Buy local is more than a business “catch phrase” for Arlington residents.  We are a community that is filled with local businesses.  While we do have the chain stores, we are predominately a community of small local businesses.  Vegetable markets, bakeries, diners, sandwich shops, boutiques, automotive repairs, daycare centers, meat markets, barber shops, community hardware store, restarauants, bookstores,   home repairs and hair salons are all local businesses that can be found in Arlington.

For those looking for regional or national chains of businesses we have those too. Recently Walmart announced the opening of their first, Jacksonville Walmart Community grocery store in Arlington.

Arlington is a community that supports businesses that provide quality goods and services from local, family owned, to large corporations..

This mix of small local and chain businesses helps define us as a community.

We will be “spot lighting”  community businesses on a regular basis, on

One community, many businesses.

We are Arlington!



Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

For years, the various clubs that inhabited a small storefront at Old Arlington’s “Crossroads” – the University Blvd. and Arlington Road intersection – were a community plague. Surrounding residential, business and church neighbors contended with the site’s string of vacancies and occupancies that taxed the City’s zoning, licensing, and police enforcement efforts. Cindy’s Good Time Pub, The G-Spot, Amnesia, and Club Menage were on that roll call of tenants. And after a nearby fatal shooting in September, 2010, the doors to the establishment closed again, and neighbors skeptically awaited the next incarnation.


At the same time, Carole Freeman was pursuing her dream of owning a local venue spotlighting her passion for jazz. A place like the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City – quaint, intimate, and authentic. Shesaw the University Blvd. vacancy and married it with her vision. And sheset to work on Jazzland.

For six months, Carole cleaned out years of trash and smells left by the former tenants. The building’s back lot resembled a small landfill that required four roll-off dumpsters to clear. She replaced stripper poles and lap dance couches with new tables, chairs, and carpeting. Stage and bar areas were reconfigured, ceilings and walls were repainted. Pictures and prints were hung that reflected her love of jazz and its history.

Jazzland opened in May, 2011, with a devotion to both patrons and musicians. Carole is passionate about supporting not only experienced jazz artists, but also the rising talent. She created Tuesday night jam sessions to nurture local musicians and students with a mentoring experience. Saturday nights have featured a stream of national performers, and this month Carole will expand the club’s schedule with Wednesday and Friday night offerings.

Carole exudes patience, perseverance, and a continuous focus on her vision for Jazzland. “The jazz music industry is not a ‘quick buck’ industry,” Carole says. “The purpose is to support the jazz artists. We believe – support the talent first! Everything else will follow.”

Years from now, when Arlington gets it mojo back, when the Op-eration Dolphins’ and other redevelopment efforts have bornefruit, the discussion will turn to when the turnaround began.And part of that answer will owe humble origins to Jazzland, in Old Arlington today.