Be Our Valentine at Our Downtown Jacksonville Office

Our Downtown Jacksonville Office Wants YOU To Be Our Valentine

First and foremost, Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you have a great weekend with your valentine. If you don’t have any plans for the holiday, be sure to keep the downtown Jacksonville area in mind. There are plenty of places to eat dinner or take a romantic walk by the river. If you don’t have a valentine, don’t worry. Here, at the Downtown Duval Building, we’d like to invite you to be our valentine! We may be just a downtown Jacksonville office, but we want to be YOUR next office!

We can take a romantic walk through our available office spaces. Then, share some coffee and snacks in the kitchen. We can end the night playing pool in our common area or sitting and watching the sunset out on our balcony. If everything goes right, we can talk about moving your business into one of our spaces. It can be a short term commitment or a three year relationship. We’re open to different levels of commitment. Can’t wait to schedule our date! Our digits are 904.479.6202, give us a call valentine!

Have Another Valentine? Here’s Some Date Ideas

If you already have Valentine’s Day plans, no worries. You can still come take a walk through with us next week. But in the meantime… here’s some date ideas to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Date Idea #1: Chocolate Tasting/Truffle Making

What says Valentine’s Day more than chocolate? And what’s more romantic than making your own chocolates together? Check out a location near you doing a class, or try it yourself at home. The worst that can happen is you make a mess in the kitchen and have to go buy some chocolates from the store. Or, they could turn out better than you ever imagined. At least you spent the evening with your valentine, that’s what counts, right?!

Date Idea #2: Go Ice Skating or Skiing

If it’s cold where you are, go ice skating or skiing. Make it as magical as they do in the movies. Hold hands, twirl, do an ice skating duet, go all out. It’s Valentine’s Day, celebrate big! Just be careful no one goes home with a cut up lip or bruises from falling on the ice. Lean on each other for support, that’s a true valentine.

Date Idea #3: Escape Room or Museum

Do you and your valentine love a good challenge? Or, maybe you don’t and would rather look at some artwork or history. An escape room or museum might be the most romantic and/or entertaining way to spend your Valentine’s Day. Just be sure to grab dinner first before you’re locked in a room or walking around a gallery for hours. Don’t want anyone “hangry” on Valentine’s Day!

Date Idea #4: Stay Home

Stay home? What? How could that be a special Valentine’s Day? Order in, or cook dinner together. Write each other a love letter to frame, or paint a canvas to hang on the wall. Then, watch your favorite movie together and fall asleep in each other’s arms. Affordable, romantic, and heartfelt. The perfect Valentine’s Day.

For more date ideas check out Marie Claire’s blog for many more ideas on how to spend your Valentine’s Day.

Before You Go…

No matter how or who you spend Valentine’s Day, be sure to enjoy the day. It only comes once a year, and it’s a special day to spend with a special someone. We can only hope we get our valentine’s date with you, but if you’re booked we will take a rain check. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone from our little downtown Jacksonville office!

Renting Office Space- Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Space

Renting Office Space

Thinking about renting office space? Maybe it’s your first time or maybe it’s your 50th. Either way, it can be stressful knowing which space is right for you (and your team). We are here to help! Here are some tips, tricks and helpful hints to make the renting process more enjoyable.

Budget

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have money like Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. So we have to keep in mind the cost of renting office space. Not only do we have to think about a budget for rent each month, but also need to consider the expenses that go into an office. This includes equipment, utilities, employees, insurance, taxes, shared space fees, and more. Be sure to get a clear answer from your lessor on additional fees associated with the space.

For example, here at The Downtown Duval Building, we offer our tenants free wifi, free access to common spaces, free use of our conference room, beautiful views of the city from our balcony and more. We understand tight budgets as well, which is why all our available private offices are under $900/month. With the exception of the available suite which includes two private offices and a private common area.

