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Alright! We got a chance to catch up with Jovita Harper, the creative mastermind behind Conscious Designz. If you had not had a chance to check out her collection yet, click the link above to check out some of her work. She also does a lot of custom work, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you want something special! Here is what she had to say when we got to ask her a few questions:

Can you describe what has inspired you the most in your life to get you to where you are today?

I have been creating since birth. Throughout my adolescence and early adulthood, I limited my creative expressions to simply writing poetry, calligraphies and drawing on my clothes, walls, papers- on anything available. More recently, I discovered a desire to extend my creativity to sewing. This desire turned into a necessity after my lay off from mortgage industry and becoming underemployed, almost three years ago. My need for expression creatively and providing a secure future for my daughter is the reason I continue in my pursuit!

Can you describe your relationship with Jacksonville?

I am a local entrepreneur, mother and community supporter. I have worked with a local non-profit agency to establish a course to teach single mothers in my community the life skill of sewing. I am a committed to developing my craft and influence in my community. I have partnered with several local small businesses, artists and the Jacksonville Chamber to ensure I maintain a viable and sustainable business. I was a featured artist in the recent KESHA exhibit (below) displayed at the Jacksonville Main Library.


What do you gain most from your work?

I have always believed the work of your hands has an empowering force. My ultimate goal is to teach that same creative expression to those who seek such empowerment and freedom through creativity.

What is your favorite thing to do in Jacksonville?

I love to travel to the various state parks throughout Jacksonville, especially Ortega, I sit read and watch the city light up!

What is your favorite place to eat?

I am learning to eat out more as the food scene expands within Jacksonville. My favorite local business and restaurant is Durkeeville  & Co– not only for the fresh, delicious food- it’s a family run business. 

What is your favorite bridge?

My favorite bridge is the Main St bridge. I run the Main St bridge and run the South bank! I love to watch the sunrise there, the dolphins jump and the peace of the morning’s cool breezes.

 That sounds great in this summer heat! Thank you Jovita!!

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I have been taking photos most of my life.  Both my parents were amateur photographers and they instilled a love of the art in me at an early age.  I grew up in Silicon Valley, California and have lived all over the US as an adult.  I came to Jacksonville with my husband, a professor at UNF in the Coggin College of Business.  Together we have traveled to up to 50 other countries and that has fueled my passion for photography.  I retired after 24 years as a District Manager for Cracker Barrel in October of 2015 so we could go live in Italy for 7 months, while my husband was on sabbatical from UNF.  The second love of my life is my cat, Moses.  I was so happy to be asked to join Local Goods Market.  I love the sense of community that a local website for art and food is creating.


We asked Vivienne to answer a few questions that might help you get to know her and her work a little bit more. Here is what she had to say:

Can you describe what has inspired you the most in your life to get you to where you are today?

My inspiration comes from several places; my parents, my husband and most of all my own dream of being an artist. I spent most of my life in retail with limited creative outlets so when the time came to retire and try something new I decided to focus on my photography and the art I create with it.  My biggest inspiration to make a go of it came from the last conversation I had with my mother-in-law before she passed on.  She told me to pursue my dream because I had talent and I should share it.  Any time I get frustrated I think of her words and it helps keep the drive alive

Can you describe your relationship with Jacksonville?

I love how many places this city is at one time; beaches, rivers, downtown, Southside, Riverside/Avondale, Springfield and Murray Hill- so many different communities in one place.  I live in Riverside between 5 Points and Avondale and it’s like living in a small town.  I can walk to restaurants and shopping, It’s more of a community than most places I have lived.

What do you gain most from your work?

Right now the sense of community and the support of others doing the same work, sharing the same vision.  We all want our art to be the main focus of our life.  The friends I have made and the network connections mean so much to me being new to this world of Markets and Festivals.  They provide information about new market opportunities, where the best markets are and how to apply.  I’m looking forward to helping and mentoring other new artists as a way to give back to this community. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Jacksonville? 

Riverside Arts Market and walking the bridges.

What is you favorite place to eat?   

Food Trucks- all of them!

What is you favorite bridge in Jacksonville? 

The CSX drawbridge.

Thank you Vivienne!


