NEWS

The Veranda opening ice cream/deli shop

Residents of Thornton Park may have been wondering why the Veranda building on Washington Street changed colors overnight. It’s one step in the event venue’s plans to open an ice...

Mosaic Hair Studio to open in Milk District

Mosaic Hair Studio and Blowout Bar has outgrown Ivanhoe Village. They have opted to open a second studio in the Milk District to expand. Mike Van den Abbeel, co-owner of...

Milk District businesses repurpose existing buildings

“Repair, not replace” has been the trend for newly opened businesses in the Milk District. Zac Alfson is the executive director of the Milk Street District and spent a portion...

August School News: New principal, new greenhouse coming to downtown schools

Edgewater High School Over the past two years, the 4R Foundation has worked with Orange County Public Schools Career & Technical Education, Edgewater High School and several sponsors on the...

Art

August artist of the month: Michelle Jones, blending music and light

If you missed Michelle Jones and Violectric perform at Lake Eola last December, be sure to be downtown this year on Dec. 14. Jones’ seven-member band blends music and light in a unique and totally modern way.Jones grew up in Spartanburg, North Carolina, but the lure of performing in the happiest place on Earth soon brought her here to Orlando. […]

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 […]