Plaza Live granted $10 million for renovation

The Plaza Live will be revitalized in a big way thanks to a $10 million grant from the Orange County Board of Commissioners, according to a press release. Plaza Live is a concert and event venue in the Milk District on 425 N. Bumby Ave. The building was constructed in 1963 and is currently owned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. […]

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to change executive directors

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Barton are parting ways. Barton served as executive director of the Philharmonic since August of 2016 and resigned late this March. The search for a new executive director will begin within the next couple of months, according to Cristina Venturini, the associate director of marketing and communications for the Philharmonic. Venturini also said that […]

Yes, Epic Axe Throwing

Business Spotlight

No, that’s not a typo — axe-throwing is the latest thing, and it has come to downtown Orlando. Sharpened axes (less than 3 pounds) are thrown by bearded, lumberjack hipsters (more than 3 pounds) at wooden targets (who are afraid of both). Actually, everyone is welcome at Epic Axe throwing — they even have ADA-compliant axe-throwing — as long as […]

Craft and Common: An uncommon twist to the way you drink coffee


If you haven’t visited this new business, you are missing out, big time! Craft and Common is an up-and-coming spot for literally everything: craft coffee, cocktails, food, meetings, shopping, the list goes on. Lindsay and Brandon Duensing (wife and husband owners) are Orlando natives and Brandon is a UCF alumnus (Go Knights!). After getting married, they headed west to San […]

Special Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk

Have a date? Celebrating being single? Or just want to have a fun evening? Join us at the Thornton 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk on February 14. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are offering a special two-for-one “love” deal. Not only that, but we shall have added art vendors, live music, stilt-walkers, tarot card reader and all sorts of […]

Density creates vitality

“Density creates vitality” says Australian urban designer Peter Richards. At first reaction, you may wonder how people living on top of each in a crowded downtown could create “vitality”. Since we all live in Downtown, let’s take a closer look. According to, “urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important […]

Business Spotlight: Almut Belote Jewelry

Thornton Park’s new jeweler shines bright like a diamond

Thornton Park had the pleasure of recently welcoming a luxury jewelry designer to their assortment of shops. Almut Belote is the owner and creative designer of Almut Belote Jewelry. Belote comes from Austria, where she started on a very strict training apprenticeship with a master jeweler. After Belote’s master training in Austria, she headed to the Virgin Islands to accept […]

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