Here are some events, workshops and projects will be working on in the near future.

Riverside Arts Market– I’m doing a special Father’s Day promo that is interactive.  Photo Op with Dad- making magnets or stickers of photos taken at the market or brought in for the purpose.

North Beaches Art Walk

Second Sundays in Springfield

Jax Beach Art Walk

Brooks Whalen loves everything about the local farmers and arts markets in Jacksonville: The unique products, the open atmosphere and people from all different backgrounds coming together in one place. Click news article title for more.


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Mark moved to Jacksonville in 2014 from Melbourne, FL where he instantly recognized the beauty of the city. Three years ago, Mark found his passion for photography on his commute to work, at Florida Times-Union. Biking along the riverwalk daily at sunrise, Mark started taking sunrise photos of the city on his cellphone. Since then, his work has been featured at the Jacksonville public library, several riverside exhibits, and will be exhibited in the Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport from July 1st – September 30th. He has his first international exhibit in July, at Galeria6mas1 in Madrid, Spain and is also a freelance photographer for First Coast magazine, and Jack magazine.

We got a chance to sit down with Mark to ask him some quick questions that we think might be interesting to our visitors and insightful to anyone who may be interested in getting into photography. (The interview actually took place virtually through emails, although we have had the pleasure to hang out with him in person several times as well)

LGM: Can you describe what has inspired you the most in your life to get you to where you are today?

Mark: I am alive and where I am today because of Jesus Christ alone. He has given me a second chance at life, and I am thankful to use it the best I can, to glorify Him.

LGM: Can you describe your relationship with Jacksonville?

Mark: I came here to start a new life, and I have fallen in love with the city of Jacksonville and it’s people. Our support for the arts and small business is wonderful, and I enjoy meeting people at art markets around town. Photography opens up so many doors in life, and I am thankful to walk through them.

LGM: Do you have any creative rituals or work routines that you practice on a regular basis?

Mark: I listen to my favorite music artists when taking photos by myself, and editing. My favorites include Foals, Neon Indian, Arcade Fire, Beethoven, and George Strait.

LGM: What do you gain most from your work?

Mark: A satisfaction knowing that I am creating art that can be enjoyed by others. I love taking a photo, and editing it to make it my own.

LGM: How would you like to see your work evolve in the future?

Mark: Continually experimenting with different locations around the world, and trying different mediums for printing. Displaying in juried art shows and regional galleries is a goal of mine.

LGM: What would you say to someone who was interested in doing what you do?

Mark: Make it a point to find ways to take photos of what you are interested in. Incorporate this into your daily routine. When you have a few minutes of downtime, look at articles. I enjoy Digital Photography School, and read their articles when they pop up on my Facebook newsfeed. Also have a mentor photographer who can give you advice when you need it.

LGM: Who would you say has influenced you the most?

Mark: My fiance Kristin has influenced a tremendous amount of my shots with her patience and love. Robert Tebbs is the man who put a DSLR camera in my hand. That wildly expanded my passion for photography. Also, Matt Bluejay. If you don’t know his work, you should check it out!

LGM: Do you do any other interesting work around town?

Mark: Besides being at downtown art walk, being a full-time student pursuing a bachelors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and preparing for my wedding to my amazing fiancé Kristin, I am a freelance photographer for Jack magazine, and First Coast magazine. I also do the layout of the Florida Times-Union, Shorelines, and other TU publications. I also edit obituary photos for the newspaper.

LGM: What is your favorite thing to do in Jacksonville?

Mark: Taking photos of Jacksonville

LGM: We should have guessed! What is you favorite place to eat?

Mark: Lola’s burritos. and Randy’s Rib Shack in Waldo.

LGM: Oh man! Randy’s is awesome. That is a hidden gem. What is you favorite bridge in Jacksonville?

Mark: FEC Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge. This bridge is located right outside of my office, and I love taking a break and photographing the trains passing by.

LGM: Very nice pick. Thanks Mark!

Here are some things Mark is going to be up to over the next few months. If you have any questions for him or are interested in talking with him more check him out at the events below.

