Hard to believe it’s already Third Friday. This month, DPJ is suggesting a slightly different agenda than months past. Usually, we offer a specific show at a featured location to check out along your art walk. But, seeing as it’s the holidays, let’s take a trip to see the lights and get into the spirit. Here’s our itinerary:

The historic Gold Spot building welcomes Lola Coffee on Friday.

The historic Gold Spot building welcomes Lola Coffee on Friday.

To start off the night, check out the second outpost of Lola Coffee at the Gold Spot building at 1001 N. 3rd Ave. The shop will celebrate its grand opening with music, art and of course, plenty of good java. Downtown Friday Night, the weekly networking and socializing crew, will be on hand from 7-10 p.m. Follow them on Twitter (@downtownfn) for all the info.

Once you’ve warmed up at Lola, head north on 3rd Avenue into Willo to see the neighborhood’s most decked out house near Coronado Road. Trust us, you can see this thing from blocks away. It radiates color… things move in the yard… it’s pretty serious. While you’re in the ‘hood, check out the (palm) tree-lined streets of Willo. A lot of houses in the area have impressive light displays. Also another good light-seeing area: in Roosevelt between Roosevelt Street and I-10, and 3rd and 7th avenues.

Leaving Willo, head back down Central Avenue. Once back near Roosevelt Row, finish off your holiday shopping at Made, 922 N. 5th St. Made has lots of locally made trinkets, great artwork, fun clothing and cool stuff for the home. Can’t figure out what to get DPJ for the holidays? Our office sure could use that felt squirrel for the wall.

Shopping’s done, and the holiday stress melts away. The bungalows heading south along 5th Street have some lights to check out, then hook a right at Garfield and head a block west to Nine|05, where you can have a nightcap amidst the icy cool lights surrounding the outdoor bar. Nine|05 always has funky tunes pumping on the patio, and the offered libations will warm you up on the cool evening.

Happy sight-seeing on the last Third Friday of the year. Remember, we like that felt squirrel for our office wall.


  • That sounds like a great way to spend a Friday. So much so that I’ll follow your plan almost to a tee.