Even though we provide many complimentary spaces and services for our tenants, that doesn’t mean all lessors will. Just be sure that all the fees and “extras” are discussed before agreeing to any contract or signing any lease agreement. It’s important to keep in mind that rent is never the only cost when leasing an office space. As discussed above, there are plenty of additional costs when renting a space. At the very least you’ll need a desk and chair to sit at (those aren’t free whether the lessor includes them or you get them on your own!)

Location

Along with making sure to be budget conscious, you’ll want to rent in a location that’s suitable for your company’s success. Maybe having your bank nearby is important if you need to run to grab more checks. Or, maybe scenic views are important for your productivity or business. Being within walking distance to restaurants for meetings may be also be important. Whatever the priorities for your company and your team are, be sure your location choice supports your business.

An example of a prime location for many business owners is a place like Downtown Jacksonville. There are banks, gas stations, restaurants, libraries, hotels, the river, and so much more all within walking distance or very short drive. In addition to being close to everything, you are also close to many events you could sponsor or be involved with. This is a great opportunity to get your business’ name out there! Location Location Location!

Think About Your Team and/or Clients

It goes without saying that your team members are valuable to the success of your business. This is a reason you want to ensure your office space is easily accessible. This applies to maintaining quality client relationships as well. Not just in terms of location, but also office space in the building itself. If you’re on the second floor, you may require a space that is ADA compliant (so an elevator would be necessary).

Along with ADA compliance, ensure the building’s atmosphere fits your business style. If the tenants have a business style that is loud, you wouldn’t want to rent out a space for a business that requires a quiet atmosphere for concentration/content creation/etc. You want your team to be able to do their best work so your business can be its’ best self.

Many places, like us here at Downtown Duval, try to minimize distractions or noise from other tenants. This way each tenant’s workflow isn’t disrupted by anyone in the building. Our current tenants are listed on the properties website and/or listings. You can find our current tenants on our website: https://downtownduval.com/ to do the research yourself on who your future neighbors may be! Also, you can schedule walk throughs at many rental properties to see the space(s) yourself and get a feel for the atmosphere in the building. We have information on our website to schedule a walk through anytime you’d like!

The “Extras”

Don’t limit yourself to settling for a 100 sqft. office space because it’s cheap. At the same time, don’t buy the biggest suite with the latest and greatest technology included if it’s not in your budget. There always exists a happy medium. The place where you can see yourself, and your team, working to create the best business you can be. A place that feels like a second home to you and your work family. Or, if you’re a one-man show, a place where you feel at home.

At The Downtown Duval Building we try to help you find the perfect balance. We offer each tenant use of the pool table at their convenience, access to the outdoor balcony, free fiber internet, use of the private kitchen, access to our newly renovated conference room and a few other amenities as well. Even with our smallest room available today, 150 sqft, you receive all these privileges included in the monthly rent. Find a place that treats you like a friend or neighbor more than a tenant.

 

We Want To Be Your New “Second Home”

We hope these few tips/tricks/reminders help you in deciding the perfect office space for you. Of course, there are many other factors to consider when renting, these are just a few of the “big ones”. We hope you find your next “second home” with us, at The Downtown Duval Building. We are always looking for new, friendly faces to be our new friends and neighbors! For a walk through or more information please feel free to email us at properties@downtownduval.com or call 904.479.6202. We look forward to meeting you!

Project Cold Case- 5th Year Anniversary

Project Cold Case’s 5th Year in Existence

The Downtown Duval Building is honored and excited to announce the 5th anniversary for one of our tenants, Project Cold Case. This past weekend, they held an event to celebrate their anniversary and over 160 people were in attendance to show their support. This was a record turnout for any Project Cold Case event. The event grossed over $21,000! The non-profit will use these donations to continue to help any family that happens to find themselves facing a cold case file.

What is a Cold Case?

