jewelry stores.

Some of the longest-standing businesses in the city, they are locally owned and operated.

Jacobs Jewelers has been in business Downtown since 1890 and is located along Laura Street in the Greenleaf & Crosby Building, which was developed in the 1920s by what was at the time Florida's largest jewelry company.

Barnett Jewelers at Wells Fargo Center has been selling fine jewelry in the iconic office tower since it opened in 1974 as the Independent Life Building.

The business started Downtown in 1917 when founder W.G. Ferrell sold his wife's hand-strung beaded jewelry from the back of his bicycle. The name changed soon after World War II when Oscar Barnett settled in Jacksonville and married Ferrell's daughter. He eventually took over the business, where the fifth generation of the family works today.

Michelle Rhoades-Jones opened Hana & Her Sister at the Landing more than 20 years ago. She started with a small store, but now is in the space that originally was the Banana Republic when the riverfront mall opened in 1987.


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Monday, Dec. 16
Holiday on the River Concert & Dance Series
11 a.m.
The Landing

2013 Gingerbread House Extravaganza
(Through Dec. 21)
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Historic Old St. Andrews
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Tuesday, Dec. 17
Downtown "Top to Bottom" Walking Tour
10 a.m.
The Landing

Introduction to Social Networking
3-4:30 p.m.
Main Library

Michael McDonald: "This Christmas, an Evening of Holiday
& Hits"
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

Thursday, Dec. 19
Downtown "Top to Bottom" Walking Tour
10 a.m.
The Landing

Dave Chappelle
7 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

Friday, Dec. 20
Golden Dragon Acrobats
7:30 p.m.
The Florida Theatre

A Christmas Carol
8 p.m.
Times-Union Center

River City Haunts Walking Tour
8 p.m.
The Landing

Saturday, Dec. 21
Riverside Arts Market: 5th Anniversary Season
Closing Day
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northbank Riverwalk
Artists Square

Hot Import Nights Automotive Festival
5-10 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
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