Creative Village officials discuss its impact on Downtown Orlando

UCF, Valencia College and city officials updated the community on Downtown Orlando’s latest developments and projects June 27 in a late-afternoon event hosted by the Creative Village of Downtown Orlando....

Changes coming to Thornton Park’s Island Time

The porch in front of Island Time is being remodeled, and the business itself is going through a transformation. The cozy island-themed beer and wine bar at 712 E. Washington...

Orlando Main Streets program wins Main Street Program of the Month

Orlando’s Main Streets program has been named the July 2019 Main Street Program of the Month by Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee. The Orlando Main Streets Program started in...

Colonialtown South prepares for National Night Out

As National Night Out approaches, the Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association met and discussed how to promote the event. On June 9, neighborhood-association president Andre Olejack and Vice President Barbie Nowick...


Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

Will Benton: The man behind FAVO

There is an old saying: “Where there is a ‘Will’ there is a way.” In every aspect, that describes Will Benton and his journey to create the Faith Arts Village, commonly known as FAVO. Benton’s story begins on a cattle farm in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. The youngest of four boys of a Methodist preacher, his love of classical and church […]

June O-town artist: Patty Sheehan

When discussing Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Bill Stevens, her aid, described her as a “multi-faceted person.” “Her job is one piece, but there are many others— like her paintings, her pottery, her glass blowing, her gardening and her love of animals, just to name a few,” Stevens said. While sitting down with her for a few minutes at a recent Orlando […]