Palafox Market Holiday Edition—Wednesday Evenings!
Posted: Nov 17, 2022 11:15 PMUpdated: Nov 17, 2022 11:15 PM
The ever-popular Palafox Market is offering the public something entirely new for the holidays.For the first time in its 15-year history, the year-round Saturday market will add four successive Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. into the schedule. The Palafox Market Holiday Edition dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st.For this special holiday event, the market’s traditional three-block North Palafox site between Garden and Wright streets will be scaled down to just one block between Garden and Chase streets.Palafox Market manager Emily Kopas says more than 50 vendors have signed up for the Wednesday holiday market.Live music will add to the festivities, she adds, and the Grinch is scheduled to make a special appearance. Streetlights, holiday lights decorating the trees and lighting provided by the vendors will illuminate the market site during the dark evening hours.“This was an idea that was brought to us by a few Palafox Market vendors who wanted the opportunity to feature specific products geared toward the holidays,” says Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “We see this as an opportunity – just like the regular Palafox Market does on Saturdays – to bring people downtown during the middle of the week to shop the Market, then do some shopping at some of the other retail stores and also grab dinner and drinks later at a downtown restaurant or bar,” Wilson adds.
Daily prizes and a $1,000 shopping spree from downtown Pensacola this holiday season!
Posted: Oct 26, 2022 2:31 PMUpdated: Nov 17, 2022 11:18 PM
With special shopping incentives, 4,000 “bubbles” in the sky and half a million holiday lights all launching in early November, it’s beginning to feel like that special time of year in Downtown Pensacola.And beginning November 9th, every time shoppers at the unique boutiques and curated shops, bars and restaurants in Downtown Pensacola make a $10 purchase this holiday season, they can earn an opportunity to win a daily prize from a downtown merchant AND a $1,000.00 Visa® gift card to enjoy even more downtown shopping and fun.The "All I Want" holiday giveaway will run through midnight, Dec. 18 and prizes will begin on Dec. 19.  Shoppers may upload their receipts from participating businesses and get one chance to win $1000 for every $10 they spend at participating downtown businesses. For the official rules, visit Laura Bogan
Costumes, candy, and Pumpkinhead transform Palafox Market into ‘Halloween Market’ Oct. 29
Posted: Oct 13, 2022 7:26 PMUpdated: Oct 13, 2022 7:26 PM
Children are encouraged to dress in their most outrageous costumes for a special “Halloween Market” edition of the Palafox Market on Saturday, Oct. 29th. Vendor booths will be decorated for the autumn holiday, offering candy to trick-or-treaters. Kids can get their faces painted for awesome Halloween selfie opportunities. And candy prizes will be awarded in a costume contest and a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. This year, in addition to the sweet treats, two of Winterfest’s iconic characters, Pumpkinhead and the ever-grumpy Grinch, will be on hand to mingle with fans. Palafox Market, coordinated by the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB), is staged in Martin Luther King, Jr., Plaza, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As many as 8,000 people meander along the plaza’s red brick walkway on the busiest of days. “We are excited to bring back the Halloween Market to Downtown Pensacola,” said Emily Kopas, DIB chief operating officer. Palafox Market vendors have already begun to buzz in anticipation for the fun, family-oriented activities and harvest products in store for customers who visit the Halloween Market.” The market features up to 200 local vendors ranging from farmers and bakers to artists and craftsmen and women. All the items available at Palafox Market are grown, created or produced within 100 miles of Pensacola. While the market is open year-round, fresh produce is available according to local farmers’ growing seasons. Fresh veggies and fruits likely to be in season at Halloween include locally harvested arugula, oyster mushrooms, collard greens, radishes, carrots and apples. Shoppers will also find plants, baked goods, local honey, cut flowers, pet treats, spices, many different kinds of art and handmade goods and lots more.  The “Halloween Market” is a great opportunity to snap up unique fall décor and start holiday shopping. Entertainment at the market is provided by the String Farm bluegrass band near the MLK bust.
