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 […]

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 […]

O-Town Interview: Lisa Cuatt aims to beautify Thornton Park

#Downtownforgrownups is the hashtag of Thornton Park, and Lisa Cuatt has helped the Thornton Park District (TPD) cater to that audience as executive director of TPD. Originally from upstate New York, Cuatt found a love for art when she visited New York City for a family vacation. She has brought that love of art into her work, making strides to […]

Changes coming to Thornton Park’s Island Time

The porch in front of Island Time is being remodeled, and the business itself is going through a transformation. The cozy island-themed beer and wine bar at 712 E. Washington St. is under new management and will undergo a few changes to the menu. Devon Tillman, the new owner, said he plans on diversifying the beer menu as well as […]

Milk District showing growth three years into inception

There’s a neighborhood on the east side of downtown where Orlando’s past and present meet. It’s a Main Street District with a business community that has thrived three years into its inception. The Milk District eclipses the fast-paced hustle of the downtown area with its distinctive suburban atmosphere, but make no mistake, the newest district in Downtown Orlando carries its […]

And the winner is…Regalia in Thornton Park

Business Spotlight

If you have ever tuned into a Miss America pageant, it is very likely you got a glimpse at this month’s business spotlight. Right in the heart of the Thornton Park District resides a recognized pageant apparel store that has been wardrobing local-, state- and national-pageant winners since 1989. Regalia has been in the Thornton Park District since 1995. Owned […]

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