People of O-Town: Alejandro “Lucky” Queris at Lowbrow Art Productions, LLC

At first glance, a tattoo seems like an everyday sight — an accessory — but, for tattoo artist Alejandro “Lucky” Queris, tattoos are more than just an accessory; they’re a story. “Everyone gets tattooed for different reasons,” Queris said. “When you are given the chance to help someone get through a rough time or to help heal someone psychologically, that […]

Disney Downtown: Walt visits Orlando

On Nov. 15, 1965, a press conference held in the Egyptian Room at the Cherry Plaza Hotel officially confirmed what many had already suspected: Walt Disney Productions was expanding its wildly popular company to Central Florida, purchasing thousands of acres in both Orange and Osceola Counties. Joined by Governor Haydon Burns and company co-founder Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney himself […]

Valencia, OTC bridging the workforce skills gap with downtown training

Growing up, some kids have the idea that the only way to a successful career is by earning a four-year degree. In Downtown Orlando, Valencia College and Orange Technical College (OTC) are trying to change that perception by offering training for jobs that a four-year degree doesn’t prepare for. “I think that thinking has already been changing,” said Joe Battista, […]

Community Spotlight: From streets to homes: Local-outreach specialist helps homeless improve lives

Foot, bike and car. The modes of transportation change daily for outreach specialist Brad Sefter, but the goal always stays the same: helping the homeless off the streets of Downtown and into a better life. Sefter said that when he found himself on the streets in 2008 due to a combination of bad choices, including drugs and alcohol, he knew […]

Business Spotlight: Now brewing: Brew Theory at Creative Village

Brew Theory is this month’s business spotlight, and it’s located in Creative Village in Downtown Orlando. This is Orlando’s first contract brewery, and they offer end-to-end contract brewing with packaging, distribution services and a lab that’s focused on quality and consistency. A contract brewing company is essentially a business that hires another brewery to produce its beer. The group of […]

Pets of the month

Ransom: Ransom is a friendly 5-year-old domestic, shorthaired mix. She is FeLV+ and has been a big lovebug since she’s joined the shelter. She even has a cute little grey spot on her nose! She is very laid back but is a little shy at times. She would be happiest in a home with no other dogs and cats, but she is […]

O-Town Artist of the Month: Robert Hill, keeping us on our toes

In the 10 years since Robert Hill came to Orlando as the artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, he has kept us all wondering what he will bring to the stage next. Whether they’re timeless classics like Swan Lake or the Nutcracker, Hill has also offered such works as the Battle of the Sexes, Vampire Ball, Ballimos! and Carmenia Burana. […]

The Way We Were: More than 50 years of artistry

For over half a century, the City of Orlando Pottery Studio has been a bright space where creative hands have turned clay into extraordinary things. One of the finest pottery studios in Central Florida, they provide a safe atmosphere where individuals of any age may explore, invent, learn and create pottery at their own pace. In 1963, Ann Robinson and […]

Local Wanderer Pass program allows entry to museums, theater and more

The Orange County Library System (OCLS) recently launched the Local Wanderer Pass, and it’s proving to be a popular program in the few short weeks since it went live. The cultural-pass program allows library cardholders to receive free entry to local organizations such as the Mennello Museum of American Art, Hard Rock Live and the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Cultural pass […]

O-Town Artist of the Month: John Hurst, the “Squirrel Guy”

Perhaps the most famous squirrel in the world lives in one of Orlando’s downtown communities. Yes, the creator of the squirrel from Ice Age is your neighbor. Born in New Jersey to two schoolteachers, John Hurst can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw. He used his parents’ papers and pencils and even their walls and furniture as his canvases. […]

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