Win $100 By Shopping Downtown With The "All I Want" Giveaway!
Posted: Nov 11, 2020 5:22 PMUpdated: Nov 11, 2020 6:16 PM
Friends of Downtown Pensacola is giving 12 $100 downtown gift cards to 12 lucky shoppers in the “All I Want” Giveaway that returns today, November 10. To enter, participants must submit photos of their receipts from downtown merchants dated between Nov. 10 and Dec. 12. Contest entry form and complete rules are available online at:  For every $10 spent in downtown shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and businesses, the participant will receive one contest entry. At the end of the contest period, 12 winners will be randomly selected and each awarded with a $100 downtown gift card. “Downtown Pensacola offers a huge selection of unique gifts for those looking to do their holiday shopping,” said Walker Wilson, Friends of Downtown director. “Here you can enjoy holiday events, craft breweries, art galleries, fine dining, beautiful holiday lights and everything in between, and you can earn the chance to win $100 in the process!” The promotion, now in its third year, is part of the First City Lights Festival that offers a season-long line up of holiday happenings from cultural events to fine dining in Pensacola’s downtown district. The festival officially kicks off on Black Friday with the lighting of half a million downtown lights in collaboration with Winterfest. The event is supported by City of Pensacola and sponsored by Gulf Power, Studer Properties, JAH Power Services, Inc., Service Electric Co., Roberson Underground Utility, LLC, L30 Consulting, LLC, and Pure Pilates.
Palafox Market Returns, Saturday, October 3rd!
Posted: Sep 24, 2020 3:24 PMUpdated: Sep 24, 2020 4:26 PM
The Downtown Improvement Board has announced it will reopen Palafox Market on October 3rd at its regular location in MLK, Jr. Plaza in Downtown Pensacola. The iconic farmers market has been closed for several months in response to the City’s moratorium on public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a carefully planned, phased reopening, Palafox Market will launch with about half its regular vendors, showcasing food, farm produce and products geared towards safety and sanitation such as handmade soaps and face masks. Organizers are working hard to ensure that shoppers and vendors can enjoy the market safely. To minimize crowding and maintain social distancing guidelines, the market layout will be temporarily changed, with vendor booths arranged in an alternating pattern so that half of the booths face out towards Palafox Street and half face in towards the MLK, Jr. Plaza walkway. Organizers plan to expand Palafox Market back to its full capacity as quickly as it’s possible to do so without negatively impacting COVID numbers. Additional vendor and visitor safety precautions include, but are not limited to:●  Increased physical space between vendors.●  Face coverings are required by all in attendance.●  No vendor shall provide/offer samples, unless individually packaged.●  All vendors will be required to wear gloves (and gloves must be changed regularly.)●  All vendors will be required to display products at the front of their stall. Customers will not be allowed to enter vendor stalls to avoid crowding.●  Security will be present to monitor large groups of people and assist with controlling proper social distancing. 
What's Open in Downtown Pensacola After Hurricane Sally?
Posted: Sep 22, 2020 2:52 PMUpdated: Dec 10, 2020 10:01 PM
