Business

Eola General looks to continue Handy Pantry legacy

As many of you 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 has been a place where neighbors can meet, grab a quick bite to eat, or grab some milk on the go. When the news spread that the current […]

Creative Village apartment project receives $66M in funding

The Allen Morris Company and Ustler Development, Inc., co-developers of the $108 million Creative Village Parcel M Apartments project, have been granted a $66 million-dollar loan arranged by SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, financed by a syndicate led by SunTrust Bank and Santander Bank. The new development will consist of a Class A, 14-story, 409-unit market rate apartment project located across the […]

The Milk District hires new director

Zac Alfson has been hired as Executive Director for The Milk District, an Orlando Main Streets business district located on the eastern edge of downtown Orlando. Beginning his new role at the start of December, Alfson brings extensive experience in nonprofit management and community building. The former Patron Engagement Manager for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has also […]

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 […]

Business Spotlight: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

After moving to Orlando in 2011 with her husband Scott, pediatric nurse Kelly Seidl couldn’t shake the feeling she had growing up working at an ice cream shop in her hometown of Apalachin, New York. The vibe in the shop and the joy she brought to her customers always felt good and she missed it.  “I just always enjoyed how happy everyone was, co-workers and customers alike,” Kelly said. “It’s really hard to be upset when […]


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