Sales Tax Holiday Makes for Great Shopping in Downtown Pensacola
Posted: Jun 22, 2021 6:24 PMUpdated: Jun 22, 2021 6:35 PM
Attention Downtown Shoppers: There’s a sale… everywhere!Thanks to the 2021 Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, clothing items priced at $60 or less each, as well as computers and other school supplies, will be tax-free from July 31 to August 9.While the timing is specifically aimed at helping out families who are sending students to school this fall, a sale is a sale.Add to that the additional discounts many stores take to further sweeten the pot, and you have a perfect excuse to spend a day shopping at Downtown Pensacola’s many boutiques and shops.There is no garment pedigree better than Don Alans, downtown’s premier collection of men's clothes and shoes. This store offers both the finest name brands and tailored garments.But women’s clothing is where the real opportunity is downtown.Offering a wide variety of curated fashion, women’s clothiers in Downtown Pensacola include Melobay, Bluetique, Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique, Scout, Blue Spero, The Market and Mainly Shoes, and Gray Boutique.If your back-to-school list includes an especially lucky princess, you may want to check out Sparkle – A Girl’s Boutique. Or, if your students are spending the fall semester studying the beach, Innerlight Surf & Skate has the board shorts and tees they’ll need.As you gather your tax-free packages, you’ll be working up an appetite. Downtown has some great spots for lunch, like the salads and fried chicken of Polonza Bistro, the candied bacon and stuffed French toast at the Ruby Slipper and the varied fare available from the four Airstream food trucks at the Garden at Palafox and Main.Clothes aren’t the only goods that are discounted during the back-to-school sales tax holiday.Computers and computer accessories valued at up to $1,000 are also free of sales tax during the holiday. You can take advantage of that at Palafox Computers, which offers Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, as well as data storage devices like thumb drives and external hard drives.If you are a bibliophile, you will enjoy the tax-free books at the Bodacious Bookstore & Café. An independent bookstore in the heart of Downtown Pensacola, Bodacious offers a selection of current bestsellers, classics and local interest authors.Finally, nothing caps a Downtown Pensacola shopping adventure better than a sweet treat. So, why not finish the day with a sundae from Bubba’s Sweet Spot, some hand-crafted fudge from Peterbrooke Chocolatier, or a piece of decadent cheesecake from Fosko Coffee.Splurge. After all, you will have saved all of that money on sales taxes.PHOTO CREDIT: Gray Boutique
Magical Tree Lights Respond When You Sing and Clap
Posted: Dec 15, 2020 8:39 PMUpdated: Dec 15, 2020 8:40 PM
The most wonderful time has to be the holidays in Downtown Pensacola! The season officially kicked off on Black Friday, when Winterfest and the First City Lights Festival turned downtown into an enchanting Winter Wonderland with trolley rides, performances, and visits with Santa under the glow of more than half a million white lights illuminating downtown Pensacola’s historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and public spaces. Winterfest events will run through December 24 and the lights will glow through January 16th. But there is a new holiday attraction this year that you and your family do not want to miss. A giant, lit Christmas tree that reacts when you sing? Tell me more! Located at the northwest corner of Plaza Ferdinand, one of Pensacola's old live oak trees has been strung with hundreds of interactive lights that, to each passerby’s surprise, react to sound. The lights are controlled by a system which calculates changes based on onset, energy and frequency analysis of sound intercepted by multiple microphones, and the result is delightful. Musicians will marvel and spectators will enjoy clapping and singing, making the tree magically sparkle in response. The grand holiday tree also provides a great photo op for your holiday snaps!  We look forward to seeing you Downtown!
"All I Want" is to WIN in Downtown Pensacola!
