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New to Beaches Town Center, the father-daughter duo behind Milo Fashion are working hard to bring the fine art of Italian leathergoods to folks at the beach. We chatted with Sabrina Chaker
to get the scoop on everything about her newest venture!
 
Milo Headshot
 
Q: WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE MILO FASHION? DOES RETAIL COME NATURAL OR IS THIS A COMPLETELY NEW VENTURE?
A: Sabrina is a recent graduate from the University of North Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics and her MBA with a concentration in marketing. During her undergrad years, she worked at a boutique in Jacksonville Beach where she got her first taste of local retail and loved it. While completing her MBA, she started working with her father to launch Milo Fashion.
 
Mokhtar was raised on the Mediterranean shores and travelled extensively around the world. After a career in technology, and thru retail experiences with global luxury houses across Europe,
the Americas and Asia, learned the beautiful trade of leather craftsmanship and its deep heritage.
 
Q. LET'S TALK ABOUT ORIGINS - HOW DID MILO FASHION GET ITS BEGINNINGS?
A: Milo Fashion started as an online store, based in Ponte Vedra, with a mission to offer unparalleled quality leather pieces, by partnering with a select design houses and vegetable tanneries in Florence.  Based on the craftsmanship and careful use of traditional techniques developed over centuries, the vegetable tanning process results in leather with a distinct appearance and unmatched durability. One of the best features of vegetable-tanned leather is that it develops a patina over time with prolonged use and exposure to the environment. The fibers of the hide used for the leather are visible in the finished product, lending an authenticity and personality to the leather. Each piece made with this leather has unique shades and nuances, which are a mark of genuineness.
 
 
Q: WHAT DROVE YOUR DECISION TO OPEN YOUR FIRST STORE AT THE BEACHES?
A: The vibrant scene of the Beaches community was a natural choice for Milo Fashion. The shopping, dining and entertainment area puts us close to our customer. The re-imagined Shoppes of Northshore project allows us the opportunity to offer an elevated shopping experience in an intimate setting. We are looking forward to meeting our neighbors and sharing the Milo Fashion story.
 
Q: WHAT GOES INTO THE PROCESS OF MAKING YOUR LEATHERGOODS?
A: For Milo, offering leather goods is an intimate process. Before deciding on feel, thickness or color, we think about who will be carrying that piece and for what occasion. All our products are exclusively designed and manufactured by local artisan houses in Florence. Florence continues to be a special destination for our house to seek the latest fashion trends in handbag design, coupled with a unique tradition of quality, rooted in centuries of artisan excellence. Local leather sources from the most renowned tanneries and the personal dedication they showed to the raw material inspired us to offer "Made in Italy" only products. Completely opposite to an industrial approach, we view each piece as an extension and a complement to a unique expression of style and fashion.
 
Q: WHAT SEPARATES MILO FASHION FROM OTHER LUXURY BAG BOUTIQUES IN JACKSONVILLE?
A: From the hand-selected unique designs, inspired by the latest fashion trends in Milan and Paris, Milo brings exclusive leather handbag pieces, anchored in the tradition of Italian craftsmanship. Milo Fashion is completely opposite to an industrial approach, we view each piece as an extension and a complement to a unique expression of style and fashion. We pride ourselves on our vegetable-tanned leather versus the typical chemical based tanning. 
 
Q: BEING NEW TO BEACHES TOWN CENTER, WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
A: We’re definitely most excited to get involved in the community and work with other local businesses!
 
Q: WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM MILO FASHION?
A: Shoppers can look forward to Milo adding more accessories to our collection such as scarves and jewelry. Italian scarves are hand sewn in the traditional artisanal way, they are dyed and printed with special techniques handed down through families for centuries in Como. Italian jewelry designs are unique and artisanal which are made in at a level of quality that is rare in the rest of the world.
 
We’d like to invite everyone to our Grand Opening Party which will be on Thursday, February 13th from 4 to 7pm. We will have some bubbly and treats, along with a drawing for one of our most popular bags. Shoppers can enjoy 20% off of their purchase during the event. RSVP here!
 
Stop by and visit Milo Fashion to check out what they're all about! You can find them at 363 Atlantic Blvd by Peterbrooke and Poe's.
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year… the Buy More/Save More Sale is B A C K at Jaffi’s! Enjoy amazing savings on tons of markdowns throughout the store - the more items you find, the more discount you receive! All sale starts at 40% off.
 
Find 5 sale items, receive 50% off. Find 6 sale items, receive 60% off. Find 7+ sale items, receive a whopping 70% off your entire purchase!
 
Swing by and shop while there’s still a huge selection!

Public Parking
Public Parking is available on the streets within the Beaches Town Center: Parking is free in public parking spaces from midnight-11 am, with a 3 hour maximum time limit on all spaces during this time period (no parking is allowed in Atlantic Beach between 3am-5am).

