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Day Trippin’: Ponce Inlet Light Station and Museum


There are some locations that seem to beckon you to visit. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is one of them. Reaching 175 feet majestically into the sky, this red structure is the tallest lighthouse in the state, and second tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States, behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the outer banks of North Carolina.   The Lighthouse The […]

The way we were: caught in the act


Somedays, a job in Orlando law enforcement means cracking a murder by poison at the San Juan Hotel (detailed in the June issue), and somedays the job involves a harrowing courthouse shooting (from the July issue). Other days, the job may be slightly more… unusual. That didn’t curb the dedication and creativity shown by Orlando Police Sergeants Robert Chewning and […]

Suck it up: Wall Street Plaza phasing out plastic straws

If you order a drink at Wall Street Plaza, you might think something’s missing. There’s no straw. With such high traffic coming through the seven venues in downtown Orlando, Wall Street is looking for ways to lessen their environmental impact. “We’re not here to preach to people about environmental issues – we’re here for people to have a good time,” […]

O-Town Interview: Giovanni & Elise Fernandez, broker and owner of National Real Estate

What brought you from California to specifically Orlando? I’m originally from LA and Elise is from NY. We were living in Las Vegas for 10 years, primarily focusing on real estate investments. We studied many cities across the United States to expand our business. We look for certain statistics and key market indicators, as well as lifestyle. In our research, […]

Artist spotlight: Libby Smith


Libby Smith has been a classically trained artist specializing in portraiture and figurative art for over 29 years. She loves to paint in oil and watercolor, but also uses many mediums to express her intentions. One thing that makes Libby Smith a bit different is that she is visually impaired. She lost most her sight about 15 years ago, yet […]

Read this before buying a piece of history


So, you’re thinking about buying an old house. I don’t mean a 20- or 30-year-old suburban tract house, I’m talking a real piece of American history. 70, 90, or even over 100 years old! Creaky wood floors, wavy glass windows, plaster walls, the works! All the historical goodies that excite some people and scare the pants off others. There are […]

Bites & Bubbles: American cuisine with a French kiss

Bites & Bubbles offers a refined, yet relaxed atmosphere for people who like fine French dining without the pretentious frills often associated with the cuisine.

Old-school glamour preserved on Broadway downtown


My first encounter with 527 Broadway Ave was a real estate showing with my investor friend Butch. I remember stopping a long moment to admire the L-shaped porch supported by rustic block pillars and the unusual round attic windows and pressed tin roof on the handsome facade. While vacant and in pre-foreclosure, behind the neglect there was a timeless elegance. The […]

Business Spotlight: 420 East

Puppy dogs, ice cream, wine, tea and yoga. What more could you ask for? 420 East has that and more.

The way we were: Orange County Case 5611


“This is where guys get their butts kicked. I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it,” mumbled a man pacing outside of a courtroom at the Orange County Courthouse. Draped in a camouflaged jacket and visibly sweating, he had badgered the County Clerk staff for months with habitual visits. He would request to see his disorderly conduct arrest […]


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