Business

Olde Town celebrates 25 years in Thornton Park


Olde Town Brokers coined the term Thornton Park, and the real-estate brokerage has been a staple in the area just east of Lake Eola for 25 years. Founded in the Thornton Park area in 1994 by Phil Rampy, Olde Town brokers helped give the area an identity by branding the neighborhood as Thornton Park. Rampy found the term “Thornton Park” […]

Thornton Park District update: Swan crosswalks installed, exciting events planned


TPD Swan Crosswalks Thornton Park District is pleased to announce that the rehabilitation of the intersection of Washington Street and Summerlin Avenue has been completed. A pedestrian safety flashing light has been installed along with new swan crosswalks that clearly outline for drivers and pedestrians where they can safely cross. A huge shout out to Commissioner Sheehan for all her support for this project!   […]

Church Street District: Job fair to come to Creative Village


Next month, the Church Street District (CSD) will be hosting a job fair at Creative Village in partnership with the Valencia College School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality on Oct. 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of UnionWest. CSD members and local community businesses will be present to display their openings and meet with interested […]

Apartment complex in Creative Village set to open summer 2020


The Julian is the latest project to sprout in Creative Village. The 14-story, mixed-use apartment complex is set to open the summer of 2020. The Ustler Group’s latest development will have 409 units and 6,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Amenities include a rooftop pool, indoor courtyards, a fitness center and “collaboration spaces” on each floor of the […]

Church Street Main Street District to expand to Parramore


There’s been lots of talk about the formation of an Orlando Main Streets District in the Parramore area. The Church Street District may be expanded to prepare for this change in the downtown area west of I4. Rosangela Parker, the newly appointed executive director of the Church Street District, said she will be hiring an associate director to “help guide […]

Milk District Update: Partnership, community help the Milk District thrive


At the Milk District Main Street’s “State of the Milk” annual meeting on July 31, the message was clear: Everything we do, we do together as a community and for the benefit of the neighborhood. Gathered at the Plaza Live, 200 business owners, neighbors, workers and visitors learned about past accomplishments and upcoming developments in the Main Street District. From […]

Thornton Park District update: Dog wash block party, EO Inn undergoing changes, Lab23 opens on Summerlin


Shampooch 2019 It’s almost time for the annual fundraiser, Shampooch 2019. Bring ‘em dirty — we’ve got this. This fundraiser was originated by the Lambs Eat Ivy Salon team and benefits the Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida, as they have such a passion for our four-legged, furry friends. Fast forward 12 years later, and thousands of dogs have been […]

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 […]


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