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Blind man earns doctorate from FAMU Law


When Roderick Thomas walked across the stage for the hooding ceremony last month, the applause was louder than for the rest of the graduates. “I hope I can bring hope to someone; I hope I can bring encouragement to someone. I think that’s my purpose,” Thomas said. “I still can’t believe it, but it’s just a testament of the school […]

Swan-boat races held for good cause


The Orlando Fire Department took home the trophy, but A Gift for Teaching was the real winner. The Rotary Club of Orlando hosted the 2019 Swan Boat Races at Lake Eola Park on May 16. Attendees were encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to the event to donate to A Gift for Teaching, a non-profit organization that […]

The Way We Were: How they rolled 100 years ago

How they rolled 100 years ago

In the early 20th century, a new sport was introduced to Downtown Orlando. On April 9, 1912, the Orlando Evening Star declared, “Nothing can be more health-giving than this amusement, for every muscle in the body comes into play. The body learns to bend and sway to the swing of the arms, and the eye is tutored into the quick […]

O-Town Interview: Pat Williams not slowing down after retirement

Pat Williams not slowing down after retirement

More than 50 years ago, a baseball catcher-turned-baseball executive was recruited by Dr. Jack Ramsay to join the Philadelphia 76ers. Luckily for Orlando, Pat Williams was convinced in the mid- ‘80s to move to the City Beautiful to lobby for an NBA expansion team. He may be retiring from basketball (and ping pong balls), but he’ll remain extremely busy with […]

June O-town artist: Patty Sheehan

Commissioner 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 […]

Business Spotlight: Super Rico: new space, same delicious food


¡Que delicioso! Your Colombian dining experience just got supersized! The beloved Colombian restaurant, Super Rico, has been through many phases. It started as a food truck in 2011 on Pine Street and served Colombian burgers, hot dogs and empanadas to downtown, late-night crowds. It was then that the family-owned business discovered the downtown scene was missing a niche market of […]

Parking downtown: Not as daunting as it sounds


One of the best things about living in Downtown Orlando is the ability to walk to nearly everything. If not a walk, residents are a short bicycle ride or free Lymmo bus ride from bars, restaurants, shopping, performing arts, concerts, and sports. In fact, in a recent survey of Thornton Park residents, walkability was listed by 95% of respondents as […]

Hats off to Gone Country: Local couple sells cowboy hats across the nation


Thousands of cowboy hats line the shelves inside a warehouse on (appropriately) Texas Avenue. Gone Country Hats is a company owned by Keith and Judy Kowatch. The Kowatches live in the Lawsona/ Fern Creek neighborhood of downtown Orlando. They set up tents at country music festivals and concerts across the country to sell hats, T-shirts and belts. There’s no Gone […]

Business Spotlight: Get down with YogaMix – a unique approach to yoga


This month’s business spotlight will get you up and moving! Gina Bernardini, the owner and one of the instructors of YogaMix (located in Camden Thornton Park building, formerly 420 East Apartments) has been teaching yoga since 2010 – mostly private sessions. Bernardini took the leap into starting her own studio when she brought her husband to her favorite class in […]

The way we were: Through the camera lens of Edgar Bradley Mitchell

Through the camera lens of Edgar Bradley Mitchell

Since the very first photograph was taken in 1826, the practice of photography as we know it has developed rapidly. That first image, known as “View from the Window at Le Gras,” required several days of exposure time! Now, nearly 200 years later, most of us carry cameras in our pockets, allowing us to capture any moment instantly. But, before […]


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