Established in 1996, and recently recharged in April of 2011, the Original 1 800 Charity Cars is back and better than ever!!!!

Business Owners Take a Stand to Encourage People to 'Shop Local'

Business Owners Take a Stand to Encourage People to 'Shop Local'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Business ownership certainly can have its ups and downs, but it was a chance Linda Fontenot wanted to take.

She opened up her own consignment shop, Posh Couture, in Regency two years ago. "I'm all about the green. Recycle their clothes. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure," she said.

But some may prefer the appeal of the more well-known national stores and restaurants. A movement by independently owned businesses aims to change that. "Independent We Stand" encourages people to shop local.

A study by the Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics projects $41.3 million would go back into the Jacksonville metro area economy if every family spent $10 a month with a locally owned business. 

Fontenot depends on her local customers to keep business going. "It's a smart way to do business and you should always shop locally," said Fontenot.

SHOW SOME heART A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

SHOW SOME heART  A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

Show some heART will be held at LIT, a premiere nightclub in Downtown Jacksonville, on July 30, 2011 from 7pm until 10pm.  There is an admission fee of $10.00 a person at the door.  Noone under 21 years of age will be allowed.  This is a gathering for dog lovers to come, enjoy cocktails, view amazing canine artwork from local artists.   Artwork will be available for sale.  There will also be a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit G.R.E.A.T. , Golden Retriever Rescue, which is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization.  Goodies for the dogs, gift certificates, cocktails, and much more will be given out.  So all of you fellow dog lovers make plans for this wonderful event.  For more information visit .





Some people view the term " GEEK"  with a negative composition.  But hey all of us our geeks in our own way, some are just better than others... and richer!!!! A geek is a person who is characterized as highly intelligent and very technicaclly oriented.  They are usually studious, technical, and present themselves in a formal manner.  So embrace your geekness everyone!!!! Spend the day on your computer, tinkering with gadgets, watching Sci-fi films, reading comic books.  It's your day!!!! Stand tell and be proud!

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What gas customers see advertised may not be the price they pay at the pump.

It's because of something gas inspection experts call two-tier pricing.

In response to many questions from viewers about the different pricing, First Coast News asked why, if it's legal and what you can do about it.

Gas stations using two-tier pricing advertise one price for cash (or company-specific credit cards, such as Shell or Chevron), but display another price at the pump for credit cards.

"They just pull up to the pump to get their gas and then realize, 'Oh, they charged me more than what that sign said,'" explained Roberta Lawson, a supervisor for petroleum inspection in North Florida.

The practice is popular in South Florida but it's becoming more common on the First Coast, according to Lawson.

The reason stations do it may be because of steep vendor credit card fees.

New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.

New Radio NOW Hits Jacksonville Radio Waves

New Radio NOW Hits Jacksonville Radio Waves

This morning at 9am RADIO NOW 97-9 hit the Jacksonville market as a mainstream Contemporary Hit Radio station.  The Music NOW on 97.9 FM will include mainstream artists like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and more.