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Main and Six Brewery plans late October opening (Renderings)

Dennis Espinosa and Ben Barber met while drinking beer at Intuition. Barber had been the head brewer at Veterans United Brewing Company. Espinosa was getting into home brewing and the craft beer scene. Now, the two are working together at Espinosa’s new Springfield brewery, Main and Six, set to open by the end of October.

“This is a passion project and something I take very seriously,” Espinosa said. “I want to do it right. Once I got into brewing and starting getting to know the brewers in town, I knew this was what I wanted to do.”
Espinosa dabbled in a number of job possibilities, including law and health administration, before trying home brewing a few years ago. He began entering contests, deciding that if it was something he was good at, he would consider brewing as a career. He won the Green Lion Festival at Aardwolf in October of 2015 and Gastrofest in March of 2016. After that, plans to open a brewery began.
Espinosa now co-owns Main and Six at 1636 Main St N. with his mother, C…

Why an interior design company is setting up a brick-and-mortar in Springfield

Becky Morgan has been running her commercial interior design company for three years and now, she's setting up a storefront of her own.

Morgan, the owner of Bmorcreative Inc., whose clients include planned restaurant and mixed-use space Crispy's and the Happy Grilled Cheese in Five Points, is opening a studio at 157 E. 8th Street soon.
As a resident of Springfield, Morgan said the decision to open a storefront was a convenient move for her, but also one that she believes could give her business more visibility.
"I picked the location of my studio because it's three blocks from my house. It's pretty convenient and I also have clients in Springfield," Morgan said.
Morgan also said it also fits in with the majority of her projects, which are largely ones that involve historic preservation. Morgan frequently works with commercial projects, including restaurants and bars, and some residential projects.
She said, even though more and more businesses are running online-o…

BABE #99, BECKY MORGAN, Founder + Interior Designer @ Bmorcreative, Inc.

Becky is an absolute badass. She's a licensed commercial interior designer who specializes in historic preservation with a focus on small business, and she's located right here in the heart of Jacksonville (where she works from the attic of her historic Springfield home - how fitting.) We're so honored she took the time to give us such a comprehensive look into her day-to-day work in the Commercial Interior Design industry. Thanks, Becky! You're a total babe.
The Basics:Hometown: Culpeper, VA
Current city: Jacksonville, FL (Springfield)
Alma mater: The Art Institute of Jacksonville
Degree: BFA, Interior Design
First job: Server
Hustle: Interior Designer and Founder @ Bmorcreative, Inc. The Interests:Babe you admire and why?
I am always rooting for the underdog. I enjoy learning about people’s paths to success and find it particularly interesting when they achieve it against all odds. I really admire Suze Orman. Not only do I think she gives solid financial advice, but her sto…

Women Share Their Paths to Architecture

In a meeting with a high school counselor to prepare for college in the early 1970s, Joanna Cenci Rodriguez was told she should “go into home economics.”

But in the back of her mind, Rodriguez had always thought, “If I were a man, I would be an architect.”

Now the owner of Rodriguez Architecture in Jacksonville, she has been an architect for four decades. But when she began her career, less than 10 percent of architects were women.

Rodriguez’ story was one of many told Thursday by the Jacksonville Women Business Owners Panel, five women architects, engineers, contractors and interior designers who broke into the male-dominated construction field.

The event was hosted by Jacksonville Women in Architecture, a new organization that’s part of the Jacksonville chapter of the American Institute of Architects. WIA promotes the professional development, advancement and visibility of women in the field.

The panelists discussed topics such as how to choose and deal with clients, manage expecta…

Springing to life: Springfield’s current renaissance seems to have staying power

The renewal of Springfield has had its share of obstacles the last two decades. Today, skyrocketing home values and substantial Main Street business investments indicate the current turnaround may be sustainable.

After the 1960s, when the urban middle class began to flee to the suburbs, Springfield experienced decades of neglect. But the neighborhood always had its charms.

Established in 1869, Springfield is the state’s largest historic district. Its 119 city blocks offer a variety of housing styles from bungalows to Victorian, American Vernacular and prairie-style. Four times a day, Springfield residents hear Big Jim’s steam whistle blasting from the JEA waterworks plant near Downtown.

Historically, Springfield’s economic development has been erratic. Time and time again, the neighborhood’s blight and reputation for crime soured serious commercial investment.

“There have been so many false starts,” said Michael Bone, vice president of Southern Moss Realty Co., which opened in Spring…