Downtown star gets energy-efficient makeover

It’s December, which means holiday decorations are appearing all around downtown. One of these decorations is a 600-pound star on Orange Avenue, and it underwent a makeover this year. The Jack Kazanzas Star has been a fixture in downtown for over 50 years. Two department stores situated across the street from each other decided to work together to hang a […]

Eola General looks to continue Handy Pantry legacy

As many have heard, the beloved Handy Pantry located in Lake Eola Heights neighborhood shut it doors in September. It was a long-standing neighborhood market for over 80 years. It was a place where neighbors could meet, grab a quick bite to eat, or grab some milk on the go. When the news spread that the current owners could no […]

The O-Town Interview — Orlando Rolón

The Orlando Police Department has a new chief, Orlando Rolón. A 26-year veteran with the department, Rolón has served at just about every level within the organization including as a special advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer, commander of the Downtown Section, and nearly two decades in the Crisis Negotiation Team.  We met downtown at Craft & Common to discuss what […]

O-Town art in December

The holidays began in November Every year, the sights and sounds of the holidays begin with the Orlando Museum of Art Council of 101’s Festival of Trees. This year’s theme was the “Most Wonderful Time,” and as always, the festival delivered. It always ends the Sunday before Thanksgiving, which also offers many joyful events. The Central Florida Chapter of the […]

Day Trippin’: Blue Spring State Park

Away from the crowded beaches and major theme parks that attract millions of visitors from around the globe is the natural Florida — places where nature is left intact and preserved. Places where you can witness the beauty of the “old” Florida. The springs. And there are a lot of them. In fact, geologists have estimated there to be more […]

Well Hello, Dolly!

It’s so glad to see you back where you belong. Betty Buckley defines classic Broadway Theater at its best. Her heartfelt love of performing stretches well past the footlights and even to the farthest seat in a full second balcony of the Dr. Phillips Center’s 2,700 seat Disney Theater. Buckley (Dolly Gallagher Levi) and her costar, Lewis Standlen (Horace Vandergelder) […]

O Christmas Star, O Christmas Star

In December of 1955, the stores set aside their rivalry and joined forces in the name of holiday spirit to brighten the street.

An Italian gem in Thornton Park celebrates 20 years

John “Johnny” Markaj, owner and operator of Anthony’s Thornton Park, grew up in the Bronx of New York, specifically the Little Italy area. Naturally, he started making pizzas at the ripe age of 9. You could say it was in his blood. Later on in life, Markaj’s Uncle Anthony moved down to Florida and that gave Markaj an opportunity to […]

The Most Wonderful Time of Year: Festival of Trees

Each year Orlando Museum of Art’s Council 101 presents a festival featuring decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations, decorated dining displays, boutiques, and best of all, SANTA! This past week was a beehive of activity setting it all up before last night’s Gala Opening. Many individuals and businesses participate in decorating these amazing trees. The Orlando Ballet even donated a tree […]

Swan City and the City Beautiful

If there were two things Andrew Chang liked the most, it would have to be swans and Orlando. That would be apparent to anyone—it’s right there, on his t-shirt. Chang started the “Swan City” t-shirt business last year after feeling compelled to give Orlando residents something with which they can show their love for the city. Recently, his business has […]

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