Are you looking for downtown businesses that are currently open after the impacts of Hurricane Sally? Here is a list to help you continue to support local. We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information.- Angelena’s Pensacola- Perfect Plain Brewing Co.- Garden & Grain- A&J Mug Shop- Pure Pilates- Bodacious Shops- Bodacious Bookstore and Cafe- Bodacious Brew Thru- Jordan Valley Downtown- Peterbrooke Chocolatier Pensacola Palafox- The Wine Bar on Palafox- SCOUT Boutique- Jo Rich Beauty- Stay The Spa- Schmidt's Music- Palafox Computers Inc.- Chill Cryotherapy- Ride Society- SaBai Thai SOJ- Pure Barre- Bubba's Sweet Spot- Blend Lounge - Pensacola- Taco Agave- World of Beer- Graffiti Pizza- The Garden at Palafox + Main - formerly Al Fresco- The Nest General Store- Wilfrid's Barber and Fine Goods- Nomadic’s Cafe- Escape on Palafox- The 5 Barrel- Jewelers Trade Shop- Fosko Coffee Barre- SVN Southland- Play Pensacola- Smart Bank- Urban Objects- Moonflower salon- Ever'man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe- NYN's BADLANDS "a roadside bar"- O'Riley's Irish Pub Downtown- Elebash Jewelry Company- Cigar Factory Pensacola- Anytime Fitness - Downtown Pensacola- Quayside Art Gallery- Odd Colony Brewing Co.- Disko Lemonade at Southtowne- The Tin Cow- Polonza Bistro- Blue Morning Gallery- Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille- Dog House Deli Downtown- Five Sisters Blues Cafe- The Aragon Cafe- Drip Parlor Downtown- Cycle Joint- Union Public House- Pot Roast & Pinot- Cactus Cantina- Emerald Republic Brewing- Gateway Cafe- Casks & Flights- V. Paul's- Bluejay's Bakery- Khon’s on Palafox- Jackson’s Steakhouse- Rusted Arrow Mercantile- Fish House- Don Alans- The Cabaret- Aragon Wine Market- The Nest General Store
Talking Trash: DIB's New Sign Campaign Uses Humor to Help Prevent Litter
Posted: Aug 6, 2020 6:22 PMUpdated: Sep 24, 2020 11:30 PM
The Downtown Improvement Board is on a mission to help you locate–and use–a downtown trash can. The organization recently launched a sign and sidewalk decal campaign that relies on humor and positive reinforcement to address a longstanding litter problem. It is designed to achieve something that’s not easy to do: make it fun to use a trash can.Litter isn’t unique to Pensacola but it’s a problem that has gotten more prevalent as downtown has flourished. A 2009 Keep America Beautiful study showed that litter cleanup in our country costs more than $11.5 billion each year. It also adversely affects tourism, retail and restaurant sales, property values and the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and visits. DIB ambassadors picked up 43,895 pounds of trash in the district during the first six months of its fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2019-Mar. 31, 2020, and keeping downtown clean ranks among the top goals on the DIB’s priority list. “Downtown Pensacola is a high-traffic core that shapes the overall perception of our city,” said Dees, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “When it comes to keeping our sidewalks clean, there really is no excuse for not figuring this out.” Though litter is a serious issue, Dees hopes that a litter prevention campaign based on humor will get people talking—and disposing. “We’re tackling the challenge of making people stop and think,” Dees said. Quotes such as “Fill me up, Buttercup,” and “Talk dirty to me,” basketball free-throw lines and a hop-scotch board give people an incentive to engage and use a trash can instead of leaving their cigarette butt, napkin or other debris on the sidewalk or street, she said. “Combined with additional trash receptacles we installed over the past year, the anti-litter campaign will hopefully change behavior and be a vehicle for a long-term, sustainable change for downtown.”The DIB’s mission statement is to enhance the district’s quality of life and economic success by creating a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable environment, and the anti-litter initiative is designed to spread awareness of the issue and incite action in a light-hearted way. Here are some other ways that the DIB is working towards its mission.COVID-19 Safety:The DIB also recently installed sidewalk decals to educate downtown residents and visitors on CDC safety guidelines. The decals communicate ways for the public to remain safe and healthy amid COVID-19 and support the City of Pensacola mandate issued on June 26 that requires all patrons and employees at businesses within City limits to wear a protective face mask. To assist in the implementation of this city order, The DIB is also providing free face coverings to its downtown merchants, while supplies last.
