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Gearing Up for the First Holiday Shopping Season and Small Business Saturday in 2023: A Look at Local Shops’ Preparations


Nov 20, 2023

Jacksonville’s local business scene is flourishing, with an increase in small business openings adding to its already vibrant atmosphere. From a quirky vintage boutique in Springfield to new bookstores in the urban core, 2023 has been a year of growth for small businesses. Major retailers are also opening at Gateway Town Center and Regency Square Mall is set to change hands.

As the holiday shopping season approaches, businesses are preparing for Small Business Saturday. Some exciting new shops worth checking out include two independent bookstores in Jacksonville, Happy Medium Books Cafe and Literary Lounge. Femme Fire Books, which has been open for a year, is also celebrating the milestone of having a physical location.

In addition to bookstores, Purple Mangrove is a pre-owned and vintage clothing store that also sells beverages and plants. Sunhoney, a modern bohemian boutique, recently opened a storefront at Jacksonville Beach. Planet Circle, which offers plants, home decor, and unique gifts, opened in Riverside while Greenhouse celebrated its first anniversary in the Brooklyn neighborhood as a bar coffeehouse and shop combination.

The small business landscape of Jacksonville has seen significant growth in 2023 with an array of new shops and boutiques popping up around the city. Whether you’re looking for books or clothing or unique home decor items or gifts, there’s no shortage of new businesses to explore and support. With Small Business Saturday just around the corner now is the perfect time to discover these new additions to the local business scene.

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