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The Bee Friends Farm store is opening in Murray Hill in late February.
Bee Friends Farm

The Jacksonville-based Bee Friends Farm is expanding, with a new brick-and-mortar store opening later this month. 

Matthew Farina

With football season just over a month away, the Jacksonville Jaguars are starting training camp to make sure they appear to be at their best come September — and not just on the field.

Behind the scenes, team barber Eric Rivera is doing his part to give players and coaches winning looks.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

On Sunday morning, at precisely one minute past midnight, a new Harry Potter book was released for the first time in nearly a decade…and a small Jacksonville bookstore was ready.

San Marco Books and More conjured up a midnight launch party for fans who couldn’t wait another second to get their hands on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” 

Florida Creamery

We begin the hour with a discussion about the controversy surrounding Angela Wilcox, owner of the Florida Creamery ice cream shop in Avondale.

In a recent Facebook exchange with another local business owner, Wilcox vented about everything from liberals, to ISIS, to people who don’t sign paychecks.

The posts have since been taken down, but not before they went viral, and were viewed more than 30,000 times.

One of the fastest-growing companies in Jacksonville has acquired a Texas-based training consulting firm.

Healthcare IT company the HCI Group bought Expert Technical Advisors, a Houston company it has worked with on several projects. The terms of the deal, a mixture of cash and equity, were not disclosed.

The acquisition ads dozens of employees and millions of dollars in revenue to HCI. The founders of Expert Technical Advisors will also join HCI as vice presidents.

gift boxes
Peter Haden / WJCT News

A couple of Jacksonville businessmen are wrapping up a plan to export Jacksonville—one box at a time. River City Crate is offering patrons a way to shop locally from anywhere on the globe.

River City Crate co-founder Andrew Dutt says he got the idea while shopping at the Riverside Arts Market.

“Back in November, I decided I wanted to send local brands out to my family, who lives in Pennsylvania,” he said.