Paid parking will be enforced from 11am-midnight 7 days a week. First 1/2 hour is free; $1 per 1/2 hour thereafter; $6 maximum charge until 5pm, rates repeat from 5pm–midnight (all Atlantic Beach spaces have a 3 hour maximum time limit).

Download the Flowbird parking app by clicking HERE.

Visit northbeachesparking.com for more information.

Pay to Park
A Pay to Park lot is available at the corner of Second and Lemon Street for $2.00 per hour for the first 3 hours and $5.00 per hour thereafter (Credit/Debit Card Only).  Pay to Park Hours are as follows:
Parking is free until 11am daily
Thursday: 4pm-2am
Friday: 4pm- 2am
Saturday: 11am-2am
Sunday: 11am-2am

Community Valet
Valet Parking is available every night starting at 4:30pm and Saturday/Sunday Starting at 11am between First and Second Street between Lemon Street and Atlantic Blvd. Valet parking is $15 for area visitors and is complimentary for customers of the following businesses (ticket validation is required):
Flying Iguana
North Beach Fish Camp
Ragtime
Mezza
Mshack
Island Girl
Doro
Hawkers
Jaffis

Beachside Buggies
Beachside Buggies provides FREE rides and recommendations to the residents and visitors of the beaches community. They operate environmentally friendly, zero emission, long-range, 8-10 seater electric carts and 14 passenger vans.

Website: www.beachsidebuggies.com

Hours Of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday 3pm-Midnight
Thursday-Friday 3pm-2am
Saturday 11am-2am
Sunday 11am-Midnight

The North Beaches Artwalk is held every third Thursday each month from 5pm-9pm. With over 55 participating artists, this event is a diverse art destination & shopping experience that features visual thrills and energetic live performers. Bring the whole family for free and enjoy what the locals have to offer!
Click here for more information.

Do some good with your daily brew. Starting this month, the 4th Tuesday of every month will be known as Jay Fund Tuesday at Southern Grounds! With every purchase made, 10% of proceeds made will go directly to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation to help local families tackling childhood cancer! Help Southern Grounds BE THERE for the Jay Fund so they can continue to BE THERE for families in need!

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, click here.

Maybe you’ve seen them at events around town or heard their founder, Anne Marie Moquin, on WJCT First Coast Connect-- wherever you look, it’s not hard to find traces of Beaches Go Green.
 
Founded by Moquin with a mission to save our environment in mind, BGG strives to provide information and awareness on Earth-friendly practices to not only the Beaches community, but all of Jacksonville. From preaching the perils of single-use plastics to hosting their ‘Movies That Matter’ series in the Courtyard at 200 First Street, they’re changing minds on what it means to ‘go green’.
Being centrally located between the Neptune and Atlantic beaches, a partnership between Beaches Town Center and Beaches Go Green only seemed natural. From educating merchants on greener practices, like refusing to offer plastic straws or making the move to recycled, all-natural shopping bags, we’ve paired with BGG to make our little area as eco-friendly as possible!
 
So what are some of the things BTCxBGG have accomplished so far? Keep scrolling to take find out!

North Beach Kick Off to Golf 2018
Striving to make this event as eco-friendly as possible, BGG supplied the crowds with hydration from their ‘Water Monster’- a giant vat that saves 1,000 plastic water bottles and worked tirelessly to make sure all recyclables made their way to the appropriate receptacles. In an effort to cut down on single-use plastic cups, we collaborated with them on SIC cups that were available for purchase and able to be used in the Craft Beer Village.
 
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The DONNA Marathon 2019
One of the official partners of the DONNA marathon, BGG was out in the streets working hard on recycle patrol and sent a huge amount of recyclables off to be reused!
 
BGG DONNA
 

Coastal Carnivale 2019
THE party of the year was a huge success-- and green, too! BGG ensured that the event was plastic-free with reusable utensils and serving wares and all-natural bamboo stirrers for beverages. In addition to recycling and composting, BGG also donated 6 large tins of leftover food to Mission House, Inc.
 
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Lucky’s Bags for Change 2019
After a community vote and huge push from BGG, Beaches Town Center was excited to become one of Lucky’s Bags for Change for the current quarter! Anytime you use your reusable bag when shopping at Lucky’s, you’ll receive a wooden dime that can then be put towards raising funds for recycle receptacles to be placed around Beaches Town Center!
 
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To find out more about what Beaches Go Green does, who they are and how you can get better informed on good recycling practices, be sure to check out our new ‘GOING GREEN’ tab on our menu bar or check out BGG’s website here:

Clear your mind and get your body ready for the New Year with a little bit of Tai Chi! Learn the principles and benefits of this slow meditation in motion with Sheri Nicholson on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the Courtyard at 200 First St.

Sponsored by Southern Grounds, Boutique Unique, First Street Gallery and Red Daisy. For more info, call (904) 234-0038 or click here.

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