People of O-Town

Brian Minkel

People of O-Town

Living on tips doesn’t bother him. He sees it as a way to earn instant gratification for his work. “I like the immediate satisfaction,” Brian Minkel said. “Someone who’s project-driven, they have to wait for that. Serving someone to help them have a better day is rewarding.” Minkel, 45, is a bartender at Burton’s Thornton Park and has lived in […]

People of O-Town: Kristi Hamby


Her first project for the city was on a unique canvas: storm drains. She also painted a mural in the Thornton Park parking garage. Painting on such unique canvases poses a problem for Kristi Hamby, 27, a freelance artist who has made her mark on downtown Orlando. She said she uses a program that allows her to take a picture […]

People of O-Town: Jonathan Kioko

Jonathan Kioko gets a headache when he isn’t doing anything productive, so he carves stone. He specializes in animals and people and has been carving for almost 40 years. “I grew up in Kenya, there are animals. I know their proportions,” Kioko said. “When I do an animal, I make sure I do it right.” He doesn’t just carve animals, […]


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