You may be asking, what is a cold case? A cold case, as defined by dictionary.com, is “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discover of new evidence”. Unfortunately, there are nearly 185,000 cases of homicide and non-negligent manslaughter that have gone unsolved from 1980 to 2008. Which means, cold case files affect nearly two-hundred thousand families.

How Project Cold Case Came About

One person directly affected by a cold case file is Ryan Backmann. A burglar shot Ryan’s father, Cliff, during a robbery on October 10th, 2009. Cliff was working a side job at the time for extra income to support his wife of 24 years, who was sadly dying of cancer. Within the first year following his father’s death, Ryan left his architectural career to become a victim’s advocate. About 15 months after the incident, a detective approached Ryan and his family. The detective explained that they had run out of leads, no tips had come in (despite an enhanced $13,000 reward), and the case was being “suspended”. In other words, Cliff Backmann’s case was now a cold case. Despite the horrific news, Ryan continued to serve as an advocate for other families of homicide victims until December 2014.

In January 2015, Ryan took an even bigger role advocating for families of homicide victims. With deep passion and a razor-thin budget of $1,000 and Ryan began his nonprofit, Project Cold Case. It all started as a means to educate the public about cold cases by publicizing the individuals effected using the internet and social media.

Despite limited resources, Ryan created a website that was initially designed to share photos of cold case victims. This let families know their loved ones were not forgotten and that people cared. Families then started to submit their cold case files, so Project Cold Case added a database to the website. The database began to list murder cases that covered a wide range of years. Which led to Project Cold Case working closely with law enforcement agencies across the country. With this added cooperation, families began to receive more support than ever before.

Project Cold Case Today

Over the past five years, they have grown to support three full-time employees. They also established their permanent location in an office space at the Downtown Duval building. The building is located in downtown Jacksonville just three blocks from the Sheriff’s office. The nonprofit also utilizes interns from the University of North Florida as well as community volunteers. These interns and volunteers help with various tasks, including updating the website.

The website now features the faces of over 700 unsolved murder victims. The added database houses information on 23,000 cold cases, including over 5,000 from Florida alone. Each week, the website provides a few “Cold Case Spotlights”. These featured cases are typically cases that have been out of the public’s eye for quite some time. Along with the featured “Spotlight” cases, local news stations partnered with Project Cold Case to help promote awareness. Any killer not caught is free to harm other citizens.

Project Cold Case provides assistance to law enforcement in various ways. The nonprofit helps with advocacy training, conference presentations and participating in the Florida Sheriff’s Association Cold Case Advisory Commission. To date, 18 cases featured on the website have been solved.

The Event

As previously mentioned, this past weekend a fundraiser was held to honor Project Cold Case’s fifth year of existence. Of the 160 people in attendance, many were the family members of victims listed on the site. There was also representation from law enforcement from multiple Sheriff offices, including: Jacksonville, Clay County, Alachua, and Seminole County. Included were also various police departments from all over florida, including: Orlando, Seminole, and Lake City. Even retired FBI, the State Attorney’s Office 4th Judicial Circuit, retired NCIS, retired DEA and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement DNA analyst attended the event. The nonprofit had great support from UNF with three professors, two interns, and a handful of students making an appearance. The mayor of Atlantic Beach came out to join as well. It was the largest event thus far for Project Cold Case and was very successful at that!

More Information

If you missed the event, don’t worry. You can watch on Facebook or check out their website: https://www.projectcoldcase.org/. On the website, you can submit a case, donate to the nonprofit and see their database of cold case files. If you have other questions, comments or concerns you can reach the nonprofit by emailing them at: info@projectcoldcase.org.

 

Conference Room In Downtown Duval Available To Host Events/Meetings

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Conference Room Available in Downtown Jacksonville

Looking for a space to host a class, meeting, holiday party, etc. for a small group of people? Be sure to consider the conference room here at the Downtown Duval Building, for your next event. The space fits twelve people comfortably, but up thirty people can be in the room at once. When you enter the room, you will see that mainly filling the space is twelve comfortable office chairs and one large conference table. The conference room offers other great amenities as well.