Posted: Nov 13, 2020 6:57 PMUpdated: Nov 13, 2020 7 PM
What’s better than shopping for unique and beautiful gifts and noshing at your favorite restaurants in Downtown Pensacola this holiday? Shopping and dining with a chance to win dollars! Because who couldn’t use a little extra Christmas money during Holidays of 2020? The Downtown Improvement Board is giving away $100 every day starting on December 12, all the way through Christmas Eve. When you make any purchase downtown between November 6 and December 2, 2020, you can enter to win. Even better, the more you spend, the more chances you have to win. For every $10 you spend you will earn another entry into the daily drawings.  Entering the contest is easy! Simply take a photo of your receipts from any downtown bar, restaurant, shop or gallery located in the DIB district. Upload your receipt at *You must be 18 to enter. Be sure to read the full rules HERE. That's it!  Happy shopping and Merry Christmas from the DIB!
First City Lights Festival Nov 27-Jan 16
Posted: Nov 9, 2020 3:45 PMUpdated: Nov 18, 2020 8:18 PM
Along the gulf coast, 2020 has been a chaotic year, to say the least. Hurricanes and flooding, COVID-19—who knew that this year would bring so many challenges? Downtown Pensacola certainly saw its share of impacts, but as we entered January, street closures due to construction were one of the biggest concerns. Looking back now, those first few weeks of 2020 don’t seem quite so bad.  As this year comes to a close, it seems fitting that we should say goodbye with a time-honored local tradition of holiday lights, a gift to the community that the DIB works very hard to bring about each year. More than half a million white lights will illuminate downtown Pensacola’s historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and public spaces once again, inviting locals and visitors to get out and enjoy “Florida’s Greatest Place.”  The holiday lights could not happen without the support of the City of Pensacola, the Community Redevelopment Agency, Escambia County and private business sponsors who financially support the cost of installation and maintenance throughout the season. This year's event is sponsored by Gulf Power, Studer Properties, JAH Power Services, Inc., Service Electric Co., Roberson Underground Utility, LLC, L30 Consulting, LLC, and Pure Pilates. Come light up the holidays with us![PHOTO: THE GOOD LIFE DESTIN]
Santa Claus is Coming to (Down)town: Your Winterfest 2020 Guide
Posted: Sep 28, 2020 4:45 PMUpdated: Nov 13, 2020 6:59 PM
The Winterfest team is dedicated to safely celebrating the holidays with the community and after months of planning, they’re excited to provide a magical experience for the people of Pensacola and all of our holiday visitors.  Speaking of visitors…  Santa Claus is coming to Pensacola! His sleigh is packed and he’s eager for his stop in Pensacola to meet all the good boys and girls and spread the magic of Christmas cheer. In an effort to avoid crowded lines, he will be taking reservations online or on-site for safely distanced photos. Visitors will be able to meet and take pictures with jolly Saint Nick atop a pile of presents next to his sleigh.  Of course, the Grinch is coming to town too, making appearances and taking photo reservations as well. Since the Grinch doesn’t do holiday cheer quite like the rest of us, the physical distancing guidelines will definitely be more to his liking.  Along with Santa and the Grinch, Winterfest will be offering Pensacola’s favorite holiday events to spread the magic of the holiday season: • The Polar Express Tour: Come join in the experience of a lifetime by enjoying tap dancing servers, singing and hot cups of cocoa with the Polar Express Tour.• Historic Pensacola Village Trolley rides: Let our Cajun conductor regale you with tales of Papa Noel and his alligators before ending with firelit storytelling from Papa Noel himself. • A White Christmas: Every night Santa will use the magic of the crowd and everyone’s collective “belief” in him to bring snow flurries to Winterfest plaza. With safety a top priority, Santa has recruited Winterfest's favorite devious twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2, to be the official safety staff for Winterfest plaza. In true Whobilation, they will be roaming the plaza stocked with safety gear giving everyone air-fives, elbow bumps and spreading Wholiday cheer!  Pensacola’s Winterfest experience kicks off the holiday season right with First City Lights Festival on Black Friday, November 27, and runs through December with a final Santa Claus Christmas Eve send-off. Visits with Santa and all tours will take place on Nov. 27, 28, and Dec. 5, 12, 18-24 and will be located at 223 Palafox Place. So, forget about the last 10 months. Put on your holiday best or the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find, grab your family and friends and come safely celebrate the holidays with Pensacola’s Winterfest! For more information, visit: