SPAR Announces the Return of UF Health Week in Springfield

Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, or SPAR, is excited to announce that Historic Springfield has been chosen as the host site for UF Health Week May 9-13 for the second year. While much of the public honors health care workers daily, UF Health hosts a special celebration annually, which coincides with National Hospital Week. UF Health is one of the city’s largest employers, and SPAR aims to introduce employees to the unique businesses in the Springfield Historic District. 

To show appreciation for UF Health’s role in the community, 15 local businesses have partnered with SPAR to offer discounts and incentives to UF Health employees. This is a prime example of the unique opportunities that SPAR looks for to promote Historic Springfield’s commercial corridors. Local business owners feel that UF Health employees who experience the personality of the neighborhood will become regular customers. Seeing more UF Health badges on Main Street and throughout the neighborhood will become an everyday experience. 

“This is another great way to recognize the efforts of everyone at UF Health, and the fact that it’s being spearheaded bySpringfield Preservation and Revitalization and local businesses makes it even more special,” said Russ Armistead, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville. “We’re proud to be a key part of this community and our employees look forward to this opportunity in downtown Springfield.”

Historic Springfield businesses participating include: 1 Foxy Lady Cafe & Catering, Crispy’s Springfield Gallery, Hola! Mexican Restaurant, Historically Hoppy Brewing Company, Hyperion Brewing Company, Icecapade Frozen Treats, Makeup Craze Beauty, Reddi-Arts, Springfield Nutrition, Springfield Preservation & Revitalization, Social Grounds Coffee, Strings Sports Brewery, Stumpy’s Hatchet House, Uptown Kitchen & Bar, and Wafaa N Mike’s Cafe. 

“It’s fantastic to work with UF Health for the second year to incorporate Springfield into its festivities. We love our health care heroes and want them to feel appreciated every day, so SPAR jumped at the chance to help,” Kelly Rich, SPAR executive director, said. “It was easy to line up to get our businesses to agree as our ‘Front Porch Community’ loves an occasion to welcome people to experience the neighborhood. Hosting UF Health is just another way to highlight the neighborhood they’re so proud of.”


UF Health employees are also invited to Hyperion Brewing Company (1740 N Main Street) on Wednesday, May 11th, from 4 pm to 8 pm for a special Happy Hour. Bring along your UF Health badge to receive drink discounts, as well as a 10% discount from local food truck Junkanoo Shack, which is co-owned by an Registered Nurse.

Historic Springfield businesses participating include: 

1 Foxy Lady Cafe & Catering - 10% off purchase

Crispy’s Springfield Gallery - 10% off purchase (excluding alcoholic beverages)

Historically Hoppy Brewing Company - $1 off beer

Hola! Mexican Restaurant - 15% off regularly priced items

Hyperion Brewing Company - $1 off beer

Icecapade Frozen Treats - 10% off purchase

Makeup Craze Beauty - $15 off skincare and $10 off waxing

Reddi-Arts - 15% off regular priced items and framing

Springfield Nutrition - $1 off purchase

Springfield Preservation & Revitalization - $5 off Springfield merchandise (t-shirts and flags)

Social Grounds Coffee - 10% off purchase

Strings Sports Brewery - $1 off beer

Stumpy’s Hatchet House - 20% off a throwing session

Uptown Kitchen & Bar - 10% off purchase

Wafaa N Mike's Cafe - 10% off purchase


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