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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 cream and deli shop in the downstairs portion of the building on 707 E Washington St. Felicia Vestal, the events, property and marketing manager at The Veranda at Thornton Park, […]

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 Mosaic, said he opted to move to the Milk District because of its walkability and bike-friendliness. He also mentioned the benefits of being in the Orlando Main Streets Program. “I […]

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 of his time speaking at the State of the Milk about commercial buildings in the district that have been repurposed by their new tenants. He said Main Street Districts are […]

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 development of a greenhouse on Edgewater’s campus. The project is in its final stages of construction and is expected to be up and running at the beginning of the school […]

There’s a new editor in town


I’m super excited to announce that on Sept. 1, the Downtown Community Paper will have a new editor, Tommy Cardinal. When I started this paper in September 2017, it was always my intention for the paper’s editor to be someone who was embedded in downtown life. I believe, for a community paper to have a heart, its editor needs to […]

Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association August update

Reeves Terrace resettling, officers elected, future events

The quarterly meeting of the Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association was held on July 9. Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan briefed residents on plans by the Orlando Housing Authority to resettle renters of the Reeves Terrace Apartments while the 176 units of affordable housing are demolished and rebuilt. We reviewed the challenges of disrupting the existing after-school programs for […]

Bicycling safety in Downtown


Bicycling in Downtown Orlando has been exploding in popularity. That’s indicative by the new bike lanes, an expanded Orlando Urban Trail and Lime and HOPR (formerly Juice) bikes to rent. With the rise of a new pastime comes the need to know the rules of the road when it comes to safety. For Bicyclists When riding in the street, bicyclists […]

Thornton Park District August update

Greenery Creamery business spotlight, Plants and paint beautify Washington Street

TPD business spotlight: The Greenery Creamery The Greenery Creamery makes unique ice-cream flavors like rosemary sage, orange blossom pistachio and goat cheese with raspberry swirl. They also offer vegan options. The ice cream shop below Camden Thornton Park at 420 East Church Street was founded on three principles: sustainability, co-existence and community. Made with locally sourced milk and cream, their […]

Milk District encourages residents to shop local, volunteer


Shop Locally this Summer As summer temperatures heat up and residents hunker down in front of their air conditioners or head for cooler climates, local businesses see a dip in sales and patronage. It’s a challenge each one approaches differently, but they all have one thing in common: appreciation for the support they get from the community. Local businesses are […]

Thoughts on biking in Orlando


Riding a bicycle is often perceived as a very dangerous way to get around Central Florida. Statistically, the chances of getting injured or killed are higher in the Central Florida area than most other parts of the nation. Driving is also very dangerous, but we still do it anyway. Although there are far too many staggering facts related to bicycle […]


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