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My last post: Introducing new leadership team at Bungalower

I’m excited to announce and welcome two new leaders to the Bungalower team as I take on a new position with the City of Orlando.

Brendan O’Connor is our new Editor-in-chief at Bungalower. Brendan will oversee all our content on and make sure that you stay up-to-date with everything happening in bungalow neighborhoods.

Brendan has spent most of his career keeping Orlando awesome. In the past Brendan has worked with the Orlando Weekly, The Daily City, Urban ReThink and on various sustainability and art projects in the area.

Sarah Elbadri joined Bungalower as our new Business Manager. Sarah is responsible for our business partnerships and our Bungalower Membership. Sarah will also be working with Brendan on the website content.

Sarah most recently helped launch The Iron Yard academy in the Church Street Exchange building and before that worked to bring bike sharing to Orlando and other cities. She also worked on community engagement projects for Rollins College and is the co-host of the ReThinking the City radio show.

The most exciting part is that both Sarah and Brendan have already spent a tremendous amount of time and energy working to make Orlando at better place to live. They are truly committed to building a stronger city and will continue the work I have started at Bungalower to do just that.

As part of these changes, I will be stepping down as publisher of Bungalower and starting a position at the City of Orlando as the Director of Innovation. As new technologies continue to emerge it is important that the City be able to utilize those technologies to identify internal efficiencies and improve community engagement. With this new position, the City joins the ranks of 20 other municipalities like Philadelphia and New York City to have positions specifically aimed at innovation within City government.

I’m excited to utilize the latest technology to identify opportunities to enhance the City’s communication and outreach efforts to better connect the City with Orlando’s residents and businesses.

While employed by the City of Orlando, I will not be involved in any editorial or content decision-making for Bungalower. I will only be a silent investor and technical advisor.

Sarah has been writing almost all of our recent content on Bungalower, but chances are you haven’t noticed unless you looked at the byline and that’s by design.

I know that Sarah and Brendan will make sure that Bungalower stays an important resource for the community and ensure that the site continues to provide useful information as our downtown grows.

I want to thank everyone for their help over the past year growing Bungalower to where it is. I know we all look forward to the great things the new team will do!

Event Picks: Holiday Movies, The Nutcracker, and more this weekend

Here’s a look at some of the top holiday events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu and find just holiday events here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Movies at Lake Eola Park

December 19 @ 7:00 pm
Downtown Orlando,

201 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Bring your blankets, jackets and smiles this Friday, December 19th and join us for a special showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7 p.m. Find out more »

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The Blissful Juice & Vegan Cafe is open in Colonialtown North

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The Blissful Juice & Vegan Cafe (Website | Facebook) is serving cold-pressed juice and raw vegan dishes in North Colonialtown.

It sits in small strip mall behind Colonial Drive, but the interior is peaceful, well-lit, and cool.

The full menu features cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and wellness shots, as well as raw vegan meals and sweets. The cafe hopes make the menu seasonal and focused on fresh ingredients.

The Blissful Juice & Vegan Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-7pm and is located at 715 North Fern Creek Ave [Gmap].

Here’s a look around the cafe:

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Orlando plans to use ParkMe app with new smart meters

Finding parking in downtown is expected to become much easier with one of the City’s new parking apps.

ParkMe will pinpoint available parking on its mobile application. The app will use new smart meter sensors to track on-street availability.

We wrote about the process of implementing the smart meter system earlier this month. Once the meters and sensors have been installed at each of the 1,000 spaces the mobile application will go live.

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House of the Day: 1010 E Livingston St


  • 1010 E Livingston St [GMap]
  • Lake Eola Heights
  • Asking Price: $449,000
  • 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom
  • Agent: Sherri Dyer

Today’s house of the day is this upgraded 1924 home. Restored hardwood floors can be found throughout the two-story house. The bathrooms and kitchen have also been renovated. Pictures of the kitchen show a commercial-grade stovetop, as well as other top of the line stainless appliances. The bathrooms feature 1920’s vintage details with upgrades like a tankless gas hot water heater for energy efficiency. The back deck was recently built and overlooks a yard with a treehouse, hydroponic greenhouse, large shed, and fire pit. The driveway leads to an attached carport. Today’s house of the day is in the Lake Eola Heights neighborhood, which features brick streets and bike lanes on Livingston.

Here’s a look at the photos from the listing:

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Alpine Cafe brings Blue Bottle Coffee to Ivanhoe Village


Alpine Cafe (Website | Facebook) is now open in Ivanhoe Village.

The cafe currently brews coffee from Blue Bottle and Intelligentsia.

Owner Edward Varlamov is working to source local ingredients for the sandwich options he plans to offer.

Varlamov, who has previous ventures in the coffee industry, says he’s interested in using coffee to bring together an entrepreneurial community.

After a few renovations, he plans to add a lounge and event space to his cafe where he can help mentor other entrepreneurs. He’s especially interested in helping small businesses in areas of technology, such as websites and social media.

Alpine Cafe is located at 1811 North Orange Ave [Gmap]. They are open Monday-Saturday,  7am–4pm.

Here’s a look around the Alpine Cafe:

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UCF and Valencia launch downtown campus website

UCF Downtown Campus Website

The University of Central Florida and Valencia College have launched a website for their UCF Downtown campus, which is expected to open for the 2017 fall semester.

The new site will serve as an information center for the $210 million project.

The UCF Downtown committees are currently exploring which academic programs will move downtown. They are expected to make an announcement this spring.

The campus will serve as an anchor within the 20 acres of Creative Village dedicated to higher education.


Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins reopens in College Park with larger location


The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins in College Park is now open.

The larger location is just a few streets north of its original location, at 3009 Edgewater Dr [Gmap].

The Bungalower stopped in for ice cream last night, but noticed a drive-thru that morning commuters would appreciate.

In addition to the seating inside, there are also cafe tables along on the sidewalk.

This Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins  is open Monday -Saturday 5AM – 10PM, and Sunday 6AM – 10PM.

Here’s a look at the new location:

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Divas Dinner Theatre opens in Mills 50


Divas Dinner Theatre (Website | Facebook) is bringing back the “Drag Dining” experience to Mills 50.

Shows are currently scheduled Thursday through Sunday. In January Divas will begin a Wednesday open mic night.

Owner-operators Eddie Nickell and Nicholas Olivieri of FMI Restaurant Group opened Divas Dinner Theatre at 924 N Mills Avenue [Gmap]. This is the same location of FMI’s previous concepts Mills Brewpub & Eatery and Bananas Diner.

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Extract Juice Bar opens in new downtown location

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Extract Juice Bar and Lounge (Facebook) has joined the growing number of tenants in Downtown Orlando’s Church Street Exchange Building.

We first wrote about Extract while they were moving into their space along Pine St at 101 S Garland Ave [GMap].

They offer juices, smoothies, acai bowls, pita pizzas, and salads. All items are made fresh to order. They will soon offer a curated selection of beer.

There is also a shuffleboard table and pool table.

Owner-operators Michael and Stacy Davis are behind Extract Juice Bar, which has a second location in Winter Park. They opened Extract in the Church Street District to provide a healthy option for food and drinks downtown.

Extract Juice Bar and Lounge is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm.

Here’s a look inside Extract:

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