Teaching the basics of photography at JAX makerspace, downtown library June 17th noon-1:30pm
July 1st – September 30th: Jacksonville International Airport exhibit in Haskell Gallery.
July 22nd – 29th: Galeria6mas1 exhibit in Madrid, Spain


You’re Invited to our Official Launch Party & Market Meet Up!

Local Goods Market is officially open, and we’re ready to celebrate! Join us Thursday, 5/25 for our Official Launch Party & Market Meet Up at Southern Swells Brewing Company from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. We’ll have products on display, handouts, giveaways and of course, LOCALLY made brew and homegrown tunes.

Check in at our table and enjoy these complimentary offerings:

  • Drink tickets, good for select beer or house wine
  • Appetizers from Gusto
  • A chance to win a $25 or $100 gift certificate for LocalGoodsMarket.com

The first of many, our Launch Party is also our first Market Meet Up, which is a time for vendors, customers or newcomers to get to know one another and further develop the community market network.

R.S.V.P. not required, but much appreciated. Please see our Facebook event for updates and to R.S.V.P. We look forward to meeting you there!

Email info@localgoodsmarket.com or call 904-613-4971 with questions.

I am a Jacksonville native, like my parents. I grew up on the Southside of town just outside of San Marco, but visited North Carolina often. Always one of my favorite places, I decided to go to college there and spent four years studying biology and chemistry and figured I would go into medicine so I could “do some good” in the world. After I graduated I returned home in 2007 amidst the “Great Recession” to find Jacksonville seemed to have grown up a bit. And so had I.

During the economic slump, makers, artists and small businesses poured into open air markets and empty spaces desperate to showcase their goods and talents. The historic shopping districts which had struggled for activity once again began to thrive. This was a new Jacksonville. One that I had never seen before. The roots of our community seemed to have taken hold in the direst of times and created a solid foundation for our city to grow.

This resurgence in my hometown sparked something in me. After practicing medicine for 4 years I knew I could do more to help my community. I learned firsthand that many of today’s ills come from a disconnected society in which people find themselves lost. The old saying “healthy mind, healthy body” rang true. I wanted to dedicate more of my time to continue and nurture the growth of the pillars of our community; the small businesses, the artists, the makers, the people who make Jacksonville what it is today. I believe what we choose to spend our money on in great part shapes the world we live in. When we buy local products, we are choosing to support our community, our neighbors, and in turn ourselves. That is why I created Local Goods Market.

While I whole-heartedly enjoy and support the various markets held periodically throughout Jax, I want to provide the same quality products you desire in one convenient place, 24/7, rain or shine. Local Goods Market is an easy and convenient way for local people to shop local products. If you live here, shop here. That’s our motto. We even go the extra mile, literally, by offering Local Delivery – which means we hand deliver every purchase to your doorstep.

After months of planning and stressing over every detail involved in starting an online marketplace, I am proud to announce that Local Goods Market is officially open for business. For anyone I haven’t spoken to throughout the start-up process, welcome! I am Brooks Whalen, founder of Local Goods Market and Jacksonville enthusiast.

As a child, and Jacksonville native, I remember walking through various historic districts thinking what a shame it was that so many businesses sat empty. It sometimes felt as if Jacksonville was a big city whose best years were behind it. But something happened over the years, despite economic declines and big-box super-marts coming and going; small business never died. Instead, Jacksonville began to reinvest in old ideas, like open-air markets and the resurgence of mom and pop shops. From murals to street performers, food trucks and art walks, our city came alive, made possible by the support of a community full of crafters, artists, business people and free thinkers. The reinvention of our city inspired me to visit every nook and cranny of our town, discovering countless local gems.

I developed Local Goods Market because I love Jax and all it has to offer. With more than one million people living in the greater Jacksonville area, and an abundance of natural resources, it should come as no surprise that almost anything one could ever want or need is made or offered right here. Now the charm and appeal of your favorite finds around town are available to you year-round, 24/7. Locally sourced and delivered to your front door.

I encourage businesses small and large to share their unique goods and services, either made here, “born” here or nurtured here. I encourage our neighbors and communities to look inward and see what is available in your own backyard. Welcome to Local Goods Market. Live here. Shop here. We are happy to bring it to you.

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