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Popping the “campus bubble” and transforming a neighborhood


When Creative Village officially opens for classes on Aug. 26, students majoring in fields from digital media to health-services administration will be welcomed to Downtown Orlando. College and university campuses have a history of being separated from the rest of the community when based in a large city (think the phrase “town and gown”), and students in higher education can […]

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 […]

Community Spotlight: Rotary Club of Orlando’s new president


After serving as a member for 12 years, Bill Peeper will be made president of the Orlando Rotary Club on Aug. 1. It’s not the first time he’s been president of an organization, though. Peeper’s last stint was a 20-year career as the president of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). He, then, joined Orlando Rotary in 2007, […]

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 […]

Community reacts to possible North Quarter traffic conversion


Bikers, pedestrians, drivers and city officials reacted to the possibility of North Quarter’s two busiest roads being converted to two-way streets. More than 24,000 vehicles combined travel on North Orange and North Magnolia Avenues per day, according to the North Quarter Vision Study. The study determines the feasibility of a two-way road conversion of North Orange Avenue and North Magnolia […]

Hold My Beer: Orlando in a mug


You can learn a lot about Orlando from the carbonated beverages named after it. Whether it’s the roads that connect us, the neighborhoods that we live in or the residents that give it its zest, local breweries show their connection to the community with true flavor. Representing your ‘hood is key for a new brewery. When Glenn Closson found the […]

August artist of the month: Michelle Jones, blending music and light


If you missed Michelle Jones and Violectric perform at Lake Eola last December, be sure to be downtown this year on Dec. 14. Jones’ seven-member band blends music and light in a unique and totally modern way.Jones grew up in Spartanburg, North Carolina, but the lure of performing in the happiest place on Earth soon brought her here to Orlando. […]


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