UPDATED: Pensacola DIB Seeks Qualified Candidates to Apply for the Executive Director Position
Posted: Aug 3, 2020 6:12 PMUpdated: Aug 17, 2020 4:48 PM
[THIS JOB POSTING WAS CLOSED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14]Downtown Pensacola, Florida:Pensacola, Florida is known for its laid-back, coastal way-of-life, long and storied history and diverse culture. Pensacola’s downtown is full of historic sites—virtually every brick sidewalk and city park is directly connected to America’s earliest colonization. Historic Pensacola, made up of 28 sites, structures, programs and exhibits in Downtown Pensacola including the Pensacola Museum of Commerce and the Pensacola Museum of Art—is managed by the University of West Florida to preserve local history for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the public. Contrasting and complementing downtown’s rich history is an eclectic mix of chic shops, modern galleries and trendy restaurants dotting historic Palafox Street, the main downtown thoroughfare that the American Planning Association named one of America’s “10 Great Streets.” Gourmet food trucks, water views and award-winning fine dining coexist, while relaxed Southern-style sums up the unique shopping atmosphere among crape myrtle-lined streets and shaded city parks. On Saturdays, a fresh farmer’s market, Palafox Market, serves up locally harvested vegetables, fruits, honey and goods. The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board:The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is an independent state agency funded by a special tax levy on properties within its district boundaries. The district consists of 40 blocks that encompass the urban core of downtown Pensacola, Florida. The DIB exists to continue the removal of commercial blight, enhance property values, encourage economic development, attract commercial and residential development into the urban core, and beautify Downtown Pensacola. Downtown Improvement Board Executive Director:The Executive Director is the senior professional employee who performs administrative and professional work in directing and coordinating the activities of the Downtown Improvement Board. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors (“Board”) and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The Executive Director has responsibility for leadership, oversight and daily supervision for the operations of the DIB. This includes (but is not limited to) budgeting, planning, marketing, and policy formulation as well as direct supervision of DIB staff. The Executive Director represents the organization throughout the community.The Executive Director is responsible for directly reporting to the Board all financial and operational matters and for implementation of board policy. The Executive Director also acts as Secretary to the Board. The Executive Director shall perform all such other duties and functions as may be required by Board directive or through DIB bylaws.General Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:Coordinates and implements approved programs including strategic planning, and related program activities and major events.Oversees the daily operations/activities of the DIB office including financial administration of the approved budget, and development and maintenance of administrative procedures, including purchasing. As a taxing entity, the DIB generates public funds for the majority of its revenue, which requires fiscal management of public funds.Attends all meetings of the Board, all meetings of the various committees and provides staff support and guidance to the Board, insuring minutes are kept and distributed in a timely fashion.Maintains a complete membership address listing of all businesses in the DIB.Establishes and maintains an effective contact network through liaison/interface with key individuals, organizations, government agencies and special interest groups in order to promote the interests of the DIB, demonstrating initiative and proactive.Coordinates yearly program of work and budget submission to the DIB.Serves as spokesperson for the DIB with the media on matters of Board policy and initiates. Serves as the primary spokesperson on DIB programs.Develops and conducts on-going awareness and education programs designed to enhance community understanding of the DIB goals.Attends conferences and training sessions and remains current (state of the art) with professional material and standards.Contacts: DIB Staff. Continuous contacts with DIB Staff and responsible for developing and supervising a cohesive team-oriented approach to meeting the DIB’s primary goals including the hiring, terminating, promoting and/or demoting of DIB Staff. Additionally, the Executive Director shall complete written annual evaluations for each of the DIB Staff by the last day of the eleventh (11th) month of the Term of this Agreement using an evaluation form prepared by the Executive Director and approved by the Board.Customers: Routine interaction with community leaders, officials and business leaders. Contacts with walk-ins, telephone inquiries and members of the community, thus requiring courteous, professional communication.Volunteers: Routinely interacts with volunteers to ensure successful accomplishment of DIB programs and policy implementation.Accountability: The Executive Director reports directly to the Board. Assigned work is performed independently and individual must be proactive, exercise initiative and judgment in the performance of duties. Responsibility for determining urgency and priority of workload. Duties and responsibilities involve weekends and evenings, requiring flexibility in working hours.Required Qualifications: Education and professional experience should include one or more of the following: marketing, communications, economic development, public administration, city planning, historic preservation, or small business development. Graduation from a 4-year college or university and two years related experience.Job Knowledge/Skills. Experience working with volunteer boards, committees, coordinating events and activities and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and municipal officials. The ability to manage multiple tasks with time constraints is frequent. Knowledge of principles and practices of downtown management; ability to operate computer software programs, including word processing and database. Ability to communicate effectively orally and to produce written materials.Physical Demands: Work is generally performed in an office setting which requires sitting for periods of time, often interrupted with telephone calls, interspersed with staff, volunteer or member visits. Occasional light lifting up to 25 pounds.Send Resumes to: Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, 226 S. Palafox Place, Suite 106 Pensacola FL 32502NOTE: All expressions of interest and resumes must be received at above address by 5:00 pm CST on Friday August 14, 2020 to be considered for this position. Resumes received after this time will not be considered.For more information, visit: