My father used to own his own super market, and when I was a little girl I would go to work with him. Having to stand on a stool to reach the counter, I loved watching my dad cut the meat and wrap it in its packaging.  When I think back to the grungy old checker tile floor and the small narrow aisles with little orange price tags placed on each item, I am brought back to the rush of childhood and overwhelmed with nostalgia. 

As a consequence of my childhood experiences, I have an extra fondness for family owned businesses. I searched Jacksonville seeking family owned shops that offered a glimpse of my past. 

The three different local businesses documented in the following pages, have been owned by individual families for decades.

Famous Family Owned Businesses of Jacksonville