Pensacola Bubble Alley takes flight Nov. 3rd
Posted: Sep 20, 2022 3:55 PMUpdated: Oct 13, 2022 7:15 PM
The Foo Foo Festival will pop the cork on its annual 12-day cultural celebration November 3rd with the unveiling of 4,000 colorful bubbles hovering over downtown Pensacola.Dubbed “Bubble Alley,” the aerial display is composed of 18-inch diameter, multi-colored vinyl balloons suspended from wire grids over one block of Intendencia between Jefferson and Tarragona.The project is the brainchild of Friends of Downtown, a group of volunteer business owners that for the past six years has created Foo Foo Festival events that included the highly successful and colorful installations of Umbrella Sky, Fire and Rain and Son et Lumiére.Behind the scenes, Pensacola-based PR agency Ideaworks developed the overall game plan and marketing strategy for Bubble Alley. Handling the fabrication is Pensacola-based design, fabrication and installation company Razor’s Edge Design. “Our challenge with the project is to create the exciting visual aesthetic of Umbrella Sky which attracted thousands of visitors to downtown Pensacola,” says Jared Petticrew. “And we think Bubble Alley will do just that and become one of the many memorable highlights of the always entertaining and colorful Foo Foo Festival.”Downtown Improvement Board Executive Director Walker Wilson says he believes Bubble Alley, will recreate the excitement of Umbrella Sky and become a visual centerpiece of the November festival that concludes on Nov. 14th. “I’m convinced the Bubble Alley will match or even exceed the extraordinary public response that Umbrella Sky brought in 2017,” says Wilson. “It will no doubt offer a uniquely colorful experience to everyone who visits downtown Pensacola during this wonderful festival that has become the preeminent fall event.”Bubble Alley, Walker notes, is free to the public and accessible day and night during the festival. “The public is encouraged to walk, take a bicycle or scooter between Bubble Alley and other Foo Foo Festival events such as the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Jazz for Justice and the Vandals to Vanguards Pop Art Exhibit,” says Walker.Once the reusable bubbles are taken down at the end of November, they will be offered to other groups that wish to recreate the display in other settings.
Post Office fountain has interesting origin and history
Posted: Aug 12, 2022 1:19 PMUpdated: Aug 12, 2022 1:20 PM
Many of the tangible artifacts and monuments commemorating Pensacola’s rich 463-year history are concentrated along South Palafox, the city’s most famous street.A walk from the south end of Palafox Pier north will take one past the Don Tristan De Luna statue, then to Plaza Ferdinand where Andrew Jackson accepted the deed to Florida from Spain, and then on past the 18th century cannons and 19th Century clock on display in front of the old County Courthouse. To travel the length of South Palafox is a walk through history.But often overlooked among the city’s most visible relics of yesteryear is the 10,000 lb. granite fountain situated in front of the downtown Post Office.The fountain’s interesting origins began in the early 20th Century when Pensacola Mayor C.C. Goodman in 1907 applied to the National Humane Alliance for a granite drinking fountain specifically for animals.The National Humane Alliance, based in New York City, was founded in 1897 by Hermon Lee Ensign, a philanthropist and animal welfare advocate who had amassed a fortune in the advertising business. When he died in 1899, he left much of his wealth to build animal drinking fountains for any city that requested one. The fountains were provided free of charge as long as the city provided an appropriate site, water supply, and maintenance.Between 1904 and 1912, more than 100 cities, including Pensacola, took advantage of the offer. The fountains were produced in Maine by the Bodwell Granite Company, the same company that supplied the stone blocks for the Brooklyn Bridge. Soon after the Pensacola fountain was installed, the use of horses and other draft animals for transportation was greatly diminished by the introduction of the automobile. As a result, the fountains, located in the middle of intersections in most cities, became largely obsolete, and many have ended up lost, scrapped, or overgrown with weeds. Pensacola’s fountain, held in storage for decades, was resurrected in 1996 when the U.S. Post Office, then located in the city’s federal building, was moved to its present location at 101 Palafox Place.Although missing its original bronze lion's head spouts, today the fountain remains in working order and stands at the entrance to the Post Office. Above the fountain’s water basin, mounted to the fountainhead, is a weathered bronze plaque reading: 1909Presented bythe National Humane Alliance  Herman Lee EnsignFounder