In 2023, Jacksonville’s small business scene has experienced tremendous growth, with various shops popping up all around the city. This year has seen an increase in new businesses similar to the number of shops that opened before the holiday shopping season last year.
The retail landscape in Jacksonville is thriving, with major brands and retailers setting to open at Gateway Town Center. This could signal a positive trend for the future. Meanwhile, Regency Square Mall is set to change hands as it sells to a Lake City developer in 2024.
As small businesses prepare for their first holiday shopping season and Small Business Saturday, there are plenty of new shops worth exploring and supporting when looking for gifts for loved ones.
Independent bookstores have had a successful year in Jacksonville, with two new shops opening and another celebrating its one-year anniversary of having a physical location. Happy Medium Books Cafe and Literary Lounge both offer a selection of books and other items for shoppers to browse.
Local boutiques have also been growing in popularity, with Purple Mangrove selling pre-owned and vintage clothing, beverages, and plants. Sunhoney, which began as an online-only store, now has a brick-and-mortar location at Jacksonville Beach and offers modern, bohemian items for both men and women.
For those seeking unique gifts or home decor items, Planet Circle in Riverside or Greenhouse in Brooklyn are great options to explore. These shops offer a variety of products from neighborhood-themed stickers to pots and trinkets for those with a green thumb.
Overall, Jacksonville’s small business scene continues to flourish in 2023 with various shops offering unique items that cater to different tastes and preferences.