Times-Union Media brought their Shop Local Jax contest back this year in partnership with 121 Financial Credit Union. During April, local small businesses had the chance to enter to win up to $10,000 in custom advertising and digital marketing solutions!

We truly believe that local businesses are the backbone of our city. With more than 100 local businesses submitting their stories for the contest, the team at Times-Union Media was inspired by the hard work and dedication put forth by entrepreneurs and their teams.

Thank you to those who took the time to participate, and work so hard to make Jacksonville and the surrounding areas such a vibrant, unique place to live.

And now…for the winner of this year’s Shop Local Jax Contest!

Congratulations, Main & Six Brewing Company!

Main & Six Brewing Company opened just last year, in 2017.

“We were the first brewery to choose the historic neighborhood of Springfield, the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville. While we’re not the first to open, we lead the way in rezoning our building in this neighborhood and it helped two other breweries follow in our footsteps to be rezoned,” said Dennis Espinosa, Co-Founder.

“We chose to use as many local Springfield businesses to help us renovate and do the necessary work to open. We used 6 different local business during our buildout to pay forward all of the community support we received during our rezoning.”

The owners of Main & Six Brewing Company — Cindy Lasky and Dennis Espinosa — hope their unique business will bring people to Springfield who have never been or who live on other sides of town. After just 3 months in business, they won a gold medal in a state wide professional competition for their brown ale.

After learning of their win, Espinosa said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the 2018 Shop Local Jax contest. For sustainability of not only our business, but any small business, we need the support of the Jacksonville community as a whole, and this marketing opportunity gives us an extra outlet to communicate that we’re here and have some have really awesome craft beer!”

Main and Six Dennis Espinosa