In addition to the great chairs and table, the room comes with free wifi, on-site parking, and an Apple server connected to a large TV. Meaning, the space is fully capable of displaying presentations, video conferences, or playing music for your event. We welcome outside food, drinks, technology and anything else needed to successfully host your event. If you decide to use the conference room, be sure to notice the historical aspects of the building and the modern twist it has been given.

For example, as soon as you walk in you’ll notice the original 100 year old concrete floors. In addition, the wood that makes up the winding spiral staircase is over 200 years old. Even some of the books in the lobby date back to the late 1800’s. While history floods the building, it does not feel outdated by any means.

Recently, painters repainted the lobby area and the outside of the building. The entry door is no longer a dull brown but a bright, inviting blue. The owner ensures that the technology around the building is all up-to-date and other cosmetics are continuously updated. Professionals remodeled the downstairs just two years ago in 2018, so when we say modern twist it’s a RECENT modern twist.

To view pictures and learn more about the building, visit: https://downtownduval.com/ to get a feel for the beautiful space. On the website, you will also find pictures of the surrounding area. The Downtown Duval building is located in a “prime” location, right in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida. When renting the conference room you will be within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, St. John’s river and various restaurants. Be sure to adventure out after your party, event or meeting to see all that Downtown Duval has to offer!

The conference room is available to rent today, so be sure to get a hold of us! We are flexible on dates and times as well, so don’t hesitate to ask us if we are available for a certain date or time. We can’t wait to host your next event!

Contact Us To Hold Conference Room Space

Does this sound like a space for your next event? You can visit the webpage https://downtownduval.com/events/ and fill out the form to let us know about your upcoming event. If you would rather email us at properties@downtownduval.com or call us at (904)-479-6202, you can do that too!

Downtown Jacksonville Office Space Hosts Nonprofit Art Gallery

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The Downtown Duval Building was proud to host the Femart’s art gallery this past weekend, in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The big event happened last Sunday, January 12th, 2020. Over 200 people made their way to 10 S. Newnan St. to see and study the beautifully crafted artwork done by local female artists.

The message of the pieces was to express the struggles that women “face” today, yet they continue to wake up each day and persevere through everything life throws at them. Each piece has its own story to tell, but so does the building where the art exhibit is hosted. The building holds historic value with its original concrete floors and wooden stairs, but has been repainted and renovated to provide the modern feel.

If you missed the experience, there is no need to worry. The artwork will be up the next few weeks around the building. You can schedule a walk through to see the collection and the office spaces available for rent by contacting: properties@downtownduval.com or calling (904)-479-6202. 

Of course this experience wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. Not only do we appreciate everyone coming to view the art gallery, but we appreciate everyone who came to enjoy the experience of the building. Come be a part of the experience everyday by being a tenant at the Downtown Duval Building.

There are currently nine downtown Jacksonville office spaces for lease in the building. The building is conveniently located in the heart of Jacksonville where the river and various restaurants are within walking distance. As a tenant, you get privileges to use the 1600 sqft private outdoor deck space, on-site parking, and free wifi.

These downtown office spaces are a perfect fit for various business styles. Current tenants include an advertising agency, a therapist, equipment rental company, and investigators who look into cold case files. Along with the varying businesses, there are also varying room sizes and prices to accommodate each company’s budget and office staff. Not only do you get the privileges listed above, but as a tenant you get a “sneak peak” at all the new gallery paintings/ images around the building!

The Downtown Duval Building is looking forward to hosting many more art galleries by Femart as each new gallery brings a whole new ambience to the building. Femart supports artistic women by providing exhibit locations, teaching classes, and being involved in the community.

For questions about the artwork or Femart, you can find contact information on their website: https://www.femartgallery.org/. To learn more about the building, or to find information on scheduling a walk through, check out the Downtown Duval Building’s website at: https://